If it's not about Jesus, what's it about?

If it’s not about Jesus, what’s it about?

If your sense of higher truths is fungible, then what constitutes hard reality?  When Catholic power goes South and princes of the Church surrender priceless doctrines at the expense of millions of souls, what is the justification?

Why does the German Church have such an interest in a pro-gay ‘family’ Synod?

Why is Ireland suddenly such a seemingly evil place?

Why is the Vatican official behind the World Meeting of Families under investigation?

Why does Archbishop Chaput say it doesn’t matter?

Why is the Vatican Archbishop Paglia helping sell a Pope Francis milkshake?

Why are there FrancisWorship propaganda murals going up in Philadelphia?

Why is the event gatekeeper for the Pope’s Philly visit a lesbian activist?

Why are we supposed to mature before the next Synod meeting?

What is global warming about if it isn’t scientific facts?

Why does FrancisChurch embrace global warming?

Why is murder equivalent to every other excuse for liberal policy?

Why is FrancisChurch ‘of the poor and for the poor?’

Why does Communism create slavery, poverty, and suffering?

Answer: Money, money, money, money,  money,  money,  money,  money,  money,  money,  money,  money,  money,  money,  and money – just the thing Pope Francis hates!



Don't let a man like this bark you off your faith.

Don’t let this ‘Pharisee’ bark you off your faith.

The Pope gave some helpful advice on the FrancisGospel and the types of Christians out there.  Which one are you?

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ homily this morning focused on the Gospel account of Bartimaeus, the blind man who cried out to Jesus to be healed, and whom the disciples called to be silent. The Gospel led the Holy Father to reflect on three different groups of Christians.

First, there are Christians who are concerned only with their own relationship with Jesus, a “closed, selfish” relationship, who do not hear the cries of others:

“This group of people, even today, do not hear the cry of so many people who need Jesus. A group of people who are indifferent: they do not hear, they think that life is their own little group; they are content; they are deaf to the clamour of so many people who need salvation, who need the help of Jesus, who need the Church. These people are selfish, they live for themselves alone. They are unable to hear the voice of Jesus.”

It is selfish to love Jesus?  Doesn’t loving Jesus mean following him?  Can you care about your relationship with Jesus yet ignore everyone else?  Do such people exist or is this some rhetorical device?  I know they exist in Hollywood and on the lips of demagogues.

Then, the Pope continued, “there are those who hear this cry for help, but want to silence it,” like the disciples when they sent away the children, “so that they would not disturb the Master”: “He was their Master — He was for them, not for everyone. These people send away from Jesus those who cry out, who need the faith, who need salvation.” In this group one finds the “men of affairs, who are close to Jesus,” who are in the temple. They seem “religious,” but “Jesus chased them away because they were doing business there, in the house of God.” There are those who “do not want to hear the cry for help, but prefer to take care of their business, and use the people of God, use the Church for their own affairs.” In this group there are Christians “who do not bear witness”:

“They are Christians in name, parlour room Christians, Christians at receptions, but their interior life is not Christian, it is worldly. Someone who calls himself Christian and lives like a worlding drives away those who cry out for help from Jesus. And then there are the rigorists, those whom Jesus rebukes, those who place such heavy weights on the backs of the people. Jesus devotes the whole of the twenty-third chapter of St Matthew to them: ‘Hypocrites,’ he says to them, ‘you exploit the people!’ And instead of responding to the cries of the people who cry out for salvation, they send them away.”

Christians who do not bear witness, who use the Church for their own affairs, who silence voices?  Hello Synod on the Family!

Rigorists, hypocrites, exploiters, parlour room Christians….this is the cruel ranting of a political radical.  Calumniating faithful Christians by calling them Pharisees is not the work of Christ.  It’s just false shepherding.

The Pope closes with a brief description of some nice Christians, but I don’t think the people he’s envisioning are actually very nice at all.





Truth is heresy in FrancisChurch

Facts are science are heresy in FrancisChurch

Pope Francis has put the entire Church Militant in the position of having to either promote false doctrine and junk science or be called heretics.  On the one hand it’s a crime that Leftist dissidents are able to credibly petition a historically faithful Catholic media giant on behalf of the Pope.  On the other hand, when you see this painful debate, you’ll know why Global Warmists absolutely must never be made to confront facts.

