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The US sure looks more and more like a police state December 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, horror, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I reported some time back about police in Demming, New Mexico who abused a man horribly because they were under the mistaken assumption he had hidden illegal drugs on his person.  He hadn’t, but they took him to a hospital and forced numerous cruel and dehumanizing procedures on him in order to prove they were wrong. At that time I said the cops, instead of admitting their mistake and letting the man go, kept doubling down with more and more outrageous abuses in order to try to prove his guilt.  This is not the way police should operate in a free society.

Another data point below.  A Houston-area man had his life pretty much ruined by a SWAT team that responded to a call that he might be suicidal and proceeded to beat the crud out of him.  Then, the prosecutor doubled down trying him on charge after charge, again trying to establish guilt after the fact:

Chad Chadwick has something many citizens can only covet – a spotless record.

“These cops are out of control. They are ruining good people’s lives. I am a good man. I have done everything I can to show that, as a father, as a citizen, as a worker,” said Chadwick.

But on the night of September 27th, 2011 Chadwick’s commitment to living within the law did him no good at all.

It started when a friend concerned for Chadwick’s emotional well-being called Missouri City police to Chad’s Sienna apartment where he’d been distraught, drinking and unknown to anyone, had gone to sleep in the bathtub.

A SWAT team was summoned.

“They told a judge I had hostages. They lied to a judge and told him I had hostages in my apartment and they needed to enter,” said Chadwick. [Lied to a judge so they could go play soldier and bust into someone’s house]

Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick’s firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity. [How did they know he had a gun?  Did they search the national firearms registry?  But I thought there was none?]

“While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round,” said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

“I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me,” said Chadwick.

That’s when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

“They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle,” said Chadwick.

And it wasn’t over.

“They grabbed me by the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more,” said Chadwick.

Chadwick, who hadn’t broken a single law when SWAT burst through his door, was taken to the Ft. Bend County Jail with a fractured nose, bruised ribs and what’s proven to be permanent hearing loss.

He was held in an isolation cell for two full days. [O’er the land of the free……..]

“Instead of apologizing to this man and asking let us see what we can do to help you to make you whole again, they concocted criminal charges against this man, one after another, after another,” said Quanell X who believes the prosecution of Chadwick was designed to fend off civil liability. [Of course it was.  They made up charges against him that appear preposterous so they wouldn’t get sued.  He should sue, anyway]

Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy sought to indict Chadwick on two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, but a Grand Jury said no law was broken. [You know the old saying that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich?  That’s doubly true in Texas.  So how obvious was this guy’s innocence if they couldn’t even get an indictment, let alone a conviction?]

It could have stopped there, but Healy’s prosecutors tried misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, calling more than a dozen officers to testify. Those charges were dropped as well.

A month ago, three years after the SWAT raid, a jury found Chad Chadwick not guilty of interfering with police. With tears in their eyes members of the jury offered the exonerated defendant comforting hugs.

“They tried to make me a convict. It broke me financially, bankrupted me. I used my life savings, not to mention, I lost my kids,” said Chadwick. [Uff da.  I don’t know how all this played out and there may be more to the story but basically a whole bunch of people had their lives ruined by this egregious abuse]

“This type of police abuse and excessive use of force and concoction of criminal charges against innocent people is not just happening to black people, its happening to white people too,” said Quanell X who is assisting Chadwick in getting the story of his ordeal to the media.

For Chadwick some of the damage will never be repaired.

“All I could think about is, what are my daughters going to think? My goal in life is to be a father that my kids are proud of. That’s it,” said Chadwick, a long time manager in the energy industry.

We have police at our parish because of prior threats made against it.  One of them is a really great guy, sadly, he’s retiring in days, but he converted (or reverted) to the Faith through his experiences at Mater Dei.  I know several cops that are good guys.  But there does seem to be more and more a tendency within law enforcement to use over the top amounts of force, to shoot first and use the immense and growing power of the state to find something to prosecute someone for after the fact.  One area of terrible abuse is the seeming SOP in many law enforcement agencies to shoot any dog they encounter in the line of duty on sight.  Hundreds of dogs have been killed in police raids, and sometimes just seemingly for the heck of it, because they presented a “threat” to the police.

But what do they expect a dog, or a person, to do when a group of armed, screaming, hooded men bust into their home in the middle of the night?

Law enforcement has often presented itself as being devoted to protection and service, selfless exposure to danger for the benefit of others. But more and more it seems police operate in a more military counterinsurgency manner, viewing all civilians as a deadly threat and exhibiting greater and greater willingness to put civilians in harms way for the protection of themselves.  Maybe that’s because a whole lot of LEOs have prior military experience, and thus have been engaged directly in counterinsurgency combat in the recent past.

