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What a week June 30, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, General Catholic, Holy suffering, sadness.
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Do you ever have a week where just about everything possible can go wrong?  Where just about everything is a kick where it hurts?  That’s been this week.  Not just the Obamacare thing, but much more.  I was late for work today. Which made me slightly late for the layoff announcement.  No, not me, but several very close to me.  We had to put the dog down. The kids have been sick.  My wife’s really tired. I’ve been making major efforts at working against a bad habit this week, and that’s been stressing me out. Lots of little and big things this week went wrong.  And not just this week…….now I find out that some really loving and well-intentioned stuff I did months ago was wrong, wrong, wrong.

I thank Thee, Father, for these sufferings.  I pray I may accept them and offer them up to the glory of Your Holy Name.  I am sorry I do not do better with this.  I am trying.

Roberts and the Catholic Church June 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, persecution, Tradition, Virtue.
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I was at Mass today and my thoughts turned to the devastating turn of events of yesterday, and the seeming betrayal of ostensibly Catholic Chief Justice John Roberts (whom, it is rumored, even assists at TLM sometimes!) over this massive transformation in the political-economic life of the United States his one decision engenders.   His idea that the Supreme Court is not intended to pass judgment on laws is simply incredible – I have no idea why the Court needs to exist, then.  But be that as it may………..

How have we come to this?  How many ways have we failed?  Yes, Robert’s failure is a very personal one.  Whatever pressures he is under, whatever influences have been working on him, he failed in his duty and in the role for which the previous President, expressing the will of the people chose him.  He failed to act as it was expected, by all available evidence, he would act.

And, of course, this steady shift from a relatively free republic (some time back) to a steadily more socialistic, national-government dominated state has many causes, as well.  It’s not just him.  Or the Church.  Or is it?

I think we’ve all failed. We’ve failed in the Church by allowing so many errors to propagate for so long, to become popular opinion within the Church.  How many funerals do you go to that are actually mini-canonizations?  How much mortification do you really do?  How many of us were really devoting ourselves to prayer and self-denial to give Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Kennedy, and Thomas the moral strength to stand fast in their beliefs (or, at least, the beliefs we thought they had) and judge this matter in the right manner, according to a limited view of the Constitution?  It’s not just this one recent but massive disaster, it’s a thousand separate issues.  We in the Church fight fight fight against abortion but utter nary a word about contraception.  Where do we think abortion comes from?  It doesn’t come from the 1-2% of Catholics that are open to life no matter how God gives it, it comes from the very large percentage that contracept for most all their fecund years.

This is all part of the problem.  We’ve forgotten who we are as Catholics, and, even more, what we do.  It’s been a long, slow process of forgetting.  We’ve let a once glorious Church and the culture it created collapse to almost nothingness.  Yes, most of it happened before we came along, but what have we done to help turn it around?  Saving yourself is not enough.  You’ve got to be willing to spend yourself unto exhaustion to try to save others.  Why are so many churches empty and locked 90% of the time?  Why is catechesis so bad?  Because we’ve allowed ourselves to be sucked into a culture of indifference and materialism, with thoughts of religion consigned to a neat little box that we take down and open sometimes, but generally stays up on the shelf.  We’ve compartmentalized our faith.  We use it when we want, but most of the time we put it away as it would be inconvenient to deal with. And what would other people say?  They’d probably think I’m some kind of holy roller!

That is not what the Saints did.  We seem to have a dirth of Saints right now.  We’ve been let down a lot by so many leaders and the EWTN All-Star team.  And that’s a major problem in Hollywood influenced modern American culture, we all want the hero to ride in the white horse to make everything alright.  See: Chief Justice John Roberts.

It’s up to us.  We’ve got to pray more – way more. We’ve got to sacrifice.  If we want things to change, we’re going to have to start with changing ourselves and then work on those around us, hoping to influence them a bit by our prayerful, humble, charitable, merciful, knowledgeable examples.  It is extremely rare to hear serious, constant mortification discussed in Catholic parishes anymore, but mortification is an essential part of any Catholic’s life.  It is almost impossible to grow much in virtue without it.  And all those painful sacrifices we offer can be offered up for the good of our brothers, sisters, parents, etc.  We can offer them up for a change in culture.  And it will change, in tiny imperceptible degrees, by our prayer and example, if we really start to live a Catholic life. The Catholic-Christian culture didn’t implode overnight, and it won’t be reconstructed overnight, either.  It’s going to take decades, centuries of extremely difficult labor.

I know that we are so few, and the worldlings so many.  I know that the media is against us, that people are increasingly pagan and just laugh at an authentic practice of the Faith.  So what? It was the same for the first Christians, who were thought insane, too.  But their prayers and even more their loving example and willingness to sacrifice tremendously for Christ converted the world.  We can do the same.

St. Paul said: “Pray without ceasing.” St. Peter knew for decades what kind of suffering he would have to endure for his Lord.  But even more, they patiently practiced the depths of the Faith, every day, converting, eventually, billions through their example.  Today is their feast day.  Ask them to pray for us, to change hearts, to restore the Faith, to stop the headlong descent into tyranny.  Pray for deliverance.  Just pray.  And mortify yourself at least 5-7 times a day.

Just so you know, I’m first in line for needing to do all the above.  Pray for me, that I may have a mustard seed of faith.

God Bless You!

Huge relic of St. Peter


Birth Control and Baptists June 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, Ecumenism, error, Interior Life, sadness, scandals.
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Michael Voris hits a home run.  I meant to write on this when I first read it a couple weeks ago, but I didn’t have time to unpack it.

I love it when Michael Voris makes such great, easy posts!

As the friend who sent this to me noted, however, how many Catholics do you know that make their own private determinations about what aspects of the Faith they will accept?   How many defer to protestants on certain theological or moral matters?

If you use private judgment to accept or reject portions of the Faith, you ARE protestant.

Another question the friend asks, which I have also been meaning to get to………WHY are Catholic pro-life efforts so very ineffective?

All night Adoration for repeal of Obamacare……. June 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, persecution, Tradition, Virtue.
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…….or, at least, some sanity in governance in this country.  There will be a High Mass at 7 pm at Mater Dei parish in Irving, followed by all-night Adoration.  Today is the Feast of St.’s Peter and Paul, which is still a Holy Day of Obligation in many countries but in this country, the bishops have determined in their wisdom that assisting at Mass in rendering thanks and begging propitiation for our sins is optional.

Nonetheless, I highly encourage taking positive, spiritual steps to redress this terrible situation which will only greatly accelerate the persecution of the Church in this country.  I pray many are able to beg God’s forgiveness for the slaughter of innocence and corruption of morals that the “constitutional” Obamacare will entail.  We must pray for greater strength to oppose the growing evil in this country, and do all we can to redress our collective spiritual and moral shortcomings which have helped pave the way for its growth.  As the good priest said, it shall be like unto Nineveh.



Treason! Did Roberts shift his vote at the last minute? June 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Given the pathetic excuse for an argument in favor of passing Obamacare, I’d say yes.  But did he cave to hostile pressure, or to a big, giant carat?


As legal scholars study the Supreme Court’s decision in the Obamacare case, more and more are concluding that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s dissenting opinion, striking down the law in its entirety, was once the majority opinion–and that Chief Justice John Roberts switched his vote at a late stage. If so, it would appear that the Chief Justice may have succumbed to the bullying meted out by President Barack Obama, who attacked the Court in the aftermath of oral arguments in March, when Obamacare seemed headed for certain defeat.

As National Review‘s Ed Whelan, the Volokh Conspiracy‘s David Bernstein, and others are pointing out, the dissent refers to another opinion as “the dissent” and uses the pronoun “we,” as if speaking for the Court, as majority opinions typically do. In addition, the dissent focuses on the government’s arguments, rather than tackling the majority head-on. That suggests that a switch–most likely by the Chief Justice himself–may have come very late in the game, too late to offer more than the most cursory revisions of the opinions in the case.

The fact that the Chief Justice’s reasoning is so flimsy is yet another piece of evidence that he may have made a late switch–and under pressure. Congress did not intend the individual mandate to be a tax–neither in the text of the legislation, nor in its public deliberations inside and outside the Capitol. (If it had chosen to go that route, the left might have put forward a far stronger argument for universal government-run health care.) It is correct that Chief Justice Roberts has tended to defer to Congress, as conservatives do–but while this opinion has the form of deference, in substance it is the opposite of deferential, rewriting Obamacare by judicial fiat.

