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Why “my body, my choice” is a lie March 15, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, sadness, sickness, Society.
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I posted a video yesterday of the sad ‘walk for choice’ held in Chicago recently.  I’m re-posting it below:

Please watch the video, even though it is annoying and painful.  One of the most stalwart arguments used by pro-aborts is that a woman should have ‘control’ over her body.  Thus, they claim, she has the right to kill her child at any point up to delivery.   Now, think about the video you just watched.  Did you hear any women talking about how they wanted to have an abortion so they wouldn’t get fat, so they wouldn’t have morning sickness, or so they could keep control of what happens inside their body?  I didn’t.  I heard talk about ‘rights,’ and wanting to kill a child so their career plans wouldn’t be affected, or so they could finish their college degree, etc.  But none of the women referenced their bodies, except as some instrument to advance a phantom “right.”  So, while making constant reference to their bodies as an emotional appeal to generate sympathy, what these women really mean is that they want the right to kill their child for various reasons that most people would find unacceptable.  Most reasonable people would not say it’s OK to kill a child so your career won’t be affected.  Or so you can keep partying in college.  Or so you can keep taking meth (I had a woman tell me that was the reason for her abortion, once). 

Really, all this talk about pro-abort women’s bodies, just like the talk about rape and incest, is nothing but a massive head fake thrown to keep the discussion away from the unalterable fact – that there is a living, developing baby in utero who has the same right to life as any one of us lucky enough to be born has.   The pro-abort side cares precious little about the effects abortion itself has on women’s bodies – profoundly negative effects, evidenced by the 400+% increase in breast cancer rates since Roe v. Wade passed into law.   In reality, pro-aborts care very little about the “rights” of women, either – some 2/3 of women who have aborted report being pressured into doing so, often by the man who impregnated them.  It’s all a hideous lie, a lie covered with the stench of death.

Voris explains opposition to Summorum Pontificum and the coming ‘clarification’ March 15, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery, scandals.
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Voris explains the issues surrounding Summorum Pontificum and the roadblocks thrown up to its implementation in many dioceses; sadly, I think that Bishop Farrell’s own words regarding his reserving the right to determine whether any Mass in Latin is needed in this Diocese constitutes just such a roadblock.  There is a document coming soon that may help clear the way for more celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass.  We shall see.

I know I have a number of readers who have assisted at TLMs on numerous occasions.  Have any of you ever seen an abuse at a TLM?  I don’t mean that the priest did not have his maniple attached right – I mean an actual abuse.  I have not.  I think Voris, in trying to be conciliatory, perhaps went a bit far.  Many traditionalists, especially SSPX types, decry the Novus Ordo because they feel it is far more open to abuse than the TLM.  I’m not enough of an expert to know whether this claim is accurate, but all I can say is that those oriented towards Tradition are rarely the type to engage in purposeful abuse.

It is interesting how frequently Voris is in Rome.  I must wonder who he is meeting with, and who supports the efforts of RealCatholicTV.

Iraqi Catholics give great witness, revitalize Church March 15, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Our Lady, Society.
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A Syrian Bishop has remarked on the profoundly positive effect Iraqi Catholics, fleeing the violence and persecution in their country, have had on the Church in Syria.   Frankly, I think we should be perhaps a bit shamed that these Iraqis – with no home, very little money, and often with health consequences from persecution – seem to live a more vibrant and public faith than many American parishes:

They fill our churches, invigorate our parishes and reinforce the Christian faith in Syria, offering new encouragement to our parishes,” said Archbishop Samir Nassar. “Iraqi refugees take part assiduously in daily Mass despite the fact they come from far away, on foot or public transport. On asking for confession before receiving Communion, these refugees have accelerated the return to the confessional which now has waiting queues.”“Their devotion to the saints and veneration of the Virgin has relaunched the production of candles and the niches of the saints both within and outside the churches are illuminated day and night,” he continued. “They take part in prayer vigils, Eucharistic adoration, pilgrimages and processions on the streets of Damascus during Holy Week and especially in the month of May.”

“They live their more intimate moments in silence before the Most Blessed Sacrament, face-to-face with the Lord

Sometimes hardship and persecution can make one realize what one has.  Perhaps there is a lesson there for the broader Church, and perhaps we should emulate the behaviors of our Iraqi Catholic brothers and sisters.  I, for one, love public processions, and wish they were far more common.  They are such a powerful witness to the Faith.  And you know me……..I think perpetual Adoration, or at least time every day, should be a feature of all our parishes. 

