28 March 2010


Bless you, Bottom of Christianity, you have been translated now - to nothing.

H.G. Wells, The Conquest of Time

Considering the assaults currently being leveled against Pope Benedict in regard to the German clerical sexual abuse matter, it would be worth reading a recent essay by Elizabeth Lev (posted March 21). She evaluates the rabid and murderous anti-clericalism during the Reign of Terror around the time of the French Revolution, warning of potential recurrence in the modern era. This excellent article very much ties in with the current political situation in America, i.e. messianism, radicalism, socialism, Alinskyism, nihilsm, relativism.

[TH2 analysis in bolded square brackets]

In 1790, most of the world was congratulating France for what seemed like a successfully completed revolution.[in 2009 the world congratulated America for voting in its first black president] The hated King [the hated George W. Bush] had been brought to heel, and change [Obama slogan] had swept through an oppressed nation [so said the Vulgar Left, MSM etc.], offering hope [another Obama slogan] for a brighter future [recall Obama logo with "O" situated on distant horizon] under better [or bigger] government.

Newspapers, then coming into their own, proclaimed the dawn of a new era of peace and prosperity while proto-pundits [e.g. Chris Matthews] compared the change of rule to England's Glorious Revolution of 1688.["I had this thrill up my leg"]

One observer [or conservatives] however, English statesman Edmund Burke, wasn't fooled by the triumphant images [Greek columns at DNC speech, faked halo illuminating photographs] produced by revolutionary PR teams [George Soros affiliated groups, MSM, leftist academics, Oprah and a wide assortment of celebrity tools]; he saw gathering clouds for the darkest storm yet. His first clue that the Revolution had yet to run its course? The sustained hostile attacks on the Catholic clergy.

After the National Assembly diminished the authority of Louis XVI in 1789 [after Obama was elected and commenced dissolving the free market, spitting on the US Constitution, killing the pre-born, etc.], anti-monarchical literature dwindled [jokes about the president by brown nosing late-night talk show hosts and commentators nearly became non-existent], but fierce accusations against Catholic clergy for misdeeds past and present increased [e.g. spewed by Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Christopher Hitchens]. Isolated cases of clerical immorality were magnified to make depravity appear endemic to the entire priesthood (ironically, in an age where sexual libertinism was running rampant) [as in MTV, Playboy, normalization of pornography on TV and internet] The French propagandists [New York Times reporters] labored night and day, dredging the past for old scandals whether decades or even centuries distant.

In his Reflections on the Revolution in France, published in 1790, Burke, a Protestant, asked the French, "From the general style of late publications of all sorts, one would be led to believe that your clergy in France were a sort of monsters, a horrible composition of superstition, ignorance, sloth, fraud, avarice and tyranny. But is this true?" What would Edmund Burke make of the headlines of the past few weeks, as stories of a clerical sex abuser in Germany a quarter century ago, made front page headlines and top TV stories in US news? What would he think of the insistent attempts to tie this sex abuser to the Roman pontiff himself through the most tenuous of links? In 1790, Burke answered his own question with these words: "It is not with much credulity I listen to any when they speak evil of those whom they are going to plunder. I rather suspect that vices are feigned or exaggerated when profit is looked for in their punishment." As he wrote these words, the French revolutionaries were readying for the mass confiscation of Church lands. [This is happening right now - yes, by enemies outside the Church, but also heretics and apostates from within. Case in point: Sr. Keehan Carol, president of the CHA, just effectively relinquished Catholic hospitals to the subservience of the radical pro-abortion Obama administration]

As the present sales of church property to pay settlements swell the coffers of contingent-fee lawyers and real estate speculators, one has to credit Burke for a profound and historical sense of human nature. [Burke's Reflections is a must read so as to better understand the current crisis in civilization]

The salacious reporting on clerical sex abuse (as if it were limited to only Roman Catholic clergy) has been given a prominence greater than the massacres of Christians happening right now in India and Iraq. Moreover, the term "clerical sex abuse" is often misleadingly equated with "pedophilia" to whip up even more public outrage. It doesn't take the political acumen of an Edmund Burke to wonder why the Catholic Church has been singled out for this treatment. [Consistent and malicious attacks against the Catholic Church indirectly validates its singularity, that it is possessed by the Truth. Why even bother in a war against the Church if it is an "irrelevant" institution in the modern era? Enemies of Catholicism always miss this point.]

While no one denies the wrongdoing and the harm caused by a small minority of priests, their misconduct has been used to undermine the reputations of the overwhelming majority of clergy who live holy quiet lives in their parishes, tending to their flocks. These good men have been smeared with the same poisonous ink.[well said, Elizabeth, cannot be emphasized enough]

The brutal reality is that there are an estimated 39 million victims of childhood sexual abuse in the United States today. Of these, between 40 and 60 percent were abused by a family member (for the most part uncles, cousins, stepfathers and live-in boyfriends). Carol Shakeshaft and Audrey Cohan have produced a study showing that 5 percent were molested by school teachers, while the New York Times published a survey showing that fewer than 2% of the offenders were Catholic priests. But to read the papers, it would seem that Catholic clergy hold a monopoly in child molestation. [we could use a whole bunch more of Bill Donohue's on this front]

Burke's explanation for the furious anti-clericalism of yore could have been written today: The denigration of the clergy was "to teach them [the people] to persecute their own pastors....by raising a disgust and horror of the clergy." If Burke were alive today, he would perhaps discern another motive behind the selective assaults on Catholic clergy, besides designs on Church property: namely to destroy the credibility of a powerful moral voice in public debate. The most recent example concerns the heated battle over the health care reform bill. The vocal opposition of the United States Bishops' conference (particularly in regard to tax-payer -funded abortion) has proved especially annoying to the proponents of the legislation. As the final vote approaches, the clerical sex abuse drumbeat has risen to a frenzy.

The record number of participants in January's Pro-Life March; Bishop Tobin's rebuke to Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his pro-abortion positions; and the success of the marriage movement in the United States, indicate that the voice of the bishops is indeed resonating with people.[This is the only point by Lev to which TH2 disagrees. With the exception of a few, the US bishops - by their inaction, political correctness, endorsement of "social justice", bureaucracy, etc. - coalescing into an effective apostasy, have only exacerbated the crisis, which really started 40+ years ago] To silence the moral voice of the Church, the preferred option has been to discredit its ministers.[TH2 would also add the discrediting of faithful Catholics in the public square. Moreover, the enforced silencing has more often than not come from inside the Church by whatever machination, directly from liberal priests/nuns or indirectly from busybody-babybooming parishioners and their petty parish fiefdoms.]

Within three years of Burke's Reflections, his dire predictions proved accurate [heed this Catholic peoples!]. The Reign of Terror descended in 1793, bringing hundreds of priests to the guillotine, and forcing the rest to swear oaths of loyalty to the State over the Church. To Burke it was clear that the anti clerical campaign of 1790 was "only to be temporary and preparatory to the utter abolition.... of the Christian religion," by " bringing its ministers into universal contempt." One hopes Americans will have the good sense to change course long before we reach that point.[TH2 hopes the same, but trends indicated otherwise. A rough road lies ahead for the American people. All evidence shows that most bishops will act upon nothing, due either to their secret apostasies or simply by being devoid of testicular fortitude. Faithful religious and laity will have to take up the slack.]


23 March 2010


It is better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
John Milton, Paradise Lost

This blogger received an anonymous e-mail with a "dispatch" as an attachment. The sender indicated that the document was "acquired from the ether", whatever that means. Nevertheless, most interesting revelations are delineated therein. It is reproduced below for the reader's perusal.

21 March 4.54 Ga Anno Tellus

Dear Venerable Bishops, Priests and Religious of the Dominion of Canada:

RE: Ongoing Canadian Apostasy

Now I know not all of you believe in me or, if so, take little notice of me (hey, no problem), but it has come to my attention, via one of my grovelling minions, that I should impart a "shout out" to my Canadian confreres. As you probably know, I have been tremendously busy in other parts of my globe and, admittedly, have not devoted much time to my campaign in the Land of Snow and Ice. Today, I just garnered a significant victory in the USA, however my first priority is dealing with this new guy from Bavaria. What a menace! Figured I solved the whole German thing 500 years ago with that Augustinian monk. What is it, 30000+ sects at last count? But now there is this "Panzer Pope" - and he is starting to upset my plans. The Anglican thing, Orthodox unification in the works, liturgical "reform", that investigation into my darling polyester princesses, and so forth. Anyhoo, I won't bore you with details. Back to the matter at hand.

Recently, I have received numerous communiqués from my agents in my territory ascribed "true north, strong and free", and am quite elated after reading their variegated disseminations. Excluding those relatively few "orthodox" ones (scum), I would like to proffer my utmost thanks to y'all. Honourable mentions to the following Canucks:
  • Thank you Fr. Thomas Rosica. You're doing remarkable work at Salt + Lite TV. Even better, I was overflowing with glee when, subsequent to the Kennedy funeral, you issued that blog post vilifying those so-called "agents of life", arguing that they are the causation "of division, destruction, hatred, vitriol, judgment and violence", that Catholic bloggers express "a new form of self–righteousness, condemnation and gnosticism". Absolutely love it! And when Junior came to your aid - that "fair" and "neutral" guy [wink] - I was more enthralled. Liked the Sirius Radio interview too. Excellent follow up. Good work, Tommy. You're going places. Do I hear bishop?
  • Thank you Archbishop James Weisgerber. As with your homeboy Rosica, I commend you for your assault on Catholic bloggers. Especially for this beauty in your interview with my buddies at the Catholic Register: "These bloggers who claim to be more Catholic than anyone - I think first of all they’re not part of the church, they’re not Catholic in the sense that they have no mandate, they have no authority, they have no accountability. And they speak very, very definitively about what it means to be Catholic, and they’re followed by so many people.” Hey, do you know a guy named Alinsky? You sound just like him. Now I know why they call you the "Weismeister". Diminish them to zero, make them as nothing, everything they propound is nonsense, nil. Exactly what wretched humans are! Anyway, this whole D+P/abortion thing will soon blow over. Don't worry about "facts" and that "evidence". I'm taking care of that. Already, I've got ZENIT refusing to give LifeSite News advertising space, and they're letting some S+L "producer" write on the D+P matter (he he he he...).
  • Thank you Fr. Michael Prieur. I greatly admire your work in the "material cooperation" with me, and for your perversion of impressionable minds at St. Peters Seminary in London, Ontario, by way of your ethical "proportionalism". Fabulous. I am especially satisfied with your allowance, support and endorsement of these: tubal ligation for contraception "for the greater good", "early inductions" (like the abortion euphemism, why didn't I think of that?), and embryonic stem cell research. Unholy smokes, Prieur! All this work you do - writing, reporting, teaching, advising, consulting. You're like a machine. A death machine... and IIIIIIII like that.
  • Thank you Archbishop Thomas Collins. I was unsure about you at first upon instalment, but you have turned out to be one of those middle-of-the-road guys. Hey, lukewarm is alright with me. No probs. Confirmation of your alrightness occurred when, in reaction to the H1N1 "pandemic", you issued that "communication" to "temporarily suspend communion of the tongue". You did this despite Redemptionis Sacramentum, wherein it states:"each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue". You also ignored epidemiologists and used media hype as an excuse. But what I really loved about your issuance was how you didn't bother to capitalize the "c" in the word "communion" and not affix that despicable word "holy" before it. Brilliant! Oh... and another thing: one of your "media partners" at the Toronto Archdiocese, namely the ever reliable National Catholic Broadcasting Council (NCBC), is sponsoring a television broadcast by my sassy blue bombshell, Sr. Joan Chittister. She's such a muffin, doing spectacular work for our cause. Unlike other bishops/dioceses that disavowed her presence and promulgations in their respective domains, you have done well by remaining silent about her upcoming program. I thrive in noise, but I am also happy when bishops remain silent. I was also advised that a poster for this event was put up in many parishes. Good work.
  • Last but not least - thank you Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. My dearest Star Chamber, my beloved band of bishocrats, how I am so proud of you guys. Your bloated officialdom, your glacial responses to crises in the church, your nonchalant denials of evidences betraying corruption within your ranks, your implicit socialism, your ever so subtle advocacy of nature worship, your innumerably babbling babybooming-hippie handlers, your ambiguities and superfluities - a delectable cornucopia of heresy and apostasy. Wonderful! There are so many things about you I want to praise. It would take volumes! A recent pleasure for me was your invitation to "Tricky Ricky" to speak at your recent Plenary Assembly. You even went so far as to defend him at your website after some pesky blogger identified him as a heretic. But most of all, Venerable Brothers, I am eternally grateful, to the bottom of my blackened heart, for your continued, absolute, total, utter and unmitigated defiance in refusing to retract the Winnipeg Statement. For 40+ years now, this brilliant assault against that Peter imposter has led "Catholic" Canadians down the road of antinomian depravity, winning me multitudinous souls. Next stop: Societal Annihilation. Thank you. Thank you.
There are many more of you I wish to thank, but I am under a time restriction as regards my ruination of humanity. Catch you guys on the flipside... if you know what I mean [nudge nudge].

