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Speaking of marriage June 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, Society.
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There was some recent data released that showed the severely negative trends in Catholic weddings.  The rate of Catholic marriage (number of weddings per percentage of population) has fallen by about 80% in the last 40 years or so.  As usual, Voris has some very meek and timid comments on this situation:

Wow, that’s pretty strong even for me!

New York celebrates ‘gay marriage’ victory June 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Uhhhh…….don’t let kids see this!  But you need to.  Welcome to our new pagan overlords! 

As I saw on one site: “Homosexual “marriage” hangs over society like a hammer with the force of law. And it’s only just begun.”

But the fact that ‘gay marriage’ looks set to advance rapidly across the fruited plains, we need to remember whose fault this is – ours.  So says Dr. Gerald Nadal, and I don’t disagree:

For all of the political drama in New York these past weeks, Friday night’s historic vote in favor of ay marriage by the NYS Senate was actually rather anti-climactic. It was a fight over political and philosophical nomenclature, not over new realities. As the losing side licks its wounds, we should realize that we didn’t lose as much as we think we did last night. We’ve been losing it for decades.

What we call the lived reality that is marriage is important. The name indicates the reality. Nomen est omen, as it is said in latin. “The name is the sign.” What really happened here in New York last night was a recognition that for thirty years we have given the lived reality of marriage to gays and lesbians, by systematically giving them all of the goods and privileges reserved to married people.

There was little, if any, protest as sodomy laws were struck down, when gay/lesbian adoptions were legalized, when partners were entitled to shared employment benefits hitherto reserved for spouses, etc. Society used to reserve these goods for those men and women willing to make a lifetime commitment to one another. What were once rights became entitlements in a nation increasingly debilitated by narcissism and a faux egalitarianism.

We have allowed what was once a brush fire to build to a forest fire that is now raging across the American landscape. Fueling that fire has been the same surrender of marital goods and privileges to cohabiting heterosexuals as well. Add to that no-fault divorce and the all-out war on the greatest of all the goods of marriage:

The abortion of over 53 million babies, because people have been enjoying the sex, but were not prepared mentally, emotionally, or economically to embrace the obvious outcome. Children are the greatest of all the blessings of marriage, yet have been treated as mere accessories by people aping marriage.

So, while Friday night’s vote was nothing new in the Rotten Apple, it does portend very bad things to come for the Church. As elsewhere, we will be targets of discrimination suits and run out of the adoption business if we refuse to place children with gay and lesbian couples. We will eventually be accused of bigotry for failing to do gay/lesbian weddings, and our clergy will lose their civil faculties to witness at weddings on behalf of the state. This will force Catholics into requiring two wedding ceremonies: one church, one civil.

If our clergy thought that fighting these forces was “too political,” in the past, the fight will now become one that is existential in the future. Our clergy now face a line drawn in the sand. Retreat from that line, and see the church continue to be coopted, as a majority of New York Catholics favors gay rights, or cross that line and fight for all we are worth.

We haven’t fought for all we are worth, because we have lost sight of our worth. Perhaps if there is a silver lining at all in Friday nights events, it’s that we have now opened the door to that discussion within the Church. It will be interesting to see how many bishops and their priests are willing to pursue that discussion.

Indeed it will be.  The Church is in the midst of its greatest tribulation in at least 400 years, and I am not seeing the Saints like we had in the past, rising up to take the Mantle of Christ and spread the Good News (uhhh…..hi, mirror!).  Nadal also alludes to the terrible division this is going to cause in our country – we’re becoming two radically different nations, regions with little in common and a growing antipathy at very fundamental levels.  On an issue so fundamental, so central to every civilized society, a federal judicial decision to force this falsity on large areas of unwilling people could be disastrous. 

We must have better leadership. 

BTW, it appears some bishops in NY are looking to impose some penalties on politicians who supported this ‘gay marriage’ nonsense.  No, not denying the Sacraments, but denying awards and honors and publicity shots at Catholic schools and churches.  That’ll show ’em!

Woot! Texas votes to de-fund Planned Barrenhood June 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Society.
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Senate Bill 7, defunding Planned Barenthood, passed, and Perry will sign, so Texas joins 6 other states in de-funding Planned Parenthood, with many more considering legislation to do so.  I’m sure Obama will thrash earth and sky to try to save his most valued constituency, but this trend is showing some staying power.  Let us pray!  Great graphic below from Susan B. Anthony list – let this list grow much longer!

Do all Catholics have a ‘right’ to Christian burial? June 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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There is a situation developing out in San Diego, involving a gay man and his potential funeral Mass.  I say potential, because on Sunday, the parish where his family and friends had desired the Mass cancelled it due to his lifestyle being contrary to being in a state of Grace (he was an apparently unrepentant homosexual in a long term relationship with another man and the owner of a gay nightclub), but then suddenly, yesterday,  the Diocese reinstated the Mass (who knows how or if they consulted the parish clergy).  I should note that, in 2005, gay activists raised a huge uproar over a similar denial of a burial Mass for another gay man.  Some items from the article:

In an email, Rodrigo Valdivia, the chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, told 10News, “The Diocesan office was notified about this situation earlier today… Diocesan Authorities have concluded that the funeral as scheduled at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish may take place. Plans for the ritual are yet to be made.”

At the cocktail lounge that Sanfilippo owned for 28 years came outrage from friends over what some called a confusing statement from the San Diego diocese.

“All of a sudden, they change their mind and say, ‘Well, you know, we may still allow the funeral to be here.’ Why? Because they got caught in the process of denying equal rights to people?” asked Neil Thomas, a friend and customer of Sanfilippo.

Cannon also believes the statement is unclear.

“I think it’s confusing… They did their best to put the verbiage in there that they needed because they still have their… out,” he said.

Ramirez said the statement was proof the parish was acting alone and the diocese needs a diocese-wide policy so a similar situation does not happen again.

But after a hurtful rejection, it appears Sanfilippo’s family has moved on.

 “From what I’m told, they don’t want it there now,” said Thomas.

 Ramirez said Sanfilippo’s family had already found another Catholic church for the funeral. Ramirez said the family would not feel comfortable going back to Our Lady of the Rosary after what happened.

Some things need to be said in response to the above.  There is no ‘right’ to a funeral Mass.  All Sacraments are administered at the pleasure of the Church.  An unrepentant murderer cannot demand absolution for his sins.  Certainly, in the past, many Catholics have been denied Christian burial due to being excommunicated from the Church.  Rejecting core Church Doctrine, which the Doctrine on sexuality and the natural order of sexual relations constitutes, publicly, over a long period of time, can constitutes a self-excommunication, without a formal decree from the Church.  So, a man who has lived publicly in a way that rejects Church Doctrine was certainly manifestly in a state of grave sin, and without some knowledge of whether he repented in his last days, he could be viewed as outside the Faith.  So, he could be denied a burial Mass based on that.  During the Kennedy funeral disaster, there were many who argued  just that – Kennedy had excommunicated himself through his repeated, public support for abortion (and other things) over the years, and so should not have received a public, Catholic funeral Mass.

On another level, there is the inconsistent application of Church Law or Doctrine.  It appears there is another parish happy to have the funereal Mass.  The Diocese seems to be at cross purposes with the original parish.  All of this inconsistency leads to confusion, and a weakening of the Faith.  The Church professes to believe many things, and the primary, THE KEY role for all properly constituted authority in the Church is to correctly interpret and apply those beliefs!  This continuing variability, where one can wander around a Diocese and find parishes that really support Church Doctrine, and those where that support is either weak or non-existent, must end.  We have parishes that blatantly reject Church Doctrine.  These contradictions fundamentally weaken the Faith of ALL Catholics, they weaken the entire Body of Christ, and they can be deadly for those souls who, for whatever reason, are involved in the dissenting or rejecting parishes.  The Church must have an end to the nightmare of ‘pastoral’ leadership, and return to true leadership that boldly and unapologetically proclaims all the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church, at all times.  Christ expects this of all who have been given the enormous Grace, and responsibility, of episcopal leadership, and that Truth that must be upheld is the timeless Truths of the Faith, not unsupported theological novelties, cultural vagaries, or the whims of political preference. It is an awesome responsibiilty, and all our bishops need constant prayers.  They have mine.

 

Eucharistic Adoration is vital for all June 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, religious.
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From Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen OCD, Chapter 202:

In the Canon of the Mass, the Eucharist is called the Mysterium Fidei, the Mystery of Faith; indeed, ony faith can make us see God present under the appearances of bread.  Here, as St. Thomas says, the senses do not help at all – sight, touch, and taste are deceived, finding in the consecrated Host only a little bread.  But what matters? We hvae the Word of the Son of God; the Word of Christ, who declared: “This is My Body….This is My Blood” and we firmly believe His Word. “Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius, nil hoc verbo Veritatis verius.”  I believe everythign the Son of God has said; nothing can be truer than this word of Truth (Adoro Te Devote). We firmly believe in the Eucharist, we have no doubts about it; unfortunately, however, we must admit that our faith is often weak and dull. Althouh we may not live far from a church, although we may perhaps dwell under the same roof with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, it is easy to become rather indifferent, or even cold, in the presence of this great Reality. Alas, our coarse nature gradually grows accustomed to even the most sublime and beautiful realities, so that they no longer impress us and have no power to move us, especially when they are near at hand. Thus it happens that while we believe in the ineffable presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we pay little or no attention to the greatness of this reality, and we fail to have the lively, concrete appreciate of it which the Saints had. Let us then repeat, very humbly and confidently, the Apostle’s beautiful prayer: “Domine, adauge nobis fidem,” Lord, increase our faith! (Luke, 17:5).

When Jesus announced the institution of the Eucharist, many of His hearers were scandalized, and some of His disciples, who had been following Him up to that time “went back and walked no more with Him.” (Jn 6:67)…………..Belief in the Eucharist, therefore, seems to be the touchstone of the true disciples of Jesus, and the more intense this belief, the more it reveals a profound and intimate friendship with Christ. Anyone who like Peter firmly believes in Christ, also believes and accepts all His words, all the mysteries of His Life, from the Incarnation to the Eucharist. We know that faith is first of all a gift of God. In the discourse in which He promised the Eucharist – which is, more than any other mystery, a mystery of faith because, more thna any othermystery, it transcends every natural law – Jesus repeatedly affirmed the necessity and gratuity of faith, declaring to the incredulous Jews that no one could come to Him, or believe in Him, “except the Father….draw him.” (John, 6:44)  To have a living faith, we must have that “attraction,” and that “interior instruction” which can come from God alone.  Nevertheless, we can and should dispose ourselves, both by asking for this Grace in humble, trusting prayer, and by an active practice of the Faith.  In fact, since God infused this theological virtue into us at Baptism, and since faith is a voluntary adherence of the intellect to revealed Truth, it depends on us to will to believe and to put into this act all the strength of our will. In the measure our faith increases, it will enable us to penetrate the depths of the Eucharistic mystery, to have vital contact with Jesus in the Host, and to enjoy His Presence. The more intense our faith, the more it will appear in our attitude toward the Blessed Sacrament. Then when Jesus looks upon us from the tabernacle (or the monstrance), He will never be able to make the sad reproach He several times made to the Apostles: “Ye of little faith!” (Matt 8:26), one which so many Christians in our day deserve, because they have so little respect for His Divine Presence. May our conduct in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament always be a living testimony of our faith.

My comments – it appears Fr. Gabriel is making a direct reference to priests and religious when he states that many live under the same roof as Jesus, but don’t find time to adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament.  I say with the greatest respect and humility that it is a great witness to see priests adoring the Blessed Sacrament!  What a message to send to the faithful, that the priest loves time spent sweetly communing with our Lord!  I pray for perpetual Adoration everywhere, God Willing!