Expect this problem to only get worse as the Leviathan grows in power and endless appetite and civil liberties become an increasingly distant memory.

 

In this crisis, it may be up to the laity? December 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the return.
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Pertinacious Papist has some interesting quotes (some of which may have come from Church Militant TV) about times of extreme crisis, and the preservation of doctrinal integrity falling on the laity.  The quotes below, and then I add a bit of text expressing my concern about relying on the laity for a “solution” to the crisis:

“I was pleased to see that some Catholic journalists and internet bloggers behaved as good soldiers of Christ and drew attention to this clerical agenda of undermining the perennial teaching of Our Lord.”
– Bishop Athanasius Schneider, speaking on the October Synod of Bishops

“It was mainly by the faithful people that Paganism was overthrown … the body of the Episcopate was unfaithful to its commission, while the body of the laity was faithful to its baptism …”- Blessed John Henry Newman, addressing what transpired during the Arian heresy of the 4th century

“Treachery like that of Nestorius is rare in the Church, but it may happen that some pastors keep silence for one reason or another in circumstances when religion itself is at stake. The true children of Holy Church at such times are those who walk by the light of their baptism, not the cowardly souls who, under the specious pretext of submission to the powers that be, delay their opposition to the enemy in the hope of receiving instructions which are neither necessary nor desirable.”
– Abbot Guéranger, commenting on the Nestorian controversy
in the 5th century, in The Liturgical Year, IV, p. 380.

I fear we are in a situation disconcertingly analogous to the Arian heresy, when the vast majority of priests and bishops embraced the heresy of Arius (save for Jerome, Athanasius, and some other great bishops).  However, from what I have read, in that heresy, and some others, either the great Mass of the people remained faithful, or there was at least some geographical redoubt which was spared from the heresy, where orthodox Catholicism was maintained by people and hierarchy alike (I refer here to the protestant revolution).

Having said that, we are faced with a much different problem today.  The vast totality of the hierarchy has seemingly fallen into severe error and even diabolical disorientation/reprobate sense, and probably even a higher percentage of the laity has, as well.  I think it very safe to say that less than 10% of the hierarchy would be regarded as orthodox if magically transmitted back in time 100 years, and probably more like 97-8% of the laity is the exact same way. Similarly, there is no geographical region where orthodox Catholicism is still intact.

And this gets to my greatest concern: how small is the faithful “Remnant?”  Who can be included in that group of still faithful souls? Does it even number a million?  If we exclude neo-Catholics and the SSPX (or, from their point of view, everyone outside the SSPX) and many others, that number must be vanishingly small, well under a million.  How can so few work a conversion on a Church and world so much larger, and so far gone?  Yes, we have (or we pray we have) God on our side, and Gideon with 300 overcame tens of thousands, but that case was basically an enormous miracle of Grace (and even still – 1 million faithful Catholics versus 6 billion lost souls are much longer odds than 300 versus 100,000).

Soooo…….if the natural odds are so enormously against us, do we just focus on prayer and God working that miracle we all long for?  But what about maintaining hope and keeping people’s spirits up? I know from experience that many souls have a profound need to feel we at least have a distant chance of seeing the Church drastically improved in orthodoxy in their lifetimes, or they fall pray to despair.  I have been told as much many times, anyway.

It’s a very difficult question.  Part of me says we should try to work for a big tent of the basically orthodoxish, including many folks we may have very strong disagreements with but who are, by and large, faithful, or at least much more faithful than the great mass of self-styled Catholics today.  But having argued a bit for that last week, I’m already feeling pretty dissatisfied with my argument and see many holes in it.  Neo-Catholics (which term I really don’t like) are a problem.  For one, they often pretend there is no crisis, or that it doesn’t include the hierarchy, or that this pope isn’t someone to be feared.

I don’t know what the answer is.  Michael Voris, God bless him, calls passionately for a “Catholic uprising” but we are so few in number, and seem to be facing massive internal pressure if not outright persecution at present.  I honestly think we will be amazingly fortunate to come through the next 5 or 10 years with the “gains” made under Pope Benedict intact.

I do not mean to sound hopeless. I do not feel hopeless.  I know that if I remain faithful, and cooperate with Grace, I may be saved and spend eternity with God in Heaven, where none of this will matter.  So I do not fret.  But I do think we face a monumental task.

And yes any great improvement in the Church would be God’s Grace working through souls.  But He has to have souls to work through, no?

Discuss, if you feel like it.

Marquette University suspends professor for upholding Catholic Doctrine December 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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Most readers have probably already written Marquette University in Wisconsin (a university in the flamboyantly heterodox and neo-pagan Jesuit “tradition”) off their lists of even remotely reputable Catholic colleges, but if you haven’t yet, you might consider doing so now.  A professor has been suspended for the grave offense of saying it is ludicrous for Marquette to allow a different professor (a radical feminist) to declare topics like sodomite marriage and gerbal worming “out of bounds” for discussion:

Marquette University, the Jesuit school in Milwaukee, has shot itself in the foot again. Weeks ago in a “Theory of Ethics” class, philosophy instructor Cheryl Abbate listed several possible topics of discussion, but said one of them –gay marriage—could not be addressed because any opposition argument would offend homosexual students, and besides society has already agreed that gays can marry. This is a strong pattern for the campus left: topics they want to talk about (e.g., the Keystone pipeline, abolishing fraternities) are discussed endlessly, even in classes where the topics have little or no relevance. But topics they don’twant discussed are banned as “already settled” or as harassment[The left could not operate without the double standards it insists upon.  Leftism is not founded on rational argument, it is founded on naked emotionalism and even more naked use of force.  Thus we don’t have an immigration “debate” in this country, we have a president who acts lawlessly and unconstitutionally by just imposing his will like a banana republic dictator.  He learned well how to operate in the hallowed halls of academia, wherein he spent most of his pre-political career accomplishing precisely nothing]

Did Marquette overrule Abbate and say that gay marriage can certainly be discussed in class?  Or that Catholic doctrine cannot be off limits at a Catholic university? Well, no. Like so many other universities, Marquette passed on the free speech issue and went after a lone professor—John McAdams–who had criticized Marquette’s woeful reaction to Abbate in his blog, “Marquette Warrior.” The next step was very predictable: Marquette suspended McAdams, said he is under investigation and banned him from the campus, without listing any charges against him.[There are no better places than today’s universities to see how leftism operates.  The same lawlessness, double-standards, and hypocrisy that we see rising in politics at the national level, are standard operating procedure at universities and have been for  years.  Fall afoul of one of the leftist apparatchiks at university, and you are finished] Presumably the unannounced charge is harassment, since the letter from Dean Richard Holz to McAdams ended with a sentence saying “I am enclosing with this letter Marquette’s harassment policy….:” McAdams then wrote: “The fact that Holz sends the ‘harassment policy’ suggests that somebody thinks that merely blogging about questionable conduct by a Philosophy instructor constitutes ’harassment.’” He adds that Marquette “has again shown itself to be timid, overtly bureaucratic and lacking any commitment either to its Catholic mission or free expression.” Yes, it has.

No kidding.  Parents – and I speak for myself, as I have children nearing that age – we have a tremendous decision on our hands determining where or under what circumstances our children may matriculate at the collegiate level.  This is not an easy decision – there are a handful of fairly orthodox Catholic colleges (but only one that is overtly traditional), and they are very expensive.  For those of us with multiple kids, private school may not be an option, and those schools don’t exactly offer degree plans that offer a strong likelihood of a quick payback of any college loans.  But state university has it’s own risks.  You’re less likely to see the Catholic Faith attacked and undermined in so many ways subtle and gross as at most Catholic schools, but there will certainly be rampant leftism, anti-religious fervor, perversion, and numerous temptations to sin.

So I don’t know.  I know some parents who have encouraged their kids to live at home and go to local universities.  There are many options in the DFW area, thankfully.  I do sort of like that idea, they can jump through the societal hoop while not having to take the huge step of living on their own in a distant and alien place. I’m not sure that’s been a good idea for a long time, especially colleges consciously forsook their role as overseers for the still very young people in their charge.  I think our kids are onboard with that idea, too.

Did you get the irony of a professor of ethics declaring criticism of perversion out of bounds? These lefties, they certainly love their rhetorical tricks.

Marquette is in Milwaukee, an archdiocese long administered by radical progressives (Weakland), so it is little surprise that the local Jesuit university would have left the Faith long ago.

 

Sign a petition to support the establishment of a TLM December 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, priests, sadness, secularism, Tradition, Virtue.
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My wife found a petition from a group of souls in Staten Island desiring the TLM, who feel their reasonable requests to have this Mass offered there have been blocked for various reasons, most having to do with an antipathy from local pastors with that form of the Mass.  This is certainly a situation many Catholics drawn to the traditional Mass and traditional practice of the Faith have experienced.  Staten Island is a long way from Manhattan.  It seems there is at present no TLM on Staten Island.  .

I present this as an act of charity to the group, knowing that some readers would be happy to support those who desire the TLM wherever they may be.  Explanation  of the need for the petition below:

The mass in the Extraordinary Form is being greatly suppressed out here in Staten Island.  As per Summorum Pontificum, written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, all faithful Catholics who wish to worship in this manner have the right to do so. We should not be marginalized or have to travel to attend a Mass we should have closer to our homes. Many priests out here have refused to have this Mass said, despite the fact that it is being requested. Some priests are saying that they do not know how to say the Mass, and need help, but are not reaching out to get that help. Some priests wish to say the Mass, but do not want to upset the parish administrators if they are “against” the Mass. 

And the actual text of the petition that will be presented, I guess, to the Archdiocese of New York:

His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and His Excellency Bishop O’Hara

Your Eminence and Your Excellency,
We the undersigned, practicing Catholics of the Diocese of New York, and supporters of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass from elsewhere, in keeping with Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, respectfully request to have the Mass of Saint John XXIII (also called the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass, the Vetus Ordo, or the Old Mass) offered at the Basilica of St. Peter or at another nearby parish on Staten Island. We request that Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite be offered on Sundays, feast days, and week days. We would also like to request establishment of a personal parish or the appointment of a chaplain for the extraordinary form of the Mass, as permitted under Summorum Pontificum. Our ultimate goal is the celebration of a High Mass (Missa Cantata or Missa Solemnis) on all Sundays and holy days, and by our signatures we commit to assisting at such celebrations on a regular basis, should they be offered.

That is a pretty large request.  Not just daily TLM, but a personal parish, which pretty much means the Fraternity or Institute coming in and administering a parish.  They might be better off starting their request for one TLM each Sunday.  I know it is their right to ask for what they are, but given the threat the TLM has been under in Manhattan already, a request like this, asking for the moon, if you will, may not be well received.

I wish them well, however.  I’ll sign the petition.  Thankfully the capitalized the m in Mass in the actual petition, the explanation, originally, did not have it capitalized.

It will be interesting to see if there is any positive response.  If so…….start a petition in your diocese?

How the “campus rape culture” meme and the UVA rape hoax got started December 16, 2014

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I have not covered what has been a huge and ongoing story in much of the secular internet: the fabricated claims of a grotesque and barbaric fraternity “rape initiation” at the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia.  Having been in a fraternity and closely associated with many of them, I knew the allegations were complete fantasies from the start. In spite of leftist-feminist fantasies to the contrary (and isn’t the psychology at work there rather revealing), fraternities, while certainly not dens of virtue, are also not the nesting grounds of psychopaths, either.  Still, how did so many people come to believe that upper-crust white male college students could be members of what basically amounted to a sociopathic cult that systematically raped and abused women?  For well over a week after its first publication, the now notorious (and completely discredited) Rolling Stone article claiming that as “fact” had been accepted unquestioningly by virtually the entire media, until a couple of bloggers started looking into some of the details and finding them false or at least questionable (at first).  Now, it is clear the entire tale was likely fabricated from stem to stern, and whatever happened to Jackie Coakley that night, it wasn’t rape, and it wasn’t at a fraternity.  It seems she even made up having a date that night, in order to try to gain the attention of another male freshman student.

We’ve also been bombarded for years now with this demonrat-leftist-elite mantra that college campuses are havens of rapine and that women are systematically abused there, with administrations involved in constant coverups.  This is laughable, anyone who has been to college knows how radically left-wing the administrations invariably are, and how eager they are to advance every left wing social project that comes along. In fact, the acceptance of virtually every college administration of this false meme is testimony to that fact.  But as Department of Justice statistics just revealed, college women are actually less likely to experience the evil of rape than those outside college, and the “1 in 5″ or even “1 in 4″ statistic President Obama and other leftists have promoted as being the “actual” rate of “sexual assault” (defined down to include things like unwanted male stares or even friendly greetings) on campus is actually 0.6%.  That is, of 1000 women on campus, 6 have actually reported sexual assault.

I believe all this effort is really about leftist kow-towing to one of its core constituencies: marxist lesbians/feminists, who are pursuing their goal of a matriarchal society in which men are distinctly second-class citizens.  That is, this “rape culture” meme is far more about hatred of males and driving even more men from college campuses with kangaroo-court proceedings that eject men from college on the most specious of accusations (that don’t even come close to resulting in actual criminal charges) in order to further increase the preponderance of women on campus (who already outnumber men 60:40).  The thinking goes, since a college education is required for entre’ into most professions and leadership positions in society, by driving men from college, eventually women will come to dominate the levers of power and matriarchy will be born.  God help us all should this plan come to fruition.

While I generally disdain conservative women who claim to be feminists (that battle being very long lost, and feminism truly being, as Robert S. McCain has shown in a book-length series of posts, dominated by marxist lesbians at its upper levels), I found the following by Christina Summers to be a quite good analysis of how this false meme has been instigated by left-wing media outlets and eager accomplices in the government and academia.  I wonder if any Repuglican elected president in 2016 – if such occurs – will have the gumption to overturn the illegal and unconstitutional Department of Education and Department of Justice “rules” that have encouraged college administrations to act as judge, jury, and executioner of male students who run afoul of an aggrieved female student:

You know, part of me actually wants to see the whole collegiate-educational complex implode.  It is so completely eaten up with radical leftism and turns out such lousy products (save for a few disciplines), and is so bloated with administration and ludicrously expensive, that I’d like to see the entire paradigm blown up.  But college education is seen as such an indispensable requirement that being brave enough to forego that hoop we’re all supposed to jump through (irrespective of the financial sense of doing so for many people) is not an easy thing.  And another part of me wants to stick it to the feminists and administrators and just pack colleges to the gills with unabashedly masculine young men.

I do think the present status quo is going to have to change, college is becoming so ludicrously expensive (even state college), and so many degrees are of such little worth in the real world, that I can’t see the current educational bubble (caused, once again, by federal involvement and distortion of economics through loans and grants) lasting much longer. Maybe the problem will take care of itself.

It really needs to die, because academia is the seed-bed, the very core, of leftism in the US and the entire West.  By controlling the levers of power in academia, leftists have managed to gain control of much of the broader culture.

Atheist vice-mayor opens city council meeting with anti-religious screed December 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, damnable blasphemy, disaster, error, foolishness, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, unadulterated evil.
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Thanks to reader D for the link.

As atheism becomes more and more militant, and more and more just another pagan religion consisting of little more than hostile antipathy towards Christianity, I suspect we can see more of this.

The vice-mayor of Lake Worth, Florida, opened a recent session of the city commission with an anti-religious screed.  He invokes satan, allah, and others to make his point.  Several members of the city commission, including the mayor, walked out prior to the screed.  Good for them, one should never voluntarily expose oneself to mocking, diabolical invective if one can avoid it:

A priest at our local traditional parish opined in a recent sermon that we have not seen such brazen embrace of rank immorality and hatred of the Church, and on such a wide scale, since Roman times.  Yes, especially in the past 500 years, there have been many poor deranged souls who become lost in immorality and then take up the banner of Church- and God-hatred, but never in such numbers, and never quite so openly, nor with such temerity.  Save for a handful of truly hate-filled extremists like Robespierre and Fouqier-Tinville, most people since the establishment of Christendom who fell into grave immorality maintained at least some semblance of shame for their acts.  But since the collapse of Christendom that began in earnest in the late 18th century and reached full bloom in the late 20th, more and more people are not just unabashedly unashamed of even the grossest perversions and cruel immoralities, they often positively bask in them and hold them up as positive goods, like this pathetic soul above.

Well, this is what happens when satan is utterly unleashed and he and his demons take over the lives of millions.  There is nothing short of a massive intervention of Grace that can bring such people back from their course of self-destruction.

Presented as yet another datapoint in the ongoing collapse.

So do you think perverse bakeries reciprocate on tolerance for Christians? December 15, 2014

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Anyone who has paid even the slightest bit of attention to the implications of the sodo-marriage agenda for Christians have known that, of all places, bakeries and bed n’ breakfasts have often been on the frontline of this persecution.  Bakeries and those charming little Victorian BnBs tend to play a role in weddings, even fake ones.  And Christian ownership of those businesses has led to all kinds of problems when those with perverse inclinations come calling to celebrate their “commitment” (monogamy note required) and want a not-wedding cake or want to book a room at a bed and breakfast.  We have seen that, in these cases, and depending on the state, the Christian’s rite not to endorse blatantly immoral activity is often trumped by elusive “rights” held by certain favored groups.  “Tolerance” for perversion is held to trump the Christian’s right to practice their faith in accordance with their conscience.

So some Christians (not Catholic) decided to see if turnabout would be fair play.  If sodomite activists demand Christians to violate their consciences in pursuit of the almighty “virtue” of (false) tolerance, would sodomites and their allies reciprocate in this deification of tolerance?  Exactly, it is to laugh:

So Shoebat.com called some 13 prominent bakers who are pro-gay and requested that they make a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words “Gay marriage is wrong” placed on the cake. Each one denied us service, and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said that she would make me a cookie with a large phallus on it. We recorded all of this in a video that will stun the American people as to how militant and intolerant the homosexual agenda is…….

And you can go to the link and watch the videos if you want to even more evidence of what you already know: tolerance is just a club used by those favored by the marxist left to beat opposition into submission, and is rarely, if ever, reciprocated.

More:

If anyone who objects saying that our request for the cake was hateful, this is exactly the type of thing the homosexual activists do to Christian bakeries when they use the state to coerce them to make a cake with an explicitly anti traditional marriage slogans on it.

Well, to turn it against them, we asked for an explicitly anti-homosexual marriage cake. Here is a video showing homosexual activists in Ireland trying to use the state to force a Christian bakery to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan for a pro-gay marriage event…..

…….The homosexual activist in this video said you can’t choose who you serve, as though he is taking a purely objective position, but when we ask for an anti-gay marriage cake, all of a sudden the saying of “you can’t choose who you serve,” does not apply to us.

Of course.  Because it’s not about fairness.  It’s not about what’s right.  It’s not about what’s good for children or the culture or the country or anything else. It’s about the Western left and its allied elites, thoroughly informed by the cultural marxism of Antonio Gramsci, working a slow revolution on the culture to achieve their end of an ultimately marxist state.  As marxists have long recognized, if you want to work a revolution, the place to start is by destroying the family.  That is why in the Soviet Union, abortion, divorce, state endorsement of serial fornication, etc., were all instituted within just a few months or years of the October Revolution.  After the Soviet state was safely established and it became apparent that massive problems were occurring due to the state-sanctioned immorality (for instance, gangs of feral children abandoned by their parents roaming major Soviet cities in their thousands), Stalin and later Khrushchev reigned in some of the more egregious policies.

That’s just one reason why I have long maintained that this sodomite agenda will be the vehicle of the persecution.  Another major reason is within these poor lost souls themselves, they need both constant affirmation and a complete inoculation from any criticism, that they will to any lengths to achieve those ends.  Thus, they are relentless.  They will never stop until even the last Christian publicly apostasizes – if they are allowed to get to that point.

Volpi’s excuse for FI persecution?: they were trying to “overthrow” Pope Francis December 12, 2014

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Zuh?!?  There is a long post at Eponymous Flower from a German source (and I have to say, as much as I appreciate Tancred for posting these German items, the translation in this case is almost impenetrable) regarding the ongoing sufferings of the Franciscans of the Immaculate.  The report indicates that the FI matter has become something of a tug of war between elements of the Italian Episcopal Conference, with those favorably disposed towards the FIs asking increasingly penetrating questions of the apostolic administration put in place by Pope Francis in summer 2013.  Tied in with this matter is that the Italian Conference seems to be rebelling more and more from Francis’ heavy hand – his preferred candidate for the position of Vice President of the Conference, Archbishop Forte, the same prelate that Francis, or someone very close to him, had write the very troubling midterm “Relatio” of the Synod, was just roundly trounced in the voting for that position.  Forte lost 70-30, which is somewhere beyond blowout and well into embarrassment territory.

This struggle has apparently spilled over into the media, and includes the use of proxies.  The German report mentions that there has been an ongoing war of words between an Italian website pretty closely associated with some of the “rebellious” bishops, and another blog which is seen as a mouthpiece for Msgr. Volpi, current overseer of the FIs.  The war of words was also played out in some Italian newspapers with columnists generally seeming to side with the “rebellion,” and against the current administration of the FIs, which appears unjust and even cruel to almost all observers.  More and more searching questions were being asked by various sites, demanding to know why the FIs were receiving such severe treatment, why Volpi found it necessary to approach – some have even implied threats – various bishops at recent Conference meetings, warning them not to incardinate former FI priests, and why the responses they receive make less and less sense.  This process culminated with the following exchange, as reported by the German site Katholisches:

This exacerbates the issues that have already found no satisfactory answer: “Why this harshness up to this day, that  neither the reasons for the provisional administration were explained about this blooming Order in the Summer of 2013, nor a time frame for the provisional government?” [meaning, when would the draconian administration end?]

The official internet site which is controlled by the Commissioner of the Order  offers no help to find answers to the open questions. Helpful on the other hand, is a blog that says of himself, is close to Commissioner Volpi.  The blog describes itself “in accordance with the provisional administration of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate” and published an arid  invective against the article by Matteo Matzuzzi.

In another entry from November 17, however, the anonymous blogger explained why Commissioner Volpi is so “concerned” that no Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate be incardinated in dioceses: “The very purpose of seeking incardination seems clear: it is about the creation of a platform, perhaps off shore, like the Archdiocese of Lipa in the Philippines and a Catholic minority diocese as in England, for the consecrated priests  and former seminarians of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate to newly gather in the hope of a revolution against the current management of the universal Church.

I sure wish the translation were better.  The blog being qouted in the last paragraph is seen as being basically an anonymous mouthpiece for Msgr. Volpi and the rump leadership of the FIs currently in place.  If so, this comment is both bizarre and potentially quite revealing.  There is a great deal of inside baseball in the article which the translation makes it difficult to wrap one’s head around, so take this for what you will, but if there is some thinking that the FIs somehow represented an existential threat to this pontificate on the part of the current oversight team, one must wonder how or why they would think that?  It speaks to a certain ideological rigidity and utter unwillingness to countenance any threat to that ideology -even from a formerly vibrant but still quite small, in the grand scheme of things, religious order – and the use of any means to stamp it out.

But given the translation difficulties with the article and the convoluted path it traces, I tend not to take this too seriously, although it is another datapoint to file away.  More may be revealed that either makes the above clear as just some foolishness from an anonymous blogger (and we all know how foolish they can be), or that shows this is only the tip of the iceberg.  Time will tell.  For now, for those with an appetite for such inside baseball, it’s just one of those little instances of often covert Church politics coming to the surface.

 

Pope Francis gives a surprising account on the Extraordinary Synod on the Family….. December 11, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, huh?, Papa, persecution, secularism, silliness, Society, SOD, the return.
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Rorate linked to the CNS video below of a recent pronouncement made by Pope Francis regarding the Synod.  The account given below is in marked contrast to numerous reports – including those of a good number of participants – of a Synod that featured angry arguments and a literal rebellion against the radical changes the Synod organizers (which, it must be said, certainly included the Pope) wanted to introduce.  One might find some of the below incredible:

“Not one intervention questioned the fundamental truths of the sacrament of matrimony, not one, namely – indissolubility, unity, fidelity, and openness to life. This was not touched.

Some might ask, ‘Father, did not some of the bishops fight?’  I wouldn’t say fight, but they did speak strongly, that is true.  This is the freedom that exists in the church.

Everything happened with Peter and under Peter, that is, in the presence of the pope, who is a guarantee of all, of freedom and trust, and a guarantee of orthodoxy”

Those are certainly interesting statements.  One might wonder why the Pope felt it necessary to issue this clarification?  And how can the mid-term “Relatio,” the most controversial and upsetting portions of which were forcibly included in the final report of the first part of the Synod by the Pope, be squared with the statement that not one of the fundamental truths of the Sacrament of Matrimony was questioned?  There seems to be some radical division being expressed here, between allegedly pastoral actions that many fear will have the effect of obliterating Doctrine, and some kind of formal act taken to reverse or destroy that Doctrine. But I think many orthodox Catholics see that distinction as false.  Belief and practice – orthodoxy and orthopraxis – are inseparably linked.  One cannot allow in practice actions that have the effect of  undermining or even contradicting sacred beliefs held by the entire Church throughout Her history.

With regard to the final sentence – is it a correct understanding of Doctrine to assume that simply because some event in the Church occurs in the presence of the Pope, that is a total guarantee of orthodoxy at that event?  Can we not recall especially the first two Assisi conferences as troubling contraindications of this assumption?  What are the doctrinal implications of this assumption?  Does this not represent a strong potential for a massive widening of the very narrow infallibility protections possessed by a Pope when he speaks Ex Cathedra to define Doctrine for the universal Church?

Feeling the heat?  As Rorate notes, last week’s Papal interview featured some rather surprising statements regarding Cardinal Burke’s situation, and now this.

History indicates that Catholics must organize and fight for their rights against left-wing cultural oppression December 10, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, foolishness, disaster, Papa, episcopate, Virtue, Tradition, persecution, error, true leadership, reading, manhood, paganism.
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I have just about finished Fr. Bernard O’Reilly’s Life of Pope Leo XIII.  Interestingly, this book was published in 1886, only 8 years into Pope Leo’s pontificate.  Perhaps Fr. O’Reilly did not imagine Pope Leo would continue as pontiff for another 17 years!  He is the most long-lived pope in history.

The portion of the book I excerpt below deals with the situation facing the Church in France during the 1880s.  France was horribly riven and disfigured by the revolution.  A sizable portion of the populace fell into leftist errors and became inveterate enemies of the Church.  Whenever the liberals, so-called, gained power, the Church was persecuted to varying degrees.  The course of the 19th century for the Church in France was a constant see-saw between governments either highly hostile, or highly favorable, to the interests of the Church and the conduct of the Faith.  However, in 1885 a very antagonistic government was elected, primarily due to divisions among the large majority of still faithful French Catholics.  That new government unleashed the worst persecution the Church had yet seen in France, in some respects even worse than the original French Revolution. The government re-seized all Church property, banished religious orders (especially the Jesuits – it is amazing how far they have fallen), refused to pay priest’s salaries, and generally sought to crush the Church out of existence.  That the government was dominated by radical Church-hating masons should not be surprising.

Fr. O’Reilly sums up the situation facing France in 1885, which has eerie echoes of our own country in the early years of the 21st century.  There is much wisdom to be gleaned below.  One of the main points made by Fr. O’Reilly, is that this persecution came to pass because the faithful Catholics spent more time fighting each other than they did their inveterate enemies inside and outside the Church.  I see much the same happening today, and it is something I hope and pray we will see much less of.  With the Church in such an utter state of crisis, all those who hold a more or less orthodox point of view should be coming together and fighting our common enemies, rather than engaging in the constant circular firing squads.  Posting attacks on fellow, predominately faithful Catholics (even if we think they err on one point or another) may be great for traffic, but it only plays into the hands of the enemy of us all:

Nothing could arrest the progress of the decatholicizating spirit in France – nothing but the fear of a civil war.  Of this, however, there was no danger.  The Catholics – the nominal Catholics, at least – allowed every constitutional agency for asserting their own will to be taken from them by their determined, sleepless, unscrupulous, and energetic enemies.  The public offices, from the highest to the lowest in the state, the ballot box, the parliamentary representation, the army and navy – all was taken away from them by degrees, and that because they lacked union and organization.  [And, at least partly, leadership. While the French episcopate did challenge the evil acts of the government, they did not lead in organizing a firm, united resistance. They, too, were too riven with division to lead a cohesive response.  Does that not sound quite a bit like or situation today?  But ours is even worse, for the large majority of self-described Catholics are gone over to the side of the opponents of the Faith, and even most of the leadership of the Church is either too lost in error, too self-interested, or too far gone to the side of radicalism themselves to be interested in helping form a cohesive response.  If a response is to be made, if we are to fight the rapid slide of the culture into anti-Christian pogroms and the rankest immorality, the laity shall have to lead the fight themselves.  I have suggested many times that the only power the laity have is the power of the purse, but it seems few are comfortable being more selective in what elements of the Church the monetarily support]

It is one of the saddest spectacles of modern times to see thirty million French Catholic citizens virtually disenfranchised, oppressed, and deprived of their most precious religious liberties by a small minority, because they did not know how to forget their political dissentiments, to unite like one man to assert their rights, and to use every means allowed by the constitution and by conscience to withstand the usurpations of a godless minority.  [We do not have like numbers today. While there are ~65 million nominal Catholics in the United States today, the number who accept all the Church believes and could be counted as truly orthodox and faithful might be 10% of that number, at most.  We are severely outnumbered by the godless at present]

What is most saddening in this condition of a nation which had played so glorious a part in Christendom is to see the downward progress of Socialism and Anarchism keep a steady pace with the legislative and administrative measures which, step by step, dechristianize every one of the public institutions of France, [Or the United States, and which constantly foist more and more offensive immoralities on all of us] and bring the Church within the jurisdiction of a republic in many respects worse than the one of 1794-5.…..

…..It was for the French Catholics themselves, constituting the great mass of the nation……to come together, to take counsel, as they did in Germany at the approach of danger. [This refers to the effective organization of German Catholics against the kulturkampf instituted by Bismarck in the early 1870s] It behooved them in presence of the enemy to forget all private or local differences, all party feuds…….and to remember only that they were Catholics.  It behooved them, speaking in the name of a Catholic nation, to draw up a declaration of their religious rights……..which should commend itself to all civilized men in the world in favor of full religious liberty and the sacred laws which guard the family, the home, the school, and the Church.

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I do not want to be misunderstood. I am not saying that the differences between, say, a Dr. Jeff Mirus and a John Vennari are trivial.  There are very important differences.  I would even say that people like Mirus, Barron, and most of the Patheos writers believe or at least publicly profess some quite problematic things. They would probably say the same about Vennari and quite possibly yours truly.  The vast majority of these types of conservative Catholics, if that is the right term, seem unable or unwilling to recognize the crisis in the Faith.  But that is not my concern in this post.

I strive not to go to war with people I identify as being basically on the side of right.  I may disagree with Dr. Mirus’ jumbled logic in trying to reconcile aspects of Guadium Et Spes with the preceding Magisterium, but I probably agree with him on 95% or more of matters related to the Faith.  I have to wonder if constantly whittling down the number of “faithful” to basically me and my tribe is an effective strategy in opposing the ongoing cultural collapse and rising persecution?  Are some of these circular firing squads really about formulating an effective response to both internal and external threats to the Faith, or are they more about assuring ourselves that we and our tribe are the sole possessors of all the Truth?

I may not be expressing myself very well, what I am trying to say is that, compared to what is going on in the world, the differences between various types of relatively faithful Catholics are quite small. I am not saying “go be like neo-Catholics.”  But I am saying, in facing existential external threats to the Faith and a rising persecution, should there not be room to put aside some of our differences and work together against the common threat?  They did not do so in France in the 1880s, when Catholics were in the strong majority, and the result was disaster.  Now, we are a tiny minority.  Will we respond in the same manner?

 

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