I am not ever your humble servant. Yours in Myself,


20 March 2010


A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.

– Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

TH2 message to the American people:
  • de Tocqueville warned you long ago.
  • Don't do it.
  • Or else...

UPDATE / 11:45 PM EDT 21 March 2010:

  • Bill passed.
  • Quotation below posted in my comment at V for Victory!
  • Worth repeating here.
  • For a different time and place, but circumstances similar.

The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)


18 March 2010


...and then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies' plan. By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger.

C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

Any Canadian Catholics perusing this blog will have noticed that, on the left sidebar, I once had the masthead icon of the Catholic Register (based out of Toronto) with the following text affixed: "All the crap that's unfit to print". "Why?", you may ask. This periodical is pro-life, it advocates the "Year for Priests", they have loyal Catholic commentators like Michael Coren, and so forth... window dressing.

Core control lies in the editorial staff. They dictate and delegate. While keeping in mind the quote from Lewis made at the outset, now consider this editorial published by the CR staff on December 9, 2009:

[TH2 analysis in bolded square brackets]
DO RIGHT BY NATURE [ascribe "rights" to the natural environment]

World leaders are descending on Copenhagen this week for a UN climate conference that seeks an aggressive strategy to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.[an event hyped by the media that turned into a total fiasco] Their ultimate goal is a new international agreement to replace the failed 1990 Kyoto accord [i.e. to redress green socialism into a more palatable pastische for the populace]

It is an ambitious undertaking and, even before it starts, Canada has been cast among the villains.[to which CR staff gleefully agrees, notice that self-loathing so characteristic of liberals] The UN General Secretary [now there's someone Catholics can trust] has singled out Canada as lacking stringent reduction targets. Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore has been targeting the Alberta tar sands as a threat to the planet’s survival. [here CR staff implicitly agree will this now proven charlatan and opportunist]. The left-leaning Guardian newspaper [as if the CR staff are not left leaning!] of London published a column that called Canada a "corrupt petro-state" that, more than any other nation, has been trying to sabotage a new climate agreement.[recall: this was written just after the Climategate e-mails were released into the blogosphere, making international news, excepting, of course, with the MSM]

