Hagia Sophia to become mosque again June 19, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, demographics, disconcerting, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, sadness, the enemy.
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And, in general, the increasingly islamic Turks, under their proto-islamist leader Ergodan, are attempting to complete what Ataturk began in the 1920s – the complete eradication of Christianity from Turkish soil:
While unrest in Turkey continues to capture attention, more subtle and more telling events concerning the Islamification of Turkey — and not just at the hands of Prime Minister Erdogan but majorities of Turks — are quietly transpiring. These include the fact that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia museum is on its way to becoming a mosque.
Why does the fate of an old building matter?
Because Hagia Sophia — Greek for “Holy Wisdom” — was for some thousand years Christianity’s greatest cathedral. Built in 537 A.D. in Constantinople, the heart of the Christian empire, it was also a stalwart symbol of defiance against an ever encroaching Islam from the east.
After parrying centuries of jihadi thrusts, Constantinople was finally sacked by Ottoman Turks in 1453. Its crosses desecrated and icons defaced, Hagia Sophia — as well as thousands of other churches — was immediately converted into a mosque, the tall minarets of Islam surrounding it in triumph.
Then, after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, as part of several reforms, secularist Ataturk transformed Hagia Sophia into a “neutral” museum in 1934 — a gesture of goodwill to a then-triumphant West from a then-crestfallen Turkey. [Well.......this is not how I would term it. It was part of Ataturk's general program of forced secularization, in an attempt to modernize Turkey. But Ataturk also took part in the final portion of the Armenian genocide and was directly responsible for driving the vast majority of Greek Christians from Turkey, in the process of which scores of thousands, likely more, died.]
Thus the fate of this ancient building is full of portents. And according to Hurriyet Daily News, “A parliamentary commission is considering an application by citizens to turn the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque…. A survey conducted with 401 people was attached to the application, in which more than 97 percent of interviewees requested the transformation of the ancient building into a mosque and afterwards for it to be reopened for Muslim worship.”
Even lesser known is the fact that other historic churches are currently being transformed into mosques, such as a 13th century church building — portentously also named Hagia Sophia — in Trabzon. After the Islamic conquest, it was turned into a mosque. But because of its “great historical and cultural significance” for Christians, it too, during Turkey’s secular age, was turned into a museum and its frescoes restored. Yet local authorities recently decreed that its Christian frescoes would again be covered and the church/museum turned into a mosque.
Similarly, the 5th century Studios Monastery, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is set to become an active mosque. And the existence of the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world, 5th century Mor Gabriel Monastery, is at risk. Inhabited today by only a few dozen Christians dedicated to learning the monastery’s teachings, the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Jesus, and the Orthodox Syriac tradition, neighboring Muslims filed a lawsuit accusing the monks of practicing “anti-Turkish activities” and of illegally occupying land which belongs to Muslim villagers. The highest appeals court in Ankara ruled in favor of the Muslim villagers, saying the land that had been part of the monastery for 1,600 years is not its property, absurdly claiming that the monastery was built over the ruins of a mosque — even though Muhammad was born 170 years after the monastery was built.
Yes, it’s a bit strange to claim a 5th century monastery was built on muslim land – since islam did not come into existence in Turkey until the 8th century! But there were many exchanges of territory back then, the Byzantine Empire would surrender territory and then take it back. I’d be interested to see the history of the monastery – some of those eastern monasteries have maintained their records very well. As for the monastery being the oldest, there are a couple of monasteries in Egypt that actually date – or are claimed to date - from the 4th century, which is about the time organized monasticism really got started. And, it got started in Egypt. I pray these monasteries don’t also fall to yet another wave of hate filled islamic militarism.
At any rate, the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople had what were probably the most glorious mosaics to be found anywhere in Christendome. Most of them were lost or permanently damaged when the islamists crudely plastered them over when they turned the great church into a mosque. Even many muslims at the time were shocked at the destruction done to such great beauty – many of the mosaics were laid in pure gold. But the mullahs insisted. Will they be plastered over again? Or otherwise destroyed, as islamists have shown little compunction destroying other priceless works of ancient art if they offend against muslim iconoclasm?
But, I’m sure a little ecumenism will straighten all this out.
Bishops need to stop asking, and start demanding June 17, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, shocking.
