Training my neck muscles: On drones and the Blessed Sacrament, and NOChurch being good for something - Sunday 1st to Saturday 8th of April - Easter Week

It was Easter week, and a good week it was indeed. Whatever else happens in the world cannot take away from the joy of the Resurrection.

Easter Sunday this year fell on April Fool's day, and Mundabor took the time to make an Easter confession regarding how he had met  a new younger woman and in order to seek happiness he was obliged to follow his emotions and leave his family for her. I recognised it as an April Fools' day immediately, having followed his blog for long enough to realise that he would come up with one, and having learned enough of the man to realise that he would keep his adultery secret, as any half-decent man would, instead of parade it about.

Sadly, not everyone was in on this and we had some of our lost Catholic sheep advising him to have an annulment enough so as to put a NOChurch stamp on his adultery. This again re-inforces the point I have made many times that the annulment process today is little more than a Catholic divorce and furthermore, that is how most Catholics seem to view it as well.

One story which might well have made a good April Fools' day, but which alas, was just another day in NOChurch, was the one about the parish which used a drone to deliver the Blessed Sacrament in  a monstance to the priest. Ringing a bell and walking solemnly to the altar just isn't entertaining enough for modern man, you know.

As the title pointed out, this was neck muscles training time and if there is one thing NOChurch is good at it is getting me to shake my head on account of the sheer volume of the sheer madness which I witness and read about. Shaking one's head is all one can do at times and I admit that I am forced to do it quite often.  I can admit that I never thought I would see the words "drone" and "Blessed Sacrament" in the same sentence, and we have to thank NOChurch for making that happen, I suppose.

Having experienced the pre-1950s Holy Week celebration, Jeff Ostrowski came to realise that he was wrong to Dread the “Pre-1955” Holy Week. One of the most peculiar thing about it was that the vigil was held in the morning - which even I find a bit odd - but he wrote that it didn't seem out of place. That it was much longer did not seem to be as much of a drain as he had feared either.

The Skripal poisoning story still hasn't died, and neither have those who were allegedly poisoned. At this point I am only continuing to use the term 'Skripal poisoning' mainly for categorising reasons, as that is the tag that I gave it at the beginning. Last week we were told that Yulia Skripal had woken up from her coma. This week we were informed that someone had logged into her facebook page when she was supposed to be in a coma. The Russians insist that they   won’t accept probe into Skripal case if Russian specialists won’t take part and who can blame them? There doesn't seem to have been a poisoning at all, one would have to conclude at this point. The Russians are not letting this story die down, and nor should they. The U.K. has to be named and shamed over this, and heads should roll, if not literally then at least figuratively, because we have agents who seem intent on starting a major confrontation and looking for a premise on which to do it.

In this week's entry for the culture of death, we had a German woman jailed for 9yrs for murdering her newborns & keeping bodies in freezer.

It is not all bad news though, so, for instance, in Syria, rebuilding efforts are underway, now that the only major pockets of Islamists remaining are those in areas under American protection. This is exemplified by drone footage from Ghouta showing the clearing of a highway which has been blocked for a long time on account of the fighting.

It would hardly be a week's review if we did not have stories regarding Bergoglio's ongoing efforts to destroy the Catholic Church and the Catholic Faith. This week's entries are varied but I shall only pass over them in brief.

First the world's favourite heretic was busy telling missionaries that they shouldn't be missionaries, and this didn't make news any more as we have tome to expect that sort of nonsense. Then we had a story which was issued on April Fools' day but which had not been retracted or revealed as one, regarding how one non-Italian cardinal confronted him regarding his denial of hell, one of his many heresies. I can't think that our cowardly cardinals will let it go beyond faint voice-raising inside the Vatical walls, but it's good that we have that at least.

Louie Verrechio had is take on Bergoglioism in a piece titled "Bergoglianism: An effort to rewrite the Divine Law" which details how Bergoglio's strategy in fighting the Faith is to reduce it to mere rules and ideals. In "Is Francis Catholic? The burden of proof" he lays out the case that it is simply not enough to presume that bergoglio is a Catholic  until proven otherwise, on account of the fact that he was baptised as one and presumably is in charge of the Catholic Church. No, rather he argues that "there are well-established criteria that must be met in order for one to legitimately lay claim to such membership". This is in accordance with the Encyclical Mystici Corporis written by Pius XII.

Bergoglio has, of course, demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that he absolutely abhors Holy Mother Church and the Catholic Faith which she upholds.

That Bergoglio himself is  a heretic is bad enough, but the influence he is having is almost as bad. We had one of the false hope cardinals, Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of South Africa, coming out in favour of sacrilegious intercommunion, with protestants. Well, it's protestants for now; who knows what he will think next month? This man has been all over the place but I figured him out long ago as a modernist and certainly not a part of the solution. In fact, the only good contribution I have been able to link to him is when he pointed out that if the Germans want to get around the 6th commandment by serial monogamy - i.e., divorce and re-marriage - then many Africans or others, would be inclined to push for polygamy. The point he was making was that in Germany and Europe, divorce and re-marriage is the most common violation of the 6th Commandment, whereas in some other parts of the world, polygamy might be the most common way of violating it.

At least that is how I understood it. He asked the question rhetorically, so perhaps this will meet when he meets a divorced and re-married couple who "share the Catholic Church's belief and teaching on" marriage. He used the same words, except substituted "marriage" for "Eucharist". How one can believe what the Church teaches on the Eucharist and still remain protestant only the god of surprises can probably figure it out. In any case, the piece was titled "Conservative" Cardinal Favours Communion for Protestants by can although they use the word 'conservative' with a good tone and put it in quotes for a reason, I am not even sure it is justifiable to use the term on the man hinting any sort of irony. There is supposed to be some sort of truth in ironic statments.

It is not often I feel sorry the heretic-in-chief Bergoglio, but sometimes I do sympathise in him, as in when 7 bishops from Germany send questions to him asking him to clarify whether protestants can receive Holy Communion. It is true, these are probably the only good 7 German Catholic bishops around, but they are really beign disingenuous because they first of all know what the Catholic Church teaches, and their job is to uphold the Sacred Teachings of Christ. Secondly, they must also know what Bergoglio teaches and intends since he has made this abundantly clear over the course of many years, documents and talks, before and after he became pope. They cannot surely expect him to come out screaming "I am a dim-witted overweight heretic whose only skill has been to con Catholics into wining and dining me for over 50 years".

They remind me of hormone-crazed teenagers who absolutely refuse to accept or believe their high-school sweethearts don't like them and have broken up with them simply because they have not said it, despite the fact that the person in question has already moved on to dating other people and broken off contact on social media! I only brought the social media part to show that I am not the dinosaur I may appear to be, but I can only assume that unfriending and blocking of people on social media accounts is today's teenagers' way of saying "We should see other people, and not each other."

Cardinal Brandmüller, in any case, noted that the number of bishops voting for sacreligious Communion was "scandalously high", and I can only agree.

Straying outside of politics and Church news, we were treated to some very entertaining matches in the UEFA Champions League. The highlight of this week's events, sportswise, was a virtuoso perfomance by the phenomenal Cristiano Ronaldo in which he scored an absolutely marvellous bicycle kick in the 1st leg of Real Madrid's quarterfinal match away to Juventus, in Italy.  He is some player, that man.

His life outside the football pitch may be at times scandalous, as best exemplified by having children through IVF by surrogate mothers. However, his life on the football pitch can hardly be bettered and he is as professional as they come. Furthermore, in an age in which a lot of rich people abhor children, it is good that he at least recognises children as a good. Furthermore, one can hardly blame him for not wanting to marry a woman who is more than likely to run off with half of his hard-earned fortune some time down the line on account of the advances of feminist secularist anti-family ideologies.

This week's Bergoglio victim of the week was missionary work. If I am not mistaken, a previous winner not so long ago was evangelisation, so I suppose this completes a distinctly shameful double-act for this agent of Satan. If only he was entertaining in his destruction, then at least we could have a laugh watching him destroy our hard-earned patrimony.