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Indulgence reminder August 1, 2011

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Tomorrow you can receive a plenary indulgence, the ‘Portiuncula’ indulgence, by visiting any church, cathedral, or basilica, and reciting the Credo and Pater Noster, along with the usual conditions (receive Confession within 8 days, prayers for the Holy Father…….).

h/t Rorate Caeli

A call for reform of Catholic charitable organizations August 1, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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A post on The Catholic Thing regarding Catholic Relief Services in particular, but all Catholic charities in general, claims that overdependence on government funding and a tendency to hire left wing secular humanist types is fatally undermining the ability of many Catholic charities to both do good works AND spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

Identity was the recurring theme of a momentous Caritas Internationalis gathering in late May, following news that its executive director would not be permitted another term. The prominent French commentator Jean-Marie Guénois described Pope Benedict XVI’s attempts to reform the Caritas network as revolutionary – not in terms of new doctrine, but in the sense that he is reasserting control over an entire area of the Church’s vital activity in agencies that have veered far off course.

In a remarkable address to the Caritas Assembly, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah (president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum) stressed that expressions of authentic Catholic charity are especially needed today, not least because the number of other actors on the scene is mushrooming. Most NGO activities, he reminded them, are expressions of prevailing western culture, now characterized by widespread religious indifference and secularization – “a humanism without God.” For all its tremendous material, scientific, and technological progress, the West, he maintained, is also suffering from “serious moral regression.”

Western Catholics agencies should be all the more eager to stand in solidarity with the Church in other parts of the world precisely against just such moral regression – a considerable obstacle to human development everywhere, perhaps especially in the “developed,” but bleaker, swaths of the modern West.

Yet on my own many trips to Africa with Catholic Relief Services, for example, it was not uncommon to hear locals refer to them as the “non-Catholic Catholic agency.” (Imagine what they say about CAFOD – the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development).

African bishops would tell me (after my talks about AIDS) how surprising it was to hear a young Western CRS employee speak the common Catholic language, whereas my superiors back in Baltimore told me that I would change my thinking about the way we should approach AIDS prevention – that I’d begin to oppose Church teachings – once I spent yet more time in Africa. [Apparently, CRS leaders in the US oppose Church Doctrine – I am certain means they support the illusory use of condoms to ‘stop the spread of AIDS,’ although research shows condoms rarely help in that regard]

If reform is really to happen, I’d suggest briefly that two concrete things need to be addressed. First, charitable agencies will have to revisit the extent to which they seek public funds.  A considerable portion of staff time revolves around the government’s aid agenda, which naturally diverts time and energy away from pursuing other needs or worthy initiatives. 

Even when collaboration on given projects does not constitute an unacceptable level of material cooperation with morally objectionable practices, dependence on public funds all too easily tends to make the charity’s priorities nearly synonymous with those of the state. [This has been my problem with many Catholic charities for some time – the near total dependence on government funding tends to instill in the charity the view that “what is good for government is good for charity.”  Since almost all this money comes from secular, humanist, even paganistic Western governments, the views of the charities tend to aligh with those sad philosophies, and are increasingly distant if not totally cut off from Catholic orthodoxy.  Thus, we recently had the head of Catholic Relief Services in Africa being quoted as saying they never, ever evangelize for the Faith or even talk about the Faith.  To do so would be a violation of “church and state,” a wierd misunderstanding of the concept in this country, but totally baffling to Christian Africans.]

Since many Caritas member employees are unfamiliar with or unsympathetic to the contents of Magisterial teaching, however, the second and probably more important thing charitable agencies need to do is revisit how they approach hiring and developing staff. Perhaps this needs little explanation other than restating the truism that “personnel is policy.”  When those in charge of programming for a country or region are not Catholic, or are aloof Catholics, their priorities tend to gravitate towards those of the governmental donors and wider NGO “community,” especially if presiding over “growth” is what gets you ahead within the agency.[What this means is that secular humanists within CRS and other charities tend to be more successful eliciting funds from the sexular humanists (pun intended) in the government.  Growth = more revenue.  And, yes, personnel is policy.  Your organization will reflect the views of those who work for it.  If they are predominately left wing, big government, agnostic humanists, that will be the orientation of your organization, which is fine for most NGOs, but not for Catholic aid organizations.]

And, thus, why I have a hard time supporting many Catholic charities, although I would like to.  Their basic orientation towards dependence on government funding, which results in their shilling for left wing views of government, alienate them from my family and I.  A Catholic charity should be simple – aid the poor directly, do very little in the way of promoting ideological views, but always proclaim the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church.  Zero or 1 out of 3 ain’t good.

Sick – ‘child brides’ August 1, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, North Deanery, Papa, scandals, sickness, Society.
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A Saudi cleric issued a ‘fatwa’ on pedophilia masquerading as marriage:

Earlier this month we saw—or rather, were once again reminded—that Islam permits pedophilia in the guise of “marriage”: Top Saudi cleric, Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, issued a fatwa asserting that there is no minimum age for girls to marry, “even if they are in the cradle,” and that the only criterion is that “they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men.”

I read this story in National Geographic a few months back about this ‘child bride’ phenomenon, which is practiced in many parts of the world but which goes to extremes in Islam not seen in the other religion that practices it: hinduism.  In Hinduism, there is a minimum age, typically.  Irrespective, the story was full of horrific details, like 8 year old girls bleeding to death after being raped by their 50 year old, 400 lb, fat, nasty, stinking muslim “husband.”  Or girls as  young as 12 with 2 or 3 children, suffering from continual bleeding from their birth.  And much more.  It was heart-wrenching.  The quote above makes clear that there is no ‘waiting period’ for these brides, no time to grow up and obtain a body capable of the actions being demanded of it.  No, they are raped on the first night of ‘marriage.’   National Geographic made it sound, however, like most child brides were taken in the rural areas, outside the reach of government control.

