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

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, General Catholic.
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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?

More really good things happening June 29, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Papa.
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Yesterday, I did a long post about Adoration, and while I was writing it, I had this nagging feeling I was forgetting something.  Well, forget I did, and shame on me, because I failed to mention that, in honor of the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s reception of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, St. Mark in Plano is going to have 60 hours of Adoration starting tonight, Wednesday, June 29 at 8pm.  It will last until Saturday at 8am.  It is requested that prayers during the Adoration be specifically directed towards the sanctification of the clergy and for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  Please avail yourself of this generous period of Adoration!  And keep praying for perpetual Adoration at St. Mark and many other parishes, I know that a number of people are working to that end!  Many parishes are having 60 hours of Adoration for the Pope, and St. Ann’s in Coppell has perpetual Adoration.  There are so many Graces that flow from being in the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, I can’t recommend enough this practice.

Secondly, the Latin Mass at St. Mark continues to be successful.  There were over 100 at this past Monday’s Mass.  Please keep praying for more Latin Mass, your prayers are having effect, and could lead to even more Latin Masses in the Diocese. We should all be very grateful to Bishop Kevin Farrell and the priests involved for bringing these reverent Mass celebrations to the Diocese.  It’s a great big step, and I pray it bears very much fruit.  If you are assisting at the Latin Mass at St. Mark, and haven’t done so, yet, please send a quick note of thanks to Bishop Farrell (contact info here) and let him know of your good will and continuing prayers. 

I know that I complain a great deal and probably push the bounds of obedience to one’s Ordinary at times (ok, frequently), but it is important to recognize – and take advantage of! – good things going on in the Diocese.  If you know about other good things, leave a comment and I’ll do a post if it’s good!