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Mark 10:2-12 divorce and remarriage April 23, 2012

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I was going to do a long post on divorce, remarriage, and the annulment process.  But I think the Word of Our Savior says it all:

[2]And the Pharisees coming to him asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. [3] But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you? [4] Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away. [5]To whom Jesus answering, said: Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that precept.

[6] But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. [7] For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. [8] And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. [9] What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. [10]And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing.

[11] And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her. [12] And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

Prayer to St. Joseph for a particular priest April 23, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Interior Life, North Deanery, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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The Feast of St. Joseph worker is May 1 in the Novus Ordo calendar.  But priests are also workers, they work in the field of souls, and Lord, do we need more and better workers!  So, here’s a prayer you could say as a Novena for St. Joseph, which you can say anytime, really:

Saint Joseph,
I present to you this day
Father N., priest of Jesus Christ,
and beg you to be to him
advocate and defender,
counselor and friend.
Open your heart to him
as you opened your home to the Virgin Mother
in her hour of need.
Protect his holy priesthood
as you protected the life of the Infant Christ
threatened by cruel Herod.
In darkness bring him light;
in weakness, strength,
and in fear the peace that passes understanding.
For the sake of the tender love that bound you
to the Virgin Mary and the Infant Christ,
be for him, Saint Joseph, a constant intercessor
and a shield against every danger of body, mind, and soul
so that, in spite of his weaknesses and sins,
his priesthood may bring glory to Christ
and serve to increase the beauty of holiness
in his bride the Church.

Perhaps there are some priests you could pray for.  I saw a priest recently I hadn’t seen in a long time, and he seemed a bit down. He seemed to think many years of enormous effort perhaps were not having much effect.  I don’t think that is the case, but we can all get down at times.  So I’ve been praying a bit extra for him, lately.

St. Joseph’s intercession is very powerful. 

Funny, disastrously wrong environmentalist doom and gloom predictions April 23, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.
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I like these from Catholic Vote:

“…civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.-Biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970.  [thank God he didn’t exaggerate any]

By 1995, “…somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” -Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Look magazine, April 1970.  [I particularly miss all the dogs]

Because of increased dust, cloud cover and water vapor “…the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” –Newsweek magazine, January 26, 1970.

The world will be “…eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”Kenneth Watt, speaking at Swarthmore University, April 19, 1970.

“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” –Biologist Barry Commoner, University of Washington, writing in the journal Environment, April 1970.

“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from the intolerable deteriorations [sic] and possible extinction.” –The New York Times editorial, April 20, 1970.

By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half…”Life magazine, January 1970. 

Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make.” –Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970.  [Ahhh….Erlich……THE prophet of population doom.  He has always been wrong, but in spite of that, incredibly successful in convincing one country after another into veritably sterilizing, aborting, and contracepting itself out of existence (if present trends hold)]

“…air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” –Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970. (Ehrlich also predicted that in 1973, 200,000 Americans would die from air pollution, and that by 1980 the life expectancy of Americans would be 42 years.)

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” –Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970.

By the year 2000…the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America and Australia, will be in famine.” –Peter Gunter, North Texas State University, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970

Thank God, none of the above happened. I have some disagreements with a certain group of traditional-type Catholics who think that modern farming techniques are environmentally rapacious and completely ineffective.  They reject the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, better seed types, and all the rest.  But if it weren’t for those improvements, there would have been much more starvation – perhaps even starvation on a scale that Erlich prophesized – over the past 30-40 years as the world population exploded.  The fact that the starvation didn’t occur is a testament to the kind of “miracles” that can happen whem man is free to apply his work and his ingenuity, given by God, to improve his lot and that of others – free from utopian central “planners” of the environmentalist sort.

To further understand how environmental zealouts view their fellow man, this cartoon may be helpful:


Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark April 23, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Sacraments.
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Latin Mass tonight at 7pm.  Let’s have some of the folks who have been gone for a while come back!

Start Novena to Blessed JPII today April 23, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Papa, Saints.
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If you have a particular devotion to Blessed John Paul II, you can start your Novena today!  Thanks, MJ!

