Understanding the cold sterility of perverse, “same-sex” relations October 29, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
The very philosophical E.Bougis at FideCogitActio has a post examining the ontological differences between normal, rightly ordered (and God-ordained) desires ordered towards the procreation of children, and the cold, barren sterility of perverse relations between people of the same sex. Both Mr. Bougis’ own analysis, and a quote from Germain Grisez are worthy of reading. First, Mr. Bougis:
Homosexuality is, by definition, love of one’s sameness-in-sex. It is, in other words, love of one’s self-in-sex. Homosexuality is, therefore, onanism by a longer name. It is the quintessence of the contraceptive (i.e. sterile) mentality. As such, it is not simply immoral; it is an aesthetic outrage, and therefore it is the pageant of our grotesque age.
For those who are, like me, unaware of what “onanism” means, it means self-abuse. And without going into too much detail, I fervently agree. I have long believed that so-called homosexuality is a very highly developed form of narcissistic self-love, fed by self-abuse, that over time and especially with repeated exposure to pornography can eventually – not in every case, but in some – cause an individual to actually develop appetites for the same in intimate relations rather than the opposite. Yes there are many corollary factors such as childhood sex abuse by a same-sex abuser (THE number one cause for falling into this kind of lifestyle), absent or distant fathers, perhaps even a certain predisposition to this kind of perversion, but overall, the perverse appetites develop as a result of unconstrained and truly abusive descent into addictive self-pleasuring. As the mind and soul experience more and more of this pleasure at the, ahem, hands of the self, somehow the natural appetites are deranged to desire not the opposite, but the same in this powerful and almost totally misunderstood realm of psycho-sexual behavior. Acceptance of self-abuse as “natural, normal, and harmless” in pseudo-scientific literature on the subject in such disastrous “guides” as The Joy of Sex and others caused, I believe, the explosion in perverse behavior we have seen in the past few decades. Between normal relations rendered sterile by contraception, and the virtual epidemic of self-abuse in our culture (virtually every man today abuses himself regularly, and the large majority of women now, too), individual’s normal repulsion towards unnatural behaviors has been dramatically lessened, and the groundwork laid for “tolerance” and even “acceptance” of incredibly destructive behaviors. We presently have an epidemic of intentional sterility in our culture, and that epidemic is destroying it. God always allows our own worst sins to be our downfall, whether as individuals, or as a society.
On to Germain Grisez’ comments:
“[A]lthough it is true that partners in sodomy also could conceivably share in a committed relationship with sincere mutual affection and express their feelings in ways that would be appropriate in any friendship, the coupling of two bodies of the same sex cannot form one complete organism and so cannot contribute to a bodily communion of persons. Hence, the experience of intimacy of the partners in sodomy cannot be the experience of any real unity between them. [Which is why so many same-sex "couples" practice serial "infidelity" and few relations last any length of time. Even those most "committed" partnerings held up as examples of "virtuous" same-sex behavior almost always tolerate regular couplings outside the "committed" relationship]Rather, each one’s experience of intimacy is private and incommunicable, and is no more a common good than is the mere experience of sexual arousal and orgasm. Therefore, the choice to engage in sodomy for the sake of that experience of intimacy in no way contributes to the partners’ real common good as committed friends.
Someone who admits that sodomy necessarily lacks the unitive significance of heterosexual intercourse which makes a couple a single reproductive principle might nevertheless suggest that a couple can choose such sodomitic intercourse as a way of communicating good will and affection. [I'm sorry, but to sodomize someone is such a violent, unnatural act, I find any such claims to be mere shams, ridiculous cover given to try to excuse the inexcusable.]However, just as with fornicators, sexual intercourse is not chosen by sodomites in preference to conversation and mutually beneficial acts because it is the more expressive means of communicating good will and affection. Rather, it is chosen because it provides subjective satisfactions otherwise unavailable. [And I think the act in question involves the acting out of very sick and twisted roles of aggressor and submissive which, in almost every human society in history until now, were always understood to be the resort of a demented mind. Fem-fem acting out is just as sick even if the abuse takes place in different ways.] Consequently, while sodomites may not choose, as fornicators do, an illusory good instead of a real one, they do choose to use their own and each other’s bodies to provide subjective satisfactions, and thus they choose self-disintegrity as masturbators do. Of course, while masturbators can be interested exclusively in the experience of sexual arousal and orgasm, sodomites also are interested in the illusion of intimacy.” (From The Way of the Lord Jesus, vol. 2)
Perhaps, but I would argue that even these relatively benign (but still outrageously perverse) reasons for this behavior given above are rare in the individuals so accursed. That is why even in public demonstrations of their perversions these poor lost souls cannot help but engage in outrageous displays of nudity, sado-masochism, denigration of wholesome institutions (like the Church and family), and violence. Anyone who has seen photos of “pride” parades knows this to be true, and while perhaps most do not engage in these very public displays of degeneration, a very large number do so in private.
And what is more, these folks know, deep down inside, what they are. That is why they demand such constant affirmations and even glorification from the culture at large, and why they will persecute the faithful with an unyielding savagery.
It is amazing I even have to write this. The very idea that someone would have to explain the manifest grotesqueness of this perverse behavior against widespread societal acceptance would have shocked the average person from even 20 or 30 years ago. That is how far we have fallen, so very fast.
And yet our beloved Church is absolutely infested with this perversion. Lord, have mercy.
More proof leftism is a false religion October 29, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, rank stupidity, secularism, self-serving, Society.
Our “friends” on the left like to tell us they are the “rational,” “fact-based” community. But when it comes to the sacred shibboleths of leftism: whether abortion may cause cancer, or the disastrous effect divorce and contraception have had on the family- they are almost impervious to any contrary evidence.
And when it comes to one of their latest fetishes,
global warming cooling climate change, they are so uniquely opposed to any contrary evidence and so determined to enforce lockstep doctrinal uniformity that the religious connection becomes clear. Take, for instance, recently unearthed satellite weather photos from the early-mid 1960s that show radical changes in polar ice caps at least as large, if not larger, than those we see today, which were supposed to be “unprecedented.” Do the acolytes and high priests take this new evidence to re-evaluate their theory? Of course not! This new evidence is simply inexplicable!
Scientists have uncovered a cache of satellite images of Earth from the 1960s that had been forgotten in storage for nearly 50 years and that push back the first satellite images of our planet a full 17 years. [well I know of some shots from the Ranger Program that showed the entire earth by 1965. Yet again the media screws up a very easy topic - I guess they were saying their were no shots of the full earth from space until 1980 or so?!? What about all the Apollo pictures!?!]\
What they found astonished them: The images revealed new records for both the smallest maximum [Antarctic] sea ice ever recorded and the largest. The latter record was just broken this year. The two records were just two years apart, but the difference in sea ice extent was more than 1.5 million square miles (4 million square kilometers), an area twice the size of Mexico.
“We’re talking a 20 percent difference,” says Gallaher. “That’s a sizeable change.”
The Nimbus satellites also caught images of the Arctic before warming from climate change accelerated. Gallaher and Campbell were surprised to see some mysterious holes in the ice in the old images. [See how they do that! Present "global warming" and "climate change accelerated" as accomplished facts, rather than highly dubious and contested theories. This new, old evidence rather explodes the theory, does it not, or at least gravely undermine some of its central assumptions? But rather than discuss that, we have scientists acting bewildered, unable to explain how this could be, since the "theory" isn't a theory, but a religious tenet.]
Holes in the Arctic ice are a common phenomenon today, as the Arctic warms. But in the colder 1960s, a large patch of thin or melted ice was unexpected—and nothing like it was seen again until the 21st century.
Now, wait, how do you know that? How many other photos are “missing?” During the 60s, 70s, and most of the 80s no one was much concerned about polar ice caps or gerbal worming so there may not have been much notice taken of such photos but I guarantee they exist. We have no idea what the ice coverage looked like from space then. So you can’t say this is some weird 60s-2000s phenomenon.
We also now know supposed “unprecedented” changes in the levels of polar ice, which are supposed to “prove” climate change (whatever that means, today), do in fact have precedent. We also have little to no proof that the Arctic has “warmed” any more than an absolutely trivial amount. And ice coverage in the Arctic is higher this year than it has been in some time.
It is also very significant that ice coverage in Antarctica varied 20% in only 2 years. That tells me our scienticians have very little idea of how this ice coverage behaves, or its significance.
But, being the cardinal archbishops of the religion of materialist sexular paganism, that won’t stop them from dictating to the rest of us huge penances for the sins of carbon emissions in order to appease the dread god Gaia.
I tell you, if we had a few thousand of these climate change scientists as Catholic bishops and priests our troubles in the Church would soon be over my friends. That kind of religious fervor is rarely found in the Church today.
On the contrary, our present situation in the Church today is that a sizable number of nominal Catholics, including a good number of bishops and priests, have more faith in “global warming” than they do in Jesus Christ, the Real Presence, and all the Truths of our Faith.
Expert imam proclaims violence endemic to islam October 29, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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The following qoutes, also from Catholic newspaper, are from probably the most famous islamic cleric and scholar of the past 100 years, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the world’s first modern islamic republic. The Ayatollah makes many claims from the koran and hadiths……can any muslim, using the same sources alone, refute his claims as to what islam commands?
Militant muslims constantly point to the numerous surahs that call for killing the enemies of islam, lying to them, cheating them, taking their women, etc., etc. But some muslim proselytes in the West, and even the dialogue obsessed within the Church, always tell us that islam is this great religion of peace that is misrepresented by the militants. But the evidence from around the world seems to indicate that the violent interpretation is by far predominant, and we never, ever see some mass movement of “peaceable” muslims against the radicals, policing their own religion, as it were. All too often, the formerly peaceful ones join in the militancy once it is clear the militants are dominant and controlling a given area. It seems the claims of a peaceful, loving islam are more rhetoric than fact.
The words of the Ayatollah, one of the most evil men of the past few centuries, as quoted in Holy Terror: Inside the World of Islamic Terrorism and reported by Catholic newspaper:
Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled and incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of other countries and peoples so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country of the world. But those who study islamic holy war will understand why islam wants to conquer the whole world. Those who know nothing of islam pretend that islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that muslims should sit back until they are devoured by the infidels? Islam says kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies. Does this mean sitting back until infidels overcome us? Islam says kill in the service of allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean that we should surrender to the enemy? Islam says whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors! There are hundreds of other koranic verses and hadiths urging muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.
There you have it, from the Ayatollah himself. This man managed to convince an entire muslim country – or enough of it to take it over – that he was right. His language and understanding of islam is echoed by centuries of other imams and caliphs. The most devoted muslims almost universally share this understanding. And then there is the entire matter of taqiyyah.
How can the Church “dialogue” with this?
Non sequitur: Ooops October 28, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, disaster, error, Flightline Friday, foolishness, non squitur, silliness, Society.
It looks like the Russian-engined competitor for SpaceX NASA ginned up to supply the International Space Station had a little oopsie:
The Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft – consisting of a great deal of Euro-content – unusually launch from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in Virginia. This launch site is at such a high latitude it is at a distinct disadvantage, but somehow the state of Virginia enticed Orbital Sciences Corp to use it. There is only one orbital launch complex at MARS, and over 25o tons of fuel and liquid oxygen just burned it to a crisp. I don’t think they will be launching from there anytime soon.
It looked to me that something went awry with the launch tower falling away. I could be wrong. There has been much sturm and drang regarding the current sanctions imposed against Russia and the Russian engines used on several important US launch vehicles (not SpaceX, though). Those engines will not be available in future should the sanctions continue much longer. It is somewhat unusual to see only the engine of a rocket explode. The rest of it remained intact until impact with the ground. Sabotage? Doubtful. Still, rather strange.
And SpaceX remains in the driver’s seat, in spite of NASA and Air Force preference for suppliers that have in bed with them for a longer period of time.
Catholic Hispanics joining radical islam en masse? October 24, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
I read some of the below last night and was most disconcerted. This is a disaster of the largest proportions, and it simply confirms for me what has been obvious to any faithful souls with eyes to see: the rejection of Doctrine and practice handed down to us by preceding generations is at utter disaster for souls.
It seems thousands of American Hispanics, who have to be at least nominally Catholic (or were not very long ago), are now embracing not just islam, but its most radical varieties. Even more amazingly, the preponderance of those Hispanics doing so are women. And they tell us why that is. They say islam, especially radical islam, gives them doctrinal certainty and a sure moral guide in a Western culture rapidly spinning out of control. It gives them a framework around which to build their lives more substantial than “if it feels good, do it, and the consequences be damned.”
It also demonstrates conclusively the utter failure of the humanist, secularist “opening to the world” the Church has engaged in, by and large, for the past 50 years. We already know millions of souls have fallen away – and each one of those is a tragedy of a magnitude we simply cannot calculate – but now those souls are opting for islam, the most repressive, backward, anti-Christian religion possible. They are telling the Church, in so many words: “You have failed me so completely I now spit you out of my mouth and join your enemy of 15 centuries.”
More Hispanics are turning towards Islam and interestingly, more than half of Miami’s 3,000 Hispanic Muslims are female…….
……A new phenomenon is occurring in the backdrop. More Latinas, such as Greisa Torres and Stephanie Londono, are turning to Islam. They are not alone.
Arriving from Miami four years ago, Torres said she had “lost her identity in the move and found it in the Prophet Muhammad”, according to a report on Voice of America.
Torres explained: “It was very hard for me because we do not have family here, just my husband and my kids. On this day, my baby – Mahdi – he was going to be born. That is why I converted to Islam because I was scared.” [Another way of saying I feel lost in this perverse culture and I need something strong and seemingly authoritative to cling to. The Church, in Her watered down, indifferentist, ecumenical and interreligious present incarnation, simply fails to offer that to the vast majority of souls who do not know or comprehend the right practice of the Faith, especially in traditional communities.]
…….“When people see you with the hijab, they respect you first. Second, it’s the emotion you feel because you are different. You believe in something. It’s amazing.” Londono said. [Yeah, well, I believe in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, as well as His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament]
“It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or ‘halal,’ and what’s prohibited which is ‘haram’. So they know exactly where they stand. So the Qur’an becomes this guidebook that tells you exactly what to wear, what to eat, how to wash, how to behave, when to pray.”
According to the same report on Voice of America, there are more than 3,000 Hispanic Muslims in Miami and more than 40,000 nationwide across the United States……
Great, so our own government is encouraging Hispanics to convert to islam. Big surprise.
Now, before I get too carried away, I must note that there is some other verbiage I did not include that paints the convert as a wacked out leftist. And that re-emphasizes for me the choice the left in this country and in all the West will gleefully make in increasing numbers: since leftism has always had at its foundation hatred of Christianity, and yet it is still an utterly bankrupt and unfulfilling philosophy, it is inevitable that as islam gains more and more cultural cache, more and more leftists will embrace it either through formal conversion or through willing dhimmi participation.
But once again, I do think there is something very significant here with respect to the Church: these souls are lost, they were allowed to either fall away, or felt utterly malnourished by the Faith, were encouraged to embrace leftism through so many of the bad parishes/dioceses/schools, whatever…….the Church is being rejected because of the conduct of the Faith these past 50 years. That conduct is atrociously worldly and does not give that sustenance souls desperately crave. And so they seek it out elsewhere.
It is incredible if it were not true. Data point 1,987,438 for the disasters inflicted on the Church, world, and most importantly, souls by “aggiornamento.”
Remnant video on the Synod October 24, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the return.
The video below was posted yesterday. I agree with the sentiments expressed almost in toto, although I do hold out the possibly forlorn hope that the opposition that developed towards the end of the first portion of the Synod may coalesce into something significant. As it is, for now, it seems Pope Francis ably sidestepped that opposition and went ahead and had the disastrous paragraphs included in the final report, anyway, if in a different section and with a bit of discussion regarding the “controversy” they caused.
I can’t say I know for certain what happened at the Synod – was it everything going just about totally according to modernist revolutionary plans, who figured in advance there would be some opposition and just moved the ball as far forward as they could? Or was the “revolt,” such as it was, a sign of serious setback? I know opinions vary even among some of the best, most orthodox/traditional Catholics out there.
Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara below seem to veer predominately on the side of the Synod being almost an unalloyed victory for Pope Francis and the modernist cabal associated with him. Some of the language below (a quite small amount) gets a bit harsh and goes beyond what I would typically endorse, but there is so much good commentary it merits airing. I pray Ferrara and Matt (and D) and others are not right, but I fear they are. If they are……Lord have mercy, I have no idea what the Church looks like in a year, but it will not be good:
If criticism of the Holy Father means falling out of full communion with him, then we have an increasing number of prelates doing so. Fortunately, that is not now nor has it ever been the case.
Several things as way of a brief introduction. The man who introduces Bishop Gracida – a long time friend and supporter of the TLM and one of the most orthodox bishops in entire post-conciliar US Church -is Jim Graham, President of Texas Right to Life. There are two major pro-life political action organizations in Texas, Texas Right to Life, and Texas Alliance for Life. You really, really, really want to support the former and not the latter. Texas Right to Life is completely pro-life up and down the whole panoply of life-related issues and is very strongly Catholic. Texas Alliance for Life is much weaker on end-of-life issues and has equivocated on critical matters a number of times.
Secondly, Bishop Gracida below addresses the really pernicious error of current “end of life” declarations that have been formulated over the past 50 years to support the organ harvesting industry. Organs for transplantation MUST, with present technology, be taken from a living human being. The organs deteriorate to uselessness within just a few minutes of actual death. That is why destructive ideologies like “brain death” have been created, in order to pretend that people with still beating hearts, even those who breathe on their own, are somehow “dead,” and thus suitable victims for organ harvesting. But far too many entities in the institutional Church have accepted this illusory definition and have given the “moral OK” to perform such practices. Bishop Gracida has opposed this form of murder for decades.
Finally, I must agree with Jim Graham’s introductory notes, the reason that we have seen Western culture collapse to the terrific extent it has in the past several decades – an incredibly rapid acceleration of a process building for 500 years – is due to the failure of the Church to uphold traditional morality and Doctrine and instead try be a never challenging, often indifferentist “friend” of the world.
Some really very good comments below from Bishop Gracida, it is worth watching:
That man is 93 years old. Can you believe it? He looks and sounds 20 years younger. Which sort of explodes the mandatory retirement age program put in place after Vatican II. I can imagine how blessed the Diocese of Corpus Christi would now be had Bishop Gracida remained in office until now – over 30 years. Ad multos annos! My father-in-law looks and works 15 years younger than he is at 85 but I think Bishop Gracida might put him to shame.
The fundamental immorality of protestantism October 23, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, scandals, secularism, Society, SOD.
A quick excerpt from Dom Charles Poulet’s A History of the Catholic Church, published in the 1920s. Dom Poulet was a monk of the great abbey of Solesmes.
On the fundamental errors and immorality of protestantism:
The pivotal dogma of Lutheranism is immoral, because justification by faith alone implies that good works are useless, and the absence of free will implies that it is impossible to be virtuous. For this reason Luther regarded virginity as an impossible state, [Ha! Due strictly to his own inability to remain continent. The man was lost in a sea of lusts, and rather than turn to Grace for help, turned virtue upside down and made sin into good. Incredible that so many people bought it, but that is our fallen nature, always looking for ways to sin and still remain in God's good pleasure. Just like today] and looked upon marriage as as physical necessity to every man, a purely animal act devoid of any sacramental character. No wonder that his most violent attacks were directed against the monastic vows, and that he himself married (1525) Catherine of Bora, an ex-Cistercian nun. However, he admitted: “I have made myself so base and despicable by this marriage that I hope all the angels will laugh and all the demons cry.” He took to liquor, and according to his own expression, “devoured food like a Bohemian and drank like a Teuton.” [One is rarely intemperate in only one area, intemperance once committed tends to exert dominance over all aspects of life. Thus, Luther was a drunkard, there is some evidence of womanizing, and he certainly had a volcanic and unstable temper.] The effects of his teaching upon his contemporaries was equally disastrous. “License and vicious habits of all sorts,” he was wont to say, “have developed to a degree never attained under papism.” He was quite conscious that his followers justified their evil manner of living by his own teachings. “If men are not saved by their good works,” they argued, “why should we impose privations upon ourselves?” In the presence of such results Luther gave way to despair. “If I had to begin all over again,” he exclaimed, “I would leave the great masses of the people under the direction of the pope; for these people are not amending their ways with the Gospel and are only abusing the freedom than has been granted them.” [You would have thought this might have moved him towards contrition for the infinite evil he had committed, but it was PRIDE that drove Luther more than anything, and he refused to admit, publicly, that he could have been even ever slightly in error.”
Yet hatred of the pope was a salient characteristic of the ex-monk of Wittenberg. “No one,” he said, “can attain to salvation if he does not oppose the dictates of the pope with all his strength.”
And thus Luther’s biggest failing – hypocrisy – reveals itself. Luther was incredibly hypocritical. He claims that man is saved by faith alone and that only the Bible, interpreted by each individual conscience according to the light it receives from God (and never a demon?), and yet in his volcanic temper he cast down all kinds of anathemas of those who took his very principles and started applying them in ways he did not like. Those who went to far in the revolution he damned, and those who adhered to the Holy See he damned. Luther was such a hypocrite, as time went on, it became clear that he viewed HIMSELF as the sole authority for the interpretation of Scripture, and that all must conform to his highly variable will.
In reality, Luther’s radically destructive Doctrine, which would have meant the death of Christianity and the end of the protestant revolution in short order, had to be Catholicized by Melanchthon, his close confident. Melanchthon, especially after Luther’s death, worked to “Catholicize” Lutheranism and expunge much of its more ludicrous elements. While “justification by faith alone” remains a Lutheran tenent to this day, in practice, Lutherans quickly but quietly began to reassert the need for virtuous acts of good for salvation. The other way, Luther’s way, led directly to immense chaos, immorality, and suffering, such as the nightmares of the Peasant’s Revolt and the anabaptists of Munster.
Another salient feature of protestantism is its constant warring against itself into an infinite number of bickering sects. Indeed, within 3 years of Luther nailing his false “theses” to the door of Wittenberg cathedral, there were already 6 or 8 new groups, spousing new errors, sprung up. Ten years in, this number had increased to well over a dozen, although some of these sects wound up getting reabsorbed by the state churches that emerged in Germany to take the place of the One True Church founded by Jesus Christ. Today, of course, there are tens if not hundreds of thousands of competing protestant sects, although most are so indifferent on various matters of belief that they are difficult to distinguish from one another. But when pressed to the limit, it can be found that the pastor at “Woodcreek” disagrees mightily with the pastor at “Lakepointe” who disagrees violently, on some point, with the pastor at “Watermark.” And so satan’s plan of division, error, enmity, and, most critically, the loss of souls, continues.
And yet after hundreds of years of opposition, after hundreds of years of seeing the incredibly destructive effects of so-called protestantism, up to and including the destruction of the greatest culture God has ever blessed the world with, Christendom, there is a large majority of prelates, priests, and laity who are more protestant than Catholic, to the extent they are even Christian at all.
I just had the sad experience of debating with a self-described “lukewarm Catholic” or “Catholic Reformed Druid” (no kidding!) various aspects of the Faith. Even when he admitted his rejection of Church Doctrine was based solely on his own comfort and preference, he still would not be moved. What shocked me the most is when he said he acknowledged the Real Presence but found it not really that big a deal. He can’t possibly truly understand what the Real Presence means.
Amazing. That is what 50 years of the formal inculcation of error in the Bride of Christ has wrought. Lord, have mercy on us.
I hope the above also highlights just how hideous, how wrong the “Joint Declaration on Justification” brought about by…….you guessed it!…….Kasper the Klown Kardinal between the Church and Lutheranism really is. It is an affront to every faithful soul and yet another example of Christ’s Truth being suborned to worldly ends.
We need a good laugh October 23, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, Holy suffering, scandals, silliness, SOD.
This laugh brought to you by Bones, and it is much appreciated (by me). It seems a compilation of music to listen to the Synod will hit Vatican shelves this week:
When your sitting back, reading that glorious “Relatio,” think how well hearing “Losing My Religion” or “Heartbreak Hotel” will sound?
How about Lonesome, On’ry, and Mean? That’s how it makes me feel.
Ralph Mooney’s steel guitar played a huge role in defining Waylon’s unique sound. That and the driving bass line. Best steel guitar man ever. Waylon was my age when this was filmed. I must say, though both addicts, he looked a good bit more chewed up at that age than I do. Heh. Maybe.
Another good laugh, via Eye of the Tiber. Cardinal Kasper proposes three more Sacraments:
Citing the need for the Church to “update herself with modern times,” Cardinal Walter Kasper declared that the Church has now added three Sacraments to the original seven instituted by Christ. In an interview with America, Kasper explained his decision: “Christ challenged the Pharisees to look deeper than the Mosaic Law, and he challenges us to the same. The original seven sacraments were sufficient for their time, but times have changed, and the Church owes the world a greater number of spiritual life rafts.”
Kasper’s new list of Sacraments is as follows:
6. Holy Orders
7. Anointing of the Sick
9. That YouTube video of that Lifehouse song with that Jesus skit
10. Christmas trees
I don’t know what to think of Providence, RI Bishop Thomas Tobin. Under Pope Benedict, he was noted for being one of the more vocally orthodox bishops – he even criticized Pope Francis early on – but seemed to have made a turn toward the heterodox over the past year or so (understand the terms orthodox and heterodox are made relative to the present standard in the Church). Perhaps he was tacking into the prevailing winds. But now Bishop Tobin seems to be saying that the Pope has made a doctrinal mess of the Church:
Thomas J. Tobin, the Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Providence, R.I., commented on the recent Synod of Bishops on the Family held at the Vatican as “being rather Protestant” in having bishops vote on “doctrinal applications,” and added that in terms of Pope Francis’s fondness for a “creating a mess,” you can say, “mission accomplished.”
“Pope Francis is fond of ‘creating a mess.’ Mission accomplished,” said Bishop Tobin in his Oct. 21 blog post at the Diocese of Providence website. [Which isn't absolutely a criticism. It certainly can be taken as such, but if one was into modernism it could be looked on as a good thing. But I don't think that's what Bishop Tobin meant.]
……Commenting further on the Synod, Bishop Tobin said, “The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on doctrinal applications and pastoral solutions strikes me as being rather Protestant.” At the close of the Synod, the bishops voted on all 62 paragraphs in the final document, the Relatio Synodi. [Yeah, you're not the only one. But see what he says below.]
The Synod of bishops will meet again in one year to review the document, make more changes, and then Pope Francis will review that material and write a public letter on the family and marriage issues examined. [Oh goody. I just can't wait. Be still my heart.]
As for more of his “Random Thoughts about the Synod on the Family,” Bishop Tobin said:
– “Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas? [Please. It wasn't half-baked, it was written weeks in advance. What a joke. And the man who wrote it, Archbishop Forte, is a disciple of Kasper/Kung/Rahner/von Baltasar and the whole school of Tubingen, and slippery as an eel.]
– “Wherever he serves, Cardinal Burke will be a principled, articulate and fearless spokesman for the teachings of the Church.” [Dang straight. And possibly emerge as a desperately needed leader.]
Thanks to reader D for the link. Some more of Bishop Tobin’s comments, perhaps less reassuring:
In addressing contemporary issues of marriage and the family, the path forward will probably be found somewhere between the positions of Fr. Z and the National Catholic Reporter. [Amazing he knows who Fr. Z is. Probably 2/3 of American bishops would have no clue, while they would have intimate familiarity with Michael Sean Winters, the Heretic Reporter, and Thomas Reese. Nevertheless, here we see another bishop pretending Doctrine - eternal Truth revealed by Jesus Christ - can be compromised on. Muy malo.]
Pope Francis encouraged fearless and candid discussion and transparency during the Synod. I wonder if the American Bishops will adopt the same protocol during their meeting next month in Baltimore. [Heh. Nice zinger.]
I for one am extremely saddened to see yet another American prelate, like Cardinal Burke (who surely deserved his stunning demotion), fall out of that precious full communion with the pope. So sad.
It’s called sarcasm, people.
Seriously, though, how much are the apparitions at Fatima, Akita, and Quito being borne out? Bishop against bishop, cardinal against cardinal……..it’s 1517 all over again. Just great!