Setting new records.
Turns out this latest wicked rumination came from an interview a year or so ago.
Good to hear from you. Thanks for asking “how to think through” this latest insanity from Jorge Bergoglio (https://mobile.twitter.com/i/events/1318913622517579777?s=20).
There are at least three “tracks” that are (mostly) mutually exclusive explanations for this latest pronouncement.
But first, context. There is no “good” spin on what he said. It’s one of his “off the cuff” conversations that he ought not be having. It betrays – at best – a poorly informed worldview, but it’s not a pronouncement. (And I think I’m being way too charitable!)
It is not the position of the Church; it does not change the teachings of the Church, which by definition cannot change. We call change agents (wait for it) protestants.
Having said that, I have to ask you a question: Why do you care? Seriously, what’s it to you. Andy Stanley [fill in your own favorite heretic] teaches all kinds of novel stuff; nobody says boo. They either keep going there (for now) or they leave or they start their own “fellowship” or hook their wagon to someone else who is starting the own “fellowship.” It’s the (failed) Great Protestant Experiment a/k/a The Ever-Shrinking papacy.
You have a protestant world view. By definition, you reject the authority of the Catholic Church. It might get you out of apparent tight spots like dealing with this nonsense; but, it comes at a high price, like no valid Sacraments. To you, the papacy is a nothing: good popes, bad popes, whatever. As a result of your presuppositions, you look at this like a protestant. Maybe you’re asking yourself, “wonder what Hirsh is going to do now.”
My faith, informed by reason, doesn’t “jump ship” when a priest/bishop/pope is wrong/stupid/evil. That’s a protestant thing. I reference your presupposition/worldview. Well, mine is that this IS the Church that Christ founded. In the words of Peter, whose faith informed by reason was challenged said, “Where else can I go? You have the words of eternal life.”
The world, probably particularly the US, has a protestant worldview. Even (especially) Catholics. They want to bail. Sure, Bergoglio is making evangelization all but impossible, making guys like me who are telling guys like you “hey, come to the fuller expression of the Truth!” seem like psychos. But protestants pick churches not much differently than they change channels: “this one bores me”, “this one is stupid”, “this one isn’t meeting my needs”. Scroll up; scroll down. “Oh, I like this show . . . for now.”
It is HIS Church and HE’s been dealing with interlopers for a couple of thousand years; starting with Judas. The 11 jumped ship (“He’s done for now” they thought, “might as well go back to fishing.”) But they were restored (“Peter, do you love me?”) and the world’s never been the same. But the fight continues in the heavenlies. We get a glimpse of that (Revelation 6:10) where those already in Heaven are praying “God, how long until you do something.” To which God in that passage responds: “Sit down. When I’m good and ready, that’s how long. And it’s gonna be a doozy!”
For me, I’ll stick with faith and reason. I’ll still call a spade a spade. I’ve been picking fights with deacons, priests, bishops, and pretend-popes for that last dozen years. But I ain’t leaving, no matter how much they want me to.
So, answer my question: What’s it to you?
Next question: When you coming in? It’s a target rich environment; they can’t get away this time.
I used to ask myself what would be my response to that when my children and grandchildren asked me what I did when they were killing babies. More frequently, I imagine we entertain that same query as a bit of a theoretical moral exercise, when the context is Nazi Germany. Many assume (at least I have) an air of moral superiority by asserting that “that wouldn’t have happened on my watch” type attitude.
Today, we have frauds and other charlatans like Anthony Fauci giving us faux science. Yet he’s treated like deity. In reality, he’s the main culprit in a modern pogrom that rivals the Nazis in its inhumanity; surpasses them in its scope. For him, there may be Hell to pay in eternity. More temporally, maybe a fair trial followed by a first class hanging.
But what of us?
I’ve taken a few stands in my life. Many that weren’t worth the dirt I occupied to do it. Others were right and just. The blood of the millions and millions of unborn children, whose lives were snuffed out with impunity for the last 50 years cries out to heaven for justice. Those voices are now being joined – as many of us warned would be the case – by the aged and infirm.
