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44 detailed criticisms of the theology of evolution October 31, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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Before I post the link and some parts of the list of criticisms someone has created (I’ve never seen this blog before), I will say that while I almost totally disdain theories regarding evolution and the big bang at this point, I don’t take what you might call a dogmatic stand against them. We’ve all been more or less propagandized from our earliest years to accept these unproven theories as hard, irrefutable scientific fact.  Among the scientific community, the modern priest caste in our society, rejection of evolution is seen as a heresy against the new religion of rationalist sexular paganism.  So I don’t wig out if I encounter faithful souls who believe evolution is real.

What I do try to get people to understand is that there have been powerful motivations in the scientific community towards treating science as the new religion of our culture.  As I alluded to yesterday, this was more or less openly claimed by Rene Descartes as his objective, and undermining traditional accounts of Creation was certainly one of Darwin’s main goals.  Thus, I hope those who have been stewed in the cultural religious catechesis in favor of evolution – as we all have – will keep an open mind in reading the below.  We see how those who support traditional accounts of Creationism get treated as backward loons. That treatment is not incidental, it is part and parcel of the competing religious ethos of scientific rationalism.  Again, Edward Feser’s  book The Last Superstition is a must read to understand the basic incompatibility of modern “sciencism” with scholasticism and the whole ethos of Christendom.  This is not to say all science is false or that science is a field to be avoided by faithful souls: it merely means that we must be aware of the powerful biases and inbuilt conceits that the treatment of science essentially as a religion entails.  And those conceits are centered in the fields of evolutionary biology and astrophysics.

Anyway, the full list of criticisms is here, and some of them are quite powerful. I am out of time but here are a select few below:

#1 If the theory of evolution was true, we should have discovered millions upon millions of transitional fossils that show the development of one species into another species. Instead, we have zero.

#3 Even some of the most famous evolutionists in the world acknowledge the complete absence of transitional fossils in the fossil record. For example, Dr. Colin Patterson, former senior paleontologist of the British Museum of Natural History and author of “Evolution” once wrote the following

“I fully agree with your comments about the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them …. I will lay it on the line – there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument.”

#6 If “evolution” was happening right now, there would be millions of creatures out there with partially developed features and organs.  But instead there are none.

#7 If the theory of evolution was true, we should not see a sudden explosion of fully formed complex life in the fossil record. Instead, that is precisely what we find.

#8 Paleontologist Mark Czarnecki, an evolutionist, once commented on the fact that complex life appears very suddenly in the fossil record…

“A major problem in proving the theory has been the fossil record; the imprints of vanished species preserved in the Earth’s geological formations. This record has never revealed traces of Darwin’s hypothetical intermediate variants –instead species appear and disappear abruptly, and this anomaly has fueled the creationist argument that each species was created by God.” [And we see here the profound tendency among modern scienticians to completely disregard any historical evidence or supernatural explanations of Creation, or to even see their failure to find such fossils as an indication of potential falsity in their theory cum dogma.  In fact, they deliberately reject any evidence of supernatural Creation, just as Descartes intended.]

#10 Nobody has ever observed macroevolution take place in the laboratory or in nature.  In other words, nobody has ever observed one kind of creature turn into another kind of creature.  The entire theory of evolution is based on blind faith.

#11 Evolutionist Jeffrey Schwartz, a professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, openly admits that “the formation of a new species, by any mechanism, has never been observed.

#21 Perhaps the most famous fossil in the history of the theory of evolution, “Piltdown Man”, turned out to be a giant hoax.

#22 If the neutron were not about 1.001 times the mass of the proton, all protons would have decayed into neutrons or all neutrons would have decayed into protons, and therefore life would not be possible. How can we account for this?

#23 If gravity was stronger or weaker by the slimmest of margins, then life sustaining stars like the sun could not exist. This would also make life impossible. How can we account for this?

#24 Why did evolutionist Dr. Lyall Watson make the following statement?…

“The fossils that decorate our family tree are so scarce that there are still more scientists than specimens. The remarkable fact is that all of the physical evidence we have for human evolution can still be placed, with room to spare, inside a single coffin!”

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Again, there is much more at the link. I do not recommend the site aside from this one link.

