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Mind blowing June 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, sadness, sickness, silliness.
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An article at Catholic World Report looks at the rhetoric emanating from the ‘progressive’ side of the Catholic blogosphere (yes, both sites), and the results are simply stupefying.  I complain and am surely sufficiently prideful to probably place  my eternal soul in jeopardy (I pray not), but wow:

One NCR contributor, Jamie Manson, calls the denial of ordination to women “profound spiritual violence” and charges that the Church teaches that “women’s bodies defile the Eucharist,” and an NCR editor, Rick Heffern, charges that “pathology underlies the Vatican’s insistence that an all-male priesthood is necessary.”

A participant in the liberal liturgical blog Pray Tell referred to the more conservative New Liturgical Movement blog as “the bowel movement.” (Pray Tell’s moderator, the Benedictine Anthony Ruff, later fastidiously moderated this to “BM.”) Another Pray Tell blogger compared the bishops to Communist propagandists and said, “These guys have no compunction about telling outright lies,” while Ruff charged that “much deception and mischief” mark attempts at liturgical reform.

After John Paul II was shot, an Irish Jesuit, Cyril Barrett, was heard to “bellow” in a London restaurant, “The only thing wrong with that bloody Turk was that he couldn’t shoot straight,” a complaint that, when Barrett died, was fondly recalled as evidence of his “detestation of intellectual narrowness.”

In such an environment, the NCR, with no sense of irony, laments that a liberal bishop “suffered personal attacks and angry denunciations,” while another endured a “smear campaign by enemies inside and outside the Church.”

Conservative Catholics are frequently denounced as Pharisees. But in reality pharisaism underlies the attitudes of many of those who cry “Pharisee.” (An organization called Voice of the Faithful for a time actually promoted a “Pharisee Watch,” inviting people to nominate other Catholics as “modern-day Pharisees.”)

A retired teacher warns against the phrase “and with your spirit,” because it will “encourage ordinary Catholics to think that their religion is basically about saving souls” and “will once again lead the ordinary Catholic astray.” The writer does not consider himself a naïve “ordinary Catholic.” In his enlightenment he understands vastly more than such “ordinary Catholics” as, for example, Ignatius Loyola and Teresa of Avila, who naïvely thought their religion was about saving souls.

Another NCR reader recounts, “Recently I asked a friend why she is a Christian. Her immediate answer, without reflection, was ‘So I can go to heaven.’” The author thereupon gazed into the heart of his “friend,” discerned that she was “unthinking and in thrall to fear,” and proudly announced that, by contrast, “I am a member of Pax Christi.”

Sister Celine Goessl condemns the hierarchy as whitened sepulchers, in contrast to which “the people of God see the real truth as we [nuns] live our lives in fidelity to the Jesus of the Gospels.”

The Council spoke of “reading the signs of the times,” a task that is surely among the most difficult and treacherous imaginable, but only liberals are thought capable of doing this. The NCR says of a group called FutureChurch that “they see very far down the road” and “have the patience and good will to drag us along with them.”

The NCR sums up the recent history of the Church thus: “It has been an open secret that powerful forces in the Church’s leadership have strongly opposed the reforms set in motion by the Second Vatican Council and have worked quietly but assiduously during the past 40 years to roll back what has been accomplished. The regression is usually couched in Orwellian churchspeak, which lavishes praise on the Council even as its intentions are reversed.”

The fallacy of this account lies in the sleight-of-hand movement from the little phrase “set in motion” to the Council’s “intentions.” No one could even attempt to show that the collapse of religious life, the sexual revolution, and the “ordination” of women are what the Council intended. It explicitly condemned contraception, abortion, and divorce, and forbade anyone to make unauthorized changes in the liturgy. Yet liberals continually lament that “John XXIII is turning over in his grave,” as though his purpose in summoning the Council was to validate contraception, abortion, divorce, homosexuality, and women priests.

The feminist nun Theresa Kane states flatly that women’s ordination was “the vision of the council,” and the nun-theologian Sandra Schneiders claims that Vatican II called nuns to follow a  road that leads to “globalized postmodernity,” a term that was not even in use at the time of the Council and seems capable of meaning just about anything.

The liberal movement is disproportionately made up of elderly people who look back nostalgically to the 1960s, so that when one NCR reader spoke of the “old church,” she meant the period from about 1960 to the election of John Paul II in 1978, and another asked incredulously, “Since when has someone proclaimed the teachings of the church to be infallible?”

There is much, much more at the link.  Some may say, well, the writer cherry picked the worst examples, but as I think any faithful Catholic who has perused the comments at the Distorter or a number of other ‘progressive’ sites could tell you, these are not extreme examples.  One could retort that ‘conservative Catholics say equally ridiculous things,’ and I would agree to an extent, but I in the comments I read, and I read quite a few, such comments tend to be the exception, and not the rule. 

Is it ‘divisive’ to point this out?  Whence comes the division – those trying to adhere to the Faith and see it adhered to by others for the good of their immortal souls, or those who have a vision of the Church in the Anglican model, following the well trod path of liberal mainstream protestantism to irrelevance and death?

I pray constantly that I do God’s Will.  Sometimes I do not.  When I don’t, I confess those offenses against God, and some of those offenses come from what I write.  I have a great deal of intellectual and other baggage to discard……I know that some of my thinking is not well aligned with the Mind of the Church.  In those cases, I strive to change my beliefs.  Do these characters quoted above do the same?  I don’t know.  I pray they do.

US debt obligations explode June 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society.
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study conducted by USAToday shows that the US government, only at the federal level, presently has $61.6 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities or financial obligations that exist in promised benefits under various wealth transfer mechanisms.  That sum is over 4 times the annual gross national product and equals over $534,000 per household.  Which, sadly, I don’t appear to have.  Even if I sold my house, cars, and cashed in everything, I’d likely be pretty short.  And all that would get me is a promise that Uncle Sam might write me a check someday for some piddling amount. 

Last year the government took on $5.3 TRILLION in new obligations, largely for wealth transfer mechanisms like Medicare and Social Security.  This is money taken from the productive sector of the economy and largely transferred to unproductivity sectors. 

One interesting note at the end of the article is that on average, each federal employee is owed over $700,000 in pensions and health benefits, and that this liability is paid almost entirely by new debt.

This level of debt is completely unsustainable.  As one of the President’s one time advisor’s famously said, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” and indeed they are.  We cannot afford the benefits the federal government has promised to pay.  The economy has established a new paradigm, one we’ve seen briefly before – stagflation.  Low growth, relatively high inflation, and high unemployment.  This is a model Europe has ‘enjoyed’ for the past 2+ decades, and it comes from unsustainably high government budgets, with the government removing too much money from the private sector and driving private investment down.  This results in low productivity, low growth, and the concommitant high unemployment and low wage growth.  For so long as the federal government continues consuming almost 30% of all the monies available in the United States, this economic condition will remain. 

Get used to your new normal.

h/t Pewsitter

The next Ratzinger? June 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa.
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That’s what John Sonnen says.  It is possible some prayers may have escaped my lips that this man be the next Pope.

Reading Sonnen’s blog is a great exercise for me to try to control the vice of envy.  That man gets access to awesome Mass celebrations and all kinds of nooks and crannies of the Church in Rome.

Yes, Virginia, all Catholics are called to support social justice….. June 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, scandals, silliness.
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…..but not necessarily what is commonly sold as ‘social  justice,’ which is a left wing politico-economic paradigm that seeks massive government wealth transfers and social engineering.  Catholics are to strive to live their lives according to the three Cardinal Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity.  We should be very generous in aid to our fellow man, as many Catholics are.  But that does not mean that we must support radical Alinsky-type organizations in ’empowering’ folks through a forceful government constantly increasing in size, cost, and power, ultimately ending in socialism. In fact, this type of politico-economic paradigm has been repeatedly condemned by the Church, just as the more nebulous ‘robber baron’ capitalism has.   There is more virtue in private giving, more Grace that flows through making a direct donation to aid someone or some group, than there is in having the government take a portion of your paycheck by force.

But, keep in mind, I’m just a fool with a blog.

Non sequitir – is it ironic or hypocritical to use a blog to decry the baleful influence blogs have on discourse within the Church?

On the radio last night….. June 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, foolishness, Immigration, North Deanery, sickness, Society.
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….I forgot to blog on this last night, but I did appear on the Life and Liberty radio show (M-F 8pm 660 KSKY) with Vicki and Jim Middleton last night (Monday).  We had a caller that is a business owner who struggles only to hire legal workers.  He argued that illegals are a constant drain on the economy, that they largely exist outside the normal ID and tax system and consume far, far more resources than they create.  I suppose it could be argued, and has, that making these immigrants ‘legal’ and getting them to pay taxes, etc., would help reduce this burden, but most of these folks are in income brackets that don’t pay much in the way of taxes, and essentially none at the federal level.  It was a pretty interesting point – he was adamant that illegal immigrants don’t contribute much to the national economy, impose great burdens on all levels of government, and most interestingly, that even if we suddenly declare all present illegal immigrants ‘legal,’ that won’t stop or reduce illegal immigration – it will only increase as more folks look for the same good deal.  Even with an amnesty system that allows folks to come into the country and ostensibly work within the ID and tax system, many will avoid that and choose to stay within the sort of ‘black market’ for labor, so they don’t have to pay FICA, etc.  It was an interesting call.

I’m not sure I accept all those arguments, but it was interesting to hear from a small business owner in the area that employs fairly large numbers of young legal workers in various aspects of his business (which I never determined, but he mentioned a warehouse and shipping).  Another caller who operates his own business made the point that he has a very hard time competing with those that are here illegally because they’ll accept far less payment.  Again, you can look at that two ways – would ‘legalizing’ these folks make them more expensive and keep local businesses from being frozen out, or would immigrants keep trying to work outside the system, choosing to remain illegal in order to make what they consider to be an acceptable wage? 

I don’t have a super strong opinion on the morality of laws attempting to limit illegal immigration (althought I am generally sympathetic) but I do tend to note the very strong rhetoric which has eminated from the episcopate on this subject, as with Bishop Farrell yesterday.  I can see merit on both sides of the debate, although I do feel securing our southern border is a national security imperative.  The current situation, where large portions of the US are basically being ceded to drug cartels, immigrants, and other criminal elements, is, to me, unacceptable.

By the way, I will be appearing every Monday night on Life and Liberty for the foreseeable future, God willing.

I hate it when I complain over little things… June 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, North Deanery, religious, The Imitation of Christ.
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……like when I go out in the yard and there are a bunch of new volunteer coming up in the beds that I have to dig up, or there is some mess in the house, and instead of either just quietly accepting it or offering this little bit of extra labor to the Lord, I complain.  My first instinct is to complain in situations like that, and I almost invariably do, at least to myself, before I right myself and offer an apologia to God for having to have things MY way, not His.  A few thoughts on this phenomenon from Vera Sapientia, Divine Wisdom, by Thomas a Kempis, Book III Chapter V:


Magnify the Lord with me, and let us extol His Name together Ps 33

He who gives the greatest thanks for even the smallest gifts very much praises God, because He who gives them is supreme over all.

Nothing which the Most High freely and gratuitously gives should appear small or vile. God requires nothing more than that He be gratefully loved, that every offence be avoided, and that gratitude be always and everywhere rendered to Him. He is great before God who despises himself, places himself below others, considers himself unworthy of all graces and benefits, does not foolishly exalt himself on account of any good, and does not desire the praises of others.

But he is greater who, like Job, gives thanks, rejoices, and blesses God, when he is stricken, despised, reproached, made poor, neglected, tempted, afflicted, scorned, and put to confusion; who reckons all hardships and difficulties befalling him as great benefits which he bears for God, and does not complain, but gives thanks, rejoices, and blesses God.

Blessed is he who, like Job, piously receives from the hand of God the stroke of affliction, and entirely offers and commits himself to the Divine Will.  Blessed is he who always seeks and chooses what is most pleasing to God, who accepts disagreeable things as pleasing, who being injured is joyful, and who esteems temporal loss as spiritual gain.

St. Peter’s vandalized June 7, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, sadness.
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No, not that St. Peters, St. Peter’s Dallas.  Someone thought it would be great fun to push over a 50+ year old status of St. Peter that stood about 5 feet tall.  The statue looks pretty much irreperable, to me.  Stupid prank, or anti-Catholicism?  Looks like stupidity for now.

It’s very unfortunate.  That’s got to be shocking to have one’s church violated like that.