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CCHD “Stations of the Cross” advertises for pro-gay marriage, pro-abort groups March 12, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic, scandals.
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They are just completely tone deaf.  Or, they think they are utterly untouchable.  One of the two, or maybe both.  Thanks to http://culturewarnotes.com, we learn that the CCHD has produced its own version of Stations of the Cross for this year.  And in this version, there are a few scripture passages, but a whole bunch of commercials for groups tied to CCHD.   True to form, several of these groups support things inimical to Catholic moral teaching, like abortion, contraception, and gay marriage. An example:

The second station, which is “Jesus Takes up His Cross,” focuses on the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. OVEC’s news archive is littered with articles on various progressive agendas, including abortion and same-sex marriage

There is much, much more at the link.  I know that some want to reform CCHD, but I doubt that is possible.  CCHD was formed with a Saul Alinsky agenda in mind, and has been and is staffed with Alinsky-ite progressives.  The entire nature of the organization is to lobby for the poor, not to aid the poor.  That lobbying rarely does much to directly help the poor with increased access to better training or education, things that could really help lift the poor out of poverty.  No, it’s programs and affiliates focus on two things: being a jobs programs for leftists with degrees in subjects like “queer theory” and “elemental marxism,” and lobbying the government for more funding for CCHD grantees. 

It’s like a perpetual motion machine.  Staff an organization with leftists, who then lobby the government for more money to breed more leftists, create more organizations that are staffed with leftists from that money, and so on ad infinitum.  CCHD is alot of things, but it’s not discerably Catholic.  It is tied to organizations infused with leftist rhetoric tied to abortion, gay rights, contraception, and other things contrary to Church teaching, to its very core.  And it should be disbanded, as it is irreformable. 

If you oppose the Catholic Church supporting these kinds of activities, sign the petition now.

Don’t buy those Girl Scout cookies March 12, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Society.
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I’m sorry.  I really am.  I hate to be a meanie.  I know there are tons of nice parents, trying hard to raise their daughters in a crazy world, who have daughters in Girl Scouts, and they probably think it’s great.  They help their daughters in fund raising by selling Girl Scout cookies.  But if you’re a faithful Catholic, you shouldn’t be supporting Girl Scouts of America or the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.  They are not at all like the Boy Scouts of America, which has steadfastly remained tied to traditional, Christian values.  The Girl Scouts have come to associate themselves strongly with anti-life, pro child sex organizations.

Wow, that’s a strong statement, idn’t it?  Well, check this out.   That’s a pamphlet distributed by Planned Parenthood at a meeting hosted by the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides at the UN this week.   At a panel discussion for ONLY those UNDER 18.  For children.  For children to have sex.  The brochure claims that:

“Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!” The brochure goes on to encourage young people to “Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them.”

Yes, uh……that’s right.  Take that dirty fantasy of yours and get it all worked up by……uhhh…….talking dirty to it.  That’ll teach it.  The sick thing this, this kind of thing goes on at the UN all the time, and was specifically intended for CHILDREN.  Do you want this kind of material being shown to your cute 8 year old girl with freckles on her nose?  I sure don’t. 

Good LORD!  First of all, this is yet another tie between Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood.  Such ties are deep, and extend down to local councils, where girls are often exposed to Planned Parenthood provided sex-ed literature and sometimes even tour PP clinics.  I guess to sort of train the next generation of clients, I don’t know. 

Read more at the link, it will make you want to throw up.  But that’s not all!   There is evidence that about 20% of local Girl Scout councils have some type of relationship with Planned Parenthood.   Down in Waco, the Bluebonnet Girl Scout Council was engaged for many years with Planned Parenthood to provide sex education at summer girl scout retreats, education that encouraged kids that any and all forms of sex is just great.  Straight, gay, fisting, swallowing…..it’s the perfect example of how the “if it feels good, do it” mentality has corrupted so much of our culture.

So, sorry, I can’t buy your girl scout cookies.  I will continue to pray that all local parishes, including many in our own diocese, will disassociate themselves from the organization.  Even if the local council isn’t tied up with Planned Parenthood, the money raised selling cookies does go back to the national organization and some of it will get to Planned Parenthood, one of Girl Scouts biggest partners.  I’m sorry, I’m not picking on you or your daughter, but a faithful Catholic just cannot support this. 

There is an alternative.  The American Heritage Girls engage in many of the same, good activities that Girl Scouts used to, but without the hideous accoutrements.

