This is going to be my nerdiest blog-post to-date, but it gets to the priesthood and the current Church crisis. Despite the abysmal acting, I have to admit that I really like the Star Wars prequels (released 1999-2005.) In the third of those three, Revenge of the Sith, Chancellor Palpatine orders "Clone Protocol 66" or "Order 66" (see above picture) and Wookieepedia describes it: "Order 66, also known as Clone Protocol 66, was a top-secret order identifying all Jedi as traitors to the Galactic Republic and, therefore, subject to summary execution by the Grand Army of the Republic. The order was programmed into the Grand Army clone troopers through behavioral modification [...]
There's a lot of talk of bishops being the "spiritual fathers" to their priests. I like that idea a lot, but let's see if it's true. In 1997 in Connecticut, there was a priestly scandal in Bridgeport that was brought to light several years before the "summer of shame" in the nearly-neighboring Archdiocese of Boston. The Hartfort Courant ran the story of an accused priest titled The Priest as Independent Contractor and I'll include the first 135 words here: More should be expected from a man of the cloth than Bridgeport Roman Catholic Bishop Edward M. Egan delivered earlier this month at a federal trial in New Haven. Bishop [...]
The man at the top right is Jack Posobiec. He is a 35 year old husband and father and a Traditional Latin Mass Catholic. He learned Mandarin and lived in China working for the US Chamber of Commerce. He was also in the Navy including several tours as well as serving for the Office of Naval Intelligence. Jack now has 1.4M followers on Twitter, mostly conservatives like him. Recently, on a podcast, he was describing tactics of the Chinese communists, including "struggle sessions." In a "struggle session," a person convicted of thought crimes against communism was frequently to incriminate himself by confessing the "sins" against a state in a struggle-session. [...]
p/c Catholic News Agency of Fr. Sixto Eduardo Varela Santamaría of Costa Rica Catholic News Agency reports: ACI Prensa, the Spanish sister news agency of CNA, confirmed that the Diocese of Alajuela, in the Northern region of Costa Rica, ordered Fr. Sixto Eduardo Varela Santamaría to be suspended from all ministries for six months, and will be sent to a psychological treatment clinic for celebrating in Latin the Mass of the Missal of Pope Paul VI, also known as the Ordinary Form or "Novus Ordo." In a statement issued on behalf of the Bishop of Alajuela, Bartolomé Buigues Oller, Fr. Luis Hernández Solís, director of communications, explained that Fr. Varela Santamaría [...]
Priests, now in 2021 is not the time for excuses, self-serving insularism or finagling excessive plans for the safety for one's own priestly congregation or personal apostolate. Look, I like being in good standing too, but I have to say: Please stop preserving your faculties at the cost of sacrificing the fullness of the faith from the pulpit in the worst Church crisis in history. It's not the time for priests to cry, whine or play-word games to appease tyrants in the hierarchy or in the globalist government. It is certainly not the time for finding a middle-ground between truth and error, as if the end could justify the means [...]
I was recently thinking about being an ex-paramedic and my desire to work with mercenaries involved in the rescue of child slaves. Mercenaries rescuing child-slaves is not something only found in the congregations of the Middle Ages like the Trinitarians or the Mercedarians or the Knights Hospitaller. The fact is that today there are Catholic organizations of laymen dedicated to rescue Christians kidnapped by Muslims. However, due to the corrupt situation found in the leadership in both Church and State, these modern mercenaries must work around the Catholic hierarchy and around European and African governments, not with them. In other words, these Catholic mercenaries fly under the radar of both [...]
Solemn High Mass at St. Patrick's. https://youtu.be/uX7y3sX0FO8
I recently read this from Harvard Business: "Highly intelligent, confident, and successful, alpha males represent about 70% of all senior executives. As the label implies, they’re the people who aren’t happy unless they’re the top dogs—the ones calling the shots. Although there are plenty of successful female leaders with equally strong personalities, we’ve found top women rarely if ever match the complete alpha profile. Alphas reach the top ranks in large organizations because they are natural leaders—comfortable with responsibility in a way nonalphas can never be. Most people feel stress when they have to make important decisions; alphas get stressed when tough decisions don’t rest in their capable hands. For them, [...]
The ABCs of Salvation is: A) Ask for Faith. B) Baptize. C) Confess. This is what a priest needs to think of every time he goes outside, every time he faces an emergency, every time he thinks of COVID-19.
On today's podcast, Oz and I discuss peaceful vigilance in lay people approaching both catechesis and priests, and how we want to avoid the two extremes of both negligence and panic.