Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cardinal Burke Says the Pope Does NOT Consider Him an Enemy

Here is my favorite part: He said the Pope is encouraged by his candor!

"I have never been, and I am not presently, the enemy of the Pope," the American cardinal said. Although he has made a number of public statements that have been critical of the Pope's public statements, Cardinal Burke stressed that he will always remain loyal to the Pontiff.

Cardinal Burke reported that he had told Pope Francis, in a friendly conversation: "Holy Father, the only way I can serve you is by speaking the truth in the best and clearest way possible." He said that the Pope replied: "That's what I want."

I absolutely believe this.

The accusation we are pope haters is about as credible as the accusation we're 'republicans'.

The Holy Father has told people we love to listen to heretics when making prudential judgments about how to respond to temptation. They have embraced that advice and are being robbed of their salvation.

Any and every Catholic who takes their baptismal vows seriously, who loves Christ and loves their relatives and friends is going to stand in the public square and blow a trumpet. At a deafening decibel level until they wave a white flag in surrender, or it collapses on its own. As it always does.

We may hate the effect of a person who is causing great harm, we may do everything in our power to stop it, but we do not hate the person. We don't take a shine to him, but we don't hate him!

Cardinal Burke also re-affirmed that he/we will never be part of a schism.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “I will never leave the Catholic Church. No matter what happens I intend to die a Roman Catholic. I will never be part of a schism.

“I’ll just keep the faith as I know it and respond in the best way possible. That’s what the Lord expects of me. But I can assure you this: You won’t find me as part of any schismatic movement or, God forbid, leading people to break away from the Catholic Church. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the church of our Lord Jesus Christ and the pope is his vicar on earth and I’m not going to be separated from that.”

Love this man!

We are going nowhere.

Staying with the Eucharist, Sacraments and Deposit of Faith. Hanging on to everything we can to preserve the Inheritance that belongs to the next generation.

A New Day Dawning Catholic Blogosphere

There's a lot of great commentary out there about the changes taking place at the Register and blogosphere, so I won't repeat them.

I will say that while I'm sorry the changes will result in a loss of income for two Catholic families, I am very happy about the positive ways it will change our ability to evangelize the people we love. Ultimately, these are changes to the efficacy of the truth and salvation of our people. These changes will help us shepherd our people to the fiat of living each day in a state of Sanctifying Grace and I am so happy about this outcome, I could do a cartwheel.

And I am really happy for the folks at EWTN. The rift with faithful Catholics has widened over the years and it had a negative impact upon Mother Angelica's mission to preserve our families from the hostility within. I truly believe these changes happened with her intercession.

Lots of people contributed to this outcome. People who tried to reach out privately to EWTN, Catholics who were forced to point out the errors on blogs, Austin's, Steven, John Henry and Jason's articles over the last few months.

I couldn't agree more with this comment from Fr. Heilman.

I see an amazing group of devout Catholics who have been beat up by a powerful progressive movement for 50 years, finally seeing some cause for rejoicing. The ship is turning ... slowly ... but it is turning.



My general advice going forward would be to pay as little attention to Mark and Simcha as possible. Chances are, their behavior is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. They've got to keep up the feud, keep blaming others for the outcome they caused and bearing false witness to make themselves relevant and I think the less relevant they become, the more outrageous that conduct will become.

Case in point, Mark's latest post.

In it, he caritcatures Simcha's 'a bawdry d*ick joke' (gross, but it must be said) as similar to the Scriptural writings of St. Paul. He continues with the flaw of painting Catholic prolife activists as salacious and bloodthirsty and efforts to topple the infiltration of Mother Angelica's apostolate as politically-motivated while painting Simcha as a person who wouldn't harm a fly.

She does none harm. She says none harm. She thinks none harm.

But there was a plethora of evidence to the contrary.

EWTN is is refuge from the hostility Church teaching faces in our parish, communities and in the public square. The enemy had set up camp within it and were launching grenades at faithful Catholics for years. She and husband conducted themselves with viscous conduct. True, not quite as vicious as Mark, but it was vicious. Vulgar and vicious. They were teaching that conduct to others and we were encountering it in our parishes, community and the public square.

This was contrary to Mother Angelica's reasons for building. the refuge from it. As a result, the Register began to lose their base of readers. That, combined with their refusal to stop it for years did significant damage to the Register. The broken trust and hostility was going to go one way or the other. Many of us had given up hope it was gonzo. Like thousands of other aposolates we have had the misfortune to lose.

I believe one of the main reasons for this 180 degree turn-around was Shimek's article. If they need a scapegoat for their own accountability, they can blame Shimek.

Fr. Longnecker explains the same reasons I have been articulating in a different way.

I think we ought to put things in perspective. First of all, I think Mark and Simcha’s main problem is that they forgot some of the basic rules of writing. I’ve always understood that a good writer writes primarily for his audience–not for himself. This doesn’t mean one has to pander to the audience and simply feed the monkeys. It does mean that you keep your audience in mind so that when you challenge them you challenge them in a way they will be able to hear and understand. In other words, you build up trust with your audience. People should come back to your blog or your column because you are going to inspire, entertain and challenge them, but if all you do is inspire or entertain or challenge they will soon look elsewhere.

