Some messages for Cardinal Kasper July 29, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, shocking.
A few messages for Cardinal Kasper and his ideological allies, via Fr. Carota and Cardinal Muller. First, Fr. Carota had the following pics, one quoting a great priest and the other a great Saint, along with an emphatic statement in support for the inability of Doctrine to be contradicted:
We need to scream out a thousand million times: CATHOLIC DOCTRINE CAN NOT AND WILL NOT CHANGE. We can further develop our understanding of it, we can further define it, but if it changes, it is no longer Catholic or the immutable Deposit of Faith given to us by Jesus Christ. When people come up with “catholic doctrine” that has changed, it is absolutely no longer Catholic. It is absolutely and nothing more than heresy.
Today, if you even question the changes in Catholic Doctrines, you are automatically persecuted and ostracized by most bishops, priests, religious and people.
All of us have a responsibility to suffer for defending the purity of Catholic truth. TheArians, (Jesus is not equal to God the Father) were the majority of “catholics” for around 200 + years (300 – 500 A.D.). Many “catholics” were Iconoclasts, (condemned painting or sculpturing of Catholic religious art), for hundreds of years too (Late 600′s- Early 800′s). All those who resisted these heresies were exiled, punished, persecuted or put to death.
We might have such a glorious future to look forward to!
The awesome pics:
Next, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Gerhard Muller has given a book length interview in which he once again forcefully restates Catholic Doctrine on marriage, adultery, divorce, reception of the Blessed Sacrament, etc., and really takes apart the Kasperite gambit (as so many have already done). At least Cardinal Muller appears much more orthodox on this topic than he is in some of his Marian theology and especially with regard to liberation theology:
Not even an ecumenical council can change the doctrine of the Church, because its founder, Jesus Christ, has entrusted the faithful custody of his teachings and his doctrine to the apostles and their successors. We have a well-developed and structured doctrine on marriage, based on the word of Jesus, which must be offered in its integrity. The absolute indissolubility of a valid marriage is not a mere doctrine, but rather a divine dogma that has been defined by the Church. In the face of the de facto rupture of a valid marriage, another civil “marriage” is not admissible. If it were, we would be facing a contradiction, because if the previous union, the “first” marriage – or rather, simply the marriage – is really a marriage, another subsequent union is not “marriage.” It is only by a play on words that one can speak of a first and second “marriage.” A second marriage is possible only when the legitimate spouse has died, or when the marriage has been declared invalid, because in these cases the previous bond has been dissolved. If this is not the case, we are in the presence of what is called the “impediment of the bond.”
…..“The image of the field hospital is very beautiful. Nonetheless we cannot manipulate the pope by reducing the whole reality of the Church to this image. The Church in itself is not a hospital: the Church is also the house of the Father.”……
……“A simple ‘adaptation’ of the reality of marriage to the expectations of the world does not bear any fruit, but rather turns out to be counterproductive: the Church cannot respond to the challenges of the modern world with a pragmatic adaptation. In opposing an easy pragmatic adaptation, we are called to choose the prophetic audacity of martyrdom. With this we can bear witness to the Gospel of the holiness of marriage. A lukewarm prophet, through an adjustment to the spirit of the time, would be seeking his own salvation, not the salvation that only God can give.”
There is much more from Cardinal Muller at the link. He goes on to some length refuting this latest attempt to, in effect, destroy the Sacrament of Marriage and blaspheme the Holy Spirit through mass, sacrilegious reception of the Blessed Sacrament. Cardinal Kasper, if he had any, should be ashamed for even bringing this up. His arguments, such as they are, have been completely refuted from Scripture, Tradition, and even the post-conciliar Magisterial statements of Pope Saint John Paul II. It is ludicrous this is even being discussed. Kasper has been strongly opposed by Cardinals Muller, Burke, Collins, Brandmuller, Sebastian, Caffarra, De Paolis, and others. But he has a lot of support from other corners, such as most of the very disordered Germanic episcopate.
But, in spite of all that, this Synod will likely come down to where the pope stands. If he strongly supports the Kasperite gambit, we shall have to pray much to the Holy Ghost.
