Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Eric Voegelin and Ellis Sandoz: with both barrels...

¡Ora, UTEP!

¡Ora, MEChA Philsophy and History majors!

¡Adelante, queridos hermanos en la fe cristiana de DESTINO!

Page 152-153, Sandoz's book: The Voegelinian Revolution.

"The mystery of the transcendent divine partner in being, who reveals himself as the I AM THAT I AM and finds his most suitable name in the unpronounceable Tetragrammaton YHWH, (14) emerges out of the differentiation of the primary experience in the pneumatic mode.

"Israel creates the symbolism of the Chosen People, in the present, under God, and articulates itself in the historical form of existence.

"The form of the myth is decisively broken and its authority dissolves.

"History thereby becomes the new form of existence for universal mankind and is first constituted by the experience of the world-transcendent God.

"The representative act taken by Moses for Israel is taken by Israel as God's Chosen People for all mankind [OH, I, 115]."

"(14) Exodus 3:14; Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, I, 13, 11; Voegelin, Order and History, I, 402-14, and Anamnesis, 338."


St. Patrick's Cathedral!

Sunday, February 4th., after Sunday a.m. Masses.

Call: (915) 533-4451 to reserve yours, or come by at:

1118 N. Mesa, El Paso, Texas, 79902, in person.

See you there!

St. Patrick's Cathedral MENS' ACTS Retreat Community and their spiritual ancesters ..?

"Party Political Work in the Soviet Armed Forces"

Source: The Military Review, March 1964. Vyacheslav P. Artemiev, "a former officer of the State Security Troops of the USSR. This article is translated by Major Matthew J. Gately, United States Army."



"These newspapers and newssheets are drawn by the soldiers and noncomminssioned officers and are illustrated with photos, drawings, and caricatures.

"The wall newspapers and newssheets sharply criticize and mercilessly make fun of those soldiers and noncommissioned officers who lag behind in their work, who don't show enough enthusiasm towards their duties, or training, or who disrupt discipline.

"Soldiers and noncommissioned officers who are good examples are also written up in these publications." *


The caption under an adjacent photo reads: Two Soviet soldiers, on their day off, prepare a newssheet.


While even the Soviets drew the line at caricatures of comminssioned officers, El Paso's St. Patrick's Cathedral MENS' ACTS Retreat of March 23-26, 2006, didn't even do that, if we assume that priests are roughly similar in rank.

Because in ACTS, priests, too, were (and I guess still are) fair game. In and off itself, it might have been either "cool," or maybe "so-so," but then came that specific moment when the sicko playing the role of Satan's Herald showed his face....

* Forget this angle with the MENS' ACTS Retreat crowd!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Montaillou, village occitan de 1294 à 1324.


P. 96 Écologie de Montaillou : La maison [Clergue] et le berger

"Pierre et Bernard [Clergue], frères, y sont théoriquement égaux comme leaders; mais l'un, si j'ose dire, est un peu plus égal que l'autre.

"A preuve : quand Pierre Clergue meurt, son frère Bernard, qui l'aimait et qui reconnaissait volontiers sa supériorité, l'appelle : mon Dieu, mon gouverneur, mon capdelador (II, 87)"

P. 97

"Cette dévotion au souvenir cathare de sa mère n'empêche pas le curé [Pierre Clergue] de miser sur les deux tableaux, et de faire enterrer Mengarde près de l'autel marial de la Vierge, à Notre-Dame de Carnesses, chapelle de pèlerinage de Montaillou (III, 182)."

Sunday, January 28, 2007

"You allege that both ... El Paso, Texas' SSPX Priory's Father Pfeiffer and ... Brother Gabriel ... are, in your own words, two jive'n male hos."

Fearless online Catholic Answers Forums' Editor, "Fight'en" Joe Monahan, overmedicates on prescription mind benders!

Wow! Then what?

He goes all bipolar!


Joe Monahan, Moderator, Feb 20, 'o6, 3:32 pm.


"Your recent posts to the thread If the SSPX is reconciled, will all Latin Rite Traditionalists be under the SSPX? in the Liturgy & Sacraments Forum have been deleted.

"Both posts contained unsubstantiated and, in several instances, outrageously fanciful allegations against clergy of the SSPX, some using identifiable names.

"Example: you allege that both the Reverend Father Pfeiffer of the El Paso, Texas, Priory on Yandell Street, and the Reverend Brother Gabriel of the same address, are, in your words, two jive'n male hos, without bothering to explain why this is so, much less why it should be considered in any way perjorative, as you seem to imply. "

"Humm... now that's a dam* good question, Fight'en Joe!"

"[There were] allegations that SSPX seminaries were teaching Albigensian/Cathar theology and promoting a dualistic concept of God."

"Guilty as charged your honor! These rejects from anus mundi are getting this sick Satanic trash from somewhere, umm... like, from perverse little Green Men from Mars, maybe?"

"[A]s well as insinuating that the baptismal ceremonies of male versus female infants differed, the latter effectively consecrating the baby along a different axis.

"I believe I pointed out that I'd actually witnessed this myself, more than once, home!"

"Your posting privileges are suspended for a period of 30 days. On your return, it is recommended that you carefully review and edit your messages for tone and content prior to posting.

"If you have any questions regarding this matter, please PM me."


Joe Monahan

Thursday, January 25, 2007


Dec 9, 1996:

Dear Fellow Marine:

Throughout the history of our Corps, Marines have been called upon to further the cause of freedom and democracy. As young Americans strategically deployed throughout Vietnam, you won the admiration and hearts of the Vietnamese people of the villages in which you served, providing not only security but strengthening the government and enhancing the welfare of the local population as well. Your courage and dedication typify all that is good in Marines, and your legacy lives on.

"These were the personal words of our present Commandant, General Charles C. Krulak, USMC, written to CAP Marines and read at our Louisville Reunion during celebration of our Corps 221st. Birthday on November 10, 1996.

"I am pleased to share these words with you because I feel that it is important that you know of our legacy and the great admiration that today's Corps has of your service as a CAP Marine in Vietnam.

"The uniqueness of our organization is that ouur lifespan was a mere six years. We can all identify with CAP because we served in many of the same places, during many of the same months,living the same experiences. CAP Marines are truly a distinguished band of brothers. This combat brotherhood earned the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation.

"Most of all it earned the respect of men everywhere.

"During my thirty years as a marine officer I served as a platoon leader in World War II and as a company commander in Korea with the Ist. Marien Division, as a battalion commander in the Dominican Republic with the 2nd. Marine Division, and as Commander, 9th Marines,or the 3d Marine Division in Vietnam.

"However, I can honestly say that my assignment as III MAF Director, Combined Action Program (1968-69) was the tour of duty that I cherish most.

"This is so because of the relationship I was able to establish with the officers and men of the 1st., 2nd., 3d., and 4th. CAGs. The personal dedication and involvement in our mission was most professional and gratifying. You all remain in my memories and I shall always be eternally thnakful for knowing what it is to be a CAP Marine.

"With our [next] reunion we will join in celebrating the 222nd. Birthday of the Corps with the most important men in our lives -- CAP MARINES. I look forward to seeing you there. [In handwritten script!] Let's have a drink together...


"Most sincerely,


"Ed. Danowitz

"Edward F. Danowitz
"Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
"Director, III MAF Combined Action Program (1968-69)"

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Colonel Edward F. Danowitz, USMC (Retired)

¡Ora, UTEP! ¡Ora, MEChA! ¡Adelante, DESTINO!

Still going strong, and courteus and generous as ever to those of us privileged to have known him in his prime, "so far, far away, and so long, long ago."

A Marine's Marine. From Iwo Jima, to Korea, to Santo Domingo, to Vietnam. Forget Secret Handshake School and a general's stars. This man lived, walked, and breathed the "I Word:" Integrity. He even spoke to us in Spanish!

His handwritten Christmas-New Years message to yours truly, and I'm sure to so many others, reads thusly:

"Dear Dennis Paul -It was so good to be remembered. Thanks for the card. Most importantly, thank you for what you did for the C.A.P. and the Corps. Best wishes for the New Year, 2007. Semper Fidelis. (signature) Ed Danowitz."

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Rev. John Trigillo, Jr., Ph.D.

¡Ora, UTEP! ¡Ora, MEChA! ¡Adelante, DESTINO!

At last! And in English! An American Catholic priest of the same rock'em, sock'em attitude as Mexico's legendary Padre Luis Butera!

Check out this website, then click on his name for more articles by the American Catholic Church's latest man-of-men!

Michael Rose's controversial book: Goodbye! Good Catholics!

As reviewed by Father Trigillo.

"Gnosticism's systematic misrepresentation of reality is not merely a theoretical fallacy."

Source: Sandoz's book, below.

"Gnosticism's systematic misrepresentation of reality is not merely a theoretical fallacy; it also carries a self-defeating factor by forcing thought and action along perversely mistaken lines with disastrous consequences for rational politics and policy."

Gnosticism replaces truth with a counterexistential dream world(NSP, 164-67).

"Dream and reality are identified as a matter of principle, and anyone who challenges official truth in the name of reason and truth meets vituperation or worse. Rational debate is impossible. Practical dangers are not met with appropriate measures rationally calculated to resolve them.

"So, how does Gnosticism deal with these practical dangers?"

Page 114

They will .. be met by magic operations in the dream world, such as disapproval, moral condemnation, declarations of intention, resolutions, appeals to the opinion of mankind, branding of enemies as aggressors, outlawing of war, propaganda for world peace and world government, etc. The intellectual and moral corruption which expresses itself in the aggregate of such magic operations may pervade a society with the weird, ghostly atmosphere of a lunatic asylum, as we experience it in our time in the Western crisis. (NSP, 170)

NOTE: I believe Eric Voegelin wrote this passage in 1952, during the Korean War. Think about it. How does it sound to you today, in 2007?

"Marx, like Comte, does not permit a rational discussion of his principles: you have to be a Marxist or shut up."

Source: Sandoz, Ellis. The Voegelinian Revolution. Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University Press, 1981.

Page 28:

"[In Karl Marx] again we see the conflict with reason, almost literally in the same form as in [Auguste] Compte, in the dictatorial prohibition of metaphysical questions concerning the ground of being, questions that might disturb the magic creation of a new world behind the prison walls of the revolt. Marx, like Compte, does not permit a rational discussion of his principles -- you have to be a Marxist or shut up. We see again confirmed the correlation between spiritual impotence and antirationalism, one cannot deny God and retain reason.

"One cannot deny God and retain reason."

"Spiritual impotence destroys the orer of the soul. Man is locked in the prison of his particular existence. It does not, however, destroy the vitality of intellectual operations within the prison.

"Marx knew he was a god creating a world. He did not want to be a creature."

Monday, January 22, 2007

Fathers Gilbert and Sullivan DO the Latin Mass!

They DO it everyday!

They be DO'IN it now!

At least here in El Paso!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

"Ora, UTEP + MEChA! Adelante, DESTINO!"

Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie.

Note: When pondering the militantly gay elements in the Society of St.Pius X's El Paso, Texas' priory, more specifically, those Maplethorpe-like sexual perversities of Father Pfeifer and Brother Gabriel, and observing how they still managed to bamboozle brain surgeons like Ft. Bliss' Doctor Castaneda and former prosecuting attorneys like Suzanne Romano, I guess it pays to remind ourselves that "there's really nothing new under the sun."

I venture to say that Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie gives us all a great deal of food for thought!

Note Two: Bishop Jacques Fournier was the future Pope Benedict XII, and the author of Bendictus Deus, cited even today in The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1997).

Adapted from pages 324 to 325

"But the hard core of religious deviation was the Albigensian heresy. The frontier between believers in Catharism and believers in the orthodox Roman dogma was vague and easily crossed in both directions, by the same people.

"They did not hesitate to fish from both banks (ii. 109).

"Much depended on the changing network of friendly or professional relationships between individuals.

"Pierre Maury (iii.209, etc.):

I want to use what I earn from my work to do good to both sides. Because really I do not know which of the two beliefs is the more valid. Although, in fact, I support rather the faith of the heretics. But that is simply because my communications and relations with the heretics are greater than with the others.

