The Gospel Truth

At Concord Bridge | November 20, 2009

In my last entry, I mentioned my respect for Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.  I have seen him do battle on TV with some of the critics and quite frankly enemies of the Church. As an apologist, he offers no apologies.  And his prisoners better come meekly.

While he can be a bit self-righteous and even bombastic at times, no one can say he’s not an ardent defender of the Church, especially when in most cases, public Catholics refuse to stand up for the teachings of the faith. They would much rather support the other side in the culture war or offer the olive branch of surrender in hope that we can as Rodney King used to say, just get along.

I don’t think there is any peaceful co-existence in a culture war.  It is usually a zero-sum game.  I think the Readers Digest put it best during the Cold War when they defined that term as what the farmer says to the turkey until Thanksgiving.

When our current president was invited to Notre Dame, did a thunderous battle cry go up from every corner of the Catholic Church?  Though I am getting increasingly hard of hearing, the response I should have heard should have deafened me completely.  The irony of our most famous Catholic school offering the honor of its podium to the most egregiously pro-abortion president in history—so far—would be self-contradictory if it were not an established fact.  Richie Rich got Wales.  I wonder what Father Jenkins got.

The Catholic Press advertised that 70-80 Catholic bishops signed a letter of protest.  I was very proud of the ones that did.  I personally know a couple of them but 80 bishops?  How many are there in this country? Two or three hundred?  Where, I ask you, were the rest of them?   In fact Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe, New Mexico had the temerity to criticize his fellow bishops who condemned the president’s visit to South Bend.  When challenged on his complaint, he quipped that most of the bishops were with him. He was probably correct.  What does that say?

I am sure that the Archbishop’s would have strong words for another fellow bishop, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence R.I. who demanded an apology from Congressman, Patrick Kennedy for his support of the Health Care Bill that included abortion coverage.  I’m certain that he took a lot of heat for his unconventional stance.  I repeat my question—where are the the bishops in San Francisco, Nevada, Connecticut, Vermont, Maryland, Illinois and of course Massachusetts where prominent Catholic leaders hold sway?

Only the proximity of Senator Ted Kennedy’s demise prevents me from mentioning his substantial role in the origins of the pro-choice philosophy.  I’m saving that for a later date.  It now seems that his son is not the only Kennedy continuing the family history of heterodoxy.  I refer to the Catholic Eye that quoted Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend as saying Obama’s agenda is closer to American Catholics views than even the pope’s.

Unfortunately, most of our Catholic politicians simply take the middle of the road.  In a column for the St. Louis Review I recently compared our Catholic leaders to Pontius Pilate who gave historic meaning to his personal hygiene. Caught between the vice of his Jewish subjects and the fear of his Roman superiors he adapted a moderate stance with regard to Jesus Christ.  Though Pilate could find no fault in Jesus whose teachings offered no threat to his rule, he had him scourged within an inch of his human life to appease both sides to demonstrate his moderation.

I wonder how many people realize that Pilate’s reliance of the “virtue” of moderation makes him an ideal icon for Catholic pro-abortion advocates today?   His act of moral indifference easily resembles our pro-abortion politicians, who put their political ambitions above the sanctity of life and the inviolability of the womb.

With so many Catholic Pilates to inspire them it is not surprising that in the last election 54% of Catholics voted for the most pro-choice candidate in history. This number angers me to no extent.  Instead of leading us down a road to could run to perdition they should all be standing with Bill Donohue at the Concord Bridge, the Alamo or even the Little Big Horn, no matter what the cost may be to their political lives.  And we should be standing with them. In fact  all Christians should be standing arm-in-arm against this attack on our culture. But without leadership, most of us wont.  And neither will our Catholic politicians.

Maybe like Archbishop Sheehan, Kennedy-Townsend is probably right. If so how does that bode for the future of the Church in America?  Will we go the way of Europe where only children and the elderly attend Mass?   If the Tobins and the Donohues can’t turn the rushing tide, than the only recourse we will have is to get off of our feet and get on our knees because that will be the only hope that we have left.

This is the truth—pass it on.

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34 Comments »

  1. If only our Sunday Homalies would address Abortion, ani Catholic agendas, Socialism, Truth in Government, etc. It would address the 54% of Catholics whom voted for the biggest Crusader for Abortion, Obama and Catholic Politicians who vote abortion. We would not be aligned with the Socialist Countries of the World and destroying our relations of our Allies. We would not be apoligizing for our Christian Faith or the millions of men and women whom fought and died for our country and our Allies.
    The majority of our Bishops apparently believe,some Dialectric Materialistic policies may benefit their politicial positions.
    You are helping to take the blinders off Bill. Thank you again for your dedication to the Faith.

    Comment by Vons-Express — November 20, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

  2. Bravo!!! I agree 100%. Most of our bishops have dropped the ball, especially in catechetics. Since Vat II and the tossing out of the Baltimore Catechism, and bringing in “social justice”, etc etc, persons of today DO NOT KNOW THE FAITH
    It has been my biggest beef since Vat II.
    Even the bishops trained in so-called seminaries, don’t know the faith. I proclaim a return to the Traditional Latin Mass and the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism would go a long long way of restoring the faith. Pax, M

    Comment by Mary B. Lachney — November 21, 2009 @ 3:17 am

  3. Bravo William!

    A mobilized Catholic community would be a potent force for good.

    Charles Coughlin had it right!

    Comment by Henry Makow — November 22, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

    • Henry:

      Amen! Lock and load! Let’s bring back the Church militant with our weapons of prayer, self-sacrifice and relentless charity for all of our enemies.

      Comment by bbprof — November 23, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  4. Catholics should stand up to this.

    Comment by Charles — November 22, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

  5. I asked a newly ordained “priest” if he had taken an oath against modernism and he said no, and although he said he understood what it was, he seemed insulted that a paleo Catholic like me would even have the audacity to ask.
    The hierarchy of the post vatican II collapse is lacking only two things, a right testicle and a left testicle.
    Religion in america today is an abolute, utter failure. The government is full of criminals because the pulpits are full of cowards.

    Comment by Owen Gregory — November 22, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

  6. It’s the fear of the most powerful weapon on Earth – The “Anti-Semite Weapon” that has Catholic leadership trembling in their shoes. An ASW can be used in any instance where there is resistance to the cultural destruction of judaism and its Talmudic Reign of Terror! There is nothing that CAN NOT be destroyed by an ASW!

    Comment by Vox — November 22, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

    • Hey Vox:

      Don’t forget the feminists! I think more Catholic college presidents are more afraid of the feminists on their campus than they are any Jewish people.

      Comment by bbprof — November 23, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

  7. Why has social justice and sharing become so terrible of an idea for some Catholics? 2,000 yrs ago Christ often talked about seeing your brother as yourself, feeding the poor, clothing the homeless.

    Justice does not contradict the concept of individual freedom. Quite the opposite – you cannot truly have one without the other. Freedom from want, freedom from starvation, if you want to put it a different way. Right now, over 1.2 Billion people are living in hunger, many in agony and hopeless…even though this planet has more than enough to feed everyone.

    “men must see themselves as brothers, sons of the One Father. This is essential if they would progress one step nearer the Godhead. Throughout the world there are men, women and little children who have not even the essentials to stay alive; they crowd the cities of many of the poorest countries in the world. This crime fills me with shame. My brothers, how can you watch these people die before your eyes and call yourselves men? My plan is to save these, my little ones, from certain starvation and needless death.”
    – message from Maitreya, the Christ

    Comment by Andy — November 23, 2009 @ 12:07 am

    • Andy:

      It’s hard because it is wrong and contrary to Church teachings. What passes for Social Justice today is just another code word for socialism and the confiscation of the monetary resources of the American people.

      The Catholic Church teaches us to be charitable and give of our resources to those who are less fortunate than we are. Many of us do that. In fact conservative Catholics are much more generous than their liberal counterparts, who are very good at giving other people’s money away.

      The poor have as much right to my money as I do to your pay check. Simple as that. It is incumbent of me to share what I have with them and it is the Church’s role to inspire or even scare me into doing my Christian duty….not to ally itself with a Federal Government who thinks nothing os wasting the taxpayer largesse on all sorts of porcine projects that serve no greater service than insuring their selfish longevity in Congress.

      Comment by bbprof — November 23, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

      • bbprof,

        There was a big mis-understanding. What I was getting at, and what Christ will be publicly calling for very soon, is not charity or handouts, or especially taking money from your bank account and giving to some random person – but rather, sharing on an international level. Justice, not charity.

