30 July 2010


Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.

- Franz Kafka

And so with this letter the CCCB's preoccupation with bureaucratic irrelevancies continue...

The Honourable Tony Clement, M.P, P.C.
Minister of Industry
Department of Industry
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5

Dear Minister,

On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Canada, I ask that you reconsider your position on the census and continue to require the completion by some citizens of the “long form”. A great deal of this information, based on data gathered by Statistics Canada, is most helpful to all faith groups.

One of the reasons frequently cited for the elimination of this practice is that the questions are intrusive. However, it is important to remember that the form is anonymous. Furthermore, in order to build a more harmonious society, it is in our government’s best interest to inquire into these areas. It seems reasonable to ask these questions so as to better meet the needs of Canadians. No aspect of Canadians’ lifestyles should be neglected in the effort to strengthen our nation’s identity. This is a holistically healthy practice. It allows that services provided are much more effective when the target is known.

The results provide precisely the type of data that we need. For instance, the question concerning one’s religion is asked every ten years. This is one of the only ways in which we, at the national, regional and diocesan levels can gain knowledge of the demographics and identify the geographic areas where our services are required. From an ecumenical and inter-faith perspective, for all religions, this information is vital. The purchase of specific information on age, language, levels of education and physical needs in any given province or territory assists us in knowing where we should focus our services, especially vis-à-vis minority groups. Finally, many of our charity and outreach groups count on these results to help them fulfill their mission more effectively.

It is our hope, Minister, that you will take our viewpoint into account and modify your position. I thank you for having taken the time to hear our needs. It would be our pleasure to discuss this further with you or your representatives. With every good wish, I remain,

Sincerely yours in Christ our Lord,

+ Pierre Morissette
Bishop of Saint Jérôme
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Some questions about the letter:
  • The "long form" of the census? This is a priority of the CCCB? Are you serious?
  • So as "to build a more harmonious society"? Spare us the politically correct, utopian Trudeauisms.
  • "No aspect of Canadians' lifestyles should be neglected in the effort to strengthen our nation’s identity"? What identity when the current Dictatorship of Multiculturalism, which the CCCB endorses, is absolutely antagonistic to the notion of a singular "national identity"?
  • It is "in our government's best interest"? Greater government intrusion is advocated by the CCCB?
  • It is a "holistically healthy practice"? Did Oprah and Deepak Chopra help in drafting up this letter?
  • "From an ecumenical and inter-faith perspective, for all religions, this information is vital"? What about the Catholic perspective? Or is this specificity too embarrassing for the CCCB?
Consider additional questions:
  • Why does Statistics Canada manipulate and cover up its data/information on abortion? Never thought to ask? Not a priority? Not surprised.
  • Is it ethical that Statistics Canada makes a hefty profit by selling its data to marketers? Not a concern? Not surprised.
While we're at it, consider even more questions:
  • Why do hardly any Canadian bishops attend the annual Right to Life rally? Not a concern? Not surprised.
  • Why is it that the Development and Peace scandal has not been resolved but this Statistics Canada issue necessitates immediate attention? Not a priority? Not surprised.
  • Why is it that Canadian bishops do not admonish and, if necessary, excommunicate unrepentant heretics teaching at seminaries and so-called Catholic universities? Not a concern? Not surprised.
  • Why do the Canadian bishops not admonish and deny Holy Communion to Catholic pro-abortion politicians? Not a priority? Not surprised.
  • Why do the Canadian bishops tolerate (to obscene levels) apostate priests and nuns? Not a concern? Not surprised.
  • Why do the Canadian bishops remain silent on the plague of liturgical abuses in parishes throughout the country? Not a priority? Not surprised.
  • Why have the Canadian bishops yet to retract the "Winnipeg Statement"? Not a concern? Not surprised. That document pertained to bishops of the past and we no longer have connections to that issuance? Sorry. Read the Catechism: Bishops form an "unbroken succession going back to the beginning" (no. 1555), meaning continuity with the past.


25 July 2010


-----------------Eeeeeeewwwwwww. Sardines are yucky.

---------------------------- TH2's niece, 18 July 2010

TH2 was perusing his folio Monster Manual (part of the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game; yes, I confess to being a squid as a youth), and came across a drawing/description of a beast called a Manticore.

"Zoinks," this blogger exclaimed, "the head of that creature looks like Karl Marx!"

Now this game, so you know, does not endorse Marxism. Nor does D&D, as some Christian groups contend, purposefully or covertly endorse Satanism, necromancy, in the manner they presume.[1] True, the game's popularity has arisen in a religion-denying, secularized world, and it does have that pagan berserker aspect about it. Yes, it is another one of those pseudo-sublime-post-religious-vacuum-fillers, attempting, but always in the end failing, to satiate man's unquenchable propensity for that transcendent X. Nonetheless, I was surprised by the description of the beast and its noticeable resemblance, albeit metaphorical, to the Marxist world view and that of the Vulgar Left in general (here in socialist Canada that distinction no longer exists). The descriptor is as follows:
Manticores prefer dismal lairs, so they are typically found in caves or underground. They ranges in all climes, although they enjoy warm places more than cold. The favorite prey of manticores is man, and they are usually encountered outside their lairs hunting for human victims.[2]
Additionally, the Manticore's "alignment" is classified as "lawful evil"; its intelligence is designated as "low". So, then, for the sake of simplicity let's break it down. The main traits of Manticores (or Marxists and their variants) are:
----------------------------"typically found in caves or underground"
----------------------------"enjoy warm places more than cold"
----------------------------"Alignment = lawful evil"
----------------------------"Intelligence = low"

"But why, for the sake of Thor," one might query, "doth TH2 speaketh about this cerebral barbarianism?"

A good question.

The Manticore is analogized with Marxism because, as the contemporary political landscape explains (except the MSM), Marxism in the West is not "dead". It has merely taken on a new and subdued forms.[3] Decades of this contagion still affect us today. The Marxist thinker, academic or not, cannot be too stentorian in his proclamations or else he brings immediate suspicion upon himself. Thus he must be more astute and work below the surface as it were, silently, under concealment, working in the populist guise. He cannot be a rambunctious social engineer rallying the masses. Marxists in the West have not so much rejected their ideology since the fall of the Soviet Union. They just shifted focus of how revolution is to occur and have had to be more hushed about it.

One example would be the "global warming" movement. It does not work to "save the climate" (a stupid, meaningless phrase; how can incessantly changing atmospheric conditions be "saved"?). Rather, the underlying purpose is to inhibit economic growth and energy usage (i.e. "emission reductions"), condemn land and resource usage/exploration (i.e. quash property rights) while heightening state monopolies with bogus policies (i.e. "carbon tax", Kyoto Protocol). As early as the 1990s it was recognized that implementation of the Kyoto Protocol "implies international transfers of wealth on a scale well beyond anything in recorded history."[4] Spread the wealth.

Another example is Multiculturalism, where the "class struggle" has been transposed over to other areas: between heterosexuals and sodomites/lesbians (sexuality), men versus women (feminism), race (white versus "persons of colour") and so forth.[5] John' O Sullivan argued that "Multiculturalism has not yet found its Marx; its main doctrines are scattered in speeches, curricula, law school journals and textbooks."[6] The second half of that statement is correct, although I would argue that Multiculturalism does indeed have its Marx, but it is just that many on the Vulgar Left do not even realize that they've been utilizing his ideas for quite some time.

But who is the mystery man behind door Number 1?

Although long dead, he remains an elusive fellow, in an ideational way that is to say. Every once in a while his name pops up in the public square amidst that barrage of leftist rhetoric now squelching rationality from civic discourse. He has many internet web sites devoted to him. An "International Society" worships him, promulgating his ideas on society. He writings have been translated into many languages. There is a film about his life. His theories have influenced many contemporary leftist intellectuals. He was a European Marxist but his name was not Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Marcuse, Adorno, Horkheimer or Alinsky. Have you figured out the person to whom I refer? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

No? Alas, the nature of the beast. But I've been unfair in not providing enough clues.

