The push is on the the next sick thing – ABC promoting “polyamory” again December 10, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, General Catholic, Society, scandals, foolishness, Ecumenism, sadness, sickness, error, sexual depravity, abdication of duty.
There was a time not long ago, when people who shacked up with varying quantities of strange men and women for indeterminate lengths would have been regarded as very strange, certainly perverted, and beyond the pale of normal behavior. But seemingly confident that sodomites simulating marriage will soon be the law of the land in all 50 states, the amoral left – and the media which serves as their evangelical arm – is already moving to expand the normalization of extreme kinks and unchecked concupiscence. ABC, owned by Disney, frequently leads the way, as they did with a recent, breathlessly exuberant and supportive program on so-called polyamory, as if using people for one’s basest lusts is anything like genuine love:
On Monday, ABC News decided to publicize a movement known as polyamory, meaning people bedding down with multiple romantic and sexual partners as a legitimate relationship. Co-anchor Dan Harris said, “Just for a minute, let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s set aside all of the emotion and consider whether the evangelists for open marriage might have a point.”
Later, he added, “More couples opting to become triples or fourples. Live-in lovers spicing up the marital bed, even helping raise the children.”
Nick Watt, reporting for ABC, interviewed Michael, Kamela and Rachel, a threesome that sleeps with others and still finds the time to raise a child. Watt breathlessly gasped, “They’re spreading the gospel of polyamory, hoping to speed up societal acceptance of this kind of set-up.”
The program then interviewed a quack psychologist who gave a glowing endorsement of this further attack on traditional marriage. Because that’s the next place the left wants to go, they want medical and other benefits extended to those who take part in even casual arrangements, the better to keep their voting coalition growing by hooking more and more people on government-required benefits.
With the left, there is always an agenda, and this one is twin. It is both to attack traditional morality in order to further subvert and destroy the healthy, traditional family, while at the same time promising those benefits to more and more as mentioned above, encouraging more people to abandon responsibility and duty and hop on the wealth transfer bandwagon. As the article I posted yesterday mentioned, everything, from the loftiest sounding rhetoric to the basest perversion, is at the service of expanding government’s power at the expense of family and Church. Scary stuff.
The only question I have is which ultimate perversion will be the next cause celebre, after this swinging polyamory sickness – bestiality, or pedophilia? It’s an open question, and unfortunately, I think we’ll find out the answer within a few years.
In one final note, and one that is sure to cause great joy at USCCB headquarters, noted MSNBC loon Ed Schultz was evangelizing the other day and let us all know that the eternal, Triune God unreservedly endorses Obamacare. The more the incredible destruction this monstrous law inflicts on the people of this country, the more I stand in dismay at the thought that Obamacare was endorsed by most bishops, and would have been endorsed by all but a handful had it not contained such noxious provisions for abortion and contraception. The USCCB, Catholic Health Association, Catholic Charities, etc, all lobbied very hard, to the tune of millions of dollars, for Obamacare’s passage. They bear at least some responsibility for the suffering of millions who are now getting cancellation letters, being told they cannot see their doctors, etc.
It will be interesting to see if the USCCB backs away from this disastrous legislation once the stuff really hits the fan next year, with millions of people employed at large corporations likely to see their coverage dropped. Estimates now range from 60-100 million Americans will lose their health care coverage under this law.
What in the history of the American socialist wealth transfer state gave any indication that this law would cause anything but massive disruption, hugely increased costs, and dramatically lower standards of service?
….said the surely diabolically-influenced neo-pagan atheist in the comments to the Youtube video of crazed pro-abort feminist gomorrists attacking Catholics in San Juan, Argentina.
I know the video below has made the rounds, but when I finally got around to watching it, and saw that comment, I thought I’d go ahead and do a post.
I had intended to link to the version where I found the comment, but I cannot. While there is nothing even remotely scintillating in the acts of perversion and self-degradation contained therein, some of these acts reach levels of wretchedness and explicitness I simply cannot allow on the blog. So, I’ve posted the sanitized version from LifeSite below.
Long after you are dead and reduced to moldering dust, ladies, the Church will remain. In fact, She will remain forever.
This is the world today. This is what Vatican II calls us to embrace, to find all that glorious worldly wisdom to teach the Church a thing or 200?
These attacks are increasingly brutal. These women were much more aggressive than last year. What is funny, should any of the men have lashed out – and thank God they didn’t – the women would have been the first scream “victim.” Having spray paint liberally applied to the eyes could cause permanent blindness.
But, you know, the more these women assaulted the men, and the less the men responded, the greater the victory for the men became. Even in the eyes of fallen world totally bereft of supernatural sense, the calm, defiant prayer of the men has elicited overwhelming sympathy. But in the supernatural sense, the victory is all the greater, in fact total: the torrents of Grace these men received was enormous. Even in apparent “defeat” – which this wasn’t – the Christian triumphs. In fact, the greater the “defeat,” the greater the triumph, provided we cooperate with Grace.
In contrast, the enormous sins committed by these women, and the damage wrought on their eternal souls, are incalculable. I pray for their conversion, but as Aquinas and certain other Saints have said, those lost in sins of intellectual pride are the most resistant to conversion of all. Hence the reason so few manifest heretics ever converted. Worse, these women have not only developed titanic levels of intellectual pride, but they have also fallen into the gravest sexual depravities. Combined…….I pray for a miracle.
For the second year in a row, where on earth are the police? Is this some game they play in Latin America, give the leftists a free pass for a big, destructive event, then pretend to lay down the law afterward? What good will hundreds of cops around the Cathedral do the night AFTER the big event? Who pays off who? The police were quoted as saying they couldn’t do anything because the radicals were women. Please. If they had been going after a government office, you can be assured the police would have intervened. We know whose side they’re on.
I was at a class the other night, and we talked about the culture. I think agreement was pretty much unanimous of the 80 or so there – we’re headed for a wicked persecution. Our virtue will be tried as we cannot believe. It will be so tempting to lash out at those attacking us, but for the most part we are going to have to submit.
But such submission provided the blood that watered an Empire and gave the Church the Grace to overcome it. That’s the mind-blowing thing about Christianity, no matter how badly we lose, we always win.
What a heroic display of manhood! What virtue! God bless these men!
If the liturgical reform failed totally, is it time to revisit Sacrosanctum Concilium? December 4, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, sadness, scandals, secularism.
I saw a post at Louis Verricchio’s blog that discusses the more radical aspects of Sacrosanctum Concilium. For those that don’t know, Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC) is the Vatican II document on the reform of the Sacred Liturgy. It was the first document promulgated at Vatican II, and set the tone for the rest with its either/or or “declaration followed by obfuscation” format. While Verricchio raised a number of valid concerns in making his point (which is that while many conservative Catholics try to point to SC as a “conservative” document of VII, there are many problematic statements in it that have been used to make very destructive changes to the Mass), I was struck by how much the reform of – or revolution against – the Liturgy has failed according to the goals set out in SC itself.
The entire reform of the Liturgy proposed at Vatican II was sold as being one that would dramatically improve the practice of the Faith in the lives of all the faithful. It was also supposed to make the Liturgy irresistibly attractive to protestants and those in other schismatic/heretical sects. In short, the “reform” was sold as being the main harbinger of that great new springtime that was so hoped for back in the days of the Council. This is apparent from the opening paragraph of SC, which states:
1. This sacred Council has several aims in view: it desires to impart an ever increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful; to adapt more suitably to the needs of our own times those institutions which are subject to change; to foster whatever can promote union among all who believe in Christ; to strengthen whatever can help to call the whole of mankind into the household of the Church. The Council therefore sees particularly cogent reasons for undertaking the reform and promotion of the liturgy.
While the reform (or destruction, according to many experts) of the Roman Rite was supposed to instill “increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful,” what we have seen, from any metric one could care to choose, is the exact opposite! We have seen a deeper, faster and more universal collapse in the practice of the Faith – especially in Mass attendance! – than in ANY other period in the entire history of the Church!
Whatever changes were made to the Mass, which were intended to “adapt it more suitably to the needs of our own times,” (and what hubris in THAT statement!), that adaptation has apparently failed spectacularly. Not only has Mass attendance collapsed, but so has participation in almost all other aspects of the life of the Faith, from Confession to Adoration (which, in many places, is still actively debased as “medieval superstition”) to material support for the Church to personal prayer life to…….I could go on and on, but they have all fallen precipitously.
Furthermore, the reformed Liturgy has failed to attain the union it set out to achieve, either through attracting more converts or – and this was incredibly dubious from the start – resulting in a single, universal “mass” used by mainline protestant sects and the Church. In fact, this dream was impossible from the start, because only the Lutherans and Anglicans had retained enough semblance of the Mass to make such a union possible. But so very, very much was lost in the futile attempt. Things have gotten so bad, now, that at ecumenical confabs with orthodox Lutherans and Catholics present, the Lutherans are frequently scandalized by the impious handling of the Blessed Sacrament and casual disregard for the sacred! If anything, the Novus Ordo has turned off more of the separated sects than it has attracted!
Again, I could keep going on and on, showing how each individual aim of the reform of the Liturgy, as outlined in Sacrosanctum Concilium, has apparently failed, and massively. I could quote statistic after statistic showing the collapse in the practice of the Faith in this country and around the world.
But instead of beating this dead horse, I’ll simply ask a question – if the reform has so manifestly failed in ALL its stated objectives, perhaps it is time to end the experiment and return to the timeless Liturgy of the Church? Or, I’ll ask another way – why do converts make up a hugely disproportionate number of those who find their way to the Traditional Latin Mass?
Could it be the Mass the starry-eyed reformers were looking for, dreaming of a single Liturgy to unite all the “separated brethren,” is the one they had all along?
A response to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation December 3, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, disconcerting, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, secularism, Society, the return.
I have seen a wide variety of reactions to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, from cries that it is a master work of the post-conciliar theology, to claims that it is a middling and muddled effort, to Fr. Paul Kramer going full-on sede vacantist over it. It is a massive document, and I have not studied it all in depth, but I have read it, contrary to a commenter’s claim. It is far too much to deal with in one post. But to start, I thought I would re-post and comment a bit on Boniface’s own response to a portion of the document, in the form of an open letter he has penned to Pope Francis expressing his grave concerns over portions of it. Boniface’s post asks very pertinent questions that deserve not to be ignored or shouted down because they make people feel uncomfortable.
Boniface’s questions deal mostly with the portions of the documents with paragraph numbers in the mid-200s, concerning inter-religious relations, or, the famous “ecumenism.” Boniface is concerned that the exhortations towards ecumenism with non-Christian religions greatly undermine similar efforts with protestants and other disaffected Christian Churches/sects, thus undermining the goal of Christian unity. I have not seen this particular matter addressed elsewhere, but I think it raises very important questions and concerns (emphasis in original, I add comments):
Your Holiness, I share your desire that the Gospel should be spread as far and as wide as possible, that Jesus Christ be proclaimed boldly and without fear. However, some of the content of Evangelii Gaudium seems to be counter-productive to that end. Take the issue of our Separated Brethren. The Second Vatican Council took special pains to reach out to our Protestant friends, [boy ain't that the truth] hoping thereby to end the spirit of mutual suspicion that had been dominant since Trent; in many cases, amiable relations with Protestantism were pursued even at the expense of relations with the Orthodox. In fact, to an impartial observer, the post-Conciliar Church looks closer to Protestantism than Greek Orthodoxy, despite the fact that the historical and sacramental bonds between the Catholics and the Orthodox are much greater. [This is a very valid point. The Orthodox have been offended by many Catholic ecumenical efforts with protestants, as they point in a direction away from Orthodox (and traditional Catholic) belief. The Orthodox have repeatedly lambasted many protestant sects for their embrace of liberalism and other doctrinal errors, and rightly so. One must wonder, is there more concern for ecumenism with protestants rather than orthodox, because protestant belief lines up better with the new theology of the post-conciliar "reforms?"]
Your Holiness knows all this; I mention it only to point out that ecumenism with Protestants in particular seemed to be particularly dear to the Council Fathers, whose vision you are so admirably fulfilling in your pontificate. [heh. Now that is a loaded statement] You yourself restated this commitment in the exhortation, encouraging Catholics to recall that we all are pilgrims on this earth, “putting aside all suspicion or mistrust, and turn our gaze to what we are all seeking: the radiant peace of God’s face” (243).
Yet a few paragraphs later we find this statement: “Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live “justified by the grace of God”, and thus be “associated to the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ” (254).
It is not my place to lecture the Successor of Peter on sacred theology, especially when I myself am no expert. But leaving aside questions of theology, of what it means for a non-believer to follow his conscience, of the formation of conscience, of how we are justified, etc., I feel compelled to point out, Holy Father, that from a strictly ecumenical viewpoint, no statement could be more offensive to our Protestant brethren than this. Though Protestants obviously disagree with us on many fundamental points, they ought to be commended in that many of them solidly affirm that one becomes a son or daughter of God solely through the mediation of Jesus Christ; in other words, despite our disagreements, most Protestant sects, at least in my country, still understand the fundamental connection between evangelization and salvation in the traditional supernatural sense. [this is a huge point, and I admire Boniface's discretion. There is no caveat about the duty to rightly form our consciences in para 254, and this kind of wide open statement is theologically very troubling. I won't say more than that]
Were I to take this passage to my Protestant friends, it would be not an aid to evangelization but an insurmountable obstacle. Not that we should be afraid to preach truths that Protestants may take umbrage with; otherwise, how could we discuss the Petrine authority, the Assumption of Mary, or other like doctrine? But this is different; in the teaching you have elucidated in Evangelii Gaudium 254, the traditional connection between evangelization, salvation, and the necessity of entering the Catholic Church is sundered. You would be asking me not to defend the traditional Catholic Faith, but a novelty – a novelty which the Protestant would be understandably justified in rejecting. [I should note that paragraph 254 goes on to assign a pseudo-sacramental role to the signs and symbols of non-Christian religions, claiming that these are similar but less efficacious vehicles of Grace. There is no qualification made to this statement, so that one must wonder how far these near-sacraments extend, even to animal sacrifice or other practices. While I'm certain the intent is very different, statements such as these in the past have had a very destructive effect on the Church's evangelizing efforts.]
If we are speaking of following our consciences, Holy Father, I must tell you frankly then that I cannot in good conscience take this teaching to a Protestant and expect it to be convincing. I would be laughed out of the dialogue, and rightfully so.
How different is this teaching from the words of St. Irenaeus, who wrote:
“Where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God; and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church and all grace. But the Spirit is truth. Therefore whoever does not partake of this Spirit is not fed at the breast of Mother Church, and cannot drink from the crystal clear spring which flows from the body of Christ.” (Adversus Haereses, III.24:1)
Or St. Cyprian, the great martyr-bishop of Carthage, who wrote:
“Can he who is not inside the Church draw water from the fountains of the Church?” (Epistle 73, 10-11).
Of course, Holy Father, Catholic theology has always posited the possibility that men could be saved outside of formal membership in the Church; this was understood in the patristic era and taught at Trent. But I fear that what was once understood to be a possible exception is becoming understood as a normative teaching, [I share this concern. In practice, especially in this country, this is exactly what happens. Most souls are not richly educated theologians, able to draw fine distinctions over the operations conscience. When beliefs such as para 254 are presented, rightly or wrongly, they show up as "don't bother evangelizing Hindus/Muslims/Buddhists/etc, they are saved through their own understanding of "God." I have personally seen these kinds of presentations dozens of times.] and that this teaching is having deleterious effects on our efforts of evangelizing. Why would non-Christians convert to our faith if they can attain eternal life just by “following their conscience”, which almost any human being can do with a little effort? Why would Protestants or any other Christian sect seek to reconcile with Rome when we seem to be saying that Christianity and the Church are not even really necessary for salvation? And, as apologists, how we are supposed to reconcile these newer teachings with statements like those of St. Irenaeus and Cyprian above, or with the famous dictum Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus or with many other authoritative statements on the normative necessity of the Church for salvation? [I added some emphasis to the last few sentences]
Dearest Holy Father, successor of St. Peter, Bishop of Bishops, Servus Servorum Dei, keeper of the keys of the kingdom of heaven (for so you are all these things), I pray thee, understand my distress and realize how damaging these statements are to the efforts of faithful Catholics to witness to the faith and bring souls to God through Christ. This is still the final end of evangelization, we must presume? We still do wish for members of other religious and Christian sects to convert and return to Holy Mother Church, don’t we?
Thanks to Boniface for the great piece. I only copied about half of it, please go to his site and read the rest, he really deserves the hits and I probably unfairly copy and paste too much of his stuff. But it’s great! I hope he doesn’t get mad at me.
I may delve into this document more, later. It’s a real challenge, it is so long and covers so much ground it’s difficult to respond to. There are many paragraphs, probably dozens, on which 1000+ words of commentary could easily be written. So, we’ll see what develops. But I thought Boniface’s thoughts very worthy of sharing.
I really don’t like the term “fundamentalist,” because they are not. Unless one considers people who obsess over a few bible quotes taken radically out of context from the whole and from each other as somehow possessing a “fundamental” understanding of Sacred Scripture and Christianity in general.
A case on point. Yes, the Bible does indicate in places – in the Old Testament – that parents should discipline their children, even severely. This severity was prior to the New Covenant, which is based on love, not fear. So, these Old Testament dictums were obviated, or at least moderated to a point of reason, by St. Paul’s exhortation to parents and spouses in 1 Corinthians. Unfortunately, some protestants have once again seized on a particular bit of Scripture and gone nuts with it, and now a little girl is dead. As the father of five daughters, this just makes me so sad. I’m trying hard no to be mad.
I don’t have a problem with spanking. I have certainly spanked my kids. But I pray God I would never take to using tricks like rubber hoses – the same technique the North Vietnamese used to torture our pilots in the Vietnam War – so I can hide the damage. That, right there, indicates shame and a knowledge that what one is doing is wrong. There is a huge difference between applying one’s hand to a child’s bottom, and wailing on them with a plastic hose – to the point of death.
Yet another black eye for Christendom. Just what we needed…….
I guess that does raise a question – are protestants part of Christendom? Or are they so heretical they are not? Orthodox – I would say they are part of Christendom. The five high church Anglicans that are left – maybe. Fundies…..probably not.
h/t Christine Niles
PS – What is the Church’s ecumenical outreach to fundamentalists? It seems those to the right of the current administration of the Church don’t get much ecumenical love. Funny how that works……
That’s it, I’m officially famous November 18, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, blogfoolery, Ecumenism, Eucharist, General Catholic, Liturgy, secularism, self-serving, silliness, Society, Victory.
That’s right, Tantamergo/Tantumblogo has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal:
Some non-Methodists also see the idea as sacrilege. “Isn’t this taking things a bit too far?” said Roman Catholic blogger Larry Roach of Dallas. “How much can you trivialize what should be sacred?”
Well, I’m famous beyond all telling now. Next up, twerking and making out with giant stuffed teddy bears. This one quote will be the start of a massive multi-media Catholic empire that will make Church Militant TV look like a PBS station in rural Idaho. But I shan’t let it go to my head. BTW, I’m going to start to charge a $200 a year subscription to read this blog.
Here is the article, sure to be recorded, studied, and argued over for ages, that started it all.
Kidding aside, I’d like to thank Valerie Baurelein for the quote. I’m gratified she found it useful. But don’t take the inclusion of a quote form my work as an endorsement of everything in the article. I would argue with some of the history of the Blessed Sacrament, at least as far as it relates to the Church, and a few other details contained therein.
CDF: faithful may not participate in Medjugorje confabs November 6, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Our Lady, self-serving, Society, Spiritual Warfare, true leadership.
I’ll admit, I’ve never been a Medjugorje guy. There are plenty of fully approved Marian apparitions to get out there and enjoy, especially the greatest of them all, Fatima.
Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has issued a statement to US bishops directing that Medjugorje has not been approved by the local bishops and thus all clergy and faithful are forbidden to participate in all meetings, conferences, or public celebrations during which the Medjugorje phenomenon would “be taken for granted.” A copy of the letter:
A few things: I saw a commenter at CMR claim that it took the Church 40 years to “approve” Fatima. That’s really not true, it was approved locally very quickly, and for the entire Church some time later. Not sure if that latter process took 40 years, but the local bishop never stated, as with Medjugorje, that the apparitions were NOT supernatural in character. It is also pretty unprecedented for the Vatican to take the step of saying an apparition under investigation is unworthy of public acclaim. That indicates a negative response may be forthcoming, as the usual approach is to allow public “celebration” while under investigation, at least to a point. Maybe that point’s been reached, I don’t know.
As I said, I’ve never been a Medjugorje guy, it just never resonated with me. There are many fully approved apparitions, including tons of ones from the Middle Ages that have been largely forgotten. I’d rather stick with those. I know Medj supporters tend to get pretty vociferous – I’m not claiming any position myself either way, I really haven’t followed it very closely and don’t plan to – so I’m sorry if you feel disappointed, but like all private revelation we really shouldn’t cling to it too tightly. Cardinal X or even Pope Y may have said he thinks Medjugorje is great, but that really doesn’t mean a thing.
Look, I know the Church has grave problems right now. That may even have a bearing on the Medjugorje findings. Medj may be inconvenient in a climate of out of control ecumenism and episcopal hucksterism. But don’t let this derail you! As St. Peter said when ALL but the 12 Disciples left Jesus after the Bread of Life discourse in John chapter 6, “Master, where else shall we go? You have the words of everlasting life!”
Apparently, the recently scheduled events involving some of the seers from Medjugorje have already been cancelled.
If the comments get out of hand, I’ll shut them down for this post.
Liberal protestantism is even deader than I thought….. November 5, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, secularism, self-serving, silliness, Society.
……..which is like, mouldering in the ground for decades dead, but, I was wrong. It’s crumpled into dust so that there is no longer even any measurable remain.
What am I on about this time? A little article reader Dismas sent me, highlighting a
lesbian (“Lesbian” was in the lede. It seems she married a man in 1996. But she still goes on as lesbian? Once a lesbian, always a lesbian, even after 17 years of marriage and, of course, 2 kids. Wait, I thought homosexuals were “born that way,” that their sexuality was the utterly dominant and unchangeable aspect of their personality to which all other aspects, and all of human society, must kneel in quivering obeiscance?) wiccan tattooed potty-mouth as being the savior of the geriatric liberal protestant set. Even the wiccan seems ashamed at what she’s sunk to for some fat remuneration. The whole thing is so obviously contrived, so obviously carefully calculated to appeal to that very elderly and very sad remnant of liberal protestantism that wants more than anything else in the world to be told they are not only right, but also still somehow, in their sensible shoes and decaffe soy lattes, hip:
Nadia Bolz-Weber bounds into the University United Methodist Church sanctuary like a superhero from Planet Alternative Christian. Her 6-foot-1 frame is plastered with tattoos, her arms are sculpted by competitive weightlifting [eh. Not so "sculpted." If she's "sculpted," I'm "ripped."] and, to show it all off, this pastor is wearing a tight tank top and jeans.
Looking out at the hundreds of people crowded into the pews to hear her present the gospel of Jesus Christ, she sees: Dockers and blazers. Sensible shoes. Grandmothers and soccer moms. Nary a facial piercing.
To Bolz-Weber’s bafflement, this is now her congregation: mainstream America. [Perhaps not so mainstream.]
These are the people who put her memoir near the top of the New York Times bestseller list the week it came out in September. They are the ones who follow her every tweet and Facebook post by the thousands, and who have made the Lutheran minister a budding star for the liberal Christian set.
And who, as Bolz-Weber has described it in her frequently profane dialect, “are [mess]ing up my weird.” [Yes, weird, in a very conformist way. This is the "weird" that presently gets the most cultural approbation, especially the sexuality aspect, so it's all good for this charlatan. Nothing to threaten the wealthy libs who constitute her fans. Now, try trotting out some hardcore Liguori or Peter Damian for these folks, and see how they react. All that peace and love will go out the window, in a heartbeat.....]
Bolz-Weber’s appeal is unquestionably part packaging: dramatic back story, cool appearance, super-entertaining delivery. She launched a successful church for disaffected young people and has headlined youth gatherings tens of thousands strong. For a part of American religion that’s been in a long, slow institutional decline, this gives her major credibility. [These same gimmicks have been tried for decades, and they have all, virtually universally, proven not to generate true converts, people who will go to church week after week and support these dying sects over the long term. What they do is generate a whole bunch of surface-level emotion, which dissipates as fast as it came. It is not true conversion, and of course it's not, because it's based on complete error.........]
Her message: Forget what you’ve been told about the golden rule — God doesn’t love you more if you do good things, or if you believe certain things. God, she argues, offers you grace regardless of who you are or what you do. [The essence of protestantism. It was Luther who said "sin boldly, but have faith all the more boldly," completely trashing 1500 years of Christian theology. But this is what these people soooo want to hear, they want so very much not true conversion, but to be confirmed in their sins, and told they are "good."]
Christianity, Bolz-Weber preaches, has nothing to do with rules; it is the process of things constantly dying and then being made new. [Straight up Hegelian modernism, thesis-antithesis-synthesis. This is the program the moderThis woman gives quite an education, but not the one she intends. She appears to be a compendium of modern self-serving liberal "Christian" error. The same error that has left these liberal protestant sects utterly broken and prostrate. All the tattoos and piercings in the world can't convert error into Truth.] Those things, she says, might be the alcoholic who emerges into sobriety, some false narrative we have about ourselves, religious institutions that no longer inspire. [So don't give your money to your boring old Unitarian church, give it to ME!]
All these articles regarding the great “future” of liberal protestantism are just fantasy. There is no future. It died a very long time ago, it is just inertia carrying them on now. Even this great “savior” of liberal protestantism? Her church attracts a whole 180 people on Sunday, which some local parishes exceed on a Monday morning Mass.
There is no future in error. Rejecting works as efficacious of Grace is, alongside private interpretation/rejection of authority, the foundational error of protestantism.
Plus what is described as hundreds of thousands of refugee Christians in Jordan and Lebanon. Some more bad news from a recent news report:
There were some two million Christians living in Syria at the beginning of the Civil War. At least 450,000 Christians have fled the country since March 2011 because of the war. According to Gregory III. Laham, Patriarch of the Melkites Greek Catholic Church united with Rome, every fourth Christian has been expelled from his home. The violence of the Islamists exaggerating the Christians to flee, the Patriarch of Antioch and the whole East told the BBC.
There is not an exact number of Christians who’ve fled. According to Open Doors there are even many more Syrian Christians on the run. Patriarch Gregory III. Laham still firmly believes that “the Christian community will survive.” As mentioned on an earlier occasion repeated the head of the Melkite that Christians are an important part of Syria for two thousand years. “They will again be an important building block for the country’s reconstruction after the war, and do not need Assad to survive in Syria.” [Now that is an interesting statement. At the beginning of the conflict, anyway, Christians were pretty openly aligned with Assad, because they knew what an islamist government would mean. But with the islamists now dominating half the country's area, perhaps the Christians are having to be more circumspect. Or perhaps they have learned that Assad is not really their friend. He seems happy to kill whomever he has to to remain in power, not that his opponents are any better.] Words with which the church leader wants to indicate to all warring parties that Christians are not a party in this conflict.
In the Syrian Civil War 115,000 people have so far been killed, mainly civilians, including many Christians. The Christians are a favorite target, especially for the Islamists and al-Qaeda terrorists. The latest example is the attack on the Christian city Sadad. Today, Archbishop Boutros Selwanos Alnemeh, the Metropolitan of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Homs and Hama announced that “perpetrated the greatest massacre of Christians since the outbreak of the war” by the Islamists in Sadad. In the city of “innocent civilians were murdered simply because they are Christians. A total of 45 Christians were killed, including women and children. Most were buried in a mass grave,” said the Archbishop.
And Obama’s foreign policy has been so amateurishly run, he actually sends arms to the radical islamists, arming the very same groups we fight in Afghanistan. His vacillating, ignorant policy has managed to turn off and repel pretty much every country in the Mideast.
Prior to the US getting involved in the Mideast, millions of Christians still lived peaceably in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, etc. Now, all are under threat and tens of thousands of Christians from the most ancient Christian communities in the world have had to flee for their lives.
Worst president in American history. He makes Carter look like a Medici.
And as far as “ecumenism” with muslims is concerned, how do you ecumenize with a religion so totally antithetical to ours? Unless we’re just going to continue apologizing ad infinitum for alleged slights, insults, and outrages Catholics supposedly committed against muslims. Tell that to the reconquistadores of Spain!
How propaganda works October 31, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, sickness, Society.
Amazing story via Creative Minority Report on how propaganda works. The propaganda in this case being two-plus decades of relentless “multiculturalism,” which in reality is simply another leftist vehicle to attack traditional Western Civilization (and, of course, its foundation, Christianity) and undermine people’s ability to reason based on first principles.
If you think multi-culti propaganda is bad here in the US, it is much, much worse in Britain and most of Europe. There, the state-run media is openly and avowedly so leftist that contrary opinions rarely break through. The same applies to Canada. The onslaught of criticism of Western Civilization, glorification of the “other,” and constant calls for unreasoning non-judgementalism have reached such a crescendo that now Britons are incapable of condemning the barbarism of female genital mutilation (for those who don’t know, this is an involuntary clitorectomy, so to deny females most sexual pleasure) for fear of criticizing another culture. No wonder British youths are flocking to islam:
A Londoner who suffered female genital mutilation has warned that political correctness is hampering the fight to stamp it out after asking people to sign a fake petition in its favour.
Leyla Hussein, 32, said many were scared to speak out against FGM because they were worried about criticising another culture.
She decided to conduct an experiment to see “how crazy political correctness has become” but was left in tears by the end.
Approaching shoppers with the petition supporting FGM, she told them she wanted to protect her “culture, traditions and rights”.
In only 30 minutes 19 people signed it with some saying they believed FGM was wrong but because it was part of Ms Hussein’s culture they would add their names. Only one person refused to sign.
That bolded bit is the very definition of moral relativism. Oh, yes, I think it’s wrong – for me. But you, do whatever you want! Abort that baby! Mutilate that 12 year old girl! Beat one of your several wives! Heck, kill one for converting to Christianity! It’s all good! Whatever makes you happy!
Just another indicator of a culture not just in collapse, but in free-falling implosion. All courtesy endarkenment rationalism and the leftism that is its inevitable outcome. That, in addition to the loss of hundreds of millions of souls, is the reason why the Church opposed the endarkenment, the rationalists, the liberals, and the modernists all those years. And that is why the Church is now also in grave straits, as it has ceased its strident, unrelenting oppostion to the errors of the modern world. To the extent the Church (and that includes you and me) has ended its fight against worldly errors, and even in some ways embraced them, that has terminated a massive influx of Divine Grace, which absence has produced all the dire statistics we read about.
We are being chastised, no doubt.