Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nigel Farage is now campaigning for Trump???

HERE, under the heading: "BREXIT Pioneer Destroys Hillary Clinton."

President Helter Skelter commutes sentences of 111 Federal inmates (total now: 562)

Gangsta-in-Chief, President Barack Hussein Obama has now raised the total number of sentences he's commuted for convicted felons to 562. His motive is reportedly 'compassion' for the mostly black families of offenders sentenced for non-violent charges of drug dealing -- families who, he says, need their fathers home. Oh really? You don't think you have some idea of how that's going to play out? Do you suppose, for a moment, that it's intended to quell the tensions of racial violence sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement? Think again. One suspects that as a lame duck president, since he has nothing more to lose, this president of surprises will have many more such 'gifts' to pass on to his beloved America.

[Many sources. Here's one.]

A quick look at ISIS' and al Queda's slick propaganda magazines: Dabiq and Inspire

You can download any of the first 15 issues of ISIS' magazine Dabiq [pictured above] HERE [PDF files]. Very telling. This is a serious magazine with articles on everything from Muslim theology to current events. Glossy color photos. A consistent, seamless Islam promoting terror for non-Muslims. Ugh.

Al Queda's counterpart, Inspire magazine [pictured above] features issues devoted to subjects like "assassination" outlining strategies intended to 'inspire' acts of terrorism. PDF files are also available online, and HERE is an an article by Wikipedia on the magazine.

See also Church Militant's panel discussion of these magazines and "The True Face of Islam" on their program Download HERE.

Any Muslim or non-Muslim who claims that Islam is a "religion of peace" has a major challenge on his hands in the face of these magazines and their stated views.

Hilarious: "Trump vs. Hillary: A Summation" by Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts, "Trump vs. Hillary: A Summation" (Institute for Political Economy, August 25, 2016). Excerpts:
Note (Roberts): I just heard a NPR report that young people were deserting the Republican Party, had turned leftwing and were flocking to Hillary. So now in America the leftwing candidate is a warmonger and agent of Wall Street! Amazing.

We know from their words and deeds and material success that the Clintons are agents for Wall Street, the Big Banks, the military/security complex, Israel, agribusiness, and the extractive industries. Their large personal fortune, approximately $120 million, and the $1,600 million in their foundation, much of which came from abroad in exchange for political favors, attests to the unchallengable fact that the Clintons are agents for the oligarchy that rules America, indeed, that rules the American Empire from Australia and Japan, through North America and Western and Eastern Europe to the Russian border.

We know that Hillary, like Bill, is a liar.

We know that Hillary is a warmonger.

We know that Hillary made the most irresponsible statement ever uttered by a presidential candidate when she declared the President of Russia to be the “new Hitler,” thereby raising tensions between the nuclear powers to a higher level than existed during the Cold War.

We know that Hillary is allied with the neoconservatives and that her belief in the neocons’ ideology of US world hegemony is likely to result in war with Russia and China.

All we know about Trump is that the oligarchs, who sent America’s jobs overseas, who flooded the country with difficult-to-assimilate immigrants, who destroyed public education, who bailed out Wall Street and the “banks too big to fail,” who sacrificed American homeowners and retirees living on a fixed income, who intend to privatize both Social Security and Medicare, who have given the public killer cops, relentless violations of privacy, the largest prison poplulation in the world, and destroyed the US Constitution in order to increase executive power over the American people, are violently opposed to Trump....

The entire power structure of our country is behind Hillary. Both Democratic and Republican political establishments and both ideologies, neoliberals and neoconservatives, are united behind Hillary.

How much more evidence do Americans need in order to know that a vote for Hillary is a vote for their own emasculation?

Apparently, Americans remain captives of their insouciance. According to news reports, a majority of voters still haven’t a clue about the consequences of voting for Hillary....

If Hillary gets into the Oval Office, nuclear war is likely before her first term is over. A vote for Hillary is a vote for nuclear war.