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Two quick items via Creative Minority Report. First, Bishop Alexander Sample, who is one of most orthodox and Tradition-friendly bishops in the US, has asked a Portland parish to stop carrying their parish banner in the Portland
parade of sexual indecency and soul-destroying depravity homosexual “pride” parade. The parish’s response? Of course we won’t obey you, Bishop Sample:
This year, members of St. Andrew Catholic Church, who have been participating in the parade since 2001, were asked specifically not to carry a banner representing the church.
But they did just that. [Of course they did. Decades of experience have taught "dissenters" there is no penalty for dissent, only cultural approbation and the adulation of the media. What's to lose? Well, besides their souls, but I mean, c'mon! Who takes any of that Catholic hocus pocus seriously?]
“It has been a very important part of our ministry and our outreach,” said parishioner Joy Wallace, who is co-chair of the Welcoming the Whole Family Committee. [No, it's a very important way for you to signal your trendy lefty assumptions of "enlightenment" and superiority over the hoi polloi, which is what it's really about.]
She said many parishioners were surprised when newly installed Archbishop Alexander K. Sample asked the church to skip the parade this year. ["Surprised by Truth!" It'll sneak up on you, that constant 2000 years of belief straight out of inspired, inerrant Scripture!]
“The archbishop would prefer no parishes be in the gay pride parade and be identified as a parish,” said Wallace. “As individuals we could walk but not as an identified church.”
But parishioners say representing their church is the whole point. That’s why church leaders made the decision to march in the parade despite the archbishop’s request. [Of course they did. Because there is absolutely no consequence for failing to abide by the request]
“It isn’t a case where we are trying to be disobedient,” [No, not at all. You're just being obedient to a different master.] said parishioner Jerry Deas, who is also a co-chair of the Welcoming the Whole Family Committee. “We’re trying to be obedient to the gospels and obedient to this mission.”
Of course! Everyone knows probably the greatest Apostle of all (Paul) was just evidencing his rampant heteronormativity when he repeatedly condemned homosexual acts and even the “effeminate,” which was actually a reference to men who dressed as women and behaved in feminine ways. 2000 years of constant belief and practice were also just a big ooopsie on the part of the Holy Spirit. I’m sure Perfection will get it right next time, with help from radical homosexual activists and a government gun.
I compose a little letter below.Dear Bishops:
When will you realize that merely asking when it comes to thoroughly radicalized parishes like St. Andrews only leads to embarrassing displays of impotency? When will you start demanding, and following up the demands with actual ecclesiastical penalties, like dismissals, interdicts, and/or excommunications? See the immorality on the right? That was featured in this parade. Is that something Christ would have taken part in, a veritable street festival of sexular paganism? Yes, we are called to be salt and light and to engage with the world, but we don’t have to engage on the world’s terms, nor support immorality in order to do so, which is exactly what this St. Andrew’s parish was doing. They are signalling that they find nothing wrong in acts of grave depravity, and in fact condone and support those committing such acts. That is calling sin “good” and a complete repudiation of what Christ came to earth to teach. Christ forgave, but he also said “go and sin no more.” It is a terrible scandal, a grave evil, for Christ’s Church, his very Body, to appear to condone sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. How about a little consistency, and treating these sexular pagan leftist groups “in the Church” with the same ferocity you have treated many traditional, orthodox Catholics over the years?
A quick second note via CMR. Rush Limbaugh thinks he’s had an epiphany: abortion is at the root of our cultural collapse. You’re getting warmer, Rush, and I’ll always admire you, but you need to study the Church a bit more. Contraception and the selfish, hedonist attitude towards intimacy is really at the root of our cultural collapse, all stemming from a rejection of the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church. But if Rush condemns contraception, he’ll lose 90% of his audience overnight. So, don’t look for such condemnations any time soon, but we can always pray, and would that not be a tremendous witness to the Truth, and a great way for Rush to announce: ”I’m converting to the One, True, Holy, Apostolic and Catholic Faith!”
One thing our liberal cultural elites love to pride themselves on, is their fawning deference of, their tolerance of, the sainted “other.” So long as that “other” fits into certain predetermined categories, that is. Categories that just so happen to advance the sexular pagan agenda, like sodomy and “free speech” for porn producers. Others tend to get shorter shrift, from the rights of the Church to the individual rights this country was ostensibly founded on: speech, assembly, religion, etc.