        Nations must share the EXCESS they don’t need to poor nations whose people are dying in hunger. It’s logical, it’s Christian, it’s the only way humans should live. Greed doesn’t work. It’s failed us as a society.

        This puts it in perspective:

        …political scientist Susan George discussing how debt repayment fuels poverty in the global South.

        SUSAN GEORGE: Let me give you just one statistic, which I worked out in minutes, because otherwise it’s incomprehensible. Sub-Saharan Africa, which is the poorest part of the world, is paying $25,000 every minute to Northern creditors. Well, you could build a lot of schools, a lot of hospitals, a lot of job—you could make a lot of job creation, if you were using $25,000 a minute differently from debt repayment. So there’s this drain.

        And I think people don’t understand that it is actually the South that is financing the North. If you look at the flows of money from North to South and then from South to North, what you find is that the South is financing the North to the tune of about $200 billion every year.

        (http://www.democracynow.org/2009/11/10/filmmaker_philippe_diaz_on_the_end)

        Comment by Andy — November 24, 2009 @ 12:20 am

  8. Rich people will always be able to get abortions. While I do not believe anyone can be in favor of abortions; I do believe it is best left as the mother’s decision. I do not see how we the people can take that away from the mother. “Do not take what you can not give”. I am a Budhist and see an abortion as the loss of a chance, not murder! Seeing an abortion as murder seems to me to show a belief in materialism over the spirit. Is that what Jesus taught?

    Comment by brian krajci — November 23, 2009 @ 12:36 am

    • Jesus taught: “Thou shalt not kill!” “Whatever you do for the least of my brethern, you also do for Me…and remember the verse about the millstopne and being dumped in the ocean for hurting one of his little ones? I think abortion is the most heinous of crimes because it goes, not just against life, but the nature of marriage and withn that civilization and with that culture. And let’s face, how many women actually “choose” to go against their nature? I would venture that most, except the most ardently maniacal feminists are forced into killing their babies by a parent, boyfriend, even a husband. Don’t forget it was men that invented abortion for the benefit of men. Just why is Hugh Hefner such a leader for “women’s rights?” What a joke he is.

      Comment by bbprof — November 23, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  9. Every Catholic Must Read ‘The Plot Against The Church’ by Maurice Pinay.

    Pinay was a consortium of Catholic Cardinals, Bishops and priests forewarning of the disastrous agenda t be set forth Vatican 2, a Judeo Masonic Church hijacking.

    It is free online, though $25 in hardback

    Its also at IamTheWitness dot Com

    Comment by Bill in Ohio — November 23, 2009 @ 12:44 am

    • Bill:

      I have read the book you recommended and what most Catholics fail to understand or maybe have never been taught, the CC is the enemy of secular society. They know it but most of us don’t know it. They have been waging a war against us, at least figuratively since the Garden of Eden.

      Comment by bbprof — November 23, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

  10. At the age of 16, and after being raised under
    the tyranny of continuous Catholic brainwashing,
    I had the courage and good sense to reject yours
    and all other nonsensical religions.
    45 years have passed since then. I’ve only come
    close to being hit by lightening twice. Gabriel has
    been watching out for me. Either that, or I’m just
    plain lucky.

    Comment by Robert — November 23, 2009 @ 3:36 am

    • What religion does your Gabriel belong to? BB

      Comment by bbprof — November 23, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

      • Pastafarian

        Comment by Robert — November 23, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

      • To Pastafarian:

        Linguine or ziti?

        Comment by bbprof — November 23, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

      • Pasta fazool?

        Comment by bbprof — November 28, 2009 @ 1:29 am

  11. I am a Baptist. I love real Catholics because they actually BELIEVE in the Lord! Most catholics today, however, the same as Protestants, are in fact apostate. With just a little persecution, most Americans who go to church would stop.
    Do you think the Lord will stand for this? No, He
    won’t. The church is heading for severe persecution in 2010. Most people in the church today will fall away. The ones who pursue the pearl of great price will die as seeds that will grow the Latter Day Rains, the Great Awakening. Billions will be saved worldwide! Jesus said during this time we will do even greater miracles than He did (through the Holy Spirit, of course). When the Lord has raised up the Church from the prostitute it is today, through persecution, the greater judgement will fall upon the earth.
    I Peter 4:17, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

    Comment by Tom — November 23, 2009 @ 3:49 am

  12. The only solution is to declare Vatican 2 Council
    an illegitimate council and declare all it’s teachings heresy, and return to the traditions as it was before the pontificate of John 23.

