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Video from those murderous, cursed warmongerers at Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin November 20, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, foolishness, General Catholic, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
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Sent in by reader, TE, who worked on this progam, a successful test of a generic battlefield management system that uses data from remote sensors to guide missiles (from yet another place) to intercept a target, in this case a drone representing a cruise missile that could be carrying a WMD to wipe out a city.

But apparently defending yourself from attack is now cursed:

That’s all the Flightline Friday you get this week.  I will not be blogging much next week.  I pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving, and get to Mass many times!  Say a prayer for me and my wife!  She’s still doing very well but I’m convinced  your prayers are helping immensely!



Did St. Josephat die in vain? November 20, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, martyrdom, Revolution, sanctity, scandals, secularism, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Via reader Skeinster, a really good post from Shameless Popery on St. Josephat and what it means to be Catholic and have Faith.  More to the point, with all the ecumania and doctrinal indifference, did St. Josephat and other martyrs to the Faith die in vain?

392 years ago today, Saint Josaphat, an Eastern Catholic bishop in Ukraine, was dragged out of his rectory and murdered by the Eastern Orthodox townspeople that he was trying to lead back into union with the Roman Catholic Church. The Church does not hesitate, in her prayers, to say that he poured out his blood like Christ. He died for the principle that it matterswhether we Christians are Catholics. My question for you today is did he die in vain?

After all, I frequently hear that it doesn’t matter whether or not someone is Catholic, as long as they’re Christian. They’ve got better music down the block, or you like the preaching better. Catholicism becomes just one denomination, just one option. Or perhaps we’ll go further and say that the Church itself doesn’t matter: all that matters is having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” That personal relationship is obviously vital, but Cardinal Dolan has pointed out the folly of trying to have the Good Shepherd without the flock, trying to have the King of Kings without His Kingdom, trying to have the Head without the Body of Christ. So to answer my initial question, I ask you to consider four more questions:

The first question: Did Jesus intend to inaugurate the Kingdom of God on earth?Yes.

The very first words out of Jesus’ mouth in St. Mark’s Gospel are “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk. 1:15). And we hear that again in today’s Gospel, when Jesus says that, although it has not yet arrived fully, the Kingdom of God is among us.

The second question: Did Jesus establish this Kingdom in His Church? Yes.

In the famous passage of Matthew 16:18-19, Jesus says to Peter, “you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Note, He doesn’t say He’s giving the keys to the Kingdom to everyone, to all believers. Instead, Christ explicitly gives the keys to the Kingdom to St. Peter, the head of the Church, using the singular “you.”……

……….So where do we stand? Do we think the Church is dispensable? That it no longer has the protection of the Holy Spirit, or no longer has the fullness of truth? That Christ’s Church no longer has an earthly head? In short, do we think that St. Josaphat died in vain?

There’s two more questions and answers at the link. You know how I feel.  I think lack of charity and faith in the Church has placed tens if not hundreds of millions in grave jeopardy of hellfire.

Moral cowardice carries a very steep price.

REPOST: A prayer I highly recommend: Crusade for the family prayer November 20, 2015

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REPOST: I was about to post this prayer, then I recalled that it seemed very familiar.  A quick check revealed I was right, I posted this 6 1/2 months ago.

Still, it’s very good, there’s always new readers, so………..enjoy.

We live in a time when the family is under greater attack than at any other time in the history of the Church. We can argue about whether the general crisis facing the Church is the greatest ever, but with regard to the assault on the family by those who would leave souls broken and defenseless, utterly dependent on the government for succor, there has never been a time in 2000 years of Christianity when the family has been so successfully and completely rent asunder.  Be it divorce, abortion, fornication, adultery, radical pretended redefinitions of marriage, general pride and selfishness…….the family has never been more under attack wounded than it has been in the past several decades.

The fact that this attack is the deliberate plan and policy of the ascendant leftist over-culture makes the tragedy surrounding the state of the family all the worse, because this hasn’t happened entirely “by accident,” but has been instigated as part of a concerted plan to weaken the family as an institution, the better to serve the endless appetite for power among certain depraved individuals. While there have been nations that have embraced these evils at times in the past, never has there been such a widespread acceptance by virtually every part of the world as we see today.  Outside some pockets in South America, Africa, and a few other places, almost all of these means of undermining the family are not just legal, but widely accepted and committed with grim abandon.  There remain very few places where none of them are legal, and I would hazard there is no place left on earth where they are not regularly practiced. Thus, worldwide, the family has never faced such a panoply of threats that could even, God forbid, lead to its near extinction.

The prayer below was composed by Fr. John Hardon, SJ, I believe in the early 70s, just as so many of these grave evils were becoming pandemic in the culture.  I think it’s a beautiful prayer that is important enough, and worthy enough, to be included among your regular prayers:

Mary, Mother of God, at your request, Jesus worked His first miracle. He changed water into wine for the wedding guests at Cana in Galilee.  

Over the centuries you have not ceased to obtain countless signs and wonders for the poor, exiled children of Eve.

We therefore ask you to intercede with your Divine Son for the miraculous graces which the modern world so desperately needs:

For the conversion and reconversion of whole nations to Jesus Christ and His teaching on marriage and the family.  

For the heroic preservation among Christians of their faith in the indissolubility of marriage, marital fidelity and the loving acceptance of children, as the bedrock of the Christian family.

For the courage of martyrs in all of us followers of Christ, that we may witness to His power to overcome the powers of darkness that are bent on destroying the human family and the moral law.  

Mary, Mother of the Holy Family, and Mother of our families, pray for us. Amen.

I fear we are going to need the courage of martyrs.  Sadly, such courage is increasingly uncommon today, as we saw VP Biden receive the Blessed Sacrament at a parish in this city, with the idea of enforcing Canon Law to deny him Communion dismissed out of hand over fears regarding the loss of tax exempt status.  As I’ve noted in other recent posts, and as some commenters have noted, as well, the Church is going to lose its tax-exempt status almost no matter what, unless some disastrous doctrinal “compromise” is reached regarding fake sodo-marriage.  Solid Catholic Supreme Court Justice Alito forced that admission from the Obama administration – perverse and always false redefinitions of marriage will inevitably lead to a cruel choice for Holy Mother Church in this country: acquiesce in sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, or suffer the loss of probably over half her current revenue with the denial of tax exempt status for failing to accord with federal law.

Folks, I wish I could say I’m rock-solid confident which choice the bishops will make, but I cannot.  Not with decades of example of compromise with the sexular pagan culture.  It was Cardinal Cushing himself who drove a reluctant Massachusetts legislature, predominately Catholic, to vote in favor of legalizing contraception.

I relay these sad facts to further impress upon us all the vital need for more prayer and penance.  I know many of you already do a lot, but we are faced with some of the gravest threats the family and Church have ever faced. I’m afraid we are well past the point for worldly solutions or grand plans to restore sanity to the world.  It is down to Grace, which means prayer and penance.

God bless all of you for what you do.

Deo Gratias!


Cardinal Sarah: not even Pope can change Divine Law on Communion November 20, 2015

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Via LifeSiteNews, not exactly surprising, but perhaps some cold comfort that not everyone in Church leadership is on board with some of the notions abounding in the Church today.  In fact, Cardinal Sarah gives some commendably strong catechesis below, even if he does not condemn the source of the sudden resurgence of error as some might like:

On the heels of a statement by Pope Francis seeming to suggest openness to non-Catholic Christians receiving Holy Communion, the cardinal who heads the Vatican congregation dealing with the sacraments has said that there are preconditions for the reception of Holy Communion and when those conditions are not met, and the situation is publicly known, ministers of the sacrament “have no right to give him communion.”

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, added, speaking of priests: “If they do so, their sin will be more grave before the Lord. It would be unequivocally a premeditated complicity and profanation of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus.” [Yeah, well, most priests, in their horrific formation, couldn’t care less.  They’re invincibly convinced none of this matters and almost everyone (save for those mean ol’ judgy types and all right wingers) go to Heaven, anyway]

The statements from Cardinal Sarah come from a forthcoming article in the French Catholic magazine L’Homme Nouveau. Vatican specialist Sandro Magister has published an excerpt in advance.

“The entire Church has always firmly held that one may not receive communion with the knowledge of being in a state of mortal sin, a principle recalled as definitive by John Paul II in his 2003 encyclical ‘Ecclesia de Eucharistia,’” said the prefect. “Not even a pope can dispense from such a divine law.” [I agree.  But perhaps be even more explicit in  your refutation]

……Regarding “communion for all, without discrimination,” Cardinal Sarah says that those in grave sin who are unrepentant (unless in total ignorance) “would remain in a state of mortal sin and would commit a grave sin by receiving communion.

Even in the toughest case of an abused wife who left her first marriage and was remarried without an annulment, Cardinal Sarah notes there can be no communion unless she decides to live without sexual relations with her new partner.

The cardinal’s most powerful statements, however, are his lament at the confusion about Holy Communion among the clergy.  “I feel wounded in my heart as a bishop in witnessing such incomprehension of the Church’s definitive teaching on the part of my brother priests,” he said.  “I cannot allow myself to imagine as the cause of such confusion anything but the insufficiency of the formation of my confreres.” [Bad formation, yet.  But also likely a marked predisposition towards progressive-modernist beliefs, and a likely attachment to sexual immorality which powered such beliefs, before they even entered seminary.  How many good men have been denied admittance to seminary, and how many manifestly unfit men chosen in their stead, all to help force the “crisis in the priesthood” to such a state that the Church would, in desperation, complete the final destruction of the priesthood by opening it to married men and even women?  That’s been the modernist game for 50 years now, anyway]

Recalling his position as “responsible for the discipline of the sacraments in the whole Latin Church,” Cardinal Sarah said he was “bound in conscience” to spell out the Church’s teaching regarding sexuality – the source of much of the current confusion.

The Church, he said, “stigmatizes the deformations introduced into human love: homosexuality, polygamy, chauvinism, free love, divorce, contraception, etc.”

“In any case, it never condemns persons. But it does not leave them in their sin. Like its Master, it has the courage and the charity to say to them: go and from now on sin no more.”

That’s always been the key, the missing bit from the modernist program to redefine the Church.  They say “go and sin some more,” which is the exact opposite of what Christ and His Church have always said.

We’re all sinners.  All of us sin to one degree or another.  Our Lord warned us more sternly not to judge ourselves superior to those whose outward sins are greater than our own.  But at the same time, Jesus Christ took an already strict Jewish moral law and made it far stricter.  He, God Incarnate, died for our sins, but He did so after conveying a very high moral standard.  We will all fall short of that standard to one degree or another, but what Our Lord made plain was absolutely vital was our constant striving to meet it (carrying our cross).

Modernists throw out the bit about striving, and just pretend – on no real rational basis – that Jesus just forgives carte blanche, no matter how much we not only continue to sin, but make no effort whatsoever to amend our lives.  They reveal their dishonesty in the fact that they pretend Christ’s only condemnation is reserved for their ideological opponents, but I digress.

That’s the key.  Intent. The difference between a faithful soul and an immoral one comes down to will/intention.  The unfaithful soul loves his sins, revels in them, and feels no need to change.  The faithful soul abhors his sins and strives, to varying degrees, to no longer fall into them.  This used to be Catholicism for Kindergartners, but apparently its beyond the vast majority of bishops and cardinals today, who prefer to go along with the zeitgeist than hold culturally disapproved beliefs. It’s only beyond them, because they want it to be.

Shock! Pope Francis unequivocally condemns tens of millions worldwide! November 20, 2015

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Too bad those tens of millions are involved in a perfectly legitimate enterprise that has long been found as perfectly justifiable by the Church.

That’s how it reads to me, anyway, when he indulged in this……..I have to call it a rant…….today at Casa Santa Marta.  So apparently fornicators, adulterers, and even sodomites are beyond judgment, but those involved in the defense of nations……..cursed:

 Pope Francis went on to recall the recent commemorations of the Second World War, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, his visit to Redipuglia last year on the anniversary of the Great War: “Useless slaughters,” he called them, repeating the words of Pope Benedict XV. “Everywhere there is war today, there is hatred,” he said. Then he asked, “What shall remain in the wake of this war, in the midst of which we are living now?”

“What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. Jesus once said: ‘You can not serve two masters:  either God or riches.’ War is the right choice for him, who would serve wealth: ‘Let us build weapons, so that the economy will right itself somewhat, and let us go forward in pursuit of our interests. There is an ugly word the Lord spoke: ‘Cursed!’ Because He said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers!.’ The men who work war, who make war, are cursed, they are criminals. A war can be justified – so to speak – with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war – piecemeal though that war may be – a little here, a little there, and everywhere – there is no justification – and God weeps. Jesus weeps.” 

The Holy Father went on to say that, while the arms dealers go about their business, there are the poor peacemakers who, perforce to help another person, and another and another, spend themselves utterly, and even give their lives……

Pope Francis is applying a corollary that is non-scriptural and also not part of the Tradition.  Yes, our Blessed Lord certainly did say “Blessed are the peacemakers,” but he did not say “damned are the soldiers are weapons merchants.”  That’s a huge logical leap that is totally unsupported by the Church’s extremely well developed doctrine surrounding warfare and the taking of human life.  Pope Francis is emoting that false modern belief that to be Christian is to be pacifist.  This belief, like so many others, is based entirely on distortions of the words of great Saints and fathers, wrong interpretations of bits of Scripture, and a burning desire to witness not to the Faith but the worldly progressive zeitgeist.

It is also manifestly unjust.  It takes more than a bit of cheek for a man who, by many reports, cooperated with the military junta during Argentina’s Dirty wWar, to call those “who work war, who make war” cursed and criminals.  There are many perfectly morally justifiable reasons to serve in the armed forces and to be involved in the defense of one’s country. There are situations in which armed combat is not just permissible, but even a moral imperative. Our Lord never once condemned soldiers, he simply told them to do their duty and not abuse people sinfully.  Our Lord in fact reserved some of his highest praise for a Roman Centurion, who described his faith in terms of military discipline and left Our Lord amazed.

This pope once again shows himself as a man upon whom nuance is lost.  He also shows himself to be a disturbingly ideological creature, and a man given to fits of passion.  He has here condemned many dozens of very good souls I know who are involved either in the defense industry or the military.  It is simply an amazing departure from the kind of careful thought and thorough grounding in tradition we have come to expect from popes going back centuries, even the relatively recent (and more problematic) ones.  I wonder if the Holy Father gave any thought to the grave disconcert his statements would give to the millions of Catholics worldwide who work in some capacity related to the defense industry and/or armed forces?  This is a blanket condemnation without exception, compared to the extravagant “mercy” he extends to those involved in actual moral depravities, it’s really an unconscionable statement.

It’s also inconsistent as hell.  Remember when he excoriated the WWII Allies for not bombing the railroads leading to Dachau and Sachsenhausen?  But I thought all war-making and war-fighting was cursed?  Never ask a liberal to be consistent, it all depends on his feels at a given moment.

But not altogether unpredictable. Indeed, in so many ways, this pope seems to be gradually revealing his very novel, doctrinaire vision to the world as time unfolds.

Rorate notes the translation appears solid.  They also add this:

More than ever, Francis symbolizes a Church and a civilization that is tired and has lost its will to live: a “West” that in the face of wrath it could not comprehend, possessed with only a fraction of the conviction that its enemies has, takes refuge in meaningless slogans that inspire no one, help no one, and only encourage those who would like to destroy everything that is holy, everything that is of value.

Indeed.  Enjoy your Camp of the Saints.

The world has lost its sense of irony November 19, 2015

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Two highly ironic things in the article below.  The irony is completely lost on the subjects.  Case 1, one of the major reasons Missouri’s black students are up in arms – aside from the tingly sensation of power they are enjoying – is because the university has had to cancel it’s health insurance for graduate students due to Obamacare.  This especially upset the millionaire son hunger-striker.  Case two, Planned Barrenhood reveals for the umpteenth time their complete lack of shame:

University of Missouri graduate students, including hunger strike protester Jonathan Butler, have been protesting on campus in part because of cuts to the students’ health-care coverage as a result of Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the cutbacks were explained in detail on an August posting on the school’s website, which said Obamacare’s regulations banned employers, like universities, from paying for their grad students’ health insurance.

Graduate students would have to buy insurance in individual markets as a result of not being eligible for the insurance plan offered to MU staff and faculty.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that the Internal Revenue Service posted a bulletin offering guidance on this issue and threatened “severe” penalties for noncompliance.

…….In a letter announcing his hunger strike, Butler described incidents that, he said, “dynamically disrupted the learning experience for marginalized/ underrepresented students.” [Oh PLEASE!  Underrepresented even though admissions standards are dramatically lower for certain minorities, which doesn’t help their representation when over half fail out during their freshman year]

Butler wrote, “In the past 90 days alone we have seen the MSA (Missouri Students Association) President Payton Head being called the n-word on campus, [by a non-student, if it happened at all. The word was allegedly called from a passing vehicle, making misinterpretation very likely.  And what precipitated it use?] graduate students being robbed of their health insurance, [blame your brother Barack for that]Planned Parenthood services being stripped from campus, #ConcernedStudent1950 peaceful demonstrators being threatened with pepper spray, [BS] and a matter of days ago a vile and disgusting act of hatred where a MU student drew a swastika in the Gateway residential hall with their own feces.” [which was not directed at any group, and could have just been drunken stupidity]

Now for the Planned Barrenhood stupidity:

Mizzou also canceled 10 contracts with Planned Parenthood three months ago. The contracts had allowed MU’s nursing and medical students to get experience at Planned Parenthood facilities in five cities in four states, the Associated Press reported….

………The canceled contracts angered both student body and faculty alike, and two months later, by October, MU allowed its nursing and medical students to work at Planned Parenthood clinics. The new agreement, however, banned the students from participating in abortion services — a measure that was allowed under the previous agreements.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri president and CEO Laura McQuade was pleased the agreements were renewed but told the AP that “more must be done.” She said the university had surrendered to “political bullying.”

Oh now that’s rich!  Planned Barrenhood, which unleashed the most brazen bullying imaginable to crush Susan G. Komen when they defunded them, complaining about mass opposition to Planned Barrenhood’s selling of murdered baby parts as “political bullying!”

And how did abortion become legal, anyway?  Was that not an undemocratic act of political bullying by 7 unaccountable, unelected old men in black robes?!?  And what of Planned Barrenhood’s bribes and payouts to politicians to keep abortion legal, isn’t that a form of bullying?  What a crock.

But I’m wasting my breath.  What else would one expect from an organization drenched in innocent children’s blood?

Pretending Dignitatis Humanae can be interpreted according to Tradition is itself contrary to Tradition November 19, 2015

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What can I say?  More thought-provoking material from Phoenix from the Ashes by HJA Sire.  I think the material largely speaks for itself, but I do add emphasis and comments.

Below, Sire discusses one of the most problematic documents of Vatican II, the Declaration on Religious Liberty, Dignitatis Humanae.

Traditionalists [He appears to use the term pretty broadly, many self-described traditionalists would probably take umbrage with what he says here] who want to uphold the authority of the Council have argued that the declaration Dignitatis Humanae is acceptable if interpreted, as it must be, in the context of Catholic Tradition, and indeed the saving statements made at the beginning of the document give a basis for such an approach. [Saving statements meaning an introductory text and statement by Paul VI that claim DH does not intend to change Church Doctrine, right before the main body of the text appears to do just that] Nevertheless, that is not the way the Church has traditionally taken with suspect doctrines.  Its affinity is with the special pleading by which Newman, in his Tractarian days, [i.e., when Blessed John Henry Newman was still an Anglican]  sought to argue that the Thirty Nine Articles can be interpreted as part of Catholic tradition, ignoring the fact that they are the founding document of a heretical protestant sect.  The Catholic Church has always dismissed such evasions, exemplified by the attempts made by Hussites and Jansenists to disown the heretical doctrines attributed to them.  Against such hair-splitting, the Church’s view has been that the doctrine of a text is what it appears to be and what it is in practice, in the sense of the use made of it by its followers.  By that criterion, the teaching of Dignitatis Humanae is the one conveyed by the main part of the document, not that of the introductory statement or Paul VI’s covering statement.  The bulk of Catholics worldwide understand its teaching as declaring an absolute right of religious liberty and would be shocked to hear that the document begins with a statement that no such right exists. [The bulk of “Catholics” worldwide have never even heard of it, though they are probably just peachy with the very liberal interpretation and implementation its received] That is the humanistic reading that the declaration has, in fact, propagated; the philosophy it conveys, putting man before God, has been the prime agent in the corrupted Catholicism brought in by Vatican II, devastating the spiritual life of the Church and destroying its intellectual coherence. 

…..In fact, when the Declaration on Religious Liberty was discussed in the Council, the American bishops were to be found arguing for it on undisguisedly humanistic grounds, ad they were backed in Europe by out and out modernists such as Kung and Bishop de Smedt of Bruges.  In its eagerness to make a generous gesture to the world, the Council felt obliged to embrace this philosophy, since no less than a whole-hearted declaration would do justice to the ideals of openness and ecumenism; and by that ill-conceived intention it was led to adopt a teaching that destroys the basis of coherent religion.  

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What follows the excerpt above is perhaps the best exegesis I’ve read on the difference between the illusory modern notion of human rights, and the Catholic concept of human dignity.  That runs about 1800 words and I really haven’t time today to type all that in. Plus, I’m afraid Sire is going to fly over and break my fingers so I stop ripping off his copyright. So, perhaps tomorrow. If I don’t find something even better to share in the interim.

I’m also holding off on excerpting more of the book, because I’d like to switch gears now and provide a practical application of how Dignitatis Humanae (or its application) has radically disfigured a right understanding and practice of the Faith, perhaps especially among the hierarchy.  In the Nov. 13 2015 edition of Texas Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Dallas, there is an article on the a the recent “Eugene McDermott Lecture” sponsored by the University of Dallas.  This lecture glorified the 50th anniversary of another highly controversial Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate, which revolutionized the Church’s formal approach towards the Jewish religion.  Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell must have been in fine fettle, he had his older brother Brian flown in to also speak at the event.

Some excerpts from the article below:

Bishop Brian Farrell, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Christian Unity……..spoke to the crowd and praised the results Nostra Aetate has produced:

[Watch how he denigrates the Truth, and 2000 years of Catholic belief and practice…..]“It introduced a fundamental change of attitude of attitude from negative stereotypes and prejudices to a positive respect for and close collaboration between Catholics and Jews for the good of the entire human family…” [“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”  “If you do not eat my flesh and drink my blood, you do not have life within you.”  “He that believeth in the Son, hath life everlasting; but he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”  You ecumaniacs are content to leave Jews in their obsolete, supernaturally useless religion, all so you can have warm feelings from a few worldly accolades. Disgraceful.  Where is your charity?  Probably the same place you sent your faith] 

Bishop Farrell and Rabbi Rosen  said that for the most of its history, Christianity had viewed the Jewish people as being rejected and condemned by God as a result of Christ’s crucifixion. [That’s a pretty neat trick?  Who rejected Whom?  And who crucified Whom?  Do the biblical statements above mean anything?  If they don’t why bother being Catholic?]  Rabbi Rosen said the normative thought was this: because the Jews did not recognize Jesus Christ [Umm, they did a bit more than that] they were punished and left wandering without a homeland as a “continual testimony of what happens to you when you reject the Christian dispensation and to be an eternal warning until the end of time.” [Once again, what does Scripture say?  Did our Blessed Lord not say that the Jews would be punished, their city and temple crushed, their sacrificial religion destroyed, in his prophecy recorded in the Synoptic Gospels? (Lk xix:44)]

As a result, Christians had come to see themselves as having replaced the Jews as God’s Chosen People. [“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood” (I Pet ii:9). Also Gal ii:14-16 – “by the works of the {old} law no one will be justified”]

Nostra Aetate, he said, turned that completely around. [So much the worse for Nostra Aetate, then]

…..Today, Bishop Farrell said, the church [sic] insists on understanding and embracing the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.  Catholics cannot understand Jesus without his [sic] Jewish background. [That doesn’t mean the Jews have a valid covenant, or that conversion is not imperative for them]

“Jesus was a Jew,” he said.  “Mary was a Jew.  The first disciples were Jewish.  All were immersed in the Jewish traditions of their time.”  [That’s right……They were Jews.  Then they became Christians.  And were saved on that basis. Notice the constant use of sleight of hand by these guys]

……Rabbi Rosen said he advocates that Nostra Aetate be part of seminary formation around the world [Of course!  It’s the greatest boon to the Jewish faith since Theodore Herzl.  But that’s not the same as being best for their souls, but who cares about that anymore, since we pretend everyone goes to Heaven anyway, right?!?]  Bishop Brian Farrell reiterated the document’s firm rejection of any discrimination and anti-Semitism as part of any catechesis done in the Catholic Church. [Note that both these men consider even telling Jews their covenant is obsolete/invalid and that they must convert to be saved to be “anti-semitism.”] 

Different religion.  And I don’t particularly care for it.  Not because I’m attached to some Jew-hatred.  It’s because I like to think I care just a bit about the eternal destination of souls, and this “let’s all pretend nothing matters and we’re all saved and let’s just all have a great big huggy warm feeling good time” leaves souls in an incredibly precarious position by every indication from Scripture and Tradition.  Notwithstanding what Vatican II has to say on the subject, it is contradicted by literally hundreds if not thousands of declarations from Scripture and Tradition and I am inclined to give those much more credence than the late Council.


If that makes me a heretic, so be it.

8 “Syrians” caught attempting to cross US border at Laredo November 19, 2015

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US Border Patrol agents have revealed that 8 supposedly Syrian men attempted to infiltrate the United States in the Laredo zone recently. This in addition to 5 “Syrians” arrested in Honduras this week attempting to transit to the US using stolen Greek passports.  Enjoy the Honduran jails, fellas!

I guess Obama’s promise to admit 100,000 “Syrians” into the US just isn’t moving forward fast enough for some folks:

Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about Syrians illegally entering the country in the Laredo Sector. The reports have caused a stir among the sector’s Border Patrol agents.

The sources claimed that eight Syrians were apprehended on Monday, November 16, 2015. According to the sources, the Syrians were in two separate “family units” and were apprehended at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, also known officially as Port of Entry 1.

Border Patrol agent and NBPC Local 2455 President Hector Garza told Breitbart Texas, “Border Patrol agents who we represent have been contacting our organization to voice concerns about reports from other agents that Syrians crossed the U.S. border from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. Our agents have heard about Syrians being apprehended in the area from other federal agents.” Agent Garza added, “At this time, I cannot confirm or deny that Syrians have crossed, for security reasons.”……..

………Breitbart Texas can confirm that a Syrian did attempt to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas in late September. The Syrian was caught using a passport that belonged to someone else and U.S. authorities decided against prosecuting anyone involved due to “circumstances.”

UPDATE: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that eight Syrians were taken into custody at the Laredo port of entry. 

And how about this: today Brietbart is reporting that 6 men from Afghanistan and Pakistan – those paragons of moderation and stability – were caught attempting to infiltrate the United States in Arizona:

The six men were traveling in a group and were captured roughly 16 miles into the state of Arizona, specifically, near the small picturesque town of Patagonia, Arizona.

You know, I wonder if the bishops realize just how high-risk their extremely public support for continued unlimited illegal immigration over our porous southern border really is.  They have vocally opposed most effective security measures.  If there is a major terror attack on this country that can be attributed to terrorists flowing over our effectively undefended, uncontrolled southern border – and they already have – there could be very serious blowback against the strident pro-immigration position of the USCCB.  And I would say that every day that ISIS exists and grows, that likelihood only increases.  This could have extremely serious ramifications for the bishop’s conference.

Especially since the bishop’s commitment to immigration – even “Syrian” immigration – is not quite so altruistic as they like to make out.


Remember – not one dime for CCHD over Thanksgiving November 19, 2015

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This weekend or next, your parish (but not mine) will likely take a collection for the so-called Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  This ostensible charity, which is actually nothing more than a method for Catholics to fund marxist political agitation, is supported by almost all dioceses and parishes in the country.  It is an organization with a constant track record of scandal since its inception in 1969, when Msgr. Jack Egan, prominent figure in the Archdiocese of Chicago, friend of marxist organizer Saul Alinsky, and confidant of then-Archbishop Bernadin convinced the highly influential Archbishop to support funding for this organization.  Bernadin then used his dominant influence over the then National Conference of Catholic Bishops to force through a nationwide collection.

Over the years, CCHD has disbursed tens of millions dollars – dollars taken from Catholics almost universally ignorant of its aim and intent – to disastrously anti-Catholic organizations who support all manner of moral evils, from contraception to abortion to socialism to pseudo-sodo-marriage – and even worse.  While certain groups with such stands have been defunded from time to time, the problems always recur.  That’s because there is hardly a leftist organization in the world that does not support one moral depravity or another, and generally, a whole cornucopia of them.

Michael Hitchborn at the Lepanto Institute, whose work I greatly respect, has put together another long and very damning analysis of CCHD and its ongoing association with immoral causes.  He builds his case methodically, starting with deliberate communist efforts in the first half of the 20th century to penetrate their agents into Christian churches, and especially the Catholic Church, to gain cultural influence, moral authority, and, above all, access to money.  From there he notes the influence of Saul Alinsky in forming CCHD, and CCHD’s still-ongoing relationship with many Alinskyite groups, such as the Gamaliel Foundation.  He also shows how organizations on the receiving end of some of the largest CCHD disbursements over the past few  years are also led by hardcore communists.

Most interesting to me, however, was the portion of the expose dealing with Ralph McCloud, former Fort Worth City Council member and current head of the CCHD.  Hitchborn finds a huge conflict of interest in the fact that McCloud serves on the board of directors of the extremely radical Interfaith Worker’s Justice, even while CCHD disburses copious funds to that organization.  Can you say conflict of interest?  Hitchborn:


Generally speaking, since IWJ is applying for funds from the CCHD, this is called a conflict of interest. But there are other problems with McCloud that should disqualify him from his position at the CCHD.

