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HERE IS A CORRECTION TO WHAT I WROTE ON A RECENT POST ABOUT THE DEPOSING OF A MAN OCCUPYING THE CHAIR OF PETER

Dear Bishop Gracida,
Regarding the following citation in the article submitted to you that you re-posted on your web site:
Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said “the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church.”
No, the exact opposite is the case:

St. Robert Bellarmine:  “For, in the first place, it is proven with arguments from authority and from reason that the manifest heretic is “ipso facto” deposed.”

St Robert Bellarmine, “De Romano Pontifice”, (“On the Roman Pontiff”), liber II, caput 30:

“For, in the first place, it is proven with arguments from authority and from reason that the manifest heretic is “ipso facto” deposed. The argument from authority is based on St. Paul (Titus, c. 3), who orders that the heretic be avoided after two warnings, that is, after showing himself to be manifestly obstinate – which means before any excommunication or judicial sentence. And this is what St. Jerome writes, adding that the other sinners are excluded from the Church by sentence of excommunication, but the heretics exile themselves and separate themselves by their own act from the body of Christ. Now, a Pope who remains Pope cannot be avoided, for how could we be required to avoid our own head? How can we separate ourselves from a member united to us?

“This principle is most certain. The non-Christian cannot in any way be Pope, as Cajetan himself admits (ib. c. 26). The reason for this is that he cannot be head of what he is not a member; now he who is not a Christian is not a member of the Church, and a manifest heretic is not a Christian, as is clearly taught by St. Cyprian (lib. 4, epist. 2), St. Athanasius (Scr. 2 cont. Arian.), St. Augustine (lib. de great. Christ. cap. 20), St. Jerome (contra Lucifer.) and others; therefore the manifest heretic cannot be Pope.

Est ergo quinta opinio vera, papam haereticum manifestum per se desinere esse papam et caput, sicut per se desinit esse christianus et membrum corporis Ecclesiae; quare ab, Ecclesia posse eum judicari et puniri. Haec est sententia omnium veterum Patrum, qui docent, haereticos manifestos mox amittere omnem jurisdictionem.

“Therefore, the true opinion is the fifth, according to which the Pope who is manifestly a heretic ceases by himself to be Pope and head, in the same way as he ceases to be a Christian and a member of the body of the Church; and for this reason he can be judged and punished by the Church. This is the opinion of all the ancient Fathers, who teach that manifest heretics immediately lose all jurisdiction,

Fundamentum hujus sententiae est. quoniam haereticus manifestos nullo modo est membrum Ecclesiae, idest, neque animo neque corpore, sive neque unione interna, neque externa.“The foundation of this argument is that the manifest heretic is not in any way a member of the Church, that is, neither spiritually nor corporally, which signifies that he is not such by internal union nor by external union. 

https://web.archive.org/web/20050827175509/http://home.earthlink.net/~saintmarychapel/fdph.htm
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This is also reflected in:

Code of Canon Law (1917), Canon 188.4:

Canon 188:  “Ob tacitam renuntiationem ab ipso iure admissam quaelibet officia vacant ipso facto et sine 
ulla declaratione, si clerus …     (4) a fide catholica publice defecerit.Canon 188:  “There are certain causes which effect the tacit resignation of an office, which resignation is accepted in advance by operation of law, and hence is effective without any declaration.  These causes are: 
(4) if he has publicly fallen away from the Catholic faith.
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As well as:

St. Alphonsus de Liguori on the fate of a heretical pope:

“Del resto, si Dio permettesse che un papa fosse notoriamente eretico e contumace, egli cesserebbe d’essere papa, e vacherebbe il pontificato.”

–“Verita della Fede”, part 3, ch. 8, no. 10. 
In: Opere dommatiche di S. Alfonso de Liguori (Torino, G. Marietti, 1848), p. 720. (Opere di S. Alfonso Maria de Liguori, v. 8) “For the rest, if God should permit that a Pope should become a notorious and contumacious heretic, he would cease to be Pope, and the pontificate would be vacant.”
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Which also reflects:

Pope Innocent III (1198), Sermo 4:

“The Roman Pontiff has no superior but God. Who, therefore, could cast him out or trample him under foot – since of the pope it is said ‘gather thy flock into thy fold’? Truly, he should not flatter himself about his power, nor should he rashly glory in his honor and high estate, because the less he is judged by man, the more he is judged by God.

“Still the less can the Roman Pontiff glory [Minus dico] because he can be judged by men, or rather, can be shown to be already judged, if for example he should wither away into heresy; because he who does not believe is already judged.”In such a case it should be said of him: ‘If salt should lose its savor, it is good for nothing but to be cast out and trampled under foot by men’.” 

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In any case none of these apply to the six false papal claimants since 1958 as they were all formal heretics (including Ratzinger who denied in his books the physical resurrection of the body for man after the Last Judgement) BEFORE their putative elections so what would apply is the following excerpt:
Cum Ex Apostolatus OfficioApostolic Constitution of His Holiness Pope Paul IV, February 15, 1559.(ROMAN BULLARIUM VOL. IV. SEC. I, PP. 354-357)

6. In addition, [by this Our Constitution, which is to remain valid in perpetuity We enact, determine, decree and define:-]

that if ever at any time it shall appear that any Bishop, even if he be acting as an Archbishop, Patriarch or Primate; or any Cardinal of the aforesaid Roman Church, or, as has already been mentioned, any legate, or even the Roman Pontiff, prior to his promotion or his elevation as Cardinal or Roman Pontiff, has deviated from the Catholic Faith or fallen into some heresy:

(i) the promotion or elevation, even if it shall have been uncontested and by the unanimous assent of all the Cardinals, shall be null, void and worthless;

(ii) it shall not be possible for it to acquire validity (nor for it to be said that it has thus acquired validity) through the acceptance of the office, of consecration, of subsequent authority, nor through possession of administration, nor through the putative enthronement of a Roman Pontiff, or Veneration, or obedience accorded to such by all, nor through the lapse of any period of time in the foregoing situation;

(iii) it shall not be held as partially legitimate in any way;

(iv) to any so promoted to be Bishops, or Archbishops, or Patriarchs, or Primates or elevated as Cardinals, or as Roman Pontiff, no authority shall have been granted, nor shall it be considered to have been so granted either in the spiritual or the temporal domain;

(v) each and all of their words, deeds, actions and enactments, howsoever made, and anything whatsoever to which these may give rise, shall be without force and shall grant no stability whatsoever nor any right to anyone;

(vi) those thus promoted or elevated shall be deprived automatically, and without need for any further declaration, of all dignity, position, honour, title, authority, office and power, without any exception in respect of those to which they may have been promoted or elevated before they deviated from the Faith, became heretics, incurred schism, or provoked or committed any or all of these.

7. Finally, [by this Our Constitution, which is to remain valid in perpetuity, We] also [enact, determine, define and decree]:-

that subject persons, be they members of anysoever of the following categories:

(i) the clergy, secular and religious;

(ii) the laity;

(iii) the Cardinals, even those who shall have taken part in the election of this very Pontiff previously deviating from the Faith or heretical or schismatical, or shall otherwise have consented and vouchsafed obedience to him and shall have venerated him;

(iv) Castellans, Prefects, Captains and Officials, even of Our Beloved City and of the entire Ecclesiastical State, even if they shall be obliged and beholden to those thus promoted or elevated by homage, oath or security;

shall be permitted at any time to withdraw with impunity from obedience and devotion to those thus promoted or elevated and to avoid them as warlocks, heathens, publicans, and heresiarchs (the same subject persons, nevertheless, remaining bound by the duty of fidelity and obedience to any future Bishops, Archbishops, Patriarchs, Primates, Cardinals and Roman Pontiff canonically entering).To the greater confusion, moreover, of those thus promoted or elevated, if these shall have wished to prolong their government and authority, they shall be permitted to request the assistance of the secular arm against these same individuals thus promoted or elevated; nor shall those who withdraw on this account, in the aforementioned circumstances, from fidelity and obedience to those thus promoted and elevated, be subject, as are those who tear the tunic of the Lord, to the retribution of any censures or penalties.https://web.archive.org/web/20050406081914/http://home.earthlink.net/~saintmarychapel/ceao.htm
These excerpts are all archived from my former web site. If I may be of any assistance in this controversy please let me know.
   In Christ,   Raymond Antonini

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WITH CARDINALS TOBIN AND CUPICH NOW REPRESENTING THE CHURCH IN AMERICA ON THE CONGREGATION FOR BISHOPS THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A CONSERVATIVE ORTHODOX BISHOP TO ANY AMERICAN DIOCESE WHICH WILL BECOME VACANT (OF A BISHOP-ORDINARY) AS LONG AS JORGE BERGOLIO OCCUPIES THE CHAIR OF PETER

Cardinal Tobin joins Cupich on Vatican’s influential Congregation for Bishops

Mar 4, 2021by Joshua J. McElweePeopleVatican

VATICAN CITY — On March 4, Pope Francis named Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, as a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, making him the second American now serving on the group tasked with advising the pontiff on which Catholic priests to appoint as bishops across the world.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, answers questions alongside Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles during a news conference at the fall general assembly of the U.S. bishops' conference in Baltimore Nov. 12, 2019. (CNS/Bob Roller)

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, answers questions alongside Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles during a news conference at the fall general assembly of the U.S. bishops’ conference in Baltimore Nov. 12, 2019. (CNS/Bob Roller) 

Tobin effectively replaces retired Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, whose appointment to the congregation ended in November on Wuerl’s 80th birthday. Tobin now joins Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, whom Francis appointed to the group in 2016.

The congregation, which traces its origins to the 16th century, is responsible for helping the pope review and then select possible candidates for the Catholic episcopate. 

Its members are expected to come to Rome at least several times throughout the year and are usually most influential in helping the pope determine which men to appoint as bishops in their home countries.

Tobin is a Redemptorist priest who served in Rome as the head of his order and as the No. 2 official at the Vatican’s religious congregation. He returned to the U.S. in 2012 as the archbishop of Indianapolis before being made a cardinal and the archbishop of Newark by Francis in 2016.  

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Tobin has known the former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Francis, since at least 2005, when the two served together in the same discussion group during the synod on the Eucharist. 

Alongside Tobin, Francis also appointed Brazilian Cardinal Sergio da Rocha as a member of the congregation.

Joshua J. McElwee

Joshua J. McElwee is NCR’s Vatican correspondent and international news editor. His email address is jmcelwee@ncronline.org. Follow him on Twitter: @joshjmac.

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Americans were assured by Trump’s impeachment Senate prosecutors and the media that the January 6 Capitol assault was his fault alone. So Trump was condemned as a veritable murderer, responsible for five deaths at the Capitol. Many of his own advisors and cabinet members loudly resigned in disgust. Yet six weeks later, a Phoenix-like Trump brought a crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference to its feet. His 90-minute blistering broadside against Joe Biden’s radical first 40 days of executive orders and hard-Left appointments enthused thousands. Polls show that while he has lost some support in his party, Trump still wins 75 percent approval in the GOP.

Trumpism—Without Trump?Who has been right about Donald Trump’s final demise in the last five years?

By: Victor Davis Hanson

March 3, 2021

Hat tip: Rip McIntosh


Six weeks ago, Americans were assured that Donald Trump had left the presidency on January 20, 2021, disgraced and forever ruined politically. 
Trump was the first president to be impeached twice and the first to be tried as a private citizen when out of office. He was the first to be impeached without the chief justice of the United States presiding over his trial.
His nonstop complaining about the stolen “landslide” election was blamed by many as a distraction that lost two Republican Senate seats from Georgia. Joe Biden’s current Democratic majority Congress was the result. 
Americans were assured by Trump’s impeachment Senate prosecutors and the media that the January 6 Capitol assault was his fault alone. 
So Trump was condemned as a veritable murderer, responsible for five deaths at the Capitol. Many of his own advisors and cabinet members loudly resigned in disgust.
Yet six weeks later, a Phoenix-like Trump brought a crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference to its feet. His 90-minute blistering broadside against Joe Biden’s radical first 40 days of executive orders and hard-Left appointments enthused thousands. 
Polls show that while he has lost some support in his party, Trump still wins 75 percent approval in the GOP.
So why is a supposedly once-toxic Trump apparently back at center stage? 
The infamous Capitol riot is still under investigation. Elements of the media narrative of an “armed insurrection” that led to the “murder”of officer Brian Sicknick are being debunked and quietlyretracted
Many Americans disapproved of an outgoing president holding a massive rally about alleged voter fraud in a highly polarized climate. 
But evidence has not yet suggested—as the media once insisted—that officer Sicknick was assaulted and murdered by a rioter. 
One of the five protestors lost during or near that melee died through violence. She was an unarmed female military veteran shot while unlawfully breaking into the Capitol by a still unnamed police officer.
So far, no one arrested inside the Capitol has been charged with either carrying or using a firearm. The impeachment charge of inciting “armed insurrection” turns out to have been more a leaderless, thuggish mob riot “incited” by no one in particular.
For all the national outrage at Trump, 90 percent of the Republican House members voted against his impeachment. Eighty-six percent of Republican senators likewise voted to acquit him of impeachment charges. 
Joe Biden so far has not turned out to be the “good old Joe from Scranton” moderate healer of media and NeverTrump fantasies. 
Instead, his initial executive orders and appointments are the most radical and polarizing of any recent president.
Getting kicked off social media by Silicon Valley moguls ironically turned out to be a plus for Trump. His once-controversial tweets and posts no longer distract from Joe Biden’s frequent displays of ineptitude. And in the lull, attention has turned to Trump’s fiercest critics—especially Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California. Both are now mired in scandal and Newsom is likely facing a recall election.
Ever so slowly, the image of the now muted ex-president is transforming from former bad-boy bully to current bullied private citizen.
In addition, the 74-year-old ex-President Trump acted like he was just 60 at the CPAC event. Seventy-eight-year-old Joe Biden increasingly appears bewildered—and more like he is in his eighties.
The current detention of undocumented minors at the border, and presidential orders to bomb in Syria, remind voters that Biden is doing exactly what the now silent media used to blast Trump for doing. A Biden-created border crisis, climbing gas prices, and renewed aggression from China suggest that the “Make American Great Again” agenda may be missed after just a month of reset.
The United States leads the world in COVID-19 vaccinations, in part because Trump wisely hedged bets by enlisting and often subsidizing four different—and competing—companies. 
Right after the Capitol riot, there was talk in Republican Party circles about building upon the successful MAGA agenda—but by engineering a Trump transition to a senior statesman role. Insiders think impressive possible 2024 presidential candidates, like Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and a host of others, might better advance the popular MAGA cause—with the endorsement of Trump himself. The new standard-bearer then supposedly would lack Trump’s off-putting manner that alienated swing voters.
That may happen. But for now, no one knows whether Trump’s ability to cut through left-wing platitudes revs up more to vote than it does to turn others off.
Events have radically turned political realities upside down in just six weeks. We should expect far more volatility in the next four years. 
Party insiders may dream of Trumpism without Trump, fearing that he could never win a majority of voters. They may be right. But, then again, who has been right about Donald Trump’s final demise in the last five years?

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The leadership Democrats in this country of 2021 are vindictive, nasty, and smart. Actually, do you think they are happy individuals?

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO TURN AROUND A GENERATION THAT HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO DISREGARD FOR THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION?

By: Dr. Virginia Merchant, Ph.D.

Educational Leadership

March 3, 2021

Most but not all-American citizens knew the Trump 2ndImpeachment would fail—The United States Constitution was on his side. It was quite evident when John Roberts, The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, would not attend. It is mandatory in an actual real impeachment for the Chief Justice to be present. This was “theater” by the Democrats. The Trump attorneys had only 8 days to prepare, but they did a first-rate job if you happened to watch. 
           The leadership Democrats in this country of 2021 are vindictive, nasty, and smart. Actually, I don’t think they are happy individuals.
  After the impeachment, the two attorneys were subject to retaliation by the left for just representing the retired President. David Schoen, major civil rights attorney, had his law course canceled and, the gentlemen that he is, would not mention which college that was. Michael Vander Veen, the second attorney, had his home attacked—windows broken, graffiti in his driveway, etc. He has now hired 24-hour security at his home.  The left wants to destroy our way of life and replace our democracy with their own type of government called “socialism”.  
I could not believe the latest craziness is to “ban” Dr. Seuss’s children’s books. The reason–they treat everyone “equally” and that does not go with “racism”. Censoring and banning sound like Nazi Germany in World War II. They want to divide us and then conquer us. We cannot let this happen and need to starting fighting back. Our forefathers were very smart and the best thing they did for our Democratic country was give us the United States Constitution, which includes the first 10 Amendments called the Billof Rights. The most important of the ten is the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
I was asked many years ago to teach a Government course at the high school and college level. I incorporated the Constitution and the students loved the course. How many schools in our 50 states have a course that includes the Constitution? I would bet most private schools do but what percent of public? Then what about colleges and universities? Fortunately, the Catholic Universities, do but others have become so radical and preach leftist ideas to our young.What does it take to renew a generation who has gotten a left slant on almost everything around them? Well, it is up to each and every individual that wants to save our Constitution and our Republic to get involved. Have you ever thought of discussing the Constitution within your family, children, grandchildren? Sounds boring right? However, we may have to get involved in this way to rejuvenate our democracy. Especially when the current administration and radical groups are banning culture books, spreading false lies, pushing diversity that is one-sided, attacking our values and our way of life. 
The government in the State of Virginia is now passing a law that impedes citizens to fly the United States flag and how many you can fly. I kid you not, they are coming at us from all directions and now with Biden in the White House, they feel they can do whatever it takes. 
It is up to each of us to get serious about what is going on.

Hat tip: Rip MacIntosh 

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THE ABSURDITY OF “BLACK-HISTORY MONTH” IS DEMONSTRATED BY AMAZON

Amazon Black-Holes Clarence Thomas Only those black Americans espousing leftist ideology are deemed worthy of celebrating.


BY: THOMAS GALLATIN

The Patriot PostMarch


Of Black History Month, actor Morgan Freeman famously said it was “ridiculous.” In a 2005 interview with Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes, Freeman contended, “You’re going to relegate my history to a month? … Which is White History Month? Come on, tell me. … I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.”A clearly flummoxed Wallace wondered, “How are we going to get rid of racism?”
Freeman shot back, “Stop talking about it.”
Well, the mainstream media led the charge in doing the exact opposite, elevating the Left’s insistence on identity politics above all else. In truth, Black History Month is really not about celebrating the accomplishments of black Americans. Instead, it is yet another instrument cultural leftists have used to further their political agenda of identitarianism.
A demonstration of this reality comes from tech giant Amazon, which suddenly removed the highly acclaimed and popular 2019 PBS documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words from its Prime streaming service — during Black History Month. This action was taken despite the fact that Amazon’s streaming service actively promoted an entire section titled “Amplify Black Voices,”which it advertised as “a curated collection of titles to honor Black History Month across four weekly themes (Black Love, Black Joy, Black History Makers, and Black Girl Magic).” Why isn’t the nation’s lone living black Supreme Court justice worthy of a slot? (That’s rhetorical.)
Making matters worse, Amazon’s “Amplify Black Voices”featured two films celebrating Anita Hill, the woman who famously and falsely accused Thomas of sexual harassment during the confirmation hearings he called a “high-tech lynching.” Meanwhile, the only other black American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, is highlighted in two docudramas and two documentaries. This, of course, has everything to do with the fact that Marshall is an icon of the Left, whereas Thomas, a brilliant conservative thinker, serves to undercut the racial identitarianism of the Left.
The Created Equal DVD is still technically for sale but is no longer available on Amazon (sold out?). This is similar to Amazon’s recent move to suddenly, without notice or explanation, scrub Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment from its site.
The Left uses race as a cudgel to promote and popularize stereotypes onto groups in order to divide Americans along identity and ideology lines. By conflating identity with ideology, the Left aims to deflect legitimate criticism of its bankrupt ideology. Since identities are intrinsically personal and therefore emotive, and ideologies are not, to criticize an identity is to attack an individual’s personhood, whereas criticizing an ideology is to contend with a person’s ideas.
That’s ultimately the reason Amazon black-holed Justice Clarence Thomas during Black History Month, lest any black American identify with someone other than those espousing the Left’s ideology.

HAT TIP: Rip McIntosh
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In some ways, COVID-19 was our neutron bomb. When we reach the now politically incorrect, taboo term “herd immunity” through vaccinations and antibodies, and when the virus ceases to be a pandemic, the lethal tally may have exceeded 600,000 Americans.

Was COVID-19 Our Neutron Bomb?If Biden and his team get what they wish—a neo-socialist, big government transformation—we will enter tough times. But not yet and perhaps not until after 2022.


By Victor Davis Hanson

February 28, 2021


In the 1970s and 1980s, furor arose over our possible use of the “neutron bomb” that macabrely would “kill people, but not destroy property.” The logic of the perverse weapon was that on allied and friendly European ground, outnumbered defensive NATO troops might radiate and destroy invading masses of Soviet armored troops by periodic detonations of low-yield thermonuclear shells, rockets, and bombs. The ensuing blasts of heat would sear flesh but would lack commensurate repercussion power to destroy most structures and buildings, and leave far smaller toxic radiation trails. In eerie  Strangelovian terms, once the enemy was finished off, returning friendly troops and populations could sort their way among the mass dead to find their infrastructure intact—without “collateral” damage or fear of serious radiation sickness. 
In some ways, COVID-19 was our neutron bomb. When we reach the now politically incorrect, taboo term “herd immunity” through vaccinations and antibodies, and when the virus ceases to be a pandemic, the lethal tally may have exceeded 600,000 Americans. 
If so, the nation will have lost more countrymen than were killed in World War I and World War II combined—with thousands more suffering disabilities, from “long haul Covid” to stress and psychological impairment from losing livelihoods and lockdown cabin fever. 
Americans have additionally suffered likely over $15 trillion or so in economic damage from the lockdowns, lost labor, soaring healthcare costs, and the silent killers of substance, familial, and spousal abuse, along with missed medical procedures and surgeries, aborted K-12 schooling, depression, and suicides. It will take years and millions of hours of scholarship to tally all the losses and damage. 
Normally, such a huge human toll would be accompanied by a devastated infrastructure analogous to war-torn Europe in 1945 that took years of investment and labor to reach prewar levels of output. But instead, the virus bomb wafted in, killed hundreds of thousands, destroyed the economy, and now may be waning. 
Human Rather Than Inanimate DestructionYet to the naked eye, other than the economic destruction of millions of small businesses, whole industries, and enormous psychological trauma that will last for decades, physical America at least looks roughly the same after as before the virus—again, as if neutron bombs were dropped in thousands of sites that killed tens of thousands of us while sparing homes and hospitals. 
The virus devastated the aged. About eight in 10 Americans who perished from COVID-19 were over 65. Many were retired. Most suffered from comorbidities. In that regard, it was unlike our two world wars that fell heavily upon 18-30-year-olds in the prime of life, robbing the economy of millions of years of future robust productivity. 
In amoral considerations of depriving a nation of productive labor and fertility, COVID’s lethal rampage through our long-term healthcare facilities was not comparable to the Meuse-Argonne or the Battle of the Bulge or Okinawa. Yet in moral terms of the preciousness of life, the virus was as bad as war, given the way thousands of unique people simply perished, many in silence and alone, many perhaps unnecessarily, as they were trapped in rest homes that admitted actively infected transfer patients, and others suffocated by a virus that for months no one knew much about. And that tragedy, too, will one day be the source of historical inquiry, as Emmy Award-winning Governor Andrew Cuomo must now fear. 
The surreal economic ramifications of this viral radiation will likely have considerable but underappreciated consequences.  
The Way Forward?Take the likely waning of the virus. Given known positive cases of infection, those modeled to have antibodies but who were never tested when infected, and those vaccinated with at least one shot, upwards of 250 million Americans may soon have immunity. And with vaccinations slated to increase to 2 million per day with the arrival of new brands, the nation could see even more radical drops in infectiousness by mid-April. 
Warmer spring and summer weather might slow down what’s left of the virus and fuel outdoor economic recovery. Amid all the professionals’ caveats, there remains good reason for hope. Such speculations, of course, are contingent on expectations that there will be no long-term serious side effects from these radically new types of vaccination, and more infectious and perhaps lethal COVID-19 mutants will be treatable with new drugs or preventable by adaptations in existing vaccinations.
We also hope that in the near future there will not be more groundhog day rumors, even if unsubstantiated, of a mysterious gain-of-function, Level-4 lab, neutron bomb viruses. We now fear all rumors of future plagues, in a serial fashion devastating our most vulnerable, and yet declared by our experts to be an accidental freak of nature—supposedly birthed in a bat cave or a wet market in China, and thus the fault of no one at all other than our own bad luck. 
The strangest thing about the origins of the virus was its Wuhan birthplace—both next to an experimental viral laboratory engaged in dangerous research and a “wet” market that allegedly served as a petri dish for exotic new viruses. Or perhaps stranger was the second phase of the Chinese Communist Party’s exegeses of the pandemic: they transmogrified from momentary contrition to braggadocio about the superior reaction to the pandemic by totalitarians to a defiant “shut up—and what are you going to do about it anyway?”
At home, we find similar paradoxes. Joe Biden has only begun to interrupt the deregulation and tax policies that sparked the historic Trump economic boom of 2017-19 prompting unemployment to reach near-record peacetime lows. 
It will take time for new taxes, regulations, and elements of the New Green Deal to undermine the foundations of a robust economy.
In addition, the country is currently awash in trillions of dollars in stimulus “funny money,” both allocated and unspent. After nearly a year of a large population spent in confinement, the public’s pent-up demand will be unleashed. A record level of consumer spending will likely follow by the summer. Indeed, the birthing of a recovery boom was already in progress when Donald Trump left office.
Americans for months have put off big-ticket purchases, afraid to go out to car showrooms and appliance stores—much less to book cruises and vacations. They are eager to update, improve — and spend on —their new offices and businesses at home. When they emerge from their cocoons, they will find everything from amusement parks to vacation spots wide-open and eager for discounted business from eager consumers. 
Nearly all of our productive capacity — food, fuel, and manufacturing has survived the virus — if not improved, and become more efficient in extremis, as companies like Zoom and Amazon found new ways to increase productivity. 
Given its rapid vaccination rate, and large percentages of those with likely antibodies, the United States may be among the first of the larger industrial nations to return to full production and employment. 
In other words, despite the tragic mass deaths unleashed by the virus, the effort to regain pre-viral levels of economic growth and production will likely become rapid—in contrast for a while to the more stagnant European Union that will take months to catch up to U.S. vaccination rates.
Some economists have compared the likely trajectory of 2021 post-viral America to the second half of 1945 and 1946 when an intact America — in contrast to devastated Europe, the Soviet Union, and Japan — experienced an economic surge. Civilians and soldiers reemerged from wartime conditions in a country untouched by war, but awash in vast deficit spending, pent-up demand, and new factories and services ready to be recalibrated to serve consumer demand and population growth. What are the political consequences of the likely slow waning of COVID-19 and a projected return to near normality?  
Known UnknownsShutting down the Keystone XL pipeline, opening up the border in a time of pandemic to illegal immigration, nominating a number of big-government zealots, and institutionalizing unproductive, commissar-like wokism do not promote economic growth.
Yet natural processes are underway that Joe Biden likely will be unable to thwart immediately by his redistributionist policies. So we should imagine that the now labeled “Trump virus” will at some point sooner than later grow dormant. The “Trump quarantine” will then lift, and with it the “Trump recession.” The “Biden vaccination” will help to end the pandemic, along with the number of those previously infected with “Trump antibodies,” as the “Biden recovery” will take off, at least for a few months. 
All sorts of known unknowns follow. When will Biden’s tax hikes, new regulations, subsidized green add-ons, gas and oil curtailment, and massive accumulating debt begin to slow things down? 
Will a near $30 trillion debt growing at $2 trillion a year, with a progressive laundry list of ever more “essential” entitlements, finally lead to inflation, or stagflation, or permanent zero interest rates—or an abrupt recession, or worse?
No one knows. 
But in the political sense, Republicans might wish to prepare for an artificially inflated but robust economy that could last until late in the midterm year 2022. It will do no good to argue that Operation Warp Speed, an end to the failed New York-California blue-state lockdown model, and the remnants of the Trump economic package mostly account for the upswing. The president in power when economies tank or roar gets commensurate blame or credit.  All the talk of a dismal Trump response to the virus will soon and reluctantly wane, as our vaccination rate, our prior national leadership in creating vaccines, and our earlier end to the pandemic will be positively compared with other nations, especially those in Europe. As a result, Biden will transmogrify from a shrill critic of what he inherited to a plagiarist of that recovery. 
If Biden and his team get what they wish—a neo-socialist, big government transformation—we will enter tough times. But not yet and perhaps not until after 2022.

HAT TIP: Rip McIntosh

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COULD IT BE THAT NURSES AND HOSPITAL STAFF AROUND THE NATION ARE REFUSING TO TAKE THE COVID VACINE BECUASE THEY KNOW IT CAN KILL YOU

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Nurses, hospital staff refuse to take COVID vaccine in large numbers

The governor of Ohio said that 60% of nursing home staff in his state had not taken the vaccine after being offered.Mon Jan 4, 2021 – 2:23 pm EST

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January 4, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A significant portion of frontline workers in hospitals and nursing homes would refuse to take a COVID-19 vaccine, according to recent reports, despite a huge effort of the political establishment to make the vaccines appear safe and reliable.

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) report showed that 29% of hospital staff “definitely or probably would not get vaccinated,” that number being only slightly lower among the general public, which sits at around 27%. According to the KFF, the main reason cited among those who would refuse the vaccine is concern over the side effects (59%).

Over half of the same group also had concerns regarding the safety, the rushed nature, and the politicization of the vaccines’ development (55%, 53%, and 51% respectively).A slew of hospitals and clinics say there is an even larger share of their healthcare staff taking a stand against being vaccinated.

In Northern California, less than half of the eligible staff at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital took the vaccine when offered, the Los Angeles Timesreported. Public health records in L.A. show that between 20% and 40% of all frontline workers also refused to be vaccinated. Riverside County, California, has reported that around 50% of their frontline workers have turned down the opportunity to receive a vaccine.

The Los Angeles Times also reported that a nurse from Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, herself six months pregnant, refused to be vaccinated on the grounds that the vaccine is potentially unsafe for pregnant women.SUBSCRIBEto LifeSite’s daily headlinesSUBSCRIBEU.S. Canada World Catholic

The U.K. government released a document in December advising that pregnant or breastfeeding women do not receive a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine on the basis that there is “no or limited data” on the effects to the child and to fertility.

“For women of childbearing age, pregnancy should be excluded before vaccination,” the document stated, with further advice that pregnancy be avoided for the first two months after receiving COVID-19 shots.

The Republican governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, stated in a press conference on December 30 that 60% of nursing home staff in his state had not taken the vaccine after being offered. Although the governor promised that he isn’t “going to make them” take the vaccine, he expressed his wish that “they had a higher compliance.”

Speaking of the opportunity to avail themselves of a vaccine, DeWine added: “Our message today is the train may not be coming back for a while,” and “[e]veryone makes their own choice about this, but we want to make it clear that opportunity may not come back for a while.” This, he hopes, will inflame a “sense of urgency,” encouraging uptake.— Article continues below Petition —PETITION: Urge HHS to STOP FUNDING aborted baby vaccines 

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petition and related issues.  Sign this PetitionIn Houston, Texas, Dr. Joseph Varon of the United Memorial Medical Center told NPR’s Morning Edition that he is experiencing resistance from his staff concerning COVID vaccines.“Yesterday I had a — not a fight, but I had a friendly argument with more than 50% of my nurses in my unit telling me that they would not get the vaccine,” he said. Varon claims that “[m]ost of the reasons why most of my people don’t want to get the vaccine are politically motivated,” adding that, apparently based on discussions with those who would refuse the vaccine, “the fact that [President] Trump is in charge of accelerating the process bothers them.”Varon intends to influence many of his staff to take the vaccine, saying that he hopes he can convince them “to do the right thing.”

Firefighters in New York City, too, have reported a low willingness to take a COVID vaccine. Over half of the 2,000 members of New York’s Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) would refuse the vaccine when offered.

Like Gov. DeWine, the UFA’s president, Andrew Ansboro, has said that the union is “encouraging [its] members to get the vaccine, but we are defending that right to make that choice.” Ansboro and the UFA’s Health and Safety Officer Michael Schreiber have both received the vaccine as a way of encouraging their colleagues to do the same.

The Pew Research Center’s most recent information on vaccine uptake, published before the vaccine rollout in the U.S. but after the clinical trials, shows that 39% of Americans would not take a COVID-19 vaccine, and that over half of those people were “pretty certain” they would not take a vaccine even after others begin taking it.

The research goes on to show that there has been an increase in public confidence that a safe and effective vaccine will be developed in the U.S., with 75% of those surveyed reporting at least “a fair amount of confidence” as of November last year. Interestingly, 62% of participants reported that they would be “uncomfortable” to be among the first to receive the vaccine. Only 37% said they would be “comfortable” despite the reportedly high confidence that a safe vaccine will be developed.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A CHILD

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“The Day my Grandchild was Aborted”

The Catholic Monitor is honored to post this tragic story of an abortion send to us by a reader:
 I often think of the horrible day when I was praying and doing side walk counseling in front of planned parenthood (PP). Suddenly to my surprise, my son’s ex-girlfriend and her best friend drove up. In a moments notice the PP workers swooped around them like a swarm of flies to manure. I fell to my knees and I screamed out her name saying “Please don’t kill my grandchild! She appeared surprised and  nonchalantly gave me the middle finger and proceeded into the building with her escorts smiling. I began to pray the rosary and cry. 
The other sidewalk counselors and people praying quickly came and joined me. They had witnessed everything and appeared to be in shock. Together we prayed the rosary asking mother Mary through the grace of her son to save my grandchild, but if that was not his will, to give me and my son the strength to endure such tragedy. Also I prayed and vowed that my grandchild ( I believe the baby was a boy), son’s  life would not be in vain. We prayed for a spiritual baptism before my son’s short , but meaningful life was ended. Suddenly her friend drove off alone, her head hung low avoiding any gaze towards me, as though she subconsciously knew that she was an accessory to the murder of my grandchild.

Suddenly a car drove up and I instinctively called out to the young lady who was driving into PP’s parking lot. Before the PP workers had time to react, we called out to the young woman. She was open to what we had to say and walked over to us. She explained that she was in a crisis pregnancy. She said that she had other children, no job and used drugs. She further explained  that her boyfriend and father to the baby was abusive both physically and emotionally. Thank be to God! he was giving me the opportunity to save a life and distract me from the murder of my own grandchild. God always turns bad into good as stated in the bible: As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today (Genesis 50:20).
I exchanged cell numbers with the young woman ( I’ll call her Grace). Grace promised to not use drugs, to read the literature and call me later. She also promised to stay away from the baby’s father. I promised to help her to the best of my ability. We hugged and said goodbye for now.

After what seemed to be an eternity, and no sign of her or her friend. I thanked the others who helped me and quickly headed to a chapel of perpetual adoration. I was alone with my God in the most blessed sacrament. I prayed the emergency novena of Mother Teresa of Calcutta for the life of my son, still hoping that maybe she had changed her mind. I told Jesus all my troubles, cried and prayed some more. 
I was angry at my son for being with such an unscrupulous woman, prior to him moving to Hawaii, she had told him if she ever got pregnant she would have an abortion. I was angry at myself for perhaps allowing the child to be conceived right in my own home, on my watch. I was angry with her for murdering her own child although my son begged her not to. He told her he would quit his job and move back to marry her and take care of his wife and child. She told him No, she had to think about her career. She told my son that she only wanted him to come back and go with her to have the abortion. My son responded “No, I will not be an accessory to the murder of my own child)! ” At that response she began to call him names and  put me down for  texting her research based  information and calling her, for going to her parents house to try to reason with her and her parents. 
It took me back to the events of several weeks prior. I spoke to her mother face to face and told her about our grandchild. It was all very strange, as I spoke to this woman who claimed to be a “good Catholic”, I told her that my son and I would take the child and they could be involved if they chose to or not. We did not want a red cent, only the life of our precious baby, but to no avail. The maternal grandmother stated, she would take the baby, but allowed her adult daughter to do as she pleased. It all made sense now. She refused to talk to me or accept a gift bag with a DVD, October baby and various tokens, prayers and booklets. 
I was grieving the loss of my son’s precious life., but thankful for the life that was saved, which consoled me. God gives us only what we can handle, as stated perfectly in the new testament: “Come to me, all you weary and burdened and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden light. Matthew 11 28-30 NIV.
Naturally, after the initial feelings of relief; anger and resentment start to creep in. The enemy prowls about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. As stated in 1 Peter 5-8, in the KJV bible. The enemy was simultaneously destroying her and my son. She began to continuously harass my son, she blamed him, threatened him and again called us every dirty name in the book. I pitied her and told my son we must forgive her,  pray for her and her family,  as they will eventually be unable to forgive themselves. Forgiveness, does not condone the other’s bad behavior, nor does it mean that you have to reconcile with them, but it will harm us and others if we don’t forgive others or ourselves. Unforgiveness is like heaping hot coal upon ourselves and expecting the perpetrator to feel pain, yet they feel nothing. ” and give no opportunity to the devil”. Ephesians 4:27. Francis Notes:

– Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales totally confirmed beyond any doubt the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church in such a situation:

“[T]he Pope… WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.”
(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)

Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said “the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church.”
[https://archive.org/stream/SilveiraImplicationsOfNewMissaeAndHereticPopes/Silveira%20Implications%20of%20New%20Missae%20and%20Heretic%20Popes_djvu.txt]

– “If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?”: http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2020/12/if-francis-is-heretic-what-should.html

– “Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is Pope?”: http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2019/03/could-francis-be-antipope-even-though.html

 –  LifeSiteNews, “Confusion explodes as Pope Francis throws magisterial weight behind communion for adulterers,” December 4, 2017:

The AAS guidelines explicitly allows “sexually active adulterous couples facing ‘complex circumstances’ to ‘access the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.'”

–  On February 2018, in Rorate Caeli, Catholic theologian Dr. John Lamont:

“The AAS statement… establishes that Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia has affirmed propositions that are heretical in the strict sense.”

– On December 2, 2017, Bishop Rene Gracida:

“Francis’ heterodoxy is now official. He has published his letter to the Argentina bishops in Acta Apostlica Series making those letters magisterial documents.”

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church by the bishops by the grace of God.

Election Notes:  

– Intel Cryptanalyst-Mathematician on Biden Steal: “212Million Registered Voters & 66.2% Voting,140.344 M Voted…Trump got 74 M, that leaves only 66.344 M for Biden” [http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/intel-cryptanalyst-mathematician-on.html?m=1]

– Will US be Venezuela?: Ex-CIA Official told Epoch Times “Chávez started to Focus on [Smartmatic] Voting Machines to Ensure Victory as early as 2003”: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/will-us-be-venezuela-ex-cia-official.html– Tucker Carlson’s Conservatism Inc. Biden Steal Betrayal is explained by “One of the Greatest Columns ever Written” according to Rush: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/tucker-carlsons-conservatism-inc-biden.html?m=1 – A Hour which will Live in Infamy: 10:01pm November 3, 2020: 
http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2021/01/a-hour-which-will-live-in-infamy-1001pm.html?m=1 What is needed right now to save America from those who would destroy our God given rights is to pray at home or in church and if called to even go to outdoor prayer rallies in every town and city across the United States for God to pour out His grace on our country to save us from those who would use a Reichstag Fire-like incident to destroy our civil liberties. [Is the DC Capitol Incident Comparable to the Nazi Reichstag Fire Incident where the German People Lost their Civil Liberties?http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/is-dc-capital-incident-comparable-to.html?m=1 and Epoch Times Show Crossroads on Capitol Incident: “Anitfa ‘Agent Provocateurs‘”: 
http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/epoch-times-show-crossroads-on-capital.html?m=1
Pray an Our Father now for the grace to know God’s Will and to do it. 

 

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“Marxist atheism demands that the new ‘Church’ it seeks to fashion fabricate a false god–one that doesn’t insist on the observance of reasonable moral laws that foster human dignity, especially if someone has ‘great difficulty’ understanding, in ‘conscience,’ their relevance to his own situation, or if he has ‘discerned’ that they would not be appropriate to follow at this time. Better yet, this ‘god’ can ratify in a person’s own conscience his decision to sin gravely, given his personal limitations and concrete circumstances. In the end, moral subjectivism such as this leads to the denial of the existence of any morality at all, and hence to the denial of the existence of its Author.”

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John Paul II & Pius XII approved Visionary: “I Hope the Lord will not allow the Pope to Deny any Truth of the Faith and put himself in the Place of God”

“Marxist atheism demands that the new ‘Church’ it seeks to fashion fabricate a false god–one that doesn’t insist on the observance of reasonable moral laws that foster human dignity, especially if someone has ‘great difficulty’ understanding, in ‘conscience,’ their relevance to his own situation, or if he has ‘discerned’ that they would not be appropriate to follow at this time. Better yet, this ‘god’ can ratify in a person’s own conscience his decision to sin gravely, given his personal limitations and concrete circumstances. In the end, moral subjectivism such as this leads to the denial of the existence of any morality at all, and hence to the denial of the existence of its Author.”  Pope John Paul Il expert Jeffrey TranzilloThis is the direction taken by doctrines which have lost the sense of the transcendent or which are explicitly atheist. The  individual conscience is accorded the status of a supreme tribunal of moral judgment which hands down categorical and infallible decisions about good and evil… But in this way the inescapable claims of truth disappear.” – Pope John Paul II
 On April 27, 2018, the National Catholic Register in the article “From Contemplating Murder to Honoring Mary: The Marian Apparition at Tre Fontane,” explained how Pope Pius XII and Pope John Paul II came to approve of the apparition of the “Virgin of Revelation” to Bruno Cornacchiola:
“The World War II debris lingered as Bruno Cornacchiola, an anti-clerical Protestant, had every intention to murder Pope Pius XII — until the Virgin Mary interfered April 12, 1947, at Tre Fontane (‘Three Fountains).”

“She called herself the ‘Virgin of Revelation.’”

“Shortly after, Cornacchiola was able to see the Virgin, who was dressed in white, wearing a green mantle with a pink band, and holding the Scriptures.”

“…Our Lady also gave a heavenly sign to Pope Pius XII through Cornacchiola, who was asking for confirmation on how to clearly define the dogma of the Assumption in light of his encyclical issued Nov. 1, 1950.

“’My body could not decay and did not decay. My Son and the angels took me to heaven,’ were the words from the Virgin given to Cornacchiola for the Holy Father.”

“He carried this message to the Vatican. During his audience with Pius, Cornacchiola asked for forgiveness for his hatred against the Catholic Church after his conversion to Protestantism. This is what led him to plot against killing the Pope. He confessed to Pius that he even bought a dagger with the inscription ‘death to the pope.’”

“… This place is a place of great conversion, a call to the truth of the Catholic Church,” explained Mother Rebecca Nazzaro, mother superior of the Missionaries of Divine Revelation, a religious order inspired by the message of the Virgin.”

“… St. John Paul II named the site ‘St. Mary of the Third Millennium at the Three Fountains.’ This is a prophecy — who knows when it will come true? But the Virgin requested [to Cornacchiola] to have a big sanctuary built here,” Mother Rebecca said.” 
[http://m.ncregister.com/daily-news/from-contemplating-murder-to-honoring-mary-the-story-of-the-marian-appariti#.W1Ffz99lDqA]

Author Saverio Gaeta wrote the book  “Il veggente. Il segreto delle tre ontane,” (Salani editore, Milano, 2016), in which he quotes the diaries of Cornacchiola where Bruno had a dream of a pope possibly denying the truths of the faith and putting himself in the place of God:

  “Quella del 21 settembre 1988 è la più interessante:”
“[S]pero che il Signore non permetta che il Papa neghi ogni verità di fede e si metta al posto di Dio”  which translates to “I hope the Lord will not allow the Pope to deny any truth of the faith and put himself in the place of God.” [http://www.jesusmariasite.org/global-earthquake-nuclear-war-apostasy-invasion-of-italy-destruction-in-vatican/]This possible prophecy that came long after the apparition should, of course, be taken with a gain of salt, but unfortunately it reminds me of what G. K. Chesterton said:

“Original sin is the only doctrine that’s been empirically validated by 2,000 years of human history.”

As with original sin, the Cornacchiola prophecy apparently has been validated by recent history. America’s most influential journal of religion and public life, First Things’ Deputy Editor Elliott Milco appears to be validating the prophecy when he wrote in the article “Francis’s Argentine Letter And The Proper Response”:

 “The real problem with the Argentine norms is their deviation from this larger and more fundamental principle: that grace truly sanctifies and liberates, and that baptized Christians are always free to fulfill the moral law, even when they fail to do so. Jesus Christ holds us to this standard in the Gospel. It is presumptuous of Francis—however benign his intentions—to decide that his version of ‘mercy’ trumps that given by God himself.”

My niece got me interested in Bruno Cornacchiola because she texted me this YouTube talk called “Our Lady of Revelation part 1- Intro & Conversion of Bruno”:  https://youtu.be/o3aIedB9Owc.

It is by a priest whose name I know, but because he prefers not to publish it, I will keep his identity to myself.

His talks which started with “Our Lady of Revelation part 1- Intro & Conversion of Bruno” are the best presentations I have heard of Our Lady of Fatima as they apply to our moment in history. He uses the Cornacchiola Marian apparition at Tre Fontane to talk of Fatima in depth.

The priest mentions that the Sixth Century Jewish commentary on Genesis known as the Midrash says that God sent the Flood to destroy the world because of the legalization of same-sex marriage:

“The generation of the Flood were not blotted out from the world until they composed nuptial songs (until they wrote marriage deeds for males and beasts — i.e. they fully legalized such practices) in honor of pederasty and bestiality.” – Midrash, GENESIS (BERESHITH) [XXVI. 4-5] p. 213

His talk gives a overview of how the Flood and other punishments sent to mankind by God because of sin are related to Fatima and our present time.

This brings us back to Bruno’s dream prophecy: “I hope the Lord will not allow the Pope to deny any truth of the faith and put himself in the place of God” and how it applies to Francis if he is a pope and not an antipope. There is a growing mountain of evidence that Francis is an heretical antipope. (See: “Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is a Pope?”: http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2019/03/could-francis-be-antipope-even-though.html” and If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?”: http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2020/12/if-francis-is-heretic-what-should.html)

Some will argue that Francis has taught against same-sex marriage and other sins. But, I argue that his words against homosexuality, same-sex marriage and any sin are meaningless unless he condemns his heresy of the primacy of conscience promoted by Amoris Laetitia.

Pope John Paul II in Veritatis Splendor explains what primacy of conscience is from a perspective of Revelation:

Certain currents of modern thought have gone so far as to exalt freedom to such an extent that it becomes an absolute… This is the direction taken by doctrines which have lost the sense of the transcendent or which are explicitly atheist. The  individual conscience is accorded the status of a supreme tribunal of moral judgment which hands down categorical and infallible decisions about good and evil… But in this way the inescapable claims of truth disappear.[http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/5346/a_malta_laetitia.aspx]

The dissenter perspective of primacy of conscience is explained by gay activist theologian Matteo Gagliardi:

“Previous Popes – including John Paul and Benedict – tried to quash
the views of theologians who didn’t tow the party line and promote the moral supremacy of the Church’s teachings…If Pope Francis is indeed promoting the Catholic teaching of the primacy of conscience… It may show people that it’s OK to be both Catholic and part of, say, the LGBT community – because that is what God is instructing them to do in their hearts… The primacy of conscience is the idea that God’s voice lies in your soul, and it is a sin not to listen to it. It is reconcilable with the notion that the Church is a moral authority, though only if it can be fallible and challenged by human conscience, as Pope Francis himself is showing.” [https://www.google.com/amp/s/matteogagliardi.com/2014/04/02/the-primacy-of-conscience-the-only-way-forward-for-the-catholic-church/amp/#ampshare=https://matteogagliardi.com/2014/04/02/the-primacy-of-conscience-the-only-way-forward-for-the-catholic-church/]

Francis admits which perspective he is promoting:

“[T]he primacy of conscience, which must always be respected.”[https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/11/11/pope-francis-reaffirms-primacy-conscience-amid-criticism-amoris-laetitia]

Francis’s teachings on conscience are all encompassing because it tells the adulterer, the sexually active homosexual, the abortionist, the murderer, rapist, sex abuser or anyone in objective mortal sin that they are not in mortal sin if they are at “peace” with it, if the sinful behavior is “humanly impossible” to change, “if they can’t change their sinful behavior” or don’t know it is wrong.

Therefore, Francis’s words against homosexuality and abortion are empty or meaningless unless he condemns his heresy of the primacy of conscience which is promoted by Amoris Laetitia.

Pope John Paul II condemned Francis’s heresy of the primacy of conscience when he said “individual conscience is accorded the status of a supreme tribunal of moral judgment.” 

Dissenting liberal theologian Matteo Gagliardi says Francis’s heretical primacy of conscience condemns “John Paul and Benedict [teachings of ]… the moral supremacy of the Church’s teachings.”

Professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary Mark Latkovic agrees that primacy of conscience is “heterodoxy” in saying:

Primacy of conscience has been thrust to the fore of Church-wide discussions on marriage, contraception and homosexuality… John Paul II called “a separation, or even an opposition, in some cases between the teaching of the precept, which is valid in general, and the norm of the individual conscience, which would in fact make the final decision about what is good and what is evil. On this basis, an attempt is made to legitimize so-called ‘pastoral’ solutions contrary to the teaching of the magisterium and to justify a ‘creative’ hermeneutic according to which the moral conscience is in no way obliged, in every case, by a particular negative precept” (Veritatis Splendor, 56), i.e., a moral absolute.”

“… John Paul II warned against as an illegitimate application of conscience… This proposal would not lead to Christian conversion, but confusion; not holiness, but heterodoxy.” 
[http://m.ncregister.com/daily-news/propagating-the-primacy-of-conscience-error#.Wy0-099lDqA]

The war in the Church is between Francis’s Conscience Supremacists who hold to the supremacy of conscience vs. the Catholics who hold to the supremacy of God and His moral law as taught by the Church. 

As those who hold to the supremacy of whites are white supremacists, those who hold to supremacy of conscience are Conscience Supremacists or Supremacists for short.

The Supremacist’s teaching of the supremacy of conscience is a new Gnostic heresy as shown by renowned theologian Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap.:

“People are encouraged to discern, on their own, the best course of action, given the moral dilemma they face in their own existential context – what they are capable of doing at this moment in time.  In this way, the individual’s own conscience, his or her personal communion with the divine, determines what the moral requirements are in the individual’s personal circumstances.  What Scripture teaches, what Jesus stated, what the Church conveys through her living magisterial tradition are superseded by a higher ‘knowledge,’ an advanced ‘illumination.’”

“If there is any new Gnostic paradigm in the Church today, it would seem to be found here. To propose this new paradigm is to claim to be truly “in-the-know,” to have special access to what God is saying to us as individuals here and now even if it goes beyond and may even contradict what He has revealed to everyone else in Scripture and tradition.” [https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2018/06/07/gnosticism-today/]

Francis’s Conscience Supremacists, who hold the new Gnostic heresy of the primacy of conscience or the supremacy of conscience, tell the sexually active homosexual, the abortionist, the murderer, rapist, sex abuser, the person in adultery or anyone in objective mortal sin that they are not in mortal sin if they are at “peace” with it, if the sinful behavior is “humanly impossible” to change, “if they can’t change their sinful behavior” or don’t know it is wrong.

 The only persons who are not allowed a primacy of conscience are those who uphold “what Jesus stated, what the Church conveys through her living magisterial tradition.”

The war in the Church is between the hypocrisy of Francis’s Orwellian selective supremacy of conscience vs. the supremacy of God’s moral law as taught by the Church as theologian, Crisis magazine writer and Pope John Paul Il expert Jeffrey Tranzillo pointed out:  

“After a long period of soul-searching, Fr. Weinandy sounded the alarm starkly yet charitably, and he got slapped down for it. So much for the respect we owe to the primacy of conscience and to the process of “discernment.” It seems that the only thing that matters is to maintain a semblance of ecclesiastical unity–a “unity” built on systematic threats, coercion, retribution, and either brutal or more sophisticated PR campaigns designed to calumniate good people. The new “truth” is that which power can get everyone to perceive as true, despite its objective falsity.”

“…As we have seen, the only way for the pope and his subversive bishops to implement AL’s diabolical agenda is to feign unity by ruthlessly intimidating, threatening, or smothering every voice that is, in good conscience, rightly opposed to that agenda. We have also seen examples of one of their favorite preemptive tactics: that of hurling at innocent people outrageous accusations whose content actually applies rather conspicuously to themselves.”

“But even a deplorable tactic such as that doesn’t necessarily make fully clear to us what we’re dealing with. Right now, there is a titanic, perhaps definitive struggle going on in the Church between good and evil. We are witnessing an intense, revolutionary attempt by the devil and his minions, both human and demonic, to overthrow and destroy all that Christ has willed His Church to do and to be. So it is not surprising that the rhetoric we’re hearing in the Church these days has often a Marxist cast: The Church is guilty of having treated unfairly and discriminated against this or that ‘class’ of people–especially grave sexual sinners of one kind or another. The people in that class, it is said, have been excluded from ecclesial life, marginalized, and made to feel unwelcome. The ‘oppressed’ classes must therefore all be ‘integrated’ into the life of the Church, and the Church must apologize for having oppressed them in the first place.[29]

“Marxist atheism demands that the new ‘Church’ it seeks to fashion fabricate a false god–one that doesn’t insist on the observance of reasonable moral laws that foster human dignity, especially if someone has ‘great difficulty’ understanding, in ‘conscience,’ their relevance to his own situation, or if he has ‘discerned’ that they would not be appropriate to follow at this time. Better yet, this ‘god’ can ratify in a person’s own conscience his decision to sin gravely, given his personal limitations and concrete circumstances. In the end, moral subjectivism such as this leads to the denial of the existence of any morality at all, and hence to the denial of the existence of its Author.” 

Tranzillo goes into detail about the war in the Church between the hypocrisy of Francis’s Orwellian selective supremacy of conscience vs. the supremacy of God’s moral law as taught by the Church in his article: “Amoris Laetitia on Conscience and Discernment: Do those who Preach what it says really Believe what it says?,” November 28, 2017. [http://trulycatholicmatters.com/]

John Paul II agreed with Tranzillo that making the conscience the supreme tribunal leads to ” denial of the existence of any morality at all, and hence to the denial of the existence of its Author” when he taught in Veritatis Splendor:

 
This is the direction taken by doctrines which have lost the sense of the transcendent or which are explicitly atheist. The  individual conscience is accorded the status of a supreme tribunal of moral judgment which hands down categorical and infallible decisions about good and evil… But in this way the inescapable claims of truth disappear.

Francis Notes:

– Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales totally confirmed beyond any doubt the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church in such a situation:

“[T]he Pope… WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.”
(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)

Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said “the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church.”
[https://archive.org/stream/SilveiraImplicationsOfNewMissaeAndHereticPopes/Silveira%20Implications%20of%20New%20Missae%20and%20Heretic%20Popes_djvu.txt]

– “If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?”: http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2020/12/if-francis-is-heretic-what-should.html

– “Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is Pope?”: http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2019/03/could-francis-be-antipope-even-though.html

 –  LifeSiteNews, “Confusion explodes as Pope Francis throws magisterial weight behind communion for adulterers,” December 4, 2017:

The AAS guidelines explicitly allows “sexually active adulterous couples facing ‘complex circumstances’ to ‘access the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.'”

–  On February 2018, in Rorate Caeli, Catholic theologian Dr. John Lamont:

“The AAS statement… establishes that Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia has affirmed propositions that are heretical in the strict sense.”

– On December 2, 2017, Bishop Rene Gracida:

“Francis’ heterodoxy is now official. He has published his letter to the Argentina bishops in Acta Apostlica Series making those letters magisterial documents.”

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church by the bishops by the grace of God.

Election Notes:  

– Intel Cryptanalyst-Mathematician on Biden Steal: “212Million Registered Voters & 66.2% Voting,140.344 M Voted…Trump got 74 M, that leaves only 66.344 M for Biden” [http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/intel-cryptanalyst-mathematician-on.html?m=1]

– Will US be Venezuela?: Ex-CIA Official told Epoch Times “Chávez started to Focus on [Smartmatic] Voting Machines to Ensure Victory as early as 2003”: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/will-us-be-venezuela-ex-cia-official.html– Tucker Carlson’s Conservatism Inc. Biden Steal Betrayal is explained by “One of the Greatest Columns ever Written” according to Rush: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/tucker-carlsons-conservatism-inc-biden.html?m=1 – A Hour which will Live in Infamy: 10:01pm November 3, 2020: 
http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2021/01/a-hour-which-will-live-in-infamy-1001pm.html?m=1 What is needed right now to save America from those who would destroy our God given rights is to pray at home or in church and if called to even go to outdoor prayer rallies in every town and city across the United States for God to pour out His grace on our country to save us from those who would use a Reichstag Fire-like incident to destroy our civil liberties. [Is the DC Capitol Incident Comparable to the Nazi Reichstag Fire Incident where the German People Lost their Civil Liberties?http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/is-dc-capital-incident-comparable-to.html?m=1 and Epoch Times Show Crossroads on Capitol Incident: “Anitfa ‘Agent Provocateurs‘”: 
http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/epoch-times-show-crossroads-on-capital.html?m=1
Pray an Our Father now for the grace to know God’s Will and to do it. 

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One of the ironic things about a diploma from Princeton is that it is written in a language that almost none of the graduates understand: Latin. It confers the degree of Artium baccalaureus, literally, crowned with bay leaves for knowledge of the arts. Since most college graduates write badly, if they write at all, and know very little about the literature of their own language, let alone the fine arts, it is not clear what the degree means. I wonder whether we might substitute for it a new distinction, Barbarus artium, for people who enter college with little knowledge and less love of those matters, and who leave no wiser, even supposing they have not been taught to scorn them as having come from the dark ages, that is, from before yesterday afternoon.

MARCH 4, 2021

The Church and the Barbarians

ANTHONY ESOLEN

CRISIS MAGAZINE

Trinity College

One of the ironic things about my diploma from Princeton is that it is written in a language that almost none of the graduates understand: Latin. It confers upon me the degree of Artium baccalaureus, literally, crowned with bay leaves for knowledge of the arts. Since most college graduates write badly, if they write at all, and know very little about the literature of their own language, let alone the fine arts, it is not clear what the degree means. I wonder whether we might substitute for it a new distinction, Barbarus artium, for people who enter college with little knowledge and less love of those matters, and who leave no wiser, even supposing they have not been taught to scorn them as having come from the dark ages, that is, from before yesterday afternoon.

When the barbarian Germans poured into the Roman empire from the north, and most of the civic institutions in the West were tottering, it was the Church that saved them, the Church that preserved what she could from oblivion. She must do the same now. In some ways, the task is easier than it was then: We have not yet burned all our books or buried them in landfills (though we have gone far toward doing so). Anyone with a computer can look at art of incomparable magnificence and power just by typing a title and clicking on the link. Music is on record. But in some ways the task is much more difficult. We are overwhelmed with what is foul or vicious or false or stupid. We have not raised up people who want great things, or who even love good literature and art. That includes people who attend Mass in Catholic churches and students in our Catholic schools.

Here I could write about the music at Mass, the song-things that are worthless as poetry, often ungrammatical, theologically dubious, and slack and slovenly in spirit. I could write about the great steaming heap of imbecility and malice left by the editors of our hymnals, when they get their hands on such traditional poems as they suffer to remain. It is not like shooting fish in a barrel. It is like putting a spear into the bloating corpse of a whale washed ashore. Or I could write about bad architecture, about churches slapped together to ensure that no sense of the sacred will awake in the secular soul; about sanctuaries that have none of the holiness of a baseball diamond; about art effaced or demolished; about liturgies without the healing balm of silence. That, too, is easy.

What is hard, rather, is to gauge how far we all have fallen, and to take measures to make ourselves a little less barbarian, which means, practically, a little more human; for God did not give us a longing for beauty that we should ignore it or dull it or glut it on garbage. That task must begin in our homes, our parishes, and our schools. Let me focus on the last one: the Catholic school.

Every time I hear of another Catholic school closing, I wince, and want to cry out, “How long must it take before we get the lesson? If children are going to get a bad education, they might as well get it for free!” The Catholic school must not be just like the public school, even with a good religion class thrown in. It must now be quite different from the public school and from most private schools, in both content and manner of instruction. We want to raise up a Christian culture in the midst of barbarity. We do not want barbarians with somewhat of a more delicate moral sensibility. That is not good enough. It is not really good at all.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

How can we do that when the schools are closing? Think, my dear bishops. There are two great reproofs to the American school right in our midst, and they are notably successful: homeschooling, and what is called the “classical” movement. They share much in common. Neither is allergic to western civilization broadly speaking, or to its instantiation in America. My sense is that public charter schools, bitterly resented by the educratic establishment, are friendly toward religion, or are at least not hostile to it. Both movements seek to return to subjects no longer taught in the schools in any systematic way: grammar, especially; also, geography; and the classics, which include more than works originally written in Greek and Latin. Homeschooling parents are rightly suspicious of the innovations (abject failures all, from what I can see) in methods of instruction: “look-say” in reading, set theory in arithmetic, “research” papers for children, creative spelling, and so forth. And we would not have charter schools at all, except that some teachers find it impossible to work in the public system otherwise.

Why then have we Catholics been so slow to get in the lead here? Increase enrollment? Put the adjective “classical” in front of your name and take visible measures to make it a reality. Say that at St. Aloysius Gonzaga, grammar will be taught as a coherent system, as the logic of language, and show that you mean it by introducing young people to Latin prayers—make that start. Say that at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, children will be given a thorough introduction to the heritage of literature in English, not scattershot, but as a subject with its history, its developments, and its masters. I do not mean that they will read a play here and a poem there, but that they will make their way through the countryside, from Beowulf and The Dream of the Rood to The Lord of the Rings and Gilead. Say that at St. John Bosco, young people will be introduced to Giotto and Donatello, to J.M.W. Turner and Rodin, to Palestrina and Puccini and Gershwin and Charlie Parker.

Do more than that. How many Catholics are ignorant of their own literary patrimony, beyond the English language? What are translations for? The Divine Comedy awaits, sure, but so do masterpieces closer to our time: The Betrothed, Kristin Lavransdatter, With Fire and Sword, Diary of a Country Priest, Vipers’ Tangle, The Portal to the Mystery of Hope.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

Still more, why not show, triumphantly, that boys and girls often do better in the old-fashioned, single-sex schools than in coed schools? Why be embarrassed by what for thousands of years was the norm, and what boys and girls themselves often find most congenial? They are not for everyone; they were not for me when I was young; but you cannot argue with success, and the young people I have met from all-male schools in particular have been more mature by several years than their counterparts in ordinary schools, Catholic or otherwise. And even at coed schools, it is not impossible sometimes to separate the sexes and to win some measure of the good that the older ways promoted.

Let us face facts. Most college graduates would find it impossible to read, say, Fulton Sheen’s early book, God and Intelligence in Modern Philosophy. That? Why, Charles Dickens himself is daunting for them—Dickens, the author who when he visited America had a line of people two miles long waiting to enter the New York theater where he was to perform his most famous characters. Must we go along with barbarity just because it is easy? Rather, how seldom is it that the right thing to do is also by far the most profitable? Even if the Faith does not move them, even if beauty in arts and letters leaves them numb, surely some self-respect, some desire not to look like failures, might move men and women in our chanceries to cast their lots with a real culture. Who knows? In all that dealing with Christian civilization, in genuine cultures, in the most human things, we may find Christ, too.

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By Anthony Esolen

Anthony Esolen, a contributing editor at Crisis, is a professor and writer-in-residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts. He is the author, most recently, of Sex and the Unreal City (Ignatius Press, 2020).

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