This is for your consideration.  Do with it what you will.  But I would remind that rejection or undermining of the Biblical story of Creation, especially regarding Adam and Eve, has a profound tendency to undermine all manner of doctrine.  It is rejection of the biblical account of Creation that to my mind has led to theories of universal salvation, because if there was no Adam and Eve, there was no Original Sin, and we have no need for a Redeemer.  The effects of evolution on the Faith are extremely toxic……..just as they were designed to be.

Corpus Christi Procession in Shafter with Father Rodriguez October 31, 2014

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And, I’m pretty sure, there may be a certain commenter on this blog who might be visible in some of the video.  And I think also a few other readers may be in the vid.

Please pray for Father Rodriguez. Like so many priests he is a target of satan and he will need a lot of prayers and much Grace.

But for now, it is glorious to see this witness to our timeless and universal faith. I understand many souls come from a long distance to participate in this witness with Father.

Flightline Friday………it’s getting to feel like old times October 31, 2014

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During the Cold War, Russian bombers regularly probed the North American and NATO Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ), testing reactions and gathering intelligence on, say, the latest modification to an F-4 or the tactics used when multiple bombers approach a given zone on different axes at different altitudes.  Of course, we did the same, although in a much more low key manner (well……at least after the late 60s it was low key.  Prior to that, we were quite aggressive, including direct overflights by military aircraft of another nation’s sovereign airspace, technically, an act of war).  And NATO forces were also “trained” as well, being able to spot improvements in Soviet bombers or other aircraft, testing crew proficiency and professionalism, etc.

Early on, these confrontations could be fairly tense, especially when it was Soviets intercepting our bombers.  There were…….incidents.  But after the late 60s and strategic parity set in, both sides took a step back and strove not to needlessly provoke World War III.  Professionalism and safety were the watchwords.  And both sides also became careful not to reveal too much to the other while proving out their own capabilities.

Anyway, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian bombers threatening to penetrate US airspace has been comparatively rare. There were some occasional bursts of activity in the 90s, and then again during the 2000s, but then there would be long lulls.

However, over the past year, and especially since the Ukraine imbroglio got going, the number of these missions and the aggressiveness of the Russian aircrews have increased a very great deal.  Numbers of flights have increased by a factor of 2, with flights near some countries like Japan numbering in the hundreds.  And coordination of the missions is becoming increasingly complex and aggressive, such as the recent instance when a large group of Russian fighter bombers – and their most advanced types – were penetrating the Baltic at the same time a group of Tu-95MS Bear-H bombers were coming down the North Sea with tanker support (and if its one thing the Russians haven’t many of, its tankers).

So its seems Tsar Vlad I has initiated some old time Cold War gamesmanship.  European governments are just aghast, they promised we were in a new future of peace in our time!

Yeah, maybe not so much.

A catalog of some recent activity:

Russian jets “invading Japanese airspace” in record numbers

NATO tracks large-scale Russian air activity in Europe – first known flight of the advanced Su-34 long range interdiction fighter in one of these probing exercises

This next one is pretty unusual.  During the Cold War and since, it has not been too unusual for Russian bombers to fly just outside the US Air Defense Identification Zone, but it has been very rare for Russian fighters to do so. But do so they did, last month, at least two MiG-31s (NATO reporting name: FOXHOUND) and some Su-27SM “Flankers.”

Also this month, a heavily armed Su-27SM Flanker, with very capable AA-12 fire and forget radar guided missiles, nearly collided with a Swedish Gulfstream V electronic reconnaissance aircraft.

Photos of some of these incidents below:

Flanker a bit too close to Swedish Gulfstream. This kind of thing did happen during the Cold War.

Flanker a bit too close to Swedish Gulfstream. This kind of thing did happen during the Cold War.

F-22 escorts Tu-95MS Bear

F-22 escorts Tu-95MS Bear

RAF Typhoon F.2 escorts Tu-95MS

RAF Typhoon F.2 escorts Tu-95MS

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I don’t know what’s going on in this photo.  I would say that’s a pretty unusual attitude for an escorting aircraft to take.  But Canadians are crazy:

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Priest gives strong discourse on failings of “big bang” model October 30, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Papa, priests, scandals, secularism, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Catholic attitudes towards the “big bang” have been much in the news of late. The “big bang” model of the universe and the theory of the evolution of species are like peas in a pod, chicken and rice.  They go together and support each other immensely, and both are diametrically opposed to the non-mythical, real history presented in the first three chapters of Genesis. Both have been used to undermine the Faith in myriad ways, but especially in attacking the reliability of Scripture as the repository of real historical events.  The Church for centuries maintained a very strong stand in defense of the history portrayed in Genesis 1-10, but over the past several decades it is possible to find statements from even pre-conciliar that seem to say that “evolution”and the “big bang” may be acceptable ways of describing the Creation of the universe, provided one maintains belief in Adam and Eve as our first parents and God as the author of creation.

However, I have for some time found this near-acceptance of these scientific theories (for that is all they are, neither evolution nor the “big bang” are anywhere near proven like, say, the gravitational constant or the 1st Law of Thermodynamics) evidence not of a tardy enlightenment but of a certain softening with regard to the acceptance and defense of Scripture.  I’m not here to fight that battle today, but I would say that it could be spiritually dangerous to attach great importance to these theories, or even to rely on statements from this recent pope or that for evidence of Catholic “acceptance” of same.

Another note, I only listened to one sermon all the way through, I endorse the content therein (video 3), but as for the rest I have not heard all of them and do not necessarily endorse, wholeheartedly, everything therein.  Of the three, I think the first may be of greatest import, as the priest argues that the modern scientific “movement” is not so much a dispassionate pursuit of facts backed up by hard evidence, as it is a philosophy deliberately set up by erroneous materialist, rationalist philosphes in the 16th and 17th century to oppose traditional Christian belief.  Certainly, that was the goal of the Cartesian rationalism, who designed “science” to accept only supposedly empirical evidence and to discount the huge reams of evidence from sources other than what the 5 senses tell us – that is, the entire spiritual realm.  This is all discussed at length in Edward Feser’s excellent book The Last Superstition.

Anyway, the sermons:

Next.  I did listen to most of this and found no problems. I also heard it maybe a year or year and a half ago and do not recall anything controversial from an orthodox Catholic perspective.

Finally, the one I listened to entirely:

The suffering people experience in trying to find an orthodox presentation of the Faith is immense…….. October 30, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
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……..especially in this Diocese, which is, strangely enough, somewhat on the liberal side of the spectrum as such things go.  Which fact is very odd, considering the overwhelming political (if not cultural, which is so much more critical) conservativism of this area.

A commenter and fellow blogger of this Diocese of Dallas has a post up that describes experiences I think many faithful souls suffer through.  Trying to find a parish home that provides the spiritual sustenance many so desperately need can be a very daunting prospect.  The vast majority of spiritual “product” out there is unnourishing pablum, as offensive to the aesthetic sense as it is to the sensus fidei, the sense of faith.

This blogger relates her own experience as a protestant convert to the Faith who left protestantism behind due to its internal contradictions and flight from reason in its theology.  This blogger noted how barren and devoid of sign and symbol the protestant experience is, at least in most of the US.  Expecting to find a much more enriching experience in the Church, she instead found almost exactly the same thing: casual, barren liturgies, ugly buildings, insipid music, and an appalling lack of an appropriate sense of reverence as beings in the Presence of God Incarnate.  While her experience has varied, she has f0und only one parish in the Richardson/Plano/Allen/McKinney area acceptable, and with rest being inhibited by the same litany of deficiencies so many of the rest of us have lamented and, ultimately, fled:

So I’ve tried three parishes close to my home, and here is a partial list, in random order, of horrible things I have experienced:

  • Protestant style “worship music” with a full band, lead singer, and backup singers. Even the liturgical music is in this style, so that I am listening to a guitar and drums and a woman wailing like Christina Aguilera while the priest prepares the altar and I approach to receive Communion. This has been the case at 2 of the 3 churches I’ve attended, and at one of those the band included – I am not making this up – bongo drums. In one of them, the band blocked 1/4 of the congregation from being able to view the altar. In another, the woman – in a tight, low-cut tank top – canted the psalm Christina Aguilera-style, replete with making “I’m hitting a high note right now” faces. [Heh. Pretty apt description.  Choirs were put in a loft at the back for a reason.  It's not a performance, it's an act of service and, yes, worship.]
  • People wearing t-shirts, yoga pants, shorts, flip-flops, and baseball caps to Mass. [Well I've literally seen women in a tank top over a bikini during the summer]
  • In one church, there was a bathroom right off the sanctuary, and people constantly came and went – yes, throughout the liturgy of the Eucharist and even during the blessing of the Body and Blood. I glanced up from prayer at one point during this and saw someone standing there right outside a bathroom door pumping hand sanitizer onto his hands and thought Where am I?
  • A priest looking at a cell phone in the confessional. [Just horrible.  Abomination of desolation, indeed.]
  • A priest, after giving announcements before Mass, asking all the visitors to stand up and be welcomed. (I did not stand up.) When a few stood, everyone clapped. I do not go to Mass to be singled out and clapped for, or clap for other people – not even Christina Aguilera. I am here to receive Christ. That is the kind of crap I hated about the Baptist churches of my youth, and I was totally bummed that it happened at a Catholic church. [And this blogger noted that it was the lack of reverence and way over developed focus on me, ME, ME! that drove her from the protestants.  Expecting to find much better, she has been disappointed. Unfortunately, I know far more than a handful of Catholics who have fled the other direction for the exact same reasons.  They may find some relatively reverent small protestant community and it gives them at least some saccharine, if not the D5W they need in their state of spiritual emergency.  When you're spiritually starved, you'll take anything.  And that is the condition far too many souls find themselves in.  The NO Mass in most parishes is a thin spiritual gruel that neither nourishes nor appeals to the taste, when it should be the smorgasbord of the TLM with the finest in fare and 5 star execution.  How's that for beating a metaphor to death!]
  • People letting their children act like they are in a doctor’s office waiting room: taking off their shoes, digging around in Mom’s purse for gum, etc. [how about video games complete with sound!]
  • A marked lack of reverence: hardly anyone genuflects; hardly anyone receives on the tongue; hardly anyone even seems to care that they are in the presence of Christ. They don’t sing (although young people seem to love singing along loudly to the horrific “worship music,” probably because they know it from the radio.) I’ve seen only two other women in veils throughout all these visits, and we get stared at like museum curiosities.[A woman walked up to my wife after Mass in Bandera, TX at a pretty little parish run by Polish priests that was actually pretty orthodox - at least for San Antonio diocese.  Anyway, she walks up to my wife and says "Are you Byzantines?"  And I turn around with a great big s---eating grin and say "NO, WE'RE TRADDIES!"  She had no idea what I meant.]
  • Spaces that are at best modern and Protestant-looking, even if beautiful (St. Joseph is a good example) and at worst resemble converted gyms or community centers.

This is the same lament I made about 50 times on this blog in the period 2009-2010.  Then I found the TLM, and I was even more outraged. How could the Church have ever traded this glorious Mass for what we have now?!?  What were they thinking?!  

At the same time, I recognize that even for me it took some time to “build” to the point of assisting at the TLM.  That seems absurd now, but Catholics have been conditioned by hostile priests, laity, media, etc. for decades to view the TLM and the traditional practice of the Faith in general as something strange and alien, reserved only for kooks.  I recognize not everyone is ready to step from your average spare to fair NO Mass to the glorious TLM.  So, in the interests of helping souls find better sustenance short of the only TLM parish in the Diocese (ever?  It’s been threatened!), here are a few alternatives in descending order of orthodoxy and reverence, at least so far as I know.  Note, this list is biased towards the northern suburbs because that’s where the commenter lives:

1. St. William the Confessor, Greenville: Far and away the best non-Mater Dei alternative. Fr. Paul Weinberger has been pastor here since 2003.  A very good priest and even better man, Fr. Weinberger makes his NO Latin Mass as traditional and reverent as he is allowed to make it.  He would offer the TLM if he were permitted.  NO Latin Mass on Sundays.  Chant in Sunday morning Masses.  Communion received kneeling and on the tongue at the altar rail.  Benedictine arrangement of the altar (again, would offer Ad Orientem, but not allowed to do so).  Takes Confession very seriously and it is available almost every day, and for hours on Sunday.  Fr. Weinberger has endured many sufferings and unjust persecutions.  Please pray for him.

2. Saint Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church, The Colony:  Reverent liturgy.  Consecration behind iconostasis, per Byzantine custom.  Old Slavonic liturgy, at least on Sundays. Beautiful eastern liturgy.  Very small but gorgeous church.  Confession not nearly so frequent as St. William.

The video below gives you some idea of what the parish looks like.  I cannot vouch for the content of the video, just watch the first bit to see how the iconostasis looks!

3.  Our Lady of Lebanon, Lewisville:  Parish somewhat famous for being Fr. Mitch Pacwa’s “home” parish.  Maronite Rite.  Some or all of the liturgy in Aramaic, the language of Christ.  Another pretty church.  I really can’t comment too much as I’ve never been but I know those who have and they would probably put Our Lady of Lebanon somewhere between St. William and Saint Thomas Aquinas for overall reverence, beauty, symbolism, and orthodoxy.

From here things drop pretty fast.  Really, the more time I spend at a TLM parish exclusively, the more the rest of the Novus Ordo parishes seem pretty much the same.  I’ll list a few more, in no particular order, that are either pretty, tend toward the orthodox side, and/or are known for not being very abusive:

St. Mark the Evangelist, Plano:  Horridly ugly church, built as a descending pit/amphitheater with the altar BELOW most of the people, at least there is a large true stained glass window, but full of modernist imagery.  However, the liturgy on Sunday especially at 9 and 10:30 is pretty orthodox as are the priests.  Incense generally used at 10:30.  Choir is improving and I think mixing in some chant.  Don’t go to the yute Mass at 6:30, many others in Spanish.  Also avoid those, they are less reverent and orthodox.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Dallas: Nice old church, somewhat wreckovated, I understand the liturgy swerves all over the map. I know my dear departed friend Vicki Middleton, God rest her soul, got very fed up with abuses here.  Still, it is generally known – or used to be known? – for being somewhat on the orthodox side.  YMMV.

St. Edward Dallas:  One of the most beautiful parishes remaining in the Diocese, it has not been wreckovated to death but the altar rails were ripped out.  I cannot vouch for the liturgy, it may be bad as the parish is almost entirely Spanish speaking now, but on the other hand the parish is still very traditional looking, so maybe it’s not so bad.  Only English Mass is at noon, Sunday.

Christ the King, Dallas:  Located near Highland Park and attracts the richy-rich crowd. Gorgeous parish, still has altar rails and high altar, Msgr. Zimmer is on the liberal side but the liturgy was OK 15 years ago.  Tabernacle in the right place. Lots of photos online, the parish is very popular for weddings, etc, for its traditional Catholic appearance and beauty.  But if you’re looking for real liturgical and catechetical meat, this is probably not the place.  Best for aesthetes who aren’t much interested in liturgy.

St. Anthony, Wylie:  Ugly church, can’t say the pastor is Mr. Orthodoxy, laity are actually quite faithful and well informed, by and large.  As for Mass…….meh.

I’m way out of time.  There are a few other pretty churches that haven’t been ruined like the new St. Cecilia (the namesake of my dear departed mother in law), but as for liturgy and homoletical catechesis, that list above is probably most of the tops north of say downtown Dallas, roughly.  You could pick a fight over some left out or included. This was just a real quick, super large brush-stroke presentation.

 

Getting in the mood for the Purgatorial month of November October 30, 2014

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All Saint’s Day is Saturday, a Holy Day of Obligation.  All Soul’s Day is moved to Monday November 3 due to November 2 being a Sunday, the 21st after Pentecost.  The month of November is a time of prayer for the dead.  We must pray for the souls in Purgatory, in this modern Church where most funereal Masses are instant canonizations, so few pray for souls these days!  I strongly recommend obtaining a copy of the Raccolta, that awesome compendium of the indulgenced prayers of the Church, and offer those prayers for souls in Purgatory, both those you know, and for those unknown and forgotten souls.  1255704129260_f

The Church makes the first week of November (Nov 1-8) a season of immense Grace for the poor holy souls suffering in Purgatory.  They are holy because they are saved, even if they must be purified!  The sufferings in Purgatory are as intense as those of hell, save for the glory of knowing that they will, at some point, see God.  This consolation is enormous but does not assuage all the great physical and moral sufferings of Purgatory, the greatest of which is being so close to God and yet unable to see the Beatific Vision.

