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Hmmm…..so hard to decide November 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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Wow, which one gives more of a sense of the transcendent, the sacred, the divine?  Which one indicates a great homage being paid ot the One True God, of doing our very best to serve Him?

Amazing they attend the same college – UPDATED November 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, disaster, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Last week, I posted on a letter to the editor of the student newspaper at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that was one of the best defenses of human life, especially the most vulnerable of humans, that I’ve ever read.   This week, comes virtually the diametric opposite in terms of conclusions reached and arguments used.  In fact, a similar letter to the editor opens with one of the most shockingly foolish statements I’ve ever read:

For as long as the United States government has existed, it has been shirking a critical moral obligation. We are talking, of course, about our nation’s failure to protect the right of every woman to receive an affordable abortion on demand.

I have argued for some time that one of the primary selling points of Obamacare for the left is the fact that it will result in a permanent enshrinement of abortion as a fundamental ‘right’ in this country.  Obviously, the author of this letter subscribes to this view that abortion is a right, and how incredible that thousands of years of human philosophy and theology have managed to miss this fundamental right!  From Hammurabi’s Code to the Mosaic Law to Rome to the Constitution, all those stupid knuckle dragging idiots of the past missed one of the most central rights of all – the right of a woman to kill her child at will!  ‘Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’ indeed, but only if you are lucky enough to be born!  It’s amazing civilization has been able to advance for thousands of years in absence of this completely made up “right.”  But wait, they’re not done!:

Abortions in the United States are technically legal, but in practice they can be very difficult to come by.

Anyone involved in pro-life activities know that this statement is a complete falsehood.  In virtually every state, from conception to hours before delivery, obtaining an abortion is incredibly easy, and, what’s more and contrary to federal law, the government will pay for the abortion on some made up grounds of ‘medical necessity.’ 

Not a good start – a completely made up ‘right’ and a falsehood form the premise of the entire letter. 

Many women cannot afford the cost of a safe abortion, and even for those who can, a devastating shortage of qualified abortion providers means that they often have to travel long distances in order to reach a clinic. Once they do get to a clinic, they are frequently met with threats of violence from right-wing extremists or stymied by state regulations deliberately designed to make it as hard as possible for them to receive the care they need. The United States is very far indeed from providing universal access to abortion services, and the results of this oversight are nothing short of tragic.

Yes, it’s always such a tragedy that a mom might be somewhat inconvenienced in her desire to kill her child.  How very, very sad.  It might even give her sufficient time to reflect on the magnitude of the barbarity she is engaged in and change her mind.   As for the description of me, and millions of other pro-life individuals as ‘violent right wing extremists,’ what a ridiculous laugh.   Yes, a deranged individual killed Dr. George Tiller, but violence towards women getting abortions is, and always has been, virtually non-existent.  Violence towards the abortion industry is also incredibly rare, and runs completely counter to the entire, ‘real’ pro-life message, that all life is sacred and must be protected.

But they’re just getting  warmed up.  Below, perhaps THE most asinine statement I’ve ever read, but one that is simultaneously incredibly revealing:

A government’s failure to provide abortions constitutes depraved indifference to human life.

The authors try to support this statement by claiming that laws regulating abortion do not reduce the number of abortions performed, using claims made by two radical pro-abort organizations, but these claims are patently false.  Look at the United States.  Estimates for numbers of abortions performed prior to passage of Roe v. Wade, per year, are about 50,000-100,000 per year, on the highest side.  After Roe passed, the number exploded to ten times that number in a couple of years.  In states where there are more restrictive abortion laws, the number of abortions plummets.  The myth of ‘back alley’ abortions is just that – a myth, a straw man constructed by pro-aborts in order to try to make the inhuman, the utterly barbaric, somehow pallatable.   Even if you accept their figure that 70,000 women, worldwide, die per year from illegal abortions (a statistic impossible to arrive at, and they know it), that hardly justifies the murder of millions, does it?  And yet, that is the entire premise of their argument – governments are ‘depraved’ because they put very minor limits on abortion, resulting in the deaths of thousands of women.  Apparently, they believe a human being is not a human being until it has exited the birth canal and is ‘wanted.’   If it isn’t wanted, and happens to exit the birth canal alive anyway, I am quite certain this depraved couple would be perfectly happy leaving the baby to die.  This is so very typical of the left, in particular, the radical pro-abort left – their great concern for humanity only applies to those who do what they want, in this case, receiving an abortion.  The millions of victims of this barbarism just don’t count.  They simply don’t exist.


Equality of the sexes is impossible without free access to abortions.

I’m quite certain that Moloch is quite happy with that statement.  Really, women, did you not know that you cannot be ‘equal’ in God’s eyes or anyone elses unless you can have your child killed on demand?

The rest of it is all the same – biased ‘statistics,’ straw men, special pleading, the logical fallacies are constant and laughable, but, then again, one of the authors is a “Women’s Studies” major, so I’m not shocked at the lack of critical thinking and the gaping holes in the “arguments”  presented.   I really do not see what is being argued in this letter as being in any way different from the kinds of arguments that have been used to justify all kinds of horrendous injustice in the past, from the maltreatment of minorities to those with mental illness.  If I have been a bit harsh, I was perhaps exercised by the incredibly inflammatory and callous rhetoric, the consignment of millions to death for the sake of convenience and a completely made up “right,” and the self-serving ignorance of it all.  The ironic part is this: by killing off huge swaths of generations yet unborn, leftists like Fatima Hussein (oh how that name is so inapropos), one of the authors, are killing the goose they want to pay for the golden egg of their generous, government provided health coverage, including abortion.  The US has, between 1973 and 2009, killed one if every three children conceived.  If those children had been born, we would not have the fiscal crisis in Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and now, Obamacare, that we do.  We would have enough people to pay for all those retirement and other benefits for people like Fatima Hussein.

‘The Lord works in mysterious ways.”  Yes, but the Lord has also created a world in which civilizations that become so self-absorbed and shortsighted as to kill off their next generations tend to implode from within.   And where will ‘women’s rights’ be then?

UPDATE: Commenenter berenike suggested I look up abortion data from Poland after abortion was outlawed in 1992.  The results are stunning, abortions fell off by three orders of magnitude, from hundreds of thousands per year to a few hundred per year.   In the face of this kind of information, pro-aborts try to argue that unreported, illegal abortions skyrocket and  make up for the difference.  That is not the case.  When abortion is made illegal, the demand for it plummets terrifically.

Upcoming conferences in the Dallas Diocese November 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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We’ve got some good upcoming talks/conferences in the Dallas Diocese.  My friend Steve B. was kind enough to send many of the details, which is good, because I’m rather busy today!  Nevertheless, the first is a talk tomorrow night at St. Monica’s, and the speaker is Dr. Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican magazine.  He’ll be giving a talk entitled “The Passion and Vision of Pope Benedict XVI for the Church.”  You can find all the details here.   St. Monica’s is at the corner of Walnut Hill and Inwood in Dallas, and say hi to Fr. Cargo if you go. 

Also, at Mater Dei down on Irving Blvd in SW Dallas, there will be talks given by Dr. Joseph Strada and Hugh Owen on “Creation, Evolution, and the Crisis of Faith”.  This plans to be a very interesting talk, given the seeming ascendency of “sciencism” in the culture, whereby people lose faith in the mystical and look for answers to everything in the claims of science.  These talks will be Friday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 9:30 pm and Saturday, November 13, from 9:30 a to noon.  I can’t attend either, as I’ll be off laying waste to sweet Gaia’s own precious, innocent fauna in God’s Own Country, also known as Harper, Texas, USA.  If I see an axis deer like the one below, it’s going on my wall.  Below are a few more details about the speakers at Mater Dei:

Mr. Owen directs the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation which provides a forum for Catholic theologians, philosophers, and natural scientists all over the world who are dedicated to making sure that the evidence for and against the theory of evolution is made available to Church leaders and to the lay faithful. In the year of Darwin just ended, Mr. Owen and his colleagues participated in four conferences on creation and evolution at major academic centers in Europe, including a conference at Gustav Siewerth Akademie in Germany which received the explicit blessing and encouragement of Pope Benedict XVI.

Five Anglican bishops to accept Ordinariate, become Catholic November 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic.
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As the provisions of the Ordinariate continue to mature, and the fallout from the Church of England’s decision to allow women to become bishops becomes more widespread, 5 Anglican bishops have announced they will leave the Anglican Communion and return to the Seat of Unity, the One True Church founded by Jesus Christ. 

Senior Catholics are finalising plans for a new group for Anglican converts who cannot accept women bishops and a detailed timetable for its formation could be announced as early as next week.

The defections have been triggered by a vote at the General Synod of the Church of England in July to support divisive plans for women to be ordained as bishops in England for the first time.

A compromise plan, backed by Dr Williams, was rejected, leaving many opponents of women’s ordination with no option but to consider leaving the Church.

Pope Benedict XVI announced last year that he would create a new body, known as the English Ordinariate, for Church of England traditionalists who wish to switch allegiance to Rome while retaining some of their Anglican traditions.

Lambeth Palace is expected to confirm the resignations of the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Rev John Broadhurst; the Bishop of Richborough, the Rt Rev Keith Newton; the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Rev Andrew Burnham; and two retired bishops, the Rt Rev Edwin Barnes, honorary assistant bishop of Winchester, and the Rt Rev David Silk, honorary assistant bishop of Exeter.

The five are said to be “dismayed” at the liberal reforms to the Church in recent decades and intend to join the Ordinariate in pursuit of “unity” with Rome when the new body is established next year

While these bishops will bring with them, at present, probably only hundreds of souls, this is expected to be just the beginning, and many more are expected to follow as the provisions of the Ordinariate become public and the mechanisms are seen to work.  What a blessed day!  Not only will, eventually, many thousands return to the Church, but they will also provide a much needed leaven for our Catholic Church, as many of these ‘Anglo-Catholics’ are more reverent and orthodox in their beliefs than many current-day Catholics.  I am sorry for the pain that many Anglicans will feel as part of this movement, but at the same time, I pray that they too will come to understand that the present trends in Anglicanism will not be reversed and that there are innumerable reasons to come home.

For the Poor Souls November 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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Today you can still go to a cemetery and obtain a plenary indulgence for a poor soul by reciting a Credo, Pater Noster, Ave, and Gloria for the Holy Father and his intentions.  Add “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may your perpetual light shine upon them, and may they rest in peace.”

I know the Pope just ‘gave his blessing…’ November 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, Basics.
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….by appearing there and speaking laudingly of it, but this Sacred Family (Sagrada Familia) just doesn’t quite work for me.  Am I the only one?  I see much to recommend it, but I find the constantly broken lines and overly organic forms somewhat grotesque.  This is one of the most significant churches built in the last century, and I’m not sure that it’s a direction I’d like to see repeated. 

Some of the details are beautiful, but I find the interior cold and modernist, and the exterior is just so convoluted, I can’t see it as a great building.