If you look at the forthcoming election realistically, you have no alternative but to conclude that the entirety of the presstitute media and American Establishment prefers the risk of nuclear war to the risk of losing control of the government to the voters.
Read much, much more >>

[Hat tip to Sir A.S.]

Dr. John Rao: Lake Garda Statement and Lecture: "Even Now the Devastation Is Begun"

Via Rorate Caeli (August 26, 2016): HERE. A penetrating "State of the Church."

Monday, August 29, 2016

Douthat: the myth of liberal cosmopolitanism: how the self-congratulatory elite are actually blinkered tribalists

Ross Douthat, "The Myth of Cosmopolitanism" (New York Times, July 2, 2016):
NOW that populist rebellions are taking Britain out of the European Union and the Republican Party out of contention for the presidency, perhaps we should speak no more of left and right, liberals and conservatives. From now on the great political battles will be fought between nationalists and internationalists, nativists and globalists. From now on the loyalties that matter will be narrowly tribal — Make America Great Again, this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England — or multicultural and cosmopolitan.

Well, maybe. But describing the division this way has one great flaw. It gives the elite side of the debate (the side that does most of the describing) too much credit for being truly cosmopolitan.

Genuine cosmopolitanism is a rare thing. It requires comfort with real difference, with forms of life that are truly exotic relative to one’s own. It takes its cue from a Roman playwright’s line that “nothing human is alien to me,” and goes outward ready to be transformed by what it finds.

The people who consider themselves “cosmopolitan” in today’s West, by contrast, are part of a meritocratic order that transforms difference into similarity, by plucking the best and brightest from everywhere and homogenizing them into the peculiar species that we call “global citizens.”

This species is racially diverse (within limits) and eager to assimilate the fun-seeming bits of foreign cultures — food, a touch of exotic spirituality. But no less than Brexit-voting Cornish villagers, our global citizens think and act as members of a tribe.

They have their own distinctive worldview (basically liberal Christianity without Christ), their own common educational experience, their own shared values and assumptions (social psychologists call these WEIRD — for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic), and of course their own outgroups (evangelicals, Little Englanders) to fear, pity and despise. And like any tribal cohort they seek comfort and familiarity: From London to Paris to New York, each Western “global city” (like each “global university”) is increasingly interchangeable, so that wherever the citizen of the world travels he already feels at home.

[Hat tip to JM]

Fr. Perrone on the real prospect of serious persecution, and a petition to invoke Mother Teresa's intercession for the coming election

Fr. Eduard Perrone, "A Pastor's Descant" [temporary link] (Assumption Grotto News, August 28, 2-16) [emphasis added]:
In the past several years a great deal has been written about the English martyrs during the time of the Protestant takeover in the sixteenth century. The reason for this abundant writing, I opine, is the ominous expectation of how things may well come about in the USA should a reign of terror descend upon the Church. We have been getting signals to help prepare us for such an eventuality for sometime now, in learning that our religious freedoms are in a threatened state. The upcoming presidential election will play a significant if not decisive role in the outcome of the social, moral and religious life of our citizens.

As many of you know, the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta is immanent. The soon-to-be-saint was often present in our country for various purposes. I will recall the reception of Mother when she founded the community of her sisters in Detroit. There was a lot of media hullabaloo at the time which, as the saying goes, rolled easily over Mother's back. She who could not help being made noticed for her humble service (the inherent irony of humility) would hardly have been impressed by the presence of the press and TV cameras. Her firm aim in establishing the community of her sisters here was thereby to mediate the presence of the compassionate Christ thirsting for the souls of the indigent and wretched underclass people in the city of Detroit.

The process of canonization is ordinarily a rather protracted one due to the complexity of gathering testimony about the proposed subject's life, the examination of all pertinent writings and correspondences, and the attendant ecclesiastical business of which I know not a single thing. Exceptions to the prolonged procedure are rare. The canonization of St. Pope John Paul II is the outstanding recent example of this, and one is soon to follow in the case of Mother Teresa. But my reason for writing about Mother's soon-to-be-realized sainthood has to do with an idea I have had.