During this great Octave for the souls in Purgatory, plenary indulgences can be gained daily for the poor souls.  On All Saints Day, each soul who assists at Mass, and meets the other usual conditions, can gain a plenary indulgence for the poor souls by reciting in church or oratory an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be six times.  By special dispensation, this indulgence applies to EACH time you visit a church and receive Holy Communion, the normal limit of one plenary indulgence per person per day being waved on this great Feast.

Also, the faithful who, during the period of eight days from All Saints Day, visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, on each day of the Octave, applicable only to the dead. Here is a simple invocation for the dead, called the “Eternal Rest” prayer:

Eternal rest grant unto him/her (them), O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him/her (them). May he/she (they) rest in peace. Amen.

Latin version:
Réquiem ætérnam dona ei (eis) Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei (eis). Requiéscat (Requiéscant) in pace. Amen.

There are many more edifying customs and traditions associated with All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day at the Fisheater’s site.  This Octave was for a very long period of the Church’s history embraced by the AllSoulsfaithful as one of the great seasons of the year, certainly below Christmas and Easter but only just, and certainly on a par with Pentecost and some of the other feasts of the Ascension in late spring. But today it is mostly a highly disordered secular holiday and forgotten by many Catholics.  It is such an enormous tragedy that this great well-spring of Grace is left untapped by so many!  May their hearts be touched this year and may they pray fervently for the dead.

Find below the great Sequence of the Requiem Mass in the traditional Rite, Dies Irae with the preferred, traditional translation into English.  I pray this stirs your heart to great efforts for the poor suffering souls!  The vast majority of those who are saved will spend at least some time in Purgatory.  You probably will.  But if you pray for the souls in Purgatory, and through  your prayers their penance is completed, they will pray for you from Heaven.  I expect a very long time in Purgatory, so I try to be especially dedicated to all the poor souls, especially the forgotten ones.

Make this Octave of All Saints a time of great devotion for your family this year!  BTW, I  really like this custom of lighting candles at the graves in Catholic cemeteries.  Do we have a specifically Catholic cemetery in this Diocese?  That is such an awesome thing in Europe, each old church has it’s own cemetery.  I wish we had that more here.  I have spoken to Father about having a cemetery at Mater Dei but I’m told it probably won’t happen.

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This is how they do in the Philippines

This is how they do in the Philippines

EWTN radio broadcasting from Mater Dei parish today at 2 October 30, 2014

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KATH/Guadalupe Radio,the local EWTN affiliate, is broadcasting today from Mater Dei parish in Irving, in order to provide some last minute PR for the pumpkin sales effort the parish has been involved in for the past two weeks.  That today is October 30, 2014 by the way, for those time travelers among you..

Some of us had doubts how well pumpkins might sell at a church that faces an industrial boulevard largely traveled by semis.  All I can say is, if you’re in the market for pumpkins at your late date, there are plenty to choose from at Mater Dei.

So come by and check it out.  Maybe you’ll find your dream pumpkin.  A big hunk of the proceeds do go to the parish. Why else would I presently have 20 pumpkins at my house?

Die, Pro/E, Die! October 30, 2014

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File corrupter from the bowels of hell!  What junk have you unleashed upon us, PTC?!?  How does a heat sink turn magically into an MPO adapter, and refuse to turn back!  MPO adapters don’t cool 50W FPGAs very well, do they?!?

Grrrrrr!!!!!!!

 

Understanding the cold sterility of perverse, “same-sex” relations October 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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The very philosophical E.Bougis at FideCogitActio has a post examining the ontological differences between normal, rightly ordered (and God-ordained) desires ordered towards the procreation of children, and the cold, barren sterility of perverse relations between people of the same sex.  Both Mr. Bougis’ own analysis, and a quote from Germain Grisez are worthy of reading.  First, Mr. Bougis:

Homosexuality is, by definition, love of one’s sameness-in-sex. It is, in other words, love of one’s self-in-sex. Homosexuality is, therefore, onanism by a longer name. It is the quintessence of the contraceptive (i.e. sterile) mentality. As such, it is not simply immoral; it is an aesthetic outrage, and therefore it is the pageant of our grotesque age.

For those who are, like me, unaware of what “onanism” means, it means self-abuse.  And without going into too much detail, I fervently agree. I have long believed that so-called homosexuality is a very highly developed form of narcissistic self-love, fed by self-abuse, that over time and especially with repeated exposure to pornography can eventually – not in every case, but in some – cause an individual to actually develop appetites for the same in intimate relations rather than the opposite.  Yes there are many corollary factors such as childhood sex abuse by a same-sex abuser (THE number one cause for falling into this kind of lifestyle), absent or distant fathers, perhaps even a certain predisposition to this kind of perversion, but overall, the perverse appetites develop as a result of unconstrained and truly abusive descent into addictive self-pleasuring.  As the mind and soul experience more and more of this pleasure at the, ahem, hands of the self, somehow the natural appetites are deranged to desire not the opposite, but the same in this powerful and almost totally misunderstood realm of psycho-sexual behavior.  Acceptance of self-abuse as “natural, normal, and harmless” in pseudo-scientific literature on the subject in such disastrous “guides” as The Joy of Sex and others caused, I believe, the explosion in perverse behavior we have seen in the past few decades.  Between normal relations rendered sterile by contraception, and the virtual epidemic of self-abuse in our culture (virtually every man today abuses himself regularly, and the large majority of women now, too), individual’s normal repulsion towards unnatural behaviors has been dramatically lessened, and the groundwork laid for “tolerance” and even “acceptance” of incredibly destructive behaviors.  We presently have an epidemic of intentional sterility in our culture, and that epidemic is destroying it.  God always allows our own worst sins to be our downfall, whether as individuals, or as a society.

On to Germain Grisez’ comments:

[A]lthough it is true that partners in sodomy also could conceivably share in a committed relationship with sincere mutual affection and express their feelings in ways that would be appropriate in any friendship, the coupling of two bodies of the same sex cannot form one complete organism and so cannot contribute to a bodily communion of persons. Hence, the experience of intimacy of the partners in sodomy cannot be the experience of any real unity between them. [Which is why so many same-sex "couples" practice serial "infidelity" and few relations last any length of time.  Even those most "committed" partnerings held up as examples of "virtuous" same-sex behavior almost always tolerate regular couplings outside the "committed" relationship]Rather, each one’s experience of intimacy is private and incommunicable, and is no more a common good than is the mere experience of sexual arousal and orgasm. Therefore, the choice to engage in sodomy for the sake of that experience of intimacy in no way contributes to the partners’ real common good as committed friends.

Someone who admits that sodomy necessarily lacks the unitive significance of heterosexual intercourse which makes a couple a single reproductive principle might nevertheless suggest that a couple can choose such sodomitic intercourse as a way of communicating good will and affection. [I'm sorry, but to sodomize someone is such a violent, unnatural act, I find any such claims to be mere shams, ridiculous cover given to try to excuse the inexcusable.]However, just as with fornicators, sexual intercourse is not chosen by sodomites in preference to conversation and mutually beneficial acts because it is the more expressive means of communicating good will and affection. Rather, it is chosen because it provides subjective satisfactions otherwise unavailable. [And I think the act in question involves the acting out of very sick and twisted roles of aggressor and submissive which, in almost every human society in history until now, were always understood to be the resort of a demented mind.  Fem-fem acting out is just as sick even if the abuse takes place in different ways.] Consequently, while sodomites may not choose, as fornicators do, an illusory good instead of a real one, they do choose to use their own and each other’s bodies to provide subjective satisfactions, and thus they choose self-disintegrity as masturbators do. Of course, while masturbators can be interested exclusively in the experience of sexual arousal and orgasm, sodomites also are interested in the illusion of intimacy.” (From The Way of the Lord Jesus, vol. 2)

Perhaps, but  I would argue that even these relatively benign (but still outrageously perverse) reasons for this behavior given above are rare in the individuals so accursed.  That is why even in public demonstrations of their perversions these poor lost souls cannot help but engage in outrageous displays of nudity, sado-masochism, denigration of wholesome institutions (like the Church and family), and violence.  Anyone who has seen photos of “pride” parades knows this to be true, and while perhaps most do not engage in these very public displays of degeneration, a very large number do so in private.

