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My mom’s going to kill me January 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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I pray kids don’t really have to think this, but I know they do.  I had a friend who got his girlfriend pregnant when he was 18.  She was 20, but still lived at home, 2 doors down from me.  I was very good friends with this guy – and the girl, for that matter.  His parents were very conservative.  He was afraid they were going to freak out when he told them about the situation.  He had college to attend, there were plans, big plans, and wouldn’t a child ruin all these long held dreams?  Wouldn’t a baby ruin their lives?   Weren’t they too young and demonstrably irresponsible to raise a child, even marry?

But they didn’t freak out.  In fact, they were very supportive but totally, 100% insistent on one thing – she would have the baby.  They were inalterably opposed to abortion.  That was……….my Lord………….22 years ago, and they are still married and have 4 kids. 

Sometimes stories have happy endings.   Coincidentally, the guy has the same birthday as me, exactly one year earlier.

 

Girl Scout condemns Girl Scouts…… January 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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………for admitting boys pretending to be girls into the all-girls group.  It’s enough to make your head spin, but is reality all the same:

It is well past time for parishes to disassociate themselves from this sadly fallen group. 

h/t culturewarnotes

Appeals court allows Texas sonogram law to stand January 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, that thankfully constructionalist Federal Appelate Court, has stated that the Texas law requiring abortionists to show sonograms to women seeking abortions prior to the act can remain in effect while the lawsuit over this practice wends its way through the courts:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The federal appeals court in New Orleans says Texas can enforce an abortion law passed last year while opponents challenge it in court.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a district judge’s temporary order against enforcing the law. The measure requires that doctors who perform abortions show sonograms to patients, describe the images and describe the fetal heartbeat.

The panel says U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin was incorrect to rule that doctors had a substantial chance to win their case.

Sparks ruled in August that several provisions of the state law violated the free-speech rights of doctors who perform abortions.

That’s good.  I pray more children will be saved as a result.

St. Cyprian on faith and persecution January 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Interior Life, persecution, Saints, Tradition, Virtue.
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St. Cyprian is a martyr of the Church – he died during the persecution of Valerian in AD 258.  Fr. Cornelius a Lapide quotes him in his book The Personality of St. Paul on faith and persecution:

Faith and the fear of the Lord must dispose you to meet anything and everything.  Come what may, loss of those things that are near and dear to you, loss of health from a derad disease, sad separation from wife and children – such occurrences must not be occasions of scandal for you, but rather of challenge to persevere. Such misfortunes must not lessen or destroy the faith of the Christian but rather  must make this virtue rise up with renewed vigor in the conflict. We must disregard present evils, clinging to our hope in the heavenly reward.  Where there is no conflict, there can be no victory. When the battle has been fought, and the victory won, then the reward shall be accorded the victor. The pilot proves his worht in the storm; the soldier , in the battle.  So, too, the Apostle Paul, after shipwrecks, lashings, and many severe bodily torments, spoke of not being downhearted but rather of being made better by adversities; because the more grievously he was tormented, so much more was he proved truly worthy. 

God willed that we rejoice and delight in persecutions, because when there are persecutions, the faithful are recompensed, the true soldiers of the Lord are revealed; and at such times, the gates of Heaven are thrown open to the martyrs.  The strength of virtue and faith consists in believing and recognizing that God can protect us from persent death’ and at the same tmie, not to fear death nor yield, so that faith wil thereby prove itself even more vigorous.  The virility of faith, my very dear brethren, must be sustained steadfastly within us.  After every violent attack, virtue must stand firm like a huge rock of tremendous resistance. 

In persecutions let no one heed the dangers brought on by the devil, but rather consider the help that God will accord us; nor let the mind be distracted by human disaster, rather let faith be fortified by divine protection, because each one, in accordance with divine promise and in proportion to his faith, wil receive from God as much help as he believes he will receive.  There is nothing the Almighty cannot bestow if He is not obstructed by lack of faith on the part of the recipient.

Thus did St. Cyprian attempt to steel the resolve of the faithful in the face of the persecution he, and they, knew was fast approaching.  The persecution came with all its Roman fury in the 250s, and many of the faithful fell away.  There rose up a great dissension in the Church, after the persecution, over whether or how to readmit those who had fallen away, apostasized, to the Sacraments.  The rigorists indicated that one failure should bar one from the Church forever.  Others sought mercy to reign.  There were middle positions.  The Church largely chose mercy, wisely, depending on the degree of apostasy, of course, and the circumstances involved.  Some were very happy to play at Christian when it suited, and play at pagan when that was ascendent.  The Donatists grew out of the rigorists – St. Augustine fought that heresy mightily, but the Donatists took root in North Africa and helped undermine the Faith there, so that many fell away from good when first the Vandals, and then the Mohammadans, came. 

There is nothing new under the sun.  Pray you do not fail should persecution come!

You can read most of Fr. Cornelius a Lapide’s monumental work on the Gospels here, at the Open Library!  Would that I could get a copy in print! 

21 refutations of Sola Scriptura, part 2 January 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I posted the first 11 refutations of Sola Scriptura yesterday.  Below I post the remaining 10, all taken from Joel Peter’s book Scripture Alone? 21 Reasons to Reject Sola Scriptura.   Much more can be found in John Salza’s The Biblical Basis for the Catholic Faith. 

  1. Any Belief that Scripture is “Self-Authenticating” Does Not Hold up Under Examination – Because protestants do not like to acknowledge that the Church was the source of forming the Canon of the Bible, they claim that Scripture is “self-authenticating,” or sufficiently revelatory in and of itself to “reveal” what is Divinely inspired and what is not.  Ecclesial history shows this belief to be very untrue – giants of the early Church like St. Augustine and St. Jerome differed over what constituted Divinely inspired Scripture, and their lists did not match what was eventually produced. 
  2. None of the original biblical manuscripts is extant – We haven’t got a single original manuscript of any book of the Bible.  All are copies of copies.  Someone had to sort out which of these copies was authentic, and which were inspired by God.  That “someone” was the Church.  It is somewhat humorous, in a ghastly way, the manner in which protestants rely so exclusively on Scirpture without considering its origin, or claiming that some translations (like the favored King James Version, itself aided and perhaps even somewhat adopted from the preceding Catholic Douay-Reims Version) are more “inspired” than others.  There may be something to that, but to claim that ONLY the King James Version is inspired, which some evangelicals do, is funny.  To me.
  3. The Biblical manuscripts contain thousands of variations – again, someone had to sort out all the differences between copies, all the forgeries (there were many, MANY forgeries of writings of St. Paul, for instance, written by others claiming to be Him).  Again, the someone was the Church.  Without an authority to determine what constitutes Scripture, what is Divinely inspired, individuals would be left foundering around trying to determine what is authentic or not – not all of us have advanced degrees in theology, philosophy, and ancient languages to get to the bottom of such things.  The Church does, through the individual members of Her Body. 
  4. There are hundreds of Bible version – again, which ones are “authentic?”  Those approved by the Church!  Even the protestants have boards and other leadership which determine what is right for Episcopals to believe, or lutherans, or whomever.  In the evangelical sects, they typically rely on a pastor to guide them into “right” interpretations and to determine what is “authentic.”  They all rely on some earthly authority to one extent or another.  Only the Church, with Her Divine Charter to determine Scripture, and Doctrine, and all the other things, has the protection guaranteed by Christ to St. Peter to be free from error in such matters.
  5. The Bible was not available to individual believers until the 15th Century – This is another huge problem.  Before the invention of the printing press (by Catholic Johannes Gutenberg), individual copies of the Bible had to be made by hand.  Many monks spent their lives laboriously copying Bibles.  This production process meant there were very few copies of Scripture extant.  If “scripture alone” is the only thing needed to be faithful, why would God do that to His people, making them dependent on a resource they didn’t have, and wouldn’t have until the 16th century?  So God intended to leave the vast, vast majority of people in the dark regarding faith for 15 centuries?  In fact, it is only the development of widescale, relatively low-cost printing that made mass distribution of Bibles possible.  Luther happened to seize on a recent technological development in order to enable his revolt.
  6. The Doctrine of Sola Scriptura did not exist until the 14th century – no one had ever heard of this now common “doctrine” until John Wycliffe invented it in the late 14th century.  It was totally unknown in the Tradition of the Church.  The eastern Church, by then separated, had never known such a heresy, either.  So God allowed billions of Christians over the first 15 centuries of the Christian era to perish in their sins because the “right doctrine” did not come along until the protestant heretics?  Of course “Sola Scriptura” was only possible once bibles became widely available – before, it would have been laughable.
  7. The doctrine produces bad fruit, namely, division and disunity – The protestants were excommunicating each other within 10 years of Luther’s revolt.  There are 40000 sects or demoninations today.
  8. The Doctrine of Sola Scriptura does not allow for a final, definitive interpretation of any passage of Scripture – if the Bible is open to interpretation by all believers with no guiding Authority, you get division.  You also get revision – which is why we now have protestants (and, sadly, Catholics) claiming things like “Scripture approves” of gay marriage.
  9. The protestant bible is missing seven entire books – Yep, Luther deleted them because they reinforced Catholic doctrine on Justification and especially the existence of Purgatory and prayers for the dead. 
  10. The Doctrine of Sola Scriptura had its roots in Luther’s severe emotional problems – Luther himself admitted he could not remain chaste.  He could not satisfy his vows he made as a priest.  He disliked, intensely, offering Mass.  He hated Confession, because it made him feel like a failure.  He had a grave case of scruples.  And, instead of meekly depending on God’s Mercy and submitting to the Church, doing the best he could, he rejected God and His Church and founded his own, made in his own image and likeness.  That was the ultimate source of his “reforms.”

