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The Re-reconquista? April 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, Immigration, sadness, scandals, Society.
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The Reconquista was the 770 year war by Christians to expel muslim invaders from their territory.  In all of islam’s history of aggressive expansion, Spain is the only territory completely reconquered from them.  But now, muslims are flooding back into Spain.  I wonder what Isabel the Catholic thinks of this:

Michael Voris says that Europe is totally atheist, outside a few, small communities of Catholics and even fewer evangelicals.  Hillaire Belloc said that Christianity cannot exist without a Christian Europe.

But Our Lord said that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church.

It takes warriors to defend the Faith, however.  Flabby socialist welfare states don’t produce many warriors.

A whole bunch more here, with much more documentation, at this site.  It has a video I can’t embed. I dig that blog name………”blazingcatfur.” 

But in a scandal that should make the entire Church groan and shudder, a priest in Trent, in Italy, the city of one of the greatest Councils in the history of the Church, offered up prayers to allah on Holy Thursday………

On Holy Thursday, in the Church of San Lorenzo, in central Trent, [Father Giorgio Butterini, a Franciscan,] delivered to his faithful a leaflet of prayers, including the following: “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate and the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, the Compassionate, the Merciful, the King of Judgment Day. We worship you, and we ask you for your help, guide us on the path of righteousness…”
This is modernist indifferentism of the worst sort run absolutely wild.  To pray to allah, to call him the “king of the judgment day……………”  Dear Lord……..
Great God, have mercy on that misguided priest.

Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Peters in Dallas April 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, Tradition, Virtue.
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I included some info on this yesterday in a more general post on diocesan events, but I see that many folks are hitting the blog looking for details, so I decided to make a post just for this event.  This Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday, at St. Peter the Apostle parish in Dallas (it’s right on Woodall Rodgers on the north side) at 3 pm there will be a Divine Mercy service with Adoration, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, followed by Mass.  The Mass will be in Polish and English.  All the details are in this flyer here———————–>SAINT PETERApril15 DivineMercy 2012

Well, it’s probably best it happened…… April 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, Society.
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…….I’m no fan of Romney, but Santorum had almost no chance of winning the nomination and a continued campaign would just continue to weaken the Repubniks and decrease their chances of winning. So, Santorum dropped out today:

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum abruptly dropped out of the race this afternoon, citing the health of his infant daughter, Bella, in a move that allows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to clinch the GOP nomination and target President Obama.

“We made the decision over the weekend … this presidential race is over for me. We will suspend our campaign today,” said Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, appearing with his wife and family in a hastily called press conference in Gettysburg, Pa. His 3-year-old daughter Bella, who has a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18, was hospitalized this weekend after she had come down with pneumonia.

I pray for Santorum and his little girl.  Perhaps that was the reason, but many sources cited the fact he looked to lose his home state of Pennsylvania. 

I know Romney is terrible, he’s my last choice – except for the guy he’ll run against, who is truly demonic.  In comparison, he’s fantastic.  I know there are still others in the race, but it’s over, for all practical purposes.  Once again, the not very conservative Republican insiders (esp. money interests) get their guy, the guy who’s “turn it is,” and we get another weak candidate.  But, he’s still way, way better than Christian-baiting, devout leftist “sun god” Blobama.  He has to be.  Maybe.

Lord, have mercy on us.

It’s McCain Mk. II!

Holy Week awesomeness – UPDATED! April 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, religious.
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I meant to give this report first thing back from the Holy Week break, but let myself get distracted.  We had an AWESOME Holy Week!  We went to Mass every day, and did much in addition on Thursday and Friday, in particular.  We were at church all day and well into the night on Friday.  Such glory!  Such wonder!  Such beneficence by our God!  Holy Week in the traditional Mass is mind-blowingly beautiful.  I highly encourage it (and, I’m so happy, I found another good Catholic who did not know about Mater Dei but now wants to go very badly).  It’s a shame, but most people don’t seem to know about Mater Dei – it’s like it’s a secret.  It shouldn’t be.

Here’s some pics from the week:

We were blessed to have two seminarians from FSSP present to help solemnize the rites during Holy Week.  Notice the seminarian Josh covering his face…….for the angels!

This glorious chasuble was new for Holy Week.  Fr. stated that it consisted of a remnant from an ancient chasuble that was then reconstructed. 

Friday at the Carmelites

What can I say, the boy likes priests.  Alot.  He’s always running up to them and hugging them.  My wife sure made some gorgeous dresses for the girls.  And it is such a great blessing to go to a smaller parish where there is time to meet and get to know the priests.  We’re so very blessed.  Both priests are……….really doing their duty, I’ll put it that way.

And I’m sorry, the cassock just so rocks, how did it ever go away?   It is so awesome to see at the parish sometimes 4, even five cassocks floating about.  I love it.  So much fun!

I pray your Holy Week was glorious, as well! 

UPDATE: Reading some other coverage of Holy Week, I thought I would also express some things Ididn’t see or hear:

I didn’t see anyone dressed inappropriately (cleavage, crotch, 95% of legs, etc)
I didn’t see anyone who obviously didn’t want to be there
I didn’t hear a cell phone ring
I didn’t hear people talking during Mass, except for the little ones who don’t know better
I didn’t see people angry, or in a rush to leave

I did see a great deal of reverent interest.  I saw a tremendous amount of love and even willingness to sacrifice.  I saw dozens stand in line for long periods of time for Confession.  I saw people deeply moved.

I saw the Glory of the Lord.

Cardinal Burke lays down the law on contraception April 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, Society.
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Well……he is the head of the Apostolic Signatura, the “highest court” in the Church, so, yes, he does lay down the law.  Lifesitenews quotes a new interview of Burke which will run on EWTN this week, wherein the good Cardinal notes the obvious, but most important point – the HHS Mandate isn’t just about “religious freedom,” or “rights of conscience,” it’s about being opposed to material cooperation with evil (I add some emphasis below).

Thomas McKenna:  “It is beautiful to see how the faithful have rallied behind the Hierarchy….How does your Eminence comment on the union of solidarity of our bishops?”

Cardinal Burke:  “Yes, I have received emails and other communications from lay faithful who say that they are supporting their bishops 100% and they have communicated to their bishops their gratitude and assured them that they want them to continue to be courageous and not to be deceived by any kind of false accommodations which in fact continue this same kind of agenda which sadly we have witnessed for too long in our country which is totally secular and therefore is anti-life and anti-family. I admire very much the courage of the bishops.  At the same time I believe they would say it along with me that they are doing no more than their duty. A bishop has to protect his flock and when any individual or government attempts to force the flock to act against conscience in one of its most fundamental precepts then the bishops have to come to defend those who are entrusted to their pastoral care. So I am deeply grateful to all of the bishops who have spoken about this and who are encouraging the members of their flock to also speak up because our government needs to understand that what is being done with this mandate is contrary first of all to the fundamental human right, the right to the free exercise of one’s conscience and at the same time contrary to the very foundation of our nation.”

Thomas McKenna:
“So a Catholic employer, really getting down to it, he does not, or she does not provide this because that way they would be, in a sense, cooperating with the sin…the sin of contraception or the sin of providing a contraceptive that would abort a child, is this correct?”

Cardinal Burke:This is correct.  It is not only a matter of what we call “material cooperation” in the sense that the employer by giving this insurance benefit is materially providing for the contraception but it is also “formal cooperation” because he is knowingly and deliberately doing this, making this available to people. There is no way to justify it. It is simply wrong.”

Rorate Caeli reported over Holy Week on the antics of a bishop in Brazil who derides – and I mean derides – all things not of that illusory spirit of Vatican II, and who made some really harsh comments about those who think sin does exist and not everyone goes to Heaven.   The reason I mention this, is that it is important to understand that as much as we love our bishops, pray for them, and pray and hope they will always do right and defend the Faith, there are those who seem to have some………..difficulty……….doing so.  And I think Cardinal Burke was expressing that above, in a sense, that what we have seen with the defense of the rights of the Church by the bishops of late, which has so energized faithful Catholics and gladdened their hearts, is really what should always be the status quo.  Yes, let’s be happy for the defense, but also note that there are myriad other areas where such stalwart leadership is needed.

That's right - medieval, triumphalist, and clerical. Deal with it.