Louie Verrechio, whose quiet entry into the major leagues has been met with by fans with increasing fervor this season, came to the plate with LaVoris on the mound, grinning defiantly.

The first pitch was wild, then the second nearly beaned Louie as he managed to duck out of the way at the last possible instant. But, rather than charge the still-smirking hurler, Louie just smiled back and waited for the 2 and 0 pitch.

Then it came. A screaming inside curve, clocked at 90 mph.

Louie turned on it with his natural, some say supernatural, athletic grace, pulverizing it….

The ball, or at least what was left of it, was last seen clearing the roof of the stadium at an estimated 175 mph and was still climbing when the network announcers phoned the local Air Force Reserve base to request a chase plane be launched to track it and determine where it would land, eventually.

Nicely, nicely played, Louie!

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  1. Tom says:

    A Shem and a shame


    Louie Verrecchio
    27. February, 2014

    Having offered my two cents about what is going on at CMTV, and wishing Michael Voris well in handling his internal affairs, let’s take a look at one of the arguments put forth in the manifesto.

    The writer points to the following “very poignant” passage from the Book of Genesis in support of CMTV’s decision not to engage the pope’s offenses against our Holy Catholic faith. He even goes so far as to use Sacred Scripture to condemn those who do otherwise.

    Not my game of choice, but I’ll play along just the same. For the record, I will say it again; this is the work of an as yet unnamed character who is pushing the envelope at CMTV. At this point, I’m fairly certain I know who it is, and it is him to whom I speak and refer.

    The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was peopled. Noah was the first tiller of the soil. He planted a vineyard; and he drank of the wine, and became drunk, and lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it upon both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a slave of slaves shall he be to his brothers.” He also said, “Blessed by the LORD my God be Shem; and let Canaan be his slave.” God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his slave.”

    As the CMTV oracle would have it, those who address the pope’s offenses directly (me, for example, when I write about things like Pope Francis’ encouragement to Muslims to hold fast to a false religion that rejects Our Blessed Lord) are modern day versions of Ham, “telling others of their father’s nakedness.”

    Only in Rome have we seen such name calling!

    Look, it’s a nice effort in the protestant tradition, but let’s be clear: It’s neither me, nor Christopher Ferrara, John Vennari, Michael Matt nor anyone else who is “telling the world” of Pope Francis’ nakedness.

    The CMTV holier-than-thou ghostwriter himself plainly admits, “We at ChurchMilitant.TV are as aware as anyone of what could be judged the ‘nakedness’ of Pope Francis and his predecessors.”

    Well then, this gives rise to a question, “How is it that CMTV is so aware?”

    The answer is simple: Authentic Catholic teaching as transmitted throughout the centuries is what makes it plainly known. No one had to “tell” CMTV that the pope is far-too-often naked; their Catholic faith alone informed them of this regrettable fact.

    Another way of saying this is to state that the occasional nakedness of Pope Francis and his post-conciliar predecessors is exposed by the light of Christ.

    So, what then are we to do about that?

    Since the CMTV scribe is obviously keen on seeking answers in Sacred Scripture, perhaps the following passage from Matthew 5:14-16 will help him find his Catholic bearings:

    You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

    In the present case, one might say that the CMTV approach to the pope’s nakedness is tantamount to placing the light of Christ, our Holy Catholic faith, under a bushel.

    I’m pleased to assume that this is done with the good intention of rendering a service to the Roman Pontiff and to the faithful he is duty bound to lead, but let’s not kid one another, so shielding the light of Christ from the pope’s words and deeds glorifies not our Father who is in heaven. Either we let the light shine or we don’t.

    Returning to Genesis, while the CMTV exegete, who claims that others are guilty of purveying “spiritual pornography,” is pleased to congratulate himself for being a contemporary Shem, the poor man is merely engaging in what one might call in turn “spiritual masturbation.”

    Aware of the pope’s scandalous condition, CMTV’s approach to the matter does not in any way serve to “cover” his nakedness; that’s pure fantasy, it’s really more like walking away from the scene of the crime.

    Having left their spiritual father who reigns over the Household of God on earth shamefully exposed to every passerby, some are thus truly scandalized; many are rendered deeply confused, while still others depart in the belief that they encountered an image of Christ and the authentic Faith, when in truth they have not.

    If we’re going to do role play with Genesis 9 as the backdrop, let us say that when the post-conciliar popes deny Christ, whether in word or deed, they can be likened to the drunken Noah, in this case, as men inebriated on modernism.

    At such times as these, the popes also take on the role of Ham the tattler; their false witness immediately being exposed for all to see by the light of Christ who is Truth.

    The likes of Christopher Ferrara, John Vennari, Michael Matt, and in a far more modest sense, me, are more properly likened to Shem and Japheth, covering the offensive sight of their father’s nakedness with the fabric of Catholic teaching, that those who encounter the scene may come away knowing the Lord’s life-saving truth.

    One may reasonably respond, “Yes, but do such men avert their gaze?”

    Taken as a metaphor for subjectively judging the state of the pope’s soul, something only Our Blessed Lord can do, absolutely such men avert their gaze, even as they meet the challenge of objectively addressing the Pontiff’s offenses against Christ and His Church, and this, at great cost.

    Here’s the bottom line:

    I am perfectly willing to assume good will on CMTV’s part as it relates to their editorial stance; I hope I’ve made that clear.

    If CMTV wants to avoid direct criticism of the pope’s offenses as a matter of strategy; attempting thereby to apply the Lord’s exhortation to “be wise as serpents,” all in the belief that this approach may render a better service to the Church and the people for whom Christ died, that’s one thing.

    This, in fact, is exactly the impression I’ve gotten from Michael in the past. Whether you agree with his tactics or not, I feel confident in saying that for him it’s all about drawing more people to the Church, her sacraments and ultimately salvation; it’s not about sanctimony.

    The poison pen of Mr. Manifesto, on the other hand, writes a very different tale, one that reeks of a horse’s ass high upon which rides a still-anonymous writer who seems to think he has sole possession of the moral high ground in this discussion.

    Careful partner, it’s a long way down.

    • Cyprian says:

      Hi Tom. I just broke through the spam filter! Now to make a comment before potentially returning to spam purgatory.

      Voris calls Matt and Vennari publications “porn?” I guess that’s why I always thought of Larry Flynt when I heard their names.

      Voris’ comparison to Noah is off the mark. Noah made a mistake. Is Voris saying that Pope Francis has accidentally gotten drunk and taken off his doctrine, so to speak? Then by all means, Mike, get him in the back room and sober him up before he makes a public fool of himself. But that’s not what’s going on. Francis is fully conscious and is deliberately undermining the Faith. And you know it, Mike. And covering it up makes you an abettor.

  2. gpmtrad says:

    The Final Homerun – The Natural (8/8) Movie CLIP


  3. et cum spirit 220 says:

    Fish in a barrel.

  4. phaley says:

    Amen, Louie, amen. Would that Michael would contemplate seriously what you say and apologize for his errant behavior.

  5. gpmtrad says:

    Btw, that movie ( “The Natural” ) filmed the ball park scenes on location at the old War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, NY. It went the way of all old ball parks shortly thereafter.

    But, for a brief period. Buffalo enjoyed the limelight and it was kinda cool.

  6. Vinent Joseph says:

    Michale Voris refuses to take the logical consequence of his own actions. So typical of the conservative Catholics, who fail to see that they themselves have the same disease that is infecting the conciliar Church.

  7. fidei says:

    On another post I got into a discussion about Michael Voris and his position re criticism of the Pope and the unfortunate remarks made on Church Militant about The Remnant and other defenders of the faith.

    Some on this website were very upset and very critical of Michael Voris.

    I felt it had degenerated into a slinging match and that we needed to pull together in our defence of the Faith.

    I think the assessment of the situation is dealt with very well by Michael Matt on his The Remnant video “Pope Basing The Remnant answers its Critic.”

    As usual Michael Matt is a real gentleman and intelligently argues the need for us to work together to defend the Church.

    I would urge people to watch it. It isn’t long, about 18 minutes, but very well argued.

  8. fidei says:

    Please forgive my typo on the last post.
    Michael Matt’s video is: – Pope Bashing The Remnant Answers Its Critic

    In this he also gives very interesting historical examples of Saints criticising the pope of the day, and doing this for the good of the Church as a whole.
    However, he argues that if we feel compelled to criticise the Pope, it must always be reluctantly, not with some sort of glee, and respectfully.
    Michael Matt always comes across as a real gentleman and in this crisis period in the Church’s history it is hard for us all to remain gentlemen.

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