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Lessons on the Sanctity of Marriage from Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman

I always knew that Ronald Reagan had been “married” before Nancy to the actress Jane Wyman. And as I learned about and converted to Catholicism, I assumed that sadly, President Reagan and Nancy were probably not really married, which seemed especially sad given the strength of their bond and devotion to one another. But, objective reality and truth trumps mere sentiment.

But I was wrong about the validity of Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s marriage.

It turns out that Reagan’s “marriage” to Jane Wyman was, in fact, null.  Our Lord never joined them together because Jane Wyman had been validly married and then civilly “divorced” (remember, civil divorce is a fiction) before Reagan in the 1930s.  Jane Wyman converted to Catholicism in ARSH 1954, and thus had her marriage to Reagan formally declared null by The Church, as it should have been.  Jane Wyman was great friends with the devout Catholic Hollywood actress Loretta Young, who was almost certainly instrumental in Wyman’s conversion to The One True Faith.  Jane Wyman eventually became a Third Order Dominican, and was, in fact, buried in the habit of a Dominican nun. She attended President Reagan’s funeral, and of him said this:

“America has lost a great president and a great, kind, and gentle man.”
-Mrs. Jane Wyman, O.P.L.

So, President Reagan and Nancy Davis were, in fact, validly married. This makes me especially happy.

Now, to President Reagan himself.  I came across a letter that Reagan wrote to his son, Michael (whom he had adopted with Jane Wyman) in ARSH 1971 on the occasion of Michael’s marriage, over at Ace of Spades last week.

Reading this letter, it becomes clear that President Reagan was not only capable of love, but loved deeply, and thus, we can know, was NOT a Diabolical Narcissist.  He was probably the last decent, good man to hold that level of power. He wasn’t perfect. Neither was Nancy. No one is.  But, President Reagan was NOT a monster. In short, he was a normal, decent man.

(Source: Reagan: A Life In Letters)

Michael Reagan
Manhattan Beach, California
June 1971

Dear Mike:

Enclosed is the item I mentioned (with which goes a torn up IOU). I could stop here but I won’t.

You’ve heard all the jokes that have been rousted around by all the “unhappy marrieds” and cynics. Now, in case no one has suggested it, there is another viewpoint. You have entered into the most meaningful relationship there is in all human life. It can be whatever you decide to make it.

Some men feel their masculinity can only be proven if they play out in their own life all the locker-room stories, smugly confident that what a wife doesn’t know won’t hurt her. The truth is, somehow, way down inside, without her ever finding lipstick on the collar or catching a man in the flimsy excuse of where he was till three A.M., a wife does know, and with that knowing, some of the magic of this relationship disappears. There are more men griping about marriage who kicked the whole thing away themselves than there can ever be wives deserving of blame. There is an old law of physics that you can only get out of a thing as much as you put in it. The man who puts into the marriage only half of what he owns will get that out. Sure, there will be moments when you will see someone or think back to an earlier time and you will be challenged to see if you can still make the grade, but let me tell you how really great is the challenge of proving your masculinity and charm with one woman for the rest of your life. Any man can find a twerp here and there who will go along with cheating, and it doesn’t take all that much manhood. It does take quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music. If you truly love a girl, you shouldn’t ever want her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected even momentarily for her favors.

Mike, you know better than many what an unhappy home is and what it can do to others. Now you have a chance to make it come out the way it should. There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.

Love,

Dad

P.S. You’ll never get in trouble if you say “I love you” at least once a day.

And here is the gift President Reagan gave Nancy for Christmas of ARSH 1981. What more could any morally sane woman want? Read it and weep, ladies.  Literally.

Dear Mrs. R,

I still don’t feel right about you opening an envelope instead of a gift package.

There are several much beloved women in my life and on Christmas, I should be giving them gold, precious stones, perfume, furs and lace. I know that even the best of these would still fall far short of expressing how much these several women mean to me and how empty my life would be without them.

There is of course my “First Lady.” She brings so much grace and charm to whatever she does that even stuffy, formal functions sparkle and turn into fun times. Everything is done with class. All I have to do is wash up and show up.

There is another woman in my life who does things I don’t always get to see but I do hear about them and sometimes see photos of her doing them. She takes an abandoned child in her arms on a hospital visit. The look on her face only the Madonna could match. The look on the child’s face is one of adoration. I know because I adore her too.
She bends over a wheelchair or bed to touch an elderly invalid with tenderness and compassion just as she fills my life with warmth and love.

There is another gal I love who is a nest builder. If she were stuck three days in a hotel room she’d manage to make it home sweet home. She moves things around — looks at it — straightens this and that and you wonder why it wasn’t that way in the first place.

I’m also crazy about the girl who goes to the ranch with me. If we’re tidying up the woods, she’s a peewee power house at pushing over dead trees. She’s a wonderful person to sit by the fire with, or to ride with or first to be with when the sun goes down or the stars come out. If she ever stopped going to the ranch I’d stop too because I’d see her in every beauty spot there is and I couldn’t stand that.

Then there is a sentimental lady I love whose eyes fill up so easily. On the other hand she loves to laugh and her laugh is like tinkling bells. I hear those bells and feel good all over even if I tell a joke she’s heard before.

