Charlie's Blog: 2017


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 51

The first five days after the weekend are always the hardest.


For those not in the know, Father Antonio Spadaro belongs to the Society of Judas. He is also close to Pope Francis and recently wrote an article in La Civiltà Cattolica that has drawn the ire of real Catholics over its description of the "ecumenism of hate." This is to be contrasted with the "ecumenism of love" that Spadaro and the Society of Judas promotes that includes things like pantheism, religious indifferentism, communism, transgender mutilation, Islamophilia, and sodomy. Spadaro is a well known heretic, and his interview in the Society of Judas mag America drips with that passive-aggressive tone of hatred and disdain for the alliance in the US between real Catholics and evangelical Christians inside the Republican Party. These would be conservatives.

Here's the deal. The Jesuits used to be real Catholics a long time ago. Then, they were overrun by Marxism in the guise of liberation theology which has transmogrified into "social justice" and began ordaining sodomites to the priesthood in massive numbers. As it stands, they no longer belong to Jesus but to Judas, the betrayer. This is why I refer to them as the Society of Judas.

Spadaro dripped from Satan's loins, and he does his master's bidding. In this case, it is to oppose those who oppose socialism, abortion, sodomy, gay marriage, and the crazy idea that Jesus Christ was and is truly the Son of God. Spadaro is another wolf in a sheepsuit.

The reason Spadaro is causing so much controversy is because he is the right hand man of Pope Francis. Does this recent article reflect the thinking of Pope Francis? My personal opinion is that it most certainly does. Pope Francis is Pope Judas in my book. He earned that title when he refused to clarify Amoris Laetitia in response to the four cardinals. His words and actions to date indicate to me that he is also a wolf in a sheepsuit and on his way to being the worst pope the Roman Catholic Church has ever seen. My prayer is that his eyes will be opened in repentance, or they will be closed forever in death. The worst is yet to come from this man.

Gentle Reader, if you haven't figured it out by now from reading this blog, I will deliver it you straight. Those people who believe in God and His laws and are political conservatives are the good guys. This group includes Catholics, evangelical Christians, and sincere Jews. What unites the good guys are the most basic things. This is the belief in natural law and political liberty and Judeo-Christian morality. The evildoers are the political progressives, the Democrat Party, the secularists, and the practitioners of liberal religion in various Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church. You can recognize them easily by this banner:

This flag is a satanic mockery of the covenantal sign found in Genesis 9. The human race was wiped out in the flood for the very things that are now in practice today. Yet, God promised to not do this again and established the rainbow as the sign of this promise. Naturally, the Devil wants to rub God's face in it today.

The evildoers are coming to a bad end, and the worst punishment will fall on those masquerading as God's servants. This would be the Society of Judas. They will be without excuse when they answer for their misdeeds and sins.


Father Martin is still selling that gay book of his. Naturally, he is doing it in that Jesuitical way where he affirms church teaching in one breath and demolishes it in the second breath. The video in the link is a grand display of this Jesuitical way. Of course, this is nothing new since the art was put into practice by the Sophists in ancient Greece and is carried on today by various lawyers and spin doctors. Here is how it works.

The best way to understand Jesuitical tricks is to see them like a coin on a string. The Jesuit pays out the coin, and you see the coin in your pocket or a vending machine or what have you. They pay the coin, and you are satisfied. Then, with their rhetorical strings, they snatch the coin back. This is how the Society of Judas affirms church teachings while simultaneously undermining them. It is not a complicated trick on their part. They simply say two things that are in direct contradiction with each other. It is like saying 2 + 2 = 4 then saying 2 + 2 = 5. Then, when you call them out on the error, they simply ignore you. If you push it really hard, they affirm the truth until the heat is off. Then, it is back to 2 + 2 = 5.

Father Martin's agenda is clear. He wants the Church to change its teachings on sodomy. The man is a heretic and a slime eel. Father Martin will affirm church teaching right up to the moment he destroys it. It's like an expectant mother knitting baby booties in the waiting room at the abortion clinic. This is the Society of Judas. When you see their members condemned to eternal damnation, you won't be surprised.


This is a new section of RTOVS that I decided to add to point readers to websites that I find informative and valuable. This week's website is one that got hacked just this week. And why was it hacked? Because it exposes the truth about the corruption in the Roman Catholic Church and the general culture. This website is Church Militant.

Church Militant is very controversial. This is because it exposes a great deal of scandal while maintaining fidelity to the Church's actual teachings as opposed to the heresies of homosexual priests and prelates and the Society of Judas. Liberal bishops and cardinals do not like Church Militant. Michael Voris, the captain of the Church Militant ship, is persona non grata at any conference of bishops.

Church Militant did not begin as an irritant to the prelates. The apostolate was begun to confront the secular culture and Barack Obama. But Voris and Co. learned that the real war is inside the Catholic Church. You can't pick out the speck in the world's eye when you have the beam of sodomite and pedophile sex scandals in your own eye.

Church Militant does a great service to the Catholic Church and for the faithful Catholics out there who still cling to orthodoxy. I recommend visiting their site on a daily basis.


The Church is a ship, and even if the ship is in difficulty, it is necessary that we at least be in it.

The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.

The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain.

Closing our eyes to our neighbour also blinds us to God.

Religious liberty as an ideal sounds lovely. But in the abstract, it has very little power. It has political force only to the degree that ordinary people believe and practice their faith — and refuse to tolerate anyone or anything interfering with their faith.


--Waters is a colossal whiny Englishman. It's too bad the LSD took out Syd instead of him.

--Elon Musk would be nothing without government money.

--Melinda Gates is just one soundbite away from being a complete advocate of genocide of the poor. When abortion and contraception are your answers to world poverty, everyone gets the message.

