Prof. Leonard Wessell
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Prof. Leonard Wessell     2.12.2014 04:55
Pope Francis is not the first "Catholic" to embrace pan-salvation. (Can hardly wait to get to the NEW "earth" and dine with Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and other mass murders who as part of the "tutti" will be winging away in "good times are rolling" Paradise.) I will leave this odd Francis-statement for others to comment. I would like to point out a couple of other implications contained it the Pope's words, relative to which I can understand the Pope's pan-salvationism.
The Pope has totally imman… [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     1.12.2014 11:27
@On Guard: Why? Pope Francis is seeking"unity" where diversity does not count, called A. Traditionalists want "unity" where "diversity" does count, called B. So, we have a A >< B contradiction. Francis cannot make use of traditionalist B without endangering A. If I want to drive south, it is frustrated by driving north. Once one understands that Francis-ism excludes on principle tradtional-ism, then the "why" is answered with full intelligibility and full sorrow.
Prof. Leonard Wessell     26.11.2014 08:30
The Prophet of Oregon, me, would like to thank Fr. Carota for spelling out my prophecy. What am I talking about? As a graduate student just after Vat II, but before the fateful enactments were imposed, I attended a Summer language school at a Woman's Catholic College in Oregon. It got around that the church services were in Latin and, before one knew it, many non-Catholic students wanted the "Latin"-experience. The nuns got wind of it all and had the mass carried out, but not in Latin, rather … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     24.11.2014 18:26
@rhemes, thank you for the reply. Alas, you end with "let him understand". My question is: What should one do? Attend or not attend?
Prof. Leonard Wessell     24.11.2014 16:11
If the German Church sets the Kasper's views into reality, what is the believer to do? Continue attending churches under the formal auspices of said bishops? The hiring of "sinners" will have the effect of filing the "sin-" from "sin-ners" until they become just part of the crowd. In other words, the polite, friendly and affirming treatment of those actually at acting variance with Church doctrine will have the effect of changing evaluations of rejection of their variance. By a slow absorbing … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     21.11.2014 06:41
@Romanus: Wir sind wie "two peas in a pod"! Es verblüfft mich total, bis zum "Ich glaube es nicht, doch es ist so". Europäer, Deutsche wissen wohl, daß Europa demographisch Suizid begeht, und mit allen Konsequenzen. Egal! Dieses Wissen scheint den Politikern belanglos zu sein. Deutsche sind bekannt als "gründlich". Gut, wir haben hier gründliche Idiotie!!! Ich verstehe es einfach nicht! @Josephus: Sie haben recht bezüglich "Toleranz", obgleich dieses Zauberwort noch nicht den Zauberer identifi… [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     21.11.2014 00:32
Washington ist auf der 1$ Note wegen der Dienste, die er seinem entstehenden Land leistete. Ob er Humanist war, spielte keine Rolle. Der größte Dienst bestand darin, daß er den Vorschlag ablehnte, "König" von Amerika zu werden and daß er sich weigerte, mehr als 2 Amtszeiten zu dienen. Der Vergleiich mit Washington bezüglich Pp Francis klappt nicht. Oder vielleicht kann man sagen, daß der Papst eine Art Washington im religiösen Bereich für die neue Weltordenung sein sollte?
Prof. Leonard Wessell     20.11.2014 11:51
Weder "na" noch "?" ist relevant. Der demographische Trend nährt sich mit jetztigen Geburtsrate "O". Einmal erreicht, wird es keine "na und ?" im Munde von Deutschen geben, weil es keine mehr gibt! Die nationale Geburtenrate schließt katholische Deutsche ein. Vielleicht kann man sage n, daß Kirchen zu Moscheen geworden sind, angenommen, daß die europäizierten (?) Muslime nicht auch "deutsch" geworden sein werden. Vielleicht!? Na und ?!
Prof. Leonard Wessell     20.11.2014 08:45
Die Deutschen haben ca. 1,4 Geburten/Frau. Eine Gesellschaft braucht ca. 2,1/Frau, um bloß zu überleben. Die These hat nichts mit Moral zu tun, sondern mit Mathematik und Demographie. Laut dem Spiegel gab es 15,2 Millionen Deutschen, 18 und jünger, im Jahre 2000. 2011 gab es 13 Millionen. Extrapolieren!!!! Die deutsche Gesellschaft ist daran, in der absehbaren Zukunft auszusterben, falls sich dieser demographische Trend fortsetzt. Ich lasse alle moralischnen Werte beiseite und behaupte, daß … [Mehr]
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Prof. Leonard Wessell     20.11.2014 04:36
By chance I read this entry before the one above. I can only share in the sorrow of the person who posted the video and corresponding comments. In my comment below I noted the ambiguous use of "baptism" by Pope Francis and I see that the poster has well discussed the point. In the light of the critical thoughts expressed I find my comments to be a bit redundant, except for the sociological contextualization. The more friendly the Pope becomes with "low Church" denominations, the more will Pope … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     20.11.2014 04:18
Magister is explaining the "Miracle of Unity", a posting directly below and already made sometime back--one that I commented then. I will repeat little and try a primitive sociological analysis. Not mine, rather that of Peter Berger, a protestant who has tried to understand the sources of secularization (and marvelous sociologist -- still activity at The American Interest in internet). Berger notes: In the everyday interaction of prelates, priests and pastors of various Christian denominations… [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     16.11.2014 10:24
Obama hat es klar gemacht, daß er 4 bis 5 Millon illegale Ausländer (meistens Latinos aus Mexiko) nicht deportieren werde (und es gibt mindestens 11 Million "Aliens" in Amerika), obgleich das Gesetz es verlangt. Obama wird die nicht Deportierten mit effektiv "Green Cards" ausstatten, Recht auf sozial Hilfe (und die gestresste Staaten und Städte werden eine Menge Geld dafür aufbringen müssen) erteilen und ein "pathway" zu Einbürgerung ermöglcihen. Verfassungsmässig besitzt er nicht die Macht. … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     16.11.2014 03:11
"Wow!", dachte dieser Amerikaner. Es scheint, daß der heranschleichende Totalitarismus endlichmal die Deutschen erreicht hat. Ihr seid doch nur Anfänger. Unser Nobel-Preis (für, o ja, Frieden) tragende Caudillo hat schon alles fürs Wohl von uns Bürgern arrangiert, sollten wir einen nationalen "Notfall" haben. S. im Internet nach für: MMnews:"USA: Millionen Särge, und Millarden Gewehrkuglen". "FEMA" ist das Bundesamt für Notfälle". Dann (und es kostet Computer-Arbeit) sollte man den gesetztlich… [Mehr]
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Prof. Leonard Wessell     6.11.2014 03:47
Entschuldingun! Ich habe vergessen, daß ich auf deutsch antworten sollte. Immerhin ist es so, daß Deutsche oft denken, daß sie Herr der amerikanischen Sprache sind. So, Jungs und Mädels, Übung!
Prof. Leonard Wessell     6.11.2014 03:45
Why must Gloria.tv continually push politically anti-American and anti-Israeli propaganda. The Israelis have great support among American Christians ( who are against Obama) and are not interested is eliminating Christianity from the mideast. Obama is clearly anti-Israel, Israel has accepted over 300,000 Christian refugees. Israel has had military conflict with IS on the Golan Heights, but is trying to keep out of the conflict--and for good reason. Israeli military attacks upon IS would … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     6.11.2014 03:04
I see an eternal split in and outside the Church, one long existing before the Church came to be. And what is this factor? The PANsexualism (= any form of sex is acceptable) of Antiquity, particularly in its more decadent moments. The Church has sought to remove priests and nuns from this inner tension through celibacy. More than one time in Church history sexualism has entered the Church destructively (Borgia popes come to mind). This time around pansexualism has been more coy and more … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     3.11.2014 04:42
I should like to thank @rhemes for his commet and precision re the intent of Verrechio, namely: "Is Mortalium Animos still the faith of the Holy Catholic Church?". My previous comment seeks to go beyond this question, while affirming it as very important. Reading Pius XI's Encyclical and just comparing it with the transcript of Pope Francis' communication to the Ark Community, I conclude that prima facie the words of Pope Francis have abrogated the rationally presented teachings of Pius XI … [Mehr]
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Prof. Leonard Wessell     2.11.2014 00:45
With regret and sorrow I am, paradoxically, grateful for this contribution; it exudes the love of truth (judgments that correspond to the way things really are), though it leaves me wanting to go one step further and discuss the fine discussions of Karl Popper about being able to set criteria to test the refutation of a claimed truth. More on this below.
I am no real fan of theology (except natural/philosphical theology, e.g., God's infinity, being, existence, etc.); theologians of revelation … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     1.11.2014 05:15
If one wants to diet, it costs effort, maybe even a sort of suffering. If a dog is to be trained for this or that, then a, say, painful electro-shock well applied and, boom, the subject has learned new behavior. Good old fashion Paplov here.
I suggest that institutionally "suffering" is being imposed, intentionally or not, upon those wanting to live as "orthodox" Catholics, live out their Faith in a corresponding liturgical form. What is going on? The Church is being restructured by using a … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     30.10.2014 10:52
I could make fun of this, make a joke out of it. Alas, it is joke, one on me and my need for transcendnce, the Holy, the Eternal, the Godly. Outside after Mass, fine. For the limits of my psychology (a type already insulted by the current Pope), this type of "liturgy" is blasphemy! Attendance for me would be a sin! I cannot imagine Jesus imitating the priest and making a fool of himself. At least Modanna could sing.
Prof. Leonard Wessell     30.10.2014 10:47
Why, oh why, is Gloria.tv trying to torture me? The information is not really surprising. Indeed, quote amsing, worthy of "I told you so". But the situation, it brings me into deep temptation to make a joke of it, one not too favorable to the Pope. I will resist, though I hope the two men never embrace eachother because ..... (blep, blep).
Prof. Leonard Wessell     30.10.2014 10:42
I am confused. At first I thought that Gloria.tv was presenting a hero (sounds like than in the text), but then his positions seem to be, well, "heretical". This seems to be Dr Bobus' interpretation below. Gloria.tv does take him for "heretical"?
If so, both Gloria.tv and Dr Bobus are not in accord with the Spirit of Francis, not to mention Kasper, Marx, Wuerl, etc. Should not orthodox Catholics "welcome" Fr. F into their midst and celebrate the "positive" features of heresy, e.g., courage to … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     30.10.2014 05:01
K. Marx is sly, change the subject a bit and the subject bothering Catholics is passed over. Certainly there are problems with polygammay, etc. in Africa. But they are not "decadent" problems, but ones of a long standing history in Africa. Aftrican Bishops are seeking to overcome that which is already present. Europe had as culturally a series of sexual values, from which Europeans, including Catholics, are falling away. That is "decadence", viz., the corruption of what is already present. So, … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     29.10.2014 05:56
Oops, I mixed up a sentence: Goldman holds that Pope Francis is more interested in saving the world than saving souls. I forgot to remove "doubts" from my sentence.
Prof. Leonard Wessell     29.10.2014 05:52
There is an old saying that one can catch more flies with honey than with a fly-swater. Just how? Well, if the honey is smeared on paper and the flies land on it, expecting a feast, they cannot free themselves from the "honey-ed smeared" paper of death. A fly-swater can, with luck, take out one fly at a time, whereas honey just collects them with sweet death. The article by Mr. Allen is so sweet in tone that it lacks precision (see the next entry below on "precision" re "The Church's Essential … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     27.10.2014 05:15
Der Kurienkardnal hat recht, ohne weiteres. Kultureller Marxismus, Feminismus, Postmodernismus, Modernismus auch sind genau die Ideologien, die die moderne (d.h., westliche) Welt definieren. ABER, so habe ich gehört, aber der Papst & Co wollen nicht nur das offene Fenster zur modernen Welt weiter öffnen, sondern weit in diese moderne Welt hinaus- und hineinspringen und sie in die "deep structure" des Lebens der Kirche hineinziehen, damit die Kirche modernisch relevant für die moderne Welt … [Mehr]
Prof. Leonard Wessell     26.10.2014 13:15
Laut Wittgenstein ist Philosphieren (Denken) eigentlich eine Art Wortspielerei. Andere Regeln, anders Denken. Gut, ich will mitspielen. Kdl. Kasper vertritt, nolens/volens, doch ein Naturrecht, nur daß die Natur metaphysisch einen Okkasionalismus voraussetzt. S. "Gender-Mainstreaming", wobei die psychologische Identität einer Person absolut strukturell nichts mit ihrer biophysichen Identität zu tun hat. Man ist, was man für den Tag wählt, bzw., WILL. Das, was die Mannigfaltigkeit zusammenfügt, … [Mehr]
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