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Liturgical Disaster August 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, priests, sadness, scandals.
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I got this from Eponymous Flower.  What can you say about this, which apparently occurred at something akin to a Quincanera in Brazil?:

Young female holding up consecrated Host during Agnes Dei.  Good grief Fr. Inclusive, get a better mic.  This is not just an abuse.  I would say its sacrilegious.  It is things like this that drive many people to seek out traditional parishes where things like this are never tolerated.

Young female administering BOTH forms of Communion to her father.  Leaving aside the enormous problem of Communion in the hand, has this 15  year old been through the very rigorous [oh it’s so rigorous you have no idea!  Ummm…..] training required to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion?  Is this dress considered sufficiently modest to take the very Lord of the Universe into one’s hands and then distribute it to another?

Brazil, like Mexico, used to be one of the most stalwart Catholic nations in the world, but in the last 50 years or so, the Faith has been gutted by modernism, secular humanism, and general leftism to reduce it to a paltry shadow of its former self.  What is left is, quite literally, just the outward form of faith, frequently twisted and abused as we see here.  The very stuff of faith, the real life-changing belief, is all but gone.  That is what a worldly, materialist focus in religion does – it destroys faith.  Faith grows by rejecting the ways of the world, growing in virtue, fighting against our many faults and sins – in essence, focusing on the spiritual aspects of life, the interior life.  A religion focused largely on “solving” worldly problems like hunger or poverty or world peace or whatever misses all of that, and what is left is a false shell of religion.

I was at Mass yesterday again in San Antonio.  I have written of the pervasive problems in that Diocese before – the problems are very, very grave. I will talk about this a great deal on the radio tomorrow night.  But for now, I will only note that of all the intercessory prayers made after the recitation of the Creed, all but one were entirely materialist in nature (including one to help people get out of debt!), and none were about true interior conversion.  And don’t get me started on the sermon, where we learned that “Jesus disappoints us a lot!”

San Antonio is an Archdiocese, like Los Angeles and others, with a very heavy hispanic population and influence.  I have noted that dioceses with this influence tend to be more heterodox or generally problematic.  Much of that stems from the collapse of the Faith in Mexico, after decades of horrific persecution and, of course, the shift in focus after the last council, which the Church in Mexico embraced with gusto.  Catholics who emigrate from Mexico to the US frequently bear the marks of very strong charismatic/protestant influences.  I think this plays a part in the problems in San Antonio.  Again, more tomorrow night.

God willing, that is!

Don’t get too excited about this poll August 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, error, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I have seen reported in a number of places an American Life League (ALL) poll that purports to show that Catholic “support” for Obama is falling rapidly.  From the ALL website:

Washington, D.C. – Between August 15-19 of this year, American Life League commissioned a nationwide telephone survey of 900 self-identified Catholic registered voters. The focus of the survey was Catholic perspectives on the Church and nation. Below are some of the results of the survey.

Only 27 percent of the Catholics surveyed support President Obama. Of those surveyed, 74 percent of Catholic men over the age of 50 do not support Obama, while Obama support among Catholic men under 50 years is only 25 percent. With Catholic women over the age of 50, the president’s support is only 23 percent, with just 31 percent among Catholic women under 50 years.

Well, what do they mean by “support?”  What question was asked?  Most presidential election polls ask if the person surveyed plans to vote for a given person for President, not whether they “support” them.  That could mean almost anything.

I’ve seen other polls that actually show with a slight lead among Catholics – statistically insignificant from the results of the 2008 election, when Catholics went for Obama, incredibly, 54-46.

Further, it is rare for a politically diverse group like the Catholic Church to skew so heavily for, or against, any individual candidate.  I like the idea of tremendous Catholic opposition to Obama, but doubt it is realistic.  It is likely leading questions were asked like “Do you support Obama’s assault on the rights of the Church through the HHS mandate?,” or similar.

I have found ALL’s efforts against abortion, CCHD, and other areas very useful, but this feels like a push poll.  It may well be helpful to the cause, but I doubt it – the vast majority of Catholics never get on blogs or go to sites like ALL, and will never see this data.


Marriage made and ruled by God August 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, Interior Life, Sacraments, scandals, Tradition, Virtue.
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From the awesome This Is The Faith by Canon Ripley:

Marriage was  made by God Himself when He created Adam and Eve. “A man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall be two in one flesh.” (Gen 2:24).

Matrimony comes from two Latin words, matris and munus, meaning the duty of motherhood. The very name indicates God’s purpose in instituting marriage. [Which is, big surprise, procreation.  Certain modernist beliefs aside, the Church has always believed the prime end of marriage is procreation.  Yes, there is a unitive aspect, but this end is inferior to the procreative end.  I, striving to agree with the Fathers of the Church and belief through about 1950,  would argue it is markedly so.]

That is the first thing we must remember about marriage-that God made it. What God made, God governs. [this sentence just obliterates all arguments in favor of having government redefine what marriage means]Therefore, the law made by God in regard to marriage cannot be wrong, unreasonable, or too difficult. He, the infinitely wise and good God, made marriage for the good of the man, the woman and the children, and for the happiness of the family, the good of the state and the well-being of the human race. Thus, to violate God’s Law in marriage can only result in injury to all those whom God intended to benefit by His Law. [and thus, insane redefinitions of marriage by the state, including such depravities as gay “marriage,” polygamy, bestiality, and abuse of children are direct assaults on the rights of the Church and God Himself.  This entire so-called gay marriage movement is just one giant blasphemy]

At the same time, men are free to marry or not to marry; they are free in choosing their partner in marriage. But once the marriage contract has been freely entered into, the parties to it are subject to the laws of God governing marriage. [If you took the average faithful priest from, say, the 1940s and showed him the number of annulments processed in the Church today, he would assume that either there has been a great collapse in law and order and mass abductions for literally rapacious purposes were commonplace, or that something had gone extremely wrong in the Church.  This is not a trivial matter.  The Code of Canon Law  and the tribunal process both desperately need reform.  And sentimentality is not “pastoral.”]

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Amazing clarity!  Isn’t it terrific to see totally straightforward definitions of Church belief, without waffling or modernist caveats?   And only 60 years ago!  It is truly disheartening that the vast majority of parishes, seminaries, universities, etc., absolutely refuse to use any catehechetical materials from prior to 1965 or so.  In fact, if you tell Ms. So and So or Deacon Fred at the local parish that you are using the Baltimore Catechism to teach your kids, prepare to be told you just CAN’T use such a terrible, out of date resource!  You may even be threatened with denial of the Sacrament for your child if you insist!  Don’t you know clarity is divisive?!  Don’t you know it is “hurtful,” even “judging?!”

And don’t get them started on the horrors of “negative ecclesiology!”  Which just happens to wipe out Augustine, Ferrer, Jerome, Canisius, etc., etc.

Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark August 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
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There will be Novus Ordo Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark in Plano at 7 pm.  No Mass next week due to Labor Day.

Dominus vobiscum!

God speed, Neil Armstrong August 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Society.
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I was pretty amazed to learn over the weekend that Neil Armstrong had died.  Commander of Apollo 11 and first man to walk on the moon, Armstrong was sort of a strange bird in the astronaut corps in that he was rather quiet and reserved and shunned publicity to a marked degree.  His being the first man to walk on the moon was a quirk of fate, and while he was a very qualified pilot and engineer he did not possess any qualities over and above other astronauts that qualified him to be first.  Others like Pete Conrad, Jim Lovell, and especially Tom Stafford might have been even more qualified.  But Neil Armstrong benefited from Deke Slayton’s crew assignment rotation system and the Apollo 1 fire to wind up commander of Apollo 11.

Armstrong had a long and storied career prior to his famous moon walk.  He was a Navy fighter pilot during the Korean War, and then joined the then-NACA (National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics) flight test program at Edwards AFB, California.  He flew the X-15 a few times, then moved on to the Air Force manned space program before moving to NASA with the second group of astronauts selected in 1962.  There were a number of adventures in the X-15, including a flight where he flew the longest X-15 mission ever after blowing his re-entry from space and skipping off the upper reaches of the atmosphere, overflying Edwards by 80 miles and winding up over the Rose Bowl in LA before he managed to get the ship turned around and pointed at Edwards, barely making a landing.

Being a huge fan of the early space program and a student of the lives of many of the astronauts in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, Armstrong was always something of an enigma.  He did not possess a larger than life personality like some of the astronauts, nor did he carefully craft a public image like Cernan and others.  As I said, he shunned the spotlight and did his best to keep a low profile, even going so far as to stop signing autographs when he figured out people were selling them for money.

He died of complications from atherosclerosis, blocked coronary arteries.  He was 82.

Below is a video on the Gemini 8 mission, in which Armstrong and Dave Scott completed the first space docking ever made. Unfortunately, a thruster on their Gemini spacecraft got stuck in the open (firing) position, forcing them to make an early abort and emergency landing.  He and Scott bobbed in 8-10 foot swells for hours before being picked up.  Both got very sick (especially Scott).  Neil Armstrong flew in space twice, on Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 (none of his X-15 flights qualified for astronaut wings).

Armstrong was not religious.  He described himself as a “deist.”  Resquiat in pacem.

Patrick Madrid to speak at Mater Dei in Irving Sept. 8 August 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, sickness, Society, Virtue.
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Noted Catholic speaker Patrick Madrid will be giving a presentation at Mater Dei parish in Irving, TX on Friday, September 8 at 7pm.  It costs $11,500 to get in the door.  I’m just kidding!  I believe it’s free.  The topic is the “Godless Delusion: A Critique of Modern Atheism.”  I must say,  atheism needs a great deal of critiquing.

It should be a good talk.  The description reads as follows:

In recent years, militant atheists have been stepping up their attacks on belief the existence of God using books, the media, the Internet, etc., to shake the faith of believers. This talk offers a robust philosophical critique of the central atheist presupposition: Naturalism, the worldview which holds that everything that exists is material and, therefore, nothing immaterial (such as God, angels, human souls) can possibly exist. After listening to this seminar, Catholics can effectively respond to and refute typical atheist arguments in a way that is charitable yet uncompromising.

Go get equipped to fight militant atheism and defend the Faith!

PS – All men must have mustaches to enter.