There’s a lot of talk these days about the U.S. Supreme Court and the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be Associate Justice of that court. There’s all sorts of claims about the rulings of this court, “those rulings being settled law”, etc. As Catholics, however, we know that there is only one real “Supreme” Court and that is the Court of Heaven with the Chief Justice being Our Lord Himself and the 12 “Associate” Justices being the 12 Apostles. In paraphrasing Scripture Our Lord told the apostles they would sit in judgment of the 12 tribes of Israel (His Church on earth). So, it seems apprpriate that we take all this nonsense about the US Supreme Court rulings as “settled law” with a huge dose of scepticism. And, Mr. Gorsuch himself should, if he is a professed Christian, identify himself more with the rulings of the real “Supreme” Court and its “Associate” Justices.
It occurs to me that perhaps I should say more about this document, the Declaration of Independence, which along with the Constitution help lay the foundation for our country’s laws and jurisprudence. It says: “We find these truths to be self-evident” meaning that, first of all, we’re talking about truths, not theorems or propositions that we come up with, but truths which are self-evident. Where does that leave us in terms of “legal precedent?” Seems to me that it should be the first legal precedent to consider. Then it says: “that all men are created equal.” Interestingly enough it dispenses with the concept that we all just happened to be as a result of some “big-bang” chemical reaction as some have posited. It actually says we were created and thank God for that. ( I didn’t want to go through life thinking that I just evolved from a turnip-seed or some other lower life-form.) Further, it says: and they were “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Whoa! Back up the truck. What’s this about a Creator? Do you mean a God, a Supreme Being, a Master of the Universe, A Person who not only created us but endowed us with certain inalienable rights among which the first listed is Life and which is inalienable, meaning no one, not even the mother, has the right to take away?
With the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court there are lots of questions pertaining to what the nominee perceives to be the correct interpretation of the Law and legal precedent. But, no one has asked the preeminent question which is: do you believe that the Creator has the final decision on any matter coming before the Court as indicated by the following: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuits of Happiness.” Even that preposterous senior member of the Judiciary who claims to be Catholic and, indeed, who has graduated from my alma mater (which at that time purported to be a Catholic college) has asked the preeminent question. What an embarrassment! This bloviating, gravel-voiced, hypocrite needs to retire.
Yes, today we honor the patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, who converted Ireland from the enemies of the Faith into a Catholic nation. He used the shamrock to illustrate the profound mystery of our Faith – the Trinity. The question we must ask ourselves today is: Can Ireland still be called a Catholic nation? With all the parades, ceremonies, parties and celebrations (and quite possibly sinful behavior) involved – do we still honor St. Patrick? It is a question left up to the reader to answer.
To anyone who wishes for a place where Traditional Catholicism is practiced without any if, ands and butts or a sede-mentality and who owes their loyalty only to the Faith, Doctrine and Dogma handed-down to us from the Apostles, whose ordinations are valid who decry any sort of “modernist tendencies” may I recommend the Servants of the Holy Family at www.servi.org for your perusal. Additionally you may wish to view my comments concerning them on the opening page of my website: phaley.faithweb.com as this group was for me a Spiritual Life-Preserver.
We have two guys (at least I think they’re guys) wearing the white cassocks of the papacy in Rome these days and one can justly ask the question: “Are they idiots, agents of Satan, or are they being blackmailed by enemies of the Church?” Idiots because in the end they know that the justice of Almighty God will wreak vengeance on their immortal souls; agents of Satan because they know that the final battle between Satan and God’s Church is in play and they choose to be on Satan’s side; or blackmailed by the “gay lobby” which equates sodomy and unnatural sex with “human rights.” God created a beautiful world and placed man and woman in a garden of Eden. We all know what happened and we should thank Almighty God for giving us innumerable “second chances.” Hopefully, with Lent fast approaching we won’t flub it up this time.
Not only will Neil Gorsuch have to deal with liberal, democratic senators in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee but he will have to deal with the avowed practices and beliefs of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, CO, and the Episcopal Diocese of America – that is, if he and his wife continue to worship at that location. One of the most stridently liberal Episcopalian Churches in the USA, St. John’s adheres to or promotes beliefs that the Ordination of homosexuals and/or women is OK, LGBTQ causes are just and Abortion is a matter between a woman and her doctor – even the heinous practice of late-term Abortion. Now, I’m not making this up, folks, as this can be verified in any number of Google queries on the subject. So, our friend Neil has got his work cut out for himself and he will need all the prayers we can muster that he adheres to truly Christian beliefs regarding Life and the commands of its Creator. And, by the way, there are any number of Episcopalians who disagree with the direction their church has taken on these issues and who. like many traditional Catholics, feel disenfranchised by their own Church Leaders. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Thus saith the National Security Adviser, Lt Gen Flynn, to the imbeciles running the country of Iran who are responsible for the deaths of so many Christians and others in our time. And, the imbeciles laugh him off thinking that this Administration is like the last one – i.e., without teeth. But we have guided missile cruisers in the Persian Gulf who could at a moment’s notice launch cruise missiles to lay waste to Iran’s missile-launch facilities. So, go ahead and laugh you towel-headed creeps and await what we, when at a moment and place of our choosing, decide to punish you for your violation of international agreements. As our President has just said: “nothing is off the table.” And, oh yeah while you’re at it, watch what happens when your Persian-Gulf cowboys in their speedboats attempt to harass our vessels or those of our friends in international waters. You see, we are a peace-loving nation but our patience is not unlimited.
My apologies to Patrick for the media being obsessed with eulogizing a person with no relationship with gpmtrad or his views. Also, I apologize for the media boneheads, among whom I count Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends for continuing to say that DJT attended “midnight Mass” on Christmas Eve. It was not a Mass but an Episcopalian service he attended at Bethesda-by-the-Sea on 12/24. There is a world of difference between the two because of the Schism that occurred when the followers of Henry VIII established their own church in defiance of the Holy See. See “Quo Primum” by Pope St. Pius V written and promulgated in 1570.
St. Jude is known as the Patron of Hopeless cases but we know that no case is really hopeless if we invoke Our Lord and Savior, Blessed Mother in her role as Our Lady of Guadalupe and Patroness of our country as the Immaculate Conception, and all the angel and saints to our cause. So, today on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe we invoke all the aforementioned souls to intercede with Our Lord to stop the apostasy in His Church and remove the Occupant of the Chair of Peter from our midst. And, to install in our Church on earth a real Vicar of Christ, not an impostor and agent of Lucifer. Our Lord has done this before folks and we know He can do it again. O Blessed St. Jude help us in these perilous times and think of all the souls that can be saved if our prayer is answered.
Dscember 7, 1941 is the day when the Empire of Japan attacked the United States of America at Pearl Harbor. I would be remiss if I did not remember the lives that were lost on that day and pay tribute to those who survived and are among the few who remain in our midst as veterans of WW II. God bless them and keep them close to His Heart.
What is ATD? Adult Tantrum Disease – the latest symptom of which is burning the American Flag. You see, it’s not the flag which gave hope and succor to millions of immigrants through many generations, or the flag which our marines raised on Iwo-Jima. Nor is it the flag which inspired the civil rights movement in the United States and is emblazioned on the tail of aircraft carrying our military and civilian leaders. Nor, is it the flag that is presented to bereaved widows and mothers of our fallen heroes – both those who died in the military and those who gave their lives protecting us at home in law enforcement. It is the flag which protesters use to creaet the impression that we are the enemy and we need to be defeated. This will not happen. folks, the ghost of heroes-passed won’t allow it.
There’s a new disease out there folks and it is called Adult Tantrum Disease, ATD for short. It’s quite similar to Infant Tantrum Disease or ITD which is often displayed in grocery stores whereby the infants lie in the aisles, screaming and kicking their feet because they can’t or didn’t get their way. In the case of adults, or should I say supposed-adults, it is displayed by the seeming inability or desire to accept an outcome that doesn’t meet their expectations. Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton come immediately to mind as do Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and scores of others with similar predispositions. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for the disease, folks, except a swift boot in the posterior for adults and a crack in the posterior for the infants.
There’s only One Person that I know who can bring forth good from evil and that Person, dear friends, is Almighty God. I’m referring to the US Election of course. As I hear the media lapdogs clamoring for DJT to announce his cabinet, so they can prepare to obstruct, deny and dismiss, I think of the element of surprise which denies to an enemy knowledge of one’s battle plans. And, of course, we are in a battle with the most intelligent and capable of enemies – Lucifer himself. But, think of it folks – DJT could invoke the element of surprise by simply saying: “I am not required to announce anything in advance; you’ll find out on January 20th.”
Those who obstruct traffic, beat on innocent by-standers, set fire to businesses and vehicles. loot stores and otherwise make trouble in the streets are NOT protesters – they are lawbreakers and deserve to be punished to the full extent of the law. They remind me of the little tyke in the grocery store lying on the floor. licking and screaming because he or she can’t get their way. Shame on them! (And shame on those in the media who call them protesters.)