It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Vatican: Novus Ordo Liturgy In Crisis

Feb. 23, 2007 (CWNews.com) - In an unusually candid conversation with the monthly Inside the Vatican, the secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship concedes that liturgical reform after Vatican II “has not been able to achieve the expected goals,” and indicates that Pope Benedict XVI is determined to address the crisis in Catholic liturgy.

In a lengthy interview, Archbishop Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don told the Inside the Vatican that a revival of the Catholic liturgy is essential to counteract the decline in practice among the faithful, particularly in the Western world....

read full story here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Unfortunately, the archbishop is right.  The current state of the Novus Ordo liturgy (the mass of Pope Paul VI) is in a state of total crisis.  Nothing short of an overwhelming, and all encompassing, reform can save it from ruin. Let's all pray that Pope Benedict XVI takes these matters into hand quickly and firmly. In the mean time, I'm switching my personal devotions over to the 1962 Missal, until Rome can straighten out this mess.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Final Excuse

Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity.

In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected --the cornerstone of Christian faith-- and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene.

No, it's not a re-make of "The Da Vinci Codes'. It's supposed to be true....

...Cameron is holding a New York press conference on Monday at which he will reveal three coffins, supposedly those of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So there you have it folks. Behold western civilization's final excuse for rejecting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The prophesied "Great Apostasy" has officially begun...

II Thessalonians 2:11-12
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Jude 1:17-19
But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

Is Public School A Sin?

A federal judge in Massachusetts has ordered the "gay" agenda taught to Christians who attend a public school in Massachusetts, finding that they need the teachings to be "engaged and productive citizens."

U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf yesterday dismissed a civil rights lawsuit brought by David Parker, ordering that it is reasonable, indeed there is an obligation, for public schools to teach young children to accept and endorse homosexuality.

Wolf essentially adopted the reasoning in a brief submitted by a number of homosexual-advocacy groups, who said "the rights of religious freedom and parental control over the upbringing of children … would undermine teaching and learning…"

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Slowly but surely, in state by state, it is becoming an outright SIN to send a child to public school. The public schools in this nation are becoming little more than indoctrination centers for government propaganda, much of which includes the acceptance and promotion of sinful behavior -- such as homosexuality. Gradually, it is becoming the case, where a parent who sends his/her children to public school, is unwittingly subjecting them to a moral and ethical code that undermines the Judeo-Christian value system. The way things are going, it won't be long before sending your children to public school, will be nothing short of robbing them of their Christian faith.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Anglican Communion To Excommunicate US Episcopal Church on September 30, 2007

London, Feb 20, 2007 / 08:44 pm (CNA).- Leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion, meeting this week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, have issued an ultimatum to the Episcopal Church of the United States, demanding an end to the appointment of gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex couples...

... The Anglican Communion statement warns that if the above assurances can not be given by September 30th, the Episcopal Church could be removed from the worldwide Communion...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Hey, I kind of like this whole deadline idea. Repent by September 30 - or else! Any chance the pope could do something similar with liberal American bishops in the US Catholic Church?

As for the US Episcopal Church, I've got a couple predictions. I hope I'm wrong, but I think I have a pretty good understanding of Liberalism, and because of that, I'm rarely wrong about them. Here's my secret. The way you can understand Liberalism, and accurately predict what Liberals will do, is by simply realizing that Liberalism is a mental disorder. Once you understand that it's a psychological illness, everything else starts to make sense. The underlying premise driving this psychosis is a philosophy from the 1960s drug culture called "nihilism." According to Wikipedia...

Nihilism (From the Latin nihil, nothing) is a philosophical position which argues that the world, especially past and current human existence, is without objective meaning, purpose, comprehensible truth, or essential value. Nihilists generally assert some or all of the following: there is no reasonable proof of the existence of a higher ruler or creator, a "true morality" is unknown, and secular ethics are impossible; therefore, life has no truth, and no action is known to be preferable to any other.

Therefore, the actions of Liberals, (who generally subscribe to nihilism whether they realize it or not), is always one of self-gratification of one's feelings regardless of the consequences, or potential harm it brings upon one's self. For example; the new religious Environmentalism embraces the nihilist idea that the ends justify the means. In other words, it doesn't matter if the economy is thrown into a tailspin, and people's lives are disrupted for the worse. It doesn't even matter if there is any scientific truth behind the theories environmentalists push. Just so long as whatever we do about it makes environmentalists "feel good" about saving the planet.

Now let's take that over to a religious angle. Religious Liberals, such as those running the US Episcopal Church, subscribe to the nihilist idea that there really is no moral reason for human sexuality other than momentary pleasure. So if homosexuality is how somebody gets their kicks, so be it, just so long as it's done in a monogamous way of course. (I'm sure the monogamy thing will be thrown out eventually too, we just haven't gotten that far yet.)

This is the idea the leaders of the US Episcopal Church have embraced, and guess what!?! They're NOT going to change it. The Catholic Knight predicts, (and I hope I'm wrong), that September 30 will come and go, and no significant change of repentance will be made in the US Episcopal Church. There is even a chance the US Episcopal bishops might even try to call the Anglican Communion's bluff through some act of defiance. If I'm wrong about this - Praise the Lord! But I'm usually not wrong about this sort of thing. If I'm right (and I probably am), US Episcopalians across the country will now be faced with a tough choice...
  1. Either they can stay within the US Episcopal Church and be excommunicated from the Anglican Communion,
  2. Or they can leave the US Episcopal Church to find refuge in some kind of Anglican break off, or else return to Rome as Roman Catholics.
That's pretty much it. US Episcopalians now have until September 30 to think it over. I wonder what the majority will choose.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Catholicism Set to Surpass Anglicanism in Britain

Roman Catholicism is set to become the dominant religion in Britain for the first time since the Reformation because of massive migration from Catholic countries across the world...

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Conservative Anglicans to Break with Canterbury - Reunite with Rome

Radical proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year, The Times has learnt.

The proposals have been agreed by senior bishops of both churches...

...Were this week’s discussions to lead to a split between liberals and conservatives, many of the former objections in Rome to a reunion with Anglican conservatives would disappear. Many of those Anglicans who object most strongly to gay ordination also oppose the ordination of women priests.

Rome has already shown itself willing to be flexible on the subject of celibacy when it received dozens of married priests from the Church of England into the Catholic priesthood after they left over the issue of women’s ordination...

read full story here

Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Brave New Poll



THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This is more of an academic question than anything else. I personally don't think the US government will ever be able to get away with this kind of totalitarianism, but that doesn't mean some of our politicians won't try. This poll is based on a previous story in which a real and credible threat of government criminalization of free speech is underway in the US Congress, making it illegal for religious persons (or anybody) to criticize various types of sinful behavior. Don't worry, it's impossible to track who votes in this poll, or how you voted. So go ahead and click as you feel.

Anti-Christian Legislation Is Upon Us

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So you thought the day would never come eh? Well, surprise! It's here! According to the laws of some western industrialized nations, this blog is ILLEGAL! Even worse, reading it may be a crime...

Two Christians in Australia have been indicted for criticizing Islam, and another for criticizing Zionism. A filmmaker has been threatened with arrest for using the word "homosexual" rather than "gay." Now a German priest faces jail time for publicly criticizing abortionists, and in Holland, "fornicators" and "adulterers" are protected classes and cannot be criticized.

All courtesy of the concept of federal "hate crimes" legislation, which unless defeated soon could be mandatory in the United States, warns a rising chorus of critics.

"All that matters are the delicate feelings of members of federally protected groups," said Michael Marcavage, director of RepentAmerica.com "Truth is not allowed as evidence in hate crimes trials. … A homosexual can claim emotional damage from hearing Scripture that describes his lifestyle as an abomination. He can press charges against the pastor or broadcaster who merely reads the Bible in public. The 'hater' can be fined thousands of dollars and even imprisoned!"

All this, he noted, to attack incidents that according to the FBI's 2005 Uniform Crime Report make up on one-fifteenth of 1 percent of all crimes....

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Anti-Catholicism Permeates American Politics at Highest Level

Catholic News Agency (www.catholicnewsagency.com)

NEW YORK (CNA) – The second of two bloggers hired by the John Edwards U.S. presidential campaign resigned Feb. 13, following continued pressure from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights over anti-Catholic comments posted on the Internet.

Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights President Bill Donohue told the Associated Press Feb. 13 that in his mind the issue is now closed...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: But the issue is not closed for The Catholic Knight. I've no wish to pick on the John Edwards campaign, as I'm sure he's just as much a victim of this as we all are. So while the Catholic League may be able to close the matter on the John Edwards campaign itself, the topic of anti-Catholicism in American politics is still wide open as far as I'm concerned. As I wrote in a previous story, and as I documented in an article on the SPLC, anti-Catholicism has always played a significant role in American and British politics, and that role is becoming more (not less) significant in recent times. There is a difference, however, in the rise of modern anti-Catholicism, and that is it's general desire to be discrete.

In centuries past, anti-Catholicism took the form of what we would call "Protestant Fundamentalism" today. Though the term "Fundamentalist" wasn't really a part of the 19th century religious lexicon, the type of conservative Protestantism that was common back then, would eventually come to be called that by the 1920s. The anti-Catholicism associated with this type of religion is usually characterized by a common misunderstanding of certain Catholic beliefs and a fervent paranoia of the pope. Usually, this type of anti-Catholicism is attached to a speculative role it's adherents attach to the Catholic Church in end-times prophecy. Thus the pope is viewed to be the Antichrist (or some associate of his), and the Catholic Church is identified as "Mystery Babylon" of the Book of Revelation. This particular type of anti-Catholicism has been on the decline for the last 50 years, but still does exist in some Evangelical circles. Consequently, with the Republican Party finding it's conservative base among Evangelicals, there are some Fundamentalist anti-Catholic forces still at work in the GOP.

Fortunately, the type of anti-Catholicism associated with Protestant Fundamentalism is on the decline, but in it's place a new anti-Catholicism has rushed in to fill the void, and that is the rise of liberal anti-Catholicism. This new and rising form of anti-Catholicism is just as militant as the first, if not more so. The premise behind this bigotry is a general hatred toward anything that stands for moral absolutes. Thus, the moral teachings of the Catholic Church are an anathema to these types, and those who stand for them are characterized as "ignorant hate-filled bigots." Certainly, the pope qualifies for such a designation, due to his strong stand against war, abortion and gay-marriage. For the liberal anti-Catholic, the only good Catholic is a bad Catholic -- meaning one who doesn't believe or practice the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. Consequently, liberal 'Catholic' politicians like John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and Nanci Pelosi have become the "little darlings" of those who adhere to this form of anti-Catholicism, primarily because they consistently take positions against the moral teachings of the Church. These politicians, in their view, epitomize the "plight of poor Catholic souls, trapped in a religion stuck behind the times." What is frightening is just how much influence these liberal anti-Catholic bigots are getting within the upper echelons of the Democratic Party. This recent flap over the John Edwards campaign is just the tip of the iceberg. Those resigning from his campaign are by no means the last to hold such views. If anything, their resignation simply tells other liberal anti-Catholics to keep their mouths shut -- thus making them harder to detect and expose.

In my recent post on this same topic in British government, I pointed out the one and only effective method Catholics can use to fight this rising anti-Catholic bigotry in our political system...

Catholic Americans would do well to resolve themselves to the following realities...

  1. The US and UK are Protestant nations, and they will always be anti-Catholic in nature regardless of secularizing trends. If anything, secularization will make them more anti-Catholic and not less.
  2. Anti-Catholic bigots will always be able to obtain positions of high authority and influence in the US and UK specifically because of their anti-Catholicism, just as anti-Semites will always be able to obtain positions of high authority and influence in Arab nations specifically because of their anti-Semitism.
  3. No amount of compromise and pandering will ever satisfy the anti-Catholic elites running the US and UK. To them, the only good Catholic is a bad Catholic -- i.e. "one who doesn't follow the faith."
  4. No matter how many Catholics there are in the US and UK, there will always be anti-Catholic bigots (veiled or open) running things. They cannot be beaten. They can only be frustrated.
  5. The best way to frustrate a bigot is to continue to be exactly what he hates. Catholics need to start listening to the pope, attending mass regularly, and reading the Scriptures as well as the Catechism. Nothing will drive them more crazy than that. When you drive them crazy, their hidden prejudice will start to show, and then we can at least identify them.

To that I would like to add, that once they're identified, they can be exposed and properly shamed. But that can't happen, until Catholics are willing to be 100% Catholic, and put their attachments to our hedonistic culture behind them.

Fundamentalist Turns Antichrist - Followers Tatoo 666 on Themselves

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Okay, I've seen some wierd stuff in my day, but this one takes the cake...

SEE VIDEO HERE

If you thought it was shocking when we first introduced you to a local preacher who claims to be Jesus Christ, you’ll want to sit down for this.

More than 12 members of a Doral based church showed up at a South Beach tattoo parlor to get the numbers 666 tattooed on themselves, all as a show of faith to preacher Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, who is now sporting a 666 tattoo of his own.

"I am Jesus Christ man," he said in front of our cameras. “The second coming of Christ."

In September 2006, which was less than 6 months ago, the founder of the "Growing in Grace Ministry" was billing himself as the second coming of Christ. However, now Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda says he's the Antichrist...

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Vatican Embraces "Hate Group" According to the SPLC

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: According to the ultra-liberal, anti-Catholic 'Southern Poverty Law Center' (SPLC), the 'Society of Saint Pius X' (SSPX) is a Catholic 'hate group' the likes of skinheads and neo-Nazis. Meanwhile the Vatican is about to extend an olive branch to the SSPX via a 'motu proprio' to be issued by Pope Benedict XVI himself with the hope of a permanent reconciliation...

The old Mass stands for the diversity of Good

8 February 2007

What are the consequences of the liberation of the old Mass?

The Holy Father has an enormous sensitivity to liturgical spirituality and would like to retain a treasure of the Church – not for the museum but as a living inheritance for society so that people who have sensitivity towards tradition will be able to savour this richness.

I am constantly surprised that young people who have not known the Old Rite before discover the peace and mystery of the Old Mass. What is important is that the two Rites do not oppose each other but one should see the beauty and sanctity in both.

Many traditionalists complain that the Bishops hardly take any notice of the Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei and that they in know way allow generously the Old Mass. Is this Indult a reaction to it?

The Pope, in his capacity as Universal Shepherd, would like in the first instance to accommodate the faithful who have a sensitivity to the traditional liturgy. He is not giving way to external pressure nor to lists of signatures on petitions.

It is rather a holy Rite, which the Church has been celebrating for more than a thousand years. I do not wish to be hard on my Episcopal colleagues who have reacted against the requests of Ecclesia Dei. Some do not even have priests for their Sunday Masses and they find it difficult to allow Masses for small groups. The Motu Proprio does not mention figures. Some people are afraid of a liturgical split. The Holy Father has already as a member of the Ecclesia Dei Commission made clear that the old Mass is neither bad nor divisive and stands for a multitude of good things.

Could the Indult stimulate new experiments and forms of “liturgical creativity”?

What is decisive is how the Church directs the Faithful and Priests. Let’s think of the Ten Commandments. Although they are clearly formulated, Christians do not follow them completely in their lives. But the Ten Commandments are still the same. Each individual is responsible for keeping them.

Cardinal Ratzinger has celebrated the old Mass in public several times. Why has he not done that since the Conclave?

I know that the Holy Father loves the old Rite. I do not know anything about his decisions concerning his personal celebration of this Rite and I do not wish to speculate.

Does the Indult advance an ecumenism “ad intra”?

Please, accept that I reject the term “ecumenism ad intra”. The Bishops, Priests, and Faithful of the Society of St Pius X are not schismatics. It is Archbishop Lefebvre who has undertaken an illicit Episcopal consecration and therefore performed a schismatic act. It is for this reason that the Bishops consecrated by him have been suspended and excommunicated. The priests and faithful of the Society have not been excommunicated. They are not heretics. I do, however, share St Jerome’s fear that heresy leads to schism and vice versa. The danger of a schism is big, such as a systematic disobedience vis-à-vis the Holy Father or by a denial of his authority. It is after all a service of charity, so that the Priestly Society gains full communion with the Holy Father by acknowledging the sanctity of the new Mass.

And the pastoral considerations relating to the Sacraments?

I don’t see any problems there. The Holy Father has made it clear at the consistory that the Bishops can allow baptisms, confirmation and weddings in the old Rite. After all, what applies to the Eucharist also applies to other Sacraments.

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The Rise of Militant Anti-Catholicism

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: After the ulta-liberal anti-Catholic 'Southern Poverty Law Center' (SPLC) unleashed its savage intolerance on traditional Catholicism, 'The Remnant' (a traditionalist online newspaper) fired back with the following...

