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The ‘scandal’ of human life April 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, General Catholic.
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No, this isn’t a rant on some pro-abort person saying there are too many people on the planet, it’s quite the opposite.  My friend Steve B pointed me to this excellent piece at a blog called The Lobster Pot on misplaced compassion, and how it tends to lead to heavy doses of Zyklon B.  An excerpt:

Think about the greatest crimes against human life today. Aren’t they cloaked in the language of compassion? “Every child has a right to be loved.” “A woman has a right to control her own body.” “The terminally ill should be able to die with dignity.” And yet, where does all of this compassion lead? To an unborn child being ripped limb from limb in a suction machine. To a disabled baby being neglected and left to die. To an elderly, depressed person who feels obligated to die before medical expenses eat through the family inheritance.

There’s compassion for you.

How could our compassion go so far wrong? After all, we pride ourselves on being compassionate. We see it as an essential part of our Christian identity. And indeed it is. But only if it’s grounded in Christ.

Christian compassion is based on what another 20th century novelist, Walker Percy, called the “scandal” of the value of each individual human life. We believe that every single human life is a gift from God, and carries the dignity of being created in his image and likeness. Thus, human life is sacred. Innocent life – all innocent human life – is sacred and must be protected.

Why is that a “scandal”? Because, in our society, it’s much more convenient to make some lives more valuable than others. A mother’s life is more important than her child’s life. A “wanted” child’s life is more important than that of an “unwanted” child. A disabled infant is less important than the parents who would have to care for her. An embryonic human life isn’t as important as the fully grown people who suffer from incurable diseases.

Thus, ‘compassion.’  How often do we hear voices, even voices ostensibly from within the Church, encouraging us as Catholics to be compassionate, even to the point of ignoring God’s word?  I would take the analogy farther, to issues such as gay marriage and women’s ordination, because most of the arguments in favor of those and other issues are based almost exclusively on issues of ‘fairness’ – another way of putting compassion.  Compassion must be first grounded in Truth – the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church – or it is meaningless, and, as Lobster Pot argued, will lead eventually to Arbeit Macht Frei.   God is the Author of all life – and only He can decide when life will begin and end.  This is the core moral doctrine of the Church – the innate dignity of each human life. 

Far too many Catholics with highly visible roles are all too ready to, very compassionately, exchange the life of an unborn baby to make someone with paralysis walk.  Or even 1,000,000 such babies even for the chance one person might walk.  How often do we hear such Catholics talk of the rights of the mother to ‘control her body?’  How often do these folks talk about the rights of the infant? 

The Church did not ‘come up’ with these beliefs.  They weren’t decided in some dark Vatican room by a bunch of medieval old men who didn’t like or respect women.  We’re talking about the received Truth of God.  God knows human nature infinitely better than the greatest human philospher.  He knows where our compassion will lead, if it is not grounded in His Truth.

Bad news – Dr. G coming back April 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, scandals.
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This is short notice, but Dr. G, the theologian with ideas that diverge from established Catholic doctrine who spoke at St. Mark in March, is coming back to the Diocese.  He’ll be at Holy Family Parish in Irving on April 10, this weekend.  Later, he’ll be back for the LCWR annual conference here in Dallas in August!  Great!  Not only will we have the group that has done more to instigate the Apostolic investigation of American nuns than any other hosting a conference in Dallas, they’ll have Dr. G speaking there! 

www.wouldjesusattend.com has more on this. 

I’m not sure what we’ll do at this point.  If one feels moved, you could contact Holy Family parish and/or the Diocese about Dr. G’s immediate talk.  There may be more planned for the LCWR conference.  I’m not going to say too much right now, but the recent support of the LCWR leadership for Obamacare in defiance of their own bishops, and their continued support for such things as women’s ordination and radical reinterpretations of accepted Catholic/Christian doctrine, indicates a willful opposition to the Magisterium.  I, and others, are increasingly concerned that our voices are not being heard. 

Pray that Dr. G will limit himself to those topics that don’t diverge from traditional Catholic views.  Pray for those who attend.  And continue to pray for a change in this diocese, so that we will have more orthodox speakers and an end to these problematic ones.  There does seem to be a clear trend towards accepting, sometimes to the exclusion of more faithful speakers, individuals who would like to upend and remake Church doctrine.

