Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, silliness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
The Centers for Disease Control, who apparently cannot control disease very well, has performed one of the more detailed studies yet as to the number of self-reported “homosexuals” in this country. The number, as so many previous studies have shown, is very low – about 2% claim to be “gay, lesbian, or bisexual,” while a further 1% didn’t answer the question. Almost 97% affirmed their heterosexuality.
However, given that I have much personal experience with individuals who are either now presently involved in perverse relationships but used to be heterosexual, or used to be sodo-oriented but now claim to be “straight,” even this 2% figure is likely fluid for a large number of the respondents. The number of hardcore, “born that way” and “that way for life” sodomites is usually about 1%. So for the sake of the 1%, the 99% are witnessing the destruction of marriage as it has always been known, and general moral and cultural collapse (in which many of the 99% are gleefully participating for their own reasons, but many of those would rather the destruction stop at their preferred sin, like contraception, rather than go away to total social-sexual chaos).
Given the level of coverage issues surrounding same-sex attracted people generate, one would think there would be a lot more of them. And in fact, most people drastically overestimate the number of homosexuals around, precisely for that reason. The article below notes some of the reasons for that. However, given that the author is an atheist, he winds up blaming both left and right for the over-magnification of the “homosexual” issue. I will take his data and a few points and argue differently - the reason this matter has been so powerfully advanced and is receiving so much attention is due to the hard left’s perverse need to destroy the existing culture, and especially Christianity, if they are ever to realize their Huxley-esqe Brave New World of sexular socialist pagan utopia:
Given the prominence of the issue, you would expect homosexuality to be rampant in America. When asked to estimate how many gay people there are, most people guess that it’s on the order of 20% to 25% of the population. But yet another study has been released by the CDC giving a more scientific estimate, and it finds that almost 97 percent of Americans describe themselves as straight — the actual number who describes themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual is 2.3%. So the public’s perception is off by a whole order of magnitude.
It’s almost as if someone has been conspiring to elevate this issue way beyond its actual cultural significance. That is precisely what we find, and both sides are to blame.
For the moderate left……..the culture war over homosexuality is partly an attempt find a new civil rights movement to fight over so they can maintain a manufactured moral high ground.
This explains why they demand, not merely tolerance for homosexuals, but a kind of mandatory obeisance enforced by the state. You don’t want to actively cooperate in gay marriages by, say, making their wedding cakes? Too bad. You will be tolerant, you bastard, or we’ll bash you over the head. [Even more, the hard left desires to destroy, and completely, any entity that could possibly compete with the allegiance to the Leviathan state in the hearts, minds, and souls of men. This aspect was "cooked into" liberalism in its inception way back in the endarkenment and even before]
This also explains a lot of bizarre proposals that can only be described as a form of trolling: deliberate attempts to provoke an outraged reaction. I’m talking about things like demanding as a matter of principle that transsexuals be allowed to use school restrooms that correspond to their artificial gender identity rather than their biological one. If homosexuals are about 2.3% of the population, transsexuals are a much smaller group. Even an analysis that argues that their number is underestimated (if you include many who are not out of the closet) still places the figure two to three orders of magnitude smaller—from about one tenth of one percent to one one-hundredth of a percent of the population. [That's the most valuable data in this fairly erroneous piece. Those so deranged as to be afflicted with gender dysphoria are of such small number that bending over backwards and enduring all kinds of hardship to satisfy their whims is about as ludicrous as it gets. The number of "transgendered" people ranges from the tens to the hundreds of thousands - in a nation of hundreds of millions, it is ridiculous to have to bend over backwards to please them, including further eroding sexual distinctions.]Such cases are so rare that you would think they could be dealt with reasonably in their individual and local contexts.
The author then goes on to say that the “right,” and in particular the loathed and feared “religious right,” is just as much to blame for the overemphasis on this issue as is the hard left, because “homosexuality” is just a means to get the extreme base of each side all excited and ready to donate money. That ignores so much evidence it is laughable, and is the kind of statement that could only be made by an atheist, who pointedly finds absolutely nothing of valuable in religion or religiously-dictated morality and finds it ludicrous that anyone else could, either.
Now, I am not gullible. I know there are especially political elements on the right that constantly stoke fears of the depredations of the other side as a fundraising gimmick. Duly noted. And I’m sure there are times when devout souls like myself get excited and perhaps exaggerate the import of some of the smaller episodes of persecution or decay in morality.
But overall, I am forced by the vast preponderance of the evidence to conclude that the atheist is blind to the impact of the present left-driven attack on the culture and traditional morality because he is himself a part of it. Atheism is as distant from right morality, the very morality that led to Christendom, as is sodomy. And Christendom, after attack and perversion, still informs and provides much of the framework for the modern secular liberal state, which this author uses as one of several surrogate religions. So by pretending that the actions of a mere 2% are of no import, that we should just “live and let live,” entirely misses the point. Tolerance of sodomy poses an existential threat to this culture and the remnant of Christendom because it is an indicator of the utter triumph of the secular, self-pleasing mindset and the advance of a perverse morality so far from the truth it is actually evil. And liberty cannot exist without virtue, and on a mass scale. That is why free societies have been so rare in human history – it’s been as rare as mass virtue.
So, as we see at present, as virtue in a society collapses, so does liberty. This nation is obviously headed hard in the direction of totalitarianism. The left wing party is utterly run amok
. They view that totalitarianism as a good thing, as they intend to be the overseers. To the extent that support for sodomy, abortion, fornication, porn, contraception, divorce on demand, or whatever else moves the ball down the field, they are in favor of it. And yet, somehow the right is equally to blame? Please.
One interesting facet Christopher Ferrara argues in Liberty: The God That Failed
, is that even with our ability to vote and, supposedly, ‘choose’ our leaders, we are actually far, far less free in these United States in the Year of Our Lord 2014 than was the average peasant or burgher under the most “despotic” medieval king. The modern secular state arrogates, through the very act of claiming to be the representative of the people and their will, powers to itself far, far more expansive, invasive, and destructive powers than any preceding form of government ever did. And we see that in its most pristine, crystalline form in the more authoritarian fascist, communist, and socialist states. Orwell’s Eurasia is sort of the apotheosis of all that.
And all that invasive, crippling overreach can be traced back to a simple cause, as Solzhenitsyn noted: “men have forgotten about God.”
That is also, of course, the reason for the triumph of the hard left and all the perversions devastating this culture: men have forgotten about God.
Aye, and even within the Church.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Admin, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
I mentioned in a post a month or two back that I had met an old school Republican party delegate, who shocked me when he told me he thought the masquerade known as same-sex marriage was just A-OK by him. I relayed in this post how this guy sends me a lot mailings that amount to bated-breath Republican propaganda. I ignore much of it. But he put together some data on demonrat gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis aka Abortion Barbie’s funding sources, and I thought, for the record, it would not a bad thing to share. I guess much of this was cobbled together from a recent Dallas Snoring News article. It might be useful to scratch a few folks or organizations off your list, if you had any doubt:
* Actress Jennifer Garner………………$ 25,000
* Actor Matt Damon………………………$ 5,000
* Marlo Thomas……………………………$ 5,000
* Carrie Fisher……………………………..$ 500
* Tom Hanks……………………………….$ 500 [I too bought the fantasy peddled in the 90s, when he was at his peak, that Tom Hanks was a nice, normal guy. There is no normal in Hollywood. They are as alien to you and me as creatures from Mars]
* Abgail Disney,Walts grand daughter $ 5,000
* Houston Trial Lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn…………….$ 738,000 includes $100,000 of air travel costs. We all know why trial lawyers want Democrats in office
* Willie Nelson……………………………..$ 250,000 and he also performed at a Wendy Fund Raiser [Oh Willie, all that pot has rotted your brain. You're blinded to the totalitarian tendencies of progressivism and its nature as an outlook built on blood. You never cease to disappoint me. This is not the Depression, Willie, and this is not your grandfathers demonrat party. Funny thing, an area priest knew Willie growing up in Abbot, and he's a screaming lib, too. Something in the water, there?]
* Battleground Texas……………………$ 1,000,000 I am guessing Battle Ground got this money from the Natl Dem Party fund [This is the Obama-sourced group trying to turn Texas dem, permanently]
* Service Employees Union…………..$ 250,000
* Assoc of State,county,employees $ 100,000
* Intnl brotherhood of Elec workers…$ 50,000
* Planned Parenthood President……$ 101,000 which includes $12,000 for website development.
* Emily’s List: supporter of abortion…$ 75,000
I’m sure those last two have given a lot more than that, or will. Most demonrat politicians thrive on illegal, under the table donations, as Obama did in his elections, taking money from foreign sources, the traitor.
In reality, I hope the dems and especially the pro-aborts go all-in and donate all the money they have to support Davis, because it will all be wasted. It’s money that could be used for even more evil purposes, at least in this case, it won’t do as much real damage.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Flightline Friday, General Catholic, horror, sadness, Society, unadulterated evil.
I assume all readers are already aware that poor Malaysian Airlines, already afflicted with losing a 777 in some of the most mysterious circumstances ever, lost another $300 million dollar aircraft and, much more importantly, hundreds of lives when their 777-200ER was apparently shot down over eastern Ukraine by Russia or Russian-armed separatists. The missile system used was likely a 9K37 (SA-11/SA-17) Buk radar guided mobile battlefield SAM system. This is an upgraded version of the SA-6 Gainful missile system that has been used around the world in numerous conflicts, especially earning a nasty reputation as a very capable system in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The SA-11 is eminently capable of engaging aircraft at medium altitudes (10-40k ft) and carries a 150 lb fragmentation warhead – more than enough to bring down a large airliner.
It appears to have been a monumental tragedy, the Russian-armed and Russian-speaking separatists of eastern Ukraine – or Russian forces themselves operating in support of those separatists – likely mistakenly targeted the 777, thinking it was an An-26 Curl cargo aircraft. Whoever fired the shot, they were horribly trained, SAM systems with decently trained crews are almost always capable of distinguishing civilian airliners from military aircraft, especially in established airways. It is interesting to note, however, that many airlines had already made the decision to abandon the air route over eastern Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict, and all airspace in eastern Ukraine is now closed, at all altitudes, to civilian traffic. Malaysian Airlines was taking one heck of a risk flying only 1,00o feet above an airspace zone restricted for military operations.
Evidence of Russian involvement is mounting. It is not unequivocal at this point, but it seems likely. Separatist forces already obtained the black box and spirited it away to Moscow for “investigation.” Separatists were quoted early on as claiming proudly on the internet that they had shot down another Ukrainian transport, but when it came out that it was actually a civilian airliner those tweets and other communiques were quickly pulled. The State Security Service of the Ukraine is claiming they have intercepted communiques from separatist forces to Russian authorities and their own higher ups claiming responsibility for the attack. But there is some question on this, as apparently that Ukrainian Security apparatus has already tried to use doctored evidence to paint the separatists in a bad light. Nevertheless, here it is:
The report below gives some general info. The fact that the debris was spread over a large area (10 or more miles) indicates the aircraft broke up at altitude. There were some pretty good sized chunks left, which tends to happen when an aircraft breaks apart – those chunks that survive the breakup, which can be pretty large, tend to stay intact until the hit the ground, and if they don’t contain any fuel there won’t be any fire. This is not at all unusual. I already saw one person trying to say that if Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, PA on 09/11/01 left almost no debris, how could this crash have such large debris (in places – the main part of the crash, including the central fuselage, wing stubs, etc, everything was obliteratged)? Well, that’s why, it broke apart at high altitude after suffering devastating structural damage from the missile warhead, but then continued more or less intact, at much reduced speed (less than 300 mph, certainly) until impact.
There was apparently 1 American on board. Prayers for all those who died, and for their families.
No one is going to spin this up into a broader war, but it does make Russia look terrible.
Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Society, scandals, asshatery, disaster, horror, episcopate, error, sexual depravity, secularism, the return, shocking, paganism.
Or at least the German Radio Vatikan page – but the URL is http://www.vaticana.va – so it’s official.
To say we are seeing a sea change in opinion on this issue of “normalizing” sodomy and many others would be a vast understatement. Here is the photo (h/t Eponymous Fowler):
This is an image I never thought to see on a Vatican webpage. Even one associated with the increasingly problematic Vatican Information Bureau.
Wow. Not quite the abomination of desolation, but getting disturbingly close.
Obviously, this doesn’t mean the Vatican/Church has now embraced sodomy. But at the very least it shows someone with disastrously bad judgment.
Oh yeah, and then there’s this, I guess:
That’s actually from 3 years ago. Bishop of Saltillo.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
I friend and reader of this blog, Terry Carroll (I don’t think he’ll mind if I use his full name), gave my family a remarkable gift of a rather large number of very good books recently. I have dived into a couple of them already, and want to share an excerpt from the preface of one of them with you today, Edward Feser’s The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism. BTW, the publisher of this book, St. Augustine’s Press, seems to carry a good number of rather philosophically oriented but highly orthodox books from some very heavy hitters: Aquinas, Suarez, etc . You might add them to your list of safe and reputable publishers.
The below may not contain any great revelations, I don’t know, but I think it deftly describes the rapidly growing new pagan religion of atheism, which is something of a cult of science and leftist thinking turned into a religion of creeds, dogmas, heretics, devils (us!), and all the rest. All of which only demonstrates the fact that man is an endemically religious creation, and absent Christianity will create all manner of disordered, even evil pagan religions to replace the God so many men desperately want to kill. Begin quote (my emphasis and comments)
….The successes of the movement to recognize “same-sex” marriage have been nothing if not sudden. Just over a decade ago (this book was written in 2008) the very idea would have been laughed off as crackpot or extreme; now it is those who oppose it who are frequently labeled crackpots and extremists. But equally sudden has been the rise of ostentatious unbelief as as the de rigueur position of the smart set. Mainstream progressives and non-conformists of earlier generations would have found it necessary to profess belief in at least a “social gospel” and to hide their doubts about the metaphysical claims of religion behind a haze of pseudo-theological psychobabble. Yet atheist chic is now, out of the blue as it were, the stuff of best-sellers, celebrity endorsements, and suburban reading groups. It is as if the urbane cocktail hour secularist liberalism of the twentieth century has, by way of the slow but sure inebriation produced by an unbroken series of social and judicial triumphs, now become in the twenty-first century fall down sloppy drunk and lost all inhibition, by turns blaspheming, whoring, and otherwise offending against all sane and decent sensibilities as the mood strikes it. [What a great sentence. If the rest of the book is like this, I'm really going to enjoy reading it. But the metamorphosis of atheism from a sort of slinking and even embarrassing phenomenon of the elite into the out-n-proud, boastful religion of today is due to the increasing impact of the modernist errors outlined by Pope St. Pius X, who predicted exactly this result should modernism be accepted en masse. It is also the inevitable result of mass acceptance of endarkenment anti-Catholic beliefs, which had the direct goal of destroying the political and cultural influence of the Church and setting up a neo-Roman pagan, anti-Church state and culture. Welcome to the future that was designed for you 300 years ago. Modernism is only one of the later, and most finally destructive, aspects of endarkenment beliefs.]
The confluence of these developments is no accident, though not for the reasons liberal secularists suppose. To their minds (or what is left of them), sexual libertinism and contempt for religion, as public, mass phenomena (rather than as the private eccentricities of a decadent elite, which of course have always been with us) constitute the final victory of reason, twin fruits of the modern scientific worldview whose full consequences are only now becoming widely perceived over four centuries after its birth. [I would argue again, this understanding of science as the fruit of only a pagan, "rational" mindset, is completely false, and another poison fruit of the endarkenment philosphes. There have been many, many great scientists and thinkers of all stripes who were very pious souls at the same time. Most of these were Catholic, some were in the sects, but they all had a deep faith. It was the philosphes who started the propaganda campaign that identified science with their militant anti-Catholic paganism, and smeared Christians as benighted, ignorant idiots who opposed science. Darwin latched onto that and sent it much further down the road. The distinction that has been drawn between science and faith is a false one, and even more, science has today become a religion of its own, or a large part of the new sexularist pagan "atheist" religion. Thus we have millions of people who treat as abject heretics those - even great scientists! - who doubt anthropocentric global warming, even though not even a handful of those millions are scientifically literate themselves, and most of them couldn't even be bothered to begin to understand the "science" behind the global warming jihad.] But in reality they are (to paraphrase Aquinas paraphrasing Aristotle) two very great errors that have followed gradually but inevitably, not upon any actual finding of modern science, but upon what might at first glance seem at most a relatively “small error” of a philosophical nature committed by the founders of modern science and modern philosophy. [I haven't gotten to that revelation, yet, but I suspect it has to do with what I discussed above, the deliberate attempt to turn faith into an irrational exercise of emotion and not one grounded in reason. In reality, it is the "rationalists" who are profoundly emotional and closed to reasoned debate]
….it is a certain kind of moral and religious traditionalist, and not the secular liberal, who is the true upholder of reason….
…..But the most important thing to know about the belief that God exists is not that most citizens happen (for now, anyway) to share it, that it tends to uphold public morality, and so forth. The most important thing to know about it is that it is true, and demonstrably so. [And Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and many other have proven this so, from first principles] Similarly, the most important thing to know about “same-sex marriage” is not that it has been lawlessly imposed by certain courts even though a majority of citizens happen (again, for now anyway) to oppose it. [And here, 6 years later, most now support it, at least tacitly. That is a preference cascade of unbelievable quickness and consequences] The most important thing to know about it is that the very idea is a metaphysical absurdity and a moral abomination, and (again) demonstrably so. It is no more up to the courts or “the people” to “define” marriage than it is up to them to “define” whether the Pythagorean Theorem is true of right triangles, or whether water has the chemical structure H2O. In each case, what is at issue is a matter of objective fact that it is the business of reason to discover rather than democratic procedure to stipulate.
And yet, the entire structure and philosophical order the informs the modern secular libertine state is one that admits no core Truth, no unbending Laws of God, but only the constantly varying will of the people as informed (or deformed) by interests with the ability to sway vast swaths of the population. Thus, we really don’t have democracy, but an oligarchy pretending to be a democracy. But that’s a whole different issue.
I think the point is this, and I’ve tried to make it several different ways at different times over the past year or two: where we are at today, as a culture, became more or less inevitable as soon as the endarkenment theories of Hobbes, Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, and all the rest were accepted en masse. They are views that when acted upon lead invariably to anti-religious, and especially anti-Catholic, bias, as history shows. Now, you can either pursue these novel endarkenment ideas in a very radical manner, and wind up with the French Revolution, or you can pursue them in a much more conservative manner, and have an American Revolution. But both tend over time not to liberty for individual souls, but with the steady growth of the state into an all-encompassing leviathan that must and will crush all competitors in its path, especially religion, because only religion can compete for men’s allegiance in a way similar to what the leviathan demands.
Again, the leviathan can come about quickly and violently, as in a communist revolution, or slowly and steathily, as in creeping socialism of greater and greater scope around the world, but with the direction this country has taken for the last century, it appears the leviathan will come about eventually in every liberal democratic state no matter what, because the totalitarian pagan state was the ideal upon which the endarkenment philosophy was founded. And wherever the state expands, the Church contracts, because you cannot serve both God and Mammon.
We are simply witnessing what happened in Canada and most all of Europe decades ago now in this country. And look at the state of the Church in those places.
Sorry to be a downer, but I think this thing has to break before it can be fixed. So maybe this immigration isn’t a bad thing, if it hastens that eventual result.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the enemy.
There has been a great deal of news on the abortion front. A former Planned Parenthood worker who has converted to the pro-life cause gave a speech recently in which she described her mill on baby-killing days. It is chilling, to say the least:
Former Planned Parenthood worker Judith Fetrow spoke at a conference sponsored by The Pro-Life Action League which was recorded in a series of videos entitled Abortion: The Inside Story.The video series can be found here.
Judith Fetrow first discusses how legal abortion is not as safe as many believe:
It is difficult work at abortion for any length of time and continue to believe that it is a safe procedure. Even with the best doctors, abortion days are filled with minor and sometimes major complications. I watched Dr. William P perforate a woman’s uterus and then lie about the severity of the perforation. The most horrifying complication that I witnessed was a woman who stopped breathing during the abortion. Dr. Michael Sussman just walked out of the room when he was finished. Despite my telling him that our client was not breathing, he left me alone with her. When Dr. Sussman was forced to return we didn’t even follow emergency protocol for that situation. It was a miracle that this woman didn’t die.
I began to wonder if we were really caring for these women, or if we were just working for another corporation whose only interest was the bottom line. [I don't have any wonder. But even more, Planned Barrenhood is a completely diabolical organization that is utterly wedded to the idea of child sacrifice to the demonic gods of sexular paganism. That's not how they think about it, consciously, but they regard abortion as the most sacred and inviolable shibboleth they hold, the thing with which they would not part if pushed to the last extreme. That it is demonic is apparent to faithful souls, but they pretend it is liberating. I think they do know that abortion is the necessary and vital backstop for the entire sexular pagan ethos of free love and all that, and they are wedded to that ethos above all else. They would rather shut down than stop abortin' and contraceptin'.]
Although workers can be protected from seeing the babies’ butchered bodies, there is no inoculation to make clinic workers immune to the smell of blood, and the smell of blood permeates the clinic on killing days. Generally there is one clinic worker in charge of the babies. No one at Planned Parenthood wanted this job. I did not particularly want this job. However, I did not want to see the babies treated disrespectfully. I did not want to hear Janice [another clinic worker] callously say she was taking the kids and putting them into daycare….
There is much more at the link. Truly satanic. Those poor workers. Do they have any idea of the evil they are committing on a daily basis? I can say from experience that they universally live in a state of complete denial, often aided by alcohol or other substances to keep their consciences good and dead.
In other news from Live Action, they have another video exposing Planned Barrenhood’s ongoing (and all too often successful) attempts to instill the most perverse practices of the sexular pagan culture in children. I won’t post the video in this case, as I’ve done in the past, but just link to it. There is apparently nothing to bizarre or extreme for a Banned Parenthood staffer to communicate to a child as “normal” sexual practice. But what would one expect from women who participate in the murder of babies all day, or work for such a ghoulish organization? Mary Poppins?
Finally, with numerous state laws slowly (too slowly) but steadily eroding the “right to choose” (to murder your baby), Senate Majority Leader and all around thug Harry Reid is trying to push what is being called the most radical pro-abort bill in history through the Senate. Hearings are ongoing in the Judiciary committee, but this bill could pass the demonrat controlled Senate. I don’t think it will go anywhere from there – and maybe there will be enough dems in touch re-election bids to keep this thing from passing – but it nevertheless is not good. Some of the details, via CatholicVote:
…..the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act.” The bill was introduced in response to the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case.
What would happen to the numerous pro-woman and pro-child protections passed in the states all across the country if this mega abortion bill became law?
- Informed consent laws? Eliminated.
- Laws that protect pain-capable children after 20 weeks? Gone.
- Clinic regulations? All of them wiped away.
- Conscience protections? Nearly all such protections would be decimated.
- Ultrasounds for vulnerable women? Banned.
My friend summed it up well: “This bill is the Freedom of Choice Act on steroids.”
The democrat party is once again communicating to its base and to the country at large that they hold no more cherished belief than the false right of women to kill their children. Dems are in a near-panic over advancing state pro-life laws, and would certainly overturn them if they could find the votes. This demonstrates to this Catholic the utter demonic immorality of that party and highlights why I have never, in my life, voted for a demonrat, and certainly never will. Not that Repubniks are Catholic all-stars, they are far from it, but in many respects still less offensive to conscience than the dems. Nevertheless, I continue to seek alternatives to both that are more acceptable from the Catholic standpoint.
The war continues. But we’ll only be fighting rear-guard actions at best, and nibbling away here and there, until we convince at least a large minority of Americans that we’ll never be rid of abortion until people become willing to give up their “sacred” contraception.
But we all know what a chore it is to be punished with a baby, so I won’t hold my breath.
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
I always come away from Fr. Carota’s site feeling edified. He has a post on perhaps an often overlooked impact of false, progressive notions of Catholicism – if it can be called such. He explores how progressive Catholics fail to teach the Faith, which in turn produces millions of uncatechized, sinful Catholics, who in turn sin and cause havoc in the culture. And there is no one calling them to account, unless we consider the USCCB’s preoccupation with fake climate change, farm bills, and all the rest.
Some interesting perspective, at least (I add emphasis and comments):
I let Johann tell all the boys the story so that they could learn how bad drugs are. I tell them every marijuana joint has blood on it from all the violence behind the growing and selling of it. [Which reinforces what I said last week. It is probably not unreasonable to say that all illegal drugs are covered in blood, often completely innocent blood. Another reason never to use them.]
After this, all the young men and boys could not stop telling me, one after another, about their own bad experiences they have had or are living with right now. They told me about drug dealers living next door to them, the loud gun shots they have to hear at night and police helicopters circling around their neighborhoods, looking for criminals. From the very tiniest of them (5 yrs. old) to the oldest they all wanted to tell me about what they are going through.
Now to my point and theory. Johann’s friends, who were into drugs, were baptized, made their first communions and were confirmed (Catholics). Most of the neighbors to these boys are Catholics. A lot of the shootings and drug dealing done here in this part of Phoenix is done by baptized. [Gary Moran, the man who shot and killed Fr. Kenneth Walker and maimed Fr. Terra, is likely a baptized Catholic]
So, most people would just explain all this violence here in Phoenix and in Mexico as people making bad choices or doing bad things.
I will, over and over again, point out that the “New Evangelization” of the Vatican II Church is not producing holy Catholics. [I think that's the key, isn't it? Isn't that the crisis in the Church reduced to its essence? Yes, we can argue about points of theology, novelties like collegiality and ecumenism, changes/abuses in the Liturgy, and all the rest, but the simple fact of the matter is that the Church since Vatican II seems to be producing far, far less holy Catholics than the pre-conciliar Church. There are likely a number of reasons for this, but one of the key ones is that the Truth is simply no longer taught to the vast majority of Catholics. This includes a generation or more of clergy. So we have the blind leading the blind. That's not to say the situation cannot improve. There are priests and lay people who find they are missing much and start to learn more about the Church as She was, but they are relatively few. And so the cultural rot continues to advance.] I contend that by the easy going progressive catechesis we are only producing bad Catholics who are then end up doing evil things, (like Catholics who are in the Mexican Cartels). This is then causing the children, that I work with, to suffer from the crimes that are happening around them everyday and every night. [Another problem is that so many Hispanics who come to this country leave the Church, as are millions in Central and South America. I will one day do a post on the myriad evangelical sects that have popped up in Irving in the past 10 years or so, with large congregations, and entirely devoted to Catholic Hispanics who have left the Church. The Church is hemorrhaging Her members, because they are spiritually starved by the pablum they receive]
What we desperately need right now is strong traditional Catholic moral teaching. The bleeding heart liberal Catholics always want to water down morals out of compassion for the divorced and remarried or the homosexual. Whenever we water down one of the 10 Commandments or the traditional morals of the Catholic Church, it only undermines the structure that society stands on and the results is crime that the children have to suffer from.
I say that the silent victims of progressive modernistic Catholicism are the children who are never listened to by the pope, cardinals, bishops, priests and religious. They are the ones being aborted (murdered by the thousands daily), are sexually abused by their stepdads, crying as their parents split up and get an annulment and marry a new stepparent that they have to adjust too. [Divorce is devastating for children. Even to adult children. My college roommate descended into a year of absolute drunken dissolution after his parents divorced before his sophomore year of college. My friend was never right after that. He has never managed to maintain stable relationships, and leads a highly disordered life to this day.] Children are suffering by having to have homosexual “parents” or parents bringing different sex partners home every weekend. Does anyone ever talk about the social injustice that these children have to bear day in and day out? [Children are the ultimate victims of almost all the aspects of the advancing sexular pagan culture. Contraception prevents millions from being born and aborts millions more, direct abortion kills millions, millions are devastated by divorce and the subsequent unstable relationships that follow, rates of child sex abuse among children of "homosexual" parents are enormous.....I could continue for a very long time]
To be clear, when we water down the Gospel and traditional Catholic morals, it produces Catholics and others who do evil things that hurt children. It hurts God and it hurts children and it hurts society. Immoral Catholics and other people cause crime. Crime hurts everyone, especially children who are afraid and are hurt everyday and every night. [And those children are overwhelmingly predisposed to commit the same egregious faults their parents did, or even worse. So, each generation winds up being more deranged than the one before. I don't know how long we can continue like this before society fundamentally breaks and we face a calamity of biblical proportions.]
If we had ten divisions of such priests, our troubles in the Church would be over, very quickly (source?).
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
I expect we will see more of this. A deranged pro-abort attacked some peaceful pro-life protesters outside a public building in Columbus, OH. There have been some follow-up interviews with the attacker in which she makes plain she has absolutely no concept of what constitutes assault, battery, stages of fetal development, the First Amendment, etc. In short, she is a deluded and ignorant woman, who needs many prayers.
Video of the assault below, big language warning, this woman is the definition of unhinged (first f-bomb comes about 2 seconds in):
This woman has so drunk the pro-abort kool-aid. “Clump of cells at 12 weeks,” I’m sure that’s what they told her when she had her abortion(s). Here is what a baby at 12 weeks looks like:
Deceased 12 week old:
My God what a tragedy for a person to believe such demonic lies. In point of fact, a baby stops being a “clump of cells” after just a few days, but even then, it is still a person.
Given all the idiocy she spouts about racism – which seems hilarious, as she is lily white – and “white male privilege,” it’s pretty obvious this fast food worker (with possible advanced degrees in gender studies/queer theory) has drank deeply from the leftist hate-mongering trough.
This assault does raise an interesting question. Does the increasingly radical and militant rhetoric from the pro-abort camp, with constant talk of “war on women,” “if you don’t have a uterus you have no right to talk about it,” and the fear-mongering that the pro-abort left uses, help precipitate attacks like these? We have seen the pro-abort left and militant atheists grow more and more extreme in rhetoric and violent in action in the past few years. I have experienced this personally myself. I am not one to think that broad cultural memes excuse people’s actions at all, but perhaps the converse is true: that extremist baby- and man-hating rhetoric that feminists like this are steeped in causes some of them to act out their rage in more concrete ways.
Her name is Victoria Duran, btw. That makes it easier to pray for her conversion and healing.
A little education for Miss Duran (her father’s name? – what a slave of patriarchy!). Here is what a baby looks like at even 5 weeks:
Hands eyes heart brain……not a clump of cells. It is, in fact, obviously human.
Poor lost souls like this. Each one a tragedy, and there are hundreds of millions of them, worldwide.
This is what comes of the rejection of Christendom and hating God. Just demonic evil.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
UPDATE: Fixed format problems. I am having more and more format problems when I copy text from some sites. It’s getting out of hand. I spend as much time fixing the format as I do writing the post!
Rorate has a very important post on the ludicrous behavior of the media – including the Catholic media – getting caught up in the uproar over the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany. Since those two countries represent the homes of the two most recent popes, much of the media is trying to focus on a Benedict vs. Bergoglio final.
All this attention being paid to the World Cup is beyond silly, especially by Catholic media, when we consider the ongoing plight of the largely Catholic Christian communities of Iraq and Syria being absolutely decimated by repeated atrocities from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – the new “caliphate.” The Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church had strong words of condemnation for the Western media, which has never given the coverage the ongoing plight of the Catholics of the Mideast deserves:
In an international competition of a popular sport, the final match will involve the teams of the countries of origin of the Pope and of the Pope Emeritus — and religious correspondents immediately begin the silly season of the “competition” between the popes, what the “mood” between them will be, where will they watch the match, etc.
