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Fr. Z has fun with the distorter March 5, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic.
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The National Catholic Distorter has been in a tizzy of late.  They’ve been trying to “seize the narrative,” feeling like the agenda they’ve pushed for 40 years or so, is coming unravelled.  I think it fair to say that NCR has been one of the champions of the kinds of changes that occurred in the Church “in the spirit of Vatican II” (one of worst used phrases ever invented).  As their recent reporting has indicated, with a five day feature on the growth of interest in traditional Catholic worship and the “liturgical battles” surrounding it, they are quite literally in a panic as they see  the vision of the church they tried to conjure into being seemingly melting away.  Today, they had an editorial in which they lash out at pretty near everyone – traditionalists, bishops, priests, and especially the Pope.  Anyone who won’t get on the NCR Liturgical Dance Train. 

Fr. Z has some fun with the editorial.   Hop on over and check it out.   An excerpt:

While bishops’ suspicions of the wider culture [Sounds like something a modernist would say.] certainly carry weight, [What a concession…. “Oh… what was that?  Did the bishop say something?”] placing all the blame on outside forces misses what many priests and laypeople assess as a more pressing matter inside the Catholic community. [This is just a little slight of hand, folks. Watch where this goes.] One might label it the hermeneutic of dysfunction, [Ooooo!] an analysis that would center on a leadership layer in the Catholic church that keeps unraveling but refuses to see itself as any part of the problem[How predictable.  It gets better…] The sex abuse crisis, now spreading through Ireland and Germany, is the most obvious symptom of the deeper problems of the hierarchical culture. [There shouldn’t be a strong hierarchy in the Church.  See?  All the problems would go away if only we had a weak hierarchy.  If only we were… ANGLICANS!] It is a culture in desperate need of introspection and renewal.  [So this is the default position for liberals.   They trot the sex thing out when bishops do something they don’t like.  When the bishops come out with something about solar panels or whales or immigration reform, they don’t mention the sex abuse thing.]

What is it about ‘spirit of Vatican II’ types that makes them a) completely ignorant of what the Vatican II actually said and intended, and b) make them so desperate a Church that is committing fast suicide, Anglicanism?

Oh – I’m not super comfortable with Fr. Z using the term ‘liberal’ all the time.  Yes, the crew at NCR is probably almost universally politically liberal, but that doen’t matter a great deal – it’s orthodoxy that’s really important.  Does NCR always defend the doctrine of the Church?  No.  Oftentimes, they seek to undermine and supplant that doctrine with their own preferred beliefs.  That’s why they dislike authority and support a ‘democratic’ Church – they think it’s a path to changing that doctrine, through a vote, magic unicorn rainbow butterflies, and ta da……womyn priests!

New video on CCHD developments March 5, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, scandals.
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Michael Hichborn of the American Life League (ALL) graciously commented here giving a link to a new video they’ve produced that reviews the findings ALL and other groups have made regarding CCHD funding activities.  CCHD, with full USCCB support, or at least acquiescence, at present continues to fund a number of groups that support abortion, contraception, gay-marriage, female priests, and more.  See the video below.

I highly encourage everyone to sign the Reform CCHD Now petition.   Good Catholics do not need to be involved in any way in mortal sin through donations given in good faith.  That is a terrible scandal.  Please pray for the conversion of those involved with CCHD at every level.

Unintended consequences March 5, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, foolishness, Society.
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Remember when I blogged a couple of weeks ago about a woman, a mother, live twittering her abortion?   This woman, with her boyfriend’s consent (they’ve been together since December), decided to try to “demystify” abortion by blogging, via twitter, live on her experiences. 

The demystification has not gone well.  Angie Jackson, the woman involved, got a little surprised by nature, and perhaps by God.  After taking RU-486 in order to kill the baby in her womb, she took other drugs to expel the now dead baby.  Planned Parenthood, that always trustworthy resource, told her she would “expel effluent” for 4 hours, and perhaps have some mild cramping.   It appears that Planned Parenthood, for the 1 bazillionth time, misrepresented things just a tad. 

For two weeks now, Ms. Jackson has reported, through her live twittering, severe cramping, pain, exhaustion, nausea, and headache.  Her body is reacting to the violent intake of drugs and the ripping of the child from her womb.  If you go to the link, you can read many of her tweets, and although she is trying to put the best face on things, it’s pretty easy to tell that she’s been shocked at the reaction to this abortion.  She, like many women before her, thought this abortion would be an easy experience and solve all her problems.  Like millions of other women, she’s finding that’s not the case. 

Ripping off the WND piece, according to the RU-486 documentation, women who use it can expect:

Nearly all of the women … will report adverse reactions, and many … report more than one. … 80 to 90 percent of women reported bleeding more heavily than they do during a heavy menstrual period. … Women also typically experience abdominal pain, including uterine cramping. Other commonly reported side effects were nausea, vomiting and diarrhea … pelvic pain, fainting, headache, dizziness … fatigue … back pain. …

And, Edouard Sakiz, former chairman of Roussel Uclaf, the company that developed RU-486, stated:

As abortifacient procedures go, RU-486 is not at all easy to use. … True, no anesthetic is required. But a woman who wants to end her pregnancy has to “live” with her abortion for at least a week using this technique. It’s an appalling psychological ordeal.

I feel sorry for the livetweeting Ms. Jackson.  She’s enduring a terrible, self-induced ordeal.  She bought into the lies of the abortion/contraception industry and killed her child, and she is just beginning her suffering.  Unless she is able to go into a deep state of denial about what she has done (which some women manage for decades), this physical pain will only be the beginning of her suffering.  It is a tragedy in every possible sense.  In her pride, she thought she could score points for an ideology she no doubt supported, and perhaps gain some fame along the way.  Now, with the reality setting in, she’s seeing that abortion is never a good solution, no matter how it’s done.  I pray that she will recover and look back on this experience, and the loving words of warning that those in the pro-life community try to give women like her, and realize the horrible mistake she has made.  I pray that she  may be converted and come to realize that a life of self-indulgent pleasure is not the road to happiness…….faith in Jesus Christ through His Church is the only way to achieve that.