Have Catholic Democrats heard Pope Francis’ denunciation of same-sex stuff?

From American Thinker:

Dogs and gays: Pope Francis and Catholic Democrats
By Robert Klein Engler

Has anyone besides a few pundits found it odd that many Catholic Democrats have spent more time worrying about dogs going to heaven than they have about whether or not they might go to heaven? They worry more about the destiny of dogs than they worry about the destiny of their souls if they support same-sex marriage.

Then, in another oddity, just a few days before we hear the news that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue of same-sex marriage, the pope issues a scathing denunciation of same sex-marriage, saying it “disfigures God’s plan for creation.”

Have Catholic Democrats been listing to this denunciation?


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ITALY: Muslims smash, urinate on statue of Mary

From from Gateway Pundit:

Muslim Immigrants Smash & Urinate on Virgin Mary Statue in Italy

Immigrants attacked local Christian in Perugia and then smashed and urinated on a Madonna statue.

Raymond Ibrahim reported:

A man was kneeling in prayer before the statue of the revered Madonna, with the photograph of a loved one in hand, in the small chapel of St. Barnabas in Perugia (Italy), when he was attacked by five “immigrants.”

The first thing they did was rip the photo from his hands.

Next they unleashed their hatred against the image of the Virgin Mary. They broke the statue to pieces and then urinated on it.

Don Scarda, pastor of St. Barnabas, said the event was led by five “foreigners.” By the time police arrived at the chapel, the unidentified attackers had already fled.

The incident has caused a stir among locals. Some have lambasted Pope Francis who is accused of appeasing immigrants—mostly Muslims—to wild extremes.Earlier he had said that “Migrants, through their own humanity, cultural values, expand the sense of human brotherhood.”

Although the Diocese condemned the act of sacrilege against the Madonna statue, it also followed the Pope’s lead by absolving Islam of any responsibility for what happened.

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ACTION ITEM – POLL – Card. Burke on Church becoming “feminized” UPDATE

Over Crux, the same-sex union between the Fishwrap and the secular Boston Globe (with all the same characters).

There is a poll, on the left side.. scroll down.


I, for one, agree.  Make up your own mind.

Results as of this writing…


Perhaps all of you could give them a hand over there.

UPDATE 19 Jan 2015 1623 GMT:

Well, well, well… look what happens when they get a broader base for their poll.



UPDATE 21 Jan:

It seems more people agree with Card. Burke.  It is only a small group of angry liberals who do not.


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I am now home, back at the SPTDV.

Today I struggle up to go say a 7:30 Mass, after which I felt really awful.

I have a bit of a temperature and I spent most of the day sleeping.

So, I have a fair piece to go, it seems.


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SCOTUS to hear unnatural “marriage” case. It’s time to do reparation, invoke God with powerful prayers.

So, the Supreme Court will finally have to get into same-sex stuff.   I don’t want to call it marriage.  The best I can do it call it “marriage”.   Whatever the civil, legal terms are used, it it impossible that there should be marriage between members of the same sex.

At ZENIT I read some comments by San Francisco’s Archbp. Cordileone, who is the head of the USCCB’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

He says:

“It’s hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage as between the two sexes, understood in our nation for over 200 years, and consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal. To those arguing for a constitutional redefinition of marriage, one must ask: when did the Constitution suddenly mandate a novel and unfounded definition of marriage? To ask such a question is not a judgment on anyone. It is a matter of justice and truth. The central issue at stake is: what is marriage? The answer is: a bond which unites a man and a woman to each other and to any children who come from their union. Only a man and a woman can unite their bodies in a way that creates a new human being. Marriage is thus a unique and beautiful reality which a society respects to its benefit or ignores to its peril.”

During his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis recently said:

“The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life.”

We are facing horrible threats, even existential threats right now, and it seems as if they are coming faster and faster, from every direction.

We must get serious about our Catholic identity and have recourse to the Church’s powerful prayers to avert evils and to do reparation.

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My View For Awhile: Jiggity-Jig Edition

I am at Heathrow as I write. I went from my front door to the lounge in just under an hour using a combination of Uber, Heathrow Express and fast track security. There are a few perks… few… of being a frequent traveller, I suppose.

I am still trying to get my ear opened up. There is some squeaky movement, but it hasn’t really opened yet. I’d ask everyone reading this to stop, now, please, and ask Out Lady of the Clergy to give me a hand with this one. Gotta get this ear opened up.

The lounge here, for Virgin Air, is about 50 times classier than the ridiculously stingy lounges back home.

The WordPress app on my phone locks up every time I reboot the gizmo, so I am dealing with some tech issues before I can post my customary pre-boredom images.


Cricket is on in the lounge.

Interesting. I’d like to go to a match the next time I come over.




It’s a kind of awful older 767-400ER, with rather limited features for where I am sitting. At least the seat by me is empty, so I won’t have to be a human turnstyle for the Oblivious To Their Backpacks And/Or Girth™ or the trolleys.







Last leg…


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Pope Francis: “Paul VI… had the strength to defend openness to life.”

From EWTN news:

Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life.

The Pope spoke Friday to families gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila during his Jan. 15-19 visit to the Philippines.

After discussing various threats to the family, including “a lack of openness to life,” he deviated briefly from his prepared remarks, transitioning from English to his native Spanish in order to speak from the heart about the subject.