A small data point from the sodo-marriage debates July 29, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, manhood, paganism, Sacraments, sadness, sanctity, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
Many readers will know that my family and I relocated from north Dallas suburb to Irving to be nearer to the local FSSP parish. I have been very glad to make some truly trivial sacrifices along the way so that my family can enjoy assisting at Mass much more frequently and generally being much more involved in parish life. It has been an enormous blessing for all of us. I am so glad we moved.
We had a bit of a rough time with our first realtor, but after some sturm and drang found a great house just minutes from the parish. God truly smiled on us in this. But one thing we did not realize at the time we bought our wonderful house was that our next door neighbors consisted of an all-male couple. We found out a day or two after we moved in. There were initially two guys there (yes, this story gets a bit……involved), one of whom is highly “passable” as “straight” and the other less so. Later there got to be a third guy, and there were also many men (and sometimes women) coming and going at all hours of day and night. It has been a little bit of a circus.
Now, some of these were family and business associates, so it may not have been completely sordid, but it has been strange. Nevertheless, through it all there was the “less straight” hispanic guy and the more straight partner. They moved in several years ago and spent a ton of money fixing up their house into something really very nice. But I found out last night that the Hispanic guy is moving out and that their relationship is now over.
I have no idea the hows or whys, any relation to the constant stream of visitors, and don’t want to know. It’s quite beside the point. The point is that these guys were perfect candidates for the kind of couples that demand marriage be “redefined,” or really destroyed, so they can get tax benefits, have a big party, and all the rest. They were “stable.” They’d been together for years. But when things fell apart, apparently very recently, less straight dude started packing and will be gone within a few days.
The point of all this is that while just one small datapoint, it is illustrative of many of the problems and outright falsehoods being put forth regarding this most morally offensive of lifestyles and the prevarication that it any way can be compared to marriage. Aside from exceedingly rare exceptions, these couples are not stable. They are not monogamous. There was a lot of obvious ickiness going on. Living next door has been an object lesson in the mass falsehoods being perpetrated by adherents of this lifestyle and their allies on the ideological left regarding its true nature and radical difference from marriage. Unless one wants to consider 12 time divorced swingers as the default marriage nowadays.
But even more, marriage simply isn’t what these guys or any other perverse combo is. Marriage is the contract between a man and woman for the reservation of those faculties ordered towards the creation of children exclusively for one another. On any number of fronts, fake marriage between two men, three women, a man, a dog, and an orangutan, or anything else is just that, fake.
I picked the below from JP Sonnen’s site, I pray we have more defenders of marriage who can speak so clearly and eloquently on this subject. Ryan Anderson absolutely destroys the special pleading and morally bankrupt (and philosphically unjustifiable) argument of the poor lost soul desiring sodo-marriage:
What is tragic is that so many people are so wholly malformed by the culture, their own whims, and the dread effects of centuries of protestant/endarkenment/rationalist thinking that they simply cannot get through their heads: MARRIAGE HAS BEEN, IS, AND EVER WILL BE STRICTLY A UNION OF MAN AND WOMAN! But as we see above, no matter how eloquently argued, this basic truth that 99.99999% of all people in Western civilization knew as an absolute metaphysical truth even a few decades ago, is now utterly lost on a huge and growing swath of the population.
Because everything, even timeless, bedrock institutions of all humanity, should be subject to the whims of moment and the lowest desires of our loins, and the highly unpredictable but certainly incredibly destructive consequences be damned.
Rorate is reporting that an Italian blogger who has reported on the persevention against the Franciscans of the Immaculate has been charged by Fr. Alfonso Bruno, the new head of the FI’s after the sacking of their founder and former leadership, with a formal case of defamation with the Italian authorities.
Below, Rorate’s summation of the situation. I’m not sure how confirmed all this is, but the case was reported by a major Italian daily. Certainly, newspapers of all stripes make errors and are at times given to sensationalism, but at present there is no reason to suspect fabrication, exaggeration, or subterfuge:
By the senior religious correspondent of Italian daily La Stampa, the startling news: those responsible for the intervention on the Franciscans of the Immaculate, after silencing their innocent victims inside the Church, now use the Police to intimidate journalists and bloggers — and their family members ! — in Italy.It is probably the most serious attempt by an ecclesial authority to make use of the police forces to limit the freedom of the press in Italy in living memory — the attempt is based on scraps of a couple of past posts, but the intent and likely result is obviously to intimidate the future activity of the media on covering some ecclesial activities. It is a shocking new chapter in the grotesque soap opera of the intervention in the Franciscans of the Immaculate.
So the web of persecution surrounding the Franciscans of the Immaculate spreads ever wider. You can read the actual report at Rorate. I’d like to approach this matter from a slightly skewed angle, if you will.
I’m sure my readers are aware that there is an American priest of the FIs who has been deeply involved in this tragic and very unsettling persevention. I used to read him regularly, before he began his jihad against his strawman caricature of traditional Catholics in late 2010. He is certainly very busy writing and blogging hither and yon “(and also “visiting” many FI monasteries, to make sure they understand the new order of things and the powers that now be). He has been striving to get his interpretation, which is that of the new leadership, of the “intervention” across in many venues.
But he seems frustrated. He seems to feel that somehow his “side is losing the PR battle.” And he seems quite exasperated with this. He feels the “facts” are inseparably on his side, and that his small group saved this formerly growing, stable, and vibrant order from themselves. Even at the cost of inflicting misery on many hundreds of his confrere’s and shattering that vibrancy, he seems quite invincibly convinced of his being in the right. What he cannot seem to understand is why he is having such a hard time selling his side of the story.
Well, the above, this kind of heavy handed repression is why! I mean, who sues family man bloggers, other than trolls and thugs? This is hardly the first time the nouveau leadership of the FIs has stooped to such tactics. It has in fact been part and parcel of the new regime since its installation. What have we seen in less than a year? We have seen the founder locked up under house arrest, surely the most dangerous octogenarian on the planet. We have seen the former leadership forced under pain of obedience to endure scattering to distant missionary apostolates very far from the center of events. That certainly appears to be an attempt to get them out of the way. We have seen ludicrous stories of malfeasance on the part of the former administration, and even some of their lay associates and family members, made up well after the fact. Stories that have never been even remotely supported by any substantive evidence and, after having served their purpose of disparaging the reputations of certain individuals, have been quietly dropped.
What else have we seen? We’ve seen the reputations of devout novices trashed because they asked uncomfortable questions of the nouveau leadership and the Pope, through completely fabricated and meaningless (but very revealing) claims that the individual in question “rejected Vatican II.” What would that even mean? We have seen the same intervention inflicted on the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, even though there was never even a hint of “division,” nor of any moral or doctrinal problem. Oh, but there was, maybe, a “drift.” Heavens to Betsy, let’s call out the legions of modernist female religious to set them straight. We have seen many dozens of priests denied the right to offer the TLM under Summorum Pontificum, a grave injustice that remains to this day. We have seen a formerly vibrant order shattered. We have seen a mass exodus of devoted souls from this order, which used to be one of the few growing religious orders in the entire Church.
These are not the typical behaviors of those who have the might of right on their side. These are not the normal behaviors of virtuous souls. Perhaps the arguments haven’t convinced people, because they are fundamentally unconvincing! Or maybe actions speak many times louder than words, and the actions speak of repression and a determination to inflict a certain vision on many unwitting and unwilling souls, no matter the cost- the same vision which has resulted in so much chaos, destruction, and dissolution in so many other religious orders. Already we have seen evidence that the seriousness with which the FIs used to take their vow of poverty has already slipped a great deal.
Now, there are potentially charitable explanations for some of the items above. But taken in totality, along with many other actions not mentioned, they stretch charitable interpretations beyond the breaking point. And behind them all, is the strange fact that this most obedient (as their meek submission over the past year has so eloquently demonstrated) and doctrinally orthodox of orders has been singled out for this (what for all the world appears to be) savage treatment, while so many other far more problematic, heretical, and destructive orders have been able to continue on their merry way making chaos and slowly (or very quickly) killing themselves and religious life – the heart of the Church – generally.
That is why you are having such a hard time convincing people. The actions are just too repressive, the double standard too massive to ignore.
And the more you use tactics like suing bloggers, the more unconvincing will you be.
