Thomas A. Droleskey
There have been several articles on this site within the past few months dealing with the loss of the sense of sin that characterizes the ethos of concilairism and the mindset of its apostate officials. This loss of the sense of sin is truly astounding as one of the first lessons that a Catholic child was taught in his catechism lessons back in the 1950s was that all of the problems of the world, both personal and social, were caused by Original Sin and by our own Actual Sins. The only way to retard the evils of the world is by the daily reformation of our own individual lives in cooperation with the Sanctifying Graces won for us by shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
As a Catholic who loves God as He has revealed Himself to us through His true Church that He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, As one who hates his sins and desires to live long enough to make reparation for them, recognizing how they have offended God, how they wounded my own soul, given bad witness to others and wounded the Church Militant on earth, I understand only too well the gravity of my own personal sins and my need to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for them. I know that my sins have worsened the state of the Church Militant and of the world-at-large.
It is, however, one thing to sin and to be sorry as one seeks out Absolution from a true bishop or a true priest in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. It is quite another to persist in sin unrepentantly, worse yet to promote it under cover of the civil law and in every aspect of a nation's popular culture. No one but no one who promotes sin, that which caused Our Lord to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death and caused His Most Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart to be pierced through and through with those Seven Swords of Sorrow, is a friend, whether wittingly or unwittingly, of the devil as he plants the seeds for disorder in the souls of men by reaffirming them in the commission of unrepentant sins unto their deaths, thereby serving as an accessory in their possible loss of their immortal souls for all eternity.
Why is it so difficult for Catholics to understand this simple reiteration of Catholic truth and that no one, including Barack Hussein Obama, who promotes sin under cover of the civil law can be an instrument in behalf of the betterment of the common temporal good within one's country or an instrument of peace among the nations of the world?
The more closely the temporal power of a nation aligns itself with the spiritual, and the more it fosters and promotes the latter, by so much the more it contributes to the conservation of the commonwealth. For it is the aim of the ecclesiastical authority by the use of spiritual means, to form good Christians in accordance with its own particular end and object; and in doing this it helps at the same time to form good citizens, and prepares them to meet their obligations as members of a civil society. This follows of necessity because in the City of God, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, a good citizen and an upright man are absolutely one and the same thing. How grave therefore is the error of those who separate things so closely united, and who think that they can produce good citizens by ways and methods other than those which make for the formation of good Christians. For, let human prudence say what it likes and reason as it pleases, it is impossible to produce true temporal peace and tranquillity by things repugnant or opposed to the peace and happiness of eternity. (Silvio Cardinal Antoniano, quoted by Pope Pius XI in Divini Illius Magistri, December 31, 1929.)
We live at a time in salvation history, however, when even many baptized Catholics who are as of yet attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism have next to no sense of the horror of personal sin. None whatsoever. They have grown used to seeing conciliar "popes" violate the First and Second Commandments by praising the "values" and esteeming the symbols of one false religion after another. They have grown used to offending God themselves in a Protestant and Masonic liturgical service without giving a thought as to the evils represented by a liturgy that centers on them and not on God (see
Offending God Every Day). They have grown very comfortable with blasphemy and immodest of speech and dress. Many of these Catholics practice the evil of contraception and have no problem with their children violating the binding precepts of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. Still others bat not an eyelash when a Catholic in public life supports the direct, intentional taking of innocent human beings under cover of the civil law.
Not only has the false "pope" entered into two mosques and removed his shoes upon entering them, thereby signifying that he was in "holy" places, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI has praised those places of false worship as "sacred." He has prayed as a Jew at the Western Wall in Jerusalem without making any reference at all to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who wants the merits of His Most Precious Blood to be applied to the souls of those who adhere to the blasphemous Talmud. He has personally esteemed the symbols of false religions and praised their nonexistent "ability" to retard the "dictatorship of relativism, oblivious to the fact that the very contention that false religions, each of which is hated by God, can built the "better" world is itself an exercise in theological relativism and philosophical absurdity. We will find out in a few weeks what manner of offense will be offered by God as he, Ratzinger/Benedict, enters into his third synagogue to pay his "respects" yet again to a false religion that has the power to save no one without inviting his listeners to the convert to Catholicism before they die. (For a brief summary of the consistent, perennial Catholic teaching against communion with adherents of false religions in matters that pertain to religion, see
The Laws of God Forbidding All Communication in Religion With Those of a False Religion.)
