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Quick reminder – pray for those affected by tornados/flooding September 9, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, North Deanery.
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I haven’t the time to find a prayer for those who suffer from a natural disaster, but would you, in your charity, say an extra prayer for those who have suffered from the severe weather in the area?  Two are known have died due to flash floods.

Why most Catholics disobey Church doctrine September 9, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals.
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According to the highly esteemed Sandro Magister of the Italian newspaper L’Espresso, it’s because clergy and bishops don’t treat contraceptive use as a serious moral issue, and tend to shrug it off in the confessional:

Vatican analyst Sandro Magister highlighted a recent book that shows a link between the widespread usage of contraception among Catholics in the early 20th century and the silence of clergy in presenting Church teachings on the subject.In a Sept. 8 article in the Chiesa section of the Italian newspaper L’Espresso, Magister discussed the 2010 book from author Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna, a professor of demography at the University of Padua. The book, explained Magister, “analyzes and thoroughly explains for the first time – with documents never studied before – why the Church did not stop the spread of contraception” in the early 20th century.

Magister began his piece by stating that a “divergence” has existed between the teachings of the Church and individual Catholic practice long before contraceptives were even on the market. The Vatican analyst then discussed how the book cites a case study involving a model Catholic area in Italy during the first half of the 1900s.

“Rural Veneto was at the time the most Catholic region in Italy, with an extremely solid, grassroots presence of the Church,” Magister explained. “But even in Veneto in the first half of the twentieth century – where almost everyone went to Mass on Sundays and to confession at least once a year – the birth rate was cut in half in the span of one generation.”

“It went from 5 children per woman in 1921 to 2.5 children per woman in 1951 because of generalized recourse to contraceptive practices, the most widespread of which was coitus interruptus.”
Magister said that the author attributes these numbers to silence on the part of the Catholic clergy at the time, who were employing the “theory of good faith” taught by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

“According to this theory,” said Magister, “in the presence of a penitent who is suspected of committing contraceptive actions but appears unaware of the gravity of the sin and in practice incapable of correcting his behavior, it is best to respect his silence and take his good faith into account, absolving him without posing any further questions.”

However, Magister wrote that “a change took place in 1931” with the publication by Pius XI’s encyclical “Casti Connubii.”

“From then on, at the behest of the hierarchy, conjugal morality became a bigger part of preaching. And therefore the room for inculpable ignorance was reduced,” Magister noted. “A few priests wrote about this: once it has been said in public what is good and what is evil between spouses, ‘good faith can no longer be admitted.’”

“But decades of silence, interpreted by most of the faithful as consent to their contraceptive practice, had left its mark,” the Vatican analyst stressed. “In their answers to the question about birth control – a dozen years after ‘Casti Connubii’ – some priests recognized that their preaching on this matter made no impression.”

“In the meantime, in Catholic Veneto the birth rate had fallen to levels near zero growth,” he added. “But the distance between Church teaching and the use of contraceptives continues to be perceived by most of the population as neither a sin nor a rebellion.”

“Even afterward – and this brings us up to today – the condemnation of contraceptives would be the subject of papal documents, but already at the level of the bishops it would hardly appear in preaching.”

“The clergy, for their part, would be almost completely silent on it. And would continue to be very understanding and indulgent in the confessional,” Magister concluded

I recently read a book on the Doctors of the Church.  In the chapter on St. Alphonsus Ligouri, I found this doctrine he supported, “the theory of good faith,” to be hopelessly naive.  Now, I know I’m a hard case – I have a sordid past, and it is only by turning away from serious sin and embracing the Truth revealed by Christ through his Church that I have been able to turn my life around (through the Grace of God and many prayers by others).  I found this idea of Ligouri’s, that priests should basically trust the faithful to always be doing the right thing to be seriously mistaken – from my experience, that would have been a disaster for me, personally.  I take a darker view of human nature – I think fallen man has a strong tendency to bend the truth, to present things in a light that will obtain the results he/she wants.  I don’t think people can be trusted to always do the right thing; there needs to be a strong moral doctrine in place to help guide them to the narrow path of Salvation.  Many of the earlier doctors of the Church (and other Saints) would agree with me.  The simple fact is, 96% of US Catholics use contraception at some point in their lives, and a large majority use contraception throughout their fecund years.  This has led to a collapse in Catholic birth rates, with enormous consequences socially, morally, and economically for this country. In Europe, the situation is far worse.  Europe as we know it will disappear in a century or less if present birth rates hold.   And far too many in the Church either ignore it entirely, or when confronted with it, tend to either reject Church doctrine or make excuses for those violating one of the prime moral precepts of the Faith. 

 I have railed on this issue many times in the past, and I know I’m largely talking to myself , but I’ll say it again – this is a huge issue.  When one pulls back from God on the issue of having children, it’s taking a huge part of their lives away from God and saying “Sorry God, I’ll follow your Will here and here, but not in this big area here.”  It is so fundamental, and I know from personal experience that opening up to God and letting Him decide how many and when children will come can have a transformative effect on one’s faith.

Reminder – Faith Formation classes at St. Mark September 9, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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You can still sign up for the Faith Formation classes at St. Mark.  I’m teaching the Biblical Basis for the Eucharist class with Steve Boor.  Come and tell me what an idiot I am in everything I say or do, just for spite!  Reposted information below:

Want to grow in your faith?  Want to learn more?  St. Mark in Plano has Adult Faith Formation classes starting up on Sunday, Sept. 12.  There are three different classes available:

Biblical Basis for the Catholic Faith, in the parish library at 9:00 am on Sundays, taught by Danny and Elizabeth Muzyka

This class will use the Biblical Basis for the Catholic Faith book by John Salza for source material.

The Catechism for Adults, same time I believe, not sure on teachers

The Biblical Basis for the Eucharist – the class you REALLY want to be in, taught by Steve Boor and Larry Roach, 7 pm Sundays in library

Seriously, this class will be really good.  Steve and I have been in the class or teaching it for two years, and it’s alot of fun.  You will learn tons.  We’re using the John Salza book ‘Biblical Basis for the Eucharist’.  Class format is to read some of the book during the week, answer questions put together by Steve and I, and then to meet and discuss.  It’s alot of fun, especially for us instructors!

There is also a great deal of adult Bible study going on at St. Mark.  If I may make a suggestion, attend the Catholic Scripture Study group that meets in the ‘Upper Room’ on Thursday evenings from 7-9 (starting on the 10th) and Fridays at 9:30 (on the 11th).  My wife has been in this group for a while and it has been fantastic.  It’s a pretty in-depth study of Scripture.  This year they are covering Revelation and the Prophets! 

All of the above classes have a small fee for the books.  That is all.  Contact Debbie Betz at 972-423-4715 to sign up.  You do not need to be a St. Mark parishioner to attend these classes.

For more details, read the St. Mark weekly bulletin here.

Michael Voris rebutts Cardinal McCarrick September 9, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, scandals, Society.
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There has been a great deal of Catholic blog chatter about some comments Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington, DC,  made concerning whether Islam is as valid a religion as Christianity and whether Christians should have the right to practice their religion freely, or even evangelize, in Muslim countries:

  Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Catholic archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., told CNSNews.com that if “someone sees the Gospel as the truth of God’s presence in our world, that person should embrace the Gospel.” He also said, however, “If a person sees the Quran as proof of God’s presence in the world, then I cannot say, ‘Don’t embrace the Quran.’”

So, not a ringing endorsement of Jesus’ call to all of us, all the Body of Christ, to go and evangelize the world.  To McCarrick, apparently, this imperative does not apply, at least so far as “scary” religions like Islam are concerned.   Does McCarrick hold the same view regarding all other religions, or is it just because Muslims have a rather sordid recent history of violent acts towards those who do not submit?  Is this more evidence of ecumenism gone insane, where the goal of “tolerance” trumps all, especially the Truth?

This is difficult for me to read.  But, interestingly, Michael Voris produced a video two days ago, before this McCarrick story broke, on the subject of what belief in the Triune God means for all of us who claim to be believers in Christ.  Although not intended to be, it is a refutation of McCarrick’s milquetoast comments:

What do you think of McCarrick’s comments?  Am I over-reacting to his attempt at some from of ecclesial political correctness?  Do you think McCarrick really has drunk the Kool-Aid and believes we have no business evangelizing those of other faiths?

More on ‘Catholics for Equality’ September 9, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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A few weeks ago, I posted on a new catholyc group starting up, calling itself “Catholics for Equality.”  The stated goal of this group is to change the opinion of faithful Catholics regarding gay marriage and other homosexual agenda items.  Some additional information has come to light on this group, including one of it’s founders, an “out and proud” former priest who is now also an atheist incredibly hostile to everything the Church believes:

 One board member of the up-and-coming group “Catholics for Equality,” which aims to spread the homosexualist agenda among the Catholic community, is an ex-priest who has called Pope Benedict XVI a “childish idiot” and a closet homosexual.

Adams, who changed his last name after “marrying” his male partner, regularly writes for South Florida Gay News, maintains his own blog and is affiliated with the popular homosexualist/atheist Joe My God blog.

In an August 23 comment on a post celebrating Catholics for Equality, which will officiallly launch September 14, Adams wrote that he hoped the group would become a “strong ‘Catholic’ voice to counter the nonsense spoken by well recognized Catholic homophobes.”

“Also, this group will be able to show Catholics that they can and should disagree with their wayward and addled bishops without going straight to hell,” wrote the ex-priest.

He noted that he “personally [doesn’t] need” the Church, and avoided prayer sessions and liturgies during the Catholics for Equality planning sessions. “I’m no longer a Catholic leader, but I am a loud voice of Catholic righteous anger and I think I can be helpful,” he added.

In another comment on the same post, Adams called Pope Benedict XVI a “childish idiot.” Elsewhere, Adams agreed with an assessment of Pope Benedict as a closeted homosexual, calling it “brilliant and insightful.” 

There is a rich irony here, that a man who has completely turned his back on Christ and His Church, is now leading an effort to get Catholics to reject Church doctrine, by claiming he and his group are more faithful to the true spirit of the Church than the Magisterium……and all the while, he is so anti-Catholic he has left the Church, renounced his vocation, and routinely attacks any form of faith in Jesus Christ!   Such is the leadership among these “catholyc” groups. 

What is incredibly sad, is that this completely fake “grass roots” organization will likely be listened to very intently by a number of those within the Church….laity, priests, and perhaps even some bishops.  As this well-funded group (by whom – likely Soros) develops, look to see their arguments and claims repeated by certain publications well known among Catholics.  We shall see…..

Catholic Culture September 9, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Society.
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More like this:

°Pie Jesu, (4x)
°Qui tollis peccata mundi
°Dona eis requiem. (2x)
Merciful Jesus,
Who takes away the sins of the world,
Grant them rest.
Agnus Dei, (4x)
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
Dona eis requiem (2x)
Sempiternam. (2x)
Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins of the world,
Grant them rest

Non Catholic Culture:

Good Lord, really?  What kind of statement are you trying to make with that technicolor dreamcoat getup? 

Sorry to CMR for ripping them off so much.  I’m lazy!