I am inviting all of you to say a prayer to Mother Teresa every day from now until election time to beg her to intercede for the good outcome of the November election. So much is at stake for our country, for our Catholic Church, and indeed for the whole world, that it cannot be understated. Would not she who showed such compassion for the spiritual and physical welfare of so many not willingly respond to the prayers of some devout souls who beseech her on behalf of the people of the United States? A simple daily formula might take the form of three Hail Mary's (or three Memorares) with an invocation to Blessed Mother Teresa to intercede for the welfare of our country in the November elections. (Other formulas would be as good. It's not a matter of hitting upon a magical formula but of the sincerity and fervor of the one praying.)

Many of you are justly worried over the possible course of things to come. I have repeatedly asked you to stay after Mass for the daily rosary to pray "for God's mercy on our country." I know many of you pray the rosary elsewhere privately, but this communal rosary (for which a plenary indulgence may be gained) is a special uniited parish effort for Our Blessed Mother to plead our case. If you love your country, your freedoms, righteousness, and your Catholic faith, you ought not lightly to excuse yourself from the rosary and from the aforementioned prayer to Mother Teresa. As I said in a recent homily, should the dread things every come to pass it will then be too late to change course without untold sufferings (cf. the English martyrs at the time of the Reformation). In such case, what will you who have excused yourselves from these prayers say?

Yes, I'm putting moral pressure on you to pray. We have thus far lost the battle (to be unisex bathrooms and ... who can say what? I guess legal prostitution, the right to public nudity and coition, and the suppression of at least some part of Catholic faith and practice.) You may scoff at these speculations as being over-drawn, but I ask you to consider where we were only a few decades ago, how things stand now, and what's being proposed now, openly.

Kindly make for yourselves a little prayer sheet to remind you daily to offer prayer to Mother Teresa for the above-stated intention and to be faithful to the daily rosary, especially in church with your priests and your Catholic fellows.

What life will be like under the other Clinton

The Church Militant quartet of the 'Download' program -- Bradley Eli, Simon Rafe, Christine Niles, and anchor Michael Voris -- discuss the prospect a Hillary Clinton victory in November. Suffice it to say, the complacent Catholic in his comfortable pew doesn't have much of a clue what's in store beyond the first few weeks.

Wikileaks: George Soros apparently believes money can buy anything, including the Pope's influence

Elizabeth Yore, Catholic speaker, writer, and founder of an international child protection advocacy group, claims to have identified information in the latest dump by Wikileaks about a strategic plan from a Board Meeting of George Soros' Open Society Foundation for seeking to use the influence of Pope and Cardinal Rodriguez, his senior advisor and confidant, to further its own ends. Scary.

Tridentine Community News - Ft. Hood holds first Missa Cantata; Annual bus tour to Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation; Shrine of the Little Flower Solemn High Mass; Bus Tour to St. Louis; TLM Mass schedule

"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (August 28, 2016):
August 28, 2016 – Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Fort Hood Holds First Missa Cantata

The enterprising team of Sergeant Major John Proctor, his wife Amy, and chaplains Fr. Lito Amande and Fr. Jose Herrera marked a milestone in the development of the U.S. military’s first Extraordinary Form community on Monday, August 15: A packed house of around 150 faithful was present for the first Missa Cantata to be celebrated on an Army post since Vatican II, at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Hood, Texas. The Latin Mass Choir from Austin’s St. Mary Cathedral provided the music. A crew from Extraordinary Faith was on-site to film the Mass and interview the organizers beforehand.

It is worth noting that the Old Post Chapel, a traditionally-appointed but necessarily non-denominational facility, has been given over for virtually exclusive use by the Latin Mass community. Let us pray that this is the first of many similar initiatives to come to provide traditional liturgy to those who serve in our armed forces.

