The Most Schadenfreude-Filled Inauguration Ever? January 20, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, fun, Immigration, manhood, Society, Victory.
On this afternoon where our long national nightmare ends (and we are reminded of how an even worse one was avoided), there’s a lot of schadenfreude in the air. Not that I mind. I’m enjoying this as much as anyone. Some videos from the day, including Trump’s swearing in and inaugural speech:
Promise the moon much? I worry about the endless infrastructure and educational promises. I am heartened by reports Trump intends to sharply reduce federal government staffing. We’ll see whether he can deliver.
The ceremonial parade, where Trump drags his vanquished enemies behind his golden chariot, is ongoing:
There have been riots and disruptions flaming tantrums aplenty today from some of those enemies yet unvanquished. They managed to disrupt traffic and then started devolving into the usual childish violence cum rioting for which the Left is so justly infamous. Keep it up, boneheads……..that’s how you got Trump.
In fact, as I watch the livestream right now, it seems the inaugural parade could descend into a wild melee at any moment. Nice. This is the new normal, folks. The Left would be reacting this way to ANY Republican who won, because all they have left in their rhetorical arsenal is hateful demonization.
Language warning below, but the always funny and on-point Gavin McGinness reviews Obama’s deplorable near-decade in office. Worst. President. Ever. McGinness is part of the new, young, very hip right that is – for better or worse – remaking the conservative movement in this country into a much more energized, combative, confrontational effort. It will be interesting to see if this new movement has persistence or just happened to catch the Trump wave.
Vatican Issues Stamp Hailing Luther – Will Anything Shake Papologists From Their Slumber? January 20, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
The Vatican post office plans to issue a stamp this year featuring the likeness of the arch-heretic Martin Luther, the man single most responsible for the seeming-permanent rending of the unity of Christendom and, almost certainly, the man responsible for consigning literal billions to eternal damnation. Given the aid and comfort the Bishop of Rome has given protestants since his installation, this is hardly surprising, but only marks an intensification of an effort that dates back to Francis’ days in Argentina:
The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals.
The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and the Protestant Reformation is an unlikely choice, trumping other significant events in the Catholic Church such as the 100-year anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 300-year anniversary of our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.
Got that? Luther trumps Fatima. Will that be the tenor for the entire, momentous year 2017? I fear so.
Michael Matt posted a video last night that directly relates both the stamp issue and the broader crisis afflicting the Church of which the administration of Francis is simply the culmination so far. It features a debate he had with an ostensible Church liberal and conservative (Dale Alquist), wherin both his opponents more or less ganged up on Matt and attacked him with ad hominems throughout. According to Matt (the entire debate was not included) neither of his opponents were able to provide cogent arguments in defence of their position that, regarding violating 2000 years of sacred belief and practice and a direct command of Jesus Christ, it just doesn’t matter that much, times have changed, and the Church needs to get with the 21st century program and go all mercy all the time, even to the point of allowing constant sacrilegious reception of the Blessed Sacrament by those openly persisting in grave sin. The video is great and I recommend you watch the whole thing:
But the broader point is this, and cuts to the quick of that 50+ year argument that has been ongoing between those who accept radical changes in the Church (whether quickly a la “liberals” or more slowly a la “conservatives”), and those who find those changes a total abandonment of the Church as she lived and breathed for 1900+ years. The results of the exchange were not encouraging – there is apparently no action authority figures in Rome can take that will not be accepted by those Matt labels as “neo-Catholics.” As Matt notes, where the revolutionary program is headed is all the more obvious everyday – protestantism, and protestantism of the most ineffectual, libertine bent. We know from 150 years of history where that liberal, worldly protestantism leads: decay, destruction, and collapse, both of individual souls and church structures as a whole.
But the vast majority in the Church still refuse to see this. At some deep level, they appear psychologically unable to see it. Their conception of the Church simply does not allow that bad men might deeply infiltrate it and possibly even corrupt her teachings to the extent men can – which is not insubstantial. But the evidence that there has been a deliberate effort to alter, undermine, and destroy twenty centuries of sacred Doctrine is there for any who care to examine it, and it is overwhelmingly compelling. Nevertheless, it appears the “neo-Cats” will never be moved by it. They were not moved by the radical destruction of the Liturgy. They were not moved by the implosion of the priesthood and religious life. They were not moved by all manner of heresy and abuse being taught as solemn Catholic Doctrine. They were not moved by Assisi. A stamp won’t even elicit a tired sigh from them.
Even more, the manifest problems afflicting the Church since the 60s have had their center in the Petrine office. Francis may be the most openly radical of the post-conciliar pontiffs, but he is hardly the only one to promote massive novelty. All of his immediate predecessors have, including Benedict.
It appears the Church is to cleave into two halves, a tiny, faithful remnant, and an initially huge but constantly, rapidly shrinking majority who go along with whatever they are told this week constitutes Catholic belief and practice. I used to hold high hopes that by sharing careful, detailed analysis of the crisis in the Church – by getting the message out – that souls would naturally react similarly to me, come to see the crisis for what it is, and do what they could to impose the different religion we see being built around us. I found out very early to my dismay, however, that while there was a fraction who would come to comprehend the crisis in the Church and the inadmissibility of many of the revolutionary changes made since Vatican II (that including the vast majority of those who will read this), the vast majority would not. That, in fact, that there was nothing that would move them to do so. They were literally unable to do so.
I understand that, to a degree. We all have lines we are unwilling, even unable to cross. I am disheartened to see how many struggle to accept that the Church could be afflicted with a pope who tries to promote error (it’s happened before, after all), but it’s a reality I – we all – have to face. The question is what we do about that reality. It seems we are fated to be a very small remnant, with malice towards none and charity for all, hopefully, but a very small one, nonetheless. We must work to preserve as much as we possibly can, which starts with saving ourselves and our families. We must do as much prayer and penance as possible, far, far more than most of us are doing today.
We must pray for one thing in particular, to sum up which I will turn to Ann Barnhardt. We must pray to have the traditional Sacraments available to us as the cultural and ecclesiastical noose tightens around our necks, figuratively or literally:
What you should do is move heaven and earth to attend a Traditional Mass or Divine Liturgy, and then go every single day humanly possible, and spend as much time as possible before the Blessed Sacrament, and go to confession frequently. Do whatever it takes, right now, to find a good parish or chapel. If you wait until The Remnant Church is forced completely underground, you will have a much harder time. This is precisely what the parable of the wise and foolish virgins is about, folks. At some point, the door will close, and if you are one of the foolish virgins who got caught without any oil in your lamp, and had to scramble to find any, it will, at some point, be too late, and the Bridegroom will close the door. You have been warned. It is obvious what is happening. No one will have any excuse.
Go to Our Lord, kneel before Him and BEG HIM to provide for you and your family to always be able to go to Mass. Beg Him to show you the way and illumine the path for you, as He illumined the path of the Magi. Beg Him to fill your lamp with oil Himself, and to keep it always full. Beg Mary, Mother of The Church, to intercede for you. Beg St. Joseph, Patron of The Universal Church, to lead you to safety as he led Our Lord and Our Lady on the flight to Egypt.
I hoped to flesh this post out some more, but I’ve run out of time, at least for the moment. I think Barnhardt’s exhortation is as good an ending as I could put to a post, anyway.
If by “right,” one means in the direction of promoting traditional Christian values and beliefs, I’d say that’s correct, and what a damning indictment that is, given how many errors the Russian Orthodox hold, in spite of the ancient nature of that Church and its many beautiful elements.
Reader TE sent a link to an article examining the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Putin’s Russia. As in the days of the tsars of old, the relationship between Putin’s government and the Russian Orthodox Church is one of complex interdependence, each supporting and strengthening the other. Post-Christian libertine Westerners are aghast at this relationship, but it’s very similar to how Church-state relations were conducted in western Christendom for centuries. It would be fascinating – and one hopes instructive – to see if Putin’s close integration of the Church into Russian society/government leads to an increasingly stable, united, morally upright Russia. That would serve as a powerful counter-example to the direction of the decadent West.
Some highlights from the piece, which is not exactly what I would call a ringing endorsement of these close Church/state relations:
Putin may not be religious in the traditional sense, but he certainly realizes that Christianity- specifically the Russian Orthodox Church- is the common glue that holds the Russian people together. It has deep historical roots that were dampened, but never extinguished by 75 years of communist rule. And it extends beyond the borders of Russia itself into neighboring lands, especially the Ukraine.
Putin has carefully nurtured his relationship with the Church. He has demanded that the oligarchs fund the rebuilding of almost 25,000 Orthodox churches in Russia. A recent law passed forbids the practice of religion outside of an established church- a law that targets Western religions like Jehovah’s Witnesses that practice in their home……..The Church is consulted on legislation of any nature that may touch upon religion.
Putin, like the Church, view themselves as a bulwark against Western decadence. [In spite of the many problems in Russia’s government, the endemic corruption and continued rot and decay, this is not an unfair assessment, and Russia’s re-embrace of religion (along with that ongoing in much of the former Soviet satellite states) is a damning indictment on the Western belief that the irreversible trajectory of history is towards more secularization, more libertinism, more hedonism, and less and less influence on religion. We simply have not yet learned the lessons learned in the former communist states, which is that a society that explicitly rejects God is a dystopian nightmare where all manner of evils are prevalent in appalling abundance] He has criticized Western values and “tolerance” as “genderless and infertile.” To Putin, the new Cold War is one of Western values versus Russian conservatism.
As a result, Russia has rising birth rates. [But still far from adequate] It is perhaps the only developed country where religion is taking on a greater role rather than a diminished one. His stance has been intolerant of divorce. He has banned the advertisement of abortion services. Pornography is banned as is “homosexual propaganda.” Putin’s Russia has moved considerably to the right of the Pope’s Vatican….. [Which is equally a commentary on the radicalism emanating from Rome as it is on Russia’s nascent return to its Christian roots]
……..There is nothing new here as concerns the Putin regime and the Church. Since the time of the czars, the Patriarchate and the Kremlin were allies- each doing the other’s bidding. The Church saw the czar as God’s chosen leader. But underlying the alliance was the belief in a shared and almost sacred vision of Russian exceptionalism and a unique national identity- neither Western nor Eastern.
Perhaps this explains why some have called upon Putin- not the EU, not the UN, not the Pope and not the US despite who occupies the Oval Office- to save Christianity. In fact, the Orthodox Church has specifically asked Putin to do just that and he enthusiastically responded, “Consider it done.”
Such a contrast to our decadent Western elites, who, even among those who do not outwardly mock and scorn Christianity, rarely do more than pay lip service to orthodox Christian belief. Religion for the vast, vast majority in the West, especially among the elites, is at best a quaint relic from a benighted past, and at worst the most dangerous, corrosive, hateful element of society – something to be fought and crushed at all costs.
I think we shall see over the coming decades which vision produces the best effects. Russia still faces enormous problems, and while the religious revival may be a mile wide, it is yet only an inch deep. Massive problems including rampant alcoholism and the lackadaisical work ethic resulting from a lifetime of communist rule remain. But the post-Christian West very apparently has a suicidal death wish, forlornly refusing to learn the lessons of history and embracing the exact same ideologies that have led to endless misery and societal collapse around the world. Should Russia’s religious revival intensify and work more deeply into the day to day lived experience of Russians, I have no doubt which society, which culture will be the more robust, the more vibrant 50 years from now.
The Atrocious Conditions Inside the Southwestern Abortuary January 20, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, asshatery, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
I have prayed outside so-called “Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center” many times. This is the abortion mill – though butcher shop might be a more apt description – operated by former baptist minister and long time abortion fanatic Curtis Boyd. A woman probably undergoing an abortion apparently had a medical emergency at Boyd’s shop recently. Which is hardly surprising, considering the atrocious conditions found inside, as detailed in a 22 page report listing health and safety violations at the abortion mill. Lots of very revealing, if terrifying, detail below:
An ambulance was called to Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas, on January 12, 2017, to aid a woman who was removed from the abortion facility in a wheel chair prior to being loaded into the ambulance.
According to radio communications obtained by Operation Rescue, an ambulance was dispatched to the abortion facility at 12:21 pm. The recording indicated that the woman in need of emergency care was having difficulty breathing.
Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center (SWSC) is considered a high-volume abortion facility, conducting approximately 50 surgical abortions per day. It is owned and operated by aging abortionist Curtis Boyd, who turns 80 in March and is said to still conduct surgical abortions there………
However, the most recent inspection report available for SWSC, dated November 24, 2015, tells a different story about horrific conditions women have been subjected to there.
Within the 22 pages of violations were found a litany of problems, including untrained staff, unsanitary conditions, failure to maintain the sterility of surgical instruments, and failure to follow up with women who were given abortion drugs, to name a few.
However, perhaps the most shocking finding was related to SWSC’s storage and disposal of contaminated waste and aborted baby remains.
Inspectors found the Biohazard Room packed “floor to ceiling” with bags of soiled linens and biohazard boxes. There was a refrigerator that contained aborted baby remains, but the room was so junky, that the inspector could not access that refrigerator.
On the second day of the inspection, bags of dirty linens were found crammed into nearly every available space, including the patient recovery room. Again, access to the refrigerator storing aborted baby remains was not possible due to the obstructions, which the staff never bothered to remove.
If the storage refrigerator could not be accessed, one can only wonder how the remains from the day’s abortions could possibly be refrigerated, and how it was possible for a disposal firm to collect the refrigerated remains.
Unfortunately, SWSC isn’t unique when it comes to badly failing health and safety inspections. The most recent inspection reports available for each abortion facility in Texas were obtained by Operation Rescue. They showed 16 out of 17 abortion facilities failed their inspections and were cited for a wide range of violations.
Of course, with the courts overturning the very sensible restrictions the State of Texas had placed on abortion mills, requiring them to meet minimum health and safety standards, the standards against which abortion mills are judged are much less stringent than they should be. When that Texas law – HB2 – was passed, the vast majority of the state’s mills closed. They were unable to make a fat profit while meeting minimum health and safety standards. Now that the law has been overturned by the unelected black robed oligarchy that rules this country, mills are free to conduct their business amidst atrocious, horrifying conditions.
And why wouldn’t they? Individuals dedicated to the wholesale slaughter of perfectly innocent children are unlikely to have any scruples over such a trivial thing as health code violations. That is why state health code enforcement against abortion mills must be rigorous and severe. But it’s not. In fact, it’s the opposite, mills are constantly allowed to continue operating even with numerous ongoing, unremediated violations. The whole thing reeks of collusion, and the women seeking abortions are the ones who ultimately pay the bill.
Pro-aborts love to use scare-tactics regarding sensible abortion restrictions, claiming that the day of the back-alley butcher and coat-hanger abortion will return en masse if mills are required to maintain even the slightest standards. But doesn’t that reveal a great deal about just who populates the abortion industry, and the kinds of depths they are ever-ready to stoop to in their unquenchable pursuit of profit?
That is to say, the supposed “abortion doctor” of today is in reality the very same as the “back alley butcher” of yesterday, he’s’ just hung a shingle and set up shop in a filthy, unkempt facility. Thus, the Left’s supposed sacrosanct concern over “women’s health.” What a crock. Like everything else, it’s a monstrous, diabolical lie.
Christianity is the Root of Reason and “Reality Based” Existence January 18, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, cultural marxism, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
A shockingly contrarian declaration, but a true one, nonetheless. As for living a life based on reason or factual reality, it sure isn’t leftism, and especially not some of its radical fringe, like extreme feminism, that will put you there. As a for instance, is it shocking at all that the poor, damaged, brittle feminist soul who decided to turn her shame (Genital Herpes) into a badge of honor would also be deeply ingrained in astrology? Is it any coincidence that many major feminists hold similar if not more bizarre views (such as being devotees of Druid or other pagan religions)?
