THE IRONY IS THAT THE HOSTILITY OF ‘ANTI-LATIN MASS FRANCIS’ MAY BE THE CAUSE OF THE OVERTHROW OF THE NOVUS ORDO MASS OF POPE Paul VI

Catholic Monitor

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Francis Effect: Traditionalists are the Hope & Future of the Catholic Church 

Catholic Monitor commenter MEwbanksaid that the future of the Catholic Church is the traditionalist movement which the Francis effect has caused to have “unprecedented growth”:  
“The future of the Catholic Church will be through the traditional Roman rite, Carmelite rite, Dominican rite, Carthusian rite, Sarum rite, Braga rite, Iberian rite, and all other legitimate ancient rites of the complex patrimony of our western Christendom.”

“The future never was, nor ever will be, actualized through rationalistically inspired iconoclasm concerning liturgy and the undermining orthodoxy and orthopraxy by Modernist clerics and their Masonic allies, who have demonically sought to accommodate to an ideological secularism and all that this implies.”

“At this point in time, one’s choice clearly is to be an ally of the saints and our true Catholic forbearers or of the aforementioned numerous arrogant and vicious fools who sought to destroy the Church during the twentieth century.”
New York Daily News reported that the fifty year-old Novus Ordo Mass is destroying the Catholic Church in America “[s]ince the 1960s, Mass attendance has plummeted, from around 70% of U.S. Catholics every Sunday and Holy Day.” 

Ironically, however, the anti-Latin Mass Francis has inadvertently caused “a counterrevolution of sorts” that may overthrow the Novus Ordo Mass: 

“Fifty years ago this weekend, the Catholic Church debuted a new version of Mass following reforms made by the 1960s’ Second Vatican Council. From the use of vernacular language instead of Latin, to the priest facing the people instead of the tabernacle, the changes became mandatory at all parishes on the First Sunday of Advent 1969.”

“… The resurgence of the traditional Latin Mass started before Francis, but has seen unprecedented growth during his papacy, a counterrevolution of sorts that some (both admirably and critically) call an alternative Francis effect. Even bishops and priests who were not ordinarily interested in the traditional Latin Mass have been much more generous and vocal in offering additional such liturgies. Two distinct wings of the Catholic Church have emerged. Often, the new versus the old Mass is a defining characteristic of the opposing coalitions.”

“… But after five decades of experiments and decline, there is some growth to be observed within the Catholic Church. Ironically, it is with traditionalists joining the priesthood, entering convents and attending parishes that offer the very Latin Mass that was replaced 50 years ago.”

“… The past 50 years have not been good ones for the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict saw this when he wrote, of the new form of Mass, ‘we abandoned the organic, living process of growth and development over centuries, and replaced it — as in a manufacturing process — with a fabrication, a banal on-the-spot product.'”
[https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-prayers-we-can-understand-20191130-allvqyirgzdtnccfgzmi2qgwci-story.html]

The Catholic Herald revealed that in the United States the Traditional Latin Mass attendees are the future real Catholics of the Church which will eventually out number the Novus Ordo Mass (NOM) attendees.

It appears that if the trend continues the Novus Ordo Mass may be overthrown by sheer numbers:

Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) attendees are over overwhelmingly real Catholics while New Mass or Novus Ordo Mass (NOM) attendees tend be lapsed and heretical Catholics according to a new study by Fr. Donald Kloster:

Fulfill Sunday obligation:

TLM: 99℅ vs. NOM: 22℅

Approve of abortion:

TLM: 1℅ vs. NOM: 51℅

Go to Confession at least once a year:

TLM: 98℅ vs. NOM: 25℅

Approve of contraception:

TLM: 2℅ vs. NOM: 89℅

Support same-sex marriage:

TLM: 2℅ vs. NOW: 67℅

“TLM attendees donate 5 times more in the collection” according to Fr. Kloster.
(Catholic Herald, “Traditional Latin Mass attendees more devout and orthodox, study says,” February 27, 2019)

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Mass and Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of the Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Posted by Fred Martinez at 8:02 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest

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WHY ARE DEMOCRAT MAYORS ALLOWING KILLING, MAIMING AND BURNING IN HEAVILY BLACK AREAS OF OUR CITIES?????

Catholic Monitor

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Why are Democrat Mayors allowing Killing, Maiming and Burning in “Heavily Black Areas”?

The burning, looting and killing riots are not about George Floyd’s killing. Both Floyd’s girlfriend and brother have said that he would have opposed them as they oppose the riots.

The riots are pure evil.

Every sane person is against the killing of an unharmed man by a policeman and more so against mobs that are burning, killing and maiming blacks, minorities and whites in these riots against the wishes of the Floyd family. 

If the riots are not about George Floyd’s killing, what are they about?

It is obvious that the riots are about giving criminals and evil groups such as Antifa the license to kill, maim and burn in “heavily black areas” at will as the Democrat mayors tell their police forces to stand down and allow the debauchery. The Washington Times reported:

“Minneapolis and other major cities have finally re-opened, at least to looters and arsonists. For three days, police in Minneapolis and St. Paul were ordered to stand down as rioters destroyed their cities. In New York City and Washington, D.C., on Monday night, police stood by as looters destroyed parts of those cities.”

“The same politicians who ordered police to stand down and released prison inmates are the same people who want to ban guns. These politicians prevent citizens from protecting themselves, at a time when police protection cannot be depended on.”

“For three days, police in Minneapolis and St. Paul were ordered to stand down as rioters destroyed their cities. Sadly, so many of the victims of this violence have been blacks. Black store owners have lost their businesses. In these heavily black areas, blacks will lose their jobs.” [https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jun/3/liberal-politicians-who-order-police-to-stand-down/ ]   

Why are Democrat stronghold mayors giving their police forces orders “to stand down as rioters destroyed their cities… In these heavily black areas”?
Lawyer Scott Lively tells us why the Democrat mayors are destroying their own cities:
“The main purpose of the rioting, as was true of the now-waning COVID-19 Plandemic, is to spread fear. Fear is what keeps a sizable portion of the American people “sheltered-in-place,” and that phenomenon of social destabilization is the key to preventing economic recovery. An orchestrated economic depression is, of course, the cornerstone of the elites’ plan for taking down President Trump (which I again predict will fail).”
“That’s what this season of Psy-Ops, with all its disinformation, propaganda and political intrigue, has always been about from its very beginning, when Barack Obama first began to realize that Trump could actually beat Hillary, thanks to the sabotage of the HRC campaign and the DNC by Bernie zealot Seth Rich, the Wikileaker whistleblower who was (I opine) murdered in broad daylight for that act of treachery.

“The timing of the rioting, and his immediate, highly inflammatory public statement, betrays the hand of Barack Obama behind it all… “

“… Lastly, I am also offering a different take on the significance of the riots. Yes, the fearmongering agenda is still in play, but I think there’s a new target for that fear added to the mix: Democratic leaders who now realize heads will likely roll for the Obama team’s actions and want to distance themselves as much as possible without being too obvious about it. I think that’s why the race riots and Antifa aggressions are taking place in Democratic strongholds and not places like Ferguson and Charlottesville. They are reminders that pain can be inflicted on potential “traitors” as well as established enemies by the ones who wield the real power on the left.”

