Left wing priest hates him some babies December 11, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, demographics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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A priest named Fr. William Grimm has said some rather awful things. This man is apparently the head of UCANews, which I have stumbled across a few times, always noting a distinctly modernist, left wing outlook in its coverage. He appears to hate him some babies. Maybe he’s been in Japan too long, since Japan is committing national seppuku through refusal to reproduce.
Whatever the case, read the below, and see if you identify any semblance of faith in a transcendent God:
For the most part, the questions are innocuous. But one stands out for its breathtaking irresponsibility: “How can an increase in births be promoted?”
Are they serious? There are already seven billion people on the planet and we continue to increase. Resources are being depleted. Other species of animals as well as plants are being driven to extinction by the pressure of human numbers. [Does this man convey any sense that we should just trust in God and He will provide? Read all the below, and see if you can find any sense other than a worldly, very left-wing outlook. Does Fr. Grimm (very apropos, don't you think?) not realize that the kings of Juda and Israel were punished - severely - for a far smaller lack of faith than he is evidencing?]
Global warming results from the burning of fossil fuels to provide power for living, transportation and manufacture. The increased demand for power means increasing reliance upon dangerous nuclear power. Air, water and soil are being degraded. Food shortages occur in precisely those areas with the greatest population pressure. People are driven to live in urban slums in a search of a livelihood. [OK, even playing his worldly game, why is the economy of Japan and so much of the West in terminal decline? The answer is lack of children. In Japan, there is 0.85 children per woman. Each woman will have less than one child in her lifetime, on average. The collapse of the Japanese birth rate took hold in 1990, which is the exact same time that their economy entered its now 23 year slump. This is not a coincidence. As for the rest of this paragraph, it's just boilerplate leftism, easily refutable and devoid of faith.]
Children are born, but die before getting a chance to live in much more than a biological sense. [I suspect Fr. Grimm is highly conflicted, at best, over abortion. I'm sure he sees many lives "not worth living."] Malnutrition and the diseases of poverty cripple others. Social, health and educational services are inadequate to ensure a truly human life. Crowding increases crime, unrest, oppression, war and a general uglification of the human environment. [Yes, there it is. If life doesn't meet Fr. Grimm's exacting standards, it is sub-par and not worthwhile. In point of fact, around the world today, the average and median standards of living are higher than they have ever been in human history. What Fr. Grimm is saying is that we should have never made it to this point, because all the poverty and suffering that existed around the world, near universally (compared to today), up until the mid-late 1800s, made life unlivable. Therefore, we should have offed ourselves long ago, which I would also imagine Fr. Grimm would agree with, if you scratched a little deeper.]
For the Church to call for an increase in births is not just stupid, it is immoral. Catholic social teaching stresses the importance of the common good. What common good is advanced by merely increasing our numbers? [Need I say more? This man is a misanthrope. He is also a self-admitted heretic. And he is influencing millions of Catholics, especially in Asia, with his twisted heresy.
A return question for Father - how is the common good served by denying billions of people the chance to live? Who are you to play God?]
Contrary to what some people seem to think, the Catholic Church does not oppose family planning. [Ummm, yes She does. But she permits this disordered act at times to avert a greater evil, but only under grave circumstances.] Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae forbids particular “artificial” methods of regulating births and has given rise to a Catholic cottage industry of “natural family planning.”
But, whatever dispute there may be over methods – and for the most part there is no dispute because Catholics have opted to ignore the teaching – [A subtle way of trying to convey the idea that it's acceptable to engage in grave sin by rejecting Church Dogma, by claiming everyone is doing it. This man is fundamentally immoral.] the fact is that the Church can encourage intelligent and responsible limitation of family size even without retreating from Pope Paul’s teaching. [Not the way you're advocating it. I can see the bats have been loosed from the belfry since last March.]
Instead of asking how we can increase births, the Catholic Church should be a world leader in calling for responsible family planning that will ensure that all people who are born have a chance to live beyond age five and have access to the food, healthcare and education that will enable them to live with the dignity of the children of God. [Man leftists love to play god! Sheesh! Only those that live beyond 5 and have a full belly, medical ease and a grand education have a worthy life! This is too much! Can this man think of anything save in the most worldly of terms!]
Wow, I don’t often read stuff from left wing fever swamps anymore, and now I remember why.
But what is incredible, is that his view is probably the predominate view within the totality of clergy in the Church today.
What is most disturbing, is that this article is plainly pointed at the Philippines, where there is a great struggle ongoing to limit contraception coverage already approved by the government, and prevent the legalization of abortion. All the hallmarks are there. If you have “too many” babies, they will get sick, and some may die. It will ruin your ability to gain wealth. It will make you and all around you miserable. ”You’ll ruin precious gaia, my true god, err, I mean, this precious creation uh, ahem, ‘god,’ has given us.” It is interesting to observe that as protestant sects have made significant inroads in the ravaged post-conciliar Filipino Church over the past 25 years, suddenly there are growing factions of Philippine society that support things like contraception, divorce and remarriage, abortion, etc.
That private judgment is a real tool of satan, isn’t it? Man, I love babies so much, it just freaks me out when I read something so obviously pedophobic.
Coup against Franciscans of the Immaculate because “crypto-Lefebvrian, always traditional” December 9, 2013Posted by tantamergo in disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Papa, persecution, religious, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, the return.
Tancred at Eponymous Flower has posted some recent Italian articles dealing with the Franciscans of the Immaculate, including a response for the Vatican-installed apostolic commissioner, Fidenzio Volpi OFM Cap. In Father Volpi’s own words, the FFIs leadership of the FFIs was sacked for being “crypto-Lefebvrian, always traditional.” Even more details have been revealed about the moves against the order, which has included removal of almost all heads of seminaries, numerous priors, the entire top leadership of the order, and the more or less blanket refusal to allow the TLM or the prayer of the Breviary according to the traditional Liturgy. The few progressive elements in the order have been given all the positions of influence.
The progressive Vaticanist Mario Tosatti had published a few days ago in the daily newspaper La Stampa a letter from a member of the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, in which the radical approach of the Commissioner has been criticized (see separate report “Unrestricted War” against the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception? The Unspeakable “Blemish” ). [You must read this link. It details all the actions against the FFIs. Very uncharitable actions, which seem totally counter to Pope Francis' interest in being always loving and never dogmatic. Some of the former FFI leadership are essentially being held incommunicado under what amounts to house arrest. Incredible.] The interventions affect not only the male religious branch, but also the Third Order, which was completely paralyzed by Father Volpi.
Could this be where the Synod on the Family is headed? December 9, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, self-serving.
Most readers will know that Pope Francis has scheduled a special episcopal Synod on the Family and married life next October. Surveys of the world’s bishops are apparently underway to gather views for problems affecting family life and marriage in particular. Some of these surveys have come to light. Some of the survey questions seem to point in a certain direction, that of somehow changing how the Church views issues like whether the divorced and remarried (w/o annulment) can receive the Blessed Sacrament. There has been a new Secretary General for this synod appointed.
Regarding that, this new Secretary General, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, made some comments recently on the subject of admitting the divorced and remarried (w/o annulment) to Communion. Dr. Ed Peters, who normally strives to sing the corporate line, took exception to Baldisseri’s comments recently, via Bishop Rene Gracida. What did Baldiserri say? Well, among other things, this:
A new approach needs to be taken with respect to the administration of the sacraments to remarried divorcees. The Church needs to apply Church doctrine taking the circumstances of each specific case into account. This approach does not mean making general conclusions and rules for everyone….
It’s a simple, short statement, but say so much. As Dr. Ed Peters notes, there is no middle ground between admitting someone to the Blessed Sacrament, or not. And let me say, I am sick of hearing that these people are “denied the SacramentS.” No, they are denied ONE Sacrament, the Most Blessed Sacrament. They can go to Confession. They can receive Baptism.
But irrespective, what this “new approach” would seem to point to is just admitting these divorced and bigamist Catholics to receive. This is a blatant violation of Christ’s own condemnation of people who divorce and remarry, because the Church does not recognize – and nor did Christ – divorce as a severance of marriage. These people are adulterers, according to Our Blessed Lord. Calling the Church’s belief regarding the sinfulness of divorce and remarriage (adultery) a “discipline,” as Peters does, is a profound disservice. If this is not a Doctrine, straight from our Lord’s lips and 2000 years old, nothing is. We may as well close us shop.
The way I see the progressives trying to nuance this is with some claptrap about not changing “the general conclusions and rules for everyone,” but admitting the divorced and remarried “on a case by case basis.” This is laughable, we all know what will happen, the “exception,” like Extraordinary Ministers of Communion or Latin in the Mass, will become the certain, unalterable rule in about 5 seconds. It will make a mockery of the Church’s moral law.
As Peters does note, there seems a strong whiff of antnomianism (which says the Church has no moral law, “faith alone” is all that matters) about all this. I think we see in this where the progressive, primarily European elements want to take this Synod. It is very disconcerting that the Secretary General seems to be on board with their ideas. I pray the more faithful bishops will be able to derail this monstrosity. If passed, it will mark only the beginning of the progressive/modernist attempts to completely deconstruct the Church’s moral law.
….said the surely diabolically-influenced neo-pagan atheist in the comments to the Youtube video of crazed pro-abort feminist gomorrists attacking Catholics in San Juan, Argentina.
I know the video below has made the rounds, but when I finally got around to watching it, and saw that comment, I thought I’d go ahead and do a post.
I had intended to link to the version where I found the comment, but I cannot. While there is nothing even remotely scintillating in the acts of perversion and self-degradation contained therein, some of these acts reach levels of wretchedness and explicitness I simply cannot allow on the blog. So, I’ve posted the sanitized version from LifeSite below.
Long after you are dead and reduced to moldering dust, ladies, the Church will remain. In fact, She will remain forever.
This is the world today. This is what Vatican II calls us to embrace, to find all that glorious worldly wisdom to teach the Church a thing or 200?
These attacks are increasingly brutal. These women were much more aggressive than last year. What is funny, should any of the men have lashed out – and thank God they didn’t – the women would have been the first scream “victim.” Having spray paint liberally applied to the eyes could cause permanent blindness.
But, you know, the more these women assaulted the men, and the less the men responded, the greater the victory for the men became. Even in the eyes of fallen world totally bereft of supernatural sense, the calm, defiant prayer of the men has elicited overwhelming sympathy. But in the supernatural sense, the victory is all the greater, in fact total: the torrents of Grace these men received was enormous. Even in apparent “defeat” – which this wasn’t – the Christian triumphs. In fact, the greater the “defeat,” the greater the triumph, provided we cooperate with Grace.
In contrast, the enormous sins committed by these women, and the damage wrought on their eternal souls, are incalculable. I pray for their conversion, but as Aquinas and certain other Saints have said, those lost in sins of intellectual pride are the most resistant to conversion of all. Hence the reason so few manifest heretics ever converted. Worse, these women have not only developed titanic levels of intellectual pride, but they have also fallen into the gravest sexual depravities. Combined…….I pray for a miracle.
For the second year in a row, where on earth are the police? Is this some game they play in Latin America, give the leftists a free pass for a big, destructive event, then pretend to lay down the law afterward? What good will hundreds of cops around the Cathedral do the night AFTER the big event? Who pays off who? The police were quoted as saying they couldn’t do anything because the radicals were women. Please. If they had been going after a government office, you can be assured the police would have intervened. We know whose side they’re on.
I was at a class the other night, and we talked about the culture. I think agreement was pretty much unanimous of the 80 or so there – we’re headed for a wicked persecution. Our virtue will be tried as we cannot believe. It will be so tempting to lash out at those attacking us, but for the most part we are going to have to submit.
But such submission provided the blood that watered an Empire and gave the Church the Grace to overcome it. That’s the mind-blowing thing about Christianity, no matter how badly we lose, we always win.
What a heroic display of manhood! What virtue! God bless these men!
Defend Our Lady’s Honor from horrific lesbian blasphemy! December 4, 2013Posted by tantamergo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, Our Lady, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
A radical homosexualist play on the Passion of Our Most Blessed Lord Jesus Christ is coming to Dallas. Called “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” this nightmare of blasphemy and indecency features the Blessed Virgin as a lesbian and a full cohort of other homosexual characters in a play that mocks and belittles Christian belief.
A protest is being organized for Sunday, December 8 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception) outside the Kalita Humpries Theater on tony Turtle Creek Blvd. All details below. The vigil starts at 1pm and goes to 2p. This will be a peaceful prayer vigil featuring the Rosary and other Marian devotions.
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
TIME: 1:00PM – 2:30PM
PLACE: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd Dallas, TX 75219 (Meet at intersection of Turtle Creek Road and Lemmon Ave. East)
BRING FRIENDS. BRING FAMILY. BRING A BUS!
You may call America Needs Fatima’s member services with
any questions: 888-317-5571.
I will point out, this vigil is being organized by Tradition, Family, and Property/America Needs Fatima. But don’t let that stop you from showing up, if you have a problem with that group. This is about defending the honor of Our Blessed Mother. If we want the culture to change, we’re going to have to step up and make it change. At the very least, I think Our Lady’s immaculate virtue demands redress of this assault.
One a final note, these boneheads can’t even get basic theology right, the play – as so often happens in popular culture – confuses the Incarnation and Birth of Christ with the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Mother.
How about it, Mater Dei-ers? Shouldn’t we get a group together and go over after Mass?
A brief rebuttal to a common pro-abort lie December 2, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
Since we moved, God be praised, to Irving, my family has gotten much more involved in pro-life efforts. I have reported that due to the passage of the recent laws in the state Legislature, most abortion mills in the DFW area have closed. Only three remain open, all in Dallas proper. Those three have been very busy, tragically. But, all these mills, providentially, are located adjacent to Catholic crisis pregnancy centers (NOT supported by the Diocese – White Rose and Birth Choice can always use your help and support). As such, my wife and kids have been going to the mills at least weekly for the past several weeks, praying, counseling, and generally serving the pro-life cause.
One of the most noxious, prevaricating attacks pro-aborts like to make against pro-lifers is that we don’t care about what happens to the baby and mother, we just want to see another baby birthed and then we leave the poor, destitute mother to her own devices, surely floundering around and suffering horribly in squalid conditions, with wailing brats and nothing to feed herself, or them. This image is very powerful. I know from personal experience that this kind of image of “baby as bringer of poverty and suffering, the ruin of one’s life,” is frequently in women’s minds when they are considering having their baby killed. I know women are counseled by staff at the mills that, if they listen to the pro-lifers, they will be stuck with a baby they cannot afford and their lifestyle will surely suffer.
But it is first and foremost totally false, especially as regards the support pro-lifers provide, through agencies like White Rose and Birth Choice, to women with crisis pregnancies. Pro-lifers in general, and Catholic pro-lifers in particular, care profoundly about helping women who choose to keep their babies, sometimes for long periods after birth. I know of one woman who received over $20,000 in assistance via White Rose for herself and her child after making the decision against abortion. In another case, a Nigerian refugee couple who arrived in this country destitute was provided with everything they needed for a year by Catholic crisis pregnancy centers. These are outstanding examples, but hundreds of other women every year receive great assistance from these centers, for things ranging from diapers and formula to cribs, entire sets of bedroom furniture, to pre-loaded gift cards at major retail outlets – everything a mother with child needs.
Of course, there are always needs unmet. But the idea that pro-lifers are “only in it for the baby,” that this is some perverse ideology that just wants to see a bunch of babies born and then leaves the mother to her own devices, is ludicrous. I think it is once again an indication of projection by the political and social left, for they are the ones that truly use women to score their ideological point, by having an abortion, and then totally abandon them once the procedure is done. Pro-abort support for post-abortive women is incredibly scant, to the extent it exists at all, and their idea of providing charity to pregnant women and children in need is demanding others pay for it through support for leftist politicians and programs.
The entire philosophical and argumentative basis for abortion is based on murderous lies. Abortion doctors are not caring professionals, by and large, they are greedy hacks who operate substandard facilities in the only portion of the “medical profession” left open to them. Pro-aborts don’t care about women, they almost universally toss them aside after they score another victory for the march of leftist progress. They certainly don’t care about the children, unless one is so monstrously morally bankrupt as to claim that someone is better off to not be born at all, unless they are born under “ideal” circumstances.
I’ll admit, I tire of the lies, and the stench of demonic death that surrounds these horror houses. But the fight must go on, and will, because every baby saved is an infinite victory for the mother, the child, and the whole wide world.
I really don’t like the term “fundamentalist,” because they are not. Unless one considers people who obsess over a few bible quotes taken radically out of context from the whole and from each other as somehow possessing a “fundamental” understanding of Sacred Scripture and Christianity in general.
A case on point. Yes, the Bible does indicate in places – in the Old Testament – that parents should discipline their children, even severely. This severity was prior to the New Covenant, which is based on love, not fear. So, these Old Testament dictums were obviated, or at least moderated to a point of reason, by St. Paul’s exhortation to parents and spouses in 1 Corinthians. Unfortunately, some protestants have once again seized on a particular bit of Scripture and gone nuts with it, and now a little girl is dead. As the father of five daughters, this just makes me so sad. I’m trying hard no to be mad.
I don’t have a problem with spanking. I have certainly spanked my kids. But I pray God I would never take to using tricks like rubber hoses – the same technique the North Vietnamese used to torture our pilots in the Vietnam War – so I can hide the damage. That, right there, indicates shame and a knowledge that what one is doing is wrong. There is a huge difference between applying one’s hand to a child’s bottom, and wailing on them with a plastic hose – to the point of death.
Yet another black eye for Christendom. Just what we needed…….
I guess that does raise a question – are protestants part of Christendom? Or are they so heretical they are not? Orthodox – I would say they are part of Christendom. The five high church Anglicans that are left – maybe. Fundies…..probably not.
h/t Christine Niles
PS – What is the Church’s ecumenical outreach to fundamentalists? It seems those to the right of the current administration of the Church don’t get much ecumenical love. Funny how that works……
Good news – Supreme Court upholds Texas abortion law November 20, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, sadness, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
The US Supreme Court has decided to leave in place a Texas law requiring abortion mill “doctors” to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The law will remain in force until the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals makes a determination on the case early next year.
This aspect of the law – along with the ban on abortions after 20 weeks – has resulted in the shut down of dozens of mills statewide. In the DFW area, only three mills remain open out of 10 or so (I forget the exact number). While these mills are all very busy, they are all, providentially, located adjacent to the three crisis pregnancy centers in the Dallas Diocese. This concentration allows pro-lifers to focus on just these three mills and keep a constant presence of counselors, individuals praying, and other means to stop women from having their children killed.
Just last week, God be praised, my wife played a part in a save. A rather affluent couple decided not to get an abortion after speaking with sidewalk counselors and seeing our blessedly large family.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia issued an opinion today indicating the Supreme Court will not get involved in a case out of Texas that has abortion facilities there appealing a law that has closed numerous abortion clinics that can’t protect women’s health.
In a big victory for pro-life advocates in Texas earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District Court in Austin and restored key portions of a pro-life law in Texas that will ultimately stop abortions and could close abortion clinics. Abortion clinics appealed that decision to the Supreme Court and Justice Scalia issued a ruling today saying the high court will not get involved.
“The underlying legal question — whether the new Texas statute is constitutional — is a difficult question. It is a question, I believe, that at least four members of this court will wish to consider irrespective of the 5th Circuit’s ultimate decision,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito concurring. “I would maintain the status quo while the lower courts consider this difficult, sensitive, and controversial legal matter.”
