Mandeville, LA – Today’s Pile of Prep: most of the stories and research used to put together the Mike Church Show on the Veritas Radio Network’s CRUSADE Channel. 2017 is here and WELCOME to the All-New, Mike Church Show on the CRUSADE Channel, listen LIVE for Free (don’t cost nuthin’).
Sapientia et Veritas – “But why a focus upon the Roman cassock of the priest? Isn’t this a bit narrow? Not if one sees that the priest is the tip of our Holy Religion’s spear. He is the face of the Church’s redemptive mission, in all its comforting glory and stirring majesty. It must be noted that the Roman cassock, quite different from the black street suit and Roman collar, is dramatically unique, possessing a voice both dramatic and affecting. It bespeaks the supremely singular role the Catholic priest performs. C.S. Lewis once remarked that even if a liturgical vestment is not heavy, it ought to look heavy. Sacred signs bear the heavy weight of the Ineffable Trinity, so should their physical appearance. The Roman cassock does that to a tee.” – John Perricone, Clothing The Naked Catholic Square
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The Family Research Council’s Coddling Of The Gay Goodman – I’ve written and talked about the fact that our “democratic system” is founded upon the warped principle that men can govern themselves with no external, higher authority needed. If that were a system that produced virtuous men, then the in-office sexual antics of Bill Clinton not only would not occur but would not be tolerated. Now comes the news that a GOP rising star in Ohio, Wes Goodman, is a pederast with a behind closed doors habit of propositioning boys for sex. This news is bad enough for supporters of Goodman who bills himself as a champion of the family but the fact that the Family Research Council was a supporter of Goodman’s and knew of his homosexual philandering (Goodman is married) but continued to support him is a bombshell. The fall of our glorious “republic” is being led by a generation of men who cannot bring themselves to be real men, imbued with the courage of their Christian convictions or even the nature of their gender.
Why Do Evangelicals Need To “Escape Roy Moore’s Evangelicalism”? – This is the quest proposed by Molly Worthen in Sunday’s NY Times. Worthen’s piece has some nuggets in it for those returning to the ancient form of the Catholic Latin Mass and the traditions that surround it.
“When I sought out conservative and progressive critics of white evangelical politics and asked them how to best understand it, this was their answer: pay attention to worship, both inside and outside of church, because the church is not doing its job. Humans thrive on ritual and collective acts of devotion. And the way we worship has political consequences. It shapes our response to evil and our reaction to people different from ourselves.”
That’s right! The phrase Worthen is looking for but does not use is “lex credendi, lex orandi”.
According to Prosper of Aquitaine, legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi, which is to say, ‘the law of prayer determines the law of belief’
“Mitter Chur, please, this has nothing to do with evangelicals and Roy Moore or Christians in ‘Muricah!” Oh but it does, because what happens inside sacred spaces, even if they are just perceived as sacred, has direct bearing on what happens outside of the sacred space because the sacred space is supposed to serve as the beau ideal of human acts and behavior. As Saint Prosper wrote:
Let us be mindful also of the sacraments of priestly public prayer, which handed down by the Apostles are uniformly celebrated in the whole world and in every Catholic Church, in order that the law of supplication may support the law of believing.
This is why I regularly “harp” on dress and reverence in Church services as being supremely important because all acts done outside the service will be influenced by it’s example. Worthen’s conclusion is worth a look because she nails the omnipotent point: it all comes down to humility.
All these people have one thing in common: the instinct that worship should be an act of humility, not hubris. It should be a discomfiting experience, not a doubling down on what’s easy and familiar.
Stayin’ Alive In Too Much Heaven – I founded the CRUSADE Channel that began broadcasting 2 years ago today. You probably know very little about how it has survived; how I have survived and of the little miracles that drive us to continue to survive. Read all about it here in my open letter to all.
Relax, Enjoy The Weekend, The End of The Enlightenment Is Almost Here. CHEERS! – Melanie Phillips is a wise woman who joins Truth seers in witnessing the horror of the end of civilization through the irrational denial of human nature that is the transgender virus pandemic. I’m not kidding. Subjecting nursery school aged children to state sponsored indoctrination on the merits of rejecting their human nature and embracing “who they really are” brings us to that longed-for precipice when the God-rejecting heretical rot of the Enlightenment can no longer sustain its creation: Man is becoming monster. Phillips, adding a needed twist to des Cartes “I FEEL, therefore I am:
The reason for this existential collapse is that the relativist west has so heavily bought into the belief that reality is merely what we decide it to be. Ours has become a culture of radical subjectivity in which there is no such thing as objective truth. Everything is instead a matter of opinion and individual perception.
Feelings trump facts every time. No-one’s lifestyle is to be considered wrong or inferior to anyone else’s. No judgment is to be permitted, except for the judgment that judgmentalism is wrong. What is right for me is what is right. What I declare something to be is what it is. I feel, therefore I am.
I’ve been warning about this for nearly two years now, not that I’m a prophet, but the signs are abundant and growing as is the destruction of souls in the process. As I like to say of late: The Demons Are Ascendent, they have come for the children, and they will not take no for an answer.
Stewart Smalley Is An Unfunny, Perverted, Lout –
The End NOT The End of The World As We Know It – The editor of First Things reviews Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option and principally agrees with Christian communities “dropping out” then he doesn’t agree with “dropping out”. He agrees that the current “culture is crashing and burning, then he doesn’t agree that the culture is crashing and burning. I was excited to read this piece and am now left to go find some Chesterton and get my head screwed back on right.
Our times are different. A velvet barbarism of permission has emerged from within a post-Christian West. It has let loose unbridled greed, sensuality, and will-to-power, all of which threaten to overwhelm the Christianity that remains. For too long we have imagined these powers manageable, even benign. Dreher is right that we need to wake up, watch, and be sober. Much needs to be done to restore the salt and light of Christian communities. But as we gather ourselves for the challenges of our time, we need to resist the intoxicating rhetoric of crisis and catastrophe that emerges from the postwar era’s increasingly paralyzing anxieties.
Huh!? What!? Squirrel!
It’s True, We Really Should Fear The Walking Dead – In zombie culture the undead come “alive” to feast upon the flesh of the “living” which to me is a metaphor for modern life. Those who are alive within the Mystical Body of Christ are feasted upon by those not alive by existing in the Christian realm the Mystical Body secures although we all know that security is tenuous. This helps to explain the zombies who walk among us, existing in the Christian realm of civilization that does not yet believe a trip to a concert or visit to Sunday Mass is a “take your life into your own hands” moment, oh but it is. Regis Nicoll fleshes some of this argument out for us.
It should strike us, more than coincidental, that the rise in rampage killings began when the vapors of nihilism wafted out of coffee houses and college lecture halls to cover the cultural landscape from sea to shining sea. Indeed, from the classroom to the art gallery to Friends and Seinfeld, the nihilistic message is clear: We are alone in an indifferent universe with nothing to give meaning to our existence but the sum-total of our personal experiences. And, for the restless soul chasing after the “meaningful” experience, a pop psychology is ready to light the way.
Nicoll’s conclusion is the same one you have been reading here: if you can’t identify the ultimate cause and thus the ultimate cure, we are indeed, surrounded by zombies.
The Sutherland Springs massacre is the latest reminder that the zombie is here, and he will continue to express his anger in ever more creative and destructive ways until we look beyond his choice of weapon and state of mind to the ideas that shaped him and to the Cardiologist who, alone, can transform his heart of stone to one of flesh.
What Moore Should Say: “I Tried, But I’m No Bill Clinton” – Daniel Payne is one of many writers out there reminding the less-sleazier than thou Libtards that before Roy Moore, there was one William Jefferson Blythe Clinton. And Clinton left atrail ofr shattered lives, stained blue dresses and actual rape charges that should have been filed. Here’s the question I ask you: does what Libtards now know about Bubba Clinton, invalidate his and Hillary’s “accomplishments” and status as DNC “heroes”?
Almost as an afterthought, [Michelle] Goldberg writes: “It’s fair to conclude, that because of Broaddrick’s allegations, Bill Clinton no longer has a place in decent society.” Goodness, after two decades this is the best we can manage?
Yes, that is the best, the Harvey Weinstein Left can manage and it is a strain to believe that they actually believe THAT. I don’t, do you?
The Only Thing Missing From The Roy Moore “Groping” Circus Is For Anita Hill To Show Up & Claim Moore Groped Her – Readers might recall that after the infamous “high tech lynching” of Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991, a stunt made famous by SNL. Now with the WaPo interviewing every 15-20 year female that lived in Alabama in 1977-1980, the list of women who were “groped” or “kissed” or “fondled” or now even “pinched!” grows every hour it seems.
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Tax Reform: Rearranging The Deck Chairs On the Sinking Trumptanic – Time to wake up granny and…. how about no. The GOP’s new tax scheme has the audacity of its creator, President Trump, and save for the repeal of the ObamaCare must carry insurance rule is just a rearrangement of the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic hulk that is ‘Murican gubbmint.
DeceptiCONNED. If Judge Moore Was Never A “Conservative”, What Pray Tell Then, IS A Conservative? – John Daniel Davidson unpacks the Judge Roy Moore sex scandal and then uses it to examine Judge Moore’s “conservative” bona fides. Davidson seems to think that “conservatives” should be butt-boy, “yes men” for the tyranny of the Federal Monstrosity.
The Supreme Court’s opinion in Obergefell meant nothing to Moore. Six months after Obergefell, he issued an administrative ruling to lower courts that “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license” contrary to existing state law. In other words, he was ordering them to defy the Supreme Court.
I demur. Moore was actually MORE right than anyone else on this. The idea that one man, SCOTUS Judge Anthony Kennedy gets to set social, religious and civil policy for 329 million people in 50 sovereign political entities, policy that defies 234 years of ‘the same court’s jurisprudence and 7,000 years of human history under the Living God, is so NOT conservative I have a term for it: DeceptiCONNED.
‘Murican Liberals vs Apocalypto Movie’s Savages, I’ll Take The Savages, They’re More Civilized – I’ve been saying for the last 3 months “the demons are ascendent, they’ve come for the children and they won’t take no for an answer. If you want to see demonic influence on display, witness the Texas courtroom drama that is Whole Woman’s Health vs Paxton. At issue is whether a Planned Parenthood, baby-sacrificing, high-priest has to murder a fetus before he can rip its’ little body to pieces or “dismember” it during an “abortion”. Dr. Anthony Levatino describes in gruesome detail, what a dismemberment abortion at 20 weeks actually entails.
[Levatino] went on to describe a 20-week-old fetus as being about the size of the palm of an adult hand, from fingertip to wrist, “not counting the legs.” A dismemberment abortion, he explained, involves reaching into a woman’s uterus with forceps and “grabbing whatever is there. Maybe you rip off a leg, which is about four-inches long,” then you pull out “an arm, the spine. The skull is the most difficult part. Sometimes there’s a little face staring up at you.” He understandably called it “an absolutely brutal procedure, in which a living human being is torn to pieces.”
The difference between defenders of this savage and vindictive procedure defend it as some kind of “right” and according to their religion, the 1st Church of Enlightenment, it is a right because, by definition, there is no God. At least the MExican savages that Cortes encountered and that Mel Gibson portrayed in the Apocalypto film had Gods they believed they were glorifying when they sacrificed children. What excuse do liberals have other than Moloch whispered in their ear that it was their “right”? Des Cartes, Sarte and Marx aren’t around to do it.
Ebony & Ivory Is Now Ebony & Ebony – A “Professor” at Ekow Yankah a “professor” at Cardozo Law College in NYC writes in the NY Times that he will be teaching his boys how to survive life in Manhattan by teaching them how to avod white people. Yes, you read that right.
“As against our gauzy national hopes, I will teach my boys to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible. When they ask, I will teach my sons that their beautiful hue is a fault line. Spare me platitudes of how we are all the same on the inside. I first have to keep my boys safe, and so I will teach them before the world shows them this particular brand of rending, violent, often fatal betrayal.”
So professor Yankah wants his “boys” to be “safe” in Manhattan where over 1,300 black children are murdered in their mother’s wombs every year in Planned Parenthood clinics!? In 2012 the statistics on black infanticide in NYC are horrifying.
In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The denial of reality all around us continues to grow to the point that a visitor from another ear would wonder where the plague started and how it was transmitted. They might also wonder how Ekow Yankah earned the lofty title “professor”; what exactly is he professing?
It’s November 2017 And The Immodesty Is About To Go Nuclear Because It WENT Nuclear – Venerable Bishop Sheen called out ‘Muricah back in the 1960’s while speaking to a group of young Catholics on “Youth and Sex”: “8:15 in the morning, the 6th of August, 1945, when we flew a military plane over this city, when we dropped that atomic bomb on it; that bomb on blotted out boundaries. There was no longer a boundary between the military and the civilian, between the helper and the helped, between the wounded and the nurse and the doctor, between the living and the dead. For even the living who escaped the bomb were already half dead. So we broke down boundaries and limits and from that time on the world has said we want no one limiting me. … You want no restraint, no boundaries, no limits. I have to do what I want to do. Now let’s analyze that for a moment, is that happiness?”
The Tragedy of Post Christian, Philosophia Perennis Devoid Thinking – Read this piece from AmConMag writer Noah Millman to get a closeup view of why Philosophia Perennis is so desperately needed to corral the erroneous thinking Men are sure to engage in when NOT grounded in the eternal quest for True Wisdom i.s. Sapientia. The issue Noah, is not whether “only the Saints” can live by the Magisterial code, it is that by God’s Grace the Saints DID live the Tradition WHILE receiving the Graces needed to do so. You cannot approach Grace as zero sum, mathematics, as in if I do ______ I will receive ______ “Grace credits” but if I do ______I will have deducted ______ Grace Credits. Grace is present in the world and we are given the supply needed at Baptism, the suffering of the Christian Faithful is simply to maintain the state you enter at Baptism, using the Gospels and the Traditional Teaching as MEANS to that END. As Padré Gaetano tells us in Humility of Heart: “And has not a saint abundant reasons, from the thought of his own weakness, to live always in a state of great humility, when he knows that from one hour to another he may lose the grace of God and the kingdom of heaven which he has merited by years of laboriously-acquired virtues? “Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.”