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This blog is for Roman Catholics, primarily those in the Dallas Diocese, but for anyone with an interest in reverent, orthodox, traditional Catholicism. I must note that I am not affiliated with the Dallas Diocese in any way except as a concerned, involved parishioner.

I am a busy dad with 5 little girls and a baby boy, but I will try to post often to get this blog started.

I pray God that you will find this blog useful and that it may be an instrument of His Will in helping to shape the Dallas Diocese. 

My real name is Lawrencinium Tiberius Rochenhoffenstauffengreensteinberg-Jones.

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1. tantamergo - December 10, 2009
Patt - December 12, 2012

Very good commentary on Father Barron. He recently caused a big upset about his review of Ralph Martin’s new book on Hell, “Will Many Be Saved?”. Michael Voris , Monsignor Charles Pope and even the author called him to task. When I first read Father Barron’s book review I thought something was amiss — so I was glad to see it wasn’t just me. His review seemed to dismiss the idea that St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine held that few are saved. Of course they are mere Doctors of the Church.. When you said in your commentary that Father Barron reflects Modernism in his thinking, you hit the nail on the head. (I have always wondered why he does the “worldly” movie reviews. I doubt any of our major (or even minor) saints would have felt the need for that.) I am sure he means well, but today that is not enough. We MUST be in line with Church teaching.
Again thank you for pointing this out, Catholics are confused enough and we do not need it to be added to.

tantamergo - December 12, 2012

Thank you! Fr. Barron is increasingly concerning me because he has this reputation for orthodoxy but he frequently espouses doubtful ideas, even outright error. He really believes that almost everyone is saved.

Charles - March 6, 2013

In your last comment in the Fr. Barron article you wrote, you said something very clearly and I quote you:

“Again, I think in the interest of cutting a new path, establishing some new vision of the Faith, Barron is always looking for some subtle nuance or some different tack to explain things. I get tired head listening to him after 10 minutes, not because I’m a brain dead rube that can’t comprehend what he’s saying, but because IT’S JUST NOT AN APPROACH THAT APPEALS TO ME. I’m certain he’d be very well received in many elite settings. I GEUSS US dumb ace state school engineers JUST AREN’T CUT OUT FOR SUCH high-falootin talkifyin’.”

The words I caps locked, I think are the main point in all your problem with Fr. Barron, is not a “new vision” of the faith, is just a language to reach and explain the faith to those in these secular society. Which is something very useful and important for the Church these days.

Mike Peters - June 4, 2013

Oh, dear. What a distressing concept of God you have. It must be hell (already).

tantamergo - June 4, 2013

It would be a lovely thing if Barron were right. But traditionally, that has not been the view of the vast preponderance of Saints, Doctors, major theologians, bishops, etc – in short, the Magisterium – over the long history of the Church. This notion of near-universal salvation is entirely novel, and frankly Barron’s arguments – which are the same as von Baltasar’s – were destroyed by Dr. Ralph Martin.

Experience has also shown that convincing people that their salvation is assured is not conducive towards growth in the practice of virtue, or even basic commitments like assistin at Mass. It is in fact a vehicle for ecclesial minimalism and an uncaring approach to the Faith. It has been documented that many souls have departed the Church because they became convinced that pretty uch everyone is saved, so why bother?

If “my concept” of God is distressing, it’s one shared by the vast majority of those same Saints and Doctors I pointed out above, because I was formed by them.

Charles - March 6, 2013

When most of the major and minor saints lived, there was no such thing as movies, forgive me but I’ve seen many of his movie reviews and they really give a good theological thought that connects the idea of the movie with God and the faith. About the thing on hell, he has done some recent comments on the video about hell responding to a user called tunasalad4u, check it out. Finally, “being in line with Church teaching” is not synonym of preaching it with 16th century language. Father Barron does a great job evangelizing targeting to reach to people in today’s secular and intellectual culture , something that cannot be done in the style of Michael Voris, as an additional comment, Voris also does a great job evangelizing too, just that he points more to evangelize the lukewarm, and attacking the dissident and cafeteria catholics inside the Church. It’s two different ways of evangelzing to different groups of people with the same message.

Blaine - November 14, 2013

Want some real fun?! Read Malachi Martin’s page turner: The Jesuits – the Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church – Amazon, it explains in wonderful historical detail what’s behind Fr Barron and all our modernists, deftly and delightfully, nothing like the truth to strengthen the soul! BTW Malachi Martin was himself a Jesuit, and confident of Popes. I share your consternation and assessments, but this book connects all the dots! Finally, and what a relief! Thanks for your blog.

Father Symeon Salos - March 16, 2014

: I am sorry to say that the image you posted that you think portrays the Western saint Valentine of Rome IS NOT! The image is in fact St Valentin Sventitsky one of the many New Russian Martyrs under the Bolsheviks. It is the only icon like it in which our monastery had commissioned many years ago by a local iconographer Gregory Melnick. We, the Orthodox Hermits of St. John the Divine, request that you honor the Russian Saint by removing it from the internet. cf.: http://hermitage-journal.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-martyr-valentine-sventitsky.html

The Least in our Lord’s Service,
Father Symeon salo

tantamergo - March 17, 2014

Oh, thank you very much for the clarification! I am very sorry about that mistake. I really liked that image.

Great to hear from you! Please come by again!

God bless you!

2. Donna - June 5, 2011

Hi–I’ll be visiting Dallas in July and would love to find a faithful, orthodox parish. We’ll be staying at the Doubletree Hotel, Campbell Center, but will have a rental car. Can you recommend a reverent parish?
Many thanks for your blog–I grew up in Dallas before I was Catholic in the St. Monica’s church area.

tantamergo - June 5, 2011

Mater Dei is what I’d recommend most. St. Mark in Plano is OK for a ‘large suburban parish.’

Mater Dei website

tantamergo - June 5, 2011

St. Thomas Aquinas and Christ the King are other options if you don’t want TLM, but Mater Dei is the most orthodox by a substantial margin.

Donna - June 6, 2011

Thanks so much!

Fjg - April 23, 2012

We’ve met a few times including the recent baptism you post of. You had such supporting words on Fr Paul yet failed to mention St Williams to the person inquiring of orthodoxy in the area.

Yes its a long ride, but when I was making the same investigation years back from Michigan I stumbled on his story. I made a point of travelling there my first trip.

We had to make the house decision before we had as chance to get to know the diocese. Still we came after a frustrating search to stay with Fr Paul. Some day I will live close to my church,my tabernacle …

tantamergo - April 23, 2012

When didn’t I mention it? I did in the post!

Sorry if I forgot to do so sometime in the past. I mess up all the time.

We tried to sell our house and wanted to move out to Greenville. That was in 2008-2010. The market was terrible, the house wouldn’t sell. But, I think God had a hand in that, had we moved to Greenville, which parish and priest I love and respect tremendously, we never would have made it to Mater Dei. So, perhaps all worked out for the best in the end. But as long as there is a Fr. Weinberger, many souls will be greatly blessed and aided at St. William.

3. Joe Morici - July 4, 2011

I think you are just siding with that Bishop from Corpus Christi who is an idoit .So many of Our Bishops cover up the raping of our young boys by priests but don’t stand up for the priests that are accused falsely

Joe

tantamergo - July 4, 2011

Please comment in the appropriate post. I don’t know which bishop you’re referring to, Bishop Mulvey, current bishop of Corpus Christi, or Bishop Rene Gracida, retired bishop who I have quoted and linked to quite a bit.

As for defending Mulvey, I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve related exactly how I feel – conflicted. I pray Corapi is doing the will of God. I have defended him against the harsher attacks, while recognizing that his actions are difficult to understand in light of the solemn vows he took when receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

4. Emily - July 15, 2011

Good Morning, do you have a press contact email I can send information to? I work for a pr firm in Austin, and have a Catholic Author that would love to do a Q&A, or a possible book review.

Thank you,

Emily Southard
Emily@Prbythebook.com

5. John - July 19, 2011

I assisted last night (July 18, 2011) at the Latin Mass offered at St. Mark’s parish. I hope that it’s appropriate to offer the following remarks:

— I estimate that 70 people were in attendance last night.

— Several young families were presented. About 12 children were present.

— Several women, including, it seemed, each girl, wore head coverings.

— The schola was absent (to return next Monday…Deo volente…according to Father Hopka.

— Three women served as EMs. They distrubuted the Sacred Hosts.

— Father Hopka held and administered the chalice.

— Holy Communion (Hosts) was received by the Faithful on the tongue and in the hand.

6. jsquaredrev - August 24, 2011

Just be aware that Perry and Bachmann and their supporters in the dominionist movement are simply dying to burn anyone at the stake who does not bow down to their hated, heretical version of god. Catholics, Lutherans, other mainline Protestants and even conservative non-dominionist Protestants are all equally despised by them.

