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Lefty girl praying for schism August 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, foolishness, Four Last Things, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.
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A self-described “girl” in Austin wants her some schism, so she can have her “social justice church.”  She doesn’t want icky “conservatives” (read: faithful Catholics) messing up her hip “social justice” vibe, with awesome dinner parties and endless wine (I am not making this up!).  You should check out her piece. She mostly seems to want the usual, banal things: womyn priestessesses, gay “marriage,” contraception, abortion, left wing government policies, etc, etc.  The same tired garbage we’ve heard for years.  I sort of ranted a bit at her. I meant to try to shock her from her malaise, but I doubt I will have the intended effect.  There is no soul more difficult to convert than the invincibly ignorant catholyc who is totally convinced that their political preferences masquerading as Catholic principles are completely, totally orthodox.  I might talk about this tonight, if I get the chance, too.

Here is the conclusion, describing her “dream chyrch” (I add emphasis and comments):

For decades I prayed that the Catholic Church would evolve, but not anymore. Now I’m holding out for a schism, instead. We’ll be the Social Justice Catholic Church and they can be the Conservative Catholic Church. [No….we’ll just be the Catholic Church, One, Holy, and Apostolic, thank you very much]

We’ll take Melinda Gates, Stephen Colbert, all of the Kennedys, Sonia Sotomayor, John Kerry and, yes (because we have a sense of humor), even Joe Biden.  Oh — and for edgy vibe, we’ll take Jack White. The Conservative Catholics can have Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan and Justice Antonin Scalia.  [ummm……you know the Church is present in every country of the world, and not just the US, right?  Talk about putting the Church in a box…..of your own making]

In the Social Justice Catholic Church, there will be no more of this nonsense over contraception. Once we’ve put that non-issue to rest, we’ll be freed up to tackle other non-issues, too — like marriage and gender equality.  [Do you think she accepts what Jesus Christ said about divorce?]

In the Social Justice Catholic Church, everyone will be treated equally — men, women, gay or straight. And everyone will be allowed to marry, even priests. And speaking of priests, no one will be disqualified from being one based on gender or sexual orientation. Priest shortage? What priest shortage?  [Yes, having female clergy has solved ALL the episcopal’s problems……]

So, what makes the Social Justice Catholic Church different from any other inclusive and reasonable church, like the Unitarian Church, for example? Two thousand years’ worth of rituals and accessories, that’s what. We’re keeping all of the cool incense burners, water-sprinkler thingies, holy days, saints and sacraments. Oh, and the wine. We’re definitely keeping the wine.  [Is this supposed to be funny?  Do you think she believes in the Real Presence?  Do you think she really values liturgical traditions like this?]

Now let’s talk facilities. I’ve been to the Vatican, and it’s huge. We can divide that thing straight down the middle and still have plenty of room for both groups. The Conservative Catholics can have Pope Benedict, but I call dibs on John Paul II’s crypt. I know JP Deuce made some mistakes (papal infallibility notwithstanding), but I liked him. I guess you could say he had me at (Polish trade union) solidarity.    [I told this woman she was a worldly materialist.  My comment, though harsh, stands]

And as long as we’re dividing things up, I guess we’re going to need separate quarters in heaven, too. Clarence Thomas doesn’t say much and that makes him easy enough to tune out, but there’s no way I’m spending eternity listening to Sean Hannity[Hannity has his own problems.  In Heaven, we won’t be concerned about such triflings]

I may not live to see the day when everyone is treated with basic human dignity and enjoys access to modern medicine here on earth. But after the schism, at least I can take comfort knowing that’s what awaits me in Social Justice Catholic heaven. [as I said, a total materialist – she cannot conceive of things that are not created, not of substance, not material]

And with marriage equality and contraception flowing freely, I’m betting Jesus, his 12 “go-to” guys and his home girl Mary Magdalene will all be there, too. [Please…….Jesus, who came to fulfill, to perfect the law, is going to repudiate it by endorsing so-called gay marriage.]

With that guest list, you know the dinner parties in Social Justice Catholic Heaven will be as fabulous as they are endless — with bottomless glasses of wine and a place at the table for everyone. [AA can help.  Furthermore, simply because the Church does not bend to the will of current day secular humanist leftists, does not mean there is not “a place at the table for everyone.”  Christ came to save all.  But He knew many – like this woman – would reject Him and His Church.  It is a tragedy of incalculable proportions.  But that is our fallen nature, and we all struggle against the same impulses that lead us to reject Christ and His Church.  I pray for this woman, Chistina]


Just an average week in persecuting Christians August 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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It is true that today we have access to worldwide sources of news that people could only have dreamed of 20 years ago.  As such, many stories make it to us via our computers that we never would have seen or heard before.  Having said that, I cannot recall a time in my life when Christians were so under attack all over the world.  Just from the past week:

These are dark times indeed.  I put in the last bit, because the former events are not unrelated to the final one.

Why divorce is forbidden…. August 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, error, General Catholic, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, silliness, Society.
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…..and always wrong, in fact an impossibility between two Catholics.  From Canon Francis Ripley’s This Is The Faith, pp.344-345 (yes, I know I’ve been hitting this hard of late.  So be it.):

A marriage between baptized persons, which has been consummated, can be dissolved by no human authority whatsoever.  In that case, divorce is absolutely impossible. But the prohibition of divorce is not a specifically Catholic or even a specifically Christian doctrine. It rests primarily on the Natural Law, which binds the whole of humanity. Everything which tends to frustrate the primary end of marriage [procreation] is obviously unnatural. A state of affairs in which married people could separate and remarry at will or by caprice would obviously militate strongly against the proper education of the offspring of the broken marriages. The present-day prevalence of divorce has reduced marriage almost to such a state [And this was written 60 years ago.  Imagine what Canon Ripley would think of not only the state of marriage in our time, but the fact that nearly as many children are now born out of wedlock as in.  And this in the United States!] .  Laws have become lenient, collusion is prevalent, and the very number of divorce cases before the courts makes a proper consideration of them impossible.

But, even though the granting of divorce were restricted to the narrowest limits, it would still be against the Natural Law because of the very fact of the existence of the possibility of the dissolution of a marriage tends to deflect the care of parents from their children, [Is divorce frequently a selfish act for which the children suffer most?] to encourage the parents to practice birth prevention[interesting point – has the divorce culture led to greater use of contraception?  And we know that contraception begets abortion, ergo….] and to be less careful in regard to conduct liable to cause friction between them. [I don’t think there is any question this is the case] If the conviction is always there that, whatever happens, divorce is impossible, differences will be glossed over and forbearance and patience encouraged. [I’m sure that some would respond…..but what about cases of abuse, or neglect?  While such cases make up the minority of divorces, by far, they do exist.  In that case, separation is allowed.  But a validly consummated marriage between two baptized Christians can never be dissolved] Moreover, if it is known that the possibility for divorce exists, even in a very limited way, young people contemplating marriage will be less careful in the choice of partner than in the case where they know there is no escape from a contract once it is ratified and consummated.[I think this  may be an increasingly likely factor today] If divorce were allowed for misconduct, it would be practically an encouragement to adultery. [and adultery rates have skyrocketed, especially among women. Some data indicate  married women are not committing adultery more than married men]

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Then, leaving aside the natural law, we have Christ’s clear teaching on the matter from the inspired and inerrant Word of God:

Matt 5:31-32
Matt 19:6
Matt 19:8-10
Mark 10:11-12
Luke 16:18
Rom 7:3
1 Cor 7:10-11

Christ clearly states, and St. Paul confirms, that marriage can never end in divorce.

None of this addresses the issue of annulments, which process is serially abused in this country.

Gotta go!  All day training M-Wed this week!

Archbishop Cordileone arrested for DWI August 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals.
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That’s what we call it here in Texas – Driving While Intoxicated, not Driving Under the Influence.  That’s a separate category for those stoned on non-alcoholic drugs.

Not good.  Archbishop Cordileone has already apologized, but man this is bad:

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who was appointed head of the San Francisco archdiocese on July 27 and is scheduled to be installed on October 4, has apologized for the “disgrace” caused by his August 25 arrest on drunk-driving charges.

“While visiting in San Diego this past weekend, I had dinner at the home of some friends along with a priest friend visiting from outside the country and my mother, who lives near San Diego State University,” he said. “While driving my mother home, I passed through a DUI checkpoint the police had set up near the SDSU campus before I reached her home, and was found to be over the California legal blood alcohol level.”

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself,” he continued. “I will repay my debt to society and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this.”

There but for the Grace of God could of gone I on about 2000 occasions.   In fact, I got lucky on a half dozen or more occasions – one of the benefits of being able to hide my intoxication too well.  And I might argue with the arbitrary and very low BAC levels that now cause criminal offense in this country, the fruit of a certain hysteria whipped up in the 80s by groups of mad mothers.  There is a huge difference between blowing a .08 after 3 glasses of wine and a .28 after a hard night (or day!) of drinking.  Still, one in the kind of position Archbishop Cordileone is in should know better.

Pray for your bishop and all the bishops you know of!  Yes, the crisis in the Church today is one that starts at the top, and our episcopal leadership has seemingly let us down on myriad occasions, but that is just all the more reason to pray for your bishop and others.  We desperately need men of heroic virtue in the episcopate.  I pray this is just a one off, accidental event for Archbishop Cordileone and not the sign of a larger problem.

Meanwhile, almost a year later, El Paso still waits.

On the radio tonight! August 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, fun, General Catholic.
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I’m back on the radio tonight on Fidelis Radio, which, by the way, has open ad spots at incredible rates that reach an audience far larger than a lot of broadcast radio stations!  Make your business boom by advertising on Fidelis Radio!

No guest tonight, but Thursday I have Fr. Michael Rodriguez on.  I’m also working on another high profile guest for next week!

Listen to the show here!