Capitalist society, he averred, would not be smashed by the giant hammer of a Marxist Thor. Rather, private and public institutions of the democratic/parliamentary State were to be seduced by a more charming Voluptuous Venus. He called it a "passive revolution":
One may apply the concept of passive revolution... the interpenetrative criterion of molecular changes which in fact progressively modify the pre-existing composition of forces, and hence become the matrix of new changes... [a] struggle, up to the point where it absorbs even the so-called representatives of the anti-thesis [opposing party ideas]: it is precisely in this that the passive revolution... consists... [It would] be preceded by long ideological and political preparation, organically devised in advance to reawaken popular passions and enable them to be concentrated and brought simultaneously to detonation point.[7]

These words come from the pen of the Sardinian Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), written while imprisoned by Mussolini’s Fascist regime. And it was what he wrote during his incarceration (1926-1937), not before, that distinguishes him from the remainder of popular Marxist intellectuals. True, the goal was the same: the triumph of international socialism. However, the method of obtaining that utopian goal was totally different from his contemporaries. Gramsci was no ordinary Marxist. He had set down a new idea of social rebellion, while in an extremely agitated mental state, in his famous Prison Notebooks (now compiled, along with his pre-prison writings, into 10+ volumes). He argued that social transformation would come not by an immediate and violent overthrow of existing norms and authority, as many of his fellow Marxists hoped or presupposed.

A disciple of Gramsci explained the tactics involved:
...an enlarged intellectual formation might struggle to change its own ensemble of relations and... merge with kindred forces at the workplace and in daily life to form a new kind of subversive movement... it becomes part of the general struggle for democratization and social equality... the translation of economic crises into a generalized crisis of legitimization [and]... this integrative process can be seen within the new social context as a fusion of disparate local struggles rather than the imposition of elite subcultures.[8]
In other words, the revolution would occur via the unhurried emplacement of disruptive and divisive notions into an already established social-political framework. Anarchic principles would quietly trickle their way into institutions of learning, government, the judiciary, and so forth. Unbrazenly, radicals should firstly confederate with organizations that work for a wide latitude of causes so as to gain acceptance and trust. Gradually, revolutionary ideas would be introduced until their adversaries, now aware of the manipulation (some would say conspiracy), are unable to counteract a process of subversion which has already torn apart a significant part of the socio-political and moral fabrics. To be sure, one whiffs an Orwellian smoke. Resultantly, there's been much confusion in the interpretation of Gramsci’s ideas, from both his supporters and detractors. Gramsci's unsystematic and abstruse writing style have not helped the matter. His writings are full of double meanings and unanswered questions. Thus Gramscism should properly be dubbed the gnostic sect of Marxism or, let us say, Manticorism.

Now in Canada the Gramscian mode of interpenetration has been ongoing for years. For example, Eric Shragge, a radical at Concordia University (Montreal), wrote:
The practice of CED [Community Economic Development] has to be situated within the traditions of community organization practice. A social process has to be included along with the establishment of economic programmes. In this process, both mobilization and education of citizens and the creation of new programmes is essential if a process of empowerment and new locally controlled economic initiatives are to be put in place.[9] (TH2 italics)
There is also the stealth anarchist Irshad Manji, who penned (years prior to her current popularity as Beatnik Redeemer of the Mohammedans) that "radicalism in democracy exists not on the outskirts, but at the bustling centre of public discourse."[10] No less notable is Stephen Gill at York University (Toronto), well known in intellectual circles for the dissemination of Gramsci's ideas, particularly within the context of international relations.[11]

What about the influence of Gramsci in the US? [12] Simple. All we need to do is to recall the aforelisted traits of Manticores and perform some visual juxtapositioning:

------"typically found in caves or underground"---------------"enjoy warm places more than cold"

------------------------"Alignment = lawful evil"------------------"Intelligence = low"

Want more proof? Look closely at this Maoist propaganda poster.

Hey, I'm just saying...
Boy, I sure do miss the good ole days...


1. Even though Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax diminished the influence of The Lord of the Rings trilogy on the game, the idea of an medieval-like adventure party traversing through surreal hinterlands laden with monsters and mystery is without question Tolkien in origin (with Christian themes). Cf. G. Gygax, "On the influence of J.R.R. Tolkien on the D&D and AD&D games", Dragon, 1985, no. 95, pp. 12-13.

2. G. Gygax, Monster Manual, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Special Reference Work (Lake Geneva, WI: TSR Games, 1979), p. 65.

3. For the cultural entrenchment of Marxism see D. Horowitz, The Politics of Bad Faith: The Radical Assault on America’s Future (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998).

4. H.D. Jacoby, R.G. Prinn, and R. Schmalensee, "Kyoto’s Unfinished Business", Foreign Affairs, July/August 1998, vol. 77, no. 4, pp. 54-66.

5. See my post Cultural Tribalism Unleashed here.

J. O'Sullivan, Conservatism, Democracy and National Identity (London: Centre for Policy Studies, 1999), The Third Keith Memorial Lecture, p. 22.

7. Selections from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci, ed./trans. Q. Hoare and G.N. Smith (New York: International Publishers, 1971), pp. 109-110. The "official" Gramsci website can be found here. Click here for the "International Gramsci Society". Link to the International Gramsci Journal can be found here, based (out of all places) at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.

8. C. Boggs, The Two Revolutions, Gramsci and the Dilemmas of Western Marxism (Boston: South End Press, 1984), pp. 288-289.

9. E. Shragge, Community Economic Development: In Search of Empowerment and Alternatives (Montréal: Black Rose Books, 1993), p. 10.

10. I. Manji, Risking Utopia, On the Edge of a New Democracy (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997). See also my post Berserkers Rage here.

11. See, for example, S. Gill, Gramsci, Historical Materialism and International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 1993). Subnote that Gill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

12. H. London, "Obama's Ideological Father", Human Events, March 9, 2009.


19 July 2010


An ongoing analysis of subtle and/or blatant heresy/apostasy advocated by the Canadian Catholic Mainstream Media

Today's Lesson: All we like sheep have gone astray, everyone has turned aside into his own way (Isaiah 53:6).

PAPAL POTSHOT. In a recent editorial at the cornball pastoral periodical Celebrate!, Bernadette Gasslein writes of the "of the widespread denial and hiding of the reality of sexual abuse of children and youth to save the Church’s institutional face."[1] She goes on to state: "To engage in this challenging work of reconciliation, we cannot demean either victim or offender. If any of us speaks of "ridding the Church of filth," we inevitably communicate that some person is filth - and both victims and offenders have been so demeaned. This is not the message of the Gospel or the Church’s social teaching" (TH2 emphasis). Gasslein is referring to the words of Pope Benedict who, upon his election to the papacy, promised to rid "filth" from the Church, meaning those religious who committed sexual abuses.[2] Right away three things are noticed: Firstly, why does Gasslein not explicitly indicate, by name, that it is Benedict XVI to whom she is making reference? The fact she does not speaks volumes. Secondly, she makes the standard dilettante error of confusing being with behaviour, i.e. ignorantly assuming that the ridding of filth means that the person as such is filth, inferring that the Pope is unaware of the distinction between the sin and sinner (e.g. "love the sinner, hate the sin"). It is safe to assume that His Holiness is more philosophically nuanced than, outfitted with theological equipment superior to, Ms. Gasslein. Thirdly, if Gasslein cannot deal with a specific and hard hitting word like "filth" to characterize the sexual abuse of (predominately) young boys by homosexual priests (ephebophilia)[3], then what other word should be used depict these abominations? Tune in to the next Oprah to find out. No surprise here with Gasslein's secret contempt. Recall: Celebrate! is published by the enemies at Novalis Publishers.