Annual Bus Tour to Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation

On Thursday, September 8, Prayer Pilgrimages will hold its annual bus tour to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio. A Tridentine High Mass will be held at 12:00 Noon in the main Upper Basilica church (pictured at left). Lunch will be offered in the Shrine cafeteria, followed by a procession, outdoors if weather permits. Interestingly, two other pilgrimage groups, one from Louisville, Kentucky, heard about this Mass and scheduled their own trips on the same day so that they could be present.

Shrine of the Little Flower Solemn High Mass

The first week of October is shaping up to be a busy one for traditional Catholic events: On Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 AM, as previously reported, the first Tridentine Mass at St. Paul Albanian Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan will be offered. On Monday, October 3, at 7:00 PM, there will be a Solemn High Tridentine Mass at Royal Oak’s National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, as part of a Prayer Pilgrimages bus tour there on the Feast of St. Therèse of the Child Jesus. Fr. Ryan Adams will be the celebrant. This will be the third Tridentine Mass to be held at Shrine. The first was a Solemn High Mass in 2009 which attracted approximately 650 of the faithful, a local record for attendance at a post-Vatican II Tridentine Mass yet to be surpassed. A second, more modest Mass took place in 2011 in the St. Therèse Chapel, part of a pre-Juventútem pilgrimage of young adults down Woodward Avenue.

Bus Tour to St. Louis

Immediately upon the heels of the Mass at Shrine, Tuesday-Friday, October 4-7, Prayer Pilgrimages will be offering a bus tour to the historic churches of St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is known for some spectacular architecture, including the Shrine of St. Joseph [pictured] – a lay-run church one can think of as a fully-restored version of St. Albertus – and the so-called “new” Cathedral, a masterpiece of mosaic design. A Tridentine Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory is planned.

For more information or to register for any of Prayer Pilgrimages’ bus tours, visit www.prayerpilgrimages.com or call (248) 250-6005.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 08/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Beheading of St. John the Baptist)
  • Tue. 08/30 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (St. Rose of Lima, Virgin)
  • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (St. Stephen of Hungary, King & Confessor) [First Friday] – Devotions prayed before Mass. Reception after Mass in the Parish Hall.
  • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Stephen of Hungary, King & Confessor) [First Friday]
  • Sat. 09/03 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Pius X, Pope & Confessor)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for August 28, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week



    • Mon. 08/29 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 12:00 Noon: High Tridentine Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 7:00 PM: Ad ordientem Novus Ordo Mass celebrated by Archbishop Allen Vigneron at Assumption Grotto, Detroit, followed by Eucharistic procession (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph's Church, Detroit (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)




    • Thu. 09/01 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or St. Giles - 4th class, or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)
    • Thu. 09/01 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Feria - 4th class, or St. Giles - 4th class, or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)
    • Thu. 09/01 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or St. Giles - 4th class, or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)


    • Fri. 09/02 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
    • Fri. 09/02 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at a href="http://www.sspxmichigan.com/#!schedule/c24jx">St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
    • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
    • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
    • Fri. 08/05 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major) – Reception after Mass in the Parish Hall [First Friday]
    • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: High Mass (periodically) at St. Joseph's Church, Detroit (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]


    • Sat. 09/03 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
    • Sat. 09/03 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 1/2 hour before Mass: call beforehand) at St. Ann's Church, Livonia [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
    • Sat. 09/03 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
    • Sat. 09/03 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi, South Lyon, MI (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
    • Sat. 09/03 6:00 PM Tridentine Mass at SS. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, Sterling Heights (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]


    * NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins." These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites. Also please note that St. Joseph's SSPX Chapel in Richmond has moved to Ray Township, at 57575 Romeo Plank Rd., Ray Twp., MI 48096.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

"The Language of Love in Qur'ān and Gospel"

Gordon Nickel, "The Language of Love in Qur'ān and Gospel" (Academia) - thorough, scholarly, helpful:
"This study [demonstrates] that there are indeed significant differences between the materials on love in the Qur'ān and Gospel, both in language and theology. It is not simply a matter of different meanings being expressed by the scriptural terminology of love in New Testament Greek and Qur'ānic Arabic. Rather, the difference extends to the characterization of relationships which are envisioned to exist among God and people."
[Hat tip to E.E.]

