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‘Hook up’ culture pervasive among ‘religious Catholic girls?’ June 30, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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That’s what the literature my friend Colleen Hammond reviews says (emphasis from Colleen, my comments, slavishly copying Fr. Z, in red):

Whatever the origins, the reality is that hooking up has become the dominant script for forming sexual and romantic relationships on Catholic and secular campuses. And, although the term hooking up is ambiguous in meaning, students generally use the phrase to refer to a physical encounter between two people who are largely unfamiliar with one another or otherwise briefly acquainted (Burdette, Ellison, Hill and Glenn, 2009; Glenn and Marquardt, 2001; Paul, McManus and Hayes, 2000). Most importantly, hook-ups carry no anticipation of a future relationship (Bogle, 2008; England, Shafer, and Fogarty, 2007).

Findings revealed that for both females and males, church attendance was negatively related to some forms of hooking-up behaviors (the more frequent the church attendance, the less frequent the hooking-up behavior), but religious feeling was only significant in reducing hooking-up behavior for males. For females, the emotional attachment to religion had little impact on their decision to participate in hooking-up behaviors. [So, one must ask, just exactly constitutes ‘an emotional attachment to religion,’ and is this ‘attachment’ of any substance.  Based on the responses in the survey, it appears any attachment is ill-formed and shallow.  The fruit of watered down youth catechesis and ‘relevant’ Mass celebrations?]

This study indicated that those individuals who engage in premarital sex actually “become” less religiously involved. [Well, duh, yes, falling into sin is the prime means of falling away from the Faith.  That’s only been a known fact for 2000 years, ecce, Iscariot, Judas.] It is possible that those students who engage in short term acts of sexual behavior (the hook-up) also decrease religious involvement. This should come as no surprise to most faithful Catholics who have been taught about the ways in which immoral behavior can lead to additional forms of immorality and eventually a turning away from God and the sacraments. [Uhhhh……..yeah!  What they said!]

She found that most intrinsic students were significantly less likely to participate in premarital sexual intercourse–except for Roman Catholics. For the Catholic students in the Stoddard study, affiliation with the Catholic Church made no difference in reducing the rate of engaging in premarital sexual behavior. [And here is the cruxt of the matter.  We’ve seen more than one hopefully scientific survey recently that has shown that affiliation with the Catholic Church, for some reason, fails to instill increased moral behavior in young people.  Why would that be?  Could it be catechesis that doesn’t stress moral behavior?  Could it be immoral behavior modeled in the home by wayward Catholic adults?  Could it be a sort of collapse into acceptance of the cesspool of worldly promiscuity and sexual indulgence on a very broad base within the Church?  Or could it just be one of those freak statistical things, like how ‘straight’ priests kept abusing adolescent boys, virtually exclusively?  Simply inexplicable!]

The original ‘review of the literature’ is here

Earn a plenary indulgence tomorrow! June 30, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery.
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You can earn a plenary indulgence tomorrow by publicly reciting the Act of Reparation Iesu dulcissime

Freak some protestants out.  Drop to your knees and shout out loud this Act of Reparation in the middle of a baptist hootenany. 

On the radio tonight June 30, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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I’m going to be on the radio tonight on ‘Life and Liberty’ at 8pm on 660am KSKY with Jim and Vicki Middleton.  Tune in to hear my impression of Alexander Haig – it’s spot on!

Six Texas episcopal parishes to become Catholic June 30, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic, North Deanery, Society.
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 A few days after news of the return to full communion with the Catholic Church by an entire Episcopalian community (Anglican of the States) of Saint Luke, in Bladenburg (Maryland), a new “transition” takes place:  This time it’s in Texas, where six Anglican parishes are going to embrace the faith of Rome.

The confirmation comes from Monsignor Mark Langham, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity:  «For at least ten years these communities have expressed a desire for full communion with Rome. Now they too will become part of the Ordinariate foreseen by the  Apostolic Constitution  Anglicanorum coetibus to accommodate former Anglican pastors and faithful».

In fact, in the U.S. as well there is a study on the birth of a canonical structure (an ordinariate, in fact) modeled on that of Our Lady of Walsingham in England and Wales that is bringing many Anglican pastors and faithful to become fully integrated into the local Catholic community. The Ordinariate allow Anglicans to maintain some traditions, especially in the areas of liturgy, prayers, songs, all expressed in a “high”, almost Shakespearean  language.  Furthermore, for former pastors who are married there is a special “permit” that authorizes them to maintain the marriage bond.

But what are the underlying causes of this separation, in both England and the U.S.? Bishop Langam has no doubts: “The reason is to be found in the faithfulness of the communities to apostolic tradition.  Some recent developments in Anglicanism such as priesthood for women and the opening on issues such as homosexuality, are perceived as unacceptable».

It still amazes me that, having seen the wreckage caused by the modernist, progressive agenda pursued in the Anglican, presbyterian, methodist, and other churches, there are still Catholics who want nothing more than to follow that course.  Forget Doctrine, why, on a practical level, would you want to do something that has failed so badly? What motivations could one have?  It can’t be for the ‘truth,’ because the Church already has the fullness of that.

It must be something


Help a burgeoning, traditional religious order! June 30, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, religious.
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The implosion of religious life in this country has been tragic and heartbreaking.  Fortunately, it appears things are beginning to turn around, at least a bit.  There are a growing number of good, traditional religious orders out there that are worthy of your support.  One of the most famous of these is the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, originally based in Michigan.  Now, they are expanding due to their tremendous growth, and they are buying land and planning on building a new motherhouse in Austin!  What a blessing!  We have some good religious orders here in Texas, but we need many, many more! 

Building a new motherhouse, of course, takes a great deal of effort.  It takes time from many people, and money.  If you would like to help support this rapidly growing and traditionally minded religious order, please see the flyer below.  The charism of this order is prayer and teaching – traditional Dominican vocations.  Many of the women of the order, young and vibrant, and already serving as teachers in various Catholic schools.  Many have lamented the loss of nuns in our Catholic schools, and all that has implied – here is an opportunity to help bring more nuns back into teaching! 

Although these nuns have gotten a big boost from being on Oprah, they have great plans and really seem filled with the Holy Spirit.  I know it is a great deal to ask, but would you, in your charity, consider helping them (or any good traditional religious order)?  Religious life is one of the cornerstones of our Catholic Faith, one that has been seriously injured in the past several decades.  Religious need our support, as they don’t bring in income of their own on any substantial level.  God bless you!


Don’t forget – Friday Adoration with the Carmelites! June 30, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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For the 3rd month in a row, I will not be able to make it (thanks, honey!), but you should!  You should especially go tomorrow because it is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Saturday is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!  

First Friday All Night Vigil  tomorrow, July 1/2.  Exposition starts at 4:00 PM. Adoration,  Holy Masses (8PM – 3AM – 7AM), Confession & Rosaries

Carmelite Monastery 600 Flowers Ave. Dallas, 75211

If you’ve never been to Confession with Fr. Longua or Fr. Wolfe, you should go just for that!  It’s an all night crazy Catholic party! 

All details below!

All night carmelites July August Sept 2011


Whatever happened with the Fr. Euteneuer imbroglio? June 29, 2011

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Remember back during the Fr. Euteneuer resignation/takedown/whatever situation, how we were told there were going to be many other people coming forward publicly with allegations?  Has that happened?   I haven’t heard anything in months.  It seems some of those claiming evidence of further allegations have moved on to bigger fish

Just noting the absence of follow-up.

The wreckage of the Faith in Ireland June 29, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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Ireland, evangelized somewhat late because it was never part of the Roman Empire, has for over 1500 years always been unalterably Catholic. Famines, invasions by barbarians, repeated atrocities during a long British rule intended primarily to stamp out the Faith – none succeeded in destroying the Faith.  Until now, perhaps.  Will modernism succeed where all other forces have failed?

How did this come to be?  Well, see:

Voris asks a very important question – was the Church’s opposition to the ‘gay marriage’ initiative in New York stymied by the Bishop of Albany, Howard Hubbard?  The stories that have circulated about this man for decades are nauseating, to say the least.  We’ll likely never know.  But on this ‘gay marriage’ issue in particular, there is plenty of culpability to go around.  Numerous Catholic lay people (and priests, and religious) have eagerly embraced the cultural mores that say that marriage is about feelings, about ‘love,’ not the union of a man and woman, not for reproduction, not for providing a stable environment in which to raise children, and not necessarily lifelong. How many Catholics have gone happily along with a culture that says divorce is OK, sterility is OK, that sex is a an exciting game for everyone to play!, not a special gift conferred on married people?  How many reject Church Doctrine on contraception?  We’ve spayed, neutered, and divorced ourselves to a point that we have a hard time effectively arguing for the most fundamental of human institutions.

And, yes, the bishops play a role in all the above, but the individual choices of many Catholics to reject what the Church believes are just that – individual, as in individual responsibilities.  

Fr. Z seems to be asking if our culture has now gone too far to save.  The Church will always exist, Christ has assured that, but that doesn’t mean present day hyper-wealthy, spoiled, and indulgent ‘western culture’ (such as it is) will be.  Are we due for a massive chastisement?  Are we due for cultural disintegration?

I think that’s really up to us.

Remember – everything Planned Parenthood says is a lie June 29, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Even ‘and’ and ‘the’.  LiveAction exposes Planned Parenthood’s lies in Indiana, where the abortion lovers have filed suit preventing the state from defunding Planned Parenthood clinics.  Previously, the Indiana legislature voted to deny any facility that performs abortions Medicare funding.  Many other states have followed suit, including Texas.  Planned Barrenhood has been arguing that they provide ‘critical services’ that aren’t available elsewhere.  So, LiveAction called up a number of Planned Barrenhood offices and found that’s not really the case:

The audacity of Planned Parenthood’s lies is breathtaking.  Planned Parenthood, and especially CEO Cecille Richards, have stated repeatedly that Planned Parenthood provides critical services not available anywhere else, but it turns out that they treat less than 1% of Medicaid patients in Indiana and that the services they perform are easily available at non-abortion providing facilities.  Think, too, on all the pro-aborts out there constantly doing their dorky chants about how Planned Parenthood is SOOO necessary for “women’s health care.”  What a joke.  But pro-aborts have never met a lie they didn’t like.

Charmaine Yeost, writing in the Wall Street Journal, has a good rundown of the various legal tactics Planned Barrenhood is using to try to fight defunding at the state level:

The state of Indiana—and, by extension, 49 other states and the American taxpayer—is under siege from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s abortion super-provider, and its allies in the Obama administration. Indiana is being threatened with the loss of federal funding for health care and being held up to scorn as having “declared war on women.”

Indiana’s crime? Last month it became the first state to prohibit all health-care contracts with and grants to any “entity” that performs abortions or operates a facility where abortions are performed. The law applies to state funds and to federal funds administered by the state, including money for Medicaid. Other states have been moving in the same direction.

Late Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction in a case brought by Planned Parenthood to block enforcement of the Indiana ban. In her 44-page opinion, the judge noted that “the public interest” tilted in favor of Planned Parenthood at this time because “the federal government has threatened partial or total withholding of federal Medicaid dollars to the State of Indiana.” One of the nation’s largest recipients of Medicaid funding, Planned Parenthood could lose a substantial amount if Indiana law prevails.

Shortly after it filed suit against the state, Planned Parenthood’s friends at the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued a letter to Indiana and all other states. CMS said that, under the “free choice of provider” provisions in the Medicaid rules, states risk losing all federal Medicaid funding.

Who here is really endangering women?

Planned Parenthood repeatedly claims to be a woman’s best friend, the only source for mammograms (ooops, no, they don’t do that) and important basic health care for most women (also false).  What is most false is the notion that Planned Parenthood cares for women.  That misbegotten organization, founded in hatred, only cares about women as a means to increase its funding and its influence (and thus future funding).  And they kill more babies than any other organization in the US. 

BTW, the scoreboard I posted yesterday has been updated!

You can argue with the exact numbers, but it is clear that Planned Barrenhood may be denied tens of millions of dollars in government funding this year.  It’s well earned – they deserve every dollar they dont’ get.

Bishop Rene Gracida has strong words for his fellow bishops…. June 29, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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….on the issue of reducing the marital state to a pathetic joke.  OK, so he’s retired, but still, it’s quite refreshing to read such comments:

We can win the war if only my brother bishops will stop talking in platitudes and start enforcing canon law. [I don’t think it would change the ‘debate’ over ‘gay marriage’ entirely, if Catholic politicians were to be threatened with either formal excommuniation or denial of the Eucharist.  Yes, there would likely be a vicious counterattack, but it would also put immense pressure on those politicians who repeatedly take public stands contrary to what the Church has always believed and proclaimed]
For over a thousand years the Church has dealt with renegade Catholics like Andrew Cuomo by applying canonical remedies, not as punishment but as medicinal cures. [This seems to be something totally forgotten today.  Excommunication is much less a penalty than it is a last desperate attempt to shake an individual holding heretical views – deliberately and publicly rejecting the Doctrine of the Faith and being involved in actions that work counter to Faith or Morals – from their terrible state.  It is an act of profound mercy to try to save the unrepentant sinner’s soul.  This has been totally forgotten.  Yes, there would be a high price to pay, the media would absolutely castigate the Church (because, they are SOOO friendly now!), but what price a human soul?  How many deluded individuals have died in a state of grave sin because they didn’t take Church Doctrine seriously, and no one in the Church held them to account?]
It is time bishops start using the power the Church has given them!
Now, it’s easy for Bishop Gracida to say these things now that he is retired, and I don’t know how well he did in this regard when he was the Ordinary for Corpus Christi (I LOVE THAT NAME!), but it is still very refreshing to hear a bishop, even a retired one, say these things.  Souls are at stake.  Both the soul of the sinner/heretic, and the souls of many of the faithful confused or scandalized by this seeming unwillingness to defend Church Doctrine.  That is the only thing that really and truly matters – the state of people’s souls.  Yes, the Church may even lose its tax exempt status were it to vigorously defend the Faith and take formal canonical steps against unrepentant heretics, but that is a triviality compared to the loss of one soul.  “But think of the good we could do with that money we’d be losing!”  The purpose of the Church is not to do earthly good – the purpose of the Church is to bring souls to God.  Jesus didn’t expound on the system of charity the Apostles needed to establish, he didn’t lecture the Apostles on the need for clerical exemptions from taxes, he expounded on the utter necessity of living a life of Grace.  Everything else is totally secondary.
Why is this critical fact so apparent to many laity, but seems utterly lost on those with Divinely instituted authority?  What am I missing?