Why, look at me. I've worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.
I should go ahead and bite the bullet and make the first two items of the weekly RTOVS be "Trump" and "Francis." The reason for this is obvious. Both of them are controversial and put themselves in the news on a regular basis. That is the one good thing I can say about Obama. 90% of the time, he was dishwater boring. I'm not sure if I'm sick of winning yet, but I am sick of the controversy and excitement with Trump. The same goes with Pope Francis. Boring is good.
Trump is finally doing things I disagree with. The first is that he bowed to pressure from Ivanka to spike the ball on LGBTQ issues. Ivanka is a closet liberal. The GOP under Trump has gone soft on sodomites. It is a truism that the toughest men crumble when it comes to their daughters, and Trump is no exception. He is wrapped around his little girl's finger.
The second thing I have issue with is how the State Department under Trump decided to now criticize Israel over settlements when not so long ago they went to the mattresses against Obama and the UN over the issue. Either Tillerson has gone rogue or Trump is turning into Bill Clinton. My hunch is that Rex Tillerson is behind this. I suspect there will be a lot of loose cannons in this administration.
Despite these things. Trump threw a touchdown with the Neil Gorsuch nomination. Of course, I expect the man to be thoroughly Borked in unprecedented ways. I can see another Anita Hill saga coming. Never underestimate what the Left will do to keep baby killing legal.
Where Trump mostly says and does things I like, Pope Francis does the opposite. It is a rare day when the Holy Father isn't praising Marxists, embracing environmentalism, supporting communion for adulterers, demanding imbecilic policies regarding Muslims, or engaging in sackings of orthodox believers while talking trash about faithful and traditional Catholics. Now, it seems that Cardinal Burke is being prepped to lose his red hat. The words and the actions of the Holy Father are disgusting, anti-Catholic, and unchristian. He is more Machiavellian than Christian.
Does all of this sadden me? Profoundly. I feel that Pope Francis is God's chastisement on the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy Father has split the prelates with Amoris Laetitita. He has stooped to enacting revenge against his challengers. He is a bad pope. I always hesitate when I say or write this, but others are already saying it. The Catholic Left finally got the pope they wanted, and their aim is to scrub away what is left of orthodoxy and tradition in the Roman Catholic Church.
There should be a handy guide for how to endure and resist a bad pope. I would write it except I don't know actually what you are supposed to do. I have yet to read the Chamberlin book. What I do know is that you are not allowed to schism out of the Church. I also know that you can't go along with falsehood, error, and heresy. But I think Jesus has the answer:
The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.
Jesus had to live with and deal with bad rabbis. These men were tasked with preserving and promoting the words and traditions of their forefathers going all the way back to Moses. Jesus never questions their authority. He does question their behavior, and He calls them out on it. I think the four cardinals who put their dubia to Pope Francis over Amoris Laetitia are doing the right thing. We all live under authority, and we should strive for obedience because this is obedience to Christ. Pope Francis is disobedient to Christ. That doesn't mean we have to follow his example even if he is the Vicar of Christ.
3. TAKEN FROM A COMBOX
There is something weird going on with the women, too. Like, a mixture of indiscriminate sympathy (bleeding heart syndrome, "poor little baby Abdullah"), and sexual fascination - after decades of systematically emasculating Western men, they now can't get turned on by the Grubers, so they subconsciously long to be violated by hyper-misogynistic primitives.
4. TAKEN FROM ANOTHER COMBOX
If anyone debating this would read the BIBLE once in a while, you would all find out that Mary was a Virgin at the onset. After the birth of JESUS, she had several children by Joseph. These were\ half brothers and sisters to JESUS. The Catholics have always been wrong about this. As I said, READ YOUR BIBLE PEOPLE!!! Quit listening to people tell you what the Bible says and read it for your self so you will not be decieved by false doctrine!
response to comment:
The Catholic Church compiled the Bible. That book you're citing is a Church document.
And Protestantism was invented 1500 years after the birth of Christ (Who also founded the Catholic Church).
But, by all means, let's all just wing it and interpret everything our own way. That should work out great.
Can I get an amen from all 20,000 Protestant denominations?
5. Q & A
Q: Is the constitutional republic as we know it inherently unworkable in the long term, or is it a function of other influences at this particular time in history? Would returning things to a previous order of beliefs under the same constitutional system simply repeat the process?
A: This question comes courtesy of the Bethune Catholic blog. I posted this comment:
I always recommend reading the Federalist Papers for topics like this. The Framers intention was pretty clear--prevent tyranny. They defined tyranny merely as the accumulation of power in the hands of the one, the few, or the many. To that extent, their experiment has worked.Another thing to glean from the FP is the idea that "faction breeds liberty." As Madison put it, "Liberty is to faction what air is to fire." The "relativism" we see today is essentially factions going at it. These differences among factions prevents them from ever accumulating power since power requires agreement.In a Republic, the good can prevail since the good is the only thing that everyone can agree on. This would be things like natural law, truth, etc. Now, not everyone agrees on this because they wish to deny it. But the bad can never draw a similar widespread agreement. Like the Tower of Babel, evil leads to division and dissolution of power. Evil is always striving for unity which is why it loves concentration of power, centralization, and tyranny. It strives to achieve by force what it cannot reach through liberty and reason.The beauty of the Constitution is that it pits self-interest against self-interest. It's like that Eastwood flick--The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly--where the two characters each had half of the secret. They had to cooperate and work together to ever find the hidden gold. But if one of them ever possessed the other half of the secret in addition to his own, the cooperation would vanish and someone would die.The Framers were pessimists about human nature. The chaos you see today is not a bug but a feature of our republic. It is when a large body of people gain power and unanimous agreement that you should really be afraid. This would be the Third Reich.