“And, call me crazy, but if that’s true, I predict master deal-maker President Trump may actually flip some Democratic leaders to his side by the time of the election. It’s a rare group of crooks that doesn’t turn on each other when actual prosecutors (as opposed to media pundits) start to draft actual indictments of their known associates.” 
[https://www.wnd.com/2020/06/obamagate-race-riots/]

To sum it up, the coronavirus hysteria and the riots have only one purpose which is to take down President Donald Trump and make the United States into one big hellhole like New York. Rush Limbaugh explains:

“I want to go back to one point I made also at the bottom of the previous hour, the end of it. We had a caller who thinks that the governors, California and New York, do indeed want Trump to call out the military because nothing good can happen there. Military gets called out and somebody gets killed, somebody gets hurt, and that looks bad for Trump, and then the states are gonna have to be apologized to and all that. I don’t think that’s gonna be the case.”

“In fact, I think what these governors are actually hoping for is — they may be hoping for the military be deployed so that something happens that can harm Trump, but I think what they really are angling for is an economic bailout. Many of them, California particularly, still much more attached to things with the virus story than they are with George Floyd. They’ve got their share of protests and they’ve got their share of property destruction, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Rodeo Drive, I mean, they’ve had their share of it, but the virus is still a dominant subject there.”

“And it wouldn’t surprise me if both Cuomo and J.B. Pritzker in Illinois and Newsom are doing what they’re doing angling for a federal bailout. A federal bailout to wipe out every debt they’ve got, including unfunded pension liabilities and all that. And I hope Trump doesn’t do it. I do think — you remember Kent State, remember the song by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Four Dead in Ohio, four dead and Nixon’s come? Remember all that?”

“I think they’re hoping for something similar here. I think they’d love for the military to take out some innocent citizen if they’re deployed in New York or California. But I hope what really happens — I hope Trump leaves ’em alone. If you want a preview of what awaits this country if Democrats win the presidency, look at New York. Look at Minnesota. Look at California. Look at anywhere the Democrats run the show with no opposition. From nursing homes to riots, everything in between.”

“Everything that’s happened in these states was avoidable. The governor New York, the mayor of New York, they’re wannabe little, you know, almost miniature dictators. And they don’t like each other, and there’s none of this we’re in this together stuff. There’s, no, we’re stronger together stuff.”

“These two guys don’t like each other at all, de Blasio and Cuomo. Both of these guys, de Blasio and Cuomo, both of them botched the coronavirus response big time. They both botched the lockdown of the city and the state.”

“It was not necessary. They have destroyed so much, restaurants and other businesses that will never come back. These cities, if these people don’t get a handle on things, these cities in these states are gonna end up being unlike anything anybody remembers. There’s gonna be no reason to move back to them. With telecommuting having been a success, there’s no reason now that you have to live in New York to work there. There’s no reason you have to live in Connecticut and pay those exorbitant rents and commute to New York. Ditto, New Jersey. There’s no reason anymore.”

“It’s not an accident New York is imploding. It’s not an accident that people in New York are destroying it. It’s not an accident that Macy’s was looted with people holding the door open for ’em, in and out. And Joe Biden is just as incompetent as Cuomo and de Blasio. The sad thing is, voters get what they want, and voters in New York voted for what they’ve got. They got exactly what they voted for.”

“Now, I made mention of the fact that it may be tough to have a genuine nationwide economic recovery if we don’t get New York and California on board, that they are a large percentage of the American economy, and we need them rejuvenated economically if there is to be a national economic recovery.”

“I had some people say, ‘I don’t think you’re right about that, Rush. You say the U.S. economy has to have New York and California, but I think we’re about to see, Rush, that we don’t need New York or California. And here’s why I think so, Rush. New York City’s a war zone. New York City is over. New York City is done. Who in the world is gonna move back there now? Who in the world is ever gonna feel safe there? Who is gonna ever want to go back to that city and pay what it costs to live there when nobody is gonna lift a finger to protect you or your property? Now we got barbed wire, Rush, protecting Saks Fifth Avenue. Who in hell wants to live in a place where that’s required, Rush?’”

“Barbed wire at Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s looted on all of its floors with the looters holding the doors open. And in one case the looters arrived in a $350,000 Rolls. Did you see that? Or Bentley? You see that, Mr. Snerdley? The looters arrived in a $350,000 Bentley. The looters get out, hold the door open, some looters go in. A forklift was used to get rid of some window plywood. No leadership to be seen.”

“The thing you don’t get, Rush, New York was dying and sick before the China flu and the riots. The only thing different now is New York has no pulse. Just pull the plug. We’re gonna have to figure out how to live without them. And we will.”  
[https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2020/06/03/new-york-is-whats-in-store-for-all-of-us-if-trump-loses-the-presidency/]

Rush is telling President Trump to follow the Abraham Lincoln strategy. 

Lincoln never attempted to abolish slavery directly, before the war, because he knew if he limited its spread like a disease so that it was only in the South, then it would die a natural death.

The Democrats- the slavery party- knew this too. That is why they started the Civil War. 

The Democrats of New York and elsewhere- the party of death and riots- knows also that their socialistic death policies will die a natural death if limited to their Democrat strongholds. They will not start a civil war because they are cowards and have no moral high ground.

If the Democrats of New York and elsewhere want killing, maiming and burning then let them have it and let their failed states go down in flames. As Rush said:

“The sad thing is, voters get what they want, and voters in New York voted for what they’ve got. They got exactly what they voted for.”

Maybe the voters in New York and other Democrat strongholds may wise up and kick out the party of death and riots.

For the rest of the country:

New York going down in flames will be the prime example and reason to vote for Trump, again, as Rush said:

“New York Is What’s in Store for All Of Us If Trump Loses the Presidency.”

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Mass and the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of the Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of the Mary.

Please, pray an Our Father now for President Trump and our country now because this is the important fork in the road for the United States. Please, keep this intentions in your prayers.

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God bless President Donald Trump/God have mercy on Jesuits!!!

JUNE 4, 2020

God or the Mob?

MICHAEL WARREN DAVIS

“The counter-revolution will not be a contrary revolution, but the contrary of revolution.” — Joseph de Maistre

Should Catholics be excommunicated for holding views on race which are found to be insufficiently woke? The Jesuits seem to think so.

In a June 1 editorial, America magazine urged Catholics to “hunger for [social] justice like we do the Eucharist,” and that includes seeking “repentance and reconciliation” for the crimes of the white race. All whites are automatically culpable of those crimes by the fact that our skin contains less melanin. (If only the Jesuits were so eager that Catholics go to confession before receiving the actual Eucharist. Alas.)

Fifteen years ago, that view was only espoused by a few self-righteous undergraduates at B-list state colleges. It was a punchline: Sally comes home from their first semester of college, newly enlightened by three months of Ethnic Studies. She ruins Thanksgiving dinner by calling Grandpa (who fought at Normandy) a Nazi for supporting George W. Bush. We assumed that only silly, impressionable teenage girls could really believe in “white guilt.” Now, it’s become the Jesuits’ editorial line.https://secureaddisplay.com/i/view/js/?Viewable=1&isMobile=0&AULU=31049420180502T2200289306460AB42454C400A8A16937CB3EB93D7&cb=1591294201422&ccvid=804217142&pvid=1642149449https://secureaddisplay.com/i/view/js/?Viewable=0&isMobile=0&AULU=31049420180502T2200289306460AB42454C400A8A16937CB3EB93D7&cb=1591294201422&ccvid=804217142&pvid=1642149449https://secureaddisplay.com/i/t/js/?ALU=136820200317T0928285007878B98DF68D4CC6A2BE3FBB6AF91F45&AULU=31049420180502T2200289306460AB42454C400A8A16937CB3EB93D7&cb=1591294201422&ccvid=804217142&pvid=1642149449

In case you were wondering, yes: America has consistently opposed bishops and priests who deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians. Yet more proof that “God’s Marines” have defected to the City of Man.

