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UD Ministry Conference scheduled for Oct. 28-29 July 19, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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I’m glad I know far in advance, I shall have to take a day off and attend.  Anyone want to come with? 

You can register udallas.edu/udmc/txc

I wrote about last year’s conference here.  Seriously, there are way too many programs for one person to cover, would anyone be interested in taking a day and coming with me?  The conference is on a Fri/Sat.


Archbishop Chaput for Philadelphia July 19, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, North Deanery, religious.
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Everybody else is talking about it, why not me?

Archbishop Chaput of Denver has been appointed to Philadelphia to succeed Cardinal Rigali. Congratulations to the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia! The Denver website carries his biography and curriculum vitae.

Archbishop Chaput showed his media skill by giving John Allen an extended exclusive interview with the only condition that it be embargoed until the appointment was officially announced.

When he was Bishop in the Diocese of Rapid City Archbishop Chaput welcomed the FSSP there, and he had an FSSP parish in Denver. He has been outspoken on the question of pro-abortion politicians not receiving Holy Communion, he opposed the visit of President Obama to Notre Dame and has spoken against the legalisation of gay marriage. His many publicised addresses have been inspiring for Catholics seeking clear teaching.

He is also a kindly, pastoral man who has given true fatherly leadership in the spirit of St Francis (he is a Capuchin.) Here is the last of the questions in John Allen’s interview:

What about your role as a spiritual leader for the archdiocese? Is there any particular devotion or practice of prayer, for example, that you want to promote?

I’m firmly convinced by a lifetime of being in the church that the traditional practices of the church are the ones we need to follow, and if we follow them, we really will be able to engage in all these issues [significant cultural issues] in an appropriate way. The first thing is regular prayer, and for priests that means the divine office and the daily celebration of the Mass. Beyond that, we should embrace the sacramental life, which means personal confessionas well as encouraging others to enter the sacrament of confession. There’s also fasting … Jesus tells us that ‘some devils can’t be driven out without fasting.’ We need to find time for spiritual reading, especially the reading of the scriptures. I don’t think adding new devotions to the traditional practices of the church is necessary, and sometimes it’s confusing and end up sapping away time.
Many people find praying the rosary daily to be a very important thing. Certainly devotion to the Blessed Mother is an intrinsically necessary part of Catholic life, because Mary is the mother of the church and our mother personally. Christ gave us Mary as our mother, and we should take that seriously. If we believe these things and faithfully apply them to our lives, we’ll work our way through this.

I think devotion to the saints is also an important part of this. As a bishop, I have a huge devotion to St. Augustine and to St. Charles Borromeo. I’ve been blessed to have Charles Borromeo as my personal patron. His feast day is my name day. I really do depend on them a lot in the Communion of Saints. Also, St. Francis is in some sense the foundation of my spirituality

You can tell something about a man by who his enemies are.  Reading the comments at the Distorter (safe link, no Distorter viruses), you can get a feel for…………….how unhinged he makes some folks?

“The very worst man for the job in Philadelphia. He will bring more of the same, as in cover-ups and evasion. This man has inflicted more damage on priests and lay people in the past decade that we should not be in the least surprised that Ratzinger (Benedict), would select someone such as this to carry on the right wing agenda of the restorationist movement.”  [as opposed to the left wing agenda of the Church destruction movement?]
“An interview chock full of self-serving statements from another papal pet. . .Hats off to the Chinese who are standing up to Rome in much the same way as the English did in the sixteenth century!” [why would a person with this kind of sentiment even remain in the Church?  This individual is supporting schism and heresy, and saying those are to be applauded.  He’s supporting a brutal communist dictatorship over the Church.  “The mind boggles” doesn’t even begin to cover this degree of mental divergence]



The Vatican and B16 are only carrying out their plan: Wreck the church. Hope any mature Catholic will leave in disgust. [I pray for this person’s conversion] Afterwards, hunker down behind the Vatican walls, with all the gold in the coffers, [many of Distorter’s commenters seem to have their view of the Church molded by a hostile popular culture and the antagonistic mass media – this thumbnail sketch is exactly what anti-Catholic protestants have conveyed in the past] maybe in a century or two everyone will have forgotten what a mess the hierarchs have made of the church.”

It’s what they are – Obamacare to demand Christian employers to fund the pill, abortion July 19, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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The headlines a bit misleading, but I didn’t want it to be too long.  New rules promulgated by the Orwellian ‘Institue of Medicine,’ which will form the regulations imposed by Obamacare, demand funding by all insurance providers of contraception, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs.  These rules will affect every entity that provides insurance coverage, including Christian employers and the Catholic Church.  The only choice is to not provide medical coverage and face a fine:

President Obama’s false claim to respect consceince rights will again be contradicted today when a committee charged with implementing Obamacare is set to announcethat all health insurance plans, no matter who provides them, must cover “the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.”

Among other things, this apparently means that Catholic entities will have to provide coverage for “full” reproductive counseling and education (presumably including abortion promotion), and for drugs that destroy early embryos such as the new drug “ella” that kills embryos after implantation, and for abortifacients including IUDs, and for contraception, sterilization and birth control.

If entities wish to not violate their consceince by providing these things, they would have to not provide their employees with health coverage at all, and thus face fines under the Obamacare mandate that they do provide coverage. So much for expanding health insurance coverage–this mandate will pressure Catholic institutions not to offer any health insurance at all.

