The Supreme Masters of Sophistry: Unable to Admit the Fifth Commandment Exists, part one

As I can only concentrate on one project at a time, I have had to delay any further work on part fifteen of “Sin: More Deadly Than the Coronavirus” until at least the end of this week as I have the last four days concentrating on part one of my analysis of the oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States of America on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, in the case of Thomas E. Dobbs, State Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health, et al. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, et al.

Although the concluding part of this current segment of a two-part analysis might be familiar to those who have good memories, everything prior to the conclusion is an original composition that, admittedly, makes points that I made on this site repeatedly but have been stated anew again. (I ask readers to keep in mind that constitutional law was a field of study for my doctorate in political science.)

Part one of this two-part analysis deals with the questioning of Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart, who was representing his state’s attorney general, Lynn Fitch, by the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Part two will analyze the questioning of attorney Julie Rikelman, who represented Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and of the Solicitor General of the United States of America, Elizabeth Prelogar.

Work on part two of this analysis will begin later today, and it is my expectation to have it completed for posting no later than Thursday, December 9, 2021, within the Octave of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Finally, I was unaware that Jorge Mario Bergoglio had traveled to Athens until I received a notification on my stupid cellular phone than a priest of the heretical and schismatic Greek Orthodox church called Bergoglio a heretic. Right label, of course, but for the wrong reasons, something that I will explain in a brief commentary after I post part two of this analysis later in the week.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Nicholas of Myra, pray for us.

Sainta Nicholas of Myra and Ambrose of Milan: Defenders of the Faith and Militant Foes of Heresy

Although I am about to post an original article, I am also offering the readers of this site a brief and revised reflection on two saints who opposed heresy, Saint Nicholas of Myra and Saint Ambrose of Milan. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Nicholas of Myra, pray for us.

Saint Ambrose of Milan, pray for us.

Saint Francis Xavier: Rigid Catholic "Fundamentalist" and Zealous Foe of Idolatry

This article, which was substantially revised and enlarged reflection some years ago, on the life and the tireless apostolic work of the great Jesuit missionary and one the original members of Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Company of Jesus, Saint Francis Xavier.

The title of the revised article reflects the disparaging term that Jorge Mario Bergoglio used to compare believing Catholics with modern-day faithful, believing Mohammedans who take the words of the blasphemous Koran seriously by committing acts of wanton murder against “infidels.” Saint Francis Xavier worked tirelessly for the conversion of those who belonged to false religions. Then again, he was a true Jesuit priest. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a lay Jesuit revolutionary masquerading as a “pope," a man who expelled himself from the bosom of the Catholic Church in his youth as he mocked the Immemorial Mass of Tradition and taught to disparage Catholic doctrine as being in opposition to the Gospel of Christ the King.

A Novena in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which begins today and ends on December 11, 2021, can be found in the appendix to this reflection.

Although I am working on part fifteen of "Sin: More Deadly Than the Coronavirus," the oral hearings of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization are the subject of a detailed commentary that is being written at this time. I may publish the commentary in two or three parts depending upon how much work I can get done it on today, First Friday in the month of December, after having worked on it until just about twenty minutes prior to this current posting. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Francis Xavier, S.J., pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Campion, S.J., Died to Return England to the True Faith

This is a slight revision of a reflection on the life and martyrdom of Blessed Edmund Campion, S.J., who was tortured and killed on this day, December 1 four hundred forty years ago, that is, on December 1, 1581. 

Blessed Edmund Campion was put to death on orders of "not so good" Queen Bess, that is, the wretched Queen Elizabeth I. Blessed Edmund did not give "joint blessings" with Anglican ministers have the conciliar "popes," and it is interesting to note that the four "cardinals" (two of whom are now dead) whose red hats were said to be in jeopardy for going public with their dubia about Amoris Laetitia never said a word in protest about any of those "joint blessings" and other ecumenical travesties.

Work is proceeding on part fifteen of "Sin: More Deadly Than the Coronavirus, which is turning out to be a massive undertaking. In the meantime, though, I will probably have a brief commentary on the arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Such a commentary would be in the mode of Beyond the Headlines: Making Catholic Sense of New Efforts to End Surgical Baby-Killing.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Campion, pray for us.

Irrelevant to Rioters, Looters and Their Apologists: The Binding Precepts of the Divine and Natural Laws

With apologies for the delay that it took to complete this commentary, I hereby offer you, if you are interested, that is, an article that seeks to put two of the most recent events into their proper supernatural perspective.

It is in this regard that I recorded four video presentations at various points in the last week to urge Catholics to rise about the agitation of the moment. The new videos are linked as follows:

To Rise Above the Agitation, part one

To Rise Above the Agitation, part two

To Rise Above the Agitation, part three

To Rise Above the Agitation, part four

Finally, I have been working steadily on “Sin: More Deadly Than the Coronavirus, part fifteen.” However, given the fact that “variants” of the CCP/Red Chinese/Wuhan/Covid-19/Coronavirus keep popping up just as a lot of people in countries around the world were beginning to protest lockdowns and vaccine mandates (strange, isn’t it?), my commentary necessarily will take more time to complete. I have amassed much documentation, and there is more documentation that I need to review and to process before deciding to include it, at least in a passing manner, in the next commentary. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Catherine Laboure, pray for us.

At the Beginning of Advent in 2021

This is a revised commentary about this holy season of Advent, which marks the beginning of a new ecclesiastical year that began with First Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent on Saturday evening, November 27, 2021. A new article will be published within thirty minutes of this posting.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Continues to Baffle the Minds of Modern Men

Although not on the General Roman Calendar, today, Saturday, November 27, 2021, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Although not observed universally on a mandatory basis, this feast is is nevertheless an important one to commemorate as this powerful sacramental is yet another sign of the love that pours out from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces, despite our own ingratitude and infidelities. [This feast is one that, traditionally, had been celebrated solemnly in the Diocese of Brooklyn, and it was within the boundaries of that diocese that I was born on Saturday, November 24, 1951, three days before this feast day that year.]

This reflection was written in 2010 and published in two parts. It was seven years ago now that it was combined into one part and revised slightly in a few places.

Work is about done on the next article, although I will need another five or six hours of writing this afternoon into the evening to complete it. 

Thank you.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us.

Saint Catherine Laboure, pray for us.

Saint Catharine of Siena: As Rigidly Opposed to Idolatry as Moses Himself

This is a brief reflection for the feast day of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. I am just too tired after a day out with the family on my seventieth birthday yesterday to link to some recently recorded video lectures. However, I will do so by tomorrow, Friday, November 26, 2021, the Feast of Saint Sylvester the Abbot and the Commemoration of Saint Peter of Alexandria. I will try to have an original article published by Saturday, November 27, 2021, which is, although not on the General Roman Calendar, the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

By the way, I discovered that I had written the following a year ago after I had republished this current reflection:

Three other new articles are on the "flight deck." The first of those three articles will be published by Friday or Saturday. The third of the three will be a commentary on the junior varsity statists/globalists/nogoodniks who are being assembled to repopulate the District of Columbia swamp that resist draining in the past four years. As I wrote twelve years ago after the election of Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro, Chastisement Is A Silver Lining, and we are going to it get it but good this time around

I think that the observation about "getting it good this time around" has, most unfortunately, stood the test of time. This is a chastisement. Cling to Our Lady as never before as without her we are lost.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, pray for us.

Republished: Saint John of the Cross: Model of All Who Suffer Unjustly

This reflection on the life of Saint John of the Cross was written for and published in To Live in Light of Eternity, Volume 6, and is being offered to readers of this site for the second time.

The next original article will be published on Friday, November 26, 2021. Part fifteen of "Sin: More Deadly Than the Coronavirus" will be published at some point late next week. 

Our Lady of he Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.

Sant Chrysognus, pray for us.

On the Feast of Pope Saint Clement I: No One Can Disobey a True Pope Without Disobeying God Himself

This is a republished reflection about Pope Saint Clement that includes the following passage from Dom Prosper Gueranger's The Liturgical Year:

With only one exception, all of the documents which attest Clement's intervention in the affairs of distant churches have perished with time; but the one that remains shows us in full action the monarchical power of the bishop of Rome at that primitive epoch. The church of Corinth was disturbed with intestine quarrels caused by jealously against certain pastors. These divisions, the germ of which had appeared even in St. Paul's time, had destroyed all peace, and were causing scandal to the very pagans. The Corinthians at last felt the necessity of putting an end to a disorder which might be prejudicial to the extension of the Christian faith; and for this purpose it was requisite to seek assistance from outside. The apostle had all departed this life, except St. John, who was still the light of the Church. It was not great distance from Corinth to Ephesus where the apostle resided: yet it was not to Ephesus but to Rome that the church of Corinth turned. Clement examined the case referred to his judgment by that church, and sent to Corinth five commissaries to represent the Apostolic See. They were bearers of a letter, which St. Irenaeus calls potentissimas litteras. It was considered at the time so beautiful and so apostolic, that it was long read in many churches as a sort of continuation of the canonical Scriptures. Its tone is dignified but paternal, according to St. Peter's advice to pastors. There is nothing in it of a domineering spirit; but the grave and solemn language bespeaks the universal pastor, whom none can disobey without disobeying God Himself. These words so solemn and so firm wrought the desired effect: peace was re-established in the church of Corinth, and the messengers of the Roman Pontiff soon brought back the happy news. A century later, St. Dionysius, bishop of Corinth, expressed to Pope St. Soter the gratitude still felt by his flock towards Clement for the service he had rendered. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year.)

Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B,, understood that was and can be no such thing as "resistance" to a true and legitimate Successor of Saint Peter.

Finally, a glitch prevented yesterday's republished article form being published properly. The glitch has been fixed. Also, an original article, Over Fifty Years of Weasel Words and Cowardly Inaction, was published late Saturday evening.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Clement, pray for us.

Saint Felicity, pray for us.

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