19 September 2017

Pope vs. Antipope: Dissecting the Poll

What a day.  Another massive hurricane hits Puerto Rico. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico City. Signs and portents in the sky.  The 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun approaches.

And today, as you will no doubt have read elsewhere, marks one full year since the four faithful Cardinals presented Bergoglio with the Dubia, asking him to confirm nothing less than that he adheres to the constant, timeless, 2000-year teachings of the Church (Christ's own words, no less) on marriage, Eucharist and the nature of truth.

This pontificate has been a disaster for Catholics worse than any natural phenomenon. And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mt. 10:28). There has been a sulphuric miasma to this papacy, and to the current state of the Church Militant, since the night Francis walked out on that balcony and surveyed the people he would try to destroy. So much about things that don't add up, that are ominous, that just seem...off.  

  • Benedict's sudden, dismaying, mysterious "resignation", mysteriously worded.
  • The whole banking halt and sodomite dossier, both of which disappeared upon the abdication.
  • Benedict's subsequent behavior that belied his public statements.
  • The St. Gallen mafia rumors, confirmed by self-identified participants.
  • The public statements, hints, interviews and documents, issued by Francis or his henchmen, that consistently undermine the faith.
  • The attacks on Catholics and the Catholic faith by the man claiming to be (mostly) Bishop of Rome.
  • Benedict, living on and on in Rome, not hidden, wearing white, the fisherman's ring and keeping other indicia of office.
  • Fatima, the partially revealed Fatima secret, the Bishop in White seemingly brought to light.
  • All of the unusual natural phenomena, starting with the lightning strike on St. Peter's dome the day of the putative abdication. 
  • The support and applause given Francis by anti-Catholics and secular powers.
  • A PROFOUND SENSUS CATHOLICUS THAT SOMETHING IS DREADFULLY WRONG AND THAT CHASTISEMENT IS COMING.

Against this backdrop, many actual Catholics have been perplexed, and wondering, about what is going on. However, I have always sensed that many good Catholics didn't like to talk about the proposition that things may not be as they are told; that, in fact, as good Catholics it didn't seem right to talk about it. And though there have been opinions propounded on the net, I had not seen any attempt to poll the members of the Body of Christ.

Therefore I put up a poll last week asking readers just to give their opinion: Who do you really think is pope, and why? Even allowing for the undeniable traditionalist (or as others rightly point out, Catholic) bent of the blog, the results surprised me.

I think many are saying, "Hey, I'm either not crazy or else most of us are, but I think Benedict is still pope!"  And of those, most cite the ineffectiveness of the putative abdication or some combination of factors including also allegations of heresy, invalid election, deposition, or mistake of fact.

No, this is definitely not a scientific poll. Votes were limited only by platform, and a person with multiple devices could theoretically vote more than once. Yet there were 674 votes, and a sample of 500 in a scientific poll would yield a +/- of 5%. No, it was not a random sample. Yes, most respondents would be considered traditional Catholics or "conservative" Catholics-- but then again, the poll was intended for Catholics only. I don't consider the editorial board of NCR or America to be Catholic.

But even considering the limitations, the results are, I believe, quite significant:

WHICH BEST DESCRIBES YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE CURRENT POPE?

Francis is Pope                      16%
Benedict is Pope                    72%
Some other person is Pope      1%
No one is Pope                        9%


IF YOU CHOSE ANY ANSWER IN POLL ABOVE THAT INDICATES FRANCIS IS NOT POPE, WHY DO YOU THINK SO?

Benedict's abdication was not effective         38% 
Francis' election was invalid                            5% 
Francis has lost his office due to heresy          4% 
Some combination of the above                     42%
Neither Francis nor Benedict was ever pope    8%

Out of 674 votes, a staggering 490 said that in their opinion, Benedict XVI is still Pope. That's 72% of those who voted. But who cares if it were "only" half? It boggles the mind.

Of those, the plurality focused on the ineffectiveness of the putative abdication. Meaning, either he never intended to resign; he wrote his resignation in a legally ineffective way; he made a mistake in fact by not intending to resign the whole office; or that he was coerced such that it was truly involuntary.

Even allowing for the readership's "style" of Catholicism (for which Francis does not care), even allowing for some multiple votes-- the least that can be said is that hundreds of Catholics who found this poll on this blog have the opinion that Benedict XVI is still Pope and that the guy the world and most of the self-identified Catholics of the world hail as pope is in fact NOT THE POPE. Ann Barnhardt cited this for the notion that such persons should not feel isolated, weird or crazy-- that there are others.  True, but I ask you to consider this: When was the last time in history (not including obvious interregnum periods) that at least 400 Catholics at any one time were not certain who the Pope was? It's unprecedented-- unless the sedes are right. And I don't believe they are.

This uncertainty, in addition to the maladies arising from personnel, policies and persecutions-- this uncertainty by and of itself-- is a chastisement from God. A chastisement that only the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart can alleviate.

There are perhaps practical solutions. Perhaps a true public correction/declaration of deposition would solve the problem of the current occupant. But it would not lift a cloud over the next conclave unless that declaration of deposition leads Benedict to claim the mantle that may still be his, or else prove that he did (or now would) freely and effectively resign, explaining away the coercive indicators from the last such time.

But can I be forgiven for thinking that there is at least one Cardinal who has personal knowledge of the facts of this situation, who is faithful and willing to live up to his vow as a Cardinal to defend the pope and papacy, who maybe has intimate and expert knowledge of Canon Law and the last two living persons to claim to be pope? Anyone?

Please do something before it is truly too late. We need to know what is going on.

16 September 2017

What Does "Leadership" Look Like after Civilization Is Repudiated?

It looks a lot like Lyda Krewson.  

Let's begin yesterday, as word began to get out that the Judge was about to file his verdict (bench trial, as the white police officer waived a right to a jury in St. Louis City) in the Stockley case. 

If you don't know the Stockley case, here it is in a nutshell: a white police officer shot and killed a black suspect in a drug arrest following an attempted arrest, the suspect crashing his car into the police car, a high speed pursuit on wet roads, and a confrontation at the window of the suspect's car afterwords.  Stockley says his partner saw a gun at the original stop, and yelled that warning. And that the suspect reached over toward the passenger seat as Stockley ordered him to show his hands; he thought he was reaching for his weapon and fired, killing the suspect in self-defense. The prosecution argued that Stockley formed the intent to kill while chasing the suspect, as he uttered a phrase like "we're killing this guy" (profanity removed) during the chase, and that further he planted the gun in the suspect's car afterword.

The case happened in 2011, and neither the city prosecutor nor the federal Justice Department filed any charges. Fast forward to 2016, and the City decides to file first degree murder charges. Stockley's partner was given immunity, but was not called to testify. The Judge issued a 30-page verdict yesterday. I read every word of it. Essentially, the State didn't meet its burden of proof, common to every case of murder, of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Stockley did not act in self-defense and further that the force used in self-defense was not reasonable.

That's it. As a lawyer, it looks like a slam dunk to me. Why? Though there was evidence presented to support a theory of premeditated homicide, there was at least reasonable doubt and more that it was justified self-defense. Maybe a good Law and Order episode, if there is such a thing. It all comes down to the burden of proof based on the available evidence. In a civil trial, where the burden is preponderance of the evidence, there could be a reasonable debate about a verdict. Not here.

So, in a society based on law, where convictions aren't politically directed, this case, while tragic, is not a controversial one.  The verdict comes down, people have an opinion, most lament a world where this can happen, and go about their lives.

In a post-civilizational, pre-anarchical society, there has to be a political game to be played. I think it took enormous integrity for the Judge to issue this verdict, after having been politically pressured to sacrifice the defendant on the altar of racial pandering--regardless of whether he got it right or not.  It would have been so easy just to find him guilty and slink back into obscurity.  That's real courage.

Now, on to Lyda, or as one commenter to this youtube video called her, Mayor Paintsmock. Here is her statement before the verdict. Remember, this woman won by 800 votes in the Democratic primary (what is known in St. Louis City as "the general election") against four serious African American opponents.  She barely got a 30% plurality, and has been pandering ineffectively ever since:



Then, after the verdict, she issued this execrable piece of statement:


My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Anthony Lamar Smith, our police, judge, prosecutor, our citizens who find no comfort or justice, and everyone involved in this difficult case.  

I am appalled at what happened to Anthony Lamar Smith. I am sobered by this outcome. Frustration, anger, hurt, pain, hope and love all intermingle. I encourage St. Louisans to show each other compassion, to recognize that we all have different experiences and backgrounds and that we all come to this with real feelings and experiences. We are all St. Louisans. We rise and fall together.


As Mayor, I will continue my work to create a more equitable community and do everything possible to keep all St. Louisans safe.

What did it get her?  This.

Enjoy the ride, Lyda. And all of us.

11 September 2017

It's Time to Engage in Rank Speculation about the Papacy!

Happy Monday, everyone. With just about a month to go before the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, and with the situation in the Church continuing to melt down, I thought I would poll my readers to get a sense of your sense of things.  

There has been some speculation (reasonable at that) throughout the reign of Bergoglio, concerning whether he is pope or antipope. As he does his thing, and Benedict does his thing, the speculation increases.

So, not considering our mere opinions to be conclusive by any means, but really just to take the pulse of Catholics who love the Church, I have put two polls up at the sidebar. The first one gets your pulse on whether things are as they seem. The second gets to specifics if you believe they are not.

Benedict's actions, valid or not, do not place him in a good light, considering the disaster the Bergoglio rule has been and promises to be in the future. Unless, as I have allowed for in this space in the past, he is acting under a mysterious but direct order of Our Lord or His Mother.  If that were the case, then Benedict is the victim foreseen slanders. I make no call, but just want to see what you think.  

As I have approximately seven readers, I expect seven opinions. Please feel free to expound on your answers in the combox.

08 September 2017

Nativity of Mary

We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

07 September 2017

For Whose Sake Did You Live, For Whose Sake Did You Die?

I always get a kick out of people who talk about Bob Dylan's "Christian phase", as though it were a mere artistic mood or artifice from which he emerged in 1983, shaking the dust of it from his feet. Bob Dylan is a poet, and a baptized soul, whose poetry is saturated in God, Christ, the Bible and the moral questions of life.

Now I'm often asked, "Tim, why don't you talk about Bob Dylan more? It doesn't seem like you respect his work enough."  True, true.  

So, to address both issues, and to help you, dear reader, along the pilgrimage and battle that is human life on earth, I offer this overlooked gem from Dylan's 1980s "wasteland" that the smart set derides: Maybe Someday, from Knocked Out Loaded (1986). Though this album is generally panned, I absolutely love it. Even most critics acknowledge that it contains one certified classic,  Brownsville Girl, but I submit that this one merits some love as well.

Now, as in any work of poetry that is not scripture, there will be some lines here that do not fit the lens in which I ask you to view this. But, apart from one stanza, read these lyrics and consider whether they could not be uttered by Christ, and addressed to the individual soul that He longs to save. In fact read them as though Christ is the singer:

Maybe Someday


Maybe someday you’ll be satisfied
When you’ve lost everything you’ll have nothing left to hide
When you’re through running over things like you’re walking ’cross the tracks
Maybe you’ll beg me to take you back
Maybe someday you’ll find out everybody’s somebody’s fool
Maybe then you’ll realize what it would have taken to keep me cool
Maybe someday when you’re by yourself alone
You’ll know the love that I had for you was never my own

Maybe someday you’ll have nowhere to turn
You’ll look back and wonder ’bout the bridges you have burned
You’ll look back sometime when the lights grow dim
And you’ll see you look much better with me than you do with him
Through hostile cities and unfriendly towns
Thirty pieces of silver, no money down
Maybe someday, you will understand
That something for nothing is everybody’s plan

Maybe someday you’ll remember what you felt
When there was blood on the moon in the cotton belt
When both of us, baby, were going through some sort of a test
Neither one of us could do what we do best
I should have known better, baby, I should have called your bluff
I guess I was too off the handle, not sentimental enough
Maybe someday, you’ll believe me when I say
That I wanted you, baby, in every kind of way

Maybe someday you’ll hear a voice from on high
Sayin’, “For whose sake did you live, for whose sake did you die?”
Forgive me, baby, for what I didn’t do
For not breakin’ down no bedroom door to get at you
Always was a sucker for the right cross
Never wanted to go home ’til the last cent was lost
Maybe someday you will look back and see
That I made it so easy for you to follow me

Maybe someday there’ll be nothing to tell
I’m just as happy as you, baby, I just can’t say it so well
Never slumbered or slept or waited for lightning to strike
There’s no excuse for you to say that we don’t think alike
You said you were goin’ to Frisco, stay a couple of months
I always like San Francisco, I was there for a party once
Maybe someday you’ll see that it’s true
There was no greater love than what I had for you

Helping you along the road through hostile cities and unfriendly towns, to that someday, when you'll hear that voice from on high...

06 September 2017

Paging Cardinals Burke and Brandmuller...

Two months after Cardinal Meisner died, we now learn that another of the four dubia Cardinals, Cardinal Caffarra, has also died. May he rest in peace.

Yes, he was age 79. Yes, it is probably a coincidence.

But, forgive me, if, ahem, I just say something right about now.

Your Eminences, can we PLEASE GET SOME ACTION ON THAT FORMAL CORRECTION OF AMORIS LAETITIA BEFORE YOU GUYS GET FREDO-ED? 



OR, GOD WILLING, AN IMPERFECT COUNCIL AND DECREE THAT FRANCIS IS SELF-DEPOSED FOR HERESY?

Of course, if Francis is an antipope, none of the above is necessary. So maybe you can JUST CLEAR THAT UP?

Before you're Seth Riched? Vince Fostered? 


HELLO?!!

With filial love and true respect,
Saint Louis Catholic

As Planned*

White Christians now a minority in the U.S.

*Post title from LRC blog

05 September 2017

Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings.