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Atheist group – nominal Catholics should quit Church March 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I saw this on CMR.  An atheist group has taken out a full page ad in the NYT demanding that unfaithful Catholics – the kind that support Obama’s HHS mandate and who otherwise reject the Faith – leave the Church.  Some short excerpts of the spittle-flecked know nothing anti-Catholicism:

Dear ‘Liberal’ Catholic:

It’s time to quit the Roman Catholic Church.

It’s your moment of truth. Will it be reproductive freedom, or back to the Dark Ages? Do you choose women and their rights, or Bishops and their wrongs?  Whose side are you on, anyway? [Hopefully, the side of Jesus Christ and His Church.  While many bishops have sadly not been the shepherds we have desired or needed, that’s not what these atheists are talking about.  These are sexular (not a mispelling) humanists, whose god is their groin and whose path of self-satisfaction is in reality the path to utter misery. Anything that blocks the triumph of their self-seeking is anathema to them]

It is time to make known your dissent from the Catholic Church, in light of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ ruthless campaign endangering the right to contraception. If you’re part of the Catholic Church, you’re part of the problem. [I’m proud to be part of any “problem” this crowd identifies]

Why are you propping up the pillars of a tyrannical and autocratic, woman-hating, sex-perverting, antediluvian Old Boys Club? [This is literally on a par with some of the worst anti-Catholic, bigoted screeds of the past.  This could easily pass for something written by the KKK] Why are you aiding and abetting a church that has repeatedly and publicly announced a crusade to ban contraception, abortion and sterilization, and to deny the right of all women everywhere, Catholic or not, to decide whether and when to become mothers? [The first part is true, because abortion is murder and contraception has been demonstrably shown to advance scores of social and personal evils.  The second part is simply a ludicrous lie. The author was channeling Goebbels at his worst] When it comes to reproductive freedom, the Roman Catholic Church is Public Enemy Number One. Think of the acute misery, poverty, needless suffering, unwanted pregnancies, social evils and deaths that can be laid directly at the door of the Church’s antiquated doctrine that birth control is a sin and must be outlawed. [These folks see children as a burden, almost a disease, something to be tolerated under ideal circumstances, at best.  And if contraception is so wonderful, why is the percentage of “unplanned” pregnancies so high, and why is the percentage of unwed women having children higher than anytime in recorded history?  It’s not for lack of availability – we practically float on a sea of contraception in this country]

It just keeps going like that.  Ultimately, what this screed is about is carrying water for Obama and his cadre of secular pagans.  They hope to peel off some Catholics to vote for him again, and they’re being very open about it this time.  They’re at war with the Church.  Should this demonic man be re-elected, I have no doubt the very public persecution will begin.

The piece concludes with a long paean to “progressives,” feminists, and their ilk to formally leave the Church.  At CMR, they seem to be fine with that.  I’ve seen similar views expressed on other blogs.  And while I hate to see any person leave the Church, as I have come to believe that the chances of salvation outside visible union with Her are miniscule, at best, I can understand this sentiment.  May God have mercy on me, but the folks being targeted by this ad have wreaked so much devastation in the Church that I know the Church and Her individual members would be better off without them.  The type of Catholic who would respond positively to this ad has likely left the Church in spirit very long ago, and very possibly already incurred excommunication latae sententiae. 

Still……it feels like damning someone.  I’m cold at the idea.  I don’t want them in the Church, but I don’t want them out.  I pray for the conversion of those who apostasize from the Faith several times every day.  It’s always an intention with my Rosary, with the Chaplet, with Vespers.  I wish they would confess and cooperate with the Grace necessary for salvation God gives to all those in a state of Grace.  But experience tells me that’s very unlikely.  As St. Thomas Aquinas and other great Saints have said, intellectual pride is the most difficult sin to overcome, even more than powerful psychological/bodily urges like lust and addiction.    But this ad, and these sicko secular pagans – if they were honest, they’d title it this way: “Please, come join us in damning our souls and suffering unimaginable torment forever!”