Fortunately, all these women in my life are you — fortunately for me that is, for there could be no life for me without you. Browning asked; “How do I love thee — let me count the ways?” For me there is no way to count. I love the whole gang of you — Mommie, first lady, the sentimental you, the fun you, and the peewee power house you.

And oh yes, one other very special you — the little girl who takes a “nana” to bed in case she gets hungry in the night. I couldn’t and don’t sleep well if she isn’t there — so please always be there.

Merry Christmas you all — with all my love.

Lucky Me.

Real.

Real.

 

When Someone You Love Turns Out To Be A Diabolical Narcissist: Imagine How God Feels

I receive many emails from people who have watched the big Diabolical Narcissism video, and report that it has brought into sharp focus massively painful relationships, usually with a spouse or parent, but occasionally with a child, sibling, friend or co-worker.

I would like to take this opportunity to caution against “seeing a Diabolical Narcissist behind every tree”.  Just because someone is a jerk, or even a narcissist in the sense of being selfish and self-absorbed, that doesn’t make that person a Diabolical Narcissist.  DN is an extremely grave pathology, and while certainly exploding among the populace (as evidenced by its direct corollary, homosexuality and all forms of sexual perversion), DN is still a very small percentage of a given populace.  Remember, a DN is a human being that has consciously and freely chosen to purge himself of all love. That is no small thing.  DNs are thus incapable of any emotion derived from love, such as happiness, pleasure, genuine sadness, and are utterly devoid of empathy.  Thus, they are capable only of the demonic emotional palate: anger, hatred, jealousy and fear.

Put another way, a mere narcissist wakes up thinking about themselves: “Me, me, me, me, me, me.” A DN wakes up thinking, “Who can I hurt next? Who is my next victim? Who can I destroy?”  That’s a big distinction. Mere narcissists certainly do damage to others, but it is usually “collateral damage”.  With DNs, every aspect of every attack on their chosen victims is meticulously planned, set up, fantasized about and executed. As with spouses in particular, the grooming phase may last years.

So, what is my advice to people who have found themselves in the situation of loving a Diabolical Narcissist?

The key to processing such a situation is, I think, to meditate on how God must feel about satan and the fallen angels, or as they are commonly known, demons.

Now, the analogy is very imperfect for obvious reasons.  First, a person who loves a DN is not the DNs CREATOR. And thus, we realize that God’s pain is in a category infinitely above ours because our pain is a parity-level pain, between existential equals. God’s pain is that of the Creator, rejected, despised and warred against by His own creation. Second, we can never love with the perfect purity of God, obviously.  Still, we can love.

A few preliminary words about the angelic beings.  First, the more we learn about the universe, the greater the number of angelic beings seems to be implied.  I read a news story just a few weeks ago that the Hubble Telescope has revealed that there are at MINIMUM 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe, an increase over the previous estimate by a factor of ten.  Now, each of these galaxies has, let’s say, an average of 100 billion stars.  We know that every human being that has ever existed, including fertilized eggs that lived only a few hours, have had a guardian angel, and that angels are not “recycled”.  So that puts the number of angels JUST assigned a human being into the hundreds of billions.  Now, if we also take sacred tradition that every star in the universe has an angel assigned to it, we are looking at something like 200 SEPTILLION angels – just looking after stars. The “Second Sphere” of angels consisting of the three Choirs known as Dominions, Powers, and Virtues, would be charged with looking after and safeguarding the physical universe.  See Ephesians 1:21, Colossians 1:16, and 1 Peter 3:22.  If you have ever wondered why the demons don’t just destroy the earth, well, it is because there is an army of angels double their size defending the universe.  And no, when there is an earthquake or other natural disaster, that isn’t “demons beating God”, that is The Divine Providence permitting chastisement in order to turn sinful men back to Him.  I wrote about this recently in my post about the earthquake that struck Norcia, Italy.

We know from scripture that one-third of the angels joined Lucifer in his rebellion against God, refusing to worship a God-Man, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead Incarnate, Jesus Christ, when the information about the Triune Godhead’s intention from the beginning to incarnate as a man was presented to the angels. Consumed with haughty pride (sound familiar?) Lucifer and those that followed him freely chose to reject Love Himself, that is God, rather than bow down and worship God made Man, a form of being “so far beneath them”, or so they thought.

So we know that whatever the quantity of angels in the universe, that the quantity of demons is one half, because the total was split two-thirds (angels), one-third (demons).  And if there are HUNDREDS OF SEPTILLIONS of angels, then there are… TENS OF SEPTILLIONS of demons.

This confirms what an exorcist reported when he asked a demon possessing a person how many of them there were.  The demon replied that if they were visible, they would “block out the sun”.  Easily.

Conversely, please remember that at every Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, ALL of the angels are present.  All several hundred septillion-plus.  Including the Masses that are offered every week specifically for you. Pretty cool, huh? 200 septillion-plus massive, massive intellects who are looking upon the face of God pray for you and your salvation at the Holy Sacrifice of Calvary. Every week.

So let’s talk about those massive, massive intellects.  Every angel is its own completely unique species.  There are no two alike, and it is just for our simplicity’s sake that we lump them all together into a category called “angels” – but in a way that doesn’t do it justice.  They are not similar to each other in the way that we human beings are similar to each other, sharing human nature as we all do.  Angelic nature is different in that each angel is so utterly unique that it is its own species. Does this put a whole new spin on the truly infinite creative love of God?

