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Extra, Extra! News and views for March 15, 2023

Here are some articles, essays, and editorials that caught our attention this past week or so.*

Pope Francis arrives for the weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 17, 2021. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Hostile Tribes – “The end of the Cold War three decades ago followed by the terror attacks in 2001 should have ushered in an era of consensus and bipartisan agreement in the United States.” Correcting the course (New Criterion)

Moral Authority Lost – “Most commentators had written off Bergoglio because he was 76. But, of all the candidates, he seemed the most determined to clear out the filth in the Vatican.”  Ten terrible years of Pope Francis (Unherd)

Internal Reform – “In 2018, the scandal involving then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick shocked the Catholic world.”  Working for Church Renewal (First Things)

Anti-LGBT Agenda – “CLCR is undertaking due diligence. . . . It is analyzing publicly available data to discover patterns of sexual misconduct among men who have promised to remain celibate.” Clerical Integrity and Hookup Apps (First Things)

History Judges Nothing – “Ideological ‘scholars’ continue to attack one of the West’s preeminent statesmen.” Churchill and the Academic War on Greatness (American Mind)

Clericalism – “A booklet arguing that “to abolish clericalism, we must abolish the clergy” has ignited controversy among Belgium’s Catholics.” Call to ‘abolish the clergy’ ignites controversy in Belgium (The Pillar)

Forgetting Social Roles – “And the doctor thinks to himself: ‘So I’m supposed to check the patient’s pronouns before I check his pulse.'” The Thing That Swallowed Britain (Compact Magazine)

No Public Apology – “The media has been gradually acknowledging the ongoing release of studies that totally refute the purported reasons behind COVID mandates.” America’s COVID Response Was Based on Lies (Newsweek)

The Nones – “Many people who abandon religion think there is a conflict between religious beliefs and scientific progress. They are wrong.” A video series to show you that faith and science are friends (Aleteia)

Ex Corde Ecclesiae – “Who gave us the sponge to wipe away an entire tradition of education? Why do we not feel the cold breath of our empty?” Who Killed the Catholic University?” (First Things)

The State of Catholicism before Vatican II – “The life of the Church has, indeed, always been a mix of wheat and chaff. Jesus himself tells us. And if you know your history, you see this very clearly.” No guarantee was ever given (Charlotte was Both)

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  1. @ Moral Authority Lost
    “Ten years after that catastrophic vote we’ve reached extreme crisis in the Church. Now it’s too late. The church may never recover its moral authority” (Damian Thompson UnHerd).
    Darkest weaving, for this reader of the evil web that holds the Church captive. With faith their’s hope, and with that charity.

    • Hello Fr. Peter,
      It sure seems like there is only one way now for Jesus to keep His Promise that ‘The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail!’.

      Divine Mercy in My Soul, 965
      Jesus looked at me and said, Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity. Secretary of My mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of justice, is near.

      Divine Mercy in My Soul, 635, The Blessed Virgin Mary :
      … you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy. If you keep silent now, you will be answering for a great number of souls on that terrible day.

      Divine Mercy in My Soul, 299-300
      I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy. Ask of my faithful servant [Father Sopocko] that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment.

      Divine Mercy in My Soul, 429
      I heard these words spoken distinctly and forcefully within my soul, You will prepare the world for My final coming.

      • Steven. Damian Thompson reveals events, some newly identified for some and their apparent purposeful interconnectedness.
        What comes to mind however exaggerated is the Whore of Babylon image, the voluptuous woman riding the red daemonic dragon imaginatively painted by Apostle John in Revelation, meant to represent Imperial Rome, ruler of the known world now has become what Protestants have for ages viciously attributed to the our beloved Church of Rome. But those responsible for virtual realization of this image are the apostates who distance themselves from all decency, purity, and true love of Christ.
        The bride of Christ will not be sullied. Not, at least, by those with eyes open faith unmitigated, strengthened by grace during this unprecedented moral turmoil. A remnant Church faithful to Christ will remain.
        Whatever may befall is unknown, except at this stage of events we must be aware, and similarly united in our faith, whatever our liturgical, individual opinions may be. And our sanctification whatever may transpire is achieved by prayer and sacrifice for those misleading and those misled.

