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Self-indulgent post of the, uh……….hour……… October 25, 2011

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Since all my posts are self-indulgent!  But this one extra so!

Who hear here (good grief!) besides maybe Raul and Colleen has heard of the YF-23?  It was an aircraft designed and built in the waning days of US aerospace dominance in the late 1980s for the USAF Advanced Tactical Fighter competition.  The ATF competition was designed to result in an air superiority fighter so incredibly capable it would literally assure doiminance against other aircraft, and possess at least a good rate of survivability againt increasingly lethal ground based air defenses (surface to air missile networks, primarily).  The design and competition process began in 1981 and culminated in a 1990 flyoff competition between the Northrop YF-23 and the Lockheed YF-22.  For a number of reasons that are difficult to fathom, the YF-22 won (mostly because it was thought to be cheaper), in spite of the fact that nearly everyone thought the YF-23 the far superior aircraft in all areas except high alpha and general pitch maneuverability (the plane could radically change up and down direction in flight quickly).  Other than that, the YF-23 was reputed by many to be much faster in supercruise, more “stealthy” in all aspects, and to have better roll and longitudinal maneuverability (for the turning fight). 

I was a weird kid, almost as weird as I am now.  I followed the Air Force and US military aerospace in general extremely closely.  Many of my friends were similar.  We grew up in the Reagan defense boom that we thought (hoped) would last forever.  It did not.  The ATF competition was sort of the dawning of the age of defense austerity that has been ongoing for the last 20+ years, and looks to get much worse.  In the early 90s, the USAF expected to buy 750 F-22s, but has wound up being able to purchase only 187 to replace about 700 F-15s.  Fantastic aircraft like the YF-23 got left by the wayside as more and more dollars went to entitlements and wealth transfers.  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, both the Russians and Chinese apparently believe the F-23 was the way to go.

The reason for this rant is I found an awesome website dedicated to the YF-23 yesterday, and I just had to afflict you with it. 

When I was 18 and the YF-23 was rolled out, I thought it was the most incredible looking aircraft I had ever seen, and more or less still feel that way.  It has an odd shape that makes the aircraft look completely different depending on how it is viewed:

Here’s a nice video from back in the day:

Since numbers do matter and the youngest F-15C/Ds in the service are at least 23 years old, it might be time to buy some new F-15SEs:

The demonstrater has flown.

Start your All Souls Novena today! October 25, 2011

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You can start your Novena for All Souls Day today (OK, it maybe should have started yesterday, but if you start today you’ll finish on the Feast Day).  Via Fr. Loren Gonzales:

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful,
grant to the souls of Thy servants and handmaids departed, the remission of all their sins;
that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired.
Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.

The focus of the Mass must be on God, and that is why…… October 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, Tradition, Virtue.
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……the Traditional Latin Mass, and certain very reverent celebrations of the Novus Ordo, have such resonance with an increasing number of Catholics.  In the video below, Bishop Sample of Marquette Michigan explains the proper focus of the Mass – reverent worshop of the good God. 

Anyone know anything else about Bishop Sample?  It’s amazing to hear a bishop give a cogent defense of Ad Orientem, sad as it is that I must say that.  Dont’ look at the priest’s face during Mass, indeed – focus on God!  Ultimately, this comes down to the dominance of the cult of man or the Cult of God.  Which will it be?

Eric Genuis coming to Richardson Nov. 5 October 25, 2011

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You can see the excellent Eric Genuis in concert at St. Joseph in Richardson on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 pm.  He will be accompanied by violinist, vocalist, and cello.  Tix are $25 for families and $10 for individuals, and they can be bought at the door or by contacting Linda Scott (my sweet sweet neighbor!) at (214) 793-9858.

You should buy some tickets just because Linda is so nice.  She has been just a darn near perfect neighbor for 14 years.

About that ‘Vatican embraces leftist economic policies’ story October 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, scandals, sickness, silliness, Society.
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There have been a ton of stories lately in the lamestream and Catholic press and blogs concerning the poorly conceived and completely meaningless document released by the Pontifical Council on Peace and Justice recently.  That document has absolutely no magisterial authority.  Phil Lawler does a good job explaining why the document has no authority, and why the Vatican undermines its authority in areas where it does have a God-given responsibility to dispense Truth when it strays into these economic areas where it has no expertise (obviously), and, more importantly, no Divinely inspired ability to be right:

Those are the economic lessons. There are some political realities that the Vatican might eventually recognize, too. Say:

  • that the UN, the World Bank, the European Union, and other international organizations are not friends of the Catholic Church, and probably never will be;
  • that any international agency empowered to regulate financial markets will—following a pattern that is now well established—be exploited by social engineers to promote contraception, legal abortion, and legal recognition of same-sex marriage;
  • that liberal politicians will gladly accept and exploit the Vatican’s statements on economic affairs, while continuing to work assiduously to promote the culture of death;

Oh, yes, and most important of all:

  • When an obscure Vatican agency issues a statement that contains 50% solid Catholic social teaching, and 50% flaky leftist theory, the world’s media will ignore the distinctively Catholic content—what the Church should say, what the world should learn–and concentrate exclusively on the leftist theory. So for the great mass of ordinary readers, who will never read the full document, but only scan the headlines, the important message will be lost. What will register, instead, is that the Vatican has not learned its lessons about economic affairs and political realities.

When people reach the conclusion that the Vatican is talking nonsense, they do not ordinarily distinguish between the sound fundamental principles of Church teaching and the questionable economic analysis that follows. Nor do they make fine distinctions on the different levels of Church teaching authority. They conclude simply that the Vatican talks nonsense. So by reaching beyond their field of expertise, Vatican officials undermine their own teaching authority.

Does anyone seriously believe that when the leaders of the G-20 economic powers gather next week in Cannes, whey will spend their time examining the Vatican’s plans for the recapitalization of troubled banks? Of course not. The world’s leaders have plenty of their own expert economists; they need not rely on analysis from Vatican dicasteries. If they think that the new Vatican document is just one more call for international economic regulation—along the lines of many other proposals they have already seen—they are likely to ignore the statement entirely, and thus miss the important messages that a terse Vatican document might have conveyed.

Every few years, a minor dicastery at the Vatican releases some silliness that betrays little competence in the area of economics and, worse, the negative effect of having the Church headquartered in the part of the world most friendly, at present, to socialism.  Unfortunately, having the Vatican staffed by people who come from European countries suffering under the dead weight of socialism is bound to have an effect.  And so we get silliness like this document, which does have some good points on social justice, but those points are lost in giving a voice to the theories of one Italian leftist economist.   While the left will try to score points with this seeming “endorsement,” everyone else will ignore it and this ‘document’ will be completely forgotten in a few weeks.  Sadly, the Divine Authority established in the See of Peter will be undermined a bit further in the process.

An informal update: speaking of economics and Catholicism, I like the CatholicCulture site pretty well.  I’ve even given them a little money.  But those guys have been pounding the drum of “we’re desperately short of money and about to go under!” for over a year – and by their own figures they “need” over $300k a year to operate.   Most of that has to be salary for Phil Lawler and Jeff Mirus – nice gig if you can get it.  Too many blogs and news sites run for free nowadays – I think their model is in trouble.

You should really read this October 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, sadness, scandals.
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Marini’s Conciliarist Manifesto, by Professor Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College, from Latin Mass Magazine, Summer 2011, and uploaded by New Liturgical Movement.  I can’t get the Scribd format to work with wordpress, because I’m a bonehead, but the .pdf is below.  Some excerpts:

…….In the past forty years, however, a new form of conciliarism has arisen, one harder to define and far more influential: the view that Vatican II, all by itself, was a Council that redefined the Church and Her theology from top to bottom. For historians of the influential ‘Bologna school,’ the Council gave birth to a new Church, ushered in a new age, cleared away ages of debris and decadence, proclaimed at last an ecumenical Gospel that sought out the world and passionately embraced it.  While the falsity of such a bald statement may cause a wry smile, it is a sad fact that this particular brand of conciliarism has been the main force at work in the wreckage of the Sacred Liturgy for the past forty years. So much so, in fact, that a new “Great Schism” appeared in the twentieth century: a schism between a self-styled modern Church and the Church of Tradition. This virtual schism, like the doctrinal rupture and rampant liturgical abuses that are the hallmarks of its proponents, is far worse than any internal crisis the Church has ever faced before, outstripping in combined ignorance, error, and contempt even the horros of the protestant revolt………..

………many of the bishops present at and involved in the Council have testified that the Bishops had no idea they were about to witness the wholesale dismantling and reconstruction of the Roman Rite. Archimandrite Boniface Luykx (1915-2004) frequently noted that not a single bishop at the Council believe that Latin would be abolished, in practice, from the celebration of the Mass, that the priest would face the people, or that the prayers would be notably altered……….

……..many of the fashionable scholarly theories of the mid-twentieth century have long since been discredited, even ridiculed, by liturgists and scholars whose first job is not grinding axes but understanding the history of the Western liturgy. The business about how the Pope historically celebrated versus populum in Saint Peter’s Basilica was one of the main myths that drove the novelty of the priest’s turning his back to Christ, the symbolic east. We now know, thanks to better studies, that the Pope and the people faced eastwards, so important was their unamimous orientation felt to be…….

……..In any case, one thing is certain: we will see alot of this kind of nostalgic resistance from the aging conciliarists, it will be a hallmark of at least the next ten years, and it will become more and more acerbic, accompanied by an increase in clandestine acts of desperation. They accuse the traditionalists of wallowing in nostalgia, but as brilliant a light as Fr. Richard McBrien finds himself caught short trying to explain how young Catholics who never grew up with the Latin Mass are flocking to it, loving it, and passing it on to their children.  A “nostalgia” for what one could never have remembered is positively indecent and categorically illogical! (I was born in 1971 [a good year it was!], after Pope Paul VI had safely earned his place in the ranks of the worst popes of history, so I can add fuel to McBrien’s ire……

Here is the .pdf:  66612300-Marini-s-Conciliarist-Manifesto[1]


I think this says it all


The fruit of decades of modernist indifferentism October 25, 2011

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Over the past several decades, related to Vatican II but beginning before it, the people of the Church in this country and many others have nearly completely lost any sense of the Faith and a distinctly Catholic identity.  What the Church in this country is rapidly devolving to, en masse, is a sort of indistinct ‘cultural Catholicism’ which is really little more than modernist indifferentism focused on a cult of man and a vague sense of ‘good.’  USA Today looks at what has been wrought:

An overwhelming majority, 88%, say “how a person lives is more important than whether he or she is Catholic,” according to Catholics in America: Persistence and change in the Catholic landscape. The survey is part of ongoing research by teams of sociologists led by Catholic University sociologist William D’Antonio. [This is the very essence of indifferentism and even immanentism, that basically all religions are the same and what counts is if a person is “good.”  Without a religious framework, without a codified set of beliefs and a true sense of what constitutes virtue, how do you define ‘good?’  I have heard many people with grave sins on their conscience define themselves as ‘good,’ and the old joke is that ‘well, it’s not like I’ve KILLED anybody, as if that somehow defines one as ‘good.’]

The survey, a comprehensive look at the beliefs and practices of 1,442 U.S. Catholic adults, also finds that 86% say “you can disagree with aspects of church teachings and still remain loyal to the church.” Only about 30% support the “teaching authority claimed by the Vatican.” [Sadly, even today, after the disasters which have been wrought by modernist indifferentism should be clear to all with eyes to see, in many parish RCIA programs, adult education, and even from the pulpit, modernist indifferentism is still de rigeur in many, many parishes.  Catholics have been, by and large, taught errors by the heterodox in the Church for decades.  The fruit is that few Catholics know what the Church believes, don’t much care, and feel that they can believe whatever they want.  In sum – it is a disaster for these souls.]

And 40% say you can be a good Catholic without believing that in Mass, the bread and wine really become the body and blood of Christ — a core doctrine of Catholicism. [If one cannot even believe in the Real Presence, calling oneself Catholic is beyond ludicrous, it’s an outright lie.] 

That could reflect the decline in Mass attendance. The survey finds it’s fallen from 44% attending at least once a week in 1987 to 31% in 2011, while those who attend less than monthly rose from 26% to 47%. [Yeah yeah yeah, these percents move around all the time.  I am very skeptical that 31% of ‘Catholics’ assist at Mass every week]

Some additional data:

27% of Catholics don’t even think the Resurrection is very important.  I’ve seen other studies that put the number around 33%, but whatever.  So, these are the people who think Jesus was just a man, just a really cool guy, the apotheosis of Arianism?  That is a core modernist belief – that Jesus was a man, the very best man ever, but just a man, and “divine” only in the sense that he perfectly represented the zeitgeist of the time and place where He existed.  

Now, before I wet myself further (with my tears…..you dirty people), this study was put together by the Distorter, so its very likely the sampling was skewed and that this is a “push” poll.  I think this is reflected in the fact that only 40% of those polled feel that opposition to abortion is a very important issue, which I don’t think is right.  Even among those infected with modernism and with a poor view of the Faith, other studies have shown that a majority of Catholics feel opposition to abortion is a key concern.  So all the numbers may be off a bit, but are similar enough to other studies to establish certain conclusions:

  1. Catechesis has all but collapsed in the Church.  Aside from a small, and perhaps growing group, most Catholics have little to no knowledge of the Faith.  There are numerous reasons for this, but I think the current parish/diocesan organization model which emerged from Vatican II is deeply responsible.  This model has given far too much control in areas like catechesis to lay people whose own formation is, apparently, not very good.  Sadly, even where clergy and religious are involved, the general collapse in catechesis means that they are only somewhat more likely to convey the true Doctrine of the Faith to others.  There are of course wonderful exceptions in lay people and clergy, but we’re talking trends here.
  2. Far too many Catholics have absolutely no comprehension of the mystical, spiritual aspects of the Church.  The modernist movement has led to far too many presentations of the Faith being focused on a cult of man, on worldly concerns, and not on the eternal, mystical concerns of God.  People have no sense of the yawning, infinite gulf between themselves, and the Divine, and the efforts, made possible by Grace, required to bridge that gap (move towards God) and have a chance of salvation.
  3. The idea of sin escapes many, if not most, in the Church.  If Jesus’ Resurrection isn’t ‘very important,’ then obviously, neither is sin, because the forgiveness of our sins, our almost infinite sins, was the reasons for Christ’s Incarnation, ministry, suffering, death, and Resurrection.  There is no sense of what constitutes sin, or, for that  matter, virtue.
  4. This is first and foremost a crisis of leadership.  It has been vogue since VII to try to elevate the role of the laity, and while we are all truly called to evangelize others within and without the Church, to have lives of such great virtue that they are irresistibly attractive, etc, the laity can only do so much.  Righting the ship of the Church will require great efforts, and great sufferings, from our leadership, from the Pope down to the local clergy and religious.  Good and holy priests, and bishops, are the key, men who will proclaim the Truth Christ has revealed and give example with their very lives of the virtues and glory that is an authentic Christian life.  Bishops simply must put aside pseudo-pastoral concerns and exert themselves to proclaim the Truth against this sick world no matter the cost.
  5. In this spiritual battle for the will of souls, the fallen world and its ‘culture’ is absolutely dominating the Church.  Perhaps ‘razing the bastions’ wasn’t such a good plan, after all.

I think this present crisis in the Faith is the greatest the Church has ever experienced.  Because those who reject core Dogma feel they are still ‘faithful,’ which is a repudiation of the very term ‘Catholic.’ 

When Christ returns, think you He will find faith on earth?