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USCCB issuing guidance to Congress on the budget – bad idea? April 18, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, Society.
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The USCCB has issued one of its regular decrees, this time directed at the ongoing budget deliberations in Congress for FY2012.  The guidance from the bishops?  See:

As Congress continues debate over proposals for the 2012 fiscal year, the U.S. bishops issued criteria for a morally acceptable budget, saying that human life and dignity should be at the center of all decisions.

“The moral measure of this budget debate is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated,” bishops’ conference representatives wrote in a letter to congressmen on April 14.

Their voices are too often missing in these debates, but they have the most compelling moral claim on our consciences and our common resources.”

Looking to 2012, the bishops emphasized three criteria for a morally acceptable budget plan, saying that first and foremost, every “budget decision should be assessed by whether it protects or threatens human life and dignity.”

Second, they added, the “central moral measure of any budget proposal” is how it affects “the least of these” as described in the Gospel of Matthew.

“The needs of those who are hungry and homeless, without work or in poverty should come first.”

I don’t think I need to say, the United States today faces a debt crisis unprecendented in the country’s history.  At present, the US is running an annual deficit of about $1.7 trillion per year, on total outlays of $3.8 trillion.  Of that 3.8 trillion, over half the outlays are presently directed at wealth transfers from the “rich” to the “poor” (and elderly).  A handy pie chart from 2010 reveals the general budget outlays:

Note that “other mandatory” above includes welfare and ADC, with most of that budget going to wealth transfers.  ‘Discretionary’ includes unemployment benefits.  So, about 60% of the federal budget is presently dedicated to wealth transfer, or, if you like, benefits for the poor among us.  This is unsustainable.  Even if every bit of the federal budget not associated with wealth transfers were eliminated, we would still have an annual defiict of $760 billion a year.  Without significant changes to these wealth transfer programs, the United States government will run the nation’s economy off a cliff, leading to suffering of untold proportions and consequences that simply cannot be predicted, but will likely be very, very bad. 

And yet, the bishops continue to act, both here in Texas and at the national level, as if there is no crisis, as if business as usual can (indeed, MUST, it is a moral imperative!) be maintained.   But if the ‘business as usual’ attitude is maintained, the ‘poor’ will almost certainly suffer the most.  And if a debt induced general economic collapse were to occur, something many economists are saying is increasingly likely for this country, there will be far more poor people to be concerned about, and far less ‘rich’ able to aid them.

I am deeply grieved by this deeply held belief of the USCCB, that government is the best, if not only solution to almost all problems.  This is a profoundly leftist belief.  I think I should remind my readers the extent to which the USCCB and its ‘charitable’ organizations are wedded to government funding – Catholic Charities receives about 90% of its funding from the federal government, and CRS and the other major national level charities are similarly funded.  To say that the bishop’s collectively have a vested interest in this discussion is to put it mildly.  And, unfortunately, this ‘charity at the point of a gun’ undermines real charitiable efforts, by taking away income from those who would like to give of their own accord. 

There are many issues the bishops and the Church should be involved in.  I think economic issues are a place they should in general try to stay away from.  And I would be much happier if the Church focused much more effort on evangelizing the people to be charitable than lobbying the government for billions of taxpayer dollars every year.

Start Divine Mercy Novena this Friday April 18, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Good St. Joseph, Interior Life, North Deanery.
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As if you didn’t have enough to do with Holy Week, the Novena to the Divine Mercy starts on Friday!  The Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday, one of the more popular devotional Sunday’s in the Church year.

Jesus further asked that this Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Divine Mercy Novena which would begin on Good Friday. “On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy.

… On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.”


The different souls prayed for on each day of the Divine Mercy Novena are:

First day All mankind, especially sinners
Second day The souls of priests and religious
Third day All devout and faithful souls
Fourth day Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him.
Fifth day The souls of separated brethren
Sixth day The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
Seventh day The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy
Eight day The souls who are detained in purgatory
Ninth day The souls who have become lukewarm.

Some upcoming events for Holy Week April 18, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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Which I know about, not because of any diligent research, but because I stumbled on this info!  St. Mark is going to have 40 hours of Adoration this week, along with an exhibition of a relic of the True Cross on Friday.  Data below:


40 Hours



Exposition of The Most Blessed Sacrament

In the Chapel

Tuesday, April 19 at 3:00 P.M. – The Hour of Mercy 

Ending with Benediction

Holy Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 P.M. – before The Mass of The Lord’s Supper.

GOOD FRIDAY for those who may be interested:

A Relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ will be present for Veneration from 10 AM to 2 PM, and 4 PM to 6 PM in the Main Sanctuary.

3 PM     Passion Reading, Communion/Veneration of Cross

Thanks, Marguerite!

In addition, Mater Dei parish will be having several services Wednesday – Sunday, including Tenebrae sung in Latin on Wednesday and Friday nights at 7 pm.  If you’ve never been to a Tenebrae service, it is very worth your time, they are beautiful. 

I’ll try to post more if I have time.  This is a bad week, posting will likely be very light.