SIN OF OMISSION. "Of the 74 people named to the Order of Canada on Canada Day, only one of them has spent a lifetime explaining to the world how to be human".[4] So writes Michael Swan at The Catholic Register, referring to Sr. Simone Roach, who taught nursing at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Now the appointment to the Order of Canada has nowadays turned into a national joke. "Who doesn't have that award?", goes the righteous retort. Recipients are mainly on the politically correct Left. But what makes the report atrocious (within the context of Catholicism and balanced reporting) is that Mr. Swan completely omits the recent controversy regarding the naming of Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada in 2008. He was named thereto by that prissy, endistancing bureaucrat, Michaëlle Jean, the Governor General of Canada. Morgentaler is Canada's most notorious abortionist, operating Moloch mills throughout Canada. In response to his appointment, not a few have resigned from the Order, including Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte.[5] Not only is it despicable that Swan quietly leaves this salient issue aside, his article makes it as if Sr. Roach's appointment is something to be celebrated by Catholics, to be highly commended. The fact that Sr. Roach is welcoming the appointment also speaks to her character and submission to the spirit of the world. What makes it worse is Roach's nursing involvement, of that appertaining to human life/health, though evidently the life/health of unborn children is to her a bottom tier concern. It is also worth mentioning that Sr. Christine Leyser, IBVM, a habitless "social justice" nun, was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2009.[6] She gratefully accepted as well. The embedded image above shows this apostate smooching the CBC Fabianist Governor General, Michaëlle Jean. Sleep well, muffins.

LAMENTATION OVER DEFUNDING OF PRO-ABORTION GROUPS. In his "Journey to Justice" column in the Western Catholic Reporter Joe Gunn writes of "the chill emanating from Ottawa, which has frozen the good efforts of civil society groups across the land".[7] He is lamenting "the most egregious cut to international development groups". Cut as in the federal governments reduction of dollars to leftist NGOs and charities. He specifically laments cuts made to Amnesty International, OXFAM, KAIROS, Development & Peace and the women's group MATCH International (amongst others). But wait a second. Why is Gunny lamenting? All of these groups are known facilitators/promotors of abortion.[8] Abortion is murder and the Catholic Church has always forbidden it as a grave evil. Again, the question is this: Why is Gunny, who writes for a supposedly "Catholic" newspaper, lamenting over the loss of public funding to pro-abortion groups? The logical deduction is either he deems abortion to not be an evil or he simply does not care (which is the same as the former). As a "social justice" bureaucrat, the abortion issue would, of course, intrude upon his dream of a future Marxist utopia. Pathetic. Underhanded. Conniving.

NEW GERITOL TIMES. Those radical Marxist fossils at the New Catholic Times are at it again. This month they posted an article by Daniel C. Maguire from Marquette University, "president of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health, and Ethics". The article is entitled "Hierarchy, Sex and Power: A Primer on Educating Bishops", originally published by the Moloch worshipping, hellbound group "Catholics for Choice".[9] No surprise here, of course, but it would be nice if the staff at New Clapper Times would at least relax once in a while. Don't they nap anymore? They certainly deserve to do so after the last 40+ years of revolutionizing and pot smoking. Oh, lest we forget: the enemies at Novalis Publishers endorse their comrades at NCT. Click here and follow the arrows.

