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My kids have a Webkin named……. February 24, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, silliness.
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……..Cardinal Burke, because the Webkin is a cardinal.  I wonder if he has dreams like this one:


Texas chooses life over money February 24, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Earlier this year, Texas stripped Planned Barrenhood of all state grants, many of which were largely funded by the federal government.  Obama threatened to pull the federal money the state received.  Texas’ answer to that threat?  Fine.

If there was any hope that the state was seeking a compromise with the federal government over Texas’ Women’s Health Program, it’s fading fast.

At the direction of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Texas Health and Human Services commissioner signed a rule on Thursday that formally bans Planned Parenthood clinics and other “affiliates of abortion providers” from participating in the program – something the Obama administration has said is a deal-breaker for the nearly $40 million-per-year state-federal Medicaid program.

The rule, signed by Commissioner Tom Suehs on Thursday, takes effect March 14.

“Under federal law, states administer Medicaid and have the right to set the criteria for providers in the program. That is what Texas is doing,” said Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the agency. “We have a state law that our Attorney General says is constitutional, and it clearly bans abortion providers from taking part in the Women’s Health Program. We can’t violate a perfectly valid state law just to appease Washington. We hope CMS will reverse its position and allow the program to continue.”

…….The stalemate appears unbreakable – Republican lawmakers have made clear they’d rather forgo the program and the federal money than allow Planned Parenthood to participate………

Well, they still have plenty of time to cave make a deal.   Planned Parenthood and it’s allies, of course, scream that trillions of women will be denied life-sustaining contraception, food, and oxygen if the funding is cut.  The state and pro-life groups maintain that there are numerous organizations not tainted with Planned Barrenhood’s bloody hands that can provide the same services, and that women won’t left without their “health.”  It’s amazing to continue to watch Planned Barrenhood and others equate contraception, sterlization, and abortion with women’s health, but they don’t mention the heart attacks caused by contraception, the potential cancer links, the cervical cancer caused by promiscuous sex, or the wanton destruction of human life (mothers and their unborn children) that is abortion.  Thus, “health,” at least to the pro-abort crowd.

Syrian Patriarch blasts biased media coverage of Syrian conflict February 24, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, sickness, Society, Tradition.
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You’ve probably seen the many stories I’ve read – Bashar Assad is a very bad man, the “democracy” movement in Syria is good, wonderful, definitely in the US interest, and what’s going on is the repression of the rights of millions to self-determination. 

And there may be some truth to that (although I am skeptical), but it’s not the whole story. As we’ve seen in Egypt, and in Pakistan, and other places, when an islamic country develops “democracy,” it’s hardly Jeffersonian, and the impact on the non-muslims in the area is often horrific.  Syria has a Christian population of about 3 – 4 million (many former Iraqi Christians have settled there, so the numbers are uncertain).  A Syrian Patriarch, in union with the Holy See, notes:

Amid fears that majority rule in Syria could lead to an Islamic republic that infringes upon the religious freedom [sigh…….] the head of the Syrian Catholic Church has offered strong criticism of the Western media coverage of the conflict there.

“Regarding the media, I can tell you that we Christians–I don’t know if I express the feelings and the thoughts of all Christians–but since I have been following this situation, we feel that we have been deceived by the Western nations,” said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, whose Eastern Catholic church has 132,000 members. “Deceived, not only disappointed. Deceived because we think that the West has forgotten the bulk of the situation in the Middle East. It’s not political, it’s not economical, it’s profoundly confessional, even religious.” [What the Patriarch is stating is that the western media, and many of our governments, are choosing sides with the “forces of democracy,” which may not be democratic at all, and who may wish to impose a violent sharia government in place.  What we may be doing, in effect, is replacing autocratic, semi-secular regimes with autocratic, extremist islamic regimes]

“Because we were thinking that the West will uphold the civil rights for all,” he added. “Civil rights, that means freedom of religion[better, it means the rights of the Church instituted by Jesus Christ will not be infringed, and that due deference to it should always be made, even in a country where only a small proportion of the populace are Catholic]  of conscience, respecting others, or granting the same rights to all citizens, either from the minority or majority. But this was forgotten because they are thinking, and the media conglomerates are helping in that direction, that if the majority takes the power in those powers in the Middle East, that means that democracy will be reached or will be exercised. We think that democracy is not only because the majority of a population acts according to its convictions, or make decisions freely, but democracy has to respect first of all the basic rights.”

Well, I think he’s conflating “democracy” with the rights of the Church, to some degree, but moving past that, any government derives its powers over men from God.  The citizens of a country are creatures of God first, and have what were once called inalienable rights because of that – rights that come from God to all men, which government has nothing to do with, other than to keep out of the way of those rights, and enable their free exercise thereof.   But too many in the West and even the US have forgotten this – they have, in their minds, reduced democracy down to “the will of the people,” with minority rights or basic liberties essentially forgotten.

Is Syria under a repressive authoritarian regime less “democratic” than it would be as an islamic republic under sharia law?  Since the current government of Syria is relatively unobtrusive in the religious area, and generally doesn’t interfere with the Christian population, I’d say that as far as Christians are concerned, they are likely in a better position with the current government than they would be under the likely repressive islamic regime that would replace it.  But we never hear that.  

I know some people that harken from the Maronite and Melkite Churches of Syria and Lebanon.  The Christians in Syria are much more afraid of the protestors than they are of the government.  I pray for their families remaining in that most ancient of Christian lands. 

6th century frescoes at St. Elian in Homs

Nothing is so contrary to charity as pride…. February 24, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Interior Life, Lent, Our Lady, Virtue.
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………St. John Vianney

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

O most pure Virgin Mother, I approach thee with a heart all loathsome and wounded.  O compassionate Mother, disdain me not on this account; let such a sight rather move thee to greater tenderness, and excite thee to help me.

Just a lament, should you ever need one.  Fit for Lent, thought I.  Spurred by the thought of Madame Richelieu, below.  But I am just as prideful a sinner as anyone.

Pelosi – Church wants government to enforce Doctrine on contraception…… February 24, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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……..a Doctrine that it’s leadership in the US has failed itself to enforce.  Well, she does have something of a point, sadly, tragically, incredibly, but she’s still wrong and she’s now grasping at smaller and smaller straws:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the Catholic Church wants the federal government to enforce contraception because the church, by default, has failed to do so.

“Ninety-eight percent of women in childbearing age that are Catholic use contraception,” Pelosi, a Catholic, said in a speech at Texas A&M University in College Station. [That 98% figure has been sufficiently shot down.  98% of Catholic women of child-bearing age do not use contraception.  Far, far too many do, a strong majority, but not anywhere near 98%, or even 90%, or 80.  And………Nancy Pelosi spoke at Texas A&M?  Zuh?]

“So, in practice, the church has not enforced this, and now they want the federal government and private insurance to enforce it. It just isn’t consistent to me,” a CNSNews.com report quotes the California Democrat as saying.  [This is a ridiculous argument, a logical fallacy.  The Catholic Church, or the USCCB, more properly, is not asking the federal government to enforce their Doctrine, they’re asking the federal government not to do something that violates their conscience through the commission of a grave evil (a MORTAL SIN!).  There is a present status quo. In that status quo, at least nominally, the Catholic Church and entities associated with it do not provide contraception coverage.  Thus, they avoid the commission of a grave evil. Obama is demanding that they do.  He is thus trying to force them to commit a grave evil.  He has no power or right to do so, and the bishops have made that plain].

Americans should pray for successful implementation of President Barack Obama’s mandate that insurance companies provide healthcare plans with contraception, including sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, Pelosi said. [This woman’s morality is so warped and broken it’s tragic.  Virtually everything she believes regarding sexual morality is wrong.  I can’t believe she just asked people to “pray” for the commission of a grave, grave sin.  Actually, I can believe it.  Why is this woman still allowed to call herself “Catholic in good standing,” and, even more, receive the Blessed Sacrament?  Does discipline mean anything anymore, except a convenient club to use against the orthodox?]

“Abortion should be rare and safe,” she said, so contraception offers women a logical choice. [And yet contraception leads to more abortion, because a) contraception has a relatively high failure rate, and b) studies have constantly shown women don’t use it properly, and not for lack of “education,” and c) contraceptive use creates a feedback loop of riskier and riskier sexual behavior, creating more situations for “accidental” conception to occur.  And abortion is murder, Madame Richelieu]

…..The Catholic Church opposes Obama’s mandate, scheduled to go into effect Aug. 1. All 181 Catholic bishops in the United States have denounced the regulation and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have called it “an unprecedented attack on religious freedom.”

Well, if you’re speaking in an American sense, I guess you can term it as that, but I think more accurately it’s an attempt to force Catholics to commit a grave evil and it is an attack on the fundamental rights of the Church and our freedom as creatures of God to live according to our religious convictions.  We have a right and duty to form our consciences and conduct our lives in a manner pleasing to God as He has revealed His Will through His Church.  Obama and Pelosi and the other purveyors of evil in our society are trying to get the Church to “burn a pinch of incense” to the pagan gods, and such we cannot and will not do.

I pray for Pelosi’s conversion alot.  I should remember to do it every day, but I sometimes forget.  I pray she repents of her error and evil and takes up the banner of Christ, instead of the banner of the cult of man masquerading as God she’s been waving these many years.  In charity, however, both to Pelosi and the millions scandalized by her, she should be excommunicated, or at least denied the Blessed Sacrament.   If she does not merit such medicine for her soul, I cannot imagine who does.

She'll wear the hijab, but not a chapel veil