In the US today, lies trump truth most of the time June 30, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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One of the inevitable, almost certainly pre-written pieces that came out in the wake of last week’s disastrous decision to force legal recognition of pseudo-sodomarriage on all 50 states – directly contradicting the express will of 31 states and almost as many state constitutional amendments – was one having to do with the alleged superiority of such immoral “unions.” That someone could make such a claim with a straight face is a sure indication of the unprecedented depths to which the morals of this nation have descended. Unfortunately, we will likely face such ludicrous claims frequently, so we must be armed with reasoned analysis to refute them totally and forcefully. I will fisk some of the claims below for your reference:
it’s worth keeping in mind the findings of psychologists John and Julie Gottman … gay couples have an edge[.] … [G]ay couples have a healthier fighting style than straight couples. [Perhaps that’s because they have so much practice. Milo Yiannopoulos, an open sodomite, reports that nearly half of all lesbians have been assaulted at least once by their partners. These rates are stratospheric compared to the general population. Perhaps that is why lesbian partnerships almost never last more than 3 years]
……The Gottmans give an example from a workshop they held with gay and lesbian couples. They gave couples some exercises to complete and the men went through the exercises much more quickly than the women. While the lesbians felt that there was not enough time to complete the exercise properly—they wanted more time sharing answers among one another and with the group—the men wanted the exact opposite. [All the claims in this piece come from one pair of researchers who use non-statistically valid methods and self-reporting schemes. It is worthless analytically, even as it assaults reason violently]
About 60 percent of gay men, one study found, have had sex outside of their marriage and 44 percent of them said that they had done so with the blessing of their partner. By comparison, about 14 percent of straight men and women reported having sex outside of marriage… [The numbers are actually a lot higher than that, with nearly 90% of male couples requiring an “open relationship” to last more than a couple of years. The median number of lifetime partners for a sodomite of 20 years experience is in the hundreds, with many in the thousands]
… given how strong the male sex drive is, it’s unrealistic to expect men to remain monogamous for life. [This is just utter balderdash, billions of men over the course of history have managed it, this is nothing but special pleading for base behavior] Having occasional trysts outside of marriage helps gay men keep the marriage together. [A relationship founded on promiscuity is no marriage] The problem is that when individuals have an orgasm, they release a hormone called oxytocin, which makes people emotionally attached and bonded to another person. “So there is attachment taking place through sex,” he said. [My goodness, incredibly they admit there even could be a downside. But I would hazard, based on the behavior of my next door neighbor, there is little attachment going on, but a whole lot of drug and alcohol fueled screaming and yelling at 3 and 4 in the morning. His house is the sole source of police responses on our street, and they happen with some regularly. His charming response to complaints (not mine)? Go —- yourself.]
Lesbians suffer from the opposite problem. Rather than having too much sex, they seem to be having too little. The term “lesbian bed death,” coined by the sociologist Pepper Schwartz, is a now-famous descriptor for how little sex lesbian women report having.
Indeed, the vast majority of lesbian relationships become completely platonic after the first 3-6 months. That’s another point that Yiannopoulos included. These highly disordered relationships tend to feature a great deal of obsessive-compulsive behavior that tends towards the violence seen above. In order to get a new thrill and re-initiate their perverse behaviors, gomorrists tend to seek out new partners. So again, we see how the behavior of these morally lost soul has been sanitized and re-cast in terms to make them palatable to the majority, by completely misrepresenting how they actually conduct their lives.
Which gets back to a point I raised two weeks ago, which is that gomorrists admit of having far more male partners!!! than women unafflicted with this perverse lust do. I personally find in this fact very strong evidence that this lifestyle is far more about conscious choice than it is anything else. All this data has been carefully buried, of course, in service of this most demonic of social revolutions.
I should remind readers that the Talmud, one of the major sources of Jewish belief, states that God unleashed the Flood that destroyed almost all life on earth when the people became so deranged they began to “marry” people of the same sex. I don’t want readers to feel I am being overly negative, but I am trying to impress on folks the unbelievably dire situation that faces us.