The lede’s a slight exaggeration – maybe. I don’t know that they’ll be broadcasting Mass from the outrageous former protestant Crystal Cathedral of the Diocese of Orange, CA, but they will make their left coast offices on the campus, which seems a bit of an endorsement to me:
Christ Cathedral will be the site of the first West Coast broadcast studio for the largest religious media network in the world, with construction underway in the iconic Tower of Hope for the Eternal World Television Network.
EWTN, which transmits Catholic programming 24 hours a day available to 230 million-plus homes in 140 countries, has long sought a West Coast presence, and after about a year of discussions, has formed a partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
The initial lease will last 10 years, said Michael P. Warsaw, the chairman of the board and CEO for the television network. The parties, though, have not yet settled on a price, though it should be “nominal,” said diocese spokesman Ryan Lilyengren.
“This is a great opportunity for us to have access to people and organizations on the West Coast,” Warsaw said. “As we learned about the diocese’s vision, it became evident that (Christ Cathedral) would be a great location.”
Do you think Mother Angelica signed off on this? I doubt it.
Such an interesting choice – an increasingly neo-Catholic network chooses to “Catholicize” the former grounds of a protestant TV ministry. By so doing they seem to give at least tacit support to the use of the wholly inappropriate glass menagerie as a Catholic Cathedral.
I am certain in their minds this made just absolutely perfect sense. Somehow, this really evokes the whole turn the network has made in the past 8 or 10 years to me.
Am I the only one that finds this a very strange, if not a very poor, choice?
I happened to be at a used bookstore yesterday, browsing their huge but pathetic selection of “Catholic” books. The vast majority were either outwardly modernist and heretical, or they were lost in the dominant secular/progressive mentality and essentially useless. I only found a few good books in the “nostalgia” section, books from way before the Council. Nothing by TAN, only one book by Loreto, but it I already had…..it was a bust as book shopping goes (not that I really need books, a reader just gifted me a really nice collection that will keep me occupied for a year or more, but I was out, so I looked).
But I did find one book that sort of piqued my interest. It was from the USCCB’s predecessor, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was published in the late 90s. I believe it is still in use. It was a guidance document ostensibly for all dioceses and seminaries to provide basic guidelines and philosophical underpinnings for the formation of priests. It’s called Program of Priestly Formation. While the version I browsed through was from 1999, a 2006 edition is still in use, and the changes between the two are not very significant.
I thought it might be interesting to see what the USCCB had to say regarding what are the most important elements in the formation of priests. I was especially interested in the first section, on the “Foundations of Priestly Formation.”
I wish……I really wish……..I could say that I was blown away by the depth of Catholic sentiment and the communication of a strong understanding of just what Catholic priests do as their highest calling. But it wasn’t really there. There was a lot verbiage on the difference between priests and laity (opposing, I suppose, the strong trend in many seminaries to mute this distinction between the two, and pretend that St. Peter’s mention of a “universal priesthood” made the need for consecrated priests passe’), there was discussion of the need for priests to serve as “teacher” and “leader” of the people of God, there was a lot of focus on administrative duties, etc. But there was one huge thing missing, the thing that makes the Catholic Faith and the Catholic priesthood so utterly vital and necessary.
What was missing was any talk of sacrifice, or the reality of the priest serving as alter Christus during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And yet, this is the very Source and Summit not only of our Faith, through the miracle of Consecration that occurs at every Mass, but also what gives the priesthood its essence and power. And yet it was not mentioned at all in the first chapter, nor could I find any references to it throughout the entire document. I did not read every single word, so there could have been brief mention of this truly amazing, supernatural gift that all priests possess and offer on a continual basis, but I did not find discussion at any substantive length on this vital subject.
That is a most grave omission. I would say it is so grave as to make this formation document gravely deficient, even disordered, possibly deranged. I certainly pray that this subject of the transcendent role priests play in re-presenting the Most Holy Sacrifice of Calvary receives far more attention in seminaries than it did in this document. It was pretty disconcerting to see that this guidance document did not mention the subject at all when describing the role of the priest! I fear that is very revealing, and a potential problem point – among many others – in the formation that most seminarians receive.
Thus it was interesting to me, and quite possibly providential, that I found the video below bandying about traditional sites in the past 24 hours or so. It has already been deconstructed pretty well by others, but I’ll add a little bit below. Certainly, I did not find anything so blatantly erroneous and contrary to the spirit of the Church in the USCCB book. But I think the critical missing elements point to the fact that far too many disgraceful priests like the one below either have a voice in the process of seminary formation, or they have to be at least somehow placated by leaving out the “offensive” reference to Christ, the Sacrifice of the Mass, and all the rest. There is a great deal of evidence that priests like the one below have had a disastrous influence on seminary formation, and the process of approving candidates for ordination, over the past several decades. All in all, the priesthood has been horribly disfigured and weakened as a result:
I want to talk about his opening erroneous claim, that the Gospels were written way, way, waaaaaay after Christ’s Ascension. First of all, St. Matthew’s Gospel was first, period. Msgr. claims that the most recent “scholarship” places the dates for the writings of the Gospels later and later and later. That is, first of all, not true. There is a growing body of belief, even among secular academics, in the “early origin” of the Gospels, closer to the time of Christ and more in line with Catholic Tradition. The “late origin” theory reached its peak about 30 years ago (so did the theory that St.Paul did not write the Letter to the Hebrews).
But even among those that still cling to the “late origin” theory, on what do they base their claims? The number one underlying assumption of these modernist “scholars” is that miracles are impossible and thus must have a “rational” explanation. Thus, Christ prophesying the destruction of Jerusalem means that Gospel had to be written after the actual event, or AD 70. Another foundational error of modernist scholarship is the widely accepted “form” theory of Bultmann, who claimed that writing styles and other factors indicate when a given document was written. But this theory has been exploded by such examples as, for instance, “proving” that Tennyson never wrote “Idylls of the King” (of course he did, it is the “form” theory that is wrong, it is so nebulous that it can be used to “prove” anything).
More substantially than any of the above, however, is that it does not really matter. Those who go nuts over precise dates of Scripture miss the fact that the Catholic Faith existed prior to any of the Gospels being written, and for hundreds of years before the Canon of Sacred Scripture was ever determined (by the Church). We have the infallible knowledge that the Holy Ghost preserved Dogma intact from the Apostles on, in spite of the effects of time and the assaults of too many errors and outright heresies to count. This can be confirmed in many, many instances by reading what the early Church Fathers themselves believed, which, surprise!, happens to correspond to the Doctrine of the Faith. The Bible is wonderful, it is vital, but the Church, contrary to the sects, is more than just the Bible.
As I said, most of the rest has already been taken apart handsomely but I wanted to address the typical modernist droning about the dating of the Bible because it has only one purpose – to undermine the orthodox Faith, which is a terrible, terrible sin against charity. I should also note that this priest comes from the Diocese of Erie, long under the administration of the arch-modernist Bishop Donald Trautman, who is so extreme (thank goodness now retired) that he violently opposed even the very mild improvements to the English translation of the Novus Ordo released in 2011. So it is little surprise this guy is not only a priest “in good standing,” but was even made a Monsignor.
It is terrible to contemplate the damage to souls such men have wrought. One must ask what possible reason could have kept them in a Church they disbelieve and even seem to hate so much, unless it was to try to hurt Her from within.
To say this man needs prayers would be a great understatement. He needs a massive moral miracle, poor lost soul.
Hey, monsignor, every time you look in the mirror, you see the reason why the traditional movement is experiencing explosive growth.
Testimony of Iraqi Catholics: told By radical islamists to give them all their money and leave, or get a bullet in the brain July 28, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, secularism, sickness, Society, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
WARNING! EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGE AT THE END. ALLEGED ISIS ATROCITIES! ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR CHILDREN! ALSO NOT FOR THOSE WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES!
This is the death cult religion so many in the hierarchy of the Church fall all over themselves extolling and praising. This is the so-called “religion of peace.” How long must we put up with this prevaricating charade? How long must we hear lies that bear the stench of death?
God bless that woman for her faith. She just gave a great testimony of it, and of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Wow, what a calamity. There are simply not words. Rorate’s coverage has been quite good and thorough. I am heartened to see that some in France, at least, seem to be getting it.
This is a genocide. This is the greatest humanitarian crisis the world has seen in decades, at least since the nightmares in Rwanda and Burundi of 20 years ago. The barbarities that are being committed are simply beyond what decent, civilized people can imagine. At the following link – AND I CANNOT WARN YOU ENOUGH HOW GRAPHIC THE LIVELEAK VIDEO IS! – there is footage of human beings, perceived enemies of this new satanic death cult islamic “caliphate,” who have been chopped to pieces in slaughterhouses like animals. There is footage of even muslim “enemies” of extremist islam being mowed down by the dozen in ritualistic killings. That is how the radical muslim behaves towards all those who do not include “inshallah” in every cursed phrase they speak, who do not adhere to their stupid and evil wahhabism.
The link just above also provides powerful contextual evidence of the relation between this present genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria and that perpetrated against Armenians in Turkey after WWI. In fact, in both cases, the radical muslims insist that killing Christians is an “acceptable sacrifice” to ‘allah'” – which it may be, if “allah” is indeed satan, as many ancient Christians maintained.
But our first muslim president (in effect if not in fact) can not be bothered to reply. He has shown himself to be a bitter enemy of Christianity in general and the Church in particular throughout his presidency.
WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE COMING BELOW!
Oh Lord give us strength to pray and fast! Lift this terrible scourge from Your Church! We know we have been unfaithful, we know we have strayed so far! We know that right worship of You has been perverted and that heretical, sinful error abounds! We know sin abounds in what little remains of Christendom – may Your Grace abound more!
All you good Saints martyred by islam – pray for us! Pray for our Church! Pray especially for the souls suffering these nightmares! End the scourge of this evil, perverse religion around the world!
“The mohammadan is either at your neck or at your feet.” – Winston Churchill Say what you will about the man, he knew people. I wonder if he knew that the progressive left would eventually choose islam over Christianity (at least, by all available evidence)?
FINAL WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE NOW! IMAGE SUPPOSED TO BE OF BEHEADED CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ!
Dutch orchestra storms out from muslim proselytizing July 28, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Grace, persecution, secularism, Society.
Two quick stories on the “interreligious dialogue” front; first, a Dutch orchestra was giving a performance with Queen Beatrix in attendance. Some musselman had been invited to lead the orchestra, I guess. He proceeded to try to proselytize the audience, including the Queen. He had apparently been trying to reach the Queen for some time, and took his chance when he got it.
Note the outlandish error: claiming Christ, who constantly worked miracles that gave total proof of His Supernatural Reality, was subordinate to Mohammad, who never once performed a miracle, which even islam claims (a supposed “night flight” to Jerusalem, which no one saw, discounted). And then we have the difference in the conduct of their lives: Christ, constantly virtuous, the most virtuous Being ever on this planet, Who also never sinned, and Who willed to die for the salvation of mankind, against Mohammad, who spread his religion by violence, cruelty, and barbarity, whose life was incredibly sinful, and who didn’t suffer for anyone, but in fact caused others to suffer. He also repeatedly changed the beliefs of his false religion based on who he needed to please or entice from one moment to next, while Christians have a 2000 year record of constant belief going back to the Apostles and early Church Fathers.
The effrontery of this act is simply staggering (thanks to reader D for the link):
As D noted elsewhere, I don’t think these musicians are walking out because they had their Christian sensibilities offended. They are walking out because they had their secular sensibilities offended. But as islam grows stronger in Europe, we can expect the secularists to either remain silent in future events, or to willingly go along. The above event occurred in 2012, when Beatrix still reigned.
UPDATE: The article of the Malaysian prince converting was apparently fake. Pretty good fake, I rarely fall for such things.
And yet the interreligious crazy train rolls on along. Because……..oh, I don’t even want to bother right now.
I know there have been many reports of the depredations of the lunatic islamists currently ruling large parts of the Fertile Crescent. But here are two you might have missed. First, the muslims seized the 1700 year old Mar Mattai monastery outside Mosul on Sunday (naturally!) this week:
Jihadist militants have taken over a monastery in northern Iraq, one of the country’s best-known Christian landmarks, and expelled its resident monks, a cleric and residents said Monday.
Islamic State (IS) fighters stormed Mar (Saint) Behnam, a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, on Sunday, the sources said.
“You have no place here anymore, you have to leave immediately,” a member of the Syriac clergy quoted the Sunni militants as telling the monastery’s residents.
He said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monastery’s relics but the fighters refused and ordered them to leave on foot with nothing but their clothes.
Christian residents from the area told AFP the monks walked several miles along a deserted road and were eventually picked up by Kurdish peshmerga fighters who drove them to Qaraqosh.
The Syriac cleric said five monks were expelled from Mar Behnam. Christian families in the area said there may have been up to nine people living at the monastery.
The incident was the latest move by the Islamic State, which last month declared a “caliphate” straddling large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, to threaten a Christian presence in the region spanning close to two millennia.
That is to say, there were Christians there centuries before mohammad mounted his first goat. Or nine year old, for that matter.
In other news, the raging islamists, driven by Lord knows what kind of massive inferiority complex, blew up Jonah’s tomb this week, after previously ransacking it. And I thought muslims held the Old Testament prophets in esteem? Or is it just blood they worship?
This tomb contained not just the remains of Jonah the great prophet of Nineveh, but also many other priceless works of antiquity. But that does not please crazed Salafist Islam which has been exported around the world by Saudi oil money (and the Saudis and Gulf states basically funded ISIS into being, as well as most of the Syrian “opposition” movements, because this is part of a larger struggle between Persia/Shia and Saudi/Shiite islam). One almost wonders if it’s not time use their oil fields as an open air repository for our nuclear waste.
Just a quick compare and contrast – which great Prophet remained completely chaste and constantly counseled same? Which one counseled peace, benignity, and even suffering enormous insults and barbs without recourse to violence? Ok, now which one not only engaged throughout his adult life in unchaste, promiscuous acts, to the point of taking very young girls as “wives,” treated women like cattle, and counseled same? Which one founded a religion unique among all the non-primitive religions in directing the use of the most extreme violence against all non-believers? Which religion has been spread virtually entirely by that violence? Which one is opposed to reason and not only encourages, but seems to demand ignorance and backwardness?
I also have to ask why if these fighters are so brave and their cause so holy, why do they hide their face?
A little more. In 2003, there were 35,000 Catholics in Mosul. Now there are none. An unintended consequence, to be sure, but one that was foreseeable all the same. That dang war in Iraq unleashed chaos and extremism – just as Pope Saint John Paul II warned – that may never end. And ancient Christian communities are being destroyed as a result.
The muslim goal is that there be no Christians at all in their “sacred” ummah. This nation has done much to help bring that about:
The American Catholic Charities guy isn’t very impressive, but I was edified to see all those Chaldean Catholic women in veils. Such a shame to know that all of that, in northern Iraq, at least, is gone.
I know there are relatively benign and even some good aspects to islam. I know there are millions of relatively good muslims. I guess. But I’m having an increasingly hard time not seeing it as a profoundly erroneous religion that seems predisposed to great evil.
And yet so many leaders in the Church slather completely unjustified attention and accolades on islam. They are almost sycophants at time – good little dhimmis.
Two good sermons on the martial arts July 25, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, error, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, sadness, scandals, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
I am just about out of time for the day, but hope you will enjoy the sermons below, both related to the martial arts, or Christianity’s more militant side. The first is a good history of the Battle of Vienna of 1683, that awesome battle in which King Jan Sobieski and his winged hussars stopped islam’s final attempt (until now) to advance into the heart of Europe. This priest is nothing if not a great story teller (but also very much more)!
The second is not historical, but examines aspects of serving in the military today. Father starts off with a description of the life the martyr Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, who refused to fight for the immoral Nazi regime. Sadly, our own country has veered so far into immorality, and the military in particular has been used as a vehicle to advance that immorality, that the proud tradition of military service in the United States is now more morally questionable than ever. “Wars are punishments for the sins of the worlds.” Father considers just and unjust wars, and the distinction between fighting in them. Many of the wars the US has fought over the past few decades, with our very troubling defense policy, are highly suspect (if not outright damnable) from a just war standpoint. Thus, volunteering to serve in the US military is increasingly problematic.
This video may be controversial, I don’t know, but I think the points raised deserve the most serious examination:
You might bear in mind this priest is most well-suited by personal experience to speak on this topic. I shall leave it at that.
