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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

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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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

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, priests, scandals, sickness, Society.
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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?

Friday non sequitir – amateur rocket goes to 121000 ft October 28, 2011

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This is pretty neat.  I don’t know how ‘amateur’ it is, but it looks pretty home made.  Machining all the aluminum and other metals to make a 8″ diameter, 14′ long rocket must have cost a pretty penny.  Pretty impressive what can be built at home by an amateur these days – something like this would have been radically state of the art 60 years ago, something only governments could really afford.  8000 lbst for 8 seconds yields 121000k ft – 23 miles.

Access to space is becoming within the reach of the average middle class American?  Such a rocket is a very long way from placing an object in orbit but there is all kinds of data that could be gleaned from going up to 25 miles.

It’s interesting that you can hear what seems like the rush of wind even at a height above 95+% of the atmosphere.