First Anniversary of the Beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II on May 1

start Novena either Sunday, April 22 or Monday, April 23



Pray: 1 Our Father; 1 Hail Mary; 1 Glory Be
Litany to Blessed John Paul II
Kyrie eleison; Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison; Christe eleison
Kyrie eleison; Kyrie eleison
Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us
Perfect disciple of Christ, pray for us
Generously gifted with the gifts of the Holy Spirit; pray for us
Great apostle of Divine Mercy; pray for us
Faithful Son of Mary; pray for us
Totally dedicated to the Mother of God; pray for us
Persevering preacher of the Gospel; pray for us
Pilgrim Pope; pray for us
Pope of the Millennium; pray for us
Model of industry; pray for us
Model of priests; pray for us
Drawing strength from the Eucharist; pray for us
Untiring man of prayer; pray for us
Lover of the rosary; pray for us
Strength of those doubting their faith; pray for us
Desiring to unite all those who believe in Christ; pray for us
Converter of sinners; pray for us
Defender of the dignity of every person; pray for us
Defender of life from conception to natural death; pray for us
Praying for the gift of parenthood for the infertile; pray for us
Friend of children; pray for us
Leader of youth; pray for us
Intercessor of families, pray for us
Comforter of the suffering; pray for us
Manly bearing his pain; pray for us
Sower of divine joy; pray for us
Great intercessor for peace; pray for us
Pride of the Polish nation; pray for us
Brilliance of the Holy Church; pray for us
That we may be faithful imitators of Christ; pray for us
That we may be strong with the power of the Holy Spirit; pray
for us
That we may have trust in the Mother of God; pray for us
That we may grow in our faith, hope, and charity; pray for us
That we may live in peace in our families; pray for us
That we may know how to forgive; pray for us
That we may know how to bear suffering; pray for us
That we may not succumb to the culture of death; pray for us
That we may not be afraid and courageously fight off various
temptations; pray for us
That he would intercede for us the grace of a happy death; pray
for us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, spare us, O
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, graciously
hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy
on us
Pray for us, Blessed John Paul II, That we
may become worthy of the promises of Christ

O Blessed Trinity, we thank you for having graced the
Church with Blessed Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness
of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the
splendor of the Holy Spirit to shine through him.
Trusting fully in your infinite mercy and in the
maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of
Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the
necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and the way of
achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his intercession, and according to your
will the graces we implore, especially for [ PAUSE TO ADD
. . . we ask this, hoping that he will soon
be numbered among your saints. AMEN

when prayed in the absence of a priest or deacon: make the
Sign of the Cross as you say: MAY THE LORD BLESS US,

You’ve heard the term ‘dialogue’…… April 23, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals.
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…..perhaps even in a Church setting.  You may have read a news report that the Vatican is in “dialogue” with certain protestant or other sects, pursuing (fruitless, pointless) “ecumenical dialogue.”  What means this “dialogue?”  In practical terms, and I mean this specifically regarding the many “ecumenical” efforts which are presently underway, it generally means “I’m ok you’re ok let’s have a meeting at a 5 star resort and revel in how OK we are!”  It is, in reality, the antithesis of what the Church has traditionally believed and practiced regarding its relations with separated Christians or any other religious sect.  It is this novel notion of dialogue with respect to other religions, proclaimed in name and deed by Vatican II,  which is at the heart of the Vatican-SSPX situation. 

Romano Amerio discusses dialogue in his Iota Unum.  This from Chapter XVI Dialogue (I add emphasis and comments):

The word dialogue represents the biggest change in the mentality of the Church after the council, only comparable in its importance with the change wrought by the word liberty in the 19th century.  The word was completely unknown and unused in the Church’s teaching before the council.  It does not occur once in any previous council, or in papal encyclicals, or in sermons or in pastoral practice.  In the Vatican II dcouments it occurs 28 times, twelve of them in the decree on ecumenism Unitatis Redintegratio.  Nonetheless, through its lightening spread and an enormous broadening in meaning, this word, which is very new in the Catholic Church, became the master-word determining post-conciliar thinking[Indeed, this word, and the huge swath of thinking it represents as a sort of keystone, is THE determinant of radical change after Vatican II.  Think of the problem with women religious.  There has been decades of “dialogue.”  The LCWR, of course, want the dialogue to go on forever, so they may continue doing as they please.  Similarly, all these pointless ecumenical conferences and get-togethers and hootenanies are similarly driven by dialogue, meaning, an exchange of views in such a way that one knows a priori that nothing will change after the exchange.  It is, in fact, a profoundly conservative term, which indicates that nothing will change from the humdrum, indifferentist status quo.  But it extends way beyond ecumenism, or LCWR, or any specific issue – dialogue occurs in all areas of the Church now.  We hear liberals call for “dialogue” on women’s religious, or gay marriage, or abortion, or contraception – all of which means, we will keep talking at you until you succumb to our will.  Then, once you do, dialogue ceases and  you must obey]

……………It is true that Peter and Paul did dispute in the synagogues, but it is not a question of dialoguing in the modern sense of a dialogue in search of something, setting out from a position of ostensible ignorance, but rather a dialogue in refutation of errors. The possibility of dialogue disappears…..the moment the disputant is no longer open to persuasion whether through his obstinacy or his incapacity[And, thus, so much of the pointless nature of the ongoing, endless ecumenical dialogue is revealed.  The proper nature of ecumenism for the Church is for others to be convinced of the Truth Christ has revealed through the Church, to reject their own errors and to “come home” to union with Rome.  But much of the official ecumenical movement is engaged in with individuals who have no desire to change their views, and so there is no real evangelization going on, but just tiresome and expensive diplomacy] Just as Christ spoke with authority, so the Apostles preached the Gospel in an authoritative manner, not looking to validate it by dialogue.  In the same place Christ’s positive way of teaching is contrasted with the dialogues of the scribes and pharisees.  The heart of the matter is that the Church’s message is not a human product, always open to argument, but a revealed message designed to be accepted rather than argued about.  [The desire for endless “dialogue” reveals a crisis of faith, a fundamental lack of belief in the idea that what the Church proclaims is true, is in actuality that Truth Christ has proclaimed.  Thus “dialogue” captures in essence the indifferentism that permeates modernist beliefs to their core.  This doesn’t mean we should thunder from on-high and act without some compassion and understanding, but it does mean that the sort of quivering equality – or even inferiority – which permeates the behavior of some in the Church when it comes to encountering those of another belief, or even heretics and apostates in their midst, must cease]

[Speaking of the ignorance and error of many of those who engage in dialogue….]……..Contemporary dialogue presupposes, however, that any man is capable of dialoguing with anyone else on any subject, simply in virtue of being a rational creature……The paradox is that this right to argue is being extended to everyone [even bloggers, apparently – what a catastrophe!] at the very moment when the knowledge that gives an authentic title to join the argument is getting scarcer and feebler even among the Church’s teachers.  [This explains why some of the great “successes” of the ecumenical movement are so bizaare and twisted – because the parties in dispute are trying to twist their disparate views into some cohesive, inoffensive whole, which really satisfies neither side and which is often problematic under doctrinal review.  That the general level of catechesis has collapsed, even at the highest levels, only furthers this problem, and makes the ecumenical compromises reached all the more doubtful]

The next blunder relates to the onus of proof.  It is assumed that dialogue can and should satisfy all the objections of an opponent.  Now for one man to offer himself to another with the aim of giving him complete intellectual satisfaction on any point of religion is a sign of moral failing.  [It’s also a recipe for the closest approximation of eternity we will get on earth – the length of many of these intra- and extra-Church dialogues]

A final note – Cardinal Koenig’s comments on dialogue from 1971: “Dialogue puts the partners on an equal footing.  The Catholic is not considered as possessing all the truth, but as someone who has faith and is looking for that truth with others, both believers and non-believers.” 

This statement would be scornfully repudiated by a whole line of popes from prior to 1960.  It represents a fundamental shift in Catholic Dogma – a repudiation of much of what the Church believes.  It sounds reasonable, but is not, if you believe what the Church believes, which is that it is the unique institution founded by Christ for the salvation of men’s souls and the to be His Body on earth.  If you know the errors of other sects, if you know the differences from what Catholics believe, and, say, what a muslim believes, or a modern secular pagan, this statement is incredible.

It sums up dialogue very well. 

If I wanted America to fail……… April 23, 2012

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……..perhaps many readers have seen this.  I didn’t, until this morning:

Never seen the guy doing the reading before, but good job. I’m convinced. 

There are so many areas where energy is tremendously more expensive than it should be.  The modern environmental movement is, as he said, an economic suicide pact. 

Solar will never provide wide, industrial scale power.

Wind farms are being abandoned left and right as uneconomic, for the wind will blow where it will, and these towers are alot more prone to failure than expected. 

Global warming is the greatest scam ever perpetrated by self-described experten.  Excepting, perhaps, evolution.