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Dallas’ own abortionist Curtis Boyd: “Sure, Medicaid will pay for that late term abortion!” October 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sickness, Society.
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Dallas abortionist Curtis Boyd operates the “Southwest Women’s Surgery Center” on Greenville Ave., and “Southwest Women’s Options” in Albuqurque, NM.  Operation Rescue phoned in a call regarding a late term abortion of a baby with Down’s Syndrome, and contrary to what so many in our government like to say, Medicaid will happily pay for your $16,000 late term abortion!  Hyde Amendment, indeed:

First of all, this holocaust of Down Syndrome babies nauseates me.  Secondly, I have had numerous people tell me outside Dallas abortion mills that money isn’t a problem, that Medicaid will cover their abortion.  It’s incredibly easy to get a doctor to “certify” that a woman has a medical need for an abortion, and as we see in this case, there’s not even a hint of a medical need for the mom.  That’s your (and my) tax dollars at work.

Shirley Robinson used to have a mill in Dallas, but I guess she decided it’s easy to make money working in other people’s facilities abatoirs.  Dr. Curtis Boyd has stated publicly that he knows abortion is murder, and is fine with it.

The infants he’s murdered could not be reached for comment.

Drama at EWTN…..sort of October 31, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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Many may be familiar with the morning broadcast carried on many EWTN  radio affiliates, The Son Rise Morning Show.  I don’t regularly listen, because I’m less a morning person than a night owl, but I have read for years the blog of one of the show’s hosts – that is former hosts – Rich Leonardi.  Rich was dismissed from the show a week or so ago, for having been critical nto so of his bishop, but of the many bureaucrats wonderful dedicated souls who staff the average chancery:

The rector of the Cincinnati seminary managed to successfully retaliate against Rich Leonardi, long-time Catholic blogger extraordinaire and pointed, but usually civil, critic of the manifold problems of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Rich was booted off the Son Rise Morning Show in retaliation for his criticism.

Here’s the message he sent me in response to a query on Facebook:

To net it out, the seminary rector reached out to the head of the Son Rise Morning Show to have me thrown off the program. I called him out on it, and a pissing contest ensued. I shut down my site and intend to withdraw from public Catholic life.

In the meantime, Ken Overberg will continue to deny the Atonement from the pulpit, and Paul Knitter will air his doubts about the salvific significance of Christ and the historicity of the Resurrection, both undisturbed in the sanctuary of Xavier University. Because doing something about *them* would take a set of clockweights, the willingness to endure media hostility and the turning of a deaf ear to the squalling of local progressives.

Squashing a layman who criticizes the local leadership? You can do that in a snap and still have plenty of time to enjoy a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon with lunch. To applause from “the right people,” to boot.

Rich Leonardi added more comments here:

Someone close to the archbishop — let’s set aside names, since a surrogate for the likely culprit is denying it — reached out to the Son Rise Morning Show to voice their displeasure over my opposition to Archbishop Schnurr’s support for the scandal-drenched CCHD. This comment in particular was deemed beyond the pale:

“He deserves our respect — and prayers — by virtue of his office. But respect does not mean unthinking obeisance. His Excellency seems to be under the impression that he was elevated to Seminary Rector-in-Chief. Very few aspects of archdiocesan life away from Beechmont Avenue get his attention, and he appears content to let his cabal of inherited malcontents in the chancery set policy.”

The show’s producers, not wanting to run afoul of local leadership, deemed me too hot to handle and eased me out. It’s as simple as that. Never mind that in my four years on the show I never once so much as hinted at local controversies.

So, this is the perennial frustration many experience.  It’s the sort of situation that led to the creation of this dorky little blog of mine.  Great sermons by the bishop at ordinations are wonderful, and pastors giving stirring, bold homlies is to be commended, but it all kind of falls to pot when a speaker is trotted into the Diocese at Lent to promote her sad new age theology.  Or having a leading proponent of women’s ordination employed as an instructor at the local seminary/formation center.  Or any of a number of other issues.  These things simply shouldn’t happen – period.  But they do, although things do seem to be improving by measurable degrees in this Diocese.  But there is quite a long ways left to go.  I take it things in Cincinnatti are much worse, and that Xavier University and the seminary there are extremely problematic.  I think Rich is to be commended for defending the Faith.

The other issue is EWTN.  I’m far from the only one who has noticed that the quality, the orthodoxy, of its programming seems to be in decline.  The independent spirit with which Mother Angelica infused the network for so long appears to be on the wane, and the ‘oversight’ of the USCCB/individual bishops is more and more noticeable.  This is not just my opinion, a number of people have brought this issue to my attention, asking if I knew anything about it.  This is just another example of some orthodox personality running afoul of a bishop, and being removed from the air, or having their program cancelled.  It’s happened to people I know quite well.  And it’s happening more and more. 