One group that is particularly targeted by our liberal elites are the old and the infirm. To deal with them, the sexular pagans have advanced the idea that it’s really better to die, than to be around and remind them of their mortality, of that judgment they know in their heart of hearts they will face. Michael Coren has a piece examining the fact that more and more states are passing laws allowing doctors to, in effect, murder their patients, and not just the old. Some of the most “progressive” states in Europe have passed laws to allow doctors to “euthanize” children, such as those who have autism or “severe depression” or whatever. Michael Coren has a niece with what some would see as severe “problems,” but he relates how what so many see as terrible disadvantages can in reality be very beautiful things:
Belgium is a troubled country on any number of levels. Its unity has been tenuous for decades, it is increasingly challenged by an Islamic immigrant community that rejects European virtues, and just like its neighbor, Holland, it is clumsily eager to embrace the latest in eugenics and social engineering. Only last month the Belgian Federal Parliament seriously considered legalizing euthanasia for children and it now appears it is “about to expand its controversial ‘right to die’ policies to include access to euthanasia for some gravely ill children.”Don’t be shocked. I have debated “assisted suicide” zealots who believe that if depressed teenagers want to take their own lives—and, tragically, many teens travel that bumpy road of despair at some troubled point—they should be empowered by the state to do so. Poor old Belgium, once so faithful and brave.
I mention this because I have, I suppose, a particular insight into how terrifying euthanasia can be and into the vulnerability of those who it especially horrifies.
Let me introduce you to Katie, who is what society describes as “handicapped”. She was born several months premature and spent a long time in hospital. She came home accompanied by a nursing team, to a house wired for oxygen. It’s ironic, in that the same hospital advised Katie’s mother to abort her because there were likely, they said, to be “complications.”
I know all this because her mother is my sister, and Katie is my niece.
Katie had two strokes when she was tiny and is now classified as being autistic. Which means many things to different people. I’ll offer one example. My dad lies in bed, in a large hospital in England, having also suffered a serious stroke, but he is at the other end of life. We all sit around and do the usual hospital things: make jokes that aren’t funny, pretend that everything is okay, be abnormally normal. Katie walks in. No inhibitions, none of our silly preconceptions and prejudices. She climbs on the bed, gets under the blanket, puts her arms around her grandpa and cuddles up to him. And for the very first time since he was hit by fate’s cruelty, my father shows emotion. Emotion as wide and grand as the world itself.
I sat down and chatted to my sister. Has it been difficult? “Yes, but also joyous beyond belief. A new adventure every day and a new path of discovery. Wouldn’t change it for the world. Katie has made us all grow so much, taught us things we didn’t know about ourselves, about what it really means to be human. Yes, we cry, but yes we laugh. Actually being a mum to Katie is about saying ‘yes’ to things. Yes to life, yes to love. Yes.”
At which point Katie trots her way into our conversation, into our world. She wants to watch the DVD of The Jungle Book. She’s seen it hundreds of times but that doesn’t matter. It pleases her and she learns from it. Katie doesn’t need expensive toys or fashionable luxuries. She’s so much more than that. Perhaps so much more than us.
I increasingly believe that the handicapped are God’s gift to us, to act as a catalyst to produce and provoke love in hearts that are sometimes hard and cold. I know Katie is that, along with so many other holy and godly things. But Katie and so many others just liker her are under such threat. They are already slaughtered in the womb to a genocidal level, and now euthanasia seeks to have its gruesome way with them. All in the name of progress and putting them out of their misery.
No, not out their misery but out of yours. To make you feel easier about life, to satisfy your perverse perception of what normal and healthy and meaningful are now supposed to mean. [I think Coren has very perceptively diagnosed the root cause behind all these "right to die" movements. I think much of the compassion talk is a sham, or at least reveals a perverse idea of life and what it means. An idea which is so very far from Christianity. I think much of the euthanasia movement is really about not having to be reminded of one's own mortality, to put the sick and the old out of our misery, just as Coren says. I fear that we will, out of ultimately selfish motives dressed up as "compassion," become a society that has an entirely utilitarian view of human beings and destroys those that are somehow found to be deficient. That could one dark day even include those who profess a certain faith.]
