Chronicling a whole month's travels worth of bad news - Sunday 11th of June to Saturday 15th of July

I have been travelling quite a lot over the past month, which is why I was not able to provide a weekly update. In truth, my travel began on the week starting on the Sunday of the 18th of June, but as I don't recall much of what happened that week, I'll lump that week together with the rest.

On my travels I hope to write more of in at least 2 separate posts, but the long road trip was very much enjoyable and indeed did me much spiritual good.

One of the benefits of being away was that I was in relative seclusion from the news cycle,  both the secular one and even more depressingly, the ecclesiastical one. I did manage to catch notice of a few news items, which I shall present below.

It was another bad month for what's left of Christendom as another 2 countries fell to sodomy. In Germany they passed a law recognising sodomitical unions and putting the final nail into any notion of marriage as a public good. That was sad, but not altogether surprising, given the state of the Church in Germany, as well as the general moral decline and political winds.

What was somewhat surprising to me was that Malta also fell to sodomy. This is, after all, a country which only allowed divorce some 4 years ago or something, and not with an exactly overwhelming majority, if memory serves me right. This is also a country which at the time has a more than 50% attendance at Mass. This is, however, a country which has such perverse bishops as Scicluna, of we-only-ever-need-to-listen-to-the-present-pope infamy, as well as the free-bread-for-adulterers-on-Sundays infamy. I take the chance to call it 'free bread' instead of Holy Communion because there is no reasonable chance that a bishop such as that believes in the Real Presence. I do, very much, though recognise that the sacrilege is very real because I do accept the notion that transubstantiation can occur in the Novus Ordo, given the official formula is used.

In Ireland, I was also infomed that their new sodomitical prime minister has taken charge. That was not a surprise as I had read that he was likely to be the new prime minister, but it is also striking that Ireland also only allowed divorce in the 1990s. Abortion looks very likely to follow.

In Poland, Donald Trump held a speech which was seen as much-ado-about-nothing by the Ron Paul Institute and as a ground-breaking speech by others. His optimisim for the survival of the West was not echoed by Mark Steyn though, and I do tend to agree with him that the will to survive has pretty much died out in the West. I would need more than flag-waving Poles fawning at a president who lauds them to conclude that there is enough fight to save Europe. Unfortunately, the tenacity of the Poles and some of the other mainly Catholic Eastern Europeans is more than compensated for by the suicidal tendencies of most of the other nations in the bloc.

The speech also gave me a good opportunity to note just how sad it is to see someone one thought was not a complete idiot turn out to be probably one, a person who only has a job on account of her looks, not altogether stellar either, I would hasten to add. This happened when a female commentator in response to Donald Trump's boast that he would like to see U.S. energy exports extended to such countries as Poland stated that it is nice of the president to do that, since it prevents Poland from getting it's "energy from communist countries such as Russia". This, mind you, is from a woman who seems to have been born probably not long before the fall of the Soviet Union. If one does not know that Russia is no longer a communist country, then absolutely nothing the person has to say on any issue is worth my attention, or yours either.

This was a woman on Fox News, which kind of validates the theory that the former president used to flip channels looking for new TV personalities with the sound off, just to see how good they looked on the box, without ever hearing what they had to say. It made me almost wish I had the same approach.

Vladimir Putin finally met Donald Trump, and this led to a ceasefire in parts of Syria. It's a step in the right direction, but nothing close to what the U.S. needs to do, which is at the very least to stay completely out of that war, which means in simple words to stop arming jihadists. I am not sure what else to make of the meeting as I have seen very few details of it.

Then there is the sad story of Charlie Gard, a poster boy for today's Western totalitarian state which sees no limit to its powers.

We also had Le Creep weighing in on why Africa is stuck in poverty. It is because people have 7-8 children, he says. Leaving aside that only one country in Africa has a birth rate higher than 7 - Niger - the perfect response would have been something like the following: "Well, unfortunately there is a shortage in Africa of barren women who are 25 years older than the men, so we are forced to engage in reproductive sex." That would have really put him in his place.

Now onto the Church.

I could begin no other place that with Cardinal Mũller having been relieved of his post. Evidently, there is a new policy at the Vatican of terminating posts after 5 years, and it is starting with him. According to Müller, he was called within a minute of ending his last day of his 5-year term, and was offered no explanation as to why his term was not being renewed. Well, Bergoglio is nothing if not consistent in how he handles personnel decisions - not feeling any need to explain them seems to be his way. The cardinal has been rewarded for his long period of cowardice with getting a boot up his backside. What good did it do him? What good has it done the Church? It was always going to be a losing strategy and now speaking out against Bergoglio will seem more like sour grapes than a cardinal who wants to prevent a great evil from going ahead.

Although this was the most momentous news of the past month, I have to admit that for sheer newsworthiness, news of the drug-fueled sodomy orgy at the building of the CDF is what has stuck most, and although I wrote that I could begin with no other stories than with Mũller's dismissal, this story would have been an equally good place to start. This man was Coccopalmeiro's assisstant, from what I can gather, and it has been said that Bergoglio got personally involved in getting the perverted priest the appartment for his homosexual orgies. I cannot claim to be surprised at that. We have been told for a long time that there are a lot of sodomites at the Vatican. We know from recent appointments that Bergoglio has a preference for sodomites, so we should not be surprised that those he chooses to have close to him will be of the most perverted kind.

I am happy the story came out and I sure hope that more of a similar kind will be forthcoming to completely prove to the world just how  anti-Christian Bergoglio and his perveted accomplices are. A bad day for Bergoglio and his cronies in the news is a good day for those fighting for the purity of the Church's doctrine.

Those particular types had a bad day when Bergoglio released a Motu Proprio adding a new category to be used in canonisations. The man's priorities almost never cease to baffle me. In this age of the Vatican saint-making factory, the man still thinks the factory is not producing enough saints of dubious character! So the man goes and adds a new category. Some have seen this as opening up sainthood to non-Catholics. I didn't see it that way when I read it, but we can be sure that the most anti-Catholic spin we can give to the document is probably what Bergoglio had in mind. What it surely does open for though, is for someone like Cardinal Kasper being made  a saint. On the surface of it Kasper would seem to be excluded since the document still mentions intercession, and nobody asking for saintly intercession will surely invoke Kasper, but Bergoglio's God of surprises can, of course, surprise him with a prompt to use his magic papal wand and waive the requirement of said miracles, and whoops, there we have Cardinal Dubious all ready to be quoted in Church documents with the authority of a saint.

Finally, there was the story of the death of Cardinal Meisner. I must admit that when I first heard it, my immediate response was to ask "Was his death suspicious"? I was told that it was not. Now the 4 dubia cardinals are down to 3, which doesn't quite have the same ring to it, of course.

I mourn for the cardinal, but I do wonder whether in his final moments he might not have wondered whether his timid response to Amoris Laetitia was an altogether deficient response. We pray for his soul, and hope that God will show mercy towards him for the attempt to stand up for the deposit of faith. We also hope that it will stir other cardinals to realse that there is not much time left, and soon they might regret not risking their comforts for a defence of the faith.

The SSPX negotiations seem finally to have come to an end, for this round at least, as Cardinal Mũller, in one of his last acts as prefect, resorted to putting the same hurdles in front of the SSPX that the Vatican had put the first time around, which scuppered the deal under the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. One cannot blame the SSPX for trying, but one wonders if the Vatican had planned this treachery all along.

It was a tough month with no good news of note. In fact, it seems as though every time I leave home the bad news accelerate.

My trip was for the most part very positive, on the other hand, and I hope to have occasion to share some of the impressions before long.