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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola -- 'Militia est vita hominis in terra' (Man's life on earth is a warfare)

[first published July 31, 2014]


"Everything that Jesus did, from His crying as a Babe in the cradle to His getting tired and falling asleep, to His agony in the Garden, all of that is a pattern for us to imitate."

Father John Hardon, the Jesuit who died in 2000, explains that the Person of Christ is the first attribute of the spirituality of Saint Ignatius: "Man's virtues are God's attributes."

                    


The founder of the Jesuits -- unlike his Protestant contemporaries -- understood the true dignity of human freedom. Take a look at Father Hardon's fine essay.
                                 
"Take Lord and receive all my liberty... To Thee, Oh Lord, I return it. All is Thine... Give me Thy Love and Thy Grace for this is sufficient for me."         (Saint Ignatius of Loyola)
The First Jesuit Pope is Pope Francis. Many modern day Jesuits have betrayed the masculine personality of Ignatius and ignored the Evil One who Ignatius was always careful to discern and oppose. This has confused many conservative Catholics about Pope Francis. Pope Francis is not James Martin. The Pope  is not playing to the spirit of this age. Quite the contrary, Pope Francis is bringing a much needed dimension to the papal office which has been sorely lacking for over half a century. If John Paul gave priests the words of a Prophet and Benedict XVI taught the clergy to reverence the liturgy as a  priest, we believe Pope Francis will bring the king's ruling function to the priesthood and episcopacy. We believe the Pope has been misunderstood by his intellectual critics of the global North. A series of our defenses of the first Jesuit Pope.    

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Religion, Nations, and Geopolitical Review: SATURDAY, JULY 30

by A. Joseph Lynch

R&G NEWS ROUND UP

POPE FRANCIS  IN CANADA: Pope Francis is in Canada to apologize for any wrongs done to Native American children at Catholic boarding schools in the past. Debate still swirls as to whether or not all such abuse claims took place and what role lack of funding from the Canadian government might have played in any malnourishment of children. Meanwhile Taylor Marshall is beside himself over Pope Francis' presence at a traditional Native American religious ceremony. We must note that while we understand Marshall's distaste at one level, Pope Francis did not lead or directly participate in the ceremony. 

RUSSIA TURNS THE SCREWS: Russia is upping the ante in its energy poker game with Europe. This week output via Nord Stream 1 - Germany's vital line of natural gas - dropped from 40% to 20% as Russia says it's having issues with turbines used to pipe the gas to Germany. Natural gas prices in Europe are no skyrocketing as rationing appears to begin and haggling breaks out among EU members. Europe is in for many dark days ahead.

UKRAINE KILLS ITS OWN POW'S: On Friday morning, a massive missile strike hit a pre-trial internment facility for captive Azov Neo-Nazis preparing to stand trial for their war crimes. These men would play a key role in showcasing Russia's justification for its Ukrainian intervention. Though Ukraine thinks it can blame Russia for the attack, strong evidence on the ground suggests the attack conducted by the Ukrainian military using the US-supplied HIMARS long range rocket system. What's more it is believed that the US coordinates the targeting for every HIMARS strike. If so, it would mean that the US assisted Ukraine in a war crime. The hit on Azov POWs had two goals: keep the Azov soldiers from talking while warning Ukrainian soldiers what might await them if they surrender. 

ODESSA BRIGADE: Blatant attacks on its own people will undoubtedly drive Ukrainians into the arms of Russia. Enough have now done so to launch an entire Ukrainian infantry brigade that now fights alongside Russians. The new brigade is called the Odessa Brigade - an ominous name considering old Russian port city of Odessa remains in Ukrainian control. We have a feeling we know where this brigade is headed. What's more, word has it that Russia is training another sixteen Ukrainian infantry battalions at this very moment.

BUYING TIME: Ex-president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, who seized power following the infamous coup of 2014, had some things to say about the Minsk agreements which aimed at making peace in Ukraine's Donbas region. Having lied about peace to Putin following the first Minsk agreement, Poroshenko launched an assault in the Donbas that ultimately led to s stalemate and a second Minsk agreement. Russia waited nearly eight years for Ukraine to implement this second agreement before the war broke out in February. We now know how Poroshenko felt about that second agreement - according to the man himself:“We had achieved everything we wanted... Our goal was to, first, stop the threat, or at least to delay the war – to secure eight years to restore economic growth and create powerful armed forces.” In other words, Ukraine used the second Minsk agreement not to obtain peace but rather time for rearming in preparation to invade Donbas once again - which it planned to do in March of this year.

REDEFINING RECESSION: The United States is officially in a recession - or is it? For decades economists have been using two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth as the technical definition of a recession. This economic contraction has now officially taken place - yet Biden would like to redefine recession to include job growth numbers. The sad reality is that we are in recession. The only question is: how bad a recession will it be?

