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Bishop blocks recruiting for nuns who supported Obamacare April 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals.
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A Bishop in Pennsylvania (Greensburg diocese – never heard of it) has decided to block recruiting efforts from orders of nuns whose leadership signed a letter supporting Obamacare.  This letter, and the support of CHA, were instrumental in providing cover to wavering, formerly ‘pro-life’ democrats in voting for this bill:

The nuns are still claiming that Obamacare does not fund abortion, although there has already been identified $7-9 billion in funding for ‘community health centers’ that will include Planned Parenthood facilities that do, and will, provide abortions paid for by the taxpayers.  Planned Parenthood is ecstatic about this bill, seeing it as their greatest legislative triumph since Roe v. Wade. 

So, now,there are some consequences being paid for this act of disobedience, this subjugation of faith to politics – for I am sorry, that is what this is, even if the nuns had the best of intentions.  I don’t know what real impact this will have – the average of the orders involved in this NETWORK group is 71, so vocations have not exactly been booming.  But, this could send a message, especially if other bishops follow suit, that disobedience to competent authority and a blind willingness to buy unfounded political promises can have consequences.  This could be the beginning of the reassertion of Authority over areas of the Church that have been as lawless as early 20th century Manchuria.  If….and this is a huge if…..other bishops follow suit.

We shall see.  Comments?

Pro-abort leadership about societal trends April 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic.
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The aging leadership of fervent pro-abort groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood are increasingly worried about the trends they see in the pro-life and pro-abort movements, and in society at large.  Increasingly, Americans are becoming more and more pro-life in their outlook.  As more information becomes available on the long-term health consequences to mothers, as more people realize the terrible suffering abortion inflicts on all involved, and as society begins to recognize the problem of low fertility rates, the pro-abort message is becoming increasingly difficult to sell.

There is a strong generational aspect here.  The age group that is most strongly pro-abort is the baby boom generation, who grew up on ‘free love’ fantasies and came to view abortion as an expedient way of dealing with unwanted pregnancies. Most of the leadership of pro-abort groups are in this age group.  They are not replacing themselves with younger, radical pro-aborts.  There are a few, to be sure, but the trends are strongly against them – froth mouthed anger and death are just not an easy sell. 

Meanwhile, the pro-life movement is becoming increasingly young and increasingly vibrant.  Newsweek has suddenly realized this, for aftter they tried to spread disinformation regarding the pro-life movement, implying it was aging badly, they have now published the exact opposite:

NARAL’s Nancy Keenan told Newsweek last week that she considers herself a member of the “postmenopausal militia” – a phrase that captures the situation of pro-abortion leaders who are aging across the board, including the leadership of Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization for Women. Newsweek’s Sarah Kliff notes that “these leaders will retire in a decade or so.”

Keenan also remarked on the enormity of this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., and, according to Newsweek, is troubled that such passion has faded among the youth on her side of the movement.

“I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” Keenan said about stumbling on this year’s March for Life in Washington. “There are so many of them, and they are so young.”

While March for Life estimates it drew 400,000 pro-lifers to Washington for this year’s March, Planned Parenthood’s “Stop Stupak” rally in December only drew about 1,300 attendees.

As usual, when the state-run media initially says something, the opposite is true.  The pro-aborts are aging.  The pro-aborts have a message that requires women to deny their natural inclinations and focus on the most base, selfish urges.  The pro-aborts are losing the debate in science as information emerges on the psychological toll of abortion on mothers, the physical toll in higher rates of cancer, and the incredible suffering the babies feel as they are ripped limb from limb in the mother’s womb.  The entire abortion ’cause’ was founded on lies and misinformation.  We were told that thousands of women died every year from ‘back alley abortions,’ – that was false, there were never even 10 women that died in a year from such a cause.  We were told that abortion would free women to live happy lives – that was false, women are made miserable and depressed after abortion.  We were told that it was just a blob of tissue – that is false, it’s a discernible, human life.  Every argument the pro-aborts have has been proven demonstrably false.  The great tragedy is that it has taken so long to convince people of their prevarications.

The ‘Spirit of Urf Day’ April 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, silliness.
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Acts of the Apostasy is getting in the spirit of Urf Day.  I am extremely disturbed.

I am reliably told this is not a photo of Larry D. 

Supporting a good religious order April 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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There are many good religious orders worthy of your support.  The Dominicans of Nashville, the Dominicans of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Michigan, the Passionists in Kentucky, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration – all are worthy.  Some people may not be familiar with another very good religious order, the Knights of the Holy Eucharist.   The Knights were established by Mother Angelica in 1998 as a community loyal to our Holy Father, consecrated to Mary, and dedicated to adoring Our Eucharistic King.  The serve in Hanceville and Birminghan, AL.  I’ve been to their priory in Hanceville – they were finishing a most beautiful chapel during our time there. 

The Knights take scheduled shifts for Adoration to pray and to protect our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  They also help pilgrims at the Shrine, serve Mass and Holy Hour, and perform many laborious duties on the grounds of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville.  My family and I had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time with one of the Order’s five seminarians, Br. Juan Beradino, who hails from our own diocese, St. William the Confessor in Greenville.  What an impressive young man.  We are truly blessed to have spent the better part of 2 days with him, and the other religious of the order. 

The Knights of the Holy Eucharist are now associated with the Herald’s of the Gospel, an International Association of Pontifical Right.  I should also note that this order has a very strong relationship with homeschooling – over half the Knights were homeschooled. 

Would you, in your charity, consider supporting this worthy order?  We certainly do so in our family. 

A .pdf brochure of the order is below. 


Dominus vobiscum!

Father Donald Calloway, MIC, at St. Monica May 3 April 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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Father Donald Calloway, a priest from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, will be holding a retreat at St. Monica’s in Dallas on Monday, May 3.  A book signing starts at 5:30 pm, followed by Mass at 7p and a talk at 8. 

I don’t know too much about Fr. Calloway, but I do know that he’s associated with Franciscan University in Steubenville, which is a pretty strong Catholic university.  I do know that Fr. Calloway was once a drug addled dead head, so I have a strong affinity for him right off the bat!  He’s going to talk about his conversion story.  Some people have very dramatic conversion stories (Fr. Corapi, for one), but mine is rather pedestrian – no sudden, blinding light of conversion, just a rather slow process of dragging myself out of my self induced sewer. 

But, enough about me.  May 3 is  a Monday night, but I think I’ll try to go.