It is even worse than all of this.
Men who are believed, albeit falsely, to be the official representatives of the Catholic Church, each of whom offends God every day in the context of the Novus Ordo service and either stands by idly or actually approves of the conciliar "pope's" offenses against God by praising the "values" of false religions and by engaging in the sacrilege that are "inter-religious prayer service," offer words of effusive praise to those public officials who are in the vanguard of the promotion of sin in their own countries and in the rest of the world.
We have seen Gian Maria Vian, the editor of L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's semi-official newspaper, praise the completely pro-abortion statist named Barack Hussein Obama several times. We have seen the false "pontiff," Ratzinger/Benedict extend a blessing on Obama and all his "work," which was to this point included the appointment of rabid pro-aborts to positions throughout his administration and has included the issuance of executive orders that have resulted in the deaths of innocent human beings with the support of American taxpayers' dollars. And we have seen the "papal" spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., and a number of African "bishops," assembled at the Vatican for their so-called "African synod of bishops," praise Obama for his being awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Peace. (See Urbanely Accepting Evil, Respect Those Who Break the First Commandment? Respect Those Who Break the Fifth Commandment, L'Osservatore Del Naturalista, A "Blessing" on a Murderer and His Work, and
Figures of Antichrist Applauding Each Other).
In other words, men can promote things that are repugnant to the peace and happiness of eternity, including two of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, and still be considered "noble" leaders who have "ideas" that can "improve" the world. As I noted a few days ago in Figures of Antichrist Applauding Each Other, this is insanity. It is madness. It is apostasy. Is the true God of revelation as indifferent to sin as these mad, insane apostates in the counterfeit church of conciliarism? Anyone who does not know the answer to this ought not to read the remainder of this commentary. As we know, there are many who answer this question incorrectly. Does the name "Father" John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., come to mind in this context? (See Our Lady Does Not Honor Pro-Aborts,
No "Common Ground" Between Truth and Error, and
Persecuting Those Who Defended Our Lady's Honor.)
No one can serve as an instrument of "peace" in the world if he makes warfare against God by means of his own unrepentant personal sins and/or by means of his promoting or reaffirming such sins in the lives of others. Such a person is, objectively speaking, an enemy of God and thus of the souls for whom Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. This truth is lost in the sea of apostasy that covers most of the officials in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, starting with Ratzinger/Benedict himself who is very blase and nonchalant about those who miss what they think is Holy Mass in the conciliar structures week in and week out:
"I have nothing against people who, though they never enter a church during the year, go to Christmas midnight Mass, or go on the occasion of some other celebration, because this is also a way of coming close to the light" (EWTN.com - CARDINAL RATZINGER ON THE FUTURE OF CHRISTIANITY, October 1, 2001)
So much for the Third Commandment. So much for the First Commandment (or Precept) of the Catholic Church: to attend Holy Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. As I have tried to explain to "conservative" Catholics who are as of yet attached to the structures of a false church, the counterfeit church of conciliarism, evils such as the direct, intentional killing of innocent preborn babies, whether by chemical or surgical means, are made more possible when men who are seen, although falsely, to be the representatives of the Catholic Church on earth commit sins against the First and Second Commandments and are indifferent about the commission of sin by others.
Dolores Leckey, a longtime functionary in the United States Conference of "Catholic" "Bishops" who is now a "senior fellow" at the Woodstock Theological Center in Washington, District of Columbia, has praised former Milwaukee "Archbishop" Rembert G. Weakland's self-exculpatory memoir of his perverse sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments as a honest assessment of how he "fell in love," implying also that there are "theological contradictions" in the "claim" that sins against perversity are "disordered" (see Dolores Leckey, America Magazine - The Bishop's Tale; see also my own discussion of Weakland's memoir in
Weak In Mind, Weakest Yet In Faith).
It is, therefore, no wonder that the man who has been praised by so many in the conciliar Vatican and by so many in the conciliar "hierarchy" in the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, can praise an organization that exists to promote the "human rights" of those steeped in sins that could, objectively speaking, send them to Hell for all eternity and still retain the high esteem of his conciliar admirers for his ability to bring "hope" and "peace" to the world.
Here is the speech that Caesar Obamus delivered to the meeting of the "Human Rights Campaign" in Washington, District of Columbia, on Saturday, October 10, 2009, a day after his selection of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2009 and a day before thousands of those steeped in perverse sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandment marched in the nation's capital in behalf of the sins that caused the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah:
To Joe Solmonese, who's doing an outstanding job on behalf of HRC. (Applause.) To my great friend and supporter, Terry Bean, co-founder of HRC. (Applause.) Representative Patrick Kennedy. (Applause.) David Huebner, the Ambassador-designee to New Zealand and Samoa. (Applause.) John Berry, our Director of OPM, who's doing a great job. (Applause.) Nancy Sutley, Chairman of Council on Environmental Quality. (Applause.) Fred Hochberg, Chairman of Export-Import Bank. (Applause.) And my dear friend, Tipper Gore, who's in the house. (Applause.)
Thank you so much, all of you. It is a privilege to be here tonight to open for Lady GaGa. (Applause.) I've made it. (Laughter.) I want to thank the Human Rights Campaign for inviting me to speak and for the work you do every day in pursuit of equality on behalf of the millions of people in this country who work hard in their jobs and care deeply about their families -- and who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. (Applause.)
For nearly 30 years, you've advocated on behalf of those without a voice. That's not easy. For despite the real gains that we've made, there's still laws to change and there's still hearts to open. There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors, even loved ones -- good and decent people -- who hold fast to outworn arguments and old attitudes; who fail to see your families like their families; who would deny you the rights most Americans take for granted. And that's painful and it's heartbreaking. (Applause.) And yet you continue, leading by the force of the arguments you make, and by the power of the example that you set in your own lives -- as parents and friends, as PTA members and church members, as advocates and leaders in your communities. And you're making a difference.
That's the story of the movement for fairness and equality, and not just for those who are gay, but for all those in our history who've been denied the rights and responsibilities of citizenship -- (applause) -- for all who've been told that the full blessings and opportunities of this country were closed to them. It's the story of progress sought by those with little influence or power; by men and women who brought about change through quiet, personal acts of compassion -- and defiance -- wherever and whenever they could.
It's the story of the Stonewall protests, when a group of citizens -- (applause) -- when a group of citizens with few options, and fewer supporters stood up against discrimination and helped to inspire a movement. It's the story of an epidemic that decimated a community -- and the gay men and women who came to support one another and save one another; who continue to fight this scourge; and who have demonstrated before the world that different kinds of families can show the same compassion in a time of need. (Applause.) And it's the story of the Human Rights Campaign and the fights you've fought for nearly 30 years: helping to elect candidates who share your values; standing against those who would enshrine discrimination into our Constitution; advocating on behalf of those living with HIV/AIDS; and fighting for progress in our capital and across America. (Applause.)
This story, this fight continue now. And I'm here with a simple message: I'm here with you in that fight. (Applause.) For even as we face extraordinary challenges as a nation, we cannot -- and we will not -- put aside issues of basic equality. I greatly appreciate the support I've received from many in this room. I also appreciate that many of you don't believe progress has come fast enough. I want to be honest about that, because it's important to be honest among friends.
Now, I've said this before, I'll repeat it again -- it's not for me to tell you to be patient, any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African Americans petitioning for equal rights half a century ago. (Applause.) But I will say this: We have made progress and we will make more. And I think it's important to remember that there is not a single issue that my administration deals with on a daily basis that does not touch on the lives of the LGBT community. (Applause.) We all have a stake in reviving this economy. We all have a stake in putting people back to work. We all have a stake in improving our schools and achieving quality, affordable health care. We all have a stake in meeting the difficult challenges we face in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Applause.)
For while some may wish to define you solely by your sexual orientation or gender identity alone, you know -- and I know -- that none of us wants to be defined by just one part of what makes us whole. (Applause.) You're also parents worried about your children's futures. You're spouses who fear that you or the person you love will lose a job. You're workers worried about the rising cost of health insurance. You're soldiers. You are neighbors. You are friends. And, most importantly, you are Americans who care deeply about this country and its future. (Applause.)
So I know you want me working on jobs and the economy and all the other issues that we're dealing with. But my commitment to you is unwavering even as we wrestle with these enormous problems. And while progress may be taking longer than you'd like as a result of all that we face -- and that's the truth -- do not doubt the direction we are heading and the destination we will reach. (Applause.)
My expectation is that when you look back on these years, you will see a time in which we put a stop to discrimination against gays and lesbians -- whether in the office or on the battlefield. (Applause.) You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman. (Applause.) You will see a nation that's valuing and cherishing these families as we build a more perfect union -- a union in which gay Americans are an important part. I am committed to these goals. And my administration will continue fighting to achieve them.
And there's no more poignant or painful reminder of how important it is that we do so than the loss experienced by Dennis and Judy Shepard, whose son Matthew was stolen in a terrible act of violence 11 years ago. In May, I met with Judy -- who's here tonight with her husband -- I met her in the Oval Office, and I promised her that we were going to pass an inclusive hate crimes bill -- a bill named for her son. (Applause.)
This struggle has been long. Time and again we faced opposition. Time and again, the measure was defeated or delayed. But the Shepards never gave up. (Applause.) They turned tragedy into an unshakeable commitment. (Applause.) Countless activists and organizers never gave up. You held vigils, you spoke out, year after year, Congress after Congress. The House passed the bill again this week. (Applause.) And I can announce that after more than a decade, this bill is set to pass and I will sign it into law. (Applause.)
It's a testament to the decade-long struggle of Judy and Dennis, who tonight will receive a tribute named for somebody who inspired so many of us -- named for Senator Ted Kennedy, who fought tirelessly for this legislation. (Applause.) And it's a testament to the Human Rights Campaign and those who organized and advocated. And it's a testament to Matthew and to others who've been the victims of attacks not just meant to break bones, but to break spirits -- not meant just to inflict harm, but to instill fear. Together, we will have moved closer to that day when no one has to be afraid to be gay in America. (Applause.) When no one has to fear walking down the street holding the hand of the person they love. (Applause.)
But we know there's far more work to do. We're pushing hard to pass an inclusive employee non-discrimination bill. (Applause.) For the first time ever, an administration official testified in Congress in favor of this law. Nobody in America should be fired because they're gay, despite doing a great job and meeting their responsibilities. It's not fair. It's not right. We're going to put a stop to it. (Applause.) And it's for this reason that if any of my nominees are attacked not for what they believe but for who they are, I will not waver in my support, because I will not waver in my commitment to ending discrimination in all its forms. (Applause.)
We are reinvigorating our response to HIV/AIDS here at home and around the world. (Applause.) We're working closely with the Congress to renew the Ryan White program and I look forward to signing it into law in the very near future. (Applause.) We are rescinding the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States based on HIV status. (Applause.) The regulatory process to enact this important change is already underway. And we also know that HIV/AIDS continues to be a public health threat in many communities, including right here in the District of Columbia. Jeffrey Crowley, the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, recently held a forum in Washington, D.C., and is holding forums across the country, to seek input as we craft a national strategy to address this crisis.
We are moving ahead on Don't Ask Don't Tell. (Applause.) We should not be punishing patriotic Americans who have stepped forward to serve this country. We should be celebrating their willingness to show such courage and selflessness on behalf of their fellow citizens, especially when we're fighting two wars. (Applause.)
We cannot afford to cut from our ranks people with the critical skills we need to fight any more than we can afford -- for our military's integrity -- to force those willing to do so into careers encumbered and compromised by having to live a lie. So I'm working with the Pentagon, its leadership, and the members of the House and Senate on ending this policy. Legislation has been introduced in the House to make this happen. I will end Don't Ask, Don't Tell. That's my commitment to you. (Applause.)
It is no secret that issues of great concern to gays and lesbians are ones that raise a great deal of emotion in this country. And it's no secret that progress has been incredibly difficult -- we can see that with the time and dedication it took to pass hate crimes legislation. But these issues also go to the heart of who we are as a people. Are we a nation that can transcend old attitudes and worn divides? Can we embrace our differences and look to the hopes and dreams that we share? Will we uphold the ideals on which this nation was founded: that all of us are equal, that all of us deserve the same opportunity to live our lives freely and pursue our chance at happiness? I believe we can; I believe we will. (Applause.)
And that is why -- that's why I support ensuring that committed gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country. (Applause.) I believe strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away and passing laws that extend equal rights to gay couples. I've required all agencies in the federal government to extend as many federal benefits as possible to LGBT families as the current law allows. And I've called on Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and to pass the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act. (Applause.) And we must all stand together against divisive and deceptive efforts to feed people's lingering fears for political and ideological gain.