This is extremely offensive, especially considering the strong words of the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch specifically about this point, a plea ignored by the Western media, as Christians are expelled, executed, and victimized by genocide all through Iraq and Syria. It was not a coincidence that Patriarch Sako (not us!), the main Catholic cleric in Mesopotamia, chose to put his attention specifically on this amazing contrast: he knows how ridiculous and embarrassing the Church looks before the Muslims who terrorize them when Christians in the West put more attention on games than on the martyrdom of their brothers and sisters:
…. most Christians have already been forced to flee Syria and Iraq, where the head of the Chaldean-Catholic Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, fears Christian life will eventually come to an end in the region.
“In ten years there will perhaps be 50,000 Christians left” in Iraq, he said in a statement released by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need and obtained by BosNewsLife. “Prior to 2003, this figure was about 1.2 million. Within ten years we have shrunk to a community of perhaps four to five hundred thousand faithful,” he added. [I recently did a post on the ongoing sufferings and struggles of the Chaldean Catholics in Iraq. We have to note that the United States bears direct responsibility for unleashing the forces that have led to the destruction of ancient Catholic churches and other Christian communities throughout the Mideast. From the inept Iraq war to Obama's speech in Cairo undermining the status quo in Egypt, the US has played a direct role in bringing about the destruction of Christianity in its ancient home. The effect has been so severe, so drastic, one must wonder if it was not at least somewhat intentional.]
Sako fears Iraq will soon fall apart. “At present there are three fragments of Iraq, a Sunni one, a Kurdish one and a Shiite one. The Kurds already enjoy autonomy anyway. The Shiites do as well in a sense. Now the Sunnis are following suit. Iraq will therefore be divided up.” [I would say Iraq has already fallen apart. The best hope for the Christians, who are too spread out and too few in numbers to form a cohesive, defensible country of their own, is to hope they can fall under the Kurdish area of suzerainty. The Kurds seem to be the least hostile towards Christians]
The bishop condemned Western states who he said “find football” in the current World Cup “more interesting than the situation here or in Syria
He said Western policy only pursues economic interests. “The international community should put pressure on Iraqi politicians to make them find a political solution and form a government of national unity.” [I'm afraid it was too late for that 10 years ago. Iraq, a fake nation created by French and English bureaucrats during WWI, is doomed.]
Sako views the Sunni oriented ISIL as a global security threat. The group, he added, “intends to found an Islamic state with oil wells in order to Islamize the world. I think this is a danger for all.”
There is more at Rorate, including a statement by the Primate of France Cardinal Barbarin decrying the lack of concern by Western governments for the plight of Christians in the Mideast.
But here is my question, related to the ongoing immigration disaster afflicting the United States. Where are the US bishops? Where is the USCCB? Instead of pandering constantly for totally unconstrained Hispanic immigrations, from regions far more economically stable and enduring far less severe conflict than the Mideast, why are not the US bishops calling on the US government to take ownership of what it’s broken (remember the line from Colin Powell), and allow all persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq to immigrate to the United States or other Western countries? Why do Western politicians and so many Catholic bishops fall all over themselves pretending islamic immigration to Europe and North America is a blessed thing, while ignoring the dire needs of Christians from the same region to immigrate, as well?!? They have even more cause to flee their homes than do most of the muslim immigrants?!? Must false views of interreligious relations trump all?
RELATED: Holding nothing sacred, even their own religious heritage (because, or so we have been taught, muslims revere many figures of the Old Testament and hold Jesus as the greatest prophet shy of their false Mohammad), the new caliphate destroyed the tomb of the Prophet Jonah yesterday.
And yet this is the great “religion of peace,” from which even the current pope has given no indication one must convert to be saved. In fact, he has conveyed quite the opposite
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
…..and how it relates to the collapse of Christianity in the United States, especially viz a viz the disastrous Griswold vs. Connecticutt decision. In that decision, the then incredibly liberal and anti-Christian Supreme Court found, emanating from the penumbras, a supposed “right to privacy” and the right to use contraception. That was 1965, and the tipping point for the cultural calamity we see around us:
As the person who sent this to me said:
“The US fertility rate has hit is all time low. So American culture is much worse now than when this sermon was given. 8-13 million babies are chemically aborted through abortifacient contraception in the USA. So over half of American babies are killed by mommy & daddy. The evil is not overseas but all around us. We are saturated in immorality. When God is kicked out of the schools and society, the evil will have no limit. It will be interesting how bad things will get (morally) in the next few years.
The worst chastisement is when God does nothing, when he just lets us fall. Hopefully God will act soon to stop all of the child killing and immorality”