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An further update on Fr. Euteneuer January 20, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals.
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Fr. Thomas Euteneuer has been placed under a bound of obedience by his bishop that does not allow him to discuss anything related to his resignation from Human Life International and his books Exorcism and the Church Militant and Demonic Abortion.  It’s unclear if Fr. Euteneuer even has an assignment right now – one source says he is at a small parish, another that he is still unassigned.  I found a very good review of Demonic Abortion here, including the following grisly tales:

Perhaps what amazes me most about the 21st century disciples of the pro-choice gospel is that, unlike when I was a kid and the official Planned Parenthood party line was that the unborn were just a bunch of cells so abortion wasn’t the taking of a life, Euteneuer shows in DA that most current abortionists and their accomplices not only accept the ultrasound’s proof that the fetus is a child when they murder it, but revel in the fact that they (as opposed to God) now have the power over life and death. Euteneuer quotes from a vast assortment of child-sacrificers, each one seemingly more demonic than the other. His infamous list includes Patricia Baird (former owner of three abortion clinics) who states, “Abortion is a major blessing…a sacrament [where] some women have an abortion out of love for the baby (pg. 87); Tess Kolney (of the Gaian activist Church of All Worlds) who contends, “The issues [the] control freaks bring up–Is the fetus alive?–Is it morally right to kill?–are non-issues…there’s [not] even a question for most of us that life is life, fully divine. The issue is…Are we willing to [let] anyone else interfere with our choices as Mother/Goddess?…[this is the essence of the modern day neo-pagan cultists – they seek to be God, and to have absolute power -ED]” (pg. 88), and finally, Ginette Paris (from her book The Sacrament of Abortion), “When my turn came, I stretched out on the table…[and] let my little darling go…occasionally…it is necessary to sacrifice the fetus to a higher cause…[a]bortion as a sacrifice to Artemis” (pg.90).

But as grisly as these girls are, in my book (and Father’s), the soul who takes the “abortion celebration” cake is none other than that former champion baby-chopper, George “The Killer” Tiller. Not only did his website advertise your choice of “viewing, holding, and photographs or even Baptism [something Euteneuer stresses is demonic] of your baby after the delivery” (a.k.a. the abortion), but went so far as to include a “two to three hour bonding session with the baby” (aborted fetus) option (pg. 95). One can’t imagine those photos of late-term (Tiller’s specialty) skull-crushed victims to be very pretty, but they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if Tiller was truly willing to go to hell for his craft, I guess that’s the only place where such art is really appreciated.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, those who are deeply involved in, nay, worship, abortion as a “sacrament” are modern day followers of Moloch (a demon, or satan), and I think we’d be mortified if we knew how many radicalized women hold this view.  Also interesting from the column linked above is the claim that Fr. Euteneuer may have had to resign because of some impropriety, possibly sexual, on his part.  That’s the implication at the link, anyway.  I suppose that could be, although I’d be quite surprised given his character, and it still does not adequately explain the refusal to print any more copies of his books.  If there was impropriety, better that it come out instead of the usual practice of trying to hush everything up.  I know some think they can get away with it, maybe even frequently, but they never really do.

I  must get this book, Demonic Abortion.

Msgr. Pope on giving to God January 20, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals.
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One thing that has struck me about Catholics, coming from a protestant background, is the comparitive pusillanimity of giving to the Church.  Protestant churches with much smaller congregations tend to receive far higher levels of funding from their parishioners.  Going hand in hand with the post yesterday on striving to give more time for God, Msgr. Charles Pope of the very commendable Archdiocese of Washington blog  discusses the need to give more both of time and treasure:

But as for God, he too easily gets the financial leftovers. We may spend hundreds of dollars at a fine restaurant, 20 to 30 dollars going to the movies, hundreds more to go to a cold wet stadium and watch football and eat over-priced hotdogs. We will plop down large amounts for video games and Wii accessories, and yet feel like a hero if we drop $10 in the collection plate instead of our usual $5. Never mind that Scripture says that God is to get the first 10% of our income (e.g. Malachi 3:8-12), the fact is, he usually gets the leftovers. After the mortgage, car note, cable bill, magazine subscription and credit card bill are paid, after all the impulse spending, we figure out what, if anything is left and from that give to God. But truth be told He doesn’t get paid upfront like the like Mr. Walmart, God gets the leftovers.

For things we really like, money is no object, Charge it! But giving to the Archbishop’s Lenten Appeal, or increasing our offertory to afford the new parish education building is considered an odious imposition and our soul cries out, “Not again?!”

The fact is we  just don’t value God and the things of God like we value comfort and entertainment. It may be a hard truth but it’s right there in our spending habits, plain as day. At the end of the day our priorities are pretty plain.

And as for our time – here too the overall portrait is pretty bleak. The vast majority of Catholics give NO time to God at all.  3/4 s don’t even go to Mass. Quite certainly they don’t pray either on any regular basis, if at all. As for the 20-25% who do go to Mass God gets 45 – 60 minutes a week. But beyond that, how much does the average Catholic pray each day? [In my experience, essentially none, most Catholics are terribly weak at prayer – ED]  How much time do they spend with Scripture or the study of their faith?

Time for everything else – Now, of course, everyone is busy in these stress filled times. But we find time for everything else. We find time to sleep and eat, time to watch our favorite shows. We find time for vacations and other diversions. Many people can spend hours shopping, watching sports games, movies and the like. But when it comes to prayer, study of the faith, teaching the faith to children, reading Scripture, or helping the poor…., well, you know, “I’m just so busy.”

At the football game everyone is excited when it goes into overtime. But if Mass runs long, there is irritation. Football is about a bag full of air being pitched around a field. But Mass is about eternal verities and soul-saving grace. But never mind, five hours on football is reasonable, but a Mass longer than 45 minutes is unreasonable.

The truth, as told by time,  is that many value leisure and worldly activities far more than God or the faith. For most people God gets nothing of their time, for some he gets an hour a week, only a very small percentage give more.

I was having  a discussion with a priest about this recently.  I was stating that I wished that some of the Masses I assisted at were longer!   I was opining that it would be nice if the Roman Canon were prayed instead of the (deficient in many respects) Eucharist Prayer II, and that priests would avail themselves more of the periods of silence that are supposed to be present in the Mass, longer homilies if the subject warrants, etc.  He made the valid points that, well, at daily Mass people need to get to work, on Sunday’s we have Masses jam packed 1 1/2 hours apart, etc.  Still……I pray that he may reconsider and think about incorporating the things I mentioned, which might turn a 30 minute daily Mass into a 35-37 minute Mass.  Since most folks at daily Mass are retired, it shouldn’t be too big an imposition, but, I am certain there would be complaints. 

Since some of my readers attend the same Mass as I, would you be angered if the Mass were 5-10 minutes longer on weekdays?  What about on Sunday?

Voris on liturgical reform January 20, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Latin Mass, sadness, scandals.
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I posted Monday on the growing movement among some in the hierarchy of the Church to ask the Pope to issue some kind of formal, doctrinal statement that will clarify the intent of portions of Vatican II.  Michael Voris has his take on this issue:

Now, that’s one view, and the view shared by Bishop Schneider – that there isn’t much problem with the documents of Vatican II, per se, but that they were perhaps worded poorly and that they were definite, concrete efforts to take advantage of that poor wording to produce, in effect, a much different, post conciliar Church.  These people feel all that is necessary is to issue some doctrinal statement that will squash the abuses.  Others, including Msgr. Gherardini, feel differently – they fell that there ARE problems within the documents themselves, including statements on personal conscience, how the liturgy is constructed and viewed, and ecumenism that appear, with plain interpretation, to be a break with previous Catholic Tradition.  I have read Gherardini’s book, and find his arguments rather compelling in some areas, less so in others.

These changes that are being requested will not happen with the current Pope.   I say that for many reasons I’m not going to go into right now, but, primarily, this Pope has repeatedly stated that the documents of Vatican II stand on their own, they need no clarification, and he will not countenance any “re-evaluation” of their contents.   Orthodox Catholics will be very fortunate to get a clarification of Summorum Pontificum.  A major re-evaluation of Vatican II in the light of Tradition will not happen under this Pontiff.

This Philadelphia abortion nightmare story is going to be huge January 20, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Top government officials were complicit in not enforcing laws/rules intended to make abortion “safe, legal, and rare,” and these barbarisms in Philadelphia to occur – according not to me, but to a Philadelphia grand jury!  Top Pennsylvania government officials could be indicted – including potentially the governor.  The below is from the grand jury indictment (apparently, many top government officials in Pennsylvania have lawyered up).  It’s long, but READ IT!:

We discovered that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers. Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety [but  abortion providers know such standards would eat deeply into their bottom line, and they can’t have that – ED]

….. a significant difference exists between how DOH monitors abortion clinics and how it monitors facilities where other medical procedures are performed……..