For the struggle waged by the Human Rights Campaign is about more than any policy we can enshrine into law. It's about our capacity to love and commit to one another. It's about whether or not we value as a society that love and commitment. It's about our common humanity and our willingness to walk in someone else's shoes: to imagine losing a job not because of your performance at work but because of your relationship at home; to imagine worrying about a spouse in the hospital, with the added fear that you'll have to produce a legal document just to comfort the person you love -- (applause) -- to imagine the pain of losing a partner of decades and then discovering that the law treats you like a stranger. (Applause.)
If we are honest with ourselves we'll admit that there are too many who do not yet know in their lives or feel in their hearts the urgency of this struggle. That's why I continue to speak about the importance of equality for LGBT families -- and not just in front of gay audiences. That's why Michelle and I have invited LGBT families to the White House to participate in events like the Easter Egg Roll -- because we want to send a message. (Applause.) And that's why it's so important that you continue to speak out, that you continue to set an example, that you continue to pressure leaders -- including me -- and to make the case all across America. (Applause.)
So, tonight I'm hopeful -- because of the activism I see in this room, because of the compassion I've seen all across America, and because of the progress we have made throughout our history, including the history of the movement for LGBT equality.
Soon after the protests at Stonewall 40 years ago, the phone rang in the home of a soft-spoken elementary school teacher named Jeanne Manford. It was 1:00 in the morning, and it was the police. Now, her son, Morty, had been at the Stonewall the night of the raids. Ever since, he had felt within him a new sense of purpose. So when the officer told Jeanne that her son had been arrested, which was happening often to gay protesters, she was not entirely caught off guard. And then the officer added one more thing, "And you know, he's homosexual." (Laughter.) Well, that police officer sure was surprised when Jeanne responded, "Yes, I know. Why are you bothering him?" (Applause.)
And not long after, Jeanne would be marching side-by-side with her son through the streets of New York. She carried a sign that stated her support. People cheered. Young men and women ran up to her, kissed her, and asked her to talk to their parents. And this gave Jeanne and Morty an idea.
And so, after that march on the anniversary of the Stonewall protests, amidst the violence and the vitriol of a difficult time for our nation, Jeanne and her husband Jules -- two parents who loved their son deeply -- formed a group to support other parents and, in turn, to support their children, as well. At the first meeting Jeanne held, in 1973, about 20 people showed up. But slowly, interest grew. Morty's life, tragically, was cut short by AIDS. But the cause endured. Today, the organization they founded for parents, families, and friends of lesbians and gays -- (applause) -- has more than 200,000 members and supporters, and has made a difference for countless families across America. And Jeanne would later say, "I considered myself such a traditional person. I didn't even cross the street against the light." (Laughter.) "But I wasn't going to let anybody walk over Morty." (Applause.)
That's the story of America: of ordinary citizens organizing, agitating and advocating for change; of hope stronger than hate; of love more powerful than any insult or injury; of Americans fighting to build for themselves and their families a nation in which no one is a second-class citizen, in which no one is denied their basic rights, in which all of us are free to live and love as we see fit. (Applause.)
Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let's say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he's held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it's time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us -- on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.
I believe the future is bright for that young person. For while there will be setbacks and bumps along the road, the truth is that our common ideals are a force far stronger than any division that some might sow. These ideals, when voiced by generations of citizens, are what made it possible for me to stand here today. (Applause.) These ideals are what made it possible for the people in this room to live freely and openly when for most of history that would have been inconceivable. That's the promise of America, HRC. That's the promise we're called to fulfill. (Applause.) Day by day, law by law, changing mind by mind, that is the promise we are fulfilling.
Thank you for the work you're doing. God bless you. God bless America. (Applause.) (Remarks by the President at Human Rights Campaign Dinner)
This is the man who continues to be praised by the merchants of eternal death in the conciliar Vatican?
Are those who oppose the sin of Sodom holding "fast to outworn arguments and old attitudes," Father Federico Lombardi?
Are Americans supposed to "transcend old attitudes and worn divides," Wilton Gregory, the conciliar "Archbishop" of Atlanta, Georgia, who praised Obama's selection as the Nobel Prize for Peace laureate? (See
Figures of Antichrist Applauding Each Other.)
Must the civil law ensure "that committed gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country,""Archbishop" Charles G. Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana (one of the participants in the ongoing African "synod" in Rome)?
How can a man who believes in such things be striving for anything other than a Nobel Prize from Hell, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI?
Outworn arguments and old attitudes? Does Barack Hussein Obama know better than God Himself, who punished the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone?