One final point is worth noting: that President Obama was enthusiastically joined in his attacks on the Court by the mainstream media, not just after oral arguments but right up to the eve of the decision. Roger Simon of Politico penned one of the most notorious attacks, but he was not alone–and if Anthony Weiner had not removed himself from the scene, we would have seen Democrats carry out their strategy of trashing the Court as a “corporate dominated arm of the Republican party.” The truth may, in fact be that the Court is dominated easily–not by corporate interests, but by Obama’s imperial presidency and an intolerant mainstream media.

If Chief Justice Roberts thought he was preserving public trust in the Supreme Court today, he will quickly learn he has done the opposite–not least because Democrats define bipartisanship as complete capitulation. Liberals–still smarting over Bush v. Gore–and conservatives now both have reason to distrust the court and its motives. If that “bipartisanship” is the legacy of the Chief Justice’s apparent switch, it is a bitter bequest.

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Another bit of data: Roberts stated, to the effect, that the Court doesn’t have the authority to strike down a major piece of legislation (then what the hell is a Supreme Court for?!!?), and that it’s up to the voters to effect change of this kind by electing people with differing views.  What this pusillanimous view fails to take into account is that federal legislation, once enacted, is virtually impossible to remove.  Jackass.  Anyway, here’s the quote:

“Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation�s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

So, it’s the ultimate punt.  He initially votes against it, because he knows that’s what the Constitution says, and then rolls under pressure, or, acting on his own volition because of some d— fool idea about supposed limits to the Court’s prerogative, changes his vote late.

Either way, we’re doomed.  This thing can never be undone.  Because the Repubniks are too weak to undo it.  If they had 350 seats in the House and 70 in the Senate they’d still chicken out.

What really upsets me is that this means we’ll never, ever be rid of abortion.  Forget it, it’s now not just a right emanating from the penumbras, but now it’s a fundamental health care right.


Sheen now Venerable Fulton Sheen! June 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Saints, Tradition, Virtue.
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This is some good news.  How interesting that it would come on a day like today:

Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been declared “venerable,” and may now be beatified if a miracle is attributed to his intercession.

The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced on June 28 that Archbishop Sheen—whose television preaching made him one of America’s best-known public figures in the 1960s—had lived a life of “heroic virtue,” and thus qualified for the title “venerable.” The certification of a miracle attributed to his intercession is now the only remaining requirement for his canonization.

Progress toward the beatification of Archbishop Sheen had been slowed by a conflict between the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Peoria, with each claiming responsibility for the cause. The Peoria diocese finally completed a dossier on the prelate’s life and submitted it to the Vatican last year.

There is supposed to be a miracle directly attributed to Venerable Fulton Sheen.  If verified, he may soon be beatified.  That miracle occurred here, in the US.  Awesome!

Maybe this will inspire EWTN to play more Fulton Sheen and less Christopher West+teen dream happy hours.

Gay rights icon arrested on child porn charges June 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, horror, sadness, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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This is beyond hideous.  It’s beyond sick.  Don’t read the below if you have a sensitive, even a normal conscience. Only if you’re a semi-reformed sicko like me can you stand to read the below.  Just know that sin corrupts totally, and the more you embrace it, the more evil you will find yourself willing to do.  There is no limit to depravity. I seriously debated whether to post this on my site.  Maybe I shouldn’t, but sometimes people need to be exposed to the evil that is out there.

Gay rights icon Larry Brinkin arrested in San Francisco for possession of child pornography, up to and including the rape and sodomy of 1 year old boys:

Larry Brinkin, the gay activist who led the fight to get San Francisco to recognize domestic partnerships, was arrested for child pornography today. Items seized from his home included computers, videos, tapes, and discs.  He had been a long-time employee of the Human Rights Commission, and a central figure in the gay rights movement. The San Francisco board of supervisors actually gave a “Larry Brinkin Week” in February 2010 upon his retirement.