And remember, every demon was created by God as a spectacularly beautiful angel, with a massive intellect and utterly unique in itself, which God loved and delighted in in a unique way.

And now to the point of the essay. Can you even begin to image how God felt when septillions-plus angels, each one that He lovingly, specifically created and delighted in, turned on Him, rejected Him, and chose eternal separation and war against Him by waging war on us, the human beings that He “so loved that He gave His only begotten Son….”

God still loves Lucifer and the demons, but their choice is permanent.  Why? Because they had so much information.  While they did not have the Beatific Vision, they had enormous amounts of information about God, His Love, His Beauty, and His Goodness, and even with so much information, they still chose in their haughty pride to reject Him – because He loves.  And that choice was permanent.

And now, after their permanent choice, the irony is, they hate Him precisely because He still loves them.  They know what they are, and they rage at God for loving them so much that He respects their free will, and their very existence, and instead of snuffing them out of existence, He respects their existence and maintains it, and will maintain it for all eternity – because He is Good.  And so, since they can never hurt God, all they can do is drag as many of US HUMANS into eternal separation from God as they can.  They hate us because they hate Him.

Now, let’s see how this can help a person who has been the victim of a Diabolical Narcissist find some solace.  If you love a Diabolical Narcissist who has massively wounded you:

-remember that God has been victimized in the same way, SEPTILLIONS of times by His own creatures, far more charming and beautiful than your human DN.  So tell Him all about it. He understands.  The disappointment you feel is a tiny insight into what God must feel about the fallen angels, and of course, fallen man.

-remember that God created and loved the TRUE SELVES of the angelic beings that rejected Him.  What victims of Diabolical Narcissists love or loved was a FALSE SELF, projected by the DN in order to obscure his already-diabolical nature.  Most DNs are so far gone that only God knows who their true selves are – and that is who He loves. If you are the victim of a DN, remember that the “charming, beautiful” person you loved and admired is a fiction that does not exist (see 1 Corinthians 13: 5, Nihil sum – I am nothing.) God does not have this consolation, because He knows the true selves of both the fallen angels, and of the Diabolical Narcissist humans. There is, however minuscule, a glimmer of hope for the DN.  There is no hope for the demons.

-Remember that as God honored the free choice of the demons to hate and reject Him, you too, for your own sanity and well-being must honor the choice of the DN – not that there is anything you could do about it anyway.  Do not try to convert a DN into a normal human, much less an “angel”.  Pray for them, that they feel fear of damnation and make some sort of act of contrition, probably imperfect, at their death (particularly the Fourth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary – the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven), but in this world, leave them to God, most especially if you yourself were a target of their murderous spite.

-As God warns us constantly in Scripture and otherwise – such as the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, given to us through Pope Leo XIII – the demonic is real, and we are to guard against it.  There are beings “prowling throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.”  While most DNs are not consciously serving satan, they are consciously looking to hurt other human beings as hard as they can, thus looking to cause a “spiritual death”, even if they don’t explicitly acknowledge what it is they are doing.  If you are aware of a DN, you do have an obligation to warn those directly in his sights of what he is.  For example, a spouse of a DN, or a child of a DN, should warn especially children of sufficient age, or anyone that they see a DN grooming for abuse. This would also apply especially to anyone with a sex pervert (likely a homosexual) in their family.  Remember, ALL homosexuals and aberrosexuals are a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO CHILDREN.  Remember, every person who ever had their children molested by their “gay relative” would have sworn up and down that the sex pervert relative or friend was “harmless” and “would never hurt my kids”.  And yet look at how many people in our culture have been abused and had their lives ruined by the “gay uncle/brother/cousin/family friend”.  Another example might be a coworker that is being groomed and then abused by a DN boss.  Apparently, all three Clintons, Hillary, Bill and now Chelsea, are notorious for abusing staffers to the point of making them suicidal.  Once a DN is identified and acknowledged for what he is, he loses almost all power over a person.

The only fitting conclusion is this:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all evil spirits that prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Our Guardian Angels, pray for us.

All ye Holy Angels (all 200 SEPTILLION-plus of you!), pray for us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Gustav Dore, Illustration to Dante's Divine Comedy, Paradiso, Plate 34.

Gustav Dore, Illustration to Dante’s Divine Comedy, Paradiso, Plate 34.

Antipope Bergoglio is Desperatly Trying To Convince You To Eat Your Own Vomit Like A Dog

I have picked up a food poisoning bug, and thus my memory was jogged about these pieces on dogs returning to their vomit. If you want a serious, Catholic discourse on Mercy – real Mercy – then read on.

First, I am going to post the second chapter of 2 Peter in full, because it is stunningly prophetic and specific to the Bergoglian antipapacy.

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers, who shall bring in sects of perdition*, and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their riotousnesses, through whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you. Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their perdition slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but delivered them, drawn down by infernal ropes to the lower hell, unto torments, to be reserved unto judgment: And spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, the preacher of justice, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

(*Sects of perdition: That is, heresies destructive of salvation.)