"What It's Like to Chestfeed" ~ the problems of the transgendered

Rod Dreher, "Problems That The Other America Has" (American Conservative, August 24, 2016):
... I am not interested in understanding the bodies or experiences of women who think they’re men who are bitching because nobody understands what it’s like to want to suckle your child at the breast you had cut off.

What I am interested in is trying to get inside the head of a coastal elite media that is obsessed with decadent crap like this. I think we can safely say that the people in J.D. Vance’s book aren’t readers of The Atlantic.com (one of my favorite websites, by the way), nor are most people in my part of the world who are out there mucking houses, feeding flood victims and doing their laundry. I get that. No magazine or web publication can be all things to all people all the time, nor should it try to be.

[I]f you read The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other publications edited by coastal elites, you would think that the travails of transgenders was the worst social problem facing America today. The bizarre degree of coverage and interest says little about transgenders and everything about the priorities of the media gatekeepers.

... I submit to you that most people in the elite media are far more concerned about the difficulties of a breastfeeding transman than they are with the struggles of a single mom in Appalachia trying to keep her kids from falling into opioid addiction, or the flood victims from Livingston Parish who tear up when you give them a package of toilet paper (this really happened), because they have nothing, not even that. I believe that our colleges are turning out graduates who are trained in the obsessions of the professoriat, such that they cannot even see their own country anymore.

As I keep saying, I am not for Donald Trump, and think he does not have what it takes to be president. And I’m certainly not for Hillary Clinton, who is the epitome of what’s wrong with our Establishment. But this kind of thing — showcasing the woes of the chestfeeding freakshow — is what makes me glad that the Trump people are throwing a brick through the Establishment’s window. Elites in Washington, New York, Boston, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood spend more time worrying about whether or not a transman can get his (“his”) baby to suckle at his absent breast, and society’s shameful indifference to that, than they do worrying about most any struggle in the daily lives of poor dumb rednecks and coonasses in Jesus Land.

[Hat tip to JM]

Florence Foster Jenkins (movie)

Guy Noir contacted me with some remarks about this article by Megan Basham, "Florence Foster Jenkins" (World, September 3, 2016). Noir remarked:
I have not seen the movie, "FFJ."

I still can not bring myself to risk any Meryl Streep project after sitting through the effrontery that was "Mamma Mia!", and deciding she might be as self-indulgent as Streisand.

But even if this new movie is somehow affecting, as one singer-friend told me it is, this review offers a window into the modern (post-modern, or whatever you want to call it) mindset. "They're happy, so what's the conundrum." That in a nutshell is the worldview that pervades the culture in which we find ourselves.
Granted, "Mamma Mia!" was pretty appalling, despite what the greying Woodstock generation regards as good nostalgic music. Yet Streep is a terrific actress, nonetheless; just as Hugh Grant may be, to whom (in his earlier career) my own reaction is as viscerally negative as Noir's is to Streep here.

The Basham article in World magazine says that this historical 'dramedy' offers an inescapable sense of sadness. Indeed.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The New Ben Hur Falls Short of the Original Classic

So says Monica Migliorino Miller (Crisis, August 26, 2016), and I agree.

Despite impressive special effects in the naval battle scene and the chariot race, the most important part of the original narrative, the supernatural Christian faith that gives meaning to the whole in the original novel, is denatured in the movie, flattening out the vertical dimension of repentance and rebirth into horizontal banalities about overcoming hate and restoring ruptured human relationships.

But read Dr. Miller's account for a superlative analysis.

[Hat tip to Dr. Echeverria who treated me to a 3-D screening of Ben Hur last Saturday]