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Jihad comes to Oklahoma September 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, rank stupidity, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, unadulterated evil.
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Is there any coincidence, that mere days after a satanic black mass was held in Oklahoma City, a woman – a complete stranger – was beheaded in yet another case of “sudden jihad syndrome” in nearby Moore?  I think we would be wise not to discount the possible connection:

Police are charging a man accused of beheading a woman at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Okla.

The Moore Police Department says charges filed against Alton Alexander Nolen will include first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Law enforcement will officially file the paperwork in the District Attorney’s office Monday.

Alton Nolen is also accused of stabbing another woman before being shot himself by an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy, Mark Vaughan, who is also the company CEO.

Nolen, a recent convert to Islam, allegedly attacked a woman Thursday at a Vaughan Foods processing plant, soon after he learned he’d lost his job there.

Police said he walked into the front office and attacked one of the first people he encountered, Colleen Hufford, 54.

He severed her head with a knife and then attacked 43-year-old Traci Johnson.

Johnson has been released from the hospital after being treated for numerous wounds.

Nolen, 30, was interviewed by investigators on Friday. Police have not revealed what he said.

The FBI said there are no indications linking Thursday’s attack to terrorism……… [Of course not!  Beheading random people is just your normal, everyday murder!  There isn't a prominent muslim group in the world trying to terrorize a vast region into submission using beheadings and similar terror tactics, including against children!]

……..The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after converting to the religion himself.

Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.

No, it’s not. The FBI is involved to try to hush-up and intimidate all involved to drop any notion that this man’s religious belief had anything to do with the crime. Even though his Facebook was pasted with tributes to jihadis, he had very vocally converted to islam in prison, and he had been proselytizing his co-workers for some time, and to such a degree that he had to be fired.  But nothing to see here, move along!

I tell you, our government has rapidly devolved into a situation where coverups and constant lies are the standard operating procedure, all at the service of the agenda of the entrenched elites. By that, I do not just mean the present administration, but most of the bureaucracy from the local to the federal level, which seems to have gone whole hog over the past 10-15 years into being little more than taxpayer-funded agents of leftism.

This is a joke.

Regarding the mosque where Nolen was apparently radicalized, or further radicalized, no, nothing to see here:, yet again

went to the same mosque the Oklahoma Muslim who beheaded his co-worker today. I live ten minutes away!

The Imam was Imad Enchassi the last I heard. He was a friend of mine. He is a Lebanese-born Sunni who hates Israel. He once gave a sermon that the Israelis were trying to collapse al-Aqsa mosque by digging tunnels underneath it. They have no issue with Palestinian suicide bombings because, as it was explained to me, that is the only weapon the Palestinians have.

They sold Milestones in the book shop while I was there, which as you know calls for replacing all non-Islamic governments with Islamic ones. I remember listening to a tape a friend of mine, Yahya Graff, another white convert to Islam, had that prayed for the destruction of Israel and America.

The imam when I first converted, Suhaib Webb, is hailed as a moderate by liberals in the United States but he was the one that explicitly told me that according to Islam, three choices are to be given to non-Muslims: convert, pay the jizyah tax and live under Islamic rule, or jihad.

I’m sure that’s just your average run of the mill radicalism for Saudi- and Emirate-funded mosques.  So how common is this?

Perhaps becoming more so:

In a bizarre coincidence, a fired Oklahoma City nursing home employee was arrested Friday after a co-worker reported he threatened to cut her head off.

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million…….

……..Muriithi was identified as a native of Kenya who is living in Oklahoma City. He worked at Bellevue Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City, police reported………

……She said Muriithi identified himself as a Muslim and said he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians,” the detective told a judge in the affidavit. The two had not worked together before…….

…….The FBI said Friday about the tragedy in Moore that there is no current indication of any additional threat to residents of Oklahoma related to that incident. [Well, that statement could be true, if you steadfastly refuse to recognize reality.  Once again, it's all about perception and perceived threats to the leftist agenda, so nothing to see here. The more these events are so obviously related to the false religion of islam, the more the relation has to be denied.]

 Our government has become an utter joke. There are banana republics looking down on us now.  I guess this is what comes from having a muslim president.

Everything is upside down.  Having babies is bad (global warming), but sodomy good.  Humility means ostentatious displays of false simplicity.  Marriage is for sodomites, while heterosexuals don’t even bother anymore.  Thus, the world, absent the saving balm of Jesus Christ and His Church.  It is Kafka-esque madness.

On the upside, martyrdom atones enormously for sin, so we’ve got that going for us.

Bishops who promote error, cave to culture just covering their own sins? September 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the return.
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That is the message conveyed by two very important, if incredibly disquieting, recent posts on Rorate. The posts consider the forced resignation of British bishop Kieran Conry for having carried on, it is reported, multiple affairs with women, some of them married, over the past several years.  While he says such incidents “only” started six years ago, I judge that highly unlikely – he has probably never taken his vow of celibacy seriously in the slightest.  And what is worse, as a lawsuit being filed in England seeks to prove, the hierarchy in England and probably all the way to Rome well knew this man was not only conducting multiple affairs, but often with women already married!  How many marriages has he helped destroy?  How many children’s lives have been irrevocably ruined by his out of control libido and those of the slatterns he’s dallied with?  And this is a supposed successor to the Apostles?  How many like him are there?

As Rorate notes below, when bishops refuse to teach the Truth, or, even more disturbingly, suddenly turn tail in the face of the culture and become a public opponent of Church Doctrine, as we have seen some very highly placed bishops do, of late, it almost certainly means something very, very bad:

This collapse of Bishops’ moral position, their personal moral position, is a tumor destroying the credibility of the Church from the inside and from all sides. When a bishop (or priest) who certainly knows better says something bizarre and completely outside Catholic Tradition, or begins to waver when faced with secularism, Catholic faithful should increasingly ask themselves the questions:

Is the bishop speaking for himself, or is he speaking on behalf of those blackmailing him? Is there truly such thing as a “moderate” bishop, or is he being “moderated” by the enemies of the Church out of fear that his duplicitous behavior will be revealed?  

Rorate notes the following comments by this disgraced former bishop:

‘It has been difficult keeping the secret,’ he told the Mail. ‘In some respects I feel very calm. It is liberating. It is a relief. I have been very careful not to make sexual morality a priority [in his sermons]. I don’t think it got in the way of my job, I don’t think people would say I have been a bad bishop. But I can’t defend myself. I did wrong. Full stop.’

Rorate has commentary here, but I’ll interject my own.  What self-serving tripe.  What unmitigated gall.  He has been caught performing acts of wanton immorality, of conducting himself in a completely shameful manner (even if most people, in these shameful days, do the same), and his only concern is his own relief?  And then he trumpets the fact that he has helped undermine Catholic Doctrine precisely because of his utter unfaithfulness and seeming happiness to continue in sin?  Has he sworn off any of these “relationships” (I doubt they rise even to that level)?  Has he evidenced true remorse for the scandal he has caused not just the faithful of Arundel and Brighton, but the entire Church? Not to my knowledge.  This man evidences absolute no sorrow over the scandal he has caused and the sins he has committed, he is sorry because he has been caught.  And, sir, by definition, you are not just a bad bishop, you are a demoniacal one.  

Picking up with Rorate again:

When, regarding any point of doctrine, but in particular sexual morality and marriage, you see a bishop who is speaking less about it, or less often, or is distorting it, or hiding or criticizing those points he dislikes, or calling it old-fashioned, or dismissing its relevance, or who suddenly turns away from his formerly courageous modus operandi when feeling the pressure of secular activists, watch out. [As in the case of Cardinal Dolan, perhaps?  Or Bishop Tobin?  Or Bishop Armand Ochoa?  Or Bishop Robert Lynch?  I could go on for quite some time]
This means a lot.
 
A lot.
IT MEANS A LOT.
……..This sad episode is relevant in itself, but also as a powerful symbol of a global problem — a grave warning to all the Catholic faithful, a fundamental breach of trust in the very core of the transmission of the Truth that is the very reason for the Apostolic Succession, a wound that can hardly be repaired afterwards. How many souls are thus lost?
Well, if you are one of many priests and bishops who believe steadfastly, contrary to all evidence from Scripture and Tradition, that All Dogs Go To Heaven, then you probably don’t much believe in Dogmas like the reality that many souls are damned to hell for all eternity.  It certainly makes being both an apostate and a manifest grave sinner much more convenient.  And note the tight relationship between the two: as Saint Thomas Aquinas and several other great Saints have said, heresy is almost always rooted in grave personal sin.  The heresy comes about to cover up for the soul’s inability to eschew grave sin, especially sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments.
But I fear Rorate is right – when bishops (or priests) suddenly start acting screwy, if they suddenly equivocate where they didn’t before, or are one of the many who simply refuse to proclaim the full Truth, especially regarding those sins which have come to be commonplace among the great majority of the faithful, WATCH OUT!  There might be some hideous scandal coming down the road, sooner rather than later.  And I have the understanding that there might be many more revelations of such scandals in the next few months or years.

This matter brings to mind a questions regarding that most toilsome of terms: “full communion.”  As in, are the individuals in the hierarchy who have been aware of his numerous infidelities for years in “full communion?”  What about all those bishops who preach error, ore refuse to teach difficult truths?  Is “full communion” so reductive as to mean nothing more than not doing something the Pope tells you to not to do, or vice versa?  Everything else is up for discussion? This is not to argue the point of view of the SSPX, this is a question of vital relevance for every Catholic striving to be faithful.

A final thought: Yes, former Bishop Conry is very deserving of prayers.  As are those women who knowingly  (or, doubtfully, unknowingly) aided in the corruption of a priest/bishop.  And we must always bear in mind our own sins, which, for some of us, might even exceed those of Bishop Conry.  But at the same time, we are discussing Doctrine, duty, and the manifest failure of the vast majority of bishops in these key elements of their apostolates.  This is a matter that goes beyond mere personal failings or judging individual sin* and extends to the core reasons for the crisis in the Church.  I shan’t apologize for taking a hard line on that.

Speaking of, another hint from “Boney” (what’s his name?!?  Help me out!), who lives in this afflicted Diocese (we, in Dallas, know how you feel), that there have been indicators for some time that things were far from right with former bishop Conry:

Whenever I met him he was kind, warm, interested in us and courteous, though I was a bit taken aback when he asked if we “really believed all that stuff” about Marian apparitions and sites of Marian pilgrimage. I got the impression he did not understand people’s devotion to Our Lady and the Saints, nor those who genuflected towards the Tabernacle and knelt for Holy Communion. 

