Monthly Archives: June 2019

C S Lewis and the errors of German Christianity

Not quite a chicken-and-egg thing, or should not be, in view of the primacy of the universal church, which is not a collection of locals but that from which the locals have arisen.

Because it is so topical to the debates going on at the moment in the Catholic Church, we have been considering the Truth that the Universal Catholic Church is ontologically prior (see earlier posts for that weirdo expression) to the local Church; and understanding how wrong the Kasperites are in putting the local Church first…

That would be the German cardinal, Walter Kasper, a leader in the movement within the church for loosening bonds with Rome and going one’s own way as regards what counts and what doesn’t.

It’s a German thing but also, historically, a French and Belgian and Dutch thing — oh those Northern Europeans, to whom we owe so much and yet better watch out for, at least the Kasperites among them.

via Fr Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment

Joe Biden under fire from rivals for remarks about civility with segregationists —

Egad, the more they complain, the more they exemplify Biden’s point, namely not to demonize your opponents, nor agree with them. Biden’s critics show they are unable to follow this path, much less respect it.

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Vice President Joe Biden came under sharp criticism from some of his Democratic presidential rivals on Wednesday for remarks he made this week about his time working civilly with segregationists serving in the Senate in the 1970s. FILE PHOTO: New York City Mayor and Democratic Presidential candidate Bill de Blasio […]

He couldn’t get away with passing praise for Mike Pence either, and they made him retract that. Emotion matters, but for them it’s the ruling element.

via Joe Biden under fire from rivals for remarks about civility with segregationists —

‘Existential’? — Fr Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment

The man from Old Blighty (say “Hunnick”) learning a new word:

Not long ago, we had a Swedish schoolgirl explaining to us, in very stylish English, about Climate Change. Stylish … but one word grabbed my attention. She said the dangers were “existential”. That word has been around quite a time now; at first, it frightened me. When a new term becomes all the rage, and…

A man feels left out, you know. He did, then . . .

I’ve got it sussed. It is just another example of the modern dodge of choosing a fancy, upmarket-sounding, word to say something that was previously said rather more simply and prosaically, so that the speaker sounds either more like an Intellectual or more like a member of Society’s elite. It’s like ‘locate’

More more more here from an experienced word-merchant . . .  via ‘Existential’? — Fr Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment

Close Down Old Universities And Build Our Own?

What’s this? A prophet in our midst.

Roger Scruton has called for dumping universities as they currently exist. Scrap them altogether, he says. At least dynamite the state-sponsored ones (in England). Most universities are state-sponsored, though. At…

And a philosopher to boot.

via Close Down Old Universities And Build Our Own? — William M. Briggs

Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin: ‘Rather Suffer Persecution Than Join Patriotic Association’

Gutsy fellow.

AsiaNews, Bernardo Cervellera: Msgr. Vincenzo Guo Xijin, auxiliary bishop of Mindong (Fujian), is willing to suffer persecution along with other underground priests, rather than join the Patriotic Association (PA) or force his priests to join. This has been confirmed to AsiaNews … Continue reading → The post Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin: ‘Rather Suffer Persecution Than Join…

A bishop to approve of.

via Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin: ‘Rather Suffer Persecution Than Join Patriotic Association’ — Catholicism.org

China is harvesting organs from prisoners, report finds

Evidence is found that ethnic and religious minorities are being targeted for organ transplants.

Reds leading new-age solutions. Brave new world pioneers. Western civ-lovers beware.

via China is harvesting organs from prisoners, report finds — Aleteia — Catholic Spirituality, Lifestyle, World News, and Culture

Climate changeability denier finds Pope Francis in a pickle

It’s something he said and something a revered predecessor said:

The Vatican’s biggest carbon emitter, “Pope” Francis, warns: “Time is running out! …We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward” to save the planet!

Here we must quote the words of “Saint” John XXIII at the Vatican II opening address: “We feel we must disagree with those prophets of gloom, who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand”!

Dirty trick played here, catching the (alleged, he says) Holy Father in his speech. Go shoot him down, Francis.

(He won’t.)

Francis to fellow Jesuits: When I do not respond to questioners and nay-sayers, I follow example of an early Jesuit

Among likenesses to St. Peter Faber SJ, one of the earliest Jesuits, whom Pope Francis claims as his ideal, is to be a “man of dialogue.”

With whom?

Not with bishops and cardinals who ask first privately then publicly for clarification of his statements and writings about faith and morals, whom he has ignored for months and years.

Holy Father, please. Do you know what you are saying (to Romanian Jesuits on a recent trip) when you claim to be an imitator of this saint?

I’m beginning to think you don’t, as in many other instances.

Cardinal Cupich might brush up on his knowledge of canon law . . .

He talks around the issue . . .

via Cdl. Cupich’s rationales for not taking canonical action against prominent pro-abortion Catholic politicos are as unconvincing as ever | In the Light of the Law

“Sanctions” are not the issue. Rather, the issues are preventing scandal and sacrilege.

Neither is “Changing people’s minds” the issue. He can’t let it go at that, “as if that satisfies his duty in the matter . . .  any more than a father can excuse sitting by while members of his household act against the common good, by saying, “Well, I told them what was right and wrong.”

California Democrats’ war on exposer of Planned Parenthood as body-parts purveyor

via Pro Life Warrior Fined $195,000 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Among the Dems, Kamala Harris involved in unprecedented prosecution:

In a recent statement [hidden camera producer David] Daleiden points out, “Not a single other undercover journalist has ever been prosecuted under the California video recording law, and they record and publish hidden camera stings on a weekly basis. My case is the first and only one, because it is Kamala Harris’s politically-motivated attack on my First Amendment rights to benefit her friends and donors at Planned Parenthood.”

Lots more here on the situation, plus at his Center for Medical Progress site.

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