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How can Judaism be “equivalent” to Christianity when Our Blessed Lord spake thus? April 22, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, disconcerting, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the return.
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A commenter in a previous post noted that a priest at a local parish, well known for being one of the more orthodox in the Diocese, stated in the Vigil Mass this Easter that Judaism is essentially equivalent to Christianity.

Such indifferentism is impossible to reconcile with numerous statements made by Our Blessed Lord Himself, who made plain that acceptance of Himself as Messiah was utterly foundational for salvation.  Numerous passages from Scripture support this belief, which has been elementary to the understanding and practice of Christendom since the first Pentecost:

He came into His own, and His own received Him not (Jn I:11)

Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (Jn III:5)

For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.  For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him. He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved. (Jn III:16-20)

Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.  If you had known me, you would without doubt have known my Father also: and from henceforth you shall know him, and you have seen him. Philip saith to him: Lord, shew us the Father, and it is enough for us. Jesus saith to him: Have I been so long a time with you; and have you not known me? Philip, he that seeth me seeth the Father also. How sayest thou, shew us the Father? Do you not believe, that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you, I speak not of myself. But the Father who abideth in me, he doth the works. (Jn XIV:6-10)

They said therefore to him: Where is thy Father? Jesus answered: Neither me do you know, nor my Father: if you did know me, perhaps you would know my Father also. (Jn VIII:19)

Jesus therefore said to them: If God were your Father, you would indeed love me. For from God I proceeded, and came; for I came not of myself, but he sent me: Why do you not know my speech? Because you cannot hear my word.  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he stood not in the truth; because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof. But if I say the truth, you believe me not. (Jn VIII:42-45)

Abraham your father rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it, and was glad.  The Jews therefore said to him: Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?  Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am. [This is one of the most dramatic passages in the entire Bible.  I absolutely love this discourse, it is so brazen in its truthfulness and in its shredding of the conceits of the Judaizers of that time]  They took up stones therefore to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple. (Jn VIII:56-59)

They said therefore unto him: What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?  Jesus answered, and said to them: This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he hath sent. (Jn VI:28-29).  [The Jews then demand of Jesus a sign, that they may believe in him.  This was the very same group that the day before witnessed the miracle of loaves and fishes!  And now they ask for another sign!]

 And this is the will of my Father that sent me: that every one who seeth the Son, and believeth in him, may have life everlasting, and I will raise him up in the last day. (Jn VI:40)

I am the living bread which came down from heaven.  If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world.  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat?  Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day. (Jn VI:51-55) [This is a Dogma Jews found especially repellent, as they viewed Jesus as calling them to cannibalism.  Jews of today still find this doctrine abhorrent. And yet, they are "equal?"]

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I hope I’ve made my point. And this is just the Gospel of St. John.  Basically, you have to throw out almost the entirety of this Gospel to pretend that Judaism and Christianity are somehow equivalent, or, that Jews have “their own path to salvation.”  Maybe, if you are talking about the conversion of the Jews that will happen at the end of time, that may be true, but for Jews who have lived in history and for those who live today, many of which will die in their sins (Jn VIII: 21).

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Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know:  This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it.(Acts II:22-24)

Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. (Acts II:36-39) [But most Jews rejected the call, and almost all do today]

You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you also.  Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers:  Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.  Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed with their teeth at him.  But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

And they crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him.  And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him; (Acts VII:51-57a)

 

But knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ; we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. (Gal II:16)

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Again, I have really only barely scratched the surface, but this post has already gotten very long.

It is simply not possible to reconcile the rife indifferentism towards Judaism in the Church today with either Sacred Scripture or Tradition.  I was going to post this week about the controversy, now 10 years old, regarding the great The Passion of the Christ movie.  At that time, many Jews just absolutely castigated the movie for allegedly painting them in a bad light, or stirring up the boogeyman of “antisemitism.”  With respect to the Jews, all the movie does is quote Scripture.  They have no problem with Mel Gibson, they have a problem with Jesus Christ.

But all these Jewish groups appealed to Nostra Aetate, the Vatican II document on relations with the Jews, to buttress their arguments.  That’s less an effective argument against Scripture than it is against Nostra Aetate.  Interestingly, these Jewish groups claim that Nostra Aetate/Vatican II changed Church Doctrine. Thank God, that is impossible, but it does point to yet another major area where Vatican II has muddied the waters to a terrific degree, to where even Cardinals now debate what the Church “believes” on subjects that have been clear Dogmas for 2000 years.  Nostra Aetate is one of the most problematic documents in Vatican II.

Anyway, this post is waaay too long, I may come back to this another day.

Some notes on proper decorum at Mass April 22, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, reading, sadness, scandals.
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I found some good points on proper behavior at Mass in von Cochem’s Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  While I tend to imagine many of these points will be remedial for many of my readers, there are always new folks coming along and I do get a pretty good amount of random traffic, so I think this effort will not be wasted.  This comes from pp. 349-351:

…..how much are they to be blamed who regard the church with no more respect and reverence then their own house [if that much! And certainly, far, far less than they might offer in a movie theater!] , never thinking apparently that it is the house of God, the dwelling place of the Son of the Most High. Some persons are so shameless as to stare about them, watch all who come in or go out, and even talk or laugh,  [It is stunning when this occurs. At one local parish, at one time, I could not even hear the words of consecration, despite the PA system, because the people in the row in front of me were having an extended conversation about their lunch plans] while the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, before which the angels fall prostrate upon their faces, is being offered.

To these Christ might well address the words He spoke to those who bought and sold in the temple: “My house is the house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves” (Lk XIX:46). Commenting on this passage, Cornelius a Lapide says, “The Christian Church is in very truth the house of God, for Christ dwells therein in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar. If He drove the Jews with scourges out of the temple, how much the more do Christians deserve a like treatment who profane His holy house with idle chatter, inquisitive glances, and rude starring at strangers.”

It is more wrong to speak in church than to let one’s eyes wander; besides, not only is it a greater offense against God, but it gives scandal and disturbs others at their prayers.  In order to guard against this fault let us remember Our Lord’s words “I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment” (Mt XII:36).  IF we shall have to give an account of every idle word that we speak, how severely will the just Judge punish the idle words spoken at Mass-time, whereby we have shown such want of respect for His service.

In order to show the full amount of reverence due to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass it is well to remain on one’s knees all the time…..from the consecration until after the Communion of the priest.  For if St. Paul says: “That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth” (Phill II:10). how much more ought we to bow the knee when the Divine savior is present in person upon the altar, and the work of our redemption is renewed………

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Again, the above is probably only a confirmation of well established practice for most of the regulars around here, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to hear reminders.

The main point is, behave as one should before the King of the Universe and the Savior of our souls!  Don’t be flippant!  And even after Mass, don’t immediately talk and laugh and carry-0n, have respect not only for the Sacrifice just concluded but also for souls who may remain praying.  This is not much of a problem in traddy parishes, but in others, it is almost a universal problem. People behave with much less decorum than they would at a movie theater or a nice restaurant.

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Cardinal Kasper continues to push his destructive course April 21, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return.
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There was another piece on Cardinal Kasper’s initiative to permit those persisting in a manifest state of bigamy to receive the Blessed Sacrament last week.  As I’ve stated in numerous posts, the reason for German prelates pushing this very sad and destructive effort is one of naked self-interest – divorce rates are high in Germany, especially among Catholics, and the bishops hope that if they permit all those divorced people to receive, more will check the “church tax” box on their tax returns and the Church will get more state funding.

But the entire argument has been founded on errors so great it is difficult not to call the outright falsehoods.  I’ve already written about the error that is being used to support this move to permit those persisting in a state of bigamy to receive the Blessed Sacrament- that somehow, the early Church permitted this, too.  That is simply false.

But as Eponymous Flower related last week, Cardinal Kasper is pushing another falsehood, in the form of a false choice.  Kasper is trying to claim there is some moral conundrum facing the Church, that by denying, at least tacitly, the Blessed Sacrament to those who persist in a state of public sin, the Church is somehow being uncharitable or unmerciful:

“The decisive statement in this presentation is: ‘Penance and the Sacrament of Penance are the way to connect both aspects. Commitment to the word of the Lord, and the never-ending mercy of God’ (p. 65) It turns to the question  which has not been answered by the critics: Are you allowed to refuse absolution in such a situation in which the penitent has repented and testified honestly and in good will with their best efforts to live by faith? Is it not possible with God that someone could fall into a hole from which there is no way out? If that is impossible with God, then why not in the Church …? “

The part in bold is the attempted conundrum.  Kasper is claiming that these people who have divorced and remarried, without ever obtaining an annulment, are somehow being denied “mercy” if they are not permitted to receive the Blessed Sacrament.  The insidious claim – which reveals the depths to which Kasper will stoop – that God would be opposed to this denial, or that God would “somehow find a way out” is simply a false dichotomy.

The fundamental error is twin: that those who have divorced and remarried are somehow being “punished,” and that simply stating that one is sorry for their state of bigamy is enough to permit them to receive the Blessed Sacrament.  There is actually a third error, which claims that the Church simply doesn’t “know” how to address this situation.  All are demonstrably false.

Taking the last first, the Church has counselled people who are bigamists (for whatever reason) for centuries on how to demonstrate atonement for this sin - terminate the occasion of sin!  That is to say, end the romantic, physical relationship that is the cause of the sin, in this case, adultery.  If there is no annulment for the first marriage, that marriage is still valid and operative in the eyes of God. Whatever relationship takes place outside that first marriage is adultery.  Christ Himself stated this very clearly.  But Kasper apparently wants to take us back to the days of Moses, when the wickedness of men was so great divorce and remarriage had to be permitted. That is a sad commentary on the state of the Church, and even more so on Her shepherds.

There is a further option: if this relationship has persisted for some time, if children have resulted from it, and if the original spouse (often devastated, often abandoned for little or no cause) has somehow moved on with their life – for truly pastoral reasons such as these, the couple could be permitted to remain together provided they make a solemn vow to live a chaste, celibate life as brother and sister.  This would permit the offspring to retain their family life, but can really only be permitted in situations where there is truly great remorse and an advanced spiritual life on the part of the individuals in question.  Otherwise, the temptation to relapse into sin would likely be too great.

I do not buy claims that times are somehow different today, and that it is unrealistic to expect people to abandon relationships they have been in for years.  The Church defended the sanctity of marriage at great cost for centuries, and somehow people managed to generally abide by Her wisdom during that very long period of time.

The Church has never recognized a simple apology to be sufficient to atone for public sins of this type.  There must be some amends in cases such as these, which end the scandal caused by them and assure the faithful (and the souls in question) that the sin is no longer ongoing.  Kasper proposes that souls basically be given carte blanche to go into a priest’s office, shed some tears, make a onetime statement of contrition, and then continue doing exactly what they have been doing before!  Which is conducting an adulterous relationship.  That has never been OK, it has never been permissible for such souls to receive the Blessed Sacrament.  It is truly sad we have to even argue this point, with a prince of the Church, no less.

Finally, the bigamists/adulterers are not being punished, per se’. The sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament is being preserved from sacrilege, the faithful from scandal, and the souls of the bigamists preserved from piling egregious sin on sin for receiving the Blessed Sacrament unworthily.  Hence, as in the case of the application of Canon 915, the Blessed Sacrament is not being used as a weapon, or politicized, but preserved from disgrace, and the Church is actually extending a great mercy (and medicine, one prays) to the souls in question by preventing them from giving such great offense to God.

I must point out here that the Church’s position on divorce is the only consistent, biblically-based position remaining among all the Christian Churches and sects, and is the only one in accord with Tradition from the earliest Fathers.  That the Orthodox and virtually every protestant sect embrace divorce (and often, repeated divorce) is not a testament to their charity or wisdom, but to their falsity, and their separation from the Church Christ founded.  They have fallen into error.  The Church could not have made this more plain when She permitted one of the most devoutly Catholic countries in the world at that time, England, to be wrested away from Her sanctifying bosom, with great violence and enormous suffering, due to the egregious lusts of one fallen man.  That is how much the Church has always valued the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, that it would rather suffer grievous loss than see the dignity of one marriage sulllied.

And yes, I know that fallen men within the Church have sometimes permitted annulments which were/are less than obviously justified, and that such has given great scandal to the faithful.  We presently have a situation in the United States where such a scandal persists in truly egregious form today.  But the exception only proves the rule.  Those cases are departures from the normal, holy practice and belief of the Church.

This Cardinal Kasper is relentlessly pushing an agenda that is very dangerous and poses the threat of wreaking havoc in the Church. I am having a very hard time not comparing him to some of the great arch-heretics of the past.  Pray for him!  Pray for his conversion!  And pray that the Synod stay strong against all the wiles of satan and allurements of the world, preserving constant Catholic Dogma and the plain, merciful wisdom of Christ!

Area abortionists sue to get privileges back April 21, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Abortion, Society, scandals, foolishness, sadness, sickness, disaster, horror, error, unadulterated evil, contraception, secularism, disconcerting.
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So we spent half the day on Holy Thursday outside the death house called Routh Street Women’s Clinic.  Business was booming.  I was pretty defeated by the end of our time there, I saw no turnaways and encountered only truly demonic hostility in all my attempts to engage with the moms and dads seeking to have their children killed.  There was one bright spot, a young Hispanic couple was wandering around looking for a place to get an sonogram, and they almost walked into Routh Street. Once in, who knows what lies they might have been told to convince them to get an abortion they weren’t even seeking. I got them into White Rose and they were taken care of in a Catholic manner.

The mill was tragically busy.  People were parking literally blocks away.  That’s what made the refusal to respond to counseling all the more difficult, we had some pretty good opportunities but I am telling you, I have not seen such hardened hearts in a very long time, if ever.  Just rough brushoffs or stone-faced passing by.  The men in particular were rough, it’s been some time since I’ve been threatened by a very lost father, but it happened to me twice on Thursday.  I was told by another counselor that she had several turnaways, for which I give thanks, but I did not see them.

Anyway, the mill was so busy because they are absorbing business from Robinson’s abortuary, which stopped performing abortions when his privileges were pulled by University General Hospital (UGH) – and God bless them for it.  Unfortunately, Robinson lawyered up, bringing in, I am told, some high-priced attorneys from the diabolically named Center for Reproductive Rights to do his arguing for him.  Whether it was the slick Manhattan attorneys, or the judge’s own personal predilections, Judge Ken Molberg (remember his name when election time comes around) issued an order demanding the hospital reinstate the privileges for two local abortionists, including Robinson:

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, two Texas abortion doctors allege a Dallas-area hospital revoked their admitting privileges shortly after it became the target of anti-abortion protesters. [That's not at all what happened. What happened is that the hospital found out what the two doctors did for a living, and didn't want to be associated with murder]

The plaintiffs, Dr. Lamar Robinson, owner of Abortion Advantage, and Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia, the medical director of Routh Street Women’s Clinic, allege that University General Hospital in Dallas revoked their admitting privileges four days after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled new abortion regulations requiring doctors to have nearby hospital admitting privileges were constitutional. The lawsuit does not seek monetary relief but asks the court to require immediate reinstatement of their admitting privileges. [Yeah, they'll make enough money off the abortions they perform, they don't need any from the hospital]

Dallas County District Judge Ken Molberg granted the doctors’ request for a temporary reinstatement of admitting privileges and scheduled a hearing on the merits of the case on April 30.  [I understand Robinson will start performing abortions again April 28.  There is nothing in state law that says hospitals have to provide privileges for any "physician" that petitions for them. This judge way overstepped his bounds, there shouldn't be anything to debate.]

New abortion regulations passed by the Republican-led Texas Legislature last summer require doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of where the abortion is performed, among other terms. The rules took effect in November.

Think of how many hospitals there are in Dallas.  There are dozens and dozens within 30 miles of Robinson’s mill near Mockingbird and I-35.  That extends even over into Fort Worth.  And yet, he can only get privileges at a small start-up hospital, and that only because the hospital was new, did not understand the details of his “practice,” and quickly moved to disassociate themselves from him once they did.  That says quite a bit.

Speaking of, the “doctor” that is butchering babies at Routh Street while Abhuwalia tries to get his privileges back is 80 years old.  Just top-notch care at those places.

Please pray this reprieve for these abortionists is only temporary!  We are making great strides, it is getting very much harder for these abortionists to operate, but they are not going away without a fight.

I tell you what Routh Street needs now is a heavy presence of priests.  The demonic oppression associated with that place, always palpable, has grown ever heavier as their business has ramped up.  Seeing that place ringed with priests performing at least minor exorcisms, praying, sprinkling holy water…..that would run the demons that power that place off for good.  It’s worked before……..

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Liturgical Abuse: Blessing pagan stones at Mass in Minnesota April 14, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
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Warning, the music in the video below will require significant amounts of brain bleach to eradicate.

It seems there has been a severe abuse ongoing at Masses in the troubled Archdiocese of Minneapolis for some time.  Stones used in what seem obviously to be pagan worship services are blessed during Novus Ordo Masses.  According to Tancred at Eponymous Flower, these stones are said to be the bones of the “Earth Mother” and are heated by fire for use in sweat lodges and accompanying spirit journeys:

This profanation you see above?  The priest calls it “The Transubstantiation of the Blessed Earthen Rock Ceremony.”  It is confirmed this takes place as part of the, ahem, Mass.  So, what….the rock turns into our Lord and Savior?  That is straight up blasphemy, in addition to being the gravest sacrilege.

First of all, much Native American spirituality is animist and overtly pagan.  Secondly, these rituals and their use have strong new age overtones, finding the “god” within, and all that.  Thirdly, the entire practice of sweat lodges and “spirit journeys” (the latter very common in new age, which has adopted a great deal of Native American spirituality) is disordered to say the least, since it involves self-hypnosis and opens one up to potential demonic influence.  Some might argue the entire pagan, animist practice is demonic.

As such, do we really have to say it has no place in a Catholic Mass? Is this the much vaunted “inculturation” about which we hear so much with regard to disordered/abusive presentations of the Novus Ordo?

Tancred reports this has gone on in Minneapolis for years, and that the Archdiocese is well aware.  In a normal time, one would have to ask, how can this be, but we are not in a normal time. In fact, things like this are so common, and exasperation so rife among the faithful, that many have become either beaten down or cynical.

It is difficult not to see scandals like this, and the failure to terminate them immediately, as just one more sign of a profound lack of faith among our Church leaders, and one more tendency towards being far more concerned with men and their opinions, than with God and His just Rights.  It is also difficult not to see in this, once again, the perversion of incredibly sacred Catholic practice with some foolish, uninspired, and dangerous “ecumenism.”  This seems the trend in almost all Catholic ecumenism: sacred rites are profaned to grant some special privilege to a separated sect or some completely alien (and incompatible) religion, while there is rarely if ever a quid pro quo from the other side.  It’s just more banality, more watering down, more humanism, more laziness, more cowering, and more soft leftism.

I’m very tired of it.  But I don’t matter. What matters, I wholeheartedly believe, is that it is profoundly offensive to God.  And all these abuses will have to be answered for some day.

This priest, Fr. Michael Tegeder, obviously needs a lot of prayers.  An aging hippy with a well receded hair line and a sad ponytail…….he’s like a walking cliche of the nightmare post-VII priest.  I also strongly suggest making Communions of reparation for this blasphemy against Our Crucified Lord and the Holy Ghost.

Here’s some brainwash:

Mas.  If have a hard time seeing that lollipop garbage in the nightmare video at the top as being in the same religion:

 

Archbishop Aquila begs assistance to defeat abhorrent pro-abort bill April 14, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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I can remember when Colorado was a normal state.  Conservative, even.  Then hundreds of thousands of Californians, having wrecked their own state, moved in.  The state is now really divided, but the leftists have the upper hand in the state government.  Lord, please never let that happen here.

The radicals, who have also passed stupid laws against certain kinds of firearms, have a new bill called Senate Bill 175. According to Archbishop of Denver Samuel Aquila, it basically seeks to enshrine abortion in Colorado law forever, and forestall any future pro-life legislation:

If you haven’t yet heard, there is a very troubling bill being debated in the Colorado State Senate next week. Senate Bill 175, touted as the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,” passed on a party line vote in committee this past Thursday. I am grateful to every person who showed up to oppose the radical bill.

This over-reaching piece of legislation would essentially shut down any attempt to pass life-affirming legislation in Colorado ever again. More than that, it enshrines the “right to abortion” into Colorado law. It’s being praised by anti-life organizations such as NARAL and ThinkProgress as “the first of its kind” in the country and “ambitious.”  It enshrines the culture of death into law and ignores science.
This bill would prevent lawmakers from enacting laws such as ultrasound requirements, which we all know—particularly from the work of the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative here in Colorado—have done so much to give mothers vital information about their pregnancy, and thus save countless children from imminent death.

It prevents common sense regulations like waiting periods, restrictions on abortion pills (particularly for minors), and parental notification policies. Advocates of this bill seek the absolute “right to abortion” for girls as young as 10 or 11 without a parent’s knowledge, guidance or advice. Parents are seen as unfit in the moral guidance of their children.

Finally, this bill would eliminate abortion clinic health code regulations, which pro-abortion advocates label as “burdensome.” Remember Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, and the horrific images and stories of women nearly dying on the abortionist’s table?

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that pro-aborts are trying this.  Over the past few years, state legislatures around the country have imposed numerous restrictions on abortion, one of the most effective being that enacted here in Texas just last year.  SAMSUNG

Abortion is absolutely, 100% critical for the entire sexular pagan program to destroy Christian culture.  The very destructive culture that has been deliberately visited upon the former Christendom over the past 100 years requires abortion.  All these things: contraception, fornication, adultery, sexual depravity, divorce,etc., require abortion as their backstop.  It is fornication, “living together,” hooking up, etc,. among “heterosexuals” that drives the entire sexular pagan agenda. There simply are not, as of yet, enough sodomites, polyamorists, and other perverts to destroy a culture. But getting the vast majority of “normal” people, even “Christian” people, to engage in these immoral activities has been the very vehicle of the sexular pagan revolution.

Fornication sells.  Fornication/adultery backed up with the use of contraception has led millions to leave any true semblance of the practice of Christianity, and into lives of wantonness that are unprecedented in their scope and banality.  But since contraception often and always (over enough time) fails, abortion is 100% absolutely vital to the entire sexular pagan leftist program.  The entire advance of leftism in the West has been due to decay in sexual morality.  So the entire leftist program depends utterly on abortion.

duckfront_0So, they are willing to do anything, give up anything, to keep abortion around.  And since there has been much recent success in nibbling away at baby killing at the state level, they are now seeking to stop that through their own legislative activity.  I take this as a very serious attempt to stop all progress in pro-life laws, at least in Colorado.  Which is a shame, because Colorado did not used to be a state that would embrace such a thing, and I know there are still many, many good, faithful souls there.

Archbishop Aquila asks for everyone to take some time to pray that this bill be stopped.  You can also contact the Colorado Catholic Conference, or, better yet, look up the bill’s supporters in the Colorado Senate and contact them directly.  The bill’s two sponsors are Senators Andy Kerr and Jeanne Nicholson.

Perhaps you could, in your charity, offer up a Rosary that this horrific bill be blocked and defeated.  Or a Novena.  There have been many small steps to see abortion made more difficult to obtain around the country.  There has been a good deal of progress in the past few years. But that could all be undone should measures like this gain support, and, God forbid, one day wind up at the Supreme Court, where anything can happen.

As a final aside, I will also pray that we will one day see our own good Bishop Farrell offer a Mass directly outside a mill, as Bishop Sheridan just did, or at least have a constant presence of priests offering prayers, performing exorcisms, and the like.   A 20 mile Good Friday procession is a wonderful thing, but one Mass offered outside one of these mills would be such a blow to satan and his many eager human acolytes, that the pro-aborts may never recover.

That’s something I’ll keep praying for.  And I’ll also pray that Archbishop Aquila grow ever more faithful and participate more and more in the restoration of the Faith.

More TLMs will help.

 

Yes! Someone else gets it! April 11, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the enemy.
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I’ve probably been spending too much time reading secular blogs of late…..if this one qualified.  Robert Stacy McCain is at least a moderately devout evangelical protestant and father of 6, even if he does have an unfortunate tendency to give fly to really impure language and imagery.  He needs to stop doing that.

But there is no other writer out there I’ve found that has tackled the sick marxist dogma of feminism better than he has.  Further, he has made the connection that feminism as a movement is about destroying the family as the prime building block of society, either out of twisted hatred or to better groom souls to accept government as their savior, lord, and master.

He had a post yesterday   [content warning, you might not want to go there] discussing the new phenomenon of “heterosexual guilt syndrome.” Primarily afflicting women (but I’m sure men are not far behind), y0uth today are being so groomed into radical feminist ideology (and remember, a feminist is just a marxist lesbian) that they actually feel guilt for NOT falling into this grave perversion.  As an indicator of how utterly upside down Western “culture” has become, this is a pretty good one: Sodom and Sapphos are so utterly triumphant among elite opinion-shapers, young people today (well, ok, at least leftist young people, but that’s many if not most of them) actually wish they were sodomites so that they could bask in all the culturally-driven glory:

The “Girls” star thanked her sister Grace, now 22, saying, “I have always felt a strong and emotional connection to members of the LGBTQ community. It was actually a huge disappointment for me when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men. So when my sister came out, I thought, ‘Thank God, now someone in this family can truly represent my beliefs and passions.’”

So obviously this Lena Dunham character is deeply depraved and deranged, as evidenced by the pornographic show she produces for HBO.  But this phenomenon is hardly limited to her alone.  A radical feminist university professor has noted that she can no longer teach her students elementary aspects of biology – such as that, men and women, and males and females of any species, are different! – without attracting hoots and catcalls of “homophobia:”

I wanted them to find their way to the notion that it’s not “heteronormative” to recognize that sex is an evolutionarily adaptive  [God-given, my edit] reproduction strategy that, in humans, involves males and females; it’s just our biology, and there’s a complex, mutually interacting relationship between the biological and the social. I’ve been working toward that all semester. But they have not gotten there.

That is to say, this feminist university professor has found that her students already have such deeply ingrained, powerfully shaped notions regarding human sexuality and even biology – notions entirely shaped by radical sodomite rhetoric – that she cannot get them to accept basic facts like: men and women are different, there is a natural order to sexuality that is conceived to perpetuate the species, etc.

As we saw in the Charlotte, ahem, Catholic High School debacle, even Catholic students, or maybe especially Catholic students, are so deeply convicted of these homosexualist errors and depravities that they simply will not be told otherwise, that so-called homosexuality is not inborn, is not natural, and is in fact a profound perversion (something that should be obvious from the natural law, let alone theologically) of the created order.  But to say such nowadays is tantamount to heresy.  And people are being, effectively, burned at the stake over this nightmare. The poor nun that did nothing but repeat constant Catholic Dogma and some relevant sociological data has now been cashiered and will probably never be seen in public again.  That is the power of the sodomite lobby, and all the errors it has perpetuated.

What’s the end game?  As I said at the top, and as RS McCain notes, it’s to end the family as the building block of society:

Yet this phenomenon — Feminist Heterosexual Guilt Syndrome — is implicit in contemporary liberal culture, which holds that sex is merely a form of pleasure, without any spiritual or moral dimension, to be regulated only by mutual consent. Liberalism’s apparent neutrality toward the sexual preferences of consenting adults, however, is belied by the incessant cheerleading for contraception, abortion and homosexuality. Contraception and abortion are necessary to the liberal project of diverting women from the path toward marriage and motherhood by suppressing their natural fertility. And homosexuality is celebrated by liberals as part of the same project, to de-legitimize the traditional family as a normative social institution.

And these folks just keep moving the ball forward.  The effort heretofore has been to normalize sodomy and its female equivalent – now the effort is to convince people that everyone is at least a latent sodomite and to convince all – or as many as possible – that homosexuality is “naturally” superior.  There is a growing movement among marxist lesbians to assail all heterosexual relations as “rape.”  They claim women naturally “hate” men and and are repulsed by them, and it is only the oppressive patriarchy and patriarchal cultural conditioning that results in women having sex with men.  Black is white, up is down, Laverne is Shirley: there is no depth to the depravity that will come so long as people forget God.

Ultimately, they want everyone to be like them. Having even a small minority reject their claims is enough to drive them nuts, because they still have the law of God written on their hearts.  And even if, in some nightmare future, they do convince almost everyone to embrace sodomy, they will still be miserable and angry and refuse to understand why.  Because God will remain, and so will His Law, and they will remain counter to it.

You may say, oh TE, slow down, you’re getting too excited.  If you chart back all the progressive claims these radicals have made in the area of sexuality, you can see how the most radical claims, the most egregious, laughable stuff, suddenly becomes the accepted norm, and shortly thereafter, required belief, 15-20 years after the first outbreak of the new level of error.  Same-sex marriage was first posited on a serious level about 20 years ago.  Everyone laughed.  Not so funny anymore.  Leftist academics first began really arguing for legalized abortion, out in the public, starting in the early-mid 50s. In 1973, they got it. Now they’re arguing that all heterosexual relations are rape.

I wouldn’t laugh.

Michael Voris on the homofascist tyranny April 10, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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Good word.  Good video, but the first minute plus is ads for future programs.

Christians are derided as “Christofascists” merely for maintaining that what was always believed to be a sin, still is.

Homofascism is something entirely different: it is a real movement to so utterly crush all dissent from the now dominant open cultural obeisance towards perversion that such dissent is all but impossible.  It is incredible how quickly this has occurred, it makes the previous social revolutions seem placid by comparison.

An interesting thought – the internet was billed as a wonderful vehicle for empowerment and letting the little guy have a voice. But through the constant barrage of certain messages, and even more chillingly, thought police that roam the internet, reporting heretics and singling them out for annihilation, the internet is increasingly becoming a vehicle for severe repression and social control.  Unless one has a large and vocal following, like Phil Robertson, one can see their life destroyed via one of these internet campaigns.  As we move forward, many of us (heh) may be made to suffer for things we’ve said or done at one point or another on the internet.

It might just turn out, as Ferrara argues, that so many of these man-made means of granting liberty are a chimera, not only doomed to fail, but doomed to become instruments of repression.  It is one of the highest ironies of our age that in our supposedly “free, liberal” democracies, government is far more invasive, rapacious, and less responsive to individual needs than were the “tyrannical” monarchies of the former Catholic social order.

I don’t intend to go deeply into that topic right now, but you might want to think about whether that might be true.

 

 

Fr. von Cochem – more extrinsic Grace available in TLM than NO April 10, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, error, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
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What’s that you say?  How on earth could a priest dead nearly 350 years have spoken about the Novus Ordo?  Oh, he spake.  He spake indeed (from Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, pp. 284-5):

The Victim is the same in all Masses, none other than Jesus Christ Himself, and in this regard all Masses are equally good, equally precious.  With regard to the sacrificial act, the offering of the Victim, the more lightdevoutly the priest says the Mass, the more acceptable to God is the Sacrifice he offers, and the more abundant are the graces is brings down from above, both upon the priest who celebrates the Mass and the individual for whom he offers it. 

We find a confirmation of this in the writings of St. Bonaventure, who says: “All Masses are equally good, as far as Christ is concerned; but as far as the priest is concerned, one may be better than another. Therefore it is more profitable to hear the Mass of a good priest than of an indifferent one.” Cardinal Bona also corroborates this opinion: “The more holy and pleasing to God,” he says, “a priest is the more acceptable are his prayers and oblations; and the greater his devotion the greater the benefit derived form his Mass. For just as other good works performed by a pious man gain merit in proportion to the zeal and devotion wherewith they are performed, so Holy Mass is more or less profitable both to the priest who says it and to the persons for whom it is said according as it is celebrated with more or less fervor.” This is the reason why in the Mass the priest frequently beseeches God graciously to accept his oblation, and to vouchsafe that it may be conducive to his own salvation and that of the people.

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When the Mass was revolutionized in the 1960s, numerous actions which constitute sacramentals were removed. I believe the number of signs of the Cross the priest makes was reduced from something like 33 to 3. Invocations of the Most Holy Name and the Trinity plummeted likewise.  Genuflections, bowings, many prayers with indulgences attached……all were greatly reduced.  All of these actions are sources of Grace.  Then there is the entire matter of the priest having his back turned towards His Lord in the Tabernacle, and no longer visibly leading the people in prayer and supplication before God, but the community has turned inward on itself.

Intrinsically – because if properly offered it contains the Real Presence and the only Sacrifice acceptable to God – the Novus Ordo is the equal of the TLM, at least notionally.  But extrinsically, there is a massive difference, and that is what Fr. von Cochem observes above, though he frames his discussion in terms of a Mass well-offered by a holy priest, versus a more lackadaisical Mass offered by a less holy priest.  The TLM simply has more because it retains all those actions which are sources of Grace not just for the priest, but for all those in attendance and indeed for the entire Church and world.

I should note, of course, the same applies to varying types of Novus Ordo Masses.  A very reverent Novus Ordo offers more Grace to equally participating souls than does a very irreverent and abusive one. And it is quite possible to offer the NO in a way that brings it much closer to the TLM.

None of this is to say that souls who assist at the TLM are “better” than those who assist at Novus Ordos.  It’s not to say that the NO is not efficacious of Grace or anything like that.  But it is to say that, all other things equal, the TLM offers more Grace, more benefit to souls, than does the Novus Ordo.  And that is no small thing.

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Reason #10,875 for homeschooling – trans-type teaching 5th graders April 10, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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And here I just did a post about detraction.  But seeing this has already been covered by secular blogs way, way bigger than mine, I think it fits under the definition of public knowledge.

One might expect this in San Francisco or New York, but not Lumberton, Texas. For those outside Texas (and probably many within), Lumberton is small logging town deep in the pine forests of SE Texas (yes, Texas has forests).  The school district there has actually been the site of a number of scandals of late, from teachers proselytizing for Obama and bashing conservatives to having students dress up in burqas as part of some kind of goofy multi-culti foolishness.  Even though the area is probably 60% hardcore conservative, the district apparently hired a left-liberal superintendent.

In this case, a man who was married and straight up male acting until about 2 years ago, when he went through a traumatic divorce, has now decided he is a woman and has been working as a substitute teacher for 5th graders at a Lumberton school.  There seems a tight correlation between the divorce and the sudden discovery of this poor soul’s “true identity” (talk about Stockholm Syndrome).

So the whole thing’s a mess, and the future employment of this very lost soul will be debated at the school board meeting in Lumberton tonight:

I first heard about the issue when my youngest brother came home and told me about the kids talking about a male substitute teacher that was in a different class. This teacher was signing his name as Mrs. I thought that was strange, but I did not realize the extent of what was going on until I heard Chip Darby talking about the issue on freedom 1300. Apparently there was a male teacher wearing a dress and makeup at the Lumberton Intermediate School.

The teacher’s name is Laura Jane Klug (born Kurt Klug). I looked him up on Facebookand what I found was an emotionally disturbed and confused older man. He has not always wanted to be a woman.

According to a note he posted on his Facebook page on July 7th, 2011 titled “How Much More Can I Take?” Kurt Klug was emotionally distraught and seemingly ready to give in with his life because of the pain of his female wife leaving him. The pain and distraught of his wife leaving him must have driven him to decide that he wanted to become a woman. [So much for born that way] From 2011 until now, Kurt changed his name to Laura Jane Klug and started dressing up like a woman and acting like a woman……

Let me get one thing straight, I do not hate this man, nor am I angry at him. I feel bad for him. [Ditto]  He was so hurt and emotionally distraught that he was driven to wanting a radical change. [In fact, this is the second such story I've read in the past two months, where a divorce drove a formerly normal man into embracing extreme perversion.  It is a gross perversion of nature for people to pretend to be the other sex.  Sacred Scripture repeatedly decries people who fall into such extreme confusion/perversion as balefully sinful.]  He seems like he was and maybe still is a Christian, [deep East Texas is mission territory for the Church]  but he is certainly hurting and has lost his way. We all have issues and this is his issue.

That being said, a school house with young, impressionable, easily distracted and easily confused children is not the place for this man to be. The school has very strict dress codes and boys cannot even have long hair. The environment is controlled to minimize distractions so that the students can learn. Like it or not, a transvestite is a distraction. Not only that, he frightened and confused many students who then went home to their parents who had to have age inappropriate conversations with their children.

So, we’ll see how this plays out. Many parents are outraged, but, shockingly, some parents are supportive.  That’s an indicator of just how nutso upside down the world has become.  But that dang TV signal reaches Lumberton as well as just about anywhere else in the contiguous US.  And TV has perverted the thinking of millions.

There are several reports that this teacher is a huge distraction. Apparently, he’s doesn’t pass very well for a woman.  And many kids are confused.  In a sane time, such a troubled individual as someone who can’t even decide what sex they are would never be a candidate for a teacher.

I won’t go into detail on the stats again, but while negative life outcomes for aficionados of the sins of sodom and sapphos are many times higher those for without those proclivities, those for trans-types are literal orders of magnitude higher.  No single population group is more prone to suicide, drug abuse, suicidal sexual behavior, deliberate self-inflicted injury, severe mental problems, or general unhappiness than those who have become so confused and lost as to no longer know what sex they are. The suicide rate for transgender types is over 33%.

I know most of my readers are well aware that the public schools are no place for their children. But examples like this aside, they might not be the very worst place for your kids.  A priest the other night ranked methods of educating children from best to worst, so far as keeping your kids in the Faith:

  1. Homeschooling
  2. A very rare, private, non-diocesan good Catholic school
  3. Private evangelical protestant school
  4. Public schools
  5. Diocesan Catholic schools

And in fact, diocesan “Catholic” schools are a very distant 5th place; your kids are much better off in public schools than in diocesan Catholic schools, because in those schools – very rare exceptions aside – kids here from people who call themselves Catholic, and especially authority figures, “oh, you don’t have to believe that!”  Or, “we don’t believe that anymore.”  And these kids become so lost and so convicted of error, because they’ve heard it from Catholic authority figures, that it takes a literal moral miracle to convert them back.

And it was through Catholic education that much of the revolution within and against the Church was executed.  Numerous religious orders fell into the modernist heresy during the course of the 1950s and 60s, and they subsequently formed an entire generation of young Catholics in that heresy.  Those formerly young Catholics are the old grey heads around nowadays that continue to clamor for impossibilities like womyn priestesseses and Catholic acceptance of abortion. Frankly, most of those 60s kids fell away from the Faith decades ago.  There have been very few of those moral miracles the priest related.

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