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Plausible Hypothesis on What Exactly the "Abomination of Desolation" Might Be

I recently tweeted THIS PIECE on the attempts by Francis and his felonious thug toadies to execute a de facto abrogation of the Sixth Commandment, written under a nome de plume (or is that nome de guerre?) over at The Remnant Newspaper.  When I read the author’s two concluding paragraphs, one thought entered my mind, and has not left since.  That thought was, “Oh my gosh.  THAT is the Abomination of Desolation.”

First, let me quote the final two paragraphs from The Remnant’s piece:

The gravity of this looming crisis cannot be overstated. If this proposal is adopted, it will be more far-reaching than any other of the post-Conciliar manipulations like Communion in the hand or altar girls. This will strike, in one blow, against the very pillars of the Faith: the Eucharist and the priesthood. The Eucharist, the presence of which was barely preserved in the New Mass, will be systematically desecrated. And those who will be expected to do the desecrating will be the priests, who will certainly be punished if they refuse.

It will also put paid to whatever hopes we have of restoring the Faith by the work of an up-and-coming young faithful priesthood, since only men who have demonstrated their willingness to desecrate the Holy Eucharist will be considered suitable for the seminary.

When I was a kid in the late 1980s and early 90s I used to watch an “End Times” weekly “news” program on old channel 50 in Kansas City, the UHF Christian channel, put on by a televangelist called “Jack van Impe Presents”, along with his very heavily augmented wife, Rexella.  He tended to focus, interestingly enough, on the then-coalescing European Union, trying desperately to tie the EU directly and precisely to the Danielic eschatological passages.  (For those of you who do not know, “eschatology” is the branch of theology that deals with death, judgment and the End Times.  “The Eschaton” (ESS-ka-tawn) is the fancy name for the End of the World.  I think these are worthwhile terms to know.  Sure can’t hurt.) Anyway, the Danielic term “Abomination of Desolation” was mentioned not infrequently, but it never made any sense within the context of worldly events.  There are three instances of this term in Daniel, all within the context of apocalyptic visions:

And he shall confirm the covenant with many, in one week: and in the half of the week the victim and the sacrifice shall fall: and there shall be in the temple the abomination of desolation: and the desolation shall continue even to the consummation, and to the end.  Daniel 9: 27

And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall defile the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the continual sacrifice, and they shall place there the abomination unto desolation. And such as deal wickedly against the covenant shall deceitfully dissemble: but the people that know their God shall prevail and succeed.  Daniel 11: 31-32

And from the time when the continual sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination unto desolation shall be set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred ninety days.  Daniel 12: 11

If we look up the term “Abomination of Desolation”, we quickly discover that this term has also been translated from the Hebrew in the book of Daniel to … wait for it … DESOLATING SACRILEGE.

Our Blessed Lord Himself speaks of the Abomination of Desolation in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.  So this thing, this event, this action is very, very real.

What Pope Francis Bergoglio and his felonious toadies are trying to do, namely coerce and intimidate every Roman Catholic priest to KNOWINGLY distribute Holy Communion, which is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, physically substantially present in the Host and the Chalice, to people in a state of open, unrepentant mortal sin, is EXACTLY what the author of the Remnant piece above says it is: THE DESECRATION OF THE EUCHARIST CARRIED OUT BY THE PRIEST WITHIN THE MASS ITSELF.

Put another way, what this will do is render officially, formally sacreligious almost all of the Masses of priests who go along with this evil and nefarious plot.  The hallmark of the satanic Black Mass is the total inversion of the Rite with the climax being the desecration of a stolen Consecrated Host.  These Masses would NOT be Black, because in a Black Mass, the participants must have the positive intention of worshiping satan.  However, one can clearly see the subtle hand of the Enemy at work here, and one can’t help but think of the term so popular today: Fifty Shades of Gray.

By going along with the Bergoglio-Kasper plan, these priests will put themselves into schism.  As we know from the schismatic churches of the East (Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Coptic, there are dozens), the Eucharist is still confected at their Liturgies, albeit ILLICITLY.  But none of these ecclesial communions engage in anything even remotely close to the conscious, mandated, coerced desecration of the Eucharist.  Even I, in all of my ecumenical rigidity, would never even countenance such an appalling accusation.

Not only do I now countenance this accusation with regards to the Bergoglio-Kasper plan, I publish it, in writing, for all the world to see, because I can see no way around it.  Further, it seems to me that if ever there was an event that warranted serious-minded people assigning significant probability to it of being the Abomination of Desolation, the DESOLATING SACRILEGE which shall “defile the sanctuary of strength”, brother THIS IS IT.  This is a full-out assault, not only on the Sixth Commandment, not only on the Sacrament of Matrimony, not only on the Family, but, I think, more to the point, this is a full-out attack on the priesthood, The Mass, and Our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist.

I have written here previously that Pope Francis Bergoglio is a profoundly unintelligent man, and I stick with that statement 100%.  This plot, having taken over a century to unfold, requiring the cooperation of entire nation-states and their governments, along with the media, to prime the mass populace into denying marriage, family, and now even gender, and into embracing every possible perversion of sexuality as a “human right”, with the actual, true end goal being nothing less than the SYSTEMATIC DESECRATION OF THE EUCHARIST BY PRIESTS WITHIN THE MASS ITSELF is so diabolically brilliant that it can only be the product of an angelic intelligence.

Further, one must remember that Bergoglio didn’t just suddenly appear out of nowhere.  He is a product of the heresy of Modernism, the “synthesis of all heresies” as Pope Saint Pius X referred to it.  Further, he is a direct product of the Communist infiltration of the Church, and Bergoglio himself is a materialist, steeped in Peronist-Fascism, a Marxist political system, remarkable for its truly Machiavellian, populist playbook.  Finally, Bergoglio is at minimum highly tolerant of, if not actively sympathetic toward the Sodomite Mafia.  The man he handpicked to run not only the residence where he lives, Casa Santa Marta, (famously rejecting the Papal Apartments in the Apostolic Palace to the swoons of the useful idiots), but also appointing this man as the head of the Vatican Bank, Monsignor Battista Ricca, who is a flagrant sodomite, having carried on an open affair with an ex-Swiss Guard named Patrick Haari, in Montevideo, Uruguay (just across the bay from Buenos Aires), AND having been caught in an elevator with a boy prostitute.  Bergoglio’s retention and promotion of Ricca in the summer of 2013 after news of his scandalous past as Bergoglio’s neighbor in Montevideo broke was a clear signal to the sodomites that Bergoglio was on their side and ready to play ball.

So, here is how I will personally deal with this if it happens.  You can take this or leave it.

IF this Bergoglio-Kasper plan is brought to fruition, I will refuse, AS POLICY to attend any Mass celebrated by a priest who has not, either personally or through his order, fraternity or society, made a positive statement of rejection, refusal and resistance to the Bergoglio-Kasper plan, and made a positive statement of fidelity to the teaching and Magisterium of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, the Body and Bride of Jesus Christ.  I suspect this is what Cardinal Raymond Burke was referencing when he said, “I will resist.”  And this is also what I suspect Pope Benedict XVI was referencing when he said that the Church was going to become “very compact”.

To be present at such a Mass, where Our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist was being knowingly desecrated by the priest at the distribution of Holy Communion, would be a grave, grave sin.

And PLEASE REMEMBER that these lines will NOT be drawn strictly down the Novus Ordo – Traditional Mass line.  There will be groups and priests who celebrate the Traditional Mass who will capitulate on this, too.  I suspect that MOST, but not all, Novus Ordo priests will capitulate to Bergoglio, if it comes to that, and that MOST of the Remnant Church will be tied to the Old Rite, but the delineation will not be perfect along that line.  There will be crossovers on both sides.  One will have to do one’s due diligence.  

Bottom line, this Bergoglio-Kasper plan is nothing less than the coming to fruition of a satanic plot to utterly dismantle the Church Militant from the inside-out; the priesthood, the episcopate, the papacy, the Mass and the Eucharist, all in one final coup de grace, after over a century of preparation.

Is this The Abomination of Desolation?  It is the strongest candidate in all of Church history, and thus CANNOT be dismissed or ignored as such.

Let us conclude on a hope-filled note by repeating Daniel 11: 32…

And such as deal wickedly against the covenant shall deceitfully dissemble: but the people that know their God shall prevail and succeed.

The First Commandment is FIRST for a Reason

Look, we all know that Pope Francis and his toadies are nefarious characters by now.  I will have more to say about their efforts to schism and destroy as much of the Church Militant as possible using the Sixth Commandment as their primary locus of attack.  HOWEVER, something happened yesterday that is far more subtle, but perhaps more intensely nefarious.  Pope Francis Bergoglio announced that an Armenian theologian from the Tenth Century, Gregory of Narek, is going to be named a Doctor of the Universal Church.

Yawn.  Snooze.  So what?  Booooooring.  Whatever.

Not so fast.

Gregory of Narek, while certainly a very holy man, was outside of communion with Rome, and also was a heretic, namely a Miaphysitite.

Yawn.  Snooze.  So what?  Booooooring.  Technical.  Whatever.

No, not whatever.  Miaphysitism holds that Christ has only one nature, which contains both a divine “character” and a human “character”.  Miaphysitism is the heresy held by what are referred to today as the “Oriental Orthodox” churches, which includes among others the Armenians and also the Copts in Egypt.

This is wrong.  Christ is One Person with two natures: divine and human.  Jesus Christ is FULLY GOD and FULLY MAN.  This truth, given to the Church by the Holy Spirit at the Council of Chalcedon in ARSH 451, is technically referred to by Christological theologians as Dyophysitism. Recalling the post earlier this month about Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, and logic, we must remind ourselves, as products of a diabolic system of post-Christian contra-education, that two contradictory premises cannot both be true.  Period.  And if we do in fact believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, then we KNOW and CANNOT DOUBT what the truth is in this case.  The Church teaches infallibly that Dyophysitism is TRUE and everything else, including Miaphysitism is false, and thus heretical. Period.  Full stop.  End of story.

Now here is the point, which is nuanced, especially to the post-modern, post-Christian mind of western man, so stay with me.

While there have been and are holy people in these “Oriental Orthodox” churches, and let us certainly put at the head of that list for purposes of this explanation both Gregory of Narek AND the 21 Coptic martyrs who died on the Libyan beach just last week with the Most Holy Name of Jesus on their lips, we cannot permit sentimentality to subvert truth.  As Dr. John Senior put it so eloquently and prophetically in his ARSH 1978 masterwork “The Death of Christian Culture”:

Sentimentalism is not just a weakness, and is certainly not a virtue – it is confused with mercy – but a crime; and vicious sentimentalism is ordinary sentimentality raised up in place of principle.  It is, as I said, poisoning the wells.

It is not this law or this or that case, but law itself, justice itself that has been challenged, and it is only at the level of first principles that a proper defense can be made.  The crisis in law and order today is not a legal one.  It is a disaster at the level of first principles.  Not just the courts, but our whole civilization sickens as it spreads.

Sentimentalism, as the constitutive parts of the word imply, is the subjugation of the “mental” to the “sentient”.  It is an attempt to found a philosophy on feeling.

As a friend said to me a while ago, and it struck me particularly hard and has remained in the forefront of my mind ever since, “The First Commandment is FIRST, and the Sixth Commandment is SIXTH for a reason.  It is a far more serious and grave thing to be wrong, or to teach error, about WHO GOD IS than it is to fornicate.”

I was very grateful for this bit of wisdom, because it is so easy to get tunnel vision and start to become totally fixated on the Sixth Commandment to the exclusion of everything else.  And this, I think, just may be what satan is trying to prey upon.  Gregory of Narek was wrong about the Nature of Christ.  He was wrong about WHO GOD IS.  To call Gregory of Narek a “Doctor of the Universal Church” – a monumentally high standard – is an incredibly subtle, backhanded way of saying that it is okay TO BE WRONG ABOUT WHO GOD IS.  That is to say, it is okay to break the First Commandment, that it doesn’t really matter WHO GOD IS, and that the efforts and labor of the Church, espoused to and protected by the Holy Spirit, to bring forth the infallible truth, taught infallibly by the Magisterium for over 1500 years about WHO GOD IS, is either

A.) not important,
B.) in error, or

because it has to be one of those three. Sound familiar?  This is exactly what it seems Francis and his cabal are trying to do with the Sixth Commandment.  And the First Commandment is, at its core, more important than the Sixth.  Therefore, in the big picture, this putative naming of Gregory of Narek as a Doctor of the Church, is actually worse.

Sadly, the excellent blog Rorate Caeli has printed a piece on this matter that seems to ratify the action, and justifies it by making the wholly erroneous claim that “one cannot always speak straightforwardly of ‘schism’ and ‘heresy’ when dealing with the theological and ecclesiastical divisions of Christendom in that era.”

Oh yes.  Yes we can.  The Council of Chalcedon in ARSH 451 laid down the Church’s infallible teaching on this point, and appealing to mere political machinations as some sort of dispensation or justification for heresy is EXACTLY the sort of worldliness that the Enemy is so delighted to see come spewing from the Vatican, and especially from Pope Francis Bergoglio today.

To end on a positive note, here is a photoshopped version of the icon of Christ Pantocrator – the best icon ever – which I posted immediately below in the “Starting Tuesday Off Right: First Commandment Edition”.  The Cristos Pantocrator icon conveys the truth of Dyophysitism (Our Lord is One Person with two natures – divine and human).  Look at the two sides of His face.  They are quite different.  Entire volumes could be written about this image, but for the purposes of this essay, let us just say that this icon communicates the two distinct natures of Christ, divine and human, dwelling in the One Person of Christ.


The Confession of Chalcedon:

We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach people to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable [rational] soul and body; consubstantial [co-essential] with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; (ἐν δύο φύσεσιν ἀσυγχύτως, ἀτρέπτως, ἀδιαιρέτως, ἀχωρίστως – in duabus naturis inconfuse, immutabiliter, indivise, inseparabiliter) the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person (prosopon) and one Subsistence (hypostasis), not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten God (μονογενῆ Θεόν), the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning Him, and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.

Starting Tuesday Off Right: First Commandment Edition

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.


I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Ego sum Dominus Deus tuus, qui eduxi te de terra Aegypti, de domo servitutis.

Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
Non habebis deos alienos coram me.

Checkin' In

1.  Yes, I yet live.  Thanks for the concerned inquiries.  I have been hustlin’ for a new parking spot, and might be close to closing a deal.  It is much closer to the job where I CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!, which is good, but it is also double the rent.  This is NOT unexpected.  The previous parking spot was extremely favorable in multiple ways, including the price.  So good, in fact, that it can never be replicated.  Thank you for all of the prayers, especially in joining in the St. Joseph Novena.  Please be assured that I prayed for all of your intentions throughout the Novena as well, and continue to do so every day.

2.  Admittedly, enthusiasm and work ethic on this end are flagging.  Yes, there is much to say, but, to be perfectly blunt, writing essay after essay saying “yeah, I told you so – like SIX YEARS AGO” and “well, no shit, Sherlock” is not FUN.  None of this is FUN.  This shit is deadly, deadly serious, and getting more so by the day.  It isn’t exhilarating to be proved right when what one has been warning about is nothing less than the end of civilization as we know it.  I still struggle mightily with the whole moral question of “doom porn”, and what exactly I’m supposed to be doing here, now.  At this point, I just want to die well, and have been thinking about how I should go to my death in various scenarios.  I have decided that no matter what, I want the Name of Jesus to be the last thing I say, because The Holy Name of Jesus contains in itself everything: love, truth, mercy, beauty, justice, reason.  One word.  Two syllables.  Everything’s covered.  Oh, and it’s also HIS NAME.  How could you not want to die with the name of your Beloved on your lips?

3.  I have been asked by other people to continue writing because I tend to be the person who cuts the rhetorical path through the jungle with my verbal machete, thus broaching unpleasant topics, so that other writers and pundits may then follow-up with more staid language.  Yeah.  I know.  And I guess I’m fine with that.  We all have our roles.  That is clearly mine.  So, I shall try to do better, get myself back on the horse, and beginning tomorrow try to clear some more path.

4.  A point of housekeeping.  I have had multiple inquiries recently about my Cattle Marketing DVD set.  YES.  IT IS STILL FOR SALE.  I have order fulfillment elves on standby.  And by the way, if I may say, it is getting better with age.  This version – the second edition – was recorded in March ARSH 2011, and I added modules on SEVERE PRICE INFLATION and how to deal with and remain oriented in an inflating, hyper-volatile, and eventually currency-less market environment, including the criticality of GETTING OUT OF DEBT and expanding not with leverage, but with equity.  These modules seemed cuckoo-pants to some people at the time, but almost everything I talked about has already happened.  Mathematical and moral truths are timeless, and unavoidable.

So, if you want to order the Cornerstone Cattle Marketing Level 1 DVD set, the best bet is to send a check for $500 made out to “Ann Barnhardt” to my mailbox with “CATTLE MARKETING DVD” written in the memo.  Do not be surprised if the cleared check comes back endorsed over to another account.  Also include your shipping address.  The shipping turnaround is usually one business day.

Ann Barnhardt
6834 S. University Blvd.
Centennial, CO 80122

5.  Here is some pick-me-up music.  The finale to the William Tell Overture by Rossini.  I aspire to playing the triangle in a performance of this piece some day.  I could do that.

Before I Forget … Feb Benefactor Mass February 11th

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for all of my benefactors and supporters, past present and future, on FEBRUARY 11th.  Mark your calendar, and be assured of my daily prayers and unceasing gratitude.

And thanks again to one and all for your prayers during our St. Joseph Novena, which wrapped up today.  I shall keep you posted as to domestic logistical developments as they manifest.

There Is No Salvation Outside The Catholic Church (Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus)

I have been meaning to write this up for months, as it is a regular question that lands in the ol’ inbox.  It is on people’s minds, both inside and outside the Church, especially with the imbecilic, contra-educated words and deeds coming out of the Bishop of Rome in these dark, dark days.  It is time to explain this clearly and forthrightly, because it is actually one of the truths that was most persuasive and attractive in my conversion process.  Why?  Because the explanation is logical, coherent, and satisfyingly beautiful.

This statement is TRUE:

There is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church.

The reason why almost everyone in post-Christian western culture today blanches at this is because we have been taught to deny that there is, in fact, any such thing as “truth”.  ONE TRUTH.  We have been savagely propagandized and manipulated to accept that 2+2 equals 4, AND 7, and 8,349,085 – if that is what someone else wants.  Because there is “my truth” and “your truth” and “we each have our own truth”, and “life is a journey of discovering our own truth”.  The infiltrators have not only torn down the entire notion of truth via soft, cultural means, but also through the hardest of the hard sciences – MATHEMATICS.  Were you taught logic at any point within the context of mathematics?  Do you know what a “truth table” is?  If you are under the age of 45, almost certainly not.  Logic is the use and study of valid reasoning, that is, truth and falsity.  Thus, it was totally scrubbed from math curricula in the western world by the infiltrators by necessity, because logic is the hammer that instantly smashes the vast majority of the staggering, staggering bullshit that we are all, as we speak, drowning in.  The reason why even functionally intelligent people today simply cannot parse current events and get their heads around what should be extremely simple-to-grasp dynamics is because people have been conditioned to view as normal – if not virtuous – the simultaneous holding of utterly contradictory positions.

So, there is exactly, precisely ONE TRUTH, and thus, there must be by mathematical definition, be exactly, precisely ONE CHURCH.  There CANNOT be multiple “churches”, which, by definition, hold contradictory positions (hence their distinctiveness one from another), because two contradictory things CANNOT BOTH BE TRUE.  And we know that there is a CHURCH, because Our Lord Himself in the Gospels made repeated mention of it, not the least of which was this hard-to-get-around statement:

“Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.”

So we know, just from that, that Our Lord does have, in fact, a Church, and that He has ONE Church, because he used the singular form of the noun.  This doesn’t even take into consideration the Holy Spirit’s extensive discussion of the Church as the Body and Bride of Christ through the pen of St. Paul in his epistles.  Look, when God Almighty, Incarnate, says, “I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH”, all debates about whether or not there even is a Church ends.  If a person is so far gone that they can’t grind their way through that gearbox, then there’s nothing I  or anyone else can do.

Now let’s discuss what the Church is.  The Church consists of THREE PARTS:
1.  The Church Militant – this is the Church on Earth, this is what we the living see.
2.  The Church Suffering – this is Purgatory, where the souls of the saved go to be purged of all attachment to sin so that they might enter into the presence of God – the Beatific Vision.
3.  The Church Triumphant – this is the Beatific Vision, The Most Holy Trinity, the angels and saints dwelling inside, pondering, adoring and worshipping God from the inside.

Some day, both the Church Militant and the Church Suffering will cease to exist.  The earth, the physical universe, will someday cease to exist, and there will be no additional human beings made.  The reason God has not yet brought about what we call “The end of the world” is because there are not yet enough human beings.  God wants more people for heaven.  Including the babies conceived by the poor, in violent or disordered circumstances, and by women who have already had multiple c-sections.  GOD, not Pope Francis, determines how many humans there should be, and God is very, very clear on this question.  He. Wants. More. People. To. Love.

Since the domain of the Church Militant is the physical universe, when there is no longer a physical universe or living human beings, there will be no Church Militant.  Some day, the last saved soul will be fully purged of all attachment to sin and will enter heaven, and on that day the Church Suffering will cease to exist.

The Church Triumphant, however, will always exist, because the domain of the Church Triumphant is the Triune Godhead Himself, Who Is Existence Itself.  Ever pray the Gloria Patri?  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

So let’s get our LOGIC jam on now, shall we?  The Church, of which there is only one, is the Body and Bride of Christ, and all of the saved either are now or eventually will be in the Church Triumphant, which indwells, now and forever, inside the Triune Godhead.

Now grind through this, and fight the contra-education you have received as a child of the post-Christian, post-Modern west.  How, EXACTLY, could a person be “saved” and be OUTSIDE of the Church?

Let’s attack this from the angle of the Judgment.  What happens to every person when they die?  They are judged by Jesus Christ.


Do you believe this?  No, seriously.  Do you believe that EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING, regardless of race, religious confession, time, place, or any other variable, is judged by Jesus Christ?  If you do not believe this, then I really don’t see how you can possibly claim to be a Christian.  Now, if you don’t like hearing this, you can go listen to Pope Francis spew some irrational, illogical, Modernist, faux-ecumenical garbage, but understand that his priority is very different from mine.  I am interested in the eternal fate of your soul.  Pope Francis, it seems, just wants to be popular.  Let’s go through a list:

What happens to Christians when they die?
They are judged by Jesus Christ, and will either attain the Beatific Vision in the Church Triumphant, or be damned to hell.

What happens to Jews when they die?
They are judged by Jesus Christ, and will either attain the Beatific Vision in the Church Triumphant, or be damned to hell.

What happens to Hindus when they die?
They are judged by Jesus Christ, and will either attain the Beatific Vision in the Church Triumphant, or be damned to hell.

What happens to atheists when they die?
They are judged by Jesus Christ, and will either attain the Beatific Vision in the Church Triumphant, or be damned to hell.

What happens to musloids when they die?
They are judged by Jesus Christ, and will either attain the Beatific Vision in the Church Triumphant, or be damned to hell.

What happens to animists when they die?
They are judged by Jesus Christ, and will either attain the Beatific Vision in the Church Triumphant, or be damned to hell.

Noticing a pattern?  Mmmmmm?

I have an anecdote.  If you recall, a few years ago I attempted to take a course on Aristotelian and Thomistic Ethics through the Archdiocese of Denver.  That’s the one that the Novus Ordo Kathys asked the instructor (who was great) to throw me out of, because I didn’t respect “their truth” or whatever.  Well, besides myself and the Kathys, there was one man in the class – a guy in his 60s who did nothing but sleep and talk on his cell phone.  I don’t think he ever actually heard a single word the instructor said.  Behavior like that REALLY chaps me.  Anyway, at the last session I attended there was a discussion at the end of the class, and this guy woke up and said the following, at which I was CLIMBING THE WALLS:

“I’m a catechism teacher for the teens over at St. Xxxx’s and have been for years.  The kids ask about reincarnation for the Hindus, and I tell them, “SURE, THAT’S POSSIBLE.  IF THAT IS WHAT THOSE PEOPLE BELIEVE, WHY NOT?  WHO’S TO SAY THAT THERE ISN’T REINCARNATION? WE DON’T KNOW.”

So, lesson one here is: DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO ANY SORT OF CATECHISM CLASSES IN A NOVUS ORDO PARISH.  I’m sorry, but it is just that simple.  They will let ANYONE who volunteers teach, and most of these people, whether we like it or not and whether it is malicious or not, are full-blown heretics if not outright apostates.  Ah, the New Pentecost (TM).  Not QUITE as awesome as the original.

The second lesson is, as we discussed above, people today are so far gone that they can recite the Creed at Mass every Sunday, to wit the parts about “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead” and “we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come”, and then stand in front of a CATHOLIC CATECHISM CLASS and tell a bunch of kids that, sure, if Hindus believe in reincarnation, who’s to say they aren’t reincarnated? AND THEN BRAG ABOUT IT IN A CATHOLIC ADULT ED CLASS.  There is zero sensation of cognitive dissonance or even tension in holding two utterly, completely contradictory positions.  2+2 equals 4.  But also 762, and aren’t I just one of the cool kids because I don’t actually believe in the concept of “truth”, because I’m tolerant, and frankly, a little self-loathing, too.  The mind simply reels.

Let’s focus in on the so-called Christian denominations now.  Do we honestly believe that there are multiple “heavens”?  Do we honestly believe that there is a Presbyterian heaven, and a Methodist heaven, and a Baptist heaven?  Do we honestly believe that there is a heaven where sodomy, for example, is NOT a sin, where all of the people who believe that sodomy is great will get to go?  Is there a heaven where contraception is not a sin – because ALL of the protesting sects today deny the sinfulness of contraception?  Again, let’s get our logic groove rolling again.  How can the Triune Godhead hold contradictory positions as both being true?  Either sodomy is a sin or it isn’t.  Either the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ physically, substantially present, or it isn’t.  Either the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the eternal liturgy of heaven, or it isn’t.  A house divided cannot stand.  If God holds contradictory positions as both “true”, then there is no truth, and thus there is no God.  THIS is the inevitable logical consequence of the Protestant revolt – atheism.

Now this is the part that was so compelling for me in my conversion process.  What of people who cannot, through no fault of their own, either know about or enter the Church?  Can these people be saved?  The answer is: yes.  It is possible.  Let’s take all of the people, for example, who lived their lives on the North American continent in the 1450 years between the establishment of the Church by Christ in the Upper Room in ARSH 33, and the landing of Columbus in North America in ARSH 1492.  How could a man born on the Great Plains in the 5th century, living his entire life 1000 years before any Christian steps foot on the same continent, making it a physical impossibility that he could have known of Christ, much less His Church, much less received baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, be saved?  How could such a man, and billions of others like him over the centuries, possibly be not only saved, but saved IN THE CHURCH, outside of which there is no salvation according to the axiom?  The answer is: The Natural Law.  Christ judged the 5th century Plains Indian according to the Natural Law, which is indelibly inscribed on the heart of every human being by God.  Is it more difficult for those outside The Church?  Of course.  That is why the Church is a Gift from God, and the most obvious manifestation of His love for us, even above and beyond nature and the stars.  The 5th century Plains Indian could not go to the sacrament of confession and hear the words:

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

But we CAN go to confession and we CAN hear those words, and our sins, venial and mortal, can be forgiven AT ANY TIME.  The Catholic Church is a Gift from God.

And so that 5th century Plains Indian, if he lived his life in accord with the Natural Law, coupled with genuine invincible ignorance (due to physical location), made it through his Particular Judgment before Our Lord, is now far, far, far more Catholic than any of us.  He knows the Mass better than the greatest liturgist alive today, because he is right there at the Altar, worshiping God in the perpetual sacrifice and immolation of the Lamb.  He isn’t in some separate animist-pagan heaven for red skinned Injuns (HAD to throw that in).  He is in the one and only heaven that there is, which is indwelling in the only God there is, which is His Mystical Body and Bride, Church Triumphant, which is most certainly CATHOLIC, because what the word “catholic” means is “universal” or, perhaps more accurately, “on the whole”.

And so it follows from this that Our Good God has not created one single human being “damned”.  Every one of us – and scientists today speculate that there have been roughly 110 billion human beings ever – and every person who ever will be, has been knit together, atom by atom, cell by cell, personally by God who provided and provides a means and path and grace sufficient for every one of us to make it to heaven.  Including the eighth consecutive child delivered by c-section.  Many, many did not and will not make it, but that is our own fault.

Now, isn’t that satisfying?  Doesn’t it make sense?  Doesn’t it just drip with integrity and logical coherence?  AND LOVE?

The big obstacle for post-Christian culture is to shake the pathological need to deny that there is, in fact, ONE TRUTH, and thus ONE CHURCH, and thus ONE TRUE RELIGION, as the world, ruled as it is by satan and his minions, calls us “intolerant”, “rigid”, “fundamentalist”, “haters”, “Nazis” and “Taliban”.

I BELIEVE that the Catholic Church is the ONE, TRUE CHURCH of Christ, instituted by Him in the Upper Room, and is now and always will be His Body and His Bride.  There is only ONE Church.  There is only ONE True Religion.  There is only one heaven, and there is only one God, who is the One and Only Judge of every human being.

Which is why I will scream from the rooftops without the least hesitation or shame:



Because I actually believe it.




Starting Tuesday Off Right: God Receiver Edition

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.

St. Simeon, the God Receiver

St. Simeon, the God Receiver

Yesterday was the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, wherein 40 days after His birth, Our Lord was presented at the Temple, thus signifying His entrance into His Church, and also the humble obedience of the Blessed Virgin, who presented herself according to God’s Law to be purified, even though she had absolutely no need of such since her virginity was totally preserved for her entire life.

Our Lord was received by Simeon and the prophetess Anna, and the icon above depicts the wonderful moment wherein St. Simeon, knowing Who Our Lord was, took Him into his arms.  St. Augustine put it so beautifully:

“An old man was carrying a Child; but the Child was the old man’s Lord.”

I was struck by the icon above because it is one of the very few icons I have seen wherein the subject’s face is radiating joy.  Icons often look quite sad, or at minimum extremely solemn.  In this icon, the joy of Simeon, the God-Receiver, tears welling in his eyes and a gentle smile on his lips as he looks upon God Incarnate, is most moving.

St. Simeon, the God-Receiver, is an image of all of us who receive Our Lord into our own physical embrace every time we receive the Eucharist.  Would that we all recognize and know Him as He is brought to us at the Communion rail, like Simeon knew Him on the steps of the Temple; would that we all hold and cradle Our Lord with the care and awe that St. Simeon did when we receive Him in the Eucharist; and would that we all rejoice like St. Simeon at each and every meeting with Our Lord.