Tenebrae at Our Lady of Atonement April 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic.
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On my recent trip out of town, I had a very blessed opportunity.  While in the San Antonio area (I never went more than a half mile inside 1604 – yay!), my family and I were able to attend services on Good Friday at Our Lady of the Atonement, Fr. Christopher Phillips’ parish.  For those who don’t know, OLA was the first Anglican Use Latin rite parish in the world.  We celebrated Mass at Atonement, which was wonderful as usual.  We were sitting just in front of the nuns from the Poor Claire’s of Perpetual Adoration – they are so sweet, and appear so serene, it’s an inspiration. 

Mass at Atonement is really something everyone should try to experience.  If you’re in the San Antonio area, it is very worth your while.  Atonement offers Liturgy in both English using the Anglican provisions (this is a fully Roman Catholic Mass, which counts as your Sunday obligation), and also the Novus Ordo Mass in Latin.  The Church is beautiful – it looks like a church!   Flabbergasting, I know! 

But the best part was something new.  I had never attended a Tenebrae service before.   Tenebrae is an ancient prayer that has been made by the Church for many centuries in an anticipatory fashion (the evening before) for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.  In Tenebrae, different readings are said (matins and lauds), and gradually 15 candles on a large ‘hearse’ are extinguished.  We actually began with Stations of the Cross, then went into the Tenebrae.  The readings and responses were all sung, which was great – all the priests and religious at Atonement can really sing, and it would appear that the congregation isn’t too bad, either!   It was a really blessed event – I will have to make Tenebrae a regular part of Holy Week from now on. 

The only bad part is that I am unaware of any parishes in the Dallas Diocese offering these prayers, although the one in Hunt County might, in a sense.

Here’s a video of an Anglican use Mass at Atonement – since Archbishop Gomez celebrated, I’d say it has a suitable imprimatur!   By the way, I’ve never seen Atonement as empty as it appears in this Mass.   How do you like that Ad Orientem!  The Anglican use Catholics can teach us regular Roman Rite Catholics a few things!

Why do we need this? April 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic.
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Why does any diocese feel a need to hand out a “Racial Justice” award, or to have, for Pete’s sake, an Office of Racial Justice?!?  Is dividing the races, one against the other (see the video), part of the vision Christ communicated to his disciples?  Was establishing a perpetual, race-based grievance industry part of the plan?  No? Then, why is the Archdiocese of Chicago going to award the Rev. Michael Pfleger (how on earth did this guy get ordained?!) with a “Racial Justice” award?!?   Don’t remember Michael Pfleger?  A reminder:

The Church doesn’t need this.  The Church does not need to play the racial game.  I’m no huge fan of Malkin, but she gets this much right: the Church doesn’t need this.  Race hustling has nothing to do with the Catholic faith.

UPDATE: I want to add, there have been valid issues regarding race in this country, obviously.  But this kind of extremist rhetoric, the associations with Louis Farrakhan and Rev. Wright, indicate a focus on racial division and exploitation of grievances, not one of healing and overcoming differences.  Pfleger earning an honor causes me questions as to the nature of this ‘Office of Racial Equality’ and the Archdiocese of Chicago.  What is the goal here?  Just a year and a half ago, Pfleger was censured for his inflammatory rhetoric – now he receives an award?

San Antonio Archbishop to Los Angeles April 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic.
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To absolutely no one’s surprise, San Antonio Archbishop Jose Gomez will take over the reins for the really, really bad Roger Cardinal Mahoney, when he retires soon at age 75.   Archbishop Gomez will be the new Archbishop of Los Angeles. 

By just about all accounts, Archbishop Gomez has done a really good job in San Antonio.  There were a number of problems there upon the retirement of Patrick Flores, and Gomez has done alot to remedy those problems.  He’s really quite orthodox, and that should help in Los Angeles, where the ‘anything goes’ mentality under Mahoney has been in full effect for quite some time.   I think San Antonio’s loss is LA’s gain. 

For a bit of the flavor of Mahoney’s time in Los Angeles, see the video below of   the religious educators conference sponsored by his diocese, and be sure to check out the monstrosity that is Our Lady of Angels Cathedral: