By Charlie Johnston
I have been working on an important, but complicated piece. Between wrestling with a virus and an increasingly spotty internet…there you go. The modem started getting hinky last Friday and finally just died. I think it was a Catholic modem. The news of the last week so mortified it, it just gave up the ghost. But I figured a few short takes would be helpful to me and, perhaps, amusing to you.
Planned Parenthood is a dead man walking. Yes, various states have or are trying to legalize infanticide. This is the frantic death rattle of the abortion industry. Now that they have dropped the mask and gone full Molech, it is not having the triumphal effect they intended. The latest Marist poll on abortion shows people moving dramatically away from the neutral “pro-choice” moniker and to the “pro-life side. Only the abortion crowd could think that unmasking their bloody fangs, claws and malice would cause people to cozy up to them.
Though Congress won’t do anything now (and not while Republicans were in control, either), President Trump has acted. In issuing new Title X rules, the administration is stripping PP of $60 million in federal funding.
In watching the cases in California against David Daleiden over the last few months, (he did the undercover PP videos), I have thought PP’s legal position was collapsing – and in a way that leaves it vulnerable to criminal prosecution. The Justice Dept. HAS been conducting a criminal investigation into selling baby body parts for profit. Shortly after Rod Rosenstein’s final departure from the Justice Dept., you can expect to get news on this.
Meantime, PP thought its relationship to Daleiden was going to be that of a Mack Truck to a possum crossing a super highway. Instead, it has gotten stuck to a tar baby it can’t get loose of – and one which is doing it more damage by the week. In the criminal case, they are in the stage of depositions prior to a preliminary hearing. PP and the California Attorney General (AG) thought they could get the Judge to run most of the trial in secret and severely limit Daleiden’s ability to defend himself. The Judge has not played along. PP thought it would be clever by sending low-level employees to be deposed. But they forgot that those depositions become their official position at trial. At least one of those employees reportedly made several terribly damning admissions. PP is now trying to slow walk the depositions, cancelling one because it claimed the employee had laryngitis. When Daleiden’s team said okay, let’s just re-schedule, PP refused. Perhaps they have done a Gosnell on the employee’s vocal chords and snipped them.
Last night, I found out that PP has dropped four of those it wanted to depose from Daleiden’s team and replaced them with four new ones. Two of those include people with ties to the Trump administration, including Kellyanne Conway, currently counselor to the president and his final campaign manager. Conway ran some focus groups for Daleiden, but has no intimate knowledge of the interior working of the undercover investigation. I laughed out loud when I heard it – and told my friend PP has been routed. They know they have lost the legal case. The longer it goes on the more revelations can come out that will damage its legal defense soon. So they are shifting gears, trying to figure a plausible way to get out of these cases, minimize the damage from depositions in the meantime, and mount a public relations rally of their base by bringing in all the Trump haters. They know darn well that Conway doesn’t have fiduciary information; they just want a headline to ramp up rabid Trump haters. They are fighting to survive.
Sadly, abortion will probably survive the year, but for the first time in my life, I have serious doubts whether Planned Parenthood will. They thought with their mighty power they would crush Daleiden like a roadside possum, but he has turned out to be their Frankenstein possum.
The Vatican’s Summit on Sexual Abuse is over – and is largely what I expected. They did NOT address the issue of homosexuality in the crisis, with Chicago’s Cdl. Blase Cupich and Malta Abp. Charles Scicluna imperiously announcing there was no need, because homosexuality is not a problem at all, even though 80 percent of the cases are of homosexual abuse. There is no mechanism for holding Bishops to account, save having Metropolitans investigate issues surrounding Bishops under their province. Great! So the chief American cheerleader for homosexual activism and sexual dysfuntion, Cupich, is going to be the boss on this subject of, say, the very orthodox Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki. What could possibly go wrong? Cupich, you may recall, accused Fr. Frank Phillips, the Rector of St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago of having a consensual homosexual relationship in order to oust him. When I first heard the charge, my ears went up, for if Phillips had actually been homosexual, I figured Cupich would be running interference for him, not trying to oust him. The problem is that St. John Cantius is a traditionalist parish which features the Latin Mass – both of which Cupich hates with the fire of a thousand suns. An independent investigation was done, which completely cleared Phillips of any wrongdoing. Cupich got rid of him, anyway. The best the Vatican could do was formally announce that they oppose child molestation. Wow…bravely breaking new ground there!
The best short piece on the summit I have yet seen came from a secular reporter John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist. The Vatican thinks it has successfully swept this under the rug. Rather, it has lit the fuse that will ultimately blow the top levels of the hierarchy away.
I want you to know that I am, literally, in communication with over a hundred Priests who are in deep agony over what is happening. Now, more than ever, it is important that you stand with your Parish Priest (provided he is not part of the problem – and the overwhelming majority of them are NOT). Don’t just treat him as a Father. Treat him as a beloved uncle, a true member of the family. It is such as these, in tandem with the faithful laity, who are going to rebuild the Church and make her holy again.
While we are on the subject of the Church, a lot of people have been asking me what I think about the conviction of Cdl. George Pell in Australia. Well, Cdl. Pell was taking seriously his role of reforming Vatican finances, when these charges arose. George Weigel wrote a summary of how nonsensical, absurd and literally impossible the charges are. Bottom line, when Australia first tried Pell in an open trial where he was able to defend himself, he was acquitted. With that fail, Australia held a secret, closed trial where Pell was severely limited in the evidence he could produce in his own defense. They got their conviction by actually doing to Cdl. Pell what Planned Parenthood and the California AG have tried to do to David Daleiden. It’s hard for me to believe that Australia is already further gone into judicial corruption than we are, but there it is. Now the Vatican is not troubled by a watchdog who is serious about rooting out corruption and another orthodox Bishop is neutralized. For the quasi-criminal enterprise the Vatican has become, that is a double victory.