Global warming activists are applying pressure to EWTN, the global Catholic Television network to stop broadcasting the views of climate skeptics. The left-leaning ‘social justice’ group, Faithful America, has started a petition to EWTN (Eternal World Television Network) to ban what they term ‘climate deniers’ from the network.

(Note: The movement to ban skeptics from television and media reporting on climate change has intensified in the past year. See: ‘Merchants of Doubt’ director pushing to ban Morano & other skeptics from TV.)

The activists are upset about a recent debate between Climate Depot publisher Marc Morano and the Environmental Defense Fund lobbyist Carol Andress.

The debate dealt with the Vatican and Pope Francis’ efforts to promote a United Nations global warming treaty.

The group sent out an appeal on May 27, urging EWTN to ‘Stop broadcasting climate denial

Excerpt: Our goal: 15,000 signatures – Posted: May 27, 2015

One of the world’s largest Catholic media outlets is accusing Pope Francis of confusing Catholics by preparing a ground-breaking encyclical urging world leaders to tackle climate change.

In a recent segment, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) even invited notorious climate denier Marc Morano to “debate” whether climate change is real. Worse yet, EWTN host Raymond Arroyo questioned man-made climate change and claimed that the pope was somehow supporting abortion by meeting with the United Nations about climate change.

It’s time for Catholic media outlets like EWTN to stop making common cause with right-wing political activists to undermine Pope Francis — and stop spreading misinformation about the climate crisis.

Pope Francis has issued a prophetic call to recognize the scientific reality of climate change and how the destruction of God’s creation is harming the world’s poorest people. Please stop offering a platform for climate deniers to spread misinformation and undermine the pope’s moral leadership.

Has there ever been a time when Catholics were forced so continuously to defend the Church and her teaching against the Pope himself?  We are in a pickle here and we must fight hard.  The FrancisVatican should be moved to uphold or renounce the Faith directly, not spin.  It’s pastoral!




Created by Priests Who Put the Poor at the Center of the Gospel

Created by Priests Who Put the Poor at the Center of the Gospel

At CruxMag, John Allen is amazingly candid about the blatant socialist politicization of Catholicism in our new FrancisChurch.  If it’s a done deal, why hide it?  Celebrate!

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – If you’ve ever wondered what happens while being held prisoner for three days by one of the world’s last remaining Marxist guerrilla movements, Bishop Héctor Julio López Hurtado of Colombia has a somewhat surprising answer: A remarkable amount of time can be devoted to dinner.

López, now 73, was kidnapped at gunpoint in 1997 by a band of teenage soldiers belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish acronym FARC. The guerrillas had imposed a travel ban in zones under their control to protest a pro-peace referendum, and grabbed López and 11 companions as he was making pastoral visits.

“They never mistreated us, and we were never afraid for our lives,” López recalled in a Monday interview at the Bogotá headquarters of his Salesian religious order. “The main frustration at first was boredom, because we had nothing to do.”

That problem was solved on day two, he explained, because the family home where his group was being held ran out of food. Two of the FARC guerrillas took a couple of their prisoners and went in search of something to eat, returning with a cow they claimed had been presented to them as a gift by a local peasant.

“I told them, you can’t seriously think that was a gift,” López said. “If you come up to somebody with machine guns and ask them for their cow, who’s going to say no?”

Much of the rest of the day, López said, was devoted to slaughtering the cow and cooking it, preparing half of the meat for transport up into the mountains to feed other members of the FARC forces. At the end, the group had what amounted to a cookout in the garden of the house.

So, did López at least get a good meal out of the experience?

“I didn’t actually eat any of the meat,” he said, “because I couldn’t bring myself to benefit from something I knew had been stolen.”

Although López survived his brush with danger no worse for the wear and tear, many of his fellow clergy haven’t been so lucky. According to the Colombian bishops’ conference, 85 priests, two bishops, eight religious men and women, and two seminarians have been killed in the country since 1984.

Those deaths mostly came as part of one of the longest-running civil wars in the world, which has been underway in this Latin American nation of 48 million for more than 50 years and has claimed an estimated 220,000 lives.

