Before I go for the weekend (and what a week it has been!), here is some disturbing polling data – that confirms many other recent polls – that anywhere from 50-60% of Americans now favor state recognition of so-called same-sex marriage, with those opposed falling in some polls down to only 1/3 or so of the population. We are plainly losing badly on this matter, even if individual polls tend to exaggerate the degree of support.
I agree with Father Michael Rodriguez, sodomite marriage will be the law of the land in these 50 states within a few years, at most, and this nightmare will be the vehicle of the persecution.
What is even more disturbing, is that this support may not be as much due to cultural pressure as I thought. There is a tendency in polling – which can be dramatically exaggerated by how questions are formed – to give what the respondent feels is the “correct” response. For example, people who answer a religious survey as to religious affiliation as Catholic, tend to overestimate their Church attendance by a factor of two – that is to say, 40% claim they assist at Mass weekly, when the real number is under 20%. But Catholics are expected to assist at Mass regularly, so people tend to give what they know is the expected answer – at least, good number of people do so.
So, if people think most others believe homo-marriage is preferred by others, they would tend to answer that they support it, even if they are waffling or unsure, because that is the expected “correct” answer. But further poll data actually shows Americans are pretty clueless on the degree of public support for this radical redefinition/destruction of marriage, so that bias may not be as significant as I once thought.
Nevertheless, there does remain heavy cultural pressure in favor of this state recognition of immorality as “marriage,” through films, music, TV, etc. This pressure is slowly converting people to a position that would have utterly mortified virtually every preceding generation of Christendom going back many, many centuries.
Bring on the persecution. It will open the doors of Heaven to many faithful, and will plant the seed of a glorious restoration of Christendom – provided we are not nearing the Parousia!
I’m out of time, have a blessed weekend.
Matthew VIII and ecumenism with Jews March 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, Bible, catachesis, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
The Gospel for the Thursday after Ash Wednesday in the 1962 Missal (actually, mine is 1945, but the reading is the same) is from Chapter VIII of St. Matthew’s Gospel (verses 5-13). Towards the end, Our Blessed Lord says some things that would appear, to me, to contradict much of the modern “ecumenical” attitude in the Church, especially with regard to the Jews:
At that time, when Jesus had entered into Capharnaum, there came to Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying: Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy and is grievously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers, and I say to this: Go, and he goeth; and to another: Come, and he cometh; and to my servant: Do this, and he doeth it.
And Jesus hearing this, marveled, and said to them that followed Him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel. And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the centurion: Go and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour.
While this Gospel is normally taken as a glorious exegesis on faith, which it is of course is, this second half is also most significant. In it, Christ refers to the Gentiles being the prime recipients of the New Covenant, and prophesies the Jewish rejection of the same. There were certainly many Jewish converts to the early faith, and the Apostles were entirely Jewish in origin, but we also know from 2000 years of history that many Jews, and especially the Jewish religious establishment, rejected Christ’s Sacrifice, the life of Grace, and the entire New Covenant.
And, Our Blessed Lord seems to make clear that this rejection will result in their damnation. He refers specifically to the children of the present kingdom – the Old Covenant, the Jewish religious state, then under Roman domination, but formerly with their own kings – as being cast out for their refusal to accept Christ.
Unfortunately, the post-conciliar ecumenical movement, extending even to the very highest level of the Church in the form of the past several popes, routinely not just implies, but directly states, that the Old Covenant is somehow still operative and that Jews have their own “path to salvation” even while deliberately rejecting Christ – which many modern-day Jews make it a point to do. It is not true charity to leave people in error, to tell them their religious heritage, which they certainly hold dear, is somehow salvific. It reeks of universal salvation and indifferentism of a kind that would have shocked Catholics just a few decades ago.
Beyond this one quite, there are of course numerous portions of Sacred Scripture which would seem to directly contradict the underlying rationale for the entire ecumenical movement, especially that portion of the movement directed at non-Christians. This is just one small reference point. There are dozens of others.
But as we see abroad in the Church today, more and more, there are efforts to undermine if not obliterate Dogmas founded on an incredibly sure foundations of direct references from Scripture as well as 2000 years of Tradition. The Church in Germanic speaking countries is just about totally run amok, with bishops claiming fornication is no longer a sin, that contraception use is morally acceptable (in spite of direct statements claiming this use is mortally sinful going back to the very, very earliest Church – and before), and of course that maybe bigamy is OK, and go ahead and present for the Blessed Sacrament while you remain married to two people, at least in God’s eyes.
