Fundraising organ “The Catholic Foundation” promoting social justice in the Diocese November 12, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the enemy.
I have thought for a while that maybe I should change the name of this blog. When I started it, it was very much focused on goings on in the Diocese of Dallas, and especially uncovering and reporting many problematic or disconcerting activities. That quickly became depressing, and even more, I found that the crisis in the Church extended far, far beyond the narrow boundaries of the 9 counties that make up this one diocese. When I started blogging almost 5 years ago, naive little waif that I was, I actually thought that if I only made the powers that be aware of some of these problematic, even destructive, activities they would be cleared up in no time! Silly me! Actually, I wasn’t quite that naive, but I thought it might make a little difference. Has it? Meh, not much.
Still, I was a bit surprised to find, in the hallowed halls of the former Korean methodist church that is now occupied by the glorious Mater Dei parish, a promotional flyer for the local “The Catholic Foundation.” The flyer featured none other than former pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish (and current pastor of St. Ann in Coppell) Father Henry Petter. Longtime readers of this blog will know that Fr. Petter and I have not always enjoyed the warmest of relations and will also know that I have been rather critical of the social justice program he instituted at Seton. In fact, Seton was such a hotbed of social justice – which means, in practical terms, left wing political agitation – that the local Alinskyite branch of “Dallas Area Interfaith” (a member of the Industrial Areas Foundation) was given office space there while the parish was under Fr. Petter’s pastoral care.
The flyer itself highlights The Catholic Foundation’s social justice work. The flyer actually states:
The purpose of the fund is to take charitable donations a step further and truly impact structures of injustice in the local community.
Couldn’t have been said better if it had been said by ol’ Barack Hussein Obama himself. Or some communist college professor – it is shocking to see such overtly left wing language in a document purporting to serve an organization of the Church.
Now they claim that over 50% of the money they raise goes to “education,” over 1/3 to “religious,” and the rest to……….well, at least some of it goes to social justice ministries. And even that covered under the broad blanket of “education” could easily be applied to this kind of social justice endeavor, educating us rubes into advancing the socialist revolution that is the true source of goodness, plenty, and light!
So you could take this as an irregular reminder to be very, very careful which organizations you support in the Church. I do not know if the Diocese funnels money assessed from parishes to this Catholic Foundation or other similar groups but I am very leery about supporting any of these large institutional charities or groups. I tend to look for either specific religious orders, organizations like the St.Vincent Ferrer Foundation, the FSSP, Transalpine Redemptorists, etc, to support financially, as I really, really do not want any of my money winding up being devoted to Alinskyite leftist agitation. I do very strongly believe that about the only real influence the laity exercise over the direction of the Church in the near term is the power of the purse. If we keep donating to the regular diocesan appeals or even our local parish’s general funds we can be sure that at least some of our money will wind up supporting efforts just like this, impacting “structures of injustice in the local community.”
It’s actually a genius plan, duping people utterly opposed to socialism and left wing agitation into financially supporting just those diabolical efforts through their own church. Saul Alinsky devoted his master plan, the book Rules for Radicals, to satan, and I feel the program he instituted (using churches as vehicles for funding and respectability) is satanic in its perverse brilliance.
I have noted that this pontificate, a bit like the Obama administration, saves controversial news releases for weekends, when the news cycle is at its slowest. It could be coincidence, but the formal announcement of Cardinal Burke’s slap in the face demotion was held until Saturday last week, when it had been known for months. Rorate had the news, as typical:
It had been known for months, but today it has been confirmed: Pope Francis, in a move that has no precedent in modern times for a man who is still a very young Cardinal, removed Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke from his position as Prefect of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, or from any pastoral, governance, or judicial position, and named him to the almost purely honorific position of “Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta” (usually given to retired cardinals or historically as a ceremonial position that is held by cardinals exercising actual pastoral or governing functions elsewhere).
However LifeSiteNews has started up a petition for faithful souls to communicate their appreciation of Cardinal Burke in this time of trial. Already nearly 17,000 have signed the petition, and I encourage you to do so if you have not already. I think this is a beautiful gesture and I agree with LSN that Cardinal Burke’s demotion represents a loss to the pro-life and family movements, but perhaps the good cardinal will be able to use the extra time he’ll now have to conduct an even more effective, if ad hoc, public ministry.
I can say that the petition expresses my opinion regarding Cardinal Burke wholeheartedly:
I would like to express my personal gratitude for your faithful service these past years as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. In particular, I wish to thank you for being a strong and uncompromising voice in defense of the truths of life and the family.
Though I, and countless fellow Catholics and pro-life and pro-family advocates, will miss your voice and presence at the Vatican, I know that a transfer of position will do nothing to dissuade you from courageously proclaiming the truths of the Gospel of Life.
You have inspired me to stand up for the truth in charity despite all costs. I pledge myself to be a voice like yours – a voice of truth in season and out of season.
I offer you my heartfelt prayers and well wishes as you go through this period of transition. May God bless you.
Even more than being witnesses to the sanctity of life and marriage from conception or matrimony to natural death, we must be stalwart defenders of the Truth Christ has revealed in every respect. The whole moral edifice of the Church is under attack as never before…….let us stand with the great Saints, Fathers, and past popes in defending it no matter who is the source of the attack. Truth is no respecter of persons. Those who hold error must be corrected, in charity. I pray Cardinal Burke will continue to give witness to this fact, as well.
I guess I had missed the fact that the radical feminist professor who attacked a teen pro-lifer on the UC-Santa Barbara campus earlier this year had been sentenced to three year’s probation. The college refused to discipline her in any way, however, and tried to blame the pro-lifers for, in essence, being where they do not belong. It’s quite delicious how elitist and cloistered the left truly is, quite the opposite of the egalitarianism it loves to wrap itself with. Nevertheless, the “professor” of queer theory and pornography Mireille Miller-Young and the university are now being sued for the assault:
The pro-life group Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLF) filed a civil lawsuit Thursday against the University of California, Santa Barbara and feminist professor Mireille Miller-Young, who was recently convicted of stealing from and assaulting pro-life protesters earlier this year.
The feminist studies professor, who specializes in queer theory and pornography, went on a video-recorded rampage in March when she stole and destroyed a pro-life poster, before attacking and causing minor injuries to 16-year-old protestor Thrin Short. [Oh I'm sure what a deep intellect this woman possesses, taking on such vital topics! Now, one might ask, how on earth does a raging feminist rationalize her eager support for pornography, the most objectifying of objectifications of women? Hypocrisy, thy name is leftism]
In July, Miller-Young was convicted of assaulting Short, and stealing and destroying the protestors’ property.
The Life and Legal Foundation, however, is taking Miller-Young back to court on behalf of the demonstrators who were attacked during the March confrontation. The foundation filed a civil suit Thursday against Miller-Young, UC Santa Barbara and a group of students who assisted the professor during the attack, according to a Life and Legal Foundation press release. LLF is seeking compensation for physical battery, property theft and civil rights violations.
Though Miller-Young was court-ordered to attend conflict resolution classes through the Quaker Church, and is currently serving three years of probation, bureaucrats at UC Santa Barbara never reprimanded the professor for her actions. In fact, the professor is still listed on the school’s faculty webpage as an associate professor in the public university’s feminist studies department.
So, what does this special snowflake of a princess conduct her oh-so-vital “research” on?
The Ph.D.-wielding professor whose dissertation is called “A Taste for Brown Sugar: The History of Black Women in American Pornography,” is still listed as an associate professor at the public university…..
“In fact, communications from university officials implied that the youth who had been peacefully engaged in advocating a pro-life worldview caused the incident,” the press release said.
We all know there are some decent universities still out there. And even at good ol’ State U I managed to completely avoid any of this kind of garbage, mostly by virtue of being an engineering major. I did have one history class I took where the professor was wacked out, but even back then I knew more about 20th century American history than she did and she was scared of me, so she toned down her socialist crap. But nothing so blatantly immoral as this.
However, if one of my children wanted to attend some state university and major in one of these useless subjects like queer feminist Vietnamese theory, I would have to say…….do it on your own dime. I don’t think there is even a remote chance of that happening, but it is amazing to me how many at least moderately faithful Catholic parents will turn the child they so carefully raised and preserved from this insanely perverse culture loose on some loony college campus to be radicalized. Kids don’t magically cross some boundary when they turn 18 where parents just have to take a hands-off approach and let them make their own mistakes. At least, I don’t think so. I’ll let them make their own mistakes when they’re……fifty.
Seriously, though, obviously kids will sometimes insist on making really bad choices, and parents do not always have the control they would like. But too often, parents are willing co-conspirators in some dangerous and even self-destructive behavior, because they have been catechized by the culture to believe that 18 is some magical age where the chrysalis opens and the butterfly must be free to fly, fly away!
So one time this good local priest went on a very appropriate harangue about the collapse of Notre Dame University as a Catholic university. And some parents who had just committed a child to this formerly Catholic institution were at that Mass, and they got all upset. Not at their decision, naturally, but at the priest. How dare he make them feel bad! They got all irate, and the priest actually apologized later.
What happened to the child, raised with so much care and concern? I’ll not go into too much detail, but simply say that the outcome appears far from ideal.
But who knows, maybe they’ll convert back and be the next Michael Voris. What do I know?
Wow. If true – and given the UN’s eager promotion of the leftist agenda of population control, it would certainly fit - what an unbelievable travesty. I haven’t had a tetanus booster in nearly 20 years and my doctor asks me every year at my physical if I want one. Ummm…….no thanks? I have not done so because they’ve combined it with whooping cough now and I’m more than a bit concerned about the origin of this particular vaccine.
This is just so evil, and yet so typical of the modern left that dominates non-governmental organizations, the UN, and so many national governments. They know what is best for us, we will be made to comply with their unholy agenda whether we want to or not, they will find ways to make us sick and sterile and thus dependent on them, they will manipulate seemingly innocuous services to their nefarious ends……it is of the devil:
Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government.
According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine.
“We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. “They were all laced with HCG.”
Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4, “This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.”
But the government says the vaccine is safe. Health Minister James Macharia even told the BBC, “I would recommend my own daughter and wife to take it because I entirely 100% agree with it and have confidence it has no adverse health effects.” [That is not a denial. It's not even close. He simply agrees with the intention of the vaccine, to render women sterile.]
Supporters of the vaccine say women who receive the shots are still getting pregnant. But this is not the first time such an attempt at mass sterilization has been made, and it takes a while for the vaccine to take effect:
“We knew that the last time this vaccination with five injections has been used was in Mexico in 1993 and Nicaragua and the Philippines in 1994,” said Dr. Ngare. “It didn’t cause miscarriages till three years later,” which is why, he added, the counterclaims that women who got the vaccination recently and then got pregnant are meaningless.
Ngare said WHO tried to bring the same anti-fertility program into Kenya in the 1990s. “We alerted the government and it stopped the vaccination. But this time they haven’t done so.”
This sounds very strange. If they keep messing with vaccines, deriving them from hideous sources or mixing in things that are immoral, people are going to stop receiving them en masse and we’re going to be back to the days of mass plagues.
But I’m far from sure the sterilizers care. Once one is disconnected from the Faith and the morality it requires there is no limit to the evil to which men will stoop.
Lena Dunham perversion reveals the manifest sickness so prevalent in the “elite” left November 4, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society.
NOTE: This post is for adult readers only and those who are not easily troubled by explicit content of a graphic nature related to human anatomy and perversions of the marital act.
I don’t know if you’ve been following the scandal of Lena Dunham’s autobiography, which she pitched as being “the voice of her generation.” Please. Dunham is descended from a old liberal family of great wealth. Given her abysmal lack of talent (I say that objectively) and the very low ratings of her self-indulgent HBO product Girls, it seems apparent to me that it was her family’s money that got their troubled daughter this high-profile gig. Dunham also attracted attention in 2012 in her campaign ad for Barack Obama, in which she compared voting for Obama to losing one’s virginity. While many found that commercial trite and offensive, further revelations indicate that commercial may have said more about Dunham than she intended.
Back to her biography, from what was intended to be a vehicle to advance her stardom, such as it is, to new heights, it has now become an enormous source of scandal. Not only does Dunham reveal in this biography her own perverted acts, which probably played a significant role in her sister self-identifying as a gomorrist, but she also reveals how sick and twisted her own upbringing was at the hands of her “artist” parents. In reading some of the excerpts from her book, I could not help but thinking that her parents behaved exactly like child molesters, grooming their children from a very young age to be comfortable with adult nudity and explicit depictions of sexuality (both in their “art” and otherwise), and that the entire family is a case study in the endless decadence in our left wing cultural elites. A few excerpts from the book (final warning, this material is inescapably perverse and explicit as it contains direct quotes from Miss Dunham’s biography. Emphasis and comments mine):
Still, to dismiss Lena Dunham as an insulated and spoiled child of Manhattan’s ruling class is to misunderstand her story entirely. If there is such a thing as actually abusing a child through excessive generosity and overindulgence, then Lena Dunham’s parents are child abusers. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, “legs spread defiantly.” Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries. And they were, in their daughter’s telling, enablers of some very disturbing behavior that would be considered child abuse in many jurisdictions — Lena Dunham’s sexual abuse, specifically, of her younger sister, Grace, the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections. Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, [While Dunham was 17 and her sister 10] of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina — “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation. “This was within the spectrum of things I did.” [Leaving out many other sordid details, such as dressing her sister up as a whore to be used around age 5, Dunham engaged in extremely questionable if not outright abusive behavior of her sister for over 10 years, routinely violating her young sister's most vulnerable and private dimensions. There is an extremely strong correlation between childhood sex abuse at the hands of a same-sex abuser and later manifestation of same-sex attraction. Is it any wonder, then, that Dunham's sister - named Grace, of all things - has wound up drawn to same sex perversion?]
…..When Dunham inspects her sister’s business, she shrieks at what she sees: “Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. . . . Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been such a success.” Dunham’s writing often is unclear (willfully so, it seems), but the context here — Grace has overheard her older sister asking whether her baby sister has a uterus — and Grace’s satisfaction with her prank suggest that Grace was expecting her older sister to go poking around in her genitals and inserted the pebbles in expectation of it. Grace is around one year old at the time of these events. There is no non-horrific interpretation of this episode. As for stroking her mother’s vagina, having mistaken it for her hairless cat . . .[As I said, it seems nudity and reckless disregard for the rights of a child to be brought up in a wholesome environment sustaining of virtue were completely disregarded. How on earth did Lena Dunham come to fondle her own mother, mistaking her parts for a cat? How did she manage to repeatedly kiss her sister on the lips for 5 seconds at a time? Somehow I managed entirely through my childhood without coming within 50 yards of either.]
Dunham also made a casual rape allegation she has refused to publicly either denounce or stand behind, resulting in at least one man’s life being ruined, and probably that of his entire family:
Lena Dunham never actually writes that she was raped by a mustachioed campus Republican named Barry at Oberlin College. She leads up to it with a long story about her childhood misuse of the word “rape” — she accuses her little sister of raping her and tells people that her father sticks a fork in her vagina when she misbehaves — and dwells on her lifelong fear of being raped. [Those who have experienced abuse often have enormous sensitivity to the future prospect of it happening again. This girl is a walking tragedy, both sufferer and inflicter of an endless cycle of pain on others. I would never, ever want to be independently wealthy. It is a curse for the vast majority.] She describes two different versions of the same sexual encounter, in the latter version insisting that she did not consent to what happened. And in a remarkably dishonest turn, she has other people describe the event as “rape,” thereby dodging any intellectual or moral responsibility for making the claim herself.
It takes me about two minutes to discover a Republican named Barry whose time at Oberlin coincided with Dunham’s. A few minutes later, I know a great deal about him: Where he works, where he lives, what he majored in, his high-school-prom plans, people we know in common, and other surprising intersections between our lives. When I call him at his office, I get the distinct impression that I am not the first reporter to have done so. “I don’t have anything to say about what I know you’re calling about,” he says. We speak very briefly, and he is concerned that I will use his name. It’s a strange thing to be concerned about — his name is out there, easily found. Oberlin opened an investigation into the incident after the publication of Dunham’s book and has consulted with the local police department. The statute of limitations for rape in Ohio is 20 years, and Dunham graduated in 2008.
As for how she got so irreversibly messed up, I think Kevin Williamson about nails it:
She did not get this way by accident; she got this way because the series of economic and intellectual cloisters in which she has lived her life have functioned as the emotional equivalent of Song-dynasty foot-binding: Intended to bring her nearer to perfection, they have instead left her disfigured and disabled……Dunham is busily building an ever-thicker cocoon of fantasy, prescription drugs, and weaponized celebrity, manipulating reality to her own specifications. If she is emblematic of her generation, it is in that her life, in her own telling, is a reminder that being ruined by comfort and privilege is as easy as (perhaps easier than) being crippled by privation and abuse.
There is your left wing elite, America. Dunham is just a less intelligent version of very many others who are just as perverse and just as disassociated from virtue and reason as she is. Dunham was not smart enough to know where to draw the line in the telling of her tales. She revealed far too much and of the wrong things. Her bio has turned into a PR disaster and her career will be gravely inhibited. But there are tens of thousands just as perverse as she who did not make the same mistakes, and direct our society through the leftist dominated government-media-entertainment complex more and more every day.
What we have to understand is that leftism is inherently, consciously opposed to Christianity and especially that old “monster,” the Catholic Church. The Church was the reason for the left’s coming into being and has been the primary target in almost all the revolutions the left has inflicted upon helpless innocents since. The kinds of perversion outlined in brief above – there was much, much more – have been prominent characteristics of the radical elements in Western Civilization since they first burst on the scene at the start of the 16th century. They are as antithetical to the Faith as satan himself, but through centuries of propaganda have become accepted as “normal” by huge swaths of people.
