Saturday, June 30, 2018

Religion and Geopolitics Review: Saturday, June 30

By Dr. David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch



In Chicago a popular priest who was a pioneer in restoring reverential liturgy in the TLM form was removed from office by Cardinal Blasé Cupich because there was credible evidence that he was engaged in consensual adult homosexual activity. The conservative blogosphere was inflamed with indignation that the progressive cardinal had targeted a favorite priest who treated the Mass with such reverence. The priest's order held a hearing and found that the priest had not violated any secular civil or criminal laws. Neither had he violated canon law. Multiple websites and commentators said the priest was now "exonerated." Cardinal Cupich said the culprit would still not function as a priest in the archdiocese. In fact the archdiocese said there was no accusation that a civil law had been broken nor was a canonical procedure initiated. The superiors of his order "accepted this decision." A group formed to restore the priest to the parish does not.

One reason Cardinal "Ted" McCarrick was never brought to justice for his serial abuse of seminarians over the age of 18 is that adult sodomy has not been deemed a specific canon law violation. Loose interpretation of the law is apparently not just a secular phenomenon. On the East Coast of the United States that act in secular culture has been portrayed as a mark of pride. The act of sodomy is a sin against fatherhood, sonship, and fraternity. Sodomy by a priest is a severe desacralization of the ontological male relationships at the heart of the Apostolic Church. The act desacralizes any Eucharist celebrated by such an offender. Pope Francis has alluded to Black Masses by abusers. Certainly this satanic misrepresentation by sodomites in the garb of priests is the most profound desecration of the Eucharist in our time. It is worse than the mobs of Mexico and Spain who one hundred years ago desecrated our tabernacles and convents.

Sodomy by a cleric should be clarified in canon law as behavior that causes automatic excommunication and permanent removal from the sacred priesthood. Any form of sodomy, like pedophilia and incest are the sins of Judas-the sins that expel one from the priesthood. They are NOT  the sin of Peter-serious sins which can be forgiven so the man returns a chastened and more vigorous priest. The sodomy act itself has a power to dissolve priestly faculties. If possible this should be shown to be a specific interpretation of a delict which falls under an already existing law that disqualifies one from offering the Eucharist and functioning as a priest. This is not making up something new if one looks at the Canon Law of 1917.  We are bringing the present written law in conformity with the natural and supernatural reality of the consecrated Apostolic male priesthood.

A woman is automatically excommunicated for procuring an abortion. The act itself fundamentally violates her maternal nature and causes her excommunication. The priesthood is the living embodiment of the masculine paternal and filial love between the Father and the Son. It creates a new ontological entity that orders the public life of the whole human race. Christ extended this love within the Apostolic fraternity in the priestly prayer at the Last Supper. The abomination of sodomy is as grave a delict as one can imagine against the male bond that Christ instituted for the human race in instituting Holy Orders. It is much more in the category of incest and violating Holy Orders and the Eucharist than an offense related to matrimony or adultery.

These revelatory scandals of a premier traditionalist and a premier progressive are occurring in the same time frame so we can see more clearly the deviant deception that has possessed our episcopacy and priesthood for decades. Forget progressive and traditional. See the Holy. See a Father's love for his Son. It is a great paradox but these juxtaposed events are casting just the right configuration of lights to help us find a way out of this peculiarly dark and twisted graveyard. It is not a dark day for the Church when an eroding deceiver is brought to light. When Christ washed the feet of the apostles, only Judas was darkened. As an old Eastern liturgy for that night says, that act of priestly purification "darkened the impious Judas" but "enlightened the glorious disciples". It is hardly a sad time for the Church when the Liars are exposed and stripped of the collars they have betrayed. The truth will set us free. Getting rid of liars helps us tell the truth about Jesus Christ with that credible voice of authority which the Gospel demands.
Cardinal Cupich has now removed two different priests from ministry for adult consensual homosexual activity. Every bishop and abbot should follow his example. No change is needed for this to happen in church law---only in episcopal testosterone levels.  These acts of authority in cleansing  the priesthood of the abomination that defiles fatherhood should be fortified by a clear depiction in canon law that excommunication,  removal from the priesthood and immediate cessation of faculties to say the Mass is the punishment for the clerical sin of sodomy.  This will be entirely consistent with the Catechism which forbids "unjust discrimination"against persons with homosexual proclivities.  
             "Certain false claimants to the title of brother were smuggled in; they wormed their way into the group to spy on the freedom we enjoy in Christ Jesus and thereby to make slaves of us, but we did not submit to them for a moment. We resisted so that the truth of the Gospel might survive intact for your benefit." St Paul to the Galatians  


THE LEVADA LOOPHOLE - HOW CARDINAL LEVADA CHANGED THE AGE OF MINORS IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY DEFINITION: In the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church, an offense is called a delict (pl: delicta). Some clerical offenses are considered so serious that they are referred to the CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) in Rome to insure justice. Pope John Paul II wrote a special letter (a moto proprio) adding the abuse of minors by a cleric as an offense which would be referred to the CDF. He defined minor as a person under 18 and this caused some consternation for William Levada the former gay friendly Archbishop of San Francisco who became head of the CDF (in 2005) during the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

Nov 23, 2011. Levada on Grave Offenses and his appeal to ex post facto laws:

"b) The Code of Canon Law speaks in can. 1395, §2, of offences with a minor of “under the age of sixteen years.” However, the motu proprio speaks rather of “an offence with a minor under the age of eighteen years”. Between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years some “minors” are able to pass and be perceived as adults and sometimes as objects of either homosexual or heterosexual attraction. Some civil legislatures consider a sixteen year old capable of giving consent for sexual activity. The motu proprio, however, stigmatises as a more grave offence (deluctum gravius) every violation by a cleric of the sixth commandment with a minor under eighteen, whether it be of a paedophile, ephebophile, heterosexual or homosexual nature. This means that the law itself has changed in regard to the age of the victim: before 2001 (except where a special indult may have applied, such as in the United States), for a delictum gravius to have been committed, the minor had to be under 16; after 2001, under 18, since a new Church law cannot be applied retroactively.

c) Some cases of serial sexual abuse of minors between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years committed before 30th April 2001 have been processed according to the norm of can. 1399: “Besides, the cases prescribed in this or in other laws, the external violation of divine or canon law can be punished, and with a just penalty, only when the special gravity of the violation requires it and necessity demands that scandal be prevented or repaired.” Because this canon speaks only of “just penalty” according to can. 1349 the judge is not able, therefore, to threaten perpetual punishments."

Two years before Levada left his post he further clarified those grave delicta which would be referred to the CDF. He couldn't change the definition Pope John Paul II had specified at age 18 so he added a grave delict about pornography with a minor. Lo and behold, the age which once had been 16 and then was raised to 18 by John Paul II was then lowered for pornography involving a minor to 14. This was Levada's way of making the law "more useful".

Here is a report about this "reform" in 2010. Levada left the CDF in July 2012.

