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Voris too Catholic for Detroit? – UPDATED! December 23, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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Michael Voris and Real Catholic TV have been told to stop using the word “Catholic” in the name of their enterprise.  There is a long history here, which I am not at liberty to discuss, but there have been concerns over the type and quality of Michael Voris’ and Real Catholic TV’s catechetical efforts.  I have certainly not discerned even the slightest hint of heresy from RCTV.  In reality, the Archdiocese would like to be able to control RCTV’s content to prevent the “embarrassing” videos on subjects like the manifold failings in the episcopate.

So, in response, here’s a recent Vortex video:

Remember to clear March 4 2012 on your calendar for Michael Voris at the Frontiers of Flight Museum!

UPDATE:  Comments brought some thoughts to mind – how do many bishops seem capable of dismissing orthodox, faithful Catholics as a limited, lunatic fringe?  I have personally spoken with hundreds, possibly thousands of Catholics who are baffled, at best, by the actions of many bishops.  Why are the orthodox often given rough treatment, if not outright dismissed/ignored?  So many faithful Catholics are outraged or severely disappointed by so many actions taken by ordinaries, from allowing heterodox, apostate “catholycs” to be employed and corrupt the minds of Catholics at local universities, to allowing Sr. Militant New Age Lesbian Feminist to lead a parish retreat.  We’re not blind.  We’re not stupid (well, we are, in a way, more later).  We see what goes on.  Many are outraged.  Why are we having to do what is in actuality their job?  Why are the bishops often attacking (or ignoring, or blacklisting, or…..) those faithful Catholics, who, in the words of Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand, should be their very pride and joy?

We are sort of suckers, though.  Many of us keep going back to that parish with the new age nun DRE, or the heterodox vicar, or whatever.  Most of all, we keep sending in the checks.  If you want to see change in your local church, wherever it may be, MOVE.  Stop going to or supporting in any way heterodox parishes.  Most of all, stop giving them your money.  Find an orthodox parish and go there.  It’s infinitely more important for you to go to a faithful parish than it is to “be loyal” to your neighborhood/town parish.  The latter is a fool’s game.  And, no, we don’t go to Mass or to a parish to “witness” to others- we go there to get holy and get saved.  It is the job of the priest to lead us in sanctification.

If you want change, stop going to the bad parishes.  If the whole diocese is bad, pick out the least worst one you can find and assist at Mass there, but send your money to an orthodox religious order like the Benedictines of Norcia or our good Carmelites here locally.  Stop sending money.  Attendance is one thing, but if you want to see change, stop sending in money – make sure you let them know why.  This is the one way to effect change the laity have – and not the pseudo-change of playing priest that’s developed since Vatican II – real change.

Christmas Eve rant concluded.

Christmas scenes from the Carmelite Monastery December 23, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Interior Life, Latin Mass, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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The chapel was locked, but here are a few scenes from the Discalced Carmelite Monastery of  the Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Joseph in Dallas:

Front exterior of chapel

The monastery is open daily.  They have Mass Sunday in the chapel at 7am.  You should check it out.  It is a beautiful monastery.  They just had another nun take her first vows!


Fast today or tomorrow(12/23 or 12/24) December 23, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Tradition, Virtue.
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Back in the day, our forefathers in the Faith fasted and abstained from flesh far more than we do nowadays.  Now, we only have two required days of fasting and abstinence in the entire liturgical year – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  But in the past, Catholics fasted or abstained throughout the years on Fridays, in some places Wednesday’s too, and definitely during Advent and Lent – both penitential seasons of preparation.  In some places, these fasts or periods of abstinence are coming back – in England, for instance, the Friday abstinence from meat is now back in place.  I pray for similar, or more, on these shores.

That being said, it is always good to fast or abstain to the degree of our ability (if you have a medical condition, follow your doctor’s guidance).  Traditionally, one of the two days before Christmas would be a day of fasting or abstinence.  If you’ve already eaten flesh meat today, perhaps tomorrow could be a day of fast?

Why should we fast?  A local priest said today that the United States is a monument to intemperance.  We are awash in a culture of excess, we are intemperate in every possible way.  We eat too much, drink too much, medicate too much, gorge ourselves on porn and all manner of sexual license – and we wonder why people have road rage?  It’s all related!  If you are intemperate in matters sexual, you are likely to be intemperate in terms of indulging in wrath, and so on.

Those of us who feel a particular call to holiness can and should offer our acts of penitence for those in our culture, and even our Church, who do not do so.  By living lives of temperance we can, prayerfully, set an example for others to follow.  The world is sometimes changed through acts of great drama, but it is more frequently changed through many small acts on the part of millions.  To offer a bit of hunger, or thirst, or denial of any pleasure, in a willing, joyful manner, is immensely pleasing to Our Lord – provided we are in a state of Grace.  And personally, many of us have much to atone for – fasting can be a physical sign of our desire to turn away from self-indulgent pleasure and offer ourselves to Our Blessed Lord so soon to be Incarnate for us.

Dominus vobiscum!