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Church Doctrine against contraception goes back 2000 years February 16, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Many, especially those who are not Catholic, do not realize that Church opposition to contraception, sterilization, and abortion goes back to the earliest, formative days of Christendom.  Fr. Mitch Pacwa has done a great service by putting together an extensive list of references which make clear that this Doctrine has remained constant throughout the life of the Church:

The earliest reference to contraception and abortion is in the Didache, a document from the second half of the first century or early second century. Didache reads: “You shall not practice birth control, you shall not murder a child by abortion, nor kill what is begotten” (2)…..

…..Another early text is the Epistle of Barnabas: “You shall not slay the child by procuring abortion, nor shall you destroy it after it is born” (19). This also shows that the earliest Christians forbade abortion.

In the second century, St. Clement of Alexandria wrote in the Paedagogus (2.10.96): “Women who resort to some sort of deadly abortion drug kill not only the embryo, but along with it, all human kindness.” This passage supports our translation of the Didache by mentioning the use of drugs to induce abortion.

In 177, Athenagoras of Athens wrote in the Supplication for the Christians: “And when we say that those women who use drugs to bring on abortion commit murder, and will have to give an account to God for the abortion, on what principle should we commit murder?”

This is the first of many patristic texts identifying abortion with murder, thereby indicating a high value to the personhood of the fetus. Tertullian’s Apology in 197, while he was still in union with the Church, says, “In our case, murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb, while as yet the human being derives blood from other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to the birth.”

In fact, this belief had remained a constant Dogma of all Christendom, even among the schismatic orthodox and the protestant sects, until 1930, when the Anglicans broke for the first time with this belief.  It’s been downhill ever since.

Start awesome 30 day Novena to St. Joseph on Feb. 18 February 16, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Good St. Joseph, Interior Life.
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That’s Saturday, for people like me who can’t remember dates:


Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow.

Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection. Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask.

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the Holy Virgin, nor a house where the Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world’s Redeemer in a cave.

I ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus, which you conferred on the adorable Infant.

I ask it by the painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.

I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From their evil plan, you had to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother to Egypt.

I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your own country.

I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with so many joys and sorrows. I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you and His mother for three days.

I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the company of the Child Jesus.

I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.

I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you showed in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary.

I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led you into it with special honors.

I ask it through Mary’s glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you have with her in the presence of God. O good father! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask. (Here name your petitions or think of them.) Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Finally, my dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of:


“A blameless life,

St. Joseph,

may we lead,

by your kind patronage

from danger freed.”


 Blessed Joseph,

you both saved and served the Word of God, and the Living Bread come down from heaven.

Look down upon the priests of the Church which had its origins in the household over which you presided, and pray for them — that they, too, serve perseveringly the people entrusted to their care — may teach them faithfully the Word of God, and break for them daily the Bread of Life.

Strengthen them in faith and in hope,

console them in hardship and disappointment; and pray your Jesus to crown their service of Him on earth with eternal life with Him in the happiness of heaven for ever. AMEN


Important update regarding Catholic Charities and Obamacare contraception mandate February 16, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I posted earlier this week the claim, reported widely in the media and trumpeted by the Obama administration, that Catholic Charities had endorsed the compromise double down on the contraception mandate.  Catholic Charities has a statement on their website claiming that to be false:

 In response to a great number of mischaracterizations in the media, Catholic Charities USA wants to make two things very clear:

1. We have not endorsed the accommodation to the HHS mandate that was announced by the Administration last Friday.

2. We unequivocally share the goal of the US Catholic bishops to uphold religious liberty and will continue to work with the USCCB towards that goal.

Any representation to the contrary is false.

Well, they sure seemed to endorse it earlier this week.  But, whatever, so now the only “Catholic” organization or person to endorse this false compromise is Sr. Carol Keehan and the CHA.  Must be lonely.

Oh, and Jill Stanek was right.  The democrats are definitely “pivoting” on abortion, on which they have lost the debate, and trying to make contraception the next wedge issue in the culture war:

Morris:Obama did not make a mistake in this mandate. It’s a deliberately calculated move on his part. The Democrats realize that abortion is no longer a winner for them. It used to be ten points more pro-choice than pro-Life, now it’s ten points more pro-Life than pro-choice possibly because of the publicity of the anti-abortion people, possibly because of the aging of the population. But the point is that it’s a loser issue.

So what they’re trying to do now is replace it with contraception. So the first piece of evidence was after Santorum won Iowa, the first controversy was, “Do you think states should have the right to ban contraception?” Where did that come from?

