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Dubia from the four cardinals

By Augustinus

The Dean of the Roman Rota (a Pope Francis appointee) recently publicly threatened to demote the four cardinals (Cardinal Burke among them) who requested that Pope Francis clarify the Church’s position on divorce and the family as laid out in Pope Francis’ summary Amoris Laetitia, of the recent synod on these issues. These kinds of thuggish threats are becoming more frequent in Francis’ papacy thus calling into question Francis’ judgment. Francis’ has also done himself no credit by not condemning Fidel Castro’s memory after the death of the tyrant and mass murderer this past week. Like many South American leftists Pope Francis may harbor some romantic conceptions of the madman Castro; which again calls into question Francis’ judgment.

If Pope Francis takes any kind of legal action to silence the four cardinals it would mark a turning point in the Francis papacy–the point where it permanently went off the rails into heresy.

Marion Marechal-Le Pen has spoken the truth again in France.

By Augustinus

Marion Marechal -Le Pen has spoken the truth again in France.


She has thrown down the guantlet to her fellow citizens…telling them that it is time to make a choice regarding Islam. ” Either we kill Islamism or it will kill us again and again. You are with us and against Islamism, or you are against us and for Islamism… Those who choose the status quo become complicit with our enemies.”

She has been vilified by the left in France and Europe because she is a staunch Catholic against abortion and for traditional marriage and so forth. She has received death threats almost daily from Islamists and from European leftists for being a “bigoted Catholic”. But those threats have not silenced her.

How I wish there was a politician of her honesty and courage here in America. Trump has said some things that reflect common sense such as tightening our borders and using better criteria to screen Muslim immigrants and so forth but he is no Marion Marechal-Le Pen! Marion is rooted in her religious convictions. All of her political positions flow from her Catholic vision of culture and social life. Trump appears to have no strong religious vision.

Sometimes I prefer individuals without any strong vision at all-religious or otherwise. After all it is the maniacs who are driven by strong visions to reform the broken world who are willing to mow down villages and create a heap of corpses in order to create that utopian vision. The ones filled with passionate intensity are often the most dangerous.

On the other hand the first duty of any thinking man is to divine the times; to understand the historical moment and that is what Marion has that no other politician, European or American, has–the ability to see the present danger clearly and soberly. Churchill had it with regard to Hitler in the 1930s. Eisenhower had it with regard to the Soviet Union in the 1950s.

Who in America sees the danger of Islam? As Cardinal Burke pointed out recently Islam is not like Christianity. It has no consistent tradition of the “two swords” or Pope versus Emperor – of separation of religion and state. While Christ said render unto Caesar what is Caesars….Mohammed was from the beginning both religious Head AND political/military ruler.

Even if the majority of Muslims are well-meaning decent human beings who just want to live their lives in peace and do the best for their kids (and I believe this IS the case), their religious ideology, unfortunately, militates against their own wishes to be left in peace. Inherent in Islamic Koranic theology and “scripture”, hadiths (traditions), doctrine, law, and history is that Islam must rule. The Umma must be established worldwide. Historically military conquest has been the way Islam has spread and the conquered peoples were given the choice of conversion or death. In some “tolerant” places the conquered were allowed to live but not to reproduce. That is why Christianity died out in all formerly Byzantine cities conquered by Islam down through the centuries.

Marion Marechal Le Pen is right we are now approaching the time where every Christian has to choose sides: Islam or Christianity.