If I’m right about this, the release of Mark and Simcha doesn’t have as much to do with their behavior as people, but with their behavior as writers. They’re both good writers, but maybe they forgot that to be a writer you are in a position of respect with your audience. If you know your audience is conservative religious people, then it’s not too smart to use profanity, go on ceaselessly about how dumb and hypocritical they are and how stupid their pet projects are. Criticize by all means, but criticize in a smart and specific way. It is possible to criticize with wit and charity–although in the present political climate I admit that this is increasingly difficult.

In my opinion Mark and Simcha were released not because they are bad people or bad writers or bad Catholics but simply because they were no longer successfully connecting with their audience.

I hope in a few days, they'll start thinking and acting rational and go on to make changes and recover. The only other choice they have is to continue to pass out the koolaid WITHOUT the sponsorship of EWTN. That will be like talking to a refrigerator.

They have our prayers but it is time to put our energy into building a new Catholic blogosphere.

A reader pointed us to a great summary on angelqueen:

Still ranting in irrational outbursts, smearing and anathematizing Catholics. Tough case.

Part of the problem may have been a failure to understand how the teaching on abortion applies to politics as well as a failure to grasp Catholic sensibilities in Catholic culture. Fortunately, there is a cure for that problem. It’s called a Catholic education. There is still time to look into that.


The abortion issue in this year’s presidential election in the United States requires an exercise of reason and rational prudential judgment, not the knee-jerk emotionalism of the NeverTrumpers’ virtue signaling. There are still Catholic colleges and high schools which teach enough about natural law and Thomistic philosophy to find one’s footing in the exercise of reason and prudential judgments in the world of reality. That would provide a good remedy for these anti-Catholic outbursts. Conversion should include embracing the Catholic teachings on natural law and prudential judgments on the abortion issue in politics. That is essential for becoming an informed, sound, and educated adult Catholic. It might also provide some help in avoiding accusations about a lack of charity in future exchanges on this controversy.

And that's the way it is.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Petition urges Pope Francis to Stop Harmful Sex Ed Program

Our friend Judie Brown and John Henry have organized a petition to Pope Francis to intervene on the harmful sex ed initiative coming from the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Please sign and pass along to your networks.

Thanks to Judie and John Henry for staying on top of this one.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shea's Post-Mortem Conspiracy Theories

A lot going on there.

Still can't own up to the fact that nothing but his own conduct is responsible for this ending.

Of course people forgive conduct. That doesn't mean your qualified to continue to run a Catholic Apostolate at EWTN.

Simcha Fisher's Vulgarity Worsens After Shea Was Let Go from the National Catholic Register

I think it's fair to say that everyone was surprised that the Register retained Simcha.

Maybe they hoped Simcha would clean up her act. Unfortunately, it seems she's chosen the route of escalating her rhetoric to something you'd expect from a back-alley ghetto prostitute.

Fisher is the most vulgar women I have ever encountered.

That is saying a lot.

I was born in Roxbury and grew up in Boston. I did go to Catholic school, so I was a little protected from the foul-mouthed fishwives and ruffians, but we saw it all.

Apologies up front for the vulgarity but I believe the National Catholic Register has more cleaning house to do and her vulgarity should be under their noses.

She wasn't done yet:

The lady is a tramp.

And here is the worst part: she is conditioning other women to talk this way.

..and this woman who came onto Fr. Heilman's facebook page and repeated Simcha's rhetoric, almost verbatim:


Fr. Heilman is the priest who is running the Holy League, leading us in today's Lepanto.

Can you imagine talking like a putana in front of this holy man?

This is not the kind of leadership that has any place in Mother Angelica's apostolate. They've got to finish the job.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Priest says: "It's my fault"

Outstanding reading.

I am a weak spiritual leader who has led us to a place where “conservatives” cannot get elected or stay in office without making horrible compromises. I take the blame on this one.

I sat by and allowed sappy, effeminate, profane liturgies demoralize and deaden the hearts of our Catholic men (and many Catholic women). I remained mostly silent as feminists stripped our men of their dignity as husbands and fathers and spiritual heads of their households. I remained mostly silent as men slipped into the soul-deadening addiction of internet pornography. I remained mostly silent as liberal ideologues captured the attention of our youth. I remained mostly silent when our own Catholic leadership watered down and compromised the values and principles and morals of a once solid bedrock of faith in a tempted world. I remained mostly silent as our beloved Catholic Church was turned from a powerhouse of prayer and supernatural grace into one among many secular non-government organizations.

Please - do yourself a favor and read this devastating confession. All of us have been there.

Yes. We all let it get too far.

But we are making up for it now.

Way too late but better late than never.

N.B. Fr. Heilman had a post on Indulgences which I'm having trouble finding but will post when I do.

This is something powerful which I - and I suspect all of us - are out of the habit of doing.

The gift of indulgences to souls in purgatory adds tremendous spiritual power to your prayer life. (As does offering a Mass seeking the intention for their release.)

I don't know where this priest came from but we sooooo needed this kind of leadership.

Incidentally, I believe he helps men to organize the Holy League in their community? More info to follow.

Friday, August 19, 2016

It has finally happened: The National Catholic Register has Cut Mark Shea Loose

Late last night, Fr. Richard Heilman (Christendom's Special Forces priest!) posted that he had it on good authority that the Register had cut Mark Shea loose. Here's the post for those of you with Facebook accounts.

As we are all aware, over the years, many Catholics have written about Mark's conduct and accordingly, the inappropriateness of Mother Angelica's apostolate sponsorship of him.

As Mark and Simcha's behavior worsened, more Catholics chimed in, especially over the last few months or so.

A few days ago, Jason Jones wrote a devestating op-ed at LifeSite and Mark responded with..wait for it...an article about how sorry he was Jason was mad at him, and proceeded into a screed defending his behavior with further slanderous accusations against the prolife movement. Same old - prolifers are unfaithful to Church teachings on the poor, death penalty, etc., explaining his license for his toxic conduct.

Poor Zmirak took the last bullet for the cause, but at the end of the day, it apparently was the final straw.

The Register released a statement a short time ago:

Official Statement: The Register is no longer publishing blogs or commentaries submitted by Mark Shea. Mark’s writings at the NCRegister.com or published in our print edition were within our editorial guidelines. However, his writings and engagement on other forums were irreconcilable with our editorial vision or standards of charitable discussion.

This is a very interesting development.

A few weeks back Austin Ruse wrote an article at Crisis about Simcha when she claimed St. Maria Gorretti didn't die to save her viriginity.
, Simcha's main vile argument was St. Maria Gorretti's preservation of her virginity was shameful to rape victims. This post isn't the place to theologically respond, but suffice it to say God has a plan for each of us and preserving one's life by submitting to a rapist fulfills that plan for most of us. God's plan for St. Maria Goretti was martyrdom which was an act that resulted in the salvation of the soul of her would-be rapist. It had nothing at all to do with the Church claiming submitting to a rapist is a sin. It most certainly is NOT.

Simcha's theological blindness does not even spare this saint's innocent and magnificent gift to the Church.

The Stream also published a very articulate article written by Steven Herreid, "ProLife Catholics deserve better writers at the National Catholic Register".

Register's editor Dan Burke (who impressed me as a gentleman) responded in the comments section and spoke with a few Catholics, mostly to explain Shimek had been let go prior to his infamous last post at the Register and had published the article without permission. But in further discussion, he also took the position that Shea and Simcha's offensive conduct was not occurring at the Register (something I don't think was entirely true but their writings there were certainly tempered). He tried to make the point it was acceptable practice to hire enemies of faithful Catholics so long as their writings at the Register didn't include this conduct.

Many responded with comments that no doubt gave them food for thought. At the time, I felt we got the message through.

I wrote about the dust up here.

At the end of the day, Shimek was probably the straw that broke the camel's back. They are cleaning house. A significant victory for Catholic Blogosphere.

Several Shea/Simcha followers were appalled to hear Catholics had been praying the Register would cut Shea (and Simcha) loose. I made a valid attempt to explain that our elation at this development was about the return of orthodoxy in Mother Angelica's apostolate, not rejoicing over Mark's termination. When they could not elicit any shame in Catholics who are very pleased the Register is cleaning house, they showed their tail.

One of them, on a priest's facebook no less said "Bl*w Job swastika to all of you".

When I expressed my disgust and asked her to get a hold of herself, she repeated the vulgar sexual phrase over and over.

Another called a priest an a**hole.

No good deed goes unpunished.

I don't think anyone could be any more thrilled this dynamic will have to move on from EWTN.

Of course, Simcha is still hanging on by a thread.

The writing is on the wall.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Mark Sheat Show: The Saddam Hussein of Blogosphere.

Is there any faithfully-practicing Catholic left in Blogosphere who hasn't called out Mark Shea's fatwa?

It's nearly unanimous: Shea is a bigger horses ass than Donald Trump on his worst day.

He must be feeling his foundation starting to crumble again - he's responded to the rock Jason Jones has just flung between his eyes.

He's dusted off the crack pipe.

He says he supports prolifers. Absolutely. It's just that as the arbiter of blogosphere for the CDF, when he pronounces a war as unjust, or when the government turns over evidence for him to make a judgment on how they got info out of mass murderers, etc., when people disagree with his pronouncements, they're in a state of moral sin.

He's got parts of the Catechism we are not privy to. He's the magisterium for the parts that have never been published.

Accordingly, he was appointed to set our priorities and we're screwing them all up. Prolifers say "Who cares" about the "rag heads", "kick all the Mexicans and their brats"...

I won't bore you with any more of his screed.

It is seriously the rant of a mentally and spiritually ill person.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

54 Day Rosary for Our Nation

I'm a day late posting this, but I assume we read the same resources and you've already started the 54 day Rosary!

Who could say no to Cardinal Burke?!

Sunday, August 14, 2016