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It’s official – Obamacare funds abortion……. March 14, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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…….and not only that, the bureucratic rules now demand that most good plans have an extra out of pocket premium used directly to subsidize state-funded abortions, making most pro-lifers choose between paying for abortions or paying enormous fines for not having insurance coverage (or bare bones plans, possibly):

Nestled within the “individual mandate” in the Obamacare act — that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government — approved insurance or pay a penalty — is an “abortion premium mandate.” This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion. As a result, many pro-life Americans will have to decide between a plan that violates their consciences by funding abortion, or a plan that may not meet their health needs.

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule regarding establishment of the state health care exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

As a knowledgeable pro-life source on Capitol Hill informed LifeNews, as authorized by Obamacare, “the final rule provides for taxpayer funding of insurance coverage that includes elective abortion” and the change to longstanding law prohibiting virtually all direct taxpayer funding of abortions (the Hyde Amendment) is accomplished through an accounting arrangement described in the Affordable Care Act and reiterated in the final rule issued today.

“To comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer,” the pro-life source informed LifeNews. “The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered. As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment. Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to pay directly subsidize abortions.”

This is what you get when you elect the most pro-abort, radical president in American history. A true Manchurian candidate, the man destined to go down in history as the end point of so many of our freedoms.  No president has ever so attacked both the Church and the fundamental morality She proclaims and defends.  And all of this was readily apparent well before November 2008 (clinging to God, guns, and religion….Rev. Jeremiah Wright…..voting against born-alive infant protection……stating that abortion was his highest legislative priority…….using catholycs to peel away Catholic votes, undermining the authority of bishops……).

How many clergy and bishops voted for this guy? 


The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ March 14, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, scandals, Tradition.
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Bishop Athanasius Schneider recently gave an address on “The Extraordinary Form and the New Evangelization”In that address, he commented on what he terms the five practices in the New Mass that constitute a rupture with the liturgical tradition.  I haven’t much time, so no commentary:

There is a certain number of concrete aspects of the currently prevailing liturgical practice in the ordinary rite that represent a veritable rupture with a constant and millennium-old liturgical practice. By this I mean the five liturgical practices I shall mention shortly; they may be termed the five wounds of the liturgical mystical body of Christ. These are wounds, for they amount to a violent break with the past since they deemphasize the sacrificial character (which is actually the central and essential character of the Mass) and put forward the notion of banquet. All of this diminishes

Ecce Agnus Dei, Ecce Qui Tolis Peccata Mundi

the exterior signs of divine adoration, for it brings out the heavenly and eternal dimension of the mystery to a far lesser degree. Now the five wounds (except for the new Offertory prayers) are those that are not envisaged in the ordinary form of the rite of Mass but were brought into it through the practice of a deplorable fashion. 

A) The first and most obvious wound is the celebration of the sacrifice of the Mass in which the priest celebrates with his face turned towards the faithful, especially during the Eucharistic prayer and the consecration, the highest and most sacred moment of the worship that is God’s due. This exterior form corresponds, by its very nature, more to the way in which one teaches a class or shares a meal. We are in a closed circle. And this form absolutely does not conform to the moment of the prayer, less yet to that of adoration. And yet Vatican II did not want this form by any means; nor has it ever been recommended by the Magisterium of the Popes since the Council. Pope Benedict wrote in the preface to the first volume of his collected works: “[t]he idea that the priest and the people in prayer must look at one another reciprocally was born only in the modern age and is completely foreign to ancient Christianity. In fact, the priest and the people do not address their prayer to one another, but together they address it to the one Lord. For this reason they look in the same direction in prayer: either towards the East as the cosmic symbol of the Lord’s return, or where this in not possible, towards an image of Christ in the apse, towards a cross, or simply upwards.”

The form of celebration in which all turn their gaze in the same direction (conversi ad orientem, ad Crucem, ad Dominum) is even mentioned in the rubrics of the new rite of the Mass (see Ordo Missae, 25, 133, 134). The so-called “versus populum” celebration certainly does not correspond to the idea of the Holy Liturgy as mentioned in the declaration of Sacrosanctum Concilium, 2 and 8. [So, the change, ostensibly inspired by Vatican II, is nowhere recommended in Vatican II]

B) The second wound is communion in the hand, which is now spread nearly throughout the entire world. Not only was this manner of receiving communion in no way mentioned by the Vatican II Council Fathers, but it was in fact introduced by a certain number of bishops in disobedience to the Holy See and in spite of the negative majority vote by bishops in 1968. [I’ve stated this here many times myself.  Communion in the hand started as an abuse, was ‘regularized’ under threat of schism, and remains only an indult – a special permission – today] Pope Paul VI legitimized it only later, reluctantly, and under specific conditions. Pope Benedict XVI, since Corpus Christi 2008, distributes Communion to the faithful kneeling and on their tongue only, both in Rome and also in all the local churches he visits. He thus is showing the entire Church a clear example of practical Magisterium in a liturgical matter. Since the qualified majority of the bishops refused Communion in the hand as something harmful three years after the Council, how much more the Council Fathers would have done so! 

