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Funding the Bishops’ causes, Pt.2 January 31, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, scandals.
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A short time back, I explained why my family and I do not support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, or give to Catholic Charities.   If my reasoning was not compelling at that time, perhaps it is now.

As a recovering addict, I can say that this action, no matter how well intended, no matter how well researched, is, ultimately, badly mistaken.  I know the temptation of sentimality is to try to do all we can to help protect those who struggle with addiction from harming themselves, but giving addicts clean needles will only encourage them to remain addicts.  Addicts are the worst kinds of slaves.  Any action that enables them to continue the endless rationalizations of their addiction will keep them in that slavery longer.  I know the way the addict mind works, and this will take away one of the big reasons an addict may find to quit – fear of death from an agonizing illness.  Even in the depths of addiction, there is still some glimmer of rational thinking, and fear of death has prompted many addicts to finally get clean.  By making clean needles available, this well intended action will keep many addicts in their misery.

And, studies have shown that heroin/methamphetamine culture is not very swayed by these kinds of programs.  Sharing needles is part of the culture – you get high together, you use the same junk, and you share the needles.  It may help to a degree, but I think the danger this program poses to keep many addicts mired in their addiction outweighs the benefits. 

From the point of view of the Church and its mission, I think this program is another case of mistaking sentimality for genuine charity.  This program essentially puts Catholic Charities in the role of aiding and abetting a mortal sin – intoxicating drug use.  All intoxication is a sin, and chronic intoxication in the form of addiction is a mortal sin.  I can speak from experience, the addict is completely cut off from God’s grace by their actions, which are wholly centered on the self, with the only concern for others being in the fostering of their ability to continue their habit.  Making ‘clean’ needles available involves the Church in the continuance of a mortal sin – this is beyond tragic, it’s heart breaking, no matter how well intended. 

This is why my family only funds specific, well researched charities.  Although this is in another diocese, examples such as this make me increasingly reticent to fund Catholic Charities at all.

Sr. Rupp situation on RADIO TOMORROW January 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, North Deanery.
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The situation with Sr. Rupp will be discussed tomorrow on the radio program “Life and Liberty” on KSKY 660 am at 4 pm.  The Life and Liberty show runs from 3-5, but the segment on Sr. Rupp will be midway through the show. 

Listen in, it should be interesting to hear what is said.

UPDATE, Sat 4:30 pm:  The segment aired from 4 – 4:15.  I hope a number of you were able to listen.

Lenten Retreat – Feb. 22 January 29, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, North Deanery.
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Father Jason Cargo, an awesome young and, I think it safe to say, very orthodox young priest will be holding a Lenten retreat on Monday, Feb. 22 at St. Rita’s in Dallas.

The conference starts at noon with Mass, followed by a luncheon.  Knowing Father Cargo, it should be an excellent retreat, and very beneficial as we prepare for the period of Lenten sacrifice and penance.     

Please try to attend!

Why we need the blogosphere January 29, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic.
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Here’s another reason to be glad for blogs.  The internet, and pro-life, orthodox Catholic blogs, like those in my sidebar at right,  have great potential to re-invigorate the Church.  To ‘reform the reform,’ in the spirit of the hermeneutic of continuity, as our Pope likes to say.  I’m sure there are some who would like to see such blogs go away, but, like it or not, the internet and blogs will come to be an increasingly influential force in the Church for the foreseeable future.

Let us pray that the efforts of all bloggers are directed at defending the Faith and serving God’s Will, to help our Church survive the dark times ahead.

Support Tim Tebow’s Pro-life message! January 29, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Society.
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I’m a University of Texas graduate – a very proud one.  I love Texas athletics, in particular, Texas football.  I think Colt McCoy is going to be a successful NFL quarterback soon.  And, I’m not a very big Florida Gator’s fan. 

But I respect the heck out of Tim Tebow.  He seems to live his Christian faith as well as any major athlete I can think of.  Many may have heard, that Tim Tebow’s mom, Pam, is presently scheduled to be in a pro-life TV commercial on CBS during the Super Bowl, discussing the problems surrounding her pregnancy with Tim and the pressures on her to abort him.  It’s  a very positive, powerful, pro-life message – one never knows what a potentially aborted child will grow up to be. 

