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23 reasons a priest should wear the collar….. August 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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……..at pretty much all times, I might add!  Not from me, but from Msgr. Charles Mangan and Fr. Gerald E. Murray at RomanCatholicVocations.  A sampling:

1. The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests (and often deacons and seminarians) and manifests their proximity to the Divine Master by virtue of their free consent to the ordained ministry to which they have been (or may be) called.


2. By wearing clerical clothing and not possessing excess clothes, the priest demonstrates adherence to the Lord’s example of material poverty. The priest does not choose his clothes – the Church has, thanks to her accumulated wisdom over the past two millennia. Humble acceptance of the Church’s desire that the priest wear the Roman collar illustrates a healthy submission to authority and conformity to the will of Christ as expressed through his Church.
13. A priest in a Roman collar is a walking vocation message. The sight of a cheerful, happy priest confidently walking down the street can be a magnet drawing young men to consider the possibility that God is calling them to the priesthood. God does the calling; the priest is simply a visible sign God will use to draw men unto himself.
Go check out the rest.  I can state that I, and many Catholics I know, are very impressed and heartened to see a priest in public dressed in clerics (especially a cassock!).  Any time I see a priest in public, I always try to give them some form of encouragement.

He doesn’t get it August 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in silliness, Society.
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Reagan was unconcsiously manly:

Bush was decent

Obama just doesn’t get it.

I think Bush looked a little dorky on a bike, but this guy, he looks like Erkel.  On a good day.  He is just such an obvious urban pantywaist lefty.  Two plus more years…….we’re so hosed.

Can you imagine President safety hat on a sidewalk facing down Putin?

Put your shirt back on, Vlad.  You look like me, fer cryin out loud.

Catholic Charities gives award to Obamacare supporting Catholic Health Association UPDATED: Tie in to Seton parish in Plano August 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals.
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Long ago, I wrote some posts on why I could not give money to the bishop’s annual appeal, nor to Catholic Charities or Catholic Releif Services.  This was due largely to all the aforementioned groups’ involvement in left-wing causes, and the fact that the latter two have relatively poor margins of giving compared to many other charities.  Recently, Catholic Charities helped re-inforce this view by awarding the Catholic Health Association(CHA), which was so instrumental in passing Obamacare, for their “valuable contributions of individuals and organizations to the reduction of poverty in the United States.”

Now, this is not a specific embrace of CHA”s role in passing Obamacare, but, reading the entire text of the award, indicates that the key role played by CHA in passing Obamacare is most likely the source of the award.  And so we have another ‘Catholic’ organization, tightly wrapped up with the USCCB, rebuking the bishops conference and the vast majority of individual bishops on the issue of the supremacy of a “right” to health care over the right to life championed, publically, at least, by the bishops.  A second disquieting aspect of this is the further evidence of the extremely cozy relationships which exist between all the alphabet soup Catholic organizations – staff from CCHD work for CRS and CHA and give awards to Catholic Charities (CC), then get a job at USCCB and funnel money to CCHD which gives an award to CRS!  In researching social justice activities, I was amazed to see how many directors at CCHD also had worked at Catholic Charities, or CRS, or USCCB, and vice versa all the way around.  These agencies are the locus points of left-wing influence in the Church – within these massive, quite well funded bureaucracies spring forth initiatives that cause many Catholics, including many bishops, grave concerns, such as the 25% of CCHD grant recipients from 2009 taking at least one stance on a moral issue opposite to that of the Church.  I believe that all of these organizations deserve closer scrutiny – including the fact that Catholic Charities spends several percentage points of its annual budget lobbying the government for more donations to – yes, you guessed it – Catholic Charities.  Two-thirds – 2/3, 67%, of Catholic Charities budget comes from good ‘ol Uncle Sugar

To get a feel for the pervasive world-view at Catholic Charities, I’ll quote the City Journal article:

Swept up in the decade’s tumult and encouraged by the modernizing spirit of the second Vatican Council, Catholic Charities rejected its long-standing emphasis on personal responsibility and self-reliance and began to blame capitalist society rather than individual behavior for poverty and crime. It now looked to the welfare state to solve all social problems. Today, through a continual whirlwind of policy statements and lobbying, and by fostering countless activist community organizations, Catholic Charities has become, as Richard John Neuhaus, a priest and editor of the esteemed religious journal First Things, puts it, “a chief apologist for a catastrophically destructive welfare system, and it stands in the way of developing alternatives to help people break out of dependency and take charge of their lives.”Catholic Charities first announced its politicization in a wild-eyed manifesto that invokes such radical sixties icons as Malcolm X, Gloria Steinem, Herbert Marcuse, and—above all—the Marxist-inspired Liberation Theology movement that (to put it crudely) equates Jesus with Che Guevara. Ratified at Catholic Charities’ annual meeting in 1972, the so-called Cadre Study totally abandoned any stress on personal responsibility in relation to poverty and other social ills. Instead, it painted America as an unjust, “numb” country, whose oppressive society and closed economy cause people to turn to crime or drugs or prostitution. Moreover, the study asserts, individual acts of charity are useless. We must instead unearth “the root causes of poverty and oppression” and radically reconstruct—”humanize and transform”—the social order to avert social upheaval.

This radical shift in thinking had two practical consequences. First, Catholic Charities moved away from “just” charity toward a stress on government solutions to every social problem, making political advocacy a key mission. “We undertook to get more involved in making a contribution to the formation of public policy,” says former Catholic Charities president Monsignor Lawrence Corcoran, one of the authors of the Cadre Study.

Heavens to Betsy, sound familiar?  Root Causes?  It’s nothing of the sort.  Catholic Charities simply became co-opted by a “cadre,” a cadre of Marxists.  It happened alot back in the 60s, but in the Church, like academia, the leftists have maintained their control.

Not for much longer.

UPDATE: Do yourself a favor and read the whole City Journal article.  CCHD is not the only Catholic charity totally permeated by “social justice” (read: Marxist) thinking.  Catholic Charities and CRS are just as well.  Remember how Tom Ulrich was one of the speakers at the Seton social justice training seminar a couple of months ago?  Here’s a money quote from him:

Explains Tom Ulrich, the Catholic Charities’ national director of “Training and Convening,” which instructs local personnel in parish social ministry, “To bring people together to create a power base so that they can influence their local communities—that’s important in parish social ministry, and very much influenced by Alinsky and the IAF.”


Think you know the Crusades? August 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Society.
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You’re likely wrong.  Most of the culturally approved thinking regarding the Crusades is.  First, did you know there were many Crusades, ranging from the Baltic coast to the Levant, and over to the Iberian peninsula?  Anyway, I’ve been reading about the Crusades lately, and, providentially, here’s a very good post from The American Catholic on the subject, discussing how Catholics really need not hang their heads in shame on this subject:

First, the historical facts: a long “train of abuses”, to borrow Jefferson’s phrase, preceded the launching of the First Crusade in 1096. Since its very inception, Islam had waged an unremitting war against Christianity. It conquered and subjugated centuries-old Christian societies in the Middle East and North Africa. After sweeping through France, the Muslim advance was finally checked by Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours in 732. Following this, Muslim aggression against Christians continued in southern Italy, with the conquest of Sicily in 827. Resistance to these repeated acts of aggression was not characterized as a “crusade”, but simply necessary self-defense.

Over the next centuries, the Seljuq Turks, who converted to Islam, waged war against the Eastern Christian Byzantine Empire. At the Battle of Manzikert in 1071, the Turks wiped out the Byzantine army, leaving Emperor Alexius Commenus helpless before a relentless and determined foe. Not long after this, he sent envoys to Pope Urban II pleading for military aid. The Council of Clermont was called by the pope in 1095, in which he addressed the clergy, knights, and commoners who had assembled. To the knights especially his words were both reproving and encouraging:

You, the oppressers of children, plunderers of widows; you, guilty of homicide, of sacrilege, robbers of another’s rights; you who await the pay of thieves for the shedding of Christian blood — as vultures smell fetid corpses, so do you sense battles from afar and rush to them eagerly. Verily, this is the worst way, for it is utterly removed from God! if, forsooth, you wish to be mindful of your souls, either lay down the girdle of such knighthood, or advance boldly, as knights of Christ, and rush as quickly as you can to the defence of the Eastern Church. For she it is from whom the joys of your whole salvation have come forth, who poured into your mouths the milk of divine wisdom, who set before you the holy teachings of the Gospels.

What was at stake was nothing less than the preservation of Christianity, and the civilization which had, even if imperfectly, sought to embody its teachings in the world. This was also evidenced by the increasingly hostility to Christians still living in the Levant (the Holy Land), as well as those who went on pilgrimage; in 1009, the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah ordered the Chruch of the Holy Sepulcher – in an act the Catholic Encyclopedia rightly calls a “fit of madness” – razed to the ground. This was followed by an even broader campaign against Christianity throughout the Levant, culminating in the destruction of thousands of Christian churches.

Given the scale of the unprovoked and ceaseless attacks, as well as the persecution of Christians within the Holy Land itself, I believe the Crusades were more than justified. When we understand that they were in fact a belated response to centuries of violent Islamic expansion, and not a random and spontaneous act of aggression (like every Muslim assault on Christian territories was), I don’t see how a reasonable person could deny it.

The Crusades, like all historical phenomenon, were complex.  However, as American Catholic states, there was ample justification for the Crusades from the perspective of Christendom.  Even the Fourth Crusade and the sacking of Constantinople have been terribly misrepresented, and Pope John Paul II’s apology on this matter did not really help – “Latin” Christians were rather unhappy that, after over a century of fighting the combined armies of Islam basically alone, with essentially no help from the Byzantine Empire located nearby, that they determined to assert themselves in a messy succession issue in the empire, and wound up rather taking much of Greece for themselves.  Not terribly virtuous, but not completely impossible to understand, either, for they had originally sought to obtain a Byzantine Empire that would be forthcoming in assistance to the Latin Kingdoms of the Holy Land and Syria. 

Many very good and devout men died serving Christ and His Church in the Holy Land.  Yes, some of them behaved awfully at times, but the mission itself was done with very good intentions and with a good aim.  The issue of the Crusades is yet another issue with which secularists try to club the Church.  Since their goal is not really the truth, but the advancement of the secularist left agenda, they have sought to perpetuate a view of the Crusades in which to make Catholics/Christians feel ashamed.  Unfortunately, they have had a great deal of success due to the secular/left’s domination of the education industry, but informed Catholics should not be swayed by their narrative.

And I’m going as a Crusader for All Hallow’s Eve!  Take that, dark forces!

All night Adoration at Carmelite Chapel in Dallas this Friday/Sat August 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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The Carmelite Chapel in Dallas will be hosting their First Friday all night Adoration Sept. 3/4.  If you’ve never been to the Carmelite Chapel, you should really try to go, it’s very beautiful.  Small, but transcendent!  Details below:

Also, on Sunday Sept 5 from 3:40-4:15, they are hosting a Benediction/Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus.

All Night Adoration First Friday, Sept. 3/4


Pray for Our COUNTRY and its future

Discalced Carmelite Nuns Invite YOU!!

Starts Friday night     come as early as 4 PM

Ends just before 7 AM Mass on Saturday, 9/4


First Mass (prayed in Latin) at 8 PM

there are English/Latin and Spanish/Latin red books at back of church to follow

Food & Drink available in the room next to the chapel. Please help yourself!

2nd Mass (in Latin) is at 3:00 AM

Leave your personal prayer requests

The Nuns will storm heaven!

Security provided by the Dallas Police Dept.

The Monastery is at 600 Flowers Ave., Dallas, 75211, off of Jefferson. 

convenient from I-30  and Loop 12.

From downtown:  take I-30 going west, exit LOOP 12 south, For more information, please see attached flyer or call 214-704-4541

 take the second exit, which is JEFFERSON EAST.   Go through the stop light and straight    drive past 7 or 8 blocks, you will see tire & auto repair shops, then a small church (drive past) shortly after that, TURN RIGHT ON FLOWERS Street. Address is 600 S. Flowers. Go through the Monastery gates.  park anywhere.