Scraping the Paint, Salting the Lettuce and Removing the Red Hats!

Torch of The Faith News on Saturday 28 July 2018 - 18:06:17 | by admin

It is good that Theodore McCarrick is to lose the red hat which he never should have been given in the first place. At the same time, he must not be allowed to tumble as a mere ''fall guy'' who is allowed to topple alone, whilst his parasitical network continues to infest the Church.

I am mighty happy to be back on-line and catching up with things. I did have an overnight scare when, the night before my laptop's new cable finally arrived in the mail, I impatiently tried to get back on-line one more time using the old cable. When the computer fizzled out, I thought that I'd fused it. Thankfully, it turned out the next day that no power had been getting through with the broken cable anyway. As a result, the laptop's battery had simply run out of juice and it could not be restarted until the new cable arrived and gave it the necessary boost.

With no chance to post articles here and an ongoing heatwave frazzling the lawn, I decided to use any available spare time to get a job done which I'd promised to deal with this summer. That meant scraping off the many years worth of aging and splitting paint, which have begun to uglify our garage door, and then freshly painting the whole thing with a shiny new coat of conker brown weathershield.

As is the way with these things, and as blokes all around the world so often try to convince their long-suffering wives, these kinds of jobs are all about preparation.

And they always take far longer than you expected...

Actually, having thirstily persevered through a couple of days of searing hot sunshine, amidst the blaring cacophony of competing FM music channels which typify British suburban garden culture these days, I had just succeeded in getting the whole door back to its original metal, only to be unceremoniously prevented from getting the shiny new paint on by a day of blustery wind, thunder storms and heavy showers. Ah, the joys of the British summer time...

Anyway, all of this tedious scraping of paint has given me time, perhaps too much time, to reflect on the goings on in the Church these days.

For instance, I was jolly glad to read via Rorate Caeli, that Theodore McCarrick is to be stripped of his red hat and has been ordered to remain in a period of prayer and penance until an official trial can deal with his case. I share entirely in the sentiments expressed at Rorate, that this gravely sinful man should never have been ordained, nor even admitted to the seminary, in the first instance.

I assert that this man's tumble from the College of Cardinals must not allow him to be some kind of ''fall guy'' who is toppled, while his nefarious network is permitted to continue infesting the church, sacrileging Christ, besmirching the innocent and scandalizing the faithful.

As I scraped the paint these days, and struggled to remove the more stubborn pieces gathered around the corners and hidden in the grooved panel sections, I thought of how hard it is to eradicate this problem which has infiltrated the sacred priesthood.

I thought of McCarrick and all the damage he has done to so many souls.

I recalled his boastings about his role in promoting the elevation of Bergoglio to the See of Peter. 

As I scraped at the peelings, I remembered the St. Gallen Mafia. I reflected on the disgraceful Godfried Danneels and his role in all of that. I thought of how he had even had the temerity to appear looking so boastfully smug on the loggia, when Jorge Bergoglio emerged as Francis into the night.

Danneels, a faithless individual, who had consistently promoted utter filth to the little kids in his diocese, even against the express resistance of their parents. And of course, he was also caught red handed covering up for his paedophile bishop buddy in Belgium.

And none of that prevented Jorge Bergoglio, Francis, from choosing him as a key appointee at the robber synod on marriage and family in Rome.

What a truly horrific bunch these sacrilegious prelates are. What a foul time this last five years have been for true Catholics everywhere.

Then I thought again of Theodore McCarrick, the man who claimed to be an enabler of Francis in the first place.

A man reputed to also be a kingmaker for other promoters of homosexuality, modernism and sacrilegious communions, such as Cardinal Joseph Tobin.

Then there is the question of how much Donald Wuerl of Washington, and other promoters of sacrilegious communions of his ilk, knew about McCarrick, when even seminarians had been speaking about it and even suffering because of it all for years.

And as for Cardinal Kevin Farrell, well I've little to add to the forensic critique which Elizabeth Yore performed on his brief ''defence'' video, over at The Remnant.
Cardinal Kevin Farrell and friends: They're laughing, but faithful Catholics are not finding much to laugh about these days, when Princes of the Church abuse everything that is good and holy. 

Farrell recently and scandalously suggested that priests had no credibility to deliver marriage preparation. Well, it looks from the various responses to his self-promoting video on the internet that many Catholics find Kevin Farrell - a man who let's not ever forget shared his living quarters with Theodore McCarrick for 6 years; yet cannot even convey an ounce of disgust in his expression, body language or words, for that man's despicable actions on a video he has clearly had crafted as a response to the matter - to be somewhat lacking in credibility.

If you look back, you will see that neither Kevin Farrell, nor the travesty of his appointment to the role of Prefect for Laity, Family and Life, have ever had any credibility with me anyway.

On 7th December, 2016, in a paragraph entitled, Truth What is That?, I had already criticised Cardinal Kevin Farrell here for his totally un-Catholic attack on Archbishop Chaput's archdiocesan guidelines; which in spite of Amoris Laetitia, had just then affirmed that the divorced and re-''married'' can not receive Holy Communion, unless they live as brother and sister.

I also refuted Farrell's claim in the leftist UK rag, the Tablet, that disputes over Amoris Laetitia were, ''just like differences over which way to say the Hail Mary''.

As I said at the time, ''Erm, what differences might these be, Eminence? Exactly, there are no differences about which way to say the Hail Mary. That is nothing more than a straw man argument.''

I had also critiqued the fact that Farrell was claiming that Amoris Laetitia was a work of the Holy Spirit, supposedly mediated through the two Rome Synods of '14 and '15, and giving inspiration to Francis to write Amoris Laetitia as a summary.

As I noted, back then, Farrell had conveniently left out the revealing fact that the most problematic parts of the two synods' reports had failed to reach the necessary, and indeed synodally legal, 2/3 majority vote. And that, even in spite of the well documented machinations and chicanery which had punctuated that whole evil saga.

And again, I had also pointed out the false nature of Farrell's claim in The Tablet, when he had suggested that Amoris Laetitia was supposedly ''faithful to the doctrine and to the teaching of the Church. It is carrying on the doctrine of Familiaris Consortio of John Paul II.''

As I concluded at that time, under the circumstances, Farrell's claim there was simply disingenuous.

Indeed, I had concluded that, ''Farrell knows full well that if that were the case, we would not even be having this conversation.''

And then, perusing other news, and reflecting on it all whilst scraping the paint and grime from our garage door, I came across the horrific scandals surrounding Cardinal Mariadaga, the rector-protected homosexual culture of his local seminary, the reminders about the homosexual abuse of seminarians and misuse of enormous amounts of monies by his crony Bishop Pineda, and now the news that Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Chile has been summoned to give an account of himself and his handling of clerical sex abuse to a secular authority in Chile.

How many of the closest men to Francis have been involved in grave scandals involving sex abuse of minors, homosexuality, embezzlement and the promotion of sacrilegious communions; and what a hideous trail of destruction they leave in their wake!

I thought of all of these things as I scraped away at the garage door in the burning sun of the ongoing heatwave.

Then, just before typing this article, and as the latest outbreak of rain was giving way again to bright sunshine, I was helping Angie to wash the lettuces through for our summer salad.

I remarked that, back in the 70's before the widespread and extensive use of such powerful pesticides as are common now, Mum used to regularly add salt to a bowl of water, leave the lettuce leaves floating for about 15 minutes, and then thoroughly rinse each leaf off with fresh, cold water.

The salt would cause any aphids, greenfly or small flies that had been lurking in the folds of the leaves, to die and float off to the surface of the water. The second rinsing would cleanse the leaves of any hangers-on and remove the residue of salt.

As I sat down with the family to eat, I reflected with them on the similarities between the salting and thorough rinsing of lettuces and the scraping of unwanted old paint from garage doors.

This brought me back to the grave scandals breaking out everywhere in the Church today.

Isn't it interesting to note that the very same men who have been leading the assault on the Church's sexual ethics, moral teachings and doctrines on holy matrimony, divorce, re-''marriage'' and Holy Communion, so frequently turn out to be involved in, or at the very least uncomfortably close to, subversive rings of homosexual abusers, pederasts and usurpers of power and money?

Now that so many of these wretched stories are coming to light, these wicked infestations of the Church need to be vigorously scraped, salted and cleansed away.

There can be no more cover ups, no more abuse, no more groups of homosexual abusers using the priesthood as a cover for their covert, faithless and sinful rings of dissent, power and control.

There are two other things which have also come to me in these recent days off-line.

The first is Our Lady's warning at Akita that, if men do not repent and better themselves, then the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity, such as has never been seen before. ''It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and wipe out a great part of humanity, sparing neither the priests nor the faithful.''

How much more seriously we should take these words when we see that even so many of the very cardinals, bishops and priests of the altar have been living for so long like fiendishly impure rascals!

The other thing which has come to my mind relates to the words of Our Lord in Matthew 23:15, when He said: ''Woe to you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites; because you go round about the sea and the land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, you make him the child of Hell twofold more than yourselves.''

And incidentally on that note, to the priests who read this blog: please do not celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Matrimony without prior preparation of your couples. If you do these things for engaged couples who are living in sin, without first explaining to them that they must repent, confess and desist from sexual relations until after they are married, then you yourselves are commiting a sin and encouraging these couples to do so; often without their full knowledge of the gravity of what they are doing.

Therefore, if you do not have the charity to do it for the sake of their souls, please at least have the charity to do it for the sake of your own. Your salvation may depend on it.

I'd like to end on a happier and more positive note.

I recently received a welcome e-mail from a good priest who is not in this Archdiocese. I've known him for many years and recognise that he has a heart after that of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

He told me that some time ago, he introduced regular Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration at his parish and that people are now gradually coming back to Our Lord in the peace and prayer at his beautiful church.

There are still many good priests out there doing their level best for Our Lord and for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Let's not lose sight of that fact and let's keep them and their flocks in our sincere prayers.

And let us pray and act to enable our own hearts, and to assist the sinful human element in the Church, in being salted, scraped and cleansed of all stain of sin by the Holy Sacrifice that Our Lord made for us all at Calvary, and which is renewed in an unbloody manner on the altars of the Catholic Church.

Confession, Communion and the Rosary. And all of these regularly.

Our Lady of Fatima, 13th October 1917: Do not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already so much offended.

Right, now I've got a silvery garage door that needs painting.

And, what do you know, it's thundering...    

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