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Abortion is a religion August 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, sickness.
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Don’t believe me?  Go stroll around this site for a while – is there anything these women believe in more than the “right” of mothers to abort, terminate, murder, kill their children? 

My favorite post is the one where the woman tries to explain how to raise a pro-abort child

“You see, Johnny, sometimes mommies, like me, don’t want to have their children, so they go to see a “doctor” and they have the baby taken out.” 

 “What happens to the baby, mom?” 

“Well, they throw it away, or sometimes leave it to lie on the floor or on a table for a while.” 

 “Why do they do that?”

“Weeelllll…..because the baby is dead.  It dies when they take it out of the mommy.”

“So, did you ever have that done – have your baby taken out <sniffle>”

“Well, yes, I did.”

Johnny runs off sobbing and crying. 

Can you imagine that?  So the child learns he or she was just extraordinarily lucky, to have been conceived at the right time?   How on earth do you explain that to your child?  Why on earth would you want to?  Unless abortion truly is THE most important thing in your life?

How much of the efforts of radical pro-aborts are just desperate rationalizations for a horrid mistake made earlier in life?  Something they cannot live with as it really is, and so they have to turn it into something wonderful. 

How does one come to have this mindset?

Awesome – Mystic Monks preparing to build new monastery August 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic.
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And it’s going to be a beaut.  Perhaps you’ve bought some coffee from the Mystic Monks, also known as the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.  These awesome Carmelites are still a small order, but they have tons of vocation requests and have been trying to build a monastery for a few years now.  It appears they have found land to build on and have the resources in place to build not just a monastery, but a glorious tribute to Mary’s Immaculate Heart and Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We have been praying for these monks for some time – it is so wonderful to see these monk’s efforts leading to fruition. 

Check it out:

Praise God!

Woot! New Mass Translation approved! August 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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We’ll be enjoying a much better English translation of the Mass starting next year with Advent!  Bishop Troutman plans to set himself on fire in protest.

The Vatican has given final approval for a new English-language translation of the Roman Missal. The new translation will introduced in the US beginning in Advent of 2011.

“From that date forward, no other edition of the Roman Missal may be used in the dioceses of the United States of America,” announced Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the US bishops’ conference.

Formal Vatican approval came in a June 23 letter from Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. The translation had already won approval from the US bishops, after a long and lively debate.

The publication of a revised English translation concludes a lengthy and often controversial process that saw numerous clashes between proponents of differing approaches to translation. Critics of the new translation continue to complain that it contains obscure language, while its defenders note that the revisions eliminate errors and ambiguities in the liturgical translation that is now in use.

The critics are wrong.  The new translation will elevate, as opposed to stoop down.  This is going to be huge. “Lex credendi, Lex orandi” – we proclaim what we believe.  By changing how we pray in Mass, this will have effects all through the Church – effects for the good.

An update on the St. Elizabeth Seton gay outreach ministry August 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, silliness.
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I have been checking the St. Elizabeth Seton – Plano website regularly for any updates concerning their homosexual outreach group ‘Outstretched Hands’ and have found that entire ‘gay outreach’ section of the Seton website has been pulled down.  All webpages associated with ‘Outstretched Hands’ have been removed.  I e-mailed Msgr. Henry Petter to inquire on this situation, and here is what he had to say:

You can share this part of my e-mail—We, here at Seton, will continue to minister to the parent’s of homosexual persons and to homosexual persons.  We no longer have the ‘Let’s Talk about Homosexuality’ on our web-site because the bishop asked us to take it off. I agreed with the bishop’s request.  Even though there are many good elements to the talks and they try to reflect the teaching of the Church, they cross the line in their desire to ‘push the envelope’ beyond the teaching of the Church in their hopes that the Church will reconsider its position…that is the part of the talks that I did not police so I take full responsibility for allowing ‘the talks’ to be on our web-site.  The bishop knew that did not have these talks on our web-site because I was ‘evil’, as some of your readers have implied.  He simply asked me to remove them and I did.  We try very hard to minister to the Homosexual Persons in the way the Church calls us to through the Bishop’s documents, e.g. ‘Always Our Children”.  I meet with the bishop periodically to inform him of the steps we are taking in this ministry.  I believe very strongly that we are called, as christians, to reach out to the marginalized and the voiceless and the persecuted, and yes, we are called to minister to sinners, whether they are heterosexual or homosexual…and to eat with them, etc. etc.  May God bless us in our endeavors because I know that he loves each of us.

I had asked specifically if, despite the fact that the material had been removed from the website, it was still going to be used by the gay outreach ministry.  The above comments lead me to believe that the answer is YES – they have simply removed the materials from the website, because that is all Bishop Farrell asked them to do.   The ‘Let’s Talk About Homosexuality’ materials will still form a ‘starting point’ or philosophical basis for the outreach group.  It is difficult to conclude otherwise from the information presented.

Another point – you notice Fr. Petter says “You can publish this part of my e-mail…”?  There was a first paragraph that was directed at me personally, and was strongly in the spirit of those paragraphs from St. Bernard of Clairvaux I posted earlier today.  You could say that Fr. Petter is not pleased with my efforts on this blog.  You can also see in the paragraph above that Fr. Petter received e-mails calling him ‘evil’ – this is unfortunate.  I’ve tried to be clear to ask folks to always be nice, polite, and to the point when they contact a parish, diocese, or whatever, but I failed to do so in the case of the ‘gay outreach’ post.  While I’m obviously strongly in favor of making one’s views clear and pointing out error, even to the point of making lots of folks mad, hurling word bombs like ‘evil’ is not really helping our cause. 

In a nutshell, what has changed is that the ‘Let’s Talk About Homosexuality’ material has been removed from the Seton website.  That is all.

One final point – this blog did not challenge Seton’s right to have a ‘gay outreach’ ministry – that is the prerogative of the pastor and based on the perceived need.  The only question concerned the materials used.  I think if anyone reads my original post in a fair light, that should be obvious.

Speaking of how to proclaim the Truth of Christ…. August 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, General Catholic, scandals.
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….in my most recent post, I give some examples of great Saints using very strident language to critique others in the Church.   This ties in nicely with an article I read via culturewarnotes, wherein Marc Cardinal Ouellet decries politically savvy bishops and claims the Church desperately needs leadership that will proclaim the Truth revealed by Christ through His Church boldly and without reservation.   This follows on the heels an article of a few days ago in which a bishop and spokesman for the Quebec bishop’s conference essentially denigrated Cardinal Ouellet’s defense of Truth and used all kinds of mealy-mouthed words to try to say that it’s better to be politically savvy than a bold proclaimer of the Faith. 

Let’s compare and contrast – Cardinal Oeullet’s words:

Bishops “need spiritual discernment and not just political calculation of the risk of the possibility of the message being received

We have to dare to speak to the deep heart, where the Spirit of the Lord is touching people beyond what we can calculate,

But in the recent interview, Ouellet said that in addition to fearlessly preaching the teachings of the Church, bishops must embrace them deeply.  “Then you have the power of conviction,” he said.
“If you state it only formally and in the end you do not really want to see it applied because you don’t believe that it is possible that people accept it, you are in trouble for the transmission of the message,” he added.

The cardinal, further, said the Church needs what Gyapong called a “new intellectual dynamism” to “recapture the spirit of Christianity” and “create a new Christian culture.”
“We need intellectuals for that, theologians, philosophers, Christians who really believe in the Gospel and share the doctrine of the Church on moral questions,” he said.  “We have suffered from this mentality of dissent” that is “still dominating the intelligentsia.”
“There is no real discipleship there, real discipleship,” he added. “The discipleship that is emerging is from those who believe and who really love the Church.”

Now, Bishop Martin Veillette, head of the Quebec Bishop’s Assembly:

In an interview with the Canadian Press on Friday, only days before the Cardinal’s farewell Mass, Bishop Martin Veillette of Trois-Rivières called Ouellet “an emotional person, who reacts quickly enough and who sometimes gets carried away by emotions, feelings, affection.”

Bishop Veillette noted that Ouellet is a teacher, and as such “his desire was to emphasize certain points of view that he considers important.”

“The bishops here have also taught, but in the way to do it, at the time to do it,” he continued.  “There are times when it is more important to keep silent than to speak.  There are things like that, sometimes, that you need to know how to manage.  It’s a bit delicate.”

Quebec was once 95+% practicing Catholic – and that was only a few decades ago.  At present, Quebec averages about 15% Mass attendance and only 55% of Quebecois describe themselves as Catholic.  Cardinal Ouellet has not been in Quebec very much over the past decades – he has spent much time in Europe and Latin America.  I think his presence must have been very badly missed.  He was only Cardinal Archbishop of Quebec City for 8 years, and it is apparent from the remarks of his colleague that his strident views in defense of the Faith are not shared by his peers.  Perhaps they should be.

It should be noted that Cardinal Ouellet attracted much negative commentary earlier this year when he staunchly defended the Church’s position regarding abortion, stating that abortion is always and everywhere intrinsically evil, even in cases of rape.  Ouellet is now moving on to be the prefect for the Congregation of Bishops at the Vatican, where he will help oversee episcopal appointments around the world.

Perhaps you think I’m too rude, crude, and judgemental? August 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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I know there are some who really don’t like alot of what I write.  I know some who think me far too judgemental, as well as being prideful and hypocritical – they’re right, and what’s more, there is a whole litany of things wrong with me, but that’s not the point of this post.  There’s been a great deal of talk lately about what is ‘charitable’ correction and what is not, what is ‘appropriate’ for a given situation and what is not.  For instance, I know there are some who think I am  too hard on the LCWR sisters, that I am uncharitable in my coverage of them.  As a sort of comparison, since it is the Feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, let’s see what he had to say to a wayward nun who had stopped living by the rule of her community and had attempted to satisfy the ravenous demands of the world:

While you were trying to live as one of the world under the habit and name of religion, you alone had rejected God by your own will.  But you found that you were not able to do what you stupidly thought you could: the world rejected you, but not you the world.  So while you turned away from God, the world turned away from you, and you fell, as the saying goes, between two stools.   You did not live for God, because you did not wish to, nor for the world, because you were not able to.  You were dead both to God and to the world, to the former willingly and to the latter unwillingly.  This is  what is apt to happen to those who make vows and do not keep them, who according to their profession are one thing and in their heart another…..Why did you feign by the veil on your head a gravity that your impudent glances belied?  The veil you wore covered a haughty brow; under the outward guise of modesty, you carried a saucy tongue in your head…..(Letter 114)

Ouch.  I wonder what St. Bernard of Clairvaux would have had to say about Dr. G’s talk at the LCWR conference last week?  Would good St. Bernard take apart Dr. G’s ‘theology’ as he did Peter Abelard, referring to it as “fool-ology?”  Well, that’s speaking to somewhat of an equal, surely St. Bernard would not be overly critical of a superior, right?  From a letter to Pope Blessed Eugene III:

Brush aside the deceit of the fugitive honor, despise the glitter of painted pomp, and think of thyself simply as naked, even as thou camest from they mother’s womb!  Art thou ornamented with badges, shining with jewels, brilliant in skills, corwned with plumes, stuffed out with golden and sliver embroideries?  If thou shalt expel from contemplation all these things, so swiftly passing and soon utterly to vanish like the morning mists, there will appear to thee a man naked, poor, needy, miserable, grieving because he is a man, blushing at his nakedness, deploring his birth; a man born to labor, not to honor; born of a woman, and so under condemnation; living only a little while, and therefore full of fear; replete with miseries, and weeping because of them.

Bear in mind, these quotes are from the man known as the “mellifluous Doctor,” that is, the doctor of sweet words.  None of the above is to draw any comparisons between myself and the good Saint Bernard – he is a saint, and I am infinitely far from that.  But it is to remind that using very strident language is not without precedent in the Church – numerous Saints described their opponents in the Church as “vipers,” “serpents,” “scorpions with dove’s head,” etc.  It is interesting to me that I wrote a few weeks ago of ‘circular firing squads’ between various defenders of the Church, and then God has shown me in the writings of numerous great Saints of the past just how “vituperative,” “uncharitable,” and “unpastoral” they could be.  They were strident, because they had the Holy Spirit burning within them, an incandescence of belief that cast Truth and falsehood in the sharpest relief.  They were filled with the Light, and could not stand the darkness. 

As I’ve said, in general I try to stay out of blog on blog warfare.  But in this age when so many in our Church, and I must say especially among our leadership, seem very afraid to make a bold stand for the Truth, to rein in error, to squash bad ‘theology,’ I think we may do well to be reminded of the examples of these great Saints of the past.  All I have quoted recently are all Doctors of the Church, the brightest lights the Church has ever produced.  Where would the Church be today if they had not lived the lives they did?