To the extent that the Holy Father seems to be at least toying with some of these notions, as well, it is certainly scandalous and profoundly unnerving to faithful Catholics. I don’t have a big point with this post, other than to relate that I was struck by this seeming condemnation in advance of the modern ecumenical movement by Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ. Christ was always very direct and plain with regard to salvation: either you accept Him as Son of God, observe the commandments, and practice virtue in cooperation with Grace, or you will not be saved. You will suffer eternal torments in hell.
It is amazing that there are people in the Church – uneducated or educated to the point of imbecility, I know not – that appear to have utterly forgotten their Scripture. Or, they are simply so overwhelmingly influenced by the world and its errors that they have grown cold in the Faith.
Difficult times, to be certain. I can only advise more prayer and penance, for ourselves and our Holy Mother Church.
I thought this was good……”They Live” March 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, self-serving, sickness, Society.
If you know the 1988 John Carpenter satire/horror film, you might appreciate this off-topic bit:
That’s pretty much how I feel about them. I used to think Brad Pitt was maybe OK back in the late 90s when he did 12 Monkeys and Fight Club, but ever since, not so much.
The whole thing has become so false and fake it’s stunning. If you step away from TV/film for a while, and then see scenes like this, it becomes obvious how unreal all this Hollywood crud is.
Two more Texas abortion mills close March 6, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Victory.
Good news. HB2, while far from perfect, is working. Two more Texas abortion mills have closed. I have a feeling one more mill in the DFW area will have to close before too long. The requirement that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles is proving too difficult for many of these “doctors” (most of whom are abortionists due to past legal/substance abuse/other problems that basically removed their ability to practice respectable aspects of medicine) to obtain.
Two more Texas abortions clinics are closing because of new restrictions placed on the facilities by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Ten clinics have already closed because of a new law, which strictly limits where, when, how and from whom women can obtain abortions. [Well, if by "strictly limit," you mean, "finally requires abortionists to meet minimal health and safety standards other surgical centers have long had to meet," then OK]
Amy Hagstrom Mill owns the Whole Woman’s Health Clinic. She said Thursday that Republican lawmakers have made it impossible to keep her clinics open in Beaumont and McAllen.
The McAllen clinic is the last in the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas, while the Beaumont clinic is the only one between Houston and the Louisiana border. [Awww, too bad, baby murder is not so convenient]
Abortion rights groups are challenging the law in court, arguing it has no medical basis. One of the law’s provisions requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. [Given how frequently women require emergency medical assistance after botched abortions, this is a highly charitable, if absolutely minimal, requirement]
I know some folks who say that even laws like HB2 cannot really be supported, because they leave the grave evils of abortion and contraception in place. Some feel the ONLY acceptable laws that can be fully supported are those that would make abortion and contraception completely illegal again.
Such would, of course, be wonderful, but they are wildly unreasonable in the present environment. That doesn’t mean we can’t continue to note that these laws are faulty, that as much good as they accomplish, they still keep a barbaric, immoral act legal. However, they are very significant steps in getting us where we want to be, which is a nation with zero abortions and no contraception use, and they measurably decrease the availability of baby-murder, at least.
And we should of course continue reminding all those opposed to abortion, including many Catholics and most all protestants, that so long as contraception remains legal and widespread, we’ll never be rid of legalized abortion. Contraception is the foundation upon which abortion is built, and creates the very “need” for the vast majority of abortions, in the first place, as our very own Supreme Court has recognized.
I pray this law is not overturned, it is doing a great deal of good. We pray outside mills regularly, and we know women are keeping their children because abortion is not so readily available as it was just a few months ago.
Thanks to reader SB for the hat tip!
Belgian King signs child euthanasia bill into law March 5, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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How long before the sexular pagans have altars of sacrifice set up to burn children to death? That is, after all, what their satanic “god” ultimately wants. Of course, he already gets that in abortion, so maybe such visible demonstrations are passe’. Still, God put a need for worship in man’s heart, but modern paganism has rejected God and seems headed towards truly perverse forms of diabolical worship. I cannot but see the below as yet another step in this process of moral and spiritual degradation.
I blogged about the legislation passed in Belgium a short while back, legalizing euthanasia for children. In a supposed act of mercy (how perverse understanding of the virtues has become!), this bill requires the children to agree to their being killed! Can you imagine! My little boy has been very sick for the past week, and at times he became afraid because he did not know how much more sick he would become, or even if he would die. He was so sweet if sad and scared……and yet now parents are going to “ease the suffering” of their children (or is it themselves?) by asking them to die!
All hinged on the King of the Belgians. There was hope he would be as stout-hearted as his uncle, who resigned his monarchy rather than sign a pro-abortion bill. It was not to be. The King duly signed, and children can now be murdered in hospitals across Belgium.
Good Lord, it makes me sick:
The head of state has completely fulfilled his constitutional role despite various pressures.
King Philippe signed the law this Sunday on the extension of euthanasia to minors. This was the final act expected in the tracking process of the law since its adoption by the House, two weeks having elapsed after having been in the Senate. [that means this was the last act needed to promulgate the law]
There’s more, including an international petition signed by over 200,000 asking the king to refuse to sign, but obviously it was all for naught.
And so now we have yet another via media for the slaughter of the innocents. At least these children have a chance to be baptized, not that many in Belgium do that anymore.
And the sinking of the ship that was western culture accelerates a little bit more. A few of us are scrambling with buckets to bail the thing out, but we are so few, and the maddened masses continuing to pull out the hull cocks are so many.
What’s going on in Syracuse? March 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
This is a bit far afield from Dallas, but being your intrepid reporter on all things Catholic (that happen to interest me), and knowing how wrecked virtually every upstate New York diocese has been by rampantly ideological progressive dominance over the past 40 odd years, I thought the following two items relevant.
First, two Catholic churches in Syracuse are bringing in a transgendered person to talk about their confused and destructive (not to mention, appalling to God) lifestyle:
Two Syracuse Catholic Churches are hosting a series of talks on what it’s like to be transgender.
The series of events highlighting what it’s like to be transgender is sponsored by All Saints Catholic Church and St. Lucy’s Catholic Church.
It was organized by the All Saints LGBT Task Force and volunteers from Family Allies for Trans Equality in New York State.
The next event is March 4. “Voices From The Journey: Hearing From Transgender Persons.” That will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and repeated the same day from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
This is only part of the list of talks. There are day long workshops, all intended to normalize a severe perversion/mental disorder and undermine Catholic Doctrine. These conferences are invariably heavy on emotion and short on reason, and try to win support from Catholics (or, it looks like, Katholycs) for both opposition to that Doctrine and in support of insupportable immorality.
Leaving aside Church Doctrine and the offense such folks give to God (see both Old and New Testament), the life outcomes for transgender types are horrific. Even in this unceasingly “tolerant” age, where virtually every kink is approved of and given cultural support on a wide scale, trans-types have nightmarish rates of suicide, substance abuse, self-mutilation, chronic depression, etc. This lifestyle is so fundamentally disordered that to be a trans is to shorten one’s lifespan, on average, by over 40 years. Some try to claim this is due to lingering cultural oppression, but please…..does this series of talks – during LENT, of all times – indicate repression?
What it does indicate is that the Diocese of Syracuse has serious, serious problems. I have to ask, where is the bishop? How can he tolerate not only these talks, but the presence of doctrine-rejecting, division-inducing groups like “ LGBT Task Force and volunteers from Family Allies for Trans Equality?” We have seen in this Diocese of Dallas that these alleged homosexual support groups almost invariably depart from Church Doctrine and become advocates for radical notions of sodom/gomorrah “rights,” undermining the sensus fidei of the faithful and harming the entire Body of Christ.
Reading any number of books, from Rite of Sodomy to Ungodly Rage to Goodbye, Good Men will reveal to any even remotely faithful Catholic that these pro-homosex groups are virtually unanimously irreconcilable with the Faith. And yet a group that is truly dedicated to the good of souls and aiding those with same-sex attraction to living a chaste, virtuous life are ignored and reviled, in spite of the enormous good they do.
But it’s not just in the parishes. A Katholyc college within the Diocese of Syracuse is planning a “drag show,” again during Lent, on campus:
Unfortunately, the “smoke of Satan” is spreading on Catholic campuses. This time Catholic Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, is planning its second annual “drag show” on March 10 in the Grewen Auditorium.
The lewd event flatly undermines moral values and is being promoted on the college’s web site as a “fun event for everyone! Learn about drag culture ettiquet [sic], enter prize raffles, and dance!”
An advertisement for the event attacks human nature by displaying a human face that is a mixture of male and female. Here is the inappropriate tweet promoting the pro-homosexual show.
The “show” is promoted by a group on campus called “Creating Awareness & Reaching Equality.” The same group supports same-sex “marriage” and other sins that violate Catholic moral teaching.
Naturally, this is a college in the “Jesuit” tradition. What will they do when there are no more Jesuits to have a “tradition?”
So this college can get away with promoting decadent, sinful filth, and it’s scot free! But a traditional Catholic college may start to drift a bit in things traditional, and it’s crush, crush them! The hypocrisy is stultifying.
I’d say Bishop Robert Cunningham has some ‘splaining to do. But the entire Church in upstate New York has become diabolically disoriented under the influence of the almost certainly active homosexual, but now thankfully retired, Bishops Matthew Clark and Howard Hubbard. There were numerous instances of priest boy-rape in upstate New York. These things tend to go together: support for the homosexual agenda, and boy-rape scandals.
The Church is upstate New York, once a glorious pillar, is now a fallen down wreck. Vocations are pathetically low (by deliberate intent), parishes are closed, the percentage of Catholics in the population continues to plummet, the few remaining faithful souls are isolated and persecuted, and sin abounds.
But where sin abounds, Grace abounds the more, so let us pray for the conversion and reconstitution of the Church in upstate New York, and for the the conversion of Bishop Cunningham.
You can sign a petition opposing the drag horror show here.
Awesome selfie…… March 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, fun, silliness, Society, technology.
This is being passed all over the secular intrawebs, may as well glom on. A Royal Danish Air Force pilot of an F-16A MLU had a dash-mounted cam take this nice shot of him launching an AIM-9M Sidewinder missile:
If his helmet looks kind of funny, that’s because he’s wearing a Joint Helmet Mounted Cuing System helmet, which projects HUD and targeting information onto the pilot’s visor:
It is actually intended not to work with the 80′s vintage AIM-9L/M, but with the much more recent and capable AIM-9X:
This is called a high off-boresight missile. It can literally be fired at aircraft flying above, below, alongside, and in some very limited conditions even behind the “good guy’s” aircraft. The AIM-9L was revolutionary when introduced in the early 80s, since it permitted pilots to engage enemy aircraft not just from behind, by having the early IR-homing missiles home on the bad guy’s AB plume, but from any direction – front, side, etc. But you still had to get your nose on the bad guy’s plane.
With the helmet mounted sight+high off boresight missile, all the pilot has to do is to look at the aircraft he wants to target, and fire the missile. The nose of his plane does not have to be pointed at all on the bad guy. But he has to think in Russian.
I love that escort shoot-down (the third trial in the video) – if you’re wingman torques you off, you can deal with him! I said two miles in trail, not abreast, @#$%it!
I really didn’t know the AIM-9X Sidewinder had enough energy to chase down a target after a head on pass like that. Wow.
It was also interesting seeing that Phantom down low popping flares like mad get hit in the first trial. Another wow. So much for countermeasures (actually, there are better countermeasures, but they weigh a lot and are very expensive).
It did make me sad to see all those Phantoms die. They shot down so many (over 300) they’re moving onto F-16s for full-scale drone targets.
Looks like you got your Flightline Friday early this week.
Oh, one more thing I saw, that fourth and final trial has a portion of the video edited for classified reasons. I suspect – heck,I know – that’s because they had outfitted the QF-4 target with an advanced infrared countermeasures device, looks like the type that tries to blind the seeker on the missile by admitting incredibly bright flashes of light. Some of those are laser-powered, others use incandescent magnesium. Looks like it may have been the latter in this case.
Disney pressures Boy Scouts to have sodo-scoutmasters March 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Disney Corporation, whatever it used to be, is now an open and avowed agent of the culture of death and evil, generally. The trail of destruction that follows virtually all young Disney stars should be enough to tell us there is something gravely immoral at play in that giant corporation.
As part of their continuing efforts to advance radical cultural change and the destruction of the traditional family (does Disney have research that shows that kids in single-parent or other non-traditional homes tends to watch more?), Walt Disney World has told the Boy Scouts of America- which organization jumped the shark last year in admitting openly homosexual scouts – to start admitting sodomy loving scoutmasters by 2015 or lose funding:
Walt Disney World has decided it will stop funding the local Boy Scouts of America chapter beginning next year unless the childhood group allows open homosexuals to serve as Scoutmasters.
The Disney corporation said the BSA violates its non-discrimination policy. Disney World’s VoluntEARS program allows employees to trade volunteer work for donations to a charity of their choice. But the scouts will no longer be eligible for these funds……
……Homosexual groups said the decision is a sign of their growing influence in the culture, especially in the realm of children’s entertainment [Think about that. A local priest says he knows our culture is dead when the men won't stand up to fight against sodomites redefining marriage and - their ultimate goal? - gaining influence over our children. If we won't fight against that, and I mean hard, what will we fight against?]
I think anyone with a smidgen of a brain knew that the Boy Scouts halfway embrace of the perverse culture by permitting homosexual-claiming youth wouldn’t last any length of time at all. The corporate powers that be, who play an instrumental role in advancing radical perversion in our culture, will not allow it. The Boy Scouts could have stood strong and been willing to suffer the consequences of remaining true to the dictates of Christ, but they chose to cave into the world. The first time is hardest, after that, it becomes easier and easier, until it becomes a habit.
For a good Catholic alternative to the Boy Scouts, consider the Troops of St. George.
How orthodox young priests are broken, part deux March 3, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
I related in a previous post how liturgical abuse and assignments with liberal pastor overseers are used to help break priests of their orthodoxy. But even more frighteningly, a subsequent chapter describes the use of psychological torture and even brainwashing to break the wills and intellects of orthodox young priest aspirants. Some very well known and orthodox priests even likened the seminary system in the United States – at least as it existed 10 or so years ago (it has improved, but not that much) – to the satanic Soviet system of GULAGs and general communist totalitarianism. That might seem an overstatement, but wait until you read below, and, also, consider that many of these seminary overlords are far, far leftwing. The Left has shown repeatedly that it views dissent from its religious orthodoxy as something akin to a mental disorder – we see that hear in this country, and the Soviets literally institutionalized those who opposed the nightmares of the “perfect” communist state.
From chapter 7 of Goodbye, Good men, Go see the Shrink!
Father Perry Amos [not his real name] of the Diocese of Austin put it this way: “One of the classic dynamics at the seminary was that the young, and hence in some ways immature, orthodox seminarian, hammered from all sides by a system inimical to his faith, his sexuality, and his sense of mature human behavior, would be worn down to the point of ‘striking back.’ If necessary, this pressure could also be increased by advisers, faculty evaluations, etc., especially when thy attempted to rearrange or force the manifestation of a candidate’s conscience. Once you ‘struck back’ you were dead. You were ‘insubordinate,’ ‘had problems with authority figures, or were ‘rigid.’ [Apparently, being "rigid" is the worst possible sin a seminarian can commit. It means being faithful to the Magisterium, and we can't have that! It will ruin our glorious proletarian revolution!] It was sobering at the time to realize how closely the dynamic paralleled the brain-washing strategies of the communist re-education camps. Even the connotations of the terms ‘rigid,’ ‘pre-conciliar,’ ‘anti-community,’ resonated with communist terms like ‘capitalist,’ bourgeois,’ and ‘anti-democratic.’” [I prefer the term 'running dog lackeys']
Father John Trigilio [A very orthodox priest and host of my favorite EWTN show, ever, "Web of Faith." It helped me a lot during my conversion] of the Harrisburg diocese made the same comparison: “The one book that helped me persevere through my twelve years of seminary,” he said, “was Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago. [I have read this masterpiece. Everyone should. It reveals to its naked core the enormous, diabolical evil that is communism. That Trigilio, a priest I respect, should make this comparison to Catholic seminaries.....it is beyond disturbing. Heaven help us. But as he goes on in his description, it is plain he is not exaggerating] His imprisonment and constant surveillance was in many ways identical to my seminary life, in which cultural revolutionaries sought to ‘rehabilitate’ the orthodox into becoming full-fledged party members of the new dissidence. As in the former USSR, if you opposed the ‘party-line,’ which in the case of the seminary was their particular brand of heterodoxy, then you wre labeled as mentally u nfit and kept under close scrutiny ‘for your own safety.’ The mind games, spying, and hidden agendas as well as the vast bureaucracy of the KGB was cloned in seminaries across America.”
“Fellow seminarians spy on one another; blackmail, intimidation, slander, threats, and even violence are employed to protect the status quo. Quote the Pope and you are an archconservative, John Birch, KKK, neo-nazi, etc. Quote Gore Vidal and you are an intellectual Renaissance man.” [There seems to be a corollary between the methods of surveillance and repression reported here, and traits commonly associated with a certain, currently very en vogue sexual deviancy. But given that so many of that kind ruled so many seminaries, that would make sense.]
“I actually saw vocations tortured and killed by those who were supposedly there to promote and foster vocations.” What Trigilio witnessed, he said, can only be described as ” a real persecution and systematic extermination of orthodoxy and manly piety so as to artificially create a climate for married and women clergy.” [I tell you, I find the words chosen by Fr. Trigilio chilling. "Tortured," "killed," "systematic extermination." These are the kinds of words we normally see when reading about horrid evils like genocide or "ethnic cleansing." Instead, they are being applied to what has occurred to thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of hopeful, pious young Catholic men who only wanted to serve God in His Holy Church! It is unthinkable that such a state could exist! And yet I respect Fr. Trigilio a great deal, so I am inclined to accept his assessment at face value.]
Amazing. Diabolical. Two things pop to mind that I frequently come back to: one, that public heresy is invariably driven by private (or not so private) sin, and, two, that there are no limits to the depths of depravity to which one can sink when you cut God our of your life, or reject His Law and lead a life devoid of Grace. It appears both were dominant in most seminaries for decades.
Incredible stuff. What a day. More comments and views than ever, not sure how it happened! But I’m so glad to know you all love, me, you really, really love me!
I feel like Sally Field!
How orthodox young priests are broken, pt. 1 March 3, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Society, scandals, sickness, episcopate, priests, persecution, secularism, catachesis, self-serving.
I was reading some more in Goodbye, Good Men over the weekend, and I read some accounts of persecution of orthodox young men in seminaries that correlated closely to some of my own experience. In particular, it seems common to assign orthodox young priests to parishes that have more liberal pastors. According to Goodbye, Good Men, this process is widespread and starts at the beginning of seminary formation:
One priest says of his seminary days: “It seems like they wanted to break us of any ‘romantic notions’ we may have had of how Mass ought to be offered.” And, he observed, this continues after ordination when, it seems, young orthodox priests are placed in parishes with liberal pastors who still fancy 1970s-style liturgical experimentation. [I've certainly seen that here locally. More than one - several, in fact - orthodox young priests seem to invariably wind up being assigned to the same parishes with well-earned reputations for liberalism, sometimes extreme. They rarely seem to be assigned to those parishes with reputations for orthodoxy, although it does happen occasionally. Coincidence?]
“Another sad part of the formation staff,” said a former student of Mundelein seminary in Chicago, “is their constant scrutiny over how we pray. If a student bows before Communion, it is filed against him as ‘an obsession with the Real Presence.’ Since we don’t kneel at the Consecration, [another former seminarian related that at Mundelein in the 90s, faculty prohibited the seminarians from kneeling during the Consecration or receiving the Blessed Sacrament on the tongue. That is some sick repression] anyone who chooses to kneel after Communion is observed and remembered. Outward acts of piety are usually challenged. Often, the formation faculty equates piety with rigidity, always followed by an analysis of repressed sexual problems.” [Problems which in reality do not exist. But as I will show in the following post, psychological "counseling," or, in reality, mind-bending brainwashing and mental persecution, is a common form of punishment for the orthodox in seminaries, or at least used to be. I think it's still extant, just more low key now]
[Another man who was ordained for the Diocese of Pittsburgh noted]: “There are always ways to break the orthodox young man,” he explained: “for instance, if he has a spiritual year or a pastoral year serving in a parish, he may well be assigned to a pastor who is very liberal and consequently abuses the Liturgy. Even if he gets ordained the process continues; he may continue to be assigned only to serve liberal pastors until he has forgotten any liturgical ideals, i.e., legitimate practices, he may have had about the Liturgy he may have originally wanted to follow.”
I had actually wondered to myself for quite some time whether this phenomenon was just in my head or if it was real. I would see that various young priests seemed to wind up in very similar places, almost invariably. I tended to doubt assigning young priests was done scientifically, but I didn’t know if maybe I was reading something into the situation due to my own biases. It seems that I was right all along.
This was written over 10 years ago, and I keep hearing, apocryphally, that things are “better.” I pray they truly are.