Morris: Then you remember that ABC debate with that paid Democratic hitman George Stephanopoulos went after Romney trying to… pin him down on, on contraception? And Romney kept saying, “George, nobody wants to make contraception.” “No, but do they have the theoretical power to do it?” Remember, it was five minutes, people were laughing at him, booing him. Well that…

Hannity:You think he was doing this under direct orders?

Morris:Under orders. And I think, and now he comes out with this thing on contraception. They want to create the idea, and it’s no coincidence, that he came out with it after Minnesota and Colorado which was Santorum’s victories. They want to create the impression that the Republicans will ban contraception, which is totally insane, but they’re floating it out and they’re bringing it out there. And this move on Obama’s part was part of injecting that issue.

In part, that’s good.  It means, intellectually, and in terms of election dynamics, the pro-life side has won.  But in the near term, this will be a very dangerous issue.  The secular hedonist left will try to force men of principle to reject that principle, to keep their electoral chances alive.  For, at this point, I don’t think any candidate could candidly announce any strong opposition to contraception, and even personal opposition, separated from any policy or electoral plank, will be dangerous. 

Very clever move.  Americans are totally addicted to contraception.  It is going to take decades to ween them off this evil (which must start now, when we have a great opportunity).  The bishops and priests should be hitting the air waves and giving sermons left and right denouncing contraception as evil, as undermining the marital embrace and leading to all kinds of societal problems – divorce, objectification of women, STDs, porn use, destruction of families, teen child birth, out of control unwed mothers, etc., etc). 

Four more years of this guy and we are finished.

Spring 40 Days for Life starts Feb. 19th! February 16, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Lent, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society.
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The 40 days actually starts on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, but a kickoff rally will be held on Friday, February 19 (this Sunday) at the St. Gabriel Community Center in McKinney.   Former Planned Barrenhood manager Ramona Trevino will give a talk, along with Lauren Muzyka. 

With the continuing success of the Dallas fall campaign, plus the closure of the Planned Parenthood in Sherman after the first 40 Days for Life vigil outside its doors last spring, this international campaign of prayerful and peaceful witness is expanding to McKinney

 The largest-ever Spring 40 Days for Life campaign begins next Wednesday, February 22 and continues through April 1McKinney is hosting the closest spring campaign in the Dallas area.  The McKinney prayer vigil will take place from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the right of way outside the Planned Parenthood at the northeast corner of Medical Center Dr. and Eldorado Pkwy (map and parking directions).  Please stay on the sidewalk and do not park on or enter the property where Planned Parenthood is located.  Click here for additional vigil guidelines.

Let’s end Planned Parenthood’s presence in Collin County!  They already shut down their facility in Plano – let’s get them out of Collin County entirely!  What a great penitential offering for Lent – praying outside an abortion mill for the most righteous of causes, enduring the elements, the hostility of the world, and offering a bold witness for Christ! 

You can sign up for e-mail updates here

Stop Planned Parenthood!

Reminder – buy your tickets for the Michael Voris conference online! February 16, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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A reminder that you can buy your tickets for the Michael Voris online here.  We’re going to have a hard-rockin’ diocesan Lenten retreat with the probably the strongest, boldest Catholic speaker out there.  You’ve got to come! 

If you have a question for Michael or a topic you’d like to see discussed, leave it in the comments here.

I fully agree with the video above.  I keep waiting to hear some bishop besides Bishop Bruskewitz to address the intrinsic evil of contracption in relation to this Obamacare mandate.  I have argued precisely this same point on this little blog.  We must take advantage, as a Church, to turn this mandate issue into a chance to boldly proclaim what the Church believes regarding human sexuality and the beauty of God’s gift of love, including constant openness to procreation, the prime end of the marital embrace.

I have a feeling Michael will be talking about this issue in his talk in Dallas, but what other topics would you like to see him address?  If there is a consensus or a really good idea, I’ll make a request.

Here’s another recent, hard-hitting video.  Ecumenism which fails to assert that the Catholic Church is the One True Faith established by Jesus Christ – the only Church so established – is false and doomed to failure, and also injure the Faith:

The Sacrifice of the Altar is the only Sacrifice pleasing to God, since it is the re-presentation of Christ’s once for all time Sacrifice on Calvary (our acts of sacrifice must be made in union, through the Grace Christ obtains through His Sacrifice).  It is the exultation of the cult of man over the cult of God that forms the basis of the modern ecumenical movement – watering down Faith, undermining Truth, all in order to please men, never give offense, and try to achieve some illusory “unity” which is not only meaningless but offensive to God.  The only – the ONLY – proper ecumenical movement is that which humbly accepts submission to the Vicar of Christ and union with him in Christ’s Church.  All else is just smoke…….that same smoke Pope Paul VI referenced.