And reducing the cities of the Sodomites, and of the Gomorrhites, into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown, making them an example to those that should after act wickedly. And delivered just Lot, oppressed by the injustice and lewd conversation of the wicked. For in sight and hearing he was just: dwelling among them, who from day to day vexed the just soul with unjust works. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly from temptation, but to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be tormented. And especially them who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government, audacious, self willed, they fear not to bring in sects, blaspheming.

Whereas angels who are greater in strength and power, bring not against themselves a railing judgment. But these men, as irrational beasts, naturally tending to the snare and to destruction, blaspheming those things which they know not, shall perish in their corruption, Receiving the reward of their injustice, counting for a pleasure the **delights of a day: stains and spots, sporting themselves to excess, rioting in their feasts with you: Having eyes full of adultery and of sin that ceaseth not: alluring unstable souls, having their heart exercised with covetousness, children of malediction: Leaving the right way they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam of Bosor, who loved the wages of iniquity,

(**The delights of a day: that is, the short delights of this world, in which they place all their happiness.)

But had a check of his madness, the dumb beast used to the yoke, which speaking with man’ s voice, forbade the folly of the prophet. These are fountains without water, and clouds tossed with whirlwinds, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved. For, speaking proud words of vanity, they allure by the desires of fleshly riotousness, those who for a little while escape, such as converse in error: Promising them liberty, whereas they themselves are the slaves of corruption. For by whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave. For if, flying from the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they be again entangled in them and overcome: their latter state is become unto them worse than the former.

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them. For, that of the true proverb has happened to them: The dog is returned to his vomit: and, The sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.

 

“For, that of the true proverb has happened to them: The dog is returned to his vomit: and, The sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:22

“For, that of the true proverb has happened to them: The dog is returned to his vomit: and, The sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:22

As a dog that returneth to his vomit, so is the fool that repeateth his folly.
Sicut canis qui revertitur ad vomitum suum, sic imprudens qui iterat stultitiam suam.

I am currently reading “Sermons of St. Alphonsus Liguori”, which I cannot recommend with sufficient strength, and I found myself earlier this week reading “Sermon XLI, On the Abuse of Divine Mercy”. Ever so slightly relevant to the current goings-on, eh? “Oooh. This should be interesting,” I thought to myself. Indeed. Allow me to quote from Section 2, emphases mine:

“When you intend to commit sin, who, I ask, promises you mercy from God? Certainly God does not promise it. It is the devil that promises it, that you may lose God and be damned. “Beware”, says St. John Chrysostom, “never to attend to that dog who promises the mercy of God.” If, beloved sinners, you have hitherto offended God, hope and tremble: if you desire to give up sin, and if you detest it, hope; because God promises pardon to all who repent of the evil they have done. But if you intend to continue in your sinful course, tremble lest God should wait no longer for you, but cast you into hell. Why does God wait for sinners? Is it that they may continue to insult Him? No; He waits for them that they may renounce sin, and that He may thus have pity on them, and forgive them. “Therefore the Lord waiteth, that He may have mercy on you” -Isaiah 30:18. But when He sees that the time which he gave them to weep over their past iniquities is spent in multiplying their sins, He begins to inflict chastisement, and He cuts them off in the state of sin, that, by dying, they may cease to offend Him. Then He calls against them the very time He had given them for repentance. “He hath called against me the time” -Lamentations 1:15. “The very time”, says St. Gregory, “comes to judge.”

It was pointed out to me that when Chrysostom uses the pejorative “that dog”, it is far from random name calling. He is referencing the “dog that returneth to his vomit” from Proverbs 26 and 2 Peter 2. The dog that eats his own vomit; the sow that was washed who returns to wallow in mud mingled with her own feces, that is “mire”, is the unrepentant sinner who has no intention of STOPPING THE SINFUL ACTIVITY.

One more block quote from section 5 of St. Alphonsus’ sermon:

St. Bernard says that the confidence which sinners have in God’s goodness, when they commit sin, procures for them not a blessing, but a malediction from the Lord. O deceitful hope, which sends so many Christians to hell! They do not hope for the pardon of sins of which they repent; but they hope that though they continue to sin, God will have mercy upon them; and thus they make the mercy of God serve as a motive for continuing to offend Him.

Pray the Rosary, most especially the Sorrowful Mysteries, the First Sorrowful Mystery being The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane. The fruit of this mystery is SORROW FOR SIN, which is the utterly critical and essential prerequisite for His Mercy and forgiveness. Beg Him to know what every single one of your sins are, and for you to feel a portion of the agony at your sins that He bore in the Garden, such that you may be animated to STOP DOING THE SINFUL ACTIVITY.

Here is my recording of the Sorrowful Mysteries in Latin with the Litany of Loreto and the text file, specifically for the crushing of and in reparation for the Heresy of Modernism.

I hope this helps.

PART 2: People Who Actively Will That An Evil Continue Are Ineligible For Mercy

Many people still ask what the abbreviation “ARSH” that I use before dates means. It stands for:
Anno
Reparatae
Salutis
Humanae
“In the Year of the Reparation of Human Salvation.”

The reparation of human salvation began when The Word, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, became flesh in the womb of the Virgin, and was consummated 33 years later. But we begin counting years from the beginning of our salvation, today, the INCARNATION, not the Passion and Resurrection.

I’d like to point out what the Virgin herself said of God and His Mercy at the Visitation. She said, “And His mercy is from generation to generations, TO THEM THAT FEAR HIM.”

God’s mercy is infinite and its depths can not be plumbed. However, because mercy is, by definition, grief at the distress of evils experienced by another, both undeserved and deserved, if a person does not find the evil they are experiencing repugnant, but rather actively wills that the evil continue, refuses to acknowledge the evil they have committed, and even luxuriate in it and demand that others NOT grieve but rather ratify and celebrate the evil, that person is completely INELIGIBLE for mercy.

To not grieve at the sin of another, but rather ignore it, ratify it, or celebrate it, is itself grave sin, the diametrical opposite of Charity – indifference. To paint indifference as mercy is nothing less than diabolical.

If you are not sorry for your sin, if you are not ashamed, if you have no intention of trying to cease the evil, sinful activity, then God simply cannot extend His mercy to you, because He holds your free will sacred. Sins are those behavioral choices that, for lack of a better term, break God’s Heart. The Law is simply God, in His unfathomable love for us, telling us explicitly what we must do and not do in order to not break His Heart. Filial Fear of the Lord is not wanting to break God’s Heart.

And so, when Antipope Bergoglio, probable False Prophet Forerunner of the Antichrist, contemptuously calls believing Catholics, “Lovers of the Law”, do not, for one second, be ashamed. Contempt for the Law is indifference to Christ. The Psalms are filled with declarations of love for the Law because the Law is God’s love letter to mankind, telling us how best to love Him and be close to Him.

People who knowingly sin with no sorrow, no guilt, no shame and no intention of stopping have no filial fear of God, and may even be guilty of the worst sin there is: Presuming upon His Mercy – that is, sinning boldly without compunction because “Christ HAS to forgive me, so I might as well do whatever I want. If He wants to hang on the Cross and take my sins, I’ll do what I damn-well please, and then hold Him to the contract.” This is the essence and pinnacle of psychopathy.

If you would like to read further thoughts on this, I recommend THIS OUTSTANDING PIECE from Unam Sanctam, and you might also revisit my essays, “The One About FEAR OF THE LORD” and“We Should Be Ashamed.”

I hope this helps.

 

 

Black Guelphs Matter (Part 1)

What the heck is a Black Guelph?  Is this some Lord of the Rings crap?

No.  In medieval Italy, there were two main political factions, the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. Long story short, the Guelphs supported the Pope and the Ghibellines supported the Holy Roman Emperor. Pretty much every city on the Italian Peninsula was clearly defined as “Guelph” or “Ghibelline”, but in the major cities, there were divisions from neighborhood to neighborhood, oftentimes dependent on the sort of guild or craftsmen that were in each neighborhood.  Eventually the Guelph party split into Black Guelphs and White Guelphs.  The Black Guelphs were truly loyal to the Pope and the Papal States, while the White Guelphs stayed within the Guelph party, but worked against papal influence – like RINOs (Republican in name only), except GINOs (Guelphs in name only).  If you would like to read more, the WIKI summary is HERE.

Given the events of the past few days, namely the public release of the Dubia Letter submitted by four Cardinals to the wretched, despicable Antipope Bergoglio, probable False Prophet Forerunner of the Antichrist, it is time for me to weigh back in, and hopefully add some more clarity, and even more so, to help people who are being scandalized and/or losing their faith be more at peace with what is going on.

Folks, with regard to this whole Antipope Bergoglio situation, I sleep like a baby.  I am morally certain of what the situation is, and it in no way contradicts anything in Scripture, the Magisterium, or even common sense.  My faith, personally, has been in no way shaken by the Bergoglian Antipapacy.  What keeps me up at night are the souls – the countless, countless souls that are being driven into and lost to eternal, unending damnation because of the near-total failure of the clergy, and even the chattering class – of which I am very definitely a member – to acknowledge and explain what, exactly, the hell it is that is going on.

And so we review.

Bergoglio was never the pope, not for one second, NOT because he is a filthy, disgusting, blaspheming, power-mad psychopath arch-heretic.  The reason Bergoglio is not now and never has been the Pope is because of JOSEPH RATZINGER, Pope Benedict XVI, still reigning.

Joseph Ratzinger’s attempted abdication was INVALID by the law itself, because it was made in SUBSTANTIAL ERROR.

Canon 188
A resignation made out of grave fear that is inflicted unjustly or out of malice, substantial error, or simony is invalid by the law itself.

Whether or not Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger was coerced (and let’s face it, he probably was) IS A MOOT POINT.  What we do know, and it is sheer, effemininate delusion to deny this, it that Pope Benedict Ratzinger submitted his “resignation” with the intention of continuing to participate in the Petrine Office by transforming it into a “collegial, synodal” office, thus capable of having more than one living member at a time.  Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger, in SUBSTANTIAL ERROR, believed that he could and has Split the papacy into a polyarchy.  I have intentionally stopped using the words “bifurcate” and “dyarchy” to describe the false paradigm that Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger has wrought, because those terms imply only two office holders.  If the madness of Ratzinger’s SUBSTANTIAL ERROR is not corrected, then we will see multiple men being called “pope emeritus”.  If one thinks this through logically and mathematically, one quickly realizes that from here forward, having an antipope will be the norm. Think about it.  Let’s say Bergoglio resigns and Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger, the one and only living pope, is still alive.  Whoever is elected in a conclave, even if he is the most orthodox man alive, would be just as much an antipope as Bergoglio is, because there CANNOT BE TWO LIVING POPES.

