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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Vatican played a role in aiding talks for US break on Cuba? December 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, scandals, self-serving, silliness, Society.
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A commenter left this link to a Yahoo report that the Vatican was involved in the recent “negotiations” (some might term it a surrender, or cave) between the Obamanation Administration and the murderous communist government of Cuba (where the people have chicken maybe once a month as a huge treat) that will greatly relax US restrictions on what the, ahem, Catholic President Kennedy termed “that imprisoned island.”  The report:

The historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations began in spring 2013, when President Barack Obama authorized secret talks with Havana, the same tactic he used to open nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Months of talks in Canada and at the Vatican, involving one of Obama’s closest aides, culminated on Tuesday when Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro spoke by phone for nearly an hour and gave final assent to steps that could end a half-century of enmity and reshape Western Hemisphere relations.

Obama believed that “if there is any U.S. foreign policy that has passed its expiration date, it is the U.S.-Cuba policy,” said a senior Obama administration official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity. [If it’s so great, then why do you only speak on condition of anonymity, and why was all this conducted under cloak of darkness, until it became a fait accompli?  And are there not US laws passed by Congress that govern much of US relations with Cuba?  So is this another exercise in executive lawlessness on the part of Obama?]

The Vatican played a key role in the rapprochement, including facilitating talks on the release of Alan Gross, a former subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development who returned from Cuba on Wednesday after five years’ imprisonment, U.S. officials said.

In early summer 2014, Pope Francis – who is from Argentina – sent separate personal letters to Obama and Castro, urging them to exchange captives and improve relations.

When the pope received the U.S. president in Vatican City in late March, the secret Cuba talks were a central topic of discussion. Cuba “got as much attention as anything else,” the official said.

The first face-to-face talks that eventually led to this week’s deal took place in June 2013 in Canada, which has long maintained relations with Cuba……..

Before you go saying this is all Pope Francis’ doing, Yahoo reports that the negotiations started under Pope Benedict – that is, if he was even aware, which I would assume he was?:

The Vatican got involved as early as March 2012, when a group of U.S. lawmakers went to the papal ambassador’s office in Washington’s posh Embassy Row section and pleaded for help.

Since then, through a Vatican transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Pope Francis, “it has always stayed on the Vatican’s radar,” said Senator Barbara Mikulski, from Gross’ home state of Maryland. “They talk to higher powers. I don’t know if it’s radar or angels, Cherubim, Seraphim – they go for it.”

I don’t have a lot of comment. Whatever the merits of the past US policy towards Cuba, it hasn’t succeeded in toppling the Castro family oligarchy that rules that nation (like most other communist nations, there is no “dictatorship of the proletariat,” there is a ruling nomeklatura who live like kings while the peasants suffer in poverty and filth).  But claims that the US embargo has “impoverished” Cubans are equally false: Cuba has normal trading relations with almost every other nation (including Canada and Western Europe).  The source of Cuba’s poverty – the same poverty that is overtaking Venezuela now, after over a decade of socialist rule – is communism.  Communism simply does not work, and is government enforced robbery (as Pope Leo XIII made so clear).

So what do you think of this?  Will this improve the lot of Cuba’s suffering Catholic majority now? And, for a twist…will this now allow American evangelists to flood Cuba as they have so many other Latin American nations, and with a badly broken Church, woo millions of souls away from the Church Jesus Christ directly founded?

As for me, I generally oppose anything that makes communist rule easier.  We have helped keep over a billion Chinese prisoners of a repressive state by shifting most of our manufacturing base to that country.  25 years of free trade with China haven’t done much to improve that nation’s human rights record or served to  undermine the ruling oligarchy there, either.  So as far as I can tell, this was a move made simply because Cuba is every American leftist’s wet dream of a socialist paradise with “wonderful, free” health care (so wonderful it probably helped speed the demise of Hugo Chavez, may God have mercy on his soul).  And Obama is nothing if not an American leftist.

