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Pentecost and the Second Coming …

“En Priere”, Bill Douglas, from the album “Kaleidoscope”, (1993)

Cassandra of Troy, was a woman in Greek mythology cursed to utter prophecies that were true but that no one believed. Cassandra was reputed to be a daughter of King Priam and of Queen Hecuba of Troy

Well, it has been over a month since I last sat down to write. Life has intervened with broken roof drains and blown out electrical fixtures and complicated by heavy rains we had some flooding in our building and also blah, blah, blah … life is like that isn’t it.  Everyone has problems and everyone likes to believe that their troubles are the most important and troublesome of them all, but rarely is it really so. Still, October is coming up quick so we have something to look forward to.

So how does one write about what one is upset with and still embrace the cross. As Saint Faustina remarked in her diary, she saw a vision of Christ on his cross and He instructed her to look at the accompanying groups, multitudes, of souls.

There was one group who were crucified like Christ, there was a second group who while not crucified exactly still carried their crosses clasped firmly in their hands and held to their bosom, and then there was a third group who were not embracing their crosses but rather were dragging them behind them across the land dissatisfied and complaining loudly all the while.

His word to her was that those who resembled Him most in their suffering would resemble Him most in Glory in Heaven. Something to think about when one is aware that one is most likely in the third group, the complainers, if one is even good enough to get into the picture and is not still wallowing amongst the miserable lost souls.

And if I spend my writing time articulating what is wrong with our current society and those things which I find provoke me am I being “humble” or “prideful”, am I complaining and judgemental or am I, like Cassandra on the walls of Troy, sounding the alarm to deaf ears all around me.

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John Ralston Saul

As John Ralston Saul pointed out, in “Voltaire’s Bastards“, the Devil is in the Regulations, and those who write the Briefing Books run the show. Whatever one’s views or thoughts, it is a grim fact that, in Canada, it is now legal to kill inconvenient citizens, and inconvenient children, not just inconvenient babies.This is our “Final Solution”, our “Choice”.

Remember, “Arbeit macht frei“. You think these things cannot happen here? I was born in and lived in Montreal for years. I experienced the October Crisis, and Papa Trudeau’s respect for Rule of Law, up close and personal.  Je me souviens.

“Like other periods of the history of the Church, the present has ushered in a new ascension of interior purification, on the sole condition that the faithful show themselves proud enough in the confession of their faith in Christ, generous enough in suffering to face the oppressors of the Church with the strength of their faith and charity.

May the holy time of Lent and Easter, which preaches interior renovation and penance, turn Christian eyes towards the Cross and the risen Christ; be for all of you the joyful occasion that will fill your souls with heroism, patience and victory.

Then We are sure, the enemies of the Church, who think that their time has come, will see that their joy was premature, and that they may close the grave they had dug. The day will come when the Te Deum of liberation will succeed to the premature hymns of the enemies of Christ …” para 42, Mit Brennender Sorge

We look out across a landscape of declining morality, the tragedy of moral relativity, where the value of a human being is in their perceived utility and if they fail the litmus test of utility they are disposed of and sold for parts. I heard a talk recently in which the highly reputed speaker mentioned that since Roe vs Wade in the 70’s our culture has murdered 1.5 Billion babies. That’s right, 1.5 Billion inconvenient children killed to make it easier for us to pursue our carnal gratification and appetites, to “do our own thing” with no consequences or responsibilities.

Our own visions of “Soylent Green” dance through our heads as we trundle off to the re-education camps being set up by the famous twins separated at birth. Or perhaps we are only looking at a simple Good Cop, Bad Cop routine … “take me or you will have to take him”.  I don’t know, what do you think?

potw-kim-jong-un_3578513kThere are some sinister overtones and similarities, no? On the one hand we have a villain born of a bloodline of villains according to international opinion,  an utterly failed economy, a population held in terror of the state, and holding office by virtue of son-ship.

A Great Leader unanimously condemned on all sides, with only one significant player abstaining, and that player having a close and special relationship with Canada and Canada’s government.

The Prince On The White Horse, John Albert Thomas

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front, R), Chinese President Xi Jinping (front, L), his wife Peng Liyuan (2nd row, L), and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd row, R), arrive for a gala show to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (front, R), Chinese President Xi Jinping (front, L), his wife Peng Liyuan (2nd row, L), and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd row, R), arrive for a gala show to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

In counterpoint to the bad actor, we have, home at 24 Sussex Drive, the Drama Coach. Also holding office by virtue of pedigree, a playboy with a silver spoon and a Mercedes and a projected 100+ billion deficit before our next election coming in October 2019.

And we have a population, citizens, voters, without a true voice in the Capital, where everything is controlled by the iron fist of the PMO, or in the state controlled national media (aka the CBC), of the deviants, by the deviants, for the deviants.

justin-trudeau11Well, that’s about as far as even I can stretch the similarities, but you get the drift, right? China vs Justin?  Hmmmm. Can anyone spell “Canola”?

Methinks the Communist Party of China is a much heavier hitter than Senator Brazeau. To give this all some context, think of that great first year Boxing farce as a High School skit between two class clowns,

Do we see Justin going the distance with Xi and Vlad, hmmm? A charming class clown who no-one on the international stage takes seriously as he sucks up to virtually every regime out there in a desperate bid for acceptance of his handlers and their policies, no longer the cool kid in class, the snowboarder seeks approval.

I read somewhere a reference to “Big Trump” and “Little Potato”, but it seems that when the rubber hits the road we end up with pressure from the Big Boy south of 49 and counter pressure from the Big Red Dragon, and manufactured political scandals to distract the low information voters from reality.

Castro and the trudeausAnd there is of course that famous, or perhaps infamous, family tradition of sleeping with murderers. Maybe that’s an asset in Boy Justin’s world.

There was a man once, who said: “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (24 November 1808 – 29 September 1890) was a French critic, journalist, and novelist. His epigrams are frequently quoted, and that “plus ca change” line is one of his best.

Another was on a proposal to abolish capital punishment, “je veux bien que messieurs les assassins commencent”  “let the gentlemen who do the murders take the first step”, or “I wish the assassins to go first”, a view which I share. Are we not on the brink of a bold new social experiment? After first hand witness to the fall-out of Roe vs Wade, can we not imagine where this will end?

To paraphrase Karr, with respect to euthanasia, “je veux bien que messieurs les bureaucrats commencent”. Not much has changed since 1937, Just the level of sophistication of the players and the level of ignorance of the voters. I will paraphrase from a book I am reading called “The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Louisa Piccarreta” by Daniel O’Connor

I have “adjusted” the specific context from the book to the general context of our modern society. It’s really all about “interest” isn’t it?

The poison of interest has invaded everyone, and since almost all of our leadership and management are taken by this fever, they lack the courage to correct and to check those who depend on them for leadership and guidance and discipline. And the love and mercy of Jesus Christ is not understood by any of those who are not stripped of everything and of everyone.

They cannot hear Him and do not want to hear Him. His voice resounds very badly to their hearing; even more, it seems an absurdity to them — the claim that Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” is, to use the words of St. Paul, “a folly to the Jews and a stumbling block to the Gentiles, something that is not appropriate for the human condition. And what is the source of all of this — that is, this whole tragedy? Interest.

Politicians and CEO’s, Bureaucrats and Executives, middle managers and the rank and file, who do not undertake their vocation, their jobs, in accordance with their responsibilities and promises, but rather in accordance with the opportunities it provides for their own interest: comfort, pleasure, enjoyments, popularity, security, etc.

Faith is almost extinguished among the Western peoples in this our modern day, and if there is any spark left, it is as though hidden under cold ashes. Life, which is almost completely secularized, and maybe worse than that, as well as the examples of our leadership, which are not good, lend a hand to extinguish this small remaining spark of faith.

And the most insurmountable stumbling block is mere self-interest. Self-interest is the wood worm of leadership at all levels, which renders them like rotten wood, that is fit only for burning. Interest makes our leadership and management a laughing stock, the mockery of the people, and the idol of their families.

And what about all these programs for the Little People, the voters who they supposedly serve and by which, at election time, they justify their existence? Where and who do they actually help?

They do good to the rich; they have time for the rich, but by them also the poor are almost excluded; for the poor they have no time; for the poor they have not a word of comfort or help to tell them; they send them away, reaching the point of pretending they are ill or setting up vacant gatekeeper positions which supposedly have to “approve” program delivery decisions.

But then, if a rich person would show up, it is all the opposite: they would not hesitate one instant; time, words, comforts, help…, they would find anything for the rich.

OnTheRock8But the Faithful, the little ones, are cast away, the Cassandras calling out warnings from the walls are shunned and banned from the public discourse with much calumny, slander and abuse.

I’ll end this post with another reference to Mark Mallet’s blog post of March 12, 2012.  “As more and more people are waking up to the growing persecution of the Church, this writing addresses why, and where it’s all heading. First published December 12th, 2005, …  “

Cheers

Joe

As Ned Stark said, “Winter is coming”. Always remember, “be charitable in your judgements, never take yourself too seriously” and of course “Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.” Sometimes when I post, I look at my sig and wish that I’d follow my own damned advice.

 

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“MIT BRENNENDER SORGE” … reprise

“Hotaru” by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”, (2013)

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Brian Bethune?

So you don’t believe there is an anti-Christian agenda in Canada?  So how about a cover headline from 3 years years ago in Mcleans Magazine, THE “flagship” of Canadian “Journalism”.

Here I found an article by someone claiming to be a journalist writing for Mcleans magazine. Funny thing though, can’t seem to find anything else about him/her anywhere.

Is he/she real? Is he a nom du plume? Is he a paid shill for progressive shadow players? Who knows. I guess one has to live in Toronto to get a clue, eh? Interesting reading, though, for any central Canadian “Brights”, those leading, bleeding edges of secular Progressivism in this country who just can’t seem to stop recycling these old stories debunking Christian beliefs … and why Christians?

Maybe because they know that Christians won’t shoot them or blow them up, or burn them alive, or stone them in the public square, or drown them in cages, or visit their offices for a little tete-a-tete? Do you suppose those considerations don’t enter into the editor’s thoughts when considering provocative material to publish … how about some equal coverage for the other monotheistic religions, eh, Mcleans?

How about it, Brian Bethune?  I completely understand, and even sympathize somewhat, with your bread and butter being the provocation of the target audience du jour as vetted by your editors. That is “journalism’s” function, after all, as one thinks about the traditional Broadsheets of yore, they exist to stir things up and see what new smells rise to the top.

In a quaint way, I guess I am a throwback, but I just happen to believe that justice requires treating all players “equally” and “fairly”. These are supposed to be THE Canadian values, right?  So how about it? Are you going to leave it all up to French Journalists like those at Charlie Hebdo? Would this be too much to ask of Canada’s “National” magazine? The French Surrender Taint runs deep in Canada  so shouldn’t Canadian “journalists” show at least the courage of their Froggie cousins across the pond? Naah … I guess when the rubber hits the road Canadian journalists and their masters would rather duck and cover and put their butts in the air.

From the front page article in question:

There is a twist in the tale, though, and frailty of human memory turned out to be more profound than Ehrman suspected or, perhaps, welcomed. His eye-opening “Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior”  may prove most useful for those who hold to a position Ehrman finds more wrong-headed than insistence on the Bible’s literal truth. The reason Biblical historians cannot find even the outline of a historical Jesus, argues an increasingly persuasive chorus of challengers, is that there is nothing to find: Jesus Christ never lived at all.” 

Of course, does it need to be mentioned that Bart Denton Ehrman (born October 5, 1955) has made a hugely successful career out of “proving” that Jesus Christ never existed. and he is one of the darlings of the Progressive Pantheon … for agnostics and atheists (really the same thing) he “walks on water” no wait a minute, that was someone else wasn’t it?

OMG!!!! WHO KNEW?  Gee, Brian, or whoever you are, good thing for Mcleans and their staffers that they have an atheist anti-christian scholar with the street cred of Bart Denton Ehrman  to do all the heavy lifting for them. It’s pretty damned certain that he is several standard deviations above the average intelligence level of the “journalists” at our flagship Canadian fish-wrap.

It is also a very damned good thing for the Mcleans editorial offices that Christians don’t exercise the same policy prerogatives as Islamics. Yup, sure a good thing, that the Christians are the real deal when it comes to the “Religion of Peace”. Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, Father forgive them, they know not what they do. Yup, a real good thing.

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Seriously? 2000 or so years on and still they strive stridently to proclaim “There is no God, Christ is a lie!” Even the Roman Empire failed to deny Christ and this country, for all it’s jingoistic bombast trying to ape the American colossus to the south or desperately denying any connection, depending on the party currently in occupation, is but a pale sickly shadow of that famous empire, filled with pale imitations of men called “managers”.

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Joe?

Anyway, here’s some gratuitous “Ad Hominum” in the spirit of “tit-for-tat”. That’s a really interesting article, Brian. Your bio picture is one of 50 shades of grey haired tired compromise, your soul pawned to the highest bidder and that final personal reckoning coming ever closer regardless of your desperate tap-dancing.

Is that really even a picture of you or is it some special effect photo-shopped in the studio you work in, some “Resident-Evil” twist of zeros and ones. Whatever it is, it’s a good job, well rendered, a kind of brooding dignity in the greying eminence of your brow, the eyes fixed upon the viewer with unwavering judgement. So much more dignified than my own effort to the left.

I wonder what kind of twist the tale of the “Life of Brian” would take if he were to seriously suggest that “Mohammad never lived at all”.

Com’on Brian, how about it, aren’t you still wearing your “Je Suis Charlie” T-Shirt in the copy room these days? Nahh, I didn’t think so. That’s just so “yesterday” right? And who reads Mcleans outside of Toronto anyway? Yea, Toronto, … a pretty safe beat for beating up Christians and Albertans if I do say so.

Cool courage doesn’t get any cooler than this, that one give up his latte to make his deadline. But Islam, … Islam, … that gives you chills now doesn’t it? Islam might reach right into your comfortable inner city Toronto digs and share their pain. Islam, the sibilant sssss just before the sudden ssslam! Yessssss chills. It tickles my dark side, my prescioussss. You just have to respect their commitment to their truth even if you disagree with their methods.

The Banks of Green Willow, Vaughan Williams, London Symphony Orchestra

inspiration-cslewisquoteThe Islamics would even agree with Lewis’s quote (right), and their belief has teeth! Only a believer could hope to understand another believer. The secular progressives in the high towers today have no clue and even less hope.

So how about “In your country, Venerable Brethren, voices are swelling into a chorus urging people to leave the Church, and among the leaders there is more than one whose official position is intended to create the impression that this infidelity to Christ the King constitutes a signal and meritorious act of loyalty to the modern State.

Secret and open measures of intimidation, the threat of economic and civic disabilities, bear on the loyalty of certain classes of Catholic functionaries, a pressure which violates every human right and dignity. ”  para 21, Mit Brennender Sorge

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It is on faith in God, preserved pure and stainless, that man’s morality is based. All efforts to remove from under morality and the moral order the granite foundation of faith and to substitute for it the shifting sands of human regulations, sooner or later lead these individuals or societies to moral degradation. The fool who has said in his heart “there is no God” goes straight to moral corruption (Psalms xiii. 1), and the number of these fools who today are out to sever morality from religion, is legion.”para 29, Mit Brennender Sorge

Mulcair_810_500_55_s_c1What about this article from four years ago – Gee!  Who knew? :  “NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario, September 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews)New Democrat federal leader Thomas Mulcair was defending his senior communications director after he hit the national spotlight yesterday when two-year-old tweets surfaced in which he viciously attacked the Catholic Church, the pope, and Catholic moral teachings.” and these are the same people who have been running Alberta for the last four years!  Questions anyone?  Guess who has been writing government policy and guidelines in Alberta?  Anyone? Anyone? Will Jason change anything now that he has “power” or will he just quietly let it ride as has happened so often in the past and spend his time sabre rattling about pipelines and Federal policy disputes? My money is on “let it ride”.

But “They either do not see or refuse to see that the banishment of confessional Christianity, i.e., the clear and precise notion of Christianity, from teaching and education, from the organization of social and political life, spells spiritual spoliation and degradation. …  To hand over the moral law to man’s subjective opinion, which changes with the times, instead of anchoring it in the holy will of the eternal God and His commandments, is to open wide every door to the forces of destruction.

The resulting dereliction of the eternal principles of an objective morality, which educates conscience and ennobles every department and organization of life, is a sin against the destiny of a nation, a sin whose bitter fruit will poison future generations.” para 29, Mit Brennender Sorge

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” … Human laws in flagrant contradiction with the natural law are vitiated with a taint which no force, no power can mend. In the light of this principle one must judge the axiom, that “right is common utility,” a proposition which may be given a correct significance, it means that what is morally indefensible, can never contribute to the good of the people. But ancient paganism acknowledged that the axiom, to be entirely true, must be reversed and be made to say: “Nothing can be useful, if it is not at the same time morally good” (Cicero, De Off. ii. 30). … ” para 30, Mit Brennender Sorge

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Spark’s Street? North American capital of Murder Inc.? Or is this somewhere in the dark night of Mordor east of the pond and the channel?

It has been 13 years since the Netherlands became the first country to legalize euthanasia. In that time, the practice has become legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and in five U.S. states (Washington, Oregon, Vermont, Montana, and New Mexico). At the time I said “It’s coming to Canada too, but Canada always lags the Dutch by about ten years”. Because “managers” always want to cover their backsides, don’t rush things, wait ’til the public are “ready” to legalize killing inconvenient grownups eh?

In the first week of February 2016, Canada joined the growing pack, pretty much on schedule for that range of prognostication. Jackals scrounging the scraps left by the Hyenas, except perhaps we are giving Jackals and Hyenas a bad rap here, for they are only fulfilling their proper function in the Divine plan while our masters deny the Divine and have set themselves up as little tin gods unto themselves to run our lives for their own benefit in ever more granular regulations piled upon regulations like the Scribes and Pharisees of old.

In a previous post I linked to David Warren posting this: “the Ottawa government’s impending “euthanasia” legislation. This our parliament was ordered to write and pass by Canada’s supreme court: a junta of nine who are a law unto themselves. The parliamentary committee discussing the matter, now dominated by the liberal party, has made recommendations such as forcing all doctors and other medical staff to participate in the killings; and arranging for children and the mentally ill to be terminated on the advice of one “care giver” or another. It is a monstrous, unambiguously evil measure they are contemplating — which, like abortion, targets the defenseless”.

Aki, Inner Thoughts, Rodrigo Rodriguez

Although the new ruling states that all patients in Canada are entitled to a physician-assisted suicide, their condition must meet certain criteria for them to eligible. For example, the law (yet unwritten) states that “patients must be of adult age and must be assessed by a doctor to be mentally competent and capable of giving consent“, Common Dreams reported.

How can “Common Dreams” report on laws which have yet to be written or enacted or on regulations yet to be written and implemented? This statement just serves to give cover to the faceless ones while they work their evil.

Cheers

Joe

 

OnTheRock8I’ll end this post with a reference to one of Mark Mallet’s blog posts from March 2012.

“As more and more people are waking up to the growing persecution of the Church, this writing addresses why, and where it’s all heading. First published December 12th, 2005, …  “

 

 

 

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“MIT BRENNENDER SORGE” Part Two …

“Billy – title theme”, Bob Dylan, from the soundtrack album of “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid”, (July 1973)

It seems that some truth is just so offensive that one risks the threat of even death to mention it in “Polite Canadian Society”, topics like killing babies and seniors, or remarks about truth in relation to the Gay culture in Canada are just right off the agenda. I have had a fairly risky career in the military and the corrections service over the years and the only person to ever seriously threaten me with death was a frenzied female defender of her right to have an abortion.

In Canada, don’t go there if you value your life.  See if you can detect the PC direction of this post. Western civ has been here before many times, most recently in Europe in the 30’s and 40’s of the last century and during the prophetic “Cultural Revolution” in Mao’s China from 1966 to 1976.

On a recent visit with friends I was censured by some in the group when I remarked in the course of discussion that a certain magazine, the subject of discussion and approval in the group, was indeed a high quality media effort in terms of production values, but that it continued to be sold not because of circulation and popularity but solely because of the sexual orientation of the owners and staff of the publication and the matching sexual orientation of the senior members of the Tourism Department of that Jurisdiction which provided most of the funding grants for the publication of the magazine.

This is rather like the way the CBC continues to exist (although in their case they are “legal” as a “National Media Outlet”) because of the shared PC “values” of the broadcaster and the appropriate Canadian governmental departments in spite of abysmal viewer numbers and their loud claims to “speak for Canadians”. As Kate McMillan, over at Small Dead Animals says: “Until this moment I have been forced to listen while media and politicians alike have told me “what Canadians think”. In all that time they never once asked. This is just the voice of an ordinary Canadian yelling back at the radio – “You don’t speak for me.””

I knew of this sexual orientation connection because I knew the people in both organizations personally and had worked with some of them professionally for a few years and they were my friends, well, one of them  was a friend, and the rest were at least amicable co-workers in my department. My view of the relationship was shared by the very people with whom I was working and who were in the department and worked at the publication and who were of the same sexual persuasion as the group in question. They were and are a tight knit community and the head of the department and the owner of the publication were a couple within that community and sharing a flat in town.

In spite of my making this “insider” knowledge clear, the Judgemental Axe of the PC Police in the group fell from great heights with deadly accuracy and “corrected” me, not for any of my stated facts but rather because I dared to mention an item of political corruption linked to the Canadian Sacred Cow of Sodomy. There wasn’t any critical thought about bias and bigotry and giving grants to “relatives” in the distribution of tax payer’s dollars but only that I mentioned corruption in connection with “Gays”. I was the “homophobic” bad guy. Hmmmm.  Have you ever wondered about where “Politically Correct” came from? Check out this short article here.

This is the sad state of Canadian “values”, PC is now enshrined in our legal system and our “Charter of Rights”, but amongst the common people, the masses, there is a complete lack of understanding of the difference between “right” and “wrong” and we witness the complete bankruptcy of our society, our media and our educational systems.

We are willingly walking down a slippery slope of moral turpitude and decadence without a single whimper, like Babe’s Mommy and Daddy in the opening scenes of “Babe”, without a single objection being raised in any quarter EXCEPT the Catholic Church, which finds itself under attack for every hiccup, including the very things that are protected by PC dogma in the Canadian population. One does not dare step outside the narrow window of “permitted” discussion without risking social censure and punishment for offering up inconvenient truths.

Start there with Babe’s context to set the scene, and then examine the media reported explicit suppression of Catholic education and home schooling in Ontario under previous Ontario governments. And don’t forget “same sex marriage?” whatever that means … check out this link.  And how about this:

Austin Ruse wrote an important article in Crisis Magazine way back in January of 2016. It begins with this startling information:

Two of the great propaganda achievements of the radical homosexual movement are the now internalized beliefs that they are everywhere and they are just like us. Many propositions laid the ground work for the change in public opinion from the time homosexuality was openly mocked to today when you can get fired even for poking gentle fun. Much of the polling changes in attitudes about homosexuality are grounded not in acceptance but in this kind of fear.

But, these two—that they are everywhere and just like us—are two monumental but highly effective lies.

Polling data shows that most Americans (and Canadians) think homosexuals are far more numerous than they really are. Gallup shows that most Americans (and Canadian Liberals as well) think that 25 percent of the population is homosexual. Among those dim and dimmer millennials, it is 30 percent.

That’s right, they think something on the order of 97 million Americans, including toddlers, are homosexual. In Canada this amounts to a belief that 11,118,000 Canadians are Gay, including toddlers and babies of course. Really? Canadians believe that there are over 11 million Gays in this country, and they are just like us non Gays. This is seriously delusional and completely unsupported by any facts. It is a triumph of Liberal PC propaganda.

Not even Kinsey with his utterly debunked 10 percent thought homosexuals were so plentiful in the population. In fact, according to the best research—the Laumann study conducted out of the University of Chicago in 1994, and the recently concluded study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control—the true picture is profoundly different.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a measly 1.8 percent of adult men and 1.4 percent of adult women identify as homosexual. This translates into a tiny 2.1 million men and 1.7 million women (in the U.S.) and 960,000 people of undetermined gender (in Canada). This is less than half the number of Methodists in the United States and in Canada, the Gay population is slightly more than half the number of Anglicans.

Because they are “everywhere,” a concomitant argument they make is that attitudes have changed because of the personal interaction people have with them. Even a casual look at the numbers would show that those would be some very busy homosexuals.

The adult population of the United States is roughly 247 million. In Canada, according to StatsCan, the adult population is approximately 27.5 million, that is sexually active adults between the ages of 20 and 79 years. In order for the “personal interaction” claim to be even remotely true, that it is personal relationships that have changed public opinion, you would have to assume that each of these 3.8 million homosexuals are out of the closet, wearing their homosexuality on their sleeves, and are best buds with 65 non-homosexuals each.  In Canada, that would mean each out of the closet homosexual must have at least 28 or 29 non-homosexual BFF’s.

Just think about that completely off the wall claim. Public attitudes have changed because American and Canadian homosexuals are absolutely best friends with between 30 and 60 non-homosexuals. Think of your best friend … why are you best friends, and think … for a moment think, about how many best friends you have, and do you even know anyone who has more than one or two absolutely best friends? How about 4 or 5 best friends …  think for a moment.  So, no, the proposition that they are everywhere is simply not true, never was, never will be. Most Americans and Canadians have hardly any meaningful interaction with homosexuals, because homosexuals only pal around with other homosexuals.