 

And what is more, these folks know, deep down inside, what they are.  That is why they demand such constant affirmations and even glorification from the culture at large, and why they will persecute the faithful with an unyielding savagery.

It is amazing I even have to write this.  The very idea that someone would have to explain the manifest grotesqueness of this perverse behavior against widespread societal acceptance would have shocked the average person from even 20 or 30 years ago.  That is how far we have fallen, so very fast.

And yet our beloved Church is absolutely infested with this perversion.  Lord, have mercy.

 

More proof leftism is a false religion October 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, rank stupidity, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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Our “friends” on the left like to tell us they are the “rational,” “fact-based” community.  But when it comes to the sacred shibboleths of leftism: whether abortion may cause cancer, or the disastrous effect divorce and contraception have had on the family-  they are almost impervious to any contrary evidence.

And when it comes to one of their latest fetishes, global warming cooling climate change, they are so uniquely opposed to any contrary evidence and so determined to enforce lockstep doctrinal uniformity that the religious connection becomes clear.  Take, for instance, recently unearthed satellite weather photos from the early-mid 1960s that show radical changes in polar ice caps at least as large, if not larger, than those we see today, which were supposed to be “unprecedented.” Do the acolytes and high priests take this new evidence to re-evaluate their theory?  Of course not!  This new evidence is simply inexplicable!

Scientists have uncovered a cache of satellite images of Earth from the 1960s that had been forgotten in storage for nearly 50 years and that push back the first satellite images of our planet a full 17 years. [well I know of some shots from the Ranger Program that showed the entire earth by 1965.  Yet again the media screws up a very easy topic - I guess they were saying their were no shots of the full earth from space until 1980 or so?!?  What about all the Apollo pictures!?!]\

What they found astonished them: The images revealed new records for both the smallest maximum [Antarctic] sea ice ever recorded and the largest. The latter record was just broken this year. The two records were just two years apart, but the difference in sea ice extent was more than 1.5 million square miles (4 million square kilometers), an area twice the size of Mexico.

“We’re talking a 20 percent difference,” says Gallaher. “That’s a sizeable change.”

The Nimbus satellites also caught images of the Arctic before warming from climate change accelerated. Gallaher and Campbell were surprised to see some mysterious holes in the ice in the old images. [See how they do that! Present "global warming" and "climate change accelerated" as accomplished facts, rather than highly dubious and contested theories.  This new, old evidence rather explodes the theory, does it not, or at least gravely undermine some of its central assumptions?  But rather than discuss that, we have scientists acting bewildered, unable to explain how this could be, since the "theory" isn't a theory, but a religious tenet.]

Holes in the Arctic ice are a common phenomenon today, as the Arctic warms. But in the colder 1960s, a large patch of thin or melted ice was unexpected—and nothing like it was seen again until the 21st century.

Now, wait, how do you know that?  How many other photos are “missing?”  During the 60s, 70s, and most of the 80s no one was much concerned about polar ice caps or gerbal worming so there may not have been much notice taken of such photos but I guarantee they exist.  We have no idea what the ice coverage looked like from space then. So you can’t say this is some weird 60s-2000s phenomenon.

We also now know supposed “unprecedented” changes in the levels of polar ice, which are supposed to “prove” climate change (whatever that means, today), do in fact have precedent.  We also have little to no proof that the Arctic has “warmed” any more than an absolutely trivial amount.  And ice coverage in the Arctic is higher this year than it has been in some time.

It is also very significant that ice coverage in Antarctica varied 20% in only 2  years.  That tells me our scienticians have very little idea of how this ice coverage behaves, or its significance.

But, being the cardinal archbishops of the religion of materialist sexular paganism, that won’t stop them from dictating to the rest of us huge penances for the sins of carbon emissions in order to appease the dread god Gaia.

I tell you, if we had a few thousand of these climate change scientists as Catholic bishops and priests our troubles in the Church would soon be over my friends.  That kind of religious fervor is rarely found in the Church today.

On the contrary, our present situation in the Church today is that a sizable number of nominal Catholics, including a good number of bishops and priests, have more faith in “global warming” than they do in Jesus Christ, the Real Presence, and all the Truths of our Faith.

 

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