A Tale of Two Cities

(Photo by Cynthia Fleury)

(Photo by Cynthia Fleury)

By Charlie Johnston

In Italian, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s last name means “lionhearted.” Man, is he living up to his name! Right from the belly of the beast he is standing fast against those who are not content to demand tolerance for people who live sexual disorder contrary to Christian faith, but insist that all must bow down in worship of active homosexuality and call it a positive good.

Archbishop Cordileone’s secular sin was that he re-emphasized the simple rule that the Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese must consistently teach and be informed by Catholic doctrine. This meant, among other things, that the teachings on marriage as a sacrament between a man and a woman must be candidly proclaimed. In a more rational time, this would have been regarded as the uncontroversial, even rather timid, decree that it is. Homosexuals are not banned from teaching positions; there is no morals clause. Rather, they simply must accurately and faithfully teach what the Church teaches on matters of faith in all public capacities. Thus, you cannot be a San Francisco Catholic High School teacher and, in your private time, lead a public crusade against the Church’s teaching.

All the forces of the anti-Christian media-government complex have swooped into to savage the Archbishop for taking this stand, even bringing a prominent public relations gunslinger to manage the smear effort to oust him, so that Catholic schools may safely teach that homosexuality is the coolest thing ever and murdering your babies is a glorious right.

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

But this lionhearted Archbishop is having none of it. A gentle, tolerant man, he is yet determined that he will faithfully safeguard the faith at all costs and transmit it with fidelity to those given into his care. He is a hero for our times.

Alas, our Bishops are an inconsistent lot. In America, while individual Bishops are occasionally marvelously courageous, as a group they have pretty consistently been all too eager to play the easy mark for predatory secular officials who talk pretty to them. They are more like the preacher’s gullible daughter than the faithful preacher. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), by imperial decree, took control of the Internet. There was no law passed by the Congress or signed by the president – just a decree issued by this department of the executive branch. When such a federal commission, which is an agent of the president, promulgates new rules, there is supposed to be a period of several months in which those rules may be studied and commented upon by the public. The FCC has still not even bothered to reveal what, exactly, is in the rules, much less concerned itself with what their putative bosses, the people, think about them. They don’t need no stinking public input in how they will rule our lives.

Right on cue, Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Communication, stepped forward to gush over how the FCC’s still undisclosed rule will protect freedom of speech on the Internet. I have criticized committees of American Bishops in the past for boldly proclaiming positions on public policy without bothering to find out exactly what they are talking about. In this case it is literally true, for NO ONE except the commissioners – and perhaps the president and his designees – knows what the new rules are, only that the government has taken over.

Salt Lake City Bishop John Wester - (Catholic News Agency)

Salt Lake City Bishop John Wester – (Catholic News Agency)

But Bishop Wester, being the shrewd strategic thinker he must be, apparently thinks that if it is being done by the same people who use the language of tolerance to force Catholic Social Services in some states out of the adoption business, to persecute people who stay true to their faith, fining and trying to take their homes and businesses from them; the same people who used a health care law to try to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide abortion coverage; hey what could go wrong? They say they are going to protect our rights – and Bishop John (call me Neville) Wester takes them at their word. 

I know the progression of how things work. First, the FCC will try to anesthetize both Congressional opponents and citizen activists by showing they really aren’t going to regulate content at all. That should not be too hard to accomplish with Congress. When it comes to defending our rights, Congressional Republicans have been as aggressive as a eunuch in a brothel. The initial benign face suits the FCC’s purposes, for the first order of business is to use it as a new revenue source and tax the snot out of it. That process will raise costs, first slowly, then dramatically, as it saps access and destroys innovation. Then the government will promulgate registration rules – no regulation, you understand, just register your site. Maybe you will eventually have to get a license to operate a website…no big deal, they won’t tell you what to say, just get licensed like a beautician or a plumber, to protect the public. Finally, after the tax and regulatory controls are firmly in place and people have gotten used to the bureaucratic regime, then Bishop Wester, you will find that defending life or marriage, or promulgating any Magisterial doctrine that runs afoul of your masters in the government, will be defined as hate speech and banned. That is the protection you will get. Those who mount their assault on freedom well know that the danger to their schemes comes not from Republicans, but from the faithful – and the longer they can gull leaders of the faith, the more fully they can get the architecture of tyranny completed. Then it won’t matter what the leaders of faith say. In the build-up, it sure would be helpful if we had fewer Bishops like Wester who so eagerly want to play the role of Neville Chamberlain in this unfolding drama and more like Cordileone who would rather play Winston Churchill.

Fortunately, the forces of darkness will not have time to fully carry out their oppressive plans. I have already said I will not participate with any of it, even the early seeming benign stages. I will not register, I will not respond to any government inquiries, I will pay no fines, I will not go to court to defend myself on what is my God-given right as an American. If it gets far enough along that the bureaucrats have started taking control of individual websites, they will simply have to leave me alone, arrest me, or take the website down by force. So if I suddenly stop publishing and the website is gone at some point, you know what happened. Don’t worry. Whatever victory they gain will be short-lived. I’ll be back.

We are seeing a great division throughout the world into two cities. On one side is the City of God. On the other is the City of Government, of the imperial bureaucrats. The latter has nothing to do with God and is actively trying to pull Him from His heavenly throne. You must choose which City holds your allegiance. There is no place of neutrality. Recently, the remarkable Msgr. Charles Pope wrote a column in which he encouraged Priests to “man up.” It is solid advice for Bishops as well. We cannot negotiate our way out of this crisis with the anti-Christian forces of darkness. The only way to peace this time is through war – and the more vigorously you prosecute the spiritual war, the less costly will be the physical toll of the later crash. Man up.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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100 Responses to A Tale of Two Cities

  1. mll says:

    Hi Charlie, what can we do to stop this insanity? I’ve called both of my state’s senators and a congressman asking them to NOT support this. I will keep praying for our Shepherds and our country.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It is good that you called to protest, mll. But I have lost confidence in the political class to even understand the question, much less have an answer. The Democrats attack freedom relentlessly; the Republicans squabble over who gets the best seats at the surrender ceremony. This is a spiritual problem that will not be solved politically. To the extent you responsibly can, withdraw your consent and cooperation with this authoritarian government.

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      • ellenchris says:

        I have always voted and participated, but at this point, I really believe that political efforts are useless. The battleground now is hearts and minds — and souls. Only conversion is tipping the balance, or can tip the balance form now on.

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        • charliej373 says:

          That’s where I used to make my living, Ellen, but I have quit except to help out a friend who is on the ballot. Voting only encourages them. It is one of the nice things about living in Colorado – no one in the political class out here knows anything about me. A couple of times I have had friends from the Congress or the RNC eagerly tell me they were going to let someone in a higher position in Colorado that I am here and who I am. I forbade them, saying I would not take any work anyway. One of the nice things about being here is that I DO get left alone by the political class. Their time is done anyway. They had a chance to act with fortitude and vigor to defend the faith and freedom. They have been tried and found wanting so, already, the trust once vested in them has passed on.

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          • ellenchris says:

            When you said, “voting only encourages them” it put me in mind of Douglas Addams’ *Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy* in which the travelers go to a planet where there are two species: the humans and lizards. Only the humans can vote, but only the lizards can hold office. The humans vote, and all the lizards ever do is to make horrible laws oppressing the humans and making their lives miserable in every way. So the travelers ask, “Why do you keep voting for the lizards?” And the poor humans answer back, “But, if we don’t vote for the lizards, the wrong ones will get elected.” 😉

            Lizards is lizards whichever ones get in — we are, indeed, only just encouraging them by continuing to play their game.

