Let’s Pretend

Director of the Bureau of Government Statistics...or the Nutty Professor from Back to the Future.

Director of the Bureau of Government Statistics…or the Nutty Professor from Back to the Future.

By Charlie Johnston

I continue to work on Part 2 of “Whatcha Gonna Do…” which covers some tips for traveling on foot and living outdoors for an extended period if you need to. I will have it up tonight or tomorrow…just a few more bits to refine. Probably tomorrow.

I stumbled onto this story and laughed out loud. The U.S. Army has “improved” morale in the military by redefining moderate pessimism as cheery optimism. This is SO fitting for an administration that has “reduced” unemployment by not counting people so discouraged they have given up looking as unemployed; by not counting food or energy costs when calculating inflation; and calling dropping sanctions on our part and helping Iran obtain nuclear fuel “disarming Iran.” Just be thankful these guys aren’t actual doctors. If they were, they would cure cancer by redefining it as acid indigestion. You would still die, but their numbers would look great – and the idiot media would triumphantly announce the “victory.”

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You might have heard that the Vatican last week abruptly dropped its investigation of many orders of nuns in America – mostly those affiliated with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Some have called this a happy ending, but I think the Vatican did the nuns no favors. The LCWR has become the largely activist Catholic propaganda arm of left-wing ideologues. They can be counted on to explain why the disaster that is nationalized health care is really a good thing, that abortion is really not that big a deal, and that we should all celebrate gay marriage when they’re not busy explaining why going to pagan or pantheistic conferences is a way to deepen their Catholic faith.

There are many wonderful orders of nuns in America that are deeply devoted to their faith and their fellow man. One of my favorite orders, the Sisters for Life, is opening up a chapter in Denver near me. But when the late Pope Paul VI proclaimed that the smoke of satan had entered the Church, the sad truth is that some of our nunneries and monasteries have served as primary conduits. It is not a happy ending for the Vatican to tell the LCWR (which I call the ‘ventilation shaft’) that it is just peachy for them to ‘celebrate’ their faith by engaging in political activism against the fundamentals of the faith. It endangers their souls, scandalizes the faithful who come in contact with them and think they actually represent the faith, and dishonors those noble, faithful nuns who continue to live and act as true brides of Christ, proudly wearing their bridal garments. Pretending all is well does not make it well.

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The only thing that keeps Kevin Williamson from being my favorite current writer on public policy and issues is the existence of Jonah Goldberg – so I think it is a tie. Williamson is the kind of writer who, if the title of his piece is “How Cement Hardens,” I still read in expectation of finding nuggets of gold embedded in it. I am never disappointed. His latest piece on “Black Hats and White Hats” skewers the game of ‘Let’s Pretend’ that dominates political discourse today – sadly almost as much on the right as on the left. It ends starkly, but how could it be otherwise? Any society that plays ‘Let’s Pretend’ long enough is headed for a bad fall. It is a brilliant, insightful gem of a piece.

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Finally, a depressing little video – of National Guard troops practicing blocking traffic in a residential neighborhood in California. Such practices are becoming more and more common, but they are NOT normal. That people accept such things now rather than screaming to high heaven does not bode well for any of us.

Then there is this New York news crew that stumbled last summer on what is likely a secret FEMA camp. The idiot lieutenant would have been fired had he worked for me. When you are hiding something in plain sight, the surest way to draw attention to what it actually is is to engage in hamfisted displays of how powerful you are by bullying anyone who comes near it. If you are going to be a henchman, you ought to at least try to be competent at it. –  Hat tip to reader Ellen for this.

Last but not least, the classic Obama practice of denouncing a policy even as he adopts it. In this story from MSNBC (probably the only time you will ever see that miserable network cited here) Obama opines how important it is to follow the rule of law as he accepts the unilateral power to detain any American without charges indefinitely. While the power is unilaterally his, the Congress conspired in giving it to him three years ago. That was in simpler times before he just did what he wanted whenever he wanted; Congress, Courts and Constitution be damned. – Hat tip to reader Jim M for this.

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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91 Responses to Let’s Pretend

  1. Petra says:

    This isn’t relevant to anything in the post, but I found it an interesting coincidence.
    Charlie said in Aug 2014: When I was told that we would be rescued miraculously very late in 2017 I understood immediately it must be connected to Fatima, for it was the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima.
    As I was browsing the internet I came across this: “Astronomers at the University of Texas fear an asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty, that in 2012 came dangerously close to colliding with Earth, is once again on a path to crash into our planet – and what’s worse, scientists have no idea where it might fall….The giant space rock, which was discovered by a Hawaiian observatory and in 2012 missed Earth by only just short of 59,000 miles, is now expected to come close to our planet again in October 2017.”

    http://sputniknews.com/science/20150416/1020993830.html

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    • EllenChris says:

      Petra, concerning that space rock — Gosh — just: GOSH!!

      the hand of God will be seen one way or another. Our lives are in His hands.

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    • Kati says:

      I saw that too, Petra. Kudos to you for posting it…I have been in and out between a lot of rain lately. Our God is in charge of the Cosmos. ALL creation groans…as it awaits…

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      • donna says:

        Petra, I was JUST going to share the same article…and it will hit October 2017, 100 years of Fatima….

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        • Matthew says:

          If you read the whole article the scientific consensus seems to be that it will NOT hit the Earth at all. The article concludes by citing the original scientist who said it would hit the Earth and he backtracks saying that more study needs to be done. This sounds like a classic “click bait” article. Flashy headline, no substance.
          Matthew

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  2. EllenChris says:

    Concerning the video that Charlie posted above about the prison in upstate New York. I have seen the gates of that prison, and I have often seen the newscrew that did the story — totally legitimate. I friend of mine used to do prison ministry there, and told me that local people were sad and confused when they emptied it out.

    With a tip of the hat to Crew Dog: “God save us all!”

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  3. Mary Ann says:

    Charlie, I almost sent you that story about the Army lowering its definitions of attitude. Voila! What is worse is now better! Orwell would be amazed at his own prescience.

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  4. Mary Ann says:

    The video of the “National Guard” – something is very wrong! Those guys are not marching in any sort of unison. We know that the military is avidly recruiting aliens, but it appears these guys have been taken off the streets, or from a local prison? They cannot march. Anyone who has been through Basic can march.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I know it would embarrass some – but it would tickle me to find that it is just from a movie that is being made. Alas, there are too many such anomalies going on right now – – and that was originally taken from Drudge, who does a pretty good job of vetting anything before it hits his site.

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      • Mary Ann says:

        My subtext point was that these soldiers were something other – real people in the real Army but taken from somewhere besides the normal way. The Army has been recruiting aliens even with records.

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  5. Jim M. says:

    We can add the ACLU to the MSNBC chocker:

    “On December 31, 2011 [the 2013 NDAA includes the identical detention provisions], President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. (To learn more about the NDAA, visit http://www.aclu.org/NDAA).
    • The law is an historic threat because it codifies indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. It could permit the president – and all future presidents – to order the military to imprison indefinitely civilians captured far from any battlefield without charge or trial.
    • This kind of sweeping detention power is completely at odds with our American values, violates the Constitution, and corrodes our Nation’s commitment to the rule of law, which generations have fought to preserve.
    • The breadth of the NDAA’s worldwide detention authority violates the Constitution and international law because it is not limited to people captured in an actual armed conflict, as required by the laws of war.
    • Under the Bush administration, claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in military custody, and many in Congress assert that the NDAA should be used in the same way. The ACLU does not believe that the NDAA authorizes military detention of American citizens or anyone else in the United States. Any president’s claim of domestic military detention authority under the NDAA would be unconstitutional and illegal.
    • Nevertheless, there is substantial public debate and uncertainty around whether Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA could be read even to repeal the Posse Comitatus Act and authorize indefinite military detention without charge or trial within the United States.
    • The law does not require even an allegation that a detained person caused any harm or threat of harm to the United States or to any U.S. interest. Mere allegation of membership in, or support of, an alleged terrorist group could be the basis for indefinite detention. Under the American justice system, we don’t just lock people up indefinitely based on suspicion.
    • Congress and the president should clean up the mess they created. Congress should repeal the NDAA’s detention provisions.
    • More than ten years after the 9/11 attacks, with the United States withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States should not be asserting new worldwide authority for the military to imprison persons seized in any country.
    • We have seen how disregard for the rule of law has disastrous results for America’s standing in the world. It is time for a return to the rule of law. It is time to turn that page. ” http://www.aclu.org/national-security/talking-points-2012-national-defense-authorization-act-ndaa

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  6. Kathleen from NJ says:

    -Dr. Emmett Brown: 1.21 gigawatts? 1.21 gigawatts? Great Scott!
    -Marty McFly: What-what the hell is a gigawatt?
    Love the pic of Dr. Brown!

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  7. Jim M. says:

    Some other food for thought.

    In March of 2012, the President released an Executive Order to nationalize all “national defense” resources in a time of national emergency. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness

    The scope of the Executive Order can be found in Section 201. While those delegations may appear to be relatively innocuous, when viewed in light of the definitions set forth in Section 801 of the Order, the actual scope of control is anything but innocuous. Below are the delegations from 201 of the Order. Immediately following each delegation is are the terms defined in Section 801, italicized for better clarity:

    “Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness
    (1) the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;
    801 (e) “Food resources” means all commodities and products, (simple, mixed, or compound), or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put, at all stages of processing from the raw commodity to the products thereof in vendible form for human or animal consumption. “Food resources” also means potable water packaged in commercially marketable containers, all starches, sugars, vegetable and animal or marine fats and oils, seed, cotton, hemp, and flax fiber, but does not mean any such material after it loses its identity as an agricultural commodity or agricultural product.
    801(f) “Food resource facilities” means plants, machinery, vehicles (including on farm), and other facilities required for the production, processing, distribution, and storage (including cold storage) of food resources, and for the domestic distribution of farm equipment and fertilizer (excluding transportation thereof).
    801(c) “Farm equipment” means equipment, machinery, and repair parts manufactured for use on farms in connection with the production or preparation for market use of food resources.
    801(d) “Fertilizer” means any product or combination of products that contain one or more of the elements nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for use as a plant nutrient
    (2) the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;
    801(b) “Energy” means all forms of energy including petroleum, gas (both natural and manufactured), electricity, solid fuels (including all forms of coal, coke, coal chemicals, coal liquification, and coal gasification), solar, wind, other types of renewable energy, atomic energy, and the production, conservation, use, control, and distribution (including pipelines) of all of these forms of energy.
    (3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;
    801(i) “Health resources” means drugs, biological products, medical devices, materials, facilities, health supplies, services and equipment required to diagnose, mitigate or prevent the impairment of, improve, treat, cure, or restore the physical or mental health conditions of the population.
    (4) the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;
    801(a) “Civil transportation” includes movement of persons and property by all modes of transportation in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce within the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia, and related public storage and warehousing, ports, services, equipment and facilities, such as transportation carrier shop and repair facilities. “Civil transportation” also shall include direction, control, and coordination of civil transportation capacity regardless of ownership. “Civil transportation” shall not include transportation owned or controlled by the Department of Defense, use of petroleum and gas pipelines, and coal slurry pipelines used only to supply energy production facilities directly.
    (5) the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and
    801(n) “Water resources” means all usable water, from all sources, within the jurisdiction of the United States, that can be managed, controlled, and allocated to meet emergency requirements, except “water resources” does not include usable water that qualifies as “food resources.”
    (6) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials. ” http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness

    Of course, once control is assumed over the Nation’s national resources, food supply, transportation utilities and water resources, the government will need people to help them run that vast operation. That is where the Secretary of Labor comes in:

    “PART VI – LABOR REQUIREMENTS
    Sec. 601. Secretary of Labor. (a) The Secretary of Labor, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other agencies, as deemed appropriate by the Secretary of Labor, shall:

    (1) collect and maintain data necessary to make a continuing appraisal of the Nation’s workforce needs for purposes of national defense;
    (2) upon request by the Director of Selective Service, and in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, assist the Director of Selective Service in development of policies regulating the induction and deferment of persons for duty in the armed services;
    (3) upon request from the head of an agency with authority under this order, consult with that agency with respect to: (i) the effect of contemplated actions on labor demand and utilization; (ii) the relation of labor demand to materials and facilities requirements; and (iii) such other matters as will assist in making the exercise of priority and allocations functions consistent with effective utilization and distribution of labor;
    (4) upon request from the head of an agency with authority under this order: (i) formulate plans, programs, and policies for meeting the labor requirements of actions to be taken for national defense purposes; and (ii) estimate training needs to help address national defense requirements and promote necessary and appropriate training programs; and
    (5) develop and implement an effective labor management relations policy to support the activities and programs under this order, with the cooperation of other agencies as deemed appropriate by the Secretary of Labor, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the National Mediation Board, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
    (b) All agencies shall cooperate with the Secretary of Labor, upon request, for the purposes of this section, to the extent permitted by law” http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness

    Just to be clear, the Department of Labor is authorized and directed to collect and maintain data necessary to make a continuing appraisal of the Nation’s workforce needs for purposes of national defense.

    But once you take control of the resources and labor, you still need a cadre of executives serving as liaison between the government and the workers as well as having the ability to actually run the operation. Buried in the Order is revival of the National Defense Executive Reserve (NDER):

    “Sec. 501. National Defense Executive Reserve. (a) In accordance with section 710(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2160(e), there is established in the executive branch a National Defense Executive Reserve (NDER) composed of persons of recognized expertise from various segments of the private sector and from Government (except full time Federal employees) for training for employment in executive positions in the Federal Government in the event of a national defense emergency.
    (b) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall issue necessary guidance for the NDER program, including appropriate guidance for establishment, recruitment, training, monitoring, and activation of NDER units and shall be responsible for the overall coordination of the NDER program. The authority of the President under section 710(e) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2160(e), to determine periods of national defense emergency is delegated to the Secretary of Homeland Security.” http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/rcs/schedules/general-records-schedules/n1-grs-87-010_sf115.pdf

    From FEMA’s 2007 NDER Policies and Procedures Manual:

    “The NDER is a Federal Government program that provides a reserve of highly-qualified individuals from industry, organized labor, professional groups, and the academic community to serve in executive positions in the Federal Government in time of national emergency. Specific authority for the NDER is provided in section 710(e) of the Defense Production Act of 1950,as amended , and section6 01 of Executive Order 12919 of June 3, 1994, as amended.” http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=3606

    When NDER was established in 1950, we were in the initial phases of the cold war, and becoming acquainted with the doctrine of mutual assured destruction. In the event of nuclear war, the nation needed some way to continue on not only in defending itself and its people, but also for caring for its citizens. In other words, it was a concept borne out of fear of the constant threat of national annihilation. While interest in NDER has ebbed and flowed over time, it has been largely treated as a cold war relic. It seems odd that NDER would warrant the interest of the President in this day and age. But, if you now have the ability to seize industry and draft their workers, you need the power to draft some executives to oversee the government operations.

    What is significant is that the Section 201 of the Executive Order covers “meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency.” It is by no means a wartime measure, and covers actions that allow the President to meet national defense needs in both peacetime and in times of national emergency. Peacetime enforcement of the Executive Order would be somewhat difficult. But with a national emergency, the power of the government can be brought to bear to force compliance. And who has the power to declare a National Emergency? Why the President, of course.

    President Obama has done just that – in 2010 ( https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/10/letter-president-continuation-national-emergency-with-respect-certain-te ) and again in 2012 ( https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/11/message-continuation-national-emergency-respect-certain-terrorist-attack ) and again in 2014 ( https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/04/continuation-national-emergency-letter ). (Declarations of national emergencies by the President can only continue for 2 years at a time under federal law, but may be invoked for additional two year periods). Based on the President’s declaration in September, 2014, we are now under a state of national emergency, giving life to his March 2012 Executive Order.

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    • MMBev says:

      I have been shrieking since March 11 or l6 th, 2011 when the White House site posted a legal document covering most of this as a “Martial Law Emergency” type document. (It was a different title, but I’d have to go back to the White House site and find it. All presidents have such a document in law, but with each successive president the consequences of enactment have enlarged. Now the president can the entire United States, lock, stock and barrel.) Unfortunately, Canadians talk to Canadians! No one here was interested anyway.

      Last night I came across an interesting article: I think that it is helpful to know this information, so have included the link.

      April 12, 2015 By Donald Hank, on “Renew America”
      blackoutshttp://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/150412

      I have only copied a portion of his article. He gives a good explanation of each of the three items in the column.

      These three ignored developments are:
      1) the rapid progress being made in the use of the Chinese RMB (yuan) in international trade,

      2) the rapid economic and financial dissociation of traditional allies from the US, as evidenced by the growing number of RMB clearing centers in Europe and Asia (as detailed in the article linked above) and by the association of the major economic powers with the AIIB (China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), and the implications thereof for the US dollar; and

      3) More ominously, the association of Saudi Arabia, the country that has been back-stopping the petrodollar since 1973, with this Chinese bank. The implications of this move are portentous.

      Thus, key US allies are following the money to China and will not come back. They have finally seen the US hegemons as hostile to their interests. Worse, Europe still resents the consequences of our pawning off subprime mortgage junk on them. They are aware, if only subconsciously, that the economic debacle of 2008 was triggered by irresponsible US banking and regulatory policies and was the cause of the European malaise today
      This dissociation of former allies from the US suggests that dedollarization is proceeding at break neck speed. Given the phenomenal growth of the RMB and the blackout of these developments in the media, Americans are almost completely unprepared for the coming consequences. The silence of the financial and economic media, the general media and even most of the independent media on these issues show that we are like cattle awaiting the slaughter of our savings and our fortunes. The Schadenfreude of Europe will be hard to contain once their retaliatory measures bear fruit.

      This dissociation of former allies from the US suggests that dedollarization is proceeding at break neck speed. Given the phenomenal growth of the RMB and the blackout of these developments in the media, Americans are almost completely unprepared for the coming consequences. The silence of the financial and economic media, the general media and even most of the independent media on these issues show that we are like cattle awaiting the slaughter of our savings and our fortunes. The Schadenfreude of Europe will be hard to contain once their retaliatory measures bear fruit

      We need to get “Yuan”. At least it will be good somewhere in the long run….maybe. He also includes links in the article which give greater information.

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    • Kris R. says:

      Thank you Jim, for this information. Charlie, you said it would be subtle and it was. I say
      “was” because in effect, marshal law has been declared, just without using those actual words. Heaven help us!

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    • Nancy D says:

      Jim, thank you ever so much for this information, which I would never have known or understood without your post today. The statement that has the greatest impact for me is the very last one: “Based on the President’s declaration in September, 2014, we are NOW in a state of national emergency,” meaning, as I understand it, the President can implement these orders in an instant, simply by saying so. He will not say those scary words “martial law”…he’ll just do it.

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      • Jim M. says:

        Think also about this: in addition to controlling our food, energy and natural resources, the Affordable Care Act has now given the federal government control over your health, and the Dodd Frank Act control and monitoring over all your financial activity.

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  8. Jean says:

    I honestly strive to understand Pope Francis’ policies with a fair and open heart; but it is difficult to see where he is going with all of this. Thank God that He promised the gates of hell will not prevail.

    I am resigned to the storm and anxious for the rescue which I believe will usher in the Era of Peace. We need peace with God; is is sorely lacking today.

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  9. Becky-TN says:

    Can’t imagine how the faithful priests and religious out in the world feel when their brothers and sisters in vocation wander away from the truths of the Church. Want to thank all of the priests and religious (esp those who read this blog) who give their lives each day to the Church and to us faithful. We can’t thank you enough for your sacrifice.

    PS If you wouldn’t mind praying for our Bishop who was recently deathly ill:
    http://wate.com/2015/04/15/bishop-richard-stika-recovers-from-near-death-condition/

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  10. Sr Lorraine says:

    I too was disappointed that the Vatican seems to be giving a pass to the LCWR. The speakers they invite for their national meetings present odd forms of evolutionary-consciousness types of “spirituality” that are hardly Catholic. Actually I was puzzled when the Vatican began the investigation, since these things had been going on for so long. “Why now?” It seemed odd because there was little hope that the LCWR would adjust their thinking, and the investigtion caused a kind of backlash. Why not just let them wither on the vine? But I see it now in terms of your theory of the masks coming off. We have seen the “nuns on the bus” promoting Obamacare, etc. But it’s very obvious that this is all not in line with the Catholic faith, and we are also seeing those congregations dying out. The newer congregations springing up now are returning to religious life as the Church has always understood it. Vatican II described it very well in Lumen Gentium and Perfectae Caritatis. It’s obvious now where the future of religious life is, and it’s not in the LCWR.
    Also, the statistics they present are false, in claiming to represent 80% of American sisters. Some congregations maintain a membership in the LCWR just as a sort of proforma thing, and they don’t subscribe to their unorthodox views.Even if the leadership does, many individual sisters don’t. One article yesterday spoke of 57,000 American sisters, but that number is below 50,000 now and declining fast.

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    • Mary Ann says:

      Where is the mercy for the families whose children were led astray by memeber of the LCWR? Where is the mercy for the couples who live a martyrdom of fidelity to marriage vows? Where is the mercy for those whose children were victimized by pederast clergy?

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      • Mary Ann says:

        I don’t mean to be negative. It’s just that in my ministry I run into the horrific consequences in real lives, generational consequences of the behaviors and teachings espoused by such nuns and priests.

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        • Michelle says:

          Mary Ann. we need to see the real evil in order to see the real good. Please don’t appologize for being negative. We have been living in the nice, nice, happy, happy place for so long now It’s not working. In fact, this post describes the effect of never holding to account those that we should. Pretty soon all that matters is the “image” not what’s real.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        My daughter aged 15 told me recently that she now rejects The Catholic Church after reading the history book about Europe. I am disappointed but I have a big hope in the chaplet of the tears of our lady….www.tearlove.org

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        • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

          Thanks for the link for the chaplet, Barbara.

          As far as your daughter rejecting the Faith after reading history books — can you give her a history book that shows some of the gifts the Church has given the world, even to those of no faith? For instance, the Church established the university system — the University of Paris was founded around 1208! The first university in the Americas is not the vaunted Harvard or William and Mary or any other Ivy League school. No, it was the University of Mexico, founded by Catholics in 1551! The Church has founded hospitals, orphanages, and parish schools. Our saints have helped the poor (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta — a European by birth), the slaves (St. Peter Claver), and protected infants from abortion and the infanticide practice of exposure. Churchmen founded the scientific method– does she know many of the craters on the moon are named after Jesuits? The Church has called forth beauties of art and architecture in service of her Lord. What would the world have been without this influence? Uglier, more barbaric, with no voice for the sanctity of life for the little and the weak.

          A fair presentation of history should make one grateful for the influence of the Church. And, these are all just temporal accomplishments and contributions. I haven’t even touched what the Church does for our souls. Maybe your daughter would be open to some of this information. I know, even in 16 years of Catholic schooling, I was not exposed to this information, but found it as an adult through some homeschooling materials and just reading some history books that highlight the accomplishments of the Church. If she has never been exposed to these contributions and only been informed of all the wrongs done by individual Catholics, she has only heard a distorted message.

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          • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

            PS Is Kim ok? Maybe I missed if she has posted recently.

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          • charliej373 says:

            I mentioned last week that she is finishing up a major project and will be back at it soon.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Very few are learning much of authentic history these days. The Church is the founder of the modern university (though not the indoctrination centers universitis have become in the last 50 years), the modern concept of hospital – and the modern concept of libraries, just to name a few things. One of the things striking when you work backwards is that almost all the classically liberal institutions have their origins within the Church or the Church played a huge role in their development. Sadly, those moderns who call themselves progressive have largely degraded the greatness of most of them because of their illiberalism.

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    • NancyA says:

      I have to admit first that I have not read any of the details, only the fact of the Vatican dropping the investigation. I am thinking that perhaps it was recognized that they were giving too much spotlight to them, using too much energy or resources pursuing what will “wither” on its own, in short order. I trust Pope Francis. I just do. I also know that he does not act alone, and so how involved he has been in decision making to this end, I don’t know, but when he is involved, I choose to believe that he acts in good will and maybe with supernatural knowledge that we do not have.

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    • Kris R. says:

      Regarding the LCWR and Pope Francis, I believe what is (not so) hidden is being revealed. Just as Pope Francis let the Bishops expose their positions at the start of the Synod then brought them back to Orthodoxy in his closing statement, so too, could it be that the Pope has a similar purpose now? Perhaps this is once again a way to sort the goats from the sheep.

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      • charliej373 says:

        That is a canny observation, Kris.

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        • Jim M. says:

          People continue to underestimate Pope Francis. Someone placed a basket over the candle, and our beloved Pope is taking away the basket.

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          • Nancy D says:

            Charlie, I have to admit that I was mystified by your comments surrounding the Vatican’s actions regarding the LCWR nuns. It seemed to me that you were, in essence, placing blame on Pope Francis for sending the wolves out into the sheepfold to continue to raise havoc against them. I know that in other controversies around Pope Francis’ words or actions, your counsel was that we ought not be putting ourselves in his place by making judgments about his wisdom and motives; that we need to remember that he is the shepherd, the father and spiritual leader of God’s own choosing and for God’s mysterious purposes. So anyway, the way you presented your view of the Pope’s handling of this very serious situation seemed strangely lacking in your usually humble and respectful way of dealing with such things. I welcome your thoughts on the matter. Sincerely yours in the love of Jesus and Mary – Nancy D

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          • charliej373 says:

            I don’t even know that the Pope made the decision, Nancy. I have not heard a statement coming directly from him on it. Maybe I missed that. A large bureaucracy involves a lot of people – and though the Pope is ultimately responsible, that does not mean it is his initiative. I have been critical of Vatican decisions on many occasions. In any case, I have dealt with far too many people whose faith has been shaken by their encounter with largely secularized nuns who think they are mere social workers. On several occasions I listened to such nuns say in public forums that Catholicism is no different than any other faith, that they are not so sure about the ‘God’ stuff, but being a nun is a great way to get into social work, and that abortion is less important than social justice – and that gay marriage is a good thing. These type of nuns NEED to be rebuked. I do NOT just second every decision coming our of Rome just because Pope Francis is ultimately responsible. When he is directly attacked, I defend him – and when he speaks definitively, I examine the specific text and context of what he said rather than the cheap headline before piling on – and most times the cheap headline bears little resemblance to what was actually said. Nuns who have functionally abandoned their calling while holding on to their sinecures are doing great and grave damage and need to be reined in. I stand by that.

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    • Ruth Ku says:

      I expect that after seeming to overlook the LCWR misbehaviors, Pope Francis will drop the hammer on them. It’s his style..
      R. Ku

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      • Nancy D says:

        I see, Charlie. .I thought the reference to the “decision of the Vatican” was the equivalent of “the decision of Pope Francis”, probably because of the video coverage of the Pope’s meeting with these nuns at the table in friendly conversation, which I took to mean he was delivering this decision to them personally. I absolutely agree with all you have said regarding the behavior, teachings and harmful theology of these nuns, and I pray that those who have been harmed, and those who will be harmed by them in the future, will come to realize they’ve been misled and turn away from their errors. God help the innocent, and convert those who lead them into error. Quoting Crew Dog, GOD SAVE ALL HERE!

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  11. Observer says:

    RE: You might have heard that the Vatican last week abruptly dropped its investigation of many orders of nuns in America – mostly those affiliated with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

    Peter B. has, I think, a rather balanced/reasoned approach to that here:
    http://motheofgod.com/threads/the-upcoming-synod.6000/page-10#post-84429

    Scroll down to Peter B’s comment.

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  12. Deborah Parrella says:

    Dear Charlie, The FBI will also be helping the National Guards do this. I remember coming home from work one morning very quiet no one around, next thing I knew there were 3 FBI cars outside my house. They ran between my neighbors and My home only to be blocked by a fence. then they were gone. I thought nothing of it, till reading this. Charlie they were so quiet, coming and leaving, a believe a mouse makes more noise, it was very errie. Please continue to keep us informed. I am trying to live each day as if it was my first and last, knowing what is coming but trusting God to handle it. Have a very Blessed Day, Debbie

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  13. JosephineSD says:

    Regarding the nuns, I too was disappointed. I am hoping there might be something good that comes from this whole thing (the investigation). My daughter’s high school was run by an order of nuns from this organization, and I can tell you their religion was/is feminism. They have since retired, but many teachers that were hired under them are still there, and what my daughters have told me that come from the lips of these teachers is mind-boggling. Although, it has allowed my daughters to learn to speak up for basic Catholic beliefs in class. Just so frustrating paying tuition and then hearing anti-Catholic beliefs. Beliefs that will not bear any fruit.

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  14. Wow!!! The video of the national guard is hitting close to home. This is where I live. I am less than 10 minutes from the Ontario airport. You say it’s NOT normal to have these drill in suburban areas. Why are they doing it I wonder? Where do national guardsmen train normally?
    Thank for the posts Charlie!
    I really don’t know what to think. Hmmmmm

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    • CrewDog says:

      Let’s not get too carried away with the National Guard angle Gang! Remember that the Guard belongs to the States and has a primary duty, at the direction of the Govornor, to assist in local man-made/natural disasters. The Guard can be Federalized to fight overseas or … as we are worried about now to do ……….. ??!!?? The Guard like the Local Cops are your neighbors so ….!!? … Eternal Vigilance and In God We Trust!

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      • Jim M. says:

        Plus, that in no way resembled marching. That was “strolling”.

        The guys who “stopped traffic” were there for safety. That has been SOP (standard operating procedure) since the time I began my service. I tried to explain that to some people, saying it had been that way since I served in the 70’s, and some smart buttox asked if that was the 1870’s, followed by a quip asking if I went to High School with US Grant.

        So, to be clear, my reference above relates to the1970’s. For those jokers out there.

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  15. Lin says:

    Thanks for this article, which helps us understand the scope of what’s ahead.

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  16. Bob says:

    As for LCWR I have followed this for awhile as I knew some “nuns” who got off on some of these New Age tangents and lost their way and I recently listened to the sad story of a lady in our church who’s sister had once been in a good Catholic Newman Society and had gotten off into some New Age tangents of some so called nuns who had led her astray. Anyway she recently died of cancer but before she did she had become estranged from the Orthodox Catholics in her family and was passing our herbal remedies and other nostrums to her dad before he died. So let’s pray for Barb, the lady involved that she was able to make it into purgatory before she died.

