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What CCHD achieves November 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals.
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Are they certain they want to advertise this as a sterling example of CCHDs “very important” work?:

Each year, the USCCB’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development allocates hundreds of thousands of dollars to local projects coordinated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The National Catholic Reporter recently asked John Carr, executive director of the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, which includes the CCHD staff, about success stories. Here is what he cited for Cincinnati:
“Some of it is mundane, but very important,” Carr added. He said on a recent trip to Cincinnati, “I asked the CCHD archdiocesan director if there had been any significant victories recently.

“And he said, ‘Absolutely. There was a huge victory.’ He said one of the groups that CCHD funds was able to persuade the mass transit board to change the route of a bus line so that it didn’t stop three-quarters of a mile from the mall — so that the people who work in the mall and people who shop in the mall who don’t have a car, mostly low-income people, don’t have to walk in the rain, or walk three-quarters of a mile in order to carry out their work or do their shopping.”

Wow, look at that – a bus line re-routed.  And only for a million or so dollars.  Remember, the examples cited in the Distorter article were intended to put CCHD in the best light possible, to sell the program to skeptical bishops who have already withdrawn funding.  This, and fireplug inspection in Orlando, is the best they can come up with?  Really?
A cynic might inquire as to whether many CCHD grant recipients do not act like a jobs program for radicals who would have difficulty finding employment elsewhere.  I suppose that is one way to aid the poor.
UPDATE: I’ve sort of had my tongue in my cheek in this post, as obviously there are probably some better examples that could be cited (I would hope), but one salient factor is this: of all the examples cited in the Distorter article, they all involve lobbying the government to do something.  None of the examples show CCHD helping people lift themselves out of poverty through training, classwork, expanding knowledge, skills, etc, they all involve asking the government to do something to make life in poverty more tolerable. 

Shocking – Al Queada group calls Pope tyrant, threatens his life November 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Ecumenism, General Catholic, sadness, sickness, Society.
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I’m shocked, shocked to see such behavi……..ahhh, who am I kidding.  Sadly, this is not an isolated example and the religion of peace(TM) is not exactly behaving against type.  All I can say is, Islam has always been closely associated with the sword to a degree that no other major religion has.  I pray for the conversion of all them to the Light.

Finally, the UK Guardian, in an article by Martin Chulov entitled “Resurgent al-Qaida threatens Christians in Iraq with ‘destruction” reported on Wednesday, November 3, 2010:  “Al-Qaida in Iraq has threatened more attacks on Iraq’s Christians, claiming that they are legitimate targets who now face the “doors of destruction”.The warning, published today on militant websites, came three days after gunmen from an al-Qaida front group, the Islamic State of Iraq, raided one of Baghdad’s main cathedrals during Sunday mass. More than 50 people were killed and dozens were wounded when Iraqi forces stormed the church in an attempt to lift the four-hour siege. In its statement, ISI described the pope as “the hallucinating tyrant of the Vatican” and warned that Christians would be “extirpated and dispersed” from Iraq. “All Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers, are legitimate targets for the muhajideen wherever they can reach them…We will open upon them the doors of destruction and rivers of blood.”

What is increasingly clear is that those behind the massacre of Catholics, with their priests, during the celebration of Holy Mass at Our Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad last Sunday, are not finished. We once again invite our readers around the world to pray for those who mourn, pray for the Pope, and pray for the conversion of the perpetrators of this evil. Serious times demand a serious response.

No, they are not finished.  They were not finished at Acre, at Constantinople, at Antioch, at Tours, at Vienna, at Malta, at Rhodes, at Granada, or Manhattan.

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Wearing black on All Souls Day November 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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At least one diocesan priest did, what a great blessing!   And note the catafalque in the second picture!

Voris on a new breed of Catholics November 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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This may be a bit harsh, but I have a hard time disagreeing with anything Voris says below.  Is it too easy to say “older Catholics are, by and large, kind of New Agey and not real strong on observing Catholic doctrine, whereas younger Catholics are way more orthodox?”  I don’t know, it does seem to line up with my limited experience pretty well.  Is that rude, mean, yes to both but necessary?  I’ve had a bit of doubt lately about judging others, being too harsh, s0 perhaps I’m being nudged in a slightly different direction by the Holy Spirit, but I don’t see too much wrong with what Voris says here.  And I don’t think anyone can say “oh, you’re just a Republican shill.”  That’s completely unfair, and ignores the fact that Voris already spent an entire Vortex video arguing that the best form of government is a benevolent, faithful Catholic monarchy.

UN Agency advocates sex ed from birth November 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Because, you know, 6 year old kids really need to know about f-sting. 

Promoting sex education to the youngest of the young has drawn harsh criticism to a UN agency and its interpretation of age-appropriate education.

“It is never too early to start talking to children about sexual matters,” according to guidelines issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Once highly respected for its independence and integrity, UNESCO now works in partnership with the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS), an educational arm of the controversial Kinsey Institute.   

Last September, a torrent of criticism greeted new UNESCO guidelines on sexuality education for promoting legal abortion and masturbation for children as young as five.  The intensity of the objections forced the agency to pull the guidelines, only to quietly reissue new ones in December.

UNESCO acknowledges a former director of SIECUS is one of the principle authors of its sexuality guidelines.  The guidelines are cited authoritatively as a model of age-appropriate sex education in a new UN report on education rights that was roundly denounced by UN members last week.

UNESCO removed some of the most explicit language in the revised guidelines, but retained an appendix with “guiding principles” that includes a Kinsey-inspired sex education curriculum for children from birth to age five.  This curriculum instructs parents to provide anatomically correct dolls for young children to play with, inform them of diverse sexual relationships, and to be supportive of masturbation……….

One model curriculum included in the UNESCO guidelines tells instructors they should avoid moralization, as there are no rights or wrongs when discussing values.  In another curriculum, the authors note a contradiction when looking at “religious approaches and rights based approach.”  Yet another curriculum examines early sexual development, noting from birth to age two that children may “experience genital pleasure”, and by age three may engage in “sex play”.

Infamous sexologist Alfred Kinsey founded his institute at Indiana University.  Kinsey reached prominence in the 1940s and 1950s for his work in documenting human sexual behaviors.   Critics accused Kinsey of promoting pedophilia, pointing to his research that documented adults bringing children and infants to orgasm

That last bit, bringing children (and infants!!!) to orgasm?  Yeah, a woman is now claiming that she was molested by her father at the behest of Kinsey and that Kinsey paid the man to film him raping her.  Almost all the original Kinsey data has been discredited, because he used non-representative populations and non-standard (and often, sick) means to obtain his data.  Am I the only one who sees in this kind of “education guideline” an attempt to sexualize children at a ridiculously young age?  Is it unreasonable to see in this an attempt to groom them to be targets of pedophiles?

So, the US pays $1.5 billion in funding annually to the UN.  Anyone think that funding ought to perhaps be reconsidered?   And, a number of Catholic organizations work closely with the UN, especially at the policy influencing level of lobby groups and NGOs.  The President of Catholic Charities, Fr. Larry Snyder, spoke at the UN last year, and Catholic Charities are constantly involved with what I think can accurately be termed left-wing NGOs (non-governmental organizations – typically, advocacy and lobby groups) adn the UN (that doesn’t indicate that Catholic Charities would support this monstrous organization, but it does show how Catholic Charities works with other huge bureaucracies on a constant basis).

Notre Dame paying huge price for Obama commencement speech? November 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.
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It has now been reported in a number of locations that Notre Dame’s alumni donations, one of its most significant source of funds, have dropped dramatically – by as much as 1/3, in the year since President Obama was allowed to give a speech at the nation’s nominally premier, noninally Catholic, institution.   Specifically, income this year has fallen by $120 million, an enormous figure for a large state school like Texas, but a staggering one for a private school like Notre Dame.  Depending on how one looks at the figures, this is between 1/4 and 1/3 of Notre Dame’s annual operating budget. 

Many Notre Dame alumni, like Michael Voris, warned Notre Dame that they could no longer support the university if it allowed the most pro-abort President in US history to speak on their campus.  In addition, the treatment of pro-life protestors arrested in the run up to the Obama speech has been nothing short of draconian, a further shameful blight on that universities now very sullied reputation.   This has further fueled alumni animas towards Notre Dame.  I think Notre Dame suddenly dropping the charges on all the pro-life protestors would be a start towards rebuilding some crediblity with its pro-life alumni base.

It would appear that to many Notre Dame alumni (and other former supporters), upholding Catholic doctine on the sanctity of life trumps allegiance to their former university, which allegiance I am certain means a great deal to them.  It is truly sad that Notre Dame chose to honor Obama in the manner it did, greatly undermining its credibility as a voice in the public square plainly and forcefully advocating Church doctrine.  But, since the disastrous Land O’ Lakes statement engineered and supported by Notre Dame faculty, which stated that Catholic universities should be able to follow academic freedom, even when that “freedom” leads them away from the only Truth there is, the Truth of God and His Church, numerous Catholic institutions of higher learning have wandered very far from being reliable voices proclaiming all the Doctrine of the Faith and forming their students in it.   And our Catholic identity and ability to influence the culture has suffered severely for this illusory “freedom,” which led a very notable institution to honor a man who claimed he would want his own grandchildren aborted, and viewed unplanned pregnancies as “punishment.”  If I were a proud alumnus of Notre Dame, I would not be able to support such an institution.  Because of my love for the Church and what it believes, I no longer give money to my own university due to numerous moral failings and support for numerous cultural currents counter to the Catholic Faith.

And speaking of Notre Dame, Michael Voris takes further issue with his university:

Loving God to Death November 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic.
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I read a very challenging post over at Monsignor Pope’s ADW blog (sheesh, if every diocese had a blog like this, alot of our formation problems would be receding in the rear view mirror) regarding death:

It is fitting at this time that we ponder the passing glory of things and set our gaze on heaven where joys will never end. There is a beautiful prayer in the Roman Missal that captures this disposition:

Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis id amare quod praecipis, id disiderare quod promittis, ut, inter mundanas varietates, ibi nostra fixa sint corda, ubi vera sunt gaudia.

O God, who makes the minds of the faithful to be of one accord, grant to your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the changes of this world, our hearts may there be fixed where true joys are. (21st Sunday of the year)

I am struck that, these days, almost no one publically speaks of their longing to depart this life and be with God. I suspect it is because we live very comfortably, at least in the affluent West. Many of the daily hardships with which even our most recent ancestors struggled have been minimized and even eliminated. I suppose that when the struggles of this life are minimized, fewer people consciously long to leave this world and go to heaven. They set their sights and their hopes and prayers on having things HERE be better. “O God, please give me better health, a better marriage, a financial blessing, a promotion at work….” In other words, “Make this world an even better place for me and I’m content to stay here, rather than to long to go there to heaven.”

Longing to be with God was more evident in the older prayers, many of them written just a few generations ago………

As for me, I will say it: I long to leave this world and go home and be with God. I am not suicidal and I love what I do here. But I can’t wait to be with God. I don’t mind getting older, because it means I’m closer to home. Another day’s journey and I’m so glad, one day closer to home! In our youth centered culture people (especially women) are encouraged to be anxious about getting older. As for me, when I hit forty, I said, “Hallelujah, I’m halfway home (err…as far as I know)!”  Now as I get ready for fifty I rejoice even more. I’m glad to be getting older. God has made me wiser and he is preparing me to meet him. I can’t wait.

Sometimes I say, “I’ve got a long way to go,” and this is what I mean – in comparison to Msgr. Charles Pope, I have a loooooong way to go.  Providentially, I was reading on the EXACT same subject in Thomas a Kempis Vera Sapientia, Book Chapter VI, titled: CHRIST IS THE LIGHT OF HIM WHO HAS DIED TO THE WORLD.  And I read…..

O Jesus, true life, they life that knows not death, grant that I may be absorbed in Thy love, wounded with Thy lvoe, and die of They love, that the flesh may not rule over me.  As yet I am not dead to the world [boy howdy – ED], but the old man still lives in me, stirring up various desires and truly making the days sorrowful and nights troublesome.

Oh, when will it come that I shall say with confidence “In indeed considered myself as one dead upon the earth’?  For he who is dead cares not for the praises of men or for the reproaches of the upbraiding, because he is dead.  He who is dead to the flesh does not anything wrong, hears not the vanity of ht world, sees not the curious of pleasant, or whatever could draw him to loev anything vile upon the earth.

He who is dead to the world is not in the world, but in God, for whom he lives. 

I don’t know how it is that a Kempis is not a Saint, but I digress.  So, looking at myself, how do I stackup with these VERY Catholic views of life, the world, God, death?  Not real good.  I’m still trying to die somewhat to the flesh, and I love things on the world still too much to honestly say I pine for the time when I can go see God face to face.  I do want that, yes, but not like, I wouldn’t mind if I died today and there I was, before the Throne.  I’m still pretty scared of death.  And, I am attached to things on this earth (wife, kids).  I don’t think one needs to have a death wish or anything, but we should see this world and its conceits as illusory and passing, and I’m not totally there yet.  I pray I receive the Grace from God that I may be someday, and I pray that withdrawing more and more from the culture may be a path to that, at least on some level. 

Or, perhaps, I have finally gone insane.  You tell me.