The Supreme Court's questioning of his administration on the Health Care Mandate and the Catholic Church's strong and vociferous challenge to the President's mandate that the Catholic Church provide free contraception through the Church's self-insurance policies both constitute the one thing that President Obama cannot stand and will not tolerate, one more "father figure" abandoning him! Psychologically the President cannot tolerate that abandonment from the Supreme Court or the Church's bishops as it further pierces his heart over the resentment he holds toward his father and the specialness accorded to him by his mother to overcompensate for that loss.
We all know that the President, and God bless him for this, grew up without a strong father figure in his home and that he was also an only child whose mother and grandmother doted on him and made him feel like king. He didn't have to contend with siblings and I am sure that he received from his mother and grandmother all he ever wanted and they could provide. He was the man of the house from childhood and being so made him one arrogant only child.
The spoiled child syndrome continues to guide him today in politics. There are many examples of his "know it all mentality and that he knows better than anyone else" that proves this to be true, but I would like to highlight just two examples:
1. His arrogance toward the Catholic Church in terms of mandating the Catholic Church to provide in the Church's self-insurance policies artificial contraception, sterilization and abortifacients. I think the president truly believes that if he were head of the Catholic Church, he would make a better bishop or pope and thus has usurped the pope and bishop's teaching authority in the areas of faith and morals and substituted his own better perspective on sexual issues. He really wants to control the Catholic Church because he really believes he knows what is best for Catholics. I suspect he has a delusion that in mandating the Catholic Church to do things his way, that he is offering the Catholic Church his brilliant leadership.
2. His comments about the Supreme court in the last two days but also a couple of years ago at the State of the Union Address say so much about this only child and fatherless president and how he perceives the world and himself, especially anyone who would get in the way of his only-child specialness. President Obama wants to mandate his way because he really believes that his way is the right way because of the god-like position he held in his little nuclear family and the lack of a father figure to temper a child pampered and adulated by his mother and grandmother. President Obama's speech is filled with "I's" and "mine" rather than "we" and "ours" especially as he refers to those who work in his administration and his perspective.
Psychologists tell us that a spoiled child as an adult can be angry and depressed. The person will also throw tantrums on small issues and also resorts to manipulative and controlling behavior.
From my own observation of our president and how he speaks (always with a teleprompter to keep him balanced) he seems to be animated by a very deep seated but "controlled" anger and his desire to make the world right because he is the one who knows the right way.
Our president needs prayers and therapy. Our President's therapy will be greatly enhanced by having only one term as president.
Well, Father, when you're right, you're right.
I particularly agree that: Our president needs prayers and therapy. Our President's therapy will be greatly enhanced by having only one term as president.
I remain concerned about the damage already done, and that which he can still do before the election, especially if polls show him unlikely to be re-elected. His willingness to bypass Congress is chilling.
I will not pray for that man. I wonder how many Catholics will still vote for him...anyone who does vote for him is an enemy of the Church and the country. My only prayer for them is that their suffering is proportionate to their sin. Literally, to Hell with them.
Gene W, that's a very dangerous position to take. A sense of offended justice is one thing, but to literally wish someone to Hell is NOT a good idea.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart. Matthew 18:32-35
Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness. 1 John 2:9
Howard, I would agree. As Catholics and as Christians we must pray for our world leaders and also pray that the democratic process be truly democratic. Any politician and world leader is usally a politician and world leader based upon the "gift" of arrogance that is needed for the job. We just hope that the arrogance doesn't destroy anyone or anything thing, but we know that it often does in war, dictatorial mandates and jockeying for position and prestige. As an American I respect the office of presidency and will defer to the President in a respectful way. I would never tell another person in my capacity as a priest who to vote for but I can tell them who I will vote for and why I wouldn't vote for a candidate, especially if they were pro-choice and trying to bring the state into Church affairs.
I do not believe we are called to pray for those who would destroy the Church. Would you pray for Satan?
RE: Matt: 18. These are exhortations for life among the faithful. These are "parables of the KINGDOM" remember?
RE: 1 John See also 2 John vs. 8-11. "...if anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine (of Jesus Christ)do not receive him into the house or give him any greeting; for he who greets him shares his wicked work."
I maintain my position and will trust in God's mercy and judgement.
I pray for O's conversion. And for that, too, of so many CINOs in elected office.
I do not, will not, pray for O's success in his goals -- instead, I pray for a true conversion, which happens also to mean failing in HIS goals.
I pray that Mister Obama may receive correction and conversion.
Sort of how I pray for a certain Priest who trolls this blog.
I will take one more step to the right of Templar and pray that The President will feel full contrition for the effects of his sins and that the Almighty not let that vision crush him.
I almost feel like EAP condemning him to a lingering death when I write that, but I don't mean it that way.
First of all, this isn't even accurate. Obama was not really an only-child. He lived with a half-sister for several years after her birth when Obama was 9. And his grandparents didn't always live with him and his mother, only for certain periods of time.
And I highly doubt that they "doted" on him and treated him like a king. His mother, like many single parents sadly, was very busy, trying to balance school and work.
It's funny how the famous people we like who grow up under these circumstances are spoken of positively. They say, "Wow, what a trooper! So strong!" (Lance Armstrong is a good example. He was an only-child whose father disappeared.) But when it comes to someone we don't like, we say, "How shameful! It's really taken a toll on him!"
So if you don't like Obama, fine. Just say why. Don't dress up your dislike in pseudo-psychology.
Jan. 8, 2009:Obama's Sister Talks About His Childhood:
Sen. Barack Obama became a successful politician in Illinois. But the roots of that success are in this city thousands of miles and a cultural light-year away.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Obama honed his ability to appeal to a diverse group of people in the islands, a crossroad of cultures from throughout the Pacific, said his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng.
"Hawaii is the place that gave him the ability to ... understand people from a wide array of backgrounds," she said in a recent phone interview. "People see themselves in him ... because he himself contains multitudes."
The family's own diversity played no small part in developing that skill, she said.
Obama's parents - Barack Obama Sr., a black man from a poor village in Kenya, and Ann Dunham, a white woman whose parents grew up in Kansas - met at the University of Hawaii and married in Honolulu.
After the marriage failed, a 6-year-old Obama left Hawaii to spend four years in Indonesia with his mother and Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetoro. In 1971, Obama's mother sent him back to Honolulu to stay with his maternal grandparents.
Obama still returns almost every Christmas to visit family, indulge in local sushi, body surf at a beach on the southeastern coast of Oahu and look for sea turtles, Soetoro-Ng said. His parents and grandfather have died, and his grandmother is in poor health but has been following the presidential race closely on television, she said.
"Hawaii really is a sanctuary for him - a safe place where he can just relax, where things are in many respects unchanged," Soetoro-Ng said.
In his 1995 memoir, "Dreams from My Father," Obama wrote about growing up with the island's unique food and culture: poi and roast pig, choice cuts of aku for sashimi and spearfishing off Kailua Bay. Living in his grandparents' downtown apartment, he attended the prestigious Punahou School and drove to parties at Army bases.
Classmates at Punahou describe Obama - known as Barry to them - as an upbeat, social person who played basketball and occasionally wore an African-style shirt.
But in his memoirs, Obama described feeling like a misfit in his Indonesian sandals and old-fashioned clothes when he started at the school. As one of the few black students at Punahou - and among a small group of blacks on the island - he remembered someone wanting to touch his hair and being asked whether his father ate people.
He struggled with his racial identity and turned to marijuana to block the questions out, he wrote.
Former classmate Kelli Furushima, who remembered Obama playfully grabbing a pencil from her ear while passing in the hallway, said she never knew about the turmoil Obama was experiencing. But Furushima said she wasn't surprised.
"You don't let the world know how you feel when you're a teenager," she said. "You might be really insecure inside, but when you're walking down the halls, you're laughing."
Soetoro-Ng said her brother was a private man who dealt with questions about his identity and other struggles in "a very personal way."
"He's good though about grappling with them and moving on," she said. "Today he is a man very comfortable with himself and peaceful with his sense of self."
Soetoro-Ng, who is nine years younger than Obama, said her mother divorced Soetoro when she was 9, making Obama the father figure in her life. He toured colleges with her, showed her New York and Chicago and gave her her first novels.
"He let me know the world was large, and that I should get to know as much of it as possible," she said.
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So, Gee, will you be voting for him again?
Not so many posts like Sherlock's and such should be allowed, IMHO.
Pitting brother against brother and fostering/promoting their discord within a deanery somehow doesn't strike me as promptings from the Holy Spirit, but rather the 'other spirit'.
Because of such posts, this blog has been losing the very audience it is intended to catechize. Seems a shame...Just lettin' ya know...
SL, I agree, sometimes the conversation that seems to be heated between Pater I and others I pray is in good fun but I realize it can come across as a bit nasty. I would ask those who engage with Pater Ignotus that they do so respectfully. The give and take could be very useful and allow for different perspectives, but when the characterizations become nasty, I will not hesitate to delete--it's good being King!
I am not Gee. Gee is not me. See?
I know it bursts a few bubbles, but I am not the only reader of this blog who disagrees with Good Father McDonald and other posters on this, that, or the other thing. Other readers have told me, personally, that while they find some of this traditionalist nonsense to be, well, nonsense, they are unwilling to subject themselves to the "slings and arrows" that are aimed at those who question. They don't like the heat so they stay out of the kitchen. I have asbestos-laced hide.
SL - Disagreement is not necessarily the work of Old Scratch. However, when posters are intentionally unkind, when they lie, when they cast aspersions or fall into calumny - well, you can bet that that does come from the Dark Side.
Gee is correct. There are puh-lenty of folks with whom people agree who are products of exactly the same circumstances as the President, but no one pseudo-psychologizes them. It reminds me of the people who rant about "Activist" judges who, they say, "legistate from the bench." I will eat my hat if you can find ONE example of a person who says, "This judge's decision is a blessing to me and my family and friends, but the decision is an example of judicial activism, therefore, I want to reversed or overridden by the legislature." It doesn't happen.
Personally, I can't recall any president who wasn't mightily ego-centric. I think it may be a necessity, in fact, given the responsibilities of the job. And this includes Republicans, Democrats, Whigs, Federalists, Democrat-Republicans, and a smattering of those who are classed as "independents."
I respect Pater Ignotus/Kavanaugh when he is in persona Christi...otherwise, not so much.
Squeeker, If people leave the blog because they huff up and pretend to be fragile I really don't care. They are not too fragile to come on here, knowing that it is a traditionalist blog, and troll and make all kinds of obnoxious and contrary posts. If they get their feelings hurt...tuff.
And, before someone says it, no it is not necessary for the opposition to be represented here. I really do not give a damn if I never see another dropping from their smirking mouths. They are the enemy, in my opinion, and have been tolerated and walked on eggs around too long...way too long.
It seems Gee's defense is more damning than what FrAJM posted: what, then, is his excuse? I don't care for a personal attack on the President, but I don't mind pointing out the the suit and shoes are a little loose on him.
Ego is a good thing when harnessed. This is how one gets the gumption to use the gifts God gave us rather than hiding them under a bushel basket. While pride is a sin, it is also what made people prefer to dig turnips than take food stamps. Pater, you are right that painfully few would turn return a found wallet to its owner; fewer still would decline the wallet if it was taken by the Government. Churchill would be sad know the lady has settled on a price.
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