“Twilight And Shadow”, Howard Shore, from “Lord Of The Rings”
Acouple of posts ago I posted a long article on the moral controversy surrounding the subject apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis. This post is another where the writer has articulately pointed out the significant moral equivalencies between the Pope’s memo and the Nazi program of extermination – the final Solution.
Go there. or read it here, or if you roll that way, just ignore it, along with abortion and euthanasia and all the other nice progressive amoral planks of our modern progressive society. Your call.
According to AL, a conscience may “recognize that a a given situation does not correspond objectively to the demands of the Gospel” but sees “with a certain moral security … what for now is the most generous response”.
Let us examine how this moral principle might apply in situations of organised and industrialised genocide. A man involved in the extermination of Jewry, for example … if he were to decline to collaborate in any more murders, not only might he be subjected to discriminatory responses, but his family also might suffer grievously. His marriage might suffer!
Is he, perhaps, required by the Bergoglian moral principle of “what is for now the most generous response” to try, gradually so as not to be noticed, to reduce the number of Jews whom he kills each day? Or might Bergoglianism mean that he should do his very best to see that they die less painfully? Or should he attempt, again without drawing too much attention to himself, so to work the system that in three months time he gets transferred to duties which involve him less directly in extermination … like, for example, harmlessly organising the train schedules?
I am aware that my questions lay me wide open to an accusation that I am either an unbalanced crank in making an equivalence between well-mannered habitual adultery among the nice, if rather gleefully rutting, German middle-classes, and genocide; or ‘antisemitic’ for illustrating a moral priple by talking so calmly about something as vile as what Nazi Germany did to the Jews.
It is my view that such an accusation by such an interlocutor would in fact amount to an admission that Adultery is not really sinful … that it is, well, perhaps not technically in accordance, quite, with the book of rules, but it is not really wrong. Cardinal Coccopalmerio has in fact said something rather like this.
It is also my view that a mortal sin is a mortal sin is a mortal sin is a mortal sin. And Mortal Sin is the area into which, like several fair-sized and unstable bulls in a very tiny china shop, Bergoglio and his cronies have strayed. And by sanctioning what Fr Aidan Nichols has neatly called “tolerated concubinage”, I do not think they will bring a single murdered Jew back to life or even save a single victim in future genocides. In fact, quite the contrary. Do we save lives … or marriages … by chipping away at the Decalogue, or by shoring it up when it comes under threat?
A person, you tell me, may well know a rule yet be in a concrete situation which does not allow him or her to act differently. So …. if this does not also apply within genocidal situations, where can it apply?
A person’s long involvement, you tell me, in sinful actions may well so habituate him to those actions that the subjective sinfulness, as AL claims, is radically diminished … yes; I happen to agree with you there, and, like all confessors, I am mindful of this when I sit with my ear against the grill. But you won’t forget, will you, that somebody who has been killing Jews for a couple of years might also well be in such a condition. And the tribunals which judged War Criminals after 1945 don’t seem to have taken this laudable casuistic principle into their jurisprudence.
Bergoglio’s ‘jesuitical’ campaign to circumvent Veritatis splendorparagraph 80, as well as Familiaris consortio, is both a moral and an ecclesial disaster. If Bergoglian ‘moral principles’ prevail, then, as Fr Aidan Nichols has accurately put it, “no area of Christian morality can remain unscathed“.
“Over The Hills And Far Away”, Jon Boden, from the album “A Folk Song a Day”, 2011. The song is also the Theme from “Sharp’s Rifles” a series about the Napoleonic Wars in Spain.
Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images. London is Europe’s de facto financial capital.
Well! Never, never, never ignore or underestimate the British Common Man. Napoleon learned the hard way when the “common scum” kicked his Sicilian derriere most thoroughly.
The British voter just blew all the pundits and professionals out of the water. Monte Python could not have done better. I imagine the Knights that go “NEE!” in the bureaucracy and academia are all in a mad scrambling dither about the sky falling. All the talking heads have even less meaningful things to say than usual.
Blather, blather, blather, blather, from “Triumph of Democracy” all around the circle to “Right Wing Haters” until perhaps there is so much hot air blowing ’round that they will all physically follow their vaporous thoughts into zero G. Should be interesting and amusing as well.
Contesting the “Triumph of Democracy” crowd, we have the predictable Liberal Progressive freak-out on the triumph of “far right parties,” , the “low information Trump voters” which is just SO Lame-Stream. Fifty-two percent of the British electorate cannot possibly be “Far Right Haters”, or if they were as described they might have accomplished something by now. But the left always calls everyone else “haters” when in fact they have been historically the “Greatest Haters” (ever hear of NAZIs and Communists? Lefties every one of them).
In our current culture such terms are meaningless. There is always populist discontent with opposite things — with too much taxes, and not enough welfare – ever has it been so – and the worst are the Progressives blaming every one else for being “racists” while continuously thumping their own extreme version of racism upon which they depend for their voter support
But wait! This isn’t over. It is probably going to take at least a couple of years to untangle this little divorce and it will not be a pleasant experience for anyone, least of all for those who voted to leave. This will make the dark days pre-Thatcher look like an Anglican Church picnic. I just can’t wait for the trainloads of inked and electroned, scribery (Huh?) about it all being caused by the racism and hate springing full blown and unprovoked from the breast of the nasty proles, the common unwashed working man, incited by the evil right wing haters, It must be Bush’s fault! Everything is Bush’s fault. Except for what is the fault of the evil Koch Brothers. Riiiight … The Brights just couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with it! Everything they did was for our own good, right?
“Fanfare For The Common Man”, Aaron Copland & The London Symphony Orchestra, from the album “Copland Super Hits”, 1994.
So, what we are seeing happen here is the impact of Truth on the fantasies of the Intellectuals and Brights, the Progressive managers currently running our economic and political world, who sincerely believe their own BS. Unfortunately for their fantasies, “Truth” matters, “Facts” matter, and you can never trust “voters” to be “sensible”. Hence all the effort put into de-fanging voters and the voting process so that it can be controlled, and “sensible” thinkers can prevail “for our own good” of course.
The managers and academics just don’t connect with “The People” because they are not “people”. They don’t understand all the “little people”, the ants they see from their upper floor office windows, and they could care less what the “little people” think, feel and believe, because the of course the managers and academics know best. For a lucid example of just how the left regards the “little people” look no further than this article in the magazine “Foreign Affairs“.
There’s a good read here about “Populist Rage” and “Right Wing Haters”. It’s a sign of the times, this article is. Foreign Affairs Magazine used to be a fair and impartial venue reporting on international politics when, 30 or 40 years ago, I used to read it. I read it a lot back then, I read it a lot when I was a questioning teen.
This particular article is by one JONATHAN HOPKIN who is an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Now we all know that “Associate” indicates that the Illuminati at the London School of Economics don’t feel that Jonathan quite measures up yet. He may yet make it to full professorship if he is successful in kissing enough butt over the next decade. Or, like an infamous alumni called Pierre he can always run for Prime Minister in Canada if he can’t make it at the university.
Anyway, here we go “… tensions over the United Kingdom’s Brexit campaign should have culminated with a referendum this Thursday on whether to leave or remain in the European Union. Instead, it peaked prematurely with the tragic murder of Jo Cox, a pro-EU Labour member of Parliament, who was brutally shot and stabbed last week by a man close to a British extremist anti-immigration group…”
Well GEE you left lib weenie! That same logic makes you close to the murdering Gestapo or the NKVD or maybe the KGB? Ever hear of the terms “Sympathizer”, or “Running-Dog”, how about “Useful Idiot”? And yes, being shot or stabbed does indeed tend to be “brutal”, does it not? So is cutting up babies in the womb. Get used to it! Soon you will be writing in favour of doing it (stabbing) to seniors and handicapped folks. Get over yourself! At least TRY to be consistent!
And since guns of all sorts account for only about 3% of murders it does seem that the majority of these events (97%) employ the much more brutal use of knives, fists and feet which seem to be the tools of choice for most folks when offing those one disagrees with.
Why does the left deplore the “brutal murder” of alleged adults but encourage the brutal murder of defenseless children in exactly the same manner? Why? Just wondering? Anyone? Anyone?
Oh well, maybe we should ban knives? Or Fists? Or boots? No, no, no, ban – “Assault Boots” – which would be any boot that was black with cleated soles, eh?
Hell! Even the Pope is on board with this: “Pope Francis has said the result of the U.K.’s referendum to leave the European Union reflects the “will of the people” and that there is now a “great responsibility” to ensure the well being of people in the U.K. and peaceful coexistence on continental Europe …”. Of course, Francis is also on record as saying that “most Catholic Marriages are invalid” so there is something of a credibility gap in evidence where he is concerned. Is the Pope Catholic? I don’t know anymore.
So why is the decision of 52% of British Voters to vote to leave the E.U. cast as somehow related to the murder of 1 left wing politician? Of course, there is no evidence of media bias at all, is there? Well lets see where we go with this slant:
1972 – The Troubles; Battle at Springmartin – A car bombing outside a crowded pub in Belfast sparks a two-day gun battle involving the Provisional IRA
“… It was the first political killing of a British politician since the end of the Troubles, a turbulent era of conflict in Northern Ireland, and it has led many to wonder how a stable country such as the United Kingdom could lose its head over what is essentially membership in a trading bloc.
(Seriously, are you stoned???? The Brexit referendum is like the Northern Ireland conflict??? Were you even alive then?? How is it possible to make that kind of a parallel unless you are willfully smearing the “Leave” voters?)
Answering that question requires reflecting on how the country grew so divided in the first place. Since the beginning, Brexit has pitted younger, more affluent, and cosmopolitan urban Britons against the older, poorer, and less educated ones in the rural and postindustrial parts of the country.
It is this same clash—the elites versus the so-called proletariat—that has fueled the resurgence of extreme right parties across Europe, as well as in the United States. In the United Kingdom, these voters are angry at their financial instability, stagnant or declining living standards, and loss of jobs to emerging economies. And they haveblamed it on the migrants arriving on their shores…” when in fact it is ALL caused by leftist social and economic policies.
And there you have it all in a nutshell – the politics of class, division, and racism in action, always the Progressives strong suite. It’s all the fault of those poor uneducated slobs in the rural and post-industrial countryside. Why stick to the facts when you can create a dramatic fictional story about your enemies (aka propaganda – Mr. Goebbels would be so proud) that all your Rainbow cronies and fellow members of N.I.C.E. will welcome and applaud. After all, what matter the alleged thoughts and realities of we knuckle dragging neanderthals here in fly-over country, clinging to our guns and religion. Sigh, so much brains, so little sense.
Another Excellent article here, which we ignore at our peril. The Truth matters, regardless of the opinions and pontifications of the talking heads and celebs, secular AND religious, the Progressives everywhere and in all professions, who are the walking, talking, zombie enforcers of the tyranny of relativism under which we toil and prostitute ourselves for a pittance, yes, selling out for a pittance when we have daily access to Divinely gifted treasure beyond all earthly value. Pity. Pity the poor souls, Pray for the poor souls.
“Ladies in Lavender”, Joshua Bell, from the album “the Essential Joshua Bell”, 2005
“It is, to be Platonic about this – and why not, when discussing the transcendentals? – as if we had heard it before, or seen something before, even if perhaps we hadn’t heard or seen. The worldly may dismiss this as a kind of déjà vu, and turn for an explanation to, say, pharmacology. But even the most confirmed worldling will puzzle, when it happens to him.
“Maybe it is possible to do or be good. Maybe there is such a thing as beauty. Maybe truth is something that can be known. Stranger things have happened.”
Imagine that! True beauty, doing your best, doing good for no other reason than to be doing your best and doing good. No pay, no photo op, no votes, no earthly reward.
Omnia ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Always remember, “Be charitable in your judgements, and never take yourself too seriously”
I was sitting out on my roof this morning eating my breakfast of a four egg bacon cheese omelet and strong full caff espresso roast coffee and thinking about the day. Sunny, +14 degrees Celsius, and a gentle “warm” breeze from the south. I have no back yard since my building covers the entire lot but I do have about 3000 square feet of flat roof which makes a great lounge or patio (remember patios?). The weather guys tell me that this is “unseasonal” for mid March in the prairies.
This perennial phenomenon of temperature fluctuation, even in the same year, always prompts chatter about “global warming” even though no one seems to talk much about it when it is -20. And I understand the concept of global warming, or climate change as the progressives now call it since it has been conclusively demonstrated that all their models are actually inconclusive in the extreme when they posit the “warming” part, and especialy the “man made” part.
Just so we are all clear, I am not disputing the existence of climate change in any way. We have had climate change on this planet pretty much as long as there has been a climate. It probably started shortly after the planet developed an atmosphere. What turns my crank is when I am being directed to change my ways and required to pay extra taxes and costs because some long haired wanker in academia or some suite in a corner office in the legislature has decided he or she can get more resources for his or her pet project if only we can force other people to pay for it. (see endless pontification and drivel on carbon taxes and caps available anywhere progressives leave their scat).
The term “anthropogenic” means of, relating to, or involving the impact of humans on nature. Because human practices are the source of many water-quality contaminants in the ecosystem everywhere that man resides in any number, they must be described as an integral part of the environmental setting. Agricultural runoff, urban runoff, point discharges of municipal and industrial wastes, mine drainage, septic-system effluent, landfill leachate, and contaminated atmospheric deposition are all sources of anthropogenic contamination. These sources are directly related to population density, land cover and land use, water use, and waste disposal in our environment. All of this is empirical fact and proven to be so.
The “magical mile” is the religious leap to changing the global climate by crapping in our own back yard. Make no mistake about it, this sort of thinking is only possible when one abandons all pretense of the position being “scientifically” based and accepts received wisdom along with whatever agenda comes along with this “wisdom” from the chosen wise men or women. One of my favorite techniques for discussion is to throw in percentages to give weight to whatever position I have adopted for the nonce. So in that vein I suggest that perhaps 95% of all global warming religious do not and have never understood the concept of “scientific research” as it applies to reality.
Most popular “climate science” starts out with a hypothesis which favours the progressive socioeconomic agenda and then rapidly degenerates into pseudo-scientific baffle-gab and back slapping amongst the anointed. If anyone points out that the emperor is naked they are belittled, denigrated mocked and otherwise marginalized and if that doesn’t work they are slandered, defamed, expelled, screamed down, or just plain killed (accidentally of course). You don’t believe that anyone was ever killed in an academic or governmental pogrom? You are so innocent. Read history. Our society has been doing exactly this for thousands of years.
I would like to point out an interesting website for any readers who have not already left because of my apostasy in the hopes that they might find some other points of view than the whole global warming mythology currently worshipped by the progressive nazis of academia and the MSM.
There you will find things like the following two paragraphs :
… on Sept 22, 2008, I learned that NASA was announcing the findings from the satellite Ulysses after its 18 year voyage studying the Sun. The Ulysses passed the Sun three times. The first pass was during a solar minimum (a period of lower activity). The second pass of the Sun was during a solar maximum and the third pass during a less active period similar to the first pass (solar cycle 23). They noticed large differences between the two minimums, that on the third pass the Sun was emitting much less energy than the first pass, and the lowest amount of solar energy ever recorded (since the beginning of modern measurement with the advent of the space program). This only confirms my suspicion that the Sun is the primary driver of the world’s temperatures and not mankind. This explains the warming of the 1980’s and 1990’s and for the last sixteen years when global temperatures have not been increasing.
I have found that natural forces, and not CO2, are the primary drivers of our global climate. Solar activity, ocean cycles (PDO and AMO), as well as volcanic activity have the largest impact, by far, on temperatures. Never in geological history has CO2 been a driver of the climate. I was surprised to learn that in 80% of the last 600,000,000 years, CO2 levels were higher than today. They were 12 times higher in the Dinosaur Period. There were also three ice ages with more CO2 than today, one had fifteen times more! …
and there’s plenty more to read for any one who is looking for truth and hasn’t already drunk the koolaid.
Anyway, it’s really nice on my roof right now and to really push my rude question: “Even if everything the global warming fanatics are pushing were absolutely true why the hell would we want to stop it? ARE THEY NUTS? This is Canada! 6 months of winter and 6 months of bad weather! Global Warming! WOOHOO!!! Bring it on. If anyone is bothered by it being too hot or the sea level rising somewhere else bring them here. In case you didn’t notice we have lots of space and a very nice place to live where the government guarantees you a comfortable life until they decide to make you “die with dignity” but what the hey, we all die sometime, why not when some suit decides they can’t afford to support you any more.
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