The Catholic Proselytization – “And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea”…


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And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea. [2] And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. [3] For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. [4] And the same John had his garment of camels’ hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins: and his meat was locusts and wild honey. [5] Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the country about Jordan: (Matthew 3: 1-5)


And now for some news from the practitioners of “those forms of spirituality that reduce the faith to a ghetto culture!”  and the sect of the “religion of the encounter”…

Update –  from comment box.

Chris Benischek said:

Indeed what a contrast Dr Peterson provides to FrancisChurch. Brilliant comparison SA.

The contrast is stark at many levels. First, meaning. See review below on Peterson’s main boon.

Second, joy. Contrast the frowning sourpuss Pinto currently indoctrinating and propagandizing Catholic clergy in Texas with Peterson’s breezy air. Whereas whatever his merits he actually conveys that he actually cares about people, warts and all. He has love. Christian charity. Simple kindness. All glaringly absent in the Francis Court.

Finally, Enthusiasm; look at the popular response. Hence your second video. Then, see: At the FrancisVatican™: it’s a ghost-town. Great picture: no one gives a hoot about what the anti-Pope is selling. The sheep know the true shepherd and shun the false. I wouldn’t let my kids within a country-mile of Francis and his homosexualist minions. Whereas in Melbourne two nights ago–Dr Peterson on tour amidst sold-out venues–the lines after his talk were 25 people wide. Wide. Not long. Enough to make even an anti-Pope weep.

“Peterson was going to be signing. Buy a book and you’d get a chance to meet him, and didn’t that provide a moment to make a local author weep: the queue was 25 wide — that’s wide, not deep — and it snaked through the foyer and right up the staircase, and why wouldn’t it?”

–from The Australian @



The Post-conciliar Church‘s Guerrilla War Over Physical Assets…


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Every now and then REALITY breaks through, even in the most IDEOLOGICALLY self contained environments. And the #fakenarrative crashes and burns. Here is one just such case and HERE is the back-story:

Yes indeed!

“… and there’s no way around that, that is the REALITY here.”

Given that our discussion has centered around OBJECTIVE REALITY, it might be a good time to check into a SUBJECT MATTER that we last raised in the post titled More Fog Lifting – FrancisPlan Becoming Clearer And Clearer… The reason for today’s thread is that new information has appeared in the public domain that are relevant to this issue.

Just as a reminder, the above mentioned post raised the issue of whether Francis, the bishop of Rome is intentionally trying to create a split in the Catholic Church in order to finally gain control over the Institutions tangible assets and cash in the bank accounts.

Here is how this issue was summarized in that post:

Quickly summarizing what is most likely the lay of the land on this 11th day of July Anno Domini 2017, is that we have Francis, the bishop of Rome trying to engineer a schism in the Catholic Church.

Actually, he is trying to formalize the already existing schism.

He is creating a situation within the post-conciliar church that no Faithful Catholic or cleric can accept.

This is intended to drive the Catholics out of the post-conciliar church, thereby leaving all the physical assets and cash for the FrancisChurch and at the FrancisChurch’s disposal.

As for the future funding needs, FrancisChurch will now rely on donations from international foundations and the Non Governmental Organizations. Lot of money to be had, and you don’t have to bother with the pesky “Catholic fanatics”.

And finally, this is how Jorge Bergoglio, the bishop of Rome intends on having his changes make “a deep impact”. Just like his ghostwriter, one Victor “heel me with you lips” Fernandez explained a couple of years ago. (see here)

Since this post appeared, we have the following information that appeared in a J.Royale tweet:

So as we see from the above, Francis needs for his bishopric of Rome to last until 2019 so that he can have a College of Cardinals where a majority will be appointed by him.

But there obviously is a problem. And that problem is that Francis, no matter how strong his mind reading capabilities might be, can’t foresee how to Cardinals will vote at the next conclave.

And just to remind you dear reader, Francis intends for his “changes” to be permanent.

So it would appear that Francis and his Team are ramping up the campaign to FORCE the Ordinaries in the Universal Church to serial adulterers. This appears to be a litmus test in order to separate the Catholics from the heretics. To be more precise, it is a litmus test to show who actually believes in the REAL PRESENCE.

Yet, Francis doesn’t have the ability to gauge “get into the minds” of the Cardinals to see if they believe in the REAL PRESENCE. It would appear that most of the smarter ones are ignoring the issue hoping that it will soon go away.

Those forced to make a decision, appear to either be for REAL PRESENCE, i.e. Archbishop Chaput or are trying to get around the issue, like Cardinal Wuerl.

What’s more important is that there are Cardinals who could be paying lip service to giving Holy Communion to serial adulterers, but at a Conclave would be ready to return to the REAL PRESENCE Holy Communion.

Heck, we see that it could be that the entire Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Plenaria might be ready to ditch Vatican II altogether and return to Tradition. (see here)

The crowds in St. Peter’s Square are dreadful.

Now we also have reports of converts to Catholicism coming to the ONE TRUE FAITH because they realized that the Catholic Church is the only Church in which they have access to the REAL PRESENCE.

Converts that FrancisChurch is not happy with!

And now we see the REAL PRESENCE issue playing itself out in the “Holy Communion in the hand” controversy around Cardinal Sarah. This comes on the back of the Ad Orientem “suggestion”. And it would appear that the Cardinal Sarah positions are winning out:

Now, please keep in mind that Cardinal Sarah has won the debate just because he has brought it up!

Furthermore, if Cardinal Sarah can get the Ordinaries to scale back, if not outright eliminate Holy Communion in the hand, then what chance does Francis and the German Hegelian Relativists impersonating “Catholic Bishops” have of making Holy Communion for serial adulterers permanent?

ZERO, would be my answer.

Yet, if one was to think that the real issue is the REAL PRESENCE, one might be incorrectly reading the OBJECTIVE REALITY behind the Sacred Vatican Walls.

Enter the FrancisCardinal Cupich…

Here is that piece of information:

So what the FrancisCardinal is explicitly saying is for Francis to expunge the Faithful Catholics from the Church.

So much for “Christian Unity”, ECUMENISM, etc, aye?

And the reason why the masks are dropping is because of stories like this here:

On the other side of the barricade, we have Cardinals rebelling against the Francis Theology of Death™:

Concluding, what we are seeing is a pure and simple post-Modernist Marxist power-play on the part of the FrancisChurch, trying to solidify the control that they have captured over the Vatican assets because of the Francis election to the bishopric of Rome.

We are witness to weekly revelations about purely temporal scandals involving deviant sexual behavior, narcotics use among the Vatican clergy, theft and fraud among the people in Francis’ immediate circle, reports of multi-million dollar investment scams by these same people, just to mention a few. And these revelations are originating from inside the Vatican.

The #fakenews media is reporting on what now appears to be a regular basis, therefore the SoapBubblePapacy™ appears to be being intentionally deflated.

Therefore a case can be made that one of the political power centers within the post-conciliar Vatican’s Sacred Walls is trying to get rid of Francis.

And Francis is trying to fight back by eliminating the competition, as per FrancisCardinal Cupich’s suggestion.

And even though the visible issue might appear to be the REAL PRESENCE, looking a bit deeper, it is clear that this has nothing to do with religion, the supernatural, theology or anything having to do with the Faith.

What in fact is happening is that the post-conciliar church is trying to wrest control of the Vatican away from FrancisChurch and TeamFrancis.

Folks, we are in a guerrilla war over physical resources.


Young (At Heart) FrancisChurch Reaching Tipping Point…


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Over the last couple of days, your humble blogger has been posting on the subject of #FAKE NARRATIVES. And just as a quick refresher, fake narratives based on #fakenews create a VIRTUAL REALITY that is then used in a GASLIGHTING PROCESS to convince the gullible viewer that what he is seeing is in fact real.

The problem with virtual realities is that they are not sustainable. The reason being that they do not conform to OBJECTIVE REALITY. And as has been pointed out time and again, eventually… 2+2 must equal 4.

The PROCESS by which the various virtual realities meet objective reality is through what we have labeled as the CONVERGENCE PROCESS.

So over the last few days, we have been identifying some of the CONVERGENCE PROCESSES that are playing themselves out in real time. One is what is known as the OBAMAGATE where the VIRTUAL REALITY is being played out by Special Council Mueller while the OBJECTIVE REALITY is being defined by the three Congressional Committees and the Inspector General.

Another CONVERGENCE PROCESS has played itself out this past Sunday in Italy where the VIRTUAL REALITY had the populist 5 Star Movement locked in a tie with the major post-Communist Leftist party, namely the Partito Democratico (PD) at roughly 28% of the vote respectively. And when this VIRTUAL REALITY was reconciled with OBJECTIVE REALITY, namely the Italian voters, it turned out that 5 Star Movement had 32% while the PD didn’t even get 19% of the vote. Needless to say, this threw the entire post election government forming process into a unknown scenario since the most votes were, unexpectedly received by the Center Right coalition represented by Matteo Salvini, Giorgia Meloni and Silvio Berlusconi.

And finally, another instance in which this CONVERGENCE PROCESS is presently playing itself out, and one first identified many, many months ago by your humble blogger is what can be called the Jordan Peterson PHENOMENON. Since November and December of 2016, this blog has observed and chronicled the intrinsic Catholic nature of the subject matter of the clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson’s lectures and various talks. Dr. Peterson’s work can be viewed as the OBJECTIVE REALITY that he is attempting to discern while the post-conciliar FrancisTheology of Death ™ would be the VIRTUAL REALITY that is heading head long into a collision with OBJECTIVE REALITY. The support for the above HYPOTHESIS would be that this intrinsic Catholic nature of Dr. Peterson’s work is now being recognized by individuals and publications who specialize in the theological and ecclesiastical sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium.  (see here, here and here just to mention three)

So today your humble blogger transitions to the ECCLESIASTICAL side of the Visibilium Omnium and shine the disinfecting sunlight onto the above identified VIRTUAL REALITY.

Over at Father Z’s blog we find a post titled Pew Research Center looks at Pope Francis’ numbers 5 years into his pontificate. Drilling into the source document of this post, namely the Pew Research poll, we find the following table:

So all in all, Francis is relatively “popular”, i.e. more popular than Pope Benedict XVI but less popular than Pope JPII “the great”.

Yet we know from our sensory data, i.e. observations from the crowd sizes at the FrancisEvents at St. Peter’s Square, that the crowd size estimates taken by the Vatican officials are running at less than 30% of those crowds that were present for similar events under the previous two Pontiff’s.

So it would appear that there is a disconnect.

Further, in that same research post, we get the following graphs:

The above graph could be understood to represent what could be called the “internal” components of the research results. And these internals are showing the following:

  1. During the period from 2014 to 2018, the percentage of US Catholics who have a Favorable opinion of Francis decreased from 85% to 84%, while those US Catholics who have an Unfavorable opinion of Francis increased from 4% to 9%.
  2. During the period from 2015 to 2018, the percentage of US Catholics who say Compassionate ( 94% to 94%) and Humble (91% and 91%) describes Francis did not change.
  3. During the period from 2015 to 2018, the percentage of US Catholics who held the position that Francis is a Major change for the better dropped from 69% to 58%, while those who say that Francis is a Major change for the worse increased from 3% to 7%. (Those claiming that Francis is Not a major change also increased from 17% to 26%.)

So those are the raw data points. But when looking at these numbers on a percentage change basis, we are a witness to quite an important PHENOMENON. Here is the table with the percentage change figures:

Several observations about the above percentage change table.

First, over the time period measured, the general satisfaction with Francis’ tenure at  the bishopric of Rome can be characterized by strong evidence of “dissatisfaction”.

Among those who were “favorably disposed” toward Francis in 2014, we see a slight decrease of this favorability ratings (-1%) and a larger drop in the opinion that Francis is a “change agent for the better (-16%).

Among those who presently view Francis’ reign as unfavorable, that number more than doubled (+125%) and those who saw Francis as a “change agent for the worse”, well this group increased by the most (+133%).

The second observation is with respect to the absolute values represented in this poll. If we return to our post titled What Terrifies FrancisChurch, Whether They Know It Or Not… (w/Update), the following passage appears:

“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,” said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.”

So if we were to assume that those respondents to the Pew Research poll who hold an unfavorable opinion of Francis (9%) and who think that his bishopric of Rome is a major change for the worse (7%) are those who can be classified as “committed opinion holders”, then what we are seeing is the approach to that 10% tipping point that the researchers from the SCNARC identified. 

Concluding, it is unfortunate that we have no data about what proportion of those 9% of the respondents who hold an unfavorable opinion of Francis or those 7% of respondents who think that this bishopric of Rome is a major change for the worse, can be classified as “committed opinion holders”.

However, we can observe the reaction by the decision makers behind the Sacred Vatican Walls to any developments that arise from within this “dissatisfied opinion holders” subset of the Faithful. Here are just three recent examples:

The Escalating War Against Orthodox Catholicism

Buzzfeed Does A Hit Piece on Father Z

For conservatives, sowing confusion

Therefore, what can be observed is that the threat of Tradition to the status quo, post-conciliar FrancisChurch is being treated so seriously, that the powers that be have reached out to the mainstream #fakenews, corporate owned media to try and shore up their #FAKENARRATIVE.

Yet, these desperate actions also contain an embedded SIGNALING EFFECT. What is being signaled is a demonstrable  weakness of the post-conciliar position. An example of this is a very powerful cardinal instructing the Faithful not to call him, TeamFrancis and Francis himself HERETICS.

A further sign of the weakness is the overt threats that appear almost daily. Here is one of the latest ones, a threat that Francis is getting ready to change the Traditional Calander and Lectionary to destroy the Traditional Latin Rite.

And then there are the young…

And finally, this:

So all in all, looks like the “young (at heart)” FrancisChurch is rapidly heading toward its tipping point…

Wonder if the Cardinals are watching?



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There has been a lull in the information flow coming out of the OBAMAGATE investigations of late. This issue is going to heat up once the Inspector General Report appears, and that should be in the not too distant future.

And as my dear and loyal readers know, the OBAMAGATE investigations have been described by this humble blogger as follows: two films are running simultaneously, with the same cast of characters yet with complete different story lines.

This above describe situation, for our purposes here, are by far the best real time illustrations of how NARRATIVES function. If one recalls, NARRATIVES do not necessarily need to be based on, nor supported by FACTS, EVIDENCE, LOGIC or REASON. These #FAKENARRATIVES are created in news rooms of #fakenews media and/or public relations and marketing firms, historically located on Madison Ave. in New York. (see here)

The problems with these #FAKENARRATIVES is that they eventually fall apart, and that is what we are witnessing at present with the largest of these artificially created contraptions, namely the muh Russia Special Council Investigation.

The other film running simultaneously is the DOJ/FBI investigations being conducted by two Congressional House committees and one Senate Committee. In addition to these three investigations, we also have the Inspector General Report that will be coming out soon. This NARRATIVE one can view on The Conservative Treehouse blog here. But corroborating information can be found elsewhere, like here.

The reason that I am alerting you dear readers to this state of affairs is that it allows us to witness in real time, how artificially constructed, devoid of facts, evidence, logic or reason NARRATIVES… well… find their place onto the Trotsky-ite trash-heap of history.

This is a parallel process to that other artificially constructed, devoid of facts, evidence, logic or reason ENTITY known as the Francis bishopric of Rome.

Here’s an example of a recent flash point:

In other words, in terms of #FAKENARRATIVES, Francis bishopric of Rome = muh Russia.

And now, Zero Hedge…(see here)


What Mueller Has, And What He Is Missing

Authored by Peter Van Buren via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Each week brings a new indictment from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller along with the same question: when will he produce evidence that the president of the United States committed treason?