An unborn baby with the gene indicating the likelihood of Down Syndrome, for example, has around a 15% chance of being allowed to be born, and once alive is treated with a discrimination that if applied to a fashionable sexual minority group would lead to a criminal persecution. [I'm glad Coren mentioned the genocide of the Downs babies. This is a catastrophe and shows the narcissistic cancer eating away at this culture's soul. There is very little evidence Downs people suffer in any exhorbitant way. I really have to wonder if the "suffering" being alleviated by this genocide is not that of the parents?]
All this goes to show that when you reject Christianity, you don’t get an enlightened secular paradise, your get hell on earth.
Pelosi’s desperate confusion on abortion June 14, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
All I can say is, those responsible for the formation of this woman have a great deal to answer for. She has so twisted the Faith into something of her own making she can’t even begin to distinguish between the moral and immoral. It is so hilariously ironic, and pathetic, to watch this woman – of ALL PEOPLE! – lambasting a reporter for making a “political issue” out of abortion! That’s all she’s done for decades!
Where is the justification for this woman to not be excommunicated? Where is the justification for her not to be placed under interdict? Where is the compassion for her soul? Do our prelates really think they are being charitable by allowing this woman to heap up sacrilege on sacrilege by receiving the Blessed Sacrament almost every day of the week in an objective state of mortal sin? She has been counseled by priests, bishops, and even the Pope to change her position! She has been told she cannot hold the views she holds and remain a Catholic in good standing! And still not one of those men has had the love of the Church, of souls, and most of all of this poor, wretched heretic to deny her what she claims she loves in a last ditch attempt to save her eternal soul!
I know this is old news, having come out early yesterday, but I had to comment. Nancy Pelosi is a perfect microcosm of everything that is wrong with the Church. The only possible explanation for the hierarchy’s failure to act in her case – in charity, for Heaven’s sake! – is that these men simply no longer believe in things like judgment, hell, or damnation. In which case one must ask why in the name of all that is holy they even remain Catholic? Because that’s the “career” they’ve chosen?
Pray and fast like mad for our bishops, and for poor lost souls like Nancy Pelosi. I have no doubt she’s been sold a bill of false goods by many a wolf in shepherd’s clothing, but the shock that is awaiting her at her particular judgment is too awful to comprehend.
Oh good Lord, this is going to work out just splendidly. We are rapidly becoming not just animalistic, but possessive of less decorum and restraint that certain brute beasts
Last week, the California Assembly (same as House of Representatives in most states) passed Assembly Bill 1266 by a 46-25 vote. Currently, there are 54 Democrats, 25 Republicans and 1 vacancy. All 46 votes for the bill were Democrats as no Republicans voted for in favor of the measure.
AB 1266 states that public schools cannot discriminate in any way concerning the sex of the student. Both sexes are to have equal access to all offered courses, counseling and athletics. Any student can try out for any sport, regardless of their sex.
But the kicker is this statement contained in the bill:
“SECTION 1. Section 221.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:”
“(f) A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”
In other words, any boy who claims he is a girl, even though he is anatomically still a boy, would be allowed to use the same locker rooms and showers that the girls use. On the opposite side, a girl claiming to be a boy but is still anatomically a girl would be allowed to shower with all the boys. They don’t even have to be undergoing any form of sex change therapy, just say they are the opposite sex from what they really are and they can parade around in all their glory in either locker room or shower.[OK, at this point, any parent with a child in a California school that could be exposed to this disaster would be sinfully negligent not to remove their child from that school, or at least insure they take part in no activity where they would or could have a need to use these group sex showers. Even then, the wanton immorality that is certain to surround this insanity will create such a highly oversexed and immoral environment that I really don't know that a parent in good conscience could allow their child to remain in school. Here's another problem: many of these "confused" young people are avidly bi-sexual.]
Would it surprise you to learn that the bill’s author, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is a Democrat and homosexual from San Francisco? He is also heavily involved in LGBT activist groups. In 1975 Ammiano became the first public school teacher in San Francisco to publicly admit that he was a homosexual. [I'm shocked, shocked to learn this! It would appear he wants to recreate the SanFran bathhouse scene in the public schools]
In some warped sense of logic, Ammiano believes that this bill doesn’t violate or pose a problem to anyone else’s rights. Defending his bill he said:
“There’s no trampling of other people’s rights. There’s a recognition that other people have the same rights that you do. It’s also important to protect our children from prejudice.”