"The modified Normae de gravioribus delictis approved by Pope Benedict XVI on May 21, 2010 now state that "the acquisition, possession, or distribution by a cleric of pornographic images of minors under the age of fourteen, for purposes of sexual gratification, by whatever means or using whatever technology" is a grave delict against morals reserved to the CDF. A cleric who is guilty of this grave delict is subject to the same range of preceptive penalties as in SST, Art 4 §2, including dismissal from the clerical state. In a letter announcing the promulgation of these modifications, Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the CDF, observes that the text of SST has not been emended in its entirety, "but only in certain areas, in order to render the text more useful." This letter is accompanied by "a brief description of the changes and amendments of the normative text Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela." According to this brief description which was issued by the CDF, "the acquisition, possession, or distribution" of child pornography by a cleric "are also added as delicts." On the day that the modified norms were announced, the Director of the Vatican Press Office observed that the treatment of child pornography involved "the introduction of a new category." It can be said that what is not new about Art. 6 §1, 2º of the 2010 Normae de gravioribus delictis, is that the offense involving child pornography has already been understood according to the praxis of the CDF as an offense against the sixth commandment committed by a cleric with a minor. What is new about Art. 6 §1, 2º of the 2010 Normae de gravioribus delictis, are certain specifications that previously were not explicitly published. These are the age of a minor for purposes of this offense; that a minor refers to a pornographic image of a physical person; and the ways in which the offense is committed, i.e., acquisition, possession, and distribution. The promulgation of this norm will certainly contribute to the intended effect of the revised norms as stated by Cardinal Levada."

See: Child Pornography and the Grave Delict of an Offense Against the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue Committed by a Cleric with a Minor.

 Crimes against Catholic Morals (Art.6)
 1. The more grave delicts against morals which are reserved to the CDF are:
 1° the delict against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue committed by a cleric with a minor below the age of eighteen years; in this case, a person who habitually lacks the use of reason is to be considered equivalent to a minor.
2° the acquisition, possession, or distribution by a cleric of pornographic images of minors under the age of fourteen, for purposes of sexual gratification, by whatever means or using whatever technology.

Shall we thank Cardinal William Levada for this clarification?  Lets admit that is is "more useful" for that very large group of homosexual clerics who enjoy images of teen age boys 14-17. Pope John Paul II had wisely put these vulnerable young men under special protection. Cardinal Levada removed that protection in the area where the abusers are most likely to be exposed--the physical evidence of their laptops. The evidence is tangible, reliable and intact. The testimony of their victims is also tangible but it has proven less reliable because they appear so often deformed, confused, disoriented, and broken.   


AMERICA MUST CHOOSE THE CULTURE OF LIFE OR CULT OF DEATH: Two pictures show Elijah was right that no nation can go limping on between Baal and God.

MEXICO, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA AND MURDER: 30,000 people were murdered in Mexico last year. The Catholic countries south of the Rio Grande have not been able to perform the most fundamental duty of governance. This is a failure of political culture - of citizenship and governance. At 18.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, the 2017 Mexican murder rate is still lower than it was in 2011, when it reached almost 19.4 per 100,000. The rate has also held below levels reported in several other Latin American countries.

According to UN figures used in the World Bank’s online database, Brazil and Colombia both had a murder rate of 27 per 100,000, Venezuela 57, Honduras 64 and El Salvador 109 in 2015, the last year for which data is available. The US rate was five per 100,000. Providing protection is the first task of public authority. Latin American countries are overwhelmingly Catholic. Catholic political culture has been unable to unravel the knot between unbridled capitalism/individualism vs atheistic class hating communism. We await devout and strong Catholic masculine nationalists to lead their countries in a more profound reform than the rhetoric which will soon triumph in the election for President in Mexico.

AMERICAN VIOLENCE - THE MOB CIRCLES THE WOMAN: From the left as usual. They hate the male leader but it is the females who are attacked - not at their public offices but in the course of their daily family lives.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Religion and Geopolitics Review: Saturday, June 23

By Dr. David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch

The fundamental structure of matter is the atom with its outer shell of electrons poised to make and break bonds to form larger molecules and structures. The fundamental structural unit of physical life however is an enclosed structure-the cell. The membrane of the cell must maintain the interior integrity of the cell as well as provide a way for taking in and expelling the nutrients and wastes necessary for the interactions of life. If the membrane lets in unrestricted amounts of water, the cell will burst and die. If the membrane shuts out all nutrients, the cell will starve and die. Entry must be restricted and regulated so interior life can be cohesive and integrated.
The deepest bonds of human love and community need structured forms to be realized as well. The structured covenant of marriage and the boundaries on behavior enforced by customs of sexual fidelity foster the bond of male-female love. The nations too are forms of human bonding defined by real boundaries and covenants of membership. To dissipate the nation as a primary human community is to deny ourselves the public territorial community that transcends group identity by racial and class differences. The art of politics is to build up the common wealth and common good of the citizens of the nation. In America, this includes the men who work with their hands, the men in prisons who need to be punished and reintegrated, and the millions of working undocumented immigrants from decades of a culture of unenforced boundaries. The reason our borders must be closed and legal immigration slashed is so we can truly integrate the poor and working people already here in a new nationalist synthesis. A combination of amnesty and a big beautiful wall will not be enacted by either party alone but is utterly doable by a coalition of patriots. It is the weakness and incompetence of nations in Central America and Mexico which present our nation with a crisis on the southern boundary. We must confront these failing Catholic nations with the example of a Christian nation acting with the authority that defines boundaries, the public love that integrates immigrants as fellow citizens and the generosity that welcomes true refugees.
No-one should trust any gestures or statements by America's Catholic bishops about the higher morality involved in violating established boundaries. As a body, they understand neither nations or men.  In their demeanor they resemble the pagan Greeks and similar societies in which intellectuals ruled the bodies of foreign prisoner slaves and younger men of lower social status to do their physical labor and serve as their sexual rag dolls. The depravity of the huge Catholic clerical homosexual cult aimed at teen age boys and young male adults has been an essential acid in dissolving the old Catholic Democratic urban polity. The big-city Democrats of Chicago Mayor Richard Daly were masculine, protective, nationalistic, and working class. They were replaced.  Middle class feminists with family connections pushed their self centered careerism and aborted away their duties of motherhood. They found a new kind of Catholic male in their homosexual chancery allies. The sexual left  hijacked the party of American workers and the Christian interracial civil rights movement. The interracial male protective bond memorialized by the Frederick Hart statue at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC was the American nationalism of John Kennedy and his Archbishop soldier friend Philip Hallinan. John Kennedy saw Americans as a band of brothers fighting in a dangerous world against an atheist empire. Archbishop Hallinan, a chaplain in WWII and civil rights icon in Atlanta, saw the priesthood as a sacral brotherhood of fathers waging war against the Evil One.
Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy and Beach House Uncle Cardinal Ted Mc Carrick were very different men than the old Catholic patriots. They were cunning allies. They shared that Catholic Irish pedigree of understanding institutions and the power of group loyalty. They used their institutional alliance to enhance their private exploitative, criminal and perverted desires (the classic definition of tyrants). Their story is quite repellent and only now is coming to light. When Catholic bishops say violating fundamental boundaries doesn't matter, take them at their word. They really mean it.


THE LAVENDER DEEP STATE IN THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC EPISCOPACYTheodore McCarrick is the American Bishop's Harvey Weinstein. We will have much more to follow. First Things, The Catholic Thing, EWTN, The National Catholic Register, Crisis and the great majority of American Catholic neoconservative commentators have been strangely silent about the names and players involved in the deep homosexual corruption of the American episcopacy. Their vituperative criticism of Pope Francis is in stark contrast to their "live and let live" approach to the homosexual clergy who freely mingle among the intellectual "conservatives" and "liberals". The mainstream media has never been willing to write the Catholic clergy abuse story as a homosexual deep state but that is 90% of the tale. American Conservative commentator Rod Dreher has tried to expose this deep corruption by naming names. The shock of it all made him turn from the Catholic Church to Orthodoxy. Finally the exposure of Theodore McCormick  "the dean of depravity" may vindicate Dreher's work years ago and cast a light on a very big dark place in the American Catholic Church. The American bishops knew all of this. Top Democrats in the Ted Kennedy circle knew their personal Cardinal was a homosexual with a preference for men in their late teens or early twenties. Maybe American bishops can let up on the training programs for lay catechists and get a mass resignation from the USCCB.

VATICAN I: Father John O'Malley interview. He is the best historian of the three great modern Councils - Vatican II, Vatican I, and Trent. Here is a good discussion of rise of ultramontane Papacy in historical context. The Vatican Councils are two responses to the "long 19th century". Modernity was an ideology - it had to be opposed. The present world is God's creation - it must be sanctified.

POPE FRANCIS AND ROSS DOUTHAT: An interview and essay by William Doino of Inside the Vatican.

DOMINCANS: ...are bringing religious orthodoxy back to the campus.

G.K. CHESTERTON ON HOW EVIL TRIUMPHS: “Evil always wins through the strength of its splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disastrous alliance between abnormal innocence and abnormal sin.”

PAUL VI AND POPE FRANCIS IN GENEVAA revisit of Paul VI telling the Genevans, "We are Peter."



HAZONY ON ISRAEL: "Living in Jerusalem, I have long been convinced that we need to recover the biblical view of human action in public affairs if we’re to restore a culture of political responsibility. The Labor Zionism that played such an important role in the birth of the State of Israel was no conventional secular movement, as is so often supposed. Its leadership, as epitomized by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, had all been born into Orthodox Jewish homes. And despite their notorious disinterest in the finer points of traditional Jewish observance, they remained in the grip of an incandescent and explicitly biblical faith with regard to Israel’s restoration to its land and the Jewish people’s future role among the nations. With the decline of Labor Zionism in the 1970s, Israel traded in this unorthodox biblicism for a more mundane political culture modeled after European social liberalism—a culture designed, above all, to free the State of ­Israel from its historic entanglements with the Hebrew Bible and the God of Israel."

CANADA'S LARGEST PROVINCE OUSTS THE SEXUAL LIBERALSA devastating defeat of the lesbian leader who discovered her proclivities at age 37, one husband and three kids down the road.

A HARVARD PROFESSOR, A CHINESE STUDENT, AND RELIGION IN AMERICA: A short video, an international insight: "If you take away religion you can't hire enough police."


MEXICO FRONT RUNNER IS LEFTIST BUT A NATIONALIST POPULIST AS WELL: He comes from Tabasco, one of Mexico's most notorious priest killing states. The green in the Mexican flag stands for the nation as an independent land. The white is for the one true religion. They haven't put God and nation together yet but neo-liberalism and the rule of cientificos and technocrats is clearly not enough to keep public order. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrader (AMLO) saw how NAFTA helped oil and urban districts while hurting the farming fishing economy of Tabasco. His fledgling party is the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA, the Spanish acronym, also means “dark skin”). They are in a commanding lead for the July 1 elections. His heroes are former Presidents Benito Juarez and Lazaro Cardenas.

RIZAL OF THE PHILIPPINES: A spiritual biography of the Philippine's Independence fighter shot by the Spanish in 1896.

DUTERTE OF THE PHILIPPINES: Practical, hardheaded.

IVAN DUQUE gets 55% of vote in this South American country of 49 million.

THE SAUDIS AND UAE IN YEMEN - A DANGEROUS ALLIANCE IN AN UNHOLY WAR AGAINST ANOTHER COUNTRY: Isn't the vicious attack of the Saudis and UAE against the Shiites of Yemen as serious a violation of international order as the Russians letting Russian speaking Crimea join the Fatherland in an overwhelmingly popular annexation? In fact the destruction of the Houthis infrastructure and now port city is a considerably more significant violation.

UAE EYES A PORT CITY - THE SEIGE OF HODEIDA, YEMEN BEGINS: From Washington Post's Ishaan Thardoor:
"This week, Yemen's already-brutal civil war may be entering an even deadlier and more worrying phase. An Emirati-led offensive is underway against the port city of Hodeida, which is controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Security analysts and aid agencies fear that a protracted siege of Hodeida may only deepen Yemen's misery. Hodeida is a crucial hub for humanitarian aid; two-thirds of the Yemeni population depends on food and goods flowing through the port. And urban fighting could put countless civilian lives at risk, displace hundreds of thousands of people and disrupt efforts to alleviate Yemeni suffering. “It is the lifeline of the country,” said Lise Grande, the top U.N. humanitarian official in Yemen, to my colleagues. “If you cut that port off, we have a catastrophe on our hands.” She predicted that as many as a quarter million Yemenis could die of violence, hunger and illness.

Readers of Today's WorldView will be all too familiar with the grim statistics. Thousands of civilians have died since March 2015. A Saudi-led blockade and the collapse of infrastructure have led to shortages of virtually everything, especially food and medicine. Some 8 million people are on the brink of famine, and more than 1 million have been infected with cholera. By one estimate, around 50,000 Yemeni children died of starvation, malnutrition or disease last year alone. The Saudis and the Emiratis, the principal foreign powers that intervened on behalf of Yemen's routed government in 2015, argue that aid will move much faster once they have freed the city from the Houthis. Buoyed by key defections in the Houthi ranks, the coalition sees the city's potential capture as the victory that will tilt the war definitively in their favor.     

The Houthis appear primed for a bitter defense of Hodeida that will likely turn into a publicity nightmare for the Saudis and Emiratis as civilian deaths mount. U.N. officials, who administer a weapons-inspection program at the port, are not convinced by arguments that the port has been used to smuggle Iranian weaponry to the Houthis. Even the United States, which is refueling coalition aircraft and supplying it with intelligence and munitions, long cautioned against an outright assault.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Nazi Germany sets its military sights on the Russian bear (June 1941)

"Germany’s invasion of Russia with more than three million men was the largest surprise attack in military history." 

The Nazis and the Communists had been allies for almost two years. Joseph Stalin ignored repeated warnings about a possible German attack.

"German troops killed or wounded 150,000 Soviets in the first week of the campaign, while the Luftwaffe—the Nazi air force—destroyed over 2,000 Russian planes in just the first two days... Most outside analysts began predicting that a Russian defeat was only weeks or even days away. Despite these early setbacks, the Soviets’ seemingly inexhaustible supply of troops ultimately proved too much for the Germans to overcome...

"In addition to the might of the Red Army, German troops were also worn down by 'General Winter'—the nickname used to describe the deadly Russian frost."

Victor Davis Hanson says that the best tank design of WWII, by far, was the Russian T-34: "The Germans invaded Russia without knowing that the Russians had T-34 tanks—proof of how threadbare their pre-invasion intelligence was."


UPDATE: More here on what made that tank so good.

A short video of a recent demonstration at a war show.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Religion and Geopolitics Review: Saturday, June 16

By Dr. David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch


The Inspector General Report on the role of the FBI in the Hillary Clinton email case and the Russian collusion investigation of Donald Trump is a lot like the James Comey press conference on the initial FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private server as Secretary of State. The initial FBI investigation was full of details about crimes and then Comey made a stunning public conclusion that no prosecutor would prosecute them. The July 2016 headline in the NYTimes was  "FBI Director James Comey recommends no charges against Hillary Clinton on email."  The recent IG report documents pages and pages of animus toward Donald Trump and bias for Hillary Clinton. And yet it concludes there was no bias. The Times headline on the IG report is "Report criticizes Comey but finds no bias in FBI decision on Clinton." 


When Donald Trump took office, Barack Obama told him the greatest immediate danger to the US  was North Korea and their nuclear weapons. The Trump-Kim summit has walked back that threat in a dramatic breakthrough after direct one on one meetings between: 1) Kim Jong-un and the President, 2) South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and the President; 3) Chinese Supreme Leader Xi Jinping and the President, and 4) Prime Minister Abe of Japan and the President.  This dramatic display of nation-to-nation, leader-to-leader discussions may redraw the entire encirclement alliances of the post WWII world.  The Asian equivalent of tearing down the Berlin Wall that reunified Germany has just happened for the ancient civilization of Korea. Of course there is great uncertainty but it is the incertitude that precedes a risk for something big. Why is the minuscule so trumpeted and the profoundly significant so ignored?  This can be attributed to the stunning geographical illiteracy, religious blindness, and historical ignorance of our very good looking modern journalists. The significance of this story cannot be discovered during pillow talk with cultivated sources. It can only be recognized by one who studies and reflects on strategic perspective and historical memory.

Politics is about organizing protection. Mao Tse Tung said governance comes out of the barrel of a gun. That is a well received majority opinion. Only in a handful of developed Western lands protected by agreements forged in the blood of  their grandfathers is politics a continuation of high school student council campaigns and elections. Most leaders in a "rough world" came up rough.  It is far better for the real leaders of the true major powers to sit down with one another and talk then stay in outmoded multinational alignments that keep the principals from talking face to face. Much more is learned and much more can be settled by Donald Trump sitting down with Vladimir Putin than making toasts with the feminist "defense minister" of Sweden while she badmouths Russia. Donald Trump's breakthrough in Korea has happened because he is developing relations with all the national leaders in Asia including Xi Jinping. It is far better to meet with the leaders of China and North Korea than organize a human rights conference with tough guy Marco Rubio so he can talk against China showing us his jutting presidential jaw in its best campaign mode against the latest threat to our way of life.

President Trump is actually proposing diplomacy over war games. He is talking to a nation man about inter-national relations before lecturing on human rights. He joins Lincoln who didn't free all the slaves at his first inauguration;  Richard Nixon who didn't talk forced abortion with Mao; Pope Francis who is not lecturing the Chinese; and Ronald Reagan who spoke with the Soviets about tearing down the prison wall before listing the individual prisoners.  President Trump left the white multilateralists of G7 to talk to the nationalist strong men of Asia. The diversity media scolded the President  for talking to Asian bad boys instead of soothing the more familiar metrosexual leader of Canada. President Trump dared suggest that US troops in Korea are not forever. This is a strategic (and debt slashing) tsunami. President Trump  met with President Kim in Singapore and evoked the independent Singapore model as a new way for Korea. The greatest international thinker of our time was the Father of Singapore. This is a serious time that would benefit if a few journalists studied the biography and speeches of Lee Kuan Yew.  It would also help if religious leaders and the antiwar movement could find their old songbooks...because "All we are saying is, 'Give peace a chance'."


SOLZHENITSYN HARVARD SPEECH - 40 YEARS LATERAn excellent speech about the speech by Peter Kreeft. The speech itself.

Solzhenitsyn sees materialist capitalist individualism and Communism as two fruits of the Renaissance then Enlightenment - "rationalistic humanism, humanistic autonomy - it could also be called anthropocentricity - that man is the center of all." These are the roots of the West - which years later will be expressed in Communism and Libertarian Capitalism. Unless man returns to his spiritual roots, he will decay. Liberty must be grounded in the understanding of man as "a creature of God with obligations as well as rights." The greatest deficit in the West is civic courage. Two years later, Ronald Reagan would answer that call with a civic courage that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. But no baby boomer President could recover from the "spiritual exhaustion" which Solzhenitsyn named that day. Thus we are meeting the other cultures and civilizations which he said are more real than the bipolar construction of the Cold War. China and the Muslim World were real then and are prominent now. How shall we meet them? But what is missing for Americans is a renaissance of Christianity as the answer to the Enlightenment and the calamity of a despiritualized humanism. Solzhenitsyn concluded, We will have to rise to a new level - there is "no way left but upwards."

"Even if we are spared destruction by war, life will have to change in order not to perish on its own. We cannot avoid reassessing the fundamental definitions of human life and society. Is it true that man is above everything? Is there no Superior Spirit above him? Is it right that man’s life and society’s activities should be ruled by material expansion above all? Is it permissible to promote such expansion to the detriment of our integral spiritual life?" —Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in his June 7, 1978 Harvard University Commencement Address.  In the address, Solzhenitsyn encouraged the West not to lose its soul to the powerful temptation of materialism. This address was delivered 40 years ago this week. Solzhenitsyn died 10 years ago, in 2008, at the age of 90

"If, as claimed by humanism, man were born only to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to death, his task on earth evidently must be more spiritual: not a total engrossment in everyday life, not the search for the best ways to obtain material goods and then their carefree consumption. It has to be the fulfillment of a permanent, earnest duty so that one’s life journey may become above all an experience of moral growth: to leave life a better human being than one started it." — Alexander Solzhenitsyn, from the same address.

"The turn introduced by the Renaissance was probably inevitable historically: the Middle Ages had come to a natural end by exhaustion, having become an intolerable despotic repression of man’s physical nature in favor of the spiritual one. But then we recoiled from the spirit and embraced all that is material, excessively and incommensurately. The humanistic way of thinking, which had proclaimed itself our guide, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man, nor did it see any task higher than the attainment of happiness on earth. It started modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend of worshiping man and his material needs. Everything beyond physical well-being and the accumulation of material goods, all other human requirements and characteristics of a subtle and higher nature, were left outside the area of attention of state and social systems, as if human life did not have any higher meaning. Thus gaps were left open for evil, and its drafts blow freely today." — Alexander Solzhenitsyn, from the same address.

SOLZHENITSYN REFLECTS ON HOW TO TEACH THE WEST THAT MOTHER RUSSIA IS NOT THE EVIL SOVIET UNION. THE "THIRD WAVE OF EMIGRATION" FROM RUSSIA IS PAINTING THE NATION AS EVIL"And how was I to conduct such a battle, calling for a fight to the death against Communism, yet without in any way targeting Russia? And this in a situation where wily polemicists of the Third Emigration [the wave of émigrés allowed to leave in the 1970s — NR] were not only clouding the realities of Russia with their lies, but, in an unexpected turn, were spreading the credo that the true Russia, as opposed to the Soviet Union, is a far greater danger to the West than the current benign Communist regime, which must be supported, though kept in check by maintaining adroit negotiations." -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


THE COSMIC RACE: The Americas (North and South) are meant to be the continents of the fifth race and the culmination of our human destiny as a spiritual species. The very influential Mexican thinker originating La Raza is Jose Vasconcelos (d. 1959). He wrote the Cosmic Race in 1925. With Our Lady of Guadalupe, this is the antidote to the ethnic nation.


AMERICAN CULTURE IN TROUBLEBlame it on 1968 by Steve Young. Or the assassinations of 1963-1968 by AOA.

FOR ADULTS ONLY: Daughter of sci-fi author tells her tale inside a very twisted world.

A COWARD DIES A THOUSAND TIMES, A BRAVE MAN ONLY ONCE: From William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar:
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.”


