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St. Bruno, pray for us October 6, 2010

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May we follow your example of total abandonment of self in service to the Lord!  St. Bruno founded the Carthusian Order.  They follow one of the strictest rules of any religious order.  Of all the major religious orders, only the Carthusians have never had to be reformed.  They have remained true to the founders intentions.

Most men and women who enter a Carthusian monastery never see the outside world again. 

The movie “Into Great Silence” was filmed at a Carthusian monastery in transalpine France.

Here is a different video, filmed at a monastery in northern Italy.

Thanks to Fr. Jack Hopka.

The environmental movement continues to reveal its misanthropy October 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I’ve heard people say that extreme environmentalists are misanthropes – they hate people (except people exactly like themselves, and even those at times are annoying – ahem).  Well I have no idea where people would get that idea:

I think it is apparent that at least some environmentalists must harbor a great deal of resentment, conscious or not, towards children.  They certainly don’t mind using them as props in their environmental extremist messaging.  Oh, and about that add above – do you like Discovery Channel or any of its networks?  Well, they, and their subsidiary, treehugger.com, love that ad so much they’ve think it should win a “cool eco ad award.”  Because, you know, everyone thinks subjecting children to a horrific form of murder is cool. 

Now, why would anyone take such misanthropic extremists seriously?

And now, an ad from EarthFirst!  Crying and literally losing their minds over the “violence” perpetrated against…….trees.

Like Chesterton said, when one rejects the Christian religion, it’s not that they believe in nothing.  It’s that they’ll believe in anything.

No, no they don’t October 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic, sickness, silliness, Society.
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No, pets do not go to heaven.  You don’t have to tell your kids that,  but Catholic theology precludes salvation for any other creature but humanity.  Nothing else was created in the image and likeness of God.  Nothing else even has a soul. 

Non-politically correct statement time: if you love your pet so very very much that you just can’t bear the thought of eternity without it, you might want to consider your priorities.  We are called love God so much more than anything created that our thoughts for them should always be secondary.  Jesus didn’t say the Commandments could be condensed down to “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your mind, and all your strength, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself, oh, and also, those cute little furry animals that are so adorable – you absolutely must love them exceedingly, even more than most people, who are grouchy and can be annoying sometimes, unlike your cute super-obedient dog/cat/bird/fish/orangutan”

I don’t know about you, but as soon as we had children, my interest in our dogs dropped tremendously.  Yes, we take care of them, but all that cutesy wootsy “look what the dog did isn’t that cute” stuff just disappeared.  There’s just no comparison.  Kid – dog.  Hmmm, which is more important?

I think for some people, that is a genuinely perplexing question. 

St. Thomas, please pray for us.

Dear Lord, what a mess October 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Everything is wrong with this story:

When a B.C. couple discovered that the fetus their surrogate mother was carrying was likely to be born with Down syndrome, they wanted an abortion. The surrogate, however, was determined to take the pregnancy to term, sparking a disagreement that has raised thorny questions about the increasingly common arrangements.

Under the agreement the trio signed, the surrogate’s choice would mean absolving the couple of any responsibility for raising the child, the treating doctor told a recent fertility-medicine conference.

Dr. Ken Seethram, revealing the unusual situation for the first time, said it raises questions about whether government oversight of contracts between mothers and “commissioning” parents is needed.

Uh, no, not really.  How about we stop trying to force something through against God’s Will?  How about all these extreme measures people use to have a child – in vitro, surrogate, whatever – simply stop, because they are against the Natural Law and morally extremely questionable at best?  There is a reason the Church has opposed all these means of procuring children; they all come with serious moral consequences that are quite disturbing.  There are other ways to have children – adoption, foster care, but this “production line” methodology is hard to take.  I guess they were expecting the perfect child to pop out at the end of the line, but when a defect was discovered, it seems the interest in the child collapsed.  There are no reject bins for humans, or there shouldn’t be.  God certainly doesn’t want that.

I really cannot stand this hideous bias against Downs kids.  It’s a huge scandal – 80-90% of Down Syndrome kids are now aborted.

Support Archbishop Niestadt, Minneapolis Diocese October 6, 2010

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In Minnesota, they are going to vote on whether to allow gay “marriage” in their state.  The Catholic bishop, John Niestadt of the Diocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul, has been striving strenuously to remind Catholics of Church doctrine, even to the point of sending out 400,000 DVDs to all Catholic families in the state to explain Church doctrine on homosexuality, and why gay “marriage” cannot be supported by Catholics.  Naturally, there are many within and without the Church who cannot stand this, and are seeking to undermine Bishop Niestadt’s teaching role (for which he should be commended) and create negative publicity for him.  Just recently, under the behest of Harry Knox of the radical pro-gay agenda Human Rights Campaign, some students at two Catholic colleges (it is to weep) staged a protest at a Mass Bishop Niestadt was celebrating at one of the colleges.  They wore rainbow sashes to show their support for the gay agenda.  They presented for communion.  They were denied:

About 25 college students and community members at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., were denied communion by Twin Cities Roman Catholic Archbishop John C. Nienstedt because they were displaying rainbow buttons and sashes in protest of the church’s stand on gay relationships.The conflict between the archbishop and the group, mostly students from the Catholic St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, occurred during evening mass Sept. 26

Harry Knox, head rabble rouser, accused the bishop of “playing politics with communion.”  Diogenes at CatholicCulture had this to say:

Let’s see. You reject certain Church teachings that have political implications. You wear an emblem that identifies you as someone who rejects those Church teachings that have political implications. You attend a Mass celebrated by a bishop who has recently affirmed those Church teachings that have political implications. You announce your plans to challenge him on those teachings that have political implications.

But you don’t challenge the bishop to a public debate on the political implications. No; you plan to create a confrontation during the Mass. As he distributes Holy Communion you make sure that you’re in his line, to challenge him. When he refuses to administer the Blessed Sacrament to you, you contact the media.

And what do you say?

“Jesus didn’t play politics with communion,” Harry Knox, the HRC’s religion and faith program director, said Tuesday in a statement from his office in Washington, D.C.

Good point, Harry. Jesus didn’t play politics with Communion. Neither did Archbishop Nienstedt. You and your friends did

Please support Bishop Niestadt with your prayers.  If you feel motivated, you might go to the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul website and send him a note of support.  I’m going to pray for the conversion of so many of our Catholic colleges, and for the many who reject Church doctrine in favor of the wisdom of the world.  It is not easy to deny Communion to someone who presents, especially when one knows it is part of a PR campaign.  Many bishops and priests have just gone along, giving Communion to those who by their actions are committing a serious sin in rejecting Church doctrine and politicizing the Eucharist.  It is very important for the Church that we have more men like this who will stand for the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church. 


40 Days for Life continues – 138 saves so far! October 6, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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The 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion continues until Oct. 31.  Since it started in late September, 138 babies have been saved from the abortionists knife.  What an awesome blessing!  In the past, abortion clinics have shut down due to the prayers of the 40 Days for Life campaign.  If you haven’t gone to pray outside an abortion mill during this year’s campaign, especially the late-term “Women’s Surgery Center” at Royal and Greenville, please consider it.  The abortionists are becoming more agitated and the prayers are definitely having an effect!