Indeed, the department has shown an utter disregard both for the safety of women who seek treatment at abortion clinics and for the health of fetuses after they have become viable. State health officials have also shown a disregard for the laws the department is supposed to enforce. Most appalling of all, the Department of Health’s neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design. [abortion doctors have alot of money, as does Planned Barrenhood and most other pro-abort groups.  Killing babies is lucrative.  They can afford to pay governments to look the other way.  I should add, that some of the money Planned Barrenhood has for this kind of actiivity is YOUR money, since they are taxpayer funded.  Oh joy! – ED]

Pennsylvania is not a third-world country. There were several oversight agencies that stumbled upon and should have shut down Kermit Gosnell long ago. But none of them did, not even after Karnamaya Mongar’s death. In the end, Gosnell was only caught by accident, when police raided his offices to seize evidence of his illegal prescription selling. Once law enforcement agents went in, they couldn’t help noticing the disgusting conditions, the dazed patients, the discarded fetuses. [I have to wonder how many other abortion clinics are just like this one – I can think of at least one in the DFW area that would not surprise me in the least – ED] That is why the complete regulatory collapse that occurred here is so inexcusable. It should have taken only one look.The first line of defense was the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The department’s job is to audit hospitals and outpatient medical facilities, like Gosnell’s, to make sure that they follow the rules and provide safe care. The department had contact with the Women’s Medical Society dating back to 1979, when it first issued approval to open an abortion clinic. It did not conduct another site review until 1989, ten years later.

Numerous violations were already apparent, but Gosnell got a pass when he promised to fix them. Site reviews in 1992 and 1993 also noted various violations, but again failed to ensure they were corrected.

But at least the department had been doing something up to that point, however
ineffectual. After 1993, even that pro forma effort came to an end. Not because of administrative ennui, although there had been plenty. Instead, the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge [a Repubnican], officials concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.

The only exception to this live-and-let-die policy was supposed to be for complaints dumped directly on the department’s doorstep. Those, at least, could be investigated. Except that there were complaints about Gosnell, repeatedly. Several different attorneys, representing women injured by Gosnell, contacted the department. A doctor from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hand-delivered a complaint, advising the department that numerous patients he had referred for abortions came back from Gosnell
with the same venereal disease. The medical examiner of Delaware County informed the department that Gosnell had performed an illegal abortion on a 14-year-old girl carrying a 30-week-old baby. And the department received official notice that a woman named Karnamaya Mongar had died at Gosnell’s hands.

Yet not one of these alarm bells – not even Mrs. Mongar’s death – prompted the department to look at Gosnell or the Women’s Medical Society. Only after the raid occurred, and the story hit the press, did the department choose to act. Suddenly there were no administrative, legal, or policy barriers; within weeks an order was issued to close the clinic. And as this grand jury investigation widened, department officials “lawyered up,” hiring a high-priced law firm to represent them at taxpayer expense. Had they spent as much effort on inspection as they did on attorneys, none of this would have happened to begin with.

But even this total abdication by the Department of Health might not have been
fatal. Another agency with authority in the health field, the Pennsylvania Department of State, could have stopped Gosnell single-handedly. While the Department of Health regulates facilities, the Department of State, through its Board of Medicine, licenses and oversees individual physicians. Like their colleagues at Health, however, Department of State officials were repeatedly confronted with evidence about Gosnell, and repeatedly chose to do nothing.

So too with the National Abortion Federation. NAF is an association of abortion providers that upholds the strictest health and legal standards for its members. Gosnell, bizarrely, applied for admission shortly after Karnamaya Mongar’s death. Despite his various efforts to fool her, the evaluator from NAF readily noted that records were not properly kept, that risks were not explained, that patients were not monitored, that equipment was not available, that anesthesia was misused. It was the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected. Of course, she rejected Gosnell’s application. She just
never told anyone in authority about all the horrible, dangerous things she had seen. [of course not, because that might make the practice of abortion look like what it is – dangerous (at best) for mothers, and death for infants.  We can’t have abortion look bad.  It’s a woman’s most fundamental right!]

This is a massive scandal, folks. I assert, this kind of thing is going on throughout the country, and right here in Dallas.  These new priests of Moloch, these purveyors of death, these violators of the most sacred human space, must be stopped.  This death cult must stop.  Sometimes I get so mad, and so frustrated, and I think all the prayers and marches and being peaceful are just not getting it done.  I’m not advocating violence, but I am coming more and more to believe in non-violent passive resistance against abortion.  Sit-ins, forming barriers, etc.  Pro-life is becoming an industry, and industries don’t like to see their market go away.

One final note from a commenter at Ace of Spades, genius in its very accurate portrayal of the cynicism of the pro-abort crowd:  “They [pro-aborts] WILL have the balls to claim that if Roe vs. Wade is overturned that this will be more common. See? Abortion illegal? Coat hangers. Abortion legal? Slightly less coat hangers. But, at least the government can pay for the coat hanger.”