The justices voted 5-4 to leave Texas’ pro-life provisions in place and the four Democrat-appointed pro-abortion justices all voted to overturn the pro-life measure. Justice Stephen Breyer write a dissenting opinion saying he expected the case to return to the Supreme Court.
This is good news. I’m certain the 5th Circuit will leave the law in place, meaning it will go to the Supreme Court, unless Planned Barrenhood and their allies give up before that (unlikely).
BTW, I thought you might find this Google review of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Greenville Ave in Dallas illuminating:
I visited this clinic once thinking abortion was right for me, after this visit I realized it was not. They were so careless and rude and the thing they cared most about was getting their money. They moved us in groups from room to room, I felt like we were cattle being moved around. In my paperwork it said I would be talking to a counselor about my feelings to make sure I was making the right decision, this so called ” counselor” only ran my debit card. In each of the waiting rooms I just felt so uncomfortable.. There were a couple ladies in there so happy to get their abortion done so they could go party and drink without throwing up due to their current pregnancy.. Really? If these kind of abortion clinics are going to be around I think the PROPER screening needs to be done. Im not against or for abortion, but I am not ok with women having abortions back to back because they want to sleep around. I am a younger mom and am about to have my second child with no regrets, its not that hard it does force you to grow up.. Apparently some people cant handle that. But overall this clinic was disgusting the staff are careless and rude. I hope my story might help change another womans mind.
The other reviews are similar: rude, careless staff, just going through the motions, the sole focus is on the money from abortions. But how else would one expect people who murder babies all day to act?
Crazed Texan feminist Amanda Marcotte is a baby-hating sociopath November 20, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
And in other news, water is wet, and humans require oxygen. If DDLG gets his wish and Texas becomes an independent state, I think we’re going to have to compile a short list of individuals to immediately deport for criminal stupidity/misanthropy.
Amanda Marcotte proves once again that nothing in the universe is more important to her than the continued murder of millions of fellow humans, in this case, likening babies in utero as being akin to bacteria. I won’t import the “tweets” into the page, but some of Marcotte’s statements, instead:
Taking antibiotics terminates more life than an abortion. One organism < the billions you kill with antibiotics.
Well, I oppose the use of antibiotics for everything. Bacteria are innocent and have a right to live. [But human babies do not. Thus, the apotheosis of feminist baal-worship, offering human sacrifice to their dark god willingly, but finding in bacteria something precious and possessing great sanctity.]
If you can believe an embryo is greater than a woman, I can believe bacteria has a right to live. [Yes, the old "embryo" canard. Babies only spend a short time as embryos. Virtually every abortion takes place well after the embryonic stage, and occurs when the child has developed to the level of fetus. And many of these babies are very capable of feeling the horrific torture of surgical or chemical abortion. But bacteria are much more worthy of life.]
So, babies are bacteria and abortion is like antibiotics. This nonsense conclusion is where the syllogism leads, which tells you there must be at least one flawed premise to the pro-choice argument.
Amanda Marcotte simply hates babies and wants them dead. Her thinking is so perverse, she has so twisted her “thinking” around radical leftist feminist ideology, she can’t even see what a moral monster she has become. I think she’s possessed.
Surprisingly – or maybe not – she grew up in a very isolated part of West Texas in a very conservative family. Then she went to Austin, got her mind filled with leftist lies (but, she was apparently open to them before she even left home. I know a couple folks who have met her, and she seems to have rather substantial……issues. Major daddy issues) and the rest is sad history.
In reality, Marcotte has done us a favor, she has simply, and rather foolishly, revealed the true nature of the feminist ideology. It’s not pro-woman, it’s anti-baby. It’s most frequently anti-men. A psychologist might say it is the outward manifestation of a deep-seeded inner loathing.