Great data on Christianity viz a viz other religions March 15, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Society.
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Via Steve K, a link to a site that gives comprehensive data on the size of various religions, their growth rates, number of births per year, conversions, etc.  Suffice it to say, Christianity remains the world’s largest religion, and it is growing faster than Islam or any other major Faith (surprisingly, Zoroasterianism is the fastest growing religion by percentage – I have no idea why).  There are over 2 billion Christians now, with about 3/4 of them residing in the great Liturgical Churches – Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.   The numbers indicate that Christianity will remain the largest religion in the world for all of my life and the entire foreseeable future. 

Overview

The largest overall religions:

1900 1) Christianity 2) Chinese folk-religions 3) Hinduism
1970 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
1990 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
1995 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
2000 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
2025 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism
2050 1) Christianity 2) Islam 3) Hinduism

The five fastest growing religions in terms of absolute numbers (new adherents per year, in millions):

1. Christianity 25,210,195
2. Islam 22,588,676
3. Hinduism 12,533,734
4. Chinese folk-religions 3,715,548
5. Buddhism 3,687,527
Religion Numbers % Countries
Christianity 1,999,563,838 33.0% 238
Islam 1,188,242,789 19.6% 204
Hinduism 811,336,265 13.4% 114
Buddhism 359,981,757 5.9% 126
Sikhism 23,258,412 0.4% 34
Judaism 14,434,039 0.2% 134
Bahá’í 7,106,420 0.1% 218
Confucianism 6,298,597 0.1% 15
Jainism 4,217,979 0.1% 10
Shinto 2,761,845 0.0% 8
Taoism 2,654,514 0.0% 5
Zoroastrianism 2,543,950 0.0% 24
Other 1,632,648,595 26.9%
Total 6,055,049,000 100% 238

Another interesting note – Christianity is the only religion to exist in all 238 countries.  It is truly catholic.

Sunday morning coming down March 15, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Society.
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My friend Steve B. and I teach a Sunday night class on the Catechism at St. Mark.  We’ve been teaching some classes together for some time, but this is our first time for the Catechism.  One of the materials we’re using for reference in addition to the Catechism is Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz’ book A Shepherd Speaks.  I was reading this week’s topic on the Church’s Law and various obligations that flow from that, when I read the section on Sunday and what is required to observe the Sabbath as a faithful Catholic. 

Bishop Bruskewitz highlights the fact that Catholics are called to do no servile work on Sundays.  That means, your job, and various other things like mowing the lawn, cleaning out the garage, doing ironing – basically, any work that isn’t a hobby or something like that – something you enjoy.  Of course, there are caveats – if you do a vital service to the community, like being a doctor or nurse or fireman, you can work on Sunday.  And if you, by your working, can free someone else to enjoy their Sunday, that can in some respects be OK, too.  But I think the point is that Sunday should be reserved for the Lord, and we should strive to keep it holy both by faithfully attending Mass, but also by keeping it as a day of true rest as the Lord did after the Creation. 

When I was a kid growing up, we had blue laws in Texas.  I remember when I was about 9 or 10 that the legislature voted to abolish them, to allow every one to have one more day for being good little consumers.  But, going grocery shopping or to the mall is probably not in keeping with what the Church believes we should be doing on Sunday.  I know we’re all very busy, but somehow our ancestors survived with virtually all businesses closed on Sunday.  And so now, most all of us, me included, tend to treat Sunday like any other day.  In the past couple of years, I’ve tried to minimize our Sunday shopping (but I still do too much), but I’m bad about using Sunday as Saturday #2 to do things around the house, including tasks I don’t care for much like trimming the lawn.  And, technically, not keeping Sunday as a day of rest, as a holy day, is a serious sin.  It is a violation of the 3rd Commandment and against what the great Tradition of the Church has always indicated.

But not only Sundays.  Bishop Bruskewitz states in his book that we should behave the same way on Holy Days of Obligation.  Now, we only have 6 here in the US, and sometimes as few as 3, since some holy days are rolled into the nearest Sunday, but we are obligated to treat these holy days as a Sunday.  I’m going to have to seriously consider this, and based on this guidance I wonder if I should not take the day off from work on these great Feasts of the Church – Bishop Bruskewitz indicates that we probably should if our work is not truly necessary (and even though I invented the internet, I don’t know that I have to be here every day to make it work).

So, to recap – we should avoid all servile work on Sundays.  We shouldn’t do chores we don’t like.  We should try very hard not to shop.  We should encourage a change in society to return the Lord’s Day to the place of reverence, or at least rest, it once had.  And all the above applies on Holy Days of Obligation, as well.  There are all of TWO this year, because of the insidious practice of rolling our Feast days into the nearest Sunday – All Saints Day and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.