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Who caused WWII – you guessed it, the Pope! August 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, scandals, Society.
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No, not the current Pope, Venerable Pope Pius XII, that’s who.  At least, that’s according to the radical gay activist and professional British pope-hater Peter Hatchell (who, incredibly, has been retained by BBC to produce a ‘fair and balanced’ documentary for the Pope’s upcoming visit to England.   He quotes an obscure and discredited ‘Rabbi’ who stated that there was a secret encyclical that would have denounced Nazi-ism even more than encyclicals already released (and, uh….the entire nature of the Faith being opposed to Nazism), and, had that encyclical been released, WWII would have never happened.  So, not only was Pope Pius XII a monster for having failed to protect Jews during WWII (also, a discredited lie), he was responsible for the war itself!  You think the anti-Catholicism hysteria is getting a bit carried away over in Britain?

I’m worried about the Pope’s visit.  I’m worried this is going to be a disaster.   Muslims are talking about violence directed at the Holy Father.  The planning for the visit was botched by the British bishops.  The amount of vitriol directed at the Church, and, in particular, the Pope, has reached stratospheric heights, with a veritable frenzy of anti-Catholicism sweeping across much of Britain. 

I’ve been praying that this trip be successful.  The Holy Spirit has a way of taking something that, by all rights, should be awful, and turning it into something wonderful.  How many times has the Church been written off, only to keep on being the Mystical Body of Christ on earth?  How many times has the Church been viciously attacked, only to keep its course and continue to be the Witness to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?  While I do worry about this trip, I know there is potential for something truly miraculous – such as a reversal of Britain’s headlong slide into neo-pagan Muslim destruction. 

I also pray that this visit encourages huge numbers of Anglicans to swim the Tiber!

More greatness from Michael Voris August 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, sickness, Society.
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This guy has summed my thoughts regarding the fate of our current culture just about exactly.  I can’t see this culture continuing to commit slow suicide indefinitely – either there must be a re-embrace of good moral (and economic, and political, and philosophical, etc) order, or this culture as we know it will not continue to exist.  Human history is replete with examples of seemingly impregnable cultures slowly falling apart, almost always through going down the same path we see our current, “Western” culture trodding – lack of morals, laziness, greed, political corruption, and a slow failure and eventual collapse of the whole complex interconnected system.  I pray I’m wrong, but I don’t think we are, as a culture, following God’s path.

One reason to like Latin August 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic, Latin Mass.
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Great story.  Greater voice:

I know not eveyone is in trall with Latin, but that kid can sing.  I don’t think he’ll be able to keep hitting those notes in a few years, though.

Pelosi infers Jesus had no right to be born August 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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Ah, Nancy Pelosi, that adorable spokesperson for abortion on demand, a few months ago stated that her favorite “word” is “The Word,” as in the Word Made Flesh.  She went on unintelligibly for about a minute on this subject, until a trained zoologist shot a tranquilizer dart into her neck and, thankfully, put her out of our misery. 

boo-yah!  All kidding aside, Ms. Pelosi got another opportunity to bloviate on the subject the other day, when a reporter from the awesome CNSNews asked Ms. Pelosi if she so loves The Word, but at the same time completley committed to being one of the nation’s leading abortion advocates (I would say she advocates for actual abortion, not just for a “right to abortion”), just when “The Word” entered into the world?:

You said at a recent Catholic Community Conference that your favorite word was ‘The Word, as in the word made flesh,’ and that we need to quote, ‘give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the Word.’

So, when was the Word made flesh? Was it at the Annunciation, when Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Sprit, as the Creed says, or was it at the Nativity when he was born of the Virgin Mary? And when did the Word get the right to life?”

I think, at that moment, every single remaining synapse that has not been destroyed by nerve-consuming botox injections just short circuited and exploded.  Talk about your cognitive dissonance!   See, Nancy only likes some choices.  She likes women having the “right to choose,” and she likes “choosing to be a Faithful Catholic,” but when you try to combine those statements into some kind of rational analysis of the Faith using right reason, her world view instantly collapses.  This is what she replied with:

Whenever it was, we bow our heads when we talk about it in church, and that’s where I’d like to talk about that.

Wait?  What happened to the Nancy Pelosi who was lecturing Catholics on when the Church defines life as beginning?   The CNSNews reporter is right – by her definition, nothing happened at the Incarnation, but Jesus somehow ‘officially’ became human worthy of dignity and respect sometime, oh, well, whenever Mary felt like it. 

Now, if you think I’m exaggerating, look at what Pelosi-bud and California Senator Barbara Boxer had to say regarding abortion:

Santorum: “You agree, once a child is born, is separated from the mother, that that child is protected by the Constitution and cannot be killed? Do you agree with that?”

Boxer: “I think when you bring your baby home, when your baby is born … the baby belongs to your family and has all the rights.”

Santorum: “Obviously, you don’t mean they have to take the baby out of the hospital for it to be protected by the Constitution. Once the baby is separated from the mother, you would agree—completely separated from the mother—you would agree that the baby is entitled to constitutional protection?”

Boxer: “I don’t want to engage in this.”

You can see the youtube of this exchange here.  As George Will says, Boxer’s position is not so much “pro-choice” but slightly modified infanticide.  During the above debate on partial birth abortion, Boxer’s stated position, which she makes repeatedly in the  youtube video, is that the baby has a right to life only in so far as  mom (and, occasionally, dad gets to add his $.02) decides the baby has a right to life.  If the baby is “accidentally born” during an abortion, well, the kiddo better enjoy the few seconds, minutes, or hours of sunshine and oxygen, cuz that’s all he’s gonna get.  She, along with our president, are both big opponents of protetions for infants who manage to survive the abortionist’s rusty knives. 

Pelosi is in an untenable position regarding her Faith and her politics.  She’s tried to have both, but obviously favored the latter to a huge degree.  The Church has a consistent life ethic whose reasoning and logic is extremely well developed.  This San Fran politician has tried to twist that ethic into supporting her politically expedient support for baby butchery, but she’s failed miserably, and now has all kinds of statements on record that make plain her twisted views on critical Faith issues. 

I know she’s unlikable.  I know she’s stiff and plastic.  I know she offends faithful Catholics with her constant backstabbing of the Church.  Especially for those reasons, Nancy Pelosi needs many prayers.  You can earn yourself much merit in the eyes of God for praying for someone so difficult.  And not just for her conversion, but for God’s mercy on her if she does not convert, if she continues to hold these views until she dies. She will then needs all the prayers for mercy she can merit, and then some.  We’re all unworthy.  We all need prayers. 

All that goes for Boxer, too, who might be even more unlikable.