--Pope Francis basically called Cardinal Muller a whiner and a complainer with that ridiculous sign on that door.

--Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI basically called Pope Francis a shipwreck of the Roman Catholic Church in his kind words concerning the late Cardinal Meisner.



Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 50

She's been married so many times she has rice marks on her face.


Donald Trump delivered one of the greatest speeches I have ever heard from a President during his visit to Poland this past week. It is moving. It ranks up there with Reagan's famous "Tear Down This Wall" speech. It praises patriotism, freedom, and belief in God. Naturally, the Left despises it because they despise patriotism, freedom, and God. May they gnash their teeth forever in Hell for their hatred.

My wife asked me the other day if I thought Trump was a good president. I told her that I had exceedingly low expectations of the man who only won my vote because he was a Republican and was not Hillary Clinton. As such, he has had an easy job exceeding those expectations. The man has done a spectacular job so far. I can quibble here and there, but I thank God every day that the Obama nightmare is over.

NeverTrumpers are always going to hate the Donald. They insist on sacrificing the good on the altar of perfection in denial of the conservative dictum that governments are not meant to usher in Utopia but merely to prevent Hell on Earth. Governments are comprised of fallen men and women governing a fallen world.

Trump believes in God. That is enough to make the difference. I pray for the president every day. I thank God that he is our president.
Those heroes remind us that the West was saved with the blood of patriots; that each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense and that every foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization, is worth defending with your life.

Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield -- it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital, and demand no less defense, than that bare shred of land on which the hope of Poland once totally rested. Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory.

And today as ever, Poland is in our heart, and its people are in that fight. Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph. 

So, together, let us all fight like the Poles — for family, for freedom, for country, and for God.

Thank you. God Bless You. God bless the Polish people. God bless our allies. And God bless the United States of America.

While Trump surprises me, the Holy Father disappoints. Cardinal Muller is turning out to be the James Comey of this pontificate as he dishes the dirt on what it is really like working for Pope Francis. Needless to say, it isn't pleasant. I also concur with Steve Skojec on this matter:

Repugnant is definitely the word for this. How does anyone especially the Pope interrupt a priest or prelate saying Mass? It makes me want to vomit.

There is a rumor that Pope Francis may rescind Summorum Pontificum but is merely waiting for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to drop dead first. I would rather see Pope Francis drop dead first than see Summorum Pontificum rescinded. But I totally believe this man will do it when the time comes. The modernists hate the Latin Mass, and they will destroy it.

Pope Francis has no love for the eucharist. It is said that he does not genuflect during the consecration nor drops to his knees during adoration. This might be forgivable if he has weak knees, but weak knees has never been a problem for him doing this:

Allowing unrepentant adulterers to take communion isn't such a big deal when you don't believe in the Real Presence. And that, Gentle Reader, would be the real question the remaining three cardinals should ask the Holy Father. Do you believe in Transubstantiation?

I don't think modernists believe in the Real Presence. This is why they have no problem with diminishing the Mass with Novus Ordo abuses, gay masses, and abominable architectural abortions that make airports and office buildings look beautiful in comparison. For them, communion is merely a community meal of sharing and caring. Their goal is to make this the standard in every parish:

Pope Francis is the modernist pope. He is on their side. He heaps praise upon the modernists while scorning traditional Catholics. He deposes faithful prelates while promoting and defending faithless prelates connected to vile practices and heretical teachings. And I know that worse things are still to come.

God wins in the end. Bad popes like Francis must be endured as a trial and as a cross. I pray that the faith of the faithful will remain strong. Fortitude will be needed as we patiently endure the things we cannot change. Pope Francis is God's chastisement of the Roman Catholic Church.


One of my frequent criticisms of smartphones is that they are actually pornphones allowing men to take the internet with them to places like the bathroom for the purpose of lust and self-abuse. There's a reason I don't touch another man's smartphone. I already know where it has been, and it makes me want to vomit. Now, there comes this article about what smartphones are doing to kids as they access the same sick pornography as the adults.

I don't look at pornography. It hurts my conscience. The temptation to look at porn is negated in my life by the fact that I do not own a smartphone. My computer is a desktop model that remains in the living room. I own a Chromebook that my wife has hijacked. It travels from the living room to the kitchen and back again. It is never used in private. Plus, all my devices have an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a wallpaper. This is what I call the "Catholic Guilt Ray." It works.

Children shouldn't have smartphones. Unlike the people in the article, I go one step further and think that adults shouldn't have smartphones either.


I would have people in time of silence take good heed that their minds be occupied with good thoughts, for unoccupied they will never be.

I learned, in my heart, a notion Thomas Aquinas expressed in Scholastic doctrine: that the blessed in heaven must enjoy the torment of the wicked in hell.

One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.

They not only fail from resisting this frailty [ of fallen human nature]…but do even worse as they commit the cursed sin against nature. Like the blind and stupid having dimmed the light of the understanding, they do not recognze the disease and misery in which they find themselves. For this not only causes Me nausea, but displeases even the demons themselves, whom these miserable creatures have chosen as their lords. For Me, this sin against nature is so abominable that , for it alone, five cities were submersed, by virtue of the jugdment of My Divine Justice, which could no longer bear them…It is disagreable to the demon, not because evil displeases them and they find pleasure in good, but because their nature is angelic and thus is repulsed upon seeing such an enormous sin being commited. It is true that it is the demons who hits the sinner with the poisoned arrow of lust, but when a man carries out such a sinful act, the demons leave.

Those offences which be contrary to nature are everywhere and at all times to be held in detestation and punished; such were those of the Sodomites, which should all nations commit, they should all be held guilty of the same crime by the divine law, which hath not so made men that they should in that way abuse one another. For even that fellowship which should be between God and us is violated, when that same nature of which He is author is polluted by the perversity of lust.

No sin in the world grips the soul as the accursed sodomy; this sin has always been detested by all those who live according to God.… Deviant passion is close to madness; this vice disturbs the intellect, destroys elevation and generosity of soul, brings the mind down from great thoughts to the lowliest, makes the person slothful, irascible, obstinate and obdurate, servile and soft and incapable of anything; furthermore, agitated by an insatiable craving for pleasure, the person follows not reason but frenzy.… They become blind and, when their thoughts should soar to high and great things, they are broken down and reduced to vile and useless and putrid things, which could never make them happy.... Just as people participate in the glory of God in different degrees, so also in hell some suffer more than others. He who lived with this vice of sodomy suffers more than another, for this is the greatest sin.


--Much of the pathology and poverty in India can be blamed on the corrosive effects of Hinduism.

--George Clooney is a ridiculous leftwing celebrity hypocrite. He campaigned for opening up Europe and the UK to migrants. Now, he is retreating back to the USA over "security concerns." Amazing how things change when it is your wife and kids in harm's way.

--Charlie Gard will probably die even if he manages to escape the British healthcare system. It is a pro-life issue, but it is even more of a pro-parent issue. Governments bend over backward to help women kill their babies in abortion. Yet, the Charlie Gard affair is about parents who want to take their baby home.


The Benedict Option & the Barbarians at the Gate

If your life is utterly ordinary, you might well be on the right track

Why You Can Expect Increased Violence When The Left Is Out Of Power

The Liberal Jesuit Captivity of the Papacy

Pope Benedict’s Great Restoration


Wheat and Weeds

Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seeds in his field.

But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way.

And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle.

And the servants of the goodman of the house coming said to him: Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it cockle?

And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?

And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.
Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.

I have officially been Roman Catholic for four years. I entered the Church at the same time that Francis became pope. That is the way my life has been for as long as I have known it. Something good happens to me while I am also delivered a frustration. When I became Catholic, a material heretic took the chair of St. Peter, and I knew it. Then, my priest died shortly after my entrance into the Church.

What do I think of the Roman Catholic Church at this stage of the journey? I must admit that I am not so impressed anymore. I had a low opinion of the Church as a Protestant and as a Calvinist. I definitely had a low opinion of the Church as an atheist. Now that I am in the Church and have seen it from the inside, my low opinion is actually lower now.

Why did I ever join up for this? The answer to that is simple. The Roman Catholic Church is the one true church containing the deposit of the One True Faith. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe He is the Son of God, and that He actually rose from the dead. And I believe that He instituted one church. Obedience to Christ means becoming Catholic and remaining Catholic. This is not an issue for negotiation or debate. Once you know that the Roman Catholic Church is the true church, you have a duty and an obligation to get into it and stay in it. Should you refuse to do these things, you will go to Hell.

That is some scary stuff, but there it is. Don't let anyone say that I sugarcoat things because I don't. The Roman Catholic Church is God's instrument of salvation in the world. If you spurn this institution, you will be judged for rejecting Christ. You cannot love Christ and not love His Church or be disobedient to His vicar.

The Martin Luthers of today, our Protestant brothers and sisters separated from the Church by massive ignorance perpetrated and passed down by lying ministers of Satan, point out that the Roman Catholic Church is rife with scandal and corruption. How can I disagree with these observations? It is based in fact. I could chalk it up to bias in the media but even faithful Catholic media report these things which you will find tweeted and retweeted on my Twitter account. From the Pope on down, there are many who distort doctrine, deny doctrine, mishandle funds, scandalize the faithful, and even engage in gross sexual sins and encourage others in this debauchery. Granted, there are those who preserve the faith in both word and deed, but they are the minority in this day and age. This begs another question. Why remain in this?

Conservative writer Rod Dreher was faced with this dilemma after converting to the Roman Catholic Church in 1993. While covering the sex abuse scandal, he became so disillusioned because of the filth that he uncovered that he checked out and became Eastern Orthodox. This is understandable considering that the man has kids. It isn't justifiable, but I do understand. But the problem with the Eastern Orthodox is that they aren't free of the filth either. The sad reality is that sexual abuse of minors is a widespread problem and is present in virtually every institution including scouts, public schools, little league sports, and on and on. This isn't to excuse the wrongdoing in the Catholic Church. But as I say so often, when the Church is bad, it is merely as bad as the rest of the world.

JERRY SANDUSKY: Not a Catholic priest.
So, if the Roman Catholic Church has so much filth and corruption, what makes it special relative to all of the other filthy and corrupt institutions in the world? This is a question I asked myself before my conversion, and I had to admit one thing. There were no Protestant saints. There certainly were no atheist saints. All of the saints I knew about were in the Catholic Church. There are two things I know. No one can be saint without God's help and grace. And there are no saints outside of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Eastern Orthodox may quibble with me on this matter, but I will simply point to the emperor Constantine who was no saint. He did not lead a venerable life and spurned baptism until he was on his deathbed. His "canonization" is more of a popularity vote than an actual fact. The Roman Catholic Church never canonized the man. As such, any saint not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church is not a saint to me.

Saints aren't perfect, but their lives are so radically different from the world as to make them very special to me. In his novel, The Plague, Albert Camus asks, "Can an atheist be a saint?" My answer is that atheists can be saints only in fiction. They have never existed in fact and never will. This was a conclusion I drew as an atheist.

The saint that I drew the most inspiration from was Maximilian Kolbe. His story moved me profoundly because he lived in relatively modern times. Other saints have lived so long ago that their stories have become mixed with legends and myths. But Kolbe was the bona fide real deal. And his final act of charity to save a condemned man by taking his place puts him on the same level as the great saints and martyrs of old in my book. Yet, he is virtually unknown outside of the Catholic Church. What an awesome human being. Everyone should aspire to be a Kolbe.

It is saints like Kolbe that make the Catholic Church special to me. There are heroes, but a saint is more than just a hero. The hero seeks glory. The saint seeks a crown to cast at the Savior's feet. That is a profoundly different thing.

So, there you have it. The Roman Catholic Church is a mix of otherworldly saints, lots of faithful people who seek to become saints, and some of the lowest scum who would bring shame on a prison full of convicts. Basically, the Church is a mixture of wheat and weeds.

Our Lord told us this in Matthew 13. Whenever Jesus uses the phrase "kingdom of heaven," He is referring to the Roman Catholic Church. He is not talking about Heaven itself as He discusses how the enemy, the Devil, has sown weeds into the field. Heaven is free of such weeds, so the kingdom of heaven and Heaven itself are not synonymous. Nor is He talking about the world because the world is certainly not the kingdom of heaven. It is the Catholic Church which is the kingdom of Christ on earth.


In His parable of the wheat and the weeds, Jesus tells us that the wheat was planted, but the weeds were the work of an enemy who came and planted his evil seed. We can see that this is what happened with the Catholic Church virtually as soon as it was established as even the Apostles themselves had to struggle and battle with heretics at the outset like the Judaizers and the Gnostics. These heresies would flourish alongside orthodoxy all the way to the present day. Some of the lowest points for the Church were the virtual domination of the Arian heresy that came later, the Cathars, the Protestant Revolt, and the modernism of today. All of these weeds are the work of Satan.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't read about some scandal involving a priest or a bishop. Their actions are criminal in an extreme way that would make a mafioso blush. Additionally, many prelates and priests exhibit no belief in the Real Presence and actively push and promote heresy in a multitude of ways. Now, we have a pope who seems to be firmly on the side of the modernists.

All of the scandal and heresy in the Church begs a question. The question isn't why is the Church so corrupt. The real question is why corrupt people would want to be in the Church. Think about it. If you were gay and an atheist, why would you ever become a priest? Why would you ever take vows to join a religious order? And if you despised the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, why be Catholic when there are literally thousands of Protestant denominations and sects to suit you? This behavior would be like the Democrats deciding they didn't care about winning elections and that the better way to go would be to become Republicans to tear the party down from the inside. That is insanity and virtually no Democrat does this. But this is what has happened and still happens with the Roman Catholic Church.

The heretics, liars, thieves, and perverts inside the Roman Catholic Church arrive there and remain there under satanic inspiration. They are literally agents of the Devil himself. They do the work and bidding of Lucifer. They are the Devil's weeds in the wheatfield of the Lord, and their mission is to corrupt and subvert the mission of the Church.

The servants in the parable ask a pertinent question. Should we go and root out these weeds? The good man tells them no. For the sake of the wheat, the weeds must be allowed to grow. This is because you cannot tell the difference between one and the other. It is only when the wheat yields its grain that we can tell the wheat from the weeds. This is because the Church is made up of sinners. I am one of those sinners believing at one time in things that I now oppose. I was a Protestant, a Calvinist, an atheist, and on and on. And, then, God opened my eyes, and I repented. It is for the sake of people like me that God tolerates the evil in the world and in the Church.

In conclusion, the only thing I can tell you is to be the wheat. This means embracing the One True Faith, holding firmly to the Magisterium, and working on becoming a saint through the sacraments, devotions, prayer, examination of conscience, and works of mercy. The parable concludes with the harvesting of the wheat into the barn and the binding of the weeds to be burned. The barn is Heaven. The fire is Hell. The evildoers in the Church and all those who work for the Devil will receive their reward. They will be tormented in everlasting damnation forever. Be the wheat.


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 49

My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses… drinks right out of the bottle.


So, the POTUS starts a flame war on Twitter with Joe and Mika. This was in retaliation for the flame war they started with him except they somehow didn't start it. Naturally, Trump is the bad guy for repaying in the same coin he was dealt. The result is a massive distraction for the MSM to immolate themselves over for a week of news cycles. Meanwhile, the agenda proceeds while Trump has a laugh.

Where do I stand on this? I think the Trump tweets of this nature are immature and not something I would do. To paraphrase Marcus Aurelius, the first great talent of a president is the ability to endure great hatred. This is not a trait of Donald Trump.

The advice of Marcus Aurelius in this matter is also appropriate. The greatest revenge is to not become like your enemy. And this is the crux of what conservatives don't like about Donald Trump. He lacks these virtues. He can be classless and crass.

The essence of Donald Trump is that he is your typical loudmouthed New Yorker. I am a Southerner, so I find all Yankees to be like this. These are those "New York Values" Ted Cruz mentioned back in the campaign.

People think Trump should get off of Twitter, but there is nothing inherently wrong with Twitter. Barack Obama and Mike Pence have Twitter accounts. Ted Cruz has a Twitter account. The pope has a twitter account. So, what is the difference? Trump tweets his own tweets. The man is unfiltered.

I don't believe you should say or write everything. Sometimes, reticence and silence say more than words. Barack Obama got this which is why he was the opposite of Trump. I have much disagreement with Barack Obama, but I did admire his style. That cat was cool. He never lost that cool.

Trump is not cool. He is hot and ill tempered like the people that elected him. Those people don't want him to change. As for Mike and Joe, my advice to them is that when they sling crap at people that they keep their mouths closed when it comes flying back at them. You get less of it in your pie hole.


Pope Francis gave the pink slip to Cardinal Muller. Muller was a thorn in the pontiff's side, and the Holy Father has replaced the good cardinal on the CDF with a fellow member of the Society of Judas. Francis did the move with ill intentions, but I think Muller deserved the sack because he failed to support the four cardinals in their dubia regarding Amoral Licensia. Excuse me, Amoris Laetitia.

