Oh yes yes yes, here it is, that kind of firm, decisive stand so many have been praying for and hungering after for years! We finally have our man, that great, strong bishop to lead the Church in this country into the 21st century and a new, sunlit upland of glory!
Archbishop Blaise Cupich has committed the Archdiocese of Chicago to tackle climate change! Move over Augustine! Stand aside, Cyprian! There’s a new standard for Catholic leadership, and his name is………Blaise:
Chicago’s Catholic archdiocese is the nation’s first to monitor its buildings’ power and water usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
Archbishop Blase Cupich joined US Environmental Protection Agency officials Friday to mark the Church’s stewardship initiative, an answer to Pope Francis’ entreaty to preserve the earth.
Archdiocese officials plan to benchmark each of the 2,700 buildings — churches, schools, offices and multiple-family housing. They will track energy consumption and consider each building’s structure using the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager to rank them from 1 to 100.
Cupich said the Church is committed to following the pope’s encyclical, which took on climate change and environmental sustainability.
“Those who do not think religious organizations should have an opinion on climate change misunderstand the former and the moral dimension of the latter,” Cupich said. “We are called to care for those sickened by pollution, house those displaced by environmental calamities, and heal the spirits of those — especially our youth — who are disheartened by a world where human survival is now in question.”
Oh do tell me more about this wonderful new religion you belong to! My stars, it sounds positively iiinteresting! Why, I can just see it attracting all kinds of folks – Alinskyites, ACORN types, progressives, modernists, leftists, worldly elites……in other words, all the right kinds of people!
“Care for those sickened by pollution!” How iiinteresting! “House those displaced by environmental calamities!” Oh my, dooo tell more! “A world where human survival is now in question”……be still my heart! I feel overwhelmed at the depth of your mind-blowing pastoral sensitivity! So much concern, that just happens, by miracle, to completely align with sacred shibboleths of the progressive left! And carefully scripted with the
most repressive and anti-Catholic administration in the history of this country truly sensitive and caring Obama administration. How very, VERY convenient!
Oh children we are truly a blessed flock to have shepherds like this! Why I’m quite certain we can now look forward to a good two decades worth of the same kind of worldly, completely forgettable and politicized policy statements and PR releases from chanceries and even the bishop’s conference that afflicted the faithful from circa 1975 – 1995. Oh joy!
Feigning seriousness for a moment, I do wish our bishops would spend 1/10th the time, focus, money, and energy they spend on political matters on actual matters related to the Faith and salvation. But since we’re all saved anyway, what good is a bishop except to be a politician, right?!
Enjoy your new renaissance, modernist Catholics! It will be your last.
Now, back to channeling Bugs Bunny:
Johnson: Houston Planned Barrenhood made $120k per MONTH on sale of aborted baby parts July 31, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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Almost $1.5 million a year – that sure sounds like more than just recouping costs to me.
A good overview of recent developments in the Planned Butcherhood murder for profit scandal from Mollie Hemingway. Two highlights from the below are Abby Johnson’s testimony before the Texas Senate this week on Planned Barrenhood’s profiteering from the sale of aborted baby parts, and the the pro-abort left is trying to re-spin the completely discredited claim that PB provides mammograms:
The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing to look into how Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas engage in the fetal organ trade. However, Planned Parenthood officials didn’t show up…….
………The hearing did feature testimony from Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, who discussed how her clinic harvested organs from the children aborted at her clinic. She said her clinic received $200 per specimen. She claimed that costs for such harvesting were minimal (only $5-$10 per specimen, by her telling) and that the Houston Planned Parenthood clinic, if it charged only $100 per specimen and if only half of the women seeking abortions each day consented to donations, would generate $120,000/month selling baby parts. This claim somehow didn’t make it into mainstream news accounts of the hearing here, here, here or any where else. You can listen to it here at two hours and thirty minutes into the hearing.
On the mammograms:
In an interesting Washington Post article about the problems this Planned Parenthood story poses for Democrat, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said:
‘I haven’t seen the videos. And I don’t generally make a habit of responding to right-wing videos,’ O’Malley told reporters in New Hampshire this week. ‘I do know that 97 percent of the work that Planned Parenthood does is about mammograms and preventative health……….