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      • MMBev says:

        Please please can someone tell me how to cancel WordPress? It’s like being stuck in H__L.

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        • SteveBC says:

          MMBev, I’m not sure what you mean. Maybe restarting your computer could help when it gets into such a situation. Either that or beat on it with a big stick. That will definitely remove the problem! 🙂

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          • MMBev says:

            Thank God, He has provided me with quite a few big sticks, an incredible aim, and a terrific left arm swing. Thank you, Steve. (You can really tell I count on you.)

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        • Ed Allison says:

          MMBev, I’m not sure what you mean exactly, but if you want to sign out of WordPress, just hover your mouse pointer over your avatar in the top right corner and some options will pop up. One of them is ‘Sign Out’. I hope that helps.

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          • MMBev says:

            I have an “avatar”? It sounds evil. However, since you have spelled out “Sign Out” I will give it a try. Hopefully it will make the black banner heading at the top of this page saying “W – MYSITE etc” disappear. If not, the big stick…..

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          • charliej373 says:

            Oh dear, Bev, you’re making me nervous. You sound like a teen who found a parent’s gun and wants to play around with it to see how it works. What could go wrong? Steve, watch over her – for this is out of my area of expertise.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Thanks, Ed. I’d forgotten about that and needed that reminder. 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            Oh, come on, Charlie. MMBev, a computer, and a 34 Louisville Slugger baseball bat – really now, what could possibly go wrong? 😀

            MMBev, if your browser page looks like mine, you *should* see a half-inch tall black banner or ribbon across the top which starts on the left with a “W” inside a circle (which is the WordPress logo), then “My Sites” and “Reader” and so on. This is the command bar for a WordPress.com site and should be there. It is *not* an error or indicating anything wrong.

            So I suggest you leave it alone and don’t worry about it.

            However, if you still want to log out for some strange reason, try the following:

            If you look in that black ribbon and shift your eyes over to the very right end of it, you should see a pinkish box with a white star in it, less than half-inch-square.

            Just to the *left* of that star icon you should see a small circle with the same pattern as you see just to the left of “MMBev says” on all your comments here, a kind of purplish grid-thingee.

            If you hover over that purple-pattern icon and don’t click on it, a window will drop down, you’ll see your purple pattern in a bigger circle, then under that your “MMBev” name and directly under that, the “Sign out” link. Click on that and you’re out.

            If you click on the purple-pattern icon in the black ribbon instead of just hovering over it, the click will cause another page to load. Just hit your browser’s Back button (or left-pointing arrow button) and you will return to this page and can try again to sign out.

            But again, the black ribbon is supposed to be there and is not an error, so I advise you to just leave it all alone and stay signed in.

            OK? 🙂

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          • MMBev says:

            Oh sob, no pinkish square, no white star. I guess that for some reason part of the banner is hidden. I should have known. These things always happen to me. Oh, woe.

            A gun? Hummmmmmmmm. That would certainly work better than a big stick. Now, which way does one point it? It’s that, or I am doomed to have the black banner. Do you have to look down the pointy end thing first? Where does the bullet go in? Darn, you know my Dad would never let any of us touch his service revolver. A little experience would have helped.

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          • MMBev says:

            Cough, cough, cough. Ahhhh! cough. Well, the banner is still there. Computer not worse for treatment. I think I have less hair on my head though. I finally made cough, cough, it back to web whatever, and it’s like marriage. you can cough even get an annulment. You are bonded for like. cough.

            I don’t think I should use cough a gun to defend mysel cough f. I am seriously considering a flame thrower. cough.

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  2. Bob says:

    As an aside I am posting a meditation on humility and as humility means acknowledging God first, this is a good place to start.
    http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/aggregated-content/a-medieval-monks-12-steps-to-deeper-humility-5834744214323200
    We will see about the internet. If the storm comes as soon as Charlie suspects, hopefully, our Loving and compassionate and tolerant government will not have time to do much more damage than it has already. Remember they all love us up there and are only concerned for what is ” for our own good”!! Why did I hate it when my parents told me “We are only doing this for your own good”?

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    • charliej373 says:

      At least with our parents, however unpleasant it might have been, they actually meant it. This government may insist that each new encroachment is its “last territorial demand,” but the reality is that each new outrage is merely prelude to the next.

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  3. LJD says:

    Hey Charlie, though not directly related to this post I just wanted to say I have been more uneasy of late. The reason being that I just have this sense of impending doom and it won’t leave. It may be just my reading of news of Shemitahs and the foreign economic scenarios and how they play into our own lives, but it is there pretty steadily of late. My own little castle feels sturdy as I can make it(and prayerfully keep it), but I feel as though I am blessed with merciful light and all around me the darkest of clouds gather around. My family and friends are all struggling with various things, but I don’t feel it is time yet to intervene beyond praying for them. My main concern is my own home and keeping my wife and children safe. My wife doesn’t share my thoughts on any of what is coming, but realizes how fortunate we are. I just feel that exposing my own home is not prudent at this time. Does this make sense or am I being selfish?

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    • charliej373 says:

      You are being prudent, LJD. God ALWAYS intends that you first care well for those souls who have been placed in your care for a time. Live that well and you are fit for other things. Ignore that in order to do other things and you deceive yourself and abdicate the actual specific responsibility give to you by God. You are being prudent

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    • MaryM says:

      My husband is the same way. He thinks I’m into conspiracy theories. We just moved into a house with lots of fruit trees and a garden. I’ll be getting chickens and adding more fruit trees. Hopefully, it will be enough…for a while.

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  4. Paul says:

    Thnx Charlie…just read the article about Singer, the publicist, and how he’s been charged to go after Cordileone in San Francisco…what a great choice Pope Frances has made for that bishopric…

    On the guy leading the USCCB, don’t even get me started. Been down that road before…seems like, as in the secular world, so in religious life, certain types love to attain positions of power and influence, than tell us all how we should live.

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  5. Fred says:

    Charlie-

    I could not agree with you more. I saw this same cheerleading by the bishop and had to scratch my head. I cannot understand how our bishops have not put the pieces together yet! I have often thought the same thing as you- how can they continue to support this Administration with every major “transformative” initiative when it uniformly acts like the scorpion in the old tale and stings them each time as they carry it across the river? It makes me wonder sometimes whether some of our bishops (or maybe their advisors) value their politics more than their role as our shepherds. Anyway, thanks for pointing this out. We sorely need it.

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  6. Fred says:

    As a clarification, my comments were with respect to Bishop Wester. I think Bishop Cordileone is a refreshing change for the Archdiocese of SF. A definite blessing for the Church.

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  7. Bob says:

    I believe Archbishop Cordileone is fighting what may have some limited success. He is not asking the culture to change it’s beliefs on these things, which would never work, especially out there, but is only asking to be allowed freedom in his own area of responsibility, his pastorate. As for us needing to fight I believe we should all stop and ask God for wisdom before we speak. Last week at a social work “ethics” class of all places the subject of abortion and Catholic Charities came up and I realized the speaker held to the common lemming viewpoint here so I asked God what I could say and nothing came then but later I wrote out a ? and handed it in suggesting that for Catholic charities the duty to protect the client extended to their unborn child too as they believe the unborn is also a person and in need of protection . It may not have changed minds but it perhaps made the speaker understand why we believe so strongly on these things, and perhaps she thought a bit, but she did not present my ideas for group discussion. I knew her as I used to work for her agency and had moved on.

