Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand on the backfiring of “aggiornamento” December 13, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Papa, reading, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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Aggiornamento, or “opening up,” was a catch phrase used by Pope John XXIII before Vatican II that caught on like wildfire. It has been used to justify almost every theological, liturgical, and disciplinary abuse imaginable. The concept was linked with the boundless optimism of the early 60s in human progress, a mentality that had thoroughly infiltrated the Church and even the highest leadership. Many in the Church thought 20th century man was somehow a new man, a veritable Nieztchean ubermensch, unbounded from the low concerns of his neo-neanderthal predecessors of a few decades before. Thus, advanced, “come of age” 20th century man didn’t need any of those stuffy old rules of Dogma and morality that had served as the bulwarks of the Faith for nearly two millennia.
While aggiornamento, it is thought, was only intended to colloquial representation of a rather mild updating of the Church, the word quickly came to mean in the minds of millions that the Church should absorb all the worldly wisdom it could and modify her unchanging, unchangeable beliefs to fit the new times. This was not what Pope John XXIII, at least, quite had in mind, but by that time, what a Pope said or intended was irrelevant. The mass media – and their progressive allies in the Church – had their mantra, and they intended to use it to advance their long checked dreams of an entirely new Church.
Writing in 1973, Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand examined this notion of aggiornamento, and the impact it was having on the Church. This again from The Devastated Vineyard:
Pope John XXIII said that the Church must leave her mark on every epoch and every land – and not vice versa. But what do we see each day? Aggiornamento is interpreted to mean that the Church must be reformed in order to do justice to the great progress of our times, and to speak the right language to “modern man,” who has “come of age.” Again and again, in sermons, pastoral letters, and lectures of “Catholic” theologians, we hear mention of progress. How enthusiastic was the response of even the highest levels of the Church to the technological progress making the flight to the moon possible, and how weak by comparison is the indignant disavowal of dehumanization. [I will say, Pope Paul VI was positively rhapsodic about the landing on the Moon and what it meant for mankind. God bless him, he was prone to bouts of what almost appear to be mania, followed by depressive spells.] What is being done against the scandal of sex education in the schools? In many countries, the bishops themselves have introduced this criminal mutilation of children’s souls into the Catholic schools. [And this was written 40 years ago. I wonder what Dr. von Hildebrand would think of today's "safe environment" Virtus training, which many parents are extremely concerned about? Sex education in Catholic schools is often leading the general trends in its explicitness] Where is collectivism clearly condemned? [Or, one might say, leftism overall, as it was so condemned during the period 1780-1950] Can one find a syllabus such as that of the great Pius IX, in which present-day depersonalization in all areas, and the penetration of collectivism are unmasked and systematically opposed? [Sad to say, the revolution in the Church is tightly associated with political leftism. I maintain that the heresy of modernism/neo-modernism is nothing but a poor attempt to meld political leftism with Catholic belief, with the leftism always dominant]
No, what we are seeing is not the struggle against the Prince of this world who is present in so-called “progress;” not the attempt to imprint the Church’s image on the age. we are witnessing the very opposite: the poison of our epoch is slowly seeping into the Church Herself, and many have failed to recognize the apocalyptic decline of our time.
Prior to the part excerpted above, Dr. von Hildebrand had extensively shown how so-called modern man, far from being some advanced new creation, is actually more depraved and fallen than any of his predecessors. Modern man is willing to murder babies in their millions for the sake of convenience. He is willing to engage in monstrous “scientific” acts like artificial insemination. He touts materialism and constant distraction, while millions feel utterly empty inside, to the extent that suicide rates are shockingly high. Modern man, in his materialist decadence, even comes to see himself as just another thing, to be discarded when not useful or inconvenient.
Dr. von Hildebrand speculated that, if trends of the 60s and early 70s continued, euthanasia might one day be legal! Well, it is! And has been for some time in “advanced,” meaning “advanced in decay and de-Christianization” countries like Holland formerly Catholic Belgium. Euthanasia is engaged in constantly in the US, but not legally, and under cover. Speak with someone who has had an elderly (or not so elderly), moderately infirm loved one in the hospital, and it’s almost certain you’ll hear horror stories of how they had to fight to keep the hospital staff from killing the sick loved one. That is how deep the rot has penetrated into our society, that even those who take on professions ostensibly dedicated to always caring for others, are so jaded and hard-hearted they think of nothing of routinely killing their fellow man.
This is not the culture you want to be opening up to.
Flightline Friday 2: Apollo 17 December 13, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Basics, Flightline Friday, fun, silliness, Society.
