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Voris on the ‘secret agreement,’ and I rant February 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, North Deanery.
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One thing that continues to surprise and dismay me is the utter lack of substance conveyed during the Mass by an unfortunately large proportion of priests.  Now, there are some who do a very good job of conveying the faith, even those “controversial” subjects like contraception, the need to go to confession, and abortion/homosexuality, but there are many more who do not touch these subjects.  Watch this video by Michael Voris and see if you agree with what he has to say:

Boy, do I know about those tacit agreements!  There is a local priest who can’t celebrate certain Mass times at his parish because his homilies have become “too challenging” and made the ‘good’ people sitting in the pews feel bad, like perhaps they’re not quite doing enough to live their faith.  And I know of many priests who observe the ‘tacit agreement’ to a tee, always ready with the quick joke and a homily of supreme banality, but making sure, always, that the parish finances are in very good order.  And then there are the other tacit agreements, like knowing new age is a bunch of dangerous balderdash derived from various pagan/wicca/eastern religions, but still allowing the new age sister or priest to come in to speak at the parish – after all, it does bring in a nice chunk of change.  I’d love to have a Catholic voice to state clearly and unequivocally where this mush mouthed indifferent lukewarm faith leads, and I even posted a video of a goofy evangelical yesterday who is well on the road to orthodox Catholicism if he could get over his blatant bigotry (I’ve watched more videos of the guy), but, alas, I haven’t got the time to scour the archives for some Fulton Sheen gold, or some early Edison-esque silent of Pope St. Pius X, so I’ll have to rant away. 

At the heart of so many of the things I have posted on over the past year plus is this concern – that many, many Catholics may be putting their souls in jeopardy of damnation out of some of the most severe sins against the Holy Spirit – presumption, obstinacy, and resisting the known Truth, among many other personal sins.  Isn’t contraceptive use still a very grave sin?  97% of Catholics use contraception during their adult lives.  Do they go and confess this sin?  How about masturbation, isn’t that a grave sin?  90+% of all American males now masturbate regularly, and 2/3 of women.  Do these folks go to confession?   I could go on and on – even among those who go to Mass every Sunday, the amount of doubt, dissent, and plain rejection of the Faith is stunning.  Only about 3-5% of Catholics go to confession – ever.  How will these sinners be saved with all these unconfessed, probably mortal sins?

I don’t say these things to be judgemental, to put myself on high.  I have plenty of sins – but I also go to confession regularly.  I strive to lead a more holy life, and the only way I have made any progress is through the Grace I have availed myself of through regular reception of the Sacraments!  Our priests bear an awesome responsibility, and our bishops even more.  They are responsible for forming all the faithful, so that the faithful can conduct their lives in a manner pleasing to God.  But how many priests and bishops are willing to ‘offend’ the Catholics in their charge by saying what needs to be said, by calling out, by name, the sins that so many Catholics are constantly engaged in?  A paltry amount, in my experience.  A priest or bishop cannot say ‘oh, well, my people don’t sin very much (don’t laugh, I’ve heard a prominent local Monsignor say exactly that) – bull!  Look at the stats.  Your people DO SIN!  When are you going to call them on it?!  “But if anyone causes one of these little ones to sin…….” That means you, and sins of omission, by refusing to talk the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church in bold and uncompromising terms is a huge sin of omission.  Their sins are your sins.  You will not escape the fire.  Or are so many now infected with modernism that we just don’t believe that stuffy, uptight crap about judgement and damnation?  Are we all von Balthasar’s now…..and all will be saved?  Check the Doctors of the Church, or the Church Fathers – they certainly don’t think so.  Shall we throw them out the window now?  Too inconvenient?

“Truly we deceive ourselves through the inordinate love we bear to our flesh. What other things shall the fire feed on but thy sins. The more thou sparest thyself now and followest the flesh the more grievously shalt thou suffer hereafter and the more fuel does thou lay up for that fire!  It is better now to purge away our sins and to cut off our vices than to reserve them to be purged hereafter!”  Or WE will be purged hereafter! 

I know right now, in this Diocese, there are priests who have been called to account at the Chancery for being “too orthodox,” for calling for more Confession, for stating that contraception use is a sin, for decrying the weak faith of so many Catholics.  Or even for celebrating the Mass in a reverent and holy way in the manner the Pope desires! 

We are all responsible to spread as far and wide as we can the TRUTH Jesus Christ has revealed through His Church!  Am I alone in feeling that we, the Church, the local Church, could be doing a much better job of this?

A traditional analysis of Bishop Schneider’s call for a ‘new syllabus’ February 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Latin Mass, sadness.
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I posted a few weeks ago about Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s call for a ‘new syllabus of errors deriving from Vatican II.’  In his speech to a remarkable symposium in Rome organized to formally analyze Vatican II in light of Tradition, Bishop Scheider stated:

In the decades past there have existed, and exist to this day, groupings with the Church that commit an enormous abuse of the pastoral character of the Council, and of its texts, written according to that pastoral intention, since the Council did not wish to present its own definitive or irreformable teachings. From the pastoral nature of the Council’s texts it is evident that its texts are, on principle, open to further completion and to greater doctrinal clarification………

Taking account of the experience of several decades since then, of interpretations doctrinally and pastorally confused, and contrary to the continuity, over two millennia, of doctrine and prayer of the faith, the necessity and the urgency rise for a specific and authoritative intervention by the pontifical Magisterium for an authentic interpretation of the conciliar texts with completions and doctrinal clarifications: a type of “Syllabus errorum circa interpretationem Concilii Vaticani II.” There is need for a new Syllabus, this time directed not so much against errors coming from outside the Church, but against errors spread within the Church on the part of those who maintain a thesis of discontinuity and rupture with its doctrinal, liturgical, and pastoral application. Such a Syllabus would consist of two parts: a part marking errors and a positive part with propositions of doctrinal clarification, completion, and precision.

A traditional type Catholic, David Werling, argues at The Remnant that Bishop Schneider’s call is very timely and absolutely needed, but that it may not go far enough.  I don’t want to get too far into these (very deep) issues right now – go read it yourself and see what you think.  My question is this – how will Vatican II be viewed 100, or even 300, years from now?  Will it be remembered as a ground-breaking council that radically ‘opened’ the Church to the world and led to a ‘new springtime,’ or as a confused and convoluted pastoral effort that was ultimately unsuccessful?  There have been ‘unsuccessful’ councils in the past, councils that did not achieve what they set out to achieve and which were then sort of ‘papered over’ by a follow-on council.  Will that be the case with regard to VII?  Another question is – since VII defined no new dogmas, since it did not define ANY doctrine – what authority do the documents have?   If they are significantly clarified or amended – will that halt the problems seen in the Church over the last 40 years or so?

Thanks to my friend Steve B for the link.

STOPP Planned Barrenhood in Dallas – today (02/10)! February 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery.
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Planned Barrenhood is having one of their semi-annual fundraisers at the Anatole Hotel on Stemmons Frwy (I35E-Southbound side) like, right now.  The group STOPP is holding a prayer vigil outside the hotel from 11:30a till 12:30p.  Sorry for the late notice.  If any of my readers live near there, head out, now!  Again, the PB fundraiser is at the Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, (Market Center Blvd. & Stemmons Freeway, SW corner. ).  You can park across the street from the Anatole on Market Center Blvd. in the parking lot on the row close to the street or in an unobtrusive place.  They will have signs you may hold or you can bring your own.

Do you bet there will be some nervous foiks at this fundraiser?  Don’t forget to call your Congressman today!

Sorry for the late notice!

Call your congressman to defund Planned Barrenhood February 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Society.
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Via Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony list.  In your charity, would you consider calling your Congressman today in order to insist on the defunding of Planned Parenthood?  Contact info for many North Texas congressmen at the bottom of this post.  Immediately below is the communique from SBA list:

I need you to help me flood Congress with phone calls for National Pro-Life Lobby Day to Defund Planned Parenthood.

Please take two minutes right now to call your Representative and ask them to support the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to stop the flow of our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.

Calling Tip: Most Congressional offices are open from 9 AM to 6 PM Eastern. Please call during this time frame. If you can’t, just leave a voicemail.

Planned Parenthood is running scared after pro-life activist Lila Rose and her group Live Action released six videos in New Jersey, Virginia, and New York showing Planned Parenthood employees aiding and abetting the sexual exploitation of girls as young as just 13 years old.

Now is the time to defund Planned Parenthood. From 2008 to 2009 alone, they received $363 million tax dollars – hard-earned money straight from our pockets to theirs. During that same time period, they destroyed the lives of 324,008 babies.

Enough is Enough.

Please help flood Congress with calls today by calling your Representative right now. Ask him or her to support Rep. Mike Pence’s Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers of Title X funding.

While you and members of the SBA List team from across the country – and other members of the Exposed Planned Parenthood coalition –  are calling Congressional offices, your SBA List is co-hosting a press conference this morning with pro-life Congressional leaders to amplify the call to defund Planned Parenthood of our tax dollars. Many of the pro-life leaders you helped us elect this past November will be speaking out.

And earlier this week, Congressional hearings were held on the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” and the “Protect Life Act” – key pieces of legislation we’re pushing along with the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to ensure that not one dime of our tax dollars goes toward the destruction of human life.

If you’re in the Diocese, here is the contact info for some local reps:

Sam Johnson, 3rd district –

Pete Sessions – 32 district

Washington, DC Office
Congressman Pete Sessions
2233 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4332
(202) 225-2231
(202) 225-5878 fax

Dallas, TX Office
Congressman Pete Sessions
Park Central VII
12750 Merit Drive, Suite 1434
Dallas, Texas 75251-1229
(972) 392-0505
(972) 392-0615 fax

Ralph Hall – 4th district

Washington D.C Office
2405 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515-0001
Tel No: 202-225-6673
Fax: 202-225-3332

Rockwall
104 N. San Jacinto St.
Rockwall, TX 75087-2508
Tel No: 972-771-9118
Fax: 972-722-0907

Kay Granger – 12th district, and really harp on her, she’s pro-abort

WASHINGTON DC OFFICE
  320 CANNON HOB
WASHINGTON, DC 20515
PH. 202-225-5071
FAX 202-225-5683

DISTRICT OFFICE
1701 RIVER RUN ROAD SUITE 407
FORT WORTH, TX 76107
PH. 817-338-0909
FAX 817-335-5852

Joe Barton, 6th District – My dad interviewed Joe Barton for a job at ARCO back in the day – no offer made

WASHINGTON OFFICE
2109 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2002
(202) 225-3052 fax

ARLINGTON OFFICE
6001 West Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway,
Suite 200
Arlington, Texas 76017
(817) 543-1000
(817) 548-7029 fax

ENNIS OFFICE
2106 A W. Ennis Ave.
Ennis, Texas 75119
(972) 875-8488
(972) 875-1907 fax

Bill Whittle on the past – and future – of manned space exploration February 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Society.
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Non sequitir but oh well

I agree with alot of what Whittle has to say, but I don’t think private industry is quite ready to take on manned space yet – precisely because there isn’t a profit motive to do so.  SpaceX and others are still dependent on NASA contracts.  He even acknowledges that, when he says – “write your Congressman to support these private…….”  But…….the days of NASAs big programs are over, done, NASA will likely never design and fly another manned spacecraft again.  Even the cancelled Constellation was a sad admission of total failure – after 35  years of “shuttle shuttle shuttle – disaster disaster high cost” – NASA returned to an Apollo type architecture.