#174: Christian Retrogrades vs Alinsky Radicals—Tim and David Gordon (Free Version)

 

#174: Christian Retrogrades vs Alinsky Radicals—Tim and David Gordon(Free Version)

On any bell curve, you are going to find the great mushy middle, with extreme ends of the spectrum on either side.

In the case of the culture war, the far left side is dominated by radicals who are passionately committed to overturning the Christian order, imitating the Communist agenda in destroying marriage and family, and generally leading what Pope Benedict XVI called the “dictatorship of relativism.”

Enter the retrograde movement, founded upon Rules for Retrogrades: Forty Tactics to Defeat the Radical Left by Timothy and David Gordon.  This burgeoning movement provides counter ballast to the unremitting commitment on the part of the elitists on the Left who have shaped the grand narrative of what it means to be a human person, what is permitted to be laughed at, what the important definitions will be such as sex, marriage, liberty, and the value of the lives of the vulnerable unborn and elderly.

In this episode you will learn

  • The basic definition of retrograde
  • When the authors think the culture war started to tilt in favor of the radical left
  • What the culture war is really being fought over
  • The difference between macho and masculine
  • Why feminism is evil
  • The role of strong marriages and families in shaping the next generation of retrogrades
  • The appropriate circumstances forging alliances with non-Christians
  • Why the notion of retrograde is peculiarly Catholic in scope and purpose

Resources mentioned in this episode

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The Truth About the Commie Virus

The Truth About the Commie Virus

Hello fellow Quarantiners!

There’s a certain kind of person that will always shoot the messenger.

Some people hear what they want to hear. Some people in my comment box and on Twitter and elsewhere have accused me of rejecting the idea that Covid-19 is real. That I think it’s all a media invention.

To set the record straight: Covid 19 is a real pandemic. It’s a thing. A contagious pathogen that has caused as I speak these words, just over 27,250 deaths around the world.

I do not dispute these official numbers as numbers.

What I have disputed is the hysteria and the hyperbole that have accompanied the first round of estimates. Because, often statistics that are accurate are still misleading because they’re incomplete, as I explain in this video.

This is taken from a science-based editorial in “The New England Journal of Medicine,” published March 26th, 2020 just two days ago as I write this: “In another article in the Journal, Guan et al report mortality of 1.4% among 1099 patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19; these patients had a wide spectrum of disease severity. If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%.

This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.”

Did you catch that?

This important editorial concludes that Covid-19 is acting more like a bad flu then previous outbreaks of other conditions like SARS or MERS.

Who wrote it?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — by far the highest-profile doctor advising President Trump on Covid-19 along with two other doctors, Lane and Redfield.

We are burning the house down to kill a termite.

Resources Mentioned

 

#173: Did Pope Francis Help Cause the Covid-19 Pestilence?—John Gravino (Free Version)

#173: Did Pope Francis Help Cause the Covid-19 Pestilence?—John Gravino (Free Version)

Anyone who but raises the question of God punishing the world today for sins runs the risk of mockery and derision. The critics reply that “That was the vengeful God of the Old Testament. Jesus was much nicer.” And while it can be very difficult to prove a cause-effect relationship in particular cases, we do know three things.

First, God has a history of sending plagues and other punishments on mankind, as with the Noah and the flood, the plagues upon Egypt, the leprosy of Miriam, the messages of Akita and Fatima—they all validate the truth that God can and does occasionally send widespread punishments upon mankind.

Second, idolatry is a violation of the First Commandment and is particularly egregious when authorized by a pope.

Third, the public worship of the occultic idol Pachamama in the Vatican, including its enshrinement before the main altar of St. Peter’s Church, was such an idolatry.

Author John Gravino connects a number of key dots, between heretical Church documents and sexual sin, and between the Pachamama worship and the outbreak of COVID-19.

In this episode you will learn

  • The connection between the German Synod intentions and the loss of faith in that country
  • The unusual timing between Pachamama idol worship at the Vatican and the worldwide coronavirus outbreak
  • The decision of the Italian bishops to compose a prayer to Pachamama to bless the land and the fact that Italy was soon the worst hit of all countries after China.
  • The dereliction of duty by most mainstream Catholic media outlets in refusing to ask difficult questions
  • How the dissent of the 1960s and 70s has resurfaced in official magisterial documents

Resources mentioned in this episode

  • Gravino’s fascinating essay on Baal and Asherah in The Stream.

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How to Survive the Covid 19 Quarantine

How to Survive the Covid 19 Quarantine

I thought I would give you a bunch of recommendations, ideas, and best practices to spend your time productively and why is that beyond the obvious “hang out more with time with your family” or “Think about the important things of life.”

I want to mention some movies, some books, and some board games.

MOVIES

If it’s not available on a streaming service click on the links below to grab a copy. Money well spent.