But Archbishop Wilton Gregory will do them one better. On June 2, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., condemned the Saint John Paul II National Shrine for hosting a visit from President Donald Trump. The Shrine explained that the visit had been planned far in advance: Mr. Trump was there to sign an executive order advancing religious freedom. Yet a statement from Archbishop Gregory called the President’s mere presence at the Shrine “baffling and reprehensible.” Read it for yourself:

I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people, even those with whom we might disagree. Saint Pope John Paul II was an ardent defender of the rights and dignity of human beings. His legacy bears vivid witness to that truth. He certainly would not condone the use of tear gas and other deterrents to silence, scatter or intimidate them for a photo opportunity in front of a place of worship and peace.

Just consider how extraordinary it is to hear a Catholic bishop essentially say, “This man shouldn’t be allowed into our churches because I don’t agree with his politics.” No bishop has ever said that pro-abort politicians should be barred from church. They’d be encouraged to attend Mass until they’re prepared to confess their sin, do penance, and receive Holy Communion. But Archbishop Gregory doesn’t even want Mr. Trump putting his foot in the door.

By the way, that “place of worship and peace” that President Trump desecrated was Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square. Located just a block away from the White House, Saint John’s has been attended by every American president since James Madison, earning its nickname “the Church of the Presidents.”

Apparently, it’s true that Mr. Trump ordered police officers to clear out the protesters. According to a local Episcopal priestess, “They turned holy ground into a battleground.” The Washington Post interviewed Mariann Budde, the Episcopal “bishop” of Washington, about the President’s appearance at Saint John’s. Like her Catholic counterpart, Ms. Budde was outraged by Trump’s presence at one of her churches. “Everything he has said and done is to inflame violence,” she said; “We need moral leadership, and he’s done everything to divide us.”

Of course, both women belie the reason Mr. Trump was visiting Saint John’s in the first place: because it had been set on fire by the protesters. The President was assuring America’s Christians that he wouldn’t stand by and watch as vandals destroyed our houses of worship in an orgy of nihilistic rage. He will defend us, even if we refuse to defend ourselves.

This is the first point we must make. To believing Christians, our churches are not ours. They belong to God. It’s not for us to bar a politician from entering a church because we disapprove of his cause. It’s not for us to allow rioters to burn down a church because we approve of theirs.

Ms. Budde vented to the Post: “I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and was not given even a courtesy call that they would be clearing [the area] with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop.” This is clearly someone to whom every church is a prop, and who sees herself as stage director. The churches exist for her to dress up in a miter and play prelate—or else simply to burn down. Whichever has more dramatic flair. Whichever is more effective in spreading the gospel of social justice.

To the Religious Left, Christianity is (at best) merely an aspect of the one true faith: Progressivism. The progressive believes the world will “spin forever down the spinning grooves of change.” And, when the spirit of Progress evolves beyond the need for churches, its new agents—the mob, apparently—may simply burn them down. The lady-vicars will all dance around the flames before hurling themselves into the pyre: a willing sacrifice to lubricate those “spinning groves,” so that the world may forever spin down, down, down.

As for Archbishop Gregory, we mustn’t forget that egregious statement his office published at the beginning of the Covid pandemic. His Excellency announced the suspension of public Masses by assuring his flock that his “number one priority” was “to ensure the safety and health of all who attend our Masses, the children in our schools, and those we welcome through our outreach and services.” Once again, Christianity becomes merely a faction within Progressivism.

By His Excellency’s own admission, he is more concerned with the materialimprovement of his people than with their spiritual well-being. Whether it’s by cancelling public Masses so the faithful don’t fall ill or banning the President of the United States in order to “make a statement,” Archbishop Gregory has made it his mission, not to welcome people into the Church, but to keep them out.

I find it difficult to take the riots too seriously, given the lack of a real motive and the total failure of our elected officials to disperse the mob.

The death of George Floyd in police custody was undoubtedly criminal. Yet there’s no evidence that the arresting officer, Derek Chauvin, was motivated by racial animus, much less that Mr. Floyd’s death is evidence of systemic racism within law enforcement. To point out this fact does not evince a lack of “compassion,” though to deny it certainly evinces a failure of the rational faculties.

And, of course, our political class has only encouraged the riots by sitting on their hands. Not a single office-holder in the country has ordered the police to use the force necessary to restore order—to protect their citizens’ lives and livelihoods.

To cooler heads, it’s obvious that the two real causes of this riot were boredom and unemployment, both were seriously exacerbated by the shelter-in-place orders which have been in force across America for the last three months. (Remember, those lock-downs were ordered by the same public servants who are now cheering the looters and far-left militants as they reduce our cities to ashes.) Most likely, these riots will peter out as the mob gets bored again.

Yes, it will be devastating for those whose property was destroyed during these “protests.” But we’ll never hear about them. The media won’t show us the faces of those mothers and fathers who can no longer feed their families because Antifa terrorists burned down their corner store. Just the opposite, in fact: on May 31, The Washington Post ran an op-ed by a Minnesota restaurateur named Hafsa Islam saying, “My family’s restaurant caught fire in the Minneapolis protests. Let it burn.” I guess they’d have us believe America’s small business owners are happy to have their livelihoods destroyed so the mass of hooligans can “honor the memory” of George Floyd.

Oddly enough, all of this will probably just blow over one day. The mob will get bored and disperse; then we’ll get bored and tune out.

Let’s not forget, however, how our Christian leaders responded during this crisis. Remember the blasphemous editorial from America magazine and that ridiculous statement from Archbishop Gregory. Remember the Episcopalian lady-vicars fuming at President Trump for preventing their churches from being torched.

These “protests” are not about racial justice. They never were. They’re about a nation that has become intoxicated by self-righteousness. It’s a recreational riot.

But let’s never forget how our priests and bishops, our mayors and governors, responded to this crisis.

The royalist Jacques Mallet du Pan famously observed that, “Like Saturn, the revolution devours its children.” He was right in 1793, and he’s still right in 2020. Those of our leaders who seek to appease the mob—our very own Robespierres and Expillys—are in for a rude awakening.

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Michael Warren Davis is the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine. He is a frequent contributor to The American Conservative and author of The Reactionary Mind (Regnery, 2021).

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In a time of civil unrest every citizen’s choice simply and artlessly boils down to the choice between Christ and chaos, challenging the human mind to be rational or irrational. The human will is not bound to some arbitrary fate, but as John Milton put it: “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven…”

JUNE 4, 2020

Who Will Guard the Guardians?

FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER

Six or seven centuries “are like an evening gone” when tracing the course of common sense, and so James Madison found no anachronism in conjuring the shades of Juvenal and Cleon, more than six centuries apart, to make a point about the perils of the right and wrong manipulation of human will. He asked with Juvenal, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? The dilemma—“Who will guard the guardians?”—was the same dilemma that conflicted the Athenians during the Peloponnesian war when their better instincts for peace were compromised back in the fifth century B.C. by the seductive propaganda of Cleon. In this thesis, Madison was joined by Hamilton and Jay in The Federalist Papers, which were not expected to be the daily reading of farmers and merchants, but which could easily be understood by them and anyone bound by human nature. The matter at hand was “a rage for paper money, for abolition of debts, for an equal division of property.” That rage resulted in Shay’s Rebellion, and occasioned reflection on mob rule.

People can indulge contrary instincts to riot or to stay calm, because their will is free to do so. It is a principle denied by those who excuse moral anarchy by saying, “The devil made me do it.” That is the theological version of the behaviorist’s impulse to blame disordered behavior on external influences.

The rage now inflaming our cities is taking place between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday, although it is unlikely that those enraged are liturgically sensitive to that.

Celebration of the Most Holy Trinity follows Pentecost, because it is through the Holy Spirit that the sublime truth of God as Three in One expands the limits of human intelligence. The perfect harmony of the Triune God is like music whose sound frequency cannot be registered by unaided hearing, but it reverberates in the systematic order of nature, evident in those things we take for granted: health, happiness, and peace.https://secureaddisplay.com/i/view/js/?Viewable=1&isMobile=0&AULU=31049420180502T2200289306460AB42454C400A8A16937CB3EB93D7&cb=1591292175733&ccvid=804179546&pvid=1642060116https://secureaddisplay.com/i/view/js/?Viewable=0&isMobile=0&AULU=31049420180502T2200289306460AB42454C400A8A16937CB3EB93D7&cb=1591292175733&ccvid=804179546&pvid=1642060116https://secureaddisplay.com/i/t/js/?ALU=146020200601T154632857516183BA99544908A9C1B35ECDE5E175&AULU=31049420180502T2200289306460AB42454C400A8A16937CB3EB93D7&cb=1591292175733&ccvid=804179546&pvid=1642060116

The peace that Christ gives is not a human fabrication (John 14:27). But as the Creator has entrusted the care of His creation to humans as His most complex creatures, we are responsible for promoting what Saint Augustine called the tranquilitas ordinis—the tranquility of order.

When the human mind works in harmony with the indications of the Holy Trinity, great things can be accomplished. For example, this past week two astronauts on the SpaceX craft docked perfectly in outer space. In a devilish irony, this was accompanied by simultaneous rioting in our streets, nihilistic in its destructiveness. As many of the bomb throwers and arsonists were middle-class suburbanites turned terrorist, this was a commentary on the collapse of family life and the abandonment of serious education in the schools, but essentially it was a specimen of the misuse of free will. Among “Millennials” grown dependent on forces that suborn conscience, who have never outgrown the need for a nanny, 70 percent favor socialism and one-third see something hopeful in communism. The desecration of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with graffiti was not a display of adolescent erudition in the etymology of four-letter words rooted in German cognates and Old French. It was the screech of young people who for various reasons and from various sources had come to think that the Divine Word of Life is an incomprehensible whisper.

It is my lot to be the pastor of a parish in the middle of my city’s riots, just as New York has been an epicenter of the viral pandemic. Last night a shop next door was attacked. My parish has had a long experience of mobs, and the city records claim at least 34 riots of significance. The first pastor of my parish, who served for thirty-four years, intervened in the 1863 Draft Riots to save a Presbyterian church nearby from burning, an act that anticipated the modern ecumenical movement but with more practical benefits. His efforts were not permanent: later in his tenure, in 1873, the Orange Riots nearby saw 63 killed. Just days ago, I watched Macy’s department store being boarded up, to little effect since looters with impunity used crowbars to break in and steal jewelry and other expensive things in what much of the media said was an expression of their desire for social justice.

By the careful orchestration of mobs, and the systematic delivery of bricks and bats, it was clear that sinister plottings were at work, and that our President was right to call it terrorism. Not every authority was as acute. Our mayor, Bill de Blasio, who for years has functioned like one of Job’s unhelpful condolers, said he was proud of his daughter who was arrested as a rioter. Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a CNN interview: “Those were not thugs and looters. These are young people who still have idealism and want to make this nation better. And that’s a good instinct, and it should be encouraged.” From our hierarchs, there has been little in the way of prophecy, save for occasional virtue-signaling bromides. But that is the consequence of a gradual emasculation of their moral influence. So far, our prelates have not emulated the three archbishops of Paris—Denis-Auguste Affre, Marie-Dominique-Auguste Sibour, and Georges Darboy—who were killed respectively in 1848, 1857, and 1871. Affre and Darboy died in riots, while Sibour was shot by a cleric who thought celibacy was an imposition. All wore the same pectoral cross.

This week, as a church burned behind him in Washington, D.C., one television reporter, reminiscent of Iraq’s famous “Baghdad Bob,” insisted that there was no burning and that the “protesters” were peaceful. The disinclination of so many governors, mayors, and other social guardians—along with the media—to acknowledge that their perception of reality is unreal brings to mind W.E.B. Du Bois and Walter Duranty calling Joseph Stalin “a great man” and “the greatest living statesman.” This is much like George Bernard Shaw, who added panegyrics on Mussolini and Hitler, and John Kenneth Galbraith’s immoderate flattery of Mao Zedong.

Those not averse to objective reality still have voices. The president of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, Thomas Mungeer, in a genuine protest, said that Governor Cuomo had given his men “zero support.” He explained to Cuomo: “Peaceful protesters do not arrive with hammers and Molotov cocktails, burn police cars, smash the windows of businesses or spray graffiti on St. Patrick’s Cathedral—criminal opportunists and vandals do. Peaceful protesters do not start fires in the streets or to businesses—arsonists do. Peaceful protesters do not gather en masse to openly disregard laws, create havoc and impede on the rights of the general public—rioters do.”

So there sounds once again, whether in New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, or any other city where the acoustics of tradition can hear the voice of Joshua along the Jordan: “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve…” This week, the contrast between astronauts and anarchists is a model of the blessings and dangers of free will. “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (Galatians 5:17). This simply and artlessly boils down to the choice between Christ and chaos, challenging the human mind to be rational or irrational. The human will is not bound to some arbitrary fate, but as John Milton put it: “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven…”

It has been said one way or another that the gates of Hell are locked on the inside.

By choosing misrule, distorted reason prefers Hell to Heaven. The gates of Heaven are opened by choosing the tranquility of divine logic. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me (Rev. 3:20).” To appropriate Rudyard Kipling, the destiny of souls depends on what people do with the “if” of their moral freedom: “If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you.”

The Wit and Wisdom of
Father George Rutler
(Edward Short, ed.) is
available now from the
Sophia Institute Press.

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WHAT TURNS PROTESTS INTO RIOTS???

