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I, for one, am gratified……. August 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, sickness, Society, Tradition, unadulterated evil, Virtue.
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……that the radical feminist punk band that invaded the holiest Cathedral in all Russia and desecrated a Mass with their anti-religious pogrom/performance, have been sentenced to a serious jail term in Russia – probably one of the last countries in the world one would want to serve time in.  I am gratified because it shows that the Russians are perhaps taking their religion seriously, and do not want to see it desecrated in some kind of radical performance art.  While most in the anti-Christian western media are appalled that a sentence like this would be handed down for something they at least tacitly support (hostility to Christianity being endemic in our media today, with Christians like the Family Research Council essentially having no rights because we go against sexular hedonist “wisdom”), I think it is time that Christians begin to defend – vigorously, our rights to exist and to have a profound voice – the leading voice – in the culture.  A far-fetched dream it may now seem, but it wasn’t too long ago that such was the case throughout all the “developed” world.

It should also be noted, that not only was this assault on the Orthodox Church reminiscent of the terrible persecution that Church suffered at the hands of the communists, but even today in the Ukraine, as Rorate Caeli points out, there was an act of persecution in the Church when a Crucifix that was erected in memory of the many martyrs who suffered under Stalin was cut down by feminist demonstrators showing their support for further attacks against Christianity and the feminist punk band just sentenced.

Yes, there are ostensible political overtones to some of this, with Putin’s tight allegiance with the Orthodox Church forming much of his power base, but would we see these protestors act so “bravely” in a mosque?  I think not.

The point is, perhaps it is time that there begin to be costs associated with such attacks against Christianity.  Yes, we are called to be meek and to turn the other cheek, but not to the point of allowing our most sacred symbols and acts to be vilified, mocked, and destroyed.  In spite of what many on the “progressive” side of things try to tell us, Christ was no pacifist.  He did not order soldiers to lay down their arms.  Christ was very willing to fight for what was right and true, and did so when he drove the moneychangers from the temple.

This is the kind of ecumenism I can get behind!

Weekend Reading – Bishop Morlino’s good counsel on lay mission in the political arena August 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, North Deanery, persecution, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, WI took the opportunity of one of his flock being named Vice Presidential candidate (Paul Ryan) to further elucidate, once again, Catholic principles when it comes to the political arena.  No real ground-breaking stuff, here, but he does make clear that Catholics cannot vote in good conscience for any candidate who espouses views that are intrinsically evil – like support for abortion, so-called same sex marriage, contraception, and the like.  But there are many areas where Catholics can disagree on the application of prudential judgment to addressing various issues of the day – the best way to care for the poor, stimulate the economy, etc.  This guidance is remarkable in its clarity and and concision, saying in several hundred words much more effectively and clearly than the many thousands of words wasted in the execrable “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” the USCCB’s “official” voter’s guide for the 2008 election, still in effect here in 2012.  That sad document equivocated terribly on which issues were really critical in dealing with intrinsic evils, and which were matters of prudential judgment.  The fact that such a document was the “best” the USCCB can produce at the moment reveals the very sad state of affairs in the episcopate, where far too often political allegiances cloud or even trump essential Catholic Truth.

The document is here.

Thanks to reader JLG for sending me the link.

Please pray for Bishop Morlino, and for all bishops, to cooperate with Grace so that they develop heroic virtue.  In the present crisis and coming persecution, we need men like Anthony Marie Claret, Charles Borromeo, Francis de Sales, and Giuseppe Sarto, not waffling shepherds who are more concerned about political considerations and PR fallout than with total subjection to God’s Will.

Deo Gratias August 17, 2012

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Thanks to all for your many prayers and well wishes.  I can feel the effects of the many prayers being offered.  I am really in pretty good shape now, no major after effects although I’d say my heart still feels a bit jumpy.  What I had was an episode of an arrhythmia – their not fully sure if it was supraventricular tachycardia or atrial fibrillation.  Unfortunately, there was no EKG of the worst part of the event – the very beginning, the first 3 or 4 minutes when my heart was just beating crazy irregularly.  Man, it was nuts.  I kinda freaked out, because it was just totally irregular.

Anyway, they tried a couple things to get my heart to break out of the arrhythmia, and then gave me a couple doses of a medicine that stopped my heart briefly and was very unpleasant to go through.  The second time, it worked.  No major problems since then, Deo Gratias.  I’ve got to say, I did not feel prepared to meet my Lord yesterday, nor do I want to leave my wife and kids without a husband and father just yet.  I started calming down a bit when I started saying Hail Mary’s.

So, blogging may be light for a while.  I actually came into work this morning sort of at my wife’s behest, but they’re telling me not to come back until I have a formal doctor’s release.

Anyhoo, I’m pretty much back to normal, but I surely appreciate your prayers and well-wishes.


Useless, stupid Catholic Climate Covenant….. August 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, silliness.
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…..which is funded in part by Catholic Charities, the USCCB, CRS, and a whole alphabet soup of other “progressive” Church organizations (including some religious orders like the Carmelite NGO and a Franciscan group), is distributing a film to be shown in parishes and other Catholic venues.  The film in Sun Come Up, which is about an ongoing climate-change scam, in which those living on islands which are allegedly sinking due to global warming cooling climate change weather are re-located to less “threatened” areas at UN or other taxpayer expense.  The film is a sob story intended to elicit further support for ostensible climate change.

The only problem is, there is no evidence of rising sea levels, and a 2010 study done in New Zealand showed that a number of Pacific Islands have actually grown in area over the past several decades.   What is actually occurring, is that impoverished island nations – mostly in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans – are playing on climate change fears of many in numerous progressive governmental and non-governmental organizations to secure international funding.  This movie is, unwittingly or not,   aiding in the commission in what is little more than a scam.

And the Catholic Climate Covenant (so important, it’s a “Covenant,” almost a Sacrament!) happily plays right along, uncritically accepting the most outlandish claims (Pacific Islands “sinking!”  Tahiti under water!), even though, as I said, there is no evidence for these claims.  In fact, very low lying reefs and bars in the Pacific, like Kingman Reef and French Frigate Shoals, are actually more exposed now than they were during WWII.  Anthony Watt just released evidence a few weeks ago that again cast great doubt on the accuracy of temperature measurements taken not in Third World countries with dubious scientific methods, but even here in the United States.

Even if “global warming” were, in fact, occurring, and even to the scale that the worst alarmists panic about, is this really an issue the Church needs to address?  Given the complete collapse of faith among so many Catholics, declining Mass attendance in many countries, much of Central and South America falling away from the Faith at a rate never seen before….is this what the Church really needs to focus on?  If 1/10th the effort were spent addressing and eliminating abuses in the liturgy as are spent on all these various progressive causes, we should have some very holy, reverent Masses to assist at.  Let alone the desperate straits of catechesis, where huge numbers of Catholics either don’t know or don’t accept extremely basic aspects of the Faith like, oh, the Resurrection, the Real Presence, Purgatory, etc., etc.

What we need right now is a Church focuses with laser-like focus on addressing the collapse in the Faith, and doing all that is possible in cooperation with Grace to remedy that collapse, rather than spending so much time, money, and effort on temporal concerns.  I pray for this great shift to occur very soon, but experience tells me I’ll be maintaining these prayers for a long time to come.