  • Let’s start with Tender Mercies, the 1983 film directed by Bruce Beresford, written by Horton Foote, starring the great Robert Duvall. It’s Duvall’s only Best Actor Oscar, and you can see why watching this movie. Tender Mercies is the story of an alcoholic named Mac Sledge at his utter rock bottom. With the help of a shy young widow, he slowly pieces his wrecked life back together, and we see glimpses of his musical greatness and his simple direct way of speaking and acting.  Betty Buckley plays his ex-wife Dixie Scott, and it is Ellen Barkin’s first speaking role as Mac’s daughter.
  • Next, Les Choristes, the 2004 French movie set after World War II. This is a story of a middle-aged composer who takes a job as the choir director of a bunch of unruly boys at a reform school in rural France. The main character is Clement Mathieu, and his story focuses on the effect his music and kindness has on this bunch of demon seed social rejects. Les Choristes, which one just about every international cinema award, is a brilliantly executed little movie, with exquisite choral music.
  • Third, and this is a movie for adults as it has lots of potty words and content not suitable for children. I’m talking about Calvary, the 2014 Irish some written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. It stars Brendan Gleeson as Father James, a small-town Irish priest who learns in the opening scene that’s the voice on the other side of the confession screen belongs to someone who is abused at the age of seven by a priest who is now dead. The voice informs Father James that he has one week to get his life in order because revenge is the order of the day, and not revenge on a bad priest but on a good one. Throughout the movie we see what this late vocations priest— Father James is a widower with the young adult daughter—is up against in post-Christian Ireland.
  • Calvary asks as many questions as it answers about forgiveness and virtue, and finding meaning in life…especially the suffering part of life.

BOOKS

BOARD GAMES

Our family picks are:

Have fun with these. We do. They’re all great for vocabulary expansion, and great fun besides.

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#172: Why St. Joseph Is Making a Comeback—Father Don Calloway (Free Version)

#172: Why St. Joseph Is Making a Comeback—Father Don Calloway (Free Version)

The silly Sixties’ song “The Age of Aquarius” was wrong. It’s the Age of St. Joseph. Today more than ever does the universal Church need the example and intercessor of the foster father of Jesus Christ. Men, women, and children need the manly exemplar of human fatherhood, and the head of the Holy Family fits the bill in spades.

In the last 150 years, there has been more teaching, insights, and conclusions about the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary than in the previous 1900 years. Father Donald Calloway, MIC, has put everything you need to know about the role of St. Joseph in salvation history. You will be astonished, as I was, of how much you don’t know about the second greatest saint.

In this episode you will learn

  •  Why the early Church did not articulate the role and meaning of Saint Joseph
  • The recent history of Catholic teaching on this much misunderstood and under-appreciated saint
  • Why the present day can be called the Age of Saint Joseph
  • The meaning of personal consecration to St. Joseph (or the Blessed Mother) and why it’s not a magical guarantee of sanctity
  • The biblical in traditional roots of devotion to St Joseph
  • What the greatest Saints said about him
  • The difference St. Joseph can make in the Christian life
  • Why this devotion needs to become a worldwide movement

Resources mentioned in this episode

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#171: The Straight Goods On Fasting—Father Hezekias Carnazzo (Free Version)

#171: The Straight Goods On Fasting—Father Hezekias Carnazzo (Free Version)

Catholics of the Eastern persuasion take fasting seriously. It looms large in their approach to penitential Seasons in the Church’s calendar. Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo (formerly Deacon Sabatino) founded the Institute of Catholic Culture, and has since served as its Executive Director. He also serves as the Director of the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization for the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton. And is the father of seven.

He is convinced that the sense of apathy and misunderstanding toward the great benefits of fasting has got to change. Fasting not only has health benefits but it is badly needed today for Christians who desire to grow and self-mastery and love of Christ. Listen in!

In this episode you will learn

  • the biblical roots of fasting
  •  the relationship between physical hunger and metaphysical hunger for God
  •  how Catholics can get out of the “indispensable daily minimum” approach to fasting
  •  the lessons you learn quickly when fasting
  •  personal examples of the power of fasting
  •  how a secular mindset is currently more disposed to fasting through things like the Keto Diet than is the mindset of the majority of Catholics
  •  why all of human life is a Lenten season

Resources mentioned in this episode

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The Truth About the Coronavirus Hype

The Truth About the Coronavirus Hype

The media meltdown over the Coronavirus is out of control.

At first, it was your typical sort of charming media hype that sells newspapers with zinger headlines, tailor-made for distracted media consumers like you and me.

But in the last few days it went from officially annoying to reckless and dangerous.

In this video, I summarize why the coronavirus is extremely unlikely to be the next Bubonic Plague Horror.

At this point we have no way of establishing it as a fact, but when something like this comes from out of the blue and dominates the headlines in such an intense way you have to wonder who’s behind it, and what other stories are being pushed off the front page to make room for this one.

They’ve even re-branded the condition Covid 19 which sounds more clinical-scary. The CDC has already begun to emphasize the virus that causes Covid-19 “SARS CoV2.”