C) The third wound is the new Offertory prayers. They are an entirely new creation and had never been used in the Church. They do less to express the mystery of the sacrifice of the Cross than that of a banquet; thus they recall the prayers of the Jewish Sabbath meal. In the more than thousand-year tradition of the Church in both East and West, the Offertory prayers have always been expressly oriented to the mystery of the sacrifice of the Cross (see e.g. Paul Tirot, Histoire des prières d’offertoire dans la liturgie romaine du VIIème au XVIème siècle [Rome, 1985]). There is no doubt that such an absolutely new creation contradicts the clear formulation of Vatican II that states: “Innovationes ne fiant . . . novae formae ex formis iam exstantibus organice crescant” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 23). 

D) The fourth wound is the total disappearance of Latin in the huge majority of Eucharistic celebrations in the Ordinary Form in all Catholic countries. This is a direct infraction against the decisions of Vatican II

E) The fifth wound is the exercise of the liturgical services of lector and acolyte by women as well as the exercise of these same services in lay clothing while entering into the choir during Holy Mass directly from the space reserved to the faithful. This custom has never existed in the Church, or at least has never been welcome. It confers to the celebration of the Catholic Mass the exterior character of informality, the character and style of a rather profane assembly. The second council of Nicaea, already in 787, forbad such practices when it lay down the following canon: “If someone is not ordained, it is not permitted for him to do the reading from the ambo during the holy liturgy“ (can. 14). This norm has been constantly followed in the Church. Only subdeacons and lectors were allowed to give the reading during the liturgy of the Mass. If lectors and acolytes are missing, men or boys in liturgical vestments may do so, not women, since the male sex symbolically represents the last link to minor orders from the point of view of the non-sacramental ordination of lectors and acolytes. The texts of Vatican II never mention the suppression of the minor orders and of the subdiaconate or the introduction of new ministries. In Sacrosanctum Concilium no. 28, the Council distinguishes “minister” from “fidelis” during the liturgical celebration, and it stipulates that each may do only what pertains to him by the nature of the liturgy. Number 29 mentions the “ministrantes”, that is the altar servers who have not been ordained. In contrast to them, there are, in keeping with the juridical terms in use at that time, the “ministri,” that is to say those who have received an order, be it major or minor.
As concerns the new Offertory prayers, it would be desirable for the Holy See to replace them with the corresponding prayers of the extraordinary form, or at least to allow for the use of the latter ad libitum. In this way the rupture between the two forms would be avoided not only externally but also internally. Rupture in the liturgy is precisely what the Council Fathers did not what. [By the documents of Vatican II themselves, this is true.  But there was hardly a massive resistance to the Missal of 1969 or 1970.  Bugnini, the freemason with the utmost support of Pope Paul VI, got his way, and few balked.  The flood gates were thus opened] The Council’s minutes attest to this, because throughout the two thousand years of the liturgy’s history, there has never been a liturgical rupture and, therefore, there never can be. On the other hand there must be continuity, just as it is fitting for the Magisterium to be in continuity.  

 The five wounds of the Church’s liturgical body I have mentioned are crying out for healing. They represent a rupture that one may compare to the exile in Avignon. [Excellent point. I agree.] The situation of so sharp a break in an expression of the Church’s life is far from unimportant—back then the absence of the popes from Rome, today the visible break between the liturgy before and after the Council. This situation indeed cries out for healing.  

For this reason we need new saints today, one or several Saint Catherines of Sienna. [Or, a Saint Priscilla of Plano] We  need the “vox populi fidelis” demanding the suppression of this liturgical rupture. [I’ve got your back, Bishop Schneider.  I shall redouble my efforts]The tragedy in all of this is that, today as back in the time of the Avignon exile, a great majority of the clergy, especially in its higher ranks, is content with this rupture.

I hereby nominate Bishop Athanasius Schneider as the next Prefect for Divine Worship or Doctrine of the Faith. Levada is retiring.  The proposed favorite is scary.  Let us have Burke for one and Schneider for the other! 

I shall pray for this.