And when the men rose up from thence, they turned their eyes towards Sodom: and Abraham walked with them, bringing them on the way. And the Lord said: Can I hide from Abraham what I am about to do: Seeing he shall become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth shall be blessed? For I know that he will command his children, and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord, and do judgment and justice: that for Abraham's sake the Lord may bring to effect all the things he hath spoken unto him. And the Lord said: The cry of Sodom and Gomorrha is multiplied, and their sin is become exceedingly grievous.
I will go down and see whether they have done according to the cry that is come to me: or whether it be not so, that I may know. And they turned themselves from thence, and went their way to Sodom: but Abraham as yet stood before the Lord. And drawing nigh he said: Wilt thou destroy the just with the wicked? If there be fifty just men in the city, shall they perish withal? and wilt thou not spare that place for the sake of the fifty just, if they be therein? Far be it from thee to do this thing, and to slay the just with the wicked, and for the just to be in like case as the wicked, this is not beseeming thee: thou who judgest all the earth, wilt not make this judgment.
And the Lord said to him: If I find in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake. And Abraham answered, and said: Seeing I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord, whereas I am dust and ashes. What if there be five less than fifty just persons? wilt thou for five and forty destroy the whole city? And he said: I will not destroy it, if I find five and forty. And again he said to him: But if forty be found there, what wilt thou do? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of forty. Lord, saith he, be not angry, I beseech thee, if I speak: What if thirty shall be found there? He answered: I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
Seeing, saith he, I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord. What if twenty be found there? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty. I beseech thee, saith he, be not angry, Lord, if I speak yet once more: What if ten should be found there? And he said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten. And the Lord departed, after he had left speaking to Abraham: and Abraham returned to his place. (Genesis 16: 16-33)
And he said to him: Behold also in this, I have heard thy prayers, not to destroy the city for which thou hast spoken. Make haste and be saved there, because I cannot do any thing till thou go in thither. Therefore the name of that city was called Segor. The sun was risen upon the earth, and Lot entered into Segor. And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrha brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he destroyed these cities, and all the country about, all the inhabitants of the cities, and all things that spring from the earth.
And his wife looking behind her, was turned into a statue of salt. And Abraham got up early in the morning and in the place where he had stood before with the Lord, He looked towards Sodom and Gomorrha, and the whole land of that country: and he saw the ashes rise up from the earth as the smoke of a furnace. (Genesis 19: 21-28.)
Transcend old attitudes and worn divides? Is Saint Paul the Apostle, who write his epistles under the infallible inspiration of the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, one of those who has to "transcend old attitudes and worn divides" for having written the following as part of Sacred Scripture Itself?
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice: Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it unto them. For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity: so that they are inexcusable.
Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God, or given thanks; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened. For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of fourfooted beasts, and of creeping things. Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them. (Romans 1: 18-32.)
Support civil laws that extend to those steeped in unrepentant acts of perversity "the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country"? Do we have to bury Pope Pius XI's condemnation of civil laws that treat those in illicit and immoral relationships outside of marriage, which, of course, is between a man and a woman, as equal to marriage itself?
How grievously all these err and how shamelessly they leave the ways of honesty is already evident from what we have set forth here regarding the origin and nature of wedlock, its purposes and the good inherent in it. The evil of this teaching is plainly seen from the consequences which its advocates deduce from it, namely, that the laws, institutions and customs by which wedlock is governed, since they take their origin solely from the will of man, are subject entirely to him, hence can and must be founded, changed and abrogated according to human caprice and the shifting circumstances of human affairs; that the generative power which is grounded in nature itself is more sacred and has wider range than matrimony -- hence it may be exercised both outside as well as within the confines of wedlock, and though the purpose of matrimony be set aside, as though to suggest that the license of a base fornicating woman should enjoy the same rights as the chaste motherhood of a lawfully wedded wife.
Armed with these principles, some men go so far as to concoct new species of unions, suited, as they say, to the present temper of men and the times, which various new forms of matrimony they presume to label "temporary," "experimental," and "companionate." These offer all the indulgence of matrimony and its rights without, however, the indissoluble bond, and without offspring, unless later the parties alter their cohabitation into a matrimony in the full sense of the law.
Indeed there are some who desire and insist that these practices be legitimatized by the law or, at least, excused by their general acceptance among the people. They do not seem even to suspect that these proposals partake of nothing of the modern "culture" in which they glory so much, but are simply hateful abominations which beyond all question reduce our truly cultured nations to the barbarous standards of savage peoples. (Pope Pius XI stated the matter very clearly in Casti Connubii, December 31, 1930.)
