This and That. It’s Friday after a bad week!

A few things all stuck together in no particular order.

First, there’s this quote, which I saw recently somewhere.

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

– George Orwell

Yesterday I saw this on the news.  Holy cow!  Not good. HERE

Meanwhile… in SSPX news….

Fr. Franz Schmidtberger (formerly the SSPS Superior, now seminary Rector) sent out a letter to SSPXers (remember, only priests belong to the SSPX, which is a priestly fraternity) about regularization. HERE He does some Q&A about regularization. Some of it is sharp.


3) In the future we will have to keep silent about all current errors.

Answer: We will not be silent, more over, we will point out the errors by name. Before and after our normalization. We would like to return from our”exile” in which we are today.
4) The reputation Pope Francis has among Catholics is so bad that recognition for their part would harm rather than benefit the SSPX.

Answer: Since the beginning we differentiated between the office and the person. If Francis is pope , which he is – then he also has the primacy of jurisdiction over the church. Whether he uses (jurisdictional primacy) it for the good of the Church or not. We must follow the path of usefulness for the Church; orient our actions not by human will and God will bless us.

And… ’tis the season.

I just learned that the disc of 13 Hours will be released in early June.

And… I’m not making this up… at Town Hall:

Judge Rules Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Isn’t a Real Religion

A federal judge in Nebraska has ruled that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a real religion. [What is this you say?!?] In the case Cavanaugh-v-Bartelt, the justice found that Stephen Cavanaugh, a prisoner in Nebraska, could not use his belief in the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a legitimate claim for religious accommodations.

The Court finds that FSMism is not a “religion” within the meaning of the relevant federal statutes and constitutional jurisprudence. It is, rather, a parody, intended to advance an argument about science, the evolution of life, and the place of religion in public education. Those are important issues, and FSMism contains a serious argument-but that does not mean that the trappings of the satire used to make that argument are entitled to protection as a “religion.”

Cavanaugh tried to claim that his status as a “Pastafarian” entitled him to the rights to wear religious clothing (which the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster describes as a pirate outfit) [YAR!] and to partake in communion (spaghetti and meatballs). A judge rejected these claims as well as his claims that he faced significant burden in practicing his religious beliefs.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was founded in 2005 as a mockery to attempts to put intelligent design theories in school curriculum. Membership is acquired through the church website.


I almost wish he’d won.

In honor of this case, guess what I will have for supper tonight!

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  1. Charles E Flynn says:

    I hope the spaghetti trees in your neighborhood provide a bountiful harvest this year.

  2. Elizabeth D says:

    The letter of Father Schmidberger of the SSPX is really worth a read. This is real leadership.

  3. juergensen says:

    The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s claim to religious protection under the U.S. Constitution certainly has more legitimacy than the claim of the homosexuals to a constitutional right to sodomy.

  4. Semper Gumby says:

    2 out of 14 F-18s ready to fly is “not the preferred method” for any squadron. I have emails criticizing the Secretary of the Navy for making social engineering a higher priority than combat readiness, but I digress. The “missing wing” exchange between reporter and maintenance officer is classic. So is sending your Marines to a museum to scrounge a spare part. So is the line: “we’re supposed to be fixing planes (at the Marine air station in Beaufort SC) not building them.”

    Meanwhile, across the fruited plain in Camp Pendleton CA, the lads and lasses of the 1st Maintenance Battalion are experimenting with 3-D printing to reduce spare part procurement time from 100 days to 1. We wish them well.

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