Seems a very beautiful, simple message, right?  Well, we can’t have that!  Pro-abort groups are completely up in arms, and are doing all they can to get CBS to block the ad.  And given their track record (they have blocked similar commercials airing before), they may well succeed.  

You can do something about that.  CatholicVoteAction has a online petition to show CBS that there are more people who want to see such a commercial, than are opposed.  That is the truth – a substantial majority of Americans are pro-life.  But, the other side has a massive organization to spread propaganda, and employs or otherwise engages hundreds or thousands of drones people to try to exert pressure.   So, we all need to sign this petition and see that this commercial gets aired!  I have done so – it takes only a few seconds. 

Please take the time to sign this petition and support the pro-life cause!  A commercial like this, during the #1 television event of the year, can have an enormous impact! 

And say a prayer that this powerful pro-life message will, with God’s grace, touch the hearts of millions!

Tiller’s killer found guilty January 29, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Society.
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The man who murdered awful abortionist Dr. George Tiller has been found guilty.  I know the very strong passions that can be generated in trying to end the abonimable act of abortion, especially late term abortion.  And I know that Dr. Tiller was a very sick man.    But, murdering abortion doctors is not going to win the Pro-Life argument – it’s crazily self-defeating (and ironic – someone being so pro-life they kill over it) and morally wrong.  Everyone involved in this sad case needs our prayers – Dr. Tiller, Scott Roeder, and the many thousands of children who were destroyed at Dr. Tiller’s hand.  And don’t forget to pray for the parents who went to Dr. Tiller’s facility.

One of those truly awful situations that’s hard to find much good in.

Feh January 29, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, North Deanery.
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Sister Rupp’s conference is apparently sold out.  Remember to pray for the souls of all those who attend.

Anglicans/Episcopalians prepare to swim the Tiber January 29, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Society.
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As a former Episcopalian, this  means a great deal to me.  I know that the number of American Anglicans (Episcopalians)that will join the Roman Catholic Church will not be large, but any number is welcome.   In the United Kingdom and other locales, a higher proportion will be opting to join the Church.   And, although it annoys them somewhat, I will continue to pray for the conversion of my parents and family to the Roman Catholic faith.  In spite of all the problems and internal differences, there is not the least doubt in my mind that the Roman Catholic Faith is by far the best means of attaining eternal salvation.  Through the Sacraments, the repository of faith, and the fullness of Truth it possesses, the Roman Catholic faith is the greatest grace God has given us to come to know, love and serve him with all of our heart, mind, and strength. 

I pray that all Anglicans/Episcopalians will one day be in full communion with the Body of Christ.   Yes, especially those of a socially conservative but evangelical nature

Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for the conversion of all Anglicans!

Another good, upcoming conference January 28, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese.
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I do like to occasionally post some actual good news, so I’m happy to relate that Steve Kellmeyer will be hosting a conference at St. Monica parish in Dallas on  Feb. 9 at 7:00 pm.  The theme of the conference is “How Our Blessed Mother Prepared Herself for Lent.”  It will include the origin of Lent in the early Church; the Sorrows of Mary; our imitation of Mary and a guide for a Holy Lenten Season.  Knowing Steve, the conference will be both highly informative and very entertaining.  Steve is a great, funny speaker. 

St. Monica’s is at 4140 Walnut Hill Lane, near the corner of Walnut Hill and Midway.  Go and check Steve out – you might get to meet your intrepid blogger.  I high honor, I know!  😉

A critical dossier on Dr. Richard Gaillardetz January 28, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals.
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With the Sr. Joyce Rupp situation, I found that she wasn’t too well known and that her dissent from Church teaching was subtle, something spread throughout her work but with few obvious problem statements.  No one had previously researched her work in depth, and so it fell to me to do so.  Once looked at in depth, the problems with Rupp became obvious

That is not the case with Dr. Richard Gaillardetz.  A Canadian blog, socon or bust, has done a great deal of work analyzing  and critiquing Gaillardetz’ from and orthodox Catholic perspective.    I’ll add more on Gaillardetz as time permits, but for now, I encourage anyone concerned about his speaking at St. Mark to read the many posts detailing Gaillardetz’ dissent from Church doctrine on socon or bust.   The authors of the blog, including a priest, have done some truly good work in presenting a critical analysis of problems in Gaillardetz’ beliefs.