But witness, below, the very civilized denizens of the Palestinian Authority domains.  No need for hiding in a distant village for these types:   Apparently, the photo used at the original site was not showing actual child brides out in the open.  The rest stands.

Why does islam embrace pedophilia?  Well, because their founder was big into it:

The story of the prophet’s marriage to Aisha reveals to us aspects like the prophet’s conduct with Aisha, and more importantly the aspect regarding the relationship between the husband and wife, to show how one should treat his wife, just as the prophet did with Aisha.

We know that Asia’s mother went to take her down from the swing that she was playing on [because she was 9!!] to fix her hair  and prepare her for the prophet so he could enter her [have sex with her]—and she did that all on the same day.

I will never cease being amazed that Blessed Pope John Paul II kissed the holy book of this religion and gave it moral equivalence to Christianity.

Related – lengthy but important.  A categorization of all the ‘prophet’s’ perversions.

First Friday with the Carmelites! August 1, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, religious.
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And, God Willing, I WILL be there!  Even though I may be on the radio Friday night and will be late, I’ll be there (although, I will then miss the 8pm Mass, which makes me sad). 

Reminder: First Friday All Night Vigil at the Carmelites and Holy Face Devotions Sunday, 8/7.

Flyer is attached with dates for Sept. and Oct.

All Night Adoration First Friday, August 5/6


Pray for Our COUNTRY and its future

Discalced Carmelite Nuns Invite YOU!!

Starts Friday night     come as early as 4 PM

stay 30 minutes, one hour or as long as all night

Vigil ends just before 7 AM Mass

 on Saturday, August 6


First Mass (prayed in Latin) 8:00 PM

Food & Drink available in the room next to the chapel.

 Please help yourself!

2nd Mass(in Latin)  3:00 AM

Leave your personal prayer requests

The Nuns will storm heaven!

The Monastery is at 600 Flowers Ave., Dallas, 75211, off of Jefferson. 

convenient from I-30  and Loop 12.

From downtown:  take I-30 going west, exit LOOP 12 south,

 take the second exit, which is

JEFFERSON EAST.  Go through the stop light and straight  drive past 7 or 8 blocks, you will see tire & auto repair shops, then a small church (drive past)shortly after that, TURN RIGHT ON FLOWERS Street. Address is 600 S. Flowers. Go through the Monastery gates.  park anywhere. 

Flyer with all the details below:


More on veiling – and, should women veil ALL the time? August 1, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Society.
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I’m very on board with women veiling.  Colleen Hammond linked to a post from “Austin Catholic New Media” discussing one woman’s desire to wear the veil before the Blessed Sacrament, and some history of the practice:

I remember my first time seeing mantillas in church. I went to a Tridentine Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral downtown for the first time and felt terribly out of place without one. The veiled outnumbered the veil-less. I thought they were lovely right away, and also felt an overwhelming sense of reverence coming from those women. Ever since then, my heart has felt a little unease at my own omission.

Cris is the one who explained the history to me, and why so few heads are veiled at Novus Ordo masses. The tradition for Christian women began 2,000 years ago; it’s only in the past 40 that it has fallen out of usage.

It’s a common misconception that women are no longer required to cover their heads in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. As the article at Fish Eaters explains, the mistake can be traced back to 1969 and a news article about the upcoming changes taking place as a result of Vatican II. Msgr. Bugnini is the one attributed with the misquote. When he was asked if women would still be required to cover their heads after Vatican II, he simply replied that the matter was not being discussed. While he meant it as an affirmation to its permanence, it was reported the other way around.

Even though Church officials tried to clarify, this was the 70s, people! The height of feminism in the US! Conservatism about a tradition that wasn’t very well understood in the first place didn’t stand a chance [I would also add that there was, and remains, a concerted effort from many corners of the Church to oppose traditional Catholic piety and devotional practices, in the ostensible interests of ecumenism but also perenially at war with those “goofy, old-fashioned, superstitious” practices relegated to the past by the ‘spirit’ of VII]

I love the idea of veiling. I am more than willing to cover my head as an act of humility. It’s a perfect way to model Mary’s Fiat. I love showing God that I am willing to “Let it be done unto me according to (His) Word.” [I believe this is a powerful motivation for many women – a desire to express humility before the Lord, covering some of their God-given beauty for His Glory]

I’ve also found it’s a great cure for distractions. My veil is a constant reminder of the current task at hand: revering God.

Also, head coverings don’t have to be lace and/or mantillas. The Fish Eaters site mentioned before has lots links to alternatives too, such as shawls, scarves, and hats. (Come on ladies, who doesn’t like to accessorize?!)

I have to admit to having a preference…..I prefer the long shawl to the lace mantilla type.  I really

I'm down with this

don’t care for the lace doily type – in fact, I think that practice is even somewhat harmful, in that it seems to degrade the spirit of the custom in favor of the ‘letter.’  In discussions on this topic on secular sites or even Catholic sites hostile towards veiling as a practice, the doilies are constantly brought up as being both unattractive and indicative of someone following the letter of a custom they do not understand. 

So, there’s veiling at Mass or otherwise in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  But I am becoming aware that some women are contemplating wearing a veil of some type all or most of the time in public.  This, too, has been an immemorial custom for much of Church history.  But in the present context and environment, thoughts of the hijab and muslim oppression immediately spring to mind.  I am not opposed to the practice, I am even in favor, done properly and with the right intent (a free will choice of a woman to be modest, and not an imposition from external sources). 

So…..what do you think of that?  Women veiling all the time?  Would you be open to that?   Is this a good way to emulate our Blessed Mother?