Sometimes the enemy is a frightening muslim dressed in black battle fatigues and with an AK and C4 strapped to his back. Sometimes it is a diminutive little girl who sells herself a slice at a time. The latter may be the more destructive.
Understanding the cold sterility of perverse, “same-sex” relations October 29, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
The very philosophical E.Bougis at FideCogitActio has a post examining the ontological differences between normal, rightly ordered (and God-ordained) desires ordered towards the procreation of children, and the cold, barren sterility of perverse relations between people of the same sex. Both Mr. Bougis’ own analysis, and a quote from Germain Grisez are worthy of reading. First, Mr. Bougis:
Homosexuality is, by definition, love of one’s sameness-in-sex. It is, in other words, love of one’s self-in-sex. Homosexuality is, therefore, onanism by a longer name. It is the quintessence of the contraceptive (i.e. sterile) mentality. As such, it is not simply immoral; it is an aesthetic outrage, and therefore it is the pageant of our grotesque age.
For those who are, like me, unaware of what “onanism” means, it means self-abuse. And without going into too much detail, I fervently agree. I have long believed that so-called homosexuality is a very highly developed form of narcissistic self-love, fed by self-abuse, that over time and especially with repeated exposure to pornography can eventually – not in every case, but in some – cause an individual to actually develop appetites for the same in intimate relations rather than the opposite. Yes there are many corollary factors such as childhood sex abuse by a same-sex abuser (THE number one cause for falling into this kind of lifestyle), absent or distant fathers, perhaps even a certain predisposition to this kind of perversion, but overall, the perverse appetites develop as a result of unconstrained and truly abusive descent into addictive self-pleasuring. As the mind and soul experience more and more of this pleasure at the, ahem, hands of the self, somehow the natural appetites are deranged to desire not the opposite, but the same in this powerful and almost totally misunderstood realm of psycho-sexual behavior. Acceptance of self-abuse as “natural, normal, and harmless” in pseudo-scientific literature on the subject in such disastrous “guides” as The Joy of Sex and others caused, I believe, the explosion in perverse behavior we have seen in the past few decades. Between normal relations rendered sterile by contraception, and the virtual epidemic of self-abuse in our culture (virtually every man today abuses himself regularly, and the large majority of women now, too), individual’s normal repulsion towards unnatural behaviors has been dramatically lessened, and the groundwork laid for “tolerance” and even “acceptance” of incredibly destructive behaviors. We presently have an epidemic of intentional sterility in our culture, and that epidemic is destroying it. God always allows our own worst sins to be our downfall, whether as individuals, or as a society.
On to Germain Grisez’ comments:
“[A]lthough it is true that partners in sodomy also could conceivably share in a committed relationship with sincere mutual affection and express their feelings in ways that would be appropriate in any friendship, the coupling of two bodies of the same sex cannot form one complete organism and so cannot contribute to a bodily communion of persons. Hence, the experience of intimacy of the partners in sodomy cannot be the experience of any real unity between them. [Which is why so many same-sex "couples" practice serial "infidelity" and few relations last any length of time. Even those most "committed" partnerings held up as examples of "virtuous" same-sex behavior almost always tolerate regular couplings outside the "committed" relationship]Rather, each one’s experience of intimacy is private and incommunicable, and is no more a common good than is the mere experience of sexual arousal and orgasm. Therefore, the choice to engage in sodomy for the sake of that experience of intimacy in no way contributes to the partners’ real common good as committed friends.
Someone who admits that sodomy necessarily lacks the unitive significance of heterosexual intercourse which makes a couple a single reproductive principle might nevertheless suggest that a couple can choose such sodomitic intercourse as a way of communicating good will and affection. [I'm sorry, but to sodomize someone is such a violent, unnatural act, I find any such claims to be mere shams, ridiculous cover given to try to excuse the inexcusable.]However, just as with fornicators, sexual intercourse is not chosen by sodomites in preference to conversation and mutually beneficial acts because it is the more expressive means of communicating good will and affection. Rather, it is chosen because it provides subjective satisfactions otherwise unavailable. [And I think the act in question involves the acting out of very sick and twisted roles of aggressor and submissive which, in almost every human society in history until now, were always understood to be the resort of a demented mind. Fem-fem acting out is just as sick even if the abuse takes place in different ways.] Consequently, while sodomites may not choose, as fornicators do, an illusory good instead of a real one, they do choose to use their own and each other’s bodies to provide subjective satisfactions, and thus they choose self-disintegrity as masturbators do. Of course, while masturbators can be interested exclusively in the experience of sexual arousal and orgasm, sodomites also are interested in the illusion of intimacy.” (From The Way of the Lord Jesus, vol. 2)
Perhaps, but I would argue that even these relatively benign (but still outrageously perverse) reasons for this behavior given above are rare in the individuals so accursed. That is why even in public demonstrations of their perversions these poor lost souls cannot help but engage in outrageous displays of nudity, sado-masochism, denigration of wholesome institutions (like the Church and family), and violence. Anyone who has seen photos of “pride” parades knows this to be true, and while perhaps most do not engage in these very public displays of degeneration, a very large number do so in private.
And what is more, these folks know, deep down inside, what they are. That is why they demand such constant affirmations and even glorification from the culture at large, and why they will persecute the faithful with an unyielding savagery.
It is amazing I even have to write this. The very idea that someone would have to explain the manifest grotesqueness of this perverse behavior against widespread societal acceptance would have shocked the average person from even 20 or 30 years ago. That is how far we have fallen, so very fast.
And yet our beloved Church is absolutely infested with this perversion. Lord, have mercy.
Several things as way of a brief introduction. The man who introduces Bishop Gracida – a long time friend and supporter of the TLM and one of the most orthodox bishops in entire post-conciliar US Church -is Jim Graham, President of Texas Right to Life. There are two major pro-life political action organizations in Texas, Texas Right to Life, and Texas Alliance for Life. You really, really, really want to support the former and not the latter. Texas Right to Life is completely pro-life up and down the whole panoply of life-related issues and is very strongly Catholic. Texas Alliance for Life is much weaker on end-of-life issues and has equivocated on critical matters a number of times.
Secondly, Bishop Gracida below addresses the really pernicious error of current “end of life” declarations that have been formulated over the past 50 years to support the organ harvesting industry. Organs for transplantation MUST, with present technology, be taken from a living human being. The organs deteriorate to uselessness within just a few minutes of actual death. That is why destructive ideologies like “brain death” have been created, in order to pretend that people with still beating hearts, even those who breathe on their own, are somehow “dead,” and thus suitable victims for organ harvesting. But far too many entities in the institutional Church have accepted this illusory definition and have given the “moral OK” to perform such practices. Bishop Gracida has opposed this form of murder for decades.
Finally, I must agree with Jim Graham’s introductory notes, the reason that we have seen Western culture collapse to the terrific extent it has in the past several decades – an incredibly rapid acceleration of a process building for 500 years – is due to the failure of the Church to uphold traditional morality and Doctrine and instead try be a never challenging, often indifferentist “friend” of the world.
Some really very good comments below from Bishop Gracida, it is worth watching:
That man is 93 years old. Can you believe it? He looks and sounds 20 years younger. Which sort of explodes the mandatory retirement age program put in place after Vatican II. I can imagine how blessed the Diocese of Corpus Christi would now be had Bishop Gracida remained in office until now – over 30 years. Ad multos annos! My father-in-law looks and works 15 years younger than he is at 85 but I think Bishop Gracida might put him to shame.
The farce of it all: Kalifornia uber alles orders churches to fund abortions – or else October 23, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
Well, surprise, surprise, surprise……as part of its enforcement of Obamacare, the state of Kalifornia has determined that surgical abortion now constitutes “basic health services” and must be covered by ALL insurance plans, whether the holders of those plans are churches with moral objections to the murder of babies or not. Everyone with a brain knew Obamacare would wind up instituting universal coverage for grave moral evils like contraception and abortion even on churches, even on the Church. Kalifornia has simply jumped the gun a bit. Whether this will hold up in court, it all depends on what the magic 8 ball of Anthony Kennedy says on that particular day:
For the past four years, the Obama administration and its friends on the Left were careful to claim that they still strongly support religious libertywhile arguing that Hobby Lobby’s Green family, Conestoga Wood Specialties’ Hahn family, and others like them must lose. Principally, they contended, religious liberty protections could not be applied to Hobby Lobby because (1) It is a for-profit corporation, (2) It isn’t a church (and thus not a true “religious employer”), and (3) It is wrong on the science—Plan B, a copper intrauterine device, et cetera, they claimed, do not cause abortions. [WRONG.] They implied, if not claimed outright, that they would surely support religious freedom in another case, but Hobby Lobby was unworthy to claim its protections. [Horse hockey]
The State of California is now calling their bluff. California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion. Not Plan B. Not contraceptives. Elective surgical dismemberment abortion.
At the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union, [a long time communist front group, founded by a communist] the DMHC concluded that a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover “basic health services” had been misinterpreted all these decades. Every plan in the state was immediately ordered, effective August 22, to cover elective abortion. California had not even applied this test to its own state employee health plans (which covered only “medically necessary” abortions). But this novel reading was nevertheless quietly imposed on every plan in the state by fiat.……..[Ah, the leftist's favorite word.......fiat]
…..Several other California churches have received similar notices from their insurers, and others will follow. While California (like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS) exempts churches from its contraceptive mandate, there is no exception to this bureaucratic abortion mandate. This leaves California churches in the illogical and impossible position of being free to exclude contraceptives from their health plan for reasons of religious conscience but required to provide their employees with abortion coverage. [And even more illogically, chemical abortions are excluded, but not surgical ones! They must really feel a need to ramp up the offerings to satan there in the Kalifornia state government.]
This California mandate is in blatant violation of federal law that specifically prohibits California from discriminating against health care plans on the basis that they do not cover abortion.[So there had to be a law enacted specifically to keep Kalifornia from persecuting churches? Do they pick on mosques in the same way?] Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation have filed administrative complaints with the HHS Office of Civil Rights (which oversees this federal law) on behalf of individual employees and seven California churches forced into abortion coverage in violation of their conscience.
What will be the administration and the Left’s response to this unprecedented attack on religious liberty? If they couldn’t stand with Hobby Lobby because it was a for-profit business, not a church, and because they thought its conscience concern was misplaced on the abortifacient nature of Plan B, will they now demand religious liberty for churches forced to cover elective abortion? If not now for religious liberty, when?
Oh please, never. They don’t give a squat for “religious liberty,” “freedom of worship,” or any of it. To the militant sexular pagan left, religion is for bitter clingers who just can’t get with the program in modern society without a crutch. Even over just the past few years, the left’s open hatred for bible-@#$%ing Christofascist God botherers [their terms] has grown more and more open. They’ll say what is politically convenient at a particular time, but when push comes to shove, when it’s time to ratchet up the persecution another notch, all on the left will eagerly support the new measure, while the right will just mewl a bit and say how unfair it all is.
Guess what, the left doesn’t care about fair, or truth, or being exposed as hypocrites, or being shown to have massive double-standards, or anything else. All the left cares about is naked power, and gradually assuming more and more of it. To the extent any organization poses even a possible threat to that power, it will be crushed. This is why the left, whenever it has seized unequivocal control in any nation, has always made persecution of organized religion one of its first moves. From France in 1789 to the Piedmont in 1848 to all of Italy in 1870 to Russia in 1917 to Eastern Europe in 46-48 to Chile in ’73 to Nicaragua in ’79, the left has always either co-opted the Church when possible (Nicaragua, largely) or tried to crush it out of existence.
The left is a product of endarkenment rationalism which itself was founded on (often well hidden) hatred of Christianity and the Church in particular. Reading pre-conciliar Church histories, biographies of Saints and popes, and the like, makes clear the extent to which the pre-conciliar Church understood the radical political left to be its deadly enemy. Reality hasn’t changed since then, what has changed is the attitude of most in the Church, who have decided its easier to be co-opted than to fight. But make no mistake, the left will only allow a completely pliant, indifferent, ineffective, and pointless shell of a Church – otherwise, the left is always the inveterate enemy of the Church, with the greater the leftness, the greater the hatred.
City of Houston reissues subpoenas against area pastors October 22, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
I’ve reported on this persecution before. The gomorrist mayor of Houston a few weeks ago, in a very politically motivated act, launched extremely invasive subpoenas against Houston area evangelical pastors who had opposed her radical pro-sodomite ordinance (including, among other things, provisions that allow men to use women’s public restrooms). This subpoena demanded all texts of sermons, e-mails, letters, recordings of conversations, texts, Tweets, or any other correspondence of any kind that touched on the mayor, the ordinance, “homosexuality,” and several other broad categories. There was a big uproar, and the City retrenched. But now a new and narrower but still egregious subpoena has been launched against the same pastors. It must be remembered this subpoena carries a strong stench of political retribution because the pastors supported a ballot petition to have the offending pro-sodomite ordinance put to a direct vote of the people. The City of Houston threw the petition out (even though it garnered 3 times the required signatures) – for unnamed “irregularities” – and opponents of the ordinance then sued the city. As punishment for such insolence, the city then subpoenaed the pastors, even though they had no direct involvement in the matter.
A few more details in the article quoted below, including the fact that Houston gomorrist mayor Anise Parker may be doing all this to further her post-mayoral political career by playing to the radical leftist/sodomite base:
……the city issued a revised subpoena, which narrows the information sought. From the City of Houston’s filing on Friday:
Request No. 12 originally read: All speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuals, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.
Defendants hereby revise Request No. 12 as follows: All speeches or presentations related to HERO or the Petition prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.
…..It makes complete sense that Parker would make such a politically aggressive move. She is term limited. This is her lame-duck year in office. This national-news-attracting subpoena is base outreach, and I must compliment her because it is a much savvier move than any Wendy Davis has made. Davis is done. She had flash-in-the-pan popularity among a vocal minority on a widely unpopular issue, which she has long since squandered in issue ignorance and gross insensitivity. Parker is looking to replace Davis as the “It” Woman of the Progressive Left. She has the story, the polish, a better political resume, and intelligence. She just needed name recognition and Progressive cred outside of Houston. Facing off against churches will work for her…….
And thus, persecution of the Church will become a regular feature of left wing (including some Repubniks?) politics from now on, and Father Rodriguez and I have often opined. The Church continues to be compressed into a narrower and narrower space by the twin forces of islamism and sexular paganism.
The author of the piece, an attorney, also opines that Parker’s move is actually in line with current IRS law, which she claims does inhibit 501(c)3 charities from engaging in anything even remotely political. I think that a doubtful interpretation, but I was not surprised to see that it was dirty ol’ Lyndon Baines himself who instituted that law in order to crush church opposition to his senate run in 1954. And we see how the gifts of the progressive left just keep on giving!
The author does feel that Supreme Court would overturn any real IRS enforcement of this law, but I, for one, have little confidence that any matter brought before the Supreme Court can be predicted with any confidence. It’s a crap shoot with those “Catholics in good standing” on the Court every time.
One piece of advice the author gives to churches I do share: gird your loins. We are going to see much, much more of this as it becomes increasingly politically popular to persecute Christians.
I must also reiterate this subpoena apparently affected no Catholic churches or pastors in Houston, because none had taken a strong stand against this immoral ordinance.
That didn’t take long – Idaho preachers threatened with jail if they don’t perform sodo-weddings October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
A federal court just last week overturned Idaho’s law defining marriage as it has always been understood (can we even comprehend anymore how INSANE it is that such laws were even necessary, but not only that, are now being overturned by judicial fiat!?!). We denizens of the 5th Circuit Court are now, I believe, the only part of the nation that have not had sodo-marriage foisted on them, yet. But it’s only a matter of time.
OK, so a judge contradicts probably the teachings of his own “faith” and 10,000 years of human civilization and decides that Idaho must allow sodomites and lesbians to pretend marry, and then recognize that pretension as actual marriage. But we’ve always been assured that our “religious freedom” enshrined in the 1st Amendment would mean that Christian churches would have an out.
Ha! That’s so yesterday, bible-humper! Get with the program! They will force themselves on the churches, just wait and see:
City officials in Coeur d’Alene Idaho have told a married couple who are both ordained ministers that they will go to jail if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples.
The Alliance for Defending Freedom has filed suit against the city and asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent officials from carrying out their threat…..
……City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
The couple would face 180 days in jail and up to $1000 in fines per day if they dared to adhere to their religious beliefs………
….This is a law that manifestly violates the Constitution so I wouldn’t expect any court in America to uphold the city statutue.
Oh please! 20 years ago not a judge in the country would have found a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman UNconstitutional, so don’t tell us how much protection that piece of paper gives us now! It gives none! It fact, it is often used as a pacifier to lull us to sleep, believing the Constitution really will protect religious believers, the family, etc, etc, until one day, like magic, it doesn’t. That’s another damnable aspect of this so-called representative democracy.
According to the state of Idaho, if a person or church marries anyone, it must “marry” these people who define themselves according to their perversion. How long will the Church herself be able to refuse?
This ludicrous redefinition of marriage will be the law of the land in all 50 states within 6 months. Then what? It won’t be five minutes before the Catholic Church is sued for refusing/failing to “marry” these poor lost souls. And how many parishes/dioceses will cave without a fight?
I know a large number of nominal conservative Christians who think this issue is no big deal. They think it doesn’t really affect them, so they don’t really care. Well, guess what? They will be made to care? This sodo-lobby will not stop until they receive unending adulation from everyone, or at the very least have the obvious ability to bend whomever they desire to their will. Resistance will be crushed. Disagreement will not be tolerated.
Thus, the vehicle of the persecution. With how many agents already not just in the Church, but serving as Her priests and prelates?