You can see the nastiness of the ad below.  The size of a thing does not equate with its importance – that’s philosophy 101. 

I don’t think there is any other religion the NYT would run such a vicious ad against. 

Collects and art March 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Lent, Tradition, Virtue.
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I’ve been struck by the collects during this second week of Lent from the 1962 Missal.  From Monday:

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that Thy household, in mortifying the flesh by fasting from food, may follow after justice by abstaining from sin. Through…

From Thursday:

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the help of Thy grace: that duly applying ourselves to fasting and prayer, we may be delivered from enemies of mind and of body. Through…

St. Mary's Across the Tiber

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that cleansed by this holy fast, we may arrive in the right dispositions at the holy Feast which is to come. Through…

St. Clement of Rome

At Mass today, the priest noted that if we haven’t gotten our fastings and/or mortifications underway for Lent, it’s not too late, and we had better.  We will be asked what we sacrifices we made, what crosses we carried, by Our Lord at our death and particular judgment. I pray we do not find ourselves like the tenets of the vineyard, who killed first the servants, and then the masters son, in the hopes of keeping what they had been freely given.  Our Lord made it known to the Pharisees that those who did not understand the Gospel and practice it would face the same fate as the tenets of the vineyard.

h/t Ars Orandi for the art

“Reformation engendered in lust….hypocrisy and perfidy” March 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, scandals, silliness, Society.
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I didn’t write it.  A Catholic didn’t even write it.  No, an Anglican wrote the above, and the below, in 1824:

Let us clearly understand the meaning of these words — Catholic, Protestant, and Reformation. Catholic means universal, and the religion which takes this epithet was called universal because all Christian people of every nation acknowledged it to be the only true religion, and because they all acknowledged one and the same head of the Church, and this was the Pope, who …was the head of the Church… in every part of the world where the Christian religion was professed. But there came a time, when some nations, or rather, parts of some nations, cast off the authority of the Pope, and of course no longer acknowledged him as head of the Christian Church.

These nations…declared, or protested against the authority of their former head, and also against the doctrines of that Church… They therefore called themselves Protestors or Protestants… As to the word Reformation, it means an alteration for the better…

 Now, my friends, a fair and honest inquiry will teach us that this was an alteration greatly for the worse; that the ‘Reformation’, as it was called, was engendered in lust, brought forth in hypocrisy and perfidy, and cherished and fed by plunder, devastation, and by rivers of innocent…blood.

As I have mentioned before on this blog, I’ve been reading Dr. Warren Carroll’s 5 (possibly 6, we’ll see) volume history of Christendom.  It’s wonderful writing, but the last two volumes are very painful.  While the 5th volume, which Dr. Carroll wrote after his severe stroke in 2003, is a pale shadow of the first 4 volumes, it is amazing to read the deconstruction of the Church.  There have been efforts underfoot by pagan secularists – or even self-described “faithful Catholics,” for centuries to undermine the temporal Authority of the Pope and either destroy the Church outright, or to reduce it to a strictly private society.  This article gives a fairly good condensed version of those events, which have been ongoing for 700 years, to one degree or another.  We may be in the end stages of that process, now. 

You could view this post as a companion to the one I wrote yesterday.  Reading the link (which I very highly recommend – this would be excellent reading for a rainy weekend), and pondering what the Pope wrote in 1969, may give way to some thinking on your part, I don’t know.

I love nuns March 9, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Lent, religious.
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I’m very jealous.  My wife and daughters get to spend the next couple of days on a retreat with four sisters of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from the St. Benedict Center in New Hampshire Massachussetts..  I saw the nuns briefly last night, and took this quick photo before Mass.  I wanted to take more, but they were whisked away right after Mass and I never had a chance.  There are actually four nuns at Mater Dei for the retreat:

I don’t know their names, but I do believe the mother (prioress?) is here.