Flightline Friday: Airbus to cancel further A380 production December 19, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday.
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Boeing always said it was a white elephant. The A380 was begun in a period when the airline industry was fat with cash and the hub and spoke model was at its peak. But few people want to travel in a 700 seat cattle car. And the hub and spoke model is increasingly breaking down, the point to point model being preferred by passengers. After making about 200, mostly for Emirates Airlines (and don’t think there wasn’t a ton of cash under the table to make that happen), lagging sales and an inability to make a profit on each plane produced (they have to be sold for less than cost) is prompting Airbus to contemplate cancelling the A380 program:
Despite these luxuries, sales of new A380s have been dismal. Not a single A380 has been ordered by a passenger airline so far in 2014. (The sole new buyer this year was Dublin-based leasing company Amedeo, which has yet to line up a single carrier to take any of the 20 jets it ordered.)
The dearth of orders for the seven-year-old plane led Airbus Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm on Dec. 10 to raise the prospect of discontinuing the A380 as soon as 2018. Wilhelm’s remarks at an investor meeting in London riled customers who bet on the big plane. The next day, Airbus backtracked. Fabrice Brégier, who leads its airliner unit, told investors that upgrades to the A380—more fuel-efficient engines and a stretch version capable of carrying 1,000 passengers—will happen “one day.”
Despite such optimism, there could be financial turbulence ahead for the A380. Airbus will break even on the plane in 2015, 2016, and 2017, [that only means they won’t lose money on each plane they build. It does not address the massive development cost of the A380, which will never, ever be recouped] but that outlook doesn’t hold for 2018, forcing the company to either spend heavily to improve the economics of its engines or discontinue the program, Wilhelm said.
I will state straight up, I’ve never liked Airbus. I don’t like their planes. They feel rickety and cold. Airbus would never be able to compete with Boeing if the European countries did not front 80-90% of their development costs. Labor costs in Europe are simply too high, and their employees love ludicrous benefits too much, for them to be even remotely competitive without giant subisidies. And Airbus’ argument that Boeing’s defense contracts count as a similar subsidy are ludicrous. The two units, commercial and defense, are completely separate at Boeing. And development costs for military projects are rarely a source of fat profits (those come in production).
What ticks me off, is that a great company like McDonnell Douglas was forced out of the commercial airplane business partly due to their own unwillingness to seriously invest in their product, but mostly because of unfair subsidized competition from Airbus. No Airbus, and McAir is still around.
The A380 was begun because Europe wanted to trump the US in having the biggest airliner. There was no other reason for the program, no real economic justiication (again, Airbus would lose tens of billions on the project were that money not covered by member governments), it was always about having the biggest you know what on the planet.
And now, I’m out of time.
Material for the long break: two good sermons December 19, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, paganism, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I won’t be blogging much for the next two weeks plus – we’re going to Clear Creek for a bit – so I thought I’d leave you with some good sermons. Both are actually very good. The first deals with the counter-natural evil of contraception. You may be thinking you already know all you need to regarding contraception, but I think the approach the priest takes might bring up some points you have not considered. He relates how Our Lord prophesied during the Way of the Cross that a time would come when women counted themselves blessed to be barren. He also discusses aspects of the 1965 Griswold vs. Connecticut decision by the Supreme Court which not just legalized, but normalized (in the minds of many) contraception. Since then, it’s all been downhill on the cultural front. Is it meaningful that this decision was reached in the same year that the most recent ecumenical council concluded? At the least, there was certainly something in the cultural water in the 1960s:
Another aspect of Griswold vs. Connecticut is the role played by Catholics – laymen, priests, and prelates – in minimizing Church opposition to both this decision and the general liberalization of contraception and abortion in the 1960s. Those people have an enormous amount of blood on their hands, and much to answer for.
Another really good sermon, having to do with the beginnings of the Reconquista in Spain (the 774 year long war to liberate Spain from the yoke of islam) and the key role Our Lady played in preserving the Faith on the Iberian peninsula (at least, it seems, until now – Spain is one of the most thoroughly secularized countries in the world. It is amazing how the Faith has collapsed there since 1975):
The US sure looks more and more like a police state December 19, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, horror, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society.
I reported some time back about police in Demming, New Mexico who abused a man horribly because they were under the mistaken assumption he had hidden illegal drugs on his person. He hadn’t, but they took him to a hospital and forced numerous cruel and dehumanizing procedures on him in order to prove they were wrong. At that time I said the cops, instead of admitting their mistake and letting the man go, kept doubling down with more and more outrageous abuses in order to try to prove his guilt. This is not the way police should operate in a free society.
Another data point below. A Houston-area man had his life pretty much ruined by a SWAT team that responded to a call that he might be suicidal and proceeded to beat the crud out of him. Then, the prosecutor doubled down trying him on charge after charge, again trying to establish guilt after the fact:
Chad Chadwick has something many citizens can only covet – a spotless record.
“These cops are out of control. They are ruining good people’s lives. I am a good man. I have done everything I can to show that, as a father, as a citizen, as a worker,” said Chadwick.
But on the night of September 27th, 2011 Chadwick’s commitment to living within the law did him no good at all.
It started when a friend concerned for Chadwick’s emotional well-being called Missouri City police to Chad’s Sienna apartment where he’d been distraught, drinking and unknown to anyone, had gone to sleep in the bathtub.
A SWAT team was summoned.
“They told a judge I had hostages. They lied to a judge and told him I had hostages in my apartment and they needed to enter,” said Chadwick. [Lied to a judge so they could go play soldier and bust into someone’s house]
Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick’s firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity. [How did they know he had a gun? Did they search the national firearms registry? But I thought there was none?]
“While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round,” said Chadwick.
A second stun grenade soon followed.
“I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me,” said Chadwick.
That’s when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.
“They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle,” said Chadwick.
And it wasn’t over.
“They grabbed me by the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more,” said Chadwick.
Chadwick, who hadn’t broken a single law when SWAT burst through his door, was taken to the Ft. Bend County Jail with a fractured nose, bruised ribs and what’s proven to be permanent hearing loss.
He was held in an isolation cell for two full days. [O’er the land of the free……..]
“Instead of apologizing to this man and asking let us see what we can do to help you to make you whole again, they concocted criminal charges against this man, one after another, after another,” said Quanell X who believes the prosecution of Chadwick was designed to fend off civil liability. [Of course it was. They made up charges against him that appear preposterous so they wouldn’t get sued. He should sue, anyway]
Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy sought to indict Chadwick on two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, but a Grand Jury said no law was broken. [You know the old saying that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich? That’s doubly true in Texas. So how obvious was this guy’s innocence if they couldn’t even get an indictment, let alone a conviction?]
It could have stopped there, but Healy’s prosecutors tried misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, calling more than a dozen officers to testify. Those charges were dropped as well.
A month ago, three years after the SWAT raid, a jury found Chad Chadwick not guilty of interfering with police. With tears in their eyes members of the jury offered the exonerated defendant comforting hugs.
“They tried to make me a convict. It broke me financially, bankrupted me. I used my life savings, not to mention, I lost my kids,” said Chadwick. [Uff da. I don’t know how all this played out and there may be more to the story but basically a whole bunch of people had their lives ruined by this egregious abuse]
“This type of police abuse and excessive use of force and concoction of criminal charges against innocent people is not just happening to black people, its happening to white people too,” said Quanell X who is assisting Chadwick in getting the story of his ordeal to the media.
For Chadwick some of the damage will never be repaired.
“All I could think about is, what are my daughters going to think? My goal in life is to be a father that my kids are proud of. That’s it,” said Chadwick, a long time manager in the energy industry.
We have police at our parish because of prior threats made against it. One of them is a really great guy, sadly, he’s retiring in days, but he converted (or reverted) to the Faith through his experiences at Mater Dei. I know several cops that are good guys. But there does seem to be more and more a tendency within law enforcement to use over the top amounts of force, to shoot first and use the immense and growing power of the state to find something to prosecute someone for after the fact. One area of terrible abuse is the seeming SOP in many law enforcement agencies to shoot any dog they encounter in the line of duty on sight. Hundreds of dogs have been killed in police raids, and sometimes just seemingly for the heck of it, because they presented a “threat” to the police.
But what do they expect a dog, or a person, to do when a group of armed, screaming, hooded men bust into their home in the middle of the night?
Law enforcement has often presented itself as being devoted to protection and service, selfless exposure to danger for the benefit of others. But more and more it seems police operate in a more military counterinsurgency manner, viewing all civilians as a deadly threat and exhibiting greater and greater willingness to put civilians in harms way for the protection of themselves. Maybe that’s because a whole lot of LEOs have prior military experience, and thus have been engaged directly in counterinsurgency combat in the recent past.
Expect this problem to only get worse as the Leviathan grows in power and endless appetite and civil liberties become an increasingly distant memory.
What Obi Wan Kenobi had to say about the liturgical reform December 19, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Good friend and blog reader SB gave me A Bitter Trial a while back, and I just got around to reading it. This book relates the correspondence Catholic convert and famous author Evelyn Waugh had with John Cardinal Heenan, primate of England, regarding the liturgical revolution instituted after Vatican II, and how much pain it caused both men. Waugh, Heenan and others were responsible for the unique “Agatha Christie” exemption, allowing the continued offering of the TLM in England for some years after the Council.
Many know that Alec Guinness, one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, was a Catholic convert, too. In fact, A Bitter Trial notes that Englishmen were converting to the Church at the rate of 12,000 per year in the 1930s and 40s, but after the post-conciliar changes, the rate of conversions collapsed along with everything else. Many non-Catholics in the early 20th Century saw the Church for what she was – the last bastion of Truth in a culture that seemed determined to commit suicide. But that bastion evaporated with the changes of the 1960s.
Guinness was another of this group of English artists less than impressed with the liturgical renewal. In fact, he thought it stank:
Much water has flowed under the Tiber’s bridges, carrying away splendor and mystery from Rome, since the Pontificate of Pius XII…….the banality and vulgarity of the translations which have ousted the sonorous Latin and little Greek from the Liturgy…….handshaking and embarrassed smiles or smirks have replaced the older courtesies……..
While dismayed by the liturgical revolution, Guinness did hold out hope, provided souls came to worship God and not the pagan idols of modernism:
But so long as the God who is worshiped is the God of all ages, past and to come, and not the Idol of Modernity, so venerated by some of our bishops, priests, and miniskirted nuns
Pretty smart commentary. Guinness was no fool. And I do him no favors calling him Obi Wan. He despised the role (but loved the money – he got a percentage). For me, he will always be Colonel Nicholson, fanatically building a bridge to be used against his own army to show up his Japanese oppressors:
Or Prince Faisal:
No better combination than Guinness and Lean. Ever watch Smiley?
Hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them onto you December 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, blogfoolery, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, scandals, secularism, silliness, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition.
I am ripping this video off from Fr. Blake lock, stock, and barrel. He deserves a complimentary hit.
It’s a video of photos of old churches, old liturgies, old Sacraments, old devotions from all over the world. The pre-conciliar world, that is:
I already what know what Dismas is going to say. Should I even make a comparison?
No, it’s not quite a fair comparison. The worst of post-conciliar abuses against what was standard faire before.
Still, after seeing the latter, this is me:
This s— ain’t fair! And I was getting short!
I’m not even original in this regard. Great gag, Mr. Bougis.
Now for some soothing music
Speaking of getting short – almost time for my glorious annual Christmas break. I will blog sporadically at best from tomorrow 12/19 through the Epiphany. I’ll try to jump on and soothe your jones from time to time if I possibly can.
Don’t be shocked when it happens: it’s just about certain Communion will be granted to divorced/remarried Catholics December 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, Our Lady, Papa, sadness, scandals, shocking, sickness, Society, SOD.
That is the point made by Dale Price in this post at Dyspeptic Mutterings. I am going to take more of the post than I should, because Price covers several items I have not addressed on this blog, most notably Pope Francis’ interview in the radical Argentine journal La Nacion last week.
I have to say, I briefly felt some elation and relief and the seeming “failure” of the progressives at the first half of the Synod to get their radical program enacted. It has to be said, Pope Francis has indicated in myriad ways his support for this program. But after some weeks of reflection, I have come to feel that whatever “defeat” was suffered towards the end of the October Synod proceedings was minor, at best, and that the progressive forces will continue driving towards the conclusion they want until they get it. That brings me to the other item I have not covered on this blog: the “lineamenta” or survey of questions for the bishop’s conferences for the second half of the Synod (have things changed much in a year since the last survey?!?) is much more full of progressive bias and loaded, leading questions than even the previous one. This lineamenta was produced by the Pope’s hand-picked secretary, and contains like this one below:
38. With regard to the divorced and remarried, pastoral practice concerning the sacraments needs to be further studied, including assessment of the Orthodox practice and taking into account “the distinction between an objective sinful situation and extenuating circumstances” (n. 52). What are the prospects in such a case? What is possible? What suggestions can be offered to resolve forms of undue or unnecessary impediments?
Sorry folks from the declaration at the beginning to the way the questions are worded to what is left out, this is an answer begging for a question, or, even more, a diktat to its recipients: get on board, boys, if you want a future in the Church.
Price quotes the following from yet another episode of the Magisterium of left-wing newspaper interviews:
[Q:] In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? What door can we allow them to open? This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion?
[A:] Communion alone is no solution. The solution is integration. They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptized, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do, I have the list over there. Come on! If I disclose any of this it will seem that they have been excommunicated in fact! [I mean, really, they only persist in a manifest state of mortal sin, they have very likely gravely damaged the lives of their children and quite possibly their former spouse, massive divorce is incredibly harmful to society at large, but how can they not be godfathers or EMHCs? I mean, everybody should be able to casually handle the Lord and Master of the Universe, right?]
Thus, let us open the doors a bit more. Why cant they be godfathers and godmothers? “No, no, no, what testimony will they be giving their godson?” The testimony of a man and a woman saying “my dear, I made a mistake, I was wrong here, but I believe our Lord loves me, I want to follow God, I was not defeated by sin, I want to move on.” [Now, to me, a mistake might be getting drunk one night, or getting into a fight. Divorce is quite a bit more than just a mistake. But the much more significant problem is this: such people living as concubines with someone not their spouse are in an ongoing state of grave sin and give ongoing scandal. According to the inspired and inerrant word of God in Sacred Scripture, doing such constitutes the gravest sacrilege. Regularizing divorce in this manner goes directly against the Word of God spoken directly by Himself. There is no mention at all of that reality by Kasper or in the text above]
Anything more Christian than that? And what if one of the political crooks among us, corrupt people, are chosen to be somebody´s godfather. If they are properly wedded by the Church, would we accept them? What kind of testimony will they give to their godson? A testimony of corruption? [Ugggh. This is a really weak argument. It’s special pleading and scapegoating]
Things need to change, our standards need to change.
That’s the point. That’s the entire point, and it represents evidence of a progressive mindset. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, when arguing in favor of some special treatment for themselves, or for some progressive pet social project “hey, come on, it’s the 90s now. It’s not the 50s anymore!” Or “it’s 2014, not 1920!”
You get the point. Progressives have an unshakable faith that society must progress, change, and move forward, and that each progressive advance leaves society better than the last. This is as fundamental a part of progressive belief as their focus on sexual libertinism. And that is the only real argument put forward by Pope Francis above: times change, society must advance, and this “liberalizing” of Communion for those in a state of grave sin, even public sin, is a required advance for a more “just” (meaning equal, meaning lowest common denominator) treatment of these people. Tolerance is the highest, and just about only, virtue.
Price closes really well with this:
Those of you who are Anglicans will have seen this movie before: dialogue does not end until the proper result is reached. Then it becomes the Laws of the Medes and Persians, hater. [Dang right. As I showed in the post on Marquette U, once the progressive achieves his goal, further argument becomes illicit and one must simply accept the progressive advance. In that sense, the first half of the Synod was a rousing success, as the progressives got their radical views out in public, with most people now either believing that the Church has “changed its teaching” or that it is at the very least strongly considering doing so. These people never move backwards. They take what they can, regroup, and attack again]
Given what the Vatican just issued, the most recent interview shows the Pontiff’s mind quite clearly (not that it was particularly opaque before). Throw that in with the papal power-invoking rhetoric in the wildly-overpraised speech he gave at the conclusion of the 2014 Synod (reinforced by more explicit authority to depose), and I think it’s more likely than not that he forces through some variation on the Kasper proposal in 2015.
As do I. Naturally speaking, I’d say it’s a lead pipe cinch.
But let us pray that may not happen. Prayer can work great miracles, and perhaps prayer helped galvanize what opposition there was in 2014. Things are very far from over, yet. With God, all things are possible.
And as Noah said in response to my previous post, I’m afraid we are going to have to get used to taking up our cross and enduring some difficult trials for the foreseeable future.
In this crisis, it may be up to the laity? December 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the return.
Pertinacious Papist has some interesting quotes (some of which may have come from Church Militant TV) about times of extreme crisis, and the preservation of doctrinal integrity falling on the laity. The quotes below, and then I add a bit of text expressing my concern about relying on the laity for a “solution” to the crisis:
“I was pleased to see that some Catholic journalists and internet bloggers behaved as good soldiers of Christ and drew attention to this clerical agenda of undermining the perennial teaching of Our Lord.”
– Bishop Athanasius Schneider, speaking on the October Synod of Bishops
“It was mainly by the faithful people that Paganism was overthrown … the body of the Episcopate was unfaithful to its commission, while the body of the laity was faithful to its baptism …”- Blessed John Henry Newman, addressing what transpired during the Arian heresy of the 4th century
“Treachery like that of Nestorius is rare in the Church, but it may happen that some pastors keep silence for one reason or another in circumstances when religion itself is at stake. The true children of Holy Church at such times are those who walk by the light of their baptism, not the cowardly souls who, under the specious pretext of submission to the powers that be, delay their opposition to the enemy in the hope of receiving instructions which are neither necessary nor desirable.”
– Abbot Guéranger, commenting on the Nestorian controversy
in the 5th century, in The Liturgical Year, IV, p. 380.
I fear we are in a situation disconcertingly analogous to the Arian heresy, when the vast majority of priests and bishops embraced the heresy of Arius (save for Jerome, Athanasius, and some other great bishops). However, from what I have read, in that heresy, and some others, either the great Mass of the people remained faithful, or there was at least some geographical redoubt which was spared from the heresy, where orthodox Catholicism was maintained by people and hierarchy alike (I refer here to the protestant revolution).
Having said that, we are faced with a much different problem today. The vast totality of the hierarchy has seemingly fallen into severe error and even diabolical disorientation/reprobate sense, and probably even a higher percentage of the laity has, as well. I think it very safe to say that less than 10% of the hierarchy would be regarded as orthodox if magically transmitted back in time 100 years, and probably more like 97-8% of the laity is the exact same way. Similarly, there is no geographical region where orthodox Catholicism is still intact.
And this gets to my greatest concern: how small is the faithful “Remnant?” Who can be included in that group of still faithful souls? Does it even number a million? If we exclude neo-Catholics and the SSPX (or, from their point of view, everyone outside the SSPX) and many others, that number must be vanishingly small, well under a million. How can so few work a conversion on a Church and world so much larger, and so far gone? Yes, we have (or we pray we have) God on our side, and Gideon with 300 overcame tens of thousands, but that case was basically an enormous miracle of Grace (and even still – 1 million faithful Catholics versus 6 billion lost souls are much longer odds than 300 versus 100,000).
Soooo…….if the natural odds are so enormously against us, do we just focus on prayer and God working that miracle we all long for? But what about maintaining hope and keeping people’s spirits up? I know from experience that many souls have a profound need to feel we at least have a distant chance of seeing the Church drastically improved in orthodoxy in their lifetimes, or they fall pray to despair. I have been told as much many times, anyway.
It’s a very difficult question. Part of me says we should try to work for a big tent of the basically orthodoxish, including many folks we may have very strong disagreements with but who are, by and large, faithful, or at least much more faithful than the great mass of self-styled Catholics today. But having argued a bit for that last week, I’m already feeling pretty dissatisfied with my argument and see many holes in it. Neo-Catholics (which term I really don’t like) are a problem. For one, they often pretend there is no crisis, or that it doesn’t include the hierarchy, or that this pope isn’t someone to be feared.
I don’t know what the answer is. Michael Voris, God bless him, calls passionately for a “Catholic uprising” but we are so few in number, and seem to be facing massive internal pressure if not outright persecution at present. I honestly think we will be amazingly fortunate to come through the next 5 or 10 years with the “gains” made under Pope Benedict intact.
I do not mean to sound hopeless. I do not feel hopeless. I know that if I remain faithful, and cooperate with Grace, I may be saved and spend eternity with God in Heaven, where none of this will matter. So I do not fret. But I do think we face a monumental task.
And yes any great improvement in the Church would be God’s Grace working through souls. But He has to have souls to work through, no?
Discuss, if you feel like it.
Marquette University suspends professor for upholding Catholic Doctrine December 18, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Most readers have probably already written Marquette University in Wisconsin (a university in the flamboyantly heterodox and neo-pagan Jesuit “tradition”) off their lists of even remotely reputable Catholic colleges, but if you haven’t yet, you might consider doing so now. A professor has been suspended for the grave offense of saying it is ludicrous for Marquette to allow a different professor (a radical feminist) to declare topics like sodomite marriage and gerbal worming “out of bounds” for discussion:
Marquette University, the Jesuit school in Milwaukee, has shot itself in the foot again. Weeks ago in a “Theory of Ethics” class, philosophy instructor Cheryl Abbate listed several possible topics of discussion, but said one of them –gay marriage—could not be addressed because any opposition argument would offend homosexual students, and besides society has already agreed that gays can marry. This is a strong pattern for the campus left: topics they want to talk about (e.g., the Keystone pipeline, abolishing fraternities) are discussed endlessly, even in classes where the topics have little or no relevance. But topics they don’twant discussed are banned as “already settled” or as harassment. [The left could not operate without the double standards it insists upon. Leftism is not founded on rational argument, it is founded on naked emotionalism and even more naked use of force. Thus we don’t have an immigration “debate” in this country, we have a president who acts lawlessly and unconstitutionally by just imposing his will like a banana republic dictator. He learned well how to operate in the hallowed halls of academia, wherein he spent most of his pre-political career accomplishing precisely nothing]
Did Marquette overrule Abbate and say that gay marriage can certainly be discussed in class? Or that Catholic doctrine cannot be off limits at a Catholic university? Well, no. Like so many other universities, Marquette passed on the free speech issue and went after a lone professor—John McAdams–who had criticized Marquette’s woeful reaction to Abbate in his blog, “Marquette Warrior.” The next step was very predictable: Marquette suspended McAdams, said he is under investigation and banned him from the campus, without listing any charges against him.[There are no better places than today’s universities to see how leftism operates. The same lawlessness, double-standards, and hypocrisy that we see rising in politics at the national level, are standard operating procedure at universities and have been for years. Fall afoul of one of the leftist apparatchiks at university, and you are finished] Presumably the unannounced charge is harassment, since the letter from Dean Richard Holz to McAdams ended with a sentence saying “I am enclosing with this letter Marquette’s harassment policy….:” McAdams then wrote: “The fact that Holz sends the ‘harassment policy’ suggests that somebody thinks that merely blogging about questionable conduct by a Philosophy instructor constitutes ’harassment.’” He adds that Marquette “has again shown itself to be timid, overtly bureaucratic and lacking any commitment either to its Catholic mission or free expression.” Yes, it has.
No kidding. Parents – and I speak for myself, as I have children nearing that age – we have a tremendous decision on our hands determining where or under what circumstances our children may matriculate at the collegiate level. This is not an easy decision – there are a handful of fairly orthodox Catholic colleges (but only one that is overtly traditional), and they are very expensive. For those of us with multiple kids, private school may not be an option, and those schools don’t exactly offer degree plans that offer a strong likelihood of a quick payback of any college loans. But state university has it’s own risks. You’re less likely to see the Catholic Faith attacked and undermined in so many ways subtle and gross as at most Catholic schools, but there will certainly be rampant leftism, anti-religious fervor, perversion, and numerous temptations to sin.
So I don’t know. I know some parents who have encouraged their kids to live at home and go to local universities. There are many options in the DFW area, thankfully. I do sort of like that idea, they can jump through the societal hoop while not having to take the huge step of living on their own in a distant and alien place. I’m not sure that’s been a good idea for a long time, especially colleges consciously forsook their role as overseers for the still very young people in their charge. I think our kids are onboard with that idea, too.
Did you get the irony of a professor of ethics declaring criticism of perversion out of bounds? These lefties, they certainly love their rhetorical tricks.
Marquette is in Milwaukee, an archdiocese long administered by radical progressives (Weakland), so it is little surprise that the local Jesuit university would have left the Faith long ago.
Vatican played a role in aiding talks for US break on Cuba? December 17, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, scandals, self-serving, silliness, Society.
A commenter left this link to a Yahoo report that the Vatican was involved in the recent “negotiations” (some might term it a surrender, or cave) between the Obamanation Administration and the murderous communist government of Cuba (where the people have chicken maybe once a month as a huge treat) that will greatly relax US restrictions on what the, ahem, Catholic President Kennedy termed “that imprisoned island.” The report:
The historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations began in spring 2013, when President Barack Obama authorized secret talks with Havana, the same tactic he used to open nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Months of talks in Canada and at the Vatican, involving one of Obama’s closest aides, culminated on Tuesday when Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro spoke by phone for nearly an hour and gave final assent to steps that could end a half-century of enmity and reshape Western Hemisphere relations.
Obama believed that “if there is any U.S. foreign policy that has passed its expiration date, it is the U.S.-Cuba policy,” said a senior Obama administration official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity. [If it’s so great, then why do you only speak on condition of anonymity, and why was all this conducted under cloak of darkness, until it became a fait accompli? And are there not US laws passed by Congress that govern much of US relations with Cuba? So is this another exercise in executive lawlessness on the part of Obama?]
The Vatican played a key role in the rapprochement, including facilitating talks on the release of Alan Gross, a former subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development who returned from Cuba on Wednesday after five years’ imprisonment, U.S. officials said.
In early summer 2014, Pope Francis – who is from Argentina – sent separate personal letters to Obama and Castro, urging them to exchange captives and improve relations.
When the pope received the U.S. president in Vatican City in late March, the secret Cuba talks were a central topic of discussion. Cuba “got as much attention as anything else,” the official said.
The first face-to-face talks that eventually led to this week’s deal took place in June 2013 in Canada, which has long maintained relations with Cuba……..
Before you go saying this is all Pope Francis’ doing, Yahoo reports that the negotiations started under Pope Benedict – that is, if he was even aware, which I would assume he was?:
The Vatican got involved as early as March 2012, when a group of U.S. lawmakers went to the papal ambassador’s office in Washington’s posh Embassy Row section and pleaded for help.
Since then, through a Vatican transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Pope Francis, “it has always stayed on the Vatican’s radar,” said Senator Barbara Mikulski, from Gross’ home state of Maryland. “They talk to higher powers. I don’t know if it’s radar or angels, Cherubim, Seraphim – they go for it.”
I don’t have a lot of comment. Whatever the merits of the past US policy towards Cuba, it hasn’t succeeded in toppling the Castro family oligarchy that rules that nation (like most other communist nations, there is no “dictatorship of the proletariat,” there is a ruling nomeklatura who live like kings while the peasants suffer in poverty and filth). But claims that the US embargo has “impoverished” Cubans are equally false: Cuba has normal trading relations with almost every other nation (including Canada and Western Europe). The source of Cuba’s poverty – the same poverty that is overtaking Venezuela now, after over a decade of socialist rule – is communism. Communism simply does not work, and is government enforced robbery (as Pope Leo XIII made so clear).
So what do you think of this? Will this improve the lot of Cuba’s suffering Catholic majority now? And, for a twist…will this now allow American evangelists to flood Cuba as they have so many other Latin American nations, and with a badly broken Church, woo millions of souls away from the Church Jesus Christ directly founded?
As for me, I generally oppose anything that makes communist rule easier. We have helped keep over a billion Chinese prisoners of a repressive state by shifting most of our manufacturing base to that country. 25 years of free trade with China haven’t done much to improve that nation’s human rights record or served to undermine the ruling oligarchy there, either. So as far as I can tell, this was a move made simply because Cuba is every American leftist’s wet dream of a socialist paradise with “wonderful, free” health care (so wonderful it probably helped speed the demise of Hugo Chavez, may God have mercy on his soul). And Obama is nothing if not an American leftist.
Institutionalized “sex education” has resulted in societal-wide disorders and perversion December 17, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, silliness, Society.
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WARNING: THIS POST BY ITS NATURE DEALS WITH EXPLICIT TOPICS. NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. READERS WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES ARE ADVISED TO SKIP THIS POST.
My wife found an old book from American Life League at my father-in-law’s house a month a few weeks ago. It was published back in the late 80s and written by Dr. Melvin Anchell, who, I guess, used to cut quite a wide swath in the psychological community. That was back in the day when there were still many hardcore academics and physicians of prominence not just totally given over to leftism and cultural revolution. Anchell was an advocate for traditional morality and an opponent of the cultural marxists who burst upon the scene (seemingly) in the late 1960s. He wrote the book Killers of Children: A psychoanalytical look at sex education to oppose the growing influence of these destructive cultural trends. Unfortunately, he and his allies obviously failed.
Nevertheless, I found Dr. Anchell’s description of the disorders and sicknesses that creep into both individual lives and the culture at large quite chilling:
What is “normal?” The degree of mental health is not determined by an absence of inner personal conflicts but by the way these opposing emotional interests, ideas, etc., are reconciled.
“Abnormal” often represents a misrepresentation – a perversion – of what is “normal.” Unfaithful, deformed reproductions of normal life are currently being spread by perverted minds. Sick themselves, these purveyors are making the abnormal appear normal. [Man it is refreshing to hear this kind of clarity and truth, after at least two decades of being told how “normal” and “healthy” perversion is]
As a physician I regard any behavior that supports life and allows death to occur from natural causes as normal. Behavior that leads to the destruction of life is abnormal. [Dang right. Thank you. And behaviors that are by definition sterile are equally abnormal, because they do not support life. It is amazing how much more confused our culture’s thinking has become in just the past 25 years. Things were bad then, but they are horrific today]
Sexual morality which has evolved from mankind’s earliest beginnings is essential for life. [I would say, it was given to our first parents by our Creator, not that we picked it up from some lower animal through so-called evolution] Mature sexuality along with its associated sexual morals are antidotes to death instincts. Nowhere in today’s popular school sex programs is mature sexual morality emphasized. [It’s not just in the schools anymore. Disordered use of the marital faculties is taught to all of us constantly through the media in a thousand different ways]
The sexually emancipated-sexually aggressive females who are depicted as normal in movies, current novels and in sex education classes are not examples of special progress but, instead, are examples of social regression. They exemplify females possessed by tremendous inner turmoil; females who are in conflict with their natural femininity. Such women are not liberated and free individuals but are slaves to the demands of the culture in which they live. When the culture in which she lives condones free love, her psyche causes her to assume to some degree the characteristics of a loose woman. Uninhibited sex life is contrary to women’s inner feminine nature. In truth, the sexually uninhibited woman is an artifact that is produced, sometimes, by a woman’s desire to prove herself totally independent or, more frequently, by fantasies arising from man’s erotic desires. [And that is the most ironic part of the left’s efforts to ostensibly emancipate women over the past several decades. Instead of empowering women, they are encouraged to ape the very worst characteristics of the lowest men, turning themselves into nothing but objects of lust to be used and discarded at men’s faintest whim. And yet feminists tell us this is “empowerment” with their “slut walks” and embrace of sordid and damaging sexual escapades]
Many of today’ sexually aggressive females have foregone the ultimate feminine needs of marriage and family life, motherhood and of loving and being loved. [To the point that hundreds of millions have willingly had their own children ripped from their wombs and brutally murdered, in the name – for the most part – of their own convenience] Some attempt to satisfy love needs entirely through acts of copulation. However, these impoverished women derive no real pleasure from the sex act. Many such females are products of premature sexual activity brought about by sex education and the demands made upon them by a sexually pseudo-liberated society. [Quite true. And Dr. Anchell explains in his book how premature exposure to sexually explicit material and the awakening of faculties intended by God to remain dormant until later years has caused many young children to become “frozen” in a state of sexual immaturity that seeks only self-gratification and is incapable of mature romantic bonds]
Not only do popular sexual attitudes destroy the lives of some women, but the lives of many men have been torn apart by the current ‘sexual revolution.’
Some males, who regard free love as a modern day bonanza, aid and abet the state of sexual confusion in promiscuous females. Impressed by sexperts, many men and women regard the sex act as a cure for all mental tensions. This false teaching has been further perpetuated by an ever increasing number of sexperts. [Indeed. While women have traditionally been the guardians of chastity and morality, men have done much to encourage women to embrace this libertine liberated lifestyle. Men create the “sexual marketplace” demand, and women – especially women under 25 or so today, the majority of whom have dozens of partners by the time they leave college – sadly sell themselves cheap. No wonder marriage rates are in a freefall, as are fertility rates]
The argument that the normalcy of today’s common sexual practices is proven by their evident profligacy is as logical as claiming that the bubonic plague in the 15th century was normal because so many people at that time had the disease.
There is one inexorable law in Nature: “When the sexual instincts are perverted, the death instincts take over.”
There is much wisdom in this book. While Dr. Anchell was a psychoanalyst at least somewhat Freudian in outlook (an outlook I disagree with on most points), he does make some very important criticisms throughout this book, which I may delve into more later. But this excerpt above was about as good a summation of the overall thrust of the book that I could find: the “sexual revolution” has been enormously damaging on many levels, it does not create “happiness” but leaves men and women broken and bitter, and it is hardest of all on the children who are often its most innocent victims.
Fighting the sexual revolution on a broad front now is like trying to corral the horses after they’ve jumped the fence, but on an individual, family basis, this is always a battle worth engaging in.