Daily Archives: March 16, 2016
The Pontiff Emeritus has broken his silence, and his words are both revealing and ominous. Revealing, because they are clearly targeted (though the recipient of the criticism is, obviously, not mentioned) at the entire obscene edifice of FrancisMercy. Ominous, because I am very much afraid the good man has decided to speak now, only days before the announced publication of the Apostolic Excrementation (© Mundabor 2016), because he has got word of something obscene therein contained. I might be wrong, of course; let’s hope so.
Anyhow, let us come to the content of the interview itself. It has brought me back to a time when the Pope was – albeit of the V II sort – still Catholic. How the times have changed…
First salvo: loss of the fear of hell destroys the Faith.
The missionaries of the 16th century were convinced that the unbaptized person is lost forever. After the [Second Vatican] Council, this conviction was definitely abandoned. The result was a two-sided, deep crisis. Without this attentiveness to the salvation, the Faith loses its foundation.
There is no way whatsoever, not even in a desperate effort of Pollyann-ing, that this can be interpreted otherwise than an indictment of the MercyCrap (© Mundabor 2016) the Evil Clown has been spouting around for a very long time now. let us quote:
This is very V II, of course (he does not say he is convinced, too, unless other conditions occurred). Still, the message is clear enough: MercyCrap © destroys the very foundations of Catholicism.
Second salvo: loss of extra ecclesiam nulla salus destroys proselytism.
[Benedict] also speaks of a “profound evolution of Dogma” with respect to the Dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church. This purported change of dogma has led, in the pope’s eyes, to a loss of the missionary zeal in the Church – “any motivation for a future missionary commitment was removed.”
One is reminded of the one who said that proselytism is “solemn nonsense”. Who might that have been? Oh well..
Again, there is no way you can possibly misunderstand it. Benedict goes squarely against what Francis preaches day in and day out. Seriously, there is nowhere to hide.
Benedict is, obviously, the Emeritus. Therefore, he does not speak in any official role as the Pope. However, he speaks with the authority of one who once was the Pope in charge. It is the most authoritative voice choosing to be heard in such a clear manner on matter that go at the very heart of Catholicism.
I lament the imprecision of the language, that might be due to the translation: dogmas don’t evolve, and for a religious to even imply (he later says “purported”) that any dogma may be “evolved” is not good at all. However, the well-formed catholic will understand what the man means without any difficulties.
Similarly, Catholic convictions can never be “definitively abandoned”. Rather, some bad Catholics can abandon them. Again, the impression might be engendered that Catholic convictions may change. They don’t. What can change is the quality of the believer, never the quality of the belief. Again, it might have been the translation, or a certain lack of attention.
Be it as it may, these are welcome words as the Holy Week is about to begin, and Francis is about to embark in another orgy of “Muslims saved by holding to their Korans”.
But honestly, I fear that something worse might be in the making.
P.s. before I get 30 messages about this: I know, Benedict is still part of the problem. But I am sure everyone will see the difference with the Evil Clown. In any way, this blog post is not about Benedict’s pontificate.
News are now making the round that Cruz would have been “saved” from demise.
Don’t be so fast.
First of all, the “Globe” project is dead. Dead as a door nail. The secular newspaper’s project of setting up a sort of Catholic observatory from the perspective of secular Catholics has failed, miserably.
What remains? The name. The name was apparently left to Mr Allen for free (meaning: it isn’t worth much), so Mr Allen set himself to look for someone who might have some use for it, possibly because it has an outlet with an even less known name.
Enter the Knights of Columbus, with their own not-so-well-known organ, “The Catholic pulse”. A name which, in 5 and a half years of Catholic blogging, I do not remember having ever read, or having said anything notable.
What did, then, the Knights of Columbus buy? The editorial project? Nope. The anti-Catholic stance? The Knights of Columbus aren’t what they used to be, for sure, but the “Globe” they are not.
What they buy is a name, a logo, and 2 employees (yes, from what it has transpired up to now, this is all. “Crux” never had a massive head count anyway), to which they will entrust the shop
“trusting it to present news and commentary in a way that serves the good of the Church”.
(Read here: “recreation time has ended. Go back to your class now”).