No, O’Malley, 97 percent of Planned Parenthood’s work is not mammograms. In fact, zero percent of Planned Parenthood’s work is mammograms because Planned Parenthood doesn’t do a single mammogram. Planned Parenthood falsely made the claim that they did during their campaign to shame the Komen Foundation into continuing to fund them, and some media asserted it as well. President Obama has regularly made the claim during his War on Women messaging.
One more update. Planned Butcherhood has retained the same
crisis communications propaganda firm they used when they destroyed Susan G. Komen in a blitzkrieg of bad PR. It appears almost conclusive that shady propaganda outlet cooked up a fake “hacker attack” on PB’s website in a bizarre attempt to generate sympathy, or something:
Planned Parenthood claims on severalofits websites that the organization’s web operations have been attacked by “extremists,” but this so-called hacking has all the hallmarks of an orchestrated public relations stunt.
Numerous people on Twitter pointed to evidence suggesting that this so-called hack wasn’t a hack at all……
Well here’s a novel argument against “married” priests…… July 31, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
……they might eventually leave their wives and shack up with a much younger man. Mind you, this happened to an already very liberal episcopalian minister, nevertheless, given the state of the culture, can you imagine the complications that would flow from a widespread married priesthood in the Western, Roman Rite?
I need to create a new category for blog posts – ick:
An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man.
The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he got married in a Los Angeles church.
The Cuban-born prelate was pictured on a beach with the caption: “I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good.”
One churchgoer said many parishioners severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out as gay at the pulpit a month ago.
“Most of the people aren’t coming anymore,” the elderly woman said. “Because he’s homosexual, people have stopped coming.”……
…….Quevedo-Bosch has not been seen at the church for the last month, she said. [Such a concerned, self-denying shepherd, no?]
Attendance has dwindled, she said, with many parishioners instead going to Mass at a satellite church a few blocks away. [It’s not “mass.” I was an episcopal, and we never, ever called it “mass.”]
Saturday services have been canceled, and only seven worshippers showed up at Wednesday’s Mass. [Wrong again. The numbers are not terribly atypical for episcopal worship houses, whose median congregation size now stands at less than 100, the vast majority of which are over 70 years of age]
……….“Priests who wish to enter into same-gender marriage are approved to do so in the Episcopal Church and in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island,” said Bishop Larry Provenzano, head of the Long Island diocese, which includes Queens.…… [Which tells you everything you need to know about why the episcopal sect is dying in a spectacular self-imolation]
………Before becoming a priest, Quevedo-Bosch worked as an economic planner for the city of Havana in the early 1980s, his LinkedIn page says. He studied to be a priest in his native country. [I think we can start to see the picture come together.]
More and more I hate this world.
A thought on the background – this guy’s wife is 73. He emigrated from Cuba to the US 20 years ago. One of the best ways to get a green card/visa is to get married. You do the math.
It is revealing to me the degree to which incidence of sodomy is directly proportional to dwelling in large urban areas/disconnectedness from nature and hard, physical labor. It is also no coincidence that the four largest sodomite communities in the country – NY, SF, LA, and Miami – all grew up around large sea ports back when ships were staffed with large crews.
………claims to have another video showing sale of baby parts and probably admission of regular performance of illegal abortions/born-alive murders from within the state of Texas. If so, that could be very big trouble for Planned Barrenhood, the corrupt Joe Strauss aside, there is a very large majority of quite pro-life legislators right now, and hopes to bring in even more next term.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed in testimony before the Texas Senate that his office has launched an investigation into illegal activites at state Planned Barrenhoods, including their mills in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, and Houston:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed on Wednesday that a video obtained by his office as part of its investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices is “consistent” with other undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group of the organization’s executives discussing fetal tissue donations.
Testifying before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Paxton said his office had “gained possession” of “hours of recordings” involving a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas as part of its inquiry into Planned Parenthood’s practices regarding fetal tissue donation in Texas. Paxton declined to go into specifics about the recordings and how they were obtained.
Instead, Paxton detailed a recent visit by AG investigators to a Planned Parenthood facility in Houston where they witnessed how the abortion provider handles fetal remains before they are sent to a contractor who disposes them.
“The true abomination in all this is the institution of abortion,” Paxton told the committee. “Even the languages that they use — ‘product of conception’ — betrays a profound denial of humanity.”
The Belo-owned WFAA report above then becomes reliably left-wing, biasing towards poor persecuted Planned Butcherhood as much as they dare.
Better coverage below from Life News, noting Planned Barrenhood’s unusual refusal throughout the many investigations spurred by these videos to appear at any of them:
Legislators on the Texas Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday scolded Planned Parenthood for their absence. Republican Chairman Charles Schwertner said the organization needs to answer for how it operates in Texas.
Why did Planned Parenthood fail to appear? Possibly because top state officials may have been given access to yet another shocking undercover video exposing more sales of aborted babies beyond the three videos already released.
Schwertner said the committee would focus on determining whether Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas were selling fetal tissue and what steps could be “taken to put a swift and decisive stop to it.”
“I know many Texans are equally horrified by such a callous disregard for innocent human life,” Schwertner said.
“The existence of the CMP video of a clinic in Texas and the AG’s interest in it would at least tend to imply that there are legal issues that arise from it. Why wouldn’t Planned Parenthood want a representative there to push back, if those allegations are unfounded? It looks like an attempt to keep from having responses committed to the record, and avoid potential charges if they get proven to be false,” he writes. “The vise is tightening, but the debate focuses too narrowly on the legality of tissue transfers for compensation. Planned Parenthood wants that debate, because they can then argue that this benefits humanity through research — even though that ignores the fact that they could just donate the organs, rather than maximize their revenue stream by charging on the “per-item thing,” as yesterday’s video showed a Planned Parenthood official explaining.”
“No, the real problem for Planned Parenthood is that this organ trade has exposed the core lie at the heart of the abortion industry. [Which is that they murder babies all day long for money, including profit to the tune of $100 million last year!] In my column today for The Week, I advise people to remain focused on that fundamental hypocrisy demonstrated in these videos,” he adds. ”………
………A total of 10 states have already launched an investigation including Tennessee, Massachusetts,Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia,Texas and Louisiana and members of Congress have launched an investigation as well.
Nothing will happen at the federal level with this weak-willed Repubnik Congress and the most diabolically abortion-loving president in history in office.
But, at the state level…….look for Planned Butcherhood to be defunded in more states, and I imagine it possible that the legal pressure – and associated insurance costs – will become so high that PB will choose to leave a number of states. Texas is a very big one, they do a lot of business here, but if pro-lifers can hold legislator’s feet to the fire and make them press this matter, it is possible Planned Barrenhood could be run out of the state, or nearly so.
Let us make it too expensive for baby butchers to do business in Texas.
On excisions from the Psalter and Lectionary July 30, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, different religion, disconcerting, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Rorate, as happens so often, has a valuable post examining how the post-conciliar liturgical changes, which allegedly promised to open up so much of the “riches of Scripture” to benighted, bead-counting Catholic hearts, actually have had the effect of removing from mass Catholic thought certain ideas deemed too controversial or dangerous. I don’t want to go into all the details – read the whole post at Rorate (as I’m sure most of you have) – but I wanted to add a bit more from my own experience.
The principle ideas it was judged necessary by modernizing reformers to excise focus on topics like sin, judgment, damnation, et. al. As such the four last things tend to get very short shrift in both the new Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours. Of course, I used to know nothing but the post-conciliar product, and thought I was being very holy by praying the Liturgy of the Hours in its garish four color, four volume format. Over time, I found both Mass and Hours to be so problematic as to be best avoided entirely. In addition to its great reduction in the concentration of Psalms prayed – from 150 a week to ~145 a month – we learned via Rorate that whole Psalms are missing from the post-conciliar Liturgy of the Hours, as opposed to their constant presence in the Roman Breviary dating back to the very origins of the Church.
That’s significant, and what is even more significant, is that while some three Psalms, containing the inspired and inerrant Word of God (the literal conveyance of the 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity), have been eliminated entirely from the Liturgy of the Hours (LoH), a score of others had their content and meaning brutalized by men who apparently know better than God. That is, all the unpopular bits were cut out like trimming the the fat from a bone.
Even more, left out of this critical analysis of the LoH was the fact that so many of the prayers contained therein were written by protestants and reflect all the banalities of an indifferent ecumenical product-of-committee approach. More than anything else, the frequently atrocious prayers in the LoH turned me off and had me fleeing to the immensely richer Breviarium Romanum. I also found so many of the new hymns in the LoH hackneyed and trite; a virtual time capsule of late 60s folk music.
This is part and parcel with the elimination from the readings in the Novus Ordo Mass of certain “problematic” bits of Scripture, such as 1 Cor XI:27-29, St. Paul’s revelation that those who eat and drink the Body and Blood of the Lord unworthily are committing the gravest sacrilege. That particularly important element of Sacred Scripture is found NOWHERE in the readings of the Novus Ordo Mass. There are other “offending” writings from St. Paul – such as his call for women to obey their husbands, and the ban on women preaching – which are similarly excluded or relegated to rare daily Masses. And of course, large sections of the Apocalypse and “scary” prophesies from the Old Testament are also missing from the Novus Ordo.
So, with all this supposed “opening” of Scripture, critically important ideas are almost totally missing from the Mass, which is the primary means by which the vast majority of Catholics experience the Faith (and for most, the ONLY means). While it is theoretically nice to have more Scripture readings, since they are only heard once very 3 years, it is questionable whether they have the impact as the single yearly “rotation” of readings in the TLM, which, because they are heard every year, become very familiar and really begin to sink in. From my own experience, I know I now recall and appreciate many of the Mass readings, especially the Gospels, much more now in hearing them more often, rather than less.
I do take issue with one claim made in the Rorate post. I think the matter is more than mere semantics. It has to do with this paragraph:
This scandal (for let us not mince words: it is a scandal of the first order) was brought to you by the Liturgical Reform, signed, sealed, and delivered by Pope Paul VI—the very same reform that deliberately omitted from the oversized new lectionary spiritually demanding verses in the New Testament, in order to avoid offending the sensibilities of the modern faithful.
I think that right, insofar as it goes. But I’ve read serious students of liturgy claim that there was perhaps more to it than simply wanting to avoid offending modern sensibilities. Certainly, we know for certain that the prime architect of the liturgical revolution, Anibale Bugnini, pushed very hard for many very controversial changes out of an excessive ecumenical concern. He stated in his own history of the liturgical revolution that he wanted to jettison anything from the Mass that a protestant could find objectionable.
Even more, however, there is a good deal of information out there that points towards a deliberate revolution against the Faith going beyond even ecumenical concerns. This revolution was based in rationalist/humanist philosophies that saw man, and not God, at the center of the Church. I’d say, yes avoiding offending modern sensibilities was certainly a major driver in the revolution, but there were other, perhaps even more important drives, ones that are even more distressing.
It should also be noted that Fr. Anthony Cekada (yes, I know he is a sede vacantist) claims in Work of Human Hands that Pope Paul VI’s handwriting is all over the developmental work for the Novus Ordo. Some have tried to claim that Bugnini pulled a fast one on both Paul VI and the bishops by reporting to each that the other kept insisting on the most radical changes, but Cekada says the notes make clear that Paul VI was very aware of the course of the liturgical “renewal” from ’64-’70 and personally pushed for some of most radical novelties. Whether that is true or not I really cannot say, Fr. Cekada claimed to have somehow gotten hold of some of the earliest preparatory documents and they all, according to him, featured Paul VI’s copious notes.
I mention this because it goes to the heart of whether the liturgical reform-cum-revolution was just a kind of very strange “renewal” that has had as many ups as downs due to bad implementation, as many post-conciliar apologists maintain, or was a willful attempt to change the most sacred elements of the Faith in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass through introduction of gross novelties radically at odds with centuries of prior practice. That is, it cuts to the very heart of why, and how, the “renewal” occurred.
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More great commentary from the The Catechism Explained by Spirago-Clarke, circa 1880. There is a ton of great content on the nature of the Church – the One, True Church – and on the grave reality of being outside the Church. You may note a very much different approach to some of the topics below compared to what is frequently taught in the Church today. In fact, there is what I take to be a clear condemnation of the post-conciliar “aggiornamento” in the text below.
For now, various excerpts from pp. 242-244, “The True Church:” (my emphasis and comments)
“When,” says St. Cyprian, “the devil saw that the worship of idols was abolished, and the heathen temples emptied, he bethought him of a new poison, and led men into error under cover of the Christian religion, the poison of false doctrine and pride, through which more than two hundred churches [St. Cyprian died in the 3rd century, and already there were hundreds of false sects?] have started u in opposition to the true Church founded by Jesus Christ.”
The True Church is one which is most persecuted by the world, and which has received God’s seal in the form of miracles.
Christ spoke often to His disciples of these persecutions: “The servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (Jn xv:20). “They will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues……..you shall be hated by all men for My name’s sake” (Mt x:17-22). “Yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God” (Jn xvi:2). “Because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (Jn xv:19). Never in the history of the Catholic Church has it been free form persecution. Whatever be the differences between the sects they unite against the Church…….The present day is not wanting in examples in the sufferings inflicted on religious communities, in the interference of the secular governments in things spiritual, in the opposition made to processions and meetings and other devout practices. Can any Church be the true Church which does not oppose the spirit of the world? [From whence did that smoke of satan manage to penetrate into the Church? Perhaps from some window opened in 1958?] Then too it is only in the Catholic Church that we have miracles……….We know that God would work miracles only in confirmation of the truth.
The true Church is that one in which the successor of St. Peter is to be found.
The Church rests on a rock and that rock is Peter (Mt xxviii:20)……..”Where Peter is, there is the Church” says St. Ambrose.
The true Church is known by the following four marks: she is One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic.
The true Church is One. She has at all times and in all places the same doctrine, the same means of Grace, and only one Head. [And yet we are told by Fr. Rosica, Cardinal Kasper, and many others, that doctrine can and indeed must change. They tell us it will change first through their plans to change practice (which is asinine, practice cannot be separated from belief/doctrine), and then, once virtually everyone is converted to the new doctrine/practice, doctrine may be formally “changed.” Of course in doing so, they are setting up a false, heretical sect.]
Truth can only be one; hence the teaching of the Church cannot change. Christ wished His Church to be one; for that He prayed at the Last Supper (Jn xvii:20); “There shall be one fold and one shepherd” (Jn x:16); He appointed one Head for the whole Church (Jn xxi:17). The Catholic Church is One: her Catechisms the world over teach precisely the same doctrine. Everywhere the Holy Sacrifice is offered, and the Sacraments given in the same way; the same ceremonies and feasts are observed all over the world [Can this be said anymore, of the post-conciliar rites, or of what is taught? Vernacular has gravely wounded the unity of the Church]…….Nor can heresy destroy this unity, for the heretic who refuses to submit is no longer a member of the Church. None need accuse the Church of want of progress because it holds fast by its old established doctrines; there is no true progress is giving up the truth and adopting error. The truth cannot change; hence Bossuet might well say: “Protestantism, thou art changeable, therefore thou canst not be the truth!” [Would that this were still adhered to! Do these few sentences not express the anguish so many of us feel at what passes for doctrine in so many quarters of the Church today! Is this not the very definition of the crisis? Does this not speak of a different and hostile religion being promoted within the bosom of the Church, something unprecedented in its scope and prevalence since at least the Arian heresy?!? Yes of course doctrine has not officially changed, but there have been few times in the Church’s history when more with great positions of authority within her have declared that they believe doctrine should or “must” change]
The true Church is holy;, i.e., it has the means and the endeavor to lead all men to holiness.
Christ founded the Church for the very purpose of making men holy. The Catholic Church is holy. All its teaching is lofty and pure; the great principle underlying its commands are self-denial and the love of one’s neighbor; all its sacraments and especially Penance and the Holy Eucharist are great aids to the sanctification of mankind, and the complete following out of the evangelical counsels can lead man to the highest point of perfection………...The misdeeds of some members, or abuses occurring within the Church are due not to the Church, but to the perversity of men. Even among the Apostles there was a traitor, and Christ compared some members of the Church to weeds and worthless fish. Can any Church be holy which adopts Luther’s teaching that faith alone is sufficient for salvation, and good works unnecessary? Or Calvin’s doctrine that some men are predestined by God to hell fire? Or any church which, on its own confession, owns that none of its members have been saints and their sanctity confirmed by miracle?
The true Church is universal or Catholic, she is empowered to receive men into her bosom in all places and all times.
Christ died for all men, and on ascending into Heaven gave His Apostles the mission to teach all the nations of the earth till the end of time (Mt xxviii:20). Hence His Church was meant to be for all nations, and this is confirmed by the miracle of tongues on the first Pentecost. The Catholic Church is universal; her teaching applies to all people……..At present the Catholic Church is alone spread out over the entire world. “Heretics are everywhere,” said St. Augustine, “but no particular heresy is everywhere.”……..Can, then, any church which depends entirely on the government, as, for instance, the Russian Church, or the Anglican, which is wholly national in England, be the true Church? Or can one which has no real success among the heathen have a claim to truth?
The true Church is Apostolic, she comes down from the time of the Apostles, her teaching is always what it was in the time of the Apostles, and her ministers are legitimate successors of the Apostles.
“That is the true Church,” says St. Jerome,” which was founded by the Apostles and endures unto the present day.” The Catholic Church is Apostolic; it has lasted 2000 years, Luther himself confessed that it was the oldest. The teaching of the oldest of the Fathers agrees perfectly with our Catechism, and our services are substantially the same as those of the first ages. [I would say, regarding this 19th century Catechism, that is true, though I think the 1990 Catechism may be more problematic in that regard, introducing some post-conciliar concepts or understandings which are difficult to reconcile with the clarity expressed, for instance, in this post.]
….It is remarkable that men of the greatest learning and virtue have, even in the face of great sacrifices, entered the Catholic Church, while those who have deserted it have generally shown by their lives what they really were. We have reason to rejoice in our religion that it offers us such special consolation in trouble and at the hour of death.
It should be noted that no Catechism, even that released with Vatican approval as with the case of the 1990/97 Catechism, is an authoritative doctrinal source in its own right. They are simply vehicles to convey the understanding of Doctrine of its authors, which are hopefully experts and fully faithful to the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church. Whether that is the case in all instances with the 1990 Catechism, produced under the direction of the problematic Cardinal Schoenborn, or not, is open to argument. But I can say that Catechisms like the Spirago-Clarke, the Penny Catechism of Pope St. Pius X, the earliest versions of the Baltimore Catechism, etc., were all unanimous in their presentations of the Faith. Which, of course…….go figure.
Modernism, rationalism, liberalism, et. al., began to badly infect Catholic literature around 1900. It infected biblical scholarship first, which is why good priests will often recommend not using a study bible produced after 1800 (Haydock – about 1805). Later, supposed compendiums of Doctrine became infected. Some see elements of modernism in the 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia. Now, it’s very difficult to find wholly reliable sources on Doctrine produced since 1950 or a few years later.
More on that in a minute, God willing. I think this Spirago-Clarke Catechism very good, though I do think they might get a bit squishy regarding Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus. More on that on Monday, God willing.
The Austin City Council just preliminarily approved an ordinance requiring all BBQ restaurants in Austin – and there has been a great explosion in number and quality over the past 7-8 years – to install expensive smoke abatement devices to keep from “annoying” neighbors with the wonderful smell of smoked meat. I am guessing this is probably a handful of asinine vegans who cant’ stand the temptation? Who doesn’t like – heck, love – the smell of really good barbeque?
“If this resolution passes, we would be forced to close or move. It would destroy Austin barbecue.” says Aaron Franklin, owner of Franklin’s BBQ in Austin.
Austin, Texas has long been a destination for Americans of all stripes in their quest to find the best barbecue in the nation. [I don’t know about “long.” When I lived there 20 years ago, about the only respectable places were County Line (gas oven/wood chips) and The Salt Lick (heard raves, never quite had an awesome experience). It was in Driftwood, anyway. From what I understand it’s been about the last 8 years or so that a number of really top-flight BBQ joints have opened.]
However, if the Austin City Council gets their way, food tourism may soon be a thing of the past.
Austin City Council members passed a preliminary plan in April to put restrictions on smoke from barbeque restaurants. Some Austin residents complain of the barbecue smoke saying they can’t enjoy their homes they purchased before some of these restaurants moved in.
The city council’s current proposal will require smoke diffusers and will also limit the amount of time that restaurants can smoke. These restrictions will require at least $100,000 in extra investments for most barbecue restaurants as they will be forced to buy extra smokers along with severely expensive diffusers, and in some cases will have to lease or purchase more property.
One business expert told council members that these restrictions will certainly kill all but the largest barbecue restaurants in Austin.
It is effectively a ban on barbecue restaurants in a town known for its barbecue.
Of course, these regulations are par for the course for a liberal city. Liberals claim to hate big business and love small businesses, but then they love to place so many regulations on the little guy that the environment becomes toxic to entry level entrepreneurs. The ultimate consequence of these policies is that large corporations and governments are the only entities permitted to operate.
I suggest you get your barbecue from Austin as soon as possible so you can tell your descendants how good it was before communism took over.
So typically leftist – get blessed with something that sprang up out of nothing and then regulate it to death over the complaints of a tiny handful. Rather than deal with individual problem spots, impose a blanket ban that punishes the innocent along with the guilty – to the extent any are “guilty” in this case.
Liberals can never stand people having too much fun.
On a local note, anyone tried that Ten 50 BBQ in Richardson, on 75 near Collins? They bill themselves as being “real central Texas BBQ,” but I’ve heard that before. I’ve been thinking about trying them out.
For the first time, the eXXXotica porn/perversion “convention” is coming to Dallas. Held a few times a year around the country, this panoply of hedonism features 150 porn “stars,” hundreds of booths hawking all manner of products dedicated towards personal gratification, and a general aura of debauchery. It will be held next week, Aug. 7-9 2015 at the city-owned Dallas Convention Center. Beyond near-occasion of sin billboards have popped up around the area, dismaying many. This expo of hedonism has been planned, apparently, for months.
Local feminists are not pleased. While feminism is a highly disordered ideology, especially in its extreme forms, some fair points are raised below by one local feminist. The question is, will they be the only ones to protest this event?
The EXXXotica Convention is headed to Dallas and our Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center next month “to bring over 150 adult industry stars as well as hundreds of exhibitors” promoting the sex trade.
New Friends New Life has a mission to restore and empower formerly trafficked teen girls and sexual exploited women and their children. We are among the nonprofits working to show the connection between the fight against human trafficking and the very vehicle that drives the demand for young, vulnerable children.
Why would the City of Dallas encourage conventions that propel and advertise the gateway and root cause of sex trafficking? [Indeed, this “expo” is sponsored by online escort services and porn companies. There is a close connection between prostitution and human trafficking.]
Every 26 seconds, a child is sold. Men who prostitute women and traffic children are twice as likely to view pornography. Every second, 28,258 pornographic images are viewed online, creating an insatiable appetite to purchase sex on sites such as backpage.com, and online escort services that are sponsoring this convention……..
……….Trafficking victims are groomed through pornography. They are trained and then trafficked. Ninety percent of exploited women have been sexually abused. Eighty-six percent of victims have been forced to watch and imitate pornographic images and were involved and taught the sex trade through porn. The Trafficking Victim Protection Actmakes it clear that the majority of those involved in pornography have been coerced, forced and defrauded, and many of them are children. That is not about free speech. This is about sex trafficking. This is about the buying and selling of children in our city.
Whether explicitly or implicitly, the City of Dallas by hosting this convention is facilitating the coercion of the vulnerable and, ultimately, the violence they will endure. We know that traffickers have been preparing for next weekend. They have been recruiting from the nearly 400 kids who are trafficked every night in Dallas. They have been getting “their girls” in line, and when the convention comes, these girls will be bought and sold. It will not be their choice. It will end up being their sentence.
So, boys, we have a prayer vigil scheduled next week, August 5, at 8 pm outside The Men’s Club. Who is up for joining me in praying outside the Dallas Convention Center on Friday or Saturday night? It seems this nightmare starts at 5pm. So maybe 8, again? Which night would work better for you, Friday or Saturday? Unbelievably, this exercise in self-will against God also takes place on Sunday, but I’m not going to impact my Sunday by praying outside there.
So………I’m not just real high on doing this. I think it would be good and valuable, but there are some substantial down-sides. For one thing, Dallas Convention Center is huge and the crowd is likely to be large. It would be difficult to make an impact. Parking may be a hassle, as would be meeting up with each other. I’d pretty much have to drive around there and ID a place where I think we could meet, unless one of you knows the area well and could make a suggestion. And, I would like to have pretty good assurance we’d have a sizable crowd, a dozen minimum, if this effort were to be worthwhile. Let me know your thoughts. Because I know some of you have concerns over commenting online, you can contact me directly if you want: firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is interest and the logistics can be worked out I think it would be a very good evil to stand against. Let’s see what we can come up with. It would be a great way to get that “smell of the sheep,” as well as opposing the human trafficking that was such a focal point of the recent papal encyclical. Why, it would almost atone for my neo-Pelagian Promethean bead counting!
A final thought: here we are in a city that has been, one might say, divinely warned through a series of unusual seismic events. And yet here they go, thumbing their nose at God again and saying “non serviam.” Ultimately, this will not end well, unless there be a great change of hearts. Dallas purports itself to be a conservative mecca (used to be but it ain’t, anymore) in a conservative state, but it is also known worldwide for the number and “quality” of its sexually oriented businesses. This is a dichotomy that should not stand.
And yet, I haven’t heard any denunciations from 3725 Blackburn St, have you?
And so yet another violation of federal law:
In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, “Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.”
Since PPRM does not use digoxin or other feticide in its 2nd trimester procedures, any intact deliveries before an abortion are potentially born-alive infants under federal law (1 USC 8).
I will say Center for Medical Progress has set these up very well. They released more nebulous, potentially less damaging videos first, and when Planned Butcherhood responded by pretending they are never in this for the money, that this kind of thing is just done for the good of medical science, etc., later video releases could reveal them as the liars they are. Very well done.
From what I understand, the most damning videos are still to come. But will they have any effect? Will the demonrat party and their Repubnik co-religionists in Congress give even these atrocities a pass, and continue to ramp up PP’s funding? How is it that a “non-profit” can net over $100 million in 2014?
And now for the reaction: a judge in the People’s Republic of California has issued a temporary injunction against CMP from releasing at least some of their videos:
Yesterday, a judge in California issued a temporary injunction barring CMP from publishing videos that include footage from a May 2014 meeting between officials at StemExpress and CMP investigators posing as potential buyers of fetal organs. The StemExpress lawsuit alleges the covert recording of that meeting at a restaurant is the product of unlawful electronic eavesdropping.
California has unusually tough prohibitions on electronic recording. One of those restrictions is that all parties must consent to the recording of “confidential communications.” This isn’t my area of law, but a quick survey of the case law suggests that recordings in restaurants may sometimes be considered confidential communications and sometimes not, depending on the circumstances. It’s going to be a fact-specific determination, so CMP may ultimately be in a bit of trouble there depending on what the testimony and evidence turns up. On the other hand, the temporary injunction is a prior restraint, which typically isn’t the right solution to alleged newsworthy conduct that can be remedied post-litigation. The temporary injunction was ordered to last until a hearing can be convened on August 19. StemExpress also alleges theft, fraud, and interference with contract.
Other CMP videos can be released, so long as they don’t include the StemExpress meeting.
May God protect and defend the good souls at CMP. They are doing ground-breaking work.
Without Planned Barrenhood’s focus and resources, the baby-murderers in this country would be very hard pressed to respond to continued pro-life pressure. Planned Butcherhood has always been the focal point of the baby-butchery industry, its primary propagandist and most influential lobbyist. Should it go away, it would cripple the abortion industry.
Lord, may that day come.
A little bit of good news, anyway. The Texas Supreme Court has overturned a Houston ordinance driven by gomorrist Mayor Parker that radically expanded “rights” for those given over to perverse inclinations, including the ability of “transgenders” to use any public restroom they wished. This ordinance was widely unpopular and resulted in a large recall effort that was dismissed, quite possibly illegally, by the city on a technicality. That recall effort led to an attempt to persecute Houston area pastors (all protestants – no Catholic pastor helped lead the effort).
At any rate, the Texas Supreme Court has found the ordinance unconstitutional:
In a victory for reason and common sense, the Texas Supreme Court has given the city of Houston 30 days to either repeal it’s ridiculous rules governing public restroom use by the opposite sex or put it on the ballot for voter approval.
The law was intended to make it possible for trans genders to choose whatever bathroom they felt comfortable in using. Opposition to the bill resulted in city officials subpoening the sermons and other documents from 5 local pastors, looking for violations of the equal rights statute. The subpoenas were withdrawn following a nationwide outcry…….. [I really think it was coverage on this blog that did it. Heh]
………The city has until Aug. 24 to act on the court’s order, which also suspended the equal-rights ordinance, raising the possibility of a ballot fight that could sway the outcome of the November mayor’s race. Ms. Parker is term-limited and cannot seek re-election.
The ordinance, approved by the city council in May 2014, added gender identity and sexual orientation to the city’s equal-rights law, touching off a backlash over transgender bathroom use.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the court’s decision Friday, saying that, “Freedom of expression can only exist once government removes itself from stifling free speech, repressing religious liberty and interfering with the lives of its citizens.”
Yeah, well, Abbot’s opinion – not perfect even in itself – is probably in the distinct minority today. I mean, do we have to discuss all this heavy stuff all the time? Can’t we just get back to our Whataburger and Kardashians and just let people do what they want? I mean, really………
Sorry folks that is it for me today. Regular blogging will resume tomorrow, God willing.