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City of Houston reissues subpoenas against area pastors October 22, 2014

Posted 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, 2014

Posted 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?

Supreme Court overturns 5th Circuit ruling reinstates abortion mills in Texas October 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I guess I should not have been surprised, but apparently Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts (those well known Catholics in good standing) are once again having scruples about limiting the availability of abortion in this country.  So, in spite of strong opposition from Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court overturned the 5th Circuit’s ruling of two weeks ago permitting the implementation of aspects of House Bill 2 that would have shuttered 80% of the abortion mills in the state. These are the aspects having to do with abortuarys – where major surgery certainly takes place, as anyone who has ever seen the blood-stained women leaving mills can attest – having to meet minimal ambulatory surgery center requirements.  While the 5th Circuit had ruled that the health and safety requirements could be implemented while the final ruling was still pending at the circuit level, the Supreme Court overturned that ruling and said they could not.  They also lifted the requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals for mills in McAllen and El Paso.

I guess I should not have been surprised, as the Supreme Court has already noted, abortion is the vital backstop to one of the main, defining elements of the current American lifestyle, contraception, and hence cannot be made too inconvenient.

Abortion mills that have been closed for over a week are now free to reopen with this ruling.  How many babies will be brutally slaughtered as a result is known only to God:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state.

In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an Oct. 2 ruling by a panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that Texas could immediately apply a rule making abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades. [No they are not "hospital level."  They are the same requirements any day surgery center has to meet.  Guess what, when you rip a living, growing entity intimately connected to the mother's body, that constitutes surgery!  There is blood and infection and all manner of risk. This is a long, long overdue requirement, but the abortion mill hates it, because it will so cut into the abortionists bottom line that most choose to close their mills rather than meet the requirements, proving once again that abortion, for most child-murderers, is about filthy lucre, as it always has been.  Only a narrow group of pro-abort ideologues like Planned Barrenhood are so committed to abortion as their dark sacrament of hate that they will take the hit and upgrade facilities to meet the requirements.]

The court also put on hold a separate provision of the law only as it applies to clinics in McAllen and El Paso that requires doctors at the facilities to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The admitting privileges remains in effect elsewhere in Texas. [The tenor of these rulings makes me suspect the Supreme Court will overturn them even if the Fifth Circuit rules in favor of HB2]

Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have ruled against the clinics in all respects.

The 5th Circuit is still considering the overall constitutionality of the sweeping measure overwhelmingly passed by the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year. [Can you believe we live in a country where this is even a question?  But this is far from the only one]

But even as it weighs the merits of the law, the appeals court said that it can be enforced in the meantime — opening the door for the emergency appeal to the Supreme Court……..

……Until the nation’s highest court intervened, only abortion facilities in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas remained open. And none was left along the Texas-Mexico border or outside any of the state’s largest urban areas. [28 of 35 - 80% - were closed.  Even Planned Barrenhood's new super center in South Dallas - which is supposed to meet the new requirements -  was closed last week, apparently]

It will be interesting to see whether the Supreme Court will allow all aspects of HB2 to stand. I am confident that the Fifth Circuit will rule favorably in all respects.  I fear the “Catholic” majority on the Supreme Court is just a dice roll – we never know how they are going to rule, and they are darned clear about the fact that they never, ever allow the Faith to guide their judgments.  Even Scalia declared as much.  Incredible.

Pray this law remains in full effect. Yes, it is far from perfect, yes, it leaves abortion legal, but it did go very, very far in dramatically limiting the availability of abortion in this state. I am confident that if fully implemented tens of thousands of babies will be saved a year.  It is one of the most effective and far-reaching abortion-limiting laws passed anywhere in the country.

Our Lord speaks on abortion/contraception October 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Saints, sanctity, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD.
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You know all this mess at the Synod will eventually come back to the sacred shibboleths of the progressives, contraception and abortion. So when I read the following over the past couple of days in my usual Bible and other Catholic reading, I thought it suitable to share.  No, these are not direct statements from our Blessed Lord incarnate, but they are testaments to the Faith made under His direct inspiration (I should clarify – only the Old Testament verses are assuredly inspired, but the statements of the Apostles and Fathers are, at the very least, indirectly inspired.  The Apostles were merely repeating what they had heard from Our Lord in the Second Person of the Trinity, or extrapolating clear instruction to more detailed cases, and Saint Jerome was doing the same.  Nevertheless, I should have been more clear).

First, from the Old Testament, God abhors the wanton sacrifice of his creation, little children, to satanic pagan gods (Ps CV, 35-42):

….they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works.: And served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them.  And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.  And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of their daughters which they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.  And the land was polluted with blood, and was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions.  And the Lord was exceedingly angry with His people: and He abhorred His inheritance.

And He delivered them into the hands of the nations: and they that hated them had dominion over them.  And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under their hands.

Pretty interesting allegory for today, is it not?  Is not the Church surrounded by heathens, and adopting their ways?  Do not so many of us sense a great chastisement?  And are the enemies they so adore and emulate, do they not long to crush the Church and place the sacred Bride of Christ under their hands?

Next, the Apostles themselves, in the Didache, deplored child sacrifice to satanic demons:

The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not seduce boys. You shall not commit fornication. You shall not steal. You shall not practice magic or use potions. You shall not procure abortion, nor destroy a new-born child. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. You shall not perjure yourself. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not speak evil. You shall not bear malice….

The “magic and potions” of the above frequently referred to abortifacient drugs widely used in the ancient world in the Church’s earliest days.

Another version of some of the above reads:

You shall not practice birth control, you shall not murder a child by abortion, nor kill what is begotten

Then just this morning in the letters of Saint Jerome I read the following:

But others drink potions to ensure sterility and are guilty of murdering a human being not yet conceived.  Some, when they learn they are with child through sin, practice abortion by the use of drugs. Frequently they die themselves and are brought before the rulers of the lower world guilty of three crimes: suicide, adultery, and murder of an unborn child. 

And thus we see, in three brief excerpts, the constant hatred God has had for abortion and its antecedent crime of contraception, since well before God became Incarnate on earth.  It is the constant belief of the Christian Church from its inception until today – disregarding the manifest errors of formal heretics – that both abortion and contraception are woefully sinful.

And yet, as Rorate reports, there is evidence even these pillars of Catholic Moral Doctrine may be under attack at the Synod.  Humanae Vitae was a shock to many progressives, who felt “their man” as pope would approve the unapprovable.  They feel they have their second chance.  But woe to those who attack what Christ has revealed through His Church, and undermine the faith of the faithful. It would be better for that man that he had never been born.


An obviously pained Cardinal Burke expresses shock at direction of Synod October 7, 2014

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Mind you, this is from last week, days before the Synod’s opening, but it is quite clear that Cardinal Burke is greatly pained at the Germanic proposal to destroy the moral edifice of the Church by pretending it no sacrilege for those persisting in adulterous unions, with a still valid first marriage, from receiving the Blessed Sacrament.  Based on Father Rosica’s comments today on the proceedings of the Synod, I cannot imagine the pain a man like Cardinal Burke must be experiencing:

I sense a profound sense of betrayal in Burke’s tone and comments.  It was a betrayal of a sacred trust when Kasper and his group leaked the text of the speech he gave to the pre-synod meeting early this year.  It was a betrayal of trust to millions of souls when that text was then taken and trumpeted in the press as a harbinger of massive change in the Church’s unchanging, unchangeable moral Doctrine.  It was a betrayal of trust to fail to correct erroneous representations of Doctrine and supposed “pastoral” means to, in essence, kill Doctrine by pastorally undermining it.  It is a continuing betrayal of souls to tell them that sin is not, or that the Church can somehow wipe away their sin through some pastoral action.  This is the incredible conceit of the progressive faction at this Synod: apparently, they feel so powerful, or have such a dim view of God (if they believe in God at all), that they feel confident that they can dictate to God what is Truth, or tell him to never mind a little sin if it gets in the way of someone always, everywhere feeling oh-so-good about themselves.

When asked what would happen if the Synod did seem, through whatever “pastoral” pretenses I know not, to undermine or even contradict Sacred Doctrine directly from the very Mouth of the Incarnate God Himself, I think it obvious that Cardinal Burke was at an utter loss for words.  He does not know even how to process such an egregiously arrogant act, and I have to admit that neither do I.

It is the very height of heartlessness to tell souls mired in sin that they are doing just fine, to encourage them to heap sin on sin by receiving the Precious Body and Blood of the God-made-man in a state of the most unclean conscience.  It is heartless to pretend to those lost in perversion that they would never be judged by He who judges all for sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance.  It is heartless on so many levels.  The entire moral edifice of the Church is potentially going to be called into question if not deliberately undermined and, practically speaking, obliterated.

On the other hand, and the progressives certainly will not like this – if you are going to destroy the moral edifice of the Church, you lose all of it.  So usury must be just fine, as is “rapacious” capitalism and war for fun and profit. The same bishops who like to apologize for contraceptors, abortionists, fornicators and adulterers may not be too pleased when they are even more ignored when it comes to “social justice” and their other pet left wing take on such.  If it is no sin to receive the Blessed Sacrament while a manifest public adulterer, it must not be a sin to hire someone to murder another and then go contentedly to receive.

Not that I am in favor of any of the above happening, but the Faith is a cohesive whole, and the process of trying to strip away certain disfavored doctrines will inevitably lead to all the rest falling away inexorably by the same bad logic.  Like so many liberal projects, they can pretend all they like that there won’t be terrible unintended consequences from this, even to their own sacred sexular shibboleths, but that won’t keep it from happening.

Then again, chaos may well be the point.  I guess whether such misery and confusion is a feature or a bug depends very much on your point of view.  But if you think it the former, who is your master?

Good news on the local pro-life front October 3, 2014

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I posted last week that a major provision of Texas House Bill 2, passed with great controversy in summer 2013, had been derailed pending a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The provision in question was the requirement for abortion mills to meet minimal health and safety requirements associated with other ambulatory surgery centers.  The fact that mills across the nation have not had to meet such requirements, which have resulted in horror- and filth-filled abattoirs like Kermit Gosnell’s, is an enormous scandal.  But the abortion industry and its religious supporters in the demonrat party have long fought to keep mills from having to meet those requirements, knowing they would eat so far into the abortionist’s bottom line that many would give up the practice.  And that is exactly what has unfolded in Texas, with a large number of mills formerly open in the state already closed due to this and other provisions of  HB2.  But this provision was a very key one, one that was expected to result in the closure of most mills, or, at the least, the termination (to use a term they like so much) of the butchery in most of them.

Well, late yesterday, the Fifth Circuit struck down a lower court’s ruling barring the implementation of the health and safety standard (made by a reliably leftist Austin judge). I am told that as a result of this decision, the only mills performing abortions in the Dallas Diocese will be the new Planned Barrenhood supercenter in South Dallas (continuing their long history of blatant racism), and Curtis Boyd’s Southwest Women’s Baby Murder Factory (TM).  In the DFW metroplex, there will be one more, Planned Barrenhood in Fort Worth.  So, the area will have gone from 7 to 3 mills as a result of HB2, a major advance. Unfortunately, Planned Barrenhood’s new facility will probably be large enough, and have enough abortionists, to meet the large local demand.  And, the abortionists have gotten smarter, it will be almost impossible to counsel women at both Southwest and PB’s new place, due to clever arrangements regarding parking and access.  I understand PB may build a tall fence to keep pro-lifers from even seeing people coming and going from the mill.  Of course, it might also be to hide the usual bloody condition of women leaving mills, as we’ve seen many times outside Robinson’s mill.

So, some good news, tempered with the knowledge that abortion will remain around, even as it becomes less available. It is likely HB2 will result in the saving a good number of lives.

What next for pro-life legislation in Texas?  I don’t know, but hopefully there will be more legislation moved forward in the next session.  Statewide, HB2 will result in well more than half of all mills closing.  Vast swaths of the state will now not have a mill within hundreds of miles.  It will be interesting to see how this develops.

And please pray!  That is the only way we will ever see this constant sacrifice to satan of God’s creative miracle finally stopped.

Cardinal Burke asks for prayers for Synod October 2, 2014

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When Cardinal Burke speaks, thoughtful Catholics should listen. I received the following in an e-mail.  I think the original article was in the Washington Post.  There is a lot of blah blah blah in the article, but there is an important point conveyed first:

Cardinal Burke has asked for the Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus to be prayed by the faithful for the synod that is meeting in October. Please take the time to pray. Also please keep him in your daily prayers, he is a wonderful and very holy Cardinal. Being in his presence is an experience you never forget. Please pass this prayer request on to others

I find the prayer Cardinal Burke has asked for to be very significant.  There is a Confraternity to the Holy Face here in Dallas centered on the generous nuns of our blessed Carmel.   I would like to think this request will find many happy collaborators here.

Now, on to the article.  When rhetoric reaches this point, you know tensions are high.  Words such as those we see below, from men like Cardinal Burke, who normally speak in such a measured and careful manner, indicate major storm clouds.  Well, duh, you may say, this is an F5+ tornado and it’s been bearing down on us for months, but I think it significant, nonetheless:

Kasper has said that the pope supports his efforts to find ways to fully reintegrate divorced and remarried Catholics into church life. The proposals have become a prime focus of the upcoming Vatican meeting, called a synod, which will convene on Sunday for two weeks to consider changes in family life in the modern world.

“I find it amazing that the cardinal claims to speak for the pope,” said Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis, speaking from Rome. “The pope doesn’t have laryngitis. The pope is not mute. He can speak for himself. If this is what he wants, he will say so.”

“But for me as a cardinal to say that what I am saying are the words of Pope Francis? That to me is outrageous,” said Burke, who is reportedly set to be sidelined by Francis to a largely ceremonial post as patron of the Knights of Malta, a global church society based in Rome. 

Burke also said whatever Francis thinks about a more lenient approach on Communion for remarried Catholics, the pope can’t change current church teaching because he and all bishops “are held to obedience to the truth” about marriage, and that cannot change. [Well, that is certainly the orthodox understanding.  But men like Arius, Pelagius, Nestorius, Luther, and Calvin did not share that view, did they?]

Burke’s comments were echoed by others on the call and represent the latest effort by church conservatives to try to head off any possibility that the bishops and cardinals meeting at the Oct. 5-19 synod would open the door to changing any Catholic teaching, especially on marriage……..

Follows some driven about Kasper.

…….Opponents, including Burke, say that you can’t separate the discipline from the doctrine without undermining Christianity’s moral truths. They’ve become increasingly vocal and organized in lobbying against the reformers. [So, hopefully the forces of Truth won't be caught with their pants down as they were in '62.  Allow me to rephrase: I fervently pray the forces of orthodoxy are fully organized and prepared before this Synod begins.]

And now some comments from Cardinal Kasper, who has become increasingly low and debased in his PR offensive prior to the Synod:

In an interview this week, Kasper expressed confidence that bishops at the back-to-back synods would ultimately back some change, and he hit back at critics like Burke, saying they are engaged in political maneuverings. He said they are afraid that any changes would lead to a “domino effect.” [Does this man have any shame?  Who instigated the political maneuverings?  Which faction in the Church has used nothing but naked power and behind the scenes maneuvers to crush opposition for the past 50 years?]

“This is all linked to ideology, an ideological understanding of the gospel that the gospel is like a penal code,” Kasper, who is retired from a curial job but lives in Rome, told America magazine. [As usual, a progressive projects his own behavior and ideas on others.  If there be an ideology at work, it is the deadly and condemned error of modernist liberalism, and you are its prime public promoter, Cardinal Kasper]

Critics of change in church policies are displaying “a theological fundamentalism which is not Catholic.” [Hmmm.....now isn't that interesting.  There is Kasper using the term fundamentalism in the last week of September, and a few days later, we have it used again by a well-connected Opus Dei priest.  Coincidence?]

“If fear is at work,” he said, “fear is always a bad counselor. The church should not act out of fear. The church should be the people of hope.” [Really, and I could have sworn Saint Paul said "to work out our salvation with fear and trembling."  I guess he  was a bad counselor.]

Well, there you go, clear as day, the public representatives of the forces of Truth and darkness arrayed against each other.

Who wins may come down to our prayers.  Untold, naturally irreparable damage can be done short of “changing” Doctrine – is that not what has occurred in the past 50 years?  Did Vatican II formally repudiate any Doctrine?  No.  It just added contradictory interpretations, subtle shades of grey, and the left’s favorite term, nuance.  And look what has happened.

Please consider, in your charity, answering Cardinal Burke’s call to prayer.  It would not hurt to start now.

The Chaplet of the Holy Face is below for your convenience:

The Chaplet of the Holy Face is composed of a medal and 39 beads, 6 of them being large ones, 33 being small ones, with a medal of the Holy Face.

The chaplet of the Holy Face honours the 5 senses of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and entreats God for the triumph of His Church. It is recommended that the faithful pray the Chaplet of the Holy Face to obtain from God, by means of the Holy Face of the Lord Jesus, the downfall of His enemies.

The 33 small beads represent the 33 years of the mortal life of Our Divine Lord Jesus on earth. The first 30 beads call to mind the 30 years of His hidden life. These are divided into 5 groups, with the intention of honouring the 5 senses of touch, hearing, sight, smell, and the taste of Jesus. These senses have their seat, principally, in the Holy Face and render reparative homage for all the sufferings which Our Lord Jesus endured in His Face, through each of these senses.

The last 3 small beads remind us of the 3 years of public life of Our Saviour, and have as their object, to honour all the wounds of His Adorable Face.

Begin as follows:

Make the sign of the Cross, with the Cross, and say:

“O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.”

Then say 1 Glory Be….

Before each group of beads, there is a large bead. On this bead, reflect on the sense of Jesus, or the wounds of His Face, and say 1 Glory Be… and the following prayer invocation:

“My Jesus, mercy.”

On every small bead, say:

“Arise, O Lord, and let Thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee fly before Thy Face!”

At the end, say:

The Glory Be… 7 times, in honour of the last 7 Words that Jesus spoke on the Cross, and the 7 dolors of the Immaculate Virgin.

Upon completing the Chaplet, say on the medal:

“O God, our Protector,
look down upon us
and cast Thine eyes
upon the Face of Thy Christ!”


Opus Dei in slow descent? October 1, 2014

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Opus Dei has quite a fearsome reputation among non-Catholics.  Perusing any bookstore with a decent (if dominated by progressives) selection of Catholic books will reveal at least a couple volumes comparing Opus Dei to the worst imaginings (for that is what they mostly were) of the Inquisition.  The poor lost soul Dan Brown certainly has had a great deal to do with that, but he selected Opus Dei for its supposedly fiercely orthodox nature to be the “bad guys” in his script because of their already existent reputation.  That is to say, he didn’t make the reputation, it preceded his works.

Opus Dei has generally been known for being “highly” conservative, doctrinally orthodox if solidly post-conciliar, and fervent defenders of the pope.  In fact, that last bit has, over the past few decades, been perhaps their defining characteristic.  It is such a profound characteristic that it has perhaps inspired priests in the order to bend over backwards to excuse actions that have troubled many faithful Catholics. Keep that last bit in mind as this post develops.

My own experience with Opus Dei has been limited if troubling.  There has been a proto-apostolate of Opus Dei in Dallas for a number of years.  I attended one of their meetings. It was in that meeting that the elder of the two priests, leading the discussion, proceeded to totally minimize some of Pope Saint John Paul II’s more disconcerting actions, like kissing the koran, and conveyed his belief that there are just scads and scads of people saved outside the Church.  There was another point that scandalized me, as well, but I can’t quite recall what it was (I recalled, last night at Mass – who says Grace doesn’t work! – he said there was nothing wrong with Assisi I and that it’s perfectly great to have buddhists offer their…whatever……on a Catholic altar).  Suffice it to say, I left the meeting somewhat less than impressed. I did not go back

I know other folks who have been involved in Opus Dei, and I got the impression from them that there has been a definite “drift,” to use a term of the day, away from the more orthodox views of the founder Saint Jose Marie Escriva, and towards a sensibility more in tune with the current outlook of most of the leadership in the Church.  That is to say, towards liberalism, and away from “conservatism” or hardcore defense of timeless beliefs.

In fact, I got a very small, possibly unintentional data point to that effect in a brief conversation with a man at my parish just this past weekend.  Then I saw this at Rorate, and my concerns over hyper-montanism in the Church ratcheted up yet another small notch (I add emphasis and comments):

In an article entitled “Life and the right to life are relative truths,” published in his blog “Nuptials of God” [Nupcias de Dios], the priest Joan Carreras, promoter of the “Catholic Bloggers with the Pope” initiative, and member of the Prelature of the Opus Dei, said that, “the stubborn defense of the right to life as if it were an absolute truth is not a realistic attitude and therefore is not based on the Gospel. It is plain and simple ideology.” The priest asserts that, “these days we are witnessing fundamentalist attacks on Catholics who exercise their political freedom in good conscience.

Father Joan Carreras starts his article by claiming that “there is only one absolute Catholic truth: ‘God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life’ (Jn 3: 16).” [This is an extremely troubling statement. It is first of all quite nebulous.  We also see, once again and certainly in light of the very strong emphases given from the highest level of the Church, an inordinate reduction of the entire Gospel and all the New Testament down to God's love and mercy.  But God is also our Judge, who will cast out the goats into everlasting fire.  That is entirely forgotten in all this, as is any recognition of sin.]  

He adds: “Other truths – including life and the right to life are relative. This is the only way to prevent the believers from falling into fundamentalism, no matter which.“…….. [Who has ever said the Church's constant belief regarding the right to life, clear all the way back to New Testament Epistles and the Didache, both from the first century, is fundamentalism?  Who would argue that but a progressive with a major agenda to advance?]

…….He answers: “The explanation is to be found not only in the reality of sin and the darkness of consciousness that it raises, but also in the fact that the stubborn defense of the right to life as if it were an absolute truth is not a realistic attitude and, therefore, is not based on the Gospel. It is plain and simple ideology.“…… [I see in this a very marked tendency to ape the language of the Holy Father, even in the use of certain words.  But I would say this priest has gone well beyond anything the Holy Father has said on the subject, and into Kasperite territory regarding mean old fundy Catholics and enlightened progressives.  I have to wonder where such thoughts are coming from?  Knowing how closely tied Opus Dei has been to various pontificates, especially that of Saint JPII, I have to wonder if this is not the promotion of an opinion coming from someone high in the Curia, using a proxy to argue a ridiculous, unCatholic point?  I pray this is not from anyone in Pope Francis' inner circle.  But this piece reads to me like something someone was commissioned, if you will, to write.]

……Given the fact that several bishops have indicated that they may not vote in the Spanish political parties represented in Parliament because they do not defend the right to life and are structures of sin, Fr Carreras accused the fundamentalists: “We are witnessing these days fundamentalist attacks on Catholics to exercise their political freedom in good conscience. Other Catholics tell them how they should or should not vote. Or require them to resign from their posts and to relinquish their leadership or activism in those major parties that have given up defending innocent life from the moment of conception until natural death.” [And what is wrong with any of that?  Does sin not exist, Father?  Do you not believe we have a grave duty to counsel others to abstain from sinful activity?  Does "political freedom" mean the freedom to sin without consequence?  What on earth is this?  Is this really Opus Dei?  If so, simply incredible. See how they blow in the wind!  Mind, there probably is a significant local political angle to this (the priest is perhaps desperate to keep the socialists from coming back to power in Spain) but even so, this is way, way beyond the pale.  It is almost unhinged.]

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I haven’t much time left today (sorry, I am crazy busy right now), but I find the above simply incredible.  Either this priest is a bizarre outlier or we are witnessing a kind of ultra ultra montanism that is becoming postively deranged.  I find it positively wicked, this constant attempt to pit Doctrine against Doctrine, all in the service of progressive politico-cultural agendas and, perhaps, perceptions of what is desired at the highest level of the Church.  What is this?  “God so loved the world that He finds no problem with people casting votes for baby-murderers?”  Defense of life is now an “ideology?”  Look in the mirror, Father!

It is amazing how quickly people and organizations are switching sides.  It certainly seems like a message has gotten out, perhaps not to us pewsitters but to those in positions of influence.  That message is very, very consistent, and it is equally troubling.  It is simply flabbergasting what is going on.   As Rorate notes, who would imagine that we would see Opus Dei priests be indistinguishable from the most liberal Jesuits.

Wow.  Are we in for it.  As that priest said yesterday in the video I posted, “we are deep into the Passion of the Msytical Body of Christ, the Church.”  Indeed.  I fear there is no bottom to what we may have to go through in the next decade or so.  It’s 1969 all over again.

Pray.  Stay close to Our Lady!

I guess my initial appraisal of Opus Dei was more accurate than I knew.





Diocese of Orange, CA, takes the protestant “Crystal Cathedral”……..and makes it worse September 26, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Art and Architecture, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, sadness, scandals, secularism, the return.
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Hoy vey.  I remember when this story broke, a few years back.  Tod Brown, thankfully retired Bishop of Orange (replaced by FW’s former bishop, Kevin Vann), had taken the inexplicable act to purchase the facilities of a bankrupt evangelical sect and use those facilities for the new cathedral of Orange.  Many were nonplussed, as the gaudy, hyper-modernist “Crystal Cathedral” seemed a very poor match for Catholic liturgical sensibilities.  But, the perennial apologists  said, “hey, it may not look good now, but I can see how it could be turned into a really rollicking Catholic cathedral.”  Well, apologists, feast your eyes on this.  If it were any colder and more devoid of warmth, it would have to be moved to the South Pole – of Pluto (skip ahead to ~2:45 for the cathedral design proper):

Note in all the rationales given for this modern art museum cathedral above, virtually none refer to making the place Catholic.  They refer to “sacred” and “liturgical,” but not “Catholic.”  And for all the false erudition on display, they manage to completely miss the point.  You can’t get “sacred” from rationalist, analytical individuals.  You get sacred from holy, pious people.

So, what’s really changed – a central altar with no tabernacle, which I can’t stand, a lot of cold white stone, and some landscaping? Well, nothing says Catholic like a double row of trees.

I sure love Eliot B’s humor. His only comment on the aboveI say again, New Evangelization: put down the Super-Council, step away from the Church, and just go home. You’re still drunk. So very, very drunk.

I have a comment of my own: who could possibly take that “liturgical consultant @~3:00 seriously?  Are you kidding?

I really thought Bishop Vann was better than this.  Fooled me.  There’s not even a proper crucifix.  I don’t know what it is, it’s grotesque. Note how Sister “Kit” @0:30 has an equal length cross – think she played a big role in selecting picking that resurrectifix out?

Oh, look at the bone they threw the Catholics in a crypt church @~6:00!  How generous!

I’m sure these folks thought they designed just a bang up cathedral…….for their own religion, whatever that is.

Enjoy your cathedral for the next 70 years, Orange-ites.

Local pro-life news: 40 Days for Life starts, HB2 under trial again September 25, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society.
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So, Forty Days for Life got started yesterday in the Diocese of Dallas and around the country yesterday on the Commemoration of Our Lady of Ransom.  You can sign up for vigil time outside mills at the Dallas 40 Days for Life website.

If you wonder why there are still so many mills to pray outside, that is because the same leftist Austin judge (Yeakel) who has constantly struck down pro-life laws on flimsy pretexts (almost always having his decisions overturned on appeal), declared the provisions of 2013’s HB2 requiring all abortion mills to meet minimum health and safety standards verboten. The decision was appealed to the 5th Circuit, which heard arguments September 12.  A final decision has not yet been made.  It is important to note that the 3 judge panel on every federal circuit court changes over time – the judges rotate in and out of assignments.  The current 3-judge panel is not as favorable to pro-life concerns as previous ones that have upheld all aspects of HB2 that have been appealed to the circuit thus far.  The current panel features one solid pro-life conservative female Bush 43 appointee, one leftist Obama appointee, and 1 Reagan appointee.  The matter of whether the ambulatory surgery center requirements will be upheld appears to be in his hands, and his behavior during arguments two weeks ago seem to indicate he could go either way.  As usual, an incredibly important judiciary decision which will either uphold or overturn the popular will, amounting to often usurping the supposedly sacrosanct democratic process, will come down to the opinion of just one man, peering into his magic eight ball in his pointed hat with crescent moons and stars on it.

A decision is expected any day.  Please pray that HB2 is upheld and the court rules that the ambulatory surgery requirements – absolutely minimal health and safety requirements mills have been able to avoid for decades – can be implemented immediately.  There is some speculation the court may uphold the requirements but give mills several more years to implement them.  They won’t, it will just allow the many shady mills like Routh Street and Robinson’s to stay open longer.  If HB2 is upheld and allowed to be implemented now, Routh Street and Robinson’s are expected to close immediately and Dallas will be left with two mills – Curtis Boyd’s Southwest Women’s abattoir on Greenville and the new Planned Barrenhood super-murder center in, where else?, south Dallas.

It is also doubted the Supreme Court would hear any of these cases, so the 5th Circuit’s decision will likely be final.

Oh, by the way, notorious pro-abort Ruth Vader Ginsburg has confirmed, yet again, what a vicious eugenicist she is.  You might pray for her conversion, too.

Circuit Court Judge, deciding case

Circuit Court Judge, deciding case



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