In fact, acceptance of totally false, demonically-inspired religions/philosophies is a pandemic on the Left. So much for being reality based. But as Robert Stacy McCain notes below, there is another aspect to all this. The philosophies extreme leftists tend to adopt tend to encourage abdication of personal responsbility: “Oh, I’m in a terrible mood because ‘Mercury is in retrograde,'” or Venus is transposed, or whatever. Who really believes the position of the planets and stars at our birth somehow dictates our existence? Amazingly, I know a fair number of nominal Catholics who are far more devout practitioners of astrology than they are the Faith of Jesus Christ.
“Mercury in retrograde” is a dye-marker of belief in astrology, and you don’t want to be in the proximity of anyone foolish enough to believe such ridiculous nonsense. Belief in astrology is like theosophy or voodoo or Keynesian economics — a hallmark of poor judgment. Bad things happen when you start hanging around losers like that. Avoid them.
Go take a look at the Twitter search results for “Mercury retrograde” and you will notice that it’s almost entirely women. You can explain that however you wish, but doesn’t the unusual prevalence of belief in astrology among women also tell us something about feminism?
Like astrology, feminism is a quasi-religious belief system that tells people that their problems are caused by circumstances beyond their control. It’s not her fault she didn’t get hired for that job, feminism tells the young women — she’s a victim of sexist discrimination. The college girl got drunk at a frat party and did things she regrets? That’s certainly not her fault, feminism tells her — she’s a victim of “rape culture.”
Or maybe Mercury was in retrograde.
Feminism offers a ready-made excuse for anything a woman might be unhappy about, so the feminist movement attracts a lot of unhappy women who need excuses for what’s wrong with their lives………
………..In April 2016, Emily Depasse bragged about teaching sex to 12-year-old boys in Baltimore during the #ShoutYourStatus campaign to “destigmatize” sexually transmitted diseases. DePasse graduated in 2015 from Maryland’s Salisbury University, where she majored in Gender and Sexuality Studies, doing her senior project on “The Secret Sexual Revolution at Salisbury University in the 1960s and 1970s.” Not long after graduating, in July 2015, DePasse was diagnosed with genital herpes. This was an entirely private misery for Ms. Depasse until Ella Dawson and her feminist comrades decided to launch the #ShoutYourStatus campaign, the rationale of which was to end the “stigma” of herpes. And so Ms. Depasse was emboldened to go public with the fact that (a) she was infected with this incurable virus, and (b) she was talking about her diseased genitalia with seventh-graders. [This is the same woman who declares that herpes wasn’t a consequence of poor behavior or wanton sexuality, it was “inevitable,” something that just happened to her irrespective of her dangerous life choices]
What kind of person thinks this is a good idea? A fool or a feminist, but I repeat myself. It appears that the inspiration for #ShoutYourStatus was a campaign in September 2015 to “destigmatize” abortion. The #ShoutYourAbortion campaign was a response to efforts by Republican members of Congress to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. In other words, it was about partisan politics……….
…………Feminism is essentially a religious cult. Members of the cult are unable to step back and examine their value system from a critical perspective and, no matter how irrational their beliefs, or how damaging the consequences of acting on those beliefs, they remain fanatically devoted to the feminist cause. Fanatics only listen to their fellow fanatics, and this echo-chamber effect tends to alienate feminists from normal people. Trying to convince Ella Dawson that making her name a synonym for “herpes slut” is a bad idea would be like trying to convince Mohamed Atta that flying a Boeing 757 into a skyscraper was a bad idea. Belief systems that are fundamentally irrational — like feminism or radical Islam — tend to attract people with a psychological predisposition to fanaticism.
This is why the prevalence of belief in astrology among women is a clue to the nature of the feminist movement. Emily Depasse, the herpes-infected feminist who teaches “human sexuality” to seventh-graders, also has a mystical belief in the influence of “Mercury retrograde.”…….
……..There is such a thing as evil in this world, and when people start dabbling in the occult, they’re opening the doors to that evil. You may think astrology is harmless nonsense, but once people buy into that nonsense — “Mercury in retrograde!” — what will they buy into next? It’s like drug addiction. If you’ve seen a few people completely wreck their lives through substance abuse, you become wary of claims that drugs and alcohol are harmless. Similarly, if you’ve known people whose interest in the occult led them into madness, crime and self-destruction, it’s not so easy to laugh off astrology as harmless. The Bible repeatedly condemns occult practices (e.g., Leviticus 20:27, Deuteronomy 18:10-11, Nahum 3:4, Revelation 9:21). Indeed, a reliance on astrologers is condemned specifically by the prophet Isaiah as among the sins of Babylon.
Secular readers who disdain scriptural authority are apt to disregard the Bible’s condemnation of sorcery and necromancy and astrology, but we cannot ignore the fact that occult beliefs are now flourishing in our culture at the same time that destructive ideologies like feminism are flourishing in our politics. Why is this? Because the same hate-filled atheists who insist that Christianity must be excluded from our culture (thus enabling the proliferation of the occult) also insist that they have an exclusive monopoly on moral virtue and political wisdom.
And isn’t that an interesting transposition – those most given over to personal immorality insisting they are the true arbiters of moral virtue and cultural standards – standards they constantly manipulate to give themselves, and their ideological allies, a pass, while constantly attacking, belittling, and undermining Christianity. In fact, qua Chesterton, these amoral elites are happy for people to believe anything, so long as that anything is not convicted Christianity. Christianity is the one true enemy that must be destroyed.
It’s almost as if they were part of a deliberate diabolical plot. A diabolically narcissistic plot, to be specific. Continued thanks to Ann Barnhardt for correctly diagnosing the ultimate source of our society’s manifest ills. Astrology and feminism are just two particular manifestations of diabolical narcissism, but there are many others, including some particularly popular with men, like excessive devotion to sports and addiction to onanism.
Circumcising the Root of All Evil January 18, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, huh?, manhood, sadness, silliness, Society, Tradition.
The post title is a bit tongue in cheek, Sensus Fidelium on Youtube posted the video below yesterday, an upload from a recent episode of the Crusade program of the St. Benedict Center in New Hampshire. The topic is voluntary male circumcision, which is done to the large majority of males (Jewish or otherwise) in infancy, generally at the hospital within a day or so of birth. I’ve always thought circumcision was mostly a question of taste with perhaps some overtones of cleanliness and moderation, but it appears at least one Catholic philosopher/ethicist has determined circumcision to be a barbaric practice that causes a huge gamut of (potential) deleterious health effects. None of which any of the males on either side of my family has ever experienced going back at least 4 generations, and all of which were circumcised.
I’m posting this not because I really care either way, this is a very personal decision. There are pros and cons on both sides and you can decide where you line up. It’s quite possible the medical benefits of circumcision have been overstated, but I think the dire claims made in the program of negative effects are also being dramatically overblown. Love, and do what you will, and all that.
The reason I’m posting this is the fascination I had with the responses on Youtube. People who had almost certainly never heard such a detailed (and one might even say, extremely opinionated) presentation on this subject before were suddenly lining up declaring circumcision to be a barbaric practice that must be stopped NOW. Which is odd, because, this is just one presentation, which may or may not be accurate. Why are folks getting so exercised over something they may have never heard a cogent argument on before? Are those expressing instant shock and outrage really in a position to judge whether or not this guy is really telling the truth, or maybe has gone a bit around the bend?
There was another aspect to that drew my attention – some pretty hardcore comments regarding Judaism. Certainly circumcision and Judaism have a long connection, but some of the direct commentary – leaving alone snide implications – regarding filthy Jews, et. al., was a bit extreme. I found that unfortunate.
As I said there are arguments on both sides, some people say circumcision negatively effects a man’s ability to feel certain pleasures, some say being uncircumcised can lead to accumulation of dirt and disease. I’ve never known anything different, so I have no way of knowing if these claims are right or not. I do think maybe we should tone down the instant outrage generation on every single little issue that comes along. If one wants to argue that circumcision is a bad practice that has outlived its usefulness, fine. He’s probably right. But for folks to turn it into a giant conspiracy and start to allude that you’re somehow less Catholic if you’ve been involved in this very optional, tangential practice, I think that’s where the circular firing squad and the shrinking of the membership of the True Remnant Church (TM) down to one (me!) starts to get a little extreme.
A brief descent into a non sequitur topic.
At least a decade ago, surveying the carnage Jerry Jones had wrought on my beloved, formerly high-class Dallas Cowboys organization, I made a prediction – so long as he owned the team, the Cowboys would never make another Super Bowl appearance, let alone win one. I have been part of the anti-Cowboys faction since Jerry fired Jimmy and hired Switzer back in ’93. That single decision almost certainly cost the franchise at least one Super Bowl win, if not two, and led directly to over a decade in the cellar. Jerry’s principle sin is pride, he continues to assert that he is a “football guy” and knows talent as well as anyone. The past 20 years-plus have proven that he’s wrong.
Nevertheless, in spite of being on the outs with the club for a very long time, I did get kind of sucked in this year with the charming stories surrounding Zeke Elliot and Dak Prescott. But I should have known better. So long as Jerry remains owner and GM, the Cowboys will be an also-ran. One playoff win in the past 21 seasons. Way to go champ!
I’ll never doubt again.
And it’s not being a fair-weather fan. It’s having a fundamental hostility to a man who has taken a blowtorch to one of the classiest, best-run, most storied franchises in NFL history, and often behaved as a classless boor in the process.
On the plus side, I am convinced UT made the right move in firing Charlie Strong and bringing in Tom Hermann. I think he’s going to be an ace. I wouldn’t doubt if they go +5 or 6 next year compared to last.
Surgical Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Over 40 Years, But Is This Good News? January 18, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
So the pro-abort Guttmacher Institute has put out its annual compendium of abortion statistics and reported that fewer than 1 million surgical abortions were performed in the US in 2014, for the first time since 1975. This would normally be a cause for rejoicing (while lamenting the fact that there are still mountains of dead babies every year even still), but there are certain caveats that make this report less than heartening. First, at least part of the reduction in surgical abortion can be explained away by the continuing implosion of the conception rate, especially among native born American women. Another factor is the rise of chemical/pharmaceutical abortion, the “morning after pill” and such like, which are not “counted” as abortions in the statistics. Many deeply involved in the pro-life movement report that these chemical abortions are increasing at an alarming rate, so that the total abortion rate may indeed by higher than it was a few years ago. Chemical abortion is often preferred as it can be done at home and doesn’t involve much of the trauma and medical risk of surgical abortion.
The final negative factor on the abortion rate is an increase in the use of long term contraception, which is very nearly self-sterilization in the form of IUDs. Use of long-term contraceptives exploded over the past several years and is probably also driving the abortion rate down.
At any rate, here’s the report from a non pro-abort source:
Great news, if not surprising news. As contraceptive technology has improved, as the taboo against using it has shrunk, and as new restrictions on abortion have passed in various red states, it’d be odd if the rate weren’t declining.
The pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, which conducted the survey, says there were fewer than a million abortions performed last year for the first time since 1975. Which is also good news, once you get past the whole “a million children aborted every year for 40 years” thing.
Some really bad news:
By the way, according to two polls taken last year, approval of birth control as either morally justified or not a moral issue is virtually unanimous among Americans. Gallup found 89 percent willing to call contraception “morally acceptable.” When Pew asked a similar question, just four percent overall (and eight percent of Catholics) deemed it morally wrong.
Thanks, bishops and priests of Amchurch! Mission accomplished.
Know this, and without the slightest doubt – the progressive/modernist faction in the Church intends to do the same with divorce and sodomy as they have done with contraception, turn them into moral non-issues for the vast, vast majority of Catholics. That includes, naturally, making the Blessed Sacrament available to those who have been civilly remarried with no annulment of their first marriage – as what’s the point of being Catholic if you can’t line up to get your “reward” every week like everyone else?
Think how many priests should have at least strongly suspected that the vast majority of their married couples with two or one or zero kids never once challenged them on the exceedingly strong likelihood that they were receiving the Blessed Sacrament while actively practicing contraception. That’s a massive failure of moral duty and a very large part of the reason why the Church continues to implode in a self-inflicted crisis.
Even writing this feels like whistling past the graveyard. Outside a handful of isolated traditional communities and even rarer Novus Ordo parishes with solid priests, no one in the Church cares in the slightest. Everyone continues to believe their happy fantasies that God is just a good guy in the sky that never holds anyone even slightly accountable for the moral evils they commit. He’s the cosmic Pez dispenser handing out eternal life to all who come calling. That this is utterly contrary to both Scripture and Tradition is, of course, conveniently forgotten.
Enjoy your newchurch while it lasts, boys. It won’t be around for very long. People can get their empty, meaningless, happy-clappy emotional/spiritual kumbayah experience just as well at home as they can in your parish. It won’t be long before the vast majority of the few remaining active Catholics start to figure that out.
Not that you needed me to tell you that, it was obvious to anyone with eyes to see that the former-billion dollar plus “charity” known as the Clinton Global Initiative was a sick combination of perpetual campaign apparatus and global shakedown machine. On two fronts, it no longer has a need to exist – there are no more campaigns to staff up and fund, and there are no longer any donors seeking to gain influence with a hopeful future president of the United States.
But I think even more, the rapid shuttering of the Clinton Global Initiative reveals that this was an organization that raked in huge donations from extremely shady characters not only because these characters sought to influence Clinton, but also as a sort of protection racket. Either cough up a fat $300 million “donation,” or the Clintons might use the power of the US government to destroy that nice uranium mining outfit you’ve got there, or that child slavery/sex trafficking ring.
At any rate, it’s all gone now. There is no longer any influence to peddle, and it turns out people really didn’t really adore the Clintons to the tune of $5 million speaking engagements after all:
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) filed a WARN — Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — with New York State’s Department of Labor on Thursday, announcing that, effective April 15, 2017, it would be closing its doors and laying off 22 employees. The CGI’s stated reason: “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.”
Following the election, foreign governments that had been regular donors began cutting their contributions to the Clinton Foundation, some severely. For example, news.com.au noted that the Australian government “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway, which had been contributing as much as $20 million a year to the foundation, cut its contribution by nearly 90 percent.
As noted by the New York Observer, these cuts indicate that “the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work.”
Surely the most corrupt family in the history of American politics. They’re kind of leaving Chelsea out to dry, though, aren’t they? I thought the Clinton’s, like the Bushes and Obama’s, were intent on setting up a political dynasty a la the Kennedy’s?
Probably they’ve amassed more than sufficient cash already to fund whatever political ambitions Chelsea may have.
And the elites wonder why the people are in full, open revolt against their scheming corruption and constant self-aggrandizement?
Good Local News – Another Catholic Homeschool Co-Op Starts This Year January 16, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, North Deanery, priests, Restoration, sanctity, Society, true leadership, Virtue.
A hearty thanks go out to Fr. Cliff Smith, pastor of St. Mark parish in Plano, for making this new Catholic homeschool Coop a reality. Starting next fall, St. Mark in Plano will host the area’s second Catholic homeschool cooperative for older students. Currently there is one at Mater Dei that meets on Thursdays and is intended primarily for high school students, this new one will meet on Tuesdays and be for grades 7-12. A few details below:
Several of our group members met with St. Mark the
Evangelist Catholic Church in Plano this week, and they are welcoming us to start a Catholic homeschool co-op next school year to serve students in 7th grade through high school. It has been named the Collin County Catholic Co-op (C4).
We will be meeting in the Smyth Pastoral Center on Tuesdays.
The day will start with morning Mass at 8:30am and have classes following after Mass through the afternoon.
Well that is good news. As I’m sure almost any homeschooling parents can relate, as kids enter middle and high school teaching all the advanced and complex subjects can be quite taxing. Cooperatives like this help spread the burden by hiring teachers for these subjects. Without them, a mom might be faced with simultaneously teaching 10 or more high school subjects on her own – a daunting task. Coops also provide a great outlet for kids to meet other kids being raised by parents of good will.
Fr. Smith has long been very supportive of homeschoolers and deserves recognition for that. He is taking his support a step further by enabling this new co-op to use parish facilities. I’m sure there will be many local Catholics thankful for his generosity. Anything that encourages the spread and execution of homeschooling is much appreciated. I pray even more parents in the North Dallas area will embrace this wonderful way of raising children with this latest opportunity.