Are they like the rest of us? Certainly. They are children of God, made in his image and likeness, and deserving of their human dignity. But, in the choices they make, in their attractions and in their behavior, and in the results of both, they are profoundly different. 

Austin Ruse goes on to discuss Robert Reilly’s new book “Making Gay Okay”.

“Robert Reilly wrote a very important book—Making Gay Okay—that raised the central issue that has been ignored in the messaging of the marriage debate. The marriage debate became about what was best for children. Children certainly do deserve a mother and a father. In fact, they have a human right to know their mother and father, though death and divorce often violate this right. But we cannot deliberately choose to violate this right of theirs. All true and very effective.

Reilly argues, however, that you cannot talk about homosexuals and the changes they propose without talking about that … little thing called sodomy.  And this is how they are profoundly different from us. Accepting homosexual marriage is tacit acceptance and even moral approval that anal sex is not only acceptable but that it is comparable to sexual intercourse. … from Austin Ruse: “I will not discuss what goes into this … act which is widely and almost exclusively practiced by homosexuals and porn stars. Studies show that even homosexuals with the HIV virus still widely use this … practice.

Robert Oscar Lopez, a child of “gays” and now a child rights activist, published a blog post at English Manif a few years ago that went into long and gruesome detail about what this entails. You do not want to know how one prepares for this. It is enough to know that the anus is the body’s sewer, yet homosexuals want us to believe that using it for sexual gratification is exactly the same as intercourse.”

The whole point of sex is as the affirmation of and culmination of a relationship between two members of opposite sexes to procreate, to share in the creative power of GOD and to bring into the world children, also in the image and likeness of GOD, it’s GOD’s design, not man’s. Anything else is just a glorified hand job dressed up in a tux and pretending to be truth. It is a colossal lie, fresh from the pen of the father of lies.

(For a glimpse of Robert Oscar Lopez’s life and work ignore the “community ratings” which are the result of a hate campaign by gays to silence anyone with another view. Hop over to English Manif to get a really good in your face view of the sheer scope of the “gay” hate campaign which surrounds us everywhere.)”

orcsMeanwhile, in other news, Mordor has announced they are ending live Orc shows due to budgetary restrictions and the need to give more resources and coverage to ongoing Trump assassination attempts. PSAC demonstrations in support of their brother orcs  are scheduled for the Legislature grounds in coming months. “The economy is not the issue” leadership stated vehemently.

Back to Mit Brennender Sorge:

It is part of their sacred obligations to do whatever is in their power to enforce respect for, and obedience to, the commandments of God, as these are the necessary foundation of all private life and public morality; to see that the rights of His Divine Majesty, His name and His word be not profaned; to put a stop to the blasphemies, which, in words and pictures, are multiplying like the sands of the desert; to encounter the obstinacy and provocations of those who deny, despise and hate God …”  para 12, Mit Brennender Sorge

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“… your priests and Faithful, who have persisted in their Christian duty and in the defense of God’s rights in the teeth of an aggressive paganism. Our gratitude, warmer still and admiring, goes out to those who, in fulfillment of their duty, have been deemed worthy of sacrifice and suffering for the love of God.” para 13, Mit Brennender Sorge.

Cheers

Joe

There may come a day image1Reality bites.

Always remember, “be charitable in your judgements, never take yourself too seriously” and of course “Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.”

Sometimes when I post, I look at my sig and wish that I’d follow my own damned advice.

 

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The Second Coming … “MIT BRENNENDER SORGE” (“With Burning Care”)

“En Priere”, Bill Douglas, from the album “Kaleidoscope”, (1993)

I have been thinking about my last Easter Sunday experience after Mass. I think that there is nothing to be done except to pray, pray for the light of conversion to re-ignite the souls of my fellows and bring the “retrouveille” of renewed belief and of repentance and sorrow to restore and rebuild a healthy faith life.

Sunrise on The Last Day

Thinking back to where we were in our Canadian society fifty years ago, and 20 years ago, and how things have now changed somewhat. Thinking back to how things were 5 or 10 years ago in my Catholic church and where things have come to now in the midst of what is arguably one of the most serious crisis in her history.

The Chickens of Modernism and Moral Relativism have indeed come home to roost. Looking out the door to the future I can see a huge flock, stretching to the horizon and entering the present like a stream wearing away stone, and all the eminently predictable outcomes of the deviance and derailments apparent in the 60’s have come fully to fruition, and continue to flourish and to proper going forward into the likely future.

What is different now, for me, is that I do not see “Christ’s church” as  “problematic” and complicit in this rapid decline, but rather I see those “Hired Men” claiming to represent Christ in their role as “Shepherds” as troubling and complicit. My Faith is stronger than ever … “Jesus, I Trust In You”.

Christ Himself said: “ 7Jesus therefore said to them again: Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and the sheep heard them not. 9I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in and go out, and shall find pastures. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they may have life and may have it more abundantly.

11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. 12But the hireling and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming and leaveth the sheep and flieth: and the wolf casteth and scattereth the sheep, 13And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd: and I know mine, and mine know me. 15As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep.

16And other sheep I have that are not of this fold: them also I must bring. And they shall hear my voice: And there shall be one fold and one shepherd. 17Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. 18No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself. And I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10: 7-18)

Well, what to say then?  As often happens in my life, I notice something dark in an otherwise normal, provocative insult by some talking head, journalist, academic or other progressive pseudo-intellectual and it just gets the juices flowing. And lucky for me and my muse, there are just so many of them every damned day, that it takes a whopper to rise my awareness above the anesthetization of the daily progressive drone.

So what are the blinding strobes of recent memory, the last four or five years? Well, there are a couple which really stand out, real attention getters in their cognitive dissonance … and one of them is “the current outcry against the Catholic hierarchy in general and the Papal curia in particular is the controversy surrounding the so called “Lavender Mafia” and the outrage about homosexuality amongst Catholic clergy. Against that outcry we have the almost total triumph of the largest propaganda campaign in the history of the western world, that of “Making Gay OK” in normal daily polite society.

Here’s just one example from a couple of years ago –  Alberta reaches into parochial education with their fiat directions (Guidelines) regarding the Rainbow Agenda dressed up in various costumes of tolerance.  Why are there no information hearings or guidelines relating to the meaning and affects of sodomy? That is, after all, what we are approving and supporting with these guidelines. It seems that Canadian polite society is more concerned about who exactly is practicing sodomy, that is, to which group do they adhere rather than any unfortunate outcomes related to the act itself.

It seems, on the face of it, that if one is a member of the broadcast community or a public educator and academic, or an exalted member of the media or the entertainment industry or of certain political parties then sodomy is just fine as a personal preference for sensual gratification and we dare not utter a word of censure for fear that the Human Rights Nazis and the Political Correctness Police will come after us and prosecute or even imprison us for being (Horrors!) “homophobes”.

BUT, if you are a member of a clerical group, a southern Baptist, an Anglican, and especially a Catholic clerical group, then you must be persecuted and prosecuted to the ends of the earth for committing acts which are deemed “perfectly normal” in polite Canadian society.  Does anyone see this as even a little hypocritical and self serving … Homosexuals prosecuting homosexuals because they don’t belong to the right group, don’t belong to the right union, don’t have the right affiliations? That is a lot like denying a person’s right to life because of geographical location of the person, isn’t it?

Bishop Fred Henry, of Calgary, attracted a lot of vitriol from all the usual suspects but here is his letter regarding Gay-Strait Guidelines. Show me where he is mistaken or wrong.  Anybody? …  Anybody? Come on class! Is ANYONE paying attention?

On Passion Sunday, March 14th, 1937, this encyclical of Pope Pius XI , MIT BRENNENDER SORGE, (“With Burning Care“) was read from every Catholic pulpit in Nazi Germany on “The Church and the German Reich”.  The 43 paragraphs of this encyclical are as timely today as they were when preached in Nazi Germany in 1937. It is a moving and interesting piece of history, freely available to every one with eyes to see and ears to hear. One only has to translate “Germany” of 1937, into ANY Socialist or Progressive nation of the early 21st century to see the undeniable parallels. “Hello Darkness My Old Friend”, indeed, from one of my generation’s first GAY superstar duos..

, The Sound of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel, 1964.

At the time (1937) the German public thought it was all just business as usual in the Reich. The winds of war and evil had not reached into their kitchens and coffee houses, and Just like right here and now in Canada the public think things are all just business as usual as well. Hey, what’s the big deal? Just go with the flow and don’t rock the boat man, Lets just all go to Timmy’s and cool down.

This encyclical was/is like a clarion call, and reads as fresh today as it did in 1937. Nothing covered up and hidden away like the secret government meetings we are accustomed to here in beaver country, not hidden like some Gnostic rite reserved to the elite, some Cabal in the back rooms of power where there are no minutes, and no recordings.

In this fair land the idea of keeping a record of what actually went on in a meeting or conversation or telephone call of any senior bureaucrats in any government has fallen out of fashion. Witness the gymnastics of the S.N.C. Lavalin scandal and the the splashing of the rotten fruit being tossed out the windows of government. This Gentle Reader is because reality on the ground is that no record is desired, and there must be no accountability attributable to any particular three piece suite or group thereof.

This is a brave new world where the common man is unwelcome and unwanted and all participants can find that Holy Grail of bureaucracy, that is, plausible deniability. In the event that the new policy, or the direction from above turns out to be a “Bad  Idea”,  All bureaucrats want to be able to look innocently at the other riders in the elevator and exclaim “Eeuwww! What’s that smell?”

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This is not to say or imply that each or even any individual “self” has any innate malicious or evil intent, but that the “system” conspires to induce compliance in all the little “selves” adrift without a moral compass or higher Absolute authority to rely on for guidance in a trackless moral wasteland of relativism. what we see in our culture today is the sum total of every little compromise  “in the name of peace in our time” that have been accepted over the last 100 or so years. These little accretions laid down generation by generation like layers in our moral great barrier reef leave us not knowing what is right, and even worse, what is wrong. For example just watch this little YouTube Video:

The only lighthouse visible to these lost souls, these little “supermen” in their individual fortresses of solitude, is the flickering candle of the tribal campfire, and each in  their own loneliness strive for approval and acceptance by doing their best to implement their small portion of “die Endlösung”, the “Final Solution”.

As our polite society banishes “morality” and Christ’s presence from the world, wherever they succeed, chaos takes His place. And with chaos, comes fear. And with fear, comes the opportunity to control. But now, in this present time,the spirit of Control is not only in the world at large, it is operating in the Church as well. Chaos is really nothing more than the “Mystical Body of Antichrist”.

Hence the performance of the Hired Men on the world stage and before the secular authorities whom Christ Himself has deemed necessary to cut out the cancer of “Hired Men” from the Mystical Body of His Church. The Mystical Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ wages war against the worldly “Mystical Body” of the Anti-Christ, and the gates of hell will not prevail. The Lord turns even evil into good.

“… Christians, this is the hour to defend your King, and to keep Him company in the profound isolation in which He finds Himself. How few, O Lord, are the servants who remain faithful to You! … The worst of it is that there are some who profess to be Your friends in public, but who sell You in secret. You can scarcely find one in whom You can trust. O my God, true Friend, how badly does he repay You who betrays You! …” St. Teresa of Avila,  1515 – 1582

The Lark Ascending, Vaughan Williams, Andrew Davis & BBC Symphony Orchestra

And yet, in these amazing times all the common men and women CAN access this information, anywhere there is internet access, if they care to do so. The chestless ones of NICE, hide in obscurity and anonymity because they want no connection to their evil to mar the smiling face of modern progressivism, but the bright light of the internet shines everywhere regardless of their fondest desires.

The Nazis, in their day, could raid every parish, snapping up every copy of MIT BRENNENDER SORGE in a vain attempt to hide their actions and plans. The National Socialists tried to cover their tracks to no avail. In a previous life (with the DOJ and a very large RHA) I learned by practice how the secular progressive authorities now hide behind “Framework Legislation” and “Guidelines” where all the teeth are hidden in the 1000’s of pages of bureaucratic “regulations”  and “notwithstandings” and carefully crafted “loopholes”.

It requires energy and some modicum of intelligence to drill down to the foundational intent of modern legislation and regulations. Most folks understandably simply don’t have the resources to ride herd on the Mandarins and have to trust that they really do have the public’s best interests at heart. But …

Balrog500ppxAnything that was voted into existence by elected representatives can be made to perform any function or even the exact opposite function of that envisioned by those who voted for it, and all without minutes or records to provide an evidentiary trail.

So, reading some quotes from “MIT BRENNENDER SORGE” stirs some feelings of familiarity, some recognizable “policy positions”, and being long past 1937 we can see the ancient evil lives on … enshrined in the bureaucracy, now managed just as efficiently as the National Socialist’s “final solution” by the faceless “appointed”, “serve at the pleasure of”, incumbents of corner offices everywhere across this fair land from sea to shining sea.

“The moderation We showed in spite of all this was not inspired by motives of worldly interest, still less by unwarranted weakness, but merely by Our anxiety not to draw out the wheat with the cockle; not to pronounce open judgment, before the public was ready to see its force; not to impeach other people’s honesty, before the evidence of events should have torn the mask off the systematic hostility leveled at the Church. Even now that a campaign against the confessional schools, which are guaranteed by the concordat, and the destruction of free election, where Catholics have a right to their children’s Catholic education” para 5, Mit Brennender Sorge

Would that I could/would personally apply the above paragraph’s sentiments in my daily assessment of the actions and conduct of Public  leaders and their minions. I think I am going to revisit all 580 or so posts in this blog with an eye to exactly the sort of miscarriage that attributes intentions and malice, when nothing more than ignorance, or lack of resources, or blindly following guidelines, would account for the event. But we still have to acknowledge the evidence of events which have torn the mask off the systematic hostility leveled at all that is good in our progressive polite society.

Judge not, and all that. If we forgive another for the injury caused we put ourselves in the sanctuary of GOD’s mercy; If we do not forgive then we set ourselves before the Judge—and neither will He pardon you.  “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Matt 6:14-15)

When poisons become fashionable they do not cease to killJudgement and unforgiveness  is a breeding ground for evil, judgement and unforgiveness set one at play in the fertile fields of Satan. Judgement and unforgiveness are gateways for Satan to enter into your soul; it is a poison we drink ourselves in bitterness and malice toward our neighbour; it is a breach in our defenses through which darkness enters in and shrouds all in confusion and bitterness. Forgive as you have been forgiven! Let it go… and let Jesus set you free from your chains of pain. But keep hold of reality nonetheless.

Remember Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). He was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

We have to exercise charity, compassion and forgiveness, but we also have to maintain a firm grip on reality. Compassion and forgiveness doesn’t include giving evil a politically correct pass.

Cheers

Always remember, “be charitable in your judgements, never take yourself too seriously”. We are all headed to the same “worldly” place. Why can’t we be allowed to speak truth on the way there? We can still think (possibly) but we can’t communicate any more.

 

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Imitatio Christi

David Warren has a timely post here. I completely agree with his view of “The Imitation of Christ”, by Thomas a Kempis. I have been reading it, both linearly and using the “open it anywhere” method for years now. It never grows old. My personal version of “The Little Brown Book” is a Baronius Press  imprint from 2008 of the Richard Challoner translation from the 18th century. It is available as a free eBook at Gutenberg.org. A couple of passages from where I am in the book right now are particularly comforting in my current state of mind:

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Chapter XLIV Deadness to Exterior Things”

CHRIST

SON, in many things it behooveth thee to be ignorant, and to esteem thyself as one dead upon earth; as one to whom the whole world is crucified. Many things also must thou pass by with a deaf ear and think rather of those things that appertain to thy peace.

It is more profitable to turn away thine eyes from such things as displease thee, and to leave to everyone his own way of thinking, than to give way to contentious discourses.

If thou stand well with God, and look at His judgement, thou will more easily bear to see thyself overcome.

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2. O Lord, to what are we come? Behold a temporal loss is greatly bewailed; for a small gain men labour and toil, but the loss of the soul is little thought of, and hardly returns to mind.

That which is of little or no profit takes up our thoughts; and that which is above all things necessary, is negligently passed over; for the whole man sinks down into outward things, and unless he quickly recovers himself, he willingly continues immersed in them.

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“CHAPTER XLV  Men Are Prone to Offend”

DISCIPLE

GRANT me help, O Lord, from trouble, for vain is the salvation of man. (Ps 59:13).

How often have I not failed to find faith there where I thought I might depend upon it. And how often have I found it where I did not expect it? Vain, therefore, is all hope in men; but the safety of the just is in Thee, O Lord. Blessed be Thou, O Lord my God, in all tings that befall us.

We are weak and unsettled, we are quickly deceived and changed.

2. Who is the man that is able to keep him self so warily, and with so much circumspection in all things, as not to fall sometimes into some deceit or perplexity? But he that trusts in Thee, O Lord, and seeks Thee with a simple heart does not so easily fall (Wis. 1:11).

And if he fall into some tribulation, in what manner soever he may be entangled therein, he will quickly be rescued and comforted by Thee; for Thou wilt not forsake forever him that trusts in Thee. (Ps. 36:28). A trusty friend is rarely to be found that continues faithful in all the distresses of his friend. (Ecclus. 6:10). Thou, O Lord, Thou alone are most faithful in all things, and besides Thee, there are no other such.

3. Oh, how wise was that holy soul that said, My mind is strongly settled and grounded upon Christ. (Eph. 3:17). If it were so with me the fear of man would not so easily give me trouble, now flying words move me. Who can foresee all things, or who is able to provide against all future evils? If things foreseen do nevertheless often hurt us, how can things unlooked for fail of wounding us grieviously?

But why did I not provide better for myself, miserable wretch that I am! Why also have I also so easily given credit to others! But we are men and but frail men though by many we are reputed and called angels. To whom shall I give credit O Lord? To whom but to Thee? Thou art the truth which neither canst deceive, nor be deceived. (John 14:6). And on the other side, every man is a liar (Ps. 115:11), infirm, unstable, and subject to fail, especially in words; so that we ought not readily to believe even that which in appearance seems to sound well.

4. How wisely didst Thou forewarn us to beware of men (Matt. 10:17), and that a man’s enemies are they of his own household (Matt. 36); and that we are not to believe, if anyone should say “Behold here, or behold there.” (Matt. 24:23). I have been taught to my cost, and I wish it may serve to make me more cautious, and not to increase my folly. “Be wary,” saith one, “be wary, keep to thyself what I tell thee.” and whilst I hold my peace, and believe the matter to be secret, he himself cannot keep the secret which he desires me to keep, but presently betrays both me and himself, and goes his way.

From such tales and such incautious people defend me, O Lord, that I may not fall into their hands, or ever commit the like. Give to my mouth truth and constancy in my words, and remove far from me a crafty tongue. What I am not willing to suffer I ought by all means to shun.

5. Oh, how good a thing and how peaceable it is to be silent of others (Prov. 25:9), now to believe all that is said, nor easily to report what one has heard:

To lay one’s self open to few; always seek Thee, the beholder of the heart; Not to be carried about with every wind of words; but to wish that all things, both within and without us may go according to the pleasure of Thy will.  How secure it is for the keeping of heavenly grace to fly the sight of men; and not to seek those things which seem to cause admiration abroad; but with all diligence to follow that which brings amendment of life and fervour. To how many hath it been hurtful to have their virtue known and over-hastily praised.

How profitable indeed hath grace been kept with silence in this frail life! All which is a state of temptation and a warfare.

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Cheers

Joe

 

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The Octave of Easter and the importance of Reverence in the Liturgy …

“Crux Fidelis”, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, from the album “Lent at Ephesus”, (2014)

Continued on from my last post. First of all it appears that that large noisy crowds from the Easter Sunday morning Mass were actually not Catholic, that is they actually were a couple of families worth of non-catholic visitors attending for the rather large Easter First Communion of a couple of kids who are Catholic. That kind of behaviour is perfectly normal for unchurched secular modernist “none’s” who have no clue about appropriate behaviour in a church or place of worship. This morning the reverence and quiet returned together with the more normal behaviour of the congregation absent the unchurched sports bar crowd.

For the remainder, the regulars, the remnant, the Truth of our faith is that The Lord Jesus, on the night before he suffered on the cross, shared one last meal with his disciples. During this meal our Savior instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages and to entrust to the Church his Spouse a memorial of his death and resurrection. As the Gospel of Matthew tells us:

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)

The Last Supper, Da Vinci, 1495-1498, oil/tempera on plaster, in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

The words that Jesus used during the Last Supper about the unleavened bread and the cup echo what He had said after He fed the 5,000: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty…I am the living bread that came down from heaven.

Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world…Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink” (John 6:35; 51; 54-55).

Da Vinci’s “last Supper” masterpiece (image above right) was commissioned by Duke Ludovico Sforza for the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. I am quoting much of the following from an interesting web site about the Italian Rennaisance.The scene we see comes from the Gospel accounts on the night before Christ’s Passion and Death when Christ and the apostles are together in a room for supper. We are watching them at a point in the “Supper” narrative after which Christ has made a great revelation to the apostles that one of them will betray Christ (“One of you is about to betray me”, Matthew 26:21 ).

He is, of course, referring to Judas, but at this point in the Gospel there is a great outburst of emotion as all the apostles want to know who the betrayer is. We can see this emotion in the various apostles, who are linked by their hand movements. Emotions range from protest (Philip, #8) to sadness (John, next to Christ) to acceptance (Christ).

Judas, 3rd on the left from Christ is, however, shadowed and turned towards Christ so that we only see part of his face while he clutches his money bag, presumably containing the 30 silver pieces. At the time this was painted, Judas was normally arranged across the table from the other apostles in Last Supper depictions, but here he is depicted in the same grouping as John and Peter.

All of these figures would go on to play prominent roles in the Passion of Christ (Judas in the betrayal, Peter with his denials, and John who remains with Christ at the cross)“. But the point I am trying to emphasize here is that this is the evening when Christ Himself gave us His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, the “Real Presence” living with us in every tabernacle in Christendom.

Sacro cuore di Jesù (“Sacred Heart of Jesus”), Pompeo Batoni, painting on the altar in the northern side chapel of Il Gesù in Rome, 1767

So we believe that Salvation comes through Christ and the sacrifice of His physical body on the cross. Recalling the words of Jesus, the Catholic Church professes that, in the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest.

The whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine—the glorified Christ who rose from the dead after dying for our sins.

This is what the Church means when she speaks of the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. The real presence of the Creator of the Universe and everything in it including us, and who keeps us in existence moment by moment because He wills it. And we ignore this at our peril.

Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. . . . For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (Jn 6:51-55). This presence of Christ in the Eucharist is called “real” not to exclude other types of his presence as if they could not be understood as real (cf. Catechism, no. 1374).

The risen Christ is present to his Church in many ways, but most especially through the sacrament of his Body and Blood. The important point here is that GOD in the person of Jesus Christ, the Creator of the Universe and everything in it, is truly and actually present and residing in every Tabernacle on every Alter in the Catholic world. This belief is one of the defining understandings which makes a Catholic believer “Latin rite Catholic”.

If one does not believe this tenant then one is, by definition, not a “Catholic”. That person who does not believe in the Real Presence may be Christian, they may even believe that they are indeed Catholic, but they are not a Catholic Christian. They are, at best, an ecumenical “smorgasbord” catholic in the same way that a member of the Anglican communion are catholic.

So what if one’s church turns into a spiritual “Sunday Smorg” similar in intent to the ubiquitous Sunday “Chinese Smorg” found in many small Alberta towns. What is one to do if one discovers that their particular church is drifting away from “revealed truth” into some sort of modernist quasi-spirituality arrived at by means of a popularity contest amongst competing “personal” truths?

This is an important question to some of us.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sheds more light on this mystery thus:

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What does it mean that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine? How does this happen? The presence of the risen Christ in the Eucharist is an inexhaustible mystery that the Church can never fully explain in words. We must remember that the triune God is the creator of all that exists and has the power to do more than we can possibly imagine.

USCCB headquarters in Washington April 28, 2011. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) (April 28, 2011)

As St. Ambrose said: “If the word of the Lord Jesus is so powerful as to bring into existence things which were not, then a fortiori those things which already exist can be changed into something else” ( De Sacramentis, IV, 5-16). God created the world, in time, in order to share his life with persons who are not God. This great plan of salvation reveals a wisdom that surpasses our understanding.

But we are not left in ignorance: for out of his love for us, God reveals his truth to us in ways that we can understand through the gift of faith and the grace of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. We are thus enabled to understand at least in some measure what would otherwise remain unknown to us, though we can never completely comprehend the mystery of God.

As successors of the Apostles and teachers of the Church, the bishops have the duty to hand on what God has revealed to us and to encourage all members of the Church to deepen their understanding of the mystery and gift of the Eucharist. In order to foster such a deepening of faith, we have prepared this text to respond to fifteen questions that commonly arise with regard to the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

We offer this text to pastors and religious educators to assist them in their teaching responsibilities. We recognize that some of these questions involve rather complex theological ideas. It is our hope, however, that study and discussion of the text will aid many of the Catholic faithful in our country to enrich their understanding of this mystery of the faith.”

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And there are, in fact, other “Catholic” churches, other rites in communion with the Latin rite.

Because we believe in “one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church,” some might object, “There is only one Church, so how can we speak of many ‘Churches?'” It’s helpful to consider an analogy used by the Church Fathers: While there are three distinct Persons who share the One Divine Essence, there are likewise many autonomous individual Churches that make up the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church. As it is with the Triune Godhead, we must be careful not to blur true and important distinctions of the individuals in order to emphasize their unity.

Eastern Catholic Churches, 2019

When Christ founded His Church, He commissioned the apostles to go out into the world to preach and baptize. Most Catholics are familiar with the founding of the see of Rome by Peter.

The primacy of that Church was sealed with the blood of Peter and Paul, and the succession of bishops continues to the present day. What many do not know is that the other apostles themselves founded churches, and that their own successions of bishops continue as well.

As presently defined, there are 24 Catholic Churches that can be grouped into eight different rites. A rite is a liturgical, theological, spiritual, and disciplinary patrimony of a distinct people manifested in a Church.

While each Catholic Church may have its own rite or customs, in general, there are only eight major rites. History, language, misunderstandings, nationalism, and basic human weakness have resulted in the current communion of 24 Churches. And then there are additional sources of orthodoxy in the form of  Prelatures, Ordinariates, and so on in which licit Masses and Sacraments can be found.

So, if one’s own particular church falls into unbelief and heresy either by active denial of a critical truth, or by passive denial in the manner of their lack of affirmation of support of said truths;  by their conduct against  or lack of conduct in support of a critical belief, are there then any other rites readily available to us and are they a viable alternative path in order to fulfill our obligations?

More to follow as I feel moved …

Cheers

Joe

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Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

Last Sunday …Easter Sunday & The Octave of Easter …

“Crux Fidelis”, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, from the album “Lent at Ephesus”, (2014)

Notre Dame de Paris … not the only fire in the Catholic Church. The uncontrolled flames of the “Modernism” heresy seem to have gutted her.

A week ago, on Easter Sunday morning, at Mass in my parish church, the MOST important Mass in the entire liturgical year, I had an epiphany.

Now, to be clear, my understanding of “epiphany” is: “derived from the Greek word epiphaneia, epiphany means “appearance,” or “manifestation.”

In literary terms, an epiphany is that moment in the story where a character achieves realization, awareness, or a feeling of knowledge, after which events are seen through the prism of this new light in the story”.

My epiphany was a sudden clarity of perception at the point when the Mass was ended and priest blessed the congregation and instructed them “Go forth the Mass is ended”. And the congregation responded “Thanks be to God”.

This would “normally” be the moment when many parishioners would kneel and pray for a while thanking God for all His blessings and benefits, and for once again coming into our lives personally.

Even more people, perhaps the majority of those present, would file out onto the steps of the church to discuss how things were going in their lives and shake hands with the priest, and generally turn things into a social occasion for chatting after Mass with people who had not been seen for a week and so on and so forth. That would be pretty normal and has been the scene after Mass in the Catholic church in Canada since I was a kid.

What actually happened, what I really noticed this time around, is that the church suddenly turned into a loud sports bar with people turning to their neighbour and shaking hands and just in the space of a breath the quiet of the Mass was completely wiped out by loud boisterous voices  yelling and talking and shouting over each other and over the Recessional music which is reasonably supposed to hint at an orderly and respectful egress from our Lord’s Presence and from the place of worship.

The Last Supper, Juan de Juanes 1523 – 1579, oil on panel (116 × 191 cm) — ca. 1560, in Museo del Prado, Madrid.

I noticed it this time probably because I was in the midst of the shouters instead of actually singing the recessional from the ambo as cantor. The parishioners didn’t even try to leave the pews and meet outside on the church steps .. they just couldn’t wait to share their “Good News”.

Everyone turned their back on the Lord in His tabernacle and ignored and profaned the most important and revered person in the universe to get on with their social gathering.

And this continued for the better part of half an hour. Everyone ignored our Lord, real and present in His tabernacle behind the alter before gradually winding down and moving on to a better venue, perhaps with beer and wings or wherever – the grocery store, Sunday dinner, whatever.

And the epiphany was that I realized that my fellow parishioners were/are not actually Catholic. These parishioners (rather obviously) do not believe in the real presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

And the more I thought about it the more I saw the truth of it. Almost no one believes in the real presence, no one believes in confession, no one believes in the importance of reverence in liturgy, no one believes in the traditions which have kept the faith alive for more than 2000 years. Our parishes have become nothing more than “Social Clubs”, much like all the Protestant parishes around us.

This is the norm in most Protestant sects, now so noticeably fragmenting and in decline across our land, but this is the first time that it hit me like a hammer blow to the heart that our nominally Roman Catholic congregations seem to share this lack of faith … they are, really, no longer “Catholic” in the most important matter of faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist … no longer Catholic.

Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Here in the early years of the 21st century the Catholic Church here in my normal modern parish is dead. This parish, perhaps this Archdiocese, perhaps the entire Canadian Catholic Church, is no longer “Catholic” by any traditional definition of “Catholic”.

So what is Joe supposed to do now? I don’t really know … I am at a loss and the ideas are not coming freely at this point.  So let me tell a short story about Joe. Well, as gentle reader no doubt knows, this blog is Joe’s blog, so it is no surprise that a story about Joe comes up.

I will continue this in my next post, perhaps … I need to pray and think on this and perhaps consult other more level heads as to what is appropriate to discuss and what is not.

More to follow as and when I feel moved …

Cheers

Joe

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Thoughts of our society … on Holy Saturday …

“Crux Fidelis”, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, from the album “Lent at Ephesus”, (2014)

Yesterday was Good Friday, and as I always do now, I watched “The Passion Of The Christ”.  Good Friday is still a statutory holiday in Canada though it passes understanding why that should be in this essentially godless nation. It is a sign of the times, I suppose, that the bare bones of the old Christian culture which made the nation, still survive today, sheltering the godless in the ruins of everything good and holy.

Jesus Taken Down From the Cross, from “The Passion Of The Christ”.

I don’t know … but I look at that picture below of the ruins of the Vatican II alter in the foreground, and The High Altar behind, standing untouched with its gleaming Cross, and the Blessed Virgin weeping, holding her dead Jesus in her arms. It makes me think … am I the only one, … again … I strongly suspect not.

 

Inside Notre Dame

As I have posted before, I am tempted to consider the dictum “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Were I not already a committed Catholic Christian I suspect I would be tempted by Nazari Islam. The question of trust remains a stumbling block and I remain faithful to my Master.

Then again, there is the Prophecy of Fatima and our Lady Maryam, recounted by Archbishop Fulton Sheen years ago, a prophecy that through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima the Muslim world will be united with the Catholic world and become the one religion of the one God.

Imagine that … just for a moment … what a world that would be, no? What would the unbelieving secular progressive leadership of the west be able to do about 4 billion believers? Could the believers influence a change for the better?

So after Ottawa in October, it is an Interesting future I see – over 50% of the world’s population united against the godless bureaucracies of Mordor and the Antichrist. hmmm … We can always pray.

For now all I see is a post-apocalyptic wasteland of self worship, casual murder, and mass atrocities threatening the health and well-being of all the blind citizenry.  Maybe I am too pessimistic but that view is shared by others, far more perceptive and intelligent than I … (from The Catholic Herald) …

Cardinal Sarah kneels before the Blessed Sacrament in Toronto (University of St Michael’s College) Photo: Catholic Herald

“… Muslims despise the atheistic West. They take refuge in Islamism as a rejection of the consumer society that is offered to them as a religion.

Can the West present them the Faith in a clear way? For that it will have to rediscover its Christian roots and identity. To the countries of the third world, the West is held out as a paradise because it is ruled by commercial liberalism.

This encourages the flow of migrants, so tragic for the identity of peoples. A West that denies its faith, its history, its roots, and its identity is destined for contempt, for death, and disappearance.

But I would like to point out that everything is prepared for a renewal. I see families, monasteries, and parishes that are like oases in the middle of a desert. It is from these oases of faith, liturgy, beauty, and silence that the West will be reborn.”

So, in conclusion I will quote from a post from several years ago, which was itself a quote from another blogger who I think highly of, which article I commisioned:

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” … (our) new civilization has its own cosmological conception (the Darwinite vision of randomness); its own moral ethos (wherein every person is a law unto himself); its own intellectual and aesthetic norms (establishing that not only beauty, but truth, and goodness, are in the eye of the beholder).

It is governed by metastasizing rules and regulations — in which custom has, formally, no jurisdiction. Faith itself, and the conduct it has governed, is taken to be a purely personal matter, and all values associated with common belief may be dismissed as equally arbitrary. This leaves arbitrary “equality” as the one ideal: the value that denies all other values. Pope Benedict called this, “the dictatorship of relativism,” and those who resist its dictates may very well find themselves in court.

From thirty-five years ago, I recall a book that was on many coffee tables: The Culture of Narcissism, by Christopher Lasch. It was an essay in post-modern sociology, but in its season it clanged a big bell. Lasch wrote of the destruction of the traditional family by the “organized kindness” that had assumed its functions; of the radical movements that emerged in the ‘sixties to enforce the atomism that was the inevitable result.

And then he plunged into psychological observation, reviewing everything from New Age cult affiliations, to the popular obsession with oral sex. By the 1970s, the typical American was displaying not some, but all the symptoms of what had once been diagnosed, in the psychology textbooks, as pathological narcissism (Any reader who is interested should also consult Lasch’s much-ignored sequel, The Minimal Self, in which he spades deeper into the XIXth-century roots of this phenomenon, and defends the objectivity of his thesis against both critics on his Left, and inconvenient fans on his Right.)

We’re beyond that now. Even the word “narcissism” tends to be employed in pathologically narcissistic ways. And while that older, Christian worldview remains — now as a counter-culture, providing closed environments in which narcissistic behaviour is still instinctively punished — it is going underground. For this new orthodoxy also invaded, and made a conquest of most of the Church, as well as rolling over the “mainstream” Protestant congregations.

The victory of narcissism is glaringly apparent in every single liturgical innovation of the New Mass: from the turning of the priest towards the people, to the stripping of the altar now placed between them; and in every direction from there. The new gestures, from the 1960s forward, distract consistently from the divine presence, and mediate a message that is “all about you.”

And so it is with the lonely at Easter, vaguely remembering some other age. It is all about them. For most my age — and I am getting older — it has been all about us since time out of mind. We grew up in the Pepsi generation. (the) nursing homes are now filled with contemporaries of the Beatles and Elvis Presley, as one may discover in the foyer, when they’re wheeled down for a sing-along. Their memories of Christmas and Easter go back, increasingly, to broken homes, where what they actually remember is themselves being “in the way” of their parents’ private lives.

Their memories, too, are free of church attendance, and so throw back to the commercialized sentimentality of treats and gift-wrapped, heavily-advertised products around a casually decorated Christmas tree, Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies and shredded tissue basket stuffing — a kind of semi-annual pay-off for minding their own business.

And, what is the most terrible thing I have seen in there, when that past is challenged, and anything better is proposed: that flicker of defiance, that parody of faith which still declares, after a lifetime of sin and error: “I’m as good as you are!” For it was a culture of narcissism to which they bought in.

This is the new orthodoxy, which Christians must be careful to respect, as tourists remove their shoes when entering a mosque. For it is considered extremely bad form, to disturb the votaries while they are at prayer, making their devotions to the pond image.

But the winds howl, and the waters roughen, and Christ was always coming. It is something to think about, for no matter how you cut it — whether you are a traditional Christian (there can be no other kind), or a perfectly conventional, orthodox Narcissist — the message of Easter is not, never was, and by its meaning never will be, “all about you.”

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I wish you a thoughtful Holy Saturday …

Cheers

Joe

Quid Hoc Ad Aeternitatum

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The Fetid Swamp …

Ballad Of A Thin Man”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965)

Pond Scum

Have you ever noticed, somewhere along the way, as kids playing on the back 40, the result of throwing a rock into a stagnant pond covered in Green scum.

Green scum always forms when the environment is rich in nutrients and there is no circulation of cold blue water from the “lower strata” to the warm comfortable surface organisms bathed by the sun.

One throws the rock … the heavier the better … and the calm surface is shattered revealing just how shallow that top layer is and then there are the remarkable follow on effects … the large bubbles of trapped gasses and detritus, the roiling silt released from the “lower strata”.

And the bubbles just keep rising up into view, releasing their stink of long hidden corruption which the Green scum have been trying to keep contained and hidden from view under a nice Eco-friendly coating of Green.

So how do we get that circulation going?  Well there are very few ways that don’t involve disturbing the stagnant pond. To make a change to a stagnant pond requires disturbing the existing strata of power and the existing food chain, the introduction of “fresh” oxygen and new predators to disrupt the food chain and take down the number of organisms which have flourished and over populated the stagnant water for so long.

“Green” is a primary symptom but not the cause. The cause is the owners of the pond ignoring the problem for too long. So, we reduce the number of existing parasitic life forms in the ecosystem by adding the influence of large numbers of smaller organisms that choose to change to existing stagnant ecosystem to better suit their requirements …

 

Pest Control

And we stir up the pond to get new nutrients circulating and to ad fresh air to the ecosystem and to bring to light many things which have remained hidden for  … well, even years.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman arrives to court in Ottawa on Thursday, March 28, 2019,  Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Here’s a few ideas which might help any owner decide to change up the old ways of seeing things. Check out the “Hot Off The Press” article here from the Toronto Sun.

Or how about this one right here. The nightmare vision of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lurking about the province like the ghost of his long dead father before him, and snuggled up to Rachel Notley’s NDP like their new BFF was enough for Albertans to make United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney their premier-elect.

Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney on election night at Big Four Roadhouse in Calgary. Al Charest/Postmedia

I posted about this incestuous relationship back in December 2016.

And in the CP photo on the right, below, we see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, BFF’s,  chatting prior to a round-table meeting with oil and gas producers in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

And in other news about that time, December 2016, we have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most of the premiers (where are they now?) signed a historic pan-Canadian framework Friday to fight climate change and meet the country’s 2030 emissions reduction targets (Kyoto Accords, Jean Chretien, 1997 ),

But the Headlines read: “Trudeau announces ‘pan-Canadian framework’ on climate — but Sask., Manitoba hold off” Not quite a done deal then?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley chat prior to a roundtable meeting with oil and gas producers in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

The Progressive Socialists have been trying desperately to ram Emissions Targets down our throats for almost 20 years.  but a day of tense talks failed to convince two provinces to get onside.

Now, in 2019 we have a wave of new leadership everywhere but the Left Coast and Newfoundland, preparing to go head to head with Boy Justin in the courts, the same courts which are so busy just now trying to deal with all his other booboos.

In case anyone forgot, in the heady rush of election victory, the Trudeau Liberals and their vainglorious leader have been rattled to the gunnels by silly antics, ethics breaches, leaks, miscalculations and scandals, and as I linked to above, the mere mention of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s name must bring on visions of yet another hell on the horizon.

As I have mentioned before, our politics matter. I found an interesting concise paragraph on politics at Commentary Magazine a while ago. Here is a clip from that article:

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At the core of every social, political, and economic system is a picture of human nature, to paraphrase the 20th century columnist Walter Lippmann. The way that picture developments determines the lives we lead, the institutions we build, and the civilization we create.

The political philosophy of Madison produces one set of results; the political philosophy of Marx produces another; (ed. and the philosophy of ISIS produces yet another)

So yes: ideas move politics in one direction or the other, toward justice or away from it. Like all things human, it’s imperfect, frustrating, and fraught with failure. It’s a long, hard grind. And it’s not always aesthetically pleasing.

But cynicism that leads to political disengagement–the world-weary, pox-on-both-your-houses, what difference does it make, I don’t give a damn attitude that seems rather fashionable and trendy these days–can lead to disaster.

Because someone’s ideas will prevail. If ones that advance justice and human flourishing win out, it won’t be by accident or by default. It’ll be the product of determined effort; of those who do not grow weary in doing good.

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So, enough for a Good Friday post, there are other more important things to pay attention to … for eternity.

Cheers

Joe

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A Sea of Blue … a look into the future

Just a couple of points on what the future might hold for long suffering Canadians. Always remember of course that it is always possible, even maybe likely to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by some egotistical snafu by some loudmouth. However we can always pray.

Here is where we were in 2015 …

Canada Provincial Governments May 5th 2015

and a couple of nights ago Alberta did this:

A Sea of Blue … Alberta Election April 16th 2019

So now Boy Justin faces a Conservative Canada everywhere in West and Central Canada, and the voters are thinking this:

Canadian Voter Intention – IPSOS POLLING

And Boy Justin is telling Canadians that they need to tighten their belt and start paying the Liberal Carbon Tax  while ignoring the SNC Lavelin scandal … it makes you think … hmmm

Estevan Carbon Sequestering Operation …

We have had the technology to burn Coal as cleanly as Natural Gas since at least as far back as the late 70’s. Alberta alone has enough coal to meet all the energy needs of North America for the next 400 years at current rates of growth.

That’s not counting our oil and gas sector and that fact that we are a perfect environment for building and operating Nuclear power plants and selling cheap Canadian energy to the demanding U.S. market.

But none of that would put money into the pockets of the Liberal Party and their environmentalist backers like Hungarian Billionaire George Soros … Ever hear of the Tides Foundation?  Tides Canada is a major Liberal Party backer … who knew?

Cheers

Joe

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