The Barque of Peter

This is the Barque of Peter, an expression meaning Peter’s ship, referring to the Catholic Church, with the Pope at the helm. It is Peter’s barque, because St. Peter was the first Pope.

Right now, however, the picture is dismal. The Barque of Peter is in a Category 5 hurricane, there is chaos at the helm, the captain* is drunk, but most of the officers on the quarterdeck are doing very little. A large number of the crew is in mutiny, she has been boarded by pirates, and has been hit below the water line. She is sinking fast and will soon be completely sunk.

This is the crucifixion of Holy Mother Church. She will soon be dead, like her Lord once was.

But now to change analogies. The Church is like a cut rope, hanging together by one remaining thread.

When it finally breaks, what then? It is not possible for the Church to be completely destroyed, since Our Lord Jesus Christ said “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

So then, Our Lord will raise her from the dead. It will be like repairing the rope with the long splice.

There Is A Kind Of Splice Called ‘the Long Splice’ Which Makes A Cut Rope Seem What It Was Before; It Is Even Stronger Than Before, And Can Pass Through A Block. – Hilaire Belloc

Our Lord will calm the storm, but many bad things will happen before then.

Our Lord, before He calmed the storm.

Pope St. Pius X, pray for us.

Our Lady of Quito, pray for us.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Our Help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and Earth.

*It may be that Pope Francis is an Anti-Pope, but we do not have the authority to decide that for ourselves.

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I like my journalists honest and brave

2016 was a terrible year for mainstream journalism in the USA. They were all so keen on a Hillary Clinton victory in the election that it completely distorted their reporting. They were hopelessly out of touch with a large number of voters. They were so out of touch, they could not see that it was even possible she could lose.

Having predicted an enormous win for Clinton, instead of the enormous loss in the Electoral College she eventually had, they then concocted the idea of ‘Fake News,’ blaming alleged ‘fake stories’ on Facebook for her loss. I have to say, I don’t recall seeing much in the way of Trump propaganda on Facebook. There was quite a bit on Twitter, which is the only way I knew he stood a chance of victory. It was much more than a chance, in the end.

Now they are blaming Russian ‘hacking’ of the election, for her loss. It’s  a good thing they are so out of touch with reality. I hope it means the liberals won’t win another election for a long time.

So, now any time an issue pops up which is unpopular among the unthinking journalists, we hear the refrain ‘Fake news!’ More on this later. It’s not just a problem in the USA. Unthinking journalists are a problem in a number of English speaking countries.

There are some journalists I trust, however. Many are conservative, as you might expect, because yes, I am going to empathise with those who see things similarly to me, but not all are.

bolt_large_m1718325  Andrew Bolt, in Australia, is someone I think must be quite trustworthy. I have only read him a little up until now, but may read him more regularly, in my search for good journalists. He had been part of the witch hunt against Cardinal George Pell back in February, but later expressed regret at doing so. It’s possible that the Cardinal has committed a crime, or acted immorally, but so far he has not been charged with criminal offenses, and there has been plenty of media scrutiny, as well as interviews by Victoria Police. For my part, I’m inclined to think he is innocent of any crime, and certainly, the law obliges me to consider him innocent until proven guilty. The point here, is that Bolt looked at the actual facts, and decided there was not enough to continue participation in the witch hunt. The best thing about Bolt is that he’s hated by all the right people.

Anyone who knows me knows that Peter Hitchens is my favourite living journalist (GK Chesterton is my absolute favourite).

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This is the first piece of his writing that I ever read, and it’s still quite moving, although I read the original article in 2010, not 2011.

This is his memorial to his famous, atheist brother, Christopher.

And this is an interesting piece on brave reporters (and other things). His views are often unpopular, and held on principal, not merely for the sake of being “contrarian,” which he is often accused of. Like Bolt, he is hated by all the right people, and even styles himself as The Hated Peter Hitchens. PH has often caused me to rethink a position, or to care more about an issue than previously. I care more now than previously about liberty, the rule of law, opposition to the legalisation of cannabis/marijuana, English grammar schools (!), the merits of the first past the post system, the merits of constitutional monarchy, the virtues of the imperial measurement system, the evils of the metric system, the evils of daylight savings, the evils of banal scripture translation (= “Rocky Horror” translations) and the evils of the motorcar. I appreciate poetry, cinema, and architecture more than before, and the use of the word “till” instead of ’til. Also trains. I appreciate his writing on pro-life issues, marriage and family life, religion, and unpopular positions such as the death penalty and gun ownership. Reading his blog is an education in itself, and I usually learn something new with every posting. He churns out about one post a day, which I consider to be prodigious. I disagree with him, of course, about the Reformation (he is an Anglican).

 

david-seaman-260 This young man is David Seaman. He is currently a freelance journalist, after having written for Huffington Post until fairly recently. David describes himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He favours the legalisation of cannabis/marijuana, which I completely disagree with. However, I began to follow him on Twitter, and then followed him over to Gab (gab.ai), and also on YouTube due to his research into the alleged Washington DC Satanic paedophile ring. I believe there is plenty of evidence on Instagram and in the Wikileaks documents, which points to such a horrible thing. I have seen enough of this evidence with my own eyes, to believe that it is highly probable. At any rate, I haven’t heard any other rational explanation for these very disturbing images. David’s continuing investigation of this matter is honest and brave. I believe he is putting his life on the line here. I dislike swearing in public discourse, and he sometimes engages in that, but given the topic, I don’t exactly blame David for this fault.

hilary_white_300_300_55gray_s_c1 This lovely lady is Miss Hilary White. Miss White, as she prefers to be known, is a writer I have read for about 12 years. She has written her blog Orwell’s Picnic for at least that long. She is a traditional Catholic, and has been telling us for years that “Novusordoism isn’t Catholicism.” She has been blogging bravely at What is Up With Francischurch for the last couple of years. Her latest is here.

She is a passionate defender of The Real and the Law of Non-contradition, so desperately needed in our time.

If you don’t know anything about the history of philosophy for the last 250 years, you will not be able to understand what is going on in the Catholic Church right now.

If you can’t make head of tails of this, it’s time to start doing the background reading. Fortunately for all of us, the world’s greatest libraries have been brought into our homes. I’ve linked above several of the key names and terms to the relevant articles in the 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia. From there, there is all the information and connections you could possibly need available online, including one of my favourite books of all time, and perhaps the most useful 20 bucks I ever spent; The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.

The trouble with honest journalists is that you sometimes want to smack them in the head for the things they say which annoy you, but it’s a small price to pay for real information. These people do real research, think for themselves, and report what they find, regardless of any unpleasant consequences. I’m very grateful for them.

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Mass Killings

In Western countries, we have seen increases in mass killings, by people wielding knives, bombs, and guns. Also, trucks.

Why do people do these things? I’m inclined to think it’s Psychopathy (or Narcissism), but these things are impossible to prove by proper scientific methods, so I can’t offer any kind of scientific proof.

While I can’t offer scientific evidence, I can offer some basic reasoning. In a court of law, the jury hears various kinds of evidence, and they must use their commonsense judgment to decide the fate of the accused.

Scientific proof is not all there is, when it comes to making judgments, but all I can do is offer you my reasons for believing psychopathy to be the main cause of these disasters.

Many sinners can get through life without killing anyone, so we need to look at the things which send people over the edge.

Like her, or loathe her, Ann Barnhardt has come up with a theory, which I think is at least plausible, though horribly politically incorrect. Since it’s a theory which can’t be proven, however, nobody is obliged to believe it.

The theory about psychopaths (or narcissists) is that they have no conscience, possibly by having purged themselves of empathy, or “love.” This would account for their comparative ease in physically, or psychologically destroying other people.

I also agree with Peter Hitchens, whose blog I have been reading for about 5 years, that a correlation exists between psychotropic drugs (e.g. cannabis, steroids, and anti-depressants) and violent crime. Indeed, use of such drugs, may well make a person insane. Alternatively, a psychopath would have no hesitation in using them for his/her own pleasure, not caring about the effects it would have on family and friends. Most of the ‘arguments’ in favour of the use of cannabis, for example, demonstrate a horrible attitude of callousness towards the family members of drug users. If that’s not psychopathy, it’s certainly selfishness. This correlation between drugs and violent crime needs to be investigated properly.

A number of these crimes have been committed by people of no religion at all, or by people who have no connection with Islam. The use of drugs in such cases, seems to be a common factor.

However, I do also agree with those people who are concerned about the apparent rise in violence caused by people who definitely have a connection to Islam, or who – in their madness – have made a claim to such a connection.