      • Hello Fr. Peter, I actually hear Jesus knocking on your door, giving you His Orders to take up His Cross and stand with Him as He Comes into His Kingdom on earth.

        Mark 10:40
        but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared.

        Divine Mercy in My Soul, 966:
        My daughter, it is time for you to take action; I am with you. Great persecutions and sufferings are in store for you, but be comforted by the thought that many souls will be saved and sanctified by this work.

        divine intervention within salvation history
        we pass from the reign of sin to the reign of Jesus Christ in the hearts of men and women. Montfort is convinced that the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ should not be projected into the hereafter but must come into existence on earth, in this world: “Is it not true that your kingdom must come?” “It was through the blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus Christ came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world”. Who will be able to transform the world? For Montfort there is no doubt: God alone can accomplish such a task. He will intervene with “a deluge of fire, love and justice” through the mediation of the Spirit and the manifold acts of Mary. This divine intervention will be through and in mankind, especially through the “apostles of the end times”. Their task will be twofold: ” destroying sin and setting up the kingdom of Jesus”….
        …The work of the apostles of the end times swings essentially around two poles, one negative, the other positive: “destroying sin and establishing the reign of Jesus Christ”. The first pole involves a series of aggressive actions against the forces of evil: they” will give battle, overthrowing and crushing”, they “will thunder against sin, they will storm against the world, they will strike down the devil and his followers”, they “will be the odor of death to the great, the rich and the proud of this world”. Montfort foresees missionaries who will attack and overthrow the “enemies of God”, who will “crush the head of the serpent”, “address their ardent prayers to heaven, turning them into the weapons which will overcome or convert their enemies”. The positive pole, which is described in more detail, consists of actions directed at the reform of the Church and its extension into the world: their “ministry will renew the face of the earth and reform your Church”. With this objective, the apostles of the end times will carry out sanctifying apostolic work: they “will enkindle everywhere the fires of divine love”; “wherever they preach, they will leave behind them nothing but the gold of love”; they will be the “sweet fragrance of Jesus”. They will “build the temple of the true Solomon and the mystical city of God”, and they will “shower down the rain of God’s word and of eternal life”. Moreover, they will work to extend the Lord’s empire “over the impious, the idolators and Muslims”, receiving the deluge of fire that will empower them to convert “Muslims, idolators and even Jews”….
        … His proposed congregation of missionary priests forms the core of these apostles. But the activity and the mighty battles of the end times must not be reserved to them alone. In two other prophetic texts, Montfort speaks more generally of “chosen souls” in whom Mary will reign sovereign, and he enlarges the horizon to embrace “a mighty legion of brave and valiant soldiers of Jesus and Mary, both men and women”

        Acts of the Apostles 26:17
        I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God,

        Matthew 6:9 The Lord’s Prayer
        your kingdom come,
        your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …/
        /… Subject us not to trial but
        deliver us from the evil one.’

        • Ditto Steven, from a lowly women convert. I don’t usually “blog, this subject, thanks to the author, does not confuse my or eve worry me. We are all in God’s Loving hands…that’s to whole of God, starting with Abram, Jesus to now.

          Who’s the Rock? And by Who’s authority does he listen too. Blessings on all who continue this “blog” and awesome Universal Life of Love and Charity:))

  2. It’s much more than Forgetting Social Roles, it’s elimination of what is real. Here’s what I mean. The problem with gender perversion is the same with homosexualism: it is not possible to find any social equation and thus the perversion 1. supersedes everything, 2. singularly informs for its rights and obligations owed to it and 3. endlessly yields more obligations for its benefit/advantage. Then the enlightened ones form a coalition to settle a balanced result where in fact the same 3 principles continue reign.

    Interestingly, the one who asserts the perversion “has the upper hand” as if it were a morality even though there is no such allowance in morality. They deny morality and claim moral authority.

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