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    • connie says:

      Bob, I sympathize with you. It seems hard to know what to say many times and if anything should be said at all. Sometimes, I am glad the Holy Spirit seems to put me and my tendency to overthink things at times in the background in that inta. Once, several years back, a friend of mine asked me to take his teenaged daughter to the local health unit as he feared she was pregnant. So I did and I had to sit in a class with other parents while a woman gave us facts and statistics, etc about and what kinds of “contraception” was available. Well, I sat there getting madder by the minute because she never once talked about the importance of having a close relationship with your daughter and being a strong parental influence overseeing your child’s activities, friends, etc. So I stood up and let ’em all have it. I told them that I had teenage daughter also and that I refused to put her on a birth control regime and instead made sure i was pretty much always in her business whether she like it or not. In other words I was her mother, not her friend. I don’t remember all what I said, but when I stopped (to probably take a deep breath and give them round two!) the woman said something to the effect that I was lucky that she hadn’t gotten pregnant yet to which I said something along the lines of it had Nothing to do with luck but Everything to do with the Good Lord and hard work! Which she had nothing to say to that! I was mad and I do have a Cajun temper no doubt, but I am normally very respectful of other people’s territory so to speak and do not go around disrupting other people’s classes. So I am glad the Holy Spirit gave me a little “holy anger” in that instance even though I was a bit shocked at my self when it was all over and done. I don’t know if I got her to thinking but I was really thinking of those other poor mothers sitting in that classroom with me, and I all I could really think of, is they deserve to know the truth! This is not all about safe sex and preventing pregnancies, dangitt!!! With that all said, I would do well also, to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit on the other end of the spectrum when my Cajun temper wants to have its way when it is not best for tempers to flare! So pray pray pray for Wisdom and Courage!

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  8. Jim M. says:

    This Administration and the left has done an exemplary job of boiling a frog slowly in getting the public, and Congress, to accept that negotiation is actually capitulation. Negotiation is fine, so long as the far left position reigns supreme. We see how Congress “negotiated” on the President’s usurpation of power in matters of de facto amnesty and extending the Affordable Care Act well beyond its legislative guardrails. We have the Treasury misappropriating over $2 billion to cover health care law problems, and nothing.

    Negotiation is a way of resolving differences. However, there are some things that should NEVER be subject to negotiation – your rights, your character, your morals and your freedom. Benjamin Franklin once said those who trade off freedom for a little security are entitled to neither. Yet how much of our freedom has been bartered away over the last 15 years to create the illusion of security? Most of our privacy rights are a thing of the past (except for abortion, of course). Our freedom of movement has been seriously curtailed, with TSA at airports, train and bus stations and sometimes random checkpoints along the highways. On the last trip I took, my bag was pulled aside and my Bible was taken out and x-rayed separately. Come to think of it, there are some who would consider that a dangerous weapon.

    And now our freedom of speech. Some of that free speech must now run the phalanx of subjective rules and opinions on whether it rises to the level of “hate speech”. Or the freedom to follow our moral compass and the Word. We are told we can do so, but not if it hurts another’s feelings. So the people who provide floral arrangements, bake cakes and provide venues for weddings are under threat of losing their money, shelter and business if they choose to follow the Word rather than follow Mammon, the way of the world.

    Some say, just wait until 2016, surely things will change. Wake up people. The precedent that has been set for the unchecked powers of the executive branch will not fall into the hands of an opposing political party. Things will indeed change; they will get worse at a pace that boggles the mind.

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  9. MaryM says:

    Here in Florida, our bishops have assigned the Catholic schools with using Common Core. I’ll be pulling my daughter out of Catholic school because of it at the end of this year. They brought it in about 4 years ago and no one new until last year. In addition, they have required vaccinations for all Catholic school students and will not take religious waivers, only medical-which I was blessed to get from a Catholic doctor. Many parents have caved to the pressure. I hate to pull her out, but I feel I have no choice. There is a new school opening that is going to be teaching classical education – Singapore math, Latin, etc -and will be sponsored by Hillsdale College. I’m trying to figure out a way to work from home so I can home school her.
    I just read an article how Texas has 6 bills that they are trying to pass to force vaccinations on everyone in the state.
    Our freedoms keep trickling away and there seems no way to stop it.
    I think our bishops that stand by their faith are our heros.

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    • Mary W. says:

      Has anyone thought (when it comes to grade school children requiring vaccinations) to have an anti-body titer done to prove your children have enough antibody to that specific illness? I did this when we came from abroad and our children entered a local public grade school. The school nurse told me our boys needed X number of mandatory vaccinations. I said I would have a titer done instead. The titer revealed they had already enough immunity to the illness. Issue peacefully ended.

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      Mary W…one of my children graduated from Hillsdale College. I love that school! I hope you can homeschool with that curriculum you mentioned.

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      • Mick says:

        Yay, Hillsdale College! My parents really wanted me to go there; but, since I was 17 and oh so much smarter than my parents, I went to a Big Ten university instead. I just had a conversation with my sister a couple of days ago and told her that I’ve spent the last 20 years regretting that I didn’t go to Hillsdale like my parents wanted.

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        • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

          Lol, Mick, I hear you! I could only get one of three children to go there, but I am so happy one did at least! It is an amazing school! I would have loved to have received that education! The daughter that went is grateful for it, too, so that is really nice.

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  10. ellenchris says:

    For quite a long time, I have been watching the bifurcation: the thin line between good and evil, the real and the lies, became noticeable and then started getting wider and deeper. Toward the end of the 1990s you could see it happening: people started gravitating toward one side or the other. Then around 2007 it all seemed to start kicking into high gear. People could straddle the line a little bit at first, or jump back and forth over it, but the wider and deeper it gets the more impossible that strategy becomes. There is an old union-izer song that Arlo Guthrie used to sing: “Which side are you on, boys, which side are you on.” Because at this point, once you pick a side of the line, you will quickly realize that you are standing on one side or the other of the Grand Canyon. And then, as they say in Oklahoma, “It’s just another case of: There you are!” We will find ourselves in Jerusalem or Babylon — the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of hell. I look at people everyday and see that some of them are citizens of hell here and now while they still walk the earth — not out of judgement or condemnation, but seeing the pain and fear and anger and violence, and thinking, “It’s not too late; you can still come out of there and into the Light.” It hurts when they are willfully deaf and blind to the invitation.

    In regard to the problem with the internet regulation — I hope I can say this quickly and clearly. In the Books of Kings and in the Prophets, there is described a period of time in which the choices are still open. But then, there is a point at which closure does come. “Woe to them that call good, evil and call evil, good.” And then, beside the problem that the Philistines, or Assyrians or Babylonians are going to come riding into town, there is a more bone chilling prophetic call: There will come a time when God will cease calling and warning, and the willfully deaf will be left in the silence they have chosen. Amos 8: 11 & 12b “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land — not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. . . they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.” (ESV) Bibles and books of liturgy and prayer might become scarce, and the ability to communicate may become difficult to impossible. Which is why we should learn all we can now. Hide God’s Word and words in your heart now, so that they can speak to you in the silence that the enemy thinks he can get away with imposing. They can enforce an official, overt silence, but they cannot silence the Holy Spirit speaking in our hearts.

    He who has ears to hear — really, no kidding — let him HEAR!

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  11. Julia says:

    Do you know ellenchris, in your post you quote;

    Amos 8: 11 & 12b “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land — not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. . . they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.”

    This is a bone chilling echo of what I hear many express over the lack of true Gospel preaching from the pulpit and indeed for some years now. It is already being fulfilled before our very eyes.

    I am surprised no one is mentioning Holy Father Francis World Wide Call to Prayer on 13th 14th March 2015. That is 24 hours of continuous prayer. Are you aware in USA and Canada.

    We hope to meditate on the 24 hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, from the writings of the servant of God, Luisa Piccarreto. Hope it is ok to mention here.

    Thank you Charlie for another great article.

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    • ellenchris says:

      Thanks so much, Julia. I had not heard about the prayer vigil, and I am very glad to get the info. I will really try to participate. (PS — it seems to be safe here to mention Luisa, and I have a real love for her. She was cleared by the official theologians of her own diocese as well as the Vatican, so there should be no problem)

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      no, i never heard of it. My heart,

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  12. Bob says:

    And let us pray and offer some penance for this good bishop who is willing to stand for truth and hold his post.

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  13. Michelle says:

    You said, Charlie….”We are seeing a great division throughout the world into two cities. On one side is the City of God. On the other is the City of Government, of the imperial bureaucrats. The latter has nothing to do with God and is actively trying to pull Him from His heavenly throne. You must choose which City holds your allegiance. There is no place of neutrality. ” I’m wondering if we need to start breaking that down further. If you have chosen the City of God there are two camps. One is the camp of TRUTH and one is the camp of NICE. We must choose there, also.

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    • charliej373 says:

      The camp of NICE is not the same thing as the neighborhood of CHARITY – and the latter is a part of the City of God. But yeah, I hear you. We have far too many who think that we must negotiate away the fundamentals of the faith in order to be nice. God preserve us from such – if we were in a car unknowingly headed for the edge of a cliff they would not warn us clearly for fear of not being seen as nice.

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      • Michelle says:

        Yes, and those who do warn clearly are labled as not being able to get along and are persecuted for nothing more than truthspeak. Maybe the bigger problem is the reluctance of the God loving community to stand behind one who is willing to speak truth. I bring this up because it’s easy to see what is happening at the government level for those who are willing to see, but the same scenario is happening within our families and circle of friends. It’s happening close to home and that’s where we have the power to change.

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      • Lily says:

        I am caught between some of those cities with my dear family. Or lost between them. It’s hard to know what to say. Mostly we stay clear away from any sort of ‘controversial’ subject. It makes the relationships awkward to say the least. I keep praying and praying for them, but really haven’t seen a breakthrough in 12 years. Aside from both my grandpa’s funerals, where the pastors gave lovely, true gospel messages. Unfortunately those messages were mostly rejected. It makes me feel really sad.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Lily, please remember that on September 1, 1939, Winston Churchill was the most disreputable political figure in England. Members of his own party treated him with contempt as a gun-slinging warmonger. Germany invaded Poland that day. Come September 3rd, hand-lettered signs went up spontaneously all across England demanding “Churchill Now!” Suddenly, he was the single indispensable man in the country – so considered by many, maybe even most, of the very people who two days earlier treated him with contempt.

          I am not interested in giving you a history lesson. Rather, I am trying to convey to you and to all here who have family members that have ventured far from faith, that many will not see until events force them to. And when those events come, it can change overnight. Be steady…so that when those who are contemptuous of faith see the terror in an undeniable way, they will seek you out as a sign of hope. They will if you keep steady.

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        • Michelle says:

          Me too, Lily. There doesn’t seem to be true peace, trust and love in those kind of relationships. Do you have other relationships that you do? I only have my husband. I have learned to be truly grateful for him. For now I have accepted that it is enough, but my hope is that some day they will want true peace, trust and love. This is how I am learning to trust God.

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          • Lily says:

            I hope and pray so, Charlie. That would be a great joy. And i do thank you for the history lesson. 🙂

            Last night after I posted I was reminded of a comment from an uncle just this weekend – he had found a church in Edmonton that he liked. He is not one you would expect to go to church. My dad was there and of course laughed. But if my uncle could be humble enough to go, then there is hope for my dad too (and mom).

            Yes, I do, Michelle. I feel very fortunate to have a good relationship with my husband, although it seems he is struggling right now. I have some very good friends too. Two are moving away, as is my brother – I feel like we were just starting to get close again. I am sure that my friends moving are for the best, and I hope it is for my brother. I am feeling the great loss of these three people though.

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    • Ann says:

      I don’t know how to post an image here, but this picture of “The Nice Shepherd” says it all: http://www.courageouspriest.com/nice-shepherd

      Jesus shared with his disciples,

      “I am the Nice Shepherd.

      I never say no to my sheep. They love me and I love them and I do anything they want. When the wolf comes I smile and say hello and welcome him into the flock because my flock is inclusive and welcoming.

      Other shepherds are not nice. They are divisive and bullying. They have rules for the sheep. They do not accept the wolf and do not let the sheep play with him.

      I am the Nice Shepherd. I lay down for the sheep and the wolf. They love me lots and call me by my first name. We love ourselves and we form community. We do not like those other sheep who will not play with the wolf. We do not have them in our flock. We call them names and show them they are unwelcome because they are not welcoming like us.”

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  14. Donette says:

    Charlie, You must know Michael Vorhees and his Militant TV. This post almost sounded like one he would televise.

    I know you might not agree with me, but in my opinion, the problems, this “defection” was hidden in the Church and did not come out into the open until 1960. Why do I pick that date? This was the date, Sister Lucia said the Third Secret of Fatima was to be revealed as requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    The generation of Catholics who waited for, prayed for and longed for that Secret to be revealed were in for the shock of their lives. When John the XXIII got around to opening it, we were told, he put it aside and said “This is not for me but for a future Pope.” And the secret was resealed and put back into what we were told was the Pope’s desk.” John XXIII went on to open the Vatican Council, the first one that was opened when there were no open heresies to discuss by the Cardinals and Bishops of the World. In the eyes of the Faithful a trust was broken.

    Please, I doubt few on this blog were present during those painful years. I was there. Those Catholics continued to go to church, give their donations and prayed. What there efforts to remain faithful saw was a vast tidal wave of priests and religious who left their Calling, deserted the faithful and went on to what they thought was best for them. We say our churches torn apart to make them look like empty hollow walls, Mother Mary was cast out of the sanctuary, The altar railing was torn down and Jesus, Himself was removed not only from the center of the sanctuary but cast into a separate room and referred to as “the reserved sacrament.” I will not go further with listing all that has been taken from Catholics today which included even all of the symbols of our Jewish roots that were found on our altars. It’s been down hill ever since. With that bastion of strength weakened and desecrated, of course western civilization was weakened to the point of being totally destroyed .

    I have read during the intervening years thousands of explanations, cover-up, dodges, what ever claiming this was not the fault of the hierarchy, but the fault of the sinful laity. There were enough excuses that would cause even a Bill O’Reilly to spin. I will stop my ranting before Charlie throws me off his blog. Instead I will leave you with the following:

    “The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path.”

    – or –

    “The road to hell is paved with the skulls of erring priests, with bishops as their signposts.”
    St. John Chrysostom attributed.1

    “I do not think there are many among Bishops that will be saved, but many more that perish.”
    St. John Chrysostom, Extract from St. John Chrysostom, Homily III on Acts 1:12.2

    “The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.”
    St. Athanasius, Council of Nicaea, AD 325 attributed.3

    “The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.”
    Saint John Eudes, attributed.4

    “It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.”
    St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II, II, q. 33, a. 45

    “Augustine says in his Rule: ‘Show mercy not only to yourselves, but also to him who, being in the higher position among you, is therefore in greater danger.’ But fraternal correction is a work of mercy. Therefore even prelates ought to be corrected.”
    St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II, II, q. 33, a. 4, Sed Contra.

    “It is better that scandals arise than the truth be suppressed.”
    Pope St. Gregory the Great 6

    “But, when necessity compels, not those only who are invested with power of rule are bound to safeguard the integrity of faith, but, as St. Thomas maintains: ‘Each one is under obligation to show forth his faith, either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful, or to repel the attacks of unbelievers.’”
    Pope Leo XIII7

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  15. Mack says:

    For Lent I’m re-reading Pope Benedict’s book on Jesus: Holy Week. In chapter 2 he speaks about Jesus’ eschatological discourse, and it reminded me so much of today. In regard to the end of the Temple, some of the Jewish people noted various signs before the event that gave them a sense of impending doom. It’s just like the Storm coming now. The signs are there, but not all have eyes to see. It’s like what Jesus told St Faustina, that the hour of mercy is drawing to a close. I try to understand that, because God is always merciful to those who repent. But I think it must mean that the propitious time is closing, the time when it is much easier to repent, when graces are more abundant.

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  16. Patricia says:

    “I know the progression of how things work.” and with that line I thought “aah, that is why Charlie was chosen”. To be in politics is to be at the heart of all that is going on. In the good years, it was good and, now, in the bad years, it is not. No matter what, you have an insight that most of the general public does not.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, I would amend that just a little, Patricia. I was at least nominated when I was just a little kid. I think rather that my interest in politics was also a critical part of the training. Truth is, my involvement in politics was actually an effort to try to forestall, by normal means, the onset of the Storm. That was a failure, but the experience I gained was invaluable.

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      • Patricia says:

        Charlie, I thought you might say something to that effect but I did not want to get complicated in my comment. I was thinking that your vocation/career choice was probably all part of the package since you were
        talking to “them” at an early age. 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          You got it, Patricia. As I look back over my life, I can see how almost everything contributed to preparation for this time. I think a lot of other people are going to come to see it in their own lives over the course of the Storm.

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          • Very true, Charlie. I can see this in my own life with my wife & children. We’ve been through many difficult moments throughout our lives. But, looking back now, even my wife says these things happened to rely more on Our Lord than ourselves. It is heartening to see the fruits of struggle, even as the winds of this Storm strike at our loved ones.

            As difficult as it is to see these things happening in our world, let’s not give up! Remember, we need to start the process of rebuilding our future now. Our priests and religious need the strength of our prayers & sacrifices now, especially NOW! Go to confession & give them heart for their very vocation! I know I need to go…

            I’m just happy the Lord has let me use my loud mouth for something profitable for Him!

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        • connie says:

          Oh, I like that last sentence, Beloved- might have to borrow it from you now and then….

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  17. SteveBC says:

    The passage of the new internet rules was really the first time that I felt myself saying quite seriously that the Storm cannot come soon enough. I’m past the point of being more scared of the Storm than of the creeping tyranny that is hedging us in.

    Charlie, registration and so on may apply first only to websites hosted on servers in the US. WordPress.com is so hosted, I believe. You might consider having a backup site on a WordPress software package on servers overseas, such as .co (Colombia), or the Netherlands, or even a secure/private service on non-US servers. You don’t have to put your posts and all these comments up on it. Just get it ready to go and put the internet address up on your website here with a message that people should try there if this site goes dark. Then you could shift later posts to that site if necessary, and you might eventually be able to port all these posts and maybe even the comments. Not easy, but it won’t happen if you don’t have such a site ready to go.

    Over the past several years many people I have spoken with have lamented how people are so polarized. I’ve been telling them that polarization is both good and necessary, because the principles being disputed are truly fundamental and cannot be compromised. As the polarization has become more intense and clear, I have found myself moving farther into the Catholic fold because the principles on this side of the divide are correct in moral, political, cultural, and spiritual terms. I’m coming back to the Church not because I particularly want to be religious but because I want to have the right principles. Willy, nilly, I end up here. As this has occurred, I have found more to like in religious terms as well. As my great aunt used to say, “There it is.” 🙂

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    • charliej373 says:

      No, Steve, I will make no back-up plans. I will continue doing just what I now do.

      I have been anointed by the Lord for a particular purpose in these times. God’s ways are not man’s ways – and He will show that. When the scrabbling little schemers strike against the Lord’s anointed, they think they have won, but they have actually vastly accelerated their own doom. So let them come if they will.

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      • Gabriela says:

        Wow!!! I did a little giggle when I read what you wrote Charlie… especially “When the scrabbling little schemers strike against the Lord’s anointed, they think they have won, but they have actually vastly accelerated their own doom.” I giggled not because the situation is funny but because the “bad guys” don’t know what’s coming! It’s like a good “bad guys vs. good guys movie”, just when it looks like the “bad guys” have won, the good “guys pull” through and save the day.

        This is some seriously powerful stuff you wrote here Charlie. Time and time again, the “bad guys” don’t seem to realize that you don’t mess with God!

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        • audiemarie2014 says:

          I always love the good guys to win and the bad guys to lose, yet I still feel sad for the bad guys. I remember my oldest brother taking me and a couple younger siblings to a movie where a bad guy had done some terrible and frightening things to someone, and yet I told my brother that I felt sadness for the villain. My brother still hates me to this day for that. Said I was naïve.

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          • barb129 says:

            I understand what you mean audiemarie. I remember watching the movie “Ghost” years ago and feeling sorry for the bad guy when the demons come up out of the ground and grab him. That left a huge impression on me….

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      • ellenchris says:

        I do understand what you are saying here, Charlie, but Steve’s advice is worth considering. One thing that many people do not realize is that the internet was originally designed in such a way that traffic automatically reroutes itself when there is an obstruction. The systems are so redundant, complex and tangled that shutting down one node or a cluster of them will not actually stop all traffic at other points. It is more complicated than I am able to explain. But the point is that you can, in fact, set up sites at non USA locations which you could access and which would function just fine if things go even more crazy here. It is not, in my never-humble-enough opinion, a retreat, but it would be a prudent precaution. Like making camp near enough to a flowing stream. Just to consider.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I don’t know that I will do anything different than what I intended, Ellen…but you zeroed in on exactly what could persuade me to at least consider it…”like making camp near a flowing stream.” AS Robert DeNiro once said to his shrink, “You gotta gift!”

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, the next time I have a suggestion like this for you, I will follow EllenChris’s inspiring example and “talk tech” while “thinking bucolic”! :-0

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  18. aj says:

    Hey Charles, what of the piece on the satan? I know you said it was a priority (my words)…or did I miss it?

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    • charliej373 says:

      You did not miss it. It was a priority to me, but apparently not to God. And anyway, the little pieces to “gird your loins” are, I think, a prerequisite for you to get the most out of it.

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  19. ellenchris says:

    Praying tonight (evening March 2) for Netanyahu’s safety, for the success of the whole endeavor to have his message heard and for protection for him, Israel, Washington DC and our whole country. Queen of Peace, pray for us.

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  20. Reblogged this on Our Merciful Savior Radio and commented:
    From our show tonight, a very timely message from Charlie. Let’s continue to pray for our priests & religious:
    Heavenly Father, we ask for the grace of steadfastness for our priests, please help them to uphold the doctrines & truths of our faith. Grant them strength in the face of persecution & avoidance of the false comfort of compromise. We ask this prayer through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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  21. At the time King Henry viii declared himself Head of the Church of England only one Catholic Bishop , Satin John Fisher said, ‘No’. The rest all plugged in and turned Protestant. Why did all the Church Leaders plug into the system. Well going along with the Government was the wise guys. move and the Bishops had just too much too loose. It won’t be much different this time around.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I am afraid you are probably right, Padraig. There are too many who are too enamored of their earthly perquisites and honors. There are deep divisions starting to show. I was deeply disturbed by the attempted curial hit job on Cardinal Pell, the solidly orthodox head of Vatican Finances who was appointed to reform a badly dysfunctional system (to put a much better construction on it than it deserves). I was heartened that it was so ham-handed it was bungled rather badly.

      But the Bishops, too, must gird their loins. I would remind them of the Munich Accord. All the “smart” money, all the self-serving toadies, stood foursquare for that particular sellout, In Parliament, Churchill told them, “You were given a choice of war or dishonor. You chose dishonor – but you shall have both.” They did, indeed, have both…and the toadies, instead of being smart by trying to protect their own hides by selling others out lost it all, including their honor. Now is the time of choosing.

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      • Jim M. says:

        Today’s Gospel reading is particularly relevant:

        Gospel Mt 23:1-12
        Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
        “The scribes and the Pharisees
        have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
        Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
        but do not follow their example.
        For they preach but they do not practice.
        They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
        and lay them on people’s shoulders,
        but they will not lift a finger to move them.
        All their works are performed to be seen.
        They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
        They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
        greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’
        As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
        You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
        Call no one on earth your father;
        you have but one Father in heaven.
        Do not be called ‘Master’;
        you have but one master, the Christ.
        The greatest among you must be your servant.
        Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
        but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

        We must follow the path revealed in our hearts, and beware of the false paths leading to our demise.

        Ezekiel 34 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

        “34 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
        2 Son of man, prophesy concerning the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the shepherds of Israel, that fed themselves: should not the flocks be fed by the shepherds?
        3 You ate the milk, and you clothed yourselves with the wool, and you killed that which was fat: but my flock you did not feed.
        4 The weak you have not strengthened, and that which was sick you have not healed, that which was broken you have not bound up, and that which was driven away you have not brought again, neither have you sought that which was lost: but you ruled over them with rigour, and with a high hand.
        5 And my sheep were scattered, because there was no shepherd: and they became the prey of all the beasts of the field, and were scattered.
        6 My sheep have wandered in every mountain, and in every high hill: and my flocks were scattered upon the face of the earth, and there was none that sought them, there was none, I say, that sought them.
        7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:
        8 As I live, saith the Lord God, forasmuch as my flocks have been made a spoil, and my sheep are become a prey to all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd: for my shepherds did not seek after my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flocks:
        9 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:
        10 Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself come upon the shepherds, I will require my flock at their hand, and I will cause them to cease from feeding the flock any more, neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more: and I will deliver my flock from their mouth, and it shall no more be meat for them.
        11 For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself will seek my sheep, and will visit them.
        12 As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered, so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
        13 And I will bring them out from the peoples, and will gather them out of the countries, and will bring them to their own land: and I will feed them in the mountains of Israel, by the rivers, and in all the habitations of the land.
        14 I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel: there shall they rest on the green grass, and be fed in fat pastures upon the mountains of Israel.
        15 I will feed my sheep: and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
        16 I will seek that which was lost: and that which was driven away, I will bring again: and I will bind up that which was broken, and I will strengthen that which was weak, and that which was fat and strong I will preserve: and I will feed them in judgment.”

        Yes, you will know them by their fruits – by what they do, not by what they say.

        The time has come when God is hardening the hearts of many, as he did in the days of the Old Testament to the foes of the Faith before they were vanquished. The clergy will not be excepted from this fate.

        To those to whom much as been given, much has been and will be expected. All will chose. Some have already chosen. And others, their choices have been impressed upon them by virtue of the gifts given to them and their stewardship of the same.

        Jeremiah 24
        “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the flock of my pasture—oracle of the LORD.
        2
        Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherd my people: You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.
        3
        I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have banished them and bring them back to their folds; there they shall be fruitful and multiply.
        4
        I will raise up shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear or be terrified; none shall be missing—oracle of the LORD.”

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  22. Mary says:

    I am glad to hear one of my favorite phrases isn’t banned here, if you want to fight this fight you better grow a pair, Kryptonite, preferably. And glad to read you certainly showed yours. Anyway, I was facing a huge dilemma, wanting to extricate myself from this healthcare system but still trying to remain pragmatic about my ‘condition’, MS. I was dreading facing my neuro, a lovely, stubborn Ukrainian, who one would think recognized the beast from national history, over taking a certain med that killed someone, not to mention poor statistical success rate, not worth the risk. I did not want to take it. I prayed to Mary that I would be protected from making a wrong decision about my care and this system. I got a call prior to appt. that she could no longer treat me if I refused to take her meds. I said fine. Her nurse was speechless that I would not succumb to bullying and hung up on me. I promptly called and filed a complaint with the hospital, saying I had every right to make a decision and still expect a certain level of monitoring/care when I had no choice but to have a neuro do this, that it was unethical to say the least. In my heart I was happy, the decision was made, and not by me, I was protected and did not even see it coming, did not think I would get dumped, I now knew exactly what I was dealing with for sure but still they were going to hear about who makes the decisions about my care, not them. So now for the time being, I am happily more free about not being chained by this system and it’s dupes. Thank you Mother Mary.

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    • connie says:

      Mary, I’m gonna offer up a prayer of healing for you thru intercession of Our Lady of Tepeyac. I am keeping a list of each petition and the date. If you ever want to give a praise report, I’ll write it down on my little list. Don’t know how long this list will end up but
      I think someone else had first mentioned they were doing something similar and I wanted to try it also.

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  23. kbipp says:

    Hi Charlie. Forgive me if I sound combative, but I’m surprised at the conclusions you reached regarding the FCC ruling.

    If I understand the problem correctly (and most likely, I’ll admit, I don’t), ISPs were threatening to throttle Internet traffic unless you paid a lot of extra money. So I think the average person would be reduced to a slow Internet if that happened. I thought what the FCC ruled on was that since ISPs are natural monopolies (due to the high infrastructure cost of setting up cables, etc.), they can be regulated like water and electric companies, which are public utilities, and therefore the FCC could disallow individual ISPs from doing nefarious things like that. If that’s what the FCC is trying to do, then I consider this a good thing.

    Is there more information about this ruling and the problem that you have that I don’t? If there’s something I’m missing, help me understand.

    By the way, thanks for maintaining this site. It has been incredibly fruitful for me so far. 🙂

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wow, kbipp, there is a lot of information you lack on this. I’ll just direct you to one piece, here, that relates how many of the progressives who supported “net neutrality” are shaken by what is happening. You may be thinking of the “net neutrality” bill that was being promoted in the Senate, which was a work in progress that had both Republican and Democratic sponsors working on. I opposed that, too, but this is NOT that.