I don’t believe the so-called ‘Islamic State’ are involved in many of these attacks. They are terrorist thugs (going by their own videos) and obviously will claim any and all such crimes as being theirs, because it makes them more scary. Although I obviously feel concerned about a rise in such violence, the chances of being attacked are still fairly low, so I refuse to cower in fear. I believe it’s true that I have more chance of dying in Houston’s traffic. I will, however, be buying firearms as soon as I can. Moreover, I intend to become well trained in how to cope with a violent crime, whether I am armed or not. I also go to confession frequently, and so should all Catholics. Everyone else should become Catholic. You don’t want to go to Hell, and you could die at any time, by any cause.

I believe Islam is a filthy, disgusting, evil religion (or possibly, a political racket), not because of these horrible attacks, but because of the general way it is lived out, in many parts of the world, its laws, its views and teachings, no matter how much they might vary from place to place, and because of its founder, who as far as I can tell was a psychopath. Whatever else he was, he was nothing like Our Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t care if there are ‘nice’ Muslims in the world. It’s not them I’m concerned about.

Eighty years ago, Belloc predicted a rise in Islam, at a time when the Ottoman Empire had been reduced to nothing, and nobody else in the West thought anything of it. It was a spent force, they thought. I believe Belloc was right, and we are living through this resurgence. Even if all the current killings are accounted for by people on drugs, there is still the question of mass immigration, and the desire of Muslims to impose Shariah law on the nations they enter. Let them increase in sufficient numbers and watch what happens. Meanwhile, there are increases in sexual violence in areas where there are recent Muslim immigrants.

In my view, the concerns about Muslim immigrants are very real, and at the very least, we should stop immigration from Muslim countries. That won’t help the Christians who are persecuted in those countries, but then, our Western nations aren’t doing much anyway to help them as far as I can tell. Nobody cares about them.

I’m sick of the dhimmification of our politicians and journalists. They are, imo, mostly culpable for this mess. It is also, probably, a severe chastisement from God, for our faithlessness these 50+ years.

Pray, fast, give alms.

Go to confession. Be ready to defend yourself, or the innocent and vulnerable.

Now is the time to be as brave (though not foolhardy) as we can.

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On controversy

Just a brief post about controversy. I have generally not shied away from this, during my adult life, though it often costs me a lot emotionally.

But truth is worth it.

I read recently a FB post to the effect that Catholics do not study scripture well enough and that is why we are in our current mess. Now, the first part of this may be true, but I wouldn’t know, since I don’t claim to know how well other Catholics study scripture, although most Catholics I know seem to be well informed on it.

But the second part of that accusation is laughable. Even if we didn’t have the example of Protestants being unable to ever reach unity on any matter – since they do not have an ultimate authority on earth to make definitive statements – then both our older history and plain common sense tells us that even very solid study of scripture alone would not save us from controversy. Clearly, those who study scripture well can still arrive at different conclusions on many matters of importance. That’s why Jesus created an infallible Church, and a proper authority. Even if a Pope should go wildly astray, we have the Sensus Fidelium, that is the long, historical sense of the Faith which exists and can never be changed by any Pope. The development of doctrine only goes in one direction. It can never contradict itself. Laymen and women in the great mess of today must be as well informed as we can – including scripture. Most of us were given very poor catechesis, and we have to look at both scripture and tradition. Those who suggest that we are in the mess and engaging in controversy with one another due to allegedly poor knowledge of scripture are making a laughable claim. Controversy, as is shown clearly in scripture, going all the way back to St. Paul’s challenges to St. Peter is exactly how the Church arrives at the truth.

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Helpful Videos

To refresh our memories, what is a canonised Saint? (The whole video is worth watching, but we are starting from about 7:20).

 

The late Fr. Hesse on the indefectibility of the Church. The Pope of the day was Pope John Paul II:

 

Here he speaks about some very important definitions:

 

He speaks here on Popes who have fallen into error or heresy:

A good panel discussion at EWTN, with Raymond Arroyo about the disturbing comments from the Bishop of Rome.

 

I don’t know if this report is true, but if so, it’s a damning indictment on the EU’s wastefulness. Allegedly, the EU Parliament relocates itself once a month!

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Helpful websites

Canon212 is a Drudge-style news aggregator of matters relating to the Church and the World.

In case you still don’t believe me that Pope Francis is spouting a great amount of heresy (how is this even in doubt at this point?) here is the very helpful Denzinger-Bergoglio.

Further helpful sites in these dark times:

OnePeter5

What Is Up With Francis-Church?

Veri Catholici

Ann Barnhardt

Fr. Z’s Blog

 

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