Ralph McCloud assumed the duties of Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in November of 2007. Prior to this, McCloud served as a city council member and mayor pro tem in Fort Worth, Texas. While still serving in Texas government, McCloud gave a political endorsement to radical pro-abortion politician Wendy Davis when she announced her run for state senate against the solidly pro-life incumbent, Kim Brimer.


In addition to this endorsement, McCloud also served as the treasurer for Davis’ campaign. McCloud denied any knowledge of Davis’ pro-abortion position at the time he gave her an endorsement and agreed to serve as her campaign treasurer, and claims that he never assumed any of the duties as treasurer.

Going back to the Gamaliel Foundation for a moment, remember that Ralph McCloud was provided with air-tight evidence that the Gamaliel Foundation lied directly to him about its relationship with an organization pushing for legal recognition of same-sex couples, and he broke off communication with investigators at that point.  Also, keep in mind that Saul Alinsky said about developing relationships so as to be somewhat bulletproof in the face of controversial topics.  There are important things to remember because in 2008, Ralph McCloud gave a speech at a Gamaliel event called, “Realizing the Promise.” The event was a celebration of the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. Just listen to what McCloud said about how this celebration of Obama’s election is a “great day” where “we will see a new Jerusalem, and justice will flow like waters.” [hyperbole much?  But contemplate this: have we seen on college campuses all over the country in recent days just what kind of “justice” people like Ralph McCloud believes this nation deserves?  I can say that the policy differences between Gamaliel, and the radical crybullies on college campuses today are infinitesimal.  They all stem from the same entitled, demanding hatred of this country.  And they are profoundly racist, in the truest sense of the term.]

So, Ralph McCloud, who endorsed radical pro-abortion candidate Wendy Davis, agreed to be her campaign treasurer, spoke at a Gamaliel event in support of Barack Obama’s election, defended the direct lie of the Gamaliel Foundation, and serves on the board of the radically Marxist Interfaith Worker Justice is in charge of the distribution of Catholic dollars.

Not one dime for CCHD.  But I ask readers this: if the USCCB has been willing to start up CCHD, run it for decades in the face of serious opposition and far too many scandals to count, can you trust ANY USCCB organization with your money?  I refer to Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, and even ostensible funding programs for catechesis and priestly formation.  Money is fungible.  There are myriad problems with Catholic Charities and CRS.  I have long concluded my family cannot, in good conscience, support any of these groups.  I do my best to insulate my donations as much as I can even from diocesan assessment, because the same problems that exist on the national level are also present at the local, diocesan level.

Something to consider.

Great quotes on the Revolution November 18, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, different religion, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, history, horror, Papa, Revolution, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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I am out of time.  Via Pertinacious Papist, some very good quotes on the Revolution in the Church:

  • Blessed Pius IX (1871): “Believe me, the evil I denounce is more terrible than the Revolution…. that which I fear is Liberal Catholicism, which endeavours to unite two principles as repugnant to each other as fire and water ….”
  • St. Pius X (1910): “[W]hat has become of the Catholicism of the Sillon? Alas! this organisation… is now [part] of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world… the reign of legalized cunning and force, and the oppression of the weak…”
  • Yves Marsaudon (1964): “[W]e are unable to ignore the Second Vatican Counciland its consequences… With all our hearts we support the Revolution of John XXIII… This courageous concept of the Freedom of Thought that lies at the core of our Freemasonic lodges, has spread in a truly magnificent manner right under the Dome of St. Peter’s.”
  • Cardinal Danneels (2001): “Before Vatican II, in theology, as in other areas, the discipline was fixed. After the council there has been a revolution — a chaotic revolution — with free discussion on everything. There is now no common theology or philosophy as there was before.”

Really long article at the second link. I can’t vouch for it, I’ve had no time to read it, but Papist seems to think it good.

It is quite intriguing to hear Pope St. Pius X, over 100 years ago, speak of a one world religion.  The efforts underway to obliterate the Church and Christendom have been with us for a long, long time.  For decades they achieved great headway in the world but almost none in the Church herself. Then there was that New Springtime!, and, voila!, freedom of thought was suddenly part and parcel of the Church’s program!  There was even a “counter-Syllabus!”  Everything was going great!

So long as you don’t mind the tens of millions of lost souls, tens of thousands of departed priests, and 100,000 or more lost religious vocations.  Oh, wait………those are features, not bugs!


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