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Has Thuggery Invaded the Republic?

Catholic Church's New International Views









By Joe Kress

July 29, 2008

John G. Barbour hits the nail on the head when he states that Dr. Richard Jones of American Vision issued in a challenge regarding why so many Take America Back for Christ events that aren’t bearing the fruit we’d like to see. Barbour quotes the movie Amazing Grace where Wilberforce asks his former Pastor John Newton what he should do. Newton tells him to “blow their ships out of the water.”

I wish that every pastor, every bishop, every cardinal and especially the Pope would change direction and put real meaning in what we as Christians should be.

To capsulate and with license to expound upon what Barbour stated: The symptoms of idolatry are found in the abnormal mores and products of man’s free will which he exercises over God’s purpose for man’s creation. Aberrations of the sexual act are symptoms whereby procreation is superseded by lust and self gratification that is worshipped, not condemned. The same is true regarding the sacredness of human life which is overthrown by the Roe verses Wade Supreme Court decision. Murder of the unborn is legalized because inconvenience takes precedence over the living fetus. We are fighting one war after another war killing and maiming millions of innocent people conjured by those in consort with diabolical plans in league with Lucifer. Prayer in public places is outlawed and unisex marriage is fine with those living in La La Land - the Sodom by the Sea and the leftists in the land of Kennedy, centered along Massesschutes’ shores. Barbour makes the profound observation that raging against the practices that lead to death of both soul and body are not enough. What is required is to “Blow the Ships out of the Water” and not just ineffectual clucking platitudes devoid of the power of St. Paul who took up Christ’s banner no matter the cost.

As it is, we are on a merry-go-round of outward remonstrations without real intent of stopping the cycle. I can't help but feel guilty because of my doing the same thing over and over knowing that the problem of accepting the status quo is getting worse, not better.

The time is now to wake up, and “Blow the enemy's battleships out of the water” just as in Barbour’s clarion call. I have not enrolled in the Knights of Columbus because as defenders and protectors of the faith they haven't shown me much besides the charitable works which I fully admire. But if we expect to make a dint on the onslaught of legal murder of the unborn, homosexuality, unisex marriage and a public school system that destroys the souls of children, the Knights and we better change the agenda to one of outward aggressiveness that names names and confronts the hedonists and the agnostic and atheist legislative bodies – on radio, television, and face to face – leading thousands of Catholics in demonstrations at every opportunity.

This is a war on men's souls but as far as I can see we're losing to modernism, to watered down Evangelicalism, to Judaism, and to Islam's growing influence, to tent preachers and those who pick and choose the right words from the Bible to make political acceptance for a chosen candidate and for monetary gains to support their massive tabernacles, their jet planes and million dollar homes rather than meaningful adherence to the Sermon on the Mount. What has happened is the Catholic Church's timidness in not confronting the government, the politicians who promote what is antithetical to our moral beliefs and those entities who intimidate the church leadership with the threat of removing its tax free status, making exceptions for the televised tent preachers like Pat Robertson and John Hagee or tolerance of black preachers promoting their race’s political agenda during services. We’re all brothers and sisters, descendents of Adam and Eve and our color is just skin deep, so why of all segments in our society should there not be an acknowledgement of this fact from the pulpit, otherwise the Christ I believe in is not the same as the men and women of the cloth who advocates such dissension.

There is the Masonic influence that inculcated itself in Christianity, especially at the highest levels within the Vatican. Christ threw the moneychangers out of the temple and He knew the consequences and He ended up on the Cross. Would we have such courage as the early Christians who entered the arenas of death? We need inspirational bishops like Fulton Sheen of the New York diocese or activists like the popular radio host, Father Coughlin, who was condemned and labeled as anti-Semitic because he chastised Franklin Roosevelt's social/communist plans and the stacking of the Supreme Court in violation of the Constitution. The Church was intimidated and forbade him from further broadcasts.


The Church leadership has failed to inspire Catholics and millions have abandoned their faith for watered down versions. Its charitable works of mercy are a primary source of inspiration, but have not had as much of an impact as what happened when the “Novus Ordo Mass” replaced the Tridentine Mass, a ritual that is devoid of the solemnity of the universal Roman Mass of Trent and the specific unalterable meaning of words in the Latin language found in its Canon.

The homosexual scandals put a permanent mark on the good and holy men and women within the clergy and engendered a major lack of respect for the Church hierarchy. The old Roman Missal was the catalyst that helped to unite the Roman Church throughout the world, where identical words were used in every mass and in every parish commencing with the Council of Trent and much later, was ordained by Vatican I as the final version of the Mass for the universal Church. It is now almost relegated to history and few Catholics have copies in their home libraries for even though the Pope permits a post Vatican II version, few new priests have been trained in Latin or can appreciate it.

Most Catholics, in my view, attend a sterile ceremony hindered by add on new prayers recited as if made up the night before by the celebrant or the deacon and are seldom found in the congregation's prayer books or post Vatican II missals, unavailable even in pamphlets or a common book of prayer provided by the dioceses and parishes. As a result, the parishioners listen not read with the celebrant and therefore cannot really savor what is meant. The Novus Ordo Mass has an abbreviated version of the old Tridentine liturgy and sermons are devoted mainly to the historical meaning of the epistles and gospels. The message is ecumenist linkage with Judaism’s Biblical heroes and a lesser difference in Christian faiths - a quixotic belief in the idea that there is more than the one True Faith. From the pulpit nothing is said about the horrific happenings all around us, perpetrated by the government’s mental eunuchs, who impose such laws on us that our Founding Fathers voices would cry out in abhorrence.

Catholics listen to mostly unsingable versions of both Protestant and Catholic compositions with complex, erratic lyrics not easy to meld with the music. The music is no match for the music of Haydn, Bach, and Gregorian Chant, the forms of glorious musical praise that once rose up like incense to the rafters to the glory of Almighty God. Haydn, Bach and Mendelssohn were Lutherans (Mendelssohn a converted Jew). Yet their music embodied the inspiration of the angels, achieving a true religious commonality within all of Christendom.

What I see today is a loss of solemnity whereby the congregation no longer appreciates the dress code for attending Sunday Mass; rather, we now have women attending who irreverently expose bare shoulders, bare midriffs, and bare legs – some even attending in short shorts and flip flops. Our men actually attend Sunday Mass in dungarees, overalls, tank tops and shorts. Gone are the days when decorum was expected, when ties and jackets were the norm. Now anything goes in the same way our altar boys are more and more being replaced by altar girls and adults are doing much of what the male altar boy servers, the promising prospects for the priesthood used to do during pre-Vatican II days, at a time when the Church had enough priests. Our girls no longer enter convents, and this trend has led to a point that the median age of our nuns is near seventy. And does one wonder that the Church has a hard time finding bishops to fill diocesan posts?

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When the problems of the Roman Catholic Church unfolded, other major denominations caught pneumonia and a general decomposition took place that can only be described as materialist - a compromising cop-out that excuses even the most obnoxious mores of every uncivilized society that mankind has ever been capable of conjuring. Some Presbyterians now accept homosexuals marrying, as do many Episcopalians, and would soon incorporate other doctrinal changes that would sanction infanticide, which once was considered an abomination. Righteousness is now a dirty word as is the idea of damnation to Hell for all Eternity, a damnation many believe they will avoid by public declarations of their acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior but can find no fault in the way their Church conducts its ministry. If that sounds pedantic, so be it.

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The "Curmudgeon," Joseph H. Kress, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) obtain a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in economics and minor in accounting.

He served in England and Viet Nam where he received the Bronze Star during the TET Offensive, then he was appointed Chief of Supply for two state-side assignments; the DOD's Defense Disposal Agency where he was chief of disposal operations for all of Southeast Asia, based at CINCPAC Headquarters in Hawaii. He retired from Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio as chief of supply with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the age of 52, and now he and his wife reside in Summerville, S.C.

Since leaving the military, he was involved in political campaigns, writing articles for the local papers, and as a realtor.











Most Catholics, in my view, attend a sterile ceremony hindered by add on new prayers recited as if made up the night before by the celebrant or the deacon and are seldom found in the congregation's prayer books or post Vatican II missals, unavailable even in pamphlets or a common book of prayer provided by the dioceses and parishes.