It appears to me that the Knights will, as is the case in any re-branding, use the better known name (in Latin, which is still mighty fine; and benefiting from the goodwill the Globe has thrown down the drain on it up to now) to carry on their own project, with a different and better known name, and an editor which will tow the line. Allen isn’t so bad that he cannot tow the line. And the line will obviously be, whilst not as orthodox as it would have been only a decade ago, certainly much different from the direction things had taken in the old, failed, secular project.
Read the press release, because it says it all. I trust that you will be able – if you have some experience of such exercises; I have lived several of them – to clearly understand what’s going on here.
So let us recap. “Crux” has died. The remains have been left to Allen as part of his severance package. Allen has used the name to get a new job, with the same title but with clearly a different editorial policy; an editorial policy which he, like every editor, will have to follow. A win-win for all parties concerned, if it means Crux will now start writing about Catholicism in a Catholic way.
I trust Allen to do it. I always thought the profession of journalist an extremely, extremely old one.
I am curious to see how this will pan out. I do not see in the Knights of Columbus the champions of Catholics orthodoxy; but compared to the “Globe”, boy, it’s an improvement. I am pretty sure Allen has learned his lesson. He might even enjoy being free to be more Catholic than the Globe would allow (see above: extremely old profession). But it’s not a matter of worry for us. If, which I think extremely improbable, the new Crux should be as bad as the old one, it will tank just as fast and at some point the Knights will be tired of paying for another loss-producing venture.
The old Crux is dead. The name will survive.
Why not. It’s a beautiful name after all.
Remember the Six Things I Know And Share?
Let us see where we are now, and let us add some more things.
Rubio was eventually woken up (by his donors).
I had predicted for Rubio a defeat of Grand Canyon proportions. I think it was even worse. The man managed to remain 19% behind Trump, in his own State, where he had staked all his cards. He was basically nowhere anywhere else yesterday. In Florida, he only won his own county. Pathetic. Embarrassing. A waste of money. And this is the man who prevented Cruz from trying to catch up with Trump? Where have his chances ever been? He has never been in the race. He merely said he was, and the press pretended to believe him because it suited them. One good thing of the so-called “low education voters” is that they do not care a straw for what the press says. They are, in this, far smarter than their “better educated” counterparts.
I have the insisting, disturbing suspicion that Rubio really was so deluded that he thought he could lose Florida (even if by a lesser margin than the earth-shattering 19% Trump gave him) and keep getting the money to stay in the race at pleasure. Someone must give the man tuition in reality.
Trump still has no ceiling
Keep looking at Trump’s figures, because they are the key to the next months. Florida was considered a safe Rubio state by most observers only a month ago. Trump got 46% there. Forty. Six. 41% in Missouri. 40% in North Carolina. Even in Ohio, Trump got 36%!
Forget the ceiling. Trump has no “ceiling”; no more than Evil Hillary at least. Polls give Trump losing against XY until the point comes where they give Trump winning. We have seen this many times this year.
Horror scenarios are still not credible.
Cruz has vowed several times to support Trump if the latter is the clear winner. He made even an extremely strong rhetorical point, and said that in order for him not to support Trump, Trump would have to shoot someone on the Fifth Avenue (you remember the joke). Unsurprisingly, some stupid journos have commented that Cruz is qualifying his support for Trump. Morons with a laptop.
Trump and Cruz will absolutely dominate this race among them. There is no way Cruz will start such a civil war within the party. The others will be, at this point, fully irrelevant. Newt Gingrich said it very well:
“There are two potential presidential nominees. One is named Donald. One is named Ted. The idea that some clever Washington intellectual or power broker — put quote marks around ‘power broker’— can step into an election in which millions have voted and magically change the trajectory of history? It’s goofy. There’s two players standing.”
Cruz still has a chance. Time is running out.
Rubio is now out, and only Cruz can stop Trump. But it would be a mistake to simply add the votes. Trump will, most likely, get votes from Rubio supporters as he got some of the Christie and Bush ones. But at least now we have a clear alternative, and it’s the one or the other. I don’t think Kasich will damage Cruz much, either. Kasich has no chance. Those who vote him now do it as alternative to not voting, not to voting Cruz.
Kasich may puff his chest today, but he will soon discover he is, after Ohio, as irrelevant as he was before. Winning one vote among exactly thirty to date isn’t exactly encouraging. He only has 138 delegates as I write this (Missouri has not been called yet), against even Rubio’s 164. He will now take the “protest” votes among the Republicans, and he will not stay for long as his irrelevance is very apparent to my cat. Even the only absurd, hypothetical argument for pumping money into a loser’s campaign (trying to get to a brokered convention which then goes for.. whom exactly?) is now impossible to pursue.
Cruz and Trump will divide among them pretty much all the electors from now on. Kasich will be nowhere. He is a Zombie Candidate.
The GOP Softies have some hard choice to make.
I am thrilled at thinking of all those rosewater Republicans, all those RINOs now in complete, full desperation. They are now officially between a rock (Trump) and a hard place (Cruz). They might be tempted to vote Hillary, and some will do; but hate for the witch runs deep in the nation’s veins. It’s like eating cr@p because you don’t like beetroot.
I think the establishment will leave Cruz or Trump alone: no money, no open support, but no open enmity. They know this would mean they would lose whatever control over the party they still have. The GOP as a brand has lost almost all value. As a Republican candidate you perform much better if you are against it. If I were a RINO grandee I would prefer to shut up and wait for better times, rather than shatter the toy (and myself) in one thousand fragments.
My take is that there will be isolated screeches of professional whinos, but the majority will come to term with the new reality: it’s going to be Cruz or Trump, baby.
The Karl Rove Mentality is over.
After ruining two cycles, the Karl Rove mentality (“let us pick a candidate who can pretend to be a conservative whilst screwing Conservatism at every step”) is now gone. From 2010 on, the people have started to find a voice, and to say they have enough of this. Trump and Cruz are the result of the inability of the party apparatus to get simple things for now six years, and of their will to fight the message from the country at every step.
Try to repair this now. This is a full-blown revolution. It’s unstoppable. If I am right, in November we will see a Congress even more hostile to Rove-ism. The revolution is going on full steam even among those who don’t like Trump.
There. Six more things I know and share.
It still helps me not to think about Francis.
And it came to pass yours truly was woken up by a nasty case of cough; and as he was there getting breath he thought: “perhaps we have news about the impact?“
I managed to get to the online version of Fox News as Little Marco, now blown in thousand little pieces, was giving a concession speech that did not want to be one. After a dozen references to his immigrant parents, and a handful of warning that he was told to wait (he will… have to wait instead) Rubio, who was saying this morning that the polls were embarrassingly wrong, insisted that he has the right message and is the right man, but conservatism is wrong because it does not get him; and the establishment is wrong because they supported him all the time.. oh no, wait…
The best part was when he implied that he could have won if he had run a campaign based on… Trump, but he lost because he is such a regular chap, who would not stoop so low that he makes jokes about Trump’s… hands. A fairly confused speech, with the words “I quit” (or the like) that seemed to never come. It was like seeing him making a painful contact with reality, live.
Little Marco is very young, and we might see him again. But honestly, I found the man embarrassingly bad almost every time I saw it. He spent the entire campaign claiming third places as victories, and investing himself with some sort of divine right to the electors’ votes because papa was a barber. He criticised Trump for his inelegant style, and then became more vulgar than Trump ever was; and lost that battle, too. Chris Christie demolished him outright, and he realised the extend of the debacle when… he was told by his own collaborators. He pledged to go on even after losing in Florida, and was exposed as a big balloon full of hot air on that, too.
In (hopefully) eight years’ time we will have other actors, and I truly hope we will still have Cruz with us if Cruz does not make it this year (which I very much doubt he will, but you never know…).
I truly hope that the age of the phony, constructed, “this but also that”, “Gang of Eight-style” Republican candidates ends with Marco Rubio. We need true conservatives, not inexperienced men without spine, without real achievements, and without shame who want to become President merely because they are sons of immigrants.
Rubio’s collapse is total. Not only in Florida, but also in Illinois (fourth with 10% as I write this), Missouri (fourth with 7%), North Carolina (fourth with 8%) and Ohio (fourth with… 3%). What a waste of money and – if you don’t like Trump – of time.
Planet Rubio is atomised.
Well done, Republican primary voters.