To be clear, yes, it is possible for a pope to resign – hence the very existence of Canon 188.  The problem here is that RATZINGER’S RESIGNATION WAS INVALID BECAUSE IT WAS MADE IN SUBSTANTIAL ERROR. Ratzinger attempted to abandon his duties, while retaining the Petrine office.  If you don’t believe me, and refuse to listen to +Ganswein who has spoken at length of Ratzinger’s mindset, let me just confront you with a few items of OBJECTIVE REALITY:

Q: What is Joseph Ratzinger wearing right now, by his own choice?
A: Joseph Ratzinger is wearing the Papal White.

Q: Where is Joseph Ratzinger right now, by his own choice?
A: Joseph Ratzinger is inside the Vatican.

Q: What does Joseph Ratzinger’s staff address him as, by his own choice?
A: Joseph Ratzinger’s staff, and in fact, everyone on the planet, addresses him by the Papal Style, “Your Holiness” and “Holy Father”.

Q: What title did Joseph Ratzinger freely choose to designate himself after his faux-abdication?
A: Joseph Ratzinger freely chose to designate himself POPE Emeritus. Pope. Not Bishop of Rome Emeritus, POPE. POPE.

Sit in stillness with these simple citations of OBJECTIVE REALITY.

Now, I will say this one more time, and this transcends all personal friendships, acquaintances and anything else that might apply.

If ANYONE dare make the accusation, or even the implication, that I, Ann Barnhardt, am a sedevacantist, then you are either MALICIOUSLY DISHONEST, or so breathtakingly stupid as to be disqualified from public speech.  I make this statement with ZERO exceptions.

Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, is the pope.

Jorge Bergoglio is not now, and never was the pope.  Bergoglio’s heresy is not germane to the question. The antecedent premise is the INVALIDITY OF RATZINGER’S ABDICATION, made as it was IN SUBSTANTIAL ERROR.

Unless and until this TRUE PREMISE is adopted, there will be nothing but a continued descent into hell, lies upon lies upon lies. Because when the base premise of a logical truth table is, in fact, a false premise, ALL logical corollaries derived from that truth table, whilst having the specious appearance of “truth”, are in fact, FALSEHOODS.

TO CALL AN ANTIPOPE “POPE” IS AN ATTACK ON THE PAPACY

And an attack on the Papacy is an attack on The Church.

And an attack on The Church is an attack on Jesus Christ.

To love the Papacy is to defend it.  Day in and day out, I see prelates, clergy, academics and talking heads, desperately trying to reconcile the Truth of The Church and its Magisterium to the LIE of the Bergoglian antipapacy.  How is this being done, and being done by so-called “conservatives” and “traditionalists”? By attacking the papacy itself.

Yes, that’s right.  Every time you read a piece arguing that “what the pope says is unimportant”, you are witnessing an attack on the Papacy, and thus on The Church, and thus on Our Lord.  What the pope says IS important, and not just within the context of formal, ex cathedra declarations defining dogma.  This is the argument that all of these people are making, and it is rubbing so many of you the wrong way, and sticking in your conscience like a thorn, because it is, in fact, wrong.  Do you realize that there have been, in the entire history of the Church, exactly TWO ex cathedra definitions of Dogma? Those two are the definition of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in ARSH 1854,  and the definition of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in ARSH 1950.

Therefore, if we use our brains and think this trough logically, according to these various and sundry clergy and commentators, NOTHING in the 2000 year history of the Church that has been said by a Pope has had any genuine importance, and CAN BE IGNORED OR DISCARDED.

Let me say that again, because it is really, really important:

In order to reconcile the false premise of the Bergoglian Antipapacy to reality, one must necessarily deny the importance of ALL papal utterances as ignorable and/or discardable, except two: the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption.

Do you not see that YOU ARE DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK every time you try to minimize Antipope Bergoglio’s importance while clinging to the false premise that he is the pope? Let’s say that a massive earthquake hits Rome, and both Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger and Antipope Bergoglio are killed.  The Pope would be dead, and the Antipope would also be dead, so there would be no controversy with regards to succession.  Let’s say that the most orthodox, faithful man was elected Pope.  Let’s call him Pope Pius XIII.  Do you not see that EVERYTHING Pope Pius XIII would say, do and teach would be declared “unimportant” and “discardable” and “to be ignored” by the enemies of God and His Holy Church – citing specifically EVERY ONE OF YOU whom on a near-daily basis have said exactly that of Antipope Bergoglio, a man that you profess, erroneously, to be the pope?  Do you see why this is so desperately, desperately important? Satan has YOU doing his dirty work for him.  YOU ARE THE ONES who are now, as we speak, utterly destroying the papacy.

Oh, but wait.  It gets so much worse.

The other argument that is constantly put forth by so-called conservatives and traditionalists is that “we cannot know with absolute certainty who the pope is”.

Oh REALLY?

Do you not see that this is EXACTLY the same tack that satan and his minions, Antipope Bergoglio first among them, has taken against MARRIAGE?

