CATHOLIC PewPOINT for Friday-Saturday-Sunday, July 14-16, 2000
"The Frustration Factor!"
Webster defines "frustration" as vain, useless; a process that prevents one from attaining a purpose; to thwart; to bring to nothing; defeat; also, to nulify. With that in mind can you think of anything more frustrating than TV and movies today? Why is it that whenever you turn on the TV you get that sinking feeling? We don't need to remind you that for the vast majority who cannot get EWTN, it is a vast wasteland and waste seems to be the correct nomenclature. The excrement "jokes" are becoming so crass and vulgar that even cast iron stomachs are rusting out. Yes, it's frustrating. And were not talking just about the assinine, juvenile junk that pass as network programs; four-fifths of the commercials are totally in-your-face and abusive. I am so sick and tired of being intimidated by these inane announcers with MTV-like cut flashing that gives one an instant headache, not to mention eye blur. Yes, it's frustrating. Three-fourths of the time you're left wondering what are they trying to sell. I speak from experience for I worked twenty-years of my life in the ad business, moving up the ladder from intern (when intern had a noble connotation to it) at the University of Minnesota in the early sixties to running my own ad agency in San Diego. From day one we were told to sell the sizzle, not the steak. But today they don't even bother to light the match. Ad agencies today take it right off the rack, raw and bloody. Nothing is sacred anymore and that is really frustrating! Gone are the days of mom in the kitchen sharing her new-found miracle wax cleaner; now it's the kid who berates her for not knowing about it and the mom, sheepishly thanking her precocious brat for enlightening her. Gone are the days of seeing the family overjoyed that dad brought home a new car with all the extras; now it's chrome and polish racing by at breakneck speed Indy 500 style or a slinky, risque, nubile young thing lusting after the man who drives one. Gone are the days when beer is sold as beer for the sake of a hearty drink with the guys; now it's sex, sex, and more sex. As a parent of two teen-age sons, I'm frustrated.
Michael Cain, editor
We can thank, besides satan, Marshal McCluhan, the Canadian ad genius who wrote the bible for modern advertising and Vance Packard for his psychological hodgepodge book on how to win clients and numb the masses called "Subliminal Advertising." We can also thank the demons who thought up MTV for ever since anything on film or tape has never been the same. We can also thank the ever-widening liberal element who have pushed the envelope so far there's no room left for any kind of decency or honesty anywhere. Very frustrating.
It all started while I was studying advertising - back in the early sixties when the Supreme Court took God out of the public schools. Without the protection of prayer, satan had a clear path into the hearts of millions and he has made good on his promise - a promise made over a hundred years ago to God and witnessed in a vision by Pope Leo XIII. The Pope was so frustrated, so concerned, that he was inspired to compose the beautiful and powerful Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, the most powerful of God's Heavenly garrisons. Yet, for reasons we have never been able to ferret out, it was mysteriously dropped totally after Vatican II. We have read and reread the Vatican II documents, notes, etc. and nowhere, nowhere does it say anything about eliminating those prayers after Mass. Now that's frustrating! Blame it on the insidious "spirit of Vatican II" that made it up as they went along and it was filtered down quickly from the diocesan level to the parish level. We bought it hook, line and sinker because, as obedient Catholics, we assumed this came directly from Pope Paul VI and the Council Fathers.
We just rented an excelent movie that should have won, hands down, the Academy Award last year as well as best picture. We're talking about "The Hurricane" in which Denzel Washington' performance was superb, running the gamut of emotions where you really, really cared for the character. In that movie, when his case is brought before the Federal Court, the judge Rod Steiger is challenged by the stunned Prosecution that they assumed the judge would throw the case out. Steiger, another brilliant actor in a vast wasteland where talent has gone the way of the dinosaur, calmly stared the attorney down replying, "You assumed wrong." That's what we, as Catholics, did after Vatican II. We assumed wrong and you know what happens when one assumes! Multiply that by millions and we've got problems. As we talked about in our last editorial, Pope John Paul II, over the past twenty-plus years has been cleaning up the mess and slowly preparing the winnowing fan to separate the wheat from the chaff. But don't blame it on Paul VI, or even Pope John XXIII. If the latter were at fault, would he be up for beatification on September 3rd this year? I think not. One man cannot police millions, it is totally impossible. Jesus Himself had only a handful loyal to Him at the foot of the Cross whereas earlier in His ministry He had thousands literally eating out of His hand, hungry for the truth. (cf. Matthew 14: 32-38; Mark 6: 34-44; and Luke 9: 12-17). But as another actor, shall we say typecast one in Jack Nicholson, said in "A Few Good Men", "You can't handle the truth." And indeed many discontents after Vatican II could not handle the truths of the Council and, upset that their agenda had not passed the way they wanted, set out to forge their own thinking on the masses. It is a known fact that radical ex-priests and a swarm of ex-nuns buzzed into the dioceses and forged their way onto diocesan commissions, setting themselves up as experts. Again, in our last commentary we alluded to the changes made from the Novus Ordo or "old New Mass" ratified by the Council to the totally vernacular, watered-down liturgy we have today. Again, do we blame each bishop of his diocese? Well, the axiom, "the buck stops here" would apply, but also remember the frustration factor because one man cannot police an entire diocese. He is the shepherd, not the sergeant-in-arms. If anything, the greatest mistake the bishops made after Vatican II were in their designating power to the wrong people. But what's done is done. The past cannot be redone. We only have the present but in this state of existence we can do much to quell the frustration of the future.
How? First and foremost, through prayer. The Blessed Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and earth, Mother of the Church has said constantly in her apparitions and messages that prayer can mitigate future punishment. In other words, folks, we can change the world! It's nothing new, go back to the Old Testament and you'll see this over and over. It's highly doubtful, even in those darkest days of pagan idol worship, even in Sodom and Gomorrah, that things were as bad as they are in this first year of the third millennium. Our world has sunk to the lowest ebb since God created this marvelous, but gasping globe. Today's media has nullified any superlative good, turning the sacredness of sex and procreation into lust and amoral irresponsibility. They have slowed down the healing process of the soul, while accelerating the need for greed, power and excess materialism. They have anesthetized the conscience and awakened the primal beast within as the demons of the seven deadly sins shreik and gloat, bloating souls with the false notion that they are invincible. These legions of doom have so dulled the senses that they have only one enemy left on this earth, only one institution that is willing to expose their subliminal venom: The Roman Catholic Church.
Therefore, as frustrating as it is, it is logical the Church is the target. Why do you think "World Gay Pride" was held this year in Rome? Because they love Italians? Think again! Because they wanted to trace their homosexual roots to the debauchery of the Roman Empire? Possible, but if that were the case wouldn't they have held it in Athens? After all, it was the Greek Empire that crumbled because of sexual depravity. The only reason they held their gay gala in Rome was to target and embarrass the Church. Thankfully, the Italian government and authorities woke up in time and rescinded many permissions and fundings or they might have marched right into St. Peter's Basilica. As it was, it was still disgraceful and the gays made it even more embarrassing by appointing a defrocked gay priest to head the parade. Naturally, the liberal media played this up by saying "a Catholic priest led the parade." Conveniently, they left off that he was defrocked and not in the good graces of the Church. The liberal media can't handle the truth and their lies make it all the more frustrating. The Pope did not remain silent on this aberration and spoke out forcefully in his Sunday Angelus this week. What was the media's reaction? How dare he call homosexuality a disorder, how dare he call it evil, how dare he claim infallibility in matters of faith and morals. They immediately rail back to Pope Pius XII, falsely egged on by the lies in one book that has become the media's bible for Catholic bashing: "Hitler's Pope." Countless rabbis, Jewish historians and Catholic historians have provided proof without a shadow of a doubt that Pius did all he could and more, but the media won't buy that! It's not sensational. That's frustrating. Why is it they'll plaster the headlines or lead with their top story a scandal or insinuation, often times assassinating character without total proof, but when the truth finally is revealed, they print a disclaimer in the back page in small agate text?
The great gods of the media won't admit they've made mistakes, yet they crucify Pope John Paul the Great for his apologies of wrongs done by men of the Church over the centuries. It's only too evident they want to destroy the Church. It's only too evident they are sons of satan. It's only too evident that the agenda they have forged over the last four decades have contributed to the loss of millions of souls. That's really frustrating.
They speak in superlatives, yet discard the truth. We are so sick and tired of hearing that this movie, or this program is the greatest ever, that the New York Times praises it, or Rolling Stone says it's a "must see", or Roger Ebert gives it two-thumbs up. Liberals all, lies all! Wouldn't it be refreshing to hear a promotion for a movie that went something like this: "You be the judge, see it and tell your friends if you liked it."
Because of the drought of good movies available we suspended this summer our regular Movie Reviews. In the past we would list the top ten, but what good was it doing? It was only contributing to the promotion of bad movies by just listing them. We wanted to keep Catholics informed, but since there is such a glut of porn, violence and vulgarity out there it's better to just mention a few movies that deserve merit and let the others rot in the hellhole of the video stores. With all the hype we can count on our fingers the good movies that have come out over the past few years. Only three immediately come to mind that we've seen. They were "Life is Beautiful," "The Green Mile", and most recently, "The Hurricane." If you know of others, please let us know.
It's interesting to note that all three of those dealt with prisons. The Holy Father just celebrated Mass this past Sunday in one of the oldest prisons of Rome Regina Coeli Prison near the Vatican, which, in actuality was an old monastery turned into a prison. All around the world many bishops followed suit in their sees. In France one bishop proclaimed a prison with 4,000 inmates as "his largest parish." The Holy Father, in the spirit of Christ, has called on all to visit prisoners (cf. Matthew 25: 36-46) and pleaded for the unprecedented gesture of granting clemency to prisoners in this Jubilee Year. One of those who was granted clemency was unlike the Good Samaritan, but rather bitter and enraged, most likely mentally unstable. That was Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who attempted to end the Pope's life on May 13, 1981. Just recently, while serving on trial in Turkey for an additional crime unrelated to the assassination attempt, he lashed out at the Church. Despite the Holy Father's mercy, lucifer had won. That's frustrating! And what's even more frustrating is that we are all prisoners. When we plunk down our money for a movie or pay the outrageous cable rates, aren't we imprisoning ourselves in satan's cells by contributing to the perpetuation of this filth? Even if we don't pay to see this squalor, we condone the wretched fare that pass as entertainment on TV and in the theaters by our silence. Apathy has no place in Heaven. We must realize this before it's really too late. That is what is really frustrating because so few do. In the next several issues I will expand on this frustration and what we can do to ease the frustration - both inside the Church and especially outside the Church, leaning on our doctrine and morals to right the wrongs. Call these commentaries sequels, if you will. Thus, for the sake of simplicity, we'll call this first installment: "The Frustration Factor!"
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