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This is so wrong my brain is exploding August 28, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, sickness.
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Most all my readers, I am sure, know, and probably profoundly dislike, the extremely tired hymn “Gather Us In.”  Well, I guess in the spirit of liturgical reform, or seeking to tie in with the growing respect for and adherence to Tradition in the Church, someone has recorded “Gather Us In” in Latin.  All I can say is, why?  It’s not that some in the Church just have a passion for Latin and want to hear everything, even really bad contemporary music, in Latin.  It’s that we want to return to our great Catholic patrimony!  This is just so wrong.  Does someone really believe all this desire for real, authentic Catholic liturgy is just about hearing one of the worst hymns ever sung in Latin?

Make it a game, see if you can watch it all the way through.  I couldn’t – I felt a severe vibration in my head and then my ears stopped working.  It took me several hours to recover.

A humble suggestion regarding music and the new Mass translation August 27, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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I have read that many musicians in the Church, especially “music ministers,” are concerned that the new Mass translation approved for use starting November 27, 2011, will make much of the current worship music obsolete.  I believe this is true. Many of the all too commonly used, and often protestant-inspired, worship songs in seemingly unceasing use since the early 70’s will not fit the language of the new translation (praise be to God).  And so, the Catholic music industry, and make no mistake, it is that, is trying to rapidly gear up to provide updated versions of hymnals like “Rise Up and Praise,” “Glory and Praise,” and (uff da) “Journeysongs”. 

I know I am well known throughout North Texas for my mild ways and very meek suggestions.  If I may make one more humble suggestion, it would be this – for the love of God and for the sake of the cause of salvation for us all, let us please stop purchasing ANY hymnals from Oregon Catholic Publishing (OCP)!  This new Mass translation provides a truly glorious opportunity – a God given opportunity – to reinvigorate our Catholic identity, refamiliarize ourselves with our great patrimony in the Church, and to return to a practice of music that is far more distinctively Catholic, centered on Christ, and infinitely more transcendant and uplifting than much of what we have seen in the Church over the last several decades. 

Why do we not take advantage of the remaining 16 months until the introduction of the new Mass to try, very hard, to develop scholas in our parishes to sing Gregorian Chant from the St. Gregory Hymnal?  I know we have priests and others in this diocese, in the north deanery, who could lead a schola and provide training and practice sessions.  Gregorian Chant is challenging (at least at first), but it is such an august form of worship and so universally popular that any priest implementing this form of music in his parish would, I think, be extremely gratified with the results. OK, that might be hard – let us let that be a stretch goal.  For a reasonable goal of something that should be quite easy to implement by November 2011, how about the Adoremus Hymnal?  The Adoremus Hymnal is competitively priced with the hymnals available from OCP.  And it contains a treasure trove of traditional Catholic hymns that can be sung by all.  Another alternative is the New St. Basil Hymnal, also very competitively priced. 

My point is not so  much to pump for a given hymnal, as to encourage pastors and music ministers to think beyond the normal Haugen/OCP offerings.  Let us take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to not only renew the formal Liturgy of the Mass, but also the music!  This is such a glorious time, a time of true, authentic renewal – I pray that all my readers may consider passing this request along to their pastor or music minister at their local parish, if they, too, would like to see more transcendent, more beautiful, more timeless and glorious music in celebrations of the Mass.  And please pray that we may truly worship God and sing His praises with music that is both distinctively Catholic and centered entirely on rendering all glory and honor to God.

Some selections from the Adoremus Hymnal below:

Happy Belated Birthday, Mother Theresa! August 27, 2010

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Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Theresa.  Remember, celebrations in honor of this auspicious occasion are ongoing at St. James parish in Dallas.  Via Orbis Catholicus, a wonderful side by side picture of Mother Theresa.  Who knew?

