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Abortion devastating Baltimore January 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, disaster, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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That’s what is quoted in this op-ed in the Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore is one of many American cities that has experienced a long, painful decline.  The city is shrinking.  While city leaders try to solve this population implosion by immigration (ha!), Diana Schaub notes that the major reason for this decline is the out of control moral decay in the city, especially the collapse of marriage and the rampant use of abortion:

The decline of marriage, particularly among African-Americans, is all too familiar. Not as well-known is that Maryland has a very high abortion rate (third highest among the states in 2005, the year that the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stopped collecting abortion statistics). The breakdown by jurisdiction reveals that Baltimore City is driving those deadly numbers, and also that the abortion rate among African-American women is at least triple the white rate.

Even for those in favor of legal abortion, the situation should be dismaying. And it certainly represents what Montesquieu termed “a change of customs.” For comparison: In 1970, Baltimore City abortion rates for single white and black women stood at 7.43 and 10 respectively (the abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women ages 15-44), with the married women’s rates half that. By 2005, the Baltimore rate was 86.2. The National Abortion Rights Action League, which cites that figure, did not provide the African-American rate, but it would be substantially higher.

Lest one think that poverty accounts for this shift, the poverty rate in Baltimore has remained relatively fixed at around 20 percent for decades. The marriage dearth and the abortion deluge among all races are not attributable to material causes as much as moral causes: young women’s loss of respect for themselves as the bearers of new life and their resulting willingness to treat abortion as a method of contraception.

Cities dying off from abortion and general moral degradation.

A beautiful, Grace-filled action to take place tomorrow! January 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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Tomorrow at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery in Dallas, Sister Veronica of the Holy Face will receive her habit.  This clothing will take place at 10:30 am. 

May Jesus Christ be praised always and at every moment!  What a glorious gift of self, what an oblation!  I can’t wait to go!  There is a 100% certitude I will cry!  What a gift to make of oneself, to be a bride of Christ!   

I love nuns, and there are no nuns I love more than Carmelites!  To think of joining the order of St. Teresa of Jesus, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross, St. Teresa of the Andes, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, and so many more! 

Glorious!  Deo Gratias!


Bishops Farrell and Vann castigate Obama HHS contraception mandate January 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I think the Obama administration has made a serious mistep.  I don’t think they anticipated this kind of reaction from the Church.  Obama and Sebelius are getting absolutely pilloried, with only the most die-hard “Catholic” leftists supporting this contraceptive mandate.  The reaction from the episcopate has been surprisingly strong.  I pray this begins a general period of catechesis on the Church’s opposition to the evil of contraception, which de-couples sexuality from procreation and leads to abortion, adultery, objectification of women (porn, especially) and even the radical re-definition of marriage.  Bishops Farrell and Vann:

The United States is a nation founded on the principle of life, liberty and justice for all. Throughout the history of this great nation, the religious communities and those in posts of civil authority have recognized that free practice of religious belief is foundational to our country.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” But in recent days the latest salvo in the attack on religious freedom was fired by the Obama administration and, sadly, by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic. [The fact that she is still able to call herself a Catholic, is, to my mind, a major reason why this noxious regulation was put in place.  We need ecclesial discipline enforced, for the good of the Church and the good of souls]

On Jan. 20, Sebelius announced the administration’s decision to mandate the inclusion of particular health services in insurance coverage that would result in Catholic institutions having to provide coverage that violates Catholic Church teaching and, therefore, Catholic conscience.

The HHS ruling requires that sterilization and contraception, including controversial abortifacients, be among the “preventive services” coverage in almost every healthcare plan available to Americans, including health plans offered by religious organizations.

The one-year concession allowed to implement these provisions is, as Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said, “a one-year period to violate our consciences.”

Cardinal Roger Mahony, retired archbishop of Los Angeles, says this is a “full frontal attack” on religious freedom.

As the shepherds for nearly 2 million Catholics in North Texas, we cannot stand by silently.

This decision is outrageous. It is an unprecedented and untenable abrogation of religious freedom in the United States. This ruling, upon its implementation, would force Catholic institutions — hospitals, schools, social service agencies — to either violate the fundamental tenets of their faith or stop offering health insurance coverage to their employees, students and clients.

This is part of a pattern in the United States that has degenerated from the recognition of religion as good and salutary to our society to religion being subjected to punitive discrimination. [All true.  But we must recognize that our own failure to live the Faith as Catholics, and even the failure of our leadership to reliably enforce the Doctrines that define the Faith, has helped precipitate this collapse in Faith and the increasing secularization in our society.]

We ask that the Catholics of North Texas and other people of good will join us by speaking out for the protection of conscience rights and religious liberty that are essential to the American way of life.

We ask our civil authorities at all levels of government to “reform the law and change this unjust regulation,” as Dolan said after the ruling.

The Catholic Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth, just as every religious organization in the United States, must be allowed to follow the fundamental tenets of their faith in all aspects of life without unwarranted government interference as is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

A very good presentation of the problem and condemnation of this egregious assault on our foremost liberties.  But let this just be a beginning.

Non Sequitir Friday January 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, fun, Society.
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In this case, a pretty good rip off of Flight Deck Friday:

Two F/A-18Cs from VFA-131 Wildcats being refueled by a KC-10A Extender.  Super high-res video, watch in full screen.

Those fighters move around alot, don’t they!

Related – it looks like the sailors may get to cross the Magsaysay bridge and the @#$& River (literally) and storm Olongapo as in days of old again.  Maybe even old Clark Field will be open for US business again (though I doubt it) – it’s time for containment, round 2.  And countries who felt they had no need for a US presence anymore after 1991 now feel rather differently, with a new Red Menace growing in the East.  The Phillipines is negotiating with the US for a renewed US military presence. 

A reconstruction of the Cubi Point Officers Club below: