Hillary: ”I admire Margaret Sanger enormously… there are a lot of lessons we can learn from her”

I saw an intriguing post online called: Who said it: Adolf Hitler or Margaret Sanger?

Quotes are offered. Guess who said it.

May I observe that Hillary Clinton thinks that Margaret Sanger was wonderful?  She is is “awe” of her.  We can learn a lot from Margaret Sanger.

And yet it is really hard to tell who said what.  Hillary or … someone else.

“What is social planning without a quota?”

“The stronger must dominate and not mate with the weaker, which would signify the sacrifice of its own higher nature”?

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people”?

“Sterilization would go far in reducing human misery, not to speak of the financial saving in the upkeep of the unfit offspring”?

Who wrote about “protect[ing] society against the propagation and increase of the unfit”

Who declared that the “destruction” of “sick, weak, deformed children” was more “decent” than the current “wretched” preserving of the “pathological”?

Who encouraged limiting reproduction “to make the coming generation into such physically, mentally capable, socially alert individuals as are..ideal”?

Who advocated a “rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted”?

I got only a 62% on the quiz.

Hillary and Sanger HERE and HERE and HERE.


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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation?  Let us know.

I will have Mass later today in a Serragli chapel at San Marco in Florence.  I’ll talk to the pilgrim group about images and good works on this 22nd Sunday after Pentecost.


Okay, Mass in the traditional Roman Rite has been duly offered.  The sacristan was kind enough to produce an antique pianeta.   I riffed on the question “Whose image is this?”, which we hear in the Gospel about the tax coin offered the Lord.   I turned it sideways and connected it to “Whose image is this?” I am getting in churches and museums.  I reminded them that the Church has given two things to the world as a common patrimony, art and saints.  Both reflect God’s truth and beauty, one in material, plastic stuff, the other in living persons by their words and deeds.  I had a little diversion into a painting of Abraham and Isaac next to the altar, when I, standing there as the priest for Mass I fully realized the relationship of all the paintings in the chapel to the altar, along with the Latin inscriptions over them.  I tied it back into imagery, however, since all the paintings are foreshadowings, types, images of Priest / Victim / Eucharist.  In sum, I ended with the admonition that after the “Wow!” factor hits in these churches and museums, and then the intellectual question of “Whose image is this?”, is satisfied, we have to turn the question around as if to look in the mirror and ask, “Whose image is this?”


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ASK FATHER: Man regularly takes Hosts home from Mass

From a reader…

Last week I saw one of our parishioners take the host back to his pew. I mentioned this to the visiting priest after Mass and he said to talk directly to the person involved — but he’d left before the final blessing.

I was so disturbed I left a note for our regular priest under his door, but found out later he’s away on annual leave.

This week he did it again with the same visiting priest. I’d done a spot of reading through the week, so I went and sat next to him and said (quietly) that he should eat the host before the priest. He said that he had a medical condition that prevented that (no saliva). [So, he is not taking it to a sick person.]

After Mass, he came up and was obviously disturbed (and probably offended) and proceeded to aggressively argue his point.

I’ll obviously try and see our regular priest when he gets back, but it’s left me perturbed — especially as he was personally aggressive.

Was I right or wrong? Maybe I should have seen him before Mass?

You were not wrong to talk to the man.  Alas, the priest was a visitor who wasn’t able to follow up on this and your parish priest is away.  That creates a bit of an awkward situation.

It is too bad that he has to bear the cross of this medical condition, but that condition doesn’t authorize him to do as he pleases with Hosts from Mass.  The bottom line is that the fellow should not have, should not and should never take home a Host from Mass.  If he has some problem swallowing, then he should see the priest before Mass and find out if there is a way to receive the Precious Blood instead of a Host.

But he cannot take Hosts like that.  That’s just plain wrong.

This is something that the priest at the parish, even if he is not the pastor, should help with.

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Fr. Sirico on the Clinton’s campaign view of the Church

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta’s emails were hacked.  We see behind the scenes.  We see what they think of Catholics and the Church.  They are simply dreadful.

I found a video commentary by Fr. Robert Sirico about what the Clinton campaign is about.  Fr. Sirico is the head of Acton Institute.

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WDTPRS – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost: The Battle For The Mass

Michael Archangel Plinio Corrêa de OliveiraThis week’s Collect is an ancient prayer, found in the 9th century Liber sacramentorum Augustodunensis (Augustodunum is the ancient Roman name for Autun, France) on the 25th Sunday after the Octave of Pentecost.  It was also in what is coming to be an old friend, the 8th century Liber sacramentorum Gellonensis on the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, just a slight variation in how they tracked liturgical time.


Deus refugium nostrum et virtus: adesso piis Ecclesiae tuae precibus, auctor ipse pietatis, et priest: ut, quod fideliter petimus, efficaciter consequamur.

There is a marvelous clausula at the end, a standard rhythmic ending much favored in classical oratory to delight the ear of listeners and add power to periodic sentences: efficáciter cónsequámúr.  Say it aloud, with attention to force and length of the syllables.  I also like the nice synchesis (ABAB) structure, fideliter petimus, efficaciter consequamur (adverb verb adverb verb).  There is a good example of hyperbaton, the separation of linked elements, in piis Ecclesiae tuae precibus, where piis and precibus, datives, go together.  Also interesting is how two imperatives bracket the central section: adesto … praesta.

All these little elements show how finely sculpted this prayer is, how different it is from the way people would have spoken in every day discourse in the streets and homes of ancient Rome and elsewhere.  There may have been a shift in the ancient Roman Church from Greek to Latin for liturgical prayer, but that Latin was not the vernacular, the commonly spoken language of the day.  It was highly stylized and many of the words were actually images from Scripture or terms from Stoic and Neoplatonic philosophy.

As we have explained many times, pietas, when applied to man, is “dutifulness” and when used of God is “mercy” though retaining overtones of His fidelity to His own promises. The crammed Lewis & Short Dictionary has a lengthy entry for auctor, to be brief let’s call it “creator” or “cause” or “author”.  Auctor appears fairly often in our Roman prayers, paired up with terms such as saeculi as in “creator of the cosmos”, and omnium (“of all things”), lucis (“of light”), pacis (“of peace”), salutis (“of salvation”), vitae (“of life”). Today it is with pietatis.

We find auctor in a template for the beginning of prayers, a commonplace in the Roman style of praying.  For example, there is the opening line Deus auctor pacis et amator… “God, author of peace and (its) lover…”.  This similar structure to the opening of today’s Collect suggests that it was in use long before the 8th century Gellone Sacramentary.  Can we find it earlier?

We find it first of all in the Vulgate of Psalm 45: “Our God is our refuge and strength: (Deus noster refugium et virtus) a helper in troubles, which have found us exceedingly.”  This type of invocation of God is common in the Psalms, and therefore our earliest prayers for Mass.  Very ancient Roman Collects often follow the Hebrew manner of first invoking God by some characteristic and then petitioning Him in light of that title.

Moving forward St. Pope Leo I, “the Great” (+461) used the term auctor pietatis in a sermon (s. 88,4 – preached during the fast before Pentecost), as we find via a translation prepared in the late 19th century in an Anglican context:

“It is a great and very precious thing, beloved, in the Lord’s sight, when Christ’s whole people engage together in the same duties, and all ranks and degrees of either sex co-operate with the same intent:  when one purpose animates all alike of declining from evil and doing good; when God is glorified in the works of His slaves, and the Author of all godliness (totius pietatis auctori) is blessed in unstinted giving of thanks.”

I like the use of “godliness” for pietas here.

Together with the finely crafted, elegant phrasing of this Collect, I’m sure our Collect dates close to St. Leo’s time, whence come many of our most precious Roman Catholic prayers.


O God, our refuge and strength: be present to the devout prayers of Your Church, O author of godliness, and grant: that, we may efficaciously attain what we faithfully seek.

That opening phrase perhaps sounds more familiar to you now.  For decades after each “Low” Mass the priest was to kneel before the altar and recite for and with the people the “Leonine” Prayers, so-called because Pope Leo XIII prescribed them. This series of prayers including the following Collect:

“O God our refuge and our strength, (Deus refugium nostrum et virtus) graciously receive the people calling to you; and through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, with her spouse blessed Joseph, and your blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints, mercifully and generously hear the prayers we pour forth for the conversion of sinners, for the freedom and exaltation of Holy Mother Church.”

In 1859 Bl. Pius IX ordered that special prayers be said after Mass because of growing rebellion against the Church’s secular authority.  On 6 January 1884 Leo XIII prescribed that the prayers be recited worldwide. The Collect I gave above, now so familiar to those who frequent the TLM, was adjusted in 1886 to make it a prayer for “the conversion of sinners and the freedom and exaltation of Holy Mother Church” and the prayer to St. Michael was added.  In 1904 St. Pope Pius X granted permission to add at the conclusion of the Leonine Prayers a threefold invocation:

“Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us”.  In 1930 Pope Pius XI commanded that these prayers be recited “to permit tranquility and freedom to profess the faith to be restored to the afflicted people of Russia”.

These Leonine Prayers were officially suppressed with Inter Oecumenici the pivotal 1964 Instruction on implementing Sacrosanctum Concilium, Vatican II’s Constitution on Sacred Liturgy.    This was the all-important Instruction was crafted by the infamous Consilium headed up by Cardinal Lercaro and then Father Annibale Bugnini.  Inter Oecumenici represented the first major shift in liturgical direction since the 16th century Council of Trent.

The 2007 book A Challenging Reform: Realizing the Vision of the Liturgical Renewal, which came out under the name of Archbishop Piero Marini, former papal Master of Ceremonies and close disciple of and once secretary to Fr. Bugnini, describes as “a decisive turning point” the curial cage match between the Consilium and the Sacred Congregation for Rites over the approval of Inter Oecumenici.

According to the writer the defeat of the SCR by the Consilium “marked the end of the Tridentine mentality”.  Jamming Inter Oecumenici through to approval on Paul VI’s desk confirmed the Consilium as the dominant office for all things liturgical, relegating the SCR to the role of rubber-stamp, and that merely for the sake of the appearance of consensus.

What was at stake?  The power of the Consilium to have its way.

Victory in the matter of the Instruction was significant because the aim of the Consilium went far beyond mere liturgical reform.  As the author writes: “Unlike the reform after Trent, it was all the greater because it also dealt with doctrine” (p. 46).

Given the clear foundation of a “hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture” which lay at the roots of the Consilium’s work, the provisions of Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum are all the more important to the future of our worship.

The widening use of the older rite will exert a necessary corrective on celebrations of the post-Conciliar rite.

Changes will not result over night, but they are sure to come – to the benefit of everyone.

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WDTPRS – 29th Ordinary Sunday: “bear with me” – Pregnancy and Glory

I am on a pilgrimage in Italy now with a pro-life group.  I’ve heard stories that have made male members of the group tear up and stop talking.  Between great churches and restaurants and museums, the pilgrims have also visited pregnancy centers in Rome and Florence.  And we are not yet finished.

This Sunday we have a prayer at Mass that is apt for this theme.

The Collect for this Sunday in the Novus Ordo, the 29th Ordinary Sunday, was in the the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary among the prayers for the 5th Sunday after Easter.  Those of you who participate in celebrations of Holy Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum will hear this Collect on the Sunday after Ascension.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, fac nos tibi semper et devotam gerere voluntatem, et maiestati tuae sincero corde servire.

We have to cook and pry this open in order to do what I did tonight and dig the marrow out of the ossobuco bone.

The complex verb gero means basically “to bear, wear, carry, have”.  In the supplement to the great Lewis & Short Latin Dictionary, Souter’s A Glossary of Later Latin, we find that after the 3rd century A.D. gero can be “to celebrate a festival”.  This is confirmed in Blaise’s dictionary of liturgical Latin vocabulary; gero is “celebrate”.  In a construction with a dative pronoun (such as tibi) and morem (from mos as in the infamous exclamation O tempora! O mores!) it can mean “perform someone’s will.”  I think today’s tibi…gerere substitutes devotam voluntatem for morem.  That servio (“serve”) is one of those verbs constructed with the dative case, as in “to be useful for, be of service to”.

In our Latin prayers maiestas is usually synonymous with gloria.  Fathers of the Church St. Hilary of Poitiers (+368) and St. Ambrose of Milan (+397), and also early liturgical texts, use this concept of “glory” or “majesty” for more than simple fame or splendor of appearance.  A liturgical Latin gloria can be the equivalent of biblical Greek doxa and Hebrew kabod.   Doxa was translated into Latin also with the words like maiestas and claritas, which in some contexts become forms of address (“Your Majesty”).  This “glory” or “majesty” is a divine characteristic.  God will share His gloria with us in heaven. We will be transformed by it, made more radiant as the images of God we are meant to be.  Our contact with God in the sacraments and liturgical worship advances the transformation which will continue in the Beatific Vision.  “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another (a claritate in claritatem); for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18).


Almighty eternal God, cause us always both to bear towards You a devout faith, and to serve Your majesty with a sincere heart.


Almighty and ever-living God, our source of power and inspiration, give us strength and joy in serving you as followers of Christ.


Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart.

When God wished to speak with Moses, His Presence would descend on the meeting tent as a cloud (Hebrew shekhinah) and fill the tent. Moses’ face would shine so radiantly from his encounters with God that he had to cover it with a veil (cf. Exodus 34).  The shekhinah remains with us architecturally in our churches… in some places at least.  Even more than the burning presence lamp, a baldachin or a veil covering the tabernacle is the sign of the Lord’s Presence.

When we enter the holy precincts of a church, our encounter with the Lord in mystery must continue the transformation which began with baptism.

Commit yourselves to be well-prepared to meet the Lord in your parish church.  Be properly disposed in body through your fast, in spirit through confession.

Today’s Collect always brings to my mind a fresco by Piero della Francesca (+1492) in little Monterchi near Arezzo. “La Madonna del Parto” shows Mary great with Child, a subject rare in Renaissance painting.

The fresco, this wondrous depiction of life, was painted originally, ironically, for a cemetery chapel.

One meaning of the Latin verb gero is “to be pregnant” as in gerere partum.  In the fresco, twin angels in Renaissance garb delicately lift tent-like draperies on each side to reveal Mary standing with eyes meditatively cast down, one hand placed on her hip for support, her other hand upon her unborn Child.

The drapery and the angels invoke the image of a baldachin and the veil of a tabernacle.  It calls to mind the tent in the wilderness where the Ark with the tablets and its golden angels were preserved, wherein Moses spoke to God so that his face reflected God’s majesty.

Mary, too, is Ark of the Real Presence, the Tabernacle in which Christ reposed.  She, like the tent of the Ark, was overshadowed.

Our Sunday Collect reminds us also to look to Mary, the Mother of God and Mother of the Church, our Mother.  She is the perfect example of the service to others that flows from loving her Son, bearing the faith, serving God’s transforming glory.

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Fishwrap rots from the head down

I am sure that by now you have heard about how the anti-Catholic Clinton campaign’s anti-Catholic manager John Podesta helped foment dissent in the Church and revolt by establishing anti-Catholic, catholic organizations.  HERE  Undermine the Church as a moral force, push her to squander her moral capital by getting her pastors to water down Catholic teaching and you remove an obstacle to garnering by hook or crook more votes for dem candidates. It’s a tried and true method.

I saw today an interesting email released by Wikileaks about Podesta’s efforts, through one of his minions.  HERE It mentions some interesting catholic entities.

Read the whole thing.  Take note of the prominent role of the Fishwrap and Commonwelt. 

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Are you hurt, disoriented, frustrated about what’s going on in the Church? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Two things struck me with special force today.

Today I said the traditional Mass in the Duomo of Florence at the altar of St. Joseph, Patron of the Church, who protects the Church now just as he protected the Holy Family in its time of mortal peril.   I read the reading for the Mass for St. Callistus, Pope and kstyr:

… He said to them, But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus answered and said, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father in heaven. And I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. …

Today I spotted in a comment in the queue including this:

“At a time when the very rock upon which the Church is built is turning to sand…”

No!  In renaming Simon as Rock, Peter, Christ shared his mission and authority with him in a special way.  Peter can only be Rock because Christ is The Rock.  The Rock upon which the Church is ultimately built is Christ Himself.  Nevertheless, it is Christ’s will that the Rocky Ministry, the Petrine Ministry, not Sandy Ministry, be a necessary part of the His Church.  Just as Christ crowns His own merits in us whenever we do something worthy and beautiful, so too Peter’s rocky solidity is rocky because Christ rocks it.  This cannot change until the Doom falls and He returns in glory to take all things to Himself, submits them to the Father, and God is all in all.

So many Catholics today are hurt, disoriented, frustrated.  If they are paying attention to the news, they see all manner of stories about the doings of Popes and Prelates which leave them perplexed, pained and thoroughly pissed off.  I join their ranks for entire minutes at a time, especially on days like today when I saw Pope Francis with a statue of Martin Luther.

Such a gesture means – simultaneously – absolutely nothing and yet not quite nothing.  My visceral reaction was “blech”.  Luther?  Really?  Then I calmed down and my reaction was still “blech”.   But the second “blech” was tempered by the fact that – as a Roman says with that trademark shrug “Meh… Popes come and go.  Big deal.”

If you are getting worked up these days, pay a less attention to news about bishops and popes.  Believe me… it helps.

Being in Rome also helps you to gain perspective.

Although I write this from Florence, being back in Rome for a few days refreshed my ecclesial sobriety.  “Being in Rome” is, by the way, more than just flying to FCO and taking a taxi into the centro.  I’m a convert from Lutheran heresy. I am thoroughly “in Rome”.  It was a blessing and a curse to have spent all the years literally in Rome that I did.  They gave me scars and antibodies and corrective lenses for my presbyter-opia.  We have to maintain a Roman perspective on Popes and Prelates.  Sure, what they do is important… for about 10 minutes, blah blah blah.  Sure, they can be pretty strange or pretty great, for a while, sigh.  In the end…

… Holy Catholic Church is indefectible.


What do we mean by “indefectible”, one of the three attributes of the Church, “indefectibility”?

Christ meant His Church to endure to the end of the world. It is, therefore, indefectible, that is, indestructible.

Would the Savior found something on His Incarnation, Death and Resurrection, something rooted in the agony and bloody Sacrifice of Calvary, that was so weak that men like me, some dopey cleric, could erode it?  Is that how we see the Church?  Able to be eroded by us?  Even by a Pope?  Peter, after all, betrayed the Lord.  One twelfth of the Apostles sold the Lord.  The first act of the first conference of bishops was to abandon the Lord.  And yet, here we all are… in this together.

“But Father! But Father!”, some of you hermeneutic of rupture types are sniveling, as your heads spin around and you float above your beds, “You aren’t in this with us!  We are for real change and spirit-filled dynamism of blue skying together!  We know that the spirit will guide us beyond as we church together.  She will open the doors and windows and bring perpetual revolution and ‘Catholic Spring’ and with … and…. and people like you… yooouuuuu…. will finally be BEHIND BARBED WIRE WHERE YOU BELONG!  Because… because… you …hate Vatican II!  Which didn’t go nearly far enough! Hans Küng says so! Because of people like YOOOOUUUU.  GAH!  Uglúk u bagronk sha pushdug….”

Meanwhile, I say…

The Savior knew that we in our times would need the Church just as much as the men and women in the age of martyrs needed her. Therefore, the same Church endures and cannot be turned to sand no matter what we do to it.

Christ said to Peter in Matthew that the “gates of hell” would not prevail.  Attacks of the Enemy from within and from without, through false teachings or immorality or violence cannot shake the foundation of the Church.  He did not guarantee that the Church would survive with the comfortable elements we know it in, say, 21st century Madison, WI or … wherever.  The visible Church in her members will grow and shrink like a living thing, but she will never be overcome.  History has borne out the Lord’s promise.

Christ said to the Apostles before his Ascension: “Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world” (Matt. 28:20).   Since the Apostles were mortal men who passed, he was talking through them to us, through the ages to our own day and beyond.  They understood this and passed this true teaching down. It has been a faithful teaching that cannot be other than as true now as it was true when it came from Christ’s own lips.

C’mon!  Where’s your faith?  This is Christ’s promise we are talking about here, right?

As seeds germinate and grow they go through many stages, but they remain what they were in the beginning: tomato or mustard.  Tomato seeds don’t grow to be mustard trees.  The newly conceived human being cannot grow into a giraffe or sea urchin.  The Church, having stages and changes and growth and decline and illness and recovery and strength and activity and rest and lassitude and energy remains precisely what Christ meant her to be: His Body on Himself the Rock with its clear constituent elements that we can perceive and which tell us which is His Church and which is not.   St. Ambrose uses the analogy of the Moon: it wanes and waxes, it is dark then bright, it can even be eclipsed, but, it’s always there and it is always the Moon.

Not only did our Lord says that He would be with us, but He sent the Holy Spirit to give life to the Church as the soul does to the Body.

How can that be inconstant and false?  WE can be inconstant and false.  Christ cannot be.  I believe Him.  The Catholic Church is so great, so strong and true that not even men like me – or any of the ridiculous clerics and prelates out there – can break her or do anything to undermine her in any fundamental way.  We – they – I – can hurt some souls – we can hurt each other – and woe to those who do, but we cannot change the Church’s very nature.

If you are irritated about something going on right now, something manifestly stupid, wicked or just ill-conceived, a well-intentioned misstep in judgment, examine your own consciences and …


That’s what I do.


On this score, One Mad Mom has a few interesting things to say.  HERE

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NYC 16 & 18 Oct: Talks by Fr. John Hunwicke on great topics

It would be nice to be somewhere near New York City in order to be able to attend these great talks by my friend Fr. John Hunwicke, of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.


Most erudite?

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Rome-Assisi – Day 4-5: Francis, Prayer and Exile

This is what is in the window of Gammarelli right now.  You can tell that they are getting ready for a consistory.

Off to Assisi.  First stop, Santa Maria degli Angeli and a visit to the little Porziuncula church.


This is the itty bitty church involved in the plenary indulgence that comes up a couple times a year.

The place where St. Francis died: the chapel of the “Transitus“.

Up to the big church on the hill.

The tomb of St. Francis.  I spent some time in intense prayer here, talking to him about the Pope.

Upper Basilica.  Walls by Giotto.

Trinkets of the life of Francis: stuff given to him by the Sultan.  You know the story.

Then we were off to visit St. Claire.  I spent some serious time here also, asking for some help about something that is troubling to lots of people.

Off to Florence, where the bread is not salty.

Florentine bread.  Blech.

Dante uses salty bread as a symbol of exile.  If you are a Florentine, and you taste salt in the bread, then you know that you are not in Florence.

Pappardelle al cinghiale.

Walking back for a night’s rest.

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Feingold (D-WI): Hillary Might Issue Executive Order on Guns

Both the up-ticket and down-ticket races this election are important. For me, an overriding issue is appointments to the SCOTUS and judiciary. Next, and related to it, is to halt the erosion of our civil rights. One of the rights that protects the other rights, along with freedom of speech, religion and assembly, is the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. This right checks tyranny. The first thing that oppressive regimes do is curtail freedom of speech and assembly and religion. And they confiscate firearms.

I saw this interesting story about a candidate in the state in which I will vote in November.

From Free Beacon (which originally caught my eye because I thought it said “free bacon”:

Feingold: Hillary Might Issue Executive Order on Guns

Russ Feingold, the former Democratic senator from Wisconsin who is running again in an attempt to win back his old Senate seat, was recorded at a fundraiser saying that Hillary Clinton might issue an executive order on guns.

The video was captured by James O’ Keefe’s Project Veritas at an Aug. 17, $2,700 per-head fundraiser held at the Palo-Alto, Calif., home of Democratic donors Amy Rao and Harry Plant. Palo-Alto is located 10 minutes away from Stanford University, where Feingold taught after leaving his position as a special envoy at the U.S. State Department.

Feingold can be heard in the video discussing what Hillary Clinton could do in relation to guns if she were to be elected president.

“If there’s still Republican control in Congress, and if Hillary is elected, is there anything she can do to uhh…,” a person asks Feingold within the video. “Well, there might be an executive order,” Feingold responds.

“Oh, so she can, I know that Bara…” the questioner counters. Feingold then talks of President Obama’s executive orders throughout his two terms.

“He did some executive orders with the aspects of waiting oeriods. But what we all need is the Senate, have her there, and then put pressure on the House. And we might win the House,” Feingold says.


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An Archbishop speaks: “What should Catholics do when we vote in November?”

When Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver was a medical student, he had a couple harrowing run ins with abortion.  He reflects on these dreadful experiences and applies them to how to choose how to vote in the presidential election.  HERE

Read the whole thing, but here is the end part for those with little time or patience. BTW… he is saying nothing particularly complicated. Every Catholic ought to know this and then ACT ON IT. Staying home is NOT an option this time.


With this background, the Archbishop addresses the 2016 presidential election in the following terms. ‘Both candidates are very poor, have little credibility and have made comments that have ruffled my feathers,’ he begins. ‘The American people are fed up with politicians and the ruling class of both parties. This being so, what should Catholics do when we vote in November?

The Democratic party platform demonstrates a ideological commitment to abortion, which must be opposed, the Archbishop points out. Democrats have declared their intention to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding of domestic abortions, and the Helms Amendment, which restricts federal funding of abortions overseas. He also points out the connection to religious liberty, using as an example the long-standing battle between the U.S. government and the Little Sisters of the Poor to force the religious order’s compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s abortion and contraceptive provisions.

In contrast, the Republican Party platform supports the Hyde Amendment and, just this year, has strengthened its defense of life, calling for the suspension of funding for Planned Parenthood, prohibiting abortion by dismemberment and opposing assisted suicide. ‘The right to life is the most important and fundamental right because life is necessary for any other right or issue. Other issues can be discussed legitimately among Christians – such as what policies are most effective in care for the poor – but every follower of Christ must oppose at all times the inflicted direct killing of an innocent human being,’ the Archbishop states.


See the comments of Archbp. Chaput about the Dems who work to subvert the Church.  HERE

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Rome Day 3-4: sculpture and spies

I’ve been struggling with moving photos around and with wifi, so posting is a little tricky at the moment.

Anyway, some shots.

A wide angle view of our lunch spot from yesterday.


I had rabbit for my second, but here’s my first.  Chestnut ravioli with sausage, porcini, and truffle.


The wine list for the reds was like a telephone book.


Off to the Borghese Gallery, which I hadn’t visited for while.

My favorite Caravaggio is here.



Clicking could give you a larger version.

I have spent a lot of time in front of this painting on and off over the years and it remains an enigma.  The biblical references are obvious.

It seems as if this is moment in which a mother is teaching a son how to do something.  Note the angle of her head.  Very human, every day.  Think about how parents teach children to dance, with their feet upon their own.

However, there is nothing hesitant or inexpert about what the little Christ is doing.

Note how He pushes of with His right leg.

Note the powerful gesture of his hand with the crooked finger that is mirrored in the final curl of the snake’s death-throe.

Note His look of focused disgust.

This is not Mother showing Child how it is done.   This is, “When the time comes, Mother, this is how to do it!”, and He presses her foot down on the Enemy.


And then let’s see Bernini make a girl turning into a tree out of marble turning into a tree.  It’s astonishing.



Later we had a rousing supper involving even wine and some laughing.

Today, began with sewing (buttons on a cassock and repair of a “loop”).

Later, lunch with friends and catching up on some insider stuff going on around the place.  Tonight, more friends, more supper, more wine.  There may be cigars involved.


As I said…

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The Anti-Catholicism of the Clinton Campaign

I can’t stand these people.

From the UK’s best Catholic weekly:

Clinton campaign chief helped start Catholic organisations to create ‘revolution’ in the Church

John Podesta said: ‘We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good’ to help change the Church

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief helped to create campaign groups to press for a “revolution” in the Catholic Church, according to leaked emails.

John Podesta, head of Clinton’s campaign, says he helped to found two Catholic organisations to press for change in the Church.

In emails from 2011 released by Wikileaks, Podesta responds to an email from Barack Obama’s friend and former boss, Sandy Newman, about an “opening for a Catholic Spring”. [Like an Arab Spring?]

Newman suggests that “Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.” Newman refers to this as planting the “seeds of a revolution”.  [Sounds like Mao Thought.]

Podesta replies: “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.”

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) was founded by Tom Periello in 2005. Its chairman is Fred Rotondaro. Both Rotondaro and Periello are senior fellows at the Centre for American Progress, founded by Podesta.

Rotondaro has called for the ordination of women, saying: “I have never seen any rational reason why a woman could not be a priest.” In the same article he says that “Gay sex comes from God”, and asks whether “any practicing Catholic under age 80” agrees with the Church’s teaching on contraception.

Critics have described CACG as a “Trojan Horse” for those who would undermine Church teaching. But its connections to senior figures in the Democrat party, and its intent to change the Church, have not previously been so clear.

Catholics United was also founded in 2005, by Democrat activists Chris Korzen and James Salt.

Catholics United has condemned bishops who deny Communion to politicians who support legal abortion. It describes this as “a shameful attempt to use the Catholic sacrament of Communion as a political weapon”.

Catholic writer Thomas Peters tweeted that the revelations showed CACG and other organisations were engaged in “deception” and that its howed Podesta himself had “a very active role”.

Read the rest there… and get really mad. Then tell all your friends.


If someone could figure out how to put the corpse of Millard Fillmore on the ticket, I would vote for it if that meant keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House.   Keep in mind that Fillmore was also a No Nothing.

Also, for me, an overriding issue is Supreme Court Justices.

From Creative Minority Report:

Clinton Campaign’s Anti-Catholic Emails

So yeah, the Clinton campaign picked Tim Kaine as the vice presidential nominee but a recently leaked email displays the animus and disdain which the campaign views conservative Catholics.

WikiLeaks released an email chain that included Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, Clinton campaign communications director Jen Palmieri, and Center for American Progress fellow John Halpin.

Halpin wrote:

Ken Auletta’s latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups.

Halpin also says of conservatism among Catholics:

It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.

Palmieri reportedly said that Catholicism is “the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion” and adds “Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

Podesta then chimes in saying,

Excellent point. They can throw around “Thomistic” thought and “subsidiarity” and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.

Yup. This is disgusting but it is how the Clinton campaign views Catholicism. And if you’re hoping the media will cover this in the way it deserves, think again. I’d bet it’ll hardly get a mention on MSM.


See the comments of Archbp. Chaput about the Dems who work to subvert the Church.  HERE

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Reginald Foster’s 1st Latin book FINALLY out!

Nota bene, all you former Reggie students.

At long last… after many delays… Fr. Reginald Foster’s Latin book is printed, released and shipping on 18 October!  I’ve added it to my list.

Ossa Latinitatis Sola ad Mentem Reginaldi Rationemque: The Mere Bones of Latin According to the Thought and System of Reginald by Reginaldus Thomas Foster – UK – Not yet.

Finally, there will eventually be volumes of Foster’s famous (infamous?) homework sheets or Ludi Domestici.  I still have lots of them squirreled away somewhere.  Having them bound in volumes will be invaluable.

For my original post about this go HERE.

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