Adoration with the Carmelites today, tomorrow! October 31, 2011

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And also yesterday, actually, but that doesn’t do you much good, does it?!?  This is sort of a 3-day special Adoration with the primary intention of praying for our nation, but of course it’s also fantastically timed to pray for the Holy Souls and other similar intentions.   Anyway, today, Oct. 31 and tomorrow Nov. 1 there will be Eucharistic Adoration at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery at 600 Flowers St. in Dallas.  The Adoration starts at 7a with a Mass and goes on until 5 pm. 

I finally got to “meet” many of the good sisters yesterday through the grill!  They are so sweet!  One of them is tiny, I just adored her.  Mother Mary Regina was very cordial and ‘remembered’ our family even though we’ve never met.  And apparently there is a mystic in their midst.  It was delightful just being with them for a little while.  I have such a strong attraction to Carmelite spirituality, and these nuns live by the old, hard rule that has been sadly softened in many nunneries.  They are an inspiration to me.  And they have vocations!  I understand three more young ladies are soon to enter? 

Deo Gratias!!

BTW, I believe this particular order was founded by Carmelite nuns escaping the persecution of the Church in Mexico in the 1920s and 30s.  At that terrible, terrible time, many convents were sacked and the nuns horribly violated, many turned into ‘camp girls’ for the atrocious Mexican army.  I thank God for their presence in this Diocese.  I don’t think we can imagine how much good their lives of prayer, sacrifice, suffering, and love do for all of us. 

St. Teresa of Jesus

High Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark! October 31, 2011

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For those who either just stumbled upon this blog or have recently fallen off the back of a high speed truck, every Monday night at 7 pm there is a Latin Mass at St. Mark.  Tonight, the Mass is an anticipatory High Mass for All Saints Day.  The Plano schola will be present, and the entire Mass sung, including the homily, which is quite a scene, because Fr. Hopka can really rock out a capella.  No, but the Mass will be sung.  It should be very nice, I missed the last one on the Feast of the Assumption but plan to be there tonight.

Another treat if you assist is that you can see my Knights Templar regalia.  It’s not what I hoped this year, I ordered some things late and they didn’t arrive, yada yada, but anyhoo.  Your kids eat too much candy, anyway!  Spend some time with the Lord, instead!  They can go trick or treat (dressed as Saints) later!

We’re going to give the devil and neo-pagan culture a whoopin’ tonight!

Spend some time with saintly relics at St. Monica October 31, 2011

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St. Monica in Dallas is hosting an ‘evening with relics’ on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 – 9:30 pm.  They apparently have over 20 relics, including St. John Marie Vianney and St. Monica (duh!).  Fr. Jason Cargo is leading the devotions, I believe.  Go and get your devotion on!

Mississippi Personhood Amendment could close the door on abortion….. October 28, 2011

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…..and even much contraceptive use.  Sadly, in our present day culture, the latter could make such amendments much less popular.  The pro-aborts are freaked out about it.  It appears this constitutional amendment to define that human life begins at conception (look how the ‘rationalist, enlightened’ pro-aborts oppose science!) could pass when it comes to a vote on Nov. 8:

A potentially game-changing date for the pro-life and pro-abortion movements is quickly upon us, only 10 days away. (Make sure to read the money line at the end of this post.)

On November 8 Mississippi voters will decide the fate of Initiative 26, aka the Personhood Amendment, which states:

The term “person” or “persons” shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.

Almost unbelievably, Amendment 26 really might pass. Quoting the pro-abortion website Salon:

Personhood amendments were once considered too radical for the mainstream pro-life movement, but in the most conservative state in the country, with an energized, church-mobilized grass roots, Mississippi could well be the first state to pass one. Initiative 26 even has the state’s top Democrats behind it.


But here’s the money line I promised at the beginning of this post, quoting Salon. I’ve read it over and over. Imagine the day…

Personhood could represent the most audaciously successful reframing of the national abortion debate yet – in which pro-choicers have to fight over whether forms of birth control are abortion, as opposed to ensuring a woman’s right and access to reproductive choice.

And this aside from saving absolutely every preborn life – no exceptions – from being killed.