"In Montaillou and Sabarthès the Albigensian doctrine was an extreme manifestation of the point of view which considered the world as evil.

"Despite doctrinal differences, for example on the Incarnation, there was no absolute contradiction between the views of the Cathars and the almost equally radical views entertained by certain people who remained Christian in the orthodox sense of the word.

"All the evidence of the Fournier Register suggests that in Montaillou those who believed in the myth and ritual of Catharism experienced it as an extreme and heroic variant of Christianity and not as a non-Christian religion.

"It was simply true Christianity as opposed to what Guillaume Belot considered the pseudo-Catholicism of the Pharisees (i-473).

"The Cathar believers may have been doctrinally wrong but they were convinced in their hearts that they were Christian."

Montaillou, village occitan: de 1294 à 1324, pour Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie.

P. 356

"A. Une élite lettrée et 'charismatique,' uniquement représentée, en l'occurence, par les Authié et par quelques parfaits comme Issaura ou Castelnau, qui circulent dans la diaspora catalane.

"Ces gens ont accès, eux, aux distinctions de la double écriture, comme dit Jacques Authié: la mauvaise écriture, fausse et malade, qui émane de l'Église romaine; et la bonne écriture, celle qui sauve, connue des bonshommes; celle-ci vient naturallement du Fils de Dieu (III, 236; II, 504)."

NOTE: As far as I can tell, this highlighted phrase fausse et malade is not translated into English in the official English translation of this excellent book.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


"We rate this book as a solid ♥ ♣ ♠ ♥ !" Dennis.

Friday, January 05, 2007



While the captured NAZI WW II pilot escaped from El Paso into Ciudad Juarez!

And just kept right on going!

In 1941, long before Pearl Harbor!

Source: Burt, Kendal and Leasor, James. The One That Got Away. New York: Random House, 1956.

Adapted from pages 259-265

"Von Werra left New York by alone by train. A few mornings later he reached El Paso, the largest city on the Rio Grande. At El Paso there are two toll bridges [1956] across the Rio Grande -- the Stanton Street Bridge and the Santa Fe bridge. On the opposite side is the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez.

"Von Werra had been told that control by U.S. authorities of persons and vehicles leaving America across the two bridges was very strict. He also knew that, once past the American check-point, entry into Mexico presented no difficulty. [E]ntry into the country was unrestricted to a depth of fifteen miles south of the border.

"Von Werra arrived at El Paso by train at about 5 A.M. He left his two suitcases in the luggage office and made his way at once to one of the bridges crossing the Rio Grande.

"He waited. At 6 A.M. Mexican labourers and peasants began to cross into the United States from Ciudad Juarez, on the far bank. They travelled by tram, bicycle and on foot. Some led carts piled with garden produce. They wore battered, sometimes split, broad-rimmed straw hats with high conical crowns, brightly coloured shirts, blue jeans and homemade sandals.

"U.S. border police were out in force watching them enter the city. Now and again carts filled with manure trundled past. The bright spring sunshine caught the vapour rising off their loads. The police waved them on hurriedly, screwing up their noses. Von Werra noticed that the few people the police examined were usually those carrying bags or parcels.

"He could not hope to get his two suitcases past the control point. He would have to leave them where they were in the station luggage office. They may still be there.

"Von Werra turned back into El Paso.

"After lunch, he found the bazaar district, where he bought a Mexican straw hat, a pair of jeans, a brightly colored shirt and a pair of sandals. To get rid of their obvious newness he screwed them up and drubbed them in the dust; the hat he stretched and bent out of shape.

"With the straw hat well down over his eyes, his jacket draped over one shoulder and his new sandals squeaking, he made his way back along Alameda Avenue towards the international bridge.

"The workers started drifting back across the bridge to Ciudad Juarez shortly after 5 p.m. Half an hour later there was a steady stream.

"Von Werra stood at the edge of the pavement about fifty yards from the check-point, watching from under his broad-rimmed hat.

"To passers-by he was just another idle, rubber-necking Mexicano. He had an idea and waited his opportunity to put it into effect.

"An empty manure cart approached. The carrier walked at the horse's head on the off-side, holding a rein in one hand and a stick in the other. A quick glance in the back. Just the job!