News & CommentaryWhat turns protests into riots?By Dan Hugger • June 4, 2020On Saturday night, the riots came to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vandals looted and damaged 100 businesses and destroyed seven police cars. Officers are now seeking photos and videos to track down rioters. Businesses already struggling as a result of lockdowns are now grappling with damage and theft inflicted by rioters. The National Guard was mobilized, and the city issued a 7 p.m. curfew which expired at 5 o’clock this morning. Things have been relatively quiet since these measures took effect, with only a dozen arrests on Monday. This experience is now shared by more than 100 American cities. But why? I was born in Grand Rapids, lived my life here, and I will die here. This is my home. The tragic death of George Floyd and the catastrophic failure of our institutions and elites to uphold the common good have played their part in this tragedy, but rioters have failed in their basic duty to respect the persons and property of their neighbors and communities. The Lord commands that we “work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the Lord for it. For as it prospers, you will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7). What happened here in Grand Rapids on Saturday—and what continues to happen in cities across this country—actively sins against those cities. Many are trying to make sense of these actions. Some are even trying to defend the rioters’ actions. This is a mistake. We often think riots are caused by any number of injustices which are prevalent in society. But those injustices were with us before these riots, and they will be with us after they have ceased. It is every person’s duty to work for justice and live peaceably to promote the common good. As David D. Haddock and Daniel D. Polsby have convincingly argued in their 1994 paper, “Understanding Riots,” these are episodic social phenomena triggered by good and bad news alike: “Many mob actions, like European soccer riots or the increasingly predictable civil meltdowns in the home cities of National Basketball Association champions, are triggered by good news, and not obviously related to social injustice or existential anomie.” As riots began in Minneapolis, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tried to pin the blame for the riots on “outside agitators.” Mayor Frey later acknowledged the majority of arrests so far have been of Minnesota residents. Haddock and Polby explain that, while “there is definitely a leadership niche in the ecology of a mob, it seems to become important only after the crowd has assembled. Riots are not, as a rule, plotted and scripted affairs.” Using categories of economic analysis, Haddock and Polby point to the importance of expectations and not explicit instructions in coordinating mob behavior. “It is a signal that tells a person what other people will probably do,” they write:As word spreads of a conventional triggering event—whether it is shocking (like an assassination) or rhapsodic (a three-peat)—crowds form spontaneously in various places, without any one person having to recruit them.A significant number of the crowd’s members must expect and desire that the crowd will become riotous. That is, there has to be a critical mass of people in the crowd who are making accurate judgments, not about their own desires and intentions, but about the riotous desires and intentions of other members of the crowd.Thus, someone has to serve as a catalyst—a sort of entrepreneur to get things going—in Buford’s account usually by breaking a window (a signal that can be heard by many who do not see it).This is not the same logic as that of peaceful protesters:In civil rights, anti-war or anti-abortion marches, it is probably pretty common to find participants eager to expose themselves to arrest in exchange for the chance to optimize the desired impact of their protest. This sort of self-sacrifice is certainly rare in ordinary riots, where potential rioters’ behavior is consistent, we suppose, with something like the following calculation: “If somebody else gets the riot started, I can participate without much risk. But if I stick my neck out and nobody follows, I’ll be the only one arrested. So I’ll wait for somebody else to go first.”Curfews and increased police presence change the risk calculus of would-be rioters by making arrest more likely. Riots, as Haddock and Polby argue, “are apt to be a more or less recurrent, if unpredictable, feature of social life,” not because of persistent injustice but because of the perverse incentives of rioters and poor public policy:It is odd that our law enforcement apparatus seems to be designed for a world in which riots do not occur at all. With some imagination, public administrators could ensure that these destructive episodes become rare indeed.Let us pray that this national tragedy can serve as a catalyst for reform so that we can “rejoice, set things right, be encouraged, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you” (II Corinthians 13:11).
(Photo Credit: Associated Press)   Acton Line Podcast: Anthony Bradley on George Floyd, police reform, and riotsJune 4, 2020The tragic and disturbing footage of George Floyd’s unjust death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has been circulating for over a week. Floyd’s death on May 25 has sparked protests across the country and even the world, but it’s also sparked many violent riots in which people have been brutally killed and communities decimated. How can we helpfully approach policing reform and how should we respond to the current widespread rioting? Anthony Bradley, professor of religion, theology and ethics at The King’s College, presents a thoughtful rubric for reforming our institutions and building our communities back up.Listen to the EpisodeYou might also likeThe Church must confront China over Hong KongChina’s worsening human rights abuses instigated a historic change in U.S. foreign policy. Unfortunately, they have drawn a sharper rebuke from secular politicians than from many in the church.   What destroyed Detroit is now destroying AmericaThe July 1967 race riots that tore through Michigan cities caused immediate death and destruction, but the damage lasted for decades. Much has been written about white flight from these cities after the riots, and that’s true. What gets less attention is the black flight of small business owners, teachers, and other professionals who left the city for the suburbs with their families.   
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THANK YOU, ARCHBISHOP CARLO MARIA VIGANO!!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Former U.S. Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Issues Urgent Warning to Priests and Faithful of the Diocese of Washington

Written by  Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

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I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree…  [Saint Pope John Paul II] certainly would not condone the use of tear gas and other deterrents to silence, scatter or intimidate them for a photo opportunity in front of a place of worship and peace.” 

– Archbishop of Washington, Wilton D. Gregory, on President Trump’s visit to the National Shrine in the wake of violent protests which left 50 Secret Service agents wounded and the historic St. John’s Church (within stone’s throw of the White House) in flames
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Grace and Peace are always with you, in Jesus Christ, our only Lord. Although I am no longer among you in Washington D.C. as Apostolic Nuncio, I feel particularly united to all of you in this time of so grave moral and physical trials with which you are afflicted, and I wish to send you the sentiments of my deepest affection in Christ.

Unfortunately, the Catholic Church is led by many false pastors. Over the past twenty years, your Diocese of Washington, in particular and now for the third time, has been and continues to be deeply afflicted and wounded by false shepherds whose way of life is full of lies, deceits, lust and corruption. Wherever they have been, they were a cause of serious scandal for various local Churches, for your entire country and for the whole Church.

Do not follow them, as they lead you to perdition. They are mercenaries. They teach and practice falsehoods and corruption!

Follow with perseverance the teachings and examples of the holy pastors and priests who are among you.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Mother of Mercy, pray and intercede for us with your Son Jesus Christ, so that He may have mercy on all us sinners.

I bless you with all my heart.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

June 3rd, 2020

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LORD, DELIVER US FROM MORE LEGAL INSANITY FROM THE United States Supreme Court JUSTICES

Bracing for the Court in June

Hadley Arkes

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2020

As the calendar was about to turn last fall to October, I wrote in these columns that the month has far scarier things to deliver than Halloween, namely, the opening of new term for the U.S. Supreme Court. (“How Will We Live in the Time of the Transgendered”)

The Court has been the main engine in reshaping what passes as our “culture,” as it gradually swept away the legal and the moral restraints on pornography and abortion, and set in train an understanding of “sex” that would be more and more “liberated” from a framework of marital commitment.  And now that project of sexual liberation would be given its radical further step this year as the Court faced the issue of transgenderism.

In the case of Harris Funeral Homes, one Anthony Stephens had worked as a funeral director, before he was seized by a sense of gender dysphoria.  He chose to present himself to clients as a woman, in his dress and appearance. When the change proved unsettling for his employers, he was let go, and he quickly sought to sue under the Civil Rights Acts.  Title VII of the Act of 1964 barred discriminations based on “sex,” and Stephens claimed now that the Act covered an aversion to people who were shifting in their “gender identity.”

