Weekend task – sign petition asking the Holy Father to end indult for Communion in the Hand February 3, 2012Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, Papa, Tradition, Virtue.
I didn’t start it! In fact, several good priests did, and it’s been signed by a Cardinal and some bishops. One of the priests signing is Fr. Tim Finigan:
My good friend, Fr Andrew Wise, of the diocese of Sale in Victoria (Australia), together with Fr John Speekman, has drawn up a petition to the Holy Father which reads as follows:
We are convinced of the great spiritual harm inflicted on the Catholic faithful, and the profanation of the Blessed Sacrament that often occurs by the practice of Communion received on the hand.
We implore Your Holiness to personally intervene to restore once again the normative practice of reception of Holy Communion on the tongue alone.
There is also a blog in support of the petition. Andrew Rabel wrote a piece to give a little background to the petition, and Cardinal Arinze has written in support of the piece. Bishop Schneider has also written in support, and has signed the petition. I have also signed the petition. Many ordinary laity receive Holy Communion in the hand because that is what they were taught to do; in some cases they were told that it was the more proper , reverent [demonstrably false, especially in the case of kneeling], ancient [categorically false, Communion kneeling and on the tongue was always the default mode of receiving except in extremis], grown-up [Good Lord, whatever that means], or modern way to receive Holy Communion. Bishop Schneider’s book “It is the Lord” (sold in England by Gracewing) answers all of the usual justifications for the practice and urgently recommends a return to the practice of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue.
Apart from the major concern over the danger of profanation with Communion in the hand, the “sign value” of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue distinguishes the act of receiving Holy Communion from an ordinary act….
I can say that receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue is a powerful motivator for humility (think how even more annoying I’d be without it!), and also for increasing reverence for the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. It also highlights for the soul receiving and for all involved what a sacred event is taking place – for what other cause do we kneel and allow a relative stranger to place something in our mouths? Standing and receiving is a great improvement over receiving in the hand, but kneeling – zow-wah, it really hits you if you do it consistently for a while! I cannot recommend receiving the Blessed Sacrament in this manner enough.
Here’s some more weekend reading and I really recommend it. The scandal involving Catholic parishes hosting Girl Scouts, and the USCCBs fervent endorsement of the Girl Scouts, continues to grow and grow. Here is an excellent article which discusses both the problems which have overtaken the Girl Scouts through their extreme support for Planned Parenthood, “reproductive rights,” and very explicit sex education for girls, and the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministers (one of the myriad alphabet soup departments of the USCCB) which constantly whitewashes all the evidence of grave problems with Girl Scouts. The National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministers executive director, Bob McCarty, seems to have a difficult time with Church Doctrine, since he endorses pro-abort and explicit sex-ed groups in his own book.
The Clarion of Truth February 3, 2012Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, priests, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
That is what Fr. Michael Rodriguez is, the clarion of Truth. All he does is proclaim the Truth that Jesus Christ has revealed through His Church, and that is why he is being so persecuted. The secular, pagan, hedonistic culture cannot abide the Truth that repudiates its perversion and self-indulgence. Tragically, unbelievably, even many within the Church, even some of those charged with the most sacred, holy offices in the Church cannot abide that Truth. And so, Fr. Michael Rodriguez has been given the Grace of persecution, which shows, to the faithful soul, just how well he is proclaiming the ultimate Charity of eternal Truth.
Fr. Michael Rodriguez has more love for those afflicted with disordered attractions and intemperate lusts (which includes most of us) than all the gay lobby activists and their allies in the culture put together, because he is willing to tell them the Truth, boldly but with charity. For, as he says, it is never loving to lie, and all those perpetuating the myth that homosexual acts (and other sins of lust, and selfishness, such as contraceptive use) are normal and wonderful are lying to those who commit them and are helping place their immortal souls, the most beautiful created thing in the universe, in grave danger. Those who support and encourage others to commit what is objectively a mortal sin are guilty of mortal sin themselves.
