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Michael Voris on LCWR May 4, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, religious, sadness, scandals.
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What can I say, I love this:

Come and see sweet nuns tonight at the Carmelite Chapel!


Pro-life groups must tackle the contraception issue May 4, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Kassi Marks, who just works her tail off in the pro-life arena, has written a post on Facebook regarding the Texas Women’s Health Program I blogged on earlier this week, and the core issue of contraception that the vast majority of pro-life groups refuse to face.  It’s long, but here are some excerpts:

There is much celebration in the pro-life community in Texas and even nationally over Texas’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood (“PP”) by excluding it (and its affiliates) from funding through the Texas Women’s Health Program (“WHP”).  But how many really know what this program entails or what the purpose of it is?  This is our effort to clarify and few things, encourage independent thought on the matter, and raise awareness about the nature of this program which is, in its essence, not pro-life even if PP is defunded.

            WHP is a Medicaid “waiver” program that Texas Gov. Perry asked Pres. Bush to allow. It is a program for women under Medicaid who would not otherwise qualify for Medicaid (and it’s federal funds, hence the need to get a special waiver to use the federal funds for it).  In other words, the women were not already pregnant, so they would not get any care under Medicaid.  The point of this program was and is to provide one annual “family planning exam” which “might” include certain “screenings” but no treatment if anything is found in these very few screenings which “might” be conducted.  The primary purpose of this program is “family planning” – that is, contraception and/or sterilization of poor women to save the state money that it would spend via Medicaid if these women were to become pregnant and then have children on Medicaid.  It’s spelled out on the state website:  http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/help/WHP/index.shtml

            Pres. Bush allowed Gov. Perry this Medicaid Waiver Program several years ago.  It has been called very successful because it has prevented Medicaid births.  That is very much out in the open.  When the Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 7 last session (2011), it precluded funding of Planned Parenthood or its affiliates because it made ineligible for funding abortion providers and their affiliates.  This meant that PP could no longer get funds for WHP services they were providing – not because these funds go to abortion – THEY DO NOT (not directly, but they do by way of abortifacient contraceptives and there is some argument that the money could be “mixed” with other PP money which does go to abortions).  Rather, PP cannot get money now because it provides abortions in some places and its affiliates are associated with the abortion providing parts of it.  


 Pro-lifers and people of faith rightly criticized Sebelius’ statement above, while simultaneously in Texas pro-lifers were, and have been, supporting this program which is based on the same “logic.” For pro-life groups and individuals to support this damages the entire effort in a very practical sense as well as a very real spiritual one.  There are some pro-lifers who are supporting WHP even understanding exactly what it is and what it is not (some who lobby Austin regularly and successfully on pro-life issues).  We cannot be pro-life and expect any true success if we at all endorse contraception programs.  Sadly, too many pro-life bloggers have also been confused by this WHP issue due to some misinformation on prominent pro-life news sites and also the support of many active pro-life leaders both in the state and nationally.  It would appear that they have not done independent research to see what this program is all about – either that, or they support contraception which is not a position consistent with pro-life.


            Some may ask – how is the Pill or other hormonal contraceptives (which are different from the Morning After Pill or RU-486 which are excluded) abortifacients, i.e., abortion-causing.  Hormonal contraceptives – through their thickening of the woman’s uterine lining – prevent fertilized eggs, a newly formed human being from implanting in the woman’s uterus.  That is an abortion.  See:  http://www.pfli.org/faq_oc.html   This site describes how the uterus is affected and further down you see that these pharmacists explain how the Pill is an abortifacient using long-standing, widely accepted scientific terminology. That is the biology of how hormonal contraceptives work.  That is a scientific fact, easily verified.  This is neither new nor hidden information.  And, these very types of birth control are covered by WHP.  The so-called “Morning After Pill” and RU-486 are not the only abortifacients.  “Plain-old” contraceptive pills and other hormonal contraceptives are.  See also the Janet Smith article linked infra and Catholic Exchange link, infra………….

There is so much more at the link, it’s a very convincingly argued post that highlights the fact that the Texas Women’s Health Program is not something any Catholic can support.  In fact, we should be opposed to its very existence.  It’s the kind of program Margaret Sanger would love – it’s intended to keep the “wrong” people from having babies.

Keep up the great work, Kassi!


Facebook Funnies May 4, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, fun, General Catholic, sickness, silliness, Society.
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John Bezner is a pro-life warrier who I should have mentioned before on this blog.  I was very gratified to see his family at Mater Dei this past weekend.  John routinely – and by routinely, I mean at least weekly – drives from way up by the Red River and pretty far west of I-35 down to the Routh Street mill on Central Expy.  It’s a long haul, but he makes it all the time.  He is a great prayer warrior and sidewalk counselor who is there at least half the times we go down there (which reminds me, we need to get down there again!). 

Anyways, he’s been posting these pictures on Facebook, and they make me laugh:

I think one could have a field day making these things on Church-specific issues.  If only I had the time…….

Some notes on Extreme Unction May 4, 2012

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The Sacrament of Extreme Unction is very misunderstood.  Here are some notes on its traditional practice from the Roman Catechism, a version published in 1923:

Although instituted for the use of all, Extreme Unction is not to be administered indiscriminately to all.