It was quite implausible, of course, to think that the Congressmen who passed that Act were willing to protect people who simply felt strongly that they had undergone a shift in their sex – any more than they would have covered people like Rachel Dolezal in Spokane, who claimed earnestly to feel black rather than white, and was bounced from her position as the head of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

I recalled, in my column, that impressive brief written by Michael Hanby, David Crawford, and Margaret McCarthy of the John Paul II Institute, making the telling point that the issue in the case involved more than the freedom of Stephens to dress as he pleased.

To come down on the side of Stephens was to arrive at the decisive conclusion that Stephens’s sense of himself was indeed factually true, that his feelings on the matter were sufficient to override any of the objective differences in the structures of organs and bodies that separate males from females.  Even people working around Stephens would be compelled to “confess” their assent to that claim, lest they create legal hazards for their employers and put their own jobs at risk.

A decision in favor of Stephens, then, promises to do for transgenderism what Roe v. Wade did for abortion:  the demand to acknowledge the rightness of that decision will radiate outward, in demands to teach these new civic lessons to children in schools; to require even small religious colleges to offer active support and promotion of the transgendered; and to post cautions for what we may say in settings private as well as public.

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That was the question hovering in October. But now it’s June, and for conservatives June has been the cruelest month.  That is when the Court finally releases its decisions on the most contested cases, and it’s the time when conservatives have been conditioned to brace themselves for the worst.

It was in June 1992, when the Court seemed on the threshold of overturning Roe v. Wade, that the defections of Justices Kennedy, O’Connor, and Souter worked to save Roe for yet another generation.  It was in June five years ago, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that Justice Kennedy, after preparing the ground, finally voted to install same-sex marriage.

By June, conservatives have the immanent sense of a sell-out about to happen.  They firmly expect the four liberal justices to vote in a phalanx in virtually every case.  But already there are apprehensions in the air that the five conservative justices will not hold together.  The only unknowns are the two newest, youngest members of the Court.   Both have been vetted and pronounced by the highest sources as Originalists and “textualists.”

And yet, “textualism” is not enough to carry the case.  The lawyers for Stephens say that the text of the statute bars discriminations based on “sex,” and Stephens’ employer recoiled from his sense of his sexual identity.  The lawyers on the other side may cite the dictionaries from 1964 to show that “sex” was not understood to cover “gender identity.”

But the liberal side may play the ace of Lyman Trumbull. Trumbull managed the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment in the Senate, and he had to assure his colleagues up and down that nothing in that Amendment, calling for the Equal Protection of the Laws, would bar those laws in Illinois as well as Virginia that barred interracial marriage.

We have now a fuller, more accurate view, of what that principle on Equal Protection entails in regard to discriminations based on race. The argument will be made that, in the same way, the statute of 1964 must be read with the fuller understanding of “sex” in our own age.

That argument cannot be countered with records of what Congressmen said in 1964.  It can be countered mainly by drawing on the writings of Ryan Anderson, Paul McHugh, Lawrence Mayer, and others, who have drawn out the objective differences in nature, in organs and hormones, which separate males and females.

That is not, however, what conservative judges typically do: to deal with the moral substance of the issue if they cannot depend on the constitutional text.  But if one of the new conservative justices defects on these points, we will find Originalists and textualists on both sides of abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism.

That would not be a sign of a jurisprudence handsomely “neutral” on results.  It would be the sign of a morally empty jurisprudence, and the beginning of a crippling crisis for conservatives.  Fasten your safety belt; it could be a rocky June.

*Image: Chevalier d’Eon by Thomas Stewart, after Jean Laurent Mosnier, 1792 [National Gallery, London]. Long thought to be the portrait of a woman, this is the earliest representation of a “transgender” person in the National Gallery’s collection.

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Hadley Arkes

Hadley Arkes

Hadley Arkes is the Ney Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Amherst College and the Founder/Director of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights & the American Founding. His most recent book is Constitutional Illusions & Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law. Volume II of his audio lectures from The Modern Scholar, First Principles and Natural Law is now available for download.

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THERE IS REVOLUTION IN THE AIR, YOU CAN FEEL IT, YOU CAN BREATHE IT, YOU CAN SOON EXPERIENCE IT, IT IS THE ‘STEAM’ THAT WAS BOTTLED UP DURING THE PANDEMIC SHUTDOWN AND NOW IT IS EXPLODING IN AMERICA AND AROUND THE EARTH

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Monday, June 01, 2020

Riots, Francis Hysteria, Climate Change & the Marxist Revolution

On ABC’s Good Morning America, George Floyd’s brother Terrence called for an end to the “destructive” riots:

“ROBIN ROBERTS: [George Floyd] would appreciate that the majority of the protests have been peaceful, but as you know, it’s being overshadowed by those who are exploiting the protests. Are you and the family concerned that will take away from the message, the call for justice for your family, and in this country?”

“TERRENCE FLOYD: Yes, I do feel like it’s overshadowing what’s going on. Because like I said, he was about peace. He was about unity. But the things transpiring now, they may call it unity, but it’s destructive unity. That’s not what my brother was about.
[…]
It’s okay to be angry, but channel your anger to do something positive, or make a change another way. Because we’ve been down this road already. We’ve been down this road already. He would want us to seek justice the way we’re trying to do. But channel it another way. The anger, damaging your hometown, it’s not the way he’d want.”
[https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/01/george-floyds-brother-urges-peace-rioting-is-not-what-my-brother-was-about/]

However, the Socialist website Counter Punch apparently against the wishes of the Floyd family is letting everyone know that the “destructive” race war riot hysteria is not about George Floyd, but about a Communist class war, “systemic realignment of the economic and political structure” and Marxist revolution:

“Do you think this past weekend was dreadful? Just wait. If Derek Chauvin is let off the hook for the murder of George Floyd, the recent protests will seem minor. To be sure, some of these disruptions, like the looting of minority businesses, are counterproductive, which is why the left has an obligation to organize and direct this rage at the real perpetrators, the capitalist class and their defenders.”

“Economic and racial oppression in America has finally reached a boiling point. Systemic change will take a in the United States.”
[https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/06/01/its-a-class-war-now-too/]

It appears that the race war hysteria riots could be connected to Francis’ pushing of the climate change hysteria agenda which ultimately may be about Marxist revolution.

On September 26, 2019, the Communist website Marxist.com couldn’t have stated it more clearly that Francis’ hysteria climate change agenda is only a means to “system change” or revolution:

“Marxists join biggest-ever climate strike: for system change, not climate change!” 
[https://www.marxist.com/marxists-join-biggest-ever-climate-strike-for-system-change-not-climate-change.htm]

Journalist James Taylor explained that the Marxists and leftists used the very climate change hysteria policies promoted by Francis which caused the Chile and Ecuador riots as “propaganda for “system change” due to “unequal wealth”:

“Forget the propaganda from leftist apologists blaming the Chile riots on “unequal wealth,” the catalyst for the riots was a rise in Santiago Metro prices made necessary by carbon dioxide taxes and a conversion of the Metro from conventional power to renewable energy. Worse, those programs have no measurable impact on global temperatures. The programs amounted to nothing more than high-cost climate change virtue signaling at the expense of the Chilean people. And now Chileans are letting their displeasure be known.”

“… The Chilean government should have learned a lesson from the Yellow Vest protests in France that began last year and the riots in Ecuador this past month that forced the Ecuadorian government to flee the capital. Each of those events was sparked by rises in energy prices fueled by alarmist government climate policies.”

Widespread riots are the repeated price paid forclimate change virtue signaling. It is the price climate alarmists would like all of us to pay for battling a fictitious climate crisis at the heart of the environmental left’s Climate Delusion.”
[https://www.cfact.org/2019/11/05/chiles-riots-are-the-price-of-climate-virtue-signaling/]

Might climate change policies and coronavirus hysteria lockdowns as well as the riots be not so much about Francis climate change hysteria, Francis COVID hysteria or Francis bishops race war hysteria, but pushing for a Marxist one-world government?

What might be the real goal of all the Francis hysteria?

Might Francis’s hidden agenda at the Amazon Synod have been not so much about undermining Catholic doctrine (which has already been greatly accomplished with Amoris Laetitia), but pushing for a Marxist one-world government?

Socialist Adolf Hitler wanted a one-world government so he inspired the Hitler youth and German race with race war hysteria propaganda as the Socialists are presently using race war hysteria propaganda for their Marxist revolution in the United States.

So, now, is it possible that the Marxists, global elite and Francis apparently want a one-world government and are attempting to inspire green youth and others with hysteria propaganda using the big lie scare tactic of the end of the world is near unless the world accepts a “‘green dictatorship” one-world government.

On August 9, 2019, Francis in an interview with the Vatican Insider showed that he had joined climate extremists in shamelessly exploiting the youth hysteric Greta Thunberg for a “regressive green dictatorship” one-world government.

“He praised the increased awareness and movements among young people, such as Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose #FridaysForFuture campaign asks students to hold a strike to demand swift action on climate change. Francis had met the 16-year-old environmental activist at a weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square in April.”
[https://international.la-croix.com/news/cardinal-blase-cupich-voice-of-the-pope-in-the-united-states/9292]
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Scientist and doctor Laurent Alexandre according to Climate Changed Dispatch in the article “French Doctor Exposes How Militant Climate Extremists Are Exploiting Greta Thunberg” said “people who follow Greta Thunberg are the useful idiots of the green dictatorship”:

“In a stinging commentary at Le Figaro hereDr. Laurent Alexandre, surgeon-urologist, a graduate of Sciences Po, HEC and ENA, and co-founder of the Doctissimo website, asserts that teenage Nobel Prize nominee Greta Thunberg is being shamelessly exploited and “is playing into the hands of economic interests.” 

“Laurent Alexandre first comments that “the young people who follow Greta Thunberg are the useful idiots of the green dictatorship” much in the same way Lenin called left-wing bourgeois “useful idiots of the revolution” and that the failures of all Marxist models have ‘left the anti-liberals in turmoil.’”

“He writes that ecology today serves as ‘the ideal instrument to propose a new utopia that is a substitute for the Marxist dictatorship’. He adds: ‘By exploiting the youth, we are imposing a liberticidal agenda in the name of good feelings.’”

“… Alexandre implies that Greta Thunberg is unwittingly promoting ‘the interests of China and Russia’ and that her demands would make us “highly dependent on rare metals needed for wind, solar and storage installations, of which China has a near-monopoly.”

“The French urologist and book author describes Ms. Thunberg as ‘a shamefully manipulated victim’ who needs to be protected, but adds that her radical ideas ‘must be attacked relentlessly’”.

“… Finally, Alexandre comments that following the green path will backfire because it would ,aggravate global warming, increase the waste of public money, lead to a regressive green dictatorship and put us at the mercy of China and Russia. All liberal democrats, all Raymond Aron’s heirs, must combat the deadly utopias it conveys.’”
[https://climatechangedispatch.com/doctor-greta-thunberg-climate-extremists/]

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Mass and the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Fred Martinez at 9:10 PM

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FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS!!! WE ARE POSSIBLY GOING TO GO ON A ROUGH RIDE IN THIS SUMMER AS THE U.S. Supreme Court WAITS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE OF THE PRESENT SESSION TO UNLEASE THE SOCIETAL CHANGING OPINIONS THAT CAN CREATE HAVOC IN OUR NATION

Bracing for the Court in June

Hadley Arkes

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2020

As the calendar was about to turn last fall to October, I wrote in these columns that the month has far scarier things to deliver than Halloween, namely, the opening of new term for the U.S. Supreme Court. (“How Will We Live in the Time of the Transgendered”)

The Court has been the main engine in reshaping what passes as our “culture,” as it gradually swept away the legal and the moral restraints on pornography and abortion, and set in train an understanding of “sex” that would be more and more “liberated” from a framework of marital commitment.  And now that project of sexual liberation would be given its radical further step this year as the Court faced the issue of transgenderism.

In the case of Harris Funeral Homes, one Anthony Stephens had worked as a funeral director, before he was seized by a sense of gender dysphoria.  He chose to present himself to clients as a woman, in his dress and appearance. When the change proved unsettling for his employers, he was let go, and he quickly sought to sue under the Civil Rights Acts.  Title VII of the Act of 1964 barred discriminations based on “sex,” and Stephens claimed now that the Act covered an aversion to people who were shifting in their “gender identity.”

It was quite implausible, of course, to think that the Congressmen who passed that Act were willing to protect people who simply felt strongly that they had undergone a shift in their sex – any more than they would have covered people like Rachel Dolezal in Spokane, who claimed earnestly to feel black rather than white, and was bounced from her position as the head of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

I recalled, in my column, that impressive brief written by Michael Hanby, David Crawford, and Margaret McCarthy of the John Paul II Institute, making the telling point that the issue in the case involved more than the freedom of Stephens to dress as he pleased.

To come down on the side of Stephens was to arrive at the decisive conclusion that Stephens’s sense of himself was indeed factually true, that his feelings on the matter were sufficient to override any of the objective differences in the structures of organs and bodies that separate males from females.  Even people working around Stephens would be compelled to “confess” their assent to that claim, lest they create legal hazards for their employers and put their own jobs at risk.

A decision in favor of Stephens, then, promises to do for transgenderism what Roe v. Wade did for abortion:  the demand to acknowledge the rightness of that decision will radiate outward, in demands to teach these new civic lessons to children in schools; to require even small religious colleges to offer active support and promotion of the transgendered; and to post cautions for what we may say in settings private as well as public.

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That was the question hovering in October. But now it’s June, and for conservatives June has been the cruelest month.  That is when the Court finally releases its decisions on the most contested cases, and it’s the time when conservatives have been conditioned to brace themselves for the worst.

It was in June 1992, when the Court seemed on the threshold of overturning Roe v. Wade, that the defections of Justices Kennedy, O’Connor, and Souter worked to save Roe for yet another generation.  It was in June five years ago, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that Justice Kennedy, after preparing the ground, finally voted to install same-sex marriage.

By June, conservatives have the immanent sense of a sell-out about to happen.  They firmly expect the four liberal justices to vote in a phalanx in virtually every case.  But already there are apprehensions in the air that the five conservative justices will not hold together.  The only unknowns are the two newest, youngest members of the Court.   Both have been vetted and pronounced by the highest sources as Originalists and “textualists.”

And yet, “textualism” is not enough to carry the case.  The lawyers for Stephens say that the text of the statute bars discriminations based on “sex,” and Stephens’ employer recoiled from his sense of his sexual identity.  The lawyers on the other side may cite the dictionaries from 1964 to show that “sex” was not understood to cover “gender identity.”

But the liberal side may play the ace of Lyman Trumbull. Trumbull managed the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment in the Senate, and he had to assure his colleagues up and down that nothing in that Amendment, calling for the Equal Protection of the Laws, would bar those laws in Illinois as well as Virginia that barred interracial marriage.

We have now a fuller, more accurate view, of what that principle on Equal Protection entails in regard to discriminations based on race. The argument will be made that, in the same way, the statute of 1964 must be read with the fuller understanding of “sex” in our own age.

That argument cannot be countered with records of what Congressmen said in 1964.  It can be countered mainly by drawing on the writings of Ryan Anderson, Paul McHugh, Lawrence Mayer, and others, who have drawn out the objective differences in nature, in organs and hormones, which separate males and females.

That is not, however, what conservative judges typically do: to deal with the moral substance of the issue if they cannot depend on the constitutional text.  But if one of the new conservative justices defects on these points, we will find Originalists and textualists on both sides of abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism.

That would not be a sign of a jurisprudence handsomely “neutral” on results.  It would be the sign of a morally empty jurisprudence, and the beginning of a crippling crisis for conservatives.  Fasten your safety belt; it could be a rocky June.

*Image: Chevalier d’Eon by Thomas Stewart, after Jean Laurent Mosnier, 1792 [National Gallery, London]. Long thought to be the portrait of a woman, this is the earliest representation of a “transgender” person in the National Gallery’s collection.

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Hadley Arkes

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Hadley Arkes is the Ney Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Amherst College and the Founder/Director of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights & the American Founding. His most recent book is Constitutional Illusions & Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law. Volume II of his audio lectures from The Modern Scholar, First Principles and Natural Law is now available for download.

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THE ORGANIZATIONS, LIKE THOSE OF George Soros, ARE FOMENTING THE CIVIL UNREST AND ATTACKS AGAINST Catholic Churches, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SOCIETAL DISLOCATION CAUSED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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3.7K68Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. Credit: Father Ronald CattanyCathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. Credit: Father Ronald Cattanyhttps://platform.twitter.com/widgets/follow_button.2a008290075125adde2d7b849b06a0bb.en.html#dnt=false&id=twitter-widget-0&lang=en&screen_name=crousselle&show_count=false&show_screen_name=false&size=m&time=1591109839471By Christine Rousselle

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 1, 2020 / 05:00 pm MT (CNA).- Catholic churches and cathedrals in several cities were among the buildings damaged in the protests and riots that occurred nationwide over the past week.

Church buildings in California, Minnesota, New York, Kentucky, Texas, and Colorado were attacked. Many of the defaced or damaged churches were cathedrals. The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver sustained permanent damage. 

Vandals repeatedly struck the Denver cathedral on multiple nights of the protests and riots over the weekend. The church building and rectory were spray painted with the slogans “Pedofiles” [sic], “God is dead,” “There is no God,” along with other anti-police, anarchist, and anti-religion phrases and symbols. 

Gates surrounding the cathedral were damaged, and tear gas that was fired to disperse the protests leaked into the rectory. The doors to the cathedral are believed to have been permanently damaged by the vandalism and will reportedly need to be replaced. 

Three bags of rocks were collected from the parking lot, but the cathedral’s most valuable windows were unharmed. Other windows on the cathedral’s campus were shattered.  

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City was tagged with various graffiti, including profanities, “No justice, no peace,” “BLM” (Black Lives Matter) “NYPDK.” The name of George Floyd was also written on the stairs outside the cathedral.

Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25 sparked a week of ongoing protests in cities across the country, some of which descended into violence.

In New York City, surveillance video captured two women spray painting the cathedral on Saturday afternoon, during the protests in the city. Police are looking to identify both women and are offering a reward. 

On Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chairman of the Commission of Religious Leaders (CORL), issued a joint statement condemning the death of Floyd as well as violence and looting. 

“We respect those who want to honor George Floyd’s memory with peaceful protest against the horror, evil, and sin that is racism,” the statement said. 

“We also support the members of Floyd’s family who said, in part, ‘We cannot endanger each other as we respond to the necessary urge to raise our voices in unison and in outrage. Looting and violence distract from the strength of our collective voice.’” 

In Dallas, the Saint Jude Chapel located in the city’s downtown area was severely damaged by rocks late Friday evening. 

“We did have some vandalism at St. Jude on late Friday night. They threw a couple of these rocks through the window,” said Fr. Jonathan Austin, chaplain of the chapel, during his homily at Sunday’s Mass. Austin held up one of the rocks that was thrown through the window. 

Austin said that when he watched a surveillance video of the vandalism, he doubted that the vandals knew that they were even attacking a church, and that he suspected they were “breaking things to break things.” 

“I looked in their eyes and I thought, ‘wow, they don’t even know.’ Just the smile that was there, that this was a good thing,” he said. 

Three windows at the front of the chapel were shattered, and the chapel was boarded up as a result.

“These panes of glass are nothing,” said Austin. “Glass breaks all the time, sadly. But last week, Mr. George Floyd’s life was taken. It was taken by a man who did not respect it.” 

Austin added that he believed the “vast, vast majority” of people throughout the country were “not rising up for something bad, but for something good.” He urged everyone to “stand for true peace,” and offered prayers for Floyd, his family, and others who lost their lives to “horrific acts, especially at the hands of authorities.” 

The Daughters of St. Paul bookstore in Chicago was similarly damaged by rocks, and would-be looters entered the store early on Sunday morning. Earlier in the day, the Blessed Sacrament was removed from the tabernacle in the bookstore’s chapel and the sisters sequestered themselves upstairs. 

None of the sisters were injured, and upon doing a review of inventory, found that nothing had been stolen. 

The rectory of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville suffered damage due to rocks thrown by protestors. Three windows were shattered late Friday evening, and the cathedral proceeded to preemptively board up all other windows to prevent further damage. 

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who resides at the damaged rectory along with another priest, has spoken out in favor of peaceful protests and condemned “senseless violence” in the city. 

In Minneapolis, where the protests began, St. Mary’s Basilica–the first basilica in the United States–sustained minor damage during protests on May 29. A fire was lit underneath a pew, but it did not spread beyond that pew. 

“The Basilica of Saint Mary did withstand minor damage yesterday. No one was injured in the incident. At the time we pray for peace and healing in our city,” a spokesperson for the basilica said in a statement issued May 30. The basilica is the co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

In Los Angeles, the Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Cathedral, the Maronite cathedral for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, was vandalized with anti-police messages during the protests and riots. Tur Levnon@turlevnon

Tur Levnon / Heritage and Liturgy Department
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Vandalism against Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Cathedral, the Official Seat of the Maronite Eparchy Our Lady of Lebanon in Los Angeles, California.

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On Monday, the cathedral shared a video of people painting over the graffiti. 

“Peace to all !! Our Cathedral is shining again,” wrote the church on Facebook. 

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