Way to go TFP! March 14, 2012

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It’s very refreshing to see young Catholic men dressed nicely and out in the culture fighting for the Truth:

Panic at the 8:30 Mass! March 14, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, error, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, Liturgy, North Deanery, priests, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I went to Mass this morning at a nearby parish. I really liked the readings.  The Old Testament one, from Deuteromony, hinged on this statement: “Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees as the Lord, my God, has commanded me, that you may observe  them in the land you are entering to occupy.  Observe tehm carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations…..”

The Gospel (Mt 5:17-19) was even more apropos to our current cultural circumstances: “Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled.  He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Wow.  Our Blessed Lord certainly knew human nature.  He knew fallen men, either on their own volition or under some dark influence, would reject the Truth He revealed through His Church.  And so He proclaimed very plainly what would occur to those who rejected the Gospel Truth.

The priest at Mass began to turn these readings towards current events – in particular, towards the massive assault on the rights

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of the Church that is the Obamacare mandate.  And that’s when the panic occurred.  Some 70-ish year old gentleman I’ve seen at Mass many times got up and walked out.  He came back after the sermily.  He was steamed.  He didn’t want to hear about contraception.  OK…..it was a pretty mild panic.  I could see a half dozen or so other folks expressing their seated dismay in milder forms.  And these are the daily Mass goers!  The gentleman who apparently does not want to hear about the wrongness of this assault on the Church and the evil that drives it did receive the Blessed Sacrament.

My preference would have been for the priest to focus on the Gospel reading, how Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition establish the Doctrine of the Faith which is inerrant and which must be accepted – with the assent of full faith – by all Catholics.  Instead, he inexplicably stated that today’s readings were a rare occurrence where the OT reading somehow “trumped” the Gospel, or words to that effect.  He focused on our need, as a Church, to be that “nation” admired for its wisdom in following the law – the Doctrine of the Faith.  That’s fine – but the Word of Christ has so much more effect, and is so much more specifically addressed to our current day, when apostate Catholics proclaim a false gospel and when the Church is under such terrific assault from a secular pagan culture that even its fundamental ability to operate in public is under question.  And this situation has come about because those who have fallen away from the Law – from the Word, from the Truth – have aided, abetted, and in many occurrences brought about the culture that is now so hostile to the Faith that it seeks to impose its mores on the Church through governmental fiat. 

The exhortation in defense of the rights of the Church, and against the evil that is contraception/sterilization/abortion was really very mild.  The priest stated that the mandate was wrong, but never really attacked the root evils just listed.  And yet, some folks did not want to hear even that.  We have so very much work ahead of us, as a Church.  Catechesis has been so poor and incomplete for so long, that it will take many hard years of effort to improve the situation measurably. 

Now is the time to start.  That’s reason #2 why I started this blog.  Hopefully, it helps at times. 

Our Blessed Mother Mary, pray for us!

Good Friday Pro-Life Stations of the Cross March 14, 2012

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The second upcoming event to fight the culture of death is a Pro-Life Stations of the Cross to be held on Good Friday, April 6, from noon to 1 outside the Southwest Women’s Surgery Center (Curtis Boyd’s abortuary).   Again, there is a Facebook signup page with a map for the location of the abattoire, which is at the NE corner of Greenville and Royal in Dallas.

This one I will be at.  I will be on vacation most of holy week.  That means I’ll have to go to Mass Communion service in the morning instead of at noon.  But I feel that such a glorious, holy act outside the premier (only?) late term mill in Dallas will be one of the best possible uses of my time and spiritual efforts.  I thank MJD for making me aware of this. 

It’s time to get busy fighting the culture of death March 14, 2012

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I’ll have two consecutive posts on upcoming rallies to fight the culture of death.  Number 1 – this Friday at Dallas City Hall, the Pro-Life Action League is hosting a rally to stand up for religious freedom (in opposition to the Obamacare contraception/sterilization/abortifacient  mandate) NEXT FRIDAY, March 23!  I’m sorry I’m late getting a post out on this, I knew of this a couple of days ago but forgot to post on it!  Because I’m hard-headed and devoted scrupulously to MY little posting agenda.

The rally is from noon to 1 and ties in with efforts ongoing nationwide in support of the rights of the Church, our God-given right to freely practice our religion, and in opposition to the evils Obama is attempting to foist on the Church (at least, that will be my intent if I’m able to go).

You can sign up at the Facebook page here. Fight the power!  Rage against the machine!  Stand up to da’ man!  Taking this part in this rally is a spiritual work of both mercy and justice, and is a good Lenten adder.