7. Mary - August 26, 2011

“look lady, you call him Doctor Jones”

tantamergo - August 26, 2011

What?

Mary - August 30, 2011

sorry, you say your last name is Jones, I’m stealing the line from Indiana Jones.
because your our hero

8. Joseph - September 12, 2011

I came across your blog after googling the ministry for gay & lesbian Catholics and their families & friends at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I am saddened by your inability to find either love or compassion for your fellow Catholic brothers & sisters. But after reading your other entries in your blog, I can see that gays & lesbians, and the issues they face, including discrimination in society at large and, sadly, by the Church, are not the only topics in which you have a very limited understanding of. I pray that God will grace with you with both an open heart & an open mind soon.

tantamergo - September 13, 2011

I appreciate the comment, but I don’t present my own opinions, but what the Church has taught and believed from it’s inception. St. Paul specifically condemned homosexual acts.

I don’t want you to suffer. As one who has been mired in serious sin, who has led a very destructive lifestyle, I pray that you bend your will to the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church and strive to live a chaste life. All are called to be chaste. It is a fundamental virtue of the Faith. Homosexual acts violate chastity, as do all sexual acts outside marriage. I am a sinner, and always will be, but God has given me the Grace to overcome the most serious sins I was committing and the strength to fight against all sins as much as I can. Where I fail, it is because I have not cooperated with His Grace.

I’m sure you have people in the Church telling you that homosexual acts are not sinful. I am certain you can find people who tell you that God is about love and tolerance and embracing everyone. I pray those people are right, I really do, because if they are not, if God does expect obedience to the Truth He has revealed through His Church, then huge numbers of people are putting their souls in the most grave position. There is nothing in Church Doctrine that says that unchaste sex is acceptable, so the misplaced and soft sentimentality and moral indifference masquerading as “love” and “tolerance,” that sort of collapse to the siren song of the world and its false wisdom, is really a great evil in and of itself, because it is falsely telling souls in grave jeopardy that they have nothing to fear.

I want you to go to Heaven. That’s what I want for everyone. I counsel people based on what the Spirit has revealed to me. There are, unfortunately, many in the Church who will counsel differently, but every statement I have made regarding homosexuality or any sexual sin is based on current Church Doctrine. I don’t just state my own opinion.

Bea Nadafraid - November 6, 2013

Please know that 98% of Catholics do not fall in line with this blog and prefer to love and not profess to know all of the answers. May the Holy Spirit guide each of us with compassionate and humble hearts. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – great Parish!

lyndairish - July 29, 2014

One can only ” love” in accordance with the unchanging truth of the Natural Law and God’s sacred commandments. Lying to someone about objective evil is to not love that person.

9. prolifex11 - October 10, 2011

I need to get in touch with you about an article you wrote about JustFaith could you email me ?
wolven5855@comcast.net

Thank you

10. S.P. Libera - October 13, 2011

I just listened to the video regarding Fr. Frank Pavone and read the article. I don’t see anything to tell me who the persons were in the video (male who visited Fr. Frank) and the female interviewer. I’m surprised the male chose as his first (and only) response to the question: “What can we do?” I would think the first thing to do is pray, right? Rosaries, especially (remember Lepanto). Secondly, although as mentioned in the article, there are some things in the style of Priests for Life, especially the fundraising, that can be offputting, I have seen enough of Fr. Pavone, to know that he is 100% committed to the Pro-Life cause from a Catholic Christian perspective, and gives it all and lives a very humble, simple lifestyle. He appears to me to be 100% faithful to Christ and His Church, so this is indeed puzzling. The only thing I can think is that God is about ready to zap NY for it’s approval of homosexual marriage and for immoral lifestyles and that He is yanking Fr. P. out of the danger zone. Otherwise, the actions of Bp. Z. are more akin to the Pharaoh, and Fr. P. is like Moses, with Bp. Z.’s heart being hardened before he is exposed along with other bishops as working for the other (losing) team. Lastly, has anyone contacted Cardinal DiNardo of Houston, who is supposed to be pro-life (gave homily at vigil Mass before the March for Life 2011, and would be the ranking prelate in the great State (Republic) of Texas?

11. eliztrin (Sr. Mary) - October 13, 2011

Hello. I am the author of the prayer to St. Maximilian, share with Crescat, from whom you borrowed it. Thank you for posting it!

12. ryan - October 17, 2011

Hows it going, I just read your blog post about wanting a Latin Mass in North Dallas, I would be interested in starting a Una Voce for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I live in Denton so it would hopefull cover me!

Please shoot me an email if you are interested.

texLhorns10@yahoo.com

13. Tiff - December 13, 2011

I read your blog post from Mar 3, 2011, since it doesn’t allow me to comment any longer on that, just thought you should know about a correction that I found on “The Catholic Thing” regarding Sister Dorothy Jonaitis, (see http://www.thecatholicthing.org/in_the_news/commentary/trouble-at-the-university-of-dallas.html), the following statements were lined out:

Like Prof. Walsh, Sister Joanitis appears to have an interest in weakening the Church’s teachings on homosexual acts, defending Eucharistic ministers who “question a church teaching they see as justifying violence against their son and other homosexuals” and in her piece nominates Bishop Gumbleton as the authority on good conscience in regard to homosexual acts, while rejecting then-Cardinal Ratzinger.

[Deleted at the author’s request. We regret the error. *See Patrick Fagan’s note below.]

*Author’s correction: In the rush to get the word out at the last minute, I made a grievous error in misquoting Sr. Dorothy Jonaitis OP in the original version of this Commentary. Sister clearly has difficulties with the Church’s decisions and teaching on celibacy and the pope’s pronouncements on the impossibility of the ordination of women, and I would not want her teaching my children. But she did not say what I attributed to her about homosexuality.

You might want to consider correcting that on your blog as well instead of adding to the defaming of someone’s character online.

14. Mike Harlan - January 4, 2012

I enjoyed your post on a scholarly look at church architecture. However, if you are ever in Chicago, I hope you’ll check out masterpieces like St. Hyacinth Basilica, Holy Innocents, St. Mary of the Angels, Our Lady of Lourdes and other gems of grand design (sure you can Google them all online too). They were (gasp) designed by Lutheran architects Worthmann and Steinbach, who also helped design many litergical churches that wow the eye. Since Catholic, Lutheran and Episcopal churches all share things like focus on the alter and other principals of design, is why tougher to tell some apart, particularly older parish buildings. Perhaps in city like Dallas which is dominated by non-litergical churches (Baptist, Methodist, etc.) and overall newer buildings you notice it more?

15. John - March 15, 2012

Hi
I am a regular visitor to your blog site and I find it very informative. Also you keep us updated on the latest happenings in Dallas like the vocations hour, night prayers etc.. which is very useful. Can you please let me know if there are any good catholic stores where I can get books/gifts/ rosaries. I am hesitant to buy rosary off eBay instead want to get it from a church store which may be blessed too.
I am in grand prairie. So preferably close to where I live?

Thanks
John

P.S: I checked on the national shrine online shop but they have only crystal and pearl rosaries :-(

tantamergo - March 15, 2012

Here is the closest I know of:

Mary Immaculate Catholic Gift
305 North Story Road, Irving, TX

John - March 15, 2012

Thank you.

16. Mary - March 16, 2012

John,

http://www.jmjtcards.com/shop/

The woman, Mary, who owns this virtual store, lives in Grand Prarie or there-abouts. She attends Mater Dei and periodically displays her things after Mass there as well. The rosaries are a little pricey, but are stronger and made out out of beautiful stones and such.
Most stores don’t sell blessed items, you will have to take it to the priest for the blessings.

17. oceancitybeachbum - March 18, 2012

Hi,
Regarding Madison Ford’s article in the Texas Catholic and your extensive rebuttal. I don’t think that Madison was looking to debate the finer points of Catholicism and Christianity. She was merely expressing her opinion regarding the life of a young Catholic growing up amongst a largely Protestant community in the Bible Belt. Many of her points are valid and her feelings cannot be argued. The priest in our church, in a Sunday sermon, told the teenagers that they shouldn’t try to convert other Protestant Christians to Catholicism. He said they were already Christians. He said if they encounter another youth that is troubled and in need of Christ’s help, that it would be appropriate to invite them to the Parish’s youth activities. Also, I don’t think that rudeness and sarcasm is a good example of “loving one another.” i.e. (Because of her searing insights into the Faith? Because she so well represented the top-notch catechesis our young people are receiving?) I believe that living by example is an excellent way of evangelizing. If Catholics had a reputation for being kind and forgiving and always willing to help others, it would be a lot more effective than debating the streetcorner preachers with Bible quotes.
Regards,
Mike

tantamergo - March 19, 2012

It was a pretty hard fisking of a young girl. I had some trepidation in writing it. Yes, I was hard on her, but to make a point – what she has been taught, or come to believe, is at best sadly deficient and at worst so wrong as to be potentially damning. As I made clear at the beginning of the post, my problem was less with a young girl having written a poorly formed opinion piece on the Faith than with the fact that it ran in the diocesan newspaper. Why would the official organ of the Diocese of Dallas run such a piece? That, ultimately, is the reason that I tore it to shreds. And perhaps that was uncharitable of me, using the young girl as a vehicle to attack the root source of the problem, which is the horrendous catechesis which has been in operation in this Diocese, and so many others, for decades. The point of the fisking was to try to chasten those who would publish such a piece, with the hope that greater scrutiny would be paid to the views of the Faith presented in the Diocesan newspaper. This post has been discussed in the confessional.

Your comment regarding the priest and the youth group I find very troubling. It is a terribly widespread phenomenon and it is as wrong as can be. Protestants are not, prima facie, on a path to salvation. First of all, they do not have the Sacrament of Confession, meaning that any mortal sin they commit can only be remitted by having perfect contrition for it. Perfect contrition means having a perfect sorrow for the sin, to the extent that it would never be committed again, and having a purpose of amendment so great that all guilt from the offense is wiped out. Suffice it to say, very few people, especially in the present culture, have such contrition. So, right off the bat, the claim that protestants should not be evangelized is wrong and fundamentally uncharitable – you are in essence placing their salvation, at best, in grave jeopardy, leaving them in error and without recourse to the Sacraments. Imagine, saying that we shouldn’t try to bring someone to the glory that is the Blessed Sacrament. It’s tantamount to leaving people in their sin. Yes, there is the possiblity of salvation by baptism by desire, but that is an extremis situation that is relied on too much to “cover” those outside open communion with the Faith. I must add, that denigrating use of Sacred Scripture in apologetical/catechetical work is quite amazing.

You don’t like my approach. It is very strong – I am a protestant convert to the Faith, and I have a very passionate belief that what the Church has traditionally believed is the Truth is absolutely necessary for salvation. You could say, I have the zeal of the converted. All of my family is protestant. I am very troubled at their prospects of salvation. I pray for their conversion daily, often several times a day as an intention for various prayers and always at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You are probably right that I am harsh, but certain Saints (Jerome, Hilary of Poitiers, Athanasius, Peter Damian, etc)have been far more harsh than I am, and I know from experience that the “ostensibly” loving, “don’t dare mention error or fault” approach is very frequently a mask for indifferentism of the worst kind. I believe with great fervor that the Church has had far too much of this indifferentist approach, of “charity” and “don’t judge, lest ye be judged.” It is well past time for voices in the Church that unequivocally proclaim the Dogmas the Church holds without apology – that is the sine qua non of Michael Voris. I can state that there is a substantial hunger in the Church for clarity such as mine.

But, forgive me, I am a sinner and constantly err on this blog. All of your criticisms are likely correct. I do my best, but perhaps give too free reign to my passions, and to my desire to see the Church much different than it is at present.

One final bit – on Matt 7:1 “Judge not, that you may not be judged.” From the notes of Fr. George Leo Haydock, one of the greatest biblical exegetes in English-language history, from his seminal work:

Chap VII Ver. 1: Judge not…..or condemn other rashly, that you may not be judged or condemned. St. Jerome observes, Christ does not firbid judging, but directs us how to judge……Barefaced vice and notorious error should be condemned and reprobated by all. We should always strive to put the best face on any action that is indifferent to us or does not have any bearing on us.

I’ll leave it to my readers to decide if I crossed the bounds of charity in the fisking of that op-ed in Texas Catholic.

18. RS - March 21, 2012

Howdy TexasCatholic!
if you would email me if possible I would love to ask you a question about St. Mark’s Latin Mass

19. Tancred (@sedgladium) - March 23, 2012

Hi, wanted to point out that my comments seem not to have made it on your blog and despite three paragraphs being on it which are mine, I’m not being credited.

I would have sent you an e-mail, but it’s nowhere on your site.

Surely you forgot to credit me in error.

Thanks.

tantamergo - March 26, 2012

I had two links to you in that post. Not sure what the problem is. They were in the first para before the quote.

20. PhillyDoc - April 10, 2012

can you send me a link where I can send you a private email?

21. hanneloretoo - April 12, 2012

I stumbled upon your blog a while ago and I’ve found it to be a great resource for local Catholics. Next year I’m going to be leading the Mothers’ group at my parish in Wylie, and I’m looking for local Catholic speakers who can speak on topics related to the vocation of marriage and motherhood. Our budget is very small, almost nil! I was wondering if you could direct me to any local resources. Thank you.

tantamergo - April 12, 2012

Do you know Colleen Hammond? She’s local and gives great talks especially about modesty in dress. David Ross gives talks on pro-life issues. You can e-mail me at larryr103@gmail.com

hanneloretoo - April 13, 2012

Thank you for those names. I didn’t know about them before. I’ll make a note of your email too. Thanks again for the blessing of this blog.

22. Susan Lindendorf - May 21, 2012

Hello, I just read your article on child brides. I know the article is quite old, but I wanted to mention that the picture you showed of the line of gentleman holding the hands of their supposed brides might not be accurate. It’s actually tradition for youngsters to dress as ‘pretend brides’ during ceremonies. I know that this photo has caused a lot of rage amongst westerners (it’s been forwarded around in a lot of emails), but it’s been deemed inaccurate by several credible sources. It probably isn’t my place to say so, but I just thought it would be unfortunate for those individuals to be portrayed as evil monsters just because of some cultural misunderstanding. Thank you for reading.

23. Christopher Ekstrom - May 23, 2012

Good to see an orthodox Roman Catholic site for Dallas. Just thought I would pass along a great Church in New York City for anyone visiting or on business. The Church of Our Saviour on East 38th Street & Park Avenue South. Father George Rutler is a great Priest; look him up on the web. He was W.F. Buckley’s friend & Priest. A Holy Spirit filled place of R.C. Catholic worship!

tantamergo - May 23, 2012

I know Fr. Rutler well. A former episcopal, like myself. His parish is beautiful. He wears the cassock! He’s a good priest.

Thank you for the recommendation.

24. Uganda Youth Ministry Association - June 2, 2012

Hi. Greetings from Uganda.

Though I am not from the Dallas area, as a catholic blogger, I find myself very much interested in reading what many other blogs offer. I am so pleased to be here, having been directed by your posts related to Fr. George Byers.
Fr. George Byers introduced me to using the blog, and I would say he is a good friend.

25. dudley sharp - June 7, 2012

Comments had ended at this post, and I just found this comment:

You wrote: “I’m just not terribly in favor of (death penalty) use right now. In Texas, in particular, its usage is very heavy.”

Actually, it’s use is very rare in Texas.

We have executed 482 murderers since 1973, the year we re established death penalty statutes in Texas.

That is about 0.8% of the approximately 57,000 murders we have had since 1973.

0.8%.

Even in the proper context of capital murders, it appears the use is only about 8%.

I would call that very light.

I think you call it “very heavy” use, only because Texas is #1 in executions, not because Texas’s use is really heavy, which by an standards, it is not.

tantamergo - June 7, 2012

Relative to any other state or even most countries, Texas avails itself of the death penalty more than others. That’s all.

26. dudley sharp - June 7, 2012

I noticed the refernce to Fr. Rutler, in comment 23, above.

His comments, supportive of the death penalty, here:

http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/can_catholics_support_death_penalty_debate_asks

27. oremuspress - June 14, 2012

Greetings TANTAMERGO — — I am trying to contact you about possibly using one of your blog posts in my Traditional Catholic Newspaper. Please reach me at Oremus.Press@yahoo.com

Thank you,
– Jeremy A. Ingle
Editor/Publisher

28. Michael - June 20, 2012

Could you explain your comment yesterday regarding Fr. Barron: “…Fr. Robert Barron, one of the most dangerous modernist exegetes around today.”

tantamergo - June 20, 2012

I’ll get into that later today if I can. He’s dangerous because most of what he says is fine, but he’s way off the reservation on some issues. His fundamental outlook is modernist.

Michael - June 20, 2012

tantamergo, thank you for the reply. Do you have concerns about his “Catholicism” series. (I hope not — I just spent $$$, and I had planned its viewing as a family gathering and discussion opportunity.)

tantamergo - June 20, 2012

I have not seen it and don’t plan to, but know several people who have. It is OK as a sort of generic Church history for the masses, especially non-Catholic masses. Catholics I know who watched it said he doesn’t discuss the Church at all as such for the first several episodes, simply “Christians.” Which, perhaps, makes sense to a degree, since there was no formal schism at that point. A lot of pretty sights, I’m told. I haven’t heard anything particularly bad about the series.

What I am referring to is some of his little 5-10 minute videos where he discusses various subjects. He’s made some very problematic statements (Adam and Eve are allegorical, no one goes to hell, etc).

29. SoTxMom - June 27, 2012

Need parish recommendation for north dallas/Plano/rockwall. Asking for a friend of my husband. Needs to be a parish that actually teaches the Faith (Catholic with a capital C), because this person is not Catholic yet, and b/c it’s just silly to send them elsewhere ;). Can you send suggestions? I already know about Irving area, and would love to suggest a TLM, but that is too far. ( Will mention it though)
Does St Mark’s have a Latin Mass?

tantamergo - June 27, 2012

St. Mark in Plano does, but only on Monday night at 7.

If they are toward Rockwall, there is St. William in Greenville. It’s far, but very good.

Closer in, St. Jude in Allen, St. Anthony in Wylie, and St. Mark are probably the best bets. Stay far away from St. Elizabeth Seton, Prince of Peace, Our Lady of Angels, and St. Joseph-Richardson. St. Francis of Assisi in Frisco is pretty good. St. Ann in Coppell is ok. Very pretty, but just ok on doctrine.

30. Mary - July 4, 2012

Hello! I am in NY and I found your blog during the most painful ordeal of my life: my grandma shows symptoms of death by starvation and dehydration syndrome. In addition, her caregiver, my aunt, shows a clear determination to end my grandma’s life by the end of the holiday. Unable to legally stop her and removed from my grandma’s hospital bed, I finally found a way to have the hospital feed my grandma and hydrate her, after what it seemed weeks depriving her from eat and drink. In response, my aunt removed my grandma from the hospital and took her back to the nursing home where all this started. At this point, I am unable to get close to my grandma. Not only my aunt has the legal power to keep me away, but my aunt’s husband and son have already threatened to harm me physically. However, my grandma expressed her wish to continue living, and her discomfort because she was told that the reason she was not being fed is becuase the hospital doesn’t provide any food. This makes it more painful for me. But I don’t know what to do to stop my aunt from achieving her carefully crafted plan to get rid of my grandma during this holiday break. Therefore, I need your help to find any organization that would investigate and intervene on behalf of my grandma. Is there any recourse for us the relatives that have been pushed away from our grandparents? Please help because every minute without food and drink will slowly kill my grandma’s frail being. Thank you.

Ellene Leigh - July 8, 2012

I wish I knew of something to do.I just want you to be assured I will be praying very hard for you and your dear grandmother, and that she has a very peaceful transition.

31. tradconmom - July 7, 2012

Hi. I was wondering if you know of any parishes in the Dallas Diocese that do the Norvus Ordo ad orientem and maybe with some Latin prayers. I know that Mater Dei has the full TLM, and St. William’s in Greenville has a sort of hybrid Latinish but NOT ad orientem as far as I know. Is there anything else?? Thanks in advance :)

32. Ellene Leigh - July 8, 2012

Hi!

Does anyone have any information on the manner of life within the Carmelite monastery on Flowers street? I know their daily schedule, but I’m talking about the temperature and living conditions within the monastery.

Regarding air conditioning, I’m told they each have a window unit in their cells, air conditioning in the recreation room and chapel, but NO air conditioning anywhere else. In 98-111 degrees, I don’t know how they’re avoiding heat strokes.

For anyone interested in a vocation there, what’s it like inside? They will not allow a candidate to ‘come and see’ anything about it before entering. Any advise???

Peace,
Ellene

tantamergo - July 9, 2012

Ho boy. It’s a problem. It’s a pretty hardcore environment. The Chapel has AC but it’s hot in there at times. One night at Adoration the power went out and the nuns stayed with it even though it got up to 90+ in the chapel, I’m sure.

This Carmel is pretty hardcore. They follow a pretty strict rule. The diet is pretty basic. No meat at all, ever. Fish is limited and sweet treats only at special times such as Christmas and especially Easter. It’s a largely vegetarian diet, but they don’t seem to cook much from scratch. I could be wrong, but alot of it is like pasta + store bought sauce, or veggie soup out of a can, that kind of thing.

Like I said, this Carmel follows one of the strictest rules around. IF you have reservations I’d say that’s not a good sign. There is another Carmel in Arlington that I do not believe is quite as severe. I’m not sure. There are plenty of other orders that don’t require such great mortification, but I’m sure you’re aware of that.

I will pray for you! I pray you find your vocation, we need so many holy religious, it is a critical, foundational part of the Church! We desperately need your prayers. God bless you!

33. BrJohn-Paul - July 12, 2012

How do you feel Mater Dei is for making friends? I know someone who is looking for a new church home. Are the members of this church mainly in the Irving area?

tantamergo - July 12, 2012

No, they are all over the DFW area. Since it is the only TLM parish in the entire metroplex of 6 million souls, it casts a pretty wide net. We drive ~25 miles to get there. There are alot of very good people there. I’ve been very impressed by how open and friendly the people there are. And there are about 1000 people coming on any given Sunday!

tantamergo - July 15, 2012

Mater Dei has been a great place to meet others. Most people stay after Mass and visit across the hall or outside. In fact, your friend should be prepared to stay an hour or longer after Sunday Mass visiting with others, weekdays is not much different, only smaller. This is one of a few parishes in which the priest spends extensive time visiting, giving counsel, and telling stories.
In fact, for all the parishes that boast community, this is one with genuine charity.

34. BrJohn-Paul - July 19, 2012

Thank you for your positive comments. I think they will be visiting this Sunday.

35. DaddyMatt - July 20, 2012

If you would like a truly unique experience, go to St. Basil Byzantine Catholic Church in Irving.

You won’t regret it.

http://www.stbasilsinirving.org/

36. Cameron - July 27, 2012

Had a question about St. Ann’s in Coppell, please email me!

God Bless!

37. Slippyroad - August 12, 2012

Regarding your post on “child brides”, it is a hoax: http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/masswedding.asp

tantamergo - August 13, 2012

Read the post, I clarified that the photo did not show child brides. But the rest of the data is accurate and confirmed.

38. oldyoungcatholic - August 13, 2012

New to your blog…as I said before….I attend mass at St. Patrick’s. I am looking for something more traditional. I cannot take the hip hop beat machines, drums and guitars anymore. I need incense -respect at a mass!!!!

39. Kevin - August 29, 2012

tantamergo,
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I have a title, The Fatima Code, that I am offering to you as a complimentary review copy . I would be very grateful if you or others you know may read it.

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We’ve only been online a week and I wanted to pass this along to you. It’s from the first reader and comes from the http://www.fisheaters.com website, where we’re running a small test ad:

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tantamergo - August 30, 2012

Kevin –

Thanks for the offer. I’m not sure I could get to the book anytime soon. I’m not much into fiction, as much as I’d like to support your project. But send the links to larryr103@gmail.com and I’ll try to check it out. Can’t promise anything, though.

40. Mary Montes - September 5, 2012

Tantamergo, I just read a few articles and replies. Like it… good stuff. I attend Mater Dei also…I’m sure my husband or I know you. Email me. I subscribed to you so I want to put a face with your long name.

41. Mary - September 11, 2012

Do you know about CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)- Children’s Medicaid? I’m hoping this is just an acronym and not the description of what they may or will be injecting under the skin. Do you know if microchips are already being used in children?

42. David - September 19, 2012

Tantamergo,

I just read your response to my comment at Rorate about Taylor Marshall. Small world! I’m a visitor at Mater Dei — my family and I belong to a Novus Ordo parish (which will remain nameless), and Mater Dei is my escape. I just posted a comment on Taylor’s blog, asking his view on a recent sermon by Fr. Wolff. I published a post on my blog after hearing that sermon:

http://anointedruins.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/evolution-and-catholic-traditionalism-a-question-for-traditionalist-readers/

I’d be very interested to hear your view as well.

Thanks and God bless.

43. David - September 19, 2012

Ah, just noticed your post about Fr. Barron and Adam and Eve. Interesting! That post included a reference to a sermon by Fr. Wolfe (sorry I misspelled his name above) — a different sermon but obviously related to the one I heard, in which he described the theory of evolution as “junk” science. He also rejected out of hand any attempts at “theistic evolution”. I stand by the Dogma of Original Sin, but I’m not convinced that to do so it’s necessary to reject the theory of evolution (or any possible interpretation of it). Anyway, we can take up the discussion on my blog post (linked above), if you’re interested.

44. David - September 19, 2012

“By one man sin entered the world, and with sin, death.”

To deny that Truth is to lose the Faith, and thus to lose my soul. Yet my curious mind goes down a dark alley. Where did Cain’s wife come from? I can see but one possible answer. Adam and Eve had many, many, many children, and those children coupled with each other to produce the next generation of the human race. Can there be any other answer? As Catholics, are we committed to this narrative of the origins of the human race? Or is there some other way by which sin entered the world through one man?

45. David - September 19, 2012

I’ll add that there is a certain smugness about Fr. Barron that bothers me. Gives me the creeps, actually. Fortunately I’ve just discovered (cannot quite remember how, as I didn’t leave myself a trail of cyber crumbs) an antidote to both creepy modernists and frustrating fundamentalists, one Dr. Dennis Bonnette. I make reference to him in my latest blog post:

http://anointedruins.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/by-one-man-sin-entered-into-this-world/

tantamergo - September 19, 2012

Hey, David, thanks for coming by. I’m working on a reply on your post in the form of my own post. Sorry, but it’s too long for a comment. I may not get it done until tomorrow. Have patience! I want to talk about this.

46. David - September 19, 2012

Hi Tantamergo, I look forward (patiently) to your post. :-) Many thanks and God bless.

47. Mark Nelsen - October 20, 2012

Thank you for your blog dated 8-21-12 regarding Nat. Org. for Marriage. Today I had the exact same exchange on twitter and now am confident that NOM is a legitimate, reasonable group of people supporting things I can support as well.

Mark
Spokane, Wa

48. Suzi - November 7, 2012

I have more of a question rather than a comment. I’ve liked what I’ve seen of your blog and thought you might be able to help. My husband and I are toying with the idea of a move to the Dallas area. While I love the idea of homeschooling I also wanted to find out if there were any orthodox schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Irving area.
Thanks for your response in advance and God Bless.

Suzi

tantamergo - November 7, 2012

Thank you for your consideration. Orthodox Catholic schools? At what level? High school, or below? Really, the answer is no, there aren’t any really good schools that I know of. Most are pretty secularized. They have a Catholic veneer, but secular academics and world view are the order of the day. I will try to do a post tomorrow to ask folks if they have their kids in schools here and what they recommend. I really don’t know, but I can’t recall word of any really good school.

Sorry. Move here anyway, and come to Mater Dei!

49. Mitchell Hadley - November 8, 2012

Wanted to join (sort of) in Suzi’s email. We don’t have children, but we are also seriously considering moving to the Dallas area next year. We’re planning to fly out at the end of this month to do some in-the-field research. Much of this will depend on my ability to get employment in the area, so I would ask for your prayers that we are able to divine God’s will for us and that we may receive the grace to follow it. (And any networking ideas as well!)

And yes, Mater Dei is a big part of the attraction for us!

Mitchell

50. Rev. Richard Bain - November 14, 2012
51. deaconjr - November 19, 2012

Hello–regarding your August 31, 2012, post on Ripley’s “This Is Our Faith,” I thought I should mention that the “NFP” section of “This Is Our Faith” actually originates circa 2002 with the *publisher*, Thomas A. Nelson, and not with the original 1951 text authored by Canon Ripley. Nelson inserted this section himself, and says so on p. xix of the “publisher’s preface.” Thought you should know this. God bless, Deacon JR

tantamergo - November 19, 2012

I’m aware. It’s still a top notch reference.

deaconjr - November 19, 2012

Well, “top-notch” if you consider the opinion of a layman inserted into the work of a deceased priest-author who can neither affirm nor reject the insertion to be “top-notch.”

Actually, the insertion is so poor as to make the original 1951 version the preferred resource…

God bless,

Deacon JR

deaconjr - November 19, 2012

Also, if you are aware that this section is from the pen of Thomas A. Nelson, why do you not mention this in your original post, and why do you attribute it there to Canon Ripley? I’d suggest you might wish to clarify this all with an update to that post. God bless, Deacon JR

52. Kelly Madonna - November 26, 2012

As a parent of one of the Ursuline girls in your picture of your May 10th post, I respectfully ask that you remove it from your blog. You do not have permission to post it and it serves no constructive purpose. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but when it involves my minor child, it crosses the line. Thank you Kelly Madonna

tantamergo - November 26, 2012

I’ll look into it, but I’m about 100% certain the picture had no copyright clause and falls under fair use for non-commercial purposes.

53. Kelly Madonna - November 26, 2012

You might want re-check your facts. Again, I respectfully request you remove the picture.

tantamergo - November 26, 2012

Two come from a publication. They were not copyrighted. That is definitely fair use. You may not like it, but the fact remains. To remove the pics would seriously undermine the entire post.

The third pic shows no faces. I cannot find the source for that now, I did that post months ago. You want to make a claim it’s yours, and that it’s copyrighted, please show where.

54. Kelly Madonna - November 26, 2012

Okay, if you feel you need to malign/make fun of/degrade 13, 14 and 15 year old girls to make your point, so be it. I sincerely hope no one ever does it to any of your children. I asked nicely, twice. This is where I stop. I will not give you a website showing the copyright info so you’ll have more fodder. At least I don’t hide behind a screen name. Enjoy living in your glass house.

tantamergo - November 26, 2012

Which is the photo that bothers you?

Bea Nadafraid - November 6, 2013

Don’t understand the need for screen name. Did Jesus need a pseudonym?

55. Samra Bufkins MJ,APR (@Samjb) - December 2, 2012

Hi–I saw Msgr. Don Fischer speak in Bedford yesterday and really enjoyed his message. I heard several people say he had been their pastor, so I’ve been doing a little research on him and found your blog post about his retiring. You referred to his being known “by the novelty of some of his beliefs and practices” and I wondered what you meant by that.

tantamergo - December 3, 2012

There’s a lot to unpack here. Ever go to St. Joseph in Richardson?

He sounds very nice. Very convincing, but if you look beyond the very soothing voice and the”life should rarely if ever be unpleasant” catachesis, what you find is a whole bunch of progressive protestant + new age theology masquerading as Catholicism. That’s the core of it. He’s a past master at making things sound Catholic, but in reality, he’s twisting the Faith into a worldly, progressive vision.

On Church design, if you’ve been in a Dallas parish less than 12-15 years old, have you noticed how they all look very similar inside? That is due to Fischer. He also runs Liturgical Design Consultants – his influence is seen around the country, little of it good, to my mind. He’s helped introduce the jacuzzi baptismal font, the sanctuary jutting way out into the nave, the Stations confined to low slung wings on the side of the nave, absolute iconoclasm save for one Mary and one Joseph/other Saint statue in the back corners of the Church, loads of limestone, very cold, modernist design touches, unfiltered natural light, etc, etc.

56. Karl - December 11, 2012

I think I saw you took down a comment of mine. Sorry to see that. But, it is your blog to do as you see fit.

God bless.

57. Sacrificial tonsure - December 15, 2012

Great position than yours about the necessary and severe clerical tonsure for all the priests and monks. In Facebook you have a group about enough similar position Society for the restoration of the monastic tonsure, despite the fact it is very hard to create an active group about this.

tantamergo - December 17, 2012

God bless you! I pray your effort is successful!

58. Kim Albertini - December 16, 2012

A lot of superstition here.Christ taught to feed the hungry & clothe the naked,James tells us true religion is to help the widow & the orphan.According to your mentality we should reject this because God wills them to suffer.All those healings Christ gave,psalms praising God for deliverance,God saving his people get thrown out the window on account of nut cases like Mary Margaret licking vomit thinking it a pleasing penance or Gemma rolling in thorns to cause pain,this is pleasing to God ? Well if your a pre Vatican II Catholic where Pope gregory the great hailed sex in marriage a necessary evil or Pope Gregory the 17th hailing the railroad as a work of the devil,I guess thats OK. What rubbish

tantamergo - December 17, 2012

I very frequently exhort readers to perform corporal works of mercy, and perform them myself quite frequently. Not enough, but quite frequently.

There is no contradiction between doctrinal orthodoxy, embrace of mysticism, and performance of works of mercy. There is a contradiction between individual works of mercy performed in a system of Grace and left wing dystopianism.

There is also no question the Church today has lost almost all sight of the concept of joyfully willed suffering as a means of sanctification, something Christ counseled for all. The Church today is almost exclusively concerned with corporal works, to the detriment of the spiritual lives of millions. Many if not most of those millions have left the Church. That’s because the spiritual matters profoundly. Corporal works of mercy can be done in any context, but spiritual works of mercy derive from the Church.

I fear you have replaced the Cult of God with the cult of man.

59. thelarryd - December 18, 2012

I see you’ve been visited by BillK on the Voris cruise post. He left me some comments as well, claiming that I was sinning against the unity of the Church and leading others to think false things and detracting and calumny and quoting the CCC and saying I ought to be ashamed of my website.

Everyone’s a critic…

tantamergo - December 18, 2012

I don’t think you or I were complaining?

thelarryd - December 18, 2012

He accused me of sinning, by spreading “false information” that could lead others to sin by detraction or whatever.

I found it amusing. Along with being incorrect.

60. FutureNunJMJ - December 19, 2012

Praised be Jesus Christ! I wasn’t sure where to post this, but I found out my friend in Dallas Carmel will be making her First Profession January 18th (Friday) around (this is how I heard it from her sister) 10 am. I was hoping to try to make, but I am not certain. I’m in Chicago. But I thought you might like to know and attend if possible. Her name is Sr. Teresa of St. Joseph, OCD. God bless!

61. nancy subia - January 22, 2013

Joyce Rupp is coming to our parish in Midland, TX. I am shocked and horrified… see this link http://www.uscatholic.org/church/2011/01/pregnant-possibility for a really anti-Catholic speech she did

tantamergo - January 22, 2013

Run away! Seriously, search ‘Joyce Rupp’ on this blog for a whole bunch on Rupp, especially the posts back in 2010.

62. Fr John - January 29, 2013

What a great blog! I stumbled upon it via Mark Shea via Fr Longenecker via Elizabeth Scalia. It is civil and fair-minded, but robustly orthodox. You’ve already changed my mind on a few things! Thank you!

tantamergo - January 29, 2013

Thank you very much! It is always great to have priests stop by. I’ll check out your blog. I pray I can earn/maintain those accolades.

63. TerryE - February 2, 2013

Wow, where did that side comment about Emergency and Jack Webb come from in the middle of the Corapi brouhaha? You must be getting feedback from Dennis M! :-D

Regards,
T

64. Elby - February 3, 2013

Thanks for the update on Fr. Corapi. I filed it away in my “FWIW” part of my brain since it is secondhand, but without knowing your source, your manner of presenting the information and demeanor make it seem credible to me, so, thanks again. Sorry about all the combox fake piety about you “judging” him and “gossip”. He was a public figure who scandalized a great many people. I welcome the future release of any further information about him. The truth shall set you free. I still hope that he will some day repent (maybe he is now, although it doesn’t seem likely, if he is in fact still tucked away, living the secular life with lots of $).

65. Mitchell - February 18, 2013

Hi Tantumergo,

A prayer request for you and your readers – my wife and I will be relocating to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area as soon as I can find a job there. Please pray for our efforts, that we are following God’s will, and will find success soon. And it wouldn’t hurt to add a couple of new parishioners to Mater Dei, would it?

Best,
Mitchell

66. David Rollins - February 22, 2013

Hello Lawrencinium,
Appreciated the Fr. Corapi update. He was a very substantial influence on me in starting my small Morning Prayer ministry on YouTube (channel ‘penitentis’) a few years ago.
Thanks for your blog,
A fellow Mater Dei – ite.

tantamergo - February 22, 2013

Sweet! God bless!

Daniel - March 4, 2013

Hmmm not being able post anymore?

tantamergo - March 5, 2013

No, they were in spam. I don’t know why you’re getting flagged. Normally comments go to spam when they have many links. I apologize, I am very sorry, I’m not doing it, the blog software is. Please keep trying. I’ll try to check the spam folder several times a day.

67. Daniel - March 4, 2013

Tanta it seems my comments do not appear after I hit “post comments”. Could you check please. I don’t recall making any opposing comments on your posts at all. In fact I support you take on many Catholic issues as I too have grave concern on relativism in the Church. Maybe you think I am hecking?

68. Peter Bové - March 30, 2013

Is there a pre-novus ordo mass in or near Dallas? Moved here from NY and haven’t found a true Traditional Mass. Along these lines http://www.stpiusvchapel.org

Anyone with information please inform me at themightypenfilmco AT gmail DOT com

Thanks and

Dominus Vobiscum

tantamergo - April 1, 2013

Seriously? You’re with MHFM?

Yes, Mater Dei FSSP parish in Irving. http://www.materdeiparish.com

There is also SSPX in Sanger, which I have never been to. I think there might be an independent priest in Arlington offering the TLM at a hotel, but I don’t often follow such things. You can go to traddie Mass sites to find out more info on that.

69. Lisa a - April 6, 2013

Please contact me, I am Lisa A the author of the Original Pedophilia Piece published on my website http://www.rethinksociety.com
Some interesting developments have taken place since you linked my article that I would like to discuss with you, you may email me at Lisa@rethinksociety.com

70. Daniel Connelly - May 14, 2013

I am from the Diocese of Camden. We just went through the merger process and Bishop Galante retired this year. The effects of the plan for transformation have been devastating. We lost over half our schools, parishes, priests and sisters with closings still continuing without end. 30-40% of the parishioners didn’t move to the new parishes. One county lost all it’s parishes and schools and the people must drive to the next county if they want to send their children to a Catholic School. There is no garantee that the school will be open next year. Several traditional teaching orders of religious sisters have been exiled, and forbidden from teaching. Many traditional priests have been exiled as well.
The response from the diocese is to hide their failures and proclaim the transformation a great success. They plan to continue with more of the same and bring in the “NEW CHURCH”, even as things crumble around them.
Camden Diocese is an experimental model which is being proclaimed as the new model for other dioceses. Pray for us and warn people the best that you can. Thank you.

71. Sherry - June 3, 2013

We are relocating to the North Dallas area soon. The right church for us will be the deciding factor on where exactly we live. So far we have discussed looking into the Grapevine to Frisco to Plano areas. We are also open to other cities in this area. It sounds like Mater Dei is a wonderful parish and we will be visiting this week. Do you have any recommendations for a NO parish? We are looking for as traditional as possible. Also, we have young children and will homeschool starting this fall. Thank you!

tantamergo - June 3, 2013

Sherry:

God bless you. Mater Dei is the only parish with a TLM in the Diocese, and it is of course exclusively TLM. As for Novus Ordo, the best by far is in Greenville, but that is in the extreme NE corner of the Diocese and, depending on job situation, could be an hour or more away from where you need to be in other aspects of life. Also, there is no real homeschool group there, while there is at Mater Dei.

There is a great deal of homeschooling around, however. It’s not attached to any particular parish. There are homeschool co-ops in Plano. One is called ORCHARD and the other is PARCH. But PARCH has gone down hill in the past few years.

St. Mark in Plano is probably one of the most orthodox NO parishes. St. Jude in Allen is also pretty orthodox. It’s all relative. St. Jude has Confession almost every day, if only for a short while. St. Mark has about 4 hours of Confesion a week, and a NO Latin Mass on Monday nights.

But at this point we’ve pretty much gotten so hooked on the TLM that’s about all that really concerns us at this point. We’re even talking about moving to Irving.

If you need an orthodox Catholic realtor, I know one. You can e-mail me offline larryr103@gmail.com

Sherry - June 3, 2013

Thank you so much for the church and homeschool recommendations! I will have my husband, Jay, email you about the realtor today.God bless you.

72. Ryan - June 6, 2013

First of all, I am a former Catholic now Agnostic. I wanted to give my insight in Father Corapi’s big downfall 2 years ago that I just read about recently. WOW! He really played the faithful and the Church as pawns. So he had a rough patch in life decades ago as a young man and was “guided towards the light by dear ol’ mom” so he becomes a priest for 20 years until his old ways get the better of him. Which in my opinion is kinda ridiculous since he committed no crime (oh no a priest had sex w/ woman, not a child) unless you count greed and taking full advantage what his ministry afforded him. I wish I could tell newly college grads if only they were educated in religious studies they’d have zero debt (church pays 4 everything) and in time if they’re good enough at speaking w/ one side of their mouth GOD, Jesus, Mary, etc. & the other KA-CHING!! $$ the Black Sheepdog is laughing all the way to bank since leaving, who is he kidding?!? oh that’s the blind delusional Catholics who followed him…wake up and it’s real simple how some people go about surviving and making money, exploitation has always existed in religious order

73. Marc - June 17, 2013

I saw your post about the pope Francis denying communion at the hand. As shown in the video you yourself provide it was clearly incorrect. It would be honest and just to correct the misunderstanding publicly in the post too. I would encourage to do that instead of admitting it in the comments but un-rectifiying the post itself.

tantamergo - June 17, 2013

I’m lazy.

74. Christopher Ekstrom - June 30, 2013

I know of three Traditionalist Priests that have been sent packing or in Fathet Rutler’s case; sidelined to Siberia. Would Cardinal Dolan dispatch Fulton Sheen to Staten Island? Probably. I meet the Cardinal with Father Rutler & as a fellow Mizzou Boy he reminded me of a machine politician. As is revealed by his defeatist posture on the Mandate & his deference to Nerobama (while being humiliated & lied to by same!) the comparison ends there; this politician is far too incompetent to have lasted one minute in machine KC. Is this the best we have? Why isn’t Father Rutler our Cardinal? Hopefully the Holy Father will kick Dolan upstairs and let him play politics in Rome. God save Our Church from its “princes”!

Could you suggest any Traditional parish near Highland Park? Went to a Church on Presto Road but it was uninspired (if not improper).

Thanks!

tantamergo - July 1, 2013

You went to Christ the King, I would guess. Have you been to Mater Dei? It’s on Irving Blvd in Irving, not terribly far from HP, but it defends on your definition. It’s probably about a 15 minute drive, depending on just where you are at. http://www.materdeiparish.com. FSSP parish, all TLM fully traditional.

75. hosting - July 11, 2013

Does your website have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to
send you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

76. FaustinaFan - August 3, 2013

May I request permission to use your black-and-white confession graphic (http://veneremurcernui.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/bishop-farrell-pushes-for-more-confession/) on a business card? The business card lists the confession times in my area and is going to be handed out to college students (with Mass times listed on the other side). Thanks.

Mary - August 3, 2013

what a fabulous idea!!!

tantamergo - August 5, 2013

FF, the image is not mine. I don’t know if it’s in the public domain or not, but I would imagine even business card use would fall under ‘fair use” so long as you don’t intend to profit, directly, from the sale of such business cards.

77. Austin Martin - September 13, 2013

I saw your post about Orthodoxy. I am Orthodox, and frankly, I am offended at the way Catholics consider us basically the same as them. I’m glad that a Catholic is saying that we have many problems (not sarcasm), for it’s insulting to negate our values and doctrines. However, I wish you went into more detail. Please write a longer post.

78. Kathy - September 23, 2013

I recently found you and am so happy you are keeping this blog up! We are almost in OK we are so Northern to Dallas but still happy to be informed of what all is taking place within our Diocese with a specific interest in the Latin Mass as well.

tantamergo - September 26, 2013

Thank you. I’m sorry your comment was delayed. God bless you.

79. Alyson - September 24, 2013

Greetings! I stumbled upon your blog while looking for art to use in my Catechetics Portfolio. I am a masters student at Franciscan University of Steubenville and I was wondering if you could possibly tell me who I can credit for the picture of confession you used on Oct. 3rd 2012 in the article Justification for Sacramental Confession from Scripture and Tradition. I would like to use this picture for my portfolio if that is alright with you. Please let me know as soon as possible! ( I included my email address below.
Thank you and God bless!

80. Rose Doane - September 26, 2013

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2K20lLB8L-Q&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2K20lLB8L-Q

Interview with Canon Matthew Talarico of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

81. Mark P Shea - September 29, 2013

Just saw your complaint about somebody trolling your blog under juvenile noms de plume. It wasn’t me. Just FYI.

82. Daniel Brooks (@codephined) - October 1, 2013

In response to the pro-abort invited to speak in a Dallas parish, the Diocese responded to a tweet of mine:

“This event was canceled by the pastor himself over a week ago.
Diocese of Dallas (@DallasCath)”

tantamergo - October 1, 2013

Thanks for the update. I’ll amend the post.

83. Hannah - October 15, 2013

Hi Tantamergo,

I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and I just wanted to thank you for such great content. I look forward to coming here everyday and your blog is one of my favorites. I’m so glad there are faithful traditional Catholics like yourself out there, fighting for Holy Mother Church and her traditions, and condemning Modernism and the evils in the Church for what they are.

Thank God for you. Just know this teenager appreciates you and what you’re doing here. Please keep up the great work.

May God bless you, my brother.

tantamergo - October 15, 2013

Thank you so very much for your kind comment. You do not know how strengthening it is to hear such supportive comments. I have taken a beating off line of late. I am glad – I pray – I am doing good for souls, that is the entire point of it all. I pray God may bless you! Stay strong with Holy Mother Church, satan loves to sift young people like sand, especially when they leave home and enter the world!

84. Michael Minnis - October 16, 2013

Is the Church approaching a time similar to the Reformation which was preceded by an indulgence scandal? Now we have sex scandals in union with the rise of Catholics in Name Only (CINO), many of whom seemed to be employed and protected by the national Bishops’ conferences. Marie Meaney’s “Is Schism Inevitable in Germany?” published October 16, 2013, in Crisis Magazine alludes to the growing gulf between Catholics and CINO’s, a gap being created under the leadership of Bishops and the Bishops’ conferences. When will Rome address this matter? Given the history of the Reformation, Rome will probably not address it until after the split or splits have occurred. We seem to be heading towards a German “Catholic” Church, an American “Catholic” Church, etc.

85. Eduardo - October 21, 2013

Hello Tanta,
I’m from Argentina and will probably be in Dallas because of work for a couple of weeksnext December. I’ll be staying in Downtown, probably in the Sheraton Hotel, and I’ll like to attend mass in the FSSP Parish. I understand I should take the 063 Bus in Commerce St and get off the in front of Mater Dei Parish, in Irving. Is it ok? (I must say that Dart.org webpage isn’t so useful when trying to understand how to move inside Dallas)

86. donnaellisart - October 30, 2013

now that i’ve read some comments, holy smokes! “more catholic than the pope!” pray for me!

tantamergo - October 30, 2013

Sorry, who is more Catholic than the Pope?

87. Thomas Bullis - November 28, 2013

HI…so as Todd’s brother who fully agrees with this blog, I recently got into an argument with him, and when he asked me what I was doing to stop Abortion, my response was “Nothing unless I am an Abolishonists for AHA” his response, “Most Certainly” I am concerned for his behavior he has a history of mental illness, and has a history of lying, cheating, pornography. he quoted to me in an email, “I am the most Godly person you have ever met Tommy. Nobody you know is as Godly as me. If you really tried to be Godly it would take you 10 years to be 1/3 as Godly as me. When the Pope comes to American I take his confession. I can forgive people and they can go strait to heaven. You might just make it to heaven just because you are my brother.”

So all who come around him, may not know this but i want to spread this…so feel free to re-post.

88. Francisco Martín - December 14, 2013

Evangelii gaudium:

English version: “episcopal conferences (…), including genuine doctrinal authority,”

Spanish version: “incluyendo también ALGUNA auténtica autoridad doctrinal.”

Correct English version should say:
” including SOME genuine doctrinal authority,”

Fench and Italian versions corresponds correctly to the Spanish one:
“y compris une CERTAINE autorité doctrinale authentique”.
“includendo anche QUALCHE autentica autorità dottrinale”.

(Please, don’t ask me what does it mean “genuine”)

89. Terry - January 23, 2014

Here in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis (Minnesota) we have a decade of proof that VIRTUS/TAT protects sodomite clergy at the expense of good clergy, laity & children. (Retired Abp. Flynn, his VIRTUS/TAT sex-ed programs for children were endorsed by Planned Parenthood and homosexual actvist groups) See this link:

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2006/05/father-robert-altier-and-st-agnes.html#.UrOCimd3vIU.

I’m not asking anyone to read all the pages of StarTrib articles, but they are there for your reference.

When I read Abp. Nienstedt’s letter and the StarTrib articles, I think:
–Lies of omission, both newspaper and the archdiocese. Remember that adult porn is legal, but not child porn. If the sex image is of a male, looking 15 or 16 or maybe 18 years old, then is it legal?
–Notice when you read, whether the archbishop or chancery representative or newspaper, is homo or hetero porn or questionable teenager porn what is being referred to?
–Whether local, national or global, these Catholic bishops and cardinals and the pope are ignoring the grave mortal sin problems of homosexuality, and trying to divert attention to minor issues of, e.g. immigration.

St. Michael the Archangel; pray for us. Our Lady of Fatima; pray for us.
—– —– —– —– —– —– —–

November 2013
Also see, http://www.startribune.com
–Two sides of priest emerge amid scandal, 10/27/2013, Baird Helgson
–Archbishop to hire firm for review of priests, 10/25/2013, Jean Hopfensperger
–Archdiocese paid $11M for misconduct by priests, 10/24/2013, Tony Kennedy, Jean Hopfensperger
–Priest makes unusual call for change at archdiocese, 10/23/2013, Baird Helgeson
–St. Thomas trustee who handled cases quits/Investigator in 3 priest abuse cases quits
St. Thomas board, 10/19/2013, Tony Kennedy
–Insider puts her church on trial, 10/13/2013, Dan Browning

90. Jason W. - February 4, 2014

I was hoping to comment on your request in regards to traditional male orders which are missionary in nature, but you had closed it for some reason. Regardless, this list might be helpful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communities_using_the_Tridentine_Mass

You might suggest that your friend take a look at the Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer. http://www.chemere.org/charisme-dominicain/

tantamergo - February 4, 2014

Sorry, comments time out after a week or so. This is to keep them from getting infested with spam.

91. P. McCoy - March 3, 2014

You are a bigot and a Domestic Terrorist. You want to subject LGBT people to the same Jim Crow laws that religious believers who felt their ” religious freedoms ” were offended by having to serve and deal with Blacks 70 and 80 years ago and I say this as a Black Woman. No babies are ever killed in an abortion, the problem is that no one is forcing you or the women in your life to have
abortions, but you want to impose the ignorance of 3000 year old interpretations on
everyone else. The problem with the left is
that they are too soft with your kind; you use murder of abortion providers, acts of terror
against clinics and use your raucous crowds to try to intimidate those seeking abortions. No, the left is too soft. You, ARE the enemy, hiding behind the pedophile obscenity that is the Vatican, a loathsome cult that wants to overthrow this secular government. So you are terrorists and traitors that should be punished with taxes on your church, harsh personal fines, and federal imprisonment that consists of solitary confinement. My words to you are simple: against Gay marriage, don’t get married to a Gay person, against abortion THEN DON’T HAVE ONE. Lastly, if abortion is murder, then breaking an egg is animal abuse. I am going to pray to God and strive to see to it that America stays secular and begins to circumscribe the pernicious influence of the Catholic Church is the United States. By the way, the blood of innocent Russians instead Ukraine is on your hands due to the power hungry violence perpetrated by Uniates, they want to destroy the Orthodox religion despite their bleats for peace; they rallied their people to push for a Catholic takeover of the country. I don’t like Putin, but if he is wise, he will outlaw the Uniates as traitors.

discipleofthedumbox - March 3, 2014

Thank you for making tantum’s point. May God convert you and your kind to his Most Sacred Heart or may you be destroyed before you can cause irreparable harm especially due to your hatred fueled by your own ignorance and total disregard of eternal truth.

Rosa - April 9, 2014

Urrgh. Be wary of P.McCoy … lukewarm IQ, and among the mob that will be breaking down your door to rob, rape, kill and eat you. In that order. Flee the face of evil. Flee!

tantamergo - April 9, 2014

Oh, I just saw this. Should I leave it?

As an object lesson in how completely upside down and inside out people’s thinking has become, yes.

92. Mary - March 18, 2014
tantamergo - March 18, 2014

So the end begins.

93. Jim - April 8, 2014

Fr Corapi’s preaching was truthful; if he is a sinner , his preaching is still truthful.

94. Dennis McCarty - April 21, 2014

Your comments about Bishop Hubbard in Albany, NY are beyond disgraceful. I don’t agree with all his beliefs, but he is an honest and decent human being who has devoted his entire life to serving God. It’s really, really unfortunate that you’ve chosen to go after him in such a vicious un-Christ like manner. And just so you know…the number of Roman Catholics attending church each Sunday is on the decline throughout the country, not just in Albany. I will pray for you, sir.

tantamergo - April 21, 2014

I can certainly use the prayers. But the situation in Albany is far beyond what has been experienced in other dioceses. In fact, both Rochester and Albany are at or very near the bottom of the list for many aspects of parish and diocesan life, from vocations to Mass attendance to donations to church closings. But lay involvement in sacred rites is profuse and disordered.

There once was a really holy bishop, who impressed many, many people with his personal sanctity. In fact, many thought he was a saint. Unfortunately, that appearance of sanctity was coupled with some really destructive ideas. His name was Arius, and he authored a heresy that caused enormous strife and angst within the Church for centuries. The appearance of personal sanctity is not always a defense against doctrinal error. Bishop Hubbard has supported and advanced all manner of erroneous beliefs, and the plight of the Church in upstate New York reflects that. He may be a wonderful man – Arius may have been a wonderful man – but their ideas are dangerous and destructive.

95. Timothy O'Brien - May 7, 2014

Hi, I read your blog a lot and really enjoy it. This video has been being shown recently throughout the country among orthodox Catholics. I was curious if you saw it and what your opinion is-

Third Way: http://vimeo.com/93079367

In Christ,
Tim

96. dominiemary - May 12, 2014

Excellent blog. Can you put a Twitter share and linkedin buttons and google plus please?

tantamergo - May 12, 2014

If I can figure it out! I’m not much for Twitter. I’m nominally on Google plus but really don’t like how invasive it is. “Linked in” – no way. My professional and blogging personas must remain widely separated.

97. Herman Cummings - May 12, 2014

Lawrencinium Tiberius Rochenhoffenstauffengreensteinberg-Jones,
I want you to write me. I have important info that you will want to show all other Catholics.

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98. VeniCumDubium - June 3, 2014

You people are deluded and a blight upon modern society. Wrapped up in your cult of antiquity and ignorance, you tell others how to live, work, and love (or not to). A fraud, a pious fraud… of gods, demons, spirits, angels, fairies, ghosts, saints, visions, miracles, prayers, and divine revelations. Tithes, crusades, money, robes, fancy hats, money, monsignors, dispensations, indulgences, albs, money…

The sun goes around the earth for you. Famines, earthquakes and plagues are your god’s expression of anger. Your god is made in your image and likeness, Caucasian male with a nose, a navel, genitals… and why not? What better way to maintain the order?

Four hundred years deep into the age of science and understanding, and you are still dragging your knuckles, waving an primitive book around, inspired by the gibberish of a nomadic tribal culture roaming the ancient Levant.

I recently witnessed a diaconate ordination and watched all those chumps kneeling to kiss the bishop’s ring — a perfect microcosm of the church’s 16th-century ethos.

Too bad the music isn’t as good as it was then. Gabrieli is one of the best things the church gave the world… I suppose we must take the rind with the melon. The good news is that the rind is shriveling into insignificance… very slowly, but steadily. We may have to wait another couple hundred years. Church is a cancer-riddled peacock that spends its dwindling reserves of energy preening its feathers.

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

lyndairish - July 29, 2014

You’ve been well and truly brainwashed. This is wholly irrational.

99. Rick Russnak - June 4, 2014

I really like this website. How do I register?
Thank you,
Rick Russnak
Flagstaff, Arizona
June 5, 2014

100. Yaab - June 9, 2014

Tantamergo,

You have created a pretty interesting Catholic blog out there. Keep up the good work.

Regards,
Yaab
Poland, Central Europe

Tantumblogo - June 9, 2014

Thanks! God bless!

101. 16 year old. - June 10, 2014

Hello. I have reacently read your article about Youth Groups. Contradicting your view of youth groups, I have felt that my group has brought me into a deeper relationship with God. Was it not JPII who started World YOUTH Day, to give hope for the future of the Church? Youth group gives us teenagers a place to share our faith and grow closer to Christ. Obviously, some parishes have youth groups that are having troubles, but how can you go against such an idea that helps the people who are th future of the church? Are you a teenager in today’s society? It’s hard growing up in today’s society, and youth group gives us teenagers a chance to become closer to Christ. You are focusing too much on the statistics of how youth groups are “destroying teenager’s faith”. Instead of putting so much effort into condemning anything that goes against your beliefs, I think that praying can help. We must never forget to be like Jesus, who loved everybody, men, women, children, criminals, prostitutes. Sometimes, we forget to realize that we are acting like the Pharisees, focusing so much on following the faith perfectly and forgetting what the faith is really about. It seems that recently some Catholics have lost touch with our relationship with God. Religion AND faith go hand in hand. Following Catholism perfectly doesn’t always mean a person is a good Catholic. Live out the faith. God Bless.

Tantumblogo - June 10, 2014

That’s a very nice testimony. I pray you feel the same way 20 years from now.

102. Frank - June 11, 2014

Besides the Fraternity of St. Peter, are there other churches where the Traditional Latin mass is offered in Dallas or nearby cities?

Tantumblogo - June 11, 2014

Yes, but they are SSPX. There is SSPX in Sanger and North Richland Hills. And that is all. There are a couple of diocesan priests who know how to offer the TLM and would dearly love to do so, but they are not permitted to offer TLM by the bishop except under exceedingly rare circumstances.

103. Baseballmom - June 12, 2014

I’m sorry. I don’t know your email. Prayers please for Fr. Joe Terra FSSP, who was critically injured by an intruder at his parish in Phoenix AZ. HIS ASSOCIATE WAS KILLED. Thank you.

104. Jeannine - June 12, 2014

Appreciate the recommendation. Let me try it out.

105. Dallas artist - June 29, 2014

I am looking to sell my retablo but not sure who I can trust to tell me if it authentic or not. I am going Monday to the Arte De Anquitecture De Mexico on Levee St and other auctions places down there for quotes. Any recommendations?

106. dominiemary - July 15, 2014

How do I email the post on youcat – I would like to send this. Important

Thanks

D Stemp

107. Jacek Cianciara - August 6, 2014

According to http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=579116

‘I was just watching Marino Restrepo’s testimony where he encountered God, and he eventually became a Catholic missionary. Marino stated that Jesus Christ said that we are not going to be judged on religions, on doctrines, on beliefs of any kind. We are judged on love. BUT we are going to be called upon the talents he gave us. Marino said that Jesus Christ called the Catholic Church the greatest talent because it is the church that contains all the truth. He goes on to say that Jesus Christ said that we as Catholics need to humble ourselves, but only God can open the hearts of men to come into His Church.”

Pretty powerful testimony.

The testimony of Marino Restrepo begins with the link below if you care to watch.

Isn’t that quite heretical?


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