    Comment by Kenneth — November 23, 2009 @ 4:40 am

  13. What another crock article about Catholics. Get serious. It’s all a hoax. Talk about true Catholics. Mention Tradition, or keep following the garbage they have you convinced of. BS

    Comment by les newcomb — November 23, 2009 @ 5:03 am

  14. death to the RCC

    Comment by dan from NZ — November 23, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

  15. Paraphrasing-“…strive to get through the narrow gate.” Most American so-called Catholic bishops, Modernists, condemned by past true pontiffs, pre-Vatican II, are heretics. Nothing new, after all, the Arian heresy had control of 97-98 percent of the Roman Catholic world in the early church. So, what’s new? The narrow gate to Heaven remains narrow and only few enter, moreso in the early 21st century filled to the brim of heretical bishops fancing themselves as Roman Catholic leaders. Pray the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, only Her three mysteries, please!

    Comment by a — November 23, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

  16. It is a complete mythical fantasy to not allow popes to marry along with all males figures such as priests and bishops or cardinals. This is the same for not allowing nuns to marry the opposite sex and procreate.
    Obviously this sets up the opporuntity for evil with homosexual pedophiles to invade to molest young boys.
    Its difficult enough to stop these perverts even when marriage is allowed much less when it is banned that opens the door for an easy entry by these phony religious figures.

    Jesus NEVER said not to marry and procreate and that is why males and females have been equipped with sexual organs. The excuse os used to be like him but we know this is impossible as he was of a special advanced molecular structure and not like normal humans.

    The Catholic Church in Rome needs to immediately reverse its policy of celibacy and allow all figures of authority to marry both male and female to stop the fiction they are living under that is not biblical.

    The OT clearly calls for procreation. This manmade celibacy is a farce and promotes homosexuals and lesbians into positions of authority where they know they are protected and get paid with all the pedophila they want destroying millions of lives at an early age.

    Shameful. Stop the insanity NOW !!!

    Comment by mike mann — November 23, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

    • How’s the weather in Mike’s world. The sexual molestation “problem” of the Church has nothing to do with priestly celibacy but is more of a homosexual/pederasty problem. You think gay marriage will solve the problem? I think NOT!

      Comment by bbprof — November 23, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

  17. This is the truth– pass it on. “The Church” is clearly identified in Daniel and Revelation. The people are wonderful, but the organization is something else.

    Comment by sckrap — November 23, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  18. It looks to me as though Catholics are incpable of defending the Holy Catholic Faith, for various reasons, 1 being, they are not intereted and 2, they were not taught it. While the teachngs, traditions, dogma of pre-VAtican II are set in concrete and cannot be changed (who can go back in time?)the graces, indulgences, prayers, rituals, sacramentals, saints’ days, in effect, all the markers of Catholic life, have been changed, and all of mankind is much the worse for it. It was the Catholic Church that saved civilization, and now the Church is gone. What we see is a poor skeleton left, ready for the grave, when God sees fit to place it there completely. From Keen Observer for 40 years

    Comment by anna — November 24, 2009 @ 12:34 am

  19. The christian bible, as well as islam and judaism,
    are complete frauds. Give your colonial minds a
    good hard shake, and hopefully come back to reality. Okay?

    Comment by Scares Her Enemy — November 24, 2009 @ 7:08 am

  20. Pasta Fazoo

    Comment by Robert — November 26, 2009 @ 3:23 am

  21. The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ who is Our Lord and God made man therefore the gates of Hell will never prevail against it BUT it has still been “infiltrated by the enemies of Christ” as testified by ex-communist Bella Dodd who became a catholic. Over 1,000 marxist radicals were put into seminaries and they are now bishops, etc. So this is why one must follow tradition before Vatican II. I also agree with Fr. Kramer in that the novus ordo is leading catholics into the one world church. Attend the Latin Mass and pray the Rosary. http://www.fatima.org

    Comment by Dolorosa — December 19, 2009 @ 7:25 am


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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