The Subject Must Be In Danger of Death

IN the first place, it is not to be administered to persons in sound health, or minor maladies, according to these words of St. James: Is anyone sick among you? (Jm 5:14)…….Extreme Unction was instituted as a remedy not only for the diseases of the soul, but also for those of the body.  Now only the sick need a remedy, and therefore this Sacrament is to be administered to those only whose malady is such as to excite apprehensions of approaching death.

The Danger Must Arise from Sickness

Extreme Unction, then, can be administered to no one who is not dangerously sick; not even to those who are in danger of death, as when they undertake a perilous voyage, or enter into battle with the sure prospect of death, or have been condemned to death and are on the way to execution. [I should note, however, that those thus gravely wounded on the battlefield, or otherwise seriously injured, may receive the Sacrament]

The Person Anointed Must Have Attained the Use of Reason

Furthermore, all those who have not the use of reason are not fit subjeccts for this Sacrament; and likewise, children who, having committed no sins, do not need the Sacrament as a remedy against the remains of sin.  The same is true of insane persons and those who have lost the faculty of reason.  For those who, previously lucid but whose condition deteriorates due to illness, made plain their desire to receive the Sacrament while still lucid, they may be anointed.

Dispositions for the Reception of Extreme Unction

As all care should be taken that nothing impede the Grace of the Sacrament, and as nothing is more opposed to it than the consciousness of mortal guilt, the constant practice of the Catholic Church musst be observed of administering teh Sacrament of Penance and the Eucharist before Extreme Unction.

Also, let parish priests strive to persuade the sick person to receive this Sacrament from the priest with the same faith with which those of old who were to be healed by the Apostles used to present themselves.  But the salvation of his soul is to be the first object of the sick man’s wishes, and after that the health of the body, with this qualification, if it be for the good of his soul.

The Minister of Extreme Unction

Who the minister of Extreme Unction is we learn from the same Apostle that promulgated the law of the Lord; for he says: “Let him bring in the priests” (Jm 5:14).  By which name, as the Council of Trent has well explained, he does not mean persons advanced in years, or of chief authority among the people, but priests who have been duly ordained by Bishosp with the imposition of hands (2 Tim 1:6)

The priest, therefore, has been committed to the administration of this Sacrament.

Effects of Extreme Unction

Pastors should teach that by this Sacrament is imparted Grace that remits sins, and especially lighter, venial sins; for mortal sins are removed by the Sacrament of Penance. Extreme Unction was not instituted primarily for the remission of grave offenses; only Baptism and Penance accomplish this directly.

Another advantage of the Sacred Unction is that it liberates the soul from the langour and infirmity which is contracted from sins, and form all the other remains of sin.  This liberty aids the soul in overcoming final impenitence or a gross fear of death, and helps replace those fears with a loving trust in the Mercy of God.

From this we derive another advantage, which may justly be deemed the greatest of all.  For although the enemy of the human race never ceases, while we live, to meditate our ruin and destruction, yet at no time does he more violently use every effort utterly to destroy us, and, if possible, deprive us of all hope of the Divine Mercy, than when he sees the last day of life approach.  Therefore, arms and strength are provided the faithful in this Sacrament to enable them to break the violence of the adversary, and to fight bravely against him.

Finally, the recovery of health, if indeed advantageous to the state of the soul, is another effect of this Sacrament.  And if in our days the sick obtain this effect less frequently, this is to be attributed, not to any defect of the Sacrament, but rather to the weaker faith of a great part of those who are anointed with the sacred oil, or by whom it is administered…..

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Thus, some aspects of the traditional practice of Extreme Unction. I’m not sure how this relates to regular parish “healing services” which administer the oil but sometimes leave out other aspects of the Sacrament, and especially the preparatory Sacrament of Penance. 

The “normal” operation of the Sacrament in the days of old was thus: a priest arrived to someone on their death bed ( if they were so lucky as to have one, and not die suddenly outside the final saving action of the Church), heard their last Confession, gave them Holy Viaticum to strengthen them for their final journey, and then anointed them with the oil of Extreme Unction.  If the person recovered, God be praised!, but if they did not, they were as fully prepared as they could be to render their soul back to God.

‘For Greater Glory’ opens June 1 May 4, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, Society, Virtue.
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For Greater Glory, formerly Christiada, the long-delayed movie about the Christero War and horrific persecution of Catholics in Mexico in the 1920s-30s, will hit theaters June 1.  Will I break my movie embargo for this, or wait until DVD?

I may take the kids to see this movie if it’s not too violent.  They’ve really enjoyed this movie about the war in the Vendee during the French Revolution, another period of terrible persecution.  In fact, I’ve been amazed how much they like it.  I can’t say the movie is terrilby professional or has really high production values – many of the actors were local Catholic homeschoolers (I find the 6  year old soldiers of the revolutionary army a bit hard to take).  But my kids just love it.  You might want to check this out, the company that made is a small group of Catholics trying to make good Catholic movies.  It’s something the whole family can watch, the violence is pretty sanitized for younger viewers.

You can order this movie here

Supporting movies like this could lead to more being made.   It is great to have alternatives to the Church-hating pablum spewed out of Hollywood.