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Forty one years ago at this time, when I was somewhere between infant and toddler, the last Apollo moon mission was underway. Apollo 17 was the final mission largely due to NASA managerial exhaustion and ineptitude and the kinds of stupid decisions only governments can make. The entire Apollo infrastructure, developed at tends of billions of dollars (that’s relatively nice, fat, juicy 1960s dollars, not the Monopoly money we have today) was set to be scrapped and replaced with the “economical” Space Shuttle. Well, the Space Shuttle turned out to not be so very economical, in many ways it was more expensive than Apollo, and this nation now sits in a position it has not since the late 1950s – we have no manned access to space.
So let’s enjoy some of the sunset days of those glory years, some nice videos from Apollo 17.
Apollo 17 Crew:
Mission Commander: Captain Eugene A. “Gene, Geno” Cernan, USN
Command Module Pilot: Commander Ronald E. “Ron” Evans, USN
Lunar Module Pilot: The Hon. Dr. Harrison H. “Jack” Schmitt
Launch date: 12/07/72 05:33 Z
Return date: 12/19/72 19:25 Z
First video, the launch, with Apollo PR pre-launch voiceover followed by the Command Module-Mission Control radio loop after launch. WARNING: There are some bad words in the audio. Not very many, but a few. The crew were rookies except for Cernan, who had previously ridden the massive Saturn V during Apollo 10. He stays pretty cool, but CMP Ron Evans in particular seems pretty excitable during launch. The video covers from about T-minus 3 minutes until MET 11 minutes, when the astronauts were riding the S-IVB stage into orbit (“Bob” is Capcom Bob Overmyer):
A short overview of Apollo 17 from a 2008 Discovery Channel film:
And if you really want to kill some time, here is what looks like someone’s home video conversion of some of the TV coverage of Apollo 17 back in 1972:
So, maybe I should do some Faith related posts today?
Flightline Friday, part 1: new hardware December 13, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Flightline Friday, fun, silliness, Society.
There was a press release today, to some fanfare, from Textron Systems, Inc, announcing a new combat aircraft. This bird had been developed in some secrecy, and in a hurry. The effort apparently only started last year, but has already resulted in a prototype that has made its first flight, apparently just yesterday.
The Scorpion is a private venture between Textron (meaning their subsidiary, Cessna) and something called AirLand Enterprises, which I’ve never heard of. AirLand apparently contracted with Textron/Cessna to build the bird, which incorporates a lot of parts from Cessna’s very successful Citation line of bizjets.
The aircraft is intended to be a light attack and recon bird with internal weapons bay and twin turbofan engines. The twin Honeywell TF731 turbofans produce 4000 lbst each. The Scorpion has a nominal empty weight of 11800 lbs and a max takeoff weight of 21250. Max speed is 450 kt. It has a straight wing with a bunch of hardpoints for fuel and munitions.
I am kind of puzzled by the design. We are rapidly exiting Afghanistan (although, “rapid” may not be very accurate, there are more and more reports that substantial forces may remain for a long time), and the Bush/Gates emphasis on focusing hardware development on low-intensity anti-terrorist missions is rapidly becoming passe’ in the military. The US is looking east, to China, and an increasingly capable and aggressive peer competitor. The relatively low-tech drones and aircraft used in the pursuit of terrorists (often illegally and immorally) like the MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, MC-12W Liberty, etc., are simply not even remotely survivable in even moderately defended airspace (ok, maybe the Reaper, a little, but any kind of serious SAM threat would decimate them). The USAF in particular has been seeking to shuck these aircraft and their associated missions as fast as possible.
My point is, I’m not sure just what Textron expects this aircraft to do, or, more importantly, who will be interested in buying it. There has been a Light Attack/Armed Reconnaissance competition ongoing, but that was decided this year and given to the ludicrously overpriced Embraer Tucano. I’m not even clear if that program has survived sequester. USAF has already planned to remove the much more capable A-10 Warthogs from service, claiming lack of funds, so I’m skeptical USAF will ever buy a non-stealthy light attack craft.
The problem for Textron is that, even if they manage to make a profit selling the Scorpion for the intended $25 million flyaway cost, that aircraft will still be much more expensive than competing turboprops and drones. But, it seems, it will be more capable. It will have a higher top speed, higher ceiling, and somewhat competitive range (5 hours endurance, supposedly). I don’t see a big market for this, but who knows. Textron is apparently hanging their hopes on the F-35 buy being massively reduced or certain variants outright cancelled.
USAF does need a new supersonic advanced trainer. The T-38s are ancient. Everyone of them is older than me, and I ain’t young. It is possible Textron is trying to develop a related family on their own initiative, starting with a low-cost attack jet that can then be easily modified into a trainer. Northrop started with the N-156 design, which became the F-5 and T-38. They sold over 3000 of the same basic design. Maybe Textron is hoping lightning will strike twice.
Anyways, to the important part, the pictures:
A couple more thoughts, based on looking at the design. There really isn’t much need for it to have two seats. And the fuselage looks unnecessarily sleek in places. I am guessing Textron does intend to develop this into a competitor for the T-X competition to replace the T-38.
You can see obvious design compromises. The straight wing is needed for load and range, but hurts performance. The canted tails say high performance but the wing says no way, Jose. It seems almost a bit of a kluge.
If you put swept swings on it, it would look alot, from above, like an F-14. That’s what I can almost see this developing into – a sort of cheapo supersonic combat aircraft, without stealth. Put on swept wings with cambered control surfaces, a couple of 10000 lbst afterburning turbofans, max takeoff weight about 30,000 lbs……you could have a pretty nifty (and hopefully cheap) light fighter.
Pro-lifers demand women seek permission to leave homes, take aspirin, speak, breathe….UPDATE December 12, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, asshatery, Christendom, contraception, Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, self-serving, silliness, Society.
You’ve got to hand it to the contemporary left, they know which buttons to push. The diabolically pro-abort Emily’s List has sent out a release to their subscribers (those poor, lost souls) stating that if “House Republicans” have their way (with what?), women will not be allowed to leave their homes, speak, or take an aspirin without “permission.” I have to wonder, permission from whom? House Republicans? There are only 230 odd House Republicans, they’re going to be awfully busy answering the requests of 150 million women…….
But what is frightening, is that Emily’s List may be excitable and leftist, but they are not dumb. They know that kind of talk resonates with the kind of people who subscribe to their list. Which is pretty incredible when you think about it. It’s the stupid Handmaid’s Tale grafted onto real life.
What is interesting, is that subjugation of women, at least in Christendom, grew more out of protestant ideals than it did the Catholic ethos. Women were more subjugated in protestant Prussia of 1800 than they were of Catholic England of 1400. The ultimate bad ideas regarding treating women as property developed from that same protestant ethos that was the precursor to the endarkenment, rationalism, leftism, and all the rest. So, philosophically speaking, it is the modern left that is really more likely, philosophically, to treat women as chattle than the Catholic Church, one of pro-abort Emily’s biggest enemies.
And don’t we see that every day, in the silence of ostensible feminists in the face of sex-selective abortion, where in some countries the male-female birth rate has become so skewed as to go above 60-40? But pro-aborts cannot criticize, or even acknowledge, this very elemental attack on women, because to do so would lead to other uncomfortable questions and thoughts regarding abortion overall. So, they have to largely pretend this nightmare doesn’t exist, and develop pretend boogeymen on the “radical right” who are just hankering to keep women thoroughly subjugated.
Unfortunately, we do see a bit of this kind of hyperbolic on the “right,” as well. I may even fall prey to such from time to time. When one really cares about a cause – like ending the ceaseless murder of a huge percentage of all infants conceived worldwide – it is possible to go too far. Looking back, I can see I’ve gone a bit over the top a time or two. Taking a break, saying a prayer, and asking for some Divine Light on a matter is always a good way to keep from uttering embarrassing, emotional statements. I should probably heed my own counsel more than I do!
Still, this made me laugh. I thought it was pretty funny, that the women who make up the majority of the pro-life movement just can’t wait to “go back to a time” when they have to beg their husbands for permission to speak (after 20 years of marriage, even the very idea is so opposite from reality, it’s just ludicrous). That is so utterly counter to the reality of the pro-life women I know that I just had to burst out laughing when I read it.
I think they’ve run out of ideas.
UPDATE: Boy am I dumb. I don’t know how I missed this part: “Right now, the only thing that’s keeping the Republican Party out of your doctor’s office and out of your bedroom is the Democratic majority in the Senate.”
Wait, now who is exactly in who’s doctor’s office? How many MILLIONS of Americans can no longer see their preferred physician due to the legislation rammed through on a strict party line vote by the demonrats? Which party is causing millions now, and tens of millions next year, to lose their health insurance? This is probably the most savagely invasive legislation in the history of this nation! And it’s Republicans who want to invade women’s privacy?
Please. The left does nothing but project its own prejudices and twisted psychology on its purported enemies. Incredible.
Left wing priest hates him some babies December 11, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, demographics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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A priest named Fr. William Grimm has said some rather awful things. This man is apparently the head of UCANews, which I have stumbled across a few times, always noting a distinctly modernist, left wing outlook in its coverage. He appears to hate him some babies. Maybe he’s been in Japan too long, since Japan is committing national seppuku through refusal to reproduce.
Whatever the case, read the below, and see if you identify any semblance of faith in a transcendent God:
For the most part, the questions are innocuous. But one stands out for its breathtaking irresponsibility: “How can an increase in births be promoted?”
Are they serious? There are already seven billion people on the planet and we continue to increase. Resources are being depleted. Other species of animals as well as plants are being driven to extinction by the pressure of human numbers. [Does this man convey any sense that we should just trust in God and He will provide? Read all the below, and see if you can find any sense other than a worldly, very left-wing outlook. Does Fr. Grimm (very apropos, don't you think?) not realize that the kings of Juda and Israel were punished - severely - for a far smaller lack of faith than he is evidencing?]
Global warming results from the burning of fossil fuels to provide power for living, transportation and manufacture. The increased demand for power means increasing reliance upon dangerous nuclear power. Air, water and soil are being degraded. Food shortages occur in precisely those areas with the greatest population pressure. People are driven to live in urban slums in a search of a livelihood. [OK, even playing his worldly game, why is the economy of Japan and so much of the West in terminal decline? The answer is lack of children. In Japan, there is 0.85 children per woman. Each woman will have less than one child in her lifetime, on average. The collapse of the Japanese birth rate took hold in 1990, which is the exact same time that their economy entered its now 23 year slump. This is not a coincidence. As for the rest of this paragraph, it's just boilerplate leftism, easily refutable and devoid of faith.]
Children are born, but die before getting a chance to live in much more than a biological sense. [I suspect Fr. Grimm is highly conflicted, at best, over abortion. I'm sure he sees many lives "not worth living."] Malnutrition and the diseases of poverty cripple others. Social, health and educational services are inadequate to ensure a truly human life. Crowding increases crime, unrest, oppression, war and a general uglification of the human environment. [Yes, there it is. If life doesn't meet Fr. Grimm's exacting standards, it is sub-par and not worthwhile. In point of fact, around the world today, the average and median standards of living are higher than they have ever been in human history. What Fr. Grimm is saying is that we should have never made it to this point, because all the poverty and suffering that existed around the world, near universally (compared to today), up until the mid-late 1800s, made life unlivable. Therefore, we should have offed ourselves long ago, which I would also imagine Fr. Grimm would agree with, if you scratched a little deeper.]
For the Church to call for an increase in births is not just stupid, it is immoral. Catholic social teaching stresses the importance of the common good. What common good is advanced by merely increasing our numbers? [Need I say more? This man is a misanthrope. He is also a self-admitted heretic. And he is influencing millions of Catholics, especially in Asia, with his twisted heresy.
A return question for Father - how is the common good served by denying billions of people the chance to live? Who are you to play God?]
Contrary to what some people seem to think, the Catholic Church does not oppose family planning. [Ummm, yes She does. But she permits this disordered act at times to avert a greater evil, but only under grave circumstances.] Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae forbids particular “artificial” methods of regulating births and has given rise to a Catholic cottage industry of “natural family planning.”
But, whatever dispute there may be over methods – and for the most part there is no dispute because Catholics have opted to ignore the teaching – [A subtle way of trying to convey the idea that it's acceptable to engage in grave sin by rejecting Church Dogma, by claiming everyone is doing it. This man is fundamentally immoral.] the fact is that the Church can encourage intelligent and responsible limitation of family size even without retreating from Pope Paul’s teaching. [Not the way you're advocating it. I can see the bats have been loosed from the belfry since last March.]
Instead of asking how we can increase births, the Catholic Church should be a world leader in calling for responsible family planning that will ensure that all people who are born have a chance to live beyond age five and have access to the food, healthcare and education that will enable them to live with the dignity of the children of God. [Man leftists love to play god! Sheesh! Only those that live beyond 5 and have a full belly, medical ease and a grand education have a worthy life! This is too much! Can this man think of anything save in the most worldly of terms!]
Wow, I don’t often read stuff from left wing fever swamps anymore, and now I remember why.
But what is incredible, is that his view is probably the predominate view within the totality of clergy in the Church today.
What is most disturbing, is that this article is plainly pointed at the Philippines, where there is a great struggle ongoing to limit contraception coverage already approved by the government, and prevent the legalization of abortion. All the hallmarks are there. If you have “too many” babies, they will get sick, and some may die. It will ruin your ability to gain wealth. It will make you and all around you miserable. ”You’ll ruin precious gaia, my true god, err, I mean, this precious creation uh, ahem, ‘god,’ has given us.” It is interesting to observe that as protestant sects have made significant inroads in the ravaged post-conciliar Filipino Church over the past 25 years, suddenly there are growing factions of Philippine society that support things like contraception, divorce and remarriage, abortion, etc.
That private judgment is a real tool of satan, isn’t it? Man, I love babies so much, it just freaks me out when I read something so obviously pedophobic.
Bishop Tobin needs some prayers December 11, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, persecution, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, the return, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I have prayed, for a long time, that here in this Diocese of Dallas, we would find our good Bishop Kevin Farrell regularly leading prayer vigils, exorcisms, and the like outside local abortion mills – at least much more frequently than once a year. Now would be a great time, given the pressure the mills are currently under thanks to recent laws passed in the legislature. In other Dioceses, such as Rockford, Ill, the bishops have taken the lead in helping extirpate from their dioceses any presence of abortion mills. In Rockford, former Bishop Thomas Doran led numerous prayer vigils outside abortion mills and greatly encouraged his priests to do the same. Very frequently, the steadily falling number of mills found themselves surrounded by priests and seminarians praying the Rosary, performing exorcisms, spraying the grounds with Holy Water, burying blessed medals, etc. This concerted spiritual warfare led to the shutdown of several mills, including a very notorious one.
Apparently, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, RI leads similar pro-life efforts outside abortion mills. A recent article discusses that fact in an unfortunately dismissive fashion, but then goes on to discuss Tobin’s views on some other matters (I add emphasis and comments):
A gusty, wet autumn afternoon found Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Rhode Island joining a prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood clinic. Two dozen abortion protesters, some holding “Respect Life” umbrellas, huddled in a semicircle around the bishop as he fingered his rosary beads and led them in prayer. [that "fingering," that's a little shot, no?]
“Our commitment to human life is important,” he told them, as gas trucks rumbled by on Point Street. “Some have said that this commitment can be an obsession. If it’s an obsession to protect unborn life, then it’s a very important obsession.”
With his choice of words, Tobin seemed to be taking a direct swipe at Pope Francis, who sent tremors through the Roman Catholic Church in September when he said church leaders are too “obsessed” with abortion and other divisive social issues such as gay marriage.
On Sunday, Tobin publicly disagreed with Francis again. While the pope said that former president Nelson Mandela of South Africa, who died last week, will “inspire generations,” Tobin issued a statement declaring that appreciation of Mandela’s admirable qualities should be tempered by his “shameful” promotion of abortion in his country……
….The week before the popular new pontiff’s comments on abortion, Tobin told his diocesan newspaper that he was “a little disappointed in Pope Francis” for not having said much about abortion, and that “many people have noticed.” Francis’s decision to deemphasize divisive social issues, despite recriminations from critics, was seen as a slap at conservative US bishops like Tobin. [Well, people "see" whatever they want. I don't know if it was a "slap," but I think it was a very intentional signal.]
“It’s one thing for him to reach out and embrace and kiss little children,” Tobin told the newspaper. “It would also be wonderful if in a spiritual way he would reach out and embrace and kiss unborn children.”….
…..“Unfortunately, [Tobin] came off more as a political leader of the right than a spiritual leader for everybody,” said Patrick Kennedy, who now lives in New Jersey and is an active participant in his parish. [That's a wicked calumny, and you are one to talk, you who makes politics your living. It is an unjustifiable slur to call bishops, priests, or whomever who promote the Church's constant, coherent moral doctrine "tools of the right." “I love hearing our new Holy Father. I believe it marks a new day for Catholics who want to be a part of the church and not feel alienated . . . and castigated for being sinners.” [This is what really concerns me. I have seen such comments dozens of times. Pope Francis' approach may bring millions of people to Mass. He may increase donations. He may lead a seeming revival. But if all the people attracted to the Church - for which there is no evidence, yet - do so on the basis of rejecting what the Church believes, has anything really been gained? And, while the media has surely created a left-friendly caricature of Pope Francis, is that caricature completely detached from reality? Good Lord, Time Magazine, in their article previewing their Man of the Year selection (Pope Francis won), claimed that Pope Francis was popular for REJECTING CHURCH DOGMA. This bit of insanity was quickly removed, but we can see where the media is taking Pope Francis, turning him into a veritable left-wing anti-pope. But was this not rather predictable in advance, that the media would take what we pray are careless statements and run with them? I think it was. So, were they truly careless statements, then?]
Nor has the bishop endeared himself to gays, says state Representative Frank G. Ferri of Warwick, an openly gay lawmaker who helped lead the fight for same-sex marriage.
“His tone is not very Christian-like [says the non-Christian soul lost in terrible sins!] — he says that gay people are indecent, immoral, and going to hell,” [WRONG. Full stop. He never said they were going to hell. But this agendized person is twisting and adding to Tobin's words to create a caricature of him as a hateful monster. Just as the media twists and adds to Pope Francis' words. Unfortunately, in all this melee, the message, the Truth, is being utterly lost. The truth is that Bishop Tobin has profound concern for souls, to the extent that he's willing to suffer in order to try to convert them.] Ferri said. “Then Pope Francis comes along and expresses a more tolerant view. Bishop Tobin doesn’t realize what his negative tone can lead to. The church still has a lot of influence in Rhode Island.”
Tobin responded in an interview that “we reject any unjust discrimination against people who are homosexual . . . but at the same time we’ve been very clear that homosexual acts are beyond God’s plan and therefore sinful and immoral.” [Clear, concise, Catholic Truth. Very good.]
This is so very painful. Before I say anything else, I’m sure Bishop Tobin has his faults. I’m sure he is very imperfect as a bishop. But observing him for some time, he is certainly one of the best we have right now. That may not be saying a great deal, but it’s something.
I left out some other quotes from the article. What is occurring is a nightmare. Katholycs are using Pope Francis’ words, or at least the media’s obviously twisted interpretation of them, to attack an orthodox bishop. Pope Francis’ words are being used like weapons to advance the agendas of very lost souls, souls who have chosen mammon over God. This is incredibly troubling. Even if a whole bunch of people come back to or into the Church, what will they bring with them? Will they bring hearts open to conversion and a willingness to change behaviors in order to be pleasing to God, or will they bring with them insurmountable pride and an assurance that everything they do, no matter how sinful, is right and pleasing in the eyes of God?
The message I have seen conveyed by dozens of quotes from those ostensibly enthralled with Pope Francis is that they see in him a vindication of their worldliness, errors, and sinfulness. 50 years of experience, especially the period ~1965-80, shows that no matter how much the Church is presented to the world as being “with it,” of shucking all that mean ‘ol judging Dogma, that image won’t attract souls. In fact, many currently in the Church will get the message that the Church is completely dispensable. They can do without it, after all, who are we to judge?
Before I finish, we have to remember, the Church is not a weather vane, following the Pope whichever way he blows. Nothing has changed. The Truth remains the Truth. We are really probably best off just trying to ignore all this mess, but that can be very difficult. Certainly, we cannot allow our concerns to affect our charity and our prayer life. In fact, our prayer life should be redoubled, as should our efforts at mortification. I have made a special effort to pray special Novenas and Rosary intentions for Pope Francis and the Church. That is really our best response.
You might say a prayer or two for Bishop Thomas Tobin and those like him (Paprocki, Cordileone, Vasa, Chaput, Olmstead, Finn, Conley, etc). They are sure to find their attempts to defend the evangelize the Faith much more difficult.
The push is on the the next sick thing – ABC promoting “polyamory” again December 10, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
There was a time not long ago, when people who shacked up with varying quantities of strange men and women for indeterminate lengths would have been regarded as very strange, certainly perverted, and beyond the pale of normal behavior. But seemingly confident that sodomites simulating marriage will soon be the law of the land in all 50 states, the amoral left – and the media which serves as their evangelical arm – is already moving to expand the normalization of extreme kinks and unchecked concupiscence. ABC, owned by Disney, frequently leads the way, as they did with a recent, breathlessly exuberant and supportive program on so-called polyamory, as if using people for one’s basest lusts is anything like genuine love:
On Monday, ABC News decided to publicize a movement known as polyamory, meaning people bedding down with multiple romantic and sexual partners as a legitimate relationship. Co-anchor Dan Harris said, “Just for a minute, let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s set aside all of the emotion and consider whether the evangelists for open marriage might have a point.”
Later, he added, “More couples opting to become triples or fourples. Live-in lovers spicing up the marital bed, even helping raise the children.”
Nick Watt, reporting for ABC, interviewed Michael, Kamela and Rachel, a threesome that sleeps with others and still finds the time to raise a child. Watt breathlessly gasped, “They’re spreading the gospel of polyamory, hoping to speed up societal acceptance of this kind of set-up.”
The program then interviewed a quack psychologist who gave a glowing endorsement of this further attack on traditional marriage. Because that’s the next place the left wants to go, they want medical and other benefits extended to those who take part in even casual arrangements, the better to keep their voting coalition growing by hooking more and more people on government-required benefits.
With the left, there is always an agenda, and this one is twin. It is both to attack traditional morality in order to further subvert and destroy the healthy, traditional family, while at the same time promising those benefits to more and more as mentioned above, encouraging more people to abandon responsibility and duty and hop on the wealth transfer bandwagon. As the article I posted yesterday mentioned, everything, from the loftiest sounding rhetoric to the basest perversion, is at the service of expanding government’s power at the expense of family and Church. Scary stuff.
The only question I have is which ultimate perversion will be the next cause celebre, after this swinging polyamory sickness – bestiality, or pedophilia? It’s an open question, and unfortunately, I think we’ll find out the answer within a few years.