Hateful abominations can never be sanctioned by the civil law. Anyone who believes otherwise is in league, whether wittingly or unwittingly, with the devil, not with Christ the King as He has revealed Himself through the Catholic Church.
Defenders of those steeped in perverse acts committed in violation of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments claim repeatedly that people have the "right" to "love" each other, which is in and of itself a perversion of language as no one "loves" another human being if he reaffirms him in that which is deleterious to the salvation of his immortal soul.
God's love for us is an act of His Divine Will, the ultimate expression of which is the salvation of our immortal souls as members of the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order. We do not truly love ourselves if we persist in unrepentant Mortal Sins as we are engaged in acts of spiritual suicide by doing so. We do not truly love others, that is, to will their good, both in this life and for all eternity, if we do or say anything, whether by omission or commission, that reaffirms them in lives of unrepentant Mortal Sins. Authentic love wills the good. It is not an expression of empty sentimentality or a quest for "happiness" by the pursuit of illicit "pleasures" that are destructive of both body and soul and are, ultimately, destructive of all social order and even rational social discourse.
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ did not reaffirm his friend Saint Mary Magdalene for breaking the Sixth Commandment. While He, understanding the weakness of fallen human nature, did not condemn her for her sin, neither did He reaffirm her in it, telling that He, the loving God, would never ask her to change how she was living. He told her to "Go, and now sin no more," which is what He tells us through an alter Christus acting in persona Christi in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance every time we go to Confession>
And Jesus went up unto Mount Olivet. And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him, and sitting down he taught them. And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto Him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst, and said to Him: "Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery. Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest Thou?" And this they said tempting Him, that they might accuse Him. But Jesus bowing Himself down, wrote with His finger on the ground.
When therefore they continued and asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said to them: "He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her." And again stopping down, He wrote on the ground. But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst. Then Jesus lifting up Himself, said to her: "Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?"
Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: "Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more." (Jn. 8:1-11)
To be Absolved of our sins by the God Who is love we must amend our lives and resolve to sin no more as we cooperate with the graces He won for us on Calvary and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of His Most Blessed Mother. We do not love God as He has revealed Himself to us through His true Church unless we have resolved to quit our sins and to make reparation for them as we attempt to scale the heights of personal sanctity. The inner life of the Most Blessed Trinity cannot dwell in a soul by means of Sanctifying Grace if that soul is in a state of Mortal Sin. This is real simple. This is basic Catholicism. Anyone who rejects this is steeped in the sentimentality and emotionalism of naturalism, which, of course, is from the deceiver, our ancient adversary, the devil.
On what account, therefore, is Barack Hussein Obama, to be praised by anyone who considers himself to be a member of the Catholic Church?
For his support of contraception and surgical abortion under cover of the civil law?
For his reaffirmation of those who are steeped in unrepentant acts of perversity against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments?
For his appointing militant pro-aborts and statists throughout the upper, middle and lower echelons of his administration?
For his attempting to increase the size, the power and the scope of the Federal government of the United States of America in violation of the Natural Law principle of Subsidiarity (no less of the very words of the Constitution of the United States of America, which is, of course, a dead letter, a victim of its own refusal to acknowledge the true Church and her exercise of the Social Reign of Christ the King)?
For what? For what is Barack Hussein Obama to be praised? For being the first black President of the United States of America? I am sorry, one's skin color does not exempt one from the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law. We are not judged by God at the moment of our Particular Judgments on the basis of our skin color. We are judged on the basis of whether we are in a state of Sanctifying Grace as a member of the Catholic Church.
There is no "affirmative action" program in Heaven, and the mere fact of being black, white, red, brown, yellow, pink or turquoise (or any combination thereof) has no bearing whatsoever on one's absolute obligation to live in accord with the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as these have been entrusted by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself to the Catholic Church for their eternal safekeeping and infallible explication. Each and every human being on the face of this earth has an obligation to try, despite their sins and failings, to cooperate with the graces won for us on Calvary by the shedding of every single drop of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces, to live in accord with the Deposit of Faith, and those who serve in public office have an positive obligation to pursue the common temporal good in the light of the pursuit of man's Last End, the possession of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity.
Says who? Every true pope of the Catholic Church, that's who, including Pope Saint Pius X?
That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies, and preserves their existence as He preserves our own. We owe Him, therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to honor Him. Besides, this thesis is an obvious negation of the supernatural order. It limits the action of the State to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life only, which is but the proximate object of political societies; and it occupies itself in no fashion (on the plea that this is foreign to it) with their ultimate object which is man's eternal happiness after this short life shall have run its course. But as the present order of things is temporary and subordinated to the conquest of man's supreme and absolute welfare, it follows that the civil power must not only place no obstacle in the way of this conquest, but must aid us in effecting it. (Pope Saint Pius X, Vehementer Nos, February 11, 1906.)
Care to disagree, Father Lombardi?
Care to disagree, "Archbishop" Gregory?
Care to disagree, "Archbishop" Charles G. Palmer-Buckle?
Care to disagree, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI?
As we know, of course, each of these men do disagree, demonstrating themselves to be apostates in the process. Doubt my word? See
The Binding Nature of Catholic Social Teaching.
Any questions out there in cyberspace? Oh, I didn't think so. This is pretty clear, wouldn't you say? Catholicism is essential to personal and social order. Do you think we can abandon any and all attachment to naturalism and its false "philosophies," my friends, that give us such alliances as the one that has been entered to by many in the conciliar Vatican and the American conciliar"hierarchy" with the likes of Barack Hussein Obama?
As noted a few weeks ago:
Let us make sure to use the weapon that was given to Saint Dominic de Guzman, Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary, as we seek to eradicate sin from all our own lives, making use of the Sacred Tribunal of Penance on a weekly basis and spending time before Our Lady's Divine Son in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament as we offer up our daily acts of penance to His Most Sacred Heart through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart as her consecrated slaves. We must never doubt the fact that Our Lady's Immaculate Heart will triumph, We must pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit to help plant a few seeds for this wonderful triumph.
Part of our daily penances involve, quite obviously, the performance of the duties of our state-in-life. It can be quite penitential to get up when one would prefer to sleep, to do some errand now that one would rather postpone indefinitely, to do one's work in a slipshod manner rather than conscientiously for the greater honor and glory of God as the consecrated slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Readers will note that I exhort the few numbers of people who read these articles to pray as many Rosaries each day as their states-in-life permit, meaning that we have duties that might prevent us from praying more than one set of mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary on any given day. Those duties, if performed well for the honor and glory of God and offered to Him through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, can be serve as most powerful means of reparation for our sins and those of the whole world.
Nevertheless, however, many people waste time during the day. They listen to the blathering naturalists on talk radio while driving their cars to and from work when they could be praying more Rosaries. Catholics waste--and I mean waste in every sense of that word possible--their precious Catholic time in chat rooms while committing all manner of sins against the Eighth Commandment when they could be praying more Rosaries. Catholics surf the internet out of curiosity concerning matters of complete trivia when they could be praying more Rosaries. Worse yet, there are still Catholics unfortunate enough to be hooked to television night in and night out when they could be praying more Rosaries.
If we are honest with ourselves, therefore, we can admit that we have more time than we realize to pray more Rosaries each day, and those who live near chapels served by true bishops and true priests where Our Lord is truly, sacramentally present in the Most Blessed Sacrament for our Adoration can find the time, at least several times a week, to stop in for a visit and to pray their Rosaries on their knees before Our King of Kings in His Real Presence.
Let us use the spiritual weapons that Our Lord has given us through His Most Blessed Mother, understanding these words that Saint Paul wrote in his Epistle to the Ephesians apply to us right now in our current ecclesiastical and civil circumstances:
Not serving to the eye, as it were pleasing men, but, as the servants of Christ doing the will of God from the heart, With a good will serving, as to the Lord, and not to men. Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man shall do, the same shall he receive from the Lord, whether he be bond, or free. And you, masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatenings, knowing that the Lord both of them and you is in heaven; and there is no respect of persons with him. Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power.
Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:
In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God). By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints: (Ephesians 6: 6-18.)
Let us work the crown of eternal life in Heaven as the totally consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary as we make reparation for our own many sins and those of the whole world, praying fervently that those who are at the present time earning a Nobel Prize from Hell can be converted to the true Faith before they die and become forceful defenders of the Catholic Faith and the Social Reign of Christ the King as the devoted clients of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary.
Omnia instaurare in Christo.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our deaths.
All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.