      Even if you have missed a few facts, there are some very basic ones that ought to frighten you. First, this was not a part of any negotiations…no give and take. The FCC, on a strictly partisan basis, simply did the White House bidding and decreed that there would be new rules regulating the internet. Second, no public comment was allowed for, period. The law says they must publish the rules and give everyone a period to comment on those transparent rules. They did not do that. Even now that the rules are in effect, neither you nor any of the public gets to see the rules that now govern the internet until the FCC says so.

      Now if you trust that the FCC is only doing what is for your own good and that yes, you really should not know what exactly it is doing and that nobody should be allowed to see and formally comment on what it proposes and that the public should not be allowed to see the rules even after they are adopted, then sure, this is right up your alley. You really must be thinking of the negotiations that were going on in the Senate by the same name rather than this monstrosity. The Senate bill set up a hypothetical issue in order to justify taxing, regulating, and drawing campaign money from people now trying to curry Washington’s favor. That was bad. The Internet has been one of the few bright spots in our economy. If Congress does not defund the FCC or somehow reverse this, that will soon end. ISPs are not natural monopolies except in the fevered imaginations of leftists seeking a new goose to kill. The FCC had ALWAYS, up until Obama, ruled that the internet was a naturally competitive market and should not be treated like a public utility – and it said so with bi-partisan support of commissioners under both Democrats and Republicans. The FCC is not seeking to regulate the Internet because it is a natural monopoly: it is declaring it to be a natural monopoly so it can be regulated.

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      • kbipp says:

        Hi Charlie. I appreciate the response.

        There’s a tech journalism website I used to frequent up until recently that had a bunch of articles in support of net neutrality (at least the kind I thought I was speaking about), and just as many articles giving us reasons why we should hate ISPs (especially Comcast, whooo boy!). I wonder, now that I’ve read your response and considered what else I’ve read in tech journalism, if a lot of the support for FCC regulation was born out of irrational hatred for ISPs…

        I appreciate you clearing all of that up for me. I’m really not sure how to go about finding factual information on a particular subject; for Lent I’ve given up news-aggregating websites because I read about what goes on in the world that you write about and I tend to have unjust anger. I might just give up news altogether because most of it is incredibly misleading. Thank you again.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thanks kbipp. One thing I do as a matter of discipline is to check out several sites on such issues, including some leftist ones like Huffington Post and Salon. My mainstays on the conservative side are National Review, The American Spectator and the Wall Street Journal. I always do all on a serious matter. Once you have done that, then you can do raw research. It is pretty easy now when you can get so many source documents online – and that is the best way to go. It would be too time-consuming to do it for everything, but if you vet things like that when you first find a site, you can pretty quickly determine their credibility. National Review and the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed section are rock solid. American Spectator is very good, but not quite as solid. Huffington Post and Salon rarely stand the test of examination, but at least they provide me with what the talking points of the left are. Frankly, the only serious lefty I know who is absolutely reliable on her facts is Camille Paglia. Though she usually comes up with a vastly different interpretation than I do, I have never found her to distort the facts to fit her preferred narrative – as almost all the left does. Alas, she does not write public columns much any more (she used to at Salon), so I do not get the pleasure of being challenged by an intellectually honest lefty like I used to. On the other hand, you have a site like World News Daily (WND) which throws red meat out for conservatives constantly, but is lurid and sensational and often unreliable. It has broken some important stuff at times, but I NEVER use anything from it that I have not fully vetted through more serious, sober sources.

          The thing is, whether a site agrees with your cast of mind and how credible it is are two different things entirely. There are a lot of charts and graphs that are simply made up these days or substantially distorted – and do not match up with the raw data and source documentation. Learn how to study real source data and you will be very solid. But the iron law – at least if you are going to publicly do these things, is to know how to make your opponent’s point with more factual data and more persuasively than they can. Once you can do that, you are both prepared for debate and have educated yourself. If you do it that way, it also develops a greater humility, because you do learn as you go that there are many things we all would like to believe that simply aren’t so. In my work, if a researcher could not give me the opposition position with detail and thorough understanding, I usually sent him or her back to the drawing board.

          But yeah, you are right…modern news is largely garbage polemics tarted up with pretty charts.

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      • kbipp says:

        One more miscellaneous comment, if you’ll allow it.

        The first time you considered the federal government as an “occupying force”, I did in fact think that you were overreacting. However, I stumbled across an entry from WikiLeaks that detailed the U.S. Embassy’s meddling in Poland in trying to establish “rights” for those of same-sex orientation. The document literally considered the Catholic Church an enemy. My first words after reading that were “I give up” (on the government).

        I now consider the federal government as an enemy, and that it is no better than a tyrant that, as the Declaration of Independence describes, should be overthrown. I’ll take a prayerful approach to overthrowing it because I don’t think I’d last long in a firefight!

        I thank God for our Catholic faith, because without it I would have lost hope right there. Thank you for all that you do. I echo the sentiments of another commenter that I’d rather have the Storm than our current tyrant.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I understand your last line and agree with it, kbipp. But our problem is systemic. Barack Obama is not the cause of our problems, but merely a symptom of them.

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          • Bob says:

            We are supposed to be a “democracy”! We are responsible for this. We elected him as a nation even though he clearly said he didn’t want his daughter to be punished by “having” to bear a child if she didn’t want to.

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          • charliej373 says:

            While writing in Illinois political journals when he was a state senator and then a U.S. Senator, I avoided speaking about Obama, even when his staff would try to spin me, because he was one of the very rare figures in politics who filled me with utter contempt. I found it best to leave it alone. I first became aware of him because he was the guy who killed the “born alive” infants bill in the Illinois Senate – three times. It was a bill that would require that hospitals give care to babies who survived an abortion attempt. There was video of Obama, on the third try, speaking on the floor of the state senate arguing, in effect, that if a woman goes in for abortion she is entitled to come out with a dead baby. I wish I would have had the wit to embed it before he ran for president, because it is not there at all any more.

            In 2008 I was doing a regular Sunday night panel show on WLS on the political scene. I usually called him Barack as in barracks. On e of my fellow regular panelists finally got puzzled about it, saying I knew very well how to pronounce his name, so why did I do that. I told him I knew from mutual acquaintances that he absolutely loathes when anyone pronounces his name that way – so I did it just in case he was listening to irritate him. (Proving that I have at least a little petty malice in me, anyway – but it tickled me to think of it). Even during that period, I was reticent to speak substantively about him. One night I was pressed on my assessment of him and said I considered him to be monstrous in the ideology he embraced, particularly his determination that if a child survives an abortion, the right thing to do is to let it die of exposure and starvation in a closet. A fellow I had been friendly with, Eric Zorn, a writer for the Chicago Tribune who leaned left, wrote a tough piece the next day about how wildly I had swung against Obama. I was embarrassed at how slavishly the Illinois media fell all over themselves to support a guy many of them had considered a lightweight before he became a potential president.

            In the late summer of 2008 one of my priests told me he thought it was looking good for McCain, too (this was before the financial crisis). The too part was because, as a conservative panelist on WLS, I had held up my end well for the Republican ticket. I told him then that Barack Obama was going to win. He was a bit surprised. “Think about it, Father,” I said, “he is shallow, vain, petty and glib. He is right out of central casting to lead us into the Storm we have been talking about for over a decade – and the time is upon us.” But I knew then it could not have happened without how degenerate as a culture we had become. Obama IS an arrogant lightweight and he was known to be so in the Illinois legislature. One of my friends in the black caucus told me they could not believe it. Though of course, they supported him, there was only one member of their caucus they considered more unqualified than Obama. To choose a legislator with no accomplishments, whose main friends were anti-American radicals and domestic terrorists…it was just unthinkable. Hardest to take for me was how almost all my old friends in the Illinois press corps behaved like fangirls at a rock concert. The only one of stature who seemed to maintain some sense of balance was Bernie Schoenberg of the Springfield Journal-Register (I have no idea how Bernie voted – probably for Obama – but he did not cease to be an actual reporter at the idea of someone from his home state being president).

            We brought this on ourselves.

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          • kbipp says:

            Yeah, ultimately I think you’re right. It’s a hell of a lot easier to blame Washington than ourselves, at least in my experience.

            I like to reflect on the blog post below every so often. It’s about avoiding the Catholic “right” and “left” and very bluntly asks us to consider how we ourselves make the world darker with our sins. I’ve been trying to put more emphasis on bending myself toward God’s will (with not a lot of success, but hey, that’s the Christian life for ya); I figure if I do that, everything good will follow.

            The blog post in question: http://shirtofflame.blogspot.com/2011/02/why-i-avoid-both-catholic-left-and.html?spref=fb

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        • Bob says:

          And the former Soviet Union considered the Catholic Church the enemy too and Stalin asked how many divisions the church had. We will see who wins even though most of us have already read the last page of the book. And what did the people of Poland way when JP2 came.and they said it for about 20 minutes as a huge crowd, “We want God”. I think it is about time we begin that chant in this country and in our world.

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        • SteveBC says:

          kbipp, my line was “I’m past the point of being more scared of the Storm than of the creeping tyranny that is hedging us in.” I agree with Charlie that Obama is just a handy front-man who does what he’s told by others. This business with the FCC is simply a brazen and naked power grab, obvious even to the Left.

          The Powers That Be (whoever they are) behind Obama have two years to do what they feel needs to be done to advance their interests. They know that even if the Republicans in the Senate and House were to support one or even all of their moves, the legislative process is too slow to accomplish all the many moves they want and too unpredictable. So they simply take what they want.

          Now sit for a moment and think about all the other things these behind-the-scenes power-brokers and power-holders want. Now imagine that things like the FCC move are being hatched secretly and not so secretly all through the Executive Branch. The FCC move would likely not have seen the light of day if the two Republicans (one in particular) on the panel had not exposed the secret goings on there.

          For me, the news of this move by the Democrats on the panel simply brought home to me how the Powers are working throughout the government even now, and they no longer really care what any of us think since the 2014 elections. That’s why the FCC news hit me so hard. Because it illuminates the way these people work now that they have only two years left and a feeling of near-invincibility in their power and the supine nature of those who should oppose them.

          I truly think you can depend on this: there isn’t just one nest of termites in the Executive Branch. I have to believe there are many, many nests.

          So I’m done with it. I am willing to believe Charlie when he says that the Storm, although likely to be quite difficult, will end in three years. With God’s help we’ll all make it through.

          However, unless the Storm intervenes to overset their nests, the Termites will last forever, and we will be less and less free every year, until we die.

          So I no longer see the Storm as the worse outcome. Give Charlie just enough time to get us all up to speed and then Bring It.

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          • Mick says:

            SteveBC, I saw this new comment; and I find myself shouting in my head, “Yes, Yes, YES!!!” I could not agree with you more. Everything you said is exactly what I’ve been thinking. The Storm is going to be hell (really released upon the earth), but it will NOT be worse than what our country and world will look like in 2 years if the Powers That Be get their way. So, yes, dear God, please let Charlie have enough time whip us troops into shape. Then let’s rock and roll.

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      • Bob says:

        Let’s see with Obamacare congress needed to vote on it before they could see what was in it. Now we have gone even further down. Now we don’t get to vote on it “Net Neutrality” and we don’t get to see it until the “wise ones” deem it is fit for us to know. God help us!

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  24. Julia says:

    Kbipp, I think you will find Holy Father Francis is already on the case.

    He has asked for 24 hours of prayer on 13th 14th March 2015. Since Holy Father is Gods earthly representative, Pope’s solution is for us to turn to God in prayer and seek His Divine assistance.

    My surprise is to find from posting here that the USA, Canadian Bishops don’t seem to have passed on the message to their diocese. This is a big Red Flag. If you are looking for Bishops who are united with Holy Father, they need to be passing on the word. Or could it be that parish priests are not taking to heart the message and passing it on to their parishioners.

    Governors and politicians are after all only men, put in positions of authority by God. They need our prayers to protect them and enlighten them in the ways of our One True Sovereign Lord and God. They are attacked by the evil one and blind to their plight as far as I can see. God help them.

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    • kbipp says:

      Hi Julia! Thanks for letting us know; I had no idea he asked us of this. I’ll see if I can spread the word at my parish. It’s a start.

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    • MMBev says:

      Just pretend the CCCB (Catholic Bishops) does not exist. The National Conferences of Bishops do not have any standing in the Church anyway. They just like to pretend they do. Ignore them.

      In fact, don’t even pretend. They get together and call themselves a name, but they are just a group of Bishops who like meeting together. They really aren’t anything, but they wanted to give their club a name. A rose by any other name……. But at least a rose is a rose, unlike the bishop’s club.

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  25. Mary says:

    Thank you Connie, very sweet of you. I will happily accept a prayer of intercession and let you know. Five years ago, she, my neuro told me I would be pee’ing myself in a wheelchair by now if I did not take her meds. I tried some, I did others out of necessity when needed but still here, no wheelchair and no Depends. Pray for her please, she is a lovely woman and the noose is above her head too whether she sees it or not.

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  26. Bob says:

    So why should we pray for Mr. Obama even though some of us don’t like the man. Well we are called to love anyway and an even better reason is this I thought of last night during part of my rosary. Many think, and some private revelations support the idea that one of Jesus worst temptations in the garden was to be told by the satan that most will not accept his sacrifice for them and that by their refusal to accept it the blood of Jesus will not be able to save them and would be made void in their case. So we should pray for Mr. Obama so that Jesus can be glorified by another one being snatched from the satan’s control, even if we get no personal benefit from it if he does not convert until he is out of power. This would be another extreme example of God’s grace and mercy and would give the angels another chance to rejoice! But there is no reason we can’t pray for him to convert sooner, or to at least mitigate the damage he can do while he is in power.

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  27. “If it gets far enough along that the bureaucrats have started taking control of individual websites, they will simply have to leave me alone, arrest me, or take the website down by force. So if I suddenly stop publishing and the website is gone at some point, you know what happened.”

    It probably won’t get that far, and I’m not exactly clear on who they will go for or leave alone, but I wonder if “discussion boards” like mine will be left moreso alone than actual personal blogs and websites.

    If so, you’re always welcome to move into a nice room — errr, forum — over at Blessed Hope. 😉

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  28. Bob says:

    Charlie I shared with my wife your comments on Obama last night and I think she is slowly starting to realize how bad things are getting as she cried when he was elected the second time. So when I suggested that politics is not the answer, she has been coming to understand that for awhile, so I am suggesting that only God’s intervention will be needed for change and some bad times are likely first.

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