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Institutionalized “sex education” has resulted in societal-wide disorders and perversion December 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, silliness, Society.
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WARNING: THIS POST BY ITS NATURE DEALS WITH EXPLICIT TOPICS.  NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  READERS WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES ARE ADVISED TO SKIP THIS POST.

My wife found an old book from American Life League at my father-in-law’s house a month a few weeks ago.  It was published back in the late 80s and written by Dr. Melvin Anchell, who, I guess, used to cut quite a wide swath in the psychological community. That was back in the day when there were still many hardcore academics and physicians of prominence not just totally given over to leftism and cultural revolution. Anchell was an advocate for traditional morality and an opponent of the cultural marxists who burst upon the scene (seemingly) in the late 1960s.  He wrote the book Killers of Children: A psychoanalytical look at sex education to oppose the growing influence of these destructive cultural trends.  Unfortunately, he and his allies obviously failed.

Nevertheless, I found Dr. Anchell’s description of the disorders and sicknesses that creep into both individual lives and the culture at large  quite chilling:

What is “normal?”  The degree of mental health is not determined by an absence of inner personal conflicts but by the way these opposing emotional interests, ideas, etc., are reconciled.

“Abnormal” often represents a misrepresentation – a perversion – of what is “normal.”  Unfaithful, deformed reproductions of normal life are currently being spread by perverted minds.  Sick themselves, these purveyors are making the abnormal appear normal. [Man it is refreshing to hear this kind of clarity and truth, after at least two decades of being told how “normal” and “healthy” perversion is]

As a physician I regard any behavior that supports life and allows death to occur from natural causes as normal.  Behavior that leads to the destruction of life is abnormal.  [Dang right.  Thank you.  And behaviors that are by definition sterile are equally abnormal, because they do not support life.  It is amazing how much more confused our culture’s thinking has become in just the past 25 years. Things were bad then, but they are horrific today]

Sexual morality which has evolved from mankind’s earliest beginnings is essential for life. [I would say, it was given to our first parents by our Creator, not that we picked it up from some lower animal through so-called evolution] Mature sexuality along with its associated sexual morals are antidotes to death instincts.  Nowhere in today’s popular school sex programs is mature sexual morality emphasized. [It’s not just in the schools anymore. Disordered use of the marital faculties is taught to all of us constantly through the media in a thousand different ways]

The sexually emancipated-sexually aggressive females who are depicted as normal in movies, current novels and in sex education classes are not examples of special progress but, instead, are examples of social regression.  They exemplify females possessed by tremendous inner turmoil; females who are in conflict with their natural femininity. Such women are not liberated and free individuals but are slaves to the demands of the culture in which they live.  When the culture in which she lives condones free love, her psyche causes her to assume to some degree the characteristics of a loose woman.  Uninhibited sex life is contrary to women’s inner feminine nature. In truth, the sexually uninhibited woman is an artifact that is produced, sometimes, by a woman’s desire to prove herself totally independent or, more frequently, by fantasies arising from man’s erotic desires.  [And that is the most ironic part of the left’s efforts to ostensibly emancipate women over the past several decades.  Instead of empowering women, they are encouraged to ape the very worst characteristics of the lowest men, turning themselves into nothing but objects of lust to be used and discarded at men’s faintest whim.  And yet feminists tell us this is “empowerment” with their “slut walks” and embrace of sordid and damaging sexual escapades]

Many of today’ sexually aggressive females have foregone the ultimate feminine needs of marriage and family life, motherhood and of loving and being loved. [To the point that hundreds of millions have willingly had their own children ripped from their wombs and brutally murdered, in the name – for the most part – of their own convenience] Some attempt to satisfy love needs entirely through acts of copulation.  However, these impoverished women derive no real pleasure from the sex act.  Many such females are products of premature sexual activity brought about by sex education and the demands made upon them by a sexually pseudo-liberated society. [Quite true. And Dr. Anchell explains in his book how premature exposure to sexually explicit material and the awakening of faculties intended by God to remain dormant until later years has caused many young children to become “frozen” in a state of sexual immaturity that seeks only self-gratification and is incapable of mature romantic bonds]

Not only do popular sexual attitudes destroy the lives of some women, but the lives of many men have been torn apart by the current ‘sexual revolution.’

Some males, who regard free love as a modern day bonanza, aid and abet the state of sexual confusion in promiscuous females.  Impressed by sexperts, many men and women regard the sex act as a cure for all mental tensions.  This false teaching has been further perpetuated by an ever increasing number of sexperts.  [Indeed. While women have traditionally been the guardians of chastity and morality, men have done much to encourage women to embrace this libertine liberated lifestyle.  Men create the “sexual marketplace” demand, and women – especially women under 25 or so today, the majority of whom have dozens of partners by the time they leave college – sadly sell themselves cheap. No wonder marriage rates are in a freefall, as are fertility rates]

The argument that the normalcy of today’s common sexual practices is proven by their evident profligacy is as logical as claiming that the bubonic plague in the 15th century was normal because so many people at that time had the disease.