EDITOR PROVOCATION. At the Prairie Messenger the following (extract) Letter to the Editor was published: "On April 16, Rev. Hans Küng, the world famous theologian and Catholic priest, published a letter in The New York Times that challenged all Catholics, lay and clerical, to take a good hard look at what is happening to the Catholic Church. Since then, I have seen two references to the letter in the PM. One was a response from the Vatican. The other was a reference by a local person. But I have not seen his letter in full".[10] That the letter writer is a buffoon is clear. Yet what is interesting is the Editor's note thereafter: "The text of Rev. Hans Kung's open letter to the world's bishops (April 2010) can be found in the PM's online edition this week." Happily does the Editor plaster Küng's diatribe at the Prairie Messenger website, linked in from the home page.[11] The Editor (obviously a scoundrel) makes no mention of Küng being a manifest heretic; no mention that Küng denies Christ's divinity and that he negates papal infallibility (to say the least); no mention of the disproven allegations against the Pope (with facts), about whom Küng wrote: "the worldwide system of covering up cases of sexual crimes committed by clerics was engineered by the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Ratzinger". Note that the Editor's lack of commentary on, or qualifications of, Küng's letter is a standard tactic used to provoke and quietly insult orthodox Catholics. The Editor's escape hatch is that he just presented Küng's letter as such, neither praising or condemning it. Accordingly, he has a built-in defence that automatically disallows criticism, thus removing all responsibility away from himself with respect to his dissemination of heresy. Schmuck.


B. Gasslein, Healing the Body of Christ, Celebrate!, July/August 2010. LINK

See also a recent report, "Pope seen as leader ridding church of 'filth'", ZENIT, March 16, 2010. LINK

Studies show that 80+% of the abuse was committed by homosexuals. Cf. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States, 2004 LINK See also P. Jenkins, Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis (London: Oxford University Press, 2001) and B. Donohue, "Catholic Church's issue is homosexuality, not pedophilia", The Washington Post, July 22, 2010. LINK

M. Swan,
"Order of Canada recognizes nun's role in caring for humanity", The Catholic Register, July 8, 2010. LINK Subnote that Roach was nominated by Anglican priestess Maggie Myers.

See, for example, T.M. Baklinski, "Another Resignation from Order of Canada over Morgentaler Debacle", LifeSite News, April 20, 2010. LINK A good commentary on this matter comes from I. Hunter, "Ian Hunter on Henry Morgentaler's Order of Canada: A symbol of moral decay", National Post, July 2, 2008. LINK

Leysner belongs to the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), Loretto Sisters, Canadian Province (Guelph, Ontario). Visit these habitless nuns at their website here and learn about social justice and other NGO crap. With links to Amnesty International, Development and Peace, the paganistic nature worshipping Earth Charter, the United Nations and other abortion facilitators.

J. Gunn, "Government silences voices of dissent, Charities, NGOs, suddenly find themselves cut off from federal funds", Western Catholic Reporter, July 19, 2010. LINK TH2 fisks Gunny here.

For the support/facilitation of abortion by Amnesty International: "Amnesty International Canada's consultations regarding sexual and reproductive rights - May 2007", Public Statement issued on June 14, 2007. LINK OXFAM: S Block, "Oxfam and Sojourners gang up to save the world", Spero News, July 21, 2009. LINK KAIROS: A. de Valk, "Catholics should stop funding KAIROS", Catholic Insight, January 2010, vol. XVIII, no. 1, p. 3. LINK MATCH International: P. Tuns, "Ottawa defunds feminist groups", The Interim, June 9, 2010. LINK For Development & Peace (an arm of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, CCCB) see the LifeSite News D&P-dedicated page here including the excellent investigations/analyses conducted at the SoCon or Bust blog here.

The editor at New Catholic Times republished it here. Original publication: D.C. Maguire, "Hierarchy, Sex and Power: A Primer on Educating Bishops", Conscience, vol. XXXI, no. 1, pp. 18-23. LINK

"Kung's open letter to bishops a significant contribution to discussion of difficult issues", Prairie Messenger, vol. 88, no. 7, July 14, 2010. LINK

Hans Küng's "open letter" can be found here at the Prairie Messenger. Originally entitled "Church in worst credibility crisis since Reformation, theologian tells bishops", The Irish Times, April 16, 2010.


15 July 2010

MSS / No. 19

A video dispatch from yours truly on a covert investigation by the Vatican.