UPDATE: Another writer feels the same way.

UPDATE2:  And more coverage.   This last article makes  a very good point.  Why does Planned Parenthood work so hard to pimp their porn onto children?  They are trying very hard to create their next generation of clients.  By normalizing sex in the minds of these youngsters, the demonic Planned Parenthood knows that the kids will be more likely to be sexually active, and, kids being kids, will likely engage in such activity in a high risk way.  That will lead to more unintended pregnancies, more panicked kids and parents, and more abortions.  It’s a win all the way around for Planned Parenthood.  Hardly surprising for an organization founded by the racist, eugenic, bile spewing Margaret Sanger.

Technical difficulty – lost comments March 12, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin.
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I’ve been horsing around with some of the settings on the blog, and I believe I inadvertantly deleted some comments.  Sorry about that.  It appears I deleted one from Kyle Cupp, who didn’t like my take on Sr. Keehan.   If you’ve been affected, it’s not because I refuse to allow you to post, but that I’m still relatively new at this and make some mistakes. 

Everything should be fixed, now.

Another Catholic-bashing book March 12, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Society.
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There is a veritable genre in modern religious publishing, that of evangelicals and other protestants attacking the beliefs of the Catholic faith.  Some guys, like Jack Chick, are just out and out crazy and reveal their bigotry plainly, whereas some are scholarly and have an edifice of respectability. 

From Chad Simpson at www.dfwcatholic.org, I was made aware of a new contribution to this genre, something called Escape From Paganism by Larry Ball.  It’s a book that exhorts protestants (I presume this is aimed primarily at evangelicals) to “save” Catholics from the error of our ways.  There are limited excerpts available online, and I failed to read anything that shattered my faith in the Church.  In the section on Mary, the author claims that the myth of Mary’s exalted status in the Church was initiated with an 8th century fantasy poem by a Monk in what is now Italy.  That’s interesting, because at the first Council of Ephesus in 431, the Church formally endorsed the dogma of Mary as Mother of God, and the future Mariology evolved from that belief.   The belief of Mary as Mother of God and as an intercessor for us had long predated that council.

I’m not going to read the book.  I’m not going to fisk what is available online.  I will state the following, however.  Books like this will sell a certain amount, and they will convince certain people to go on a mission to “save” Catholics.  Some of those missionaries will have success, because they will confront an ill-formed Catholic with what looks like a damning indictment of their faith.  And these missionaries will convince some to leave the Church.  If you are a faithful Catholic and love the Church, there is a ready means to defend yourself from these types of predation.  Learn your faith!  A well formed Catholic is an evangelical’s nightmare – a well formed Catholic can take apart any argument an evangelical will bring up, and at the very least completely frustrate their attempts at conversion.  With God’s grace, you may even be able to evangelize them, and bring them to the understanding that the Roman Catholic Church possesses the fullness of God’s Truth and is the Church Christ instituted to be His Body on Earth.  And that is a great thing.

Years ago, formation of this kind would have come through the Church.  Now, faithful Catholics need to arm themselves with the Armor of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness on their own if necessary.  There are many resources available.  One I cannot recommend highly enough is John Salza, his website http://scripturecatholic.com, and his book The Biblical Basis for the Catholic Faith.   He has other books to draw from, as well.  If you improve your knowledge of the Faith with these resources, you can argue in support of your faith and establish the Truth that God reveals through His Church.  You can ask your evangelical friend why they deny John Chapter 6 in their rejection of the Eucharist, why they base justification on faith alone when the Bible makes in plain that works are necessary for our salvation in a system of grace, and why they deny the Authority that Jesus plainly invested in Peter and his successors.  Much of evangelical beliefs is based on individual scripture passages taken out of context, like one of their favorites, 2 Timothy 3:16, which they use to “prove” their belief in Sola Scriptura.  Salza takes these beliefs apart in very convincing fashion.  

There is also an excellent series of short books available from Fr. Frank Chacon that are more brief but less thorough than Salza’s work.  I recommend these highly as well. 

There are classes available to help grow your faith.  I teach one of these, at St. Mark in Plano.   I’ll try to announce when these will be starting up again in the fall. 

Don’t let yourself be bullied by well meaning but misinformed evangelicals!  We Catholics possess the fullness of Truth, and with God’s grace, we whould be evangelizing them!