Canada has never been a leader on climate issues.[i.e. most Canadians have not been suckered in by the bromides spewed by socialistic nature worshippers] The Liberals under Jean Chrétien scored significant public-relations points by supporting the Kyoto accord [Chrétien, of the Liberal Party, was Prime Minister for many years] but then thumbed their nose at the treaty. Chrétien’s successor, Stéphane Dion, tried to remake Canada into a white knight of the environment but was slayed by his own party [notice: they make Dion into some kind of ecological martyr, he was "slayed"]. The Conservatives under Stephen Harper have candidly admitted that, rather than lead, they prefer to see what the Americans do and then meekly follow.[notice again: the Conservative Party is portrayed as ignorant, humble servants of the Americans]

The climate debate is largely about society [not "society" - a generalization, but specifically those socialist-leftist inclined, like the CR staff] trying to balance its addiction to material comforts [inference that free market advocates are like drug addicts] against a moral obligation to respect [read: worship] God's creation. [i.e. elevate the created over the Creator] People long for luxury in our cars, homes, appliances, vacations, food and clothes, and expect governments to build economies that provide the jobs and institutions to support a consumer lifestyle.[note the anti-bourgeois sentiment, making the middle class feel guilty for success in life] Polls may suggest ["may suggest"? which ones? please specify? facts please?] society is searching for a moral high road to save the planet [What about saving souls? Should that not be a primary concern of CR? Naaahhh] we spend and the way we vote often suggests otherwise.[yes, Canadians, we are all hypocrites, because the CR staff says so]

The position of the church is clear. The planet is a gift entrusted to us by God and we are called to exercise stewardship over nature in a way that protects it, cultivates it and uses it responsibly for our legitimate needs.[the divine injunction in Genesis is to "subdue the Earth", which is primary, which makes humans preponderant to the natural world] When that stewardship conflicts with lifestyle choices and economic policies that promote exploitation and degradation of the planet, we are called to review our consumerism before it inflicts catastrophic environmental harm.[Why don't you go to collectivist countries like China or the former USSR and see the state of degradation of their environments, due directly to the outlawing of political and economic freedoms - and then compare that to the high technology, relatively greater freedoms and cleaner environments of the West?]

Canadians, though, have been slow to embrace that message.[what a bunch of condescending, latte sipping tools. Who are you to speak for me?] A recent study found Canadians overwhelmingly believe climate change [before: "global warming", now expressed in ambiguous terms, as linguistic non-specificity is the ruse of the Vulgar Left] is mankind’s defining crisis and we have a moral responsibility to save the planet. [What the does "save the planet" mean? The Earth has survived catastrophes of all kinds for millions of years] But the same poll found half of Canadians said tax dollars put towards environmental cleanup would be better spent on health care and the national debt. [So are you saying that environmental health supersedes human and economic health? Hey dingbats - the health of the latter two is a prerequisite for the former] That ambivalence - recognizing the deadly perils of greenhouse gases [like carbon dioxide, necessary for plant growth... oops, sorry for bringing science into the discussion] but unwilling to make sacrifices to fix the problem - explains Canadian political inaction and our sagging international reputation.[spare us your self-righteous indignation]

For the most part, while acknowledging the moral argument [notice: moralization of nature, a sure sign of paganism], Canadians apparently still see climate change as primarily a political and economic issue. [That is because it is a political-economical issue - the Kyoto Protocol is, in the final analysis, doublespeak for international government control, massive taxation, etc.] That position, not the moral one, is what Harper will promote in Copenhagen. Unfortunately.[Fortunately for Canada, unfortunately for the crisis-mongering blowhards on the CR editorial staff]
Yet this is only one article from the Catholic Register. You can read the "In Exile" columns from Fr. Ron Rolheiser, the theologically ambiguous priest rarely pictured in clerical garb. In a recent report, Rolheiser is profiled, calling for a "culture of vocations" yet being sure to comment on "tribalism" in the Church between "liberals" and "conservatives", as if there is no authentic Catholic teaching, as if he rises above it all [see my post about this scoundrel here]. And then there is Associate Editor Michael Swan. Peruse through his 600+ articles in the CR Archive (link now dead) and see how the majority of his "reports" are focused on leftist causes, claims and personalities - all put in a positive light
. This guy has been the bane of the Register for years. But this situation is not restricted to CR. Excepting Catholic Insight (edited by the great Fr. Alphonse de Valk), the abovementioned applies to all of the Canadian Catholic MSM.
You can go to the Western Catholic Reporter and find an article issued on March 15, 2010, by Joe Gunn, in his "Journey to Justice" column with the title/subtitle: "Light a Lenten candle this Earth Hour, A carbon fast reflects the true meaning of the Lenten season". Gunny transmogrifies the sacrificial time of a Christocentric Lent into a vulgar nature worshipping extravaganza [I have written about this crypto-Marxist schmuck here].

You can go to the Salt+Light TV website and see notices for programs on Papal events, praying the Rosary and so forth. But then you come across a blog by Fr. Thomas Rosica - the big cheese at S+L, the dominating face on most programs - where he castigated pro-lifers after the latter protested the public funeral of the pro-abortion extremist Ted Kennedy [LINK / see my analysis of the situation here].

And then there are the bishocrats and their lay handlers at the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) - silence on the plague of liturgical abuses in parishes, relinquishing control of parishes to aging, busybody hippies and their multitudinous petty fiefdoms. But most of all, the bishops obstinate refusal to retract the Winnipeg Statement - a rejection of Humane vitae, that has for 40+ years steered Canadian Catholics down the road of debauched ruination.

At first glance, all seem to be faithful to the Magisterium, pro-life, deference to the Pope, and so forth. But this is just a surface veneer. Recall now C.S. Lewis: "mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger". Admix the most conspicuous of what it means to be Catholic with the subtly-advocated lies: "social justice" grant hording disguised as work for the poor and vulnerable, pantheistic nature worship disguised as balanced environmentalism, liberation theology disguised as "democratic socialism", pro-life outwardness yet vilifying those who rightly protest against abortion in the public square... and on and on. This is the evil trick of the subtlizers delineated herein. The core is rife with corruption and dissimulation and they must be expunged. To the Catholic Register, to the Western Catholic Reporter, to Salt+Light TV, to the CCCB, and to all those of like mind... You are a window and I can see through it.


17 March 2010


When this blogger started to explore blogs and blogging, about 1+ years ago, one the first blogs he came across was from the Catholic Caveman (Vir Speluncae Catholicus). "Holy smokes!", I remember thinking, "who the hell is this guy... Now THAT is one great blog". I had found my inspiration to blog. Accordingly, TH2 is proud to present another classic from His Caveness. Enjoy.


01 March 2010


Science... has become one of the three most effective marketing means. The other two are Sports and Sex,
writ large. Such are the three S's that rule modern life.

- Fr. Stanley Jaki, The Biblical Basis of Western Science


Never did like the Olympics, winter or summer. When considered as an "international event" (with no reference to the athletes as such), the whole thing smacks of secular messianism. The opening and closing ceremonies - the grandiosity of this politically correct ritualized entertainment, the cornball iconography and symbolism, the exaggeration of the Olympics as some kind of global imperative for humanity - gives TH2 a big time stomach ache. The "Olympic song" for Vancouver 2010 was "I Believe". Well, what the hell do you believe in? Of course, some vaguely defined abstraction requiring no real commitment, some non-specific mystical "force" in the universe, and all the rest of that humanistic crap.

But do not think TH2 to be that much of a killjoy. I did watch the Olympics -
specifically/only the hockey games involving Team Canada. We won the gold medal, beating the Americans... Hazzah! Unfortunately, however, hockey has become too much of a religion for Canadians, transmogrifying into that which "defines us". But don't get me wrong again. TH2 loves the game. Been playing since I was a 6 year old punk, right up to the present day, weekly. Oh... and did I say, we beat the Yanks!

Canada's superiority in hockey is quite evident. As for our military - in terms of its strength and expenditures in recent decades... well,
that's another matter altogether...