Because that’s what this is really about; Some Russians somewhere may have meddled in the election. But what Mueller has to answer is whether Trump knowingly worked with a foreign adversarial government to help get himself elected in return for some quid pro quo. Mueller is tasked with proving the president, now in his 13th month in office, purposefully acts against the interests of the United States because of some debt to Russia.

Here’s what Mueller has, and does not have, so far in his case.

Manafort and Gates

Last Friday saw a 32 count indictment charging Paul Manafort and Richard Gates with a variety of money laundering, tax evasion, and wire fraud crimes, going back eight years or more, all related to the men’s work Ukraine. Manafort and Gates were indicted by Mueller on similar charges in October. There’s a lot of money involved, and the details in the indictment don’t look good for Manafort.

A day after the indictment, Gates pled guilty to the very minor charges of participating in a financial conspiracy with Manafort wholly unrealted to Trump, and lying to the FBI about the details of a 2013 meeting. An associate of Gates, Alex van der Zwaan, pled guilty earlier last week to false statements about contacts with Gates regarding Ukraine.

Manafort’s case is complex, no trial date has been set, and it will likely take a year or more to conclude once started. That Mueller filed additional charges last week against Manafort all buts screams he has no cooperation deal, that Manafort hasn’t “flipped” to tell all about his three months running the Trump campaign.

The Great Hope of course is Gates pleading guilty means he will testify against Manafort to pressure him to take a plea deal to testify against a Team Trump principal, all based on the overall assumption there is something to testify about of course. To date, nowhere in any of this is it shown there is any direct connection to Trump, the campaign, the DNC email hack, Wikileaks, the Russian government, Putin, or anything else Russiagate.

The Russian Trolls

Two weeks ago Mueller dropped a multi-part indictment against 13 Russian citizens connected with the so-called troll farm. The indictment alleges the group bought Facebook and Twitter ads, planned small rallies, and otherwise “meddled” in the U.S. election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made clear there was no allegation in the indictment any American — including members of the Trump campaign — “was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity.” Rosenstein added “there is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.”

Persons in Russia, even if some connection to the Kremlin can be shown (it hasn’t been and since Mueller will never take this case to court — his defendants all live in Russia — it is unlikely it ever will be) “meddling” have little to do with what Mueller is charged with finding out. There’s no link to Trump or anything else Russiagate. In fact, the social media campaign started years before Trump announced his candidacy, and about half its modest ad buys took place after the election was over. The troll farm itself was not much of a secret; the New York Times did a “look at this internet madness” profile on the place, which operates quite openly from an office in St. Petersburg, back in 2015.

Michael Flynn

Mueller also charged former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn with a non-material lie to the FBI (teh FBI already knew the truth from surveillence, Flynn stepped into a perjury trap set up for him. The likely sentence is a fine.) Flynn initially plead guilty, though is understood to be reconsidering and may withdraw that plea. Flynn’s lies and other accusations centers on his work as an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey, a NATO ally. Prosecutions for failing to register as a foreign agent are rare, and penalties generally light. Washington has played very loose with the Foreign Agents and Registration Act for a long time, as many former members of Congress and executive branch employees make millions working for foreign governments lobbying DC.

Flynn also admitted he lied to the FBI about a conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition period. The conversation, though not illegal, was surveilled by the NSA. Leaked information out of the Obama White House suggests the two men talked about outgoing President Obama’s executive order imposing sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its election interference. Flynn asked Russia for restraint in any planned retaliation. Critics claim this is a violation of the Logan Act, a law that has never been successfully prosecuted. Soon after the FBI interview in which Flynn falsely denied the conversation, Sally Yates, an Obama-era holdover serving as acting attorney general, warned the Trump White House Russia could blackmail Flynn over having lied. Ironically, many now believe Mueller is essentially blackmailing Flynn using that same lie, holding out a light sentence if Flynn tells all about Russiagate, again assuming there is anything tell and that Flynn knows it.

George Papadopoulos

Another output from the Mueller team is the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos, who may or may not have been a serious part of the Trump campaign; Sarah Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, explained Papadopoulos’s role as “a volunteer member of an advisory council that literally met one time.”

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to the relatively minor crime (his likely sentence is a fine) of a non-material lie to the FBI about a meeting he had in London with a Maltese professor named Joseph Mifsud, another perjury trap of Mueller’s based on intelligence data. Mifsud had made a pseudo-reputation for himself jetting around the world bragging about his connections. He supposedly introduced Papadopoulos to two other people with claimed ties to the Russian government, and sought to arrange a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. The professor said the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in “thousands of emails.” Much of this information is laced through the so-called Steele dossier paid for by the DNC and used by the FBI to later obtain a FISA warrant on one-time Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page. No meeting took place and no emails or dirt was handed over.

The cast of characters is interesting; one might imagine their credibility testifying at an impeachment hearing. Carter Page has not been charged with anything. He has recently claimed he is near-bankrupt, doesn’t have a lawyer, and has written manifestos comparing himself to Martin Luther King, Jr. Back in 2013, when a Russian agent made a limp try at recruiting Page, he described him as too much of an “idiot” to bother with.

Papadopoulos has in the past made big but empty claims about his connections in Russia and his role in the Trump campaign. A solid characterization, as one analyst put it, is whether the “young adviser was making plans with actual Russian officials or whether he had drifted into a fog of hucksters, tricksters, and pretenders.”

You Got What?

Mueller, as best we know, currently has very little regarding Russiagate. He has what appears to be solid evidence of non-Trump related financial crimes by Paul Manafort and others. Most of that seems to have come from FISA surveillance on Manafort dating back to 2014. The FBI’s investigation at that time was dropped, likely when the U.S. decided against war in the Ukraine, and it appears Mueller went into the files and revived it now that the same information could be repurposed essentially as blackmail against Manafort testifying.

Flynn and Papadopoulos are charged with relatively minor crimes, though the potential to stack other charges against them exists. The connections to Russiagate are, however, tenuous. Flynn’s contact with the Russia ambassador can be seen as a lot of uncomplimentary things, but it does not appear to be a crime. Page and Papadopoulos would be very weak witnesses. There may be a “conspiracy to commit something” charge in there with some shady lawyering, but it seems little more.

What Mueller’s Missing

That’s what Mueller has. Here’s what he is missing.

The full force of the U.S. intelligence community has been aimed at finding evidence of Russian government interference in the 2016 election (still largely undemonstrated) for some 18 months, and the Comey/Mueller team aimed at finding evidence of Trump’s collusion with Russia for about a year.

It is reasonable to conclude they do not have intelligence that would form a smoking gun, no tape of a high-ranking Trump official cutting a deal with a Russian spy.

If such information existed, there would be no need for months of investigation. Same for the Steele dossier, and its salacious accusations. If there was proof any of it was true, we’d be hearing it read aloud during impeachment hearings.

What’s left is the battle cry of Trump opponents since election day: just you wait. The recount will show Hillary won. The Electoral College won’t select Trump. The Emoluments Clause will take Trump down. Or his tax returns. Or the 25th Amendment. Mueller will flip _____. The shoe will drop. Tick tock. And anything that looks like a weak move by Mueller is only an example we don’t yet understand of his keen judicial kung fu.

No one knows the future. But so far the booked charges against Flynn and Papadopoulos, and the guilty pleas of others, point toward minor sentences to bargain over (never mind the possibility of a presidential pardon if it came to that), assuming they have relevant information to share in the first place. Manafort says he’ll go to court an defend himself. Mueller has produced nothing that has touched Trump, nothing connecting any meddling to a deal between Trump and Putin.

The core task is not to prove some Russians, or even the Russian government, meddled in the election. A limping to the finish line conclusion to Mueller’s work just ahead of the midterm elections that Trump somehow technically obstructed justice without a finding of an underlying crime would tear the nation apart. Mueller is charged with nothing less than proving the president knowingly worked with a foreign adversarial government, receiving help in the election in return for some quid pro quo, an act that can be demonstrated so clearly to the American people as to overturn an election well-over a year after it was decided.

It is a very dangerous thing to see the glee so many display hoping Trump will be found to be a Russian agent. That pleasure in hoping the U.S. is controlled by a foreign power because it means Trump will leave office early is not healthy for us. Mueller can fix that, but so far the bar is still seemingly pretty high above him. Given the stakes – a Kremlin-controlled man in the Oval Office – you’d think every person in govt would be on this 24/7 to save the nation, not just a relatively small staff of prosecutors ever-so-slowly filing indictments that so far have little to do with their core charge.

Normalization Process™ – Can’t Make This muh Russia Stuff Up…


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Guess who facilitated the election of the center-right government in Italy yesterday?

Take is away Samantha…

PS Can’t make this stuff up folks…

Via Zero Hedge (see original here)



Russia Blamed For Italian Election Outcome

If there is a European election, and the anti-establishment parties score a stunning victory (as just happened in Italy, and a few months prior, in Austria), who’re you gonna blame? Vladimir Putin (of course)!

That’s what Samantha Power, one of the top diplomats in the Obama administration, did when she shared an article by Spain’s El Pais newspaper about how Russia predetermined the outcome of Sunday’s election by spinning an immigration discourse in Italy: “Italy’s joins long list of elections influenced by Russia. Sputnik will do what Sputnik does. The question is: what are our democracies going to do about it? Will voters repudiate candidates who seek to benefit from Russian interference?”

You see, it had nothing to do with the 38% youth unemployment, the stagnant economy, the record debt load, the record number of young people living with their parents, the meager opportunities for career advancement and the sense that everything is rigged. It was… Russia!

In fact, it is safe to assume that without Russia, and its subversive trolls, operatives – and of course RT and Sputnik – western democracies would all be one endless utopia, with no economic, social or political disagreements, and without such central-bank created artifacts as record wealth and income divisions resulting in unprecedented ideological and political polarization.

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The Spanish article promoted by Power was a hit piece based on social media analysis done by a private firm, claiming the Russian news outlet Sputnik and the almighty Russian bots made the discourse in Italy radicalized on the issue of immigrants. Because Italians, obviously, cannot be genuinely unhappy to be living in a country that also happens to be a primary destination for refugees departing across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya and have no right to feel betrayed by Brussels’ immigration policies, which last summer threatened Italy with the “Nuclear Option“, equating it with a B-status European nation.

But wait, the irony is just starting: recall that Samantha Power has been a fervent supporter of US “humanitarian interventions” by the military since Yugoslavia and onwards. During her tenure as member of the National Security Council and later ambassador to the UN in the Obama administration, this pretext of sovereign intervention was used to destroy Libya, which had served as a buffer for irregular immigration to Europe under Muammar Gaddafi, and which has now turned into a hotbed for people smugglers. It was also used to justify the arming of militants in Syria, perpetrating the war that displaced millions of people and sent several millions Syrians fleeing to Europe. Power advocated a direct military intervention, Iraq-style.

Power’s post has gained plenty of angry responses, with people eager to remind Power of numerous interventions Washington had its fingerprints on, calling her position ‘ludicrous’. Although you can just ignore them: surely they are all surely just Russian bots doing the Kremlin’s bidding.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s election – just like the recent elections in Germany and Austria – has shaken the political scene in Italy, seeing voters ditch the ruling center-left parties and switch to anti-establishment forces. The Euroskeptic Five-Star Movement came out as the top individual party, winning over 32% of the vote, while anti-immigrant Lega Nord party outperformed expectations, garnering over 17%. The center-left bloc led by ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi from Italy’s Democratic Party, gained some 23 percent, admitting “a very clear defeat” in the election.

Political analyst Daniele De Bernardin believes that people voted for change on Sunday, not for a particular party.

“In the last five years we had a lot of party switching in the country. Five Star Movement is a movement that puts together very different people with different views,” he said, adding that the party can be viewed as a “post-ideological movement.” What’s putting people together is in fact “a sentiment of changing the country,” he concluded.

A few hours after his humiliating defeat, Matteo Renzi resigned. That, of course, was Russia’s fault too.

Normalization Process™ – Italy Going Forward…


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Today, commentary from Tom Luongo, via Zero Hedge. (see here)

The reason for this re-publication is that some of the friends of this blog have asked your humble blogger to provide some insight of how the Italian election will play itself out going forward. I have provided some indicators in the comment section. But this situation in Italy needs to be understood much better than it could be done in the comment box of this blog.

So being one who likes to keep his dear and loyal readers one step ahead, the below is being provided for your information.

The key to keep in mind going into the future is that the Vatican is very dependent on Italy, but even more so, Germany. The election in Italy will have a direct impact on both of these two European States.

What’s ahead, and at the end of this road is what is known as #ITALEAVE, i.e. Italy leaving the Euro currency and simultaneously creating a banking crisis in Germany, the EU institutions, read European Central Bank and the wider European countries.

Remember, it was the Germans (and France) who got the world -yes this is a world issue into this Euro-currency mess. They will pay for it.

And the reason they will pay for it, is that at the end of the day, 2+2 must equal 5!

PS And just like clockwork, this


Debt Crisis Dead-Ahead: Italy’s Results Are Truly Forza Italia!

Authored by Tom Luongo,

Europe is headed for a breakup.  But, after a year of watching the EU establishment work the polls just enough to maintain the status quo in the Netherlands, France and Germany I wasn’t expecting much from yesterday’s Italian elections.

But with turnout over 73% we got just that.  Voters were clearly motivated to change the course Italy is on.  Now, we knew that Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right coalition would do well alongside upstart Five Star Movement.

The question was always going to be, however, how well would they do?

It looks like it was much better than the polls wanted us to believe. Last week I told you the markets were getting nervous about this election.  This weekend the news was all about how subdued the reaction was to the polling.

As if a major technical breakout to the upside on Italian bond yields in the face of furious ECB buying wasn’t a strong enough market response?

But, that’s doesn’t fit the plan to gaslight voters and traders to worry about the potential outcome here.

The League of 5-Star Gentlemen

It looks like Five Star Movement will take more than 30% of the final tally, which is a couple of points above where polling had it tracking when the blackout went into effect two weeks ago.

The bigger result is that of The League (formerly The Northern League) who came off their secessionist mountain and ran hard on a platform of euroskepticism and anti-immigration.

The most important person in Italian politics right now is The League’s leader, Matteo “The EU can go F&%k itself” Salvini.

When the final votes are revealed, if The League out-polled Silvio “Establishment Stalking Horse” Berlusconi’s Forza Italia! then he has the hammer in coalition negotiations.

This is exactly the situation I was hoping for in this election. Because this paves the way for Salvini to pull out of the weak coalition with Berlusconi and form a stronger government with Five Star.

And at that point the price of Tums in Germany rises sharply on new demand.  Because the ‘agita’ over Italy’s untenable banking and debt situation will be enormous.

But, if you want to know what the real issue is just look at this map of Italian unemployment.

1% GDP growth is not something to cheer about when you have this kind of capital destruction for half of a country.   And with the euro above $1.20, just like Germany wants it, this is only making it harder for Italy to compete in world markets.

In other words, German strong-euro policy is creating the very election results now creating agita in Berlin.

Forza Populism!

Politicians are stupid.

They don’t know anything about currency, capital flow or substitution effects… except when it feathers their nests.  But, when a policy is inconvenient to them they invariably blame ‘the market’ which is another way of saying ‘blaming the people.’

When the people rise up and vote to end their clown show they cry “Fascism!” or “Populism!”

But this trend is in place all around Europe and it won’t end here.  Next month Hungary goes to the polls.  It’s leader Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party have the opportunity to grab a super-majority with coalition members and begin altering the Hungarian constitution to the desires of Hungarians, not the EU.

Italy just gave Hungary a big boost of adrenaline to do just that.  It also gave Poland an assist in resisting Angela Merkel’s crusade to crush Polish sovereignty for the second time by Germany in under a century.

There comes a point where lying to your people doesn’t work anymore.  They can see with their own eyes what’s happening and no amount of gaslighting via polls, economic statistics or Alinsky-style shame tactics works anymore.

That’s what’s happening in Italy.  And that’s the beginning of the end of the European Project.

Debt Crisis!  Dead Ahead!

Right now the market has been lulled into a false sense of security by the ECB’s manipulation of bond yields via its asset purchasing program, i.e. QE.  Five year Italian Credit Default Swap spreads are at a 6-month low thanks to a lack of concern about these election results.

So far, there has been no knee-jerk reaction but that can and will change if Salvini and Five Star head Luigi Di Maio put their heads together and form a workable coalition.

Because Italy’s banking system is more functionally insolvent than everyone else’s (by orders of magnitude) there will be a push by the market to resolve this situation.

For months I’ve been warning you that that all we needed was a trigger to end this counter-trend rally in the euro and firm up the U.S. dollar.

We’ve seen the rush into the euro while bond yields began rising a few months ago.  This is an investor class moving to cash pre-positioning for a chaotic market.  We’ll see a bit more of this while these results are digested and there is still hope for a Grand Coalition deal between Berlusconi’s center-right coalition and the failing Democrats.

But, more likely is what I just laid out above.  So, the next step will be the wholesale pulling out of assets from Europe once Salvini rejects a deal from Berlusconi and he and Di Maio form a government.

And once that occurs, CDS rates will rise, bond yields (already under pressure from a tightening Fed) will rise as well and the next wave of the cycle can begin.

Salvini knows the euro is the main source of Italy’s pain.  He’s said as much.  Now here’s the opportunity to heal Italy as a country and bring the North, where The League is strong, and the South, where Five Star is strong, together for an Italy which stands up to the depredations of a voracious EU bureaucracy.

As I’ve pointed out multiple times, the German people have no desire to bail out Italy.  They wouldn’t bail out Greece, a much smaller problem.  They just voted for no bail-outs and are marching in the streets against more strain on their social fabric via Merkel’s immigration policy.

So, the only path forward in Italy’s best interest is Salvini and Di Maio coming together and selling a showdown with Germany over the euro and debt relief.  Once they move forward with reforms both Brussels and the IMF will not back the true face of the EU will be shown and I expect an already angry Italy will shift very quickly towards Italeave just like what happened in the U.K. with Brexit.

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Normalization Process™ – Italian Electorate Made 2+2 Equal 4 Again! (w/Updates)


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Folks, elections in Italy yesterday and the results in Italy were a BIG EVENT.

And here is Joey Mann, who appears to be a very reliable source on all things Italian politics.

To get a feel for how big, I have embedded a video from the Eurofanatic Euro News site. You can tell in their voices…

But now, back to the BIG

Here is how BIG!

If you recall dear reader, a BIG RESULT as defined by your humble blogger was if the Partito Democratico (PD – Leftist post-Communists) would get a sub 20% total. The reason why this was so important is that the PD is actually comprised of two radicalized Leftist Parties. The reason the PD center held going into this election was because they were in power and there was some “hopium” that they could be involved in a coalition government after the elections. And this was the GOAL that the goal-seeking #fakepolls were SEEKING.

Now, with this drubbing, there is no material reason (and these are functional materialists) for this political party to stay together since there will be no coalition.

Therefore, the Left in Italy is for all intents and purposes DEAD!

Another aside, the +Europa is the party of the “vacuum cleaner abortionist” witch that Francis was pumping before the elections.

Say no more.

Moving on, #FAKEPOLLS.

Remember those polls before the election that had the PD neck and neck with the 5 Star Movement at around 28%? It wasn’t that long ago… (see here)

For CONTEXT purposes, three weeks ago, the PD and 5Star were neck and neck. Yesterday, PD was at 18% while 5Star was at 33%.

This is a difference of a 15% swing in three weeks time. 

They fooled us again? 😉


Yea, #FAKEPOLLS indeed!

Of further note, if you dear readers recall, the last time Silvio Berlusconi was the Prime Minister, way back when in 2011, the European Central Bank was the Euroland entity that executed a successfusoft coup d’etat against the then duly elected government and had Berlusconi overthrown. (see here)

How’s that for revenge!

Speaking of getting overthrown, but this time by the electorate, another massive defeat was handed to the former “soul of Europe” Matteo Renzi, the hope of the European Left and establishment. The guy still hasn’t won an election. And here’s the blog roll to prove it:

Normalization Process™ – The Italian Referendum Preview (Updated)


The Normalization Process™ – Italian Cultural Marxism On The Brink…

You just got to wonder how long until Soros and company pull the plug on this LOSER!

So moving on…

What does the lay of the land look like today, after another OCCURRENCE of VIRTUAL REALITY crashing headlong into OBJECTIVE REALITY in Italy this time?

Well for starters, remember this:

And given that the PD was the only pro-Europe party in the election, if it disintegrates, there will be no formal entity that will be representing “European”, read German and Globalists interests in Italy.

It’s enough to make some people tear-up with joy:

And if there is no political party representing “European” interests in Italy, there is no entity representing the interests of the European Central Bank in Italy.


Yep, and as our dear and loyal readers know from multiple posts, the situation is as follows: The European Central Bank (ECB) is the ONLY purchaser of Italian Debt at present. This has been the case since the 4th Quarter of 2016.

And this will be the case until… another VIRTUAL REALITY collides with OBJECTIVE REALITY event occurs.

As your humble blogger has been explaining ad nauseum, the only way that Italy can get out of this pathological situation is by leaving the Euro currency. By leaving the Euro, or Italeave as it is being called, and returning to the Italian Lira, but at a much devalued rate, the Italian economy, after an initial shock, would re-balance itself at a lower exchange rate, internal production would regain its competitiveness and the Italian economy would return to steady growth in a few months time.

The biggest impact though would be on Germany. Given that the Germans hold the largest part of what are called the Target2 imbalances (haven’t heard about those lately, now have we? Wonder why?), the ECB, the German central bank (German Bundesbank) and the rest of the German banking industry would need to realize those loses from the Italian devaluation. This would create an economic crisis in Germany and the wider Euroland since these remaining countries would need to recapitalize those governmental and EU institutions that became insolvent from realizing the losses from the revaluation of Italian debt (investment assets to these entities). (see here and here and here)

And just as a small reminder for those who want to go a bit deeper into the long grass, see here.

And just another small reminder for those who want to understand how this would affect FrancisChurch, see here.

Summing up the situation above, one can say that Italy has reached a point where the OBJECTIVE REALITY, i.e. national insolvency had collided with the VIRTUAL REALITY that was being kept alive by the European Central Bank through its purchasing of Italian debt.

By doing so, the ECB was admitting that it is propping up an insolvent state. The ECB had to do this because at these levels of interest rates paid by Italy, no private investors was willing to purchase or hold Italian government debt.

And by continuing these debt purchase operations, the ECB is exposing itself, and its stakeholders, which are the European Central Banks of the European states that use the Eurocurrency, and by extension the taxpayers of these Euro-area countries, to gigantic losses if Italy leaves the Euro currency and returns to a devalued national currency.

So looking at this above explained situation from the point of view of the Antonio Spadaro’s maxim that “2+2=5”, what we are seeing is that this fiction can only be propped up for a given period of time. Eventually, the equation has to revert back to the OBJECTIVE REALTY of equaling 4.

And the Italian Electorate yesterday voted to make 2+2 equal 4 again!

And here are some of the comments that appeared on Twitter:

And this:

Your humble blogger will be adding as the night (day already in Europe) goes on…

UPDATE #1 04:30 5 March 2018

Nota bene: If center-right goes 40%+, they will be able to rule alone.

With 72.9% of votes counted, here is how the electoral map looks:

UPDATE #2 04:30 5 March 2018

And we have an update from Deacon Nick and

And even though this is a bit off topic, but the guy did spend $150 million on 3 delegates in 2016…


When You Have The ONE TRUE FAITH, Ecumenism Is Solemn Nonsense…


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… and so is FrancisChurch along with the entire post-conciliar NUChurch in which FrancisChurch subsists.

Special Saturday edition.

It would appear that Western Civilization is on the cusp of a massive Catholic revival. This revival is being brought about by social media and the ready access to information that appears on the various platforms. This information in turn, has initiated a “discernment” PROCESS which is attracting non-Catholics and fallen away Catholics back to the ONE TRUE FAITH.

The signs are everywhere…

Reading the Catholic Herald yesterday, I ran across their post about Lizzie Reezay. (see here) Now Lizzie was the young lady that converted to Catholicism from the Church of Christ protestant sect, and the one that your humble blogger featured in the post titled New Convert Lizzie Answers Why FrancisChurch Is A Dying Sect…

In that Catholic Herald post, there was another conversion case presented, this one of Elena Attfield. Here is how she was presented:

Elena Attfield, a postgraduate student at LSE (London School of Economics). As an Evangelical, Attfield used Facebook and Instagram to share the Gospel, “and Catholics were a prime target”. But when some Catholics reached out to her, her perspective began to change.

But the best part of her story was her OBSERVATION that I have used in the screen grab of the Tweet that I have placed at the top of this post.

So hold that thought…

A few positions higher, we can see another Catholic Herald post, but this one a rather disappointing post, about Dr. Jordan Peterson. Unfortunately, the typical calumny is spread about Dr. Peterson’s work by the author. However, it is still worth reading since it demonstrates an interesting fallacious argument used against Dr. Peterson.

Specifically, while recognizing that the end goal of Dr. Peterson is to discern what is objectively TRUE, the author then goes on to criticize Dr. Peterson’s criticism of political correctness, which is by it’s very definition NOT TRUE.

Or as Mrs. Attfield would say: ERRONIOUS.

In other words, the ideology of political correctness was invented because it’s adherant can’t handle that which is OBJECTIVELY TRUE.

The term “political correctness” is just the contemporary form of what is known as SOLIPSICM (a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing; also : extreme egocentrism). The downstream effect of a solipsistic mindset, when encountering external REALITY is that it leads to what is know as “magical thinking, which denotes the fallacious attribution of causal relationships between actions and events.

In a nutshell, magical thinking is:

… the belief that one’s thoughts by themselves can bring about effects in the world or that thinking something corresponds with doing it. (…), the belief can cause a person to experience fear, seemingly not rationally justifiable to an observer outside the belief system, of performing certain acts or having certain thoughts because of an assumed correlation between doing so and threatening calamities.

If we were to provide examples of this “solipsistic magic thinking” known as “political correctness”  that can be OBSERVED in day to day life, one great example would be the disconnect between that which is written by Mrs Attfield above, i.e. that it was the “non-ecumenism” of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus that attracted her to the Catholic Faith, and that which appears below: (see here)

4) What did the Pope say about converting people?

Early in the interview, the following exchange occurs:

The Pope smiles and says: “Some of my colleagues who know you [Scalfari] told me that you will try to convert me [to atheism].”

It’s a joke I tell him. My friends think it is you [the Pope] want to convert me [to Christianity].

He smiles again and replies: “Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.”

Can’t make this stuff up folks.

But there is a deeper problem that people from the Novus Ordo sect have with objective Truth. The problem that they have with objective Truth is that it demolishes their entire post-conciliar “new springtime of the spirit of VII” PARADIGM”

If we start from the premise that the entire Second Vatican Council was called to introduce a false ecumenism into the Bride of Christ, (which it was) then we see why the Novus Ordo sectarians have a problem with capital “T” Truth.

Case in point, how can one claim that NUChurch has attractivistic capabilities when Elena Attfield’s conversion happened on the premise that the “spirit of VII” ecumenism is solemn nonsense?

Here is the proof, as seen by a heretic: (see here)

One of the most controversial texts in all of the documents of Vatican II is that of article 8 of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen gentium). The church “subsists in” the Catholic church, rather than “is” the Catholic church, as the earlier text had it.

It is this logical fallacy that opened the door for universalism, or the doctrine held especially by some Christian groups that all people will eventually be saved. I.e. the Bishop Barron position.

Yet as we know ontologically, and what Mrs. Attfield confirmed: “pro multi”, not “pro omnes”.

So what we see here is a logical contradiction. This ERROR introduced by the “pastoral council” breaks with the Laws of Thought, which are defined here:

The laws of thought are fundamental axiomatic rules upon which rational discourse itself is often considered to be based. The formulation and clarification of such rules have a long tradition in the history of philosophy and logic. Generally they are taken as laws that guide and underlie everyone’s thinking, thoughts, expressions, discussions, etc. However such classical ideas are often questioned or rejected in more recent developments, such as intuitionistic logic, dialetheism and fuzzy logic.

And even if these classical ideas are “questioned” in specific technical fields, they appear to hold as universal principles that have an attractivistic capacity.

And since we are on the subject of “attractivistic capacity”, no better support for this presupposition can be had than this lede passage from the Dr. Peterson post of the Catholic Herald:

Jordan Peterson’s two-and-a-half hour lecture entitled “Introduction to the Idea of God” has been viewed nearly 1.6 million times in the nine months it has been online. That’s more than three times as many views as the most popular video by the Church’s biggest Anglophone social media star, Bishop Robert Barronand that clip is a bite-sized nine minutes and was published six years ago. How is a devotee of anti-Christian thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche and Carl Jung outdrawing Catholic prelates in the media marketplace for Christian theology?

The answer to that question is easy: Dr. Jordan’s Christian quality content of his videos is by far superior to that of the NUChurch’s Fr. Barron.

Another way to restate the above is as follows: the quality content is higher because Dr. Peterson’s material has a greater positive correlation to that which is objectively true then that which is produced by Fr. Barron.

And it would appear that the higher the Objective Truth content of any material, the better that content can provide MEANING for the content recipient.

There’ s that word again…

Nota bene: That word even made a cameo appearance in the recent Placuit Deo Letter of the CDF.

Anyone catch it?

And just to support the above observation, I have produced three other videos below that I have picked randomly off of the YouTube Channel when I entered the term “Catholic Conversion”.

This was the first time I have watched any of these individuals, and to be perfectly honest, I am blown away. It would appear that there are basic universal themes which were responsible for these people to convert to Catholicism. One is the Real Presence (so much for the protestantized mass of Paul VI), while another is the systematic rationality and logical structure of the Catholic Faith itself. Not to mention the Traditional Latin Mass. It would appear that the Catholic Faith can attract different people on different levels all depending on their own personal God given abilities, attributes and interests.

Here are the three videos: one from a former Mormon, one from Reformed Protestantism and one from an Atheist. Please watch an compare to the material presented in Lizzie’s Reezay’s video and see for yourselves the common features between these four conversion stories.

And one final thought. The next Roman Pontiff should create a dicastry to examine this conversion PHENOMENON and promote it actively. This course of action would be much more beneficial for the Church then promoting deviant sexual behaviour and political extremism among the young and vulnerable.

It would also appear that there is a great hunger for Catholicism which can not only help many people establish MEANING in their personal lives, but can by default fill up the Churches and Seminaries very fast!

But in order for this to happen, the “new springtime of the spirit of VII” and the homo-heresy PARADIGM must be overcome.


The Atheist – This is my favorite video. Leah used her mathematical background to discern that Catholicism is the ONE TRUE FAITH.

Reformed Protestant – The power of the Real Presence!

Morman – More Real Presence and Catholic Priesthood!

Placuit Deo – The Catholic Responce… (w/Update)


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The first comprehensive commentary of the CDF Letter “Placuit Deo” has appeared, written by the folks at the Veri Catholici website. This website is a trusted source for Catholic Magisterial teaching (see here).

I would also like to point your attention to The Remnant website and a great post written by a favorite of this blog, Hilary White. In that post, she does a textual criticism of the Placuit Deo Letter, highlighting the post-Modernist ERROR which disregards the objective meaning of words and their common usage. (see here)

One example of this above described PHENOMENON is the constant reference to “rigid” and this term being tied into “neo-Pelagian Prometheanism” by Francis. Yet Card. (h/t HWhite – I jumped the gun) Archbishop Ladaria, when asked by Ed Pentin why “rigid” does not appear in the Letter, replied that he didn’t know that it was not in the Letter.

Given that the Letter’s stated intent is to:

“demonstrate certain aspects of Christian salvation that can be difficult to understand”, i.e. neo-Palagionsim and neo-Gnosticism,

and that:

“Pope Francis, in his ordinary magisterium, often has made reference to the two tendencies described above, that resemble certain aspects of two ancient heresies, Pelagianism and Gnosticism,…”

one would assume that the concept of liturgical/theological “rigidity” would play an important, if not central role in the definition of neo-Pelagianism.

But it don’t…

So what does that mean?

Simply, that we are dealing with post-Modernists.

Ockham’s razor posits: numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate.

Moving on…

Below is the reproduction of the Veri Catholici Twitter string on the subject and the full commentary on the Placuit Deo Letter of the CDF:

The CDF letter, “Placuit Deo” contains several grave errrors and heresies: In this Thread these will be explained. The document is at …

The first grave error, which is implicitly heretical, is the phrase “Christian Salvation”, which implies there is salvation apart from Christ and makes the only Salvation, which is Christ, merely a species of salvation in general.

Second, the English translation follows the usage of godless Atheists in denying the honorific capitalization to the Divine Nature, the Mediator etc., which Catholics are accustomed to

Third, the letter falls into the error of Gnosticism/Heraclitus’ metaphysics when it says, “The teaching on salvation in Christ must always be deepened.” As if there is something insufficient or ineffective in the plain preaching of the Gospel contained in Scripture and Tradition

Fourth, the Letter falls into gender confusion when it says, “Holding fast to the gaze of the Lord Jesus, the Church turns toward all persons with a maternal love” Because the Church is feminine and Christ is masculine and that colors their vision.

 Fifth, the Letter establishes a new deposit of the faith (“the greater tradition of the faith and with particular reference to the teachings of Pope Francis”) which is both objectively and ontologically different from that of Scripture and Sacred Tradition

These 5 points show that the Letter is formally Gnostic, while claiming to denounce “Gnosticism”. This is a very deceptive and dangerous document. We warn all the Faithful to reject it!

 Sixth, the Letter advances the errors of Personalism, which infect the Pontifical Institutes at Rome, and which redefines salvation as salvation of the human person, rather than of the soul, and the body only in virtue of the Resurrection in the world to come.

Seventh, the Letter in II, 2, presents an ontological soteriology divorced from all moral causes and effects, as if sin and repentance from it are not essential or key themes in true soteriology. This is pure Gnosticism of the classical kind.

Eight, despite its attempts to avoid neo-Pelagianism, the letter in II, 4, falls into classical Pelagianism when it writes, “so that we are able to unite ourselves to the Father as sons in the

Ninth, the Letter reiterates a key error of Personalism when it writes in III, 5 “Man perceives himself, directly or indirectly, as a mystery”, this confounds the Mysteries of revelation and true religion, with existentialist conceptions of individuality and existence.

Tenth, the Letter falls into the errors of Americanism by claiming that all men seek happiness and are in pursuit of it. Catholic teaching is that all men, wounded by original sin, no longer seek blessedness but idolatrous images of it, unless they are saved by grace of Christ.

Comment from reader – Ted writes: “Actually, point ten is false. Even St Thomas Aquinas, following Aristotle, points out “that of necessity, every man desires happiness.” ( S. Theol., First Part of the Second Part, Q, 5, Ar 8, resp.). Americanism simply follows what is self evident.”

 Eleventh, the Letter incompetently attempts to expound a Christian anthropology without confessing that there is a Creator of man, that man’s principal part is his soul, and that salvation consists both in an ontological and a moral conversion!

Twelfth, the Letter in III, 7 falls into the implicitly heretical position of saying that evil comes from man’s heart, when the Catholic Faith holds from the beginning that evil is from the pride of Lucifer who seduced Angels and who can have power over material things.

Thirteenth, in III, n. 8 the Letter has a non sequitur, “Therefore, Divine salvation takes on the creaturely order shared by all humanity and accompanies their concrete journey in history.” whereby it introduces a soteriology for irrational things to support Ecologic marxism.

Fourteenth, in III n. 8, it repeats the sloppy notion of B16 that Being a Christian is an encounter, when in fact Trent teaches that it begins with justification and sanctification which is the result of Divine Action, not merely an encounter.

Fifteenth, in IV, n.9 we find 1 Catholic paragraph, which contains a correct explanation, but is ideologically isolated from the rest of the Letter, whose errors it does not sufficiently refute.

Sixteenth, in V, n. 12, the Letter fails to correctly identify the Catholic Church and scrupulously omits the word “Catholic” and thus gives support to the error that there is good hope for salvation outside the Catholic Church.

Seventeenth, in V. 12, the Letter reiterates Bergoglian pantheism when it states: “In her we touch the flesh of Jesus, especially in our poorest and most suffering brothers and sisters.” Confounding sarx with somata to promote the elevation of eros to the level of caritas.

Eighteenth, in V. 14, the Letter falls into the error of asserting human relationships as necessary for salvation, even though many a Saintly hermit spoke and communed with no one for decades and the rest of their lives!

Nineteenth, in VI, 15, the Letter repeats the nonsensical and absurd doctrine of Salvation by Dialogue, and omits direct reference to preaching the Gospel necessity of accepting Christ or being damned, as Christ Himself said, not dialogued: Repent and Believe!

Finally, if a student in a theology course at a Pontifical University had written this document, VC would give them a 3 out of 10 for its poor attempt to reiterate Catholic Doctrine on the key errors of our day.

Please share this critique because so many “scholars” have been fooled by this document, very cleverly written to introduce heresy into the mind of unsuspecting and un-alert Catholics.

#FakeNews Media – Where Life In Fact Imitates Art…


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As you dear reader and this humble blogger are watching (sensory data) the POLITICAL sub-set of the Invisibilium Omnium, one aspect that stands out is the role that is being played by the #fakenews media.

What appears to be the case is that it can no longer simply be said that there is a functioning First Amendment in the United States of America.

This observation becomes self apparent when we observe OCCURRENCES where free speech is being restricted if not outright banned from various media platforms. The latest report comes via Twitter where one very well known personality, one Tommy Robinson, appears to be the first case where a person is has been banned from Twitter for quoting statistics.

I kid you not, and here is the evidence:

And just to provide CONTEXT as to the proper interpretation of the case law that supports the rights of private entities to discriminate against content that might appear on their platform, it is as follows:

The usual avenue of redress for cases like this used be the US Court system. Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear to be the case any longer. But I digress…

Finally, the big news of the week was the announcement of the Very Stable Genius President Donald J. Trump to seek reelection in 2020. And just as this news was spreading far and wide, reports started coming in that those “private” media companies were purging conservative, rational and realist content from their platforms. Which leads Stefan Molyneux to ask:



And just as with Howard Beale, the main character in the 1976 film Network, who threatens to commit suicide if he is taken off the air, the #fakenews media is not just threatening, but in fact committing suicide in their irrational obsession with overthrowing the duly and legally elected President of the Unites States of America. (see here)

What are the chances that the same entities funding CNN are also funding FrancisChurch?

I will leave this question dangling for a future post…

So today, we chronicle the #fakenews media and its active co-conspiratorial part in what is known as the “muh Russia” conspiracy. The post below comes from the Zero Hedge website (see here) and I bring it to your attention and…


‘Russiagate’ Is Revealing Alarming Truths About America’s Political-Media Elites

Authored by Stephen Cohen via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Its allegations and practices suggest disdain for American institutions, principles, best interests, and indeed for the American people…

Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at

The nearly two-year-long series of allegations and investigations now known as “Russiagate” were instigated by top American political, media, and (probably) intelligence elites (mostly Democratic or pro-Democratic, but not only). What they have wrought suggests profoundly disturbing characteristics of people who play a very large role in governing this country.

Cohen specifies six such barely concealed truths, which he and Batchelor then discuss.

1. Russiagate promoters evidently have little regard for the current or future institution of the American presidency.

At the center of their many allegations is the claim that the current president, Donald Trump, achieved the office in 2016 because of a conspiracy (“collusion”) with the Kremlin; or as a result of some dark secret the Kremlin uses to control him; or due to “Russian interference” in the election; or to all three. Which means, they say outright or imply daily, that he is some kind of Kremlin agent or “puppet” and thus “treasonous.”

Such allegations are unprecedented in American history. They have already deformed Trump’s presidency, but no consideration is given to how they may affect the institution in the future. Unless actual proof is provided in the specific case of Trump—thus far, there is none—they are likely to leave a stain of suspicion (or similar allegations) on future presidents. If the Kremlin is believed to have made Trump president and corrupted him, even if this is not proven, why not future presidents as well?

That is, Russiagate zealots seek to delegitimize Trump’s presidency, but risk leaving a long-term cloud over the institution itself. And not only the presidency. They now clamor that the Kremlin is targeting the 2018 congressional elections, thereby projecting the same dark cloud over Congress, as some embittered losers are likely to blame Putin’s Kremlin.

2. These same Russiagate promoters clearly also have no regard for America’s national security.

This is revealed in three ways:

  1. By loudly and regularly proclaiming that Russia’s “meddling” in the 2016 US presidential election was “an attack on American democracy” and thus “an act of war,” comparable to Pearl Harbor and 9/11, as recently inventoried by Glenn Greenwald, they are literally practicing the dictionary meaning of “warmongering.” Can this mean anything less than that Washington must respond with “an act of war” against Russia? Tellingly, Russiagaters rarely if ever mention the potentially apocalyptic consequences of war between these two nuclear superpowers.
  2. Still more, by their Russiagate accusations against Trump, whom they characterize as a “mentally unstable president,” they risk prodding or provoking the president to undertake just such a war against Russia in order to demonstrate that he is not the “Kremlin’s puppet.”
  3. Meanwhile, by repeatedly stating they do not trust Trump to negotiate with Russian President Putin, Russiagate zealots severely limit his capacity, possessed by all American presidents since the onset of the atomic age, to resolve potential nuclear crises through diplomatic means rather than by military action, as President John F. Kennedy did in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. (Imagine, Cohen adds, the outcome had Kennedy been so assailed by the allegations being leveled against Trump today.)

In short, as Cohen has argued previously, Russiagate and its elite adherents are now the number-one threat to American national security, not Russia itself.

3. Having found no factual evidence of such a plot, promoters of Russiagate have shifted their focus from the Kremlin’s alleged hacking of e-mails at the Democratic National Committee to Russia’s social-media “attack on our democracy.” In so doing, they reveal something bordering on contempt for American voters, for the American people.

A foundational principle of theories of democratic representative government is that voters make rational and legitimate decisions. But Russiagate advocates strongly imply—even state outright—that American voters are easily duped by “Russian disinformation,” zombie-like awaiting a signal as how to act and vote. The allegation is reminiscent of, for people old enough to remember, the classic Cold War film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” But, Cohen proposes, let the following representatives of America’s elite media speak for themselves:

According to Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, Russia social-media intrusions “manipulated American thought.… The minds of social media users are likely becoming more, not less, malleable.” And this, she goes on, is especially true of “older, nonwhite, less-educated people.” New York Times columnist Charles Blow adds that this was true of “black folks.” Times reporter Scott Shane is entirely straightforward, writing about “Americans duped by the Russian trolls.” And Evan Osnos of The New Yorker spells it out without nuance: “At the heart of the Russian fraud is an essential, embarrassing insight into American life: large numbers of Americans are ill-equipped to assess the credibility of the things they read.”

Cohen emphasizes (though this is hardly necessary) that these are lead writers for some of America’s most elite publications. He adds, their apparent contempt for “ordinary” Americans is not unlike a centuries-old trait of the Russian intelligentsia, which held the Russian narod(people) in similar contempt, while maintaining that it therefore must lead them, and not always in democratic ways.

4. Russiagate was initiated by political actors, but the elite establishment media gave it traction, inflated it, and promoted it to what it is today.

These most “respectable” media include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and, of course, CNN and MSNBC, among others. These media outlets constantly proclaim themselves to be factual, unbiased, balanced, and thus another essential component of American democracy—a “fourth branch of government.”

But that has been far from the case in their reporting and commentary on Russiagate. Their combined loathing for Trump and “Putin’s Russia” has produced one of the worst episodes of media malpractice in the history of American journalism. This requires a special detailed study, though no media critics or journalism schools seem interested. But a somewhat close reader of these mainstream newspapers, and television “news” viewer, will note their selective, disproportionate coverage of some stories to the exclusion of others; the prejudicial language and prosecutorial slant often employed; the systematic violation of journalistic due process and presumption of innocence; the equal exclusion of contrary “sources” and “expert” opinions in their pages and on their televised panels; and other disregard for long-established journalistic standards.

Nor are these elite media outlets above slurring the reputations of people who dissent from their prosecutorial coverage of Russiagate. Very recently, for example, The New York Times traduced a Facebook vice president whose own study suggested that “that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal” of Russian use of Facebook. Even more revealing, a brand name of the liberal-progressive MSNBC, John Heilemann, suggested on air, referring to Congressman Devin Nunes, “that we actually have a Russian agent running the House Intel Committee on the Republican side.” The Democratic senator being interviewed, Chris Murphy, was less than categorical in brushing aside the “question.”

And not to be overlooked, these mainstream media have done little if anything to protest the creeping Big Brother censorship programs now being assiduously promoted by government and private institutions in order to ferret out and ban “Russian disinformation,” something of which any American dissenter from the orthodox Russiagate narrative might be “guilty” entirely on his or her own. Indeed, leading media have abetted and legitimized these undemocratic undertakings by citing them as legitimate sources.

Cohen leaves to others to decide what the Russiagate role of establishment media reveals about the elites who run them.

5. Briefly regarding the obvious role being played by the Democratic Party, or at least by its leading members, in Russiagate…

whatever the serious commissions and omissions of the Republican Party may be: In a word, as it looks ahead to congressional elections in 2018, this essential component of the American (perhaps lamentably) two-party democratic system is now less a vehicle of positive domestic and foreign-policy alternatives than a party promoting conspiracy theories, Cold War, and neo-McCarthyism. (According to conversations with a number of local candidates, these electoral approaches are less their initiatives than cues, or directives, coming from high party levels—that is, from the Democratic elite.) And this leaves aside the Russiagate social-media narrative that blames the Kremlin for “divisions” in America that have pitted American citizens, and Democrats and Republicans, against each other for decades, often in “exacerbated” ways, not merely since 2016.

6. Finally, but no less revealing…

American elites have long professed to be people of civic courage and honor. But Russiagate has produced very few “profiles in courage” – people who use their privileged positions of political or media influence to protest the abuses itemized above.

Hence another revelation, if it is really that: America’s elites are composed overwhelmingly not of “rugged individualists” but of conformists – whether that is due to ambition, fear, or ignorance hardly matters.