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Catholic Charities supports Obamacare mandate February 13, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Reason #4598 why I won’t give any money to these guys (which, they don’t want anyways, because they are quite comfortably funded by the federal government, meaning we have to forcibly support them):

This compromise enables Catholic Charities USA to not only continue to provide access to quality healthcare to its 70,000 employees and families across the country of many different faiths and backgrounds, but also guarantees the continued delivery of vital services to the more than 10 million people living in need across the country.

Remember this the next time some collection is taken, like the Bishop’s Annual Appeal ongoing right now.  Don’t check the Catholic Charities box.

But according to Phil Lawler, the “compromise” made by Obama wasn’t to win over Catholic bishops or Catholics in general, it was to win over leftist catholycs like Sr. Carol Keehan and Catholic Charities:

Rather, the fight was for Sister Carol Keehan–head of an influential Catholic hospital group, who had supported President Obama’s health care law–and Catholic allies of the White House seen as the religious left. Sister Keehan had told the White House that the new rule, part of the health care law, went too far

Bishop Daniel Jenky reminds that all these catholycs will face their particular judgment one day – and by that, he doesn’t mean the approbation of the lefty powers that be.  Sr. Carol Keehan should be mortified – I mean, donning sackcloth and ashes and taking the discipline and doing penance forever, fasting on bread and water for a year, etc – because of this headline, which ran on ABC:

Both Catholic Health Assn and Planned Parenthood Say They’re Pleased With Contraception Rule Announcement

When I and others say “catholycs,” that’s what we mean – Planned Barrenhood and Sr. Keehan, nothing could be more Catholic than that.

There are so many important stories today, I’m kind of jamming multiple things into individual posts.  Sorry.  But this next video is incredibly important, but also extremely graphic.  Watch with great care (no kids in the room!), and even sensitive adults may not want to watch.  The summary: how to insure you keep a populace hooked on consequence-free sex that degrades the moral fiber and undermines core societal institutions – hook ’em young, the Planned Parenthood way.  That, of course, ties in with this contraceptive mandate, which is all about driving the Church and morality from the public square and making government everyone’s lord and savior (as it is in much of Europe):

“Planned Parenthood’s gateway drug is masturbation.”  Brilliant.  Showing a 10 year old straddling a mirror and….what?  WTheck?  I’d never even thought of that, and I’m no hothouse flower.

Stick it to Planned Barrenhood by giving to American Life League here. 

 

State educator says parents don’t know what is best for kids February 13, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, silliness, Society.
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That is, parents are in general too ignorant to know what is truly best for kids.  While alot of people are taking this as a generalization, she is probably correct, to some extent – I am certain there are some parents so disconnected and so ignorant themselves that they really don’t know what is best, or even good, for their kids.  But there is an overweening superiority here, a mentality that self-anointed “experts” always know what’s best, that is disturbing, and I think reveals in microcosm some of the really negative aspects of the state-run, Prussian-model education complex:

LANSING, Mich. – During a legislative hearing at Michigan’s state capitol last week, a member of the education establishment made a stunning admission about how parents are viewed by the “experts.”

Debbie Squires, associate director of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, explained to members of the House Education Committee why her association opposed allowing more cyber (or online) schools to operate in the state.

“Educators go through education for a reason,” Squires said. “They are the people who know best about how to serve children. That’s not necessarily true of an individual resident. I’m not saying they don’t want the best for their children, but they may not know what actually is best from an education standpoint.”

Committee chairman Tom McMillin, a Republican, seemed taken aback by Squires’ comments.

“Wow … Parents don’t know what’s best for their child?” McMillin asked.

 “I said they may want what’s best for their child (but) they may not know,” Squires replied.

Those who homeschool know this mentality well.  There is an element in the state run education complex that views any other way of schooling – be it charter schools, private schools, but especially homoeschooling, as a threat.  They fear that large scale use of these alternative means could both undermine the funding they receive and point out the flaws in the public school system, which are myriad.  For one thing, the entire public education system is horribly inefficient, bloated with unnecessary administrators, many of whom are extremely well paid, and often full of teachers whose capabilities are questionable at best (especially in inner city schools, most of which lack teachers of high caliber).  The link goes on to note that per pupil spending has almost doubled in the last 30 years, and yet test scores and real learning continue to decline markedly.  The problem has never been about money.

Of course there are great, caring teachers, and great schools, even school districts.  But there are many that are terrible.  I would wager that the average homeschooling parent has a far higher degree of education than many inner city school teachers, and many are comparable if not superior to the teachers in wealthy suburbs, as well.   Homeschools in particular, but many private schools, as well, also provide a means to avoid the lockstep left-wing and moral degradation prevalent in most public school curricula today (here is but one example).  These manifold failings, in spite of a veritable sea of money, have caused the homeschooling movement to grow by leaps and bounds, while private schooling keeps a steady growth, as well.  Too many public schools simply fail at their mission.

 So many core areas of our society have gone utterly awry.  Homeschool!

Tickets available for Michael Voris conference March 4 February 13, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, Interior Life, North Deanery.
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Thanks to the superb, awesome Colleen Hammond, you can now buy tickets for the Michael Voris conference online!  You can get them here!   I would have had this link up Friday, but my junk mail system sent several of Colleen’s communiques to junk and I missed them until today.  That evil junk mail system sits on them for 24 hours before even telling you they’re there!  I think Obama created it……….

Oh, calm down!

Again, you can buy tickets online here

Deo Gratias!

From where we have been, to where we are headed February 13, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Virtue.
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Sometimes it takes an outsider’s perspective to make clear certain things that are so obvious to those “inside” that they are overlooked.  MP Daniel Hannon, an anti-European Union member of the European Parliament, lays out where we are headed in this country.  It’s not a pretty picture.  From Jeffersonian republican democracy to the European style social welfare state, encompassing massive loss of liberty, economic stagnation, cultural collapse, and general disaster:

Oh, I can’t wait for our new socialist worker’s paradise!

I cannot recommend strongly enough reading all of the Masterful Monk series by Fr. Owen Francis Dudley.  Strongly related to all trends ongoing in our culture – creeping socialism, nanny-statism, loss of faith, and cultural devastation.  You should get them all and read them to your kids.  Our kids love them.

h/t Capt. Carroll LeFon, USN, Ret.

Should Pope Benedict XVI take charge and excommunicate catholycs like Sebelius? February 13, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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In spite of commentary from numerous faithful Catholics exhorting the bishops to excommunicate apostate catholycs who are doing so very much damage to the Faith, I think many of us hold grave doubts as to whether they will ever act with such boldness and courage of conviction.  The fact that catholycs like Sebelius, Pelosi, Biden, Kerry, and others have justly merited excommunication dozens of times over is well established.   A writer, sadly a former Catholic but one obviously well versed with the Faith, asks, why doesn’t Pope Benedict take the lead, as Pope Pius XI did, and write an encyclical against the tyrannical pagan state and defending the rights of the Church, including excommunication of numerous catholycs who have done so much to harm the Church and the faith of millions?  In 1937, Pope Pius XI did just that, writing an encyclical in German excoriating the crimes of the nascent Nazi regime and exhorting the faithful to a peaceful resistance:

………To this end, I believe that an encyclical letter, with its definitive version written in English, ought to be issued. In doing this, Pope Benedict would be following the precedent of Pope Pius XI in issuing Mit Brennender Sorge in 1938. The young Joseph Ratzinger would have heard as this denunciation of Nazism was read from the pulpit of his church on Palm Sunday, 1938, as it was in virtually every German church. Benedict should act in kind now, speaking as pastor to his flock and as head of state challenging the misdeeds of the American government — and require that the encyclical be read in every Catholic church on the same Sunday.

What should be included in this encyclical? I would suggest several elements. The first part would be a restatement of the teachings of Vatican II on the proper relationship of church and state, and an analysis as to how the Obama Regime mandate is incompatible with that relationship. It should be made clear that this is not a claim of special privilege, but a function of natural law that applies to all who claim the title of Christian and to non-Christians as well. No government, whether democracy, monarchy, or dictatorship, has within the scope of its authority to direct a faith community to commit actions that are at odds with its fundamental teachings.

The second part of the encyclical should lay out the consequences of the promulgation of this new regulation and its successor. This should begin with an announcement that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is immediately excommunicated, as are any other Catholics within the senior staff of the department. In addition, immediate excommunication should also fall upon any Catholic member of Congress who voted for ObamaCare. Lest there be any confusion on the matter, the individuals excommunicated should be listed by name. In addition, latae sententia will be incurred by any Catholic who directly enforces or causes to be enforced the requirements of the new regulations. Similar sanctions should be directed at state officials in the 28 state with similar provisions in state law. At least as regards the public officials, the lifting of the excommunication ought to be reserved to the Holy Father himself. The second consequence contained within the encyclical ought to include the imposition of interdict upon the United States if the regulation is not rescinded by a certain date, with the interdict to be lifted only upon the lifting of the regulation and the return of any and all property seized as a consequence of failure to comply with the regulation.

The third part of the encyclical ought to be a reminder to American Catholics of the importance of bringing their faith into the public square and voting booth. This section ought to note the right, long recognized by the Church, of a people to remove an unjust ruler when the opportunity arises — and draw the parallel between this and the words of Thomas Jefferson, who in the Declaration of Independence declared that the people have a right to alter or abolish any government which becomes destructive of their rights. It should be made clear that this is not intended to be a new Regnans in Excelsis, but rather a reminder that it is within the power of every American to see to the removal of civil officials who implement and enforce violations of religious freedom via their responsible exercise of the franchise at the next election — and that it is morally obligatory for them to do so………

I think the writer may be off base in attacking Obamacare in such a manner, but this mandate, yes, I think a document from the Pope could be written excommunicating numerous individuals involved in attacks upon the Church. 

Do I believe Pope Benedict will do so?  No.  I will start to pray that he will, because this idea is very wise and a necessary return to practices the Church used when the Church was surrounded by a very hostile culture and even more hostile individual states, but I don’t believe it is in Pope Benedict’s constitution to take such an act.  He is still too much enthralled of the “engagement” rhetoric of the times around Vatican II, and he would face such opposition from the Secretariat of State that even if he did promulgate such an encyclical, he would be hard pressed to get it released.  I know that sounds unbelievable, but that is the state of things in the Vatican. 

Bishops reject Obama “compromise” on forced acceptance of contraception February 13, 2012

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The bishops of the United States, collectively, late Friday rejected Obama’s non-compromising “compromise” on his regulatory change that will force all insurance plans to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients.  There is no compromise in this, it is in fact a doubling down in now making it so that even individual parishes and dioceses must now pay for contraception, which wasn’t the case in the original, terrible, conscience-violating mandate:

“It would still mandate that all insurers must include coverage for the objectionable services in all the policies they would write,” the bishops said. “At this point, it would appear that self-insuring religious employers, and religious insurance companies, are not exempt from this mandate…the lack of clear protection for key stakeholders…is unacceptable and must be corrected.”

The bishops said they also object to the plan’s retention of the “nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some abortifacients.”

“This is both unsupported in the law and remains a grave moral concern. We cannot fail to reiterate this, even as so many would focus exclusively on the question of religious liberty,” the statement said.

Saying the proposal “continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions,“ the bishops vowed to ”continue—with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency—our efforts to correct this problem.”

Too bad, Obama says……..there will be no more “compromise:”

Despite renewed statements of concern by Catholic leaders and lawmakers, the Obama administration is done negotiating and will finalize its plan requiring insurance companies to provide free contraception to women working and studying at religious institutions, President Obama’s chief of staff said Sunday.

Jacob Lew told “Fox News Sunday” that the compromise offered last week to address objections by the Catholic Church is clear and consistent with the president’s “very deep belief that a woman has a right to all forms of preventive health care, including contraception.”

To leftists like Obama, “women’s health” means contraception and abortion.  They care about little else.  They don’t seem to care that oral contaception is rated as a “Class 1” carcinogen.   That would seem to have some bearing on “women’s health.”  They don’t seem to care about the strong link between abortion, and contraception, and breast cancer.  What this is really about is promoting and advancing the agenda of radical feminists and secular pagan leftists who want sex to be a recreational activity with no consequences, in spite of the libraries full of data that reveal how this notion has so fatally damaged our culture, families, marriages, and women themselves, who are now frequently treated by men, encouraged by the “no consequences” mentality, to use women for their pleasure and then dump them.  That millions of women have bought into this fundamental assault on the feminine virtues and gleefully engage in the “hook-up” culture, only reveals the extent of the moral rot and degradation in our society. 

The bishops have an enormous fight on their hands.  I will pray for them with all my slight ability, I will post on this blog, I’ll encourage faithful Catholics, that small percentage of the overall “Catholic” population, to get involved, but they have their own moral cowardice and decades of neglect, or silent tolerance of widespread apostasy, and the selfish nature of humanity, which encourages many people to reject Truth and do what they feel is convenient, to overcome.  Mark Steyn notes:

In a land of Big Government, everything else gets real small. In the U.S., the Catholic Church, aside from abortion, is generally on board with the “social justice” agenda. It never seemed to occur to them to ask themselves, If health care is a “human right” in the debased contemporary sense (i.e., not a restraint upon the state — as in Magna Carta — but a gift of the state), then who gets to define what health care is?

Answer: Commissar Sebelius. As government grows, the separation of church and state is replaced by the state as church — an established religion of sacred secularism that crowds any rivals out of the public square. The Obama administration’s distinction — of a “religious exemption” that applies to a building where sermons and sacraments are taking place but not to Catholic hospitals or schools — is explicitly intended to shrivel the space for religious belief: If you’re in, say, the adoption business, you can either offer your services to gay couples or get out of the biz entirely. Either way, the state church wins. Religion is fine as a private code that you deposit in the umbrella stand as you exit your house every morning, but it may not govern your conduct beyond your front door. If you insist on being Catholic, you must be Catholic in the sense of a Kerryesque Democrat on the stump: “Of course, I’m personally, passionately, deeply, passionately, personally opposed to abortion, but I would never dream of letting my deeply passionately personal beliefs interfere with my legislative agenda.”

This has been precisely my conviction and concern expressed numerous times on this blog over the past 2+ years – the bishops continue to plow the ground for government interference in Church affairs, and continue to undermine the defense of true Catholic Doctrine (and not mere prudential issues) by their addiction to government money and the bishops collective desire to be seen as political players.  As Dr. Jeff Mirus showed so eloquently in his fake apology letter from a notional Catholic bishop, this is the core issue that has undermined the influence of the Church in this country and has led to such widespread apostasy on core moral issues – the bishops are more concerned about sustaining and increasing their relationship with the state (for more money), and are afraid to rock the boat in any way that might undermine whatever influence they perceive they have.  But now they have been pushed to extremist, the secular state holds a knife to their throat, and they are calling on their faithful to rise up and fight with them.  But there are so few faithful left…..

We, as Catholics, have a choice.  As Sacred Scripture states (Deut 11:26-32), we have a choice – a blessing, or a curse.  We can choose life, the Church, or death, the state, for sadly, it has long been that way, since at least 1973 in this country.   As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.