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Par for the course….. March 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, foolishness, General Catholic, Society.
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……SanFranNan manages to not only to butcher the ‘catholycism’ she claims to hold so dear and the Protector of the Family, St. Joseph, but also to make herself look more a fool than usual doing so:

It is taking heroic virtue to keep from using all the four letter words I can think and just going off on this blithering idiot.  And yes, calling her a fool and an idiot is not very charitable, but it’s the best I can manage right now.

This is your leadership, America.  And this is a woman who claims her faith is oh so important, as well as being a product of Catholic schools. 

Homeschooling resources.

I’m hardly the only one going off on Spelosi: AMP and the Anchoress (who is usually so nice!) take their turns.

To quote The Anchoress: What an abominable woman; what a power-mad, ruthless, mendacious grotesque she is.

I’m going to confession.

Archbishop Chaput on partisanship in the Church March 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, scandals, Society.
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Archbishop, the great prelate for Denver, hits another one out of the park talking about the behavior of some in the Church regarding health care.  It deserves your reading:

 the captivity of some Catholics to the agenda of current congressional leaders and the White House proves that faith partisans are not a monopoly of the political right, and that some Catholics have an almost frantic unwillingness to see the abortion issue for what it is—a foundational matter of social justice and human rights. It can’t be avoided in developing our public policies without debasing the whole nature of Christian social teaching. No rights are safe when the right to life is not.

Second, people who claim to be Catholic and then publicly undercut the teaching and leadership of their bishops spread confusion, cause grave damage to the believing community and give the illusion of moral cover to a version of health care “reform” that is not simply bad, but dangerous.

Third, for supporters of health care reform at any cost, facts don’t seem to matter when a coveted goal seems within reach.

Go read the whole thing.  There are those who subborn their faith to their political views, and who would rather bash their own head with bricks than think about the reality of abortion and the party they support.  Those folks tend to be a certain kind of catholic and a certain kind of democrat.

CHA, LCWR endorsements co-ordinated with White House March 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, General Catholic, Society.
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I told you, my dear, adorable readers, that this was the case.   Our sweet innocent Sr. Keehan, why quite possibly on the day she came here full of righteousness indignation at my criticisms, met with President Obama last week, where apparently, they exchanged cookie recipes.  NO, they didn’t do that, they talked about health care, and how CHA, a trade organization that will make tens of billions off of you and me and every other taxpayer after the disaster becomes law, could help provide cover to wavering catholyc politicians (I ripped catholyc off from Thomas Peters, that’s brilliant).  The press release of the LCWR was of the exact same nature – this has been coming for quite some time, it’s a crooked inside deal timed at just the precise moment to help carry this monstrosity over the top.  The fact that another 50 or 100 million children will be offered on the altar of Moloch is just an added side benefit.  You know, to sort of help buck up the cause. 

I LOVE it when some Catholics, like the Vox Nova and Distorter types, tell those of us who do our very best to remain faithful to the doctrine of the Church and the guidance we receive from bishops that we are just political hacks for the right.  Ah, projection…….is there nothing it can’t do?

New Church at St. Francis in Frisco March 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, North Deanery.
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I’ve never been to St. Francis of Assisi parish in Frisco, but I know the vicar there, Fr. Vincent Anyama.  Fr. Vincent has an incredible vocation tale.  But that’s not the point of this post.  St. Francis is finalizing plans for a new church building, as well as a new building housing a chapel.  The plans are online.   I don’t know if I have any readers from St. Francis, but I’m curious to know what they think.

Me? I think the new church has potential.  At least it demonstrably looks like a church from the outside, unlike many built from the 60’s-90’s.  Inside, the layout is about right, although the uber-hip plunging pool baptismal font is beyond cliched at this point.  The layout is pretty traditional Catholic, even if in detail it’s more contemporary than I think is best.  There is potential for a proper  altar to be put in allowing Ad Orientem worship, although the artist’s drawings currently show a versus popli setup.  Feh.  Overall, I think it’s pretty good, but still tends too much towards iconoclasm and the coldness of modernism for my taste.  But that’s just me, you’re ridiculously opinionated host.

The chapel looks to be a mashup of tradition and modernism.  There appears to be a retablo of some sort, but the rest is very modernist.  This happens alot when a parish tries to appease all preferences.  I imagine there was a general preference for a more traditional church, but a significant and influential minority favors modernism.  That probably drove some of the choices seen in the drawings.