In one final note, and one that is sure to cause great joy at USCCB headquarters, noted MSNBC loon Ed Schultz was evangelizing the other day and let us all know that the eternal, Triune God unreservedly endorses Obamacare. The more the incredible destruction this monstrous law inflicts on the people of this country, the more I stand in dismay at the thought that Obamacare was endorsed by most bishops, and would have been endorsed by all but a handful had it not contained such noxious provisions for abortion and contraception. The USCCB, Catholic Health Association, Catholic Charities, etc, all lobbied very hard, to the tune of millions of dollars, for Obamacare’s passage. They bear at least some responsibility for the suffering of millions who are now getting cancellation letters, being told they cannot see their doctors, etc.
It will be interesting to see if the USCCB backs away from this disastrous legislation once the stuff really hits the fan next year, with millions of people employed at large corporations likely to see their coverage dropped. Estimates now range from 60-100 million Americans will lose their health care coverage under this law.
What in the history of the American socialist wealth transfer state gave any indication that this law would cause anything but massive disruption, hugely increased costs, and dramatically lower standards of service?
“The government reserves a special hatred for the family……..” December 9, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Christendom, episcopate, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
I stumbled across the following at a secular site but I thought it eminently worth sharing. Whether this extremely apparent trend is part of the great apostasy and persecution which will occur prior to the parousia, or whether it is just a sign of how sick our culture has become, it is a reality nevertheless.
One caveat to the below – only left-wing, enlightenment-informed, “liberty-oriented” governments of the type that came out of the English, American and French revolutions (that is, the near-universal form of national government today) are fundamentally oriented towards attacking the family, because the enlightened, “liberal” government can ultimately brook no competition. While the US form of enlightenment atheist government is more conservative than most, and has taken longer to manifest the more negative tendencies of all “liberal” governments, it is still, irreversibly, of the same mold. This is not a popular statement to make, but observing the trends in the US in comparison to many other, especially European, nations, the correlation seems clear. The US is on the same path, simply 30-60 years behind its European contemporaries:
The long-term goal of the government’s social policies are to flatten society out into one atomized mass. There will be only the state and the individual, and the individual will have no protection, no mediating institutions, between itself and the state.
Antipathy towards a wide variety of actors–the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, “special interests” of all types, political parties, private universities–can all be understood in light of this fact. [And all the examples listed (save for the generic special interests) are currently the target of ongoing campaigns of persecution and intimidation by the "liberal" government and its authoritarian allies in the culture, the entire lot of which are left wing to different degrees.]
The government reserves special hatred for the family, because the family is older than the state and, unless steps are taken, will outlast it. It gives the individual a locus of attention besides the state, and therefore, must be crushed. The ongoing destruction of the concepts of both marriage and family by the left is intended to remove permanently the transcendent family from the political sphere, leaving only mere biological relationships, which are not enough to inspire resistance to the state.
I think that’s a very astute comment, with the corollary that we are talking about governments steeped in the rhetoric and thinking of the endarkenment, the latter movement founded almost entirely on the premise of removing the influence of the Catholic Church upon society.
It is amazing how illiberal and oppressive our supposedly “free” societies are. Yes, we may have the right to vote and elect our leaders (to the extent the elections are really free and fair, a very open question), but those leaders then have a power over our lives that a medieval “tyrannical” king would have found shocking, even repulsive.
It is only in the modern “liberal” society that government has arrogated to itself the right to delve deeply into the family, to assign “rights” and benefits, pick winners and losers, which have totally upended familial life in this country and many others. From declaring marriage something that can be dissolved at the whim of one partner, to massively subsidizing and encouraging forms of birth control to limit family size, to redefining the very meaning of marriage, the ostensibly “liberal” state has waged a non-stop and open war on the family since its inception. I should note here that American divorce laws, shortly after the Republic formed, were a scandal to many European countries that had not yet embraced “liberty.” They were incredibly liberal even then, over 200 years ago. So was the atheist/agnostic orientation of the US government, the first openly agnostic government in the West in around 1000 years. This latter factor had huge implications for family life.
Someone asked me once what could possibly replace the liberal “democratic” nation state. I really don’t know. But I also don’t think we will ever arrive at a solution so long as we continue to pretend that the United States as originally conceived, or as it is now, is the bestest friend the Church has ever had. I think we need to seriously examine whether liberal democracy is conducive to the practice of the Faith, the virtuous ordering of the family life and human person, and the orientation of the entire culture towards the primary goal, the salvation of souls.
I believe it is not. I believe more and more that this nation, and so many founded in its image and likeness, is inherently hostile towards the Christian religion and the Catholic Faith in particular. The Catholic Faith is a totality that must exist and if not predominate, at least profoundly influence, all sectors of a society – political, economic, cultural, social, and of course religious. But the liberal state says NO, the Church must confine Herself to religious matters only, otherwise She is an interloper in affairs not Her own and will be punished. The fact that so many Catholics, including our leadership, in essence accept the liberal state’s claims is one of the prime sources for the schizophrenia so rampant in the Church today.
I think as time goes forward, and the state, particular the US, becomes more and more openly hostile to the Faith, more people will begin to recognize the root problem. It’s not violations of the 1st Amendment or liberal demonrat over-reach, it is part and parcel of the ideals upon which this nation were founded. It might be possible to organize a democratic republic around the right practice of the Faith. But this one is not it.
Another sign of the Apocalypse……DogTV December 5, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, manhood, priests, Sacraments, silliness, Society.
Crikey. There has apparently been a new TV network started up specifically……..for dogs. Given that operating a TV is beyond most dogs I know, I suppose they intend the owners to watch. And given that the income most dogs earn is rather limited, what with their sleeping 20 hours a day, I am guessing the advertisements will be directed at humans, too. Does a TV channel that sports videos of dogs playing in a yard sound enticing to you? Here is some of what they’re offering:
Yes, they have “episodes” focused on dog relaxation! They lay around 22 hours a day! How much more relaxed do you want them?!? Comatose?!
From what I understand, dogs don’t see 2-D images very well. They don’t process visual stimuli like we do. This seems like something primarily to appeal to goofy new age humans.
Here is supposedly a “stimulating” program:
Sheesh. Boy, I can’t wait to chill out and watch 3 hours of that………..
Well, good luck with all that. Maybe it will appeal to the WASPs………
If the bow wow stuff has you discombobulated, here’s a great change of pace, a First Communion Mass offered by friend of this blog Fr. Michael Rodriguez. A whole bunch of West Texas at the start. Actually, this is a most interesting production, with many interesting camera angles. You don’t often get a glimpse of a priest with an altar cam!
Awww…..you had me at Asperges Me
….said the surely diabolically-influenced neo-pagan atheist in the comments to the Youtube video of crazed pro-abort feminist gomorrists attacking Catholics in San Juan, Argentina.
I know the video below has made the rounds, but when I finally got around to watching it, and saw that comment, I thought I’d go ahead and do a post.
I had intended to link to the version where I found the comment, but I cannot. While there is nothing even remotely scintillating in the acts of perversion and self-degradation contained therein, some of these acts reach levels of wretchedness and explicitness I simply cannot allow on the blog. So, I’ve posted the sanitized version from LifeSite below.
Long after you are dead and reduced to moldering dust, ladies, the Church will remain. In fact, She will remain forever.
This is the world today. This is what Vatican II calls us to embrace, to find all that glorious worldly wisdom to teach the Church a thing or 200?
These attacks are increasingly brutal. These women were much more aggressive than last year. What is funny, should any of the men have lashed out – and thank God they didn’t – the women would have been the first scream “victim.” Having spray paint liberally applied to the eyes could cause permanent blindness.
But, you know, the more these women assaulted the men, and the less the men responded, the greater the victory for the men became. Even in the eyes of fallen world totally bereft of supernatural sense, the calm, defiant prayer of the men has elicited overwhelming sympathy. But in the supernatural sense, the victory is all the greater, in fact total: the torrents of Grace these men received was enormous. Even in apparent “defeat” – which this wasn’t – the Christian triumphs. In fact, the greater the “defeat,” the greater the triumph, provided we cooperate with Grace.
In contrast, the enormous sins committed by these women, and the damage wrought on their eternal souls, are incalculable. I pray for their conversion, but as Aquinas and certain other Saints have said, those lost in sins of intellectual pride are the most resistant to conversion of all. Hence the reason so few manifest heretics ever converted. Worse, these women have not only developed titanic levels of intellectual pride, but they have also fallen into the gravest sexual depravities. Combined…….I pray for a miracle.
For the second year in a row, where on earth are the police? Is this some game they play in Latin America, give the leftists a free pass for a big, destructive event, then pretend to lay down the law afterward? What good will hundreds of cops around the Cathedral do the night AFTER the big event? Who pays off who? The police were quoted as saying they couldn’t do anything because the radicals were women. Please. If they had been going after a government office, you can be assured the police would have intervened. We know whose side they’re on.
I was at a class the other night, and we talked about the culture. I think agreement was pretty much unanimous of the 80 or so there – we’re headed for a wicked persecution. Our virtue will be tried as we cannot believe. It will be so tempting to lash out at those attacking us, but for the most part we are going to have to submit.
But such submission provided the blood that watered an Empire and gave the Church the Grace to overcome it. That’s the mind-blowing thing about Christianity, no matter how badly we lose, we always win.
What a heroic display of manhood! What virtue! God bless these men!