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The John Paul II Cup

This is awesome!

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The Final Confrontation

Cardinal Wojtyla

During his visit to America in 1976, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the archbishop of Cracow who two years later would become Pope John Paul II, delivered this prophetic message in Philadelphia:

We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.

We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future, trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives.

Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it.


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MYTH: Catholics don’t care about the Bible

If you have ever given credence to this oft-repeated (and IMHO slanderous) myth, you should view a Mass on YouTube or, better yet, attend one in person.  It is absolutely saturated with Scripture!


Below is the official position of the Roman Catholic Church, as presented in the Catechism promulgated by St. John Paul II when he was our pope.



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Pray for peace

JPII Rosary

EXCERPT from “Rosarium Virginis Mariage” — Oct. 16, 2002 Apostolic Letter by Pope John Paul II

The Rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is “our peace” (Eph 2:14). Anyone who assimilates the mystery of Christ – and this is clearly the goal of the Rosary – learns the secret of peace and makes it his life’s project. Moreover, by virtue of its meditative character, with the tranquil succession of Hail Marys, the Rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it, disposing them to receive and experience in their innermost depths, and to spread around them, that true peace which is the special gift of the Risen Lord (cf. Jn 14:27; 20.21).

The Rosary is also a prayer for peace because of the fruits of charity which it produces. When prayed well in a truly meditative way, the Rosary leads to an encounter with Christ in his mysteries and so cannot fail to draw attention to the face of Christ in others, especially in the most afflicted. How could one possibly contemplate the mystery of the Child of Bethlehem, in the joyful mysteries, without experiencing the desire to welcome, defend and promote life, and to shoulder the burdens of suffering children all over the world? How could one possibly follow in the footsteps of Christ the Revealer, in the mysteries of light, without resolving to bear witness to his “Beatitudes” in daily life? And how could one contemplate Christ carrying the Cross and Christ Crucified, without feeling the need to act as a “Simon of Cyrene” for our brothers and sisters weighed down by grief or crushed by despair? Finally, how could one possibly gaze upon the glory of the Risen Christ or of Mary Queen of Heaven, without yearning to make this world more beautiful, more just, more closely conformed to God’s plan?

In a word, by focusing our eyes on Christ, the Rosary also makes us peacemakers in the world. By its nature as an insistent choral petition in harmony with Christ’s invitation to “pray ceaselessly” (Lk 18:1), the Rosary allows us to hope that, even today, the difficult “battle” for peace can be won. Far from offering an escape from the problems of the world, the Rosary obliges us to see them with responsible and generous eyes, and obtains for us the strength to face them with the certainty of God’s help and the firm intention of bearing witness in every situation to “love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col 3:14).

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Democratic Socialism: The Religion of the Left

Democratic Socialism

Centesimus Annus quote about political religion

Why “Democratic” Socialism Doesn’t Work [19:49] < GOOD WATCH, worth the time
“What is the legitimate role of government?”
“The United States is not a democracy.”
“Pure democracy is mob rule.”
“Financial risk vs. economic security is a choice.”

Personal notes: (1) My brother lived and worked in Beijing for a year back in the 80s. Everyone was paid the same no matter what job they did or how well they did it. He said it was well known that you couldn’t get a taxi when a particular television show was on, because the taxi drivers loved it and refused to drive while it was airing. (2) I visited the U.S.S.R. in 1972. Our tour guide told us she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but was given only two choices by the government. She could be a tour guide or something else, I forget what. She chose tour guide, because she thought she’d hate it less.

Milton Friedman and Phil Donahue On Socialism v. Capitalism [2:49] < MUST WATCH
“The only cases where people have escaped grinding poverty have been where they had capitalism and free trade.” “Where are you going to find the angels to organize society for you?”


H/t Bluebird of Bitterness

Centesimus Annus by Pope Saint John Paul II, May 1, 1991

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Socialism vs Subsidiarity

Catholics who put their faith first would be well advised to hold candidates up to the light of the RCC’s teachings on economics.

Catechism on Socialism

Speaking of the factors that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, Pope John Paul II noted the inefficiency of the economic system, which is not to be considered simply as a technical problem, but rather a consequence of the violation of the human rights to private initiative, to ownership of property and to freedom in the economic sector.

“To this must be added the cultural and national dimension: it is not possible to understand man on the basis of economics alone, nor to define him simply on the basis of class membership. Man is understood in a more complete way when he is situated within the sphere of culture through his language, history, and the position he takes towards the fundamental events of life, such as birth, love, work and death.

“At the heart of every culture lies the attitude man takes to the greatest mystery: the mystery of God. Different cultures are basically different ways of facing the question of the meaning of personal existence. When this question is eliminated, the culture and moral life of nations are corrupted.”

Centesimus Annus by St. John Paul II [1991] para 24

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Three popes

September 24, 2015: This evening Pope Francis will not be dining with politicians. He’s going to break bread with the homeless.

Three popes


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The Left’s agenda is bad for body and soul

St JPII abortion

Penn Jillette on taxation and charity

Milton Friedman – Why a 100% inheritance tax would destroy society

H/t Pistol Pete

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I’m not the greedy one

Sanders greed

The word “greed” has become a BP-elevating trigger for me … ever since the summer of the Obamacare townhalls, when the deacon in my church wrote in the bulletin that those of us who opposed the bill were doing so out of greed.

The real truth is that most of us care deeply about things like equality and justice. We just differ in our beliefs about which public policies will best achieve these lofty goals.

My deacon’s arrogant and callous remark illustrates one of the other big differences I see between people like him on the Left and people like me on the Right, which is that they assume we disagree with them because we are callous scumbags, while we assume they disagree with us because they are uninformed about the anti-human outcomes of the policies they promote.

His remark also demonstrated an appalling lack of familiarity with Catholic teaching, which is summarized below and which IMHO firmly supports the policies and values of the Right, particularly of the Tea Party.

The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church: Paragraph 2425

2425. The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with “communism” or “socialism.” She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of “capitalism,” individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor. [Cf. CA 10; 13; 44] Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds; regulating it solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for “there are many human needs which cannot be satisfied by the market.” [CA 34] Reasonable regulation of the marketplace and economic initiatives, in keeping with a just hierarchy of values and a view to the common good, is to be commended.

CA references in brackets refer to numbered paragraphs in Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Centesimus Annus (May 1991), which in turn references Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum (May 1891).

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Prepare for the Rapture

Daniel Bongino:  Yesterday the Supreme Court “deferred” to the people and their legislators to defend liberalism. Today the Supreme Court ignored the people and their legislators to do the same. We have become completely unmoored from any judicial or constitutional restraint.

2015_06 Religious freedom

1 Tim 1:4 Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will turn away from the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and demonic instructions 2 through the hypocrisy of liars with branded consciences. 3 They forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

2 Tim 3:1 But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days. 2 People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, 3 callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them.

2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers 4 and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.

JPII Truth vs majority



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