How about society’s and parent’s right not to expose their children to highly-charged sexual situations at an age where they are completely unprepared to deal with them? If kids can be exposed to this at age 14 or whatever, why can’t they buy porn? How about preserving even a shred of modesty and restraint? Why do these people seem utterly unsatisfied until everyone gives their approvel to 5 year olds rutting in the streets like animals. Can people not see the real motivation behind all this?! It’s grooming perversion to make the older perverts in charge feel better about themselves!
How many clever heterosexual boys are suddenly going to wear a dress to school one day to get a look (and possibly much more than that) at all his female classmates in the shower? Sheesh, this is just idiocy.
On a related note, we can expect about 5 million further Californians to relocate to Texas. Please don’t Californicate Texas! You destroyed one state, don’t repeat your foolishness!
CCHD lashes back out at critics June 12, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has been the recipient of very heavy, and very well-earned, criticism for some time. For years now, the CCHD has funded groups that are antithetical to Catholic belief and practice. In their efforts not to relieve poverty – for the publicly stated goal is NOT to relieve the suffering of poverty – but to “empower” the poor by ostensibly giving them a political voice, the CCHD has routinely given money to groups that support abortion, contraception, homosexual simulation of marriage, and socialist views of government and economics contrary to the Doctrine of the Faith. CCHD’s very constitution is horribly disordered, for in essence, they seek to harness those in poverty to advance a frequently radical political agenda, in essence using human beings as agitprop for left wing causes in a very utilitarian, materialist manner. A manner quite consonant with the disordered philosophy behind communism and socialism.
So, for several years now, faithful Catholics have expressed their dismay towards, and opposition against, the CCHD. There have been several investigations of the organization by the USCCB, and apparently last year the group came close to being either radically reorganized or de-funded. But the progressive elements in the USCCB were able to block that, for now. Apparently seeking to lash out at their enemies, which consist of small groups of faithful Catholics and millions of individuals, the CCHD has staged a major propaganda effort to justify their efforts and condemn their critics. That effort was released recently by a left-friendly political group called Faith in Public Life.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, known for funding organizations that support abortion, contraception, and attacks on the family, recently had a report issued on its behalf and signed by former CCHD staff members.
The report titled, “Be Not Afraid” claims that in order to continue the mission of social justice organizations that support the murder of babies in the womb, support contraception and the redefinition of marriage, they must and will continue to be given Catholic money.
This report is stunning in its ability to completely ignore the mass murder of children in the womb and its attempt to blame Catholics, who defend the right to life for all of God’s children, as lacking charity.
This report is an attempt to convince Catholics they should “Be not Afraid” to support groups that promote the culture of death as long as these groups are doing some kind of “social justice” work. [Which work, on behalf of almost exclusively far-left organizations, is most often extremely difficult to reconcile with the traditional doctrine of the Faith.]
In this report Bishop Robert Vasa is attacked for not helping the poor enough and the atheist radical Saul Alinsky is held up as a model of living the social justice message. [Big surprise, there, they attack one of the most orthodox bishops and hold up an amoral radical as a beacon of light]
In the past, the Catholic Campaign for human Development has given tens of millions of dollars to groups that attack human life and based on this report it appears that they will continue to do so.
I am surprised they are so bold. The report – really little more than a press release – was signed by a number of former CCHD staffers and long retired progressive bishops. It is very rare for bishops to attack each other publicly, but that is exactly what is occurring here, since a number of dioceses have refused to take up the CCHD collection under the direction of their local ordinary. The entire thing is in very bad taste, and either demonstrates some renewed support which is making them feel more bold, or is a desperate measure taken by an organization on the way out. I do know that CCHD donations have declined for a number of years, although they sort of leveled off last year.
I, for one, have always supported the Reform CCHD Now coalition, but I really don’t think reform goes far enough. I have always believed this organization to be misbegotten in its very inception, and I believe it should be suppressed.
I have to note with dismay that Dallas is one of the dioceses that takes up a collection for USCCB, along with, I believe, every other diocese in the state. If you oppose that collection, you might feel moved to let your bishop know.