By January 2007 the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Intelligence Report” was announcing the findings of a three-year investigation into traditional Catholicism. Therein The Remnant is described as “anti-Semitic” and part of a “Dirty Dozen” network of “hate groups” (made up of everyone from Archbishop Lefebvre and the Society of St. Pius X to John Vennari and Catholic Family News to Joe Sobran to Fr. Nicholas Gruner, Fr. Denis Fahey, Fr. Charles Coughlin and Fr. Leonard Feeney and moving all the way over to Hutton Gibson and beyond) that is at least partially responsible for unleashing Mel Gibson on the world. Huh?

The charges also included rejecting the “teachings of the modern papacy”, opposing Zionism, and “consistently attacking Nostra Aetate”, which, according to the “Intelligence Report,” is “the Vatican proclamation seeking to reconcile with the Jews.”

I don’t know if anyone at the SPLC actually sat down and read Nostra Aetate (the document of Vatican II which deals with Catholic relations with all non-Christians, including Hindus, Moslems, Buddhists and Jews) but I would imagine that if they had, they’d condemn it as anti-Semitic, as well. For as the document declares: “True, the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ…” According to the lexicon of political correctness this is bald-faced hate speech! So what’s the problem, SPLC? If we have been “constantly attacking Nostra Aetate”, as the SPLC contends, perhaps they should consider giving us a Morris Dees Award...

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'A Brave New Religion'

In his new book Apollo’s Arrow, ambitiously subtitled The Science of Prediction and the Future of Everything, Vancouver-based author and mathematician David Orrell set out to explain why the mathematical models scientists use to predict the weather, the climate and the economy are not getting any better, just more refined in their uncertainty.

What he discovered, in trying to sketch the first principles of prophecy, was the religious nature of modern e nviron-mentalism.

This is not to say that fearing for the future of the planet is irrational in the way supernatural belief arguably is, just that — in its myths of the Fall and the Apocalypse, its saints and heretics, its iconography and tithing, its reliance on prophecy, even its schisms — the green movement now exhibits the same psychology of compliance as religion...

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President of Czech Republic Calls Global Warming a 'Myth' - Questions Gore's Sanity

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Behold, one of the few brave souls left among the leaders of the world. I don't know much about this man, but I have to hand it to him for this one thing. He knows when to call a spade a spade...

Czech president Vaclav Klaus has criticized the UN panel on global warming, claiming that it was a political authority without any scientific basis.

In an interview with "Hospodárské noviny", a Czech economics daily, Klaus answered a few questions:

Q: IPCC has released its report and you say that the global warming is a false myth. How did you get this idea, Mr President?•

A: It's not my idea. Global warming is a false myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the U.N. panel. IPCC is not a scientific institution: it's a political body, a sort of non-government organization of green flavor. It's neither a forum of neutral scientists nor a balanced group of scientists. These people are politicized scientists who arrive there with a one-sided opinion and a one-sided assignment. Also, it's an undignified slapstick that people don't wait for the full report in May 2007 but instead respond, in such a serious way, to the summary for policymakers where all the "but's" are scratched, removed, and replaced by oversimplified theses.• This is clearly such an incredible failure of so many people, from journalists to politicians. If the European Commission is instantly going to buy such a trick, we have another very good reason to think that the countries themselves, not the Commission, should be deciding about similar issues.•

Q: How do you explain that there is no other comparably senior statesman in Europe who would advocate this viewpoint? No one else has such strong opinions...•

A: My opinions about this issue simply are strong. Other top-level politicians do not express their global warming doubts because a whip of political correctness strangles their voice.

• Q: But you're not a climate scientist. Do you have a sufficient knowledge and enough information?•

A: Environmentalism as a metaphysical ideology and as a worldview has absolutely nothing to do with natural sciences or with the climate. Sadly, it has nothing to do with social sciences either. Still, it is becoming fashionable and this fact scares me. The second part of the sentence should be: we also have lots of reports, studies, and books of climatologists whose conclusions are diametrally opposite.• Indeed, I never measure the thickness of ice in Antarctica. I really don't know how to do it and don't plan to learn it. However, as a scientifically oriented person, I know how to read science reports about these questions, for example about ice in Antarctica. I don't have to be a climate scientist myself to read them. And inside the papers I have read, the conclusions we may see in the media simply don't appear. But let me promise you something: this topic troubles me which is why I started to write an article about it last Christmas. The article expanded and became a book. In a couple of months, it will be published. One chapter out of seven will organize my opinions about the climate change.• Environmentalism and green ideology is something very different from climate science. Various findings and screams of scientists are abused by this ideology.•

Q: How do you explain that conservative media are skeptical while the left-wing media view the global warming as a done deal?•

A: It is not quite exactly divided to the left-wingers and right-wingers. Nevertheless it's obvious that environmentalism is a new incarnation of modern leftism.•

Q: If you look at all these things, even if you were right ...•

A: ...I am right...•

Q: Isn't there enough empirical evidence and facts we can see with our eyes that imply that Man is demolishing the planet and himself?•

A: It's such a nonsense that I have probably not heard a bigger nonsense yet.•

Q: Don't you believe that we're ruining our planet?•

A: I will pretend that I haven't heard you. Perhaps only Mr Al Gore may be saying something along these lines: a sane person can't. I don't see any ruining of the planet, I have never seen it, and I don't think that a reasonable and serious person could say such a thing. Look: you represent the economic media so I expect a certain economical erudition from you. My book will answer these questions. For example, we know that there exists a huge correlation between the care we give to the environment on one side and the wealth and technological prowess on the other side. It's clear that the poorer the society is, the more brutally it behaves with respect to Nature, and vice versa.• It's also true that there exist social systems that are damaging Nature - by eliminating private ownership and similar things - much more than the freer societies. These tendencies become important in the long run. They unambiguously imply that today, on February 8th, 2007, Nature is protected uncomparably more than on February 8th ten years ago or fifty years ago or one hundred years ago.• That's why I ask: how can you pronounce the sentence you said? Perhaps if you're unconscious? Or did you mean it as a provocation only? And maybe I am just too naive and I allowed you to provoke me to give you all these answers, am I not? It is more likely that you actually believe what you say. Well, it makes a lot of sense, Prof Klaus. Other parts of the interview were dedicated to the Organization of European States (and Jo Leinen), the Czech civil cold war that has already ended, the radar for the U.S. missile defense, and his relations with the current Czech government. Show postings on this blog that contain the word Klaus.

[English translation from Harvard Professor Lubos Motl]

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Divided and Demoralized: West Unable to Cope with Islamic Fascism

by Thomas Brewton

...there was no sure prospect that France and Great Britain would be able to withstand the [German] onslaught that was coming. They were unprepared, their people were divided and demoralized. The Americans were far away, were determined to be neutral, and were unarmed..... I began writing, impelled by the need to make more intelligible to myself the alarming failure of the Western liberal democracies to cope with the realities of [the 20th] century.

Today we are armed, albeit at only about half the strength level prevailing when Bill Clinton slashed defense spending to reap the "peace dividend" for new welfare-state spending programs. But we are again disastrously divided and demoralized, just as were Hitler's adversaries in 1938...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Few Americans remember that World War II began on September 1st, of 1939 when Hitler's Germany invaded Poland. Most Americans consider December 7th, 1941 the date of the war's beginning. Why? Because that's the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and subsequently, that's the day the United States entered the war. At the time of the wars actual beginning (1939) few people recognized it as a "World War." Until then, that term was reserved specifically for the European conflict of 1914-1918, which was supposed to be the "War to End All Wars." But history has a tendency to repeat itself, and within a generation of the first World War, a second was underway.

Sadly, I believe history will record World War III as beginning just before the World War II generation passed away. For I am convinced that history will eventually mark the beginning of World War III as September 11th, 2001. That's the date New York and Washington DC were bombed by suicide terrorists hell bent on a dream of fulfilling the tenets of Islamic Fascism. I believe history will record the years between 2001 and today as the early years of the conflict, before the western world opened it's eyes to the threat and united behind the United States in confronting Islamic fascism. To their detriment, western democracies have always been slow to react to the threats of fascism. Why should this time be any different?

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

OFFICIAL: Catholics Cannot Be Masons

ROME, FEB. 6, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: A member of the RCIA program was told by another member of the parish that if they were going to become Catholic they needed to terminate their involvement with the Masonic lodge before they could join. Is this still the case in the United States? -- T.N., Howard City, Michigan

A: This question is more canonical than liturgical. The Church's position with respect to membership of Masonic lodges, even though canon law no longer explicitly mentions the Masons, has not substantially changed.

The new code states in Canon 1374: "A person who joins an association which plots against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; however, a person who promotes or directs an association of this kind is to be punished with an interdict." An interdict is an ecclesiastical penalty that deprives the person of the right to celebrate or receive the sacraments but is less harsh than excommunication.

This text greatly simplified the former code which had specifically mentioned the Masons. This change led some Masons to think that the Church no longer banned Catholics from being Masons, since, among other things, in many countries membership at a lodge was merely social and had nothing to do with plotting against the Church.

In order to clarify the issue the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a declaration on Nov. 26, 1983, shortly before the present Code of Canon Law came into effect. This declaration, signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, states:

"It has been asked whether there has been any change in the Church's decision in regard to Masonic associations since the new Code of Canon Law does not mention them expressly, unlike the previous Code.

"This Sacred Congregation is in a position to reply that this circumstance in due to an editorial criterion which was followed also in the case of other associations likewise unmentioned inasmuch as they are contained in wider categories.

"Therefore the Church's negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.

"It is not within the competence of local ecclesiastical authorities to give a judgment on the nature of Masonic associations which would imply a derogation from what has been decided above, and this in line with the Declaration of this Sacred Congregation issued on 17 February 1981 (cf. AAS 73 1981 pp. 240-241; English language edition of L'Osservatore Romano, 9 March 1981)...

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Sign the Pro-Life Petition for US Bishops

From the American Life League (ALL):

AN APPEAL FROM FAITHFUL CATHOLICS TO AMERICA’S BISHOPS

PLEASE PROTECT THE
BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
FROM PRO-ABORTION
‘CATHOLIC’ POLITICIANS

As a faithful Catholic, I respectfully make this appeal to the Catholic bishops of the United States:

WHEREAS the Church teaches that abortion is always an intrinsic evil, and;

WHEREAS the Church teaches that the sacred nature of the Eucharist is worthy of every protection, and;

WHEREAS the reception of the Eucharist by those who publicly support abortion gives scandal to the Catholic faithful and offends Christ;

THEREFORE, we humbly implore each of you to take the actions necessary to eliminate the possibility of such scandal in your dioceses by instructing your priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to enforce Canon 915 of the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, which reads:

Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or the declaration of a penalty as well as others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to communion.

I join with all Catholics in praying that the Holy Spirit will inspire you to focus on Canon 915, preach on it, teach it and thereby protect the body and blood of Jesus Christ in Holy Eucharist from sacrilege.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN

SIGNED PETITIONS WILL BE PRESENTED
TO THE BISHOPS AT THEIR MEETING IN JUNE.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Muslims To Take Over World Within Decades

By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter


A pro-life group says that the Western world’s current low birth rate could mean that Muslims will overtake the West’s population in the coming decades.

The Population Research Institute said the Western world is facing a crisis with almost every country having birth rates below the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman, according to OneNewsNow.

The replacement fertility is the total fertility rate at which women would have only enough children to replace themselves and their partner. At 2.1 births per women, the population growth through reproduction would be about zero...

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Bills Restricting Abortion Move Forward

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Probably the best news I've heard this year...
By Gudrun Schultz

UNITED STATES, February 1, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - New legislation restricting abortion access is moving forward in four U.S. states, according to reports by Fox News, with supporters tailoring the bills to maximize their likelihood of passage.

A South Dakota bill introduced Wednesday in the House of Representatives would ban all abortions with the exception of rape and incest, a concession to the public demand for what is often called a “compassionate” exception--despite actual figures of abortion after rape being less than one percent of all US abortions, according to statistics released by the Guttmacher Institute last year.

A South Dakota measure banning all abortions failed to pass voter approval last year after a pro-abortion campaign concentrated on the bill’s exclusion of exceptions in cases of rape.

The current bill would require women to report a rape to police within 50 days. Doctors would have to verify the report with police before performing the abortion, and the rape claim would have to be further confirmed by DNA testing of blood from the baby after abortion. Similar restrictions would apply in cases of incest. In both cases, abortions would only be permitted up until 17 weeks gestation. Abortions would also be allowed in situations where the woman’s life or health were in serious danger.

The restrictions are designed to prevent bogus claims of rape as a means to procure an illegal abortion...

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