Fr. George Rutler slays ‘liturgists’ August 27, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass.
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Especially, those liturgists who have given us the current English translation of the Liturgy.  Fr. Rutler is a very erudite man with his own show on EWTN and is the Pastor of Our Saviour Parish in NYC.  Fr. Rutler, and writes today about the clamor over the updated and vastly improved English translation of the Mass (and Ad Orientem, and the whole New Order):

 A genius of the Latin rite has been its virile precision, even bluntness. Contrast this with the unsettled grammar of “alternative opening prayers” in the original books from ICEL (the International Commission on English in the Liturgy), whose poesie sounds like Teilhard on steroids.

They were much wordier than the Latin collects or their English equivalents, and gave the impression of having been composed by fragile personalities who had not had a happy early home life. So too, the Prayers of the Faithful cloyingly pursued “themes” usually inspired by an undisciplined concern for air pollution and third world debt.

I think there should be few options in the Liturgy, and no attempt to be “creative,” for that is God’s particular talent. As Vatican II taught in Sacrosanctum Concilium, “[T]here must be no innovations unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires them; and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing.”

Unfortunately, we have not yet resolved the problem of the simply bad Lectionary texts. While the Jerusalem Bible and Revised Standard Version are licit, only the Revised New American Bible is accessible for parish use. The Jerusalem Bible is a tool for study but was translated with a tin ear.

I grew up with the King James translation and thus am stunned when Job 38:17 (“Hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?”) is given as “Have you met the janitors of Shadowland?” So Sheol becomes a theme park.

But none of this matches the torture of the trans-gendered RNAB which manages to neuter every creature except Satan who remains male. Our Lord sometimes sounds like the Prince of Wales: “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world …?” and other times like a bored anthropologist: “Two people went up to the temple to pray….” But then the inevitable pronouns kick in and we find out that even after the liturgical gelding, these were men.

The Liturgy by grace changes lives. Any pastor who is blessed with an abundance of priestly vocations in his parish knows that they come in spite of epicene worship, demotic liturgy committees, and flailing song leaders. They simply join the chorus of the Greeks: “Sir, we would see Jesus.” I recall a prelate saying that even as a seminarian he hoped one day to be able to say Mass facing the people. It was a revealing statement, inasmuch as when he said Mass he seemed annoyed that the Lord was sometimes getting in the way.

While I am glad for the new and more accurate translation of the Mass, which is not perfection but closer to it than one deserves in an imperfect world, a far more important reform would be the return of the ad orientem position of the celebrant as normative. It is the antidote to the tendency of clerisy to impose itself on the people. When a celebrant at Mass stops and says, “This is not about me,” you may be sure he thinks it may be about him. It would be harder for him to harbor that suspicion were he leading the people humbly to the east and the dawn of salvation.

What a wit.  And, I think his diagnoses of some of the most egregious problems that have developed with the Mass are very well taken.  I think the change from Ad Orientem was huge in terms of radically redefining the popular conception of the Mass.  I think Versus Poplum has reduced the Mass immeasurably.  I think it’s a major reason so few Catholics take the Eucharist seriously anymore.

On the silence of pastors August 27, 2010

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A priest from the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, addresses the problem of priests refusing to challenge the culture and proclaim Truths of the Faith clearly from the pulpit:

One of the more consistent concerns I hear expressed here on the blog about priests and bishops is the problem of too much silence from us. There seems to be quite a hunger from many of you to hear from us more cogently and consistently on matters of the faith, moral law, and the cultural breakdown. There is frustration that more is not said about critical matters. Although I know of many heroic exceptions to this problem I will admit that the big picture does no always look too pretty. Too many Catholic preachers are content to speak in abstractions and generalities and fear offending with too many specifics. This has meant that important moral issues go unaddressed and that the faith has been poorly handed on for many decades now.

That said I also want to express a little frustration from the clergy side of the equation. While it is true that many people want us to say many things about many issues they still want Mass to be out in 45 minutes and the sermon to be 7-10 minutes. [Not this Catholic!  At the parishes where we attend Sunday Mass, the sermon is usually 20-30 minutes long.  I expect Sunday Mass to last around 1.5 hours – WOOT! – ED.] This presents a challenge in covering all the many issues of our day and it seems a little more time has to be taken to effectively address matters of the faith and the meltdown of our culture. Seven minutes a week to hand on the faith compared to dozens of hours per day of  exposure to worldly influence is hardly a good balance. I am not asking for interminable sermons but we do have to have more time than merely to present a ”thought for the week” if we are going to win this battle.

OK, the priest (Msgr. Charles Pope) then goes on to quote St. Gregory the Great and his exhortations to priests to proclaim the Faith boldly and repeatedly.  You should read all of those quotes.  He finishes with a call to prayer:

Well you know what you need to do. Pray for us who are clergy and leaders. An old saying is true, corruptio optimi pessima (the corruption of the best is the worst) or again, I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered (Matt 26:31). It is easy to criticize the clergy and well we deserve some of it. But realize this too, Satan has targeted the clergy, your bishop and your priests. It is easier for him to knock out the leaders than to go after the whole flock. Hence he targets bishops, priests and deacons. Send up your prayers as a hedge of protection around us. Pray for clergy who have become distracted and worldly. Pray for clergy who fear man more than God. Pray for clergy who have fallen under the burden of office. Pray for clergy who have been deceived by the evil one. Pray, pray, pray!

I agree with all of the above.  I think alot of priests are intimidated by the prospect of angry parishioners from speaking plainly on certain subjects, notably, divorce and remarriage, contraception, homosexuality, and, of course, abortion.  Some will discuss one or two of the above as a sort of touchstone, especially abortion, but ignore the others.  Priests are under all kinds of pressure, it is true.  I don’t think we can understand fully all the burdens they operate under.  So, we must pray for our priests.  At the same time, it is not inappropriate to challenge our priests to do their best to forget what the world (and their parishioners) think, and just proclaim the doctrine of the Faith.  Easy to say, yes, but also completely necessary to do.  God did not call them to the august priesthood in order to please people, or even to serve people, primarily – He called them to proclaim his Truth and offer the Sacraments for men’s Salvation.  That is their first and highest calling.

The death penalty August 27, 2010

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Bishop Robert Finn, the generally fine bishop of Kansas City, MO, has written an article entitled Divine Mercy and the Death Penalty, to be formally released during the USCCB’s Respect Life month in October.  In it, Bishop Finn lays out the Church’s position, expounded most recently in the encyclical Evangelium Vitae by Pope John Paul II, that the death penalty should not be used in virtually any case:

In January of 1999, Pope John Paul II made a pastoral visit to St. Louis. When he met with Governor Mel Carnahan of Missouri, the Holy Father asked him to commute the death sentence of Darrell Mease, who was scheduled to be executed in the next weeks. Carnahan granted the Pope’s wish, saying he was moved by the Pope’s appeal for mercy.

The Pope did not request a reevaluation of the merits of the condemned man’s case. Rather, he presented a simple and straightforward petition for mercy. The sentence was changed from death by lethal injection to life imprisonment without parole. The common good of society remained protected from the perpetrator. Justice was not confounded, but a higher purpose was served in putting aside the irreversible remedy of death.

The Church’s stance on capital punishment has always been based on the responsibility to protect society. St. Thomas Aquinas says that the legitimate civil authority is obliged to defend people from a dangerous criminal. At the same time, he cautions, “The execution of the wicked is forbidden wherever . . . the wicked are not clearly distinguished from the good.” (Summa Contra Gentiles V., Book III, c.146). Besides reminding us of well-known cases where innocent people were condemned to die, this should remind us that as Christians we are urged not to see anyone as irredeemably wicked.

An alternative to the death penalty

Prior to his intervention in St. Louis, Pope John Paul had laid out his case for the limitation of the use of the death penalty in his encyclical The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae) (1995) and in his extraordinary 1997 modification of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). He still allowed for the application of the death penalty as a just choice that authority may make in its responsibility to safeguard society from the unjust aggressor. Yet the revised text goes on to say: “Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm—without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself—the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity ‘are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.’”

The sworn responsibility of authority to secure the common good is not easily laid aside. But here the Church, convinced that society can be protected without executing dangerous criminals, charges us to look to a less violent, less final remedy. The Catechism directs us to a solution that preserves the common good without definitively curtailing the individual good of the perpetrator, offering him the opportunity for redemption. Each man, no matter how sinful and flawed, has a final purpose and call to salvation, one that we ought not too easily or unnecessarily preempt.

The above is the “ought” for laying aside the death penalty: legitimate authority can fulfill its responsibility using lesser but sufficient means for protecting the common good. But we should add that the argument of Divine Mercy, while never violating justice, transcends the human “ought.”

I’m wondering what my readers think of this?  My own views of the death penalty have changed quite a bit to more conform with what the Church has revealed over the last several decades.  At one time, I was a big supporter of the death penalty, and now, I am almost entirely opposed, although I do think the Church, at least in articles like this and even in Evangelium Vitae, does not take into account the feelings of victims families sufficiently.  It may not be the highest virtue, but most victims families claim to receive great peace and closure from seeing the condemned put to death.  These families are possibly deficient in mercy, but, not being in their place, it is difficult for me to say to them that they are wrong to seek this form of justice.  This is the only area where I still struggle with the issue of the death penalty.

One other thought, and a rather odd one, perhaps – the Church as instituted by Christ is impossible without there having been a death penalty to cause Christ’s sufferings and to allow for His Ressurection. 

Is it possible to see in the case of the woman condemned by the pharisees to stoning for adultery a prohibition on death as a form of justice?

Brilliance from Archbishop Chaput August 26, 2010

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He’s a very good archbishop, and I had been meaning to read the speech that Archbishop gave in Slovakia all week.  Finally, here are some key parts.  Brilliant, in my view.  We must all pray and work for a society that is firmly grounded in the Truth of Christ and is not a neo-pagan secularized time-bomb, waiting to implode.

Today’s secularizers have learned from the past. They are more adroit in their bigotry; more elegant in their public relations; more intelligent in their work to exclude the Church and individual believers from influencing the moral life of society. Over the next several decades, Christianity will become a faith that can speak in the public square less and less freely. A society where faith is prevented from vigorous public expression is a society that has fashioned the state into an idol. And when the state becomes an idol, men and women become the sacrificial offering.

We face an aggressively secular political vision and a consumerist economic model that result – in practice, if not in explicit intent — in a new kind of state-encouraged atheism.

To put it another way: The Enlightenment-derived worldview that gave rise to the great murder ideologies of the last century remains very much alive. Its language is softer, its intentions seem kinder, and its face is friendlier. But its underlying impulse hasn’t changed — i.e., the dream of building a society apart from God; a world where men and women might live wholly sufficient unto themselves, satisfying their needs and desires through their own ingenuity.

This vision presumes a frankly “post-Christian” world ruled by rationality, technology and good social engineering. Religion has a place in this worldview, but only as an individual lifestyle accessory. People are free to worship and believe whatever they want, so long as they keep their beliefs to themselves and do not presume to intrude their religious idiosyncrasies on the workings of government, the economy, or culture.

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In the United States, a nation that is still 80 percent Christian with a high degree of religious practice, government agencies now increasingly seek to dictate how Church ministries should operate, and to force them into practices that would destroy their Catholic identity. Efforts have been made to discourage or criminalize the expression of certain Catholic beliefs as “hate speech.” Our courts and legislatures now routinely take actions that undermine marriage and family life, and seek to scrub our public life of Christian symbolism and signs of influence.

In Europe, we see similar trends, although marked by a more open contempt for Christianity. Church leaders have been reviled in the media and even in the courts for simply expressing Catholic teaching.

The West is now steadily moving in the direction of that new “inhuman humanism.” And if the Church is to respond faithfully, we need to draw upon the lessons that your Churches learned under totalitarianism.

[…]

Relativism is now the civil religion and public philosophy of the West. Again, the arguments made for this viewpoint can seem persuasive. Given the pluralism of the modern world, it might seem to make sense that society should want to affirm that no one individual or group has a monopoly on truth; that what one person considers to be good and desirable another may not; and that all cultures and religions should be respected as equally valid.

In practice, however, we see that without a belief in fixed moral principles and transcendent truths, our political institutions and language become instruments in the service of a new barbarism. In the name of tolerance we come to tolerate the cruelest intolerance; respect for other cultures comes to dictate disparagement of our own; the teaching of “live and let live” justifies the strong living at the expense of the weak.

[…]

Writing in the 1960s, Richard Weaver, an American scholar and social philosopher, said: “I am absolutely convinced that relativism must eventually lead to a regime of force.”

He was right. There is a kind of “inner logic” that leads relativism to repression.

This explains the paradox of how Western societies can preach tolerance and diversity while aggressively undermining and penalizing Catholic life. The dogma of tolerance cannot tolerate the Church’s belief that some ideas and behaviors should not be tolerated because they dehumanize us. The dogma that all truths are relative cannot allow the thought that some truths might not be.

The Catholic beliefs that most deeply irritate the orthodoxies of the West are those concerning abortion, sexuality and the marriage of man and woman. This is no accident. These Christian beliefs express the truth about human fertility, meaning and destiny.

These truths are subversive in a world that would have us believe that God is not necessary and that human life has no inherent nature or purpose. Thus the Church must be punished because, despite all the sins and weaknesses of her people, she is still the bride of Jesus Christ; still a source of beauty, meaning and hope that refuses to die — and still the most compelling and dangerous heretic of the world’s new order.

Systematic discrimination of the Church now seems inevitable……

Dont’ we all see that coming?  Gird your loins, as St. Paul says.

Activists plan to lead Catholics away from Truth UPDATED! August 26, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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A group of homosexual activists have formed an organization, “Catholics for Equality,”  in order to lure Catholics to reject Church doctrine and support the gay agenda, including gay marriage.  The group claims:

American Catholic laymen support “LGBT equality,” and deplores that the “official voice of the hierarchy is increasingly one favoring discrimination and opposing just, humane, and reasonable efforts to secure legal equality for LGBT Americans.””We believe this trend is a repudiation of Catholic teaching about the equal dignity of every person as well as the American and constitutional values of fairness and equality under the law,” it states.

Who will “Catholics for Equality” target?  Given that most of their intellectual base, such as it is, can be found on college campuses, including many “Catholic” college campuses, they will start by forming “campus outreach” groups and hold lectures to try to convince college students to support the homosexual agenda.  Specifically, they want to try to encourage students to accept “LGBT equality as an American Catholic value.”  More on that later.  In addition, their website will include a page to report “anti-equality acitivity,” in order to bully those who remain faithful to the Truth revealed by Christ.   Their most important targets will be priests, like Fr. Michael Rodriguez, who proclaim the Church’s doctrine clearly. 

This is truly disturbing.  First, to proclaim “American Catholic values” is an attempt to divide the Universal Church.  So, American Catholics have different values than other Catholics, we believe different things, have different doctrines?  This is plainly in line with groups like Call to Action and others who have sought to break parts of the Church away from obedience to the Bishop of Rome.  Secondly, the leadership of this organization is dedicated to the promotion of freaky gay sex above everything else.  A main leader of this “Catholics for Equality” is Mark Matson, who heads Dignity USA (which helped distribute the materials in use at St. Elizabeth Seton in Plano for their gay ministry), and who also leads a “Leather Ministry,” seeking to somehow “Christianize” bondage and domination involving leather.  Sr. Jeanine Gramick, so frequently quoted in the “Let’s Talk About Homosexuality” materials used at Seton and also told by the Vatican to stop discussing homosexual issues at all in public (she is not obeying), is also a leader of this new group.  Another leader is an openly gay priest and Georgetown professor, Fr. George Palacios (how can this be – an openly gay priest still serving?)

This is very dark.  As I said, priests and bishops will be a primary target of this group.  They will likely lobby for legislation making it a crime to proclaim fundamental Catholic moral Truth, that homosexuality is intrinsically disordered and homosexual sex is a serious sin – any means they can to silence one of the few remaining voices opposed to the homosexual agenda.  As we have seen, one cannot depend on famous “conservatives” to remain opposed to the homosexual agenda, and I would imagine that a great many non-Catholic Christian sects will fold, as well.  But none of this matters.  Christ has revealed through his Church His Truth.  The Church proclaims this Truth.  His Truth is unchanging.  These “activists” can bang their heads against the wall all they want, but they will not succeed in changing the Doctrine of the Faith.  They may lead many Catholics into sin by rejecting this Doctrine, which is probably their main goal (many of these ‘dissident’ groups seem bent on forming their own, infinitely malleable “American catholyc church” at some point in the future), but they will not change the Truth, because it cannot be changed. 

Pray for your priest, for all priests, and for the bishops to remain steadfast and ever more bold and clear in proclaiming Christ’s Truth.  Many souls may well depend on our prayers.

UPDATE: Larry D. at Acts of the Apostasy has more.  Is Larry advocating meek acquiescence to the steamroller of the lavishly funded homosexual agenda?  No, no he is not:

Which proves that all the claims that so-called gay marriage will in no way impact or force the Church to accept such beliefs were just big fat heterophobic lies. That gay marriage will have no impact on straight marriage. Yeah, right. Well, if it affects Church teaching, then it affects straight marriage, because that’s the only form of marriage that exists: one man + one woman. Anything else is a sham.

But the bigger issue? It’s the parade of organizations that purport to call themselves ‘catholic’, when at the end of the day, there’s nothing remotely Catholic about them. There’s “Catholics For Choice”. “Catholic United”. “Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good”. Not to mention the countless other Wandering Tribes, many of whom are involved with the upcoming American Catholic Council. Now “Catholics For Equality”. What do they all have in common? An abject hatred for the authoritative teachings of the Catholic Church, and a desire to wield the power of government to squash the influence of the Catholic Church in the public square.

While there’s nothing we can do about these groups being created – after all, Americans do have the guaranteed right of free association – there’s plenty we can do, and ought to do, to demonstrate repeatedly that these groups are opposed to Catholicism, not supporters of it. They are wolves in the sheepfold, poison in the veins. Faithful Catholics – who aren’t slaves to political correctness or idolaters of the spirit of the age – must expose the wolves and neutralize the poison.

And while there are plenty of great Catholic groups who stand for authentic Catholicism – Catholic League, Catholics United for the Faith, Catholic Answers, and numerous others – I think it’s time to create one more.

Catholics for C.A.T.H.O.L.I.C.I.S.M. That stands for “Crusading Against The Heterodox Organizations Lurking Inside Churches Increasingly Spreading Manure”. How’s that?

I had planned on dressing up as a crusader for Halloween this year (and pretty much every year after that, because of the expense involved).  I’m not talking about a cheap “crusader” suit, I’m talking real chain mail, sword and shield, barrel helmet, the whole works.  The only think I haven’t figured out yet is what to do for my legs and footwear.  To quote  my one time acquaintance Maj. Gen. “Suphi” Supatra, Royal Thai Army: “It’s time for a crusade.”

Whoa – this is an amazing video August 26, 2010

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I haven’t seen a video this factual and moving in a loooooong time.  Kudos to the American Life League.  They totally eviscerate the dehumanization that must take place in order to justify infanticide abortion.  This is the greatest evil of our time.  At some point in the future, young children will read in textbooks about how hundreds of millions of children were killed because they were viewed as somehow less than human.  And all for the most pathetic of reasons.  Those doing the killing have one objective, in spite of their rhetoric of “reproductive health” and “rights.” 

They are in it for the money.

This video has been around a bit, but I have to post it.  If you’ve seen it already, watch it again!

Does this statement encapsulate someone who has lost their faith? August 26, 2010

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From Catholic Culture (I’m busy ripping them off today), some women’s ordination supporter in Britain has these words to clarify her support for that heterodox (heretical?) view: “I think the Church has got to change or it will not survive.”

Does this statement encapsulate a complete lack of Faith? 

1) The Faith must change to suit me, for I am wiser than the Church (and hence, God)
2) The Church will not survive – so, essentially, the Church is just a social construct, a creation of man, and God hasn’t got anything to do with it.

Is it any wonder a person who thinks the Church is dumb as an ox and just a big happy clappy gathering would not adhere to any Truth of the Faith?