Monthly Archives: March 2010

First Recording of a Pope circa 1903 from Creative Minority Report 3/30

30 March 2010

From our astute colleagues at Creative Minority Report, a recording and film of Pope Leo XIII. In a day and age where every move Pope Bendict makes is recorded let us realize that the technology can be used for good. Viva Pope Benedict XVI in the spirit of Pope Leo XIII!

“This is kinda’ cool. The first ever recording of a Pope. Pope Leo XIII recites the Ave Maria.”

“Pope Leo was also the first Pope to be filmed on a motion picture camera.”

Posted by matthew archbold at 6:30 PM on Creative Minority Report

How Does Your Garden Grow? ……

30 March 2010

Operation Garden Plot

[Acquired via a circuitous route from the Internet. Sources have been deleted to protect their identity. Thanks to the tireless work of you guys out there. If the guy(s) who gathered this great scoop wish to be identified, please email me. Forest<> ]

The United States Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2

The following information was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The original printing was of June 1, 1984. The information herein is UNCLASSIFIED and does not come within the scope of directions governing the protection of information affecting the national security.
It took a little more than three years to obtain a full copy of Operation Garden Plot from the U.S. Government, and was done so under the freedom of information act for unclassified documents. The implications within the full context of this document should make the hair on the back of your head stand on end!!!!!
In this document signed by the Secretary of the Army, is hereby assigned as DOD Executive Agent for civil disturbance control operations. Under Plan 55-2 he is to use airlift and logistical support, in assisting appropriate military commanders in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and US possessions and territories, or any political subdivision thereof.
The official name of this project is called “Operation Garden Plot.”

Hutaree Raided by ATF, Charged with Sedition: What about Mosques

30 March 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010   by jrchaard

In a previous post, I mentioned that the Obama administration will now move toward silencing the opposition. This morning, news broke that a “christian” militia group was raided with 9 taken into custody. This group, called the Hataree, were initially only quoted from their website as saying that they would defend themselves and other Christians as well as defend the Word. I immediately wrote a blog that said it sounded fishy and a little bit of a stretch for them to get raided. I removed my post when it came out that they were planning attacks against police, which is indefensible. I would not want to appear in any way to support such a thing, which I still do not.
However, it is now coming out that they are being charged with sedition, conspiracy to commit violence. Now that sent me right back into smelling something fishing. Of course, our good friends at the ATF, responsible for the deaths of 20+ children in Waco, TX, were responsible for the raid. Now, we must certainly take action against those that intend to commit violence, but I question how sedition is being used here. How many left activist have threatened and even caused violence. Hello weather-underground and Obama’s good friend, David Ayers. How many mosques are preaching hate and violence against our government. So, is it not odd that a “right wing christian” group would be the source of our first charge of sedition in my memory. This is scary stuff.
Scarier still is to read the indictment. I wonder why this hasn’t been applied to the left. Why we haven’t heard a case since 1961 of the Smith Act being applied.

Editors note: I would strongly caution Christians not to hand out reasons on silver platters to the ‘authorities’ that would justify them coming down on us full force. As Christians, we need to remember what Jesus taught. Yes, we can DEFEND ourselves … this does NOT mean to cause harm FIRST. If just HALF the effort of organizing violence was put into SERIOUS PENANCE & PRAYER, I think it would do a world of good … in this world AND the NEXT!
God save the USA!

Palm Sunday at St. Peter's Square: Pope says Jesus the right path for becoming truly human

28 March 2010

Pope: Sacrifices are possible if they have meaning

28 March 2010

White supremacists, abortion backers alike in key ways

27 March 2010

by Bishop Robert Vasa

Editor’s Note: Still praying to find Charity in my heart towards those wayward nuns, thus another post to explain what I would like to write today.
Mea culpa, Sophia.

BEND — This past weekend I was blessed to enjoy one of the most scenic and delightful areas of eastern Oregon.

The trip was not excessively long, only about 400 miles for the weekend, and all of it exceedingly pleasant. The trip was to St. Elizabeth of Hungary at John Day and its two missions, St. Anne at Monument and St. Katherine between Dale and Long Creek.

There were confirmations at both St. Elizabeth and St. Anne with Mass at St. Katherine Church. Monument is located on the North Fork of the John Day River and the church, perhaps the smallest in the diocese, overlooks the river. The drive from Long Creek to Monument is not the most severely contortioned road in eastern Oregon but it certainly qualifies among the top 10. Because Monument sits on the edge of the John Day Fossil Bed area, the surrounding geography shares the same extraordinary features. The remoteness of the area and the ruggedness of the terrain precludes a large population base and so there were eight people at Mass in Monument and possibly 10 at Dale.

One of the interesting developments at John Day is the announcement by the Aryan Nation, a while-supremacist group, of their intention to build a new base of operations and presumably a camp to recruit and train members of their organization. The news reports indicate that they have met with an overwhelmingly negative response from the community. Good for them! It is important to note that the Catholic priest stationed at John Day is black. He is one of eight Nigerian priests from the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy Religious Community serving in the Diocese of Baker. He admitted that it is a bit frightful for him to consider what it means for this group to be moving into his parish, but was very clear with me that his fear was a natural human fear that did not in any way shake his trust in God. It is interesting to note that this group, which has some rather severe views on race and religion, is bemoaning the perceived discrimination against them. Now that is remarkable. I expressed to the people my gratitude for their willingness to stand up for what they know to be the truth and encouraged them to make it known that members of any race or religion are welcome but that some ideas are simply unacceptable. More…

The lead of Planned Parenthood thanks the liberal nuns: via FatherZ

27 March 2010

Normally we save posts to write ourselves about a topic we find the most pressing. Today when we made the usual rounds of news services and blogs we found this disgusting story. Originally we found it at CNS but were happy to see that Father Z at WDTPRS addresses it. I cannot write a response on my own because I will commit a sin against Charity. I have been praying about this today and I must yield to Father Z and his response for our post. I ask forgiveness for the anger I have towards these nuns that have assaulted the Church. I ask Our Lord to forgive me and give me the strength to pray for them.  Sophia

Here is Father Z’s post which contains the CNS story. Read it and weep…

Before reading more, read this if you haven’t done so already:

A magisterium of nuns

Now from CNA with my emphases and comments

Planned Parenthood head thanks religious sisters for ‘critical support’ of health care bill

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2010 / 07:28 am (CNA).- Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has praised the Catholic religious sisters who endorsed the Senate health care bill, claiming they deserve gratitude for making “a critical demonstration of support” for a bill that significantly increased coverage of “reproductive health care.”

Writing for the Huffington Post Wednesday in her capacity as president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Richards claimed that it was Catholic nuns who “most importantly broke with the bishops and the Vatican to announce their support for health care reform.”  [I hope those old women are proud of themselves.]

“This brave and important move, demonstrating that they cared as much about the health care of families in America as they did about church hierarchy, was a critical demonstration of support.”

The group NETWORK claimed [lied] in a March 17 letter to the House of Representatives that it represented 59,000 women religious across the U.S. It urged members of Congress to support the bill.

Their statement was uncritically reported by the Associated Press. [uncritically] White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and others working to pass the legislation invoked the sisters’ endorsement for support[Which means that the sisters caused real scandal and did real harm.]

On March 18 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) spokeswoman Sr. Mary Ann Walsh said NETWORK “grossly overstated” their numbers.

“The letter had 55 signatories, some individuals, some groups of three to five persons. One endorser signed twice,” she added. “There are 793 religious communities in the United States,” Sr. Walsh said.

Another group of women religious, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), issued a statement saying it represented 10,000 sisters and supported the U.S. bishops’ criticisms of the Senate health care bill.

In her Huffington Post essay, Richards said in the last days of the debate over the health care bill, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and the USCCB “threatened to bring down health care completely over their narrow demands.”

Bart Stupak may not ask the nuns for advice, as he recently announced to the press, but maybe next time she should,” Richards jabbed. [Look at that sentence… it is in the Huff Post, it involves the liberal nuns, the president of Planned Parenthood, and Rep. Stupak.]

She praised Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) for fighting against an “abortion ban” in the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) gathered 41 signatures of members who pledged to vote against any final bill with the “Stupak ban.”

“These women stood in the way of plenty of men in Congress who were ready to cut a deal, whether with Bart Stupak or the National Conference of Catholic Bishops,” she continued.

Richards said Planned Parenthood was “committed” to changing the “egregious” Nelson language in the bill that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday. She claimed the bill unjustly treats abortion coverage differently than all other health care. [They claim that abortion is health care.]

However, she also said the bill was a “huge victory for women’s reproductive health” because it significantly increased insurance coverage of “reproductive health care, including family planning.” [And the euphemisms just keep coming.]

“Reproductive health care” and “women’s rights” are euphemisms common among abortion advocates.  [Speaking of euphemisms!]

Richards, the daughter of former Democratic Texas governor Ann Richards, noted that some in Congress opposed her agenda.

The simple and discouraging truth is that we have an anti-choice House of Representatives,” she claimed. [!]

She lamented that 64 Democrats voted in favor of the Stupak Amendment and that there are “too many” Republicans and Democrats in Congress opposed to “women’s rights.

“We need more than health care; we need women and men elected to office who will stand up for our health and our rights, even when it’s hard. So here’s to the women leaders in Congress—and to the nuns [Get that?]—and to the women everywhere who were counting on them. They need our gratitude and our support,” Richards’ Huffington Post essay concluded.

I'm Just Not Linking to It!

25 March 2010

Okay, folks, here it is: another attack on the Church and the Pope on one of OUR holiest feastdays, The Annunciation .

Initially, I would like to set the record straight regarding media attacks on “holy days” & in sanctuaries first and then address today’s headlines about the Church and the Holy Father.

Anytime I see or read a lame-stream media report about the Church on a Holy Day, Feast Day  or during Holy Week it is usually 99% negative and derogatory most of the time without hard evidence. The LSM obsesses with slivers of information and tons of innuendo and it is ALWAYS on one of these holiest days of the Christian Faith. Furthermore, I can remember being present at the ProLife Mass at our National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC one year trying to pray the Mass while a reporter and cameraman with bright lights were broadcasting their live report from as if there were at a Giants game.(Laughing loudly & drinking a bottle of water, really…)

I remember a story on the news that terrorists occupied a Catholic Shrine in the Holy Land and held the Holy Land Franciscans against their will in the sanctuary of the Church. When the terrorists finally got what they wanted they released the Franciscans (Deo gratias!) unhurt physically, but emotionally terrorized. The reporter stated that the Franciscans wouldn’t do an interview because they had to clean the human feces that was spread on the walls so the Church could be re-consecrated.

I was physically sick when I saw and heard this on the news. I became more ill at the silence to which this story met later in the day and for days after. No outrage from Catholics, no groups crying out for justice. All I read days later was that the Holy Land Franciscans were praying for their captors and forgave them as Our Lord would have done–for their transgressions. As my sister says, 70 times 7.

Point of fact: I watched a news report years ago during the beginning of the Iraq War where a female reporter (no longer employed in the U.S.) with her hair covered with a waist-length veil was speaking in a very small whisper at the women’s entrance of the mosque. She made sure we all knew how sacred  this place was and how holy the feast was that the Muslims were there to celebrate. Hmmm, but our sanctuaries do not yield the same respect? A Jewish Rabbi, a good friend of mine says, “well, we wouldn’t let them [media] in the first place.”  Kudos to my friend, the Rabbi.

Fine, I have certainly a half of a brain and I would NEVER want or would disrespect someone’s worship space or their holy day. That is not the point here. I grew up in a Italian Catholic and Jewish neighborhood where Saturdays were respected as our neighbors Sabbath. We made sure those walking to the synagogue were kept safe as we drove by. Similarly, our Sunday was respected by our neighbors parking their cars down the street so we could park near the Church for Mass. This is caritas or fraternal charity.

Where, , is that same respect for the Christian faith? Well, we know the answer to that. Scorched earth policy on Christians with particular emphasis on the Roman Catholic Church and our Pope. The last great accepted discrimination.

Now on to today’s latest “story” on the Church. Good job, “LSM”, and in particular, that dusty, penniless, old gray lady, (hag) the NY Times.

The current scandal in the Irish Church and now the current report today coming from Wisconsin shows that the media, particularly the NYT’s rejoices when it seems that the Church has done something horrifically wrong. Well, first, it is the people in the Church that are capable of sins, not the Church herself. Secondly, whatever happened to investigative reporting? Where is a reporter for the Times or any other LSM who will dare to find that there may be a story where both sides need to be investigated and not just run the story with heresay or saying, that the accusation is credible. Does that mean the person is credible that is making the accusation or is the accusation itself credible even without hard evidence?

Please understand, I had a friend who was molested by a priest. (the former priest admitted it and is still in jail) His life has been a journey to hell. My friend decided ten years ago to make a pilgrimage to Rome because he didn’t want to be angry anymore. He went to a church near the Vatican, went to Confession and then spent hours prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament .

My friend had an opportunity for a private audience with the Holy Father.(JPII) A few days later, he gave up his spot to a young priest. The young priest had just been ordained days before in the same church where the my friend had also prostrated himself asking forgiveness. I asked him why did you think you needed to be forgiven? He said, For my anger, for my lack of charity and for not praying for the priest that had abused me. In addition he said, ” if I don’t forgive my abuser, I can never be well.”

I will never defend wrongdoing in the Church just because it is the Church. I will defend the right of the accused particularly a man like Joseph Ratzinger who has no problem admitting when he is wrong or those in the Church are wrong. Did we forget that when he came to the U.S. and met with abuse vistims without informing the media first? PBXVI was concerned that the victims’ privacy would be violated and he was not having it. The LSM acts like that never happened.

What about the police in Wisconsin? Police records evidently show that the priest accused was not prosecuted by the authorities.The civil authorities were well aware of the cases. I’m not saying this priest is innocent or even not guilty. I’m saying we need to research this case more. I intend on doing just that.

This abuse was said to have taken place (I am not saying it didn’t happen, so VOTF members, knock it off!) in the late 70’s into the 80’s and then Archbishop Rembert Weakland didn’t contact the Vatican until 1996. Weakland, an outspoken, disobedient, heterdox priest has made his “career” as a bishop to oppose Rome and to start a new catholic church, “Amchurch”. Weakland and his cohorts, “Call to Action” have been systemically & incrementally trying to destroy the Roman Catholic Church in America.

The recent “social justice” references that Fox host, Glenn Beck has been attacked for in recent days is exactly what Weakland and his buddies have been involved in for the last 40+ years. Unfortunately for Beck, he should have had an orthodox priest explain the TRUE Justice teachings of the Church. Tomorrow, I begin to explain all of this in my series on Saul Alinsky & the Catholic Church in America.

Getting back to Rembert Weakland! Weakland has never been shy about speaking out against the Church.  He has engaged older “hippie” type audiences and feminist aging nuns for years with tales of how he would seek to stop Ratzinger. Looking back now at Weakland’s history, it is obvious that this campaign was deliberate. Weakland, in his own words (His book, “A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop,”) describes his homosexuality & other personal info that is definitely TMI.

Weakland was involved in a hush money cover-up to the tune of $450,000 paid to silence a former male lover and was arrogant enough to brazenly attack the victims of pedophilia. (Where was VOTF for that?) Weakland is quoted as saying. “Not all adolescent victims are so innocent. Some can be sexually very active and aggressive and often quite streetwise.” Really, Rembert, and now Pope Benedict is the bad guy. I guess tonight you are sitting in a salon somewhere drinking “Grey Goose” & laughing that you have finally brought down your arch-enemy, Joseph Ratzinger. Wait a minute there, your are NOT Superman, you are more “Lex Luthor.”

You will go to your dinosaur friends at the National Catholic Reporter and they will genuflect to you and give you all the space you need on the blog to be self-congratulatory. Not so fast there Lex, my money is on the German.

I will pray my Benedictine rosary for the victims of this diabolical horror that is rearing it’s ugly head once again right before Holy Week. I will pray that like my friend, they find forgiveness in their heart for their abusers. I will ask Our Lord to show His justice and His mercy to the abusers. I pray to Saint Joseph that the abusers spend their lives making amends for their heinous crimes and sins.

I will implore the Virgin Mary to intercede on your behalf Rembert Weakland. I hope that like Dismas on the cross next to Our Lord, you get a reality check minutes before you die.(Me too, I must admit) I ask that you,Rembert, take the high road. Instead of embracing the deadly sin of pride, that you pray for the Holy Father in his hour of need. He would do the same for you.

I apologize in advance to those who are offended by this piece. However truth is the truth and I ask youto pray for me as I will pray for you!


Lebanese Christians and Muslims celebrate the Annunciation together in the name of Mary

25 March 2010

Lebanon celebrates for the first time a national Christian-Muslim holiday. Schools, banks and public buildings are closed. Prime Minister Hariri says the day is a spiritual occasion for everyone. For Muslim leader, it is a tangible sign of dialogue between the two religions.

Beirut (AsiaNews) – Lebanese Christians and Muslims are celebrating today, 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation, an official national holiday sanctioned by the Government of Lebanon. All public buildings, schools, banks and university are closed. The government has also encouraged private businesses to do the same. … more

Time for Obama's Civilian Security Force?

25 March 2010

Editor’s Note: sometimes a piece on fellow websites needs to be posted before I go off on my tangent. At AlwaysCatholicBlog we want to bring you our thoughts but also the news of the day and the writings of some of the best blogs published. As usual, the brothers Archbold, save us with a piece that all of us need to read…

by Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report, 3/25/2010

The headlines are all warning about right wing violence that hasn’t actually happened but journalists seem to feel is imminent. Here’s a few of today’s headlines:

Lawmakers concerned as health-care overhaul foes resort to violence
Coffin placed on Carnahan’s lawn
Spitting and Slurs Directed at Lawmakers?
Markey Received Threats Over Health Care Vote

If you listened to the media as much of our country still sadly does, it would be clear that right wing violence is a burgeoning crisis. And as we know, this White House doesn’t like to see a good crisis go to waste.

So I’m thinking hey, wouldn’t this be the perfect time for some kind of…I don’t know…national civilian security force that…you know…answers to the President…for our own protection of course…or something.

It’s not like Obama’s not thinking about it. Remember. He actually said, “America must balance and integrate all elements of our national power. We can not continue to push the burden onto our military alone, or leave dormant any aspect of the arsenal of American capability. That’s why my administration is committed to renewing diplomacy as a tool of American power and developing our civilian national security capabilities.”

And he spelled it out a little clearer by saying: “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

I wonder how many more stories the media will have to write about right wing violence (that hasn’t actually happened yet) before Obama starts chatting up the security force idea again. You know, for our own protection.

HT Director Blue

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