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Religion, Nations, and Geopolitical Review: SATURDAY, JULY 23

by A. Joseph Lynch

I. POPE FRANCIS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

SYNODAL HICCUP? An unnamed official at the Vatican has issued an official Vatican warning to the Germans in their attempt to overthrow Church dogma, practice, and moral teachings. The Germans, however, have shot back an angry response. The German church continues to be the most corrupt in the world, yet its vast wealth and financial backing to the Vatican has allowed it to push things far beyond what should ever be tolerated. We hope Francis has the strength to the right thing and shut down the Synodal Way before it leads Germany into schism.

VATICAN FINANCIAL REFORM: We were all scandalized as money donated to the Vatican was used to fund a pornographic gay biopic of Elton John - but we are glad to hear that the Vatican has finally reformed its finances to ban such funding in the future. It's hard to believe, however, that such reform was ever needed in the first place.  

MARSHALL SLAMS GREGORY: Cardinal Gregory in DC announced serious restrictions on the Latin Mass - and Dr. Taylor Marshall had to reply. One issue Dr. Marshall brought up is a list of statistics which claim to show the destruction of the Church following Vatican II. It's true there was a huge decline in vocations and rise in divorce - but this is true among the countries of the atheist West - in the Global South, Vatican II was truly a new springtime in the Church. Sadly traditionalists often place far too much focus on the countries of Europe and North America. The world is much, much bigger than these places. If the atheist West wants to reject God, so be it - but let us not denounce the council and wonderful fruits it bore in so many other parts of the world! 


II. AMERICAN POLITICS

TRUMP-DESANTIS 2024? According to Robert Barnes, Donald Trump will run in 2024 with Ron DeSantis at his side. The dream ticket would be exactly what America needs, with DeSantis highly likely to gain two terms of his own in 2028 and 2032, given that he will be coming of a single Trump term rather than the two consecutive terms that doomed presidents like George HW Bush, who took office after Reagan's two terms. Axios is already flipping out over Trump's plan for a second term - which appears to include the firing of many, many government employees.  

BANNON GUILTY: Steve Bannon was found guilty of contempt of Congress over his unwillingness to testify before the fraud January 6 panel. Bannon was brought before a DC jury - perhaps the most liberal in the nation - on a charge rarely seen prosecuted. This is just the first case in the political witch hunt the liberals are frantically running in fear of Trump's return. Their sights are clearly set on him - which means he needs to announce his candidacy as soon as possible.

BIDEN'S FAILED SAUDI TRIP: Joe Biden made his way to fist bump MbS in Saudi Arabia, rehabilitating the Saudi leader as he pledged absolutely nothing to Biden in return. Indeed, MbS called Putin yesterday to let him know that Saudi Arabia will not be pumping the additional oil Biden requested. Indeed, it appears Putin retains the upper hand in the Mideast, not only maintaining good terms with the Saudis, but building on Russia's relationship with Iran and Turkey as well. (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran are the three nations to have been home to the three great caliphates of Islam - and all compete for dominance in the region today.)


III. THE NATIONS

PUTIN'S WORLD OF NATIONS: Remarks this week from Vladimir Putin concerning the end of the American unipolar world order were striking. While the atheist West seek a return to bi-polar cold war that divides the world between "the West" and Russia-China, Putin calls for an end to American hegemony the return of a multipolar world of nations that defend traditional values:
These enormous changes are irreversible, of course. National and global processes are underway to develop the fundamentals and principles of a harmonious, fairer and more community-focused and safe world order as an alternative to the existing world order, or the unipolar world order in which we lived, and which, because of its nature, is definitely becoming a brake on the development of our civilization.
The model of total domination by the so-called golden billion is unfair. Why should this golden billion, which is only part of the global population, dominate everyone else and enforce its rules of conduct that are based on the illusion of exceptionalism? It divides the world into first and second-class people and is therefore essentially racist and neo-colonial. The underlying globalist and pseudo-liberal ideology is becoming increasingly more like totalitarianism and is restraining creative endeavor and free historical creation.
One gets the impression that the West is simply unable to offer the world a model for the future of its own. Indeed, it was no accident that the golden billion attained its gold and achieved quite a lot, but it got there not because it implemented certain concepts. It mainly got to where it is by robbing other peoples in Asia and Africa. That is how it was. India was robbed for an extensive period of time. This is why the elite of the golden billion are terrified of other global development centers potentially coming up with their own development alternatives.
No matter how much the West and the supranational elite strive to preserve the existing order, a new era and a new stage in world history are coming. Only genuinely sovereign states are in a position to ensure a high growth dynamic and become a role model for others in terms of standards of living and quality of life, the protection of traditional values and high humanistic ideals, and development models where an individual is not a means, but the ultimate goal.
Sovereignty is about freedom of national development, and thus, the development of every individual. It is about the technological, cultural, intellectual and educational solvency of a state – that is what it is. No doubt, responsible, active and nationally minded and nationally oriented civil society is the most important component of sovereignty.

RESTARTING NORD STREAM 1: Russia's Nord Stream 1, which is a key source of European natural gas in general and Germany in particular, is back up and running - though only at a meager 40% capacity. Problems with Canada sitting on necessary equipment are keeping the pipeline operating at a minimum - just enough to keep the lights on Germany, but not enough to fill its reserves. And that's not to mention the massive heatwave hitting Europe (and melting runways in the UK) - which has led the continent to use up even more energy on air conditioning. Europe is in for a very rough year ahead.

ITALY'S GOVERNMENT COLLAPSE: Mario Draghi, the prime minister of Italy, has resigned. The snap elections being held in September will likely bring conservative-nationalist rule to the nation - a wonderful development indeed. The collapse of Draghi is the next domino to fall, following the resignation of Boris Johnson in the UK, and the fall of the Estonian government last month. We await the looming collapse of the German government next. One government, however, remains firm: the Putin Government.

HOW UKRAINE STARTED THE WAR: The media would have us believe that Vladimir Putin woke up on February 24 and randomly decided to "invade" Ukraine. What they don't tell us is how Ukraine violated the provisions of the Minsk Agreement and began massive shelling of the Donbas breakaway republics in preparation of a renewed ground war - just days before Russia intervened. The maps from the non-aligned OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) are quite telling.

TONY BLAIR ADMITS THE TRUTH: It's quite rare for neoliberals or neoconservatives like Tony Blair to admit it when their crazy policies go awry - but we're glad to see Blair has come to the light and declared the war in Ukraine will be the end of the (atheist) West.

KILLING SHINZO ABE: South Front has a remarkable article about the assassination of Shinzo Abe, why the single assassin story doesn't fly, and why the globalists had Abe killed.


IV. CULTURE OF LIFE, CULTURE OF PROTECTION

DEPOPULATING NATIONS: Of the twenty nations with the fastest declining populations, we are not surprised to see Japan in the top ten. The vast majority of the other declining nations are all found in eastern Europe, which had a sustaining birthrate of 2.1 in 1988 (under the Soviet Union) but dropped to a dismal 1.2 by 1998, just ten years later. The cause? Integration into the atheist West, which brought the sexual revolution east as many eastern Europeans immigrated west. What a disaster.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Religion, Nations, and Geopolitical Review: SATURDAY, JULY 16

by A. Joseph Lynch

I. POPE FRANCIS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

APPOINTING WOMEM: Pope Francis has appointed three women - two religious, one lay - to the Dicastery for Bishops, the Vatican office that selects the shepherds of the Church. It is a token gesture to women to be sure, but we ask whether or not there is a lay man in this office as well? After all it is not simply a matter of gender but also of the clerical state - and sadly we see the Church drive more and more lay men away.

CHURCH ATTACKS: Since the fall of Roe v. Wade, Catholic churches across the nation have come under attack. Ascension Catholic Church in Overland Park, KS might have been the recent most attack. It is imperative that our Catholic men remain vigilant as more attacks are - sadly - likely.

FRANCIS ON BIDEN: While we generally defend Pope Francis' acts and words, we are very sad to hear how weak the pope has been on Joe Biden - especially in decision to leave abortion to Biden's "conscience" and to his relationship with his pastors. But isn't Francis one of those pastors? Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City had a perfect response to the situation, citing both the Pope's problematic stance while blaming the situation on his poor advisors. 


II. AMERICAN POLITICS

BUMBLING BIDEN IN THE MIDEAST: Joe Biden was desperate to avoid photos of him shaking hands with Saudi leader MbS - so he cited the pandemic to announce he would shake no one's hand on his Mideast trip. But there was one problem, Biden couldn't resist shaking hands left and right during his stay in Israel. He ended up giving MbS a fist bump - which the Washington Post said was even worse than a handshake. Biden's mission to Saudi Arabia was to beg for more oil - which likely went no where after Biden told MbS he was guilty of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

STATES VIOLATED ELECTION LAWS: Two major rulings out of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania add fuel to the 2020 election fire as both rulings found that state election officials violated state election laws during the 2020 election. We suggest this article from The Federalist for more information.

RISING INFLATION, FALLING APPROVAL: Inflation in the US has hit 9.1% (though the number based on how inflation was calculated in the 1970s and 80s would stand at a whopping 17%!). Numbers like this will not only lead to a further drop of Biden's approval but also more Democrat rats jumping ship on his failing presidency. The liberal NY Times not only has Biden polling at 33% (Civiqs even has him at 29%), but is now all but calling for an end to his presidency in 2024.

BOLTON'S COUPS: John Bolton, the arch-neocon who never saw a country he didn't want to bomb, has admitted to planning coups in multiple countries (watch the video). the admission is shocking but not unexpected here at AoA. We pray Trump stays very, very far away from him in a second term.


III. THE NATIONS

GROWING BRICS: We noted above that Biden is visiting the Saudis looking for more oil - yet this week we learned not only that the Saudis are buying vast quantities of Russian oil, but that they are seeking to join BRICS, an association that that seeks political, economic, and cultural cooperation between the nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (B.R.I.C.S.). These five countries taken together comprise 27% of the world's land surface, 41.5% of the world's population, and 32% of the world's GDP when factoring in purchasing power parity (PPP). The expansion of BRICS to Saudi Arabia is a very bad sign for any American diplomacy with the Saudis. And the Saudis aren't the only ones interested in BRICS as it appears Egypt and Turkey plan to join as well. This is a disaster for the anti-Russian sanctions, and may even lead to Turkey leaving NATO (a far greater disaster for the atheist West to be sure). 

COLLAPSING GOVERNMENTS: The governments of Estonia, Sri Lanka, and Italy are following behind the UK as more regimes collapse in the wake of the sanctions war with Russia. Estonia is under pressure from historically high inflation, Sri Lanka fell largely due to its embrace of the green agenda, and Italy faces economic meltdown over the rising cost of natural gas (Italy is second only to Germany in its dependence on Russian natural gas). More on looming Italian elections from Dr. Steve Turley. As Hungarian leader Viktor Orban put it, Europe has not shot itself in the foot with these foolish sanctions, it's shot itself in the lungs and is no suffocating. 

KALININGRAD BLOCKADE MADE WORSE: The EU has utterly failed to rein in Lithuania in its suicidal fight with Russia over a partial blockade of Russia's Kaliningrad exclave. While the EU is forcing Lithuania to allow Russian supply via rail, it is breaking its treaties and violating international law by not only banning Russian supply by road, but also refusing to increase rail tonnage to compensate for the shipping lost by the road closure to Russian delivery vehicles. What this means is that a Russian war with Lithuania is now all but guaranteed in the years ahead. 


IV. CULTURE OF LIFE, CULTURE OF PROTECTION

UKRAINE'S HUMAN SHIELDS: We finally have word from the UN that Ukraine effectively used its citizens as human shields during a battle that led to the deaths of over fifty civilians in early March. Ukraine took up positions in and around a nursing home in the Donbas (likely filled with ethnically Russian civilians). The Ukrainians refused to evacuate the residents, leading to the deaths of many during the ensuing battle. The UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said it is "further concerned by reports of the use of human shields, which involves seeking to use the presence or movement of the civilian population or individual civilians to render certain points or areas immune from military operations..." (emphasis ours).

ANGLICANS CAN'T DEFINE WOMEN: Like others on the far Left, Anglicans can't tell you what a woman is. Anglicanism began embracing transgenderism in 2018 and continues down that path today. We pray people wake up to madness before things begin to fall apart around us.

GUIDESTONES DESTRUCTION: Georgia's "guidestones" - a small Stonehenge-like monument to globalism - has been destroyed. The monument, erected in 1980, included calls to limit populations, create a one-world language, and uphold the environment above man. It's quite interesting to see that statues of American heroes and Catholic saints aren't the only monuments be smashed these days.

Monday, July 11, 2022

The Memorial of Saint Benedict: Christian fraternity and male socialization

by David Pence
                     

Saint Benedict (480-543) left the comfortable life of a university student to discipline himself as a hermit. He left the life of solitude to become  an abbot of several monasteries. He survived several poisoning attempts of monks not as dedicated to moral reform as he was. In one of those episodes, a raven clutched the poisoned bread he was about to eat and saved his life. The raven is often prominent  in the name of Benedictine institutions and pictures of the saint. He introduced an order of life (Rule of St Benedict) which regulated the prayer, study, and manual labor of men who lived together in community. He is considered the Father of Europe. Benedictine monasteries are highly independent from one another and democratic in their selection of an abbot. To this day, they number some of the holiest (and some of the most corrupt) communities in Christendom. Benedict’s Christian fraternities of work, study, and prayer were the spiritual forerunners of corporations, universities, and cities which invigorated European civilization. Benedict taught men how to live together under Christ in love. He shaped Christian masculine character in monasteries that served as the fraternal template of public life. He united men in a transcendent spiritual purpose in a specific local community under a patriarch. An excerpt of the Rule of Benedict from the Church readings for his feast day:
"Just as there exists an evil fervor, a bitter spirit which divides us from God and leads us to hell, so there is a good fervor which sets us apart from evil inclinations and leads us toward God and eternal life. Monks should put this fervor into practice with an overflowing love... No one should follow what is good for himself but rather what seems good for another. They should display brotherly love in a chaste manner; fear God in a spirit of love, revere their abbot with a genuine and submissive affection. Let them put Christ above all else; and may He lead us all to everlasting life."


                               


CHRISTIAN BROTHERHOOD, THE BENEDICT OPTION, AND INTERRACIAL VIOLENCE

A contemporary "Benedict Option" would be an all-male communal group which shaped men in Christian brotherhood. These all-male communities of prayer and work would be a model for interracial brotherhood and male socialization in towns or cities. The goal of the fraternity would be to teach and socialize young males as American men regardless of color. The perfection of some men leads to the maturation of many men. Men in the spirit of Benedict pray together regularly and do physically productive work. They would introduce the Christian culture of brotherhood as active protectors and workers for the young men of a local community. This is just the kind of male maturation and sex roles needed in our cities to bring cooperation between young black men and police officers. Both policemen and black male citizens SHARE a common identity as male protectors and fellow Americans. The police officers are the officer corps of the citizen protective bond. The feminist culture of the Democratic party which dominates America's inner cities is clueless about socializing and integrating young men into our protective role as men. They seek a lesbian police chief here, and many more female officers there, but the public peace of fraternity and male protective sex roles is an enemy to them. The enmity between black men and urban police is one of the bitterest fruits of the sexual revolution. Sabotaging the ability of young males to show they are men by acting out a public protector role in manners, dress, and actions pierces the masculine heart of Christian civic culture.

The Benedict Option is masculine and fraternal. Patriarchal fraternity is the fundamental form of Christian accord which shapes public life just as the marital spousality of the male-female couple shapes domestic life. Benedictine fraternity combines physical work with prayer; otherwise it is not of Benedict. The black men of our inner cities have lost the pathway to fatherhood and maturation which industrial jobs once provided. They need a Benedict. He is the father of Europe because the ordered masculine fraternity of his monks eventually flowered into the male communal forms of work, worship, and protection called nations. Benedict built masculine religiously-ordered publics. His men were patriots of whatever land they worked. They were manufacturers (manus facto -- to make by hand). Let us honor his feast day by remembering what he did long ago, and pray that men in our country will once again imitate his fraternities of ora et labora.  

                          ALL-MALE GROUPS ARE THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEM

This is the road not taken to racial reconciliation. Street violence is overwhelmingly a male problem. It can only be solved by building a civic culture which can sanctify and socialize the males. There are many paths to social deviancy when men are not integrated into public protection and meaningful labor. One is seeking social recognition in the false "communities" of drugs and sexual promiscuity. Our large cities have fatally made peace with this errant path. Another errant path is chosen by much tougher males than those at the pot parties and dance clubs. They seek public recognition in violent dissent. That path wakes society up enough to start looking for solutions. Let us consider the strategy of that Italian saint who 1,500 years ago countered the dissipating cities of Europe with prayer, learning, and manual labor forged in local fraternities under God. As part of the Church’s morning prayer memorial of Benedict, she employs a 19th-century hymn:

             "Rise up O men of God!
              His kingdom tarries long
              Bring in the day of brotherhood
              And end the night of wrong."
     


St. Benedict was one of the four holy men we featured on All Saints Day as  "A man in full."

                         

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Religion, Nations, and Geopolitical Review: SATURDAY, JULY 9

R&G NEWS ROUND UP

by A. Joseph Lynch

ASSASSINATION OF SHINZO ABE: Japan's greatest statesmen of the post-war has been murdered. While we await more information on the assassin, we've heard some rumors the killing was tied to Abe's promotion of Japan's national religion: Shintoism. This would not surprise us as Abe sought in many ways to "make Japan great again." Though different in style, his civic and religious nationalism place him much more in the vein of a Putin or a Trump - which might be way certain media outlets are trying to vilify him in his death. Abe wanted to see Japan return to its roots, embracing its historic Shinto faith while re-emerging as a nation with a fully restored military. He felt the nation had done enough apologizing for World War II - and he was right. Shinzo Abe was the best leader Japan had. He will be sorely missed.

FALL OF BORIS JOHSON: Another G7 leader, however, will not be missed: Boris Johnson the clown prime minister of the UK. Though officially his fall has to do with a sex scandal in parliament, the real real is found in the UK's collapsing economy. Living standards in the UK have dropped to their lowest point since modern tracking in the 1950s began. Sadly what none will recognize is the fact that UK's economy is underwater because of the sanctions war with Russia. As we await the emergence of a new prime minister, it is regrettable to report that no successor to Johnson will break with the policies that are bring the UK to economic ruin. And while we're talking about the UK, it's been reported that the most popular baby boy name in the kingdom is... Muhammad. Let that sink in.

PUTIN SAYS "LET THEM TRY": During a Kremlin speech this week, Vladimir Putin had some words to say about NATO involvement in Ukraine and the need to reach a peace agreement soon: 
“Today we hear that they want to defeat us on the battlefield. What can you say? Let them try. We have heard many times that the West wants to fight us to the last Ukrainian. This is a tragedy for the Ukrainian people, but it seems that everything is heading towards this. Everyone should know that, by and large, we haven’t started anything yet in earnest. At the same time, we don’t reject peace talks. But those who reject them should know that the further it goes, the harder it will be for them to negotiate with us.”
Putin wants to be clear - Russia is winning the war and Russia will win the war. Russia has successfully fought outnumbered 3 to 1 and has yet to unleash the full fury of its military. Everyday Ukraine loses more territory, everyday their position at the negotiating table gets weaker. Putin is warning that if peace talks are delayed to long, there might not be Ukraine left. 

SHOOTING IN CHICAGO SUBERB: A shooting in a north Chicago suburb took place on July 4. In many ways it - like the tragic assassination of Shinzo Abe - reveals the weakness of gun control laws. Whereas in Japan the shooter killed the former prime minster with a homemade shotgun, the Highland Park killer had a previous record of mental illness and endangering others with weapons - yet the state of Illinois still handed him multiple guns. More from Jimmy Dore (language warning). And of course the real question isn't guns, it's why are our young men so poorly socialized and formed as men that they take such actions?

BIDEN'S CHINA OIL SCANDAL: It appears that Joe Biden might have given a portion of the US petroleum reserves - where are for use only in times of emergency - to a Chinese energy company with investment ties to his son, Hunter. More from Dr. Steve Turley.

Monday, July 4, 2022

JULY 4 - The American Covenant: Brotherhood under God

[first published 4 July 2014]


David Pence writes:

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought by local militias on April 19, 1775. American militiamen were protecting a large cache of military supplies in Concord from British seizure. (If you had asked a man from Massachusetts in that glorious era what a male civil union was, he would have answered: "The local militia!")

The militias would not be enough to defeat the mighty British Army, so the Continental Army was formed by a resolution of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775. A few days later, the Congress commissioned George Washington as its Commander-in-Chief.
                                       
Gen. Henry Knox: self-educated artilleryman
                                   
The British evacuated Boston – on March 17, 1776 – after militia and Continental forces besieged the city for 11 months. The stalemate was turned when the Knox Expedition to the newly captured Fort Ticonderoga brought 60 tons of captured heavy artillery over difficult terrain in mid-winter to bear on the encircled British. (This is now celebrated as “Evacuation Day” in Massachusetts along with another feast of national identity: Saint Patrick’s Day.)
                                     


The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.
It was, indeed, a declaration of inalienable rights:
'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'

But if all men are born free and equal, why everywhere are men enslaved?
Because their fathers did not secure these rights by forming a well-ordered armed covenant with other men by which rights could be protected against tyrants, criminals, and unfettered passions. Our founding fathers made and enforced such a covenant. They protected their armaments at Concord and captured the cannons of Ticonderoga, one year before they declared on paper their Independence. As my daddy used to say: "You want to change the world? Bring large groups of armed men into agreement." That’s why we are grilling hot dogs and waving flags on July 4th.

We rejoice because men loved each other with the sacrificial love of fellow citizens under God. They broke one form of blood kinship and hereditary rule with the English to assert the more powerful and democratic bloodshed-brotherhood of republican military duty. They formed a nation for all on a brotherhood for adult males only. Their brotherly love spoke in the language of honor codes and Providence.
'That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.'
If the oft-quoted second paragraph of the Declaration is about the rights of every person in principle, then the seldom-quoted last line is about the sacred masculine blood oath which won those rights in practice. The words declaring the rights of men were sealed authoritatively one year earlier by the sacrificial fraternal acts at Lexington and Concord.
                                               

While the nation as a single organism embraces all men, women, and children, the fundamental bond which makes the nation possible through time is a trans-generational masculine fraternity of sacrifice. No authoritative covenant by men in arms – no rights of man. No communal authority – no individual liberty.

We are not the founders of our nation. The adult men of this generation are challenged to receive and transmit a patrimony already established. Some men find themselves in a time and place which demand a founding. This is not our situation in the America of today. The fireworks of the Fourth celebrate our good fortune. We are not called to found a city, but to be the watchmen of her walls already built by the sweat and bought by the blood of men who went before us. 

America is the sweetest fruit of the Protestant Reformation. Laymen had to separate themselves into the communal fellowship of nations, to free themselves from the temporal rule of the Catholic Church. (This freed the Church to clarify her spiritual mission.)

The American continents provided a vast and separate land where the dynamic interplay of the nations of Noah and the seed of Abraham might bring forth the will of Providence. Adam and his sons, Noah and his sons, Abraham and his seed, Jacob and his sons – these communal forms of patriarchal fraternity are now found in the apostolic Church and the national brotherhoods. In America they were made incarnate  by the biblical leadership structures of Protestant congregations, and the military structures of local and state militias. These sacred bonds of civic and ecclesial masculine duty settled the wilderness and – in God’s appointed time – will cast out the Father of Lies and restore all things in Christ.  



BACKGROUND: Monsieur Renan on the spiritual nature of the nation.

Dr. Pence on America as a Christian nation: part 1 and part 2.

Take some time to listen to this long interview with Harry Jaffa conducted by radio host Hugh Hewitt. The good professor explains why the meeting of our Founding Fathers (1776 Philadelphia) was one of the two or three most important events in all of human history!

Bishop Fulton Sheen on American Patriotism.

Archbishop John Ireland on Religion and Patriotism. "Next to God is country and next to religion is patriotism." This remarkable poetic work was written in the midst of the 19th century, during an era known as The Spring of Nations.   

Sunday, July 3, 2022

John Ireland - the Patriotism of a Patriarch


IRELAND (L) with Mrs. Mary Hill and Alexander Ramsey 
[Mary Hill was the Catholic wife of railroad tycoon James J. Hill. The mother of ten children was able to convince her husband to make large donations to the Archbishop's building projects.

Alexander Ramsey was governor of Minnesota when the Civil War broke out; and a decade later served as Secretary of War.]

Excerpts from a speech by John Ireland (d. 1918), posted at 'The American Catholic' website:
Pagan nations were wrong when they made gods of their noblest patriots. But the error was the excess of a great truth, that heaven unites with earth in approving and blessing patriotism; that patriotism is one of earth’s highest virtues, worthy to have come down from the atmosphere of the skies. 
The exalted patriotism of the exiled Hebrew exhaled itself in a canticle of religion which Jehovah inspired, and which has been transmitted, as the inheritance of God’s people to the Christian Church:
"Upon the rivers of Babylon there we sat and wept, when we remembered Sion.—If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten. Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee, if I do not make Jerusalem the beginning of my joy."
Patriotism is the vital spark of national honor; it is the fount of the nation’s prosperity, the shield of the nation’s safety. Take patriotism away, the nation’s soul has fled, bloom and beauty have vanished from the nation’s countenance. 
Patriotism is innate in all men; the absence of it betokens a perversion of human nature; but it grows its full growth only where thoughts are elevated and heart-beatings are generous. 
Next to God is country, and next to religion is patriotism. No praise goes beyond its deserts. It is sublime in its heroic oblation upon the field of battle. "Oh glorious is he," exclaims in Homer the Trojan warrior, "who for his country falls!" It is sublime in the oft-repeated toil of dutiful citizenship. "Of all human doings," writes Cicero, "none is more honorable and more estimable than to merit well of the commonwealth." 
Countries are of divine appointment. The Most High "divided the nations, separated the sons of Adam, and appointed the bounds of peoples." The physical and moral necessities of God’s creatures are revelations of his will and laws. Man is born a social being. A condition of his existence and of his growth of mature age is the family. Nor does the family suffice to itself. A larger social organism is needed, into which families gather, so as to obtain from one another security to life and property and aid in the development of the faculties and powers with which nature has endowed the children of men.
The whole human race is too extensive and too diversified in interests to serve those ends: hence its subdivisions into countries or peoples. Countries have their providential limits—the waters of a sea, a mountain range, the lines of similarity of requirements or of methods of living. The limits widen in space according to the measure of the destinies which the great Ruler allots to peoples, and the importance of their parts in the mighty work of the cycles of years, the ever-advancing tide of humanity’s evolution. 
The Lord is the God of nations because he is the God of men. No nation is born into life or vanishes back into nothingness without his bidding. I believe in the providence of God over countries as I believe in his wisdom and his love, and my patriotism to my country rises within my soul invested with the halo of my religion to my God.
                           


Archbishop Ireland thought America had a special claim on him for its foundation in Christian brotherhood under God. Here is how he explained the country we call our own:
America born into the family of nations in these latter times is the highest billow in humanity’s evolution, the crowning effort of ages in the aggrandizement of man. Unless we take her in this altitude, we do not comprehend her; we belittle her towering stature and conceal the singular design of Providence in her creation. 
When the fathers of the republic declared "that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," a cardinal principle was enunciated which in its truth was as old as the race, but in practical realization almost unknown. 
Slowly, amid sufferings and revolutions, humanity had been reaching out toward a reign of the rights of man. Ante-Christian paganism had utterly denied such rights. It allowed nothing to man as man; he was what wealth, place, or power made him. Even the wise Aristotle taught that some men were intended by nature to be slaves and chattels. The sweet religion of Christ proclaimed aloud the doctrine of the common fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of men. 
Eighteen hundred years, however, went by, and the civilized world had not yet put its civil and political institutions in accord with its spiritual faith. The Christian Church was all this time leavening human society and patiently awaiting the promised fermentation. This came at last, and it came in America. It came in a first manifestation through the Declaration of Independence; it came in a second and final manifestation through President Lincoln’s Proclamation of Emancipation. 
In America all men are civilly and politically equal; all have the same rights; all wield the same arm of defense and of conquest, the suffrage; and the sole condition of rights and of power is simple manhood.

Born in County Kilkenny in 1838 (September 11th), John Ireland was ordained a priest in Minnesota in 1861 -- and went off to serve as a chaplain in the Civil War. In 1888 he was named the first archbishop of Saint Paul. One of his strengths was building seminaries, churches, and schools. (A review of Marvin O' Connell's excellent biography )
                                                             
U of St. Thomas raised a statue to its founder

"A person may be faithful; he may have the power to utter hidden mysteries; he may be discriminating in the evaluation of what is said and pure in his actions. But the greater he seems to be, the more humbly he ought to act, and the more zealous he should be for the common good rather than his own interest."
                                      (Pope St. Clement, martyred about 99 AD)

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Religion, Nations, and Geopolitical Review: SATURDAY, JULY 2

R&G NEWS ROUND UP

by A. Joseph Lynch

FRANCIS TEACHES ON LITURGY: Pope Francis just released his own reflection on the liturgy in his apostolic letter entitled Desiderio Desideravi. While we have more to say on the document in the weeks ahead, Taylor Marshall's review - if overly critical - is worth checking out for an initial overview of the document. We will say his analogy of the liturgy to dance is quite excellent.

VATICAN TONE-DEAF ON ROE: Thought the Vatican should have shooting off fireworks after the defeat of Roe v. Wade, the response from the Vatican has been tone deaf at best. Recently the Vatican's editorial director responded to the fall of Roe by saying that pro-life Catholics should be as equally concerned with "guns, poverty and rising maternity mortality rates." Meanwhile Nancy Pelosi immediately flew to Rome, met with the pope - and "many, many, many leaders of the church" - while making sure she publicly received Communion (given that her own archbishop has banned her from doing so in San Francisco). It's been a remarkable turn of events in the US and its a sad shame the Vatican isn't celebrating.

CHOMSKY ON UKRAINE: Even the pacifist Noam Chomsky agrees with Henry Kissinger as he admits that Russia was provoked into war: "Of course, [the war in Ukraine] was provoked. Otherwise, they wouldn't refer to it all the time as an unprovoked invasion. By now, censorship in the United States has reached such a level beyond anything in my lifetime. Such a level that you are not permitted to read the Russian position." You can read his full comments here.

WAR OVER KALININGRAD? If you ask the president of Belarus, Lithuania's partial blockade of Russia's Kaliningrad was a declaration of war. Though tensions over Kaliningrad appear to be relaxing, Russia knows that at least one NATO member state posed a direct threat to Russian territory while neither the EU nor the US or the UK condemned the act. At some point Russia will act to defend itself from Lithuanian aggression - and when it does it will once more be declared the aggressor - even though its actions in Lithuania, like Ukraine, were clearly provoked.

PARTNERS IN THE BLUE PACIFIC: The US is rolling out its Pacific version of NATO - the "Partners in the Blue Pacific" - which will challenge China while upholding the "rules-based" global order. It must be noted that this "rule-based order" is America's replacement of international law - where international law is binding on all nations (including America), the "rules-based order" allows America to set the "rules" while not having to play by them. In terms of containing China, America needs Russia - but sadly it's imperialistic policies means that Russia will always be treated as an adversary. And without Russia, neither NATO nor the "Partners in the Blue Pacific" will be successful.

DEFENDING THE LIBERAL WORLD ORDER: It's not just the "rules-based order" that needs defending - it's the "liberal" world order, too. According to a Biden official, US citizens must bear the burden of high gas prices and inflation for as long as it takes in order to defend the "liberal world order" from its adversaries. In a choice between "America First" and the "Liberal World Order" we'll take "America First" every single time.

DEMOCRATS RESPOND TO ROE'S DEMISE: Republicans have been playing by the rules of the game for decades, knowing full well that the fall of Roe could only come through new appointments to the Supreme Court - and to do that they had to win elections! Now that Roe is gone, we see headlines such as this: The Constitution Was Literally Written By Slaveowners. Why Is America Obsessed With Upholding It? Another headline reads in part: Democrats are frustrated with Biden's refusal to question the legitimacy of the Supreme Court... So now that Democrats have lost, they openly demand to destroy the US Constitution (because it's apparently racist) and "question of the legitimacy" of the nation's highest court? Now as a quick reminder, when Republicans took the disgraceful act of "questioning the legitimacy" of the 2020 election, they were booted from social media and locked away without trial. We somehow doubt the Democrats will ever face such a fate.

NAMES AND ADDRESSES LEAKED: Incensed over the Supreme Court's second amendment decision, the attorney general of California "accidentally" leaked the names and addresses of every Californian who holds a concealed carry gun permit. It's a total travesty and yet another sign that it's time for people to flee California - perhaps quite literally fleeing for their lives.

KILLING ROE IN 2010: June 2022 may be when Roe finally died, but the path to its destruction at the state level - which is where the Supreme Court returned the power over abortion - began with the great red wave that swept the state houses in 2010.

SCOTUS AND THE EPA: The Supreme Court dealt quite the blow against environmentalists and the EPA. Read more from Zerohedge.