So if this bishop was kidnapped by guerillas, did he represent the right-wing government?  On the other hand if he was on the Right, why did he and his captors all seem like such nice friends? Either way, if a war is 50 years long it’s not a war.  It’s a way of life.

For the most part, the conflict pits the Colombian government against two main rebel forces: FARC and its rival ELN, the National Liberation Army.

(ELN was founded in the 1960s, with its most famous early proponent being a progressive Catholic priest-turned-guerrilla named Camilo Torres. Over the years it was led by a series of other priests who upheld the liberation theology movement, which seeks to place the Church on the side of the poor.)

Is the Church something you can ‘place’ somewhere? Does the Church take a ‘side’ in a class dispute?  Can the Church be used for something?

It’s amazing to me that the writer admits these groups were founded by Liberation Theology priests.  In fact, that’s exactly what Liberation Theology was created to do, found radical movements which would usher Communism into Latin America.

Today, many critics say both the FARC and ELN maintain a veneer of Marxist conviction, but in reality often operate like criminal gangs, with deep ties to Colombia’s drug trade.

Has it ever been different?  Marxism has always been a veneer.

At the moment, representatives of the government and the rebel forces are meeting in Havana in peace talks, though hopes for a breakthrough dimmed in April when the FARC ruptured a cease-fire by killing 11 soldiers in the national army, leading the army to retaliate with attacks that left 26 FARC rebels dead.

López expressed skepticism that the talks will produce much, based in part on his personal experience of serving for almost 14 years in a FARC-dominated zone in the western part of the country.

“I don’t have much faith, to be honest,” he said. “The guerrillas don’t keep their word. Basically, peace talks usually amount to a period of time to re-arm and to get stronger.”

He also predicted the violence will get worse in the short term, as FARC fighters leave their hideouts in Colombia’s vast forests and launch additional attacks in an effort to boost their bargaining position.

López said his kidnapping reinforced his bleak view of the prospects for a quick end to the conflict.

When he was first detained, he said, he explained to FARC’s teenage gunmen that because he was a bishop, taking him prisoner would produce bad press. It turns out he was wasting his breath, because these teenagers had no idea what a bishop was.

“They were born without God and without law, and they’ve never had any contact with the Church,” he said.

López said he tried to engage the young fighters in dialogue, but found them “terse” and “indoctrinated,” wanting to talk mostly about their struggle to defend Colombia against imperialism.

Not even a trace of Catholic culture remains in these poor boys.  How did this happen?  What was Columbia like before priests became simply thuggish Marxists ‘on the side of the poor?’

Allen closes with a wave of ghoulish excitement for the new FrancisChurch ‘martyr.’

When the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was beatified last Saturday, many experts said the deep significance of the act was a redefinition of the Church’s concept of martyrdom. It’s no longer necessary to be killed in explicit hatred of the faith to be recognized as a martyr – it’s enough to give one’s life in defense of the poor, human rights, and basic human welfare.

If that’s the standard, Colombia during its long civil war has been a factory for producing such martyrs.

Archbishop Isaías Duarte Cancino of Cali, for instance, was assassinated in 2002 for denouncing atrocities committed by both the FARC and the ELN. López said that in his former diocese of Granada alone, he personally knew four or five teachers in Catholic schools killed for trying to persuade their students not to take up guns, either with the guerrillas or various right-wing paramilitary groups formed to combat them.

Pope Francis has taken every opportunity to capitalize off blood and murder in his quest to wipe Catholicism free of its doctrine.  No, the Devil does not know that beheaded protestants and Catholics are united in Faith!  There is no such thing as an ‘ecumenism of blood.’  There is only unity in truth.  A martyr is someone who dies for the Faith, not for human rights, whatever that means.

Allen’s got one thing right though.  It looks like Columbia is a factory for FrancisMartyrs.  But that doesn’t make any of them saints, or even Catholic.