Sorry the numbers are out of order!  I was in a big hurry!  Just imagine they start with 12 and go to 21!  Gotta go!

Marriage in the US in sharp decline January 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Could that be, terminal decline?

For the first time in memory, unmarried Americans will soon outnumber those who are married, according to the latest research. So is this a watershed moment?

At first glance it would appear that, in common with many Western countries, marriage is in terminal decline in the United States.

In 1960, 72% of all American adults were married; in 2010 just 51% were, according to the Pew Centre. The number dropped sharply by 5% in the most recent year, 2009-10.

“I think we are on the cusp of seeing marriage becoming less central to our life course and in framing the lives of our nation’s children. So I think it is a major moment in that regard,” says Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and a sociology professor at the University of Virginia.

Marriage has been under terrific assault for decades.  One of a conspiratorial bent might recall that undermining marriage was a prime goal of marxist theology (for marxism is a religion), in particular in the manner in which the COMINTERN tried to undermine the institutions that form the basis of western society, the better to aid the propagation of the revolution.  The cultural marxists deeply embedded in our media and academia have certainly done all in their power to make marriage, as an institution, either moribund or so radically redefined to make it essentially non-existent in the traditional sense.  The latest assault, of course, is over gays simulating marriage.  And that will not be the end.

God will not be  mocked.  A chastisement is coming, or already underway.  Fr. Owen Francis Dudley, in his remarkable series of books published in the first half of the last century, asked repeatedly if God would allow a culture which had totally turned its back on Him to stand?  What point does human existence have if it rejects its Creator, the worship of which is the prime, even sole, purpose of our being?   The problems of practical atheism and religious indifferentism were becoming quite apparent in the interwar Britain in which he lived and wrote.  I wonder what he would think of our “culture” today?

Several Marian apparitions, all approved by the Church as worthy of belief, have been warning us of this great apostasy and the terrible consequences thereof for centuries, going back to shortly after the protestant revolt.  From Quito to Fatima and Akita and beyond, the Blessed Mother has been consistent – turn away from our materialism, our indifferentism, our quiet apostasy, and repent, or there will be a terrible recompense.  God doesn’t need to use fire and brimstone to make His point.  He often uses the very sins which drive people away to act as the agent of His Wrath……and so contraception, infidelity of all kinds, immorality, and the like lead to the collapse of the fundamental societal institution – marriage.

Society – this culture –  will not be long behind it.

h/t Neptunus Lex

Sooo…….many……….things……wrong January 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, sickness, silliness, Society.
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Well, at least it’s not a Catholic Church: