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What groups like ‘Catholics United for the Common Good’ really think May 26, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals.
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Posted without much comment, some words from the executive director of the pro-Obama pro-abort, pro-gay marriage, pro-women’s ordination, pro-married priests, anti-Pope, Soros-funded ‘Catholics United for the Common Good’:

Sex comes from God. It should be celebrated. Gay sex comes from God. Married sex without the intent of procreation is now an evil, according to the hierarchy.  But does any practicing Catholic under age 80 believe this?  And in a pluralistic nation like America, we must realize that abortion is here to stay.  We must examine the reasons for abortion and deal with those reasons to reduce abortions.  There is much else that needs discussion.

These comments were made in a post on that paragon of leftism, Huffington Post, concerning the author, Fred Rotondoro’s, view that the Church needs a new Council to be manipulated, misconstrued, and taken advantage of to further undermine the Faith (I don’t think Vatican II did any of those things, but people acting in the ‘spirit of Vatican II’ did). 

Well, Fred, I’m under 80, I have 6 kids, and I hold a very, very traditional view of contraception and the procreational aspect of sex.  The Church has consitently taught for 2000 years that the most important aspect of the marital act is its procreative nature, the unitive aspect is secondary.  Church doctrine regarding contraception has not suddenly become more rigid – Humanae Vitae actually liberalized the circumstances under which NFP can be used, something that I think may not have been the best course to take. 

Thomas Peters at Catholic Vote Action takes Fred Rotondoro and all the other ‘catholyc’ organization apart further.  Peters, whose father was just named the first lay American canon law expert at the Vatican, says that Rotondoro and Catholics United are actually anti-Catholic, and reveal a hatred for the Church in their constant repudiation of Church doctrine.

Things to be thankful for, #279 May 26, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, General Catholic, scandals.
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We don’t have ‘parish administrators’ at any of our parishes ‘celebrating’ liturgies, especially when said administrators are female, and furthermore when they are members of the ‘women’s ordination conference.’ 

In some diocese, like Rochester, NY, pictured here, things have gotten so bad that a large number of parishes have NO priest.  They have liturgies of a sort ‘administered’ by lay people.  Some are religious.  Many are female. 

Makes one wonder that when some women get the idea that members of their sex can be ordained, are situations like this a partial explanation.

Just one more time, from the top.  Women cannot be ordained as priests.  They have never been ordained.  Even if a very wayward bishop performs some ‘rite of ordination’ for a woman, she is not a priest.  The special graces that come down on a priest at ordination are simply not conferred to a woman.  Christ does not ordain women.  Sorry.  Not my policy, it’s HIS. 

We should be very thankful in this diocese that, bad as things are with regard to the number of priests, they are not THIS bad.  With our prayers and support, they should never get that bad.

One more interesting note – in the same diocese where a number of women have been made ‘parish administrators,’ there are also all kinds of liturgical abuses, including those that occur at the Cathedral in the presence of the bishop.  Funny how one tends to go with the other, no?

h/t Rich Leonardi

Ordination Saturday June 5 10 am May 26, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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Last year, if I recall correctly, only one new priest was ordained at the Cathedral.  This year, with God’s great blessing, two young men will be ordained to the priesthood – Marco Rangel and John Szatkowski.  Both young priests will be assigned to Plano – soon to be Fr. Rangel at St. Mark and Fr. Szatkowski at St. Elizabeth Seton.   The ordinationas will be celebrated at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe at 10 am on June 5.  There will be a reception following.  If you plan on attending, I strongly recommend getting there at least an hour early, if not more, in order to be seated within the Cathedral itself, and not in the overflow space.

What a great blessing.  After some recent years when no young men were ordained, last year we had one, this year two, and next year there will, prayerfully, be three.  Let the vocations continue to grow at that rate!  This diocese needs to ordain about 3 men per year just to cover attrition, let alone grow, so we must pray for this trend to not only continue, but accelerate. 

This ordination may be televised.  If so, I will link that when I get that information. 

Let us pray for continued growth in vocations to the priesthood and religious life!  And let us pray for a great strengthening in the vocation of marriage, the source of all priests and religious!

Dominus vobiscum!