Pope Francis will now push forward even harder on the modernist agenda that he supports materially even though restrained by the Holy Spirit from supporting formally. Here are some of my expectations from the Holy Father going forward:
--Ordination of female deacons paving the way for ordination of female priests.

--Further denigration of the Novus Ordo in a Protestant direction into an ecumenical celebration where Lutherans and perhaps others will be welcome to profane the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ as they feast unworthily. Perhaps this will be avoided if the denigration of the rite renders it invalid making communion on par with juice and crackers time at the Baptist church down the street.

--The nullification of Humanae Vitae through ambiguity giving a green light to contraception.

--Decentralization and break up of church authority into national churches like the Orthodox with a "patriarch" over each country's dioceses. This will negate the authority of future popes who are protected from error by the Holy Spirit. Schism will reign.

--Blessing of same sex unions. 

--Vatican III

Yes, Gentle Reader, things are very dark in the Roman Catholic Church. It can be dispiriting. Then, there is this interesting video where Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greets some new cardinals. One of those cardinals is this guy. And this guy. Benedict's response to them that "the Lord wins in the end" has become a telling statement for quite a few people.

Was Benedict forced out of the papacy? That is just a rumor, but it would be devastating if it turned out to be true. I don't see how a former pope who was orthodox can look on at the damage his heterodox successor is doing and bite his tongue. My personal opinion is that Benedict should have never resigned the papacy. But the point is moot when you consider that the wolves were always at the door.

Satan has the Roman Catholic Church. His workers are in control, and they are working hard to bring about the destruction of the faith. The Lord wins in the end. This is what we must never forget. It is disheartening to see such evil triumphing, but God always has a way of turning these defeats into victory.

This is a great chastisement for the Church. We must patiently endure these trying times until the Lord Jesus triumphs in the end.


The epitome of the Society of Judas is Father James Martin. You may recognize him as the celebrity priest who is a regular on Colbert and pushes all things gay. My personal suspicion is that Father Martin is gay himself. This comes from the poorly kept secret that the Society of Judas is corrupted by sodomites. This might amount to detraction or even calumny except for one thing. Father Martin and the Society of Judas think there is nothing wrong with sodomy and being gay. Well, folks, here's a newsflash. Perversion is perverse. Yeah, that is a total shocker, but there's a reason Sodom and Gomorrah got the fire and brimstone.

Now, people with these inclinations are welcome in the Roman Catholic Church. One of the apostolates formed for helping people with same sex attraction issues is Courage which ministers to LGBT people. Does Father Martin ever endorse Courage? Hell no. Instead, Father Martin is the darling of New Ways Ministry which the Catholic Church condemns. What is the difference? Courage calls gays and lesbians to chastity. NWM does not.

Father Martin is a heretic. He leads souls to Hell. He is a wolf in a sheepsuit. Sad to say, these wolves can be recognized by the letters "SJ" at the end of their names. 



Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

Don’t worry about me no matter what happens in this world. Nothing can happen to me that God doesn’t want. And all that He wants, no matter how bad it may appear to us, is really for the best.

Life does not ask what we want. It presents us with options.


--The iPhone came out a decade ago. It was a terrible thing.

--A certain rapper admitted to cheating on a certain singer. It's good to know that some people still feel shame over sin.

--I hate Morning Joe. I only watch it when I visit left leaning family members. Waiting for Joe and Mika to get divorced to see who gets the show in the settlement.

--Canada is insane. Pronouns are now on par with the N-word in Canuckistan. Complete idiots.

--I totally support Kate's Law. Criminal foreigners deserve harsh penalties. Get out of this country.

--Put an expiration date on Obamacare. That would be something every Republican could support. Spend the next two years debating replacement and working on that.

--The Charlie Gard story is heartbreaking and a warning. The right to die is now becoming the obligation to die.

--Some blue states would be red if they stamped out voter fraud. Democrats are slime.


How to respond to scandal in the Church

The Pagan Foundation of the American Alt-Right

The Virtue of Piety: The Catholic Response to the Alt-Right

How to Turn 12 Everyday Items Into Improvised Weapons


St. John Vianney on Salvation

Good Christians, who labor to save their souls and to work out their salvation, are always happy and contented; they enjoy beforehand the happiness of Heaven: they will be happy for all eternity.

THERE ARE many Christians who do not even know why they are in the world.

"Oh my God, why have You sent me into the world?" "To save your soul." "And why do You wish me to be saved?" "Because I love you." The good God has created us and sent us into the world because He loves us; He wishes to save us because He loves us. To be saved, we must know, love and serve God. Oh, what a beautiful life! How good, how great a thing it is to know, to love and serve God! We have nothing else to do in this world. All that we do besides is lost time. We must act only for God, and put our works into His hands We should say, on awaking, "I desire to do everything today for You, my God! I will submit to all that You shall send me, as coming from You. I offer myself as a sacrifice to You But, God, I can do nothing without You. Do help me!"

Oh, how bitterly shall we regret at the hour of death the time we have given to pleasures, to useless conversations, to repose, instead of having employed it in mortification, in prayer, in good works, in thinking of our poor misery, in weeping over our poor sins; then we shall see that we have done nothing for Heaven. Oh, my children, how sad it is! Three-quarters of those who are Christians labor for nothing but to satisfy this body, which will soon be buried and corrupted, while they do not give a thought to their poor soul, which must be happy or miserable for all eternity. They have neither sense nor reason: it makes one tremble.

Look at that man, who is so active and restless, who makes a noise in the world, who wants to govern everybody, who thinks himself as important, who seems as if he would like to say to the sun, "Go away, and let me enlighten the world instead of you." Some day this proud man will be reduced at the utmost to a little handful of dust, which will be swept away from river to river, and at last into the sea.

See my children, I often think that we are like those little heaps of sand that the wind raises on the road, which whirl round for a moment, and are then scattered. We have brothers and sisters who are dead. Well, they are reduced to that little handful of dust of which I was speaking. Worldly people say it is too difficult to save one's soul. Yet nothing is easier. To observe the Commandments of God and the Church, and to avoid the seven capital sins; or if you like to put it so, to do good and avoid evil: that is all. Good Christians, who labor to save their souls and to work out their salvation, are always happy and contented; they enjoy beforehand the happiness of Heaven: they will be happy for all eternity. While bad Christians, who lose their souls, are always to be pitied; they murmur, they are sad, they are as miserable as stones; and they will be so for all eternity. See what a difference!

This is a good rule of conduct to do nothing but what we can offer to the good God. Now, we cannot offer to Him slanders, calumnies, injustice, anger, blasphemy, impurity, night clubs, dancing; yet that is all that people do in the world. Speaking of dances, St. Francis of Sales used to say that "they were like mushrooms, the best were good for nothing." Mothers are apt to say indeed, "Oh, I watch over my daughters." They watch over their attire, but they cannot watch over their hearts. Those who have dances in their houses load themselves with a terrible responsibility before God; they are answerable for all the evil that is done -- for the bad thoughts, the slanders, the jealousies, the hatred, the revenge. ... Ah, if they well understood this responsibility they would never have any dances. Just like those who make bad pictures and statues, or write bad books, they will have to answer for all the harm that these things will do during all the time they last. Oh that makes one tremble!

See, my children, we must reflect that we have a soul to save, and an eternity that awaits us. The world, its riches, pleasures, and honors will pass away. Let us take care, then. The saints did not all begin well; but they all ended well. We have begun badly; let us end well, and we shall go one day and meet them in Heaven.


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 48

I played a great horse yesterday; it took seven horses to beat him.


I support Donald Trump, but I admit that Mike Pence would be a better fit for me. Trump is basically a Democrat in a Republican suit. The irony is that so many on the Left express such disdain and violent fantasies towards the man. This begs a certain question. Would Jeb Bush be suffering as Trump suffers now if the Bushies had gotten their man elected? My answer is yes.

Something has fundamentally changed in Democrats and the Left. Eight years of Obama has done something to their rabies infected brains. It is so bad that you now have Leftist vs. Leftist at Evergreen State College where white progressives are now persona non grata. Then, there was the recent fracas between an LGBT group and Black Lives Matters. This brings me to my familiar refrain tweeted endlessly by yours truly.

The Left is truly eating itself and bringing about its own self-destruction. This is why Edmund Burke said, "Our patience will achieve more than our force." Basically, you win not by fighting but by refusing to surrender. Evil turns on itself inevitably, and victory is yours.

The only thing Trump needs to be successful over the next four years is to not resign the office. Granted, he is a fighter, but you can only expend so much energy on your enemies. Trump might find some small satisfaction in his late night tweets, but they aren't what will win over those enemies. You don't have to fight these people. You just refuse to quit. Jeb Bush is a quitter, and that's why he isn't president.


The four cardinals have requested a chat with the Holy Father, and we all know that they aren't going to get it. Pope Francis will continue to ignore them as he has done up to this point. This leaves the four cardinals no other option except a formal and public rebuke. Granted, this is coming from just four cardinals he has ignored. He will ignore this rebuke as well. Yet, I expect others will sign on to this rebuke and make their voices heard as well as they have done previously. The four cardinals will not stand alone in their opposition.

Pope Francis is a bad pope. His pontificate will come to a bad end. But while he remains, he will do as much damage as he can. Rumors are already swirling that the modernists want to take down Humanae Vitae with the Pope's blessing.

This leads us back to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He was and is a quitter. It pains me to say that, but there it is. The cost for this surrender is that he has lived to see the Church in this calamity. Perhaps he thought he was avoiding this calamity by abdicating, but he has only hastened it. You never win by quitting. That is the lesson.


Illinois is on the verge of bankruptcy. The state cannot pay its bills and is effectively shutting down. This disaster portends possible coming disasters in other states and perhaps the United States itself.

There are many reasons that Illinois finds itself in this mess, but the biggest one is the unfunded pension liability Illinois carries which is approximately $130 billion. This is an issue I touch on regularly here at the C-blog. I am against retirement. It is a really bad idea. Illinois is the most potent recent example of how bad this idea is.

The temptation for Illinois is to simply raise taxes to an astronomical level to pay its bills. This isn't going to happen without a revolt. As for those pensioners, I suspect many of them will move out of the state to somewhere more tax friendly like Florida but still collect those pension checks. There should be a law in every state that says you must reside in that state to collect the pension. As it stands, blue staters work in blue states and retire to red states. They get the best of both worlds.

Illinois is a failed blue state. I expect California and others to follow suit when they finally reap what they've sown. Socialism in whole or part does not work. Just say no to socialism.


The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.

Speak the truth in a million voices. It is silence that kills.

Hence it's funny to read in the New York Times that liberal Catholic activists are pushing for a change in Church teaching on issues relating to -- well, let's admit it, sex. Nobody is out there demanding the popes revisit the condemnation of Jansenism (don't ask), or settle the question of whether divine grace is or isn't resistable. No, journalists want to know what the Church thinks about whether one person should poke another and, if so, where, when, and how. What liberal Catholics and the journalists who love them are really asking for isfor the Church to admit that it was teaching a set of harsh, repressive errors for nineteen centuries and that now it is very, very sorry.


--Johnny Depp ended any confusion over his intelligence. He has none.

--Obamacare will not be repealed because Trump doesn't really want to repeal it. He's a stealth Democrat on issues like this. It will be his greatest failure. And, no, Obamacare Lite is not a repeal.

--Why are the polls so wrong? The silent majority truly is silent. Pollsters need to reconsider their methodologies.

--Father James Martin, SJ is a despicable priest promoting the homoheresy. I am with Michael Voris in the suspicion that Martin is a closet homosexual. The wider church needs to be aware of this man's errors, and a prelate needs to discipline this priest severely. Unfortunately, many bishops are in common mind with Father Martin.

--There is no happiness in comfort.


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SOC 18

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

At the end of each work week, I like to sit down in my chair and pop the top on a cold can of beer. That beer is Pabst Blue Ribbon. I get plenty of ribbing for that beverage choice, and I have tried other beers. But nothing satisfies me like that PBR.

I have not always drank PBR. The first time I ever drank the stuff was as a wee lad probably in first grade when I snuck into the refrigerator and drunk a few cans of the old man's brew. He was a PBR drinker at the time, and I am grateful that he was. Had he drank something really horrible like Coors, I would have been put off beer drinking forever. But that first beer left an indelible mark on my psyche, and I am glad that PBR tastes as good now as it did to me as a child.

Of course, I quickly learned from the old man that beer was for grown ups and not for kids. So, I never touched the stuff again until over a decade later. In the interim, I drank whatever was available. There has been Coors Light, Corona, Miller Genuine Draft, countless craft beers, Budweiser, and Bud Light which is the number one beer in America. There is something sad about that fact, but there it is.

I have drank cheap beers like Busch and Natty Light. It was during this time of exploration for a cheap beer that was easy on the wallet that I returned to Pabst Blue Ribbon. There it was in its slightly sweet flavor. I remind people that it did indeed once win a blue ribbon for taste. Basically, PBR is a good beer with a bad reputation.

This realization came to me when I drank my first and last Shiner Bock. I was on a craft beer kick, and this one was recommended to me from a coworker from Texas. Apparently, Bock is a big deal in the Lone Star State. So, I dropped eight bucks on a six pack. When I drank it, it had a familiar taste to it. I let my wife have one, and she said that it also had a familiar taste to it. We couldn't quite place until it came to us. It tasted like PBR. To confirm our suspicions, we went online to read reviews, and the reviewers concurred with the PBR conclusion that we had. Here is a direct quote from Beer Advocate:
This beer tastes like Pabst Blue Ribbon mixed with sparkling water and just a hint of rust. Not altogether awful, but not what I'd classify as good beer in any way shape or form.
Now, I'm not a beer snob. I enjoy a craft brew as much as the next guy. But I have to level with you, folks. I can't afford to drink that stuff. It is too expensive. To me, craft beer is just a high priced fad. The Shiner Bock experience also told me that a 12 pack of PBR at $7 was way smarter than a six pack of this stuff at $8. Plus, I think PBR tastes way better than Shiner Bock. So, I returned once more to the Blue Ribbon, and I remain there to this day.

Now, hipsters have had a love affair with PBR for the last decade or so which is weird because there are cheaper beers than Pabst. I hear that Miller High Life has become the new hipster beer of choice which is fine with me. I've tried High Life, and I just never liked the taste. PBR was very popular in the seventies, and it has become popular once again. But it ain't Budweiser.

You get to a point in your life when you don't care to think about what you drink. This is the problem with those craft beer nerds. They overthink it. They want their experience to be more than what it is. Sometimes, you just want to sit back after a long week of working and just sip something that is refreshing and relaxing. And maybe you don't want to break the bank to do that. Pabst Blue Ribbon does that for working guys like me.

The problem with so many people today is that they are given to being pretentious. According to the dictionary, to be pretentious is "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." PBR is a beer that isn't pretentious. It is what it is. I find that lack of pretentiousness refreshing in a culture saturated in marketing and hype.

Recently I read this article on progressive rock at the National Review website, and I found it hilarious. Over the years, I have encountered prog rock aficionados, and they were much like the beer nerds of today. Now, I've listened to a lot of this prog rock, and it has its moments of classic rock glory. If you've ever listened to "Roundabout" or "Long Distance Runaround" from Yes on the radio, you know they had some good songs. Here's the deal. You don't have to dive into the deep cuts on those Yes albums because they already play the good songs on the radio, and you have already heard them. Save yourself from wasting what remains of your finite existence and leave Tales from Topographic Oceans alone.

The problem with progressive rock is that it tries and takes the music of Chuck Berry and turn it into something on par with Beethoven, Bach. and Wagner. Progressive rock isn't alone in this idiocy. You have your guitar gods who want to show off their tricks like Eddie Van Halen. There was hair metal and glam rock. Then, you had the backlash known as punk rock except most of the music was just so much noise. So, I always come down to the same question. Who was/is the greatest band in rock, and my answer seems to always be AC/DC.

Now, for the snobby readers and staff writers at Rolling Stone, this answer is anathema. AC/DC lacks the seriousness of acts like Dylan and the Grateful Dead. But by the same token, AC/DC never dressed up in women's clothes or donned theatrical make up like KISS. The only gimmick they had was the schoolboy outfit that Angus Young wears which is more of a running gag than a gimmick.

AC/DC didn't make political statements or try to shock the parents with outrageous costumes and antics. They just plugged in those guitars and rocked. This is a band that has consistently delivered for decades, and they did it precisely by not being pretentious. Looking back on their history, there's nothing that is embarrassing or dated about them now. To give this context, here is Peter Gabriel from his prog rock glory days:

There are worse pics than this, and it makes me cringe to see a grown man in this get up. The guys from AC/DC probably still own and wear the same T-shirts and denim from the seventies and eigthies. I just don't see those guys looking back and cringing the way I imagine that Peter Gabriel does now.

I place a lot of value on living without pretension. There is humility in not pretending to be more than what you are. There is also a dignity in it as well. How often do we do things out of foolish pride that make us so ashamed later?

I see so much pretension going on these days. I feel guilty of being pretentious in my younger years. When you're young, you have a certain naive optimism about the world that reality beats out of you by the time you are 40. I see so many young people today thinking they are going to be millionaires with reality TV shows where they get paid just for being famous for nothing whatsoever.

For me, my pretensions melted away about the time I was 30 years old. I had quit the only job I had ever had that required a college degree knowing that it was the absolute worst job I had ever had in my life. I realized that I was not cut out for life in corporate management. I could not shake the blue collar mindset that had been drilled into me growing up. For instance, I couldn't understand how someone could get paid big bucks to be a consultant to companies to help them craft their mission statements. I still don't get that.

I have a low regard for people who aren't blue collar. I think the biggest crooks in this world wear white collars and ties. My working life has featured many encounters with people who got paid to not work. And I put the guilt ray on these people whenever I meet them. I don't preach at them so much as ask them questions. What exactly is it that you do? How do you create value? How do you make the world a better place? Our consultant friends working on mission statements usually look at the floor when I ask these questions, but I see much of the same behavior with other white collar types when I ask these questions.

I'm OK with people scheming their way through life. Just don't expect me to let you feel good about it because I'm not. You work your cushy job while I work my sweaty dirty job. I'll have a warm shower and a cold beer and sleep well that night. You'll have your scotch on the rocks and try to drink yourself to sleep.

This is a good place to stop. I am trying to get back to blogging on the regular again. My work ethic in the writing department has slid hard, and I need to get that back. Or maybe this writing gig is just me being pretentious.


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 47

I had to stop drinkin, cuz I got tired of waking up in my car driving ninety.


I have never seen the media insane with the taste of blood for one individual like they are for President Donald J. Trump. It is a feeding frenzy for this guy. The only problem is that there is nothing for these left wing sharks to sink their teeth into. They keep going for the jugular and get a mouthful of salad. Frustrated, these ravenous fools are going after subordinates and Trump supporters in the media and on Facebook and Twitter. Some people liken this climate to a sort of pre-civil war.

What do I think of the job Trump is doing? To be honest, I am not that happy with Trump. This is mainly to do with his ineffectiveness of pushing his agenda through Congress. Whatever excuse the GOP passes on healthcare, Trump is going to slap his name on it and declare victory. The sad thing is that they can't even pass a bill in any form. Of course, a rebranded Obamacare would be a disaster for the GOP, so I'm glad it is failing. What bothers me is that Trump is making no progress with a Congress that is Republican. Reagan never had such a luxury.

The bulk of what Trump has accomplished can be undone with a few pen strokes in the next Democrat administration. We need legislation. Beyond that, I think Trump is doing well on those things he has greater control over. The executive branch is in good hands. I just want to see conservative laws hit that desk in the Oval Office for his signature.


I believe that Seth Rich was murdered for being the DNC hacker. I'm not one to go for conspiracy theories, but this one has a stink on it that no explanation can get out. I could be wrong, but if it proved to be true, it would be a bombshell. This is why I don't understand why the media don't go after it. They won't let the Russia story go, and there is nothing there. Yet, this story is ignored by the MSM. It boggles the mind.

I won't go into the details since they are widely available in conservative and alternative media. I just know that there is strong evidence that Rich was the Wikileaks source. Regardless of the nature of his death, this alone makes it worth pursuing because it ends that Russia crap. As for the murder, if Seth Rich was the leaker, it makes it very convenient for him to wind up dead like that.

I think the truth about Seth Rich will inevitably float up to the service. When it does, I think it will shock this country to its foundations. All I can say about Democrats is that they are criminal murdering trash.

4. Q & A

Q: What is that line on your ring finger?

A: This question refers to this:

This is not a tattoo. It is a simple line drawn on a daily basis with either a Sharpie or ball point pen that takes the place of the wedding ring I never wear. I don't wear my wedding ring is for a couple of reasons. The first is that my ring fits loose and is in constant danger of falling off my finger. The second is that I am always doing blue collar work type things that makes wearing rings very dangerous. If you are an auto mechanic dealing with batteries or an electrician, this is the sort of thing you can expect when wearing conductive wedding rings on the job:

They make rings now that are non-conductive, but that still leaves the possibility of these types of injuries:

This was the type of injury that happened to this guy:

Jimmy Fallon caught the edge of something with his ring when he tripped while rumored to be intoxicated resulting in serious damage to his digit. Even guys in non-blue collar professions have to watch out.

My work and activities put me in a higher than average risk range for incurring such an injury. On the other hand, I want people to know that I'm married especially flirty females. So, out comes the Sharpie, and I have my "ring."

Some people go with wedding ring tattoos like these:

The obvious problem with these sorts of things is that the tattoos will probably outlast the marriages. I am a Roman Catholic, so my marriage is truly until death. I wouldn't have a commitment issue on the tat. But there is the aesthetic issue because tattoos are trashy. You should never get a tat that is visible when wearing normal clothes.

My drawn on ring has the benefit of a ring tat without the drawback. Plus, the daily ritual of drawing it on my finger is a push for me to renew my commitment to my beloved on a daily basis. Marriage takes effort as much as commitment, and people forget this. The tat takes momentary pain and carries the possibility of regret. The simple ink is painless but demands constant daily effort. That is what I think a good marriage should be. It is painless, but you still work at it.


Feminism is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.

So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over--a weary, battered old brontosaurus--and became extinct.

If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.

Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.

We become like that which we love. If we love what is base, we become base; but if we love what is noble, we become noble.


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