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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

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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

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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

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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.

———-End Quote———-

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

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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.

Very scary – the coming “new world order church?” April 9, 2014

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That is what That The Bones You have Crushed May Thrill is calling the scandal of the spectacle surrounding the baptism of a baby – conceived using techniques that would have shocked Dr. Frankenstein – born into a lesbian couple in Argentina: the “new world order church.”  Those parents also received Confirmation, in spite of manifestly persisting in an unchaste relationship (there is no doubt these women are not chaste, the art they produce is pornographic).

If you want to see the “glorious” moment, watch this:

I know there are arguments on both sides of the debate on whether baptism should have been granted to this baby. Certainly, the child has done nothing wrong.  But infant baptism is supposed to be based on the idea that the child will be raised in a moral, virtuous Catholic home.  The faith of the parents and godparents is called upon to instill the same faith in the child until that child comes of age to develop their own faith.

Claiming that these women can somehow provide that basis in faith is, to me, ludicrous.  It is scandalous as all get out, like letting a satanist couple have their child baptized (Dear Lord, is that next?).  It seems to me to make a mockery of the faith.  An unchaste, porn-producing lesbian couple cannot be considered to be faithful! And their baby was produced by a method the church abhors – in vitro fertilization through the use of donated sperm!

The fact that this baptism was so heavily publicized (largely at the couple’s behest) indicates to me that this entire event was orchestrated strictly for advancing “the cause.”  We know adherents to “the cause” have many friends in the – far, far too many.  I also have to wonder if it is any coincidence that this baptism occurred in Argentina, certainly the first such scandalous baptisms to occur in South America, and quite possibly the world.  Is a none-too-subtle message being sent?

Is this the Church’s 21st century understanding of mercy, that sin, basically, doesn’t matter, all that matters is that people – no matter how distant their hearts are from Jesus Christ and His Church – go through a few public ceremonies of the Faith and give a sort of wink and a nod to Jesus, while their real god is themselves?  But I thought the pope was violently against this kind of crass formalism?

Dark days ahead.  The priest at the catechism class last night was explicating how the sodom and sapphos crowd are going to be the prime instigators of the persecution, within and without the Church. Be prepared to see those who loathe, hate, denounce, and torment you the most call themselves “Catholic.”

Lord, have mercy on us.

Another stab in the back from a national bishops conference April 8, 2014

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Over in England, Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan gave a strong discourse against the reception of the Blessed Sacrament by pro-abort and otherwise unfaithful politicians.  The reaction was typical, progressive katholycs were angry and stirred up like a nest of vipers, with much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the press.  Faithful Catholics were strengthened and gladdened to finally see at least some opposition to this ongoing and horrific scandal.  Some hoped Communion might finally be withheld from these unfaithful politicians, ending or at least reducing the great scandal and sacrilege.

But lo and behold, the bishop’s conference of England and Wales swiftly came to the defense of the aggrieved politicians, assuring them that of course they wouldn’t be denied Communion for assisting in the murder of millions, or essentially destroying marriage by “redefining” it into meaninglessness:

he Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales assured Catholic Members of Parliament this week that there are “no plans” to refuse them Holy Communion after they voted to support the “gay marriage” legislation that came into effect yesterday.

Greg Pope, head of parliamentary relations at the conference and a former Labour Party MP, wrote to MPs assuring them that comments by the bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, on the Church’s Code of Canon Law forbidding Communion to “manifest grave sinners,” would not be applied to them. [oh?  But maybe they'll be applied to less powerful or rich people?]

Today the media office of the bishops’ conference confirmed with LifeSiteNews that the letter was addressed to the Catholic MPs with the bishops’ full authorization. “Many thanks for your mail. Mr. Greg Pope was speaking as a spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales,” a spokesman with the bishops’ Catholic Communications Network said.

Greg Pope was chosen as the liaison between the English Catholic bishops and Parliament despite his consistent voting record in opposition to traditional moral teachings. Pope has supported abortion, adoption by homosexual partners, and artificial contraception. [I think that tells us all we need to know.  Of course, the same occurs in the USCCB and subsidiary agencies on a constant basis, with a regular revolving door between Catholic Charities and population control zealouts, for instance]

National bishops conferences are a novelty that came into existence in the 20th century.  The Vatican prior to Vatican II was rather hostile towards them, especially the American variety, which pioneered the concept of the bishop’s conference as a worldly, milquetoast, liberally-minded and socially active institution.

The idea sold regarding conferences is that they would strengthen catechesis by lightening bishop’s loads, allowing prelates to focus on the really critical work of being shepherds of souls. In practice, the conferences have been loci of bureaucratic malaise that, instead of lightening the load of individual bishops, have added to it massively, especially for ambitious prelates.  You don’t get promoted without playing ball with the national conference. Even worse, the conferences have, at least in developed countries, have become a “lowest common denominator” phenomenon, continually limiting what can be taught, how it can be taught, and what actions bishops can take in defense of the Faith, individually (today, not much).  There are essentially unwritten rules in place within the USCCB that prohibit bishops from performing such essential actions as excommunications.

In short, the bishops conferences have become expensive albatrosses that are not supporting and helping the Faith grow, but are stifling it and greatly inhibiting the effective proclamation of the Gospel.  The bureaucratic malaise that has overcome so many individual bishops can be attributed directly to the conference and its stultifying effects.  The above is just one example of a reasonable defense of the Faith being totally undermined by worldly bureaucrats at the national conference, but such examples are legion.  That is why I have hoped and prayed for some time that somehow, by some miracle, the entire conference system can be dismantled.

And that is why I also loathe and fear any ideas of extending some kind of doctrinal “authority” to regional conferences.  If such occurs, it won’t be 6 months before you have, in effect, numerous schisms with the “Church of the USA” being at odds with the “Church of Germany,” or the “Church of Uganda,” or whatever.  That way lies madness.  No…….that way lies protestantism.   And liberal protestantism at that.

Which, after all, was the goal of many of the progressives at Vatican II, anyways.

Prayer Request April 8, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, sadness.
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Bill DeVille has been a good friend of this blog online and off. He suffered a stroke over the weekend.  Could you please, in your charity, say a prayer for his healing and that he and his wife may offer up this suffering for their own sanctification and the good of the Church?  Bill and Beverly are pretty well known in these parts, I pray for Bill’s quick healing and growth in holiness and virtue in this trial.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

 

 

A Prayer on the Crucifixion of Jesus April 8, 2014

Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, martyrdom, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Virtue.
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We belong to the Cardinal Kung Foundation, helping support the orthodox, non-communist (or anti-communist) Church in China, which stands in opposition to the government-dominated “patriotic Catholic church,” which is china_catholicheretical and openly schismatic (the kid glove treatment the schismatic acts of the so-called patriotic church have received stand in marked contrast to the treatment some traditional groups have suffered.  There are reasons for this, some valid, some craven).

Since we belong to this foundation, we get regular mailings from them.  The most recent one included a beautiful prayer card with a prayer penned by Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei, who was imprisoned by communist authorities for over 30 years for his defense of the Faith.  I thought I might share it with you, seeing how appropriate it is for Passion Week and upcoming Holy Week:

Our Lord Jesus is on the Cross.  His whole body is covered with wounds, His hands and feet are nailed to the Cross, 222497the-face-of-christ-detail-from-the-crucifixion-from-the-isenheim-altarpiece-circa-1512-16-posters-e1304533460299
His head is crowned with thorns, and for His drink, only vinegar and bitter gall.  Although He suffered so much, He knows that many will remain indifferent. The mental anguish is even more painful than His physical torment.

God suffered so much for me.  Why am I not willing to give up some worldly pleasure and accept some suffering in this life? I know well that Jesus suffered in reparation for my sins and yet I still go against His Will and commit sin.  How can I reject His Grace and increase His sorrow?

Jesus accepted suffering inflicted by every kind of person. The Apostles betrayed Him, the Jews made accusations marycrossagainst Him, the Gentiles cursed Him, high priests, officials, soldiers and people all determined to kill Him. Because Jesus suffered in order to save all classes of people, so He accepted sufferings caused by all kinds of people, including all of us. Are we not increasing His suffering by our lack of faith, committing sin and not loving His Sacred Heart?

Where was our Blessed Mother at that time? She was weeping beside the Cross, watching Her Son suffer. This was not just the human love between mother and son.  She united Her love of Jesus with Her love for all mankind, offering it in sacrifice to God the Father for the salvation of the whole world. Our Lady is indeed the Mother of our Salvation.

Each and every one of us should imitate Our Blessed Lady, contemplating Jesus on the Cross.  We should offer our sufferings in reparation for our sins and those of others, asking for mercy and forgiveness and not fail to respond to the graces Jesus obtained for us through His Passion.

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Pray for the Church in China. It is sorely persecuted.  Pray for those who have fallen into this “patriotic church” as a result of the persecution (or for other, baser motives).  I personally have prayed for a long time that the Holy Father will take a firm stand and formally identify the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church as schismatic, due to the huge scandal that persists in the communist government naming bishops, rejecting Church Doctrine (abortion, contraception, a number of other matters), and participating in the persecution of the underground, faithful Church.  Doing so would surely cause even more persecution, but I think it’s better to be clear on the Truth and let the chips fall as they may, rather than letting the schism continue to ossify and become more intractable.

Or just pray for the zeal of souls and their perseverance in the Faith, in spite of all persecution and suffering.  It is the blood of martyrs that has led to the Church overcoming any and all obstacles in the past, so I pray these faithful souls, who do suffer greatly for their faith, may remain strong in it.

MartyrsofChina

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