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Harvey Weinstein, Pope Francis, and Mucking out the Garbage

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So now that we all must admit that Hollywood is a cesspool, we can officially ignore their unending virtue-signaling. Jimmy Kimmel, keep your crocodile tears, you creep.

Any sane person interested in their own integrity (and health of soul) probably shouldn’t consume their cultural products, either, which should go without saying. Do you really trust what these moral cretins are communicating? (My husband and I stopped feeding that beast our discretionary income some time ago…no movies, no cable.) And America wonders why we have a problem with people losing their minds? Look what gets funneled into their eye-holes: explosions, big guns, fire. Sex and blood, blood and sex.

I’m not talking about censorship. I’m talking about a perennial boycott. Just don’t watch that trash. So. Enough about Harvey Weinstein.

Can we turn to the Vatican and start that clean-up? Because if ever there were a big fat creep that so many people know is a big fat creep, hurting people (destroying souls!) while grinning, winning accolades and surrounded by sycophants, it’s “Pope” Francis. (Yes, those are scare quotes around the word “Pope.” There are enough questions about his validity as occupant of the Chair of Peter to justify them.) Weinstein’s probably smarter than Bergoglio, but that’s beside the point. Popes don’t have to be brilliant to be good popes. But they do have to be Catholic.

And that means that they have to profess what Catholics have always professed. That’s the deal. (“Is the Pope Catholic?” used to be a rhetorical question, not a valid one in need of a response.) Doctrine doesn’t evolve, doesn’t develop. It becomes ever clearer. We knew Mother Mary was a sinless virgin. We didn’t realize how perfect her freedom from sin was, or how it was accomplished, until the Immaculate Conception was clarified and promulgated. That’s how it’s supposed to work. It’s okay for the Church to say that Truth=A and then to say that Truth=A+B. It’s never okay for the Church to say Truth=A at one point in time and then say that Truth=NotA. To pretend that this is possible is to undermine the faithful’s faith in the Church and all her teachings, which is destructive of souls, performing the very opposite of the sacred duty of the Vicar of Christ.

The death penalty is a God-given right of the State, given to allow order in society. Members prove themselves harmful enough, and they must be taken out. And Christ Himself acknowledges this in the gospels, when He tells Pilate that he has the power that he has over Him, to condemn or not, from God. Just like Christ Himself says that people who get married again after a divorce are committing adultery, which Bergoglio seeks to gloss over with his nefarious footnote in AI. These are the two most egregious examples, where he’s contradicting Our Lord Himself, but he also has said ridiculously un-Catholic, or even anti-Catholic, things so many times that it would be exhausting to document them all. Google it.

His unkindness to the brave and charitable authors of the dubia (two now having died waiting for his response) is hard to reconcile with his desire to be seen as an Apostle of Mercy. I do my best, as a faithful Catholic and a Christian, to love him with the filial love that is his due as both the head of the Church (if indeed he actually IS pope), and as my neighbor in the sense that every human on this planet is my neighbor. And my brother in Christ.

But I confess I begin to doubt if he IS my brother in Christ. I don’t know if he’s an atheist (I know he’s a freemason…the document is out there for anyone to see…as is the evidence that he was once as a young priest put away for a few years…no doubt what the Galen mafia is holding over his head) or if he believes in Christ but hates him. But I’ve never seen him kneel before the Blessed Sacrament. And I know that if he loved Christ, he would feed His lambs. He would answer the dubia, clarify where he (or his henchmen…it’s unclear whether he had actually read AI closely before it was published) have sown confusion. And he would actually do something about the rampant sexual abuse still festering in the Church, instead of serving as the head creep. I’m not saying he’s ever molested anyone (though I confess I’ve suspected it), but he does continue to give them cover. And he’s the head honcho. They used to be given over to the civil authorities without delay, to be executed. Those were the days.

The lay representative for victims on the committee for dealing with that crisis quit because it was evident to her that they were not actually trying to fix anything. “Pope” Francis, by continually propagating heresies, allowing drug-fueled gay orgies in the Vatican, sheltering a cleric wanted for child porn, and doing nothing to reassure parishioners that their treasure–financial and human–is safe with this institution, has made the Roman Catholic Church resemble the whore of Babylon rather than the Bride of Christ.

Last Sunday’s gospel reading, about the vineyard owner who tears down the hedge of the unfruitful vineyard, used to be interpreted as being about God taking his covenant away from the Pharisees and their followers, who were so corrupted, and growing the new vine of the Church. But Scripture is holographic. It’s also about how He will take His grace away from the Church, if we continue to bear rotten fruit.

All good men with any iota of power in the Church hierarchy MUST stand up to this miserable excuse for a pontiff. Yes, it might make things uncomfortable. He has plenty of support from people who want the Church to conform to the times rather than stay true to her timeless teachings, and he’s surrounded by attack poodles like Spadero. Pick up your cross and follow your Lord. Remember that it’s your soul, and the souls in your care, that matter. And trust that if you stand up for God, He will shower you with all the graces you need for the challenge. We’re praying for you. For the love of God and all that is holy, stand up.

 


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The Sanctity of Water

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During my foray through Orthodox Christianity, before reconciling with the Catholic Church, one of my favorite discoveries was the blessing of the waters celebrated in January, on the day of epiphany. The coolest aspect was this: because Christ was already perfect, sinless, as God-made-man, when he submitted to baptism the grace that would have flowed into his soul in the sacrament, washing away sin, instead flowed out from his divinity into the water, into all water. Now, having witnessed many Catholic baptisms, I realize that this doctrine is also held true in the Catholic faith: because of this outflowing of grace at Christ’s baptism, all water is sacred. This is a tenet of the Church which corresponds beautifully to what is held true by most indigenous peoples, including the two nations from which I descend and to which I retain a certain loyalty.

That loyalty, to my indigenous heritage and to the land held sacred by my native ancestors, impels me to side with the water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota, opposing the desecration of their sacred burial grounds and the callous risk-taking with their water supply (and the supply of millions of Americans, native and settler, that live downstream!) that Dakota Access (and all the companies banking on their success) wants to commit for profit (don’t let them tell you it’s for energy independence…because much of that oil will be sold to other countries…true energy independence is found in renewables like solar, wind, and geothermal). Here’s a link to info regarding the legal status of the case. The company does not actually quite have legal permission yet to do what they want, but they’re trying to go ahead with laying the pipeline anyway, and even bulldozed through sacred burial grounds on the day a request for an injunction was filed because of those burial grounds, on the holiday weekend, in hopes that if they simply did it before they were told not to, there’d be nothing to stop them. And used a private security firm with attack dogs against non-violent families (including a sweet little two-year-old girl whose face was mauled–for shame!) when confronted. This is the sort of cultural genocide that has no place in 2016. (It was shameful in past centuries, but at this point it’s simply unconscionable and anyone who supports it ought to have their humanity membership card revoked.) The UN has recognized that human rights abuses are taking place at Standing Rock. And now the Governor of North Dakota, who stands himself to profit from this pipeline, is calling in the National Guard against these peaceful people. And yet the Obama administration is silent. Which makes them complicit. You can try, as I did, to call the White House at the number below, but you may find the line closed, as I did. Frustrating, to say the least.

So what can a Catholic of goodwill, who recognizes all of God’s children and His Creation as worthy of protection, do? Well, we can call our local representatives and ask them to speak for us, we can donate to any number of funds.

And we can pray. We can pray to the Holy Mother, who so loved God’s creation for His sake that before her death she willed her body to become part of the earth as a blessing for it, though He had other plans (for more on this, read The Mystical City of God). And who loves every one of the people, made in His image. We can pray to St. Kateri, Lily of the Mohawks and patroness of ecology. We can pray to the newly canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta, who ministered to the poor and downtrodden (our indigenous citizens on reservations are the poorest of the poor and the most downtrodden in this country, much to our shame). And we can pray to St. John the Baptist, who baptized Christ with that sacred water and who knows a thing or two about speaking truth to power (though it cost him his head).

What we can not do is pretend that this isn’t happening, that how we treat the earth and all its citizens doesn’t matter. Pope Francis, Vicar of Christ, calls us to treat Creation with the care it merits as the handiwork of God, and as a work of mercy, since a polluted earth impacts most profoundly the poor, who are our sacred responsibility. Please join me in all of the above.