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If we’re going to have a conversation about contraception….. February 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, religious, sadness, scandals, silliness, Society.
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…..we also need to talk about disordered use of NFP ,which I fear is very widespread.  I knew of this sermon a few weeks ago, and meant to post on it, so I was grateful when Dr. Jay B reminded me of it today incidentally.  It’s audio only, but very worth listening to. 


In certain locales, or within certain groups of Catholics, NFP is frequently sold as something which is, in practice, Catholic contraception.  I have heard certain radio personalities on EWTN talk about couples using contraception for the duration of their marriage, having “discerned” that God wants them to have no children or 2 children spaced exactly 4.5 years apart like mom did, or whatever.  Such a use of NFP could potentially be moral, but it’s also a great temptation to “discern” just exactly what you prefer.  And what do we then miss?

Yesterday’s Vortex covers the main topic of contraception, and how a young woman “educated” in Jesuit schools and presently matriculating at the CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERCIA!!!!!!! justifies her contraceptive use, up to and including happily taking abortifacient “emergency contraception.”

(Sorry, got the video embedded right this time).

Do note that in spite of her apparent profligate contraceptive use, she still became worried she was pregnant, and had to resort to an abortifacient.  I love it how the good Jesuits just assume kids are fornicating. How wonderful.  To think that this is the order that largely saved the Church after the protestant revolt – it’s a tragedy how they’ve fallen.

I can say that Karalen’s understanding and practice of the Faith is on a par with another young lady I came across some months ago who also has been edumacated at Jesuit schools.  I mean, the same utter lack of understanding of the faith, the same moral indifferentism, the same reduction of the Church down to a feel good social service agency – it’s all there. 

I’m certain it’s just a coincidence. 

This is one of the best Vortex episodes I’ve ever seen.

I agree with all this! February 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, Virtue.
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I’ve noted several times since the Obamacare contraception mandate issue broke a month or so ago that the bishops – the leadership of the Church – were in a weak position because Doctrine regarding contraception had not been taught or enforced for decades.  I said that the bishops had a golden opportunity to “pivot” from this persecution into a period of really substantial catechesis. 

Now, Patrick Archbold says many things I’ve said here, but better, and without the run-on sentences:

For 40 years, the Church has acted as if these critical moral teachings did not matter enough to teach and now they are saying they matter so much that they are willing to go to the mattresses and even shut down the critical Catholic healthcare system over it.  This is the height of disingenuousness.

Now of course I believe that these matters are critical and worth every effort to stop government from forcing us to do something immoral.  But the Bishops and their priests cannot have it both ways.  If you say this stuff matters, you better darn well act like it matters.

So while you engage in the fight over this HHS mandate, here are some other things you could/should be doing.  First, as the Speaker has suggested, start enforcing it.  For those Catholic politicians who openly oppose the Church in this matter and on the life issues, act like it matters.  Publicly excommunicate them, for their benefit and for ours—and you can start with the botox biddy.  They decry our lack of enforcement, well give ‘em some enforcement.

Second, call for a one year moratorium on homilies and replace it with a year of sermons.  Banish the weak sauce of the weekly milquetoast bible study and replace it with a year of sermons on the hard issues. [I have read several reports that congregations have broken out into open applause when priests have given sermons against the use of contraception] Teach Catholics in the pews what the Church teaches on contraception, chastity, abortion and why the Church teaches it.  Teach, for heaven’s sake teach.  Act like it matters and teach, even if means you get angry letters and phone calls at the rectory and even if means collections go down.  Teach.

I am forty five years old and I have never heard a sermon on contraception.  [I have.  Many.  But I never heard one before we transitioned to more traditional parishes.  I’m not 45.  And I’ve only been a Catholic for 13 years.  But I think we all know what Archbold talks about is incredibly common.] ever.  Bishops, this is your fault.  Fix it. And ask about these things in confession.  Stop deferring to people’s consciences and start forming them.[Woot!  YES!] This is the hard work of evangelization that has been neglected for 40 years. Get to it, now.

Act like it matters and a strange thing might happen, it will matter.

What Archbold says is nothing new.  It’s been said by many others, including Michael Voris and myself.  This is not a narrow perception. It is a problem widespread throughout the Church.

The only question is, when will it change?

Pope Benedict XVI on abortion, modernism February 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Our Lady, Papa.
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I picked this up on Bishop Rene Gracida’s site, a commenter quoting Pope Benedict XVI:

  . . . the implicit goal of all of modernistic struggles for freedom is to be at last like a god who depends on nothing and no one, whose own freedom is not restricted by that of another. . . this desire presupposes not an image of God but an idol.” [Essential Pope Benedict XVI, 347]. And who might that idol be, I wonder?

The Pope goes on to say: “The question of abortion. In the radicalization of the individualistic tendency of the Enlightenment, abortion appears as a right of freedom: the woman must be able to take charge of herself. She must have the freedom to decide whether she will bring a child into the world or rid herself of it. She must have the power to make decision about her own life, and no one else can–so we are told–impose from the outside any ultimately binding norm. What is at stake is the right to self-determination. [Op Cit, 346]. The woman who aborts does not acknowledge that she and the child are “from” God. Nor does she acknowledge that she and the child are “for” God. This is the concept of total freedom. Historically, who other than Satan has dared to say that they are not “from” anyone or “for” anyone, but themselves?

Liberals are fond of calling the Middle Ages the “Dark Age.” I think I know a Dark Age when I see one and I’m looking at one right now.

