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Expose’ puts lie to Komen-Planned Parenthood links April 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sickness, silliness, Society.
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Over the past 7 years, the Susan G Komen “Race for the Cure” fund has given $4 million to Planned Barrenhood.  The stated reasons for these donations have been “breast cancer testing and treatment,” including mammograms and actual treatments like chemo and surgery.  The recent expose by LiveAction has shown that Planned Barrenhood does not have any facilities, anywhere, that can either perform mammograms or perform any kind of breast cancer treatment.  So, why, really, is Komen giving money to Planned Parenthood? 

In a March 2011 statement about Planned Parenthood, Komen claims the grants to the Planned Parenthood abortion business are meant to help women with breast health.

“Early screening through mammograms and education is critical to end the suffering from this disease: 98 percent of women treated for early stage breast cancer, before it spreads, are alive five years later. The widespread use of mammography and heightened public awareness of breast cancer both contribute to these favorable statistics,” Komen says. “And while Komen Affiliates provide funds to pay for screening, education and treatment programs in dozens of communities, in some areas, the only place that poor, uninsured or under-insured women can receive these services are through programs run by Planned Parenthood.”

With Planned Parenthood not offering mammograms for women, SusanAnne Hiller of the conservative website Big Journalism wonders why Komen is making the grants.

“Now that LiveAction has proved that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammography services to its clients, what is the money being used for, because it clearly is not for mammography screenings?” Hiller wonders. “Education, treatment? Are these questions we can expect our mainstream media propagandists to divulge in their articles? Or will the discovery stop with these citizen investigators and go unreported by the networks?”

Hiller also notes that Planned Parenthood only provides breast exams of the self-exam type women can do on their own or with a trusted friend or family member at home.

“However, the Komen memo links mammography, screenings, education, and treatment of breast cancer as their list of reasons it contributes to PP. It’s perpetuated all across the media without validation,” she says. “The Komen Foundation needs to come clean on specifically what those PP contributions are designated for and why they really continue to support Planned Parenthood.”

What Komen is, is just another left leaning (or falling) organization that observes all the left wing shibolleths, the most sacrosanct being that abortion is every woman’s right for any reason, at any time (and on your dime).  So, of course they support Planned Parenthood financially, even though there is growing evidence of abortion and hormonal contraception being major contributors to breast cancer rates in this country and around the world. It’s part of the dogma of the left, an infallible doctrine.  So all evidence that Komen may be undermining its own purported purpose – helping women avoid and/or overcome breast cancer – must be discounted as heresy counterfactual.

A movie worth going to? April 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Society.
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I haven’t been to a movie theater in about 7 years.  I just haven’t been impressed with the product – I think that 99.9% of what Hollywood produces today is junk – politically motivated, morally corrupt, and generally uninteresting.  But, that may change.  I might go see this movie:

There have been a few good recent movies, like Bella and the upcoming There Be Dragons also looks interesting.  I’d enjoy having some entertainment that doesn’t denigrate the Church, and more so, highlights Catholic Truth in a positive light.  So who knows, I may finally drag myself out to a movie theater.

Or, more likely, I’ll buy the DVD.  Heh……

Character witness – Fr. Corapi letter written in 1984 April 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Interior Life, religious.
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I received a link via e-mail to a site that contains a letter sent by then seminarian John Corapi to a correspondent who had sent him a religious medal.  The letter is really very frank and very telling, much more than a mere thank you note, it goes into the reasons for Corapi’s vocation and his divinely inspired mission in the Church.  It’s something that should be read in light of recent events.  An excerpt below:

 Before I ever heard of The Message of Garabandal The Mother of God, in a very personal way, made it known to me. She made me acutely aware of certain things concerning the Eucharist. These abuses I became aware of cause me much suffering. I often cry at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and I very often cry at night, not sleeping at all.

Whenever I would doubt this insight, almost immediately I would be given a sign to confirm that what I was feeling was correct. Some examples: (1) Seeing the priest at a church daily fail to Purify the Paten & Chalice and profanely disgarding the consecrated Host and Precious Blood down a drain! (2) Hearing homilies that state that no longer do we owe primary allegiance to the Pope, but rather to local Bishops who are more aware of our needs! (3) Listening to a Diocesan Vocation Director tell me that his Diocese would not be interested in Ordaining any man who was not open to Priests being able to marry and to serve a limited term as a Priest (Like an Army enlistment)! To say that I suffer to hear these things would be to say the least. However, there is a purpose to it all. My dear friend, the Mother of God, wants me to be aware of these dangers so that I can help her to wage war against the enemy. She has given me a vocation to the Priesthood so that I might help her to bring back holiness to her Son’s Church and end these horrible abuses of the Eucharist.

There are many who do not wish to see me become a Priest because of my fierce loyalty to the Vicar of Christ and my outspoken defense of him and my condemnation of certain irreverent and even profane practices I see today. I have enemies because of this. So too did Our Beloved Saviour have enemies.

I have had to endure abuse and suffering because my views are now not popular with the local clergy. They call me a fanatic and say my views are outdated. Luckily, there are 3 archbishops (retired) who agree with me and protect me – gaining admittance for me to a good Orthodox Seminary where my views are generally shared.

I know very well that my vocation will be that of a soldier engaged in a mortal combat. There will be more and worse suffering for all of us to endure. That is fine, for, as we know, Our Blessed Lord did not tell us to take up a bed of Roses and follow him. He said to take up a CROSS and follow Him! By the Grace of Almighty God and the Holy assistance and intercession of Our Good Friend – The Mother of God – I shall do so!

Being a weak and miserable creature that I am, I am much in need of Prayer. Please pray for me that I might be all that Our Blessed Mother wishes me to be.

This letter was written in 1984, when Fr. Corapi was still in seminary.  He would not be ordained until 1991, in Rome, because his path to ordination was frought with roadblocks thrown up by those who were opposed to his becoming a priest.  27 years is a long time in a life, but it is difficult to see how the man, already fully adult and mature, could wander so drastically from the mission he lays out here to have engaged in the activities of which he is accused.    Definitely, this is the Corapi we have witnessed in so many TV and radio programs. 

We must always be wary of the world and the wiles of the devil.  Greater men than Corapi have fallen – so pray, alot, for him, his apostolate, and the Church.  Especially for good and devoted, faithful priests, and good priestly formation.  Pray for the instillation of the true Faith in our seminaries.

Finally, some changey hope I can get behind! April 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, silliness.
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My kind of entertainer.  This guy was very funny, if perhaps a bit bawdy at times.

First Friday report April 4, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, religious.
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YOU GUYS NEED TO GO!  It is ‘teh awesome!’  And yes, I sometimes mispell ‘the’ on purpose.

So, the crowd this last Friday, at least for the 8pm Mass, was the biggest I’ve seen yet.  At least 100 people, I would guess – they were spilling outside.  I’m glad I got there early!  It really is a very nice, a superlative kind of Adoration – the FSSP priests are, of course, very reverent, and the sermons at every Mass I have been to at the Carmelite chapel with Fr. Phil Wolfe FSSP have been supreme.  I love the FSSP guys, because every time I hear one of their sermons, I learn something, or many things.  For instance, I learned this last weekend that even passionate kissing by unmarried people is a very grave, possibly mortal sin.  Now, that makes sense if one thinks about what goes on when one is doing that particular activity, but I had never considered it before.  But then, I’ve led a very sheltered life.  <cough>

And then there’s the nuns, the OCDs, and their prayers before and after Mass.  They’re very sweet and cute,

Not Dallas Carmelites

 almost comical in a way, when they sing some of their prayers in a super high falsetto.  I love their modesty, how they pull their massive hoods (hoods is probably not the right term, sorry) over their heads so they cannot be seen whenever they approach the grill.  It looks like they’re growing – I sneaked a peak and saw some white hoods this time.  I think there is a young lady from St. William with them now, but I’m not sure. The chapel is beautiful, and it’s awesome seeing people hunker down for hours of Adoration.  I’m a wimp, I only stay a couple of hours and then I’ve bailed, but I’m trying to stay longer each time I go. 

It’s really worthwhile.  Adoration is a blessed experience anytime, but this is a cut above – there is a very great sense of love and reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, and there is truly great devotion going on.  I highly encourage everyone to try to get down there for First Friday sometime.  I think you’ll derive great value from the experience.

I must bring some supplies for the nuns next time.  I am ashamed of myself for not having done so, yet.  They are always in need of some basic items like paper towels, toilet paper, and vegitarian foods – vegetables, soups (no meat broth), tomato sauces, frozen vegetables (brocolli, okra, spinach – no peas and carrots, they have too much!), etc. 

Confession is available much of the late night with FSSP and the Mass is a Low Mass.  If you don’t go you’re not allowed to read my blog anymore.