I believe our republic under the US Constitution is working as designed. The fact that President Trump is chafing under a ruling from a judge on his refugee ban is testament to the system working. And the fact that a guy like Trump could get elected is also a testament.
There is one thing the US Constitution will never deliver--Utopia. This is something progressives, communists, and libertarians seek. The Framers were inherently conservative in their outlook rejecting the utopian delusions believing that men were not angels and in need of government.
We can attempt to reject the Constitution, but this leaves a problem. What is to take its place? The libertarians seek anarchy which has to be worse than anything we have at present. The progressives seek an enlightened tyranny forgetting the bodypiles of all the previous enlightened tyrants like Mao and Stalin. Then, there is the technocratic state like the EU where every inch of human existence is regulated out of existence by educated elites who know better than us what we need. All of these options are tyrannies of the one, the few, or the many. Pick your flavor.
The two viable options left are a republic and a monarchy. I see these things as two sides of a single coin. A monarch who holds absolute power is limited in knowledge and presence. Similarly, a republic has greater knowledge but limited power. Of the two, I prefer the republic. Plato's philosopher king exists only in Jesus Christ. In His absence, we should share the load by dividing power.
The problem we have today is not a problem of government but a problem of morality. There can be no liberty among the immoral. Liberty demands self-government. The US has prospered or suffered in direct proportion to its righteousness. Currently, this country can make little to no claim to being righteous. This is not a political issue. It is a cultural issue. We have lost our way.
This is the overriding theme of this blog. If you want to make America great again, it needs to be good again. As it stands, the good people in this country feel some guilt and need to apologize to evil people for things like opposing abortion or gay marriage or Islamic rape and murder. And that, Gentle Reader, is why the USA finds itself in the septic tank of cultural decline. We have turned right into wrong and wrong into right. It is so bad that even Catholic bishops can't be counted on to stand up for anything anymore.
Edmund Burke said it best when he declared that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. Donald Trump isn't even a good man, but he does something that good men today won't do. He doesn't sit back and do nothing. He does not abdicate like Rod Dreher with his ridiculous Benedict Option. Whatever his failings, Trump has one thing going for him. He isn't a coward.
We can't all be President, but we can say something to our friends and neighbors with our words and our lives. We can get off our asses and go vote. We can write blog posts and tweet. On an individual basis, it doesn't amount to much. But united, good people can take back their country and inspire national repentance.
There's nothing wrong with the game or the rules of that game. A republic demands that we actually play that game. And this is where we get to the truth of the matter. Why would someone prefer a monarchy? Because monarchy is a nice excuse for laziness and cowardice. Monarchy allows us to sit back and abdicate. The reality is that all that sitting doesn't give us a righteous king but a tyranny of being ruled by our inferiors. We end up with the very thing we had wished to avoid.
6. QUOTABLE QUOTES
Make sure you practice this very interesting mortification: that of not making your conversation revolve around yourself.
SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA
The heart of man will never find true peace, if it does not empty itself of all that is not God, so as to free itself all free for His love, that He alone may possess the whole of it. But this the soul cannot do of itself; it must obtain it of God by repeated prayers.
SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGUORI
The difference between the love of a man and the love of a woman is that a man will always give reasons for loving, but a woman gives no reasons for loving.
VENERABLE ARCHBISHOP FULTON SHEEN
When we appeal to the throne of grace we do so through Mary, honoring God by honoring His Mother, imitating Him by exalting her,touching the most responsive chord in the sacred heart of Christ with the sweet name of Mary.
SAINT ROBERT BELLARMINE
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny. It's the only one. It's based on thousands of years of human experience. There is nothing narrow about the conservative philosophy. It's a liberating philosophy. It is a magnificent philosophy. It is a philosophy for the ages, for all times.
Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light.
7. ODDS AND ENDS
--Steve Skojec needs to get a real job instead of begging for donations so he can escape work to spend his days in endless flame wars on Twitter.
--Mark Shea should do the same thing. Shea spends his days in endless flame wars on Facebook.
--Bishop Robert Barron is no Archbishop Sheen. Sheen would have no compromise on the issue of gay marriage.
--I believe illegal immigration should be made harder while legal immigration should be made easier. As for those getting deported for breaking the law, they are merely being sent home. This is not a tragedy.
--Fillon's nepotism scandal ensures a Le Pen win. Make France Great Again!
8. LINKS OF INTEREST