I, and many others of those who are serious about the Christian faith, share this view.  I don’t know precisely where this culture is headed, but it looks like a very dark, demonic path.

The eternal temptation – “that you should be as gods.”  If only, they say.  If only we allow women to abort, can women be “free.”  If only we allow the government to control all aspects of our lives can we prosper and be “liberated.”  If only we engage in government-supported and -approved sexual debauchery, can we find happiness.  If only we kill God and His terrible, guilt-inducing, freedom-inhibiting influence, will society finally advance.

Yes, yes.  It’s been tried many times before.  The result is always disaster and misery.  But it appears the world is ready to have a go at godlessness again.  I pray for God’s mercy for all of us.  Sometimes, God does something to divert the world’s headlong descent into darkness.

I pulled down a post…. February 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, blogfoolery, foolishness.
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I spent many years studying and admiring military history and military technology.  You could even say I made a fetish of it. I put up a post earlier today that even as I was writing it I was struggling with.  It was about a movie that’s out showing the activities of Navy SEALs.  I’ve taken the post down. 

I  just don’t think it’s where I want to go right now.  It doesn’t fit with what I’m trying to do now. 

For those who haven’t seen the post, disregard.

Killing newborns legal in Holland? February 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I posted the other day about radical utilitarian “ethicists,” whose ethics are totally detached from any anchor in the natural law or Eternal Truth, who argued that because abortion is practiced, it should be just fine to kill newborns as well.  Many opponents of abortion have argued that the same mentality that leads to the killing of children in utero would eventually be applied to those who are born, to be met with claims that such “slippery slope” arguments are logical fallacies and untrue.  But in reality, some slopes are dang slippery:

The editor of an ethics journal that recently published an article advocating infanticide (what the authors call “post-birth abortion”), has respondedto widespread criticism by pointing out that promoting the killing of newborns [is nothing new: in fact, in the Netherlands infant euthanasia is already legal and practiced. [If you want to see where the secular pagans want to go, look to Holland.  “Forced euthanasia” (murder of old or sick people), killing of “disabled” infants, legalized drugs, legalized prostitution, moral decay, complete secularism, apostasy in the Church……it’s a wonderful, dreamy place!]

Editor Julian Savulescu also criticizes what he calls the “hate speech” [You see, they have an inalienable right to express their opinions, but criticism is “hate speech.”] directed at the authors of the article, arguing that the public’s response to the piece shows that “proper academic discussion and freedom are under threat from fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society.” [I think the vast majority of people, and all people with strive to live a life grounded in Christian morality, know who the fanatics are.  And no, I don’t want a “liberal society,” I want a Catholic society]

In response to the backlash, Savulescu wrote that the arguments in the article “are largely not new and have been presented repeatedly in the academic literature and public fora by the most eminent philosophers and bioethicists in the world, including Peter Singer, Michael Tooley and John Harris.”[Every single one of these is an exteremist utilitarian materialist – the ends justify the means, those in power dictate what is “right,” etc.  The apotheosis of dialectical materialism]

He also observes that the paper “draws attention to the fact that infanticide is practised in the Netherlands.” [Well, shame on the Netherlands, and why is the Church there not declaiming this evil to the heavens?  This is a crime that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. I can find nothing in English on this topic – perhaps in Dutch, I don’t know]

The fact that The Netherlands already permits the killing of disabled newborns is not widely known, even by many in the pro-life movement. The practice is permitted under the so-called Groningen Protocol, which outlines the circumstances under which a physician may deliver a lethal injection to a newborn who suffers from a disability, at the request of the child’s parents.

An article published in 2008 in the prestigious Hastings Center Report about the Protocol similarly provoked outrage after the authors argued that disabled babies might be “better off dead.”

The authors of that article also linked infanticide to legalized abortion, arguing that infanticide may in fact be the morally superior alternative to abortion………….

………..Savluescu, the director of the Center for Practical Ethics at Oxford University, has made the news in the past for arguing that the requirement for organ donors to be dead at the time of organ harvesting should be removed [Certainly, to extend the life of such brilliant minds, any contingency is reasonable] and that “mandatory” organ donation should be instituted. [The distance between this twisted view, and what was described in the dystopian Logan’s Run and THX-1138, are miniscule] He has also argued that humanity has a “moral obligation” to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to select the most intelligent embryos for the good of society. [So, he’s also a eugenicist. Nice.]

Actually, these academics, educated perhaps to the point of embecillity, or at least to the point of monstrous utilitarianism, do have a point.  There is great hypocrisy in our culture, with a widely prevalent outrage over claims that murdering infants is no different from murdering the baby still in the womb.  There is no difference.  If you tolerate the latter, you will sooner or later be faced with demands to kill the former, because the evil, selfish logic is all the same.  When you say that any human life, from the moment of conception to natural death, is not equal, that it is permissible to kill certain types of life, the ground crumbles beneath your feet, the slope gives way, and in an instant you will find yourself mired in the darkest caverns of hell. 

These “ethicists” are the intellectual vanguard, they point the way towards the future in our society if we do not repent and change radically.  We have created a monster, a soul-devouring killing machine, that profits on the death of others, that kills for the sake of convenience, that encourages immoral perversion and sexual decadence not seen since the worst days of Rome, and that, deep down, knows it is doomed to eternal torment and so is willing to go to any length to extend this current life and make it as pleasurable, as convenient as possible. 

That monster is us, or those of us who adhere to the satanic logic that is the whole contraception/abortion complex. 

I reject the whole rotten mess.  How long can a culture so totally detached from all that is Good and Holy survive?