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I don’t like cats…… June 26, 2012

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……but I think this is a very effective use of one.  Thanks to the reader who sent this in, this is awesome:

Now, if you could do this with swine, it could radically alter the balance of power in the Mideast.

Roger Ebert can’t comprehend Catholicism June 25, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, North Deanery, persecution, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Or history or sociology, for that matter.  Given his well known ‘progressive’ views, that’s hardly surprising.  But here are some things he had to say regarding the movie For Greater Glory (I add comments and emphasis):

It is well-made, yes, but has such pro-Catholic tunnel vision I began to question its view of events. One important subplot involves a 12-year-old boy choosing to die for his faith. Of course the federal troops who shot him were monsters, but the film seems to approve of his decision and includes him approvingly in a long list of Cristeros who have achieved sainthood or beatification after their deaths in the war………[He is in Heaven now for all eternity, enjoying the Beatific Vision, eternal bliss, and praying for those of us in the Church Militant.  So, while I deplore the persecution and the horrific barbarity perpetrated against this child or any other (see posts on abortion), I am glad that God has raised up yet another Saint for His Church.  Going to Heaven is the goal for all faithful Catholics – that is the point of our existence, to know, love, and serve God and be happy with Him in Heaven for all ages. That is how people who look to their eternal end, and not the illusive “pleasures” of this world, think.  Ebert does not seem to comprehend that]

……..President Calles (Ruben Blades), who can’t believe the Cristeros can possibly be successful, pursues the war beyond what seems to be all common sense. It’s one thing to enforce legal restraints on the Catholic Church and another — a riskier one — to order such extremes as sending all the bishops and foreign-born clergy out of the country and authorizing the murder of priests in their own churches. In an early sequence, Peter O’Toole plays a 77-year-old priest killed by the federales, and it is Jose, the altar boy who sees him die, who later becomes the martyr……….[Of course Calles pursued the persecution with such barbaric vigor – he was a committed enemy of Christ, a Bolshevist freemason who despised the Church and all it stands for.  He was a tool of satan who was the prime figure in unleashing one of the worst persecutions in Church history]

……..“For Greater Glory” is the kind of long, expensive epic not much made any more. It bears the hallmarks of being a labor of love.[It is, the producer spent much of his own money to finance the film] I suspect it’s too long for some audiences. It is also very heavy on battle scenes, in which the Cristeros seem to have uncannily good aim. But in its use of locations and sets, it’s an impressive achievement by director Dean Wright, whose credits include some of the effects on the “Lord of the Rings” films. If it had not hewed so singlemindedly to the Catholic view and included all religions under the banner of religious liberty, I believe it would have been more effective. [Given that Mexico was about 98% Catholic at the time, and also the small detail that Calles specifically did NOT persecute other forms of religion, you can sort of understand the film’s view.  In fact, Calles and his junta were glad to support the small protestant groups in Mexico since they helped him achieve his final end – the destruction of the Church in that country.  He actually gave preferential treatment to the protestant missionaries in Mexico during the Cristiada.  When you realize that this persecution was demonically inspired, that preferential treatment says a very great deal, doesn’t it?] If your religion doesn’t respect the rights of other religions, it is lacking something.

That was actually my main problem with the movie, to the extent I had one.  I felt that it was far too into generic “religious liberty” and freedom than it was the rights of the Church and the sovereign duty each nation holds to support and defend the Church – the Catholic Church – as the Church instituted by Christ as His Body on earth.  This is the traditional belief of the Faith, before modernism and Americanist ideas crept in to corrupt understanding of terms  like liberty and freedom.  Christ is both the temporal and eternal King.  He rules the entire earth.  All governments owe ultimate fealty to Christ.  To the extent they do that, they may be blessed, and to the extent they oppose the temporal reign of Christ the King, they may be cursed.  Or, it may serve God’s omniscient purpose to allow governments that hate and oppose the Church to stand for decades, although, in the end, they will all be destroyed from their infernal alliances and opposition to Christ.

So, the Cristiada, just like our current HHS contraception mandate and a thousand other issues big or small, are really not about religious liberty in the sense that it is commonly understood – the freedom to worship any way you please, no matter how erroneous – they were and are about the persecution of the one institution placed on earth to execute the eternal reign of Jesus Christ.  The Cristeros did not fight and die so that Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses could come and peel away 10% of Mexico’s Catholic population decades later – they died for Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified.  They died for a government that would help all its citizens achieve salvation through the only “way, truth, and life” that can achieve that end so beyond our human abilities.  That is the solemn duty each moral government upholds – to support and defend the One True Faith Christ placed on this earth for the salvation of all, even though only a bare few will accept Him.  That is the religious liberty Catholics held for centuries – the right to worship God in His Church and build a society or nation based on the Truth Christ reveals through that Church.  And that is why a notion of “religious liberty” that treats all religions the same is flawed, and was condemned by Pope Pius IX as a  grave error.

Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark June 25, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Tradition, Virtue.
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7pm, as usual.  Take a break from the heat and offer up a Communion of reparation, or any other worthy intention!

There is something so very right with this picture…….. June 25, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, silliness.
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……..and something so very, very wrong.  Can you guess what it is?

The photo was taken at Franciscan University at Steubenville, which, in spite of its reputation for orthodoxy, does have a heavy charismatic bent, or presence.  Or so I have read  and been told.

But, then again, I’m irascible.

Things don’t look good in Egypt June 25, 2012

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They may be badly erroneous Nestorians, but the Copts are still Christian in the land Mary and Joseph fled to in order to escape Herod’s demonic wrath.  If the Muslim Brotherhood takes over, however, it’s likely the number of Christians in Egypt will plummet:

The Brotherhood said Mohammed Morsi, leader of its political front the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), won a narrow but clear victory by a margin of 51.5 to 48.5 per cent of the votes, and would take up the reigns of office by June 30.

Its proclamation was challenged by Mr Morsi’s main rival, the former general Ahmed Shafiq, whose campaign manager accused the Brotherhood of “an act of piracy” and of using “totally false figures” to support its “hijacking” of the results.

State-run newspapers however, also gave the victory to Mr Morsi.

But as the polls closed, Egypt’s interim military government, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), quickly moved to take away much of the new president’s authority. In a late night announcement, it declared it would reserve legislative and budget powers for itself until a new parliament was elected.

The army’s statement was condemned by Egypt’s revolutionary activists, who last year fought to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak, as final proof that the country had returned to military dictatorship.

They won powerful backing when the United States, Egypt’s main military backer, stepped in. “We’re deeply concerned about new amendments to the constitution declaration, including the timing of their announcements,” a Pentagon spokesman, George Little, said.

“We support the Egyptian people and their expectation that the SCAF will transfer full power to a democratically elected civilian government.” [Jimmah Carter Mk. II is so entranced of “democracy,” that he’d rather have a murderous islamic regime which abhors everything the US represents in power than an icky military dictatorship that is at least nominal towards the US and, at the same time, isn’t filled with bloodlust to obliterate its neighbor]

Or, it could just be the muslim thing.  I think that’s a bit of it, but I think Obama was raised to have an antipathy towards just about everything that is “American,” or in America’s interests.  The “blame America first” mentality.  I think that’s just playing itself out in amateurish foreign policy.

And if a few millions Christians in Egypt get hurt in the process……..well, that’s just the breaks.

As nasty as Israel has been and is in dealing with Christians, they are a beacon of tolerance and understanding in a sea of seething hatred.

Daddy’s Little Princess June 25, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, sadness, sickness, Society.
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Having five princesses of my own, this one hurts, alot.  From LiveAction:

I wish I could believe that even something as emotive as this could garner a response from the pro-abort side, other than derision, but hard experience leads me to know better.  There is no human means to reach many, if not most, pro-aborts.  Prayer for them is about the only answer.  Grace alone seems to be effective.

Start Novena to Precious Blood today June 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Novenas, Tradition, Virtue.
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By the Voice of your Blood, O Jesus,
I would press you, solicit you, importune you.
Though you seem to reject my supplications
I will not leave your bleeding feet until you hear me.
Too many graces, too many mercies
flow from your Blood for me not to hope in its efficacy.

Then, O Jesus, 
by the Precious Blood
seven times shed for the welfare of all,
by each drop of that sacred price of our redemption,
by the tears of your immaculate mother, 
I imploe you,
hear my earnest prayer.

 (here specify your request)

O Jesus, during all the days of your mortal life 
you consoled so many sufferers, 
healed so many infirmities, 
raised so often a sinking courage, 
you will not fail to have pity 
on one who cries to you from the depths of anguish.  
Oh!  No, it is impossible.
Another profound sigh from my heart, 
and from the wound in your own 
there will flow to me upon a wave 
of your merciful Blood the grace so ardently desired.  
O Jesus, Jesus, 
hasten the moment when you will change my tears into joy, 
my sighs into thanksgiving.

Holy Mary, 
source of the divine Blood, 
I implore you not to lose this occasion 
of glorifying the Blood which made you immaculate.

Amen.

Holy Father – continue liturgical renewal June 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Papa, sadness, Tradition, Virtue.
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Via Ars Orandi, some comments by the Holy Father regarding liturgical renewal since the Second Vatican Council:

At the conclusion of the 50th Eucharistic Congress in Ireland, Pope Benedict urged ongoing liturgical renewal – as outlined by the Second Vatican Council – amid current misunderstandings and abuses.

At our distance today from the Council Fathers’ expressed desires regarding liturgical renewal, and in the light of the universal Church’s experience in the intervening period, it is clear that a great deal has been achieved; but it is equally clear that there have been many misunderstandings and irregularities,” he said in a video message to over 75,000 pilgrims in Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium on June 17. [Perhaps the Holy Father felt he had to make some positive statement regarding the state of the Liturgy since the Council, for political purposes.  I’m not sure that is advisable, if that is the case.  I am not certain what concrete examples the Holy Father would give that would demonstrate what has been achieved.  Statistically, things are bleak: 2/3 or more of Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence, the vast majority have no conception of the Mass as Sacrifice, Mass attendance has fallen dramatically, “active participation” has been gravely misinterpreted, and in many locales the Mass has much more in common with protestant services than with the Mass of All Ages.  I am not unclear as to what the Holy Father intended by his statement.  The part about abuses goes without saying.]

Not infrequently,” he added, “the revision of liturgical forms has remained at an external level, and ‘active participation’ has been confused with external activity. Hence much still remains to be done on the path of real liturgical renewal.” [That is of course correct.  But, is there something in the “reforms” themselves that lends towards this erroneous interpretation and the inordinate focus on external acts vice true interior participation?]

Although the liturgy should be “celebrated with great joy and simplicity,” it should also be conducted “as worthily and reverently as possible,” he said. [Simplicity…….does that mean that the Liturgy prior to the Council was excessively complex?  I think it’s the simplest thing in the world.]

In his eight and a half minute address, the Pope explained that the Council Fathers had wanted to renew the external forms of the Mass so as to “make it easier to enter into the inner depth of the mystery,” and therefore “lead people to a personal encounter with the Lord, present in the Eucharist.” [Again……is this what has happened?  Do the faithful today experience this “encounter?”  1/3 of Catholics don’t even believe in the Resurrection.  Why is belief so poor and so totally wrong, and why is the collapse so universal.  I’m not Church history expert, but my reading leads me to believe that the collapse in personal faith is the greatest the Church has ever experienced.  I am reminded of the statement…… do not meddle in the affairs of dragons…..]

………..Touching upon the troubled recent history of the Church in Ireland, the Pope said the “mystery” as to why some clerics would abuse those in their care can perhaps be explained by the fact that “their Christianity was no longer nourished by joyful encounter with Jesus Christ: it had become merely a matter of habit.” [Or, they never had a true vocation and entered the priesthood due to an environment they perceived as being friendly to their predilections?]

This was precisely the attitude, he said, that the Council had wanted to overcome so as to “rediscover the faith as a deep personal friendship with the goodness of Jesus Christ.”

I’m really not sure about those last two statements.  There is a connection there between the abuse and the pre-Vatican II Church that I think is unwarranted.   The worst and most prolific abuse occurred in the 70s and 80s, even if it did get fired up in a serious way in the late 50s.  Perhaps there is some truth there.  I am not comfortable with the picture drawn, however…..the Faith, mechanical as it may have been in some quarters, was generally much more vibrantly practiced than it is today.  It all gets back to that “razing the bastions” mentality……

Prayer for the Holy Father on our behalf should be constant.

General Mills announces support for gays simulating marriage…… June 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society.
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….. and the state recognition thereof.  I never cared for Cheerios, anyway, and the Malt O’Meal cereals in a bag are way cheaper:

Minnesota-based food giant General Mills has publicly come out in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

Currently same-sex “marriage” is against the law in Minnesota. However, in November, Minnesotans will vote on the amendment which would insert the true definition of marriage in the state constitution, making it much more difficult to introduce gay “marriage” in the future.

According to a post put up Thursday, June 14 on the General Mills company blog by Ken Charles, vice president of global diversity and inclusion, “General Mills CEO Ken Powell on Wednesday addressed 400 local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender professionals and announced that the company opposes the amendment.”

“While General Mills doesn’t normally take positions on ballot measures, this is a business issue that impacts our employees,” [Please…….so, only this ballot measure affects your employees?  What about ballot measures to raise taxes?  Change gun ownership laws?  Whatever?  What a crock] Charles said in his post. “I am proud to see our company join the ranks of local and national employers speaking out for inclusion. We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy – and as a Minnesota-based company, we oppose it.”

“Obviously, there are strongly held views on both sides,” Charles said. “We acknowledge those views, including those on religious grounds. We respect and defend the right of others to disagree. But we truly value diversity and inclusion—and that makes our choice clear. General Mills’ mission is Nourishing Lives. Not just some. But all.”

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a major advocate for the marriage amendment, blasted the General Mills Corporation for effectively declaring a “war on marriage” with its own customers.

“Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is profoundly in the common good, and it is especially important for children,” said Brown.

I did sort of like WheatChex, though.  Oh, well……..I can do without.  Good bye, General Mills.

You can tell them what you think here.

Mexican Catholic folk art June 22, 2012

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I’ve developed an interest over the past month or so in Mexican Catholic folk art, especially that dating from the 19th century.  There are several kinds of folk art that are most well known – nichos, which are little niches for pictures of Saints or statuary, crucifixes, etc, and retablos, which were color paintings on tin.  There are a number of dealers around, but, apparently, these are “hot” item for secular collectors so finding them for the faithful Catholic home can be expensive.  There are also some newly made ones of varying quality that are either just plain new in appearance, or given a fake antique appearance.  Those are cheaper, but, the quality on some is rather questionable.  Anyway, some examples.

Nichos:

That is actually sort of a nicho/retablo combo.

This is a pretty high quality retablo:

To give you an idea of the price, this California dealer wants $1250 for the above!

There are also similar art works called ex-votos which were generally somewhat amateurish paintings, also usually on tin, commissioned by people in thanksgiving to the Blessed Mother or Jesus or some Saint for getting them out of some kind of trouble, or answering some particular prayer:

I don’t think the above scene needs much explanation.  It dates from the Mexican revolution, when persecution was rampant, already, even before the Cristero war, proper.

 

Maybe one of my readers could help set me up with a Mexican source where I could buy these without the markup!  If I could get some really nice art that was sufficiently large, I’d donate it to a church.  If not, it will go in our prayer corner.  Don’t nobody touch that first one, it’s mine!

The sad thing is, as I said, these are largely winding up in the hands of sexular collectors and not in the homes or parishes of faithful Catholics.  I would like to see that change.  It is likely that a good deal of this Mexican Catholic folk art was ripped out of churches and homes during the Cristiada – especially some of the fine art I’ve seen at certain collector sites that is plainly from a parish (paintings 5′ x 6′, etc).  That forms my desire to see such beautiful art returned to parish life, like the 18th century painting below: