The “bishops” of the Church of England demurred, for now, from endorsing fake same-sex “marriage,” but they did satisfy their dominant leftist wing by approving women bishops. This is sure to send the relatively orthodox African and Asian portions of the Church into a tizzy, and rightly so. I predict they will approve some kind of recognition of sodomite marriage by 2016. I also predict at least half of the present Anglican Church in Africa will enter the Ordinariate or otherwise reconcile with Rome by 2025.
You should know the vote wasn’t even close. Over 90% of “bishops” voted in favor of this utter and unbiblical novelty.
And the death throes of the Church of England, founded in lust and greed, continue:
Women may become bishops in the Church of England because of an historic vote by General Synod July 14……..
The first woman bishop could be appointed by the end of the year. The Church of England now joins 20 other provinces or extra-provincial dioceses that allow for women bishops.
Before the vote, the Most. Rev. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, asked synod members to greet the result “with restraint and sensitivity,” but a flurry of cheers arose nonetheless. [God or Mammon......they made their choice]
The Most Rev.Justin Welby, “Archbishop of Canterbury,” commented, “Today is the completion of what was begun over 20 years with the ordination of women as priests. I am delighted with today’s result. Today marks the start of a great adventure of seeking mutual flourishing while still, in some cases, disagreeing. [Oh what tripe. The conservativish opposition gets absolutely flattened, their objections ignored]
“The challenge for us will be for the church to model good disagreement and to continue to demonstrate love for those who disagree on theological grounds. Very few institutions achieve this, but if we manage this we will be living our more fully the call of Jesus Christ to love one another. As delighted as I am for the outcome of this vote, I am also mindful of those within the Church for whom the result will be difficult and a cause of sorrow.” [I added emphasis here. Read that again. He is basically saying he knows this will be a bridge many conservative Anglicans simply will not be able to cross, and he is predicting that it is most unlikely they won't manage to placate those conservatives. Which is why I was gratified to read the next part.......]
……...Following the Church of England’s decision to allow women bishops, the head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham invited those who are “considering their future” to learn more about the Ordinariate……[Dang right. We have our own grave problems but just click your heels together three times saying "There is no place like Rome," and you'll feel much better]
For a little bit of true idiocy, check out this nonsense from The Daily Beast (what an unfortunate name, no wonder they are diabolically liberal):
The Church of England has agreed that women can become bishops for the first time in its 1,500-year history. [HAH! Wrong, less than 500 year history!]
[Now check out this blatant propagandizing in a supposed "news" piece....]Not everyone was celebrating, however. The conservative and evangelical wings of the church had succeeded in stymieing a 2012 attempt to open the most senior church posts to women. That unexpected rejection of gender equality within the church won negative headlines and widespread disapproval in Britain. [Yes, women can go to hell just as easily as men, especially when they demand roles for which God never intended them]
The idiot “compromise” approved by Welby to get this further travesty approved was that those with objections to having women bishops wound’ t have to have them. So you’ll have part of the CofE with its women bishops, and part without. And all the sexularists clucked their tongues in approval.
UPDATE: Fixed format problem from evil blogspot.
For a final banality, here is the statement of the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales on this massive cave to sexular paganism:
The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. For the Catholic Church, the goal of ecumenical dialogue continues to be full visible ecclesial communion.
Such full ecclesial communion embraces full communion in the episcopal office. The decision of the Church of England to admit women to the episcopate therefore sadly places a further obstacle on the path to this unity between us. Nevertheless we are committed to continuing our ecumenical dialogue, seeking deeper mutual understanding and practical cooperation wherever possible……
…..At this difficult moment we affirm again the significant ecumenical progress which has been made in the decades since the Second Vatican Council and the development of firm and lasting friendships between our communities. We rejoice in these bonds of affection and will do all we can to strengthen them and seek together to witness to the Gospel in our society.
What?!? WHAT PROGRESS! Aside from lovely 3 week meetings in posh Swiss mountain resorts, or high tone London clubs, what have you ever accomplished?!? Anglicanism has increased in distance from Catholicism 100 fold in the past 40 years, at least as far as official belief and practice (and not pervasive modernism) is concerned. The modern ecumenical movement is founded upon lies, lies that have the stench of indifferentism and death about them.
So when the CoE commits yet another sacrilege by ordaining women bishops, all the episcopal conference of England and Wales (one of the most liberal in the world) can think about is their precious but pointless ecumenical confabs?!? No wonder they loathe and undermine the Ordinariate so much, anything that might forestall the non-stop gravy train of liberal privilege is to be strangled in the crib.
I guess the final travesty is the degree to which the progressives in the Church, including at the highest levels, seem determined to follow the Anglican model into irrelevance and destruction.
Lord have mercy on us.
Baptist preacher – prepare for severe persecution July 15, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
Thanks to reader D for sending this in. I have to say there is much good, if terrifying, counsel in this brief talk given by Paul Washer, a man I’ve covered on this blog before. Washer is interesting, he seems very confused as to what the Church believes. He has decried “once saved always saved” as unbiblical (he’s right) and has stressed the need for evangelicals to practice virtue and have an ongoing conversion (not a one time altar call), with complete avoidance of sin, but at the same time decried the Catholic Church for believing the opposite. Which is like…….zuh? Do you have any idea what Luther and Zwinglii railed against? It was exactly what you preach, Mr. Washer.
But irrespective, some frightening descriptions of potential things to come in the video below, but probably very good advice in terms of how things will go if a persecution really gets ginned up. And I think it is absolutely key to stress that if a sexular pagan persecution does begin (to many, it already has), we won’t get to die for Jesus Christ. That is to say, the state who persecutes us will find some other reason other than our Faith in Jesus Christ to lead us to the robotic lions. No, they will charge us with crimes of bigotry, or completely false charges (child molestation is always useful to destroy someone’s credibility), they will say that we are heretics, that we have Christianity all wrong (we can expect to hear that from many of our religious confrere’s), etc. We will need incredible faith.
Heh, I use the term “we” loosely. I should not be so bold as to include myself. Absent Grace, which I pray I cooperate with!, I would knuckle under at the first tap on the door.
What do you think? Is it premature to spread such talk? Will things not be that bad? Will there be a mass moral miracle involving the conversion of hundreds of millions to stave off this persecution?
As for me, I see the above as inevitable, save some great intervention by God, in His mercy.
PS – I don’t really believe in things like the Illuminati. We don’t need some diabolical controlling organization to make these kinds of things come about. It’s happening on its own, in the the bad decisions and sins of billions of fallen people every day. That doesn’t mean the Church and Her faithful do not have enemies, but I don’t think there is one central organization controlling and directing all.
Press uproar over “papal” World Cup final ridiculous in light of Catholic suffering in Mideast July 10, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
UPDATE: Fixed format problems. I am having more and more format problems when I copy text from some sites. It’s getting out of hand. I spend as much time fixing the format as I do writing the post!
Rorate has a very important post on the ludicrous behavior of the media – including the Catholic media – getting caught up in the uproar over the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany. Since those two countries represent the homes of the two most recent popes, much of the media is trying to focus on a Benedict vs. Bergoglio final.
All this attention being paid to the World Cup is beyond silly, especially by Catholic media, when we consider the ongoing plight of the largely Catholic Christian communities of Iraq and Syria being absolutely decimated by repeated atrocities from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – the new “caliphate.” The Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church had strong words of condemnation for the Western media, which has never given the coverage the ongoing plight of the Catholics of the Mideast deserves:
In an international competition of a popular sport, the final match will involve the teams of the countries of origin of the Pope and of the Pope Emeritus — and religious correspondents immediately begin the silly season of the “competition” between the popes, what the “mood” between them will be, where will they watch the match, etc.
This is extremely offensive, especially considering the strong words of the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch specifically about this point, a plea ignored by the Western media, as Christians are expelled, executed, and victimized by genocide all through Iraq and Syria. It was not a coincidence that Patriarch Sako (not us!), the main Catholic cleric in Mesopotamia, chose to put his attention specifically on this amazing contrast: he knows how ridiculous and embarrassing the Church looks before the Muslims who terrorize them when Christians in the West put more attention on games than on the martyrdom of their brothers and sisters:
…. most Christians have already been forced to flee Syria and Iraq, where the head of the Chaldean-Catholic Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, fears Christian life will eventually come to an end in the region.
“In ten years there will perhaps be 50,000 Christians left” in Iraq, he said in a statement released by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need and obtained by BosNewsLife. “Prior to 2003, this figure was about 1.2 million. Within ten years we have shrunk to a community of perhaps four to five hundred thousand faithful,” he added. [I recently did a post on the ongoing sufferings and struggles of the Chaldean Catholics in Iraq. We have to note that the United States bears direct responsibility for unleashing the forces that have led to the destruction of ancient Catholic churches and other Christian communities throughout the Mideast. From the inept Iraq war to Obama's speech in Cairo undermining the status quo in Egypt, the US has played a direct role in bringing about the destruction of Christianity in its ancient home. The effect has been so severe, so drastic, one must wonder if it was not at least somewhat intentional.]
Sako fears Iraq will soon fall apart. “At present there are three fragments of Iraq, a Sunni one, a Kurdish one and a Shiite one. The Kurds already enjoy autonomy anyway. The Shiites do as well in a sense. Now the Sunnis are following suit. Iraq will therefore be divided up.” [I would say Iraq has already fallen apart. The best hope for the Christians, who are too spread out and too few in numbers to form a cohesive, defensible country of their own, is to hope they can fall under the Kurdish area of suzerainty. The Kurds seem to be the least hostile towards Christians]
The bishop condemned Western states who he said “find football” in the current World Cup “more interesting than the situation here or in Syria
He said Western policy only pursues economic interests. “The international community should put pressure on Iraqi politicians to make them find a political solution and form a government of national unity.” [I'm afraid it was too late for that 10 years ago. Iraq, a fake nation created by French and English bureaucrats during WWI, is doomed.]
Sako views the Sunni oriented ISIL as a global security threat. The group, he added, “intends to found an Islamic state with oil wells in order to Islamize the world. I think this is a danger for all.”
There is more at Rorate, including a statement by the Primate of France Cardinal Barbarin decrying the lack of concern by Western governments for the plight of Christians in the Mideast.
But here is my question, related to the ongoing immigration disaster afflicting the United States. Where are the US bishops? Where is the USCCB? Instead of pandering constantly for totally unconstrained Hispanic immigrations, from regions far more economically stable and enduring far less severe conflict than the Mideast, why are not the US bishops calling on the US government to take ownership of what it’s broken (remember the line from Colin Powell), and allow all persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq to immigrate to the United States or other Western countries? Why do Western politicians and so many Catholic bishops fall all over themselves pretending islamic immigration to Europe and North America is a blessed thing, while ignoring the dire needs of Christians from the same region to immigrate, as well?!? They have even more cause to flee their homes than do most of the muslim immigrants?!? Must false views of interreligious relations trump all?
RELATED: Holding nothing sacred, even their own religious heritage (because, or so we have been taught, muslims revere many figures of the Old Testament and hold Jesus as the greatest prophet shy of their false Mohammad), the new caliphate destroyed the tomb of the Prophet Jonah yesterday.
And yet this is the great “religion of peace,” from which even the current pope has given no indication one must convert to be saved. In fact, he has conveyed quite the opposite
What a laugh – after trying to disprove God for decades, scientists now “disprove” atheists July 9, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Even though an engineer, my skepticism towards the claims of many publicity-seeking scientists – if indeed they are -grows greater every day.
Bear with me, this takes just a bit of explanation. Some scientists studying sociological research, elements of the brain, and all the things that go into human behavior, claim to have found that humanity is hard-wired for belief in the metaphysical or supernatural. Catholics understand this intuitively – we are hard-wired by God to know, love, and serve Him. A loving God would of course inculcate in His creation the ability to do what He demands of them! But the scientists go a bit further, they claim that since we seem to be hardwired for supernatural belief, that means, in a sense, God does not create atheists, and true atheists don’t exist. I think Catholics also know this – atheists are simply people who have, by and large, replaced love for God with hatred for God as the basis of their false, harmful religion. And leftism in general, far from being the enlightened adherents of strictly rational thinking, are some of the most superstitious, magical-thinking people around. That is why silliness like belief in astrology, new age, false eastern religions, UFOs, conspiracy theories of all stripes, etc., are rampant on the left.
Anyway, the report, filled with progressive errors and general falsity as it is, below. I have some fun fisking it:
While militant atheists like Richard Dawkins may be convinced that
they hate God with a white hot passionGod doesn’t exist, God, if He is around, may be amused to find that atheists might not exist. [There is so much wrong in this sentence it could take me pages to unpack it all. Just a few: God is omnipotent and omniscient, He knows the most infinitesimal details of each and every soul that has ever been born. He knows very well why atheism develops in a soul, and it saddens and offends the Lord to no end. God doesn't need us puny humans to confirm His existence, He IS existence. There is no frame of reference we humans can use to fully comprehend what it is to be God.]
Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged. [Wow, to a person who wasn't a confirmed member of the sexular pagan cult, that would sound like incredibly convincing evidence that God does indeed exist, and created very powerful aspects of the human psyche to both recognize His reality and conform to His Law as He has revealed to us, over millenia, both in the flesh and through other means]
While this idea might seem outlandish – after all, it seems easy to decide not to believe in God [Which ease is attributable to our fallen natures and propensity to sin, absent Grace. There is no limit to the evil to which man can sink absent faith in God and His Church] – evidence from several disciplines indicates that what you actually believe is not a decision you make for yourself. Your fundamental beliefs are decided by much deeper levels of consciousness, and may well be more or less set in stone. [No, they are not set in stone. That is ludicrous. This completely denies free will. My goodness, a Thomist could have an absolute field day with all this. There are literally so many diabolically wrong and bad assumptions throughout this piece that it boggles the mind. This is how utterly cut off from God, the moral law, and true rational thinking people have become, in their quest to prove to themselves that God doesn't exist so they can go on sinning.]
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since we are born believers, not atheists, scientists say. [Well duh] Humans are pattern-seekers from birth, with a belief in karma, [wrong] or cosmic justice, [wrong] as our default setting. [No, the natural law is intuitive to all and the Law of God is written on all our hearts, even those atheists and sexular pagans who do all in their might to overwrite and expunge that Law] “A slew of cognitive traits predisposes us to faith,” writes Pascal Boyer in Nature, the science journal, adding that people “are only aware of some of their religious ideas.” [Once again, this makes eminent sense, that a loving God would instill in His creation a very strong to be predisposed to love Him and to have faith. In fact, much of science knew this before the evil of Darwinism and the modern progressive cult became the dominant new religion of "science." People believe so many things that aren't so, and are invincibly convinced of them, even when, in the case of the theory of evolution, there is absolutely no concrete evidence that can be pointed at to prove the theory! People take so much of what they "know" simply as a matter of faith, on the authority of those they have been very carefully taught to obey unquestioningly. And that is how the Faith has been driven from the hearts of millions. Satan is the ultimate author of the modernist progressive sexular pagan cult. ]
……..There is also the notion that the presence of an invisible moralistic presence makes misdemeanors harder to commit. [No, the Law of God is written on our hearts] “People who think they are being watched tend to behave themselves and cooperate more,” says the New Scientist’s Lawton. [But that only keeps them from breaking the law. There is much immorality that can still occur when bare adherence to the law is the standard.That is why Faith in Jesus Christ and His Church is the absolute necessity for any moral, rightly ordered civil society. That is why culture and morality flourished under Chirstendom, but is rapidly approaching the nadir of human existence today.] “Societies that chanced on the idea of supernatural surveillance were likely to have been more successful than those that didn’t, further spreading religious ideas.” [That is an evolutionist speaking, trying to explain why religious belief would be a successful evolutionary trait. Please! So much error.......]
And the original article was very long! If I fisked the whole thing, it would take days!
Wow are we in trouble. It’s almost hard to know where to start with such incredible ignorance. That cultural knowledge of Christendom that sort of continued on for decades after formal Christendom disappeared, appears to fast be expiring, as well. That will lead to nuovo-barbarism, we can be assured of it.
The very good Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam has a recent post regarding the lost art of Christian shunning. This is not snubbing because we don’t like someone, or because they aren’t in our tribe, but because of ongoing persistent immorality that simply cannot be abided without giving scandal or even seeming to endorse the sin.
Shunning/stigmatization and other forms of negative social reinforcement once played a huge role in maintaining social mores and cultural standards. That began to fall apart as the 20th century advanced and really imploded after the diabolical decade of the 1960s. But simply because most in the Church, including in the hierarchy, would be aghast at not “welcoming all” (save for the orthodox, of course!) with the most non-judgmental unjudging “who am I to judge” attitude possible, that doesn’t mean shunning is not an important and necessary Catholic practice exceedingly well supported by Scripture and Tradition, and Boniface thoroughly establishes.
Because the post is long, I will give a brief synopsis of the proofs from Scripture that Boniface cites in support of shunning. After each proof, he explains in some depth how it relates to the practice of shunning. The proofs include:
- Matt X:12-15 (Jesus directs Disciples to flee those houses and towns that refuse to accept the Gospel)
- Matt XVIII:15-17 (Jesus explains fraternal correction, and to shun obstinate sinners)
- I Cor V:9-13 (St. Paul directs Corinthians not to associate with public sinners)
- II John I:7-11 (St. John speaks of fleeing from those who reject Church Doctrine. Boniface reinforces St. John by noting that we really must avoid those who claim to be Catholic but who, for instance, are lost in sins of sodomy.)
Now, there are many caveats for how to apply shunning, so make sure to read Boniface’s entire post. If we don’t know if someone may simply be ignorant of their sin, or struggling to overcome a persistent sin, we should not shun that individual, for instance. We are talking more about how to approach unrepentant and obstinate sinners, and perhaps even more in this time of mass apostasy, unrepentant heretics, who make up most of the self-professed Catholic population today.
I did want to excerpt Boniface’s conclusion, and add my own emphasis and comments:
Fifth, we need to keep this teaching in proper perspective. After a person repents, we are to welcome them back joyfully (cf. Luke 15:7, 2 Cor. 2:6-11, Luke 15:22-24). Furthermore, this cannot be used as an excuse to avoid evangelism. As we said above, this teaching clearly applies to those called by the name of Christ, not unbelievers in need of Christ. [Which sort of heightens the divide between how we approach those who have never been Catholic, and those who have definitively departed or those who claim to be Catholic but are lost in error or grave sin]
Finally, it is not arrogant judgmentalism or Pharisaism. St. Paul himself affirms that it is our business to judge those “on the inside.” Still, such judgments should be made in humility, not out of a sense of superiority. [And that is a hugely tricky business in and of itself. We don't want to become busybodies chastising every young girl who wears a skirt 4 inches too short to Mass, or some mom whose child bothers us with his crying during the Consecration. We do have priests for a reason. There is a time and a place and a way to go about everything. Charity must guide all. And when in doubt, it is probably best to say and do nothing but pray. But when the sin is obvious and we feel bound by conscience to act, yes, by all means, we must strive to use as much tact and decorum as possible in our correction. If the sinner fails to respond, that is when shunning would come into play.]
So do not feel guilty that you did not invite your lesbian niece and her girlfriend to the family party. Put away your nagging questions about whether you ought to attend the third marriage of your Uncle Gary. You are doing the correct thing by shunning these people. To do otherwise is to affirm their evil deeds and partake in them. There is a place for shunning in Catholicism, and if we weren’t so paralyzed by seeming judgmental or harsh, we would realize it. [I have to agree. We also have to keep in mind different vocations and spiritualities. Some people are more inward and contemplative, others feel called to be more active and extroverted in their practice of the faith. Maybe even combative, at times. There have been many Saints of both types. For some folks, the best approach may be quiet avoidance and interior prayer, for others, they may feel compelled to try to correct and engage with the sinner. At some point we all have to realize that someone simply refuses to hear and accept the Truth, and at that point we have to cut them out of our lives, always keeping them in our prayers.]
Awesome Austin Procession last week; or wherein I admit my manifest failure as Catholic blogger July 7, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Ecumenism, episcopate, Eucharist, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Quite possibly one of the most gloriously significant events in the Church in this great State of Texas in decades occurred on Corpus Christi……ahem……Sunday in Austin, and I failed to say a thing about it. It’s not for want of help from readers. Not one but two different readers sent me links and very helpful information. And still I failed to say a word last week. I really have no excuse. I just plain forgot, even after being reminded more than once.
Nevertheless, the first Corpus Christi Procession to a state capitol building in a very long time (quite possibly, ever) in this country took place and was a well attended, well-covered (except by me) event. It received near top billing on the local news. Thousands processed. Many more witnessed this transcendent, uniquely Catholic act of faith.
All in all, it was a very big win (vid coverage at link, could not imbed):
Saint Mary Cathedral hosted its annual Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession on Sunday. For the first time ever, the church brought the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction into the Texas State Capitol.
“This is called the Feast of Corpus Christi, and this is the day we celebrate the belief we have of Jesus truly present with us right here, right now. He walked the Earth 2,000 years ago, but he didn’t leave us alone, he walks with us every single day,” said Joan Maroney. [And He is literally present in the Blessed Sacrament, whether walking, riding, or reposed in the tabernacle]
The historic Eucharistic Procession began at Saint Mary Cathedral on 10th Street in downtown Austin, then made its way to the Capitol Rotunda. The church held a mass prior to the procession Sunday morning. Hundreds of parishioners filled the streets in a solemn, emotional walk.
“It’s sort of a recognition in the importance, I think, in the role we play in the community, various charitable activities and so on we are involved in,” said Blake Krass. [I might also add, it's a way to show non-Catholics Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, in the flesh. Not so to speak.....that's Him. So what if it doesn't "look" like Him, it's HIM! And He is the only way to salvation, so get on board!]
Pics and an amateur video below:
Video below. Thanks to the person who shot it. I’ve never heard the Pater Noster concluded “and deliver us from the evil one” before. But I’ve also led a sheltered life.
Some folks seem to get that we don’t engage in casual conversation in front of Our Lord, any more than we would talk about our lunch plans with the President standing there, or how rad we found the White House (well…..maybe this president). But it’s sad that many others did not seem to get it. Then with the shushing. Much could be learned from the decorum of traditional parishes! It is possible for hundreds of people to process with nary a word!
This was a very blessed event. I have great appreciation for the Bishop of Austin, Joe Vasquez, and the cathedral choir, for being willing to host this Procession. I pray this becomes a tradition, not just in Austin, but throughout Texas and the entire nation. We have much to offer reparation for, and Processions can be both witness and act of reparation.
How about we process here in Dallas! There is certainly enough precedent for it, as reader MFG has shown us with the pics he sent me, like the conclusion of a Corpus Christi Procession in this Diocese decades ago:
Let us pray and encourage Bishop Farrell to give such witness to our Faith! This is the kind of ecumenism I can get behind!
Here’s a parting thought – is it any coincidence that the diocese that put this great event on has a TLM at the cathedral?
In the military affairs study group I used to be active in, various scenarios in the Mideast were gamed out over a period of several years. The worst saw a re-emergence of a new Caliphate, or militant pan-Arab muslim superstate, which would wage relentless war against infidels of all stripes: Shiite muslim, Zoroastrian, Hindu, and, of course, Christians. It is terrible to witness deliberate efforts to create a new caliphate really taking place in Iraq and Syria. The Christians are, of course, the first targets. Islamist hatred of Christ and His Church has known few bounds over the past 1500 years, and only went into brief remission when confronted with hegemonic European power during the 19th and 20th centuries. Now that Christendom is shattered and decayed, with the Western states that emerged from Christendom following inevitably down the path of decline, the Islamist is re-emerging as a major force.
Thanks to a reader for sending this link. It makes fascinating, horrifying watching. While the vast majority of substantially Catholic Qaraqosh in northern Iraq fled as ISIS caliphate forces neared their town, others remained to defend their (externally beautiful) church as Kurdish Peshmerga flooded into the city to prevent ISIS from taking over. This is the nightmare persecution of Iraqi Catholics in microcosm. The ancient Catholic population has already been more than decimated, and it appears those that remain will face a very trying future:
Please pray for them! Pray for all persecuted Christians, perhaps as part of your regular Rosary or Mass intentions!
It is amazing what chaos our adventure in Iraq has unleashed. The suffering has been widespread and seemingly endless, but Catholics have born the worst of all.
And Iraq is just one country in the Mideast we have set on fire. Bush made huge mistakes, but was nothing compared to Obama, who has seemed to have gone out of his way to spread violence and radicalism in the Mideast.
All part of the plan, I guess. “Make a mess”seems to be the order of the day.
Rorate posted the following image from their twitter account. It shows the results of a recent study of the state of the Church in Latin America by collating the results of surveys of religious affiliation across that vast, formerly Catholic region. The results are horrifying. The Church is in complete free-fall in most of Latin America, with some countries seeing a drop of as large as 1/3 in Church membership in the past 18 years. Evangelical protestants have made huge inroads among Catholics, as the old pious practices and the teaching of clear doctrine that used to be the core of Catholic edification and spirituality has now been replaced by soft humanism, socialist agitation, and boring, pointless spiritual direction. I can attest to the explosive growth of evangelical protestantism among Hispanics from my own little corner of the world. In the part of Irving where we live, there are literally dozens of evangelical churches ranging from very small to very large serving thousands of former Catholics.
This simply shows that socialist humanism is not a replacement for man’s innate need to be close to His Lord. The hard work of centuries of Saints and dedicated souls, up to the point of giving their very lives, is being undone in decades of heresy and abuse:
It is beyond heartbreaking to see the Church, outside of which there is no salvation, losing tens of millions of souls to error-filled sects because Her children are starving to death for spiritual sustenance. There will be a reckoning for all of this someday. Lord, have mercy on the servants who have allowed this – or forced this – to come to pass. I pray the men and women leading the Church down the broad freeway of destruction may be touched by Your Grace, truly converted, and have great horror over what they have done. But as St. Thomas Aquinas said, the sins of intellectual pride are the most difficult of all to overcome.
Then again, She told us this would happen.
Catholic parish lists ramadan on calendar of Saints?!?! June 27, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the return.
Uff da…….what can one say. Reader MB from San Antonio sent me the following images, which show St. Mark the Evangelist parish in San Antonio (which I have been to several times, never very edifying) listing the muslim season of ramadan on the calendar of Saints in their weekly bulletin:
If you want to download the entire bulletin (7 Mb) to see it in context it’s here (page 3, left side)—–>>>>Bulletin-515210_14_06_22
What can one say? Even from the point of view of natural reason, let alone supernatural faith, what sense does it make to include a muslim holy period on a Catholic calendar? Are there many souls at St. Mark who sort of straddle the fence between islam and Catholicism? Or is this just yet another form of pandering to an exotic other to show the parish’s chicness? A way to communicate how very refined and tolerant (re: indifferent) the good people of St. Marks purport themselves to be?
From a supernatural standpoint, it is at least mild blasphemy.
How, exactly, does this build up the faith of the parishioners? To equate a pagan holy period with the inestimable Feasts of the Most Sacred Heart, the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and all the other Feasts listed…….it is incredible.
St. Paul tells us (1 Cor X:20): But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils.
St. David tells us in the Psalms (95:5) For all the gods of the gentiles are devils; but the Lord made the Heavens.
I know, the Bible is just so pre-conciliar! It just doesn’t play in a time of interfaith “dialogue!”
Need I remind readers of the inveterate hostility in which islam has held Christianity since its inception? Of the millions killed, the tens of millions of force conversions, the lands lost, the centuries of pirate raids and slaving parties and whole towns wiped out and invasions (all the way to Vienna, almost to Paris!) and mutilations and harems and rape and all the rest! And what of the horrific ongoing muslim persecution of Christians today! And yet we celebrate a muslim holy time in our Catholic calendars, putting this pagan worship on a par with the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus?
And we wonder why so many Catholics have fallen away, in totality or in essence.
It also shows why those who come to love the Traditional Mass and the Traditional practice of the Faith have such difficulty with not just the Novus Ordo Mass, but the entire post-conciliar ethos. We come to know the Faith as it was practiced for eternity (in a sense), and then look at how it is practiced and published abroad today, and have to conclude: one of these things is not like the other. You would not have seen such an equivalence made between a pagan feast and the holiest of days in any Catholic parish of 100 years ago.
As a final aside, the person who sent me this information said the parish office had been contacted, and what happened? Was there an immediate apology, was there great concern expressed at how such a (admittedly small, but in some ways also huge) thing could happen? No way, this is a Novus Ordo parish, the blame shifting began immediately! You can see where Obama learned his political craft - the post-conciliar Catholic Church, where no accountability, blame shifting, and disappearing lines of authority have been refined to a high art!
I don’t know what to say beyond Lord have mercy on Your Church.
I like this sign! June 26, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, fun, General Catholic, Latin Mass, priests, secularism, Society, Virtue.
I saw this hanging in a local priest’s window:
I love it!
“This is a Catholic home. We do not accept protestant propaganda nor that of other sects
I don’t think I have to translate the rest!
It turns out these are available for sale! I love it!
This is the kind of ecumenism I can get behind!
I have a thing for Mexican/Hispanic Catholic art. This is certainly not art, but it just made me think of that love. I love nichos, retablos, ex-votos, Peruvian school art……I really like it all. It’s gotten popular with secular people so the prices have gone way up. But I’d love to buy more. I got turned onto some of the neat Mexican Catholic folk art when Vicki Middleton (God rest her caring soul) gave me a nice mid-20th century piece. Great stuff.
I guess these signs are at least somewhat common in Mexico/Latin America?
Common enough, that is, to attract satanic mockery?
And general stupidity:
I think I’m going to have to get one of those signs. Even though I actually like to engage with protestants, mormons, jehovah’s false witnesses, etc.