The search warrant is a comprehensive list of terribles: images of year-old infants subjected to sodomy and oral sex, and perverse racial comments (Brinkin’s email: “I loved especially the 2 year old n—– getting nailed. Hope you’ll continue so I can see what the little blond b—- is going to get. White Power! White Supremacy! White D— Rules!”).

Now, it can be an error to tar an entire group with the actions of one man, and I know that “straight” people do the same, but I think we really need to think about the culture we are increasingly creating and tolerating in this country.  I can’t imagine the suffering the poor children endured.  Talk about objectification, this is the worst I’ve ever read.  But in a society that tolerates the slaughter of over a million babies a year for reasons that are frequently nothing more than convenience or preference, should we surprised at this kind of behavior?

God, I bet he was in communication with an active abuser who was putting up videos of his hideous actions.   It’s cases like this that make me waver somewhat on the death penalty.

If you guys object, I’ll pull this down.  I don’t want to offend my readers, but sometimes we need to know what we’re up against.

The savior of our country……. June 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Domestic Church, episcopate, error, foolishness, horror, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society.
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……..we’re doomed.

He put in place in Massachusetts a program that is almost identical to Obamacare.  Within a couple years, it went into the red and still is. Now, he says his first act in office will be to repeal Obamacare.  Give me a break.

It will be very interesting to see how the Church in this country responds to this.  By Church, I mean the bishops.  Obamacare is the answer to many of their dreams, but I think some (many?) are starting to see the downside of government with this kind of power.  A government that can tell you when and under what circumstances you can see a doctor can just as well tell the Church that priests have to pay for nun’s contraception (and perhaps even that the nuns have to take it).  Or any of a thousand million other things.  I wonder if opposition to HHS and the mandate will remain as strong now that Obamacare is “settled law.”

Amazing.  I guess I’m a hope filled sucker, because I never thought I’d see the day.  I guess we can call John Roberts a catholyc now.

Why reading Sacred Scripture may not be an unalloyed good June 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, Dallas Diocese, error, Interior Life, North Deanery, Tradition, Virtue.
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There is a common assumption today that the Church’s hesitancy to widely distribute Sacred Scripture and have it read by the laity during parts of its history was a terrible mistake, an abuse, even.  I have been presented with such arguments myself, by presumably well meaning individuals, even clergy, who feel that the Church was in error in this practice, and badly so.  This hesitancy is presented as such an evil that it is turned into a club with which to beat the Church and Tradition, even by those within it.

But where did this concern over having uninstructed individuals reading Sacred Scripture come from?  In actuality, it came from many sources.  Historically, the Bible was transmitted by hand-written copies laboriously written by monks, often with many beautiful illustrations.  This was the practice from fall of the Roman Empire until the late middle ages.  At that time, there simply weren’t enough copies of the Bible to go around – most parishes had one copy for the clergy, if they had one at all.  And since most people could not read, this was not seen as a serious problem.

However, starting in the late 1400s, both the availability of books through the printing press, and the literacy of the population, exploded.  Suddenly, there were many more copies of the Bible available, and many more people to read them.  It is not coincidental that this explosion in Bible reading occurred at the same time as the protestant revolt.  In fact, it was private reading of Scripture and horribly misinterpreting it that led to the revolt.  As such, the Church was prudent in its distribution of Sacred Scripture and in “allowing” laity to read it, because so many problems had come from this practice.  In many, perhaps most locales, the laity were supposed to get permission from their priest/confessor (or sometimes even higher up) in order to read Scripture, after having established that they sufficiently understood Catholic Doctrine.  This practice was never tightly enforced, and there were many copies of bibles such as the Douay Reims and others that were widely read by many laity. How many of those went on to form bad ideas from misinterpreting Scripture and leaving the Faith is known only to God.