KOREA - PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT KIM JONG-UN MEET IN SINGAPORE. AN INCREDIBLE MOMENT. SOME BACKGROUND AND ANALYSISChristians in Korea see unification as ultimate goal. AOA on Korea: GeographyWhats at Stake? Asia, Armistice and Nations: A century of Korean Division. Korean Strategy in the Asian Context (Scroll down to North Korea and American Foreign Policy in an Asian context). A World of Nations: A truth at the Olympics.

IF THE GLOBALISTS' FAVORITE NATION IS ONLY IMAGINED, THEN ITS REFUGEES WILL BE FOREVER PERMANENT: Palestine as a nation is truly an "imagined community." The "refugees of Palestine" also have a very special status in the alternative universe of globalism and its conceits. Does this make sense given the huge refugee problem that besets a world still at war?

THE TRANSATLANTIC WEST IS NOT THE HEART OF OUR NATIONAL ALLIANCES: Should we be breaking up the old West or realigning the globe? Talking tough to Justin Trudeau and demanding respect for Vladimir Putin is a lot more realistic than thinking the center of our alliances should run through London, Ottawa, Brussels, and Paris instead of New Delhi, Moscow, and Bejiing. President Trump is not just a strong nationalist. He also has a much more reality-based view of the power relations with nations around the globe. President Trump acts differently toward strong leaders. He could realign our major alliances with much stronger countries than the confused Europeans. But he is not there yet. His policymakers are still organizing the West against the Great Powers (Russia, China, Iran). See below.

THE TRANSATLANTIC ALLIANCE IS THE HEART OF OUR NATIONAL ALLIANCESA State Department official outlines a policy built on European nations accepting geopolitical realities - which name Russia, China, and Iran as chief dangers. What is the West? "...democracy, individual liberty and rule of law, ordered liberty, strong alliances separation of powers. The West is community of democracies - - Ukraine and Georgia are part of west." This is the three encirclement policy of the old foreign policy establishnent. Many people work for the President who still don't understand his very new approach to other nations.


HATING TRUMP AND THE DEMISE OF JOURNALISM: Love is sometimes blind; hate is always blind and sometimes drunk. The widespread antipathy toward Donald Trump among media and government employees has deeply retarded the whole culture of the East Coast. There is outrage about FBI surveillance of NYTimes reporter twenty-something Ali Watkins showing her as a conduit for leaking by a 50+male staff member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. But the outrage is about government spying on reporters and curtailing their unbridled freedom to disclose (which Alexander Solzhenitsyn criticized so eloquently 40 years ago at Harvard). Ms. Atkins' competitive advantage over other reporters has not yet been labeled "cultivating sources as the new casting couch." But we know that sooner or later some sexist will so besmirch the enterprising young lady careerist. No outrage on that as of yet.

Abe Rosenthal, legendary editor of the NYTimes, immediately fired a woman reporter once he found out she was having an affair with a politician she reported on. (Barbara Walters, call your office or at least examine your conscience.). Women reporters complained to the old man. Rosenthal answered, "I don't care if you are f--- an elephant but if you are, that means you won't be covering the circus for my newspaper." The introduction of erotic interpersonal relations in the res publica is a debilitating feature of the sexually integrated publics of the power couple era. But the discreet power couples of extra marital affairs, the hidden interests and secret information is a world unto itself. Is journalism really about cultivating secret sources to get inside tales? Maybe that is why very big stories right in front of our faces like the role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11 and world wide terror are so poorly reported. It really is much more difficult to bring historical perspective, matured religious sensibility and geographical knowledge to a story than a whispered phone conversation.

ROBERT DE-NIRO AND HOLLYWOODA short video showing the eloquence and courage of our decadent culture makers.

POLITICS IS ABOUT CITIZENSHIP - A COVENANT OF DUTY OR A CLAMORING FOR RIGHTS: In France the debate is on as President Macron rewards an illegal immigrant with citizenship for his great bravery. Merit and duty tied to citizenship was too much for some leftists who explain things this way: "Citizenship once represented a set of rights to be demanded from the state as a form of emancipation, for example, in the civil rights and suffrage movements.”

FROM SAME ARTICLE: "Obviously, this is the polar opposite of the classical understanding of citizenship. To the ancient Greeks, and then the Romans—the latter having given us the concept of res publica, the public thing—citizenship was closely held and much prized." We would add that citizenship defined by duty was a kind of bond among men like marriage is a kind of bond between man and woman. That male bond still holds and is the real social glue under the wider citizenship shared by all men, women, and children in republics. Politics and citizenship is a religious, territorial and masculine reality especially in America.


THE WAR ON YEMEN IS A WAR BY SAUDI ARABIA AGAINST NEIGHBORING SHIITES - A GOOD ONE FOR THE US TO STAY OUT OFBlockading their last serious port to the world is going to cost a lot of lives.

ITALY FROM LEFT AND RIGHT FAVORS RELIGION AND NATION OVER EURO-GLOBALISTSFrom First Things magazine. The post-WWII/post-Cold War alliances and formulations must be transformed.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Religion and Geopolitics Review: Saturday, June 9

By Dr. David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch

Fifty years ago this week, Senator Robert Kennedy was killed in Los Angeles after winning the Presidential Democratic Primary in California. The four greatest public orators in American life in the 1960's were all assassinated. John Kennedy was killed in November of 1963; Malcolm X was killed in February 1965; Martin Luther King was killed in April 1968, and Robert Kennedy was killed in June 1968.  John Kennedy was the first  Catholic President of a Protestant nation. He had convinced his countrymen he would be the best commander in chief in the American war against atheist communism. He had argued for an end to civic racism which violated morality  "as old as Scripture and clear as the Constitution."  Three weeks after he had allowed the murder/coup of Catholic nationalist Ngo Diem in Vietnam, Kennedy lost his mandate from heaven. He was murdered by an atheist communist in Texas. He was not killed by a southern racist. He was not killed because America is a violent country. He was killed by a soldier in the atheist movement who thought murdering the charismatic warrior-leader of the free nations would help the cause of Communism. So it did. Malcolm X was killed by members of the Black Racialist Nation of Islam. Malcolm X had gone to Mecca and seen that Islam was not the color bound religion preached in the American sect under Elijah Muhammed. Malcolm resigned from the Black Muslims, and exposed the leader of the organization as a serial abuser of young women. He repudiated the racist theory of separate black origins. He was killed by black racists covering up sexual abuse and protecting racial huckstering. Robert Kennedy was a strong supporter of a racially integrated America and a free Israel. Israel had gained control of Jerusalem and a defensible eastern border in the Six Day War one year earlier in June, 1967. A Palestinian nationalist from a Christian family shot him in retaliation for his support of that now viable Israeli nation. His killer was not a Muslim but a nationalist of a nation that did not exist in rebellion against a nation that did.  Martin Luther King was killed by a failed pornographic movie maker who had more success as a racist assassin. The assassin aimed to derail a Christian America animated by interracial brotherhood. He eliminated the most dynamic Christian preacher for that movement.
  The assassins of that decade were a white racist, a black racist, an atheist Communist and a Palestinian nationalist. A body needs its head who can speak its soul. Men who can form civic community with the transcendent word well spoken are not easily replaced. The assassins left their mark. In a certain way, their actions still rule.
The baby boomer generation felt these deaths in their late teens and early twenties. Since then, their revolutionary cultural achievement has been the destruction of religious and political patriarchy. They have buried the corpse of national politics and patriotism as a protective interracial Christian brotherhood. That horrible half decade left the baby boomers a fatherless cohort deeply confused and disoriented. Four political fathers--all men of a former generation-- were cut down performing their public duties before their trusting eyes. Will they pass along by choice what they lost by fate before they pass away?     