IRS tells pro-life group: “Keep your faith to yourself” June 11, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Tags: Obama, IRS scandal
America, America, God shed his Grace on thee………Too bad a protestant wrote that song, no wonder we’re seeing the rapid transition from republican government towards socialist oligarchy.
In yet another IRS scandal, an IRS official was caught on tape telling a pro-life group that if they wanted the coveted 501(c)3 charitable tax exempt status – the same status that most entities of the Catholic Church operate under – they had better keep their faith to themselves. That is to say, our bureaucratic overlords will, for now (strictly for now) tolerate “private” practice of the Faith in homes, and, if we must be crazed fundamentalists, even in our churches, but outside of that, you better not even breathe a word of that Bible-humping Christofascism “publicly,” if you know what’s good for you:
The IRS scandal is deepening as a new tape has been released today showing a disturbing phone call the Internal Revenue Service placed to a non-profit organization.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-life legal group, made the audio available today of IRS officials telling a group that provides support to women in abusive pregnancy situations to keep its faith to itself. In the recorded phone conversation, an IRS agent lectures the president of the organization about forcing its religion and beliefs on others and inaccurately explains that the group must remain neutral on issues such as abortion.
ADF is providing legal representation for the group — which did not receive its tax-exempt status until last week after waiting nearly two and a half years after applying for it. [Imagine that! The story breaks, and all of a sudden they're approved! It's a miracle of justice! What convenient timing!]
……ADF tells LifeNews that, in January 2011, Pro-Life Revolution, which operates from Texas under all three purposes for whcih religious groups can obtain nonprofit status, filed an application for tax-exempt status with the IRS. Four months later, the IRS sent a letter requesting “more information” and an explanation of how the organization’s activities are educational or charitable even though IRS rules specify that an organization need only operate for “one or more” of the three exempt purposes. President of Pro-Life Revolution Ania Joseph nonetheless replied and answered the IRS’s questions.
ADF indicates Joseph received a call from IRS Exempt Organization Specialist Sherry Wan in March 2012.
Wan told her that, in order to obtain a tax exemption, “You cannot force your religion or force your beliefs on somebody else…. You have to know your boundaries. You have to know your limits. You have to respect other people’s beliefs.” [there is a tape of the conversation at LifeNews.]
Things are spinning out of control much faster than I thought. We are witnessing massive persecution for religious and political purposes on a scale never seen before in this country’s history. But I agree with Iowahawk Dave Burge, I am willing to bet money not one single IRS employee will serve any prison time. And certainly not anyone even close to Obama. What a joke. That’s actually the saddest part: we’ve become so used to the corruption and abuse of power – just in a few short years! – we actually expect it. This republican form of government seems to be collapsing around us.
So, I’m left wondering what the American GULAG Archipelago will look like? Mostly camps in northern Alaska? Will the standard bread ration be 24 oz a day, along with some thin gruel, for heavy labor gangs, just like in Stalin’s camps? Will we build the great, but totally useless, Obama Canal from the Barents Sea to the Arctic Ocean with nothing but pick axes and wheel barrows?
Michael Voris says what must be said….. June 7, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, Four Last Things, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Voris.
…but which so very few seem to have the zeal or charity to say. I haven’t much time to comment now, as I stand on a mountain in the Hill Country amidst a torrential downpour, but I share every sentiment expressed below. I pray my concern and even exasperation are motivated by true charity for souls. And I pray most fervently for the conversion of so many of our shepherds. The faithful remnant is desperate for inspired, holy, zealous shepherds.
Tags: Gates, Ursuline
I posted on Monday about a diabolical UN conference called “Women Deliver” that was supported and attended by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS). Make note, this international group operates based on donations from national organizations, the most substantial of which is the US Girl Scouts. And the US Girl Scouts gets its funding from membership dues, cookie sales, and other income sources associated with local troops. So at least some fraction of money raised at your local Catholic parish by your local Girl Scout bunch goes to help fund these kinds of disasters.
As I noted on Monday, not only did the conference feature all manner of radical pro-aborts, including notorious and woman-killing late term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, it also featured many of the most radical pro-abort women politicians in the world, including the two Cruella DeVille twins, Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy “Stretch” Pelosi. But I learned at Jill Stanek’s yesterday just how disastrous this conference was. Witness the quotes below from other pro-aborts, including the Dallas-native and Ursuline grad/award winner Melinda Gates, regarding how abortion and widespread, dang-near coerced contraception is the ONLY way to “empower” women. Some of the comments are so extreme as to be demonic in their subversion of the natural order:
A billionaire and a princess graced the stage to tell nurses and clean water advocates that any effort to help poor women is secondary to giving them contraception and abortion. [So, all this "helping women" rhetoric really has much less to do with true help, than with advancing the radical feminist pro-abort misanthropic agenda]
Sexual and reproductive rights are “at the core of human life,” said Princess Mary of Denmark. Until women have power not to have children, they won’t have power to improve nutrition, grow crops, or deliver babies safely, said Melinda Gates. [Examining the psychology of these 3 mothers regarding their seeming hatred for natural reproduction would, I think, keep Sigmund Freud in the finest cigars for a lifetime. Why do they always, always, have to turn women into enemies of their own biology? What thinking drives them to believe that women can only be "empowered" by being exactly like men? Again, paging Dr. Freud, Dr. Freud......]
“Pregnancy is not natural,” said Frances Kissling, the former head of Catholics for Choice. [I rest my case]
And with that, the sharp divide became apparent between first-world activists who want a universal right to abortion and the poor women they believe should have fewer children….
The first Women Deliver in 2007 presented family planning and abortion as the solution to reduce deaths from pregnancy and childbirth. The second conference in 2010 ran into trouble when new research showed the annual number of maternal deaths is far less than the estimated 536,000.
Attendees complained this year’s conference offered no program to address maternal mortality except to enhance midwives to be trained to provide abortion….[the "concern" about women's health is nothing but a smokescreen for their population control agenda?]
A… participant noted $8 billion a year goes to family planning and advocates are demanding more. Yet “they don’t want to share it” with other causes. “And they don’t want to give any other group a platform that will distract from expanding abortion.”
Of course. Because these uber-rich women (ok, maybe not Kissling) know what is best for all of us. They know the world doesn’t need any more black or brown babies, even if condemning women to small family size in some situations may actually exacerbate poverty, rather than relieve it. But they have drunk deep at the well of Margaret Sanger, and I have to wonder if there isn’t some of that same eugenics in the thinking of these three rich white women speaking of others in such a condescending manner, as if they don’t have the intelligence to determine what is right and good for them.
And, again, we see the modernist utilitarian viewpoint reigning supreme, along with the error that evil must be done that “good” may come of it. Even pro-aborts like Gates and Kissling have to admit (or pretend) that abortion is, at least theoretically, morally, a bad thing, a thing that is not ultimately desirable (I could be wrong, they could be so far gone that they actually worship it, like a few other radical feminist sickos). But they advocate for abortion because they know contraception fails, and a lot. So, to achieve the “good” of population control – which the Gates in particular, like so many hyper-wealthy whites before them, have developed a positive obsession about – they are willing to engage in perhaps the greatest moral evil ever visited on mankind: the mass genocide of entire generations.
So now you know, just exactly what the Girl Scouts support. And yet they continue to be sponsored by dioceses and parishes from sea, to shining sea.
Beautiful photos from St. Peter’s in Drogheda June 5, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, fun, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, Saints, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A friend, fellow parishioner, and blog reader has been on a 3 week tour of the Emerald Isle. He is still over there right now, if I understand correctly. Yesterday, taking time from his very Church-focused journey, he took the time out to send me some amazing photos of St. Peter’s in Drogheda. St. Peter’s is rather famous in Ireland, as it contains the entire skull of St. Oliver Pluckett, who was brutally executed by the English authorities during their long persecution of the Church in Ireland. St. Oliver was one of many Catholics beheaded at Tyburn.
Photos are below. Parts of the church date from 1791, while most parts are from the late 19th century. Thanks very much to Mike F for the photos, and for taking the time to share his holiday with us!
I add this one photo below from Wikipedia to show you how the overall shrine for the skull of St. Oliver Plunkett looks:
Below is the Saint’s prison door. Those English didn’t mess around, did they? Wow. Over 300 years old and still looks very stout and………evil.