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Shame on me March 25, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic.
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I am sorry, everyone.  I should have touted the fact that today is the Feast of the Annunciation!  This is the moment when Christ came into existence in Mary’s womb 2012 years ago?  Why 2012, not 2010?  Because the best research indicates Christ was actually born slightly before AD 1.  While today is not a Holy Day of Obligation (we want our Holy Days back!!!!), it is a Solemnity, the highest feast in the Church, and if you can make it to Mass, do so!  Say a prayer for Mary’s intercession and meditate on the mystery of the Annunication. 

O God, who desired Your Word to take flesh from the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary
the angel announcing it:
grant to your supplicants;
that we who believe truly in the Mother of God,
may be helped in Your sight by her intercessions.

Watch this and your head might explode March 25, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, scandals.
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For those who refuse to believe that the CHA and the leaders of those religious groups associated with LCWR and NETWORK were closely coordinating their actions with the democrats in Congress, I present the following via Catholic Vote Action.  You will see representatives from those 55 nuns who publically supported Obamacare at a critical juncture absolutely giddy as they connive with a democrat House member to undermine the clear judgement of the bishops and every pro-life group that this health insurance bill just passed will massively expand abortion.  The congressman, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), says: “Yeah! This is it … I really think this puts us over the top.” 

The cover given by CHA, the leftist nuns, and other catholyc groups was critical in this attempt to permanently enshrine the brutal murder of innocent babies as a fundamental right in the United States.  They should be ashamed, but they are far past having any. 

The alternative magisterium March 25, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic.
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I found a new blog today.  Jay Anderson, a Catholic convert, weighs in on the growing phenomenon of the ‘alternative magisterium.”  What is the ‘alternative magisterium?’  Why, it’s Father Hesburgh, former President of Notre Dame, and Sr. Carol Keehan at CHA, and Catholics United In Alliance for the DNC, and all those other groups that can always be replied upon to put their parochial interests ahead of the doctrine of the Church.   So if those stodgy old bishops are not willing to get on board with your progressive agenda, just refer to the alternative magisterium and you’re golden. 

Who knew the USCCB was ‘the Republican Party at prayer?’  Those vicious right wingers!  🙂

Don’t take religious liberty for granted March 25, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Society.
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My friend Steve B reminded me of a blog I had seen once but had forgotten about.  The blog is Mary Victrix, and it is great.  It’s run by the Knights of Lepanto and Franciscans of the Immaculate, an order of religious with a monastery in Connecticutt.  They practice a mysticism related to total consecration to Mary, a concept that was one of St. Maximillian Kolbe’s great works.  One of the main contributers, Fr. Angelo Geiger, posts videos on his site, and one recent example is an exhortation on religious liberty.  I think we too often take our religious liberty for granted in this country.  To date, the USA has had about the greatest degree of religious liberty of any nation on earth.  However, with growing secularism and evangelical atheism becoming more widespread, the freedom to practice religion without any governmental oversight or limitations is facing greater and greater threats.  One could even opine that we have lost some measure of liberty, that some actions associated with religion are more limited than they once were (think: forcing pro-lifers to stay a certain distance from abortion mills and their clientele, PC limitations on freedom of speech, the lives being ruined in California among Prop 8 supporters). 

What to do?  Should we just sit timorously by and watch our religious liberties steadily erode?  Fr. Geiger doesn’t think so!  He rightly exhorts the faithful to fight this encroachment on our religious liberty and to take action to defend one of our most essential means of expression.  I’m right there with him, I encourage everyone to strongly consider Fr. Geiger’s words:

I also encourage everyone to pray, every day, for this nation, that it may remain dedicated to the principles of liberty and not succumb to statist control.  Pray also for a great Catholic awakening, that we will demand our Faith be left free and defend it with all possible vigour.

Can Catholics claim exemption from Obamacare? March 25, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, Society.
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Apparently, there is a provision in Obamacare that those with religious objections to insurance (and other aspects of Obamacare?) can opt out of its mandatory provisions with no penalty.  The article link states that this applies to Amish, and will very likely apply to Muslims.  My question is, what about devout Catholics?  When this legislation winds up funding abortion, or leading to premature deaths due to care being denied the elderly, would that allow a Catholic to claim a conscientious objection based on religious beliefs and opt out?    No, I’m not holding my breath either.  But if not, why not?  What does that say about all religions being equal before the law in this country, as estalished by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution?

Anyone think I could argue that I’m exempt from Obamacare on a religious objection to the violation of the natural law principle of subsidiarity?