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Would you go to a priestless parish? August 18, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, priests, scandals.
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Not me.  I know I’m a convert and that my catachesis probably isn’t that great, but I really don’t get the “my parish right or wrong” mentality.   If your parish no longer had a priest assigned, would you still be a member?  Would you be OK with a sister or lay person simulating Mass?  And why does it so frequently seem to be women who preside at the…..non-Mass liturgical hootenany? 

As for me, I think a parish must have a priest, but some believe that with many priests set for retirement soon and a lack of new vocations (try orthodoxy, it works!), “priestless parishes” will be in our future.  And I think sometimes, we create self-fulfilling prophecies.

In honor of the latest silliness…… August 18, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, priests, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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…..how about a RCTV video blast?!?

And so folks know that RCTV is not all Voris all the time, here’s the 4th part of Dr. Martin Brenner’s excellent four part series on contraception and the sexual ethic:

There are more people who think like Voris, than who are active and yet also heterodox Catholics.  But there are forces trying to discredit him and RealCatholicTV, as they have tried to discredit others.  They have no, or very very few, facts on their side, so they must resort to personal attacks, rumor, and innuendo – in short, detraction, even calumny (I’m not saying the CNA article is calumny, but I’ve seen comments that are).  Detraction and calumny are mortal sins.

Girl demands free abortion so she can get a new Iphone August 18, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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This appeared on YahooAnswers, apparently, and has since been pulled, so it could be a troll, but…..

Nothing is free – what she means by “free” is – you and I and others get to pay for it.  Even with the Hyde Amendment, which is largely toothless, many people receive ‘free’ abortions at area abortion mills because they get quacky doctors to claim “medical necessity,” and Medicaid pays.  I have been told precisely that by several individuals I’ve tried to counsel outside mills.  In reality, it’s not terribly difficult to get a ‘free’ abortion, especially if one is already receiving Medicaid, WIC, etc.

I don’t know if it matters if this is real or not – perhaps I’m too jaded and lacking in charity, but I readily believe that there are individuals in this culture who would demand and receive a free (to them) abortion because they want to use their money elsewhere, on things equally facile.

Beautiful idea – the balloon Rosary August 18, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Our Lady.
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I love this idea!  So  many good pro-life ideas have come out of Chicago lately!  It almost makes me want to forgive them for their rotten pizza:

One has to be filled with joy when you see some of the inspiring public demonstrations of faith taking place in Chicago, largely due to youth and leaders at St. John Cantius parish. [a parish with a strong affinity for Tradition and the Mass of All Ages]

On Friday, August 12, a giant 75-foot floating rosary rose skyward above Chicago’s Michigan Avenue Bridge.

The rosary was the craft of 20 imaginative elementary-school-aged girls and their counselors participating in a summer camp at a Chicago Catholic parish. The girls prayed the Rosary in front of a Washington Avenue abortion business. They then carried the rosary, cross-first, through downtown Chicago’s peak traffic to the honks and cheers of onlookers.

The LIFE balloon Rosary was the latest in a series of public demonstrations, prayer vigils, and flash mobs utilizing the yellow balloons across the U.S.

I must get some of these balloons.  We can make a cross like they had – I think this would be great during 40 Days for Life

Did you know there is a blog for the Dallas 40 Days for Life campaign?  It hasn’t been updated too much lately, but I pray it is used actively during the Fall Campaign.


No more “Son of man”……now He’s the “Human One” August 18, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, silliness.
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Why do we have to have a “new and improved!” (actually, new and very deficient) Bible translation rolled out every other day?  Good grief!  The USCCB updated the New American Bible just earlier this year.  But you know you’re in trouble when it’s an “ecumenical” group that produces a translation:

Twelve Catholic biblical scholars have joined nearly 200 scholars from two dozen Protestant denominations in translating the newly published Common English Bible (CEB). “It’s an honor and a pleasure to be associated with this good project,” said Father Daniel Harrington, SJ, professor at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

The CEB eschews the word “man” in several passages: Christ is referred to as the “Human One” rather than the “Son of man” (Mt. 10:23), and “the human” replaces “the man” in Genesis 2 (“with the rib taken from the human, the Lord God fashioned a woman and brought her to the human being”). “Happy” replaces “blessed” in the Beatitudes.

The CEB translates other familiar passages in new ways. The Lord God “formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land” rather than from the “dust of the ground……


The CEB’s translation of the Lord’s Prayer is also novel:

Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

 Oh, that’s so very poetic.  There are some truly great versions of the Bible.  I prefer Douay-Reims, even though some of the language is archaic, because it makes use of a more rarified, ‘holier’ form of English.  There are some other worthy versions  – we found a New American Bible from…….1962 I think?………that doesn’t have all the modernist inspired ‘inclusive language’ and other problems.  The previous version of the New American Bible (1970) had numerous problems in language AND in the footnotes, where some frankly heterodox, protestant opinions were expressed. 

I’m old school.  I like my Bible old school.  I don’t like inclusive language.  I don’t like dumbing things down.  I think it’s idiotic to refer to Jesus as the ‘human one.’  Boy, that tell us alot, doesn’t it!  “Hey, ‘human one,’ come over here and rustle us up some fish and loaves, will  ya?!”  What’s really funny, is that heterodox, modernist types try to roll out a new version of the Our Father every 5 or 10 years, pronouncing that this new version will soon replace the old, tried and true version on the lips of people everywhere.  And it never happens.  Some things just can’t be improved on.

And committees virtually never produce anything worthwhile.