"He stepped boldly off the pavement and trailed behind the cart. The smell was appalling. There was a shallow backboard, and on the floor, within reach, was a manure fork -- the thing Von Werra had been hoping for.

"Ten yards to go. The wooden wheels rattled and creaked on the axle. Von Werra hung his jacket over the backboard, picked up the fork and slung it over his shoulder. He was hidden from the carter by the hindquarters of the horse.

"At the check-point there was a group of border police standing watching the pedestrians. Von Werra passed within a couple of feet of them.

"Once across the bridge he replaced the fork in th eback of the cart, picked up his jacket and joined the crowd on the pavement. The driver went on his way ignorant of the fact that he had gained and lost a mate.

"A little later von Werra squatted on his haunches, together with a crowd of other straw-hatted figures, on a platform of Ciudad Juarez rialway station, waiting for a train to Mexico City, 1,300 miles away.

"The train journey from Ciudad Juarez to Mexico City was the strangest von Werra had ever made. There was no glass on the windows of his third-class carriage, which struck him as rather a waste, as this time he had no need to dive out through one of them.

"He was a little apprehensive until the train passed the Federal inspection point at Ysleta [ Oh, yeah? ¡N'ombre! ], twelve miles south of Ciudad Juarez, but, as he had been assured beforehand, the passport inspectors did not bother even to visit te third-class coaches.

"That was why, with the best part of $1,000 in his pocket, he was travelling so uncomfortably.

"The carriage was packed with humanity, chickens and sucking pigs.

"The journey lasted two days and two nights. The train pulled into the terminus, Buenavista Station, Mexico City, late in the evening of March 28 [1941].

"The German Embassy in Washington had warned the German Embassy in Mexico City to expect von Werra on that date.

"He looked along the rank of parked cars and taxis and suddenly grinned. He had spotted a gleaming Mercedes-Benz, bearing the letters CD. The uniformed chauffeur, obviously a German, scanned the crowd, chin in the air. He completely ignored the grubby little Mexicano."

And so, ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, "the grubby little Mexicano" sure enough had some fun!

But as the authors sadly conclude: "His escaping days were over."

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Capital Punishment and the Roman Catholic Church

The Roman Catechism: Translated and Annotated in Accord with Vatican II and Post-Conciliar Documents and the New Code of Canon Law by Robert I Bradley, S.J. and Eugene Kevane. Boston, Massacusetts: St. Paul Editions 1984.

Pages 410-411

THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT "You shall not kill!" ( Ex 20:13 )

4. Another Exception: Capital Punishment

"Even among human beings there are some limitations to the extent of this prohibition of killing. The power of life and death is permitted to certain civil magistrates because theirs is the responsibility under law to punish the guilty and protect the innocent.

"Far from being guilty of breaking this commandment, such an execution of justice is precisely an act of obedience to it.

"For the purpose of the law is to protect and foster human life.

"This purpose is fulfilled when the legitimate authority of the state is exercised by taking the guilty lives of those who have taken innocent life.

"In the Psalms we find a vindication of this right:

Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, cutting off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord (Ps 101:8)"

For a current, succinct history of the Roman Catechism by the late Father John A. Hardon, S.J., click on:

Then, click on Hardon Archives. Next on Catechism and catechesis(4).

In the summary of Fr. Hardon's original article, The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan, the good father quotes Pope John Paul II as saying that "the Council of Trent .. lies at the origin of the Roman Catechism, which .. is a work of the first rank as a summary of Christian theology [and] gave rise to a remarkable organization of catecises in the Church."

Now: The Koran, as quoted in the National Geographic, January, 2002:

Whoever killed a human being, except as punishment for murder or other villainy in the land, shall be deemed as though he had killed all mankind. Koran V:32

¡Itzcóatl al rescate de los plebeyos!

Fuente: Desconocido.
Página: Igual.

Cuerpo del mensaje en breve:

"Itzcóatl, el cuarto jefe tenocha, expresó esta actitud al ordenar que se quemaron todos los manuscriptos pictóricos históricos, por no estar al alcance de los plebeyos."