There is one inexorable law in Nature: “When the sexual instincts are perverted, the death instincts take over.”

———–End Quote———–

There is much wisdom in this book.  While Dr. Anchell was a psychoanalyst at least somewhat Freudian in outlook (an outlook I disagree with on most points), he does make some very important criticisms throughout this book, which I may delve into more later.  But this excerpt above was about as good a summation of the overall thrust of the book that I could find: the “sexual revolution” has been enormously damaging on many levels, it does not create “happiness” but leaves men and women broken and bitter, and it is hardest of all on the children who are often its most innocent victims.

Fighting the sexual revolution on a broad front now is like trying to corral the horses after they’ve jumped the fence, but on an individual, family basis, this is always a battle worth engaging in.

Apostolic investigation of LCWR turns into a sham of a whitewash December 17, 2014

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That takes some doing – turning even a whitewash into a sham of one.

A day or two ago, the Vatican released its final report on the status of women’s religious in the US.  It will probably come as no surprise, but with the change in leadership at both the Congregation for Religious and Institutes of Consecrated Life (from the fairly orthodox Cardinal Rode’ to the exceedingly liberal Brazilian Cardinal Braz de Aviz) and in the papacy, what started as a serious investigation oriented towards trying to curb at least the worst excesses of the warped women religious of the LCWR has turned into a shambles and a seeming endorsement of their movement “beyond Christ, beyond the Church” and into frequently perverse sex and wiccan-inspired paganism and new age death.

More comments in line with the report, below:

A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor — a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis. [Hmmm…..how can one practice “social justice” while embracing abortion, which has denied any justice to 1 to 2 billion babies over the past few decades alone?  In fact, these women religious focus only on a certain kind of progressive “social justice” quite distant from that outlined in Rerum Novarum and other orthodox documents]

The overwhelmingly positive report Tuesday also promised to value their “feminine genius” more, [Oh please……that’s a direct quote of Pope Francis] while gently suggesting ways to serve the church faithfully and survive amid a steep drop in their numbers. [There are more female religious over 90 in the LCWR than there are under 60!  In 15 years, these orders won’t exist!  I guess it was judged expedient that these orders should die] It was cheered by the American sisters themselves, dozens of whom swarmed the Vatican news conference announcing the results in a rare occasion of women outnumbering men at the Vatican. [Which I’m sure sent a thrill up the leg of reporter Nicole Winfield.  You go girl!]

“There is an encouraging and realistic tone in this report,” Sister Sharon Holland [head of LCWR] told reporters. “Challenges are understood, but it is not a document of blame, or of simplistic solutions. [“Simplistic solutions” is leftist code for “Doctrine of the Faith”] One can read the text and feel appreciated and trusted to carry on.” [With the rapid demise of your orders]

The report was most remarkable for what it didn’t say, given the criticism of American religious life that prompted the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI to launch the investigation in 2009.

There was no critique of the nuns, no demands that they shift their focus from social justice to emphasize Catholic teaching on abortion, no condemnation that a feminist, secular mentality had taken hold in their ranks……. [You have to be willfully blind to not see the overwhelming embrace of marxist lesbianism in the ranks of the LCWR leadership, and many rank and file, which just goes to demonstrate that gomorrist behaviors are learned, and not inborn]

…….It was a radically different message than that of another Vatican office that investigated an umbrella group of the sisters’ leaders.

That investigation, conducted by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, resulted in a Vatican takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in 2012. The doctrine office determined that the LCWR, which represents the leaders of 80 percent of U.S. nuns, took positions that undermined church teaching and promoted “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”…… [But in the new order, there are no themes incompatible with the “Catholic Faith”……except the Catholic Faith]

…….The report outlined the bleak reality facing American women’s congregations now: The current number of 50,000 U.S. sisters represents a fraction of the 125,000 in the mid-1960s, although that was an atypical spike in U.S. church history.  [It’s actually under 50,000 now, and will drop to a low of under 10,000 within the next 10-20 years. Then the mission of having essentially destroyed female religious life in this country will have been achieved]

The average age of U.S. nuns today is mid-to-late 70s. They are facing dwindling finances to care for their sisters as they age and haven’t had much success in finding new vocations……..

[It appears even the CDF involvement in the LCWR is going to turn out to be a big nothing since the change in Supreme Pontiff…..] Signaling that the change in the Vatican’s tone might also extend to the LCWR crackdown, Holland said she was “working hard and working well” with Vatican-appointed delegates who took over the Leadership Conference and that the process might end sooner than originally expected.

“We’re moving toward resolution of that,” she said [I’m sure you are]

This is immensely sad. I really do pray that some enormous miracle occur and these women be converted, at least on their death beds.  I read somewhere that even had the investigation been taken seriously and not turned into a whitewash, it came 20 years or more too late to save the vast majority of these orders, some with very storied histories and founded by great Saints.  The damage done to the Church in the spiritual realm by the collapse of women’s religious is incalculable.  Holy nuns make holy priests.  It is no surprise that the collapse of both hallowed institutions have gone hand in hand.

There is more than a bit of irony that a Jesuit Pope would preside over the release of such a document, given that it was under the spiritual direction of many radically heterodox Jesuits in the 60s and 70s that most orders of women’s religious embraced radically progressive points of view.  Some of these women are well and truly broken-hearted, and have embraced man-hating feminism and even worse as a sign of their bitterness. As one traditional priest related to me of what he was told by one of these women: “The Jesuits came into our order in 1966 and they took Jesus away.”  Her sadness was palpable, her anger more so.

A final note: for me, when the orthodox Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rode’ left the Congregation for Religious Life and was replaced by the highly radical Joao Braz de Aviz in early 2011, that was the first signal that something was amiss with the Benedictine papacy.  It was well known that Ratzinger had no love for Braz de Aviz and the nomination appeared inexplicable.  Shortly after that, the Vatileaks campaign against Pope Benedict began in earnest.  Obviously there was something enormous going on in the background that led to Braz de Aviz getting this hugely important post (look what he has done to the Franciscans of the Immaculate – that would have never, ever occurred under Rode’, and Fr. Geiger knows it), and that was timed with the start of the Vatileaks campaign.

One day, the story will come out, and many will have much to hang their heads about.  If they are even capable of shame.

 

What Godlessness hath wrought – Houston girl brutally abused and murdered in satanic ritual December 16, 2014

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WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MANY DISTURBING ELEMENTS OF BOTH A MORAL AND A SPIRITUAL NATURE. IT CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF SATANIC ACTIVITIES.  READERS, BE ADVISED.

The area we live in, sort of central Irving, TX, has been rocked by a series of minor earthquakes of late.  We were having an Eric Genuis concert at the parish a few weeks ago when there was a loud bang.  It sounded like a small explosion, or, to me, a sonic boom.  But it was a 3.3 earthquake. There have a score or so of them, all very minor.

People are trying to explain why this is happening, given the geologic stability of almost all of Texas.  Is it fracking?  Is it construction?  Is Irving about to turn into Los Angeles?  My wife looked at these potential explanations, and had another one: how many signs does God need to send us of His displeasure at our collective behavior before we’ll start to take notice and consider repenting?

The culture seems almost gleeful in its increasing rejection of Christianity and its associated moral code, which is a code that shares many elements with most advanced cultures across great swaths of history, but Christendom was, of course, the ultimate expression, the ultimate achievement, of human society.  When a culture once formed by God and adhering to His Law rejects both, there is no bottom to which it will sink. In spiritual terms, the forces of good are very much on the run before the forces of evil.  This is not because evil is stronger – we all know that is utterly false.  It is because more and more people willingly choose to side with the evil than with the good.  This was, of course, prophesied repeatedly in Sacred Scripture, in both Old Testament and New, as being one of the major signs of the Parousia or “end times.”

As an ultimate expression of this trend, two young hispanic men in the Houston area decided they needed to brutally abuse, rape, and murder a young girl, with the goal of cementing their demented pact with satan (again, content warning below):

A Harris County jury on Thursday convicted 18-year-old Jose E. Reyes of capital murder in a death tied to a satanic ritual, agreeing with prosecutors that another crime was committed when  Corriann Cervantes was brutally killed.

Reyes was automatically sentenced to life in prison.

Jurors took a little more than an hour to reach a decision, rejecting arguments from defense attorneys that if  Reyes was guilty of a crime, it would be murder……..

……”There are so many horrible, heinous and inhumane things this defendant did,” said Assistant Harris County District Attorney Martina Longoria. “This is beyond imagination and in his words: it’s all good.”

The last piece of evidence in the trial that began Monday were letters from jail in which Reyes said the Devil was watching him and directing him to act during the slaying.

“He was standing there, watching me and Victor,” the teen wrote in a letter read to jurors Thursday.

“It’s all good. It’s what the Devil asked for.” [And this is exactly the kind of diabolical disorientation and love of evil the leftist-modernist project in both the Church and world is causing, souls so screwed up they actually think they will find power and fame and riches in satan. But he is the father of lies, and never follows through on whatever “promises” he makes. Never, ever, ever flirt with the demonic, including Harry Potter, Twilight, and all the rest of the very popular works that expose souls to darkness, magic, and all the rest of the paths to spiritual attack]

LURID DETAILS FOLLOW. READERS WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES SHOULD NOT READ. CHILDREN ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN.

Prosecutors believe the three teens left a party to go to a vacant apartment to have consensual sex, but at some point Reyes told Alas he had sold his soul to the devil. Alas could also sell his soul, Reyes said, if they killed the teen. [How screwed up do you have to be, to find this proposition attractive?  By acknowledging satan, one is also acknowledging God, and deliberately rejecting Him in favor of ultimate evil]

The two then kept Cervantes from leaving the apartment as they beat, sexually assaulted and eventually killed her, prosecutors said.

Because of the circumstances, Longoria told jurors, they could find Reyes guilty of capital murder because of the kidnapping or sexually assault.

During the four-day trial, jurors saw graphic photos of heinous injuries that including an upside down cross carved on Cervantes’ stomach. Her right eye had been gouged out and she had been stabbed in the face and torso with a screwdriver. She had also been beaten in the face with the porcelain lid of a toilet tank.

Medical examiners and investigators testified Cervantes was also sexually assaulted.

Reyes’ lawyers argued there was not enough evidence to believe the sexual assault took place while Cervantes was alive. [Sick]

Back during the run up to the indescribably evil “satanic mass” in Oklahoma City, I wrote some posts describing satanism’s close association with hideous acts like the ones described above.  A satanist – by name, one of the Oklahoma group – came by to tell me how wrong and stupid I was, that satanism was all about……something nebulous that he couldn’t really define, but not acts of brutality.

Sure it is.  Just as the above indicates, nothing to see here, move along, the culture isn’t falling to pieces.

I wonder if “sancta muerte” didn’t play a role in this boy’s fall, or any of the other perverse superstitions that are all too common in the Hispanic community?  These things don’t just happen accidentally, people fall into this gravest of evils by a long process of deliberate bad choices and exposure to evil influences.  On rare occasions, people can pull themselves away from the evil without committing any atrocity or acts of which they are deeply ashamed, later, but most of the time, some kind of hideous tragedy results and the soul is lost, barring a huge moral miracle.

I fear we will see more of this as the decomposition of Christendom accelerates.

Not the abomination of desolation, but still bad: Creole, ummm…….Mass….at St. Peter’s December 16, 2014

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Ho boy:

Rome Reports calls this “creole,” but I’d call it more salsa or………I don’t know.  All I know is, what a wreck.

So maybe someone can find an exemption, but did problematic episodes of inculturation occur AT St. Peter’s during the previous pontificate? Maybe early on, before Pope Benedict dismissed the arch-modernist Marini (the bad one) as papal MC, an “affront” to which Marini is said to still hold a huge grudge?  But towards the end, at least the last few years, this kind of, I’ll say it, garbage, maybe happened at things like World Yute Day, but not at St. Peter’s?  Or am I misremembering?

h/t Boney

PS: This gets back to a point last week.  Seeing the wildly gesticulating performers, are such performances really about rendering honor and glory to God, or saying “LOOK AT ME!!!”?  I think the question not out of bounds, and that tends to be a troubling aspect about all lay involvement in the Mass, the hugely significant switch from Ad Orientem to versus poplum, priests with wireless mikes romping about the nave and sanctuary, and all the rest.  In all these things, there exists at least a serious temptation, if not, in all probability, a profound orientation, towards shifting the focus of the Mass – the Source and Summit of our Faith – from Jesus Christ, and onto the various “performers,” be they lectors, EMHCs, dancers, musicians, or whatever.

I sure know I have seen a lot of performers who crowd the very sanctuary seem to really, really get into what they are doing.

But blogging is totally different.  Not at all about attention-seeking, I swear.

Pretending that animals can go to Heaven is a condemned heresy – updated December 15, 2014

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Lately, there have been many reports of statements from the highest level of Church authority that animals can go to Heaven. While those reports are, as of Friday (hey, guess what, I don’t read the interwebs from 11:30a Friday until nearly noon Monday, and so I miss some things!), in dispute, as far as most of the world is concerned, the statements were made. However, as the priest relates in the sermon below, such sentiments (even if not made by the pope, they have been made by many high Church leaders) appear to bear the hallmarks of Appollinarianism, a heresy condemned in the 4th century by both Pope St. Damasus and the First Council of Constantinople.

There are actually several aspects to this sermon.  One is an exhortation to remain joyful that we are faithful Catholics, that we know the Truth even amidst our failings.  That is an enormous blessing.  It is also a grave responsibility, because to whom much is given, must will be expected.  Nevertheless, for those who hold the orthodox Faith, retaining such is their highest duty but is an immeasurable Grace for which we must always be very thankful.

On Appollinarianism, Video Sancto contains the following summary:

Apollinarius (c. 360) held that the Logos or Word of God replaced the rational part of the Christ, leaving His lower soul to be same as that of an animal soul. If the Christ took up an animal soul, then animals could be redeemed! After all the Fathers taught: what is taken up by Christ is redeemed by Christ. This Apollinarian heresy was condemned by Pope St. Damasus I as well as St. Athanasius and First Council of Constantinople (381). Yet, this heresy seems to have come back in our times with the thought that animals can enter into paradise.

The sermon also contains a reflection on St. Juan Diego’s tilma as a type of the Church and Her role and mission.

Yes, animals do have souls. The soul is what gives life to the body.  But they do not have supernatural souls.  When the animal dies, the soul dies with it.

Even if you don’t listen to the whole thing, you simply have to listen to ~11:00 – 12:30. Should we have icons of St. Fido and St. Spot made? Will our dogs intercede for us in Heaven? I guess some very prominent Catholics might say, why intercede?  We’re all going to Heaven, anyway, except for those nasty old orthodox, traditional Catholics.

A local priest noted, along these same lines, that if animals go to Heaven, does that mean we have to watch out for rattlesnakes, or Ebola, or tapeworm, or amoebic dysentery?  Or is it only warm, cuddly mammals so beloved of liberals that go to Heaven?

I cannot admit to any particular knowledge of either the heresy of Appollinarianism nor of it’s implications for the salvation of animals, but priests on Audio or Video Sancto are generally right on so I tend to accept their claims in areas of which I am not well versed.

UPDATE: This post at Rorate is additional support for the priest’s basic claim.

Having said that, the priest’s argument makes eminent sense to me, as does his condemnation of those voices in the Church repeating old errors as novel theological developments.  I must say, the fact that leading Church-men would make these claims is a damning indictment of their formation.  We know that in most seminaries today, theological formation is weak at best and radically deformed at worst.  It has been that way going on 50 or more years now.  One of the prime areas of deficiency seems to be theological history, if you will –  knowledge of past doctrines defined which have been settled for so long their opposite – errors, even heresies – appear as novelties that many priests and bishops are ill-equipped to rebut.  Of course, many wonder if this lack of theological preparation has not been seen as a bug but as a feature to those who have sought to turn the Church in a modernist direction for over a century.  The problem is so widespread it certainly appears to me that a systematic effort to leave most priests rather deficient in theology (by historical or even a rational standard) has been at work for a long time.  And so we get Fr. Barron, ostensibly one of the most eminent “orthodox” theologians in the country opining that Adam and Eve were just theological poetry, or influential seminary theology professor Dr. Rick Gaillardetz pretending that only Ex Cathedra proclamations of a Pope amount to Dogma, and everything else, including the Resurrection of Christ, is debatable.

Modernists certainly do love confusion.  But they might love ignorance even more.

Thank God we have some priests who are well formed and can aid us in recognizing and refuting the many errors afoot in the Church today.

Atheist vice-mayor opens city council meeting with anti-religious screed December 15, 2014

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Thanks to reader D for the link.

As atheism becomes more and more militant, and more and more just another pagan religion consisting of little more than hostile antipathy towards Christianity, I suspect we can see more of this.

The vice-mayor of Lake Worth, Florida, opened a recent session of the city commission with an anti-religious screed.  He invokes satan, allah, and others to make his point.  Several members of the city commission, including the mayor, walked out prior to the screed.  Good for them, one should never voluntarily expose oneself to mocking, diabolical invective if one can avoid it:

A priest at our local traditional parish opined in a recent sermon that we have not seen such brazen embrace of rank immorality and hatred of the Church, and on such a wide scale, since Roman times.  Yes, especially in the past 500 years, there have been many poor deranged souls who become lost in immorality and then take up the banner of Church- and God-hatred, but never in such numbers, and never quite so openly, nor with such temerity.  Save for a handful of truly hate-filled extremists like Robespierre and Fouqier-Tinville, most people since the establishment of Christendom who fell into grave immorality maintained at least some semblance of shame for their acts.  But since the collapse of Christendom that began in earnest in the late 18th century and reached full bloom in the late 20th, more and more people are not just unabashedly unashamed of even the grossest perversions and cruel immoralities, they often positively bask in them and hold them up as positive goods, like this pathetic soul above.

Well, this is what happens when satan is utterly unleashed and he and his demons take over the lives of millions.  There is nothing short of a massive intervention of Grace that can bring such people back from their course of self-destruction.

Presented as yet another datapoint in the ongoing collapse.

So do you think perverse bakeries reciprocate on tolerance for Christians? December 15, 2014

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Anyone who has paid even the slightest bit of attention to the implications of the sodo-marriage agenda for Christians have known that, of all places, bakeries and bed n’ breakfasts have often been on the frontline of this persecution.  Bakeries and those charming little Victorian BnBs tend to play a role in weddings, even fake ones.  And Christian ownership of those businesses has led to all kinds of problems when those with perverse inclinations come calling to celebrate their “commitment” (monogamy note required) and want a not-wedding cake or want to book a room at a bed and breakfast.  We have seen that, in these cases, and depending on the state, the Christian’s rite not to endorse blatantly immoral activity is often trumped by elusive “rights” held by certain favored groups.  “Tolerance” for perversion is held to trump the Christian’s right to practice their faith in accordance with their conscience.

So some Christians (not Catholic) decided to see if turnabout would be fair play.  If sodomite activists demand Christians to violate their consciences in pursuit of the almighty “virtue” of (false) tolerance, would sodomites and their allies reciprocate in this deification of tolerance?  Exactly, it is to laugh:

So Shoebat.com called some 13 prominent bakers who are pro-gay and requested that they make a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words “Gay marriage is wrong” placed on the cake. Each one denied us service, and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said that she would make me a cookie with a large phallus on it. We recorded all of this in a video that will stun the American people as to how militant and intolerant the homosexual agenda is…….

And you can go to the link and watch the videos if you want to even more evidence of what you already know: tolerance is just a club used by those favored by the marxist left to beat opposition into submission, and is rarely, if ever, reciprocated.

More:

If anyone who objects saying that our request for the cake was hateful, this is exactly the type of thing the homosexual activists do to Christian bakeries when they use the state to coerce them to make a cake with an explicitly anti traditional marriage slogans on it.

Well, to turn it against them, we asked for an explicitly anti-homosexual marriage cake. Here is a video showing homosexual activists in Ireland trying to use the state to force a Christian bakery to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan for a pro-gay marriage event…..

…….The homosexual activist in this video said you can’t choose who you serve, as though he is taking a purely objective position, but when we ask for an anti-gay marriage cake, all of a sudden the saying of “you can’t choose who you serve,” does not apply to us.

Of course.  Because it’s not about fairness.  It’s not about what’s right.  It’s not about what’s good for children or the culture or the country or anything else. It’s about the Western left and its allied elites, thoroughly informed by the cultural marxism of Antonio Gramsci, working a slow revolution on the culture to achieve their end of an ultimately marxist state.  As marxists have long recognized, if you want to work a revolution, the place to start is by destroying the family.  That is why in the Soviet Union, abortion, divorce, state endorsement of serial fornication, etc., were all instituted within just a few months or years of the October Revolution.  After the Soviet state was safely established and it became apparent that massive problems were occurring due to the state-sanctioned immorality (for instance, gangs of feral children abandoned by their parents roaming major Soviet cities in their thousands), Stalin and later Khrushchev reigned in some of the more egregious policies.

That’s just one reason why I have long maintained that this sodomite agenda will be the vehicle of the persecution.  Another major reason is within these poor lost souls themselves, they need both constant affirmation and a complete inoculation from any criticism, that they will to any lengths to achieve those ends.  Thus, they are relentless.  They will never stop until even the last Christian publicly apostasizes – if they are allowed to get to that point.

Some quick points to refute protestant errors regarding Scripture December 12, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, sadness, scandals, Society.
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Father Pastor at Mater Dei gave a really good sermon last night on a topic he excels at: apologetics.  He says he used to teach apologetics and it shows.  In a brief sermon, there were several great points made regarding protestant errors in understanding and using Sacred Scripture.  I will list them and expand a bit on each below:

1. A common protestant claim one hears, typically in the South where Catholics are not numerous and where protestant errors have gone unchallenged for centuries, is that Catholics “added” books to the Bible.  That’s a neat rhetorical trick. Actually, the Canon of Scripture accepted by ALL non-protestant Churches (including the Orthodox, Copts, Nestorians, etc) was settled by Pope St. Damasus in ~AD 326 and remained universally unquestioned until 1520, when Martin Luther realized that certain Old Testament books contained truths that obliterated protestant errors and thus had to be excluded.  Casting about for a reason to do so (he also wanted to exclude some New Testament books, like Saint James, but no even remotely valid reason could be found), he settled on using the JEWISH canon of Old Testament Scripture that was developed at a meeting in Egypt after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70. Thus, protestants deleted books from the Bible that had been accepted by all of Christendom for over 1000 years, and under very flimsy pretexts.

2. However, the Jews based their selections on the prime criteria of whether or not they could find a copy in Hebrew for each of the various OT books.  Thus, several were excluded, and the Book of Daniel was butchered with a significant part removed from the Jewish “canon,” because a Hebrew copy could not be found.  Protestants accepted this Jewish canon through and through, including the truncated Book of Daniel – which just happened to include portions which showed the deplorable state into which the Jewish religion and state would sink prior to the arrival of the Messiah.

3.  Interestingly, a copy of Daniel was found in the caves of Qumran after WWII that WAS in Hebrew and was complete.  It matches the Catholic version, derived from the Septuagint.

4.  Revealing of intent:  neither the protestants nor the Jews have updated their copies of Daniel since this finding.  They continue to use the truncated version, by and large.

5. Even more interestingly, all of the direct quotes made by Our Savior Jesus Christ of Scripture are based on the Septuagint version.

6. So we have a situation where protestants chose to quote the Jewish version of the Old Testament, compiled in the period after the destruction of their temple and the Levitic priesthood, when basically an entirely new religion had to be cobbled together.  Catholics (and the other ancient Churches) use the same version of the Old Testament quoted by Our Savior.  The canon of Scripture was compiled by great Saints, whose sanctity proved their inspiration and made their compilation infallible.  The protestant reformers were not saints by any stretch and were men fighting an ideological battle as much oriented towards worldly power and influence as it was towards concern for souls.

7. So which would you choose, a version compiled by Saints, universally accepted for 1200 years and in accord with the Words of Christ, or the version which aligns with rebellious Jews who had rejected the Messiah, seen the destruction of their own religion, and were casting about for ways to reformulate that religion and maintain their positions of influence?

I will state again that it was no coincidence that the books of Scripture Luther most wanted to exclude – Maccabees, James – make plain both the importance of works as efficacious of Grace and the idea of prayers for the dead and the sufferings of Purgatory, both of which were the prime theological concepts Luther was working to undermine and obliterate.  The fact that the Jews at Jamnia had done basically the same thing provided a good pretext to make use of their own deformations of the OT canon.

History indicates that Catholics must organize and fight for their rights against left-wing cultural oppression December 10, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, foolishness, disaster, Papa, episcopate, Virtue, Tradition, persecution, error, true leadership, reading, manhood, paganism.
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I have just about finished Fr. Bernard O’Reilly’s Life of Pope Leo XIII.  Interestingly, this book was published in 1886, only 8 years into Pope Leo’s pontificate.  Perhaps Fr. O’Reilly did not imagine Pope Leo would continue as pontiff for another 17 years!  He is the most long-lived pope in history.

The portion of the book I excerpt below deals with the situation facing the Church in France during the 1880s.  France was horribly riven and disfigured by the revolution.  A sizable portion of the populace fell into leftist errors and became inveterate enemies of the Church.  Whenever the liberals, so-called, gained power, the Church was persecuted to varying degrees.  The course of the 19th century for the Church in France was a constant see-saw between governments either highly hostile, or highly favorable, to the interests of the Church and the conduct of the Faith.  However, in 1885 a very antagonistic government was elected, primarily due to divisions among the large majority of still faithful French Catholics.  That new government unleashed the worst persecution the Church had yet seen in France, in some respects even worse than the original French Revolution. The government re-seized all Church property, banished religious orders (especially the Jesuits – it is amazing how far they have fallen), refused to pay priest’s salaries, and generally sought to crush the Church out of existence.  That the government was dominated by radical Church-hating masons should not be surprising.

Fr. O’Reilly sums up the situation facing France in 1885, which has eerie echoes of our own country in the early years of the 21st century.  There is much wisdom to be gleaned below.  One of the main points made by Fr. O’Reilly, is that this persecution came to pass because the faithful Catholics spent more time fighting each other than they did their inveterate enemies inside and outside the Church.  I see much the same happening today, and it is something I hope and pray we will see much less of.  With the Church in such an utter state of crisis, all those who hold a more or less orthodox point of view should be coming together and fighting our common enemies, rather than engaging in the constant circular firing squads.  Posting attacks on fellow, predominately faithful Catholics (even if we think they err on one point or another) may be great for traffic, but it only plays into the hands of the enemy of us all:

Nothing could arrest the progress of the decatholicizating spirit in France – nothing but the fear of a civil war.  Of this, however, there was no danger.  The Catholics – the nominal Catholics, at least – allowed every constitutional agency for asserting their own will to be taken from them by their determined, sleepless, unscrupulous, and energetic enemies.  The public offices, from the highest to the lowest in the state, the ballot box, the parliamentary representation, the army and navy – all was taken away from them by degrees, and that because they lacked union and organization.  [And, at least partly, leadership. While the French episcopate did challenge the evil acts of the government, they did not lead in organizing a firm, united resistance. They, too, were too riven with division to lead a cohesive response.  Does that not sound quite a bit like or situation today?  But ours is even worse, for the large majority of self-described Catholics are gone over to the side of the opponents of the Faith, and even most of the leadership of the Church is either too lost in error, too self-interested, or too far gone to the side of radicalism themselves to be interested in helping form a cohesive response.  If a response is to be made, if we are to fight the rapid slide of the culture into anti-Christian pogroms and the rankest immorality, the laity shall have to lead the fight themselves.  I have suggested many times that the only power the laity have is the power of the purse, but it seems few are comfortable being more selective in what elements of the Church the monetarily support]

It is one of the saddest spectacles of modern times to see thirty million French Catholic citizens virtually disenfranchised, oppressed, and deprived of their most precious religious liberties by a small minority, because they did not know how to forget their political dissentiments, to unite like one man to assert their rights, and to use every means allowed by the constitution and by conscience to withstand the usurpations of a godless minority.  [We do not have like numbers today. While there are ~65 million nominal Catholics in the United States today, the number who accept all the Church believes and could be counted as truly orthodox and faithful might be 10% of that number, at most.  We are severely outnumbered by the godless at present]

What is most saddening in this condition of a nation which had played so glorious a part in Christendom is to see the downward progress of Socialism and Anarchism keep a steady pace with the legislative and administrative measures which, step by step, dechristianize every one of the public institutions of France, [Or the United States, and which constantly foist more and more offensive immoralities on all of us] and bring the Church within the jurisdiction of a republic in many respects worse than the one of 1794-5.…..

…..It was for the French Catholics themselves, constituting the great mass of the nation……to come together, to take counsel, as they did in Germany at the approach of danger. [This refers to the effective organization of German Catholics against the kulturkampf instituted by Bismarck in the early 1870s] It behooved them in presence of the enemy to forget all private or local differences, all party feuds…….and to remember only that they were Catholics.  It behooved them, speaking in the name of a Catholic nation, to draw up a declaration of their religious rights……..which should commend itself to all civilized men in the world in favor of full religious liberty and the sacred laws which guard the family, the home, the school, and the Church.

————End Quote————

I do not want to be misunderstood. I am not saying that the differences between, say, a Dr. Jeff Mirus and a John Vennari are trivial.  There are very important differences.  I would even say that people like Mirus, Barron, and most of the Patheos writers believe or at least publicly profess some quite problematic things. They would probably say the same about Vennari and quite possibly yours truly.  The vast majority of these types of conservative Catholics, if that is the right term, seem unable or unwilling to recognize the crisis in the Faith.  But that is not my concern in this post.

I strive not to go to war with people I identify as being basically on the side of right.  I may disagree with Dr. Mirus’ jumbled logic in trying to reconcile aspects of Guadium Et Spes with the preceding Magisterium, but I probably agree with him on 95% or more of matters related to the Faith.  I have to wonder if constantly whittling down the number of “faithful” to basically me and my tribe is an effective strategy in opposing the ongoing cultural collapse and rising persecution?  Are some of these circular firing squads really about formulating an effective response to both internal and external threats to the Faith, or are they more about assuring ourselves that we and our tribe are the sole possessors of all the Truth?

I may not be expressing myself very well, what I am trying to say is that, compared to what is going on in the world, the differences between various types of relatively faithful Catholics are quite small. I am not saying “go be like neo-Catholics.”  But I am saying, in facing existential external threats to the Faith and a rising persecution, should there not be room to put aside some of our differences and work together against the common threat?  They did not do so in France in the 1880s, when Catholics were in the strong majority, and the result was disaster.  Now, we are a tiny minority.  Will we respond in the same manner?

 

“Catholic” Marquette University: being Catholic with regard to marriage form of harassment December 10, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Prompted by the Obamanation Administration, several “Catholic” universities – especially those with a “Jesuit tradition” – have formulated so-called workplace harassment policies that encourage university workers to report their Catholic colleagues to the administration for de-programming and, if necessary, termination.  The policies center around those unnatural acts which are currently the main tool being used by the cultural marxists in our midst to advance their agenda and crush all opposition, especially Christian opposition:

An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of same-sex “marriage” and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory.

Part of the employee anti-harassment training at Marquette University includes a presentation with a comic strip-style story about a fictional employee named “Harassed Hans,” a man in a wheelchair. The training encourages Hans to report to the university human resources department his co-workers Becky and Maria, who “have been talking about their opposition to same-sex marriage” all week.

“Their co-worker Hans is offended, but he struggles with whether to report the situation,” the comic says.“Hans is right to report Maria and Becky’s conversation,” the presentation later adds. [Be a doubleplusgood little drone!  Always report thoughtcrime.  Religion is evil, unless it is at the service of the state.  All those guilty of thoughtcrime must report to the Ministry of Love.]

The presentation shares the federal government’s new understanding that beliefs about marriage as a union only of one man and one woman can be a source of discrimination and illegal harassment.

Since 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has held “sex stereotypes” like “the belief that men should only date women or that women should only marry men” to be illegal discrimination on the basis of sex. This is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the commission said in a news briefing on enforcement protections for same-sex workers. [Amazing how that was implemented at the precise moment the foreign born muslim communist Obama changed his own stance on the subject, isn’t it?]

Brian Dorrington, senior director of communications at Marquette University, told CNA Nov. 21 that the university requires all employees, faculty, staff and student employees to complete an anti-harassment module “in accordance with federal law and university policy.” He added that harassment training “includes the latest changes in law, and workplace diversity training reflects developing regulations.”

The article later shows how students are Marquette are already being persecuted by instructors and staff for having the temerity to believe what all but the most radical, extreme minority believed even 10 or 15 years ago.

Even a single person reminding them of their sin is enough to send some of these disordered folks into a tailspin.  That is why any and all thoughtcrime against the new morality must be ruthlessly crushed.  That’s why Plano, one of the most conservative cities in the country, just experienced a stealth attack by an unknown mayor to impose radical immorality on the vast majority of unwilling, unwitting citizens.  That’s why these things only ever move in one direction – towards success for the marxist and the perverse, and more and more limitations on the Church and faithful souls.

They will follow us to the gallows telling us what awful, terrible, uncharitable, un-Catholic people we are.  And priests, bishops, and religious will lead many of the boos and catcalls.

Cling close to Our Lady.  Always keep Fr. Rodriguez’ sermon in mind.

And I’ll close by saying you need your head examined if you send your kid to a katholyc klown kollege, as the vast majority of them are.  A few exceptions aside, so-called Catholic universities are the absolute worst places to send your children if you want them to remain Catholic.

h/t MFJ

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