My emphasis.  The great Moral Doctor Saint Alphonsus tells us that the lack of a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother is a moral, if not absolute, sign of pending damnation.  Or, more accurately, he says that a great devotion to the Blessed Mother is morally, if not absolutely, necessary for salvation. And he quotes other great Saints and theologians in his defense.

So perhaps there is no great mystery in former Bishop Conry’s fall, and the whole scandal. It all has to do with the widespread lack of respect and devotion given to Our Lady, Mother of God and Mother of the Church.

Our Lady, pray for Bishop Conry, the women, all those who knew and said nothing, and for all of us poor, weak, sinful souls.  Beg Your Son to have mercy on us!

* – Having said that, perhaps more judgmentalism, and more repercussions for such scandalous acts, might result in fewer people committing them?  Is that not how shunning in polite society used to work, before Western Civilization morally collapsed?

Below, “Lady Conry,” chosen over another Lady (via Daily Smail):

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Those who purport to love God must not fear men September 26, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, martyrdom, persecution, priests, sanctity, secularism, Society, Virtue.
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Some excellent commentary from Fr. Carota.  He outlines the beliefs Catholics must hold which will get us chastised – and possibly severely – by the dominant, fallen culture (emphasis in original):

Jesus warns us very clearly what will happen when we follow Him.   “Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’ s sake.  Be glad in that day and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For according to these things did their fathers to the prophets.”  Luke VI: 22-23

Everyone who truly loves and fears God will be persecuted.  This especially takes place when:

1) Out of love for God’s Catholic Church you criticize or point out what has happened in the Church since Vatican II. [Emperors hate being told of their nakedness]

2) When you bring up your love for the Latin Mass because of its sacredness and rubrics that protect Jesus’ Body and Blood that have been removed from the New Mass. [Don't tell Fr. Tedeger that!]

3) When you attempt to stop women from offending God by dressing immodestly at Church and on the streets.  Our Lady at Fatima said it very clearly: “Certain fashions will be introduced which will offend My Son very much.”  These people will happily offend God to not offend people[I actually took part in a discussion on this last night.  The dominant view at our local Latin Mass parish is that such corrections should be left to a priest.  Fr. Carota is certainly a priest, but also seems to take a more activist stand on this kind of correction.  It is very hard to do.  And any such correction must be done with great tenderness and charity.  But is Fr. Carota's more activist view worth consideration?]

4) Stand up for the indissolubility of the sacrament of marriage between a man and a woman.

5) Condemn homosexuality. [To my mind, the vehicle by which persecution may (will?) come.]

6) Correct those living together before sacramental marriage.

7) Speak up against the murder of pre born babies and pray at abortion mills.

8) Remind Catholics that they are forbidden to use any birth control, have an IUD inserted or have any operation that sterilizes, like a vasectomy or tubal ligation. [People surely do not like to be told of their sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments]

I have brought these subjects up many times.  But I am doing it again precisely to remind us that we are in this very short life, we make sure that everything we do, say or write is only done to please God and not offend Him.

People come and go, are born and die.  One day they are your best friend, and the next day they are your worst enemy.  You may be very popular today and tomorrow the laugh of the town.  Again Jesus says it very strongly: “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”  Luke 6: 26.

All the prophets and saints were despised in this world by the worldly.

————-End Quote————-

I am just about out of time, but there is also a corollary to what Father points out above: if we fail in many of our duties to proclaim the Faith, we may receive many rewards, or at least lead a much more comfortable life. Has that not been the “trade,” or even the surrender, the Church has made, in order to gain cultural acceptance?  Was that not the driving force behind much of the desire for “aggiornamento” and all that followed?

If only…….Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI demands reinstatement as pope September 26, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, silliness, Society, the return.
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As only Eye of the Tiber could possibly report:

According to reports today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is seeking the chair of his pontificate months after his resignation. The news has sent shock waves around the world.

Vatican spokesman Fr. Vitateli Devitiamani told EOTT that, “He came for a dinner as scheduled and then proceeded to return to his old living quarters. That wouldn’t be a problem, since His Holiness Pope Francis chose to live elsewhere, the room is open. However, once we asked him where he was going, he simply said, ‘I’m back,’ then proceeded to put his sunglasses on even though we were inside.”

Sources say that the next morning, he walked down the hall asking for his valet and his red Prada shoes, and was overheard asking an adviser to “get Burke on the line.”

This comes 19 months after his official resignation from the Holy See.

Well…….stranger things have happened.  And I strongly suspect there will be a book written on the events of early 2013 in the Vatican someday, and it will be a barn-burner.

A most pre-conciliar commentary on the idol of democracy September 25, 2014

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There is a great conceit held by many Americans and other Westerners; that democracy, whatever reality it has even in our own country, is the only acceptable form of government for not just advanced nations, but for peoples everywhere.  A veritable cult has grown up regarding notions such as popular sovereignty, the will of the people, representative government, and all the rest. Surely, there are arguments to commend this very Anglo-American system, but there are also powerful arguments against.  For one thing, what may be suited – but perhaps far form ideal – for some nations under certain favorable circumstances, may harbinge death for peoples in other places and times.  Such was the commentary of Father Bernard O’Reilly in his biography of Pope Leo XIII, commenting on the foisting of democracy, often  unwittingly, on Catholic peoples in Europe after the catastrophe of the French Revolution. I thought there were some edifying points below, perhaps you will agree:

The political quacks who think that the constitutional forms which suit the English race at home or in the United States ought also to suit Belgium, or France, or Spain, or Italy, forget that the institutions of of a country are the natural growth and outcome of a people’s habits and social life.  Where, as in Great Britain and in the American Union., the form of government, with the laws and the judiciary, has ever been a part of the people’s existence, it needs no political education to train the masses to the knowledge and exercise of their political rights.  They are matters of course, as familiar to the farmer in the country as his implements and methods of agriculture; as handy to the craftsman in the cities as the rules and practice of his trade.  How different among the Latin nations of Continental Europe and their offshoots was the use of the suffrage, whether open or secret, in electing to municipal or national offices!  What a farce the ballot was from the beginning, and is still in countries we might name! [And is, perhaps, becoming in this country?  Or has already become?]  And what oppression is practiced, in the name of liberty and under the sham of constitutional forms, by peoples among whom anti-Christian teachings destroy the religious and moral sense, with the elementary and essential ideas of individual right, making what they call free government the most hideous intolerance and the downright and unrestrained proscription of all opinions, convictions, and acts which differ from their own false and narrow notions!  [So true, as I think we can see in our own country more and more today, where the rights of minorities, especially religious minorities, and even more, Catholic minorities, are dashed upon the altar of “tolerance” – except for us and our beliefs!  Thus, every kink, every perversion, is held to trump the most dearly and deeply held Christian convictions.  And never forget, the most repressive countries in history, like the Soviet Union, had constitutions full of flowery language about rights, the power of the people, and all the rest – as they crushed the people, and especially the Church, under an iron boot!  

……….Belgium, Catholic Belgium, became especially the paradise of the occult force, not of the purely or professed benevolent and kindly associations which go by different names wherever the English language prevails, but of those bodies of conspirators against Church and State, against the entire social order inherited from the Christendom of the past, who are the legal and legitimate descendants of the masons and their illuminism.  English and American societies long and blindly refused to acknowledge the evidence offered them that this occult force on the Continent of Europe, as well as in Spanish and Portuguese America, was a vast and mighty conspiracy against God.  [This paragraph compares the differences between the relatively benign practice of mason in the Anglosphere, and the dark, even occult, conspiracies of the Lodge in the Latin countries, always directed at usurping the Church and seeing Her demise.  Of course, the masons in the Anglosphere did not have to trouble themselves to achieve the idol of "religious liberty" in England, the US, and other countries, as the triumph of protestantism in those lands, from long ago, made such efforts unnecessary.  But they gave much willing help to radical masonic elements in Mexico and other countries struggling to destroy the Church.  They have been all too successful.]

……..the battle…..has been fought from the beginning, between the supporters of Christianity, the advocates of a thorough religious education, on the one hand, and the conspirators against religion, who wanted to get possession of the youth and extinguish in their souls all knowledge or all love of the ancient faith of Christendom.

…...we in America are beginning to see that the public school system was from the first open to two serious and unanswerable objections. It levied a heavy tax on those who objected conscientiously to schools where no religion whatever was taught, [Aye, and I must pay handsomely to see others taught dread errors and be led down the wide path of destruction] and refused to grant any share of the school fund to denominations who insisted on a religious teaching in their schools; [No longer entirely true, at least at the federal level.  And how was that achieved?  Some very cogent criticisms argue that Church schools were only judged acceptable for federal funding when they became so thoroughly secularized and indifferent to our Faith that they were no longer seen as problematic from the reigning secular point of view.  The refusal to teach Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus figures prominently in such arguments] and it tended practically (as it has now, confessedly, ended in doing) to turn out young men and women indifferent to all religious principle and practice – men and women all the more dangerous to the community that their trained intellect and acquired knowledge are a terrible agency in the service of their passions, whereas no fear of God is there to restrain them from evil courses or to encourage them to well-doing.

Besides, in a country like the United States, where so many sects exist side by side, with equal rights before the law, [a foundational error in its own right] if the majority must decide the school question like all others of public importance, the minority must perforce submit.  Still, that minority will deem it oppression to be taxed for an institution which they cannot approve of or profit by without violating their conscience…….. [Sadly, the vast majority of Catholics no longer deem it a violation of conscience to have their children taught, or they themselves, the dreadest of errors.  And for all the world, it appears our leadership has simply exited the struggle, proclaiming the world and its errors right all along, does it not?]

……..Yet the English-speaking world, through its organ, the public press, has invariably sided with the tyrannical majority, and h eld up the struggles of Catholics to educate their children according to the Faith as the battle of the ignorant and intolerant fanaticism against the enlightenment, intellectual progress, and modern civilization.

And the struggle still goes on……in the year 1887.  It is still the contest between two antagonistic and diametrically opposed forces, that of religion on the one hand and that of irreligion on the other, for the possession of education, the mightiest means ever devised for the moral elevation or the utter destruction of the human race.

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So, one hundred and twenty seven years long, who, does it appear, won that battle, at least to this point?  It might also be asked, which side has decided to entirely give up the fight and surrender to the dominant culture, with its conceits of “enlightenment” and “reason,” which are really darker, and more ignorant, than any ideology since Christianity gained ascendancy 1700 years ago?

Something, perhaps, to ponder this weekend.

The boundless effrontery and childish tantrums of Church progressives September 25, 2014

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Father Michael Tegeder is an extremely left wing priest in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul.  He has always been in the most progressive wing of the Church, hailing from the wildly heretical (and haven for boy rapists) Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville. He has been waging a one man war against the fairly orthodox Archbishop John Nienstedt for years.  He has continued to agitate over what seem to me like dubious charges of sex abuse by Archbishop Nienstedt himself. He has been aided in his jihad against +Nienstedt by a few other leftists (in an incredibly far left locale) and a few others, some reputable, others not.  None of the allegations have been substantiated to date – all remain in the realm of accusation alone.. +Nienstedt has been the recipient of this torrent of abuse and false allegations because of his orthodoxy.  The progressive priests who dominate the Archdioce of Minneapolis-St. Paul despise +Nienstedt’s orthodoxy – even as it is – and are determined to see him out.

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Ridiculous hair

As reported on Tegeder’s own blog (safe link, not to his blog), Archbishop Nienstedt received a complaint from someone visiting Father Tegeder’s parish.  The complaint listed numerous liturgical abuses, including a lay person giving the “homily,” homily content was heretical, leavened bread was used for the Hosts, and the sacred vessels were made from cheap stonewear.  There was also a big problem during distribution.  Here is how Fr. Tegeder replied:

Dear Archbishop John

I was not the presiding priest nor was I present on the said occasion. However, I take full responsibility for it, something all church leaders should consider doing. By the way, your public condemnation of Father ______ ______’s “crimes” was a good example of not taking responsibility. Your violation of respect for due process owed Father _______ was stunning. [This is not taking full responsibility, this is blame shifting of the worst kind.]

Regarding the actual communication I would have to say that things must be pretty good in Texas if this poor soul was “extremely distracted” by the things that he relates. [So, then, you admit, Father, that liturgical abuses are bad?] I would have referred this troubled Texan to the wise advice of Pope Francis who calls the church to stop obsessing about “small minded rules.”  [And, we see what we shall be up against for years and years......we shall constantly have the Pope's damaging comments thrown in our faces, even if those comments are totally non-Magisterial]

But what is most amazing to me is that with the concerns in the Archdiocese these days you would take the time to relay such concerns from a complete stranger. What did Jesus say about the splinter in your brother’s eye? [Again, blame shifting, complete refusal to acknowledge any kind of problem.  How ironic, then, to claim the archbishop needs to examine his own conscience. And, Father, people have the ability to manage more than one activity or area of emphasis at once.]

He and you seem so concerned about his so called rights as a Catholic being violated. I am more concerned about children being violated under your watch. You still owe us an explanation for your decisions involving Wehmeyer. [Witness how Father repeatedly completely avoids the topic at hand and makes the matter all about +Nienstedt's ostensible failings.  Is that how a virtuous man, or any man, behaves, or is that how a little boy caught with his hand in the cookie jar behaves? "She did it first!"]

As it turns out, the Sunday after I received this letter, the gospel reading was about handling differences in the church. Jesus says first of all go to the person and work it out. He says nothing about first reporting back to the local ordinary. If the man wants to discuss his issues please give him my address.  [Not if the person is already a notorious public scandalizer and sinner, which Father Tegeder certainly is.  In that case, one could expect an even more disrespectful and dismissive reply than the one sent to +Nienstedt, and it would be appropriate to go to his superior.]

I do have a concern over his state of mind as I do for yours. Indeed, I do not see how you can continue in your position. It cannot be good for you. Even Cardinal Burke has apparently seen the light and is moving on.  [What a despicable comment.  That's all I can say.  You can certainly tell just how much virtue our progressive betters are accustomed to practicing.]

I will continue to pray for you. [Such generosity - but wiccan chants don't count]20121213_mike-tegeder_33

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Father had the effrontery to claim that he “must be doing something right” to elicit complaints from +Nienstedt.  Of course, every diocese in the country, more or less, has a formal policy that complaints received at the diocesan level about a priest or parish are forwarded on to the “target” as a matter of course. So this was hardly +Nienstedt picking on poor progressive Father Tegeder, it was simply part of routine policy.

Look, please don’t think I’m defending Archbishop Nienstedt as a hero of orthodoxy, he’s not. He’s pretty good.  But he has also been the victim of the same kind of witch hunt that was used to persecute Bishop Finn, and on just as flimsy grounds.  I guess I just get sick of the utter lack of humility, endless childishness, supercilious clericalism and massive superiority complexes that so many left wing people in the Church so visibly demonstrate. I thought these progressives were all about inclusiveness, tolerance, and love? Sure, so long as you are on their side.  If you’re not, then they are the most dogmatic, hateful,  prosecutorial people imaginable – as the poor Franciscans of the Immaculate have learned to their great pain.

I’ve said many times of late, but it bears saying again, the reason people like Tegeder behave with such disdain towards Catholics is because they are members of an inveterately hostile competing religion that will brook absolutely no competition.  That religion is, of course, sexular paganism in any of its many flavors.  Almost all of these progressives are senior citizens who have never managed to leave their glory days of the 60s behind (even if they spent the 60s as dweebs living at home or watching all the action unfold on TV).  There is no future to the movement.  They are not reproducing themselves, because people can get leftism much more pure and undiluted outside the Church.  Their experimental Catholicism, the much ballyhooed but never accomplished “new evangelization,” has been a failure.  All one need do is consider virtually any statistical measure of the Church between 1965 and today to realize the extent of the failure – it is catastrophic.  But, being ideologues of a foreign religion, data makes no difference to the likes of Tegeder and his aging cohort.

Finally: I am hardly one to oppose calling bishops to account.  But the above isn’t a calling to account, it’s nothing more than a pointless rant (I want to say something else, something closer to reality, but not fit for this blog.)) intended to make the rantee feel superior.  Which superiority Tegeder, from his many newspaper quotes, seems to have quite a problem with.

Since he makes such a large point of prayer, I pray for his total conversion.

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The not so mod squad

Prayer requests September 25, 2014

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Via Facebook (my wife’s, I am still off), please pray for a Belgian priest Fr. Anselm. He is a Norbertine priest with a strong attraction to the TLM and the traditional practice of the Faith.  His superiors in his order do not like that attraction, no not one bit.  He has been told to either get on board with the “ways of the abbey,” and stop “genuflecting and bowing too often, stop praying so much,” or to go elsewhere.  As I said, he loves the TLM and would like to offer it full time.  Many speak very highly of this priest (I do not know him).  He is very unhappy in his current situation.  Please pray for him!

A reminder to please continue helping the Iraqi Catholics.  The best way is helpiraq.org.   A better exhortation than I could give:

Most of all, these suffering souls, and their tormentors, need prayers.  Anyone can do that, even if you are not in a position to help, financially.

Finally, pray for a changing of hearts among the leadership of this Diocese of Dallas.  I heard a most disheartening thing a couple weeks ago that I pray is wrong, but considering the source, almost certainly isn’t.  I can’t really be very specific, other than to say it touches on something very, very near and dear to our traditional Catholic hearts  It was not good news.  Please no speculation, it was not a threat to anything existing, just a realization that what we have will probably be all we’ll ever have for a very, very long time.  Capiche?

 

Why is such unique hatred and loathing directed at the Traditional Mass? September 24, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Tradition, Virtue.
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Boney at That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill asks a very pertinent question – why is the Traditional Mass the object of the greatest loathing from a very wide, and influential, part of the Church?  What is it about the TLM that inspires such fear and hatred?  In other words, it appears another Catholic is showing clear signs of “getting it:”

The sudden, powerful, self-propelling movement within the Church to limit, to disparage, to counteract, curtail or even stamp out, in places, or in parts of the Church, the Traditional Latin Mass is laced with fear not that the past is a threat to the present, but that it is what informs the future. The present can be so easily altered, the past can be so easily brushed aside, or erased, by those who wish to erase it, but when the memory and tradition of the past enters afresh once more into the present – and is suppressed, or feared, we can be sure that what is at stake is the future. [What did Big Brother say in 1984?  He who controls the past, controls the future, and he who controls the present controls the past?  Yes, it's just like that in the Church, which is why the first thing the revolutionaries did during the Council, well before any "reforms" reached the people, was to disparage the Church of the past.  They still do that today as the core of justifying their program of constant novelty and destruction of faith]