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  17. barb129 says:

    Rest in peace, Cardinal George….the dear Lord took you home before the worst of the Storm.

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  18. Mary Anne says:

    I prayed before the Blessed Sacrament yesterday to offer myself as a Spiritual Mother for priests . This is a very important call from our Lord through His Mother for this time. Please consider joining this powerful movement for our Lord through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Consecration to Jesus through Mary is a prudent first step.

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  19. Judith Hunt says:

    [not sure how blog stuff works, but here goes] Yep, Mt McGregor prison story is true. [see: jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com ] 70+ state police guarding a closed and empty prison and acting as thugs and bullies when local news media film a story about historical site of President Grant’s Cottage on the same 1100 acre site. Does not bode well for us here in upstate NY.

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  20. Bonnie C says:

    Charlie, maybe someone else figured this out already and I didn’t see, but I had one of those “aha!” palm against the forehead moments when, today, I responded to a prayer group friend’s email that stated she and her husband attended a conference at Franciscan University, Steubenville, on Public Ethics. They were “shocked at some of the things going on that are to suppress Christianity specifically, not attacking the other religions.” I responded by sending her a link to your/this post and told her,

    “This guy is important. Chosen. He’s one of the trumpets, if you know what I’m talking about.” HE IS ONE OF THE TRUMPETS!!!! I’m kindof in awe right now.

    God bless you Charlie, and ALL HERE.

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  21. Jacqueline Nevinger says:

    Talk about pretend! From the Drudge Report:

    http://www.newswest9.com/story/28826943/big-spring-invites-army-to-conduct-special-ops-training-in-city

    Really dumb, no? Then your article.

    Then, this afternoon, there has been an army colored helicopter doing slow recon most of the afternoon while I was working outside. It was unnerving. There wasn’t any of the usual markings of ID. I don’t want to panic but there aren’t any Army bases here.

    Jacquie

    Sent from Jacquie’s iPhone

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  22. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    At the passing of our much beloved Cardinal George today. We have another intecessor with Our Lord. I am . reminded of his ofen quoted .statemen.t in2010. “I expect to die in bed. My successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. He later said his successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society. May he rest in peace.

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  23. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    There was more to that quote.” His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization as the Church had done so often in human history.”

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  24. Matthew says:

    Charlie:
    What do you know of Jim Rikards? I came across a video interview with him on Yahoo! He sounds an awful lot like you. 🙂
    Matthew

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    • charliej373 says:

      I know he is supposed to be very knowledgeable about financial issues, but that’s about all I know. I have heard others speak well of him, but I have never heard him talk.

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  25. Bob says:

    As for the LCWR their views on same sex issues and other sexual issues the error is obvious. I am most concerned about the Gnostic and new age views in speakers like Barbara Max Hubbard with her :”Conscious evolution”. These nuns should have told Jesus that, since it is possible to “spiritually evolve” through some type of spiritual evolution, that he should not have gone to the trouble of coming and suffering a painful death to die for our sins. We could have saved ourselves! Compromise will not work here. Either we believe in salvation through “Jesus Crucified” or we believe a different “gospel”. As Paul reminds “I am not ashamed of the gospel, it is the power of God” Romans 1 vs 16 and as Paul says in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 vs 23, “we preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified”. So we either believe the gospel or we don’t.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You have hit the nail right on the head, Bob. The areas on basic doctrines are bad…but they flirt and cavort with dark spirits. That is the gravest of the dangers.

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      • Bob says:

        And I have personally known people who used to be in good ministries who got off on those tangents. If only they had remained under proper spiritual authority, it might have helped.

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      • malachi99 says:

        Father Malachi Martin gave a talk, which I cannot find anywhere, on the errors of poor old teilhard de chardin. In many respects this pantheism and its correlative gnostic higher consciousness are a development of Chardin’s terrible legacy in erstwhile catholic circles. The pontifical council for culture issued an excellent document entitled “Jesus Christ the bearer of the water of life” which is essentially a critical reflection on the , principles, practices, and philosophy of the new age movement and its irreconcilability with catholic faith and its concomitant philosophical commitments. It is is quite helpful in drawing attention to its pitfalls and dangers, which are often guised in pseudo-religious garbs. The sad thing is that most of what it alerts the reader to constitutes much of what you find in catholic parish halls and indeed in so called catholic formation houses whether in seminaries or educational institutes .

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        • charliej373 says:

          Be very suspicious when anyone calls themselves or anyone else a “bringer of the light,” or a “bringer of the dawn.” This is New Age code. I am sure the devil, himself, inspired it, for his name of Lucifer literally means bringer of light. I bet he gets a great chuckle at every New Age ninny that uses the phrase – though of course he calls the movement “Old Age,” for it is the rising again of errors completely discredited almost a thousand years ago – and only the near religious, theological and philosophical illiteracy of those who consider themselves enlightened without doing any real work for it made that rise possible.

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          • Bob says:

            Actually the old error was discredited and seen from the beginning with the first lie “You shall be like gods, knowing good and evil” , Genisis Chapter 3 vs 5, and thus we see the roots of new age and Gnosticism, the Gnostic pride that we can be like, God, be one with God have some type of “God Conscoiusness”, etc. I remember reading about one exorcism where the demon was tortured by being reminded that he and us are all creatures and only God is the Creator and that a little human creature can call on the Creator to drive away the demon who pretends to be more that “it” was created to be.

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        • Donette says:

          Malachi 99. I used to have all of the audio tapes of interviews of Fr. Malachi Martin. They were put out by Triumph Communications. Unfortunately I no longer have the many tapes that were available because I gave them to a person who wanted to hear every thing that the former Jesuit said. You may still find what you are looking for by checking with Triumph Communications.

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  26. EllenChris says:

    UPDATE on the McGregor Prison Story: The news clip was done last July — 2014. It is now going on toward a year later. Right now I am working on a Cursillo retreat. Today at lunch I asked some people who live in that area a few questions, and here is what I was told.

    1) The road on which the film crew was stopped and harassed is in the process of being closed. They are building a new road to get to Grant’s Cottage from the other side so that the entrance to the National Park zone no longer goes past the prison. Local folks said that they thought it was good to get a new road because, “The guards don’t let people through there except when they think it is okay.”

    2) There is a crew still working at the prison even though it is apparently empty. I was told by people from that area: “They are doing some kind of renovating and remodeling of the big main building.” I asked what they are changing it into. They said, “Nobody seems to know.”

    As Alice said of wonderland, “Curioser and curioser.” (and a big, “De Colores” to fellow Cursillistas)

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  27. Phillip Frank says:

    My Brother works as a therapist counseling solders with PTSD.
    He tells me one of the phenomena of this generation has been clinically termed “magical thinking” describing the complete loss of reason and execution of the word view of many people these days.
    Rather fits what our “superiors” are displaying too.
    Personally I believe it is more a lack of accountability that has caused this amoral crash. If our presidents can get away with murder….why can’t I?
    Phil

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  28. Kris R. says:

    Just a thought…
    Why the name Jade Helm? Perhaps those at the “helm” are “jaded”.

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  29. Michelle says:

    Phil, does your brother ever get through to the magical thinkers? Can it be done? Can they be brought back to logic and reason and truth? I’d like to know if it is even possible. If it is……….HOW DO I DO THAT?

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  30. Donette says:

    On this website, I see men clad in uniform standing in front of praying Christians.

    http://barbwire.com/2015/04/17/0655-principled-civil-resistance-is-coming/

    The question I have for Charley is, What do you mean by “laying low?” Do we not confront the savages under any circumstances? And how do you tell if we are looking at our Military or are see seeing “militarized police?”

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    • charliej373 says:

      The normal meaning of “lay low” any time I have heard it used is to avoid confrontation, if possible. It does not mean to submit under any circumstances if it is forced on you. I say that the beginning of the crash, whether brought on by statist officials or forced on them by events they have blundered us into will mark the beginning of their downfall, not ours. When you start with that as the assumption, lay low is the soundest strategy. We are Joshua at the wall right now.

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  31. aj says:

    Hey Charles, not sure if I actually missed it but did you ever post the piece on satan?

    Your brother in CHRIST JESUS.
    aj

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  32. Phillip Frank says:

    Michelle,
    My brother told one soldier to go to confession and ask for forgiveness.
    Forgiveness of self, forgiveness of others. To remember he has to surrender his plank before looking for that speck and to love himself first in order to be able to desire anything good for anything or anyone else. That if our flame has gone out, how can we light it in anyone else.
    He said it worked and he corroborated this by interviewing the mans wife who confirmed the change in her husband.
    Oh the Great Healer our God!

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  33. Petra says:

    I thought this was interesting in light of posts here about ignoring our Constitutional rights and the growing heavy handedness of law enforcement:
    http://prolifeaction.org/hotline/2015/ejsarrest/

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  34. MT Butterfly says:

    As I was thinking about this post the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes came to mind.

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  35. Mack says:

    Under the theme of “let’s pretend,” the link below about those attacking Archbishop Cordileone shows that they have been opposed to Catholic teaching for quite a while, including former directors of Catholic Charities in SF.
    This is what happens when we pretend that those who dissent from Catholic teachings are in fact Catholic. They eventually start to attack Catholic teaching and faithful bishops in a more direct way. And then there is Nancy Peolosi. I understand that the Church is reluctant to put sanctions like excommunication on politicians. But at a certain point, when this charade goes on long enough, people start to think you can be Catholic and hold to ideas directly opposed to Catholic teaching.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417116/among-catholic-leaders-against-cordileone-some-veteran-activists-against-catholic

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    • charliej373 says:

      A friend of mine had been chairman of Catholic Social Services in Southern Illinois for a time. He is an orthodox conservative. He has a great reputation, so board members accepted him, but considered him a little backwards because he is orthodox conservative. He warned them that their playing with statist notions was dangerous to the faith. Well, a few years ago, even though it was recognized by all as the best at successfully screening for and placing adoptions, Illinois banned Catholic Social Services from any partnerships with the state on adoptions – because they would not place with same-sex couples. During the debate leading up to that, thye lefty board members were shocked to hear themselves called bigots by people they thought had been their allies. My friend, with no little satisfaction, told his shell-shocked colleagues at the board meeting where they dissolved the agency rather than submit, “I always knew they were coming for you, too.”

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