She is truly a sad creature. I pray for her conversion. She too has a soul, and will one day stand before the Judgment Seat of God. That is a terrifying thought for the most virtuous soul, but for someone as immoral as Marcotte……I just pray she converts. Given the positive reinforcement she gets from millions of like-minded femi-leftists, I doubt she will, but I pray for her conversion nonetheless.
Now that Obamacare has utterly cratered…… November 19, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, self-serving, Society.
…..I have to wonder what is the response of the USCCB bureaucracy that pushed so very, very hard for its passage? I don’t mean the bishops themselves, I know there have been press releases against the HHS Mandate of late, but I mean the lobbyists and bureaucrats who were just about 100% in favor of passage of Obamacare, or something even more radically socialistic.
Will they admit that the kind of “socialized medicine” they argued so strenuously for is a disaster of unprecedented proportions, destroying people’s lives by making health insurance now not just unaffordable for a small minority of citizens, but for the entire lower middle class? In fact, it should be renamed the Unaffordable Care Act, because people’s premiums have skyrocketed between 50 and 300%. This is what happens when a sclerotic government gets involved in an industry, any industry – costs explode, service dramatically declines, and the less than extremely rich are left holding the bag.
As an example – the woman Obama held out as a great “success story” from the Kennedy-esque, in terms of incompetence, launch of Obamacare and its pathetic website now announces she actually cannot afford the health insurance proffered:
Big surprise. But my question to the bureaucracy of the USCCB, and probably a good portion of the Conference itself, is: what in the entire experience of governmental programs in this country led you to believe this attempted takeover of 1/6 of the national economy would be even remotely achieve its stated goals of dramatically lowering health insurance costs while improving standards of care, something that should have been obviously impossible from the start? Don’t we constantly read and hear about how Social Security is broken, how Medicare is insolvent, how Medicaid needs radical reform? Aren’t those rather strong indicators of failure?
But the left always believes that THEY – this particular group of leftists – will succeed where others have failed, even to the point of giving out and out communism another try. Even though communism has inflicted more murder, suffering, mayhem, wars, and general misery upon mankind than any other ideology, there is a hardcore of democrat supporters in this country – maybe as much as 10% – who believe communism is the way to go. And the number who believe such had been, until now, increasing, due to the utter dominance of the extreme left in the public schools and, especially, academia. But I think – and growing evidence supports this contention – that Obamacare is going to be the rude awakening for a whole generation of carefully indoctrinated young progressives that they have been sold a giant bundle of unworkable lies, whose only true feature is a vast increase in suffering and misery.
The only question now is how much pain will be inflicted on the nation and how much damage will be done to the health care industry as this nightmare is semi-implemented and then possibly pulled back. It seems even those whom the law was supposed to benefit most – by imposing an extremely high tax via massively increased premiums on about 80% of the American public – have little interest in paying for health insurance, even when massively subsidized. Most signups thus far have been for Medicaid, which requires no premiums. I have to wonder if the USCCB will in future be more circumspect in endorsing these kinds of socialist wealth transfer schemes?
I shouldn’t need to remind that ALL of the huge problems this program is causing – except, perhaps, the inept production of the sign up website – were predicted volubly and repeatedly in advance. We were warned that health care premiums would skyrocket, that care standards would fall dramatically, and that a whole ream of morally offensive programs would be shoved down our throats whether we wanted them or not. But the USCCB bureaucracy, over the concerns of many members of the Conference, lobbied loudly and expensively (several millions were spent on the lobbying effort) in favor of this bill, in spite of the massive moral problems it entailed.
I pray this experience will cause more control to be exerted over the USCCB apparatus (and all its daughter organizations – Catholic Charities, CCHD, Catholic Health Association, etc) and that the USCCB will not so reflexively endorse socialistic programs in future. The USCCB, in a sense, owns a good chunk of this mess*.
*I again want to distinguish between the Conference itself, which was plainly divided over Obamacare and half-hearted in both support and opposition, and the bureaucracy, which was 100% in favor of the most radical socialized health insurance schemes possible, and was disappointed Obamacare was not a single-payer government-run system