I do strongly recommend reading books like Mexican Martyrdom and The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest if you want some idea of what is coming our way. Books on more recent persecutions are probably superior to older ones since they incorporate some of the invidious advances that have been made in the persecutor’s arsenal. The Last Crusade is another good source.
I will try to do a post on recommendations for sources like this at another time.
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The prayer vigil outside the Men’s Club will be tomorrow Wednesday July 1 at about 8 pm. I will go again, God willing, on July 15.
I was thinking about pushing the prayer vigil back to next week if many guys were out of town. I really have no idea, so I’ll leave it as is. Details below:
I will be praying outside The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on Wednesday July 1, at 8 pm. I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office. This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”
We’ve had some good turnout. I pray all of you are able to come back out this Wednesday.
The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway. It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there. It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this sexually oriented business (SOB). Men over 18 only. All men are welcome. You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish. I will stay for at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half, depending on how many show up.
No protesting, just prayer. No interaction with the patrons at this time. That may come later. We’ll see. Of course, last month, we had some interaction we did not seek. If that happens again, please keep praying and I will try to engage with whomever approaches us.
This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death. Maybe it’s even a way to get that canonized “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.
I pray you are able to make it. Bring your friends. Fly in from out of town! Rent buses!
Call to end tax exempt status is really a call to end churches and plunder their property June 30, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition, unadulterated evil.
One of the dominant characteristics of the Tudor dynasty in 16th and 17th century England was its totalitarian nature and profound lawlessness. It was this lawlessness that laid the seed-bed for 17th century rebellion against monastery and the (to the present day) total ascendance of the Parliament over the monarchy. Henry VIII infamously sacked much of the wealth of the English Church, the better to buy support among certain aristocrats and other unscrupulous souls. He did so through an instrument of totalitarian government, the Act of Supremacy, which declared Henry the sole head of the “church in England.”
History never repeats, but historical situations do recur. We don’t quite have an all-powerful king, but we do have a narrow elite hell-bent on pursuing their own narrow interest and using any and all means to do so. We also have a nation horribly in debt and unable to meet even its present-day fiscal obligations, not to mention the titanic mountain of debt that looms on the near horizon. These are two very powerful elements that, with this disastrous Obergfell Supreme Court decision, now have the means to plunder the churches both for the wealth that could be gained by so doing and, to paraphrase King Henry II, to rid themselves of these damned meddlesome Christians.
That’s the conclusion (and the extrapolation) I draw from Denny Burk’s warning that the sexular pagans are not nearly done with their revolution, and that they are coming for the churches next, both for our money, and to silence us once and for all (my emphasis and comments):
Mark Oppenheimer of The New York Times is now calling for the government to remove tax-exempt status from churches. After I posted a link to his article on Facebook, a pastor friend commented: “I’m not sure our small church could survive.” That, my friends, is the point. And Oppenheimer knows it. [Well, he admits as much later]
Legal gay marriage is not the endgame for the gay-rights movement. It never was. Moral approval is the endgame. The agenda is not tolerance for different beliefs and lifestyles. The agenda is a demand that everyone get on board with the moral revolution or be punished. That means if you or your church won’t get with the program, then the revolutionaries will endeavor to close you down. [That is it in a nutshell. Reilly establishes very clearly that this “marriage” movement is all about gaining that precious, precious affirmation these poor souls so constantly crave. It won’t work, of course, the Law of God written on their hearts will continue to keep them in misery so long as they live these terrible lives of sin]
But they aren’t going to say,”We’ll close you down,” in so many words. They will cover it in propaganda that conceals their real aim. They’ll say, as Oppenheimer does, that taxpayers are “subsidizing” churches, that ministers make fat-cat six-figure salaries, and that government should get those rich priests and preachers off the government dole. [I don’t know what our bishops in this country make, but there are some fat cats in the Church in places like Germany. But in this country, even the pastor of a large parish rarely makes more than $60k a year, though they do have many major expenses covered]
Never mind that the average base salary of a full-time senior pastor ranges from $33,000 to $70,000 (source). Never mind that ministers do pay income taxes. Never mind that it is absurd to suggest not paying taxes is a subsidy…….That doesn’t fit the fictional narrative activists wish to advance—that these churches don’t deserve to have their “subsidy” continued in light of their intolerable views on sexuality. [Yep, that’s the point. And the rhetoric about “subsidy” reveals for the tweltheenth time that leftists view ALL income as belonging by right to the state, with lowered taxes somehow becoming “subsidies” or even “gifts” from the state to the citizen. All they need now is their Fouquier-Tinville.]
No, the real intent of removing tax-exempt status is to cripple the institutions that continue their dissent from the sexual revolution. When tax exemptions are removed, donors will give far less than they are giving now. Churches will become liable to property taxes.[Especially in deep blue states, but it could become universal eventually] That means that many churches will have to forfeit their property to the government because they won’t be able to afford the taxes they have to pay on it.[And what a bonanza that could be] Many of them wouldn’t be able to pay them now. If donations went down, they would be that much further from being able to pay them. As a result, churches that reside on valuable properties in urban locations would be immediately vulnerable. Eventually, so would everyone else. [Dang right. Maybe it’s been a great grace that so many traddie parishes are in undesirable locales?]
Oppenheimer knows this. That is why he argues that if churches can’t raise the money for their new tax burden, then they don’t deserve to retain their property.[Who the hell is he to say this? OK, if we ever elect a real social conservative, how about raising taxes on urban elites (especially NYC) to 95%? If government is going to be all about will to power, punish the minority and squash all dissent, then this could involve into savage persecution of the other side depending on who comes out on top after a given election. This process won’t last long, it will end in dictatorship – with a lot of people clamoring for it – just to return to some kind of perceived sense of order] After all, he argues, the government would do a better job than churches at meeting the needs of their community. [This is false, private charities have been demonstrated to be far more efficient distributors of charity, being much closer to local needs. Oppenheimer’s entire piece is full of such bald, unsupported assertions] He concludes, “So yes, the logic of gay-marriage rights could lead to a reexamination of conservative churches’ tax exemptions… When that day comes, it will be long overdue.”……[Ah – did you get that? That’s the key. It won’t be all churches. It won’t be unitarian universalists or other churches of the sexular pagan left. It will be orthodox Christian churches. So this is entirely about crushing opposition]
………When some of us warned of the religious-liberty implications of making gay marriage a fundamental constitutional right, we were told that such things would never happen. What they really meant was, “That will never happen, but when it does you Christians will deserve it.” Oppenheimer is making the case for why he thinks we deserve it.
Is it revealing the degree to which seemingly secular Jews have been playing in the advance of the sexular pagan agenda going back decades now? Is it revealing that the entire Frankfurt School of avowed communists was made up of deeply self-loathing Jews (and thoroughly miserable human beings)? Is there an eschatological element to this involvement by the Jews in the unprecedented retreat of Christendom over the past few hundred years?
Perhaps more immediate questions are: now that we have confirmation that the sexularist revolutionaries are already moving against the Church in the primary area they can influence – funding – and thus all of our dire predictions have been proved right……..does it matter? Now that we have confirmation that these same pagans are already moving to legalize polygamy and even worse, incest, and we’ve been proved right again……will that knowledge make any difference? Will enough people care? Are there enough basically orthodox Christians and protestants of any stripe to stop this runaway freight?
I’m afraid the answers are likely no. In certain regions, more rural communities in the South, West, and Great Plains, there remains a relatively large number of at least somewhat orthodox Christians and protestants, but everywhere else………we’ll be a tiny minority. We certainly are in most cities. And once real suffering starts, our numbers will decrease even more.
If persecuting policies aimed at bankrupting churches are enacted at the federal (national) level, it will be very hard on most parishes. It is possible more friendly state and local policy could offset a good deal of the damage done, however. So this will likely be a more regional phenomenon, where leftist states are able to even further drive all opposition out but survival may be possible elsewhere. Rod Dreher seems to be pointing towards rural enclaves a la the early monasteries. Much will depend on how our bishops respond, but barring an unforeseen miracle I think it will become increasingly difficult to impossible for traditional Catholic communities to exist in liberal areas generally and large coastal cities in particular. Maybe I’m being a bit too negative, but I don’t believe I am. While I predicted pseudo-sodomarriage would be the law of the land 2-3 years ago, if you had asked me 10 years ago whether any of this would come to pass, I would have thought you were crazy. That’s how fast things are moving.
It might not be a bad idea for traditional parishes to start identifying alternative centers for the Sacraments if they cannot maintain their present physical locations. This might include barns, halls, meeting places, even open fields.
I don’t mean to discourage anyone, but we’re heading into a real, red persecution. We need to be prepared.
………and Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette, LA calls for civil disobedience against such manifestly unjust and immoral laws.
Blaise Cupich of Chicago, however, released the formal instrument of surrender for his archdiocese.
Differing responses to the moral calamity that faces us. I am certain this will be par for the course for at least the next few years:
A dozen Catholic priests, accompanied by dozens more of the faithful, prevented the discussion of a bill to create homosexual “marriage” in the Mexican state of Chihuahua by their impassioned protest outside of the capitol building and their entrance into the congress itself to observe the proceedings, according to reports in the local and national press.
Following a prayer vigil the night before in the cathedral of the state capital, the protesters began to gather outside of the state congress and express their rejection of allowing debate over the legal recognition of homosexual unions as “marriages.” At 11:30 pm a group of about ten priests accompanied by laymen entered the congress itself to witness the proceedings, holding placards expressing support for the traditional family.
Seeing the protestors and the presence of the priests, the president of the state congress, Cesar Augusto Pacheco Hernandez, stated that the topic would not be addressed at the session, according to the local El Diario newspaper. The decision was met by cheers from the pro-family protesters……..
……..According to recent Supreme Court decisions, it is “discriminatory” to link “the requirements of marriage to sexual preferences,” as this “unjustifiably excludes homosexual couples -who are in similar conditions as heterosexual couples- from marriage,” the Court stated. It added its claim that it is “unsuitable” to “consider that the purpose of marriage is procreation,” and affirmed that the “only constitutional purpose this decree acknowledges is the protection of family as a social reality.”
They’re almost entirely fake, transitory “unions” anyways! The entire agenda is founded on a hideous lie, which is that the normal course of sodomite/gomorrist relations resembles anything like even marriage as it exists today, as abused and denigrated by “heterosexuals” as it is, let alone marriage as it has been for thousands of years – the indissoluble union of a man and woman oriented towards the creation of new life. The only way sodomite “unions” persist more than a handful of years, if not months, is through constant and expected fornication with others. Even then, above 90% of such relationships last less than 3 years. That lets alone the profoundly unnatural aspects of this behavior, with hideously high rates of all manner of horrific diseases – anal cancer, rectal prolapse, sky-high rates of domestic violence, depression, drug addiction, suicide.
No matter what court decides what, the actions that define the sodomite agenda will remain foul, contrary to nature, incredibly offensive to God and downright sickening and evil.
I’ve wondered as a blogger a few times as to why the pro-life movement has chosen to totally eschew the more confrontational tactics of the late 70s and 80s that generated a lot of controversy but also probably saved a lot of lives. At that time, human chains blocking entrances to mills and rescue operations even inside mills were quite common. I have been told that such means were counterproductive and just got the pro-life movement labeled as crazy, while noting our cultural and religious enemies rarely have such compunction. Radical tactics certainly seem to work for them.
Possibly along those lines, Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette, LA seems to call for civil disobedience, at least among elected officials, without postulating what that might involve (I really think, in charity, priests and prelates owe their flocks very clear moral guidelines on the forms of resistance we may morally engage in).
Personally, I’m all for considering such steps. You know I’ve been praying outside strip clubs for a little while now, and while I think that helpful and sort of an overlooked evil in our midst, I’ve been debating with myself if that’s really the most effective place to be or even if that’s what I’m being called to. Part of me wants to park myself outside some of these sodomite pseudo-churches that confirm these people in their sins by butchering Christianity into a neo-pagan evil and confronting this gravest threat to our religion more directly. But I can envision such engagement escalating quickly and I don’t think we have the numbers for that kind of confrontation, yet, even while I wonder if I am spiritually up to such (I’m sure the others are, but I am weak and cowardly). I’m sure we’ll know very soon where these pseudo-sodo-marriages are taking place, and maybe that’s where we can take a stand in the near future. I’ll think about it more.
The point being, the status quo has obviously failed. Our political and church leadership have totally collapsed in the face of the advance of this gravest of perversions. Do we just circle the wagons and prepare for the day they come for us, or do we take the fight to the enemy while we might still have a prayer of making a difference? Is it prudent to do so, or will that just make the parishes from which we emanate greater targets? Does that even matter at this point? If we’re doomed to suffer anyways, should we actively seek it out or wait till it comes to us? With the abdication of our shepherds, must the sheep become their own shepherds? I don’t know, perhaps you have some thoughts.
2015 Farm report June 30, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, family, farm, fun, non squitur, technology, Tradition, Victory.
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A little segue into happier matters for a brief bit. I shot a bunch of videos while I was in Kansas and uploaded a bunch for the heck of it. When we can time our trips to be there during harvest it’s a lot of fun, the kids really like it and there is much to do. If we go before or after harvest there isn’t much to do. I’m hoping next year to take more time off and catch the harvest right and be there even more. I’d like to help out if I could.
Given that the crop looked all but lost in mid-March due to drought the wheat turned out quite good. Continuous crop made at least mid-30s per bushel and summer fallow was more probably in the 50s on average. We might top out over 50 bu/acre for the whole crop. Milo is looking nice. They’ve had a lot of rain, but after harvest will need a lot more.
Sorry for bad video quality, half the time I had a kid in my lap and the other half I got distracted by conversation. It’s not easy to hold a phone steady in a jostling combine. It’s a lot of fun for me, though, to get up there and see that great bounty of nature and Our Lord’s beneficence all come together. We need to get a good priest to go up there sometime and bless the land, it’s never been done, I’m sure!
I almost get runned over:
We might make a move on some more land up there. At this point, I don’t think having another quarter section in my back pocket would be a bad thing. Now to get at least a single wide and tie into that water they’re pumping out of the Ogallala and we’d have a fair redoubt if things get rough (just enough for home use, not irrigation). The place is a liturgical wasteland, though.
A commenter asked why I picked on Anthony Kennedy in my initial reaction to the destruction of marriage decision issued last week, when there was another ‘Catholic’ justice who voted in favor of this demonic nightmare (Sotomayor). Well, I did that for two reasons…….one, this is about the umpteenth time Kennedy has voted against the solemnly proclaimed Doctrine of the Faith – it was he who kept abortion legal in Casey vs. Planned Parenthood, he who de-criminalized sodomy in Lawrence vs. Texas (and wrote the solipsistic majority opinion), he who cast the deciding vote in 2013 in favor of the federal government recognizing “same sex marriage” as actual marriage……and those are just the highlights. Secondly, and more importantly, while Sotomayor does not present herself as a faithful, orthodox Catholic, she acknowledges she differs from the Church on a number of matters, Kennedy DOES present himself as a faithful Catholic. That’s a big distinction.
Anyway, Kennedy has struck again, staying the implementation of aspects of Texas House Bill 2 which has resulted in the shuttering of a large majority of the state’s abortion mills. It is quite possible given this stay, some which had shut down will re-open, at least temporarily:
The Supreme Court barred Texas on Monday from implementing a law that would have forced more than half the state’s 19 abortion clinics to close their doors this week.
The law, which was to take effect Wednesday, would require clinics to adhere to strict new physical standards and the doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
The court granted the reprieve after abortion rights groups requested an emergency stay, having unsuccessfully sought to have the law overturned. The stay will probably remain in place at least through the summer while the parties assemble a legal case and the court decides whether to take it up in the next term.
The court did not offer a reason for its 5-to-4 decision, and the law’s ultimate fate remains unclear. The court’s reliably conservative justices — Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. — dissented and would have let the law take effect.
So what are the odds Kennedy will let HB2 stand? I’d say about 50:1 against, at least.
I have been heartened by some of the reaction I have seen to last week’s travesty of a decision. I have seen a large number of conservatives finally, if belatedly, come to the realization that the Supreme Court decades ago ceased to be a deliberative body dedicated to interpreting the Constitution with respect to various laws and regulations, and has in fact become a “third legislature” of nine unelected lawyers (see Scalia’s blistering dissent) whose function is to enact social revolution which could never, or only with great difficulty, have been enacted by normal legislative action (re: “democracy”) into law.
That this is true is revealed by the fact that no one, anywhere, ever had any doubt as to which way any of the four hard leftists on the Court would vote on these matters. It was simply never in doubt. That’s because these leftists don’t give a whit for the Constitution or what it says, they are there to carry out the revolution by other means. This has been the case for at least 60 years and frankly, longer than that.
And the “conservatives”…..please. None of them is rock solid, and Kennedy has morphed more and more into an out and out leftist, at least so far as social matters are concerned. But every single one of them can be turned to statism on this issue or that, as Thomas showed when he voted with the leftist block to support a TEXAS law forbidding Confederate flag symbols (for the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization) on Texas license plates. Scalia supports statism when it comes to law enforcement and the “war on drugs,” Roberts of course has tied himself in knots trying to find ways to keep Obamacare “constitutional”…….they all will squish on one issue or the other. And since the four leftists are utterly unmovable, all it takes is one.
On a more important matter, how have we as a nation come to this point? How have we come to the point when the Church’s very ability to exist in this country is coming under severe threat?
I think we all know……we are here due to the ABJECT, MANIFEST AND NEAR TOTAL FAILURE of episcopal leadership in this country and around the world going back to the late 1800s when the foul and never fully repressed Americanist heresy reared its ugly head. The Church as we have experienced it in this country over the past several decades is simply Americanism in action – indifferentism masked as ecumenism, excess focus on public or social virtues, doctrinal weakness/incoherence, toleration of rebellion, excess deference to protestantism, liturgical abuse, and most of all, heaping doses of moral cowardice masquerading as a false virtue of tolerance. We have come to this point because the leadership of the Church has not only not fought hard enough against the sexular pagan revolution, many key players willingly aided and advanced the sexular pagan revolution through their covert relations with Planned Barrenhood, their Hyannisport meetings, their Land O’ Lakes conference and their “seamless garments.” They have, very nearly to a man, totally failed in their duty to exercise Church discipline, protect the sanctity of the Church’s doctrinal edifice, and use the (truly charitable) means available to them to stamp out heresy and abuse. Instead they have played footsie with heresy and cozied up to politicians and others who have done massive damage to the Faith, all out of desire to “maintain a place at the table” and keep the privileges enjoyed in the past for as long as possible, the impact to souls be damned.
God will not be mocked. He allows our sins to destroy us or at the very least really, really chastise us. The Church in this country is about to go through an unbelievable chastisement due to the failure – at all levels, it must be said – to live the Faith rightly for decades now. It is not going to be at all pretty, or fun. It’s going to be a bitter trial and diabolical confusion.
As I said, may God have mercy on us all. I do think we shall have many opportunities for heroic virtue in the days ahead.
May God have mercy on our country June 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society.
Even though I am still in glorious deep rural Kansas I am aware that 9 unelected, unrepresentative, elitist oligarch lawyers in black robes just destroyed this nation as it has been known.
See previous post. It was spot on. We are beyond done. Major D’s are already speaking of eliminating tax exempt status for churches that do not comply. That will only be the beginning.
May God have mercy on us all, especially “Catholic” Anthony Kennedy AND those prelates and priests who allow him to continue gravely wounding the Church and souls, heap sin upon sin, blasphemy the Our Lord in the Flesh, and basically wage a one man war against all that is good, decent, and holy.
Pray, fast, and receive the Sacraments as much as you can, while you still can. The future of this country unfolds before us like an endless night.
America Is Done June 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
So says Patrick Archbold, and I am danged if I can argue with him on this one. The people of the United States (probably, who knows what voter fraud went on, especially in 2012) elected twice a man who openly hated this country and its former orientation and vowed to “fundamentally transform” it. Mission accomplished. We have seen the federal government grow more monstrous and invidious in almost every imaginable respect over the past 6+ years, and there is still a year and a half to grow. Religion, especially Christianity, is in retreat under the combined assault of federal leviathan power and a hostile, hate-filled culture like never before.
I don’t know for certain what the future holds, but I don’t think it’s going to be pleasant:
……….[T]he decision on the manufacturing of a constitutional right to gay marriage looms large. More on that in a moment. But the passage in the Senate of TPA is just another indicator that signals the end of limited constitutional government and the separation of powers.
I won’t bore with the details of this decision, but what I want to impress upon you is that elections, the throwing out one party for another, made absolutely no difference. The federal behemoth grows unabated and our sovereignty is bartered for political support from the Chamber of Commerce. What is wrong with America is beyond the normal powers of elections and the electorate to fix. [It’s not just TPA. It’s Obamacare (which Repubniks plan to save if the Supreme Court throws out the exchanges), it’s illegal immigration, it’s Export-Import, it’s the growth of the federal budget, the Republicans haven’t followed through on a single campaign promise of any substance (20 week abortion ban still pending). This is what we’ve seen from the Republican party going back since the late 90s, they are as on board with big government and radical social change as the democrats, they just lie to their base about it]
America, as we knew it and thought we understood it, is done. I know people don’t want to hear that and I understand. I know they don’t want to believe that and I understand. But it is true none the less. [I thank God I have a farm in Kansas. How to get there, and how to live there, is another matter]
If you haven’t accepted that truth yet, perhaps the decision on gay marriage will clue you in. When they invent a constitutional right to gay marriage, your first amendment rights for the free exercise of religion and speech, will be under constant assault from the very government that should be protecting our first freedoms. We may win some of the battles, but I assure you the war is lost. You will not be able to practice your religion or speak the truth without oppression from the government over employment, student loans, business permits, and the list goes on and on. People will go to jail for believing and speaking the truth. [And parishes that refuse to get on board with the new order may well be closed. And it may not be the government doing the closing]
But the truth is America has been done for a while. There is a financial reckoning coming like nothing you can imagine and likely much sooner than you can imagine. And when it comes, the government will come after everything you have.
Sorry to leave you on such a downer note. But look on it this way, standing against persecution should gain you a lot of time off in Purgatory!
Various and Sundry as I wind down the week June 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Papa, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
It’s harvest time at the farm, so I am going to be out for the next several days. I might come back with a scintillating combine video I’m sure you’ll just be wracked in anticipation thereof. Sorry, you’ll just have to wait.
A few items of ephemera for the interim. I took a couple of these from JP Sonnen’s blog. First up, a lovely evening/night pilgrimage at La Salette:
I love our Lady’s apparitions. I need to learn more about La Sallete. I like the idea of a night procession. That’s beautiful. Looks like quite a suitable church, too.
These are good ones:
All three are essential. Since our culture has chosen to forget the God part, it was inevitable that marriage would fall to the state it has.
I also wanted to put up this video from The Remnant, for two reasons. For one, there is a very interesting quote from Elizabeth Yore regarding the recent “climate change” conference held at the Vatican and, of course, the encyclical Laudato Si. But even more there is a plug for a small but deserving online video Catholic apostolate called JMJHF Productions. I’ve posted a number of their videos on the blog before, and they are apparently working on a documentary on this year’s pilgrimage to Chartres, which is something I eagerly await. It might even inspire me to consider going sometime, though I’ve never been a fan of long distance travel.
Have a watch:
I do find it significant that the Vatican has apparently relied so heavily on input from the radical environmental lobby for both the recent conference and the encyclical, to the point of calumniating other viewpoints, even from very devout children of the Church. That is a most troubling development, because it points to a politicization of the Vatican we have not seen in a very long time, and represents the ascension of an ideology that has been at war with the Church for hundreds of years. The message from certain curial figures of late to faithful Catholics has been: buzz off. And they don’t say it quite so nicely.
Were you aware that the Vatican collaborated with the Obama administration to tie the encyclical to various federal policies, which I assume includes the attempt to label carbon dioxide (which we all exhale) a hazardous pollutant subject to EPA control?
I’ve been pretty skeptical of the New World Order rhetoric, but now…….I’m not so sure. There certainly seems to be a tremendous amount of coordination going on around the world, directing events on a score of different fronts in a common direction, coordination that speaks of a high level of organization and conducted by individuals with a huge amount of influence.
But Chartres does give one a good deal of hope. It looks like many hundreds if not more participated?
Finally formally announced: Fort Worth gets FSSP parish June 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Sacraments, sanctity, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth paid a surprise visit to the Fort Worth Latin Mass community parish (Our Lady of theAssumption) to make a special announcement: Fort Worth will soon have its own full-time FSSP parish. The names of the two priests to be assigned have already been determined: Fr. Karl Pikus and Fr. Peter Byrne. Approvals are already essentially complete, it is expected the priests could arrive as early as August. More below:
This past Sunday The Fort Worth Latin Mass Community had a surprise visitor…Bishop Olson.
He came to announce that an official apostolate parish for the FSSP will soon be established in the diocese.
He said all of the paperwork should be finalized some time in July. After that we will be welcoming two new priests, Fr. Karl Pikus and Fr. Peter Byrne, no specific date was given.
The Bishop welcomes all of the members of the Fort Worth Latin Mass community to email him, firstname.lastname@example.org, with name suggestions. He only asks that it not be a duplicate name of a parish already in the Fort Worth Diocese.
I have heard a rumor, and it is only that, that the new parish will be in White Settlement. If so, that’s a bit out of the way for a lot of folks. It’s on the northwest side of Tarrant County. Nice if you’re stationed at Carswell, though.
I feel rather vindicated. When Bishop Olson blocked the offering of the TLM at Fisher-More College during its final days, due to numerous administrative and other problems ongoing at the former college, I was about the only traditional-leaning blogger who defended his action (and I took it on the chin pretty good for doing so). I knew a lot more about the situation at Fisher-More and the reasons for Olson’s action than the vast majority of those who commented, almost all of whom really attacked the bishop for an alleged animus against the TLM. I also knew that Fort Worth would not be long in getting a permanent, full-time TLM parish. I thank Bishop Olson for his generosity and his patience in putting up with some pretty hardcore attacks.*
And so now 1 1/2 years later Fort Worth is going to have a full-time TLM staffed by two priests with daily Mass and Confession. That’s an enormous good for the entire Diocese and region, and indicates anything but a bias against the TLM. Fort Worth will now be among a minority of US dioceses to have the TLM available daily. The DFW area will now have 3 FSSP parishes with two or more priests within about an hour’s drive of central Dallas. That is awesome.
* – no I’m not saying Bishop Olson is Mr. Traditional nor is he my hero, I’m just saying the situation with the Mass at Fisher-More was all to do about Fisher-More and nothing to do with Bishop Olson’s views on the TLM.