I'm selling this unseemly and ostentatious castle for a good price on behalf of 'the poor'

I’m selling this unseemly and ostentatious castle for a good price on behalf of ‘the poor’

Archbishop Paglia, the postulator for the cause of once-blocked Liberation Theology icon, Oscar Romero, and perhaps the only person who seems to have first-hand knowledge that Pope Benedict supposedly lifted it after blocking it for a generation, is being accused of fraud.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, a Vatican official, is under investigation by Italian prosecutors on suspicion of embezzlement and price fixing during the sale of an historic castle, according to media reports Wednesday.

The sale of the San Girolamo castle in central Italy has already led to the arrest of two employees of the diocese of Terni where Paglia, who is president of the Holy See’s council for family matters, was bishop.

Now prosecutors are probing Paglia on allegations of criminal conspiracy and fraud in relation to the sale of the castle four years ago to real estate company IMI immobiliare, which was headed by one of the arrested diocese employees.

Diocese funds were allegedly used illegally and money was found to be missing from diocese funds.

According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, which cited the prosecutor for the city of Terni in central Italy, Paglia is alleged to be one of the instigators of the fraud.

The mountain of things we are supposed to believe in the new FrancisChurch just gets higher and higher!  Pope Francis doesn’t endorse the condemned Communist-produced heresy of Liberation Theology and neither did murdered, I mean ‘martyred,’ Archbishop Romero, but both of them repeatedly spoke and acted just like Liberation Theologists.  Both associated with the leaders of the movement and receive their praises, and the FrancisChurch has placed its guiding ‘lights’ at the seats of highest honor in the Church.

The denials are perfunctory.  The beatification itself is telling.  Martyred for loving the poor?  How do you love the poor by defending Marxist guerillas?

It’s not like we can put any confidence in the FrancisChurch saint-making operation, which completely ignores all semblance of ancient protocols, or any indication of approval from Heaven or the faithful whatsoever.  Are we required to honor such saints, made by men who approve heresy, who even admit as much?

Here we learn that the man guiding the Romero cause seems to have been bilking the system for quite some time.  Can we expect more from a man who promotes Catholic-Communism as some saintly crusade?

While the San Girolamo castle in the Narni area of central Italy is considered to be of great artistic and cultural value it is now believed to be left abandoned.

At the same time, the Terni diocese is one of the most indebted in Europe, with a deficit of some 25 million euros (about $27 million).

Paglia, 70, was the diocese bishop from 2000-2012 before Pope Benedict named him to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which promotes and protects family interests in the church.

He is also one of the most prominent Vatican officials who is a member of the Sant’Egidio Community, influential in Italy for its commitment to working with the poor and immigrants.

Pope Francis has issued strong statements against corruption, including during a visit in March to mafia territory in Naples.

“Corruption stinks, corrupt society stinks,” he told residents, adding that “we all have the potential to be corrupt and to slip into criminality”.

Sounds like those might just be words.

When the Catholic Church becomes nothing more than a politicized tool and a massive bureaucratic agency with a bishop’s face painted on the office door, why should we be surprised to hear they’re all in on the skim.







Paragon of FrancisChurch Theology

Paragon of FrancisChurch Theology

The HuffPo has an brief interesting study about now beatified Archbishop Oscar Romero and his importance to FrancisChurch.  It’s notable because it’s fairly honest and it has some actual information about these much cloaked and propagandized subjects.

A golden thread links Pope Francis to Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop whose beatification the Pope ordered to take place last weekend, to the rapturous acclaim of the people of El Salvador and the wider world.

The thread is that of liberation theology, the movement that swept through Latin America, and then other parts of the world, 40 years ago. It maintains that the Gospel contains a preference for poor people — and insists that the Church has a duty to work for political and economic as well as spiritual change.

That’s exactly true.  Liberation Theology maintains the blatant lie that the Gospel contains a preference for poor people.  It doesn’t.  The Gospel proclaims and exemplifies the discipline of poverty and the virtue of charity.  A preference for poor people would be a cruel bigotry on God’s part.

The second lie of Liberation Theology is this worldly agenda for ‘political change’ which is beneath the Gospel and more akin to the Theology of Judas.

Conservatives in the Catholic Church do not like this. They have taken to asserting that Romero was not a liberation theologian. There is an irony in that, for they had spent the previous three decades blocking Romero’s path to sainthood by arguing the opposite. Then they said that to canonize the murdered cleric would effectively endorse liberation theology too.

It is ironic but it’s not conservative.  Any writers who’ve read Romero’s actual words know he had some affinity with the Liberation Theologists, but professional catholics often pretend otherwise.  The popes in our generation were wise and correct to suppress the Romero cause.  Pope Francis has not been so.

Conservatives saw this radical pro-poor movement, at the height of the Cold War, as a Marxist Trojan horse that would allow communism into South America through the back door. Its followers saw it as the words of Jesus in action.

Which was right?  It’s not just a matter of who holds the papacy.

In the years that followed, the mainstream Catholic Church took on board many of the insights of liberation theology. But conservatives in the Vatican and in the Latin American hierarchy worked behind the scenes to counter its influence — and block any attempts to move Romero along the path to becoming a saint.

There is an effective answer to these machinations and manoeuvrings. It is the one given by the man who is indisputably one of the founding fathers of liberation theology, Leonardo Boff, a former Franciscan friar who left the priesthood after the Vatican ordered him to a period of “obsequious silence” under the conservative papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

When asked if Pope Francis was a liberation theologian, Boff gave an answer that would apply as aptly to Romero. “The important thing is not whether he is for liberation theology but [whether he is] for the liberation of the oppressed, the poor and the victims of injustice. And that he is without question. Pope Francis has lived liberation theology.”

Oscar Romero lived it too. He was not a theoretical theologian. He stood unflinchingly by the poor — and died for it.

Standing for the poor is not Catholicism.  It’s love.  Dying for the poor, if such a thing were to happen, is not martyrdom.  It’s getting murdered.  Dying for the robbed or the oppressed is even better, but it’s not necessarily dying for the poor.  But most importantly, living and dying for Liberation Theology does nothing but hurt the poor and endanger their souls as well with a ruthless and materialist heresy.

If that, as Leo Boff asserts, is what both Romero and Pope Francis lived out in their words and deeds, then he’s right.  It doesn’t really matter.




Porous and non-institutional

Porous and non-institutional

They love Cardinal Kasper in American faux-catholic academia.  He was unloading at Georgetown recently.  The go-to source for all things Francis, Jesuit AmericaMag, has the report.

Cardinal Walter Kasper offered the highlight speech of this Memorial Day weekend’s Georgetown University/Marymount University conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. He spoke Saturday morning at Washington’s National Cathedral, the event’s third sponsor and chief ecumenical partner. 

The President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity offered new hope for the unity of Christians in the 21st century. Quoting Isaiah 43, “Behold, I do something new,” the cardinal explained, traditional ecumenism is being transformed by the rise of the Evangelical and Pentecostal churches. Compared to the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches, these churches are mostly non-dogmatic and less institutionalized expressions of the Gospel. 

Is it bad to have something be an institution?  Doesn’t that just mean it’s both old and effective?  Are we all Rousseauian radicals and romanticists now?  Must everything be reduced to nothing before these men are satisfied?

Yes.  It must.

These younger, growing churches are more emotional in their worship styles and more voluntarist in their organization. Their members don’t so much belong to a church, as members of the older churches do, but choose their churches. In that respect they represent a contemporary social development in which religious identities are more transitory and church boundaries more porous. 

All churches must face that porosity as a sign of the times, Kasper suggested; and the older churches must examine themselves as to what they can learn from the younger Evangelical and Pentecostal ones. The growing importance of Evangelicals and Pentecostals, he suggested, will re-shape and renew 21st century ecumenism.

This is Christian leadership?  The emotions of the times drive the Church.  The Church doesn’t drive the times…unless something really bad happens.  Then it’s the Church’s fault.  Right, Diarmuid?

Can the doctrine. Shelve the rubrics. Make everything voluntary. Be porous.

The rise of the Evangelicals and Pentecostals, the cardinal said, constitutes a fourth stage in the history of the churches. The first was the divergence of the Oriental  churches from the Mediterranean churches (Greek and Latin) after the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon. These ancient churches of the Middle East, which lay beyond the bounds of the Roman Empire, never accepted the doctrines of the great councils, and so are sometimes called Non-Chalcedonian.

The second phase was the break of the Orthodox East from the Latin West in the Great Schism in 1054. The third was the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, which split Western Christianity into Protestant and Catholic branches.

Look to the history of schism and heresy for guidance.  There’s a magisterium Cardinal Kasper can obey.

Which one is our friend?

Which one is America’s friend?

In a Breitbart report presidential candidate and Hillary scourge, Carly Fiorina, takes us down memory lane to a time when the Middle East was not a living Hell, when Islam wasn’t conquering the West, and ancient Christian enclaves were protected.  After reminding voters that Hillary’s record is mainly one of hype and failure, she makes a few helpful suggestions.

“I would do very specific things. First, instead of having a Camp David conference to talk our Arab allies into a bad deal with Iran, I would have had a Camp David conference to talk with our Arab allies about how we can support them to fight ISIS. Let me give you very specific examples. The Kurds have been asking us to arm them for three years, we still have not. The Jordanians have been asking us to provide them with bombs and materiel. We know King Abdullah of Jordan, I’ve known him for many years. He took the appropriate leadership steps when a Jordanian pilot was burned alive. He was here in this country asking us for bombs and materiel, we haven’t provided him with any of them. He’s now looking to China for that. The Egyptian president, a very brave and pious Muslim, who has said there is a cancer in the heart of Islam, has asked us to share intelligence. We are not. The Turks have asked us to help them topple Bashar al-Assad, we are not. There are a whole set of things that we’ve been asked to do by our allies who know this is their fight, and we’re not doing any of them.”

Assad is the enemy of ISIS and ISIS is the enemy of Christ, so it’s hard to see why we should bolster an Islamist tyrant like Turkey’s Erdogan by attacking Syria.  Still it’s hopeful to hear someone willing to support protectors of Christians and other historic American allies here and there for a change.



State-Funded Catholics

At the Register Edward Pentin has the somewhat frightening report of a progressive ‘shadow synod’ being driven from Germany.

A one-day study meeting — open only to a select group of individuals — took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family in October.

Around 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and media representatives, took part in the gathering, at the invitation of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, Switzerland and France — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Pontier.

One of the key topics discussed at the closed-door meeting was how the Church could better welcome those in stable same-sex unions, and reportedly “no one” opposed such unions being recognized as valid by the Church.

Participants also spoke of the need to “develop” the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and called not for a theology of the body, as famously taught by St. John Paul II, but the development of a “theology of love.”

It’s amazing how little these types of clerics actually know about love, isn’t it?  Is love sex? Is love gay sex?

I guess when you spend most of your adult life pleasing false superiors, then later on simply shuttling from one catered event to another, handled by servants and office help; your judgment can get skewed.  In Germany if you rise to cardinal, in effect you become a permanent bureaucrat at the top of a state-funded empire with few hard  demands upon your leadership or expenses.  You also have tremendous leverage.

One Swiss priest discussed the “importance of the human sex drive,” while another participant, talking about holy Communion for remarried divorcees, asked: “How can we deny it, as though it were a punishment for the people who have failed and found a new partner with whom to start a new life?”

Marco Ansaldo, a reporter for the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica, who was present at the meeting, said the words seemed “revolutionary, uttered by clergymen.”

French Biblicist and Ratzinger Prize-winner Anne-Marie Pelletier praised the dialogue that took place between theologians and bishops as a “real sign of the times.” According to La Stampa, another Italian daily newspaper, Pelletier said the Church needs to enter into “a dynamic of mutual listening,” in which the magisterium continues to guide consciences, but she believes it can only effectively do so if it “echoes the words of the baptized.”

The meeting took the “risk of the new, in fidelity with Christ,” she claimed. The article also quoted a participant as saying the synod would be a “failure” if it simply continued to affirm what the Church has always taught.

Pentin’s revealing piece full of greasy slogans and Leftist organs continues, but it’s safe to say this isn’t the kind of thing Mass-going faithful Catholics subsidize.  Dirty churchmen such as these can only be funded with dirty money.  Why must we all now be plagued with their abuse?




Wise Christian Counsel for the Church of the Poor and for the Poor

Wise Christian Counsel for the Church of the Poor and for the Poor

Retired L.A. Cardinal Mahony is notorious for his dissidence, waffling, and abusive mismanagement.  With shepherds like these, why is it so surprising to find they’re also raving liberals?

From the Cardinal’s blog:

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to increase the minimum wage in the City to $15 per hour by the year 2020. Thirty years ago when I first became Archbishop of Los Angeles, I would never have thought it necessary to take such an enormous leap in low-end worker salaries.

Not any more.

There are many reasons for the hike, but two of them are really important:

1. In past years, minimum wage jobs were also relatively short-term jobs. They were meant for young people working part-time or others just entering the job market. No one expected such jobs to be long-term and permanent work. These jobs were to get a foothold in the work field, and then to move on to better middle class jobs.

Translation: In the Reagan 80’s the country was full of promise and opportunity.  In liberal Obamaland, McDonald’s is the only place to get a job, so pile on more statist oppression!

2. The number of next level, middle class, jobs across southern California have all but disappeared. Recall after the Second World War how our area became a great leader in aerospace and defense companies. Hundreds of thousands of people were employed in these good paying, middle class jobs over the years. But gradually, because of many factors, those companies and those jobs began to disappear.

The result? People desperate to provide for their families are increasingly stuck in low-paying jobs, most paying at or below minimum wage. This is particularly true for our immigrant brothers and sisters. There are no “better jobs” to move on to.

And it’s not just the wages. Minimum wage jobs almost never offer benefits such as health care, retirement plans, or other amenities from previous generations. Many companies limit the hours for such employees in order to avoid having to pay for medical insurance. Shifting schedules makes it difficult for such workers to get to other low-wage jobs, or to take some classes.

Another worrying result is the rapid expansion of low-income families, and increasing wealth of high-income families, and the narrowing group in the middle.

The real issue is not just about minimum wage jobs. Rather, our goal must be to look for ways to narrow this growing gap between people at the top and those at the bottom.

Well Cardinal that will work then, if by lowering the gap you mean creating more and more poor.  The rich will keep getting richer but the middle class will certainly grow worse, and all those entry level McDonald’s employees won’t get high wages or benefits.  When the McDouble costs seven bucks in L.A. they’ll all just get fired.

Thank you, my shepherd!

The gap is not only economic. In so many places across the country, it is also a racial divide. Studies show that the minority communities of our country consistently remain on the lower rung of the economic ladder. Both divides need our focused attention, and I hope that the 2016 Presidential candidates will engage our country in this discussion–and that they be required to lay out concrete plans to ease the divide and to provide greater economic opportunity for everyone.

Just a few areas might help move us in the right direction. Home ownership has always been a past measure of success for our families. We need to make home ownership more readily available to all of our people–through new qualification parameters, lower down payments, and other means that do not jeopardize either the families or the economy.

Free houses, risky mortgages, high debt and unrealistic payments, social engineering, bubbles, bailouts, and bankruptcies: the wages of fraud and state compulsion, and precursor to the Obama-era economy.  What does any of this have to do with the Faith?

Most lower paying jobs offer no pension plan opportunities. Even if companies offered a very simple plan these families could begin acquiring some equity for the future.

Why is it these ‘lovers of the poor’ only know how to reach into someone else’s pockets and tell them what to do with their money, their business, and the people who they employ?  That’s not charity. It’s tyranny.

If you don’t like the way McDonald’s employees live, teach them to have lots of children, get together with their friends and family, buy a farm or business, work and take care of each other like Christians.  Give them churches so they can have the graces and the communities they need.  What a crazy paleolithic pre-Vatican II idea.

Social Security could raise the cap on payroll taxes so that the more affluent can contribute their fair share into the plan which will benefit them.

Tax the rich!….and raise everyone else’s while you’re at it.

The City of Los Angeles plan will go a long way to help our poorer families. But all of the incorporated cities in Los Angeles County need to match this new increase in the minimum wage for it to have its full effect. If a company in Los Angeles City just moves a few miles to a small city with a lower minimum wage, then everyone loses.

The widening gap between those at the higher end of our economy and those at the lower end of our economy must return to its former, historic narrow range.

Cardinal Mahony, men like you have no idea how to make things that like happen.