Monday, August 29, 2016

What life will be like under the other Clinton

The Church Militant quartet of the 'Download' program -- Bradley Eli, Simon Rafe, Christine Niles, and anchor Michael Voris -- discuss the prospect a Hillary Clinton victory in November. Suffice it to say, the complacent Catholic in his comfortable pew doesn't have much of a clue what's in store beyond the first few weeks.

Wikileaks: George Soros apparently believes money can buy anything, including the Pope's influence


Elizabeth Yore, Catholic speaker, writer, and founder of an international child protection advocacy group, claims to have identified information in the latest dump by Wikileaks about a strategic plan from a Board Meeting of George Soros' Open Society Foundation for seeking to use the influence of Pope and Cardinal Rodriguez, his senior advisor, as well as the Holy Father's confidant, Cardinal Maradiaga, to further its own ends. Scary.

Tridentine Community News - Ft. Hood holds first Missa Cantata; Annual bus tour to Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation; Shrine of the Little Flower Solemn High Mass; Bus Tour to St. Louis; TLM Mass schedule


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (August 28, 2016):
August 28, 2016 – Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Fort Hood Holds First Missa Cantata

The enterprising team of Sergeant Major John Proctor, his wife Amy, and chaplains Fr. Lito Amande and Fr. Jose Herrera marked a milestone in the development of the U.S. military’s first Extraordinary Form community on Monday, August 15: A packed house of around 150 faithful was present for the first Missa Cantata to be celebrated on an Army post since Vatican II, at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Hood, Texas. The Latin Mass Choir from Austin’s St. Mary Cathedral provided the music. A crew from Extraordinary Faith was on-site to film the Mass and interview the organizers beforehand.


It is worth noting that the Old Post Chapel, a traditionally-appointed but necessarily non-denominational facility, has been given over for virtually exclusive use by the Latin Mass community. Let us pray that this is the first of many similar initiatives to come to provide traditional liturgy to those who serve in our armed forces.

Annual Bus Tour to Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation


On Thursday, September 8, Prayer Pilgrimages will hold its annual bus tour to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio. A Tridentine High Mass will be held at 12:00 Noon in the main Upper Basilica church (pictured at left). Lunch will be offered in the Shrine cafeteria, followed by a procession, outdoors if weather permits. Interestingly, two other pilgrimage groups, one from Louisville, Kentucky, heard about this Mass and scheduled their own trips on the same day so that they could be present.

Shrine of the Little Flower Solemn High Mass

The first week of October is shaping up to be a busy one for traditional Catholic events: On Sunday, October 2 at 10:00 AM, as previously reported, the first Tridentine Mass at St. Paul Albanian Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan will be offered. On Monday, October 3, at 7:00 PM, there will be a Solemn High Tridentine Mass at Royal Oak’s National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, as part of a Prayer Pilgrimages bus tour there on the Feast of St. Therèse of the Child Jesus. Fr. Ryan Adams will be the celebrant. This will be the third Tridentine Mass to be held at Shrine. The first was a Solemn High Mass in 2009 which attracted approximately 650 of the faithful, a local record for attendance at a post-Vatican II Tridentine Mass yet to be surpassed. A second, more modest Mass took place in 2011 in the St. Therèse Chapel, part of a pre-Juventútem pilgrimage of young adults down Woodward Avenue.

Bus Tour to St. Louis


Immediately upon the heels of the Mass at Shrine, Tuesday-Friday, October 4-7, Prayer Pilgrimages will be offering a bus tour to the historic churches of St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is known for some spectacular architecture, including the Shrine of St. Joseph [pictured] – a lay-run church one can think of as a fully-restored version of St. Albertus – and the so-called “new” Cathedral, a masterpiece of mosaic design. A Tridentine Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory is planned.

For more information or to register for any of Prayer Pilgrimages’ bus tours, visit www.prayerpilgrimages.com or call (248) 250-6005.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 08/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Beheading of St. John the Baptist)
  • Tue. 08/30 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (St. Rose of Lima, Virgin)
  • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (St. Stephen of Hungary, King & Confessor) [First Friday] – Devotions prayed before Mass. Reception after Mass in the Parish Hall.
  • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Stephen of Hungary, King & Confessor) [First Friday]
  • Sat. 09/03 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Pius X, Pope & Confessor)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for August 28, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week


    Sunday


    Monday

    • Mon. 08/29 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 12:00 Noon: High Tridentine Mass at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 7:00 PM: Ad ordientem Novus Ordo Mass celebrated by Archbishop Allen Vigneron at Assumption Grotto, Detroit, followed by Eucharistic procession (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)
    • Mon. 08/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph's Church, Detroit (Beheading of St. John the Baptist - 3rd class)

    Tuesday


    Wednesday


    Thursday

    • Thu. 09/01 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or St. Giles - 4th class, or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)
    • Thu. 09/01 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Feria - 4th class, or St. Giles - 4th class, or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)
    • Thu. 09/01 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or St. Giles - 4th class, or Jesus Christ the High Priest - 3rd class)

    Friday

    • Fri. 09/02 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
    • Fri. 09/02 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at a href="http://www.sspxmichigan.com/#!schedule/c24jx">St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
    • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
    • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: Low Mass (usually) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]
    • Fri. 08/05 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major) – Reception after Mass in the Parish Hall [First Friday]
    • Fri. 09/02 7:00 PM: High Mass (periodically) at St. Joseph's Church, Detroit (St. Stephen of Hungary - 3rd class, or Sacred Heart of Jesus - 3rd class) [First Friday]

    Saturday

    • Sat. 09/03 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
    • Sat. 09/03 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 1/2 hour before Mass: call beforehand) at St. Ann's Church, Livonia [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
    • Sat. 09/03 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
    • Sat. 09/03 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi, South Lyon, MI (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]
    • Sat. 09/03 6:00 PM Tridentine Mass at SS. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, Sterling Heights (St. Pius X - 3rd class, or Immaculate Heart of Mary - 3rd class) [First Saturday]

    Sunday

    * NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins." These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites. Also please note that St. Joseph's SSPX Chapel in Richmond has moved to Ray Township, at 57575 Romeo Plank Rd., Ray Twp., MI 48096.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

"The Language of Love in Qur'ān and Gospel"

Gordon Nickel, "The Language of Love in Qur'ān and Gospel" (Academia) - thorough, scholarly, helpful:
"This study [demonstrates] that there are indeed significant differences between the materials on love in the Qur'ān and Gospel, both in language and theology. It is not simply a matter of different meanings being expressed by the scriptural terminology of love in New Testament Greek and Qur'ānic Arabic. Rather, the difference extends to the characterization of relationships which are envisioned to exist among God and people."
[Hat tip to E.E.]

"What It's Like to Chestfeed" ~ the problems of the transgendered

Rod Dreher, "Problems That The Other America Has" (American Conservative, August 24, 2016):
... I am not interested in understanding the bodies or experiences of women who think they’re men who are bitching because nobody understands what it’s like to want to suckle your child at the breast you had cut off.

What I am interested in is trying to get inside the head of a coastal elite media that is obsessed with decadent crap like this. I think we can safely say that the people in J.D. Vance’s book aren’t readers of The Atlantic.com (one of my favorite websites, by the way), nor are most people in my part of the world who are out there mucking houses, feeding flood victims and doing their laundry. I get that. No magazine or web publication can be all things to all people all the time, nor should it try to be.

[I]f you read The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other publications edited by coastal elites, you would think that the travails of transgenders was the worst social problem facing America today. The bizarre degree of coverage and interest says little about transgenders and everything about the priorities of the media gatekeepers.

... I submit to you that most people in the elite media are far more concerned about the difficulties of a breastfeeding transman than they are with the struggles of a single mom in Appalachia trying to keep her kids from falling into opioid addiction, or the flood victims from Livingston Parish who tear up when you give them a package of toilet paper (this really happened), because they have nothing, not even that. I believe that our colleges are turning out graduates who are trained in the obsessions of the professoriat, such that they cannot even see their own country anymore.

As I keep saying, I am not for Donald Trump, and think he does not have what it takes to be president. And I’m certainly not for Hillary Clinton, who is the epitome of what’s wrong with our Establishment. But this kind of thing — showcasing the woes of the chestfeeding freakshow — is what makes me glad that the Trump people are throwing a brick through the Establishment’s window. Elites in Washington, New York, Boston, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood spend more time worrying about whether or not a transman can get his (“his”) baby to suckle at his absent breast, and society’s shameful indifference to that, than they do worrying about most any struggle in the daily lives of poor dumb rednecks and coonasses in Jesus Land.
Wow!

[Hat tip to JM]

Florence Foster Jenkins (movie)

Guy Noir contacted me with some remarks about this article by Megan Basham, "Florence Foster Jenkins" (World, September 3, 2016). Noir remarked:
I have not seen the movie, "FFJ."

I still can not bring myself to risk any Meryl Streep project after sitting through the effrontery that was "Mamma Mia!", and deciding she might be as self-indulgent as Streisand.

But even if this new movie is somehow affecting, as one singer-friend told me it is, this review offers a window into the modern (post-modern, or whatever you want to call it) mindset. "They're happy, so what's the conundrum." That in a nutshell is the worldview that pervades the culture in which we find ourselves.
Granted, "Mamma Mia!" was pretty appalling, despite what the greying Woodstock generation regards as good nostalgic music. Yet Streep is a terrific actress, nonetheless; just as Hugh Grant may be, to whom (in his earlier career) my own reaction is as viscerally negative as Noir's is to Streep here.

The Basham article in World magazine says that this historical 'dramedy' offers an inescapable sense of sadness. Indeed.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The New Ben Hur Falls Short of the Original Classic


So says Monica Migliorino Miller (Crisis, August 26, 2016), and I agree.

Despite impressive special effects in the naval battle scene and the chariot race, the most important part of the original narrative, the supernatural Christian faith that gives meaning to the whole in the original novel, is denatured in the movie, flattening out the vertical dimension of repentance and rebirth into horizontal banalities about overcoming hate and restoring ruptured human relationships.

But read Dr. Miller's account for a superlative analysis.

[Hat tip to Dr. Echeverria who treated me to a 3-D screening of Ben Hur last Saturday]

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Attention Catholic teachers and home schoolers: announcing new ancient history textbook


The eminently capable Phillip Campbell, who teaches history at St. Augustine's in Ann Arbor, with its highly-regarded classical curriculim, has just published the first volume in a series of 5th-7th grade-level history textbooks (publisher: TAN Books). The First volume is entitled The Ancient World: The Story of Civilization. Available with the textbook is a Test Book, Teacher's Manual, Activity Book, Timeline, Drama CDs, and Streaming Lecture Series.

If anyone is looking for a 5th-7th grade-level ancient history text written from a faithful and richly-informed Catholic perspective, look no further. This is what you want.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Superlatively thorough analysis of Laudato Si


This [also available here] is an analysis of Laudato Si, the Pope's "environmental encyclical," by 'Boniface', the moniker by which the author of Unam Sanctam Catholicsm is known. It is the most thoroughgoing analysis of Laudato Si that I have seen with penetrating evaluations and criticisms of those parts of the work that are bound to confuse and possibly mislead the faithful, yet not without appreciation for all that is positive.

This is one of those treatments that reminded me of how simply reading an ecclesiastical document, such as an Apostolic Exhortation, Encyclical, or Vatican II document, doesn't necessarily mean one has understood it. It takes a great deal of insight and background to analyze ecclesiastical documents; and reading this analysis, I thought to myself: I didn't realize half of what was in there. Good heavens! This is illuminating.

For example, the author points out how most conservative commentators objected to Pope Francis's critiques of western-style capitalism, whereas ironically he found these parts far from problematic: "they are," he writes, "some of its strongest parts."

By contrast, the parts that the author does find problematic may surprise some, especially in terms of the detailed analysis.

I wish I had time to do a justice to this analysis of Laudato Si that even approached something comparable to that which the author does to the Holy Father's work. Alas, the tyrannical business of the beginning of a semester prevents me.

But check out the work for yourself. It's an eBook and can be purchased here or here. It's entitled: Laudato Si: The 40 Concerns of an Exhausted Layman.

Cardinal Burke: Holy Father will need to offer clarification


David Gibson, "Cardinal Burke insists he is serving Francis, not opposing him" (RNS, August 22, 2016):
“We can’t understand this document to be magisterium in the way other documents have been because Pope Francis simply has a different approach to the papacy,” the cardinal said. “In his documents he mixes his own thoughts and approaches, which are personal, with questions of doctrine.”

Burke says he knows some disagree with him, but he said that he and “many serious-minded people” in the church hierarchy are calling for Francis to issue a follow-up document.

“I trust that something will have to happen also because some very formal calls for clarification are in process and they simply will demand a response,” Burke said, “not in any kind of hostile or aggressive way, but simply for the sake of souls because people are getting confused.”
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tridentine Community News - Rail Car Chapels; Juventútem Michigan Leaders to Wed; TLM Mass schedule


"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (August 21, 2016):
August 21, 2016 – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Rail Car Chapels Private rail cars have long been the province of politicians and the wealthy, but did you know that some have been outfitted to serve as Catholic chapels, hosting the Tridentine Mass? The Catholic Extension Society built at least three such cars. The St. Anthony Chapel Car is an early example, dating from 1908 and made out of wood.



A later example from the Extension Society is the St. Paul Chapel Car, made out of steel. The below diagram indicates that it contained a Communion Rail, organ, and behind the altar, priests’ living quarters. Even in regions such as Europe where rail travel is still a principal mode of long-distance transportation, it’s difficult to imagine that such a conveyance would be built today. Despite the cramped surroundings, it was still possible to hold an organ-accompanied High Mass in a dignified architectural setting. What a testament to the faith of the Catholics of that era.



Juventútem Michigan Leaders to Wed

Juventútem Michigan board members Michelle Harrison and Paul Schultz will marry each other at St. Thomas the Apostle, Ann Arbor, at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 4. Everyone is invited to attend this Mass and to pray for their happy marriage. Fr. Zach Mabee will celebrate the Solemn High Mass for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost. Wassim Sarweh and singers from Windsor’s St. Benedict Choir will assist the Mass with Palestrina’s Missa Papæ Marcélli.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 08/22 7:00 PM: High Mass at Our Lady of the Scapular (Immaculate Heart of Mary) – Wassim Sarweh will provide the music
  • Mon. 08/22 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Immaculate Heart of Mary)
  • Tue. 08/23 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary (St. Philip Benizi, Confessor)
  • Sat. 08/27 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Joseph Calasance, Confessor)
  • Sun. 08/28 9:45 AM: Pontifical Missa Cantata at OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart (Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost) – Celebrant: Bishop Donald Hanchon
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for August 21, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan


Tridentine Masses This Coming Week


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
  • Wed. 08/24 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Bartholomew - 2nd class)
  • Wed. 08/24 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Bartholomew - 2nd class)
  • Wed. 08/24 7:00 PM: Distribution of Holy Communion with lectionary readings of the day at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Bartholomew - 2nd class)
Thursday
  • Thu. 08/25 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Louis IX - 3rd class)
  • Thu. 08/25 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (St. Louis IX - 3rd class)
  • Thu. 08/25 7:00 PM: Distribution of Holy Communion with lectionary readings of the day at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (St. Louis IX - 3rd class)
Friday
  • Fri. 08/26 7:30 AM: High or Low Mass (varies) at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or St. Zephyrinus - 4th class)
  • Fri. 08/26 8:00 AM: Low Mass (Confessions 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM) at a href="http://www.sspxmichigan.com/#!schedule/c24jx">St. Joseph's Church, Ray Township [NB: See note at bottom of this post about SSPX sites.]* (Feria - 4th class, or St. Zephyrinus - 4th class)
  • Fri. 08/26 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or St. Zephyrinus - 4th class)
  • Fri. 08/26 7:00 PM: Distribution of Holy Communion with lectionary readings of the day at Assumption Grotto, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or St. Zephyrinus - 4th class)
  • Fri. 08/26 7:00 PM: High Mass (periodically) at St. Joseph's Church, Detroit (Feria - 4th class, or St. Zephyrinus - 4th class)
Saturday Sunday
* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced that "those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins." These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites. Also please note that St. Joseph's SSPX Chapel in Richmond has moved to Ray Township, at 57575 Romeo Plank Rd., Ray Twp., MI 48096.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

National Catholic Register: "Satan fuels Islamist violence against Christians"

Deacon Nick Donnelly, "Satan Fuels Islamist Violence Against Christians" (National Catholic Register, August 10, 2016)
COMMENTARY: The beheading of Father Jacques Hamel was clearly intended as a deliberate desecration of the Church.


The brutal murder of 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel by Islamic State terrorists on July 26 is an evil beyond the comprehension of all decent and moral people. The fact that Adel Kermiche and Abdelmalik Petitjean chose to attack a priest celebrating Mass and cut his throat as he knelt at the foot of the altar takes this act into the realm of demonic evil. The archbishop of Rouen told the congregation at Father Hamel’s requiem Mass that his dying words were, “Get away from me Satan.”
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Related: Richard Ducayne, "Paris Archbishop calls God of Islam 'God of Death'" (CM World News, August 1, 2016): The French Archbishop, Andre Cardinal Vingt-Trois, has openly called the God of Islam, Allah, the "God of death" and even compared Allah to the pagan god Moloch, who demanded human sacrifice.

Putin vs. Obama: Who Occupies the High Ground?

Michael Matt, "Putin vs. Obama: Who Occupies the High Ground?" (The Remnant, August 20, 2016).


I realize this is anathema to the majority of both right- and left- wing US media. Russia is, in the public mind, the remnant of what Reagan called "the evil empire." Still, I have no idea why the U.S. is positioning its nuclear weapons increasingly closer to Russia and the Ukraine. Yes, I know about the amassing of Russian troops there. But that's hardly unprovoked. I frankly don't know what to think about Putin. I know of his nefarious KGB connections. I also know of his ostensible Christian connections and defense of public virtue. My hunch is that the chief reason he is demonized by the Western media is not because of the skeletons in his closet but because, like Trump, he is not 'owned' by the corporate interests of the international globalist financiers, like George Soros.