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65th anniversary of the dropping of ‘Little Boy’ on Hiroshima August 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Society.
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I’m probably going to stand out from the Catholic blogging crowd by stating, unequivocally and without reservation, that the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved more Japanese lives than any other act the United States could have taken to end the war without leaving the ruling military clique in power.   You can quote Eisenhower, Leahy, JFC Fuller, or whomever you wish, but their statements are immaterial and often were used to justify a certain political viewpoint.  Leahy, for one, saw Navy funding going to the Air Force during the ‘revolt of the admirals’ and sought to undermine the atomic bomb.   The war would have ended in one of three ways: an invasion, which would have killed millions of Japanese and hundreds of thousands of Americans, a continued blockade/conventional bombing campaign, which would have killed millions of Japanese by starvation and thousands more Americans, or the use of a sudden, decisive weapon which would shock the fanatical, bushido, seppuko crowd into surrender.  This would cost tens of thousands of Japanese lives.  I should add that in the case of blockade/bombardment, another 100,000 innocent Chinese and southeast Asians would die for every month that Japan continued in the war.

The United States and Truman took the most humane course available.  So few people today have even the remotest conception of the fanaticism and barbarism of the Japanese during WWII.  Talk to a single Australian who fought on the Kokoda trail.  Talk to 1st MARDIV veteran from GuadalcanalNormal, rational thinking did not apply.

 I recommend that one read in depth on the situation, because there is a great deal of politically motivated misinformation out there.  Read Rising Sun by John Toland, Downfall by Richard B. Frank, or Churchill’s Volume VI of his The Second World War.  Especially the Frank book.  The idea that the Japanese were desperately casting about for a means to surrender is false: they sought a means to surrender with conditions, such as leaving the military clique in power.  In fact, it took the intervention of the Emperor to finally end the war, even after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, because the Army was dedicated to dragging the war out, forcing an invasion, and hoping they could inflict enough casualties on the Americans to lead to a negotiated surrender leaving them in power.  This would have simply led to another war with a nuclear armed Japan 30 years later. 

The use of the atomic bombs was the least worst option available.   In war, that is how things work – there are no “good alternatives,” only less bad ones.

Great blessings – Pro-life boot camp a huge success! August 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Society.
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The pro-life boot camp is an effort to involve young people in the pro-life movement.  This is very important, as the culture tells these young people that they should just go with the flow, have sex, maybe use contraception, and when that fails, get an abortion.  It’s the American way, right?!  Well, for these young folks, they are taking time out from their summer vacation in order to try to fight the good fight for the pro-life effort.  And what success did they have!  Over 100 teens from local parishes participated in the boot camp.  God blessed their efforts abundantly by convincing at least 5 women to change their minds and forego abortion, while one abortion mill worker quit her job when she saw all the teens out there praying.  Thanks be to God, a seminarian from Holy Trinity was there to assist in the efforts.  I keep telling you guys that priests will make a huge difference in the pro-life fight – seminarians are great, too! 

Please keep praying for an end to the need for abortion.  Getting the law changed is a laudable effort, but let us pray also that those factors that lead to abortion, cohabitation, fornication, porn use, adultery,and most of all the contraceptive mentality, will be overcome and the very desire for abortion will disappear from our culture.  Thanks to everyone who works to end the modern slaughter of the innocents.

Fr. Corapi this weekend in San Antonio August 6, 2010

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Fr. Corapi is speaking tomorrow, Sat. Aug. 7 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. We shall be there.  Tickets are still available.  I get a very generous kickback, so go buy about 500!  Just  kidding!

Fr. Geiger on TOB August 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Society.
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The controversy over the Chris West Theology of the Body presentation continues to grow.  For a view of TOB from what I think is fair to describe as an orthodox position, with respect to the great patrimonic Tradition of the Church, I cannot recommend Fr. Angelo Geiger enough.  I so wish I had been celebrating Mass at St. William when he came there a few years ago!  I should have liked to hear him speak in person.

At the recent TOB congress, one of the most well known TOB proponents, Dr. Janet Smith, said something truly odd, something really that I found quite offensive and difficult to fathom.  I will let Fr. Geiger explain:

Recently, the Theology of the Body Institute conducted its first national congress, during which the triumphal march of the new chastity catechesis pressed forward–in spite of the fact that the movement’s avatar, Christopher West, was absent, presumably to reflect upon his method of presenting the Theology of the Body.  Perhaps I was naïve, but I thought West’s sabbatical meant that his critics had made some headway.  Such progress, unfortunately, did not seem to be reflected at the congress.  Dr. Janet Smith, for example, stated the following:

The 1st thing we need to know is God is chasing us down like a lover. Every lover is a pathological stalker. God is a stalker.

Am I quoting out of context?  I would like to know in what context the comparison of God to a pathological sexual deviant would be appropriate.  Please note that the above statement was published as a tweet by the congress organizers themselves.  So this is what they themselves decided to feed the public.

Another prominent speaker at the TOB congress was Fr. Thomas Loya.  Fr. Geiger links to Fr. Loya’s website, and in spite of his recommendation that faithful Catholics should not view the website, I did.  The warning was well placed.  Fr. Loya, a Catholic priest who is ostensibly dedicated to spreading a new theology of holy sexuality to Catholics, has images that are more than near occasions of sin, they are, in my opinion, sinful to view.  I say this as one who has, unfortunately, been immersed in the pornified lifestyle.  Fr. Loya recommends, as Chris West does, that men stare at beautiful women, taking in all their more lascivious features, but make such viewing holy by giving glory to God for having created such beauty.  Fr. Geiger comments:

Father Loya has also recommended, in more practical terms, how to implement this magical “three part” technique, with particular emphasis on the “see” part:

“Alright Look at her!! That’s right, look at her!! Look at her butt, her breasts, but don’t stop there. Look at every aspect of her magnificent femininity! Take her in completely and say, “How many are your works, O Lord, in wisdom you have made them all!” (Psalm 103).

Okay, ladies, are you now feeling uncomfortable riding the TOB train?  Gentlemen, the chivalrous thing to do is to pull the emergency stop and then escort the ladies and yourselves off this ride to hell.

Both Alice Von Hildebrand and Dawn Eden have shown this approach to the question of concupiscence and modesty is foreign to Catholic tradition.  In particular, Dawn Eden in her thesis shows how Christopher West and Father Loya have cloaked their own imaginative approach to modesty with the authority of John Paul II.

Fr. Geiger writes a very thorough essay, you must go read the whole thing.  It is not too long.  I also highly recommend both the Alice von Hildebrand essay and Dawn Eden’s work.   Fr. Geiger, von Hildebrand, Eden, Kellmeyer, and others have raised what to me are very valid criticisms with much of the popular TOB presentations being made these days.  I think it behooves thoughful Catholics to consider their criticisms.

A couple more comments.  There has been a good deal of pushback from Chris West supporters and those whose careers are tightly associated with the success of his TOB Institute.  There is a great deal of hunger right now for authentic Catholic teaching on sexuality.  If I may make a recommendation, it would be to eschew all TOB materials, for now, at least.  I think there are so many people jumping on the bandwagon that is TOB, seeing it as a path to many things (not all of which may be ideal), that there is reason to be very careful with regard to these materials.  As it stands, TOB materials produced by Chris West and his company now make up virtually all the teenage/young adult formation materials used in the Church today.  I am uncertain that this is a good thing.  A less questionably orthodox patrimony with regard to Catholic doctrine on sex is very available, and it is beyond reproach.  I speak here of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s In Defense of Purity, and St. Francis de Sales An Introduction to the Devout Life.  Josef Seifert is also a good source. 

I’m sure I have readers that highly value Chris West and other TOB authors.  I do not mean to belittle the value these works may have to you.  I am trying to present legitimate concerns and criticisms that have been raised with regard to much of these materials.  I pray that any forthcoming discussions on this material may proceed with Charity in the sincere desire to most fully express Catholic teaching on this very sensitive subject matter.