One thing I wish pastors would really focus on when designing a church that will be standing for many decades, if not hundreds of years, is to think “How will this be viewed 50 years from now.”  So many of our churches look like bad excesses of whatever style was dominant at the moment it was designed 10, 20, or 50 years ago.  I prefer a far more timeless look.  The exterior is a good start, but the interior will appear dated in 10-20 years.

A church should be designed to transform and uplift the body and soul.  It should be a soaring experience.  This is a good start.  I pray that our churches in the future will be designed for a timeless, transformative quality that reinforces that Heaven and God literally come to reside with us during the celebration of Mass.  Our Pope has stressed that architecture can have a profound influence on worship.

Why We Fight March 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, Society.
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I kind of hate doing this, but I have to.  There’s no time left to avoid the issue.  I don’t know if any of you who read my site, read http://proteinwidsom.com, but you probably should.  IF not for the dedication to classical liberal values, at least for the occasional bizarro humor.   Jeff Goldstein has encapsulated what’s going on right now in Congress, and where it will take us as a nation.  This has been the goal of the left for 70-80 years, folks.  They are near end game.  Unfortunately, since Jeff doesn’t allow links to individual posts on his site, I’m ripping him off and putting it here:

And if it passes — and then somehow withstands the legal challenges — it’s game over for this American experiment.

And that’s not hyperbole. What we’ve been witnessing is a kind of ideological coup — decades in the making — that will culminate in a takeover of a vast portion of the US economy. This takeover will lead to a proliferation of government unionized labor, which in turn will lead to a perpetual progressive majority wherein Democrats will be able to redistribute wealth in exchange for votes, essentially trading money for power in the form of legalized theft and bribery.

That’s why a short-term defeat in mid-term elections doesn’t much bother the leftwing ideologues driving this “reform” debacle (to the point where we are all of us now daily counting votes for what we all know to be a cowardly and unconstitutional procedural gambit); because in the long term, the left has set itself up for a checkmate: as the economy moves more and more toward government-run jobs, competition will die out, and the left will have a stranglehold on the means of production. They will control you — in exchange for the promises of cradle-to-grave “protections.”

For those who have read Edward Bellamy’s socialist “utopia” Looking Backward (and its sequel, Equality), the maneuvering is familiar: ultimately, “the nation is the sole employer and capitalist,” having taken over industry on the way to becoming the economy. Or in other words, liberal fascism on the way to socialism.

For the last 8-years or so, I’ve been writing here about how the takeover of language has provided the epistemological cover for the strategies of the left; and now that they are so close to winning the culture wars — the end game being a fatal blow to the horrid notion that all men are created equal and so deserve equality of opportunity, and the freedom to make their own way in the world — they are no longer much concerned with keeping up appearances: this is, we all now know, a bald attempt to overthrow the US government as it was initially envisioned in favor of a soft socialist state, run by an “elite” political class, using nothing more, ultimately, than the weapons a perversion of language and meaning provide. By infiltrating and re-forming our institutions — itself made possible by institutionalizing certain ideas about language that (by way of epistemology) led inevitably to the reinforcement of progressive ideals — the left has been able to invert core classical liberals ideas, to the point where “tolerance” is now synonymous with “giving no offense;” individual identity is only “authentic” once approved by an identity group and its official narrative; and “freedom” is only possible by way of government provision, with Natural Rights shucked off as a quaint byproduct of Enlightenment thinking — the kind of thinking that has been replaced by the postmodern lie that, because we are created and prescribed by language, and because language is man made, truth itself is an invention of mankind, and so has no permanence other than mere consensus.

I hope our grandchildren enjoy potatoes, and don’t mind standing in line for toilet paper.

Because let’s face it: this has been done before. And unless we stand up and so no right now, it’s going to be tried again.


The OUTLAW! bit is a running joke on his site, but the rest is very heartfelt and I think dead on prognostication.  If you can, call some of those wavering congressmen, you can find their names at Ace of Spades HQ.  If you can’t call, pray pray pray.  If you value individual liberty and the free market, pray all you can between now and Sunday.  If you oppose abortion and the rank devaluation of human life, pray.