In Fr. George Leo Haydock’s notes on the Douay Reims Bible, this topic is discussed in reference to Acts Chapter 8.  In verses 27-39, the meeting between the Apostle Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch is described.  There is a particular portion relevant to this discussion:

[27] And rising up, he went. And behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore.[28]And he was returning, sitting in his chariot, and reading Isaias the prophet.[29] And the Spirit said to Philip: Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. [30]And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaias. And he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest?[31]Who said: And how can I, unless some man shew me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

Haydock’s comments on verse 31 state:

How can I, unless someone show me, or be a guide to me, as in the Greek. Let every one, and especially the unlearned, take good notice of these words, not to wrest the Scriptures to his own perdition. [St. Peter notes the difficulty of understanding some Scripture in 2 Pet 3:16, stating that many souls twist and distort Scripture to their own destruction]  To follow his own private judgment, or his private spirit, is to make choice of a blind and incompetent guide, as to the sense of the Scriptures, and the mysteries of faith.  It appears this eunuch was not one of those, who are now so commonly seen, who think the Scripture is every where plain, and teh sense open to everybody. Such would do  much better to acknowledge, that they stand in need of a guide.  St. Jerome, in his letter to Paulinus, printed at the head of the Latin Bibles, shows the necessity of an interpreter. The apostles themselves could not understand the Scriptures till Christ gave them the knowledge. [Indeed, even when the had Christ with them, the Apostles STILL did not get the meaning of much of Scripture, and it was not until they had received the special Grace of the Holy Spirit that they really began to understand]

Now, Haydock was writing over 200 years ago, when illiteracy was still quite common.  But, I can’t say that, even though the vast majority can read and write, understanding of Scripture is immensely better today than it was then.  We still have many people, even many very learned people, who try to twist and distort Scripture through private interpretation to their own ends.  All one must is think about the “Metro” churches that serve the gay community, who pretend that Scripture does not condemn homosexuality as a lifestyle, and homosexual acts themselves as gravely sinful.  It does, in over a dozen separate statements in both Old Testament and New.  But, they have twisted Scripture out of all meaning to pretend it says the opposite of what it actually says.  There are hundreds, thousands such examples.

None of this is to say that individual Catholics should not read Sacred Scripture. I certainly do, every day, and I pray that more will.  But what it does mean is that we must be very careful when we do so, that we must pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and that we must always look to the Authority of the Church for proper understanding of Scripture.  Sadly, that does not mean your local priest, because some hold very faulty ideas regarding Scripture and Dogma, but it does mean the authentic Magisterial teachings of the Church.

It also means reading a good, Catholic Bible.  I do not recommend most versions approved by the USCCB and used in Mass, such as the Revised Standard Version (RSV).  All RSVs since the mid-60s have been badly infected with modernism and novelties like “gender neutral” language.  The notes in some cases are terrible, even heretical, as Msgr. Charles Pope has lamented repeatedly.  I have a RSV from ’61 or 2 that is OK, but it’s hard to find nowadays.  And stay far, far away from the New Jerome Study Bible, or even the Jerome Study Bible of the 60s…….both are extremely modernist and twist, or outright reject, Catholic Doctrine.  Douay Reims is a great Catholic Bible, the precursor in many ways to the protestant King James version.  For a Bible with notes, the Haydock Bible is fantastic.  For detailed Scripture analysis, look for Cornelius a Lapide’s  Great Commentary on the New Testament (free here!) and St. Robert Bellarmine’s notes on Psalms.  There is more if you are interested.

So, when you read Scripture, pray for the Light of the Holy Spirit to guide you and look to the Truth that has been revealed through Christ’s Church.  If you don’t read Scripture now, be very careful in what bible you choose and make sure you have good spiritual guidance and are well versed in what the Church believes.  If you’re ignorant of both Scripture and Doctrine, I would suggest starting with a good book on Catholic belief like the Catechism of the Council of Trent, This Is the Faith, Fundamentals of Catholic Theology by Ott, or something similar.

Obamacare upheld……. June 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, North Deanery, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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…….almost totally so, except for the Medicaid expansion, which is now “voluntary.”  It’s apparently constitutional as a “tax.”

Catholic John Roberts joined the libs to find for almost all of Obamacare to be “constitutional.”

On a side note, it is also now “constitutional” to take people’s money from them for things they don’t want, and to have private companies do it for you!

I wonder what medium size island in the Caribbean or South Pacific John Roberts now owns.

Oh, and now the contraceptive mandate takes on triply greater importance, since the Supreme Court has now decided that constitutional republics have a shelf life of less than 250 years.  The Church is on its own.  Well, it’s always been. Hard persecution, here we come.

What I didn’t know until today, is that it was Barzini all along.  Way to sell the Church down the river, Roberts.