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Pope Pius XII speaks! July 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic.
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I found this video of Pope Pius XII, Eugenio Pacelli, speaking in English and giving a blessing in Latin!  Just for fun, it looks like he was on a visit to the US and speaking at Fordham University in New York.   He was a good Pope, and did more to save Jewish victims of Nazi evil than anyone else.   So stop with the Pius XII bashing!

California Catholics embrace gay marriage July 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, scandals, Society.
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A dispiriting poll out from California yesterday finds that, taking other factors like race into accounts, Catholics and mainline protestants are 20% more likely to support gay marriage in that state than evangelical protestants.  While a hard number is not given, it is stated that a majority of Catholics in California support gay marriage.  Worse:

 “Overall what we really see here is a general Protestant-Catholic divide,” researcher Dan Cox said. “So white Protestants verses white Catholics, we have a 20-point difference with white Protestants more likely to report hearing their clergy speak out on this issue. And we see the same size gap between Latino Protestants and Catholics as well.”

In fact, 57% of Latino Catholics now support gay marriage, while only 22% of Latino protestants do.  This is shameful on several levels.  Once again, we see a majority of Catholics rejecting a core doctrine of their Faith, a doctrine that is strongly supported by Sacred Scripture.  This goes hand in hand with similar rejections of doctrine on contraceptive use, abortion, women’s ordination, and the Authority of the Church.  It’s also dispiriting, but not surprising, to hear California Catholics report that their priest’s are staying away from the subject during their homilies.  There is a pronounced tendency in numerous dioceses, possibly at the behest of the local ordinary, to stay away from controversial topics.  I know of priests who have been reprimanded for emphasizing the Church’s clear doctrine on issues like gay marriage.  So Catholics are essentially left to either a) try to determine what Church doctrine is for themselves, since so many Catholics are poorly formed, or b) listening to the “wisdom” of the world through incessant TV programs, news articles, songs, movies, etc. trumpeting the gay lifestyle.  It is no surprise that these Catholics, without receiving regular instruction from the pulpit, have rejected a doctrine that has not been reinforced.  This issue goes hat in hand with the influence of the lavendar mafia, wherein homosexual influence on and among the clergy leads to a clmate of at a minimum of silence on this Church doctrine, if not outright public rejections of it by clergy.  What has developed, then, in the Church, is an environment that not only tolerates but in some circles embraces the gay lifestyle, and it has been left largely to lay people to try to support and defend the traditional Church doctrine on homosexuality.  Since very few Catholics bother to be formed in their Faith and don’t read spectucularly edifying blogs like mine, they simply don’t know why the Church teaches what it does, and they hear no countervaling voices that can overcome the influence of the world on their thinking.

If Catholics vote in favor of allowing “gay marriage, we will have yet another area where a large percentage of self-described Catholics are putting their souls in risk by materially aiding in the commission of a sin.  Just like the (forgive me) bozos at USCatholic and Vox Nova that spend every single minute nowadays bashing pro-life Catholics for their opposition to Obamacare, those Catholics that support gay marriage are working against the Church, and working against the Truth that has been revealed by Christ through His Bride. 

As an afterthought, the following diocesan parishes are listed by the dissenting, pro-gay lifestyle New Ways Ministry as being gay friendly:

Holy Trinity – Oak Lawn
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton  – Plano (I’m shocked, shocked!)

Comments telling me I hate gays will be deleted and the commenters banned.

Mother Teresa’s relics coming to Dallas! July 22, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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Mother Teresa’s relics are coming to Dallas.  Blessed Mother Teresa needs no introduction from me, but we in the Diocese will be blessed with the opportunity to venerate her relics after the 6pm Mass at St. James parish in south Dallas on July 27.  St. James parish is located here.    You can call them at 214-371-9209 for more information. 

We should all try to take advantage of opportunities like this.  Not to sound like a scold, but even small pilgrimages like this can bring enormous graces to us – God greatly appreciates and blesses our efforts to worship Him and show due respect to his holy ones.  Blessed Mother Teresa is already a Saint in Heaven to many Catholics, her cause for canonization seems as assured as any I can think of.  Venerating her relics can help bring about intercession that may aid in this earthly life, and helps to prepare us for the next.