Sterilization is a particularly troubling item in this mandate from a legal standpoint, since the earliest federal consceince laws that were supported by Democrat stalwarts such as Ted Kennedy specifically make sure that Catholic institutions do not have to provide sterilizations……Now his administration proposes to compel the same entities to pay for sterilizations.

Left-leaning Catholics who have carried Obama’s water for this long will again have to face reality, ignore it, or spin it away. Since most of them dissent from the Church’s teaching on birth control anyway, and alongside that position don’t care about drugs destroying early embryos, it would be sad but not shocking to see them defend this conscience violation mandate. After all, such groups including at Commonweal and Vox Nova helped cause this mandate by supporting Obamacare without conscience protections, and they attacked real pro-lifers (like the USCCB) who insisted that such protections be put in before the bill should be supported and who specifically warned that this mandate would occur.

Regarding Commonweal and Vox Nova and other such entities – of course they’ll defend this, and they’ll say that in fact, early stage abortion is the only Christian thing to do.  After all, it’s for the greater good, their long dreamed for socialist pet project socialized health insurance coverage.  Of course the Church should get behind this and demand that it pay for abortions it knows to be a violation of God’s Law and the Doctrine of the Faith!  There’s a seamless garment to weave!

10% of US parishes close in last 20 years July 19, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, sickness.
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Data released recently show that over 1800 parishes, or about 10% of the previous total, have closed in the last 20 years:

The number of Catholic parishes in the United States fell from 19,620 in 1990 to 17,784 in 2010–a drop of about 10%–according to a study conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

Over the same time span, the US Catholic population grew by nearly 50%, from 46 million to over 69 million.

The overall number of parishes in the US is now only slightly higher than the number in 1965 (17,637).

The average number of Sunday Masses at the typical US parish, according to the study, rose from 3.5 to 3.8 between 2000 and 2010, and average weekend Mass attendance rose from 966 to 1,110.

I still have trouble with that “number of Catholics” figure.  If we multiply the number of parishes by the number of weekly Mass attendance, we wind up with about 19.7 million Catholics attending Mass any given week.  That means about 28% of Catholics assist at Mass on any given weekend.  If half (or a little more, or a little less) of people that make up the 69 million never attend Mass, and don’t do anything with regard to the Faith, can they still be considered Catholic?  Isn’t assisting at Mass every Sunday one of the most basic obligations of the Faith?  If it is, then how can those who do not even perform this minimal act be considered Catholic?  On what grounds are they considered such – some cultural affinity?  Is this 69 million the number who self-profess to be Catholic? 

I have heard it said that the largest religious denomination in the US is fallen away Catholics.  How has this come to be?

Great Catholic historian, Dr. Warren Carroll, dies July 19, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness.
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This is very sad.  I’ve only come to know Dr. Carroll’s work recently, but it is immense, and tremendous.  He is the best source for a comprehensive, orthodox view of Church history and that of much of the world.  He was also the founder of Christendom College, a small, faithful Catholic institution in Virginia.   His intended-to-be seven part history of Christendom, ranging from the founding of Christendom to the modern day, was never completed.  After completing part four, The Cleaving of Christendom in 2002, Dr. Carroll suffered a series of strokes and did not fully recover.  A fifth part was produced, containing material from other books produced by Carroll, but I, for one, will always be very sorry that Dr. Carroll never managed to finish the sixth and seventh volumes – The Restoration of Christendom (1815-1914) and the Apostasy from Christendom (1914-today). 

You can read a brief but loving biography here.  The world is a poorer place in his absence, and I will pray for the repose of his soul.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace.  Amen.

Watch video of the Ordination here July 19, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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If you did not already know, you can watch video of the Ordination here.  See if you can find me!

They had to buy a new camera afterwards.

Politifact confirms – Planned Parenthood lies July 19, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, silliness, Society.
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This is hardly breaking news to regular readers of this blog, but, hey, guess what?!?  Planned Parenthood lies, by dramatically over-representing the pre-natal care and few other services they provide, covering up the fact that 98% of all “services” performed by PP are abortions:

Politifact, the fact-checking web site of the mainstream media, set out to disprove comments by a pro-life New Jersey legislator, only to validate the argument that the Planned Parenthood abortion business helps few pregnant women.

The fact that Planned Parenthood helps relatively few women are who are pregnant and want to carry to term and are considering that as an option is well established.

A factsheet the Planned Parenthood Federation of America prepared about its own figures earlier this year shows Planned Parenthood provided prenatal services to merely 7,021 women and referred only 977 women for adoption services. These numbers were a 25 percent drop in prenatal care clients and a whopping 59 percent decline in adoption referrals from the 2,405 adoption referrals in 2008. The abortion business helped only 9,433 prenatal clients in 2008, down substantially from the 11,000 women it provided prenatal care to in 2007 — showing health care given to pregnant woman has fallen substantially over the years

As a result, 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood are sold abortions while less than 2.4 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care. That’s up from 96.5 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood getting abortions in 2008.

Politifact has a left wing bias.  In their analysis, they started trying to prove that pro-lifers were wrong, that Planned Parenthood really and truly DOES perform all kinds of wonderful “services” for women who are pregnant.  Politifact had to report that the pro-lifers were actually correct, that Planned Parenthood provides services to very few women other than abortions, because abortions are relatively lucrative, and handing out condoms is not.  And this is a stunning revelation to Politifact, which researches topics for the lamestream media.  Don’t expect to see this reported on CNN or NBC anytime soon.

h/t culturewarnotes