Remember how Antipope Bergoglio said that “most marriages are invalid”, and released a document citing such things as “a lack of faith”, “immaturity”, and my personal favorite, “et cetera”, as factors which could be used to falsely declare a marriage “null”?  In other words, no one can really know if they are married, so all marriages should just be assumed to be “null”.

Well, if a person cannot know who their spouse is, then neither can anyone know who the pope is.  And if we can’t know who the pope is, then the papacy, BY LOGICAL DEFINITION, is irrelevant.  Stop. Think. Think about that statement until the full force of it sinks all the way in.

If we can’t know who the pope is, then the papacy, BY LOGICAL DEFINITION, is IRRELEVANT.

And if the pope is irrelevant, then The Church is irrelevant.

And if The Church is irrelevant, then God is irrelevant.

Congratulations, “conservatives” and “traditionalists”.  By clinging in your sickening effeminacy to the false premise of Bergoglio being the Pope, you are destroying the papacy itself.  Let’s go back to Pope Pius XIII.  Don’t you see that as soon as Pope Pius XIII starts saying, teaching and doing CATHOLIC things, that your own argument will be used against you by the enemies of Christ? “Oh, we can’t know if Pope Pius XIII is really the pope, so we can just ignore him and wait for a pope that we like to come along….”

Which brings us to the utterly despicable, effeminate, narcissistic tack of pushing the entire Bergoglio question off onto future generations.

In the interests of nothing more than maintaining career tracks, donation revenues, and social connections, conservatives and traditionalists near-universally attempt to foist the entire Bergoglian question off onto future generations.  “We can’t know one way or another.  Only a future pope can decide. Therefore, we are absolved of all responsibility and duty.  Let’s just pretend Bergoglio doesn’t exist.”

You SELFISH COWARDS.

How many souls – HOW MANY SOULS – are you content to see lost to ETERNAL HELLFIRE in order to justify your effeminacy?

You know, there used to be a saying in Christian Civilization: If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, so that my child may have peace.

Do you know who said that? Thomas Paine. A stridently anti-Christian deist.  What exactly does it say about us when an anti-Christian deist Jacobin can run circles around conservative and traditional Catholics with regards to charity toward future generations?

I’ll stop here for today and call these 2000 words “the introduction”, but do you see why I titled this, “Black Guelphs Matter”?  What constitutes loyalty to the Papacy? Loyalty to the Papacy means DEFENDING IT, not calling an Antipope “pope” and utterly undermining the papacy in the process because, well, it’s just so much easier, and socially acceptable.  Gotta keep that PayPal button hot!  Gotta keep those soothing platitudes rolling for all the millionaire fanboy benefactors and Kathys. Gotta keep my crappy, horrible job!

“Everything’s fine… There have been bad popes before… This is for future generations to sort out… Just ignore him, and focus on yourself….”

And before you make your next post, or argue around the table at the dinner party with the “popular crowd”, that who the pope is or is not is irrelevant or unknowable, or that what words and deeds are attributed to a man holding himself out as The Vicar of Christ on Earth are irrelevant, just remember Pope Pius XIII, whom you are utterly hamstringing with your rhetoric, trying to square the circle of your false premise.

St. Peter, pray for us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Mailbag: Twenty-seven Years. ARSH 1989.

Twenty-seven years ago, I was thirteen years old, and had just started my first job. I would run the three blocks to my grandmother’s house after school, wolf down a cold cut sandwich, take a spit bath in her bathroom sink, put on my work clothes, then walk/run to work downtown.

Where were you in ’89?

Think about everything that has happened to you, and that you have done since ARSH 1989. Then read this:

Dear Ann,

Just a quick note of thanks, and to let you know you are having an impact. I get more out of reading your posts than I ever did in religious ed and from sitting in the pews.

My second grader had his first reconciliation (confession) last night, with an opportunity for parents to also partake after the children. I had no intention of going to confession, as I’ve been making excuses over my 10 year journey back to The Church. In the back of my mind, I heard you: “… they don’t actually BELIEVE any of that bullshit” – directed at me. Time to get real – so I went up with a sense of urgency. “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. It’s been 27 years since my last confession …”

Thank you, Ann.

J

No, thank you, sir.  Hopefully we can meet someday in that Home Far Away.

O Lord have mercy on this weary soul of mine
May I walk in Your light everyday
And when I’ve crossed that deep silent river
I’ll be happy in that home far away

I wandered away from the straight and the narrow
Driftin’ like a ship lost at sea
No lighthouse to guide my weary footsteps
Til Jesus answered my plea

The lights are bright no longer I’m blinded
From the bondage of sin I’m free
He lifted me up to join salvation
I’ll live on eternally

Starting Saturday Off Right: Prayers For Our Benefactor Mass Priest

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

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Distribution of Holy Communion at Mass on one of the Normandy Beaches, 72 years ago.

You might remember that I mentioned a while back that the priest that offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every week for you, my benefactors and supporters, is a military chaplain.

Well, as you can imagine, things have gotten… awkward for him.  In fact, he took a rank reduction from O-6 to O-3, and the attendant reduction in pension, in order to keep from having to do very, very bad things himself, and beyond that, order other chaplains beneath him to do evil, sacrilegious deeds as a direct corollary to Antipope Bergoglio’s satanic, heretical, blasphemous screed Amoris Laetitia.

In your charity, please pray for him, and all military priest chaplains, who really are at the “front lines” (pun intended) of this war. The enemies of God are truly using the military as their experimental crucible for their depraved, perverted agenda. Pray that the priest who offers the Holy Sacrifice for you perseveres and that his personal sufferings draw him ever-closer to Our Lord in His Passion, and that other priest chaplains likewise make the right choice, and choose God over their careers and pensions.

Thanks, folks. As always.

 

Web Hubbell’s Little Girl Yet Needs to be Kept In Stockings and Gin….

Not to put a damper on the whole “The Clintons are FINISHED!” celebration, but…

CHELSEA.

Word is that she is every bit the psychopath that her parents are.  Well, her mother, Hillary and her putative father, Billy Jeff.  Web Hubbell didn’t raise her.  And frankly, growing up in that demoniacal mess, who among us is surprised? But, psychopaths are psychopaths, and this one is under 40 years of age, and has become accustomed to a certain level of comfort, and she will not give it up. Not on your life.  What the Clintons are probably doing right now, this very minute, is developing a strategy for Chelsea.  They are deciding how long they are going to “lay low”, coordinating with the Soros machine, looking to establish “legit” charitable fronts to put Chelsea’s face on, etc. Look for a Chelsea Clinton senate campaign in a super-communist state within the next five years. The pay-to-play Clinton racket will continue.

This is why arch-criminals like the Clintons must be tried, and upon conviction either imprisoned or executed. Evil never rests. Evil never relents. And these people are evil.

CHELSEEEEEEEEEEEEEA.

Her name fits perfectly as the lyric to the Jaws Theme.

CHEL….sea.

CHEL…sea.

Chel-sea.CHEL-sea.CHEL-sea.

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Edifying Email from a Major Assistant District Attorney

(I vetted the sender, and believe me, this person is in The. Belly. Of. The Beast. I post this not to pretend that I wasn’t wrong about the very possibility of Trump being declared the winner  – I clearly was wrong.  But I remain very frightened of what the Soros machine has in store.  Riots.  Assisinations. False flag acts of overt war.  

But give this a reading.  And go to confession. (I did. Today. After making two general confessions within the past fortnight.)
Dear Ann,
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your clear-headed analysis of the presidential campaign, which has enabled me to retain my own tenuous grasp on reality this past year. It seems to me that it is the most obvious thing in the world that once a political faction has descended into open treachery and corruption – to weaponize the FBI and the IRS, to intentionally cripple our healthcare system, to run guns to drug lords, to hide official communications from public scrutiny, to barter official access and privileges, to transfer billions of dollars in cash to homicidal maniacs, and all of the other high and petty crimes that they have rubbed our noses in for the past eight years or more – it is simply not an option to ever again turn the keys of the White House over to genuine political enemies who might start looking through the files and hauling ex-staffers in front of grand juries.
I had thought, as you apparently did, that the plan was for Trump to lose the election – and perhaps it was, but what difference does it make? Whether the malevolent cabal that has been behind Obama and the Clintons is pleased with the outcome or not, I have zero doubt that they will use whatever means necessary to keep him in line – which should be pathetically easy to do.
I also think that there is an interesting parallel between Trump and Pope Francis. As was the case with Francis, out of sincere desperation Trump’s supporters have bought into the fantasy that he is going to push back against the destructive forces of the Left – and are just as ignorant of or indifferent to the mountain of evidence that Trump (like Francis) is a man of the Left himself. I expect that Trump will sell out conservatives in the political realm just as boldly, swiftly, and effectively as Francis has sold out the Catholic faithful, and that the people who should feel most betrayed will be his staunchest defenders, cheering him on as he destroys everything that they once held dear.
Let me close by saying that I have been a deputy district attorney for thirty years, specializing in the prosecution of major frauds, so I know as well as anyone how easy it is to persuade intelligent and successful people to believe in things that are objectively unbelievable. Even so, I was completely unprepared for the mass credulity with which the public has accepted the pretexts for the destruction of our traditions, values, and institutions. I recently re-read Orwell’s “1984”, and along with your explanation of diabolical narcissism, I think that I am finally beginning to understand the dynamics that are in play here. It has certainly motivated me to be far more attentive to the state of my own soul.
May God bless you richly,
Assistant D.A. X

Stay Frosty….

My email box is filling up with not just “you were WRONG!” emails, but emails casting Trump in messianic terms. Lots of phrases like “The anointed of God” and “The hand of the Lord is upon him”.

Um, folks, that’s Christ, not Trump.

The last time I had this creepy feeling of je ne sais quoi was on March 13, ARSH 2013. Really, really creepy and ominous.

Stay frosty, don’t let your guard down. The uncertainty level his just gone parabolic. As an astute reader put it, ALL of these people would burn the whole damn thing to the ground in order to draw more power to themselves. False flag events, both domestically and abroad, and outright riot fomentation and incitement to violence seem likely in the coming weeks (by the Soros machine).

Also, get used to the phrase “art of the deal”. You’re going to be hearing that a lot to explain why it is that actually doing what was promised is “simply unrealistic”.

The phrase that most stuck out in his victory speech was, “The U.S. owes Hillary Clinton a major debt of gratitude for her service to the country.”

I wonder if that debt is so major that it might require a presidential pardon to pay….

And so it begins….

Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation.