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On the feminization of the Church May 24, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, religious, scandals, sickness.
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I’m not a huge fan of RenewAmerica for a number of reasons, but Matt Abbot has reposted an entire article from The Wanderer newspaper on the utter disaster that is the Diocese of Rochester, NY and its Bishop Matthew Clark.  That Diocese shows today a vision of a future feminized Church – a church in total collapse.  Almost half of the priests have left the priesthood, seminary attendance has plummeted, and Mass attendance, stable or slightly rising over the last 10 years in most of the rest of the country, continues its free fall.  Mass attendance has dropped 25% (Cleansing Fire reported in that the figure is actually 33%!!!) in the last 9 years alone.  That is a staggering figure.  Go read the entire article – the nonsense spouted by Clark is stupefying.

Remember – the episcopal church welcomes YOU!

I did not realize I was going to wind up with an entire series on this feminization issue!

Pro-aborts lay out plans to shut down crisis pregnancy centers May 24, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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They have alread been successful in New York City (which is about as friendly an environment as pro-aborts will find, given that over 40% of children conceived in New Yack are aborted), and now the pro-aborts at NARAL are emboldened to lay out their plans to try to shut down, or radically muzzle, pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.  It’s all in the video:

Just how radically pro-abort do you have to be to oppose crisis pregnancy centers?  If pro-‘choicers’ are really, truly concerned about what is best for the mother, wouldn’t they support any effort to aid pregnant moms, whether it supports their abortion agenda or no?  But as many pro-lifers already know, and as Abby Johnson has confirmed, the abortion industry is about just that – performing as many abortions as possible.  And they will viciously oppose any efforts, especially grass roots type efforts as many crisis pregnancy centers are, to offer an alternative to their very lucrative business. 

Notice the irony of pro-abort Planned Barrenhood types decrying the fact that crisis pregnancy centers are not full service medical establishments – pot calling kettle!  After we have seen Planned Barrenhood repeatedly overselling the types of services they offer, it takes a special kind of chutzpah to criticize crisis pregnancy centers on this front. 

But then, we know that pro-aborts are full of it………er…..that kind of chutzpah.

Crisis pregnancy centers are full of very good people doing very good work, helping women keep their babies and lead successful, happy lives.  Abortion providers are agents of moloch.

h/t Dr. Gerald Nadal

Some really good news for a change! May 24, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Our Lady.
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I know I can be Mr. Downer, always highlighting the negative and going on rants about all kind of things related to the Church and society at large.  But now I have some truly great news, I would say nearly miraculous.  I have known this news for weeks, and I have had to embargo it while the details were being worked out.  But I can announce something that I think truly indicates the direction in which the Church is headed and is a trulybeautiful thing!

Starting Monday June 13th and every Monday after that, at 7 pm, there will be a Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in LATIN [I can’t believe the original post missed this rather key detail.  Thank you for the exercise in humlity, Lord!] celebrated according to the 1970 Missal (Novus Ordo) at St. Mark in Plano.  All these Masses will be celebrated by Fr. Jack Hopka, a long time diocesan priest and canon lawyer. 

Suffice it to say, this development is a very pleasant surprise for those who have been working towards this end for some time.  Anything can happen, plans can change at any moment, but for now it looks like there will be an ongoing Latin Mass in the north deanery.  If you are interested in this type of Mass, a Mass celebrated in the universal language of the Church and with great reverence for our Eucharistic Lord, I encourage you to come out and support this Mass!  The more people we have assisting at Mass the more likely it is to continue. 

I also ask that you will, in your charity, join me in saying prayers of thanksgiving for Bishop Farrell, Father Cliff Smith, and Fr. Jack Hopka, among others, for making this Mass a reality.  Many have been desiring that such a Mass be celebrated in the Plano/Richardson/Allen area for some time – please pray that this Mass be very, very successful! 

Deo Gratias!  Dominus vobiscum!

Yahoody!  I can’t tell you how excited I am!!

The rest of the story….. May 24, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, sadness.
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You may have heard that Steven Tyler of Aerosmith expressed sadness at being involved in the abortion of a child back during the 70s.  What you may not have read is the life story of the mom involved – it’s just been released on Lifesitenews, and after a hard partying rock and roll existence, that mother who had an abortion at Tyler’s and other’s behest is now an ardently pro-life Catholic mom of 7.  God is truly great, and works with sometimes the most unlikely of individuals <cough>

Go read the whole thing.

Charity is not social work….. May 24, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, Society.
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……or government wealth transfers, I might add!  We may be in the midst of the revival of the enforcement of at least some modicum of discipline in the Church.  In the past several months, there have been three wayward bishops sacked, priests have been disciplined, and now Caritas International, the prime Catholic international relief agency (of which Catholic Charities is a part) has been lectured rather sternly by Cardinal Bertone regarding the need for a vibrant Catholic identity in all Catholic charitable work.  This lecture occurred after Caritas had their preferred speaker for their international conference pulled by the Vatican.  Then, Robert Cardinal Sarah, addressing Caritas Europa officials at the Vatican, reminded them that Christian charity is not ordinary social work:

The cardinal drove home the point by quoting with what he described as a “striking” statement from Blessed Frederic Ozanam, a 19th century founder of the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul.

Our fundamental purpose is not to go out and help the poor,” said Ozanam, whose organization is well-known for its service to the needy. “For us, this has only been a means. Our purpose is to maintain the Catholic faith within us, and to allow its diffusion to others through the instrument of charity.”

Cardinal Sarah, who heads the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, told Caritas Europa directors and vice-directors that the international Catholic charity had reached a “key moment” in its history, 60 years after it was established by Pius XII.

That Pope “wished to give a concrete and practical sign of the Church’s concern for the countless situations crying out for assistance” after World War II. He organized Caritas Internationalis as a Church ministry, to “make present, through specific works of charity, the charity of God himself.”

Recently, however, Vatican officials have found the need to strengthen Caritas’ Catholic identity and increase its focus on evangelization.

Disagreement over the new direction led the Vatican to seek a replacement for Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight earlier this year. The Holy See appreciated many of Knight’s accomplishments, but sought a “new profile” after she criticized its vision for Caritas in the press.

In his address, Cardinal Sarah described Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical “Deus Caritas Est,” on the subject of Christian love, as “the magna carta for our direction” in the coming years.

The cardinal’s speech quoted extensively from the letter’s reflections on what charity is, and is not, for Catholics.

“For the Church, charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others,” the Pope wrote in a passage highlighted by Cardinal Sarah. In fact, charity is “inseparable” from the Church’s other two fundamental tasks: “to proclaim the word of God” and “celebrate the sacraments.”……..

Cardinal Sarah explained that Caritas Europa should align its priorities with those of Pope Benedict, and see its activity as “the ‘visiting card’ that can open the door to Christ.”

“Charity is a divine gift,” he observed, “bestowed by the God who is love.”

The cardinal stated that the one who bears witness to this love “becomes an apostle.” Through the work of such apostles, “a seed of belief is sown even in the most skeptical.”

There was apparently much concern at the Vatican when it was revealed that Catholic Relief Services in Africa, as a matter of policy, absolutely refuse to evangelize in any way.   There has been great concern among many Catholics, and at the Vatican, that many Catholic charitable organizations have lost their way, that they have become too dependent on government funding, too infused with socialist views, and too distant from Catholic Doctrine.  The Vatican appears to be making clear that all Catholic organizations must have a vibrant Catholic identity, and that the first work of charity is to bring the Gospel to those living without it.

I pray over this constantly.  I pray that our Catholic organizations, every one, will have a deep Catholic identity and a burning desire to proclaim the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church, in the best spirit of the great Saints and Tradition of the Church.  I also pray that Catholic social work will become more locally focused and more of a private enterprise, less dependent on government funding.  It is frankly bizaare to me that Catholic Charities would be so dependent on government funding that its leadership would lose their minds when that funding is reduced.  There are, of course, many aspects of charity, including the most important, spiritual charity, but historically Catholic physical charity, material aid to our fellow man, has been locally based and privately funded.  It is only in the last few decades that massive Catholic charitable enterprises have sprung into being, largely funded by government.  It is in these massive organizations that a socialist mindset has largely taken hold, and adherence to the Faith is often lacking.  That is why I pray for change.  I pray that the Faith will always be the first and foremost concern of every Catholic enterprise.

Isn’t this child abuse? May 24, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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There is a family, somewhere in Canada, apparently, that has determined that they will refuse to assign a ‘gender’ to their children.  Actually, they have 3 boys, but they refuse to state when asked whether their children are boys or girls, and the two older boys have taken on profoundly feminine habits.  From Jawa Report:

“When the baby comes out, even the people who love you the most and know you so intimately, the first question they ask is, ‘Is it a girl or a boy?’” says Witterick, bouncing Storm, dressed in a red-fleece jumper, on her lap at the kitchen table.“If you really want to get to know someone, you don’t ask what’s between their legs,” says Stocker.

When Storm was born, the couple sent an email to friends and family: “We’ve decided not to share Storm’s sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime (a more progressive place? …).”

Ah, yes, a ‘more progressive place.’  I should note that the family recently vacationed in Cuba, not so much for the tropical paradise aspect, but more to witness the wonders of the dictatorship of the proletariat.

As I said – while the dominant mom and milquetoast father claim not to be reinforcing any preferred gender in their boys, the older two have taken on profoundly feminine habits:

Jazz — soft-spoken, with a slight frame and curious brown eyes — keeps his hair long, preferring to wear it in three braids, two in the front and one in the back, even though both his parents have close-cropped hair. His favourite colour is pink, although his parents don’t own a piece of pink clothing between them. He loves to paint his fingernails and wears a sparkly pink stud in one ear, despite the fact his parents wear no nail polish or jewelry.Kio keeps his curly blond hair just below his chin. The 2-year-old loves purple, although he’s happiest in any kind of pyjama pants.

“As a result, Jazz and now Kio are almost exclusively assumed to be girls,” says Stocker, adding he and Witterick don’t out them. It’s the boys’ choice whether they want to offer a correction.

I wonder if there will be a follow-up story on these poor kids in 20 years?  If so, will it describe the years of therapy and spells in various institutions?  My wife and I have been amazed at the complete and total difference between girls and boys.  We had 5 girls in a row, but our youngest is a boy.  They could not be more different in their behavior.  Benedict is more aggressive, he plays differently, he thinks differently, he just behaves in a very different manner.  My point is, many of our most fundamental personality traits are inborn.   Those who try to claim they were born the ‘wrong gender’ generally face a lifetime of great mental anguish and suffering because they are either acting against their natural personality or they are horribly confused as to who they really are.  The suicide rates for those claiming to be ‘transgendered’ is phenomonally high.  Over 50% of those with severe gender confusion, which these boys will likely have as they function as ideological playthings for their parents, attempt suicide by their 20th birthday.  This is not due to societal pressures or family strife – those who experience this kind of profound dissociation on so elemental a level of their psyche are simply profoundly troubled individuals.  To force one’s child into this kind of miserable existence to try to score a great big ideological point is beyond the pale, and strikes me as serial child abuse.  You are denying one of the most formative aspects of a personality to develop, and a lifetime of misery will likely result. 

Here is a picture of the baby whose sexual identity is such a great mystery – it’s a boy.

As Ace Of Spaces said “Proud Parents Give Birth To Beautiful Six Pound, Eight Ounce Grandstanding Political Statement.”

There have always been parents who have done abominable things to their children.  There are simply some people that narcissistic.  I pray for those kids, and that the authorities in Canada will take a long hard look at this family and how the children are being raised.