“I think of Blessed Paul VI,” he said. “In a moment of that challenge of the growth of populations, he had the strength to defend openness to life.”

In 1968, Pope Paul VI released the encyclical Humanae Vitae, which upheld Catholic teaching on sexuality and the immorality of artificial contraception, predicting the negative consequences that would result from a cultural acceptance of birth control.

“He knew the difficulties that families experience, and that’s why in his encyclical, he expressed compassion for particular cases. And he taught professors to be particularly compassionate with particular cases,” Pope Francis said.

“But he went further. He looked to the peoples beyond. He saw the lack and the problem that it could cause families in the future. Paul VI was courageous. He was a good pastor, and he warned his sheep about the wolves that were approaching, and from the heavens he blesses us today.”

Pope Francis’ comments come in the wake of Philippines president Benigno Aquino’s signing a highly controversial reproductive health bill in 2013 that drew strong protest from local bishops and members of the faith.



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Permanent Deacons and clerical attire

I have written before on the topic of the use of the Roman collar by permanent deacons.  HERE

I saw that the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Madison (where I usually am when not on the road) has a piece about the determination of His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary, about deacons and clerical dress.

Permanent deacons to wear clerical attire when ministering

MADISON — In an effort to help permanent deacons in the Diocese of Madison become more easily identified as they minister, Bishop Robert C. Morlino has given permission that all permanent deacons in the diocese will be permitted to wear a grey clerical shirt and white collar when actively engaged in diaconal ministry.

The permission is effective January 23.


According to paragraph 89 of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Each diocesan bishop should . . . specify the appropriate clerical attire if it is to be worn.”


The effective permission given by the bishop authorizes permanent deacons to wear clerical attire when engaged in ministry; however, it is not a requirement. Permanent deacons may still elect to wear civilian attire if they choose.

The flip side of this is that priests should avoid wearing colors other than black.

Some conferences of bishops approve more than one color for clerics. For example, the Italian Bishops Conference approve black, blue and gray.

Let’s stick to black, Fathers.

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More from the Religion of Peace

In the meantime, as I contemplate my problems and the challenges I face these days, I read this at Gateway Pundit:

“Adulteress” Begs ISIS to See Her Children Before Her Execution – ISIS Shoots Her in Head Instead

This video was posted this week on Islamic twitter accounts.
An “adulteress” is filmed begging ISIS militants to see her children before her execution.
The barbarians shot her in the head instead.

The video is here.
Judge, jury, executioner – Life under ISIS.


She probably accidentally allowed her eyes to be visible and someone saw her look somewhere… therefore… adultery.  Isn’t that how it goes?

Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.

St. Lawrence of Brindisi, pray for us.

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LONDON DAY 5: Pain and… we’ll see!

I mentioned pain yesterday.  One of the manifestations of the crud I picked up, has been an ear infection.   It has been pretty uncomfortable for days, but, last night, I couldn’t stand it anymore.  By the time I was home from supper and trying to settle down for the night, the discomfort had grown extremely distracting.  Furthermore, my other ear was feeling “muffled” and my throat was getting tight and uncomfortable.

So, I finally texted to an MD in town who, having read of my plight, had reached out to me.  Bless this fellow, he went out in the middle of the night and came to where I am staying.  He did an exam of the ear(s) and throat and prescribed some things to deal with the problem and to relieve the symptoms.   This was a real work of corporal mercy.   I was becoming alarmed because I have an international flight coming up.  The prospect of flying with ear problems was not attractive and, frankly, it hurt like hell.

So, after first round of new meds and a halfway decent night’s sleep, I am feeling much better.  I need to improve throughout the day, so I would appreciate your prayers.  And add an Ave for the sawbones who came to see me at zero dark.

That said… today might be busy.   I am determined to see the Moroni exhibit I missed yesterday.  Tonight there is a Mass at Brompton Oratory in thanksgiving for the canonization of an Oratorian, St. Joseph Vaz.  Then we must hie ourselves to the National Gallery for the Rembrandt exhibit.

Meanwhile… a view of the National Gallery after a rain shower.



Some commentary.



Speaking of “smokiest”, yesterday I dashed to Waterloo Station to meet a clerical friend who was passing through London from the North to the South.  We wound up a pub that had a coal fire… a particular smell!  You don’t find too many coal fires around now.

And would that my scones turned out this light.   I am a hopeless baker.



Today I made my way to the Royal Academy for the Moroni exhibit.  I was glad I did.  It was exquisite.




Alas I could not take photos inside.




Lunch with friends included oysters!



In the evening off to Brompton Oratory for a Mass in honor of the canonization of St. Joseph Vax, an Oratorian.  Action shot.



Action shot, after Mass… Te Deum and veneration of the relic of the new saint.



Action shot.



A friend who was there sent this.



A marvelous church.



Then, we dashed to the National Gallery for our appointment to see the Rembrandt exhibit, which is about to end.  My appreciation of the artist grew after this.  Again, I could not take photos, but I took copious notes in the notebooks you readers send me from my wish list.  I take lots of notes in museums.

Tonight, after the exhibit… therefore late… Welsh Rarebit.  Simple and good.

IMG_4657.JPGI am ready to hit the hay, and my ear is still bothering me… but it is better.  Time for antibios and drops.

I ask that you might stop and stay a prayer for God to heal my ear and take away this infection.


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