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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!

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