Mortal sin damns a soul to hell forever, if the soul dies in that state, because the soul in mortal sin is cut off from the life of Grace. But there are huge numbers of Catholics, perhaps even many who are involved in the Church and who assist at Mass regularly, who are horribly formed on subjects such as these, have been frequently misled by clergy, and who are incapable of recognizing and avoiding participation mortal sin, or at the very least put earthly considerations far ahead of those pertaining to the care of their own soul. Such a person is the current Mayor of El Paso, John Cook. What counsel he has received from the former Bishop of El Paso, Armando Ochoa, is beyond my comprehension, but apparently Bishop Ochoa never did much to deter the mayor’s support for gay marriage and same-sex “partner” benefits.
I would like to take a moment to thank God for the example of the Rodriguez family. I have met several members of that family, and I pray for them that they may remain constant in the Faith in the midst of this persecution and maltreatment from those who should cherish and prize them most.
More on El Paso – the remarkable scene of over 150 faithful souls imploring God to send them a holy, heroic bishop.
Fixed the 2nd vid!
Well, I’ve bought my last book from Amazon…… February 3, 2012Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
…….the sons o’ guns are supporting the state recognition of homosexual couples simulating marriage:
“Amazon is joining other Pacific Northwest companies, including Microsoft, Starbucks and Nike, in support of Washington state’s marriage equality bills,” Amazon said in a statement released by spokeswoman Mary Osako. “The spirit of these bills is consistent with our longstanding employment practices.”
Yep, it’s impossible to keep track of every company or entity that takes a pro-secular pagan culture of death stance, but when one makes a big public pronouncement like this, it’s time to dump ‘em. I have enough books for a long time, anyway. And there are small Catholic stores to support, too! Oh, I need to remember to cancel my prime membership.
Uff Da this is annoying.
I expect all you Kindle users to take them, lay them on the ground, and then stomp them into oblivion. Now.
If Planned Parenthood, and it’s elite pro-abort supporters, care so much about women’s health…… February 3, 2012Posted by Tantumblogo in blogfoolery.
…..why are they trying to destroy the premiere breast-cancer awareness charity in the country? The truth is, they don’t care that much about breast cancer, they care about trendy charities that fit into their progressive worldview, and the most sacrosanct of all, the one they bow down and genuflect to the greatest extent they can, is Planned Barrenhood.
I’ve never been a Komen supporter. I think they are waaaay too into “awareness,” and not nearly enough into research (and, of course, their open support of contraceptive use, their refusal in the past to examine the contraception/breast cancer link, etc), but in this present circumstance, it has been amazing to watch the progressive vampires turn on this group and do all in their power to destroy it. So, all their prior support was a sham? All the pink ribbons, all the little runs with their girlfriends, it was all contingent on, what……….continued funding of the largest abortion mill chain in the country? On kowtowing to the gods of progressivism?
Or is this the angry, “spurned-lover” reaction of many women (and others) who perhaps had abortions (or been closely involved) and have a weird emotional relationship with the whole concept of breast cancer (perhaps, even a great fear that abortion just might be related), that’s all tied up in their progressive, pro-abort mentality?
Or is it just the typical reaction to anyone who jumps off the progressive bandwagon, who gets off script and doesn’t play their part? Is it like the Sarah Palin situation, who had to be destroyed simply because she represented an alternate view of feminism, a loving, family-first, non-contracepting, non-aborting view?
I’m amazed and flabbergasted. What a bunch of hypocrites.
Obama press secretary threatens to de-fund the Church? February 3, 2012Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
No, he doesn’t say it directly, but in an excellent post at Acts of the Apostasy where LarryD notes that the core problem with the Church with relation to the Obama HHS mandate is not the issue of contraception and violation of conscience, but the Church’s far too deep involvement in government affairs and reliance on government funding, LarryD quotes Obama press secretary Jay Carney referring to how much funding the Church has received, a quote which I believe may be intended as a threat:
MR. CARNEY: Well, let me — let me — let me answer. The decision was made, as we have said in the past and Secretary Sebelius has said, after very careful consideration, and the administration believes that this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious beliefs and increasing access to important preventive services. We will continue to work closely with religious groups during this transitional period to discuss their concerns.
It’s important — to go to your point — that this approach does not signal any change at all in the administration’s policy on conscience protections. The President and this administration have previously expressed strong support for existing conscience protections, including those relating to health care providers. That support continues.
I also would just note that our robust partnerships with the Catholic Church and other communities of faith will continue. The administration has provided over $2 billion to Catholic organizations over the past three years in addition to numerous nonfinancial partnerships that promote healthy communities and serve the common good.
In the context of a question regarding the controversy that has erupted between the Church and the administration, a statement like the one above could be taken as a veiled threat, reminding the bishops (and especially, the USCCB) of just how much they depend on the good will of the administration when it comes to funding they depend on so very, very much. Funding they have come to see as a wonderful, regular, inflation-adjusted substitute to the donations of the faithful, which are always a hassle to raise, variable, and somewhat dependent on how the faithful view the Church and bishops at any given point. Far easier just to enjoy the federal teet, idn’t it? I think this great dependence on federal funding for so many Church related activities is one reason, among many, why Catholics give so little.
Some other awesome points by LarryD, with which I heartily agree:
In other words – “We bought the Catholic Church’s conscience for $2 billion. So kwitcherbitchin.”
To Carney and Obama and Sebelius, “appropriate balance” is the balance of give-and-take: We give you the conditions once you take the money. That’s how they see it. This is not so much an ace up their sleeve, but a gun to the head. Carney’s inclusion of how much money the Church has received from the current administration over the past three years indicates to me, at least, that that is where they’re coming from……..
………And if anyone thinks such overreach is limited to just insurance coverage of birth control, just wait until federal support for pro-gay marriage really starts to ramp up. We ain’t seen nothing yet.
Should the HHS mandate get overturned in court because it violates the 1st Amendment – and even if it doesn’t get overturned – it behooves the Catholic Church in America to immediately, absolutely and transparently refuse any more funding from the United States government. Because the bills always come due, and they always cost more than the estimate.
I applaud the more than 100 bishops who have publicly spoken out against this mandate, as well as the countless priests who have done so from their pulpits. But more needs to be done. First and foremost, cut themselves off from the money line, because it just ties all their hands, and in the end, gets fashioned into a noose. And secondly – continue to preach and teach the whole and entire faith – not just contraception and abortion and gay marriage – which are so terribly important in our present day – but e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. This has to be a constant and determined effort on the part of the bishops. No slacking allowed. They need to lead their flocks with guts and courage – to strengthen those who still follow, and attract those who stand on the side.
And if the Church loses its tax-exempt status? Well, maybe that ought to go as well. Then, as a result, the Church will be freer to evangelize and perform Her mission in the world. And maybe – just maybe – Catholics throughout the nation will truly come to depend on God instead of on government, as we ought. Government doesn’t answer prayers, at least not without some hefty strings attached………..
……..The only way this changes is for the Church to stop taking the money. They must stop seeking common ground with liars and deceivers, and stand strong upon the rock of truth. That’s the only common ground worth standing on, for all Catholics. Government largesse won’t help anyone make it to heaven, but accepting it certainly helps to grease the slide into hell……….
Whoa, dang right, especially that last bit! Go give LarryD a hit just to show you agree with this post! I sure do! The Church is gravely limited in its proclamation of the Truth, and will be forced into more and more morally horrific situations the longer it remains wedded to government funding as our society becomes thoroughly paganized. It’s way past time to quit it. But they’re addicted, and quitting is sooooooo hard. If only there was a place they could go to get help.
“Planned Parenthood is the devil” February 3, 2012Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
So says a commenter at Jill Stanek’s site, and I couldn’t agree more. I was just in the midst of working on a post wherein I was going to quote two posts from Jill Stanek that give a great deal of background information on Komen’s de-funding of Planned Parenthood, and also the very planned and orchestrated campaign being conducted by Planned Parenthood against Komen, when I saw this:
Susan G. Koman for the Cure has reversed its decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood after twenty-two Democratic senators sent a letter to the group’s founder and CEO urging it to reconsider the decision.
How pathetic. They caved to a pre-planned, orchestrated PR campaign aimed at either forcing them to do so, or to so sully their reputation that they would be gravely wounded going forward, and this is not something that Planned Parenthood did “off the cuff, on the spur of the moment,” if you will, but was an effort weeks in planning that was intended to inflict as much damage and pain on Komen as possible. As Jill Stanek makes clear in this post, Planned Parenthood knew about Komen’s decision for months, then engaged in this pre-planned PR maelstrom in order to force Komen to cave or at the least punish them severely (first four paras taken from NYT):
When the nation’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization considered in October cutting off most of its financial support to the nation’s largest abortion provider, the breast cancer group was hoping for a quiet end to an increasingly controversial partnership.
Instead, the organization, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, is now engulfed in a controversy that threatens to undermine one of the most successful advocacy campaigns….
Dawn Laguens, an executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said… she had no sympathy for Komen’s attempt to mollify donors by ending its relationship with a controversial provider of women’s health services…. “I think it’s particularly curious that they wanted to quietly put this decision out there.”
“Why are they going nuts?” Mr. [SGK board member John] Raffaelli asked rhetorically. “And the answer is that they want to raise money, and they’re doing it at the expense of a humanitarian organization that shares their goals and has given them millions of dollars over the years.”
[Stanek comments forthwith]……….breast cancer screening is Planned Parenthood’s best PR weapon to attract private funding, protect government funding, and detract from its abortion business. It couldn’t simply let Komen go. It had to go on the offensive. And it had to try to stop other foundations from following SGK’s suit.
If you hadn’t figured out before yesterday how ruthless Planned Parenthood is, it should be clear today. When crossed, PP takes no prisoners and holds no loyalty for past favors and friendships.
Planned Parenthood’s well-funded PR machine has been plotting to bring Komen to its knees since it learned it was being cut loose in mid-December.
We see here Planned Parenthood’s modus operandi, and have at least a partial explanation for why so many charities, including many that one would think shares little or nothing in common with Planned Barrenhood and its murderous agenda, wind up supporting them. It’s the old shake-down racket – protection money. If you don’t support us, we’ll drag your reputation to the mud and destroy you if we can. What a disgusting group, truly, they model their founder as brilliantly as any organization I’ve ever seen.
Stanek is also saying not to freak out, that Komen’s ostensible cave is nothing but a move to buy time, I guess until things cool down. I’m skeptical on this, they could be buying time, alright, but to mollify too trusting pro-lifers?
This statement represents nothing new. Komen and CEO Nancy Brinker had already stated they would continue to fund Planned Parenthood’s existing grants through 2012 (one through 2013). Brinker told Andrew Mitchell that number was three. Other reports and my source say the number is five.
If Planned Parenthood is found guilty of criminal investigations, several of which are ongoing around the states (Medicaid fraud in Texas and California; fraudulent reporting and illegal abortions in Kansas, and yes, the federal Congressional investigation, etc.), Komen’s criteria will still disqualify Planned Parenthood from receiving grants, as it should.
Well, if future funding of Planned Barrenhood depends on their being found guilty in these investigations, I wouldn’t hold my breath that funding won’t be forthcoming. These investigations tend to go on forever, and don’t always work out in a manner embracing true justice.
What a world. And our media………what a bunch of self-righteous, intentionally ignorant, elitist, totalitarian thugs. They have served as PB’s willing, gleeful accomplices in this campaign of destruction. This is just this week’s campaign – next week, there will be another, and the week after that, and so on. I know a priest who says we should all take 10 guage shotguns to our TVs, and I’m glad to say I already have, in a manner of speaking. So much evil comes through that damnable box. If you want to kill the media beast, stop feeding it.