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What is THIS? July 26, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, silliness, Society.
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I’ll give  you a hint, it is not a Call to Action or National Catholic Distorter praise and glorify man service.

Stumped?

It’s the a presbyterian synod or leadership meeting, if you will.   Giant puppets, flags, “liturgical dance…” what on earth will Call to Action do?  The presbyterians have upped the ante in the liturgical arms race to the bottom.  Mr. President, we cannot have a mine shaft gap Dear fellow travelers with Sophia/Gaia/Earth Mother Goddess, we cannot allow the presbyterians to outdo us in liturgical absurdity!  More papier mache!  More dance!  More pseudo-ethnic music which assuages our collective guilt towards the ‘other!’

Seriously, what on earth does this have to do with worshiping God and His only Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior?

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Drifting away from the Faith July 26, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic.
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This is something I pray about alot – not drifting away, not taking the wrong path.

Many people may consciously choose to reject aspects of the Faith, but many do not because they simply don’t know the Faith well enough, and there are so many bad teachers out there misrepresenting the Faith.  I pray all the time for better, fuller, more complete Catholic formation, for children and adults, so that all may know the full Truth and choose to live it.  But some do know the Truth and simply reject it.  They need prayers all the more.

A great article on the Council of Trent July 26, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic, Society.
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From Ignatius Insight, an excerpt from the book The Catholic Church: The First 2000 Years by Martha Rasmussen.  The excerpt deals with the Council of Trent, probably the most influential council of the last millenium.  The Council of Trent was a response to the protestant reformation, led to the Counter-Reformation, and helped put the Church on a very solid footing for hundreds of years.  So many Catholics know little of Church history.  I encourage everyone to read this excerpt on Trent, it isn’t that long and may help dispell some myths concerning the Church during those turbulent times.  An excerpt of the excerpt:

With a reformed, well-trained hierarchy and improvements in religious orders, Catholics could be confident that any priest they approached in confession would be well educated, orthodox, and trustworthy. This led to a school of spirituality in which lay people respected all authority, especially Church authority, much more than they had during the Renaissance. Satires about Church leaders such as The Praise of Folly became infrequent. Instead, most people respected and loved their leaders. Devout Catholics were usually content to follow the guidance of priests and religious superiors. While this situation lasted, Catholic life was peaceful and secure, at least in countries where the reforms of the council were well implemented. The situation has changed in recent years, because of changes in the modern world and in the education of priests since Vatican II. Many older Catholics miss the tranquillity instilled into the Church by the reforms of the Council of Trent.

After the Council of Trent, Pope St. Pius V published a standardized missal, which contained the readings and prayers for each Mass of the year, including all of the feast days. The new missal did not make any great changes except to increase uniformity in the liturgies for various saints. To avoid mistranslations, increase unity, and follow tradition, the Mass was said in Latin except in the Eastern Rite Catholic churches. Many people understood some Latin, especially the liturgical prayers that were the same for each Mass. Later missals often had translations into local languages printed beside the Latin. The breviary, which contained the prayers said by monks, nuns, and priests every day, was also revised. Both books remained relatively unchanged until Vatican II, and their beautiful prayers helped shape Catholic life and thought for hundreds of years. People who did not understand Latin learned about the faith from sermons, teaching sisters and brothers, catechisms, devotional books, or Bibles in their own languages. The unified liturgy increased the security of Catholic life. Catholics could attend Mass anywhere in the world, with the exception of the Eastern Rite Catholic churches, and find the same liturgy they had at home.

Security in liturgy and doctrine fostered security in social and moral practices. Catholic countries had an established moral code and traditions about how to follow it. For example, everyone was expected to stay married, though Catholics might live apart from their spouses if theirs was an exceptionally bad marriage. Since a couple had to stay married, they had an incentive to find ways to avoid confrontations with their spouses, children, parents, and relatives. Men and women traditionally had different roles in the family, which reduced argument and gave both spouses opportunities to use their energy and creativity. Both spouses were expected to love each other and their children and to sacrifice themselves for their family’s good. Children were expected to respect and obey their parents, help with work in the family, and care for their parents in their old age. These ideals helped foster stable, happy marriages and security and love for the children. Large extended families helped with difficult marriages by negotiating problems, giving financial assistance, and providing refuge. Parish priests gave advice and helped settle problems. In modern times, many Americans have lost these ideals and customs. They often wonder how their ancestors survived without divorce, jobs outside of the family, or psychologists. Traditional Catholics did more than endure the hardships of family life. Ideally, they found strength in God in prayer and the sacraments; made use of many social and religious resources, which have become less important in modern society; and gained love and security from their families in return for their sacrifices and efforts.

That doesn’t sound like too bad an existence to me.  Couple that with a few modern technological improvements and I would be quite content.  Not that my contentedness is the point of my existence!  A question – would the world be a better place with countries that were still demonstrably ‘Catholic’ societies?  Are there any places in the world outside the Vatican that can still be said to be ‘Catholic’ countries, with a predominately Catholic social, economic, and political system and a dominant Catholic culture?  Is such to still be desired?

Bad and good at the abortion mill July 26, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, North Deanery.
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So, my family and I went down to White Rose this past Saturday to drop off some donations and pray outside the abortion mill next door to White Rose.  I was dispirited again to see a number of hispanics with Rosaries dangling from their rear-view mirrors entering the abortuary.  We prayed outside for 3 hours or so, but didn’t get any real opportunties to counsel or change the women’s minds until we had been there a couple of hours.  Then, we saw a woman suddenly go running from the clinic.  There is a very hostile “security guard” outside the clinic at all times, and he gave chase to her, but she seemed to duck between some cars and disappear.  We then saw her boyfriend follow her out, talking on the phone, he seemed to be trying to find her.  He headed down the alley towards Knox, then stayed down there for quite a while.  After about 30 minutes, a “nurse” from the abortuary suddenly got in her car and sped (these women are dangerous, they make a sport of driving very fast and recklessly down the alley that leads to the  mill to try to scare the prayer warriors) down to where the boyfriend had gone.  Since I know that all abortion mills, and this one in particular, use intimidation tactics against women who are wavering in their decision to have their child killed, I got in our truck and followed her down towards Knox, but I lost her.  When I returned, the nurse was back.  But, a few moments later, the mom left, without the boyfriend.  So, possibly, this woman stood up to the intimidation and was able to leave.  I pray she won’t go back.

A little later, a Vietnamese couple looking for the abortuary accidentally parked in the White Rose parking lot.  This gave my wife and I a chance to talk with them, and we tried several arguments, and the mention that having an abortion tends to end the relationships of those involved hit home – the woman became visibly upset.  I’m sure the abortion had been ‘sold’ to her as a means to save the relationship, but I think she knew in her heart that was not the case.  They did go into the clinic, but they left about 10 minutes later – not enough time even for an abortion in the shadiest of clinics, which this one is.  They did not go to White Rose, which disappoints – women who go to White Rose almost invariably forego abortion, whereas this couple, just driving off, may return to the abortuary.  I pray that is not the case.  Please pray for this young couple, the woman looked very scared and the boyfriend looked rather lost, so I’m sure they’ve been sold a bill of goods about abortion somehow getting them out of their predicament, whatever it may be. 

One more thing – Planned Parenthood lies.  A hispanic man came out of the clinic and was talking with a very nice man named Felix C., who is of hispanic descent and could speak fluid Spanish, far better than my broken Spanish.  The dad was from Oklahoma.  He had 3 kids already, but his wife was having some problems with this pregnancy.  The couple made the mistake of going to a Planned Parenthood facility in Oklahoma, and they were told they HAD to come to Dallas to get an abortion, as his wife’s life was in dread danger.   They weren’t told she needed tests, or that they needed to go see an obstetrician, they were told you’ve got to abort this child or your wife will surely die.  This, after a 20 minute appointment and “examination” by some kind of “nurse.”  Now, it’s possible this could be true, but one would think that, with such a serious issue, it would be appropriate to see a proper doctor and get another opinion.  Felix tried to get the man to go to the Church to get help, but he said it was too late, whatever that means.  They came from Oklahoma to Texas to get the abortion because they couldn’t get this abortion done in OK – perhaps it was too late in the gestation, I don’t know.  But I do know that Planned Parenthood isn’t concerned with the health of the mother except as a means to increase revenue, and that the life of the baby is just inconsequential to that sordid organization. 

Keep praying for those who are thinking about an abortion.  I know it makes a difference, we saw the cutest little girl going into White Rose who would not be here if it wasn’t for efforts and prayers of those dedicated to stopping this scourge.