A contributor to the New Liturgical Movement website recently opined on the justifications used for restricting or denying anyone who asks for it, the Mass of Ages which, like a body, was ‘knit together’ in our Mother’s womb, our Mother, of course, being the Church Herself. Like a body, like a soul, like life itself, it is Sacred. We are told indeed that there is nothing more sacred on Earth than the Mass because there is nothing so sacred as God and the worship of God. [Beautiful paragraph]
It would appear that for some, even for many, the Traditional Latin Mass upsets the entire order of the Church, perhaps an entire belief system……….[Exactly!  And if the TLM offends their belief system, and the TLM defines, in a sense, the pre-conciliar Church, what does that mean?]
…….It seems to me that what the Mass of Ages undermines is ‘the project’. I do not mean this in terms of conspiracy theory, but the ‘project’ that the Church has committed itself to since the Second Vatican Council, in which everything is the same, and yet the emphasis is seemingly entirely different, made in man’s image. [If it's made in man's image, then it's not the same, is it?!  This is unprecedented territory for the Church, at least since the Albigensian heresy!  And it's not a conspiracy theory if it's true!  Was there not a concerted group of revolutionaries before, at, and after VII?  Did and do they not occupy the levers of power, for the most part?]  We have heard from those who defend it and who promote it that the EF Mass has a Christo-centric emphasis – and emphasis on the Sacred that cannot be removed without removing the entire Mass itself. It cannot be easily added to, nor anything easily taken away. It requires nothing of the Priest but obedience to the text and the learning of some rubrics. The focus is entirely on Jesus Christ and, in particular, on the Divinity of Christ expressed in many different ways, through genuflections, through a dignity and reverence which is not translated in the Novus Ordo in quite the same way. The Latin Mass points to the things that are not of this world but the next or the Other. It treats the things of God with huge importance and respect.
We need only to look at the general emphasis of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, in the US and Europe, even in Rome itself, to see that over the past 40 or 50 years, the whole emphasis has, with the attending ‘new rite’ changed within the Church into something new, but with an emphasis clearly ‘of this world’…….[Quite.  There is an ancient saying in the Church, about building a religion to please men and not God.  In fact, that saying pre-dates the Church, because it has been the constant temptation of mankind since the Fall.…….let’s face it, no Catholic Bishop who celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass would wish to stamp out the Novus Ordo – not one. And yet resistance the other way round is palpable as to be keeping those priests who celebrate the EF Mass awake at night. ‘When will the Commissars be visiting my parish?’, they must think!……..
……..Why is this EF Mass such a threat? So many Churchmen are committed to the ‘project’ of what was envisaged by the Second Vatican Council but is truly yet to be seen – a new ‘springtime’ in the Church – that they are no longer interested in examining what the ‘project’ really is and whether it is even satisfying to the Christian…….
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I’ve stolen enough, please go read the rest, there is much more great content at the link.  That last bit is fascinating, and I think, very revealing of why so many nominally decent men – and there are still quite a few in the Church – are utterly blind to the effects the post-conciliar revolution has visited upon the Church.  There are a lot of committed revolutionaries, there are a lot of go along to get along types, but there are also some quite decent people who just can’t seem to acknowledge that something is very severely out of whack in the Church, and that something dates back precisely to 1962!  Those people seem to have become so focused on the process of “renewal,” on the implementation of the “new springtime,” that they can’t recognize the death and devastation around them.  I like to think that anyway, it helps explain some otherwise inexplicable situations and attitudes.
Everyone has to come to their own appraisal regarding the present condition of our beloved Church. Some folks simply cannot handle the idea that the Church might be in crisis.  Others can only see external adversaries. Some pretend the Church has no adversaries!  And others realize that the most deadly enemies are those within.  It’s always interesting seeing people work out this thought process for themselves.
And for some of us it’s still ongoing!  We’re none too quick!

An awesome story regarding Cardinal Burke September 23, 2014

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Reader GM sent this to me and I thought it was well worth sharing.  From Vox Cantoris, a story regarding Cardinal Burke’s virtue and concern for souls:

A few years ago, I read a story on the Internet, which I can no longer find; it was written by a man that once suffered from same-sex attraction.

He wrote that he was outraged that then Bishop Burke of LaCrosse in Wisconsin would speak out firmly against sodomy. This man sent letters to the Bishop, hateful and spiteful letters. A few years later, he had a conversion to Christ and His Church. By then, Raymond Leo Burke was the Archbishop of St. Louis, in Missouri. The man that harassed him so many times sought him out in St. Louis and was surprised when the Archbishop accepted his request for a meeting. He came to the Archbishop and apologised. Archbishop Burke then went to a closet to retrieve a shoebox. Inside the shoebox were all the letters of harassment and hate that the man had sent to him. Archbishop Burke explained that he would regularly pray over the letters for the man and gave him back his letters with his blessing.

I have a personal friend that knows Cardinal Burke personally, I told him this story and his reply was, “I don’t know that I’ve ever heard that but I believe it because that is exactly the kind of thing that Cardinal Burke would do.”

I pray this story is true, if for no other reason than the benefit of the soul in question.

I don’t know if any of the current prelates in the Church have the kind of heroic sanctity that has been demonstrated by so many Saint-bishops of the past.  But among them all, at least insofar as we in the Anglosphere with our tendency to focus entirely on English-speaking prelates see things, I would have to say Cardinal Burke would be one of only a few I could imagine as being in that exalted class.  I’m certain he has his warts and has made many mistakes, but he has also been about as strong a defender of the Faith as we’ve seen in recent years.  But, I do have to say, for all his forthrightness and clarity with regard to Doctrine, he is probably only average or slightly above compared to the historical conduct of bishops going back centuries in the Church with regard to doctrinal defense. Reading defenses of Doctrine or exhortations to observe it from great Saint bishops of the past is generally mind-blowing in its depth, clarity, and force of reason.  Cardinal Burke is strong, but perhaps not quite to that level. To his credit, however, he does seem to have grown into the role over the past decade or so, and Cardinal Burke has emerged as perhaps the strongest friend of the TLM in high Church office.  I have no real idea of his personal practice of virtue, this anecdote aside, although it is reputed to be very strong.

At any rate, it appears Cardinal Burke and many more defenders of the Faith are going to be made to suffer real persecution for their beliefs.  May God bless and strengthen him and all those in high positions in the Church who cooperate with Grace by being true shepherds and not one of the large number of wolves in sheep’s clothing, or the even larger number of empty clerical suits.