“The compassion of the wicked is cruel.”
Perhaps the cruelest part of this Covid hoax, is what it has done to the elderly, who in the twilight of their lives ought to be surrounded by loved ones. The lie of Covid has consequences. Silence in the face of a lie is complicity with the lie.
SENATOR, 87, LOTS OF REASONS TO COVER HER FACE; COVID19 THE LEAST OF THESE. WANTS MASKS MANDATORY FOR EVERYONE . . . ELSE.
Invokes the Pelosi Doctrine: “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein has been branded a ‘hypocrite’ after being pictured walking inside a Washington DC airport terminal without a face covering on – just months after she called for a national mask mandate for all airlines and airports. The maskless California Democrat was caught on camera traversing her way through a private terminal at Dulles International Airport on Friday.
Feinstein, 87, previously penned a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Transit Administration on June 30 to institute mandatory mask mandates throughout airports, on airplanes, and on public transit across the country.
Feinstein was accompanied by a pilot, who is wearing a mask, walking in front of her ‘carrying a bag and a dog.’
Pelosi later claimed the owners of the salon, which had been ordered to remain closed under COVID-19 related restrictions issued in March, had ‘set her up’.
A Feinstein spokesperson defended her boss: “Dulles Airport, the diabolical FBO, masterminded the whole thing.”
Mr. Barrett says, “The first thing I’m going to do after Amy is confirmed is overturn Roe v. Wade.”
Barrett, 48, grew up in New Orleans in a family deeply connected to the organization and as recently as 2017 she served as a trustee at the People of Praise-affiliated Trinity Schools Inc., according to the nonprofit organization’s tax records and other documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Only members of the group serve on the schools’ board, according to the system’s president.
People of Praise is a religious community based in charismatic Catholicism, a movement that grew out of the influence of Pentecostalism, which emphasizes a personal relationship with Jesus and can include baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. The group organizes and meets outside the purview of a church and includes people from several Christian denominations, but its members are mostly Roman Catholic.
When asked for a response, People of Praise simply replied, “Ephesians 5:22-24” which forced APNEWS to actually do research for their article.
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”
Former President Bill Clinton appeared virtually to give his endorsement to Joe Biden for President. Add to this the added surprise (to some) that Bill appeared at the DNC prime time on the same day that a photograph was made public of Bill getting a massage from a twenty-something sex slave while with his old pal Suicide Jeff Epstein.
I love writing satire. I love irony. But even I, can’t make up irony this extreme.
- Bill said “Trump turned the Oval Office into a storm center.” Gee, Bill, as I recall you turned it into the Oral Office.
- Bill didn’t like it when Trump said (about COLDVID) “It is what it is.” Bill, I remember you telling the world that you don’t even know what is, is.
- You accuse him of his “determination to deny responsibility.” Umm. . . I recall another President who got on national TV, looked America straight in the eye and said (with fingers-a-pointing), “I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinski.”
- You assure us that Biden will “take responsibility.” Do you mean like he has over his 40 years in politics – and before: lying about his accomplishments (3 degrees, top of my class, plagiarism, etc.), the way he sets his drug-addled, whore-mongering son up with billion dollar contracts in Ukraine and Red China, the way he divides the nation by telling people they aren’t black if they don’t vote for him, the way he stole his current wife from another man? I could go on, because the list is seemingly endless. Perhaps you could give us the short list of when he has taken responsibility.
- And, you tell us that he truly cares about the marginalized. So while you prefer the company of 20 something sex slaves when you were hanging out with your old pal Epstein; Joe is a little more opportunistic, preferring to nuzzle women and young girls in full view of the world. You’re are a demonstrated rapist; Joe’s “just” a molester.
They’re not peaceful. They’re mostly peaceful.
It’s like, I dunno, they don’t even care.
This is why you need 30 rounds. The government can’t protect you. The police are largely crime historians: “Tell me, ma’am, what happened here?”
Notice the division of labor, the speed of execution.
Plan. Execute. Repeat.
Abortion Clinic Drops Margaret Sanger’s name.
Citing her “harmful connections to the Eugenics Movement.”
But killing black babies and otherwise carrying out her mission continues apace.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York says it will remove the name of pioneering birth control advocate Margaret Sanger from its Manhattan health clinic because of her “harmful connections to the eugenics movement. Sanger was one of the founders of Planned Parenthood of America more than a century ago. But she has long provoked controversy because of her support for eugenics, a movement to promote selective breeding that often targeted people of color and the disabled. The clinic that had been named after Sanger will now be known as the Manhattan Health Center, because “Baby Killing Bastards” was already taken.
Right now the governmental round up is limited to the two most dense – figuratively and literally – Georgia counties . . . but coming soon to a front door near you. It seems like Georgia Governor Kemp who is currently suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for mandating pointless and medically contraindicated masks, might want to rein in his own Georgia Department of Public Health . . . But I think the real crisis amidst the near global insanity is the inability to satirize it.
Georgia kicks off chilling door-to-door COVID-19 blood collections
And begin they have.
They have in Georgia at least, where the state’s Department of Public Health recently announced, in cooperation with both Fulton County and Dekalb counties’ Boards of Health, that “to learn more about the spread of COVID-19,” an “investigation” has commenced — and it’s an “investigation” that’s leading government officials to make random stops at randomly selected residences and ask random citizens for, get this, their blood.
Citizens’ DNA in the hands of unelected government officials. Hmm, what could go wrong there?
Specifically, Georgia’s health wonks want to know “the percentage of people in the community who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19,” a statement on the state’s Department of Public Health webpage reads.
And to get that data, the government needs citizens’ blood. Dontcha know.
Oh, it’s completely voluntary.
It’s completely up to the good citizens of Georgia to decide whether or not to turn over their blood to the government.
Georgia’s DPH makes that clear in its statement.
In fact, the whole announcement sounds rather tame and sound and sensible and “help they neighbor” and so forth and so on. Cue State Farm music — with a twist: “Like a good neighbor, the government is here.” Right?
We all want to do our part for the good of society, after all.
“Teams will be visiting randomly selected homes in Fulton and Dekalb counties to ask residents questions about their health and to collect blood samples for an antibody test,” the release states. “Antibodies are proteins the body makes in response to infection. The antibody test can tell us whether a person might have had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. The antibody test is not meant to diagnose whether a person has COVID-19 now.”
But one has to wonder when the government comes a’ knocking — will the “voluntary” aspects of the blood collection be clearly emphasized?
Even the children are being asked to donate.
“All members of the households selected will be asked to participate, including children,” the announcement continues. “Participation is voluntary and you can ask investigation teams any questions you have before agreeing to participate.”
Like: Where’s my blood going?
Like: What happens if you learn I have COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus?
Like: What happens to my blood after you test it?
Like: Who is going to have access to my children’s blood?
Good questions, all.
Here’s another: Are you crazy?
Government officials could just as easily put out a notification in the mailbox, or online, or via social media, or over the television and radio airwaves, asking for citizen volunteers to come down to the local health department clinics and donate blood for the purposes of tracking COVID-19 — for the purposes of helping the “investigation” into the spread of the virus.
Seeking volunteers through those methods puts the control in the hands of the citizens; those ways make clear the blood offerings are completely voluntary.
But government going door-to-door is a different matter.
That’s a different level of pressure.
That’s a different situation that puts the government in control — that sends a maybe subtle, maybe not so subtle message: Comply, or face consequences. What consequences? Well, the unknown for one. The unknown of telling government no — and then not really knowing how government is going to react to that no. Or not knowing how neighbors might perceive that no.
If government really wanted volunteers, government would post a flyer. Or send a letter.
The fact that government is knocking on doors means government, yes, wants “volunteers” — but also that government really, Really, REALLY wants everybody to, ahem, “volunteer.”
See the difference?
Former President Ronald Reagan said it best: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ “
This is that — chilling, on steroids.