Another judicial nominee has been taken down because he is a serious Catholic. Those Senators who have mounted this religious test for holding office are the ones who should be ousted. I would that some organization would sue them for violation of explicit Constitutionally guaranteed civil rights. Instead, several of them are running for president and are taken seriously. Oh dystopia!
As Victor David Hanson reports, the foreign policy establishment has finally come around to a Trumpian view of China. Obviously, that is a subject near and dear to my heart, for I have been arguing for decades that the government of China is the most sinister and dangerous one on the planet – and will play a big role in attacking the faithful and freedom as the Storm progresses. I would paint the foreign policy establishment’s ignorance and smug conventionality as more evidence of decay, but foreign policy establishments throughout history have largely been smug and ignorant. The tide of foreign affairs is not a static thing, but is constantly shifting into new permutation like a kaleidoscope. Strangely, most foreign affairs professionals are blindered by their conventionality. They almost always do battle with and ridicule even the greatest geniuses who come up with deeply insightful strategies for dealing with shifting challenges. So, while I might be tempted to chalk up foreign policy establishment blinkers to cultural decay, it is just business as usual. In every age, they are so busy congratulating themselves on how brilliant they are, that they completely miss what is completely obvious. Strange stuff.
It is now proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that vast swaths of the Justice Dept., FBI, and Intelligence Community engaged in a two-year attempted coup. The establishment media acted as eager cheerleaders and consistent purveyors of false information on the plotters’ behalf. This is likely the biggest political scandal in American history. The hysterical voices should be hanging their heads in shame and demanding the heads of those who intentionally misled them. Newsrooms across the country should be purged of social justice worker Trump-haters who have disgraced the profession of journalism. But like Michael Myers, they keep on trying to make their failed coup happen anyway. It is astonishing – and speaks to how far we have fallen.
I won’t argue the point with anyone any more. If they continue to support the coup, they are either intentionally malicious and subversive or too stupid to understand actual facts, evidence and logic. In either case, they are not worth wasting my time on.
I have many serious people asking me if I see any way out of the mess the world has gotten into without significant violence and collapse – because they don’t. Neither do I. The insane left, even confronted with unimpeachable evidence, would rather make war than reconsider their fantasies. I will discuss this more in the big piece I have been working on. But war will come, simply because a huge contingent of disordered people in modern societies will have it rather than recognize and acknowledge facts that contradict their fantasies and prevent them from honestly seizing power.
I won’t kid you. My first memory of seeing this insane world in visitations dates back to the very early 60’s, before I had started school. I remember a very vivid nightmare from those days. My best friend and I had been taken to the Museum of Science and Industry on Chicago’s south side by his mother. At some point, terror erupted and there were screams throughout the museum. His Mom found us and put us into hiding under a large table, telling us to be very quiet, because they were putting children to the knife. I asked her why someone didn’t call the police. She told me the police were helping them kill the children. I woke up in a sweat. It was not one of my visions – and I thought it just a nightmare. Now I am not so sure. It is bizarre to see the unbelievably and hideously dysfunctional world I saw 55 years ago playing out in real time, now. I largely thought that, even if it were all true, it could not happen so fast. But here we are. When will the madness end? Not until it has run its course. We have determined that we are our own gods, that WE are the final arbiters on what good and evil is – and we slip ever more surely into the muck of misery, madness and malice. In a mysterious way, God is letting mankind have its way for a time, to see that its ways lead to death and misery. Ultimately, and also mysteriously in our eyes, this will help to reclaim the world to God.
Last Sunday, someone pondered how long God will allow this to go on and whether it was really necessary. Several people have suggested I post my reply in the main body of the site. Here, then, is what I say about that:
“…we can trust that God knows what He is doing. How many times have good and worthy men and women TOLD people of the danger we are all in, of the perilous course we are following? If saying were doing we would already be reformed. But we are a stubborn, hard-hearted people, determined to have our own way, to be as gods. So, the consequences the Lord promised for infidelity are upon us…at their beginning. Yet with God, the punishment is not vindictive, but reformative. Since we would not hear Him and those who faithfully call us to Him, we must suffer the consequences of the new Tower of Babel we are intent on building. With this, many will see the folly of their ways and repent. Without it, some would never repent. Even with it some will never repent out of their pride and arrogance. Trust me, the time will come when the most determined reprobates, now knowing that God IS, denounce Him for being racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. – and they will choose their own doom, not because God wills it, but because they do.
I occasionally say that we have entered a great battle – and each soul is the battleground. God knows how long the consequences must extend and how dire they must become in order to rescue every soul that can be reclaimed to Him. I do not pray that it be soon, for many would be lost by not seeing how dire the consequences are for their rebellion. Rather, I pray that I and all here comport ourselves in a manner that is steadfast, patient, active and faithful until all who can be reclaimed ARE reclaimed. God knows the time, duration, and intensity necessary for that; none of us do. When we advise him to make it snappy to reduce our discomfort, we would thoughtlessly condemn many who can be saved to perdition. Let us not urge the Master to take the cake out of the oven when it is only yet half-baked. As servants of the living God, it is not our place to advise Him on how He should conduct this Rescue to best please us, but to acknowledge Him, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope KNOWING that He will accomplish it in the manner which brings the most bountiful catch.
As I have said here several times before, on several occasions when visited by the Lord and instructed in something that seemed off to me, I have told Him, “That is not how I would do it.” And each time, He has grinned and simply said, “I know.” I am thankful for this, for I still sometimes presume to “improve” upon His plan – but I am much better about it than I was. May we all be so.”