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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Lawsuit against Fr. Euteneuer revealed – UPDATED June 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, General Catholic, horror, priests, sadness, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness.
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Back when the scandal concerning Fr. Euteneuer broke, I was pretty skeptical of the accusations.  They seemed to be coming from a few sources who had plainly coordinated their stories.  But now a lawsuit has been filed against Fr. Euteneuer in Virginia that provides at least one view of the alleged events.  The accusations are very detailed and extremely disturbingIF they are true, they reveal a gross violation of the priest/confessor/exorcist relationship with a lay person and further reveal that Fr. Euteneuer is an extremely troubled man, and that his removal from active ministry was a prudent and charitable act.  I will provide an excerpt that shares some of these details, but for the rest go to the link.  I warn you, the details are very sexually explicit and I would advise those with a sensitive conscience to avoid reading it:

A Roman Catholic priest “kissed (a woman) on all parts of her body” during a so-called “exorcism” session, and “frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her,” the woman claims in court.
Jane Doe sued the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its Bishop Paul Loverde – who is not the priest accused of the abuse – and Human Life International and the HLI Endowment Inc., of Charlottesville, in Arlington County Court.
Doe claims she was sexually abused repeatedly by her “exorcist,” Thomas J. Euteneur, who was president of Human Life International and the HLI Endowment; Euteneur, however, is not named as an individual defendant.

…….. Doe says that her relationship with Euteneur began on Feb. 28, 2008, when she signed “a document entitled ‘Agreement for spiritual help.’ Among many other things, the document defines ‘deliverance’ as ‘the application of the spiritual resources of the Church to persons with demonic infestation in order to liberate them from the influence of unclean spirits.'”
Euteneur became her “deliverance minister,” and “The aforementioned documents included a requirement of ‘complete cooperation’ and travel to Euteneur’s offices at HLI,” according to the complaint.
Doe says that Euteneur told her “that her case was ‘severe.'”
For two months he touched her “in appropriate ways” in his offices, then in April 2008 told her “that he had received permission from the Diocese to perform the rite of exorcism,” Doe says.
On April 11, 2008, she says, “Euteneur began to hug the plaintiff while saying, ‘I wish I could go a lot further.’

And from there it just goes totally downhill.  The abuse was extensive and persistent, involving just about everything save actual…….I think you understand.  Not only that, Euteneuer attempted to cover his tracks by destroying incriminating evidence, or so the affidavit claims.

Well, now we finally know.  During all the scandal almost 2 years ago, my main point was that we didn’t have enough information to condemn (or exonerate) Fr. Euteneuer, although I must admit I was partial towards his innocence……or hoped he was.  But even in the last two years I’ve grown alot in the Faith and see the sickness that seems to attach itself to celebrity priesthood.  The devil has so many wiles and our nature is so weak, and celebrity and fame provide so many opportunities for a fall, I think it best if priests avoid this kind of fame like the plague.  But, then again, Saints like Anthony Marie Claret, Peter Julian Eymard, and John Vianney managed to pull it off.  It takes extraordinary cooperation with Grace, immense humility and, more than anything, a serious life of mortification.  Anthony Marie Claret walked all over Catalonia performing missions – he never rode a horse or in a carriage, as part of his mortification.

But in today’s Church, mortification is so little practiced that the vast majority of us, priests included, just don’t have that immense reserve of temperance, prudence, and humility needed to avoid falling into temptation and serious sin.

All those “old time” spiritual practices that have been so disregarded over the past several decades, often times despised as “medieval” or whatever, existed for a reason!  They are fundamental aspects of the interior life, and unless we practice them constantly, even severely, we are spiritually weak, even disfigured.  And I say that as someone who has never been good at mortification.  I’m an addict…….I don’t exactly practice temperance well.

I pray for Fr.’s Euteneuer, Corapi, and all “celebrity” priests.  It’s such a trap.  Prayer for priests is one of my foremost intentions.  But, I should redouble my efforts, for good, holy priests are absolutely, 100% vital for the life of the Church.  I also pray for those who suffered from any abuse committed by Euteneuer and any other priests…….the horror of such an experience – at the hands of a priest! – is unspeakable.

h/t culturewarnotes

UPDATE: I’m terminating comments on this post.  I don’t think the comments are particularly edifying.  We’ll have to wait for the trial, if there is one.  I pray for the alleged victim and Fr. Euteneuer and the entire Church.  We’re in a nightmare situation right now in the Church.  Read Fr. George David Byers regarding falsely accused priests.  But, many victims have suffered. As I said………nightmare…………..