Which sounds even more clinical-scary.

The title of a recent Rasmussen Poll was, “Americans Worry More About Coronavirus Despite Media Hype.”

Uh, no, Rasmussen people, they worry because of the media hype.

A recent CNN business poll found that 38% of Americans now will not buy Corona beer.

Pro tip: the virus cannot be caught from drinking beer.

That sounds extremely ominous. But did you know that over 3600 people died in a house fire last year?

That 3,500 people die each year in the US by drowning?

President Trump was roundly mocked for providing some perspective for this overblown hype monster during his press conference on Wednesday.

He pointed out that old-fashioned Asian flu — the regular kind of constantly changing viruses that some of you take shots for every year — kills from 25,000 to 69,000 Americans a year.

Every year, after every year, after every year.

As the French philosopher Rene Girard told us, human beings are imitation-based animals.

We want what other people want, and in this case, we fear what other people fear—and what “the authorities” tell us to fear.

Fear can be the enemy of reason, but it’s always the enemy of faith.

Read my apola-lips: Punch fear in the face.

Sure wash your hands, stop touching your face so much if it bothers you, stay away from Wuhan China, get plenty of rest, and take the mask off Fido. “Arf!” See, Fido’s happy now.

And live your life.

 

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#170: The Fallout from Querida Amazonia—Carl Olson (Free Version)

#170: The Fallout from Querida Amazonia—Carl Olson (Free Version)

The Catholic Church will be dealing with the fallout from the recent Apostolic Exhortation “Querida Amazonia” for many years to come. In this episode of the Patrick Coffin Show, I sit down with the editor of Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insight, author Carl Olsen to talk about the text of the document, and how Catholics are to view it in light of previous magisterial documents.

The big question Catholics around the world are asking is, why was the Synod called in the first place?

In this episode you will learn

  • The interrelationship between the Final Document, the 2018 Apostolic Constitution Episcopalis Communio by Pope Francis, and Querida Amazonia.
  • The crisis created by including cheesy poetry into an official Catholic magisterial document.
  • The influence of liberal German prelates on the entire affair, before, during, and after.
  • The reaction of left-wing Catholic commentators and bishops to the lack of explicit approval for priestesses and married clergy,  and what it means.
  • The right and duty of Catholic journalists to comment and reflect on what the Pope says and does.
  • The possible effect of people’s confusion on current and future converts to the Faith.

Resources mentioned in this episode

 

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The Truth About Jean Vanier

The Truth About Jean Vanier

I saw Jean Vanier speak at two different conferences. The first was in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, in the mid-80s; the second on a farm retreat north of Toronto in the early 90s. It was at the latter where I met and spoke with him briefly. I had read a couple of his early books.

If you are Canadian and Catholic, Jean Vanier is a household name to you.

A dozen schools are named for him across the country, and he won dozens of accolades and honorary degrees—all manner of worldly admiration.

Under the inspiration of a Dominican priest named Father Thomas Philippe,  Jean Vanier as the founding myth goes, visited two mentally handicapped man and decided to have them come live with him and that was the beginning of L’Arche, now a worldwide Federation of group homes for the mentally handicapped

When he walked into a room or strode casually up to a lectern before a large crowd, his beautiful face always seem to be beaming.

His tall frame radiated a palpably peaceful aura, which has been compared to being in the presence of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who was a friend of his.

We now know that Jean Vanier was also a serial sexual predator.

After all the heartache and anger and disillusionment felt by millions of Catholics since the long Lent of 2002, now JEAN VANIER? Are you kidding me?

The truth is, he seems to have learned is diabolical strategies for taking full advantage of women from none other than Father Thomas Philippe, his mentor in spiritual father, a despicable and manipulative fraud.

In this video, I ask the questions that have not been answered about this tragic, shocking fall of a man once hailed as a living saint.

  • The Holy Office punished Thomas Philippe in 1956 with severe restrictions and sanctions, which means his despicable behavior was known by the Vatican. Why was this not flagged decades earlier?
  • We know of 14 women who say they were abused by Philippe long *after* his formal punishment for doing the same thing in the early 50s. How many more lives were badly damaged because Vanier gave him cover—and access to a steady flow of vulnerable women?
  • Pope Francis publicly mentioned that he had talked to Vanier the week before he died in May 2019, and went out of his way to praise his life work. As of this moment, the Pope has not said a word, either about the victims nor the scandal itself. Why not?
  • Finally, how could a man who lived a very public life as a model of morality and goodness have so successfully segmented and hid this level of evil?

In addition to praying for his victims, and for his soul, I also pray for the community he started.

The prophetic witness of L’Arche is even more urgently needed today than it was in 1964.

 

Resources Mentioned

  • February 2020, Report on Vanier’s grave misdeeds: Report
  • Link to L’Arch report on Thomas Philippe, OP: Report

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