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USCCB belongs to pro-abort coalition? May 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, scandals.
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Lifesitenews is reporting that the USCCB is a member of the Leadership Counsel for Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR).   LCCHR strongly supports abortion, gay marriage, homosexual activism, and government contraception programs.  LCCHR has recently released a video supporting Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court nominee.  According to the article, to be a member of LCCHR requires a minimum of $1000 in annual dues.

Yet again, a mixed signal from the USCCB.  How can they claim to be pro-life, while at the same time belonging to groups that are pro abortion?  How can they defend the sanctity of marriage when they are wedded to organizations that seek to undermine that sanctity?  Is it any wonder so many Catholics are confused as to what the Church teaches and believes?

UPDATE: This came out an hour after my post.  USCCB has withdrawn from LCCHR.  My goodness, I am EFFECTIVE!   Just one hour after I post, bam, they’re gone!  Now I know why I get all those hits from USCCB (and diocesan) servers! 

This is good.  I’m sorry to have to post on these things, but even though LCCHR and these other groups may have some laudable goals, the USCCB needs to be more careful reviewing groups they join. The leadership at USCCB (bishops) also needs to figure out that they have some staff that have agendas or interests that may not always align with the bishops themselves.  This is witnessed by the myriad instances of USCCB supporting groups that, in whole or part, oppose Catholic moral doctrine.  There is a break somewhere.

UPDATE II: I should have mentioned in my first update, thanks to Fr. Smith of St. Mark’s in Plano for letting me know the USCCB had broken off contact with LCHHR.

Do good people go to hell? May 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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I quoted a homily by Fr. Larry Adamcyzk in a previous post, wherein he discussed the things that really matter, the four last things, death, judgement, heaven, and hell.  He has expanded on that in another post, answering a query – does a person who does alot of good works, but who still has an attachment to mortal sin, go to hell?  And, if so, how is that fair?  What Fr. Larry answers with is as good a discourse on sin, purgatory, and judgement as I have read.  It’s pretty long, but it is very, very worth your time, all the more so because we so very rarely hear these subjects discussed at Mass today.  An excerpt:

 We have trouble with Gospel of the workers who received the same pay but did not all work the same amount (Matthew 20:16) because today’s society values the concept of equal pay for equal work. We argue that this principle is fair, just and, reasonable. In trying to understand God’s justice, the prophet Isaiah in the first reading tells us that “my thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways.” Let us look at the difference between Blessed Theresa of Calcutta and St. Dismas. Mother Teresa spent most of her life in service to God. She took care of the poorest of the poor, the abandoned, the unwanted, and the unloved. She worked long and hard in the grueling heat of the Indian sun. When she died she received her reward, her place in heaven among the blessed. But then there is St. Dismas. Dismas is the traditional name given to the Good Thief who was crucified with Jesus on Calvary. Dismas was a thief and criminal. Yet, hanging on the cross in the last hours of his life, he recognized Jesus as the Messiah. Dismas said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Blessed Theresa of Calcutta worked for years serving God among the poor of India and is welcomed into Paradise. Dismas, a thief, makes a deathbed conversion and is welcomed into Paradise. There seems to be something wrong here; something unfair. Is it God’s ways that are unfair or is it our ways that are unfair? God wishes that all people be saved.

Go check out both of Fr. Larry’s sites.   He also has an excellent sermon from St. John Vianney on the dreadful state of the lukewarm soul.  It gave me cold chills, because as hard as I try, I’m still pretty tepid.  I pray I may truly be on fire, and soon.

Priests!  Challenge us!  Give us the Fullness of Truth!  Yes, some will complain, but many of us have a great hunger for it!  Give us the ammunition we need to fight the good fight and save our souls!

Sacred Heart Apostolate coming to our area May 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic.
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The Sacred Heart Apostolate is a Catholic group given sanction by the Holy See to encourage devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I don’t know a great deal about this group, but what I’ve seen and heard is good.  They are coming to the Dallas Diocese to encourage people to “enthrone Jesus in their homes- to invite Him into their lives and allow Him to lead them to the love and mercy He pours out to us from the cross.”  They are holding a  mission at St. Gabriel parish in McKinney on June 6-9 at 7pm.  You can find out more information on the Sacred Heart Apostolate here

It seems a major part of the apostolate concerns the ‘enthronement’ of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the home, office, or wherever one finds oneself.  This consists of hanging a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the image which Christ revealed to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.  Having this picture, and having a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will bring great blessings to any home.  If you don’t have one, I encourage you to pray about getting one and displaying it in a place of honor.

Bishops playing a losing game on immigration? May 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Immigration, Society.
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Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture posits that the bishops are playing a dangerous game – supporting the democrat’s ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ bill (also known as amnesty with no border protection) – while knowing that the democrats will use this bill to advance another aspect of their radical (and un-Catholic) social agenda.  You see, the bishops have added provisions to advance same-sex marriage in the immigration bill.  Isn’t that odd – how does gay marriage relate to immigration?  The same way abortion relates to health care – it’s a core part of the remaking of American society. 

So the bishops are supporting the immigration bill, but demanding it be changed.  The bishops tried this game with Obamacare, and got burned:

Do you recognize the pattern? Several months ago the US bishops took a clear position in favor of comprehensive health-care reform. Their enthusiasm for the Obama administration’s proposal was limited only by their reservations about the funding of abortion.   

How did that work out? The Democratic majority highlighted the bishops’ support for health-care reform and–citing the bishops’ own words about the need for a solution that went beyond partisan ideological concerns–insisted that the bill deserved Catholic support despite the abortion-funding problem. The Democrats won that round; the bishops lost.

Undaunted by that defeat, the US bishops are using exactly the same strategy in their approach to the immigration debate.

I’ll add a further aspect to this – three years ago, the bishops through the USCCB supported the McCain-Kennedy-Bush ‘Amnesty’ bill, which was a catastrophic failure.  That bill was opposed by 65% of the American people.  Opposition to the new bill is even higher  – topping 70%.  I understand the bishops feel they are trying to advance their vision of Catholic social doctrine, but this could be another embarrasing situation where the bishops put their reputation at stake and either get burned by the dems and wind up having to retract their support,  or are attached to a complete failure.  What is more, supporting this bill is yet another chance for severe confusion on the part of the large majority of Catholics who don’t know the Faith and who are easily moved by influence peddlers in the media. 

During the Obamacare debate, because of the parsing of the alternative magisterium of progressive Catholic publications, groups, politicians, and religious orders, a significant portion of American Catholics came to  think the Church supports abortion rights.  Shouldn’t the bishops be exceedingly careful that a similar situation does not recur, with the alternative magisterium again leading the faithful to a completely wrong conclusion?

Saint’s books online – FREE May 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic.
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Sancte Pater has posted a most excellent link, a site containing numerous books from some of the most well known saints and doctors of the Church, online, for Free.  A brief, partial listing:

St. Francis de Sales – Introduction to the Devout Life   Download PDF    
St. Francis de Sales – Mystical Flora or the Christian Life under the Emblem of Plants   Download PDF    
St. Francis de Sales – The Consoling Thoughts of   Download PDF    
St. Francis de Sales – Treastise on the Love of God   Download PDF    
St. Francis of Assisi – Writings   Download PDF    
St. Gertrude the Great – The Exercises   Download PDF    
St. Gertrude the Great – The Love of the Heart of Jesus to His Creatures   Download PDF    
St. Ignatius of Loyola – A Thought from for Each Day of the Year   Download PDF    
St. Ignatius of Loyola – Letters and Instructions   Download PDF    
St. Ignatius of Loyola – The Autobiography of   Download PDF    
St. Ignatius of Loyola – The Spiritual Exercises   Download PDF    
St. John of Avila – The Letters of   Download PDF    
St. John of the Cross – Ascent of Mount Carmel   Download PDF    
St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul   Download PDF    
St. John of the Cross – A Spiritual Canticle of the Soul   Download PDF    
St. John of the Cross – The Living Flame of Love   Download PDF    
St. Leonard of Port Maurice – The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved   Download HTML    
St. Leonard of Port Maurice – The Hidden Treasure or the Immense Excellence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass   Download PDF    
Ven. Louis of Granada – A Memorial of a Christian Life   Download PDF    
Ven. Louis of Granada – The Sinner’s Guide   Download PDF    
St. Louis Marie de Montfort – Letter to the Friends of the Cross   Download PDF    
St. Louis Marie de Montfort – The Secret of Mary   Download PDF    
St. Louis Marie de Montfort – The Secret of the Rosary   Download PDF    
St. Louis Marie de Montfort – True Devotion to Mary   Download PDF    
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – Letters   Download PDF    
Bl. Pope Pius IX – The Syllabus of Errors   Download RTF    
St. Pope Pius X – Pascendi Dominici Gregis – On the Doctrine of the Modernists   Download PDF    
Bl. Raymund of Capua – The Life of St. Catherine of Siena   Download PDF    
St. Teresa of Avila – The Life of by Herself   Download PDF    
St. Teresa of Avila – The Way of Perfection   Download PDF    
St. Teresa of Avila – The Interior Castle or The Mansions – Including Some of Her More Interesting Letters   Download PDF

There is enough reading here to keep even the most voraciously reading Catholic busy for many months.  While I do still prefer the printed word in a nice well bound book, this is an incomparable resource.  I shall have to print some of these out and bind them up myself.  What a beautiful thing to do – this must have taken some dedicated effort.  It’s a beautiful blessing!