An assessment of US Catholic colleges well before the Council September 22, 2014

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I have seen many Catholics, who have at least some awareness of the crisis in the Faith, struggle with comprehending how the revolution that struck the Church in the 1960s seemingly came out of nowhere.  The fact is, it didn’t – the revolution had been growing in fits and starts for 150 years, at least, prior to the Council.  Generally, revolutionary sentiment and error existed just below the surface.  In the early 20th century, the revolutionaries, fired by inordinate zeal, attempted to prematurely break out into the open, but were crushed by Pope Saint Pius X and a still overwhelmingly orthodox Church.  The revolutionary simply went back underground, continued to grow and influence more and more, so that, by the late 50s, the Church was nearly, if not quite, a seething cauldron of error and proto-revolutionary sentiment under a patina of orthodoxy. At least, that was the case among the institutional Church – the academics, religious, priests, bishops, etc.  Many were fully gone over into heresy and revolutionary sentiment, while many others were too weak to resist. All that was needed was a spark, and the Council was that spark.

How did the revolution continue to advance even under official bans and lay opposition?  One key breeding ground was the university.  Most the key leaders of the 1960s revolution came out of academia.  There they had been coddled and protected, allowed to “experiment” with heresy and error, for decades.  As evidence of that, read this critique of the American Catholic (ahem) university in the 1940s, from a book whose title I will reveal at the end of the post:

In the American Catholic college……the apostasy was more implicit, and took the form of a wholesale aping of secular standards.

The Catholic colleges did not say outright that man is in the world for the achieving of his own ends, that he is the alpha and omega of all things.  They did not say, as the teachers in secular colleges, that man’s eternal destiny  is only an idea that some theologians and philosophers like to play with; that it is the notion which made for the backwardness of the dark ages and the superstition of the Middle Ages’ that it is, in fact, the reason why Catholic countries today are without modern improvements, such as bathtubs and showers! [They may not quite have done so then, but they do today!] But the courses in the Catholic colleges were, nevertheless, completely secularized. The religion course was in a compartment all by itself, and its presentation was dull and mediocre, without fire, and it communicated its message not at all to the other courses in the curriculum.  These courses seemed to be set up only with an eye to making the student, later on, a rich man or a power in some field where his scientific prestige or political aggrandizement would redound to the glory of the college.  Even a mediocre student could, for the most part, be assured of a good job upon graduation.  And every student could be sure that he would look like and be like every other college graduate of every other college in America, whether Catholic or non-Catholic.  That he was totally unaware that his Faith was the most exciting thing in the world, and that the full living of it would change the world, seemed not to matter to anyone………. [All of these are not just valid criticisms of Catholic colleges today, but almost all Catholic schools from pre-school on up.  Catholic schools are not ordered towards producing superlative Catholics, but nominal Catholics, at best. They are ordered to produce high achievers and important men of the world - both of which often make right practice of the Faith very difficult.  But we can see this problem has been with us for some a long time.]

………We had no need to ask ourselves for how long this state of things had come to pass in Catholic education. The answer was right before our eyes, across the street in Harvard Yard.  Twenty four Jesuit priests were studying that year at Harvard…….The Greeks have a saying, “Send you son to school to a slave, and he will become a slave.”  We might add, “Send your priests and nuns to secular schools, and they will become secular teachers – in Catholic schools!” [and that is precisely what happened, especially after Council, which precipitated the most dramatic decline in religious life in recorded Church history.  Ever before the Council, there was a push from the highest levels of the Church for religious to receive secular education.  And those religious proceeded to become thoroughly secularized, and then secularized their entire orders!  This is still ongoing today, perhaps due to lack of an alternative.  Even some of the most conservative/orthodox religious orders (but not traditional), especially active orders, send their members to secular colleges so they can teach, or whatever.  Some require degrees before acceptance.  Thus there is still a great deal of exposure to radical secular thought, even if many of those so exposed are relatively inoculated against it by a strong faith.  One wonders if some of that secularism does not creep into the practice of their religious life, however.  Note the early involvement of the Jesuits, which order over the course of the 19th and 20th century turned elite education into something of an idol.]

…….None of the secular colleges have knowledge according to the pattern which a priest should be teaching.  It is easy to see the harm that comes to the Faith of the priests in these universities.……

……It would fare better for Catholic colleges, it seems, if they had, on their faculties, more Cure’s d’Ars, and less PhD’s. The times in which we live are badly in need of saints in the priesthood.  And we are supplying, at the present, a conforming, course-taking, liberal clergy!

Thus……the failure of Catholic colleges in the post-war period in America.  The inroads of liberalism had disequipped them for the strong religious leadership of their own people……..

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It must be stressed that this thorough denouncement of Catholic education came from people with direct experience of it, 70 years ago.  This was decades before the scandal of Land O’ Lakes and the formal surrender of the American Catholic college to leftist dogma.  In a very real sense, and save for a handful of exceptions, Catholic colleges chose secular dogma and worldly accolades over Jesus Christ and their own sanctification through marginalization and anti-Catholic bias.  To say it very clearly, Catholic academia, and most primary/secondary schools, have chosen to embrace the dogmas of this fallen world in order to gain the world’s approval and to be a “player” along the same lines as all the other secular universities.  Thus, they are just as far gone into leftism and amoral indifferentism as the worst secular colleges.  But, at least at a secular college, the errors are presented straight up, and not under the devastating deception of being somehow “Catholic” and in line with the Faith.

Oh, the book.  The excerpt is from The Loyolas and the Cabots, by Catherine Goddard Clarke.  Yes, she was part of the sad tale of Father Leonard Feeney, but there is a great deal to recommend in the book in spite of that fact. I left the “announcement” until now because I did not want to bias your reading above.

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