“Solution” to immigration “crisis:” Obama directs agencies to go to Central America, bring immigrants here July 25, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
This to me is essentially the smoking gun that the Obama Administration has been behind this false crisis all along. Once again, before anyone hyperventilates, I say this crisis is false because the sudden mass waves of immigration are not a natural phenomenon, but are being created by some artificial pressure – either the promise of amnesty, a covert PR campaign, what have you.
Obama, I think, planned to tilt the electorate decisively in his party’s favor by encouraging (or forcing, if you will), mass waves of immigration. Or at least, helping to promote a long term electoral advantage. He also loves a crisis, especially ones he creates. That frees him to take dramatic, often unconstitutional steps to act in response to the “crisis.”
But the current situation hasn’t been entirely favorable to Obama, as there has been a great deal of negative PR associated with the dangers many immigrants, especially the minors, encounter in trying to get through Mexico to the United States. There have been lurid stories of mass sex abuse, people murdered, children dying in the desert, etc. Faced with a bit of a problem, how to deal with this negative PR while still pursuing his goal, Obama has arrived at a solution: why not just send federal agents to these countries, declare the emigre’s “refugees,” and bring them here on nice, safe, taxpayer-funded US transport! Why, it’s a socialist’s dream come true:
A foolproof plan to ease pressure on the border that’s currently being considered by the White House. Why force kids to make a dangerous trip through Mexico only to end up as illegal immigrants in the United States when we could go to them, grant them legal status, and send them north to America ourselves? It’s so crazy it just. might. work.
Minor footnote: Federal law doesn’t allow refugee status to be granted for fear of street gangs, only for fear of racial/religious/political persecution, but oh well. Legal details never stopped Obama before…..
……..The next step, logically, should be to expand this policy to places like Iraq and Syria where there really are lots of refugees as that term is traditionally understood, but since Iraqis and Syrians lack the sort of massive political constituency in the U.S. that Latino voters represent for Central Americans, I assume they’ll be SOL. Or do I assume too much? The Honduras proposal is really the logical endgame of hard-left support for amnesty: If you want to start absorbing foreign populations, it’s silly and even mean to force them to make difficult journeys north and then play hide and seek with the Border Patrol to earn their prize. Why not go to where they are and start handing out visas and bus tickets? If Obama tries this idea, the pressure on him to expand the number of visas granted annually from 1,750 to many times that number will be instant and intense, precisely because this is a game of mass population absorption, not token gestures to a handful of the local citizens. In fact, this may even be the beginning of a new Orwellian transformation in the terminology used for this subject. First it was “aliens,” then it became “illegal immigrants,” then it became “undocumented immigrants” (or “undocumented Americans” for true Newspeak devotees), and maybe now we’ll see a concerted movement to dub all illegals “refugees,” even if they don’t qualify by law. It’s a short progressive leap from handing out asylum to people fleeing general street violence to fleeing “economic violence” or whatever. Why not them too? Why not everyone?
Indeed, and that has been the double standard (and a rather self-serving one at that) I have noted in the USCCB’s position regarding mass illegal Hispanic immigration. Why isn’t the USCCB advocating to bring all the truly abused, truly suffering Catholic refugees to the US from Iraq and Syria? Why are they only focused on Hispanic immigration? And what of all the non-Catholics around the world suffering under far worse conditions than those prevalent in Central America right now? Should they not, by the same logic, be receiving the bishop’s unlimited, unquestioning support?
There are two factors at play: Hispanic immigration meets the bishop’s needs for both many new Catholics to replace the hundreds of thousands who fall away from the Church every year (including many recent immigrants themselves), and it also suits the political predispositions of most bishops. “The democrat party at prayer,” and all that. This is a win-win as far as they’re concerned, but Arab Catholics from the Mideast, or African animists for that matter, not as much. While all immigrants tend to vote democrat for at least the first generation or two, Hispanics are by far the most reliable in doing so. Those from other parts of the world tend to split a little more evenly. So why take a risk?
At least, that’s the only reason I can think of for the inconsistency in the USCCB’s position. Or maybe they just haven’t thought that hard about it.