Institutionalized “sex education” has resulted in societal-wide disorders and perversion December 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, silliness, Society.
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WARNING: THIS POST BY ITS NATURE DEALS WITH EXPLICIT TOPICS.  NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  READERS WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES ARE ADVISED TO SKIP THIS POST.

My wife found an old book from American Life League at my father-in-law’s house a month a few weeks ago.  It was published back in the late 80s and written by Dr. Melvin Anchell, who, I guess, used to cut quite a wide swath in the psychological community. That was back in the day when there were still many hardcore academics and physicians of prominence not just totally given over to leftism and cultural revolution. Anchell was an advocate for traditional morality and an opponent of the cultural marxists who burst upon the scene (seemingly) in the late 1960s.  He wrote the book Killers of Children: A psychoanalytical look at sex education to oppose the growing influence of these destructive cultural trends.  Unfortunately, he and his allies obviously failed.

Nevertheless, I found Dr. Anchell’s description of the disorders and sicknesses that creep into both individual lives and the culture at large  quite chilling:

What is “normal?”  The degree of mental health is not determined by an absence of inner personal conflicts but by the way these opposing emotional interests, ideas, etc., are reconciled.

“Abnormal” often represents a misrepresentation – a perversion – of what is “normal.”  Unfaithful, deformed reproductions of normal life are currently being spread by perverted minds.  Sick themselves, these purveyors are making the abnormal appear normal. [Man it is refreshing to hear this kind of clarity and truth, after at least two decades of being told how “normal” and “healthy” perversion is]

As a physician I regard any behavior that supports life and allows death to occur from natural causes as normal.  Behavior that leads to the destruction of life is abnormal.  [Dang right.  Thank you.  And behaviors that are by definition sterile are equally abnormal, because they do not support life.  It is amazing how much more confused our culture’s thinking has become in just the past 25 years. Things were bad then, but they are horrific today]

Sexual morality which has evolved from mankind’s earliest beginnings is essential for life. [I would say, it was given to our first parents by our Creator, not that we picked it up from some lower animal through so-called evolution] Mature sexuality along with its associated sexual morals are antidotes to death instincts.  Nowhere in today’s popular school sex programs is mature sexual morality emphasized. [It’s not just in the schools anymore. Disordered use of the marital faculties is taught to all of us constantly through the media in a thousand different ways]

The sexually emancipated-sexually aggressive females who are depicted as normal in movies, current novels and in sex education classes are not examples of special progress but, instead, are examples of social regression.  They exemplify females possessed by tremendous inner turmoil; females who are in conflict with their natural femininity. Such women are not liberated and free individuals but are slaves to the demands of the culture in which they live.  When the culture in which she lives condones free love, her psyche causes her to assume to some degree the characteristics of a loose woman.  Uninhibited sex life is contrary to women’s inner feminine nature. In truth, the sexually uninhibited woman is an artifact that is produced, sometimes, by a woman’s desire to prove herself totally independent or, more frequently, by fantasies arising from man’s erotic desires.  [And that is the most ironic part of the left’s efforts to ostensibly emancipate women over the past several decades.  Instead of empowering women, they are encouraged to ape the very worst characteristics of the lowest men, turning themselves into nothing but objects of lust to be used and discarded at men’s faintest whim.  And yet feminists tell us this is “empowerment” with their “slut walks” and embrace of sordid and damaging sexual escapades]

Many of today’ sexually aggressive females have foregone the ultimate feminine needs of marriage and family life, motherhood and of loving and being loved. [To the point that hundreds of millions have willingly had their own children ripped from their wombs and brutally murdered, in the name – for the most part – of their own convenience] Some attempt to satisfy love needs entirely through acts of copulation.  However, these impoverished women derive no real pleasure from the sex act.  Many such females are products of premature sexual activity brought about by sex education and the demands made upon them by a sexually pseudo-liberated society. [Quite true. And Dr. Anchell explains in his book how premature exposure to sexually explicit material and the awakening of faculties intended by God to remain dormant until later years has caused many young children to become “frozen” in a state of sexual immaturity that seeks only self-gratification and is incapable of mature romantic bonds]

Not only do popular sexual attitudes destroy the lives of some women, but the lives of many men have been torn apart by the current ‘sexual revolution.’

Some males, who regard free love as a modern day bonanza, aid and abet the state of sexual confusion in promiscuous females.  Impressed by sexperts, many men and women regard the sex act as a cure for all mental tensions.  This false teaching has been further perpetuated by an ever increasing number of sexperts.  [Indeed. While women have traditionally been the guardians of chastity and morality, men have done much to encourage women to embrace this libertine liberated lifestyle.  Men create the “sexual marketplace” demand, and women – especially women under 25 or so today, the majority of whom have dozens of partners by the time they leave college – sadly sell themselves cheap. No wonder marriage rates are in a freefall, as are fertility rates]

The argument that the normalcy of today’s common sexual practices is proven by their evident profligacy is as logical as claiming that the bubonic plague in the 15th century was normal because so many people at that time had the disease.

There is one inexorable law in Nature: “When the sexual instincts are perverted, the death instincts take over.”

———–End Quote———–

There is much wisdom in this book.  While Dr. Anchell was a psychoanalyst at least somewhat Freudian in outlook (an outlook I disagree with on most points), he does make some very important criticisms throughout this book, which I may delve into more later.  But this excerpt above was about as good a summation of the overall thrust of the book that I could find: the “sexual revolution” has been enormously damaging on many levels, it does not create “happiness” but leaves men and women broken and bitter, and it is hardest of all on the children who are often its most innocent victims.

Fighting the sexual revolution on a broad front now is like trying to corral the horses after they’ve jumped the fence, but on an individual, family basis, this is always a battle worth engaging in.

Apostolic investigation of LCWR turns into a sham of a whitewash December 17, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, religious, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.
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That takes some doing – turning even a whitewash into a sham of one.

A day or two ago, the Vatican released its final report on the status of women’s religious in the US.  It will probably come as no surprise, but with the change in leadership at both the Congregation for Religious and Institutes of Consecrated Life (from the fairly orthodox Cardinal Rode’ to the exceedingly liberal Brazilian Cardinal Braz de Aviz) and in the papacy, what started as a serious investigation oriented towards trying to curb at least the worst excesses of the warped women religious of the LCWR has turned into a shambles and a seeming endorsement of their movement “beyond Christ, beyond the Church” and into frequently perverse sex and wiccan-inspired paganism and new age death.

More comments in line with the report, below:

A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor — a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis. [Hmmm…..how can one practice “social justice” while embracing abortion, which has denied any justice to 1 to 2 billion babies over the past few decades alone?  In fact, these women religious focus only on a certain kind of progressive “social justice” quite distant from that outlined in Rerum Novarum and other orthodox documents]

The overwhelmingly positive report Tuesday also promised to value their “feminine genius” more, [Oh please……that’s a direct quote of Pope Francis] while gently suggesting ways to serve the church faithfully and survive amid a steep drop in their numbers. [There are more female religious over 90 in the LCWR than there are under 60!  In 15 years, these orders won’t exist!  I guess it was judged expedient that these orders should die] It was cheered by the American sisters themselves, dozens of whom swarmed the Vatican news conference announcing the results in a rare occasion of women outnumbering men at the Vatican. [Which I’m sure sent a thrill up the leg of reporter Nicole Winfield.  You go girl!]

“There is an encouraging and realistic tone in this report,” Sister Sharon Holland [head of LCWR] told reporters. “Challenges are understood, but it is not a document of blame, or of simplistic solutions. [“Simplistic solutions” is leftist code for “Doctrine of the Faith”] One can read the text and feel appreciated and trusted to carry on.” [With the rapid demise of your orders]

The report was most remarkable for what it didn’t say, given the criticism of American religious life that prompted the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI to launch the investigation in 2009.

There was no critique of the nuns, no demands that they shift their focus from social justice to emphasize Catholic teaching on abortion, no condemnation that a feminist, secular mentality had taken hold in their ranks……. [You have to be willfully blind to not see the overwhelming embrace of marxist lesbianism in the ranks of the LCWR leadership, and many rank and file, which just goes to demonstrate that gomorrist behaviors are learned, and not inborn]

…….It was a radically different message than that of another Vatican office that investigated an umbrella group of the sisters’ leaders.

That investigation, conducted by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, resulted in a Vatican takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in 2012. The doctrine office determined that the LCWR, which represents the leaders of 80 percent of U.S. nuns, took positions that undermined church teaching and promoted “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”…… [But in the new order, there are no themes incompatible with the “Catholic Faith”……except the Catholic Faith]

…….The report outlined the bleak reality facing American women’s congregations now: The current number of 50,000 U.S. sisters represents a fraction of the 125,000 in the mid-1960s, although that was an atypical spike in U.S. church history.  [It’s actually under 50,000 now, and will drop to a low of under 10,000 within the next 10-20 years. Then the mission of having essentially destroyed female religious life in this country will have been achieved]

The average age of U.S. nuns today is mid-to-late 70s. They are facing dwindling finances to care for their sisters as they age and haven’t had much success in finding new vocations……..

[It appears even the CDF involvement in the LCWR is going to turn out to be a big nothing since the change in Supreme Pontiff…..] Signaling that the change in the Vatican’s tone might also extend to the LCWR crackdown, Holland said she was “working hard and working well” with Vatican-appointed delegates who took over the Leadership Conference and that the process might end sooner than originally expected.

“We’re moving toward resolution of that,” she said [I’m sure you are]

This is immensely sad. I really do pray that some enormous miracle occur and these women be converted, at least on their death beds.  I read somewhere that even had the investigation been taken seriously and not turned into a whitewash, it came 20 years or more too late to save the vast majority of these orders, some with very storied histories and founded by great Saints.  The damage done to the Church in the spiritual realm by the collapse of women’s religious is incalculable.  Holy nuns make holy priests.  It is no surprise that the collapse of both hallowed institutions have gone hand in hand.

There is more than a bit of irony that a Jesuit Pope would preside over the release of such a document, given that it was under the spiritual direction of many radically heterodox Jesuits in the 60s and 70s that most orders of women’s religious embraced radically progressive points of view.  Some of these women are well and truly broken-hearted, and have embraced man-hating feminism and even worse as a sign of their bitterness. As one traditional priest related to me of what he was told by one of these women: “The Jesuits came into our order in 1966 and they took Jesus away.”  Her sadness was palpable, her anger more so.

A final note: for me, when the orthodox Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rode’ left the Congregation for Religious Life and was replaced by the highly radical Joao Braz de Aviz in early 2011, that was the first signal that something was amiss with the Benedictine papacy.  It was well known that Ratzinger had no love for Braz de Aviz and the nomination appeared inexplicable.  Shortly after that, the Vatileaks campaign against Pope Benedict began in earnest.  Obviously there was something enormous going on in the background that led to Braz de Aviz getting this hugely important post (look what he has done to the Franciscans of the Immaculate – that would have never, ever occurred under Rode’, and Fr. Geiger knows it), and that was timed with the start of the Vatileaks campaign.

One day, the story will come out, and many will have much to hang their heads about.  If they are even capable of shame.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Godlessness hath wrought – Houston girl brutally abused and murdered in satanic ritual December 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, paganism, rank stupidity, sadness, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MANY DISTURBING ELEMENTS OF BOTH A MORAL AND A SPIRITUAL NATURE. IT CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF SATANIC ACTIVITIES.  READERS, BE ADVISED.

The area we live in, sort of central Irving, TX, has been rocked by a series of minor earthquakes of late.  We were having an Eric Genuis concert at the parish a few weeks ago when there was a loud bang.  It sounded like a small explosion, or, to me, a sonic boom.  But it was a 3.3 earthquake. There have a score or so of them, all very minor.

People are trying to explain why this is happening, given the geologic stability of almost all of Texas.  Is it fracking?  Is it construction?  Is Irving about to turn into Los Angeles?  My wife looked at these potential explanations, and had another one: how many signs does God need to send us of His displeasure at our collective behavior before we’ll start to take notice and consider repenting?

The culture seems almost gleeful in its increasing rejection of Christianity and its associated moral code, which is a code that shares many elements with most advanced cultures across great swaths of history, but Christendom was, of course, the ultimate expression, the ultimate achievement, of human society.  When a culture once formed by God and adhering to His Law rejects both, there is no bottom to which it will sink. In spiritual terms, the forces of good are very much on the run before the forces of evil.  This is not because evil is stronger – we all know that is utterly false.  It is because more and more people willingly choose to side with the evil than with the good.  This was, of course, prophesied repeatedly in Sacred Scripture, in both Old Testament and New, as being one of the major signs of the Parousia or “end times.”

As an ultimate expression of this trend, two young hispanic men in the Houston area decided they needed to brutally abuse, rape, and murder a young girl, with the goal of cementing their demented pact with satan (again, content warning below):

A Harris County jury on Thursday convicted 18-year-old Jose E. Reyes of capital murder in a death tied to a satanic ritual, agreeing with prosecutors that another crime was committed when  Corriann Cervantes was brutally killed.

Reyes was automatically sentenced to life in prison.

Jurors took a little more than an hour to reach a decision, rejecting arguments from defense attorneys that if  Reyes was guilty of a crime, it would be murder……..

……”There are so many horrible, heinous and inhumane things this defendant did,” said Assistant Harris County District Attorney Martina Longoria. “This is beyond imagination and in his words: it’s all good.”

The last piece of evidence in the trial that began Monday were letters from jail in which Reyes said the Devil was watching him and directing him to act during the slaying.

“He was standing there, watching me and Victor,” the teen wrote in a letter read to jurors Thursday.

“It’s all good. It’s what the Devil asked for.” [And this is exactly the kind of diabolical disorientation and love of evil the leftist-modernist project in both the Church and world is causing, souls so screwed up they actually think they will find power and fame and riches in satan. But he is the father of lies, and never follows through on whatever “promises” he makes. Never, ever, ever flirt with the demonic, including Harry Potter, Twilight, and all the rest of the very popular works that expose souls to darkness, magic, and all the rest of the paths to spiritual attack]

LURID DETAILS FOLLOW. READERS WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES SHOULD NOT READ. CHILDREN ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN.

Prosecutors believe the three teens left a party to go to a vacant apartment to have consensual sex, but at some point Reyes told Alas he had sold his soul to the devil. Alas could also sell his soul, Reyes said, if they killed the teen. [How screwed up do you have to be, to find this proposition attractive?  By acknowledging satan, one is also acknowledging God, and deliberately rejecting Him in favor of ultimate evil]

The two then kept Cervantes from leaving the apartment as they beat, sexually assaulted and eventually killed her, prosecutors said.

Because of the circumstances, Longoria told jurors, they could find Reyes guilty of capital murder because of the kidnapping or sexually assault.

During the four-day trial, jurors saw graphic photos of heinous injuries that including an upside down cross carved on Cervantes’ stomach. Her right eye had been gouged out and she had been stabbed in the face and torso with a screwdriver. She had also been beaten in the face with the porcelain lid of a toilet tank.

Medical examiners and investigators testified Cervantes was also sexually assaulted.

Reyes’ lawyers argued there was not enough evidence to believe the sexual assault took place while Cervantes was alive. [Sick]

Back during the run up to the indescribably evil “satanic mass” in Oklahoma City, I wrote some posts describing satanism’s close association with hideous acts like the ones described above.  A satanist – by name, one of the Oklahoma group – came by to tell me how wrong and stupid I was, that satanism was all about……something nebulous that he couldn’t really define, but not acts of brutality.

Sure it is.  Just as the above indicates, nothing to see here, move along, the culture isn’t falling to pieces.

I wonder if “sancta muerte” didn’t play a role in this boy’s fall, or any of the other perverse superstitions that are all too common in the Hispanic community?  These things don’t just happen accidentally, people fall into this gravest of evils by a long process of deliberate bad choices and exposure to evil influences.  On rare occasions, people can pull themselves away from the evil without committing any atrocity or acts of which they are deeply ashamed, later, but most of the time, some kind of hideous tragedy results and the soul is lost, barring a huge moral miracle.

I fear we will see more of this as the decomposition of Christendom accelerates.

Not the abomination of desolation, but still bad: Creole, ummm…….Mass….at St. Peter’s December 16, 2014

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Ho boy:

Rome Reports calls this “creole,” but I’d call it more salsa or………I don’t know.  All I know is, what a wreck.

So maybe someone can find an exemption, but did problematic episodes of inculturation occur AT St. Peter’s during the previous pontificate? Maybe early on, before Pope Benedict dismissed the arch-modernist Marini (the bad one) as papal MC, an “affront” to which Marini is said to still hold a huge grudge?  But towards the end, at least the last few years, this kind of, I’ll say it, garbage, maybe happened at things like World Yute Day, but not at St. Peter’s?  Or am I misremembering?

h/t Boney

PS: This gets back to a point last week.  Seeing the wildly gesticulating performers, are such performances really about rendering honor and glory to God, or saying “LOOK AT ME!!!”?  I think the question not out of bounds, and that tends to be a troubling aspect about all lay involvement in the Mass, the hugely significant switch from Ad Orientem to versus poplum, priests with wireless mikes romping about the nave and sanctuary, and all the rest.  In all these things, there exists at least a serious temptation, if not, in all probability, a profound orientation, towards shifting the focus of the Mass – the Source and Summit of our Faith – from Jesus Christ, and onto the various “performers,” be they lectors, EMHCs, dancers, musicians, or whatever.

I sure know I have seen a lot of performers who crowd the very sanctuary seem to really, really get into what they are doing.

But blogging is totally different.  Not at all about attention-seeking, I swear.

Hmmm…….Pope Francis survey at US Catholic December 15, 2014

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Over at Unam Sanctam Catholicam, Boniface has a post notifying us of a survey at the very modernist US Catholic site, wherein you can give your opinion of the pontificate of Pope Francis in some detail, if you are so inclined.  I’m a little less than eager about this, because I hate to give such an unorthodox site the traffic, and really our opinions of Pope Francis don’s amount to squat in the grand scheme of things, and, perhaps in particular, with this pontiff.  There is also the notion that such a survey implies some view of a “democratic” Church, although I think that particular concern is more over the top than not.

So, if you feel inclined, you can fill out the survey here.  It is pretty long. Judging by the comments, it appears a lot of folks are more than a little troubled at the direction in the Church in the past 21 months.  But maybe this exercise could be something of a catharsis.

They do ask for your name and e-mail at the end.

Just to fill out this post with a bit more context, I was sent the following by two people yesterday (thanks).  It’s both kind of funny (barely kind of) and kind of sad, and just wow has the talent level at Saturday Night Live not just fallen, but jumped off a cliff:

It’s obviously intended as sort of a mean-spirited put down of the Church and especially the Mass, but from a traditional perspective it sure does show that a lot of criticisms made of the NO are also picked up on by the outside world, so to speak.  I do feel bad for pointing these things out at times, especially for those who have no alternative but to assist at the Novus Ordo, but this sketch does nail the mentality far too prevalent at far too many parishes. It also nails the result: collapsing Mass attendance and indifference towards the Faith.

 

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

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Thanks to reader D for the link.

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

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

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

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

Presented as yet another datapoint in the ongoing collapse.

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

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

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

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

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

More:

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

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

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

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

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

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