THE CHURCH HAS NO AUTHORITY TO CHANGE THE SUBSTANCE OF THE SACRAMENT - THE MALE PRIESTHOOD: Head of CDF appointed by Pope Francis, Jesuit Luis Ladaria, makes a clear no forever on female priests and says those who say this could be decided differently in the future are causing serious confusion among the faithful. The male priesthood is the fundamental living form by which Christ makes himself present in the Eucharistic churchThis male group is the template for the brotherhood of men under God the Father lived out in the 2000 dioceses of the Church and the 200 nations of the world.

POPE FRANCIS ON RUSSIA UKRAINE THE PATRIARCHATE AND CHURCH UNITYThe text. The best person to read on these matters is Robert Moynihan of Moynihan Letter from Inside the Vatican. These came from letter 31:
"And before you I would like to reiterate — in a special way before you, my dear brother [referring to Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion, the leader of the group he was addressing], and before all of you — that the Catholic Church will never allow an attitude of division to arise from her people. We will never allow ourselves to do this, I do not want it. In Moscow — in Russia — there is only one Patriarchate: yours. We will not have another one." —Pope Francis, in Rome on May 30, greeting a delegation of Russian Orthodox led by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev.

"We must continue to study theology, to clarify the points, but in the meantime let us walk together, let us not wait for these things to be resolved in order to walk, no." — Pope Francis, in the same May 30 greeting.

"The Catholic Church, the Catholic Churches must not get involved in internal matters of the Russian Orthodox Church, nor in political issues. This is my attitude, and the attitude of the Holy See today. And those who meddle do not obey the Holy See." —Pope Francis, in the same May 30 greeting.
POPE FRANCIS ON HOMOSEXUALS IN PRIESTHOOD: His statement , "Who Am I to Judge?" made a distinction between the inclination and "the gay lobby" within the Vatican. He said "the lobby is not good" but then the gay lobby took his words about the inclination and reported it as an acceptance of "gay priests". He does not think one should be "defined by his tendencies.' If a priest has these tendencies as fundamental to his personality--if he is gay-- then he said in Italy, "Do not admit them to the seminary." Pope Francis has been deeply shaken by the well known practice in Chile of turning over formation in seminaries to known homosexuals. Francis' reply appears in a new book The Name of God is Mercy to be released Tuesday;
"On that occasion I said this: If a person is gay and seeks out the Lord and is willing, who am I to judge that person?" the pope says. "I was paraphrasing by heart the Catechism of the Catholic Church where it says that these people should be treated with delicacy and not be marginalized."

"I am glad that we are talking about 'homosexual people' because before all else comes the individual person, in his wholeness and dignity," he continues. "And people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies: let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love." "I prefer that homosexuals come to confession, that they stay close to the Lord, and that we pray all together," says Francis. "You can advise them to pray, show goodwill, show them the way, and accompany them along it."
THE 12 SIGNS OF ANTICHRISTFulton Sheen thought the anti-Christ would stress the brotherhood of men without the Fatherhood of God.That was the liberal progressive atheism of a century ago. Now the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of men must fall to the humanity of all and the individual autonomy of each. Ordered Publics are shared masculine relationships. The crowd-- the mob--- the masses--they are not ordered masculine publics but sometimes the mob is definitely overtly MALE.

ARCHBISHOP ROMERO TO BE CANONIZED OCTOBER 14: He is not a saint of the left but of the Church. Looking for a good profile that understands his life in terms of Christ not Marxism. Charles Curran won't be our source for what or why but he supplies the when.

MINNESOTA DIOCESE PAYS RECORD $210 MILLION TO ABUSE VICTIMS AND ATTORNEYS: 15 of the 200 American diocese have filed bankruptcy because of sexual abuse claims. Minnesota has 6 Diocese. Minneapolis-St Paul, Duluth and New Ulm have filed bankruptcy. Winona will soon announce. St Cloud has announced. Minnesota 5/6 diocesan level of corruption is stunning. No priest pensions will be affected. All the major priest and bishop actors in the coverup side of the multi diocesan scandal remain clerics in good standing. Archbishop Nienstedt of Minneapolis and St Paul was a truly minor player in the multi decade corruption. He was a non Irish outsider-- a solitary closeted homosexual enemy of the large homosexual mafia he came to "reform". He was forced to resign after excellent reporting by MPR about his role in covering up homosexual priest abuse. 170 million of the settlement will be paid by insurance and 40 million by the parishes and archdiocese. The Church did not do this. Parishes did not do this. Individual priests and bishops abused and covered up abuse and allowed a huge homosexual network to take over the state clergy. Archbishop Hebda should stop saying the Church failed these people. That is attorney Jeff Anderson's line..and he despises the Catholic Church. The problem is a corrupt clergy not a corrupt Church and the corrupt clergymen have not been judged or punished yet. The civil institutions cannot and will not punish the clergymen by Catholic standards. They imply that an all male celibate clergy is the problem. But the problem is that priests were not masculine enough. They did not behave like a brotherhood of fathers because they has become dispersed as careerist cliques and gossiping friendship groups. Celibacy was not the problem-massive impurity and sexual depravation was.

It's a tough story for Minnesota's progressive gay friendly media to tell. When they had a female whistleblower (Jennifer Hasselberger vs. Kevin McDonough) angle, MPR did a fine job of exposing the closeted Archbishop Nienstedt who they also despised for his shrill ineffective voice against gay marriage. Vicar General Kevin McDonough, Catholic Charities icon Msgr Jerome Boxleitner and Archbishop Harry Flynn were responsible for much more of Minnesota's corruption than Nienstedt. Their friendly ties with the Minnesota DFL party and homosexual/feminist media make their stories much harder for the media to tell.  In Philadelphia,there is more aggressive approach from a man in the statehouse.

CHILE HANGS BISHOPS IN EFFIGY: What Crux calls a "fringe group" aims for the nationalist center. The Social Patriotic Movement - anti-communist, anti-capitalist, against the gay-feminst trend. Sounds pretty interesting.


STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - END ABORTION: The best pro-life video EVER! The Magical Birth Canal.

NO MORE SWIMSUITS: GREAT! BUT NO MORE BEAUTY PAGEANTS? Should a growing reluctance to parade the naked female form mean no more "Beauty Pageants"? Gretchen Carlson (Miss America 1989) says there will be a competition not a pageant. That seems not quite a celebration of the feminine. It is mindful of Title IX decisions that did not allow dance lines or cheerleading as female sports. The fact that girls enjoy vigorous physical activity quite differently than male war games was  - NOT ALLOWED BY GENDER POLICE.

Uncovering the female form is no way to celebrate female beauty since hiddenness is actually a fundamental feminine attribute. Putting forth beauty as an ideal to honor seems a great way for society to celebrate the woman. Grace, talent, physical beauty, interiority, a personal history of acts of mercy are all feminine attributes--they all make her beautiful. The most Mary-like woman should be publicly celebrated. Let it be feminine. Let it be more a pageant than a competition. {On this day in the Catholic calendar, the Immaculate Heart of Mary is acknowledged. Catholic culture has from the beginning presented the male ideal inside the patriarchal fraternity of the Apostolic priesthood while presenting the feminine model in terms of the purity and mercy of the Virgin Mother.}

THE BAKER AND THE SUPREME COURT: Not exactly a victory for natural law or sanity but the baker artist is free from a fine if not his legal bills. Supreme Court decision.

GERMANS APOLOGIZE FOR WRONGS TO HOMOSEXUALS. NO MENTION OF SA HEAD ERNST ROEHM AND ROLE OF VIOLENT HOMOSEXUALS IN THE NAZI MOVEMENT: Misguided German guilt drives a lot of bad history and a disastrous immigration policy. Ernst Roehm and the violent depravity of the Nazis.

HOW DID LIFE BEGIN? A Catholic looks at a few theories. There are three particular moments in the 13.7 billion year history of matter which demand acts of God. 1) The movement from something to nothing. 2) The first living cell. 3) The creation of man.

For those of us who see every human soul as a deliberate interventionist act by God and every Mass as a Divine communication with man. ---it is not so intellectually difficult to admit when a transcendent purpose and Actor is necessary to best explain phenomenon. The man who shoots with one eye closed may see a certain target more clearly but he will never see the big picture needed to  explain in a plausible narrative the story of the world.

DON'T TREAT THE LADY LIKE A TRAMP: A lady soccer star passes up the rainbow jersey - to a chorus of boos.

STUDENT AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE TALKS TO FEMALE VP AND IS SERVED RESTRAINING ORDER: Part of her fear is that the student's father has access to weapons. Dad is a police officer. You have to hear it to believe it.

THE FRATERNITY OF FATHERS FRACTURED. THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE DEFILED. THE DUTY OF MOTHERHOOD ABROGATED. THE STORY OF IRELAND IS A PRIESTHOOD CORRUPTED AND THE SOUL OF A NATION ECLIPSED: Ireland is a nation of 4.8 million people. 64% of eligible voters turned out on May 26, 2018 and 2/3 of them voted to repeal Ireland's Eight amendment which severely restricted laws on abortion.

In May 2015, Ireland became the first country to allow homosexual marriage by popular referendum. 1.2 million voted at that time to amend the constitution so the marriage bond could be made irrespective of sex. For fifty years The Roman Catholic priesthood in Ireland has been massively corrupted by huge homosexual networks in seminaries, schools and the episcopacy. The Irish homosexual alcoholic priest is not a stereotype but a character type that has been shared with many other countries influenced by Irish clergy- most notably the United States. Ireland is a Catholic nation. To regain her soul she needs a return of fatherhood and fraternity in her disgraced episcopacy and priesthood. It is not the electorate who should be lobbied but the priesthood which must be washed clean. If the 26 bishops of the Irish National Conference can not clean itself of the homosexual ideology which has perverted a nation, then they should resign and the global Church should send missionaries.




DUTERTE OF PHILIPPINES ALLIES WITH CHINA: But the media military establishment is for deepening ties with the US and challenging China in the South Sea. Duterte like Trump was elected to change the nation's course but the governing and cultural institutions are set against him. This struggle to define lines of possession in the South China Sea is as fundamental as the Korean negotiations.

HUNGARY - THE NATION FIGHTS THE "OPEN SOCIETY": Hungary's Orban vs Globalist Soros.


BEN RHODES AND BARACK OBAMA: The globalists are a tribe too and they are being eclipsed.

GERMANY AND RUSSIA: Better than we think.

QATAR VS SAUDI ARABIA: Is Qatar winning the battle for US approval? Thy have certainly won everyone else over against the anti-nationalist schemes of MbS of Saudi Arabia. A meeting coming up to reevaluate. The Saudis seem weak and desperate - not a good combination. We have long argued that the future in the Mideast should belong to Sunni nations who accept Shiite nations as well in the region. Qatar is much better in this respect than Saudi Arabia. One of the great contributions of Secretary of Sate Rex Tillerson was his understanding of the stabilizing role of Qatar. He put the breaks on treating as  pariah the nation where our fleet and al Jazeera News reside.  One of the contributions of the Obama presidency and Secretary of State Kerry was their understanding that the the US would not be served by joining a war alliance against the Shiite nation of Iran orchestrated by Saudi Arabia and Israel. Getting your allies and enemies straight is fundamental in international relations. Misunderstanding the religious movement which is the real enemy of the United States and the civilized nations has been the great intelligence failure of our times.

ARREST OF TOMMY ROBINSONBritain, Muslim Crime, and Freedom.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Uganda Martyrs, pray for us

by David Pence


Uganda is an independent (1962) African nation with 38 million people (84% Christian). Parliament recently passed an anti-homosexuality bill roundly condemned by activists in the northern white churches. Denmark, the Netherlands, America, and the World Bank have all threatened Ugandans with severe economic repercussions for their law.

The motto of their flag is "For God and my Country." A formative event in their history is celebrated today to commemorate the martyrdom of Charles Lwanga and his companions. From 1885-1887, King Mwanga II of Buganda was responsible for the execution of a group of young Christian males who had been employed as court pages. They would not submit to his depraved desires. The king knew, in fact, that if a boy was taught the Christian faith and converted, that was one service he would no longer offer the sovereign. Both Anglicans and Catholics were martyred.  Almost 80 countries have laws against sodomy which was a felony  in all 50 U.S. states before 1962. The Ugandan celebration of these recently canonized saints reminds us that Christ has offered all men a share in the deepest and widest of all brotherhoods. All Christian men from the Asian islands to the African heartland know that we are forming a protective brotherhood of cities and nations in imitation of Christ's bond with his Apostles.  Violence, racism, and war can break this bond; and so we must seriously and constantly pursue high and holy brotherhoods to form a public life which glorifies Christ.
Just as incest pollutes the love of sons for their  fathers and brothers for their brothers, the brave young pages of Mwanga's court knew what he was asking of them was no insignificant call to duty. The 27 young men who were marched over twenty miles -- and then burned to death -- leave a bright light for our own so-darkened times.

Saint Charles Lwanga, pray that Americans may display the courage of sexual purity that you and your companions showed this day 130 years ago.

                                         FROM TODAY'S OFFICE OF READINGS:

"These African martyrs herald the dawn of a new age. If only the mind of man might be directed not toward persecutions and religious conflicts but toward a rebirth of Christianity and civilization."

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Religion and Geopolitics Review: Saturday, June 2

By Dr. David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch


POPE FRANCIS AND THE DRAMA IN CHILEA persistent critic of the pope sees real good in the necessary and dramatic reshaping of a whole national episcopacy. Phil Lawler, another Pope Francis critic, thinks he sees a light as well - maybe. AOA sees this as the renewal of priestly fraternity over careerism and predation. The synodal strategy of Pope Francis takes a whole new form.

ON FORM AND TRADITION - THE TRUTH IS PASSED DOWN IN A CERTAIN FORM: The Catholic Mass - the Incarnation through time.

"Matt Flynn, a prominent Wisconsin Democrat running for governor, has come under attack by critics who say he participated in allowing abusive priests to continue in ministry and for aggressively pursuing legal fees against their victims who sued the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Flynn was the chief counsel handling sex abuse matters for the archdiocese from 1989 until 2004."
What they don't add is that the archbishop during his employment shared his disdain for sodomy victims. Archbishop Rembert Weaklind took $450,000 from the archdiocese to pay off one of his longtime male boyfriends. He was the archbishop of the archdiocese from 1977-2002. Flynn was his hardball lawyer helping him make life very difficult for those who tried to complain about sodomy. Weakland said reporting abuse by Catholic priests or employees was "squealing." There has not been a great Tom Wolfe essay yet on how the Democratic Party moved from being the party of soldiers and workingmen and turned to the coalition of feminists and homosexuals. The large urban Catholic chanceries were also dominated by homosexuals in that era. It was a toxic mix that destroyed the soul of the Democratic party and the Christian character of the civil rights movement.

POPE FRANCIS ON HOMOSEXUAL SEMINARIANS: From Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (May 23, 2018):
"At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting. Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets. The Pope attends at least part of the meeting. This year was no exception. This year the Pope told them… my fast translation from the Italian original:

“If there’s a doubt about homosexuality, it’s better not to have them enter the seminary.” The words of the Pope in the closed door session with the Italian bishops: “Discernment is needed”. Reaffirmed what was in the Vatican documents of 2005 and 2016

With the pastors of the CEI (Italian bishops conference) – Vatican insider learned – Francis, speaking about the downturn in vocations, one of his “three worries” for the Italian church, he was, instead, more straightforward and, inviting the bishops to oversee more the quality of future priests, then the quantity, explicitly mentioned cases of homosexual persons who desire, for various motives, to enter into the seminary. Then he invited the bishops to a “careful discernment”, adding: “if you have also the slightest doubt it’s better not to let them enter”.

One indication, from the Pope, that expresses his deep concern: these tendencies, which are “deeply rooted”, and the practice of “homosexual acts”, can compromise the life of the seminary beyond that of the young man himself and an eventual future priesthood. They can generate those “scandals” of which the Pope had spoken in his discourse at the opening of the assembly of the Italian bishops in the new hall of the Synod, that disfigure the face of the Church.

Between the lines one can read what was already put in black and white by Pope Francis in a letter of meditation given brevi manu [directly] to the Chile in bishops during their meeting in the Vatican. In a note added to the text. The Pontiff denounced verified problems in seminaries where – as he wrote – bishops and religious superiors have entrusted control to “priests suspected of practicing homosexuality”.

There’s more, but it mainly reviews what previous documents say about homosexual candidates or seminarians. I suspect someone will translate the whole thing soon… for the sake of general Jesuit reading. To the bishops: “If you think that the guy is homosexual, don’t put him in the seminary.” The Pontiff – the Pontifex… “Bridge Builder” – says that “This bridge is closed!” I wonder what that means for those who are already ordained.


THE REAL FOREIGN COLLUSION AND INTELLIGENCE FAILURE OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY ESTABLISHMENTThe Saudi lobby stirs up hate against Iran and Shiites everywhere. The article is an excellent survey of Saudi manipulation of our foreign policy. As usual, there is no explanation of how this is tied to the religious ideology and particular form of Islamic law that drives the Kingdom. The Saudi-Iran dispute is not so much a conflict between two nation states as a royal family in collusion with an anti-nationalist, anti Shiite religious movement. Iran as a Shiite Persian nation has no goal to replace nation states with a caliphate. Wahhabi Islam does. Iranian Shiites do not propose that the Sunnis are not part of the Islamic umma and thus can be killed. Wahhabi Islam does propose that Shiites are a betrayal to the umma to be rectified by the sword.

From Fact and Fear by James Clapper:
"Of course, the Russian effort affected the outcome. Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win. To conclude otherwise stretches logic, common sense, and credulity to the breaking point,"

"Less than eighty thousand votes in three key states swung the election," ... "I have no doubt that more votes than that were influenced by this massive effort by the Russians."
HOSTILITY FROM NORTH KOREA WAS REALPresident Trump called off the talks with North Korea because of the tremendous hostility which he detected in the most recent statements from North Korea. That hostility was real, justified and generated by John Bolton and then from Mike Pence. Their unfortunate repeated references to the "Libyan model" was a threat against the life of the very leader we were supposed to negotiate with. That was not the only problem. China has to be part of any overall solution and does not want a separate peace concluded with their neighbor while hostility toward them is on the rise. President Trump believes that after a second meeting with China's Xi JinPing, North Korea's Kim Jung Un took on a different face. There are many voices from the right working to portray China as the principal implacable future foe of the United States. This includes Marco Rubio and Steve Bannon.  President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo then put the talks back on schedule. Mainstream media depicts this remarkable  diplomacy as negotiating with evil men illegally because we are still in a state of war with North Korea. What if President Obama or Secretary Clinton had made such a breakthrough? How would their grinding swords into ploughshares be reported?

THE PRINCES AND THE PRESIDENT...and the fundraiser who allied with UAE and Saudi Arabia against Qatar and Rex Tillerson.


A MALE TEACHER PROTECTS HIS OWN: Every male from 18-55 has a duty to protect the community he lives in. Living the militia ideal is teacher Jason Seaman of Indiana.

FOR FIFTY YEARS BIOLOGY CLASSES AND NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS HAVE TAUGHT AS DOGMA THAT HUMANS ARE ANIMALS: President Trump fumed that the vicious MS13 gang members are "animals" and suddenly America's left wing media was arguing for the unique presence of the human soul. Remember, next time you are in biology class - don't call humans animals! Actually there is a horrific demonic component to some of the most violent Latin gangs and their anti-Marian cult of Santa Muerte - Holy Death. Animals don't torture their own. It is more a signature of the Evil One.

MS13The best documentary we found.

Two of the most important men in the Southern Baptist "conservative resurgence" of 1979-1990 were  Paige Patterson and advisor  Paul Pressler. Patterson has been ousted from the Board of Southwestern Theological Seminary for failing to deal with the rape of a Southern Baptist woman at a college he headed years before. It is a stunning fall from grace.  This instance of leadership failure may be the tip of an iceberg. The other chief architect of the Conservative resurgence, retired Texas judge Pressler appears (like so many still concealed Catholic clerics) to be a homosexual predator. Pressler is a wolf garbed as a shepherd. Did Patterson know that too?  Part of the deal in the sexual order of male headship is that the males in authority provide protection.  Males are leaders not because they are males but because they are mature effective men who provide the best protective icon of the Father God. In an evil world the mission of men is to make deep protective agreements under God and protect the widows and orphans and outcasts as well as the church members. It is very healthy to shine the light on predators posing as protectors. Male leadership is not inherent in the y chromosome but the covenanted male soul. These men hid behind their chromosomes but their souls were twisted indeed. Rod Dreher excellent review at American Conservative.

Roseanne Barr who plays a Trump supporting housewife on a popular TV sitcom has had her program cancelled because she tweeted that Valerie Jarret, an Obama advisor was a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes. The Ape comment felt like that old Darwinian notion that black people look like apes and are not as evolved as white folks. Roseanne Barr is a foul mouthed atheist who has disrespected every symbol of America that "Trump women" would respect. She performed a garish rendition of the national anthem just to remind people her very un-Trumpian ways. Her interview with Dave Rubin is repulsive. She is not the Evangelical woman who voted for Donald Trump and who says grace before meals in real life. She is irreverent Hollywood making a buck by being a rebel. She is their version of a Trump supporter as Archie Bunker was Hollywood's Richard Nixon supporter. Good riddance to her masquerade as the female face of the forgotten American. God and Country-not quite Rosie's standards.

PHILLIP ROTH: The dead end of Jewish Angst and American Identity.


RIGHTS OF AN ENGLISHMAN - EXCEPT WHEN REPORTING ON GROOMING PRACTICES OF AN ISLAMIC GANG: The strange and troubling case of Tommy Robinson. More reporting on the unreportable.

NATIONALISM: Not universalist, not ethnic, but cultural.

SHIA AND NATIONALIST: The winner in Iraq election is no Western idealist nor is he an Iranian puppet.