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A short post on the insanity of our present government September 18, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sickness, Society.
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I’m not sure Ben Stain really said this, but it’s very good:

Paradoxical Quote of The Day From Ben Stein:

“Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured… but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.”

Now add this, “Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.”

Think about it when you vote in November !

Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity….. September 18, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, Dallas Diocese, demographics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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……except to love God and serve Him alone.  How far has our de-Christianized culture fallen?  Mothers/parents are now willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars – and have untold dozens, scores, or even hundreds of fertilized embryos destroyed – to achieve their “dream” of having a baby of a certain sex, in these cases, a girl.  I add emphasis and comments below…….

Simpson, a labor and delivery nurse at a hospital north of Toronto, was surprised when her first child, born in 2002, was a boy. That’s okay, she thought. The next one will be a girl.

Except it wasn’t. Two years later, she gave birth to another boy. [How dare God fool her like that!]

Desperate for a baby girl, Simpson and her husband drove four hours to a fertility clinic in Michigan. Gender selection is illegal in Canada [a rare instance of Canadian law being sensical, but in this case, the law was put in place due to immigrant families having a strong preference for male children], which is why the couple turned to the United States. They paid $800 for a procedure that sorts sperm based on the assumption that sperm carrying a Y chromosome swim faster in a protein solution than sperm with an X chromosome do.

Simpson was inseminated with the slower sperm that same day. Fifteen weeks later, she asked a colleague at the hospital to sneak in an after-hours ultrasound. The results felt like a brick landing on her stomach: another boy.

I lay in bed and cried for weeks,” said Simpson, now 36, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy. She took a job in the operating room so she would no longer have to work with women who were giving birth to girls. [Do you see how everything – e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. – revolves around mom?]

Simpson and her husband talked about getting an abortion, but she decided to continue with the pregnancy. [Well, thank Heaven they didn’t]

……[the article then goes on to discuss the business of boutique babies and sex-selective in-vitro fertilization ad nauseum]…….

In May 2008, Simpson and her husband traveled to California to undergo PGD [pre-implantation genetic diagnosis – ick] at the Laguna Hills branch of the Huntington Reproductive Center. There, she met up with some of the women she had made friends with online. “We went shopping and picked out girly clothes and dreamed of the day we could have a baby to wear them,” Simpson recalled. [Umm……]

Three days after arriving in California, Simpson underwent egg retrieval surgery. Eighteen eggs were retrieved; of these, 11 were mature and were fertilized.

Her husband left after the surgery to return home and take care of their three boys. After resting for five days, Simpson returned to the clinic for her embryo transfer.

She was met with devastating news: all of her embryos were found to be chromosomally abnormal. None were useable.

“I cried. And cried some more,” recalled Simpson. “All that money, the drugs, the travel, time off work. The money.” [Money that could have been used for something more reliable, like a new Lexus!]

Despite the financial and emotional setbacks, she wanted to try again, soon. Three months later