I think it’s going to pass.  Mississippi ob-gyns are very upset, because this law could make invitro illegal since invitro almost invariably involves the destruction of babies, and could even threaten most forms of contraception.  The latter could be the problem, and means that a great deal of groundwork should be laid NOW by the Church and all the faithful to make clear why hormonal contraception is so destructive and so toxic on so many levels – health, marriage stability, environmental impact, etc.   Unfortunately, most Americans, even those with a pretty strong practice of some faith, are wedded to contraception and all that goes with it.  And of course, there are miles to go before we even get there – this thing has to pass, there will be umpteen court challenges, and the pro-aborts will go all out to try to stop these kinds of amendments from passing even if they don’t get derailed by an activist judge somewhere. 

Still, this could be the beginning of something very big.

Cool Catholic cartoon blog October 28, 2011

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This is a new blog, and this guy obviously has some talent.  He’s only posted a few cartoons but they’ve been pretty hard hitting:

Very good!

No greater love hath a man that this…… October 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Our Lady, priests, Saints, Virtue.
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……that he lay down his life for his friend (Jn 15:13).  The story of Fr. Felix Leseur, OP:

The Gift of Self:

Not only in fulfilling my responsi­bilities to everyone, not only in charitable work, not only in prayer, but in my whole attitude and way of life. Great and holy ideas and deep convictions often influence others only through the attractiveness of those who embody them. “You will know them by their fruits” (Mt 7: 16), our Savior said: by the fruits of devotion, charity, and radiant faith, and also by those blossoms that first attract notice and precede the fruit; those are called tender love, graciousness, social refinement, serenity, equanimity, friendliness, joy, and simplicity. A truly holy person – mistress, by divine grace, of her body and its challenges – without ever speaking, exudes the delicate perfume of these flowers. Such a person attracts others by her gentle influence and prepares them for God’s approach, which she eventually obtains for them through her prayers.  

Elisabeth Leseur

The remainder was written by Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen:

Just at the turn of the century, there was a woman married in Paris, just a good, ordinary Catholic girl, to an atheist doctor, Dr. Felix Leseur. [this was a militant atheist, who constantly wrote polemics against the Church] He attempted to break down the faith of his wife and she reacted and began studying her faith. In 1905, she was taken ill and tossed on a bed of constant pain until August 1914. When she was dying, she said to her husband, “Felix, when I am dead, you will become a Catholic and a Dominican priest.”

“Elizabeth, you know my sentiments. I’ve sworn hatred of God, I shall live in the hatred and I shall die in it.” [Many atheists try to say that they are indifferent to God, that they can’t hate what doesn’t exist, but I think in truth many are powered by a powerful hatred of God.  They define themselves by their rejection]

She repeated her words and passed away. She died in her husband’s arms at the early age of 47.

Rummaging through her papers, Felix found her will. She wrote:

“In 1905, I asked almighty God to send me sufficient sufferings to purchase your soul. On the day that I die, the price will have been paid. Greater love than this no woman has than she who lay down her life for her husband.”

Dr. Leseur, the atheist, dismissed her will as the fancies of a pious woman. He decided to write a book against Lourdes. He went down to Lourdes to write against Our Lady. [It is incredible he was not even touched by her sufferings for his sake, so hard was his heart]

However, as he looked up into the face of the statue of Mary, he received the great gift of faith. So total, so complete was it, that he never had to go through the process of juxtaposition and say, “how will I answer this or that difficulty?” [What even decades of sufferings by a saintly person cannot do, our Blessed Mother can do in an instant]

He saw it all. At once.

The then reigning pontiff was Benedict XV. Then came World War I. Hearing of the conversion of Dr. Leseur, Pope Benedict XV sent for him. Dr. Leseur went in the company of Fr. Jon Vinnea, orator of Notre Dame. Dr. Leseur recounted his conversion and said that he wanted to become a Dominican priest. Holy Father said, “I forbid you. You must remain in the world and repair the harm which you have done.”

The Holy Father then talked to Fr. Vinnea and then again to Dr. Leseur and said:

“I revoke my decision. Whatever Fr. Vinnea tells you to do, you may do.”

In the year 1924, during Lent, I, Fulton J. Sheen, made my retreat in the Dominican monastery in Belgium. Four times each day, and 45 minutes in length, I made my retreat under the spiritual guidance of Father Felix Leseur of the Order of Preachers, Catholic Dominican priest, who told me this story.

Spouses play a critical role in the sanctification of each other.  Unfortunately, many spouses do a very poor job of this – St. Alphonse Ligouri once stated that married people in Heaven are rare because they often work against each other’s sanctification. 

Suffering, especially suffering of self-denial, poured out for another, is the key to sanctification.  I am such a poor sufferer!  God, grant me the Grace of willing suffering and self-denial!  May I overcome all my faults and imperfections through your Grace, I don’t want to be separated from You in the slightest, I want to give myself up and have Your Charity replace my hardness of heart!

Another note: it is never too late for conversion, and we don’t what effect our prayers and sufferings may have, even after we’re gone!

Muslims at Catholic University of America complain of Christian symbols October 28, 2011

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These people made a free will choice to attend a CATHOLIC university, and now they are demanding that the university jettison its religious symbols to please them.  A lawsuit was filed by inveterate publicity hound, professional lawsuit initiator, and anti-Catholic John Banzhaf, the same fool who has sued CUA for having the temerity to reinstitute same sex dorms (which still exist at numerous universities, like my alma mater The University of Texas).  The muslims claim they need prayer space with no Christian symbols – I suggest they transfer to another university:

The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group and by not providing them rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers.

The investigation alleges that Muslim students “must perform their prayers surrounded by symbols of Catholicism – e.g., a wooden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate.”

A spokesperson for the Office of Human Rights told Fox News they had received a 60-page complaint against the private university. The investigation, they said, could take as long a six months.

The complaint was filed by John Banzhaf, an attorney and professor at George Washington University Law School. Banzhaf has been involved in previous litigation against the school involving the same-sex residence halls. He also alleged in his complaint involving Muslim students that women at the university were being discriminated against. You can read more on those allegations by clicking here.

This is what comes from:

  1. Being dependent on federal funding, which means that CUA must accept students of all religions, lest they be charged with “discrimination”
  2. A left wing administration in power which is inimically hostile to Christianity in general and the
    Church in particular.  Every time a democrat administration is elected, we see a flurry of stupid lawsuits like this, which form a precedent and also intimidate, helping to push the culture in their favored direction.  We also see numerous, often seemingly innocuous, laws passed and regulations enacted, which wind up being extremely onerous and damaging later, like the Carter/Clinton administration lending rules for mortgages that precipitated the housing market collapse.
  3. A nation whose tort laws are completely out of control and always favor the initator of the litigation.  We need to do on a national level what Texas has done, which is a ‘loser pays’ system which would stop most of the frivolous lawsuits like this one.  It’s no accident that the trial lawyers association make up, with the unions, the demonrats biggest source of funding.

I think in the future, the Church in this country is going to have to very seriously contemplate whether it can continue to receive federal funding, with all the onerous rules and regulations that implies.  That won’t stop the persecution, but it will close down one very large avenue for it.

Sick, blasphemous French play draws large protests October 28, 2011

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This is disgusting.  A play centering around a man with diarrhea, which ends with an excrement covered painting of Christ’s Holy Face?  This is what happens in a pagan culture:

A group of Parisian Catholic students was beaten by riot police during a protest in front of a theater during the premiere of a blasphemous play by Italian playwright Romeo Castellicci, on Thursday evening.

On the Concept of the Face of the Son of God is a scatological representation of an old man wracked with diarrhea whose son wipes and cleans him repeatedly on stage under a large reproduction of a Face of Christ by Antonello da Messina. Brown feces fill the stage – synthetic odor included -, the two actors leave the stage, then a dozen children carrying schoolbags make their appearance and throw plastic grenades at the image of Christ. The image later appears to crack up and a dark liquid similar to the feces seen earlier invades the face which is then covered with the words, “You are not my shepherd”.

For the first night at the publicly subsidized “Théatre de la Ville” in Paris on Thursday, several unrelated groups organized public protests. One group had bought tickets and disrupted the show with stink bombs before climbing on the sage with banners proclaiming “Cathophobia : we’ve had enough”. Riot police entered the theatre to move out the protesters, some of whom were arrested.

Another group of young activists of the historic French royalist movement, l’Action française, chose to organize a peaceful demonstration in front of the theatre. A few dozen young French Catholics chained themselves to the railings of the theater under the noses of three vanloads of riot police (“CRS”) who quickly closed in to dislodge them. Heavy-handedly using their bats and teargas, the armored police forces beat up the young people, handcuffed them and forced many of them flat on the ground.

Apparently, several of the faithful Catholics were injured by the police.  You know, just once, I’d like to see one of these “bold artists” attack, denigrate, and blaspheme islam like they do Christianity.  But they won’t, because they’re cowards and know that Christianity is a safe target – like the child that badgers and complains to his parents, but only so far, to escape punishment.  In reality, in France, speech against islam is punished by the state as ‘hate speech’ while these kinds of juvenile tirades are funded by the government.  Satan is having a field day in Europe.

Apparently, some French priests have endorsed this play, which reveals the state of the clergy in what used to be the ‘eldest daughter of the Church.’  Most French bishops are opposed and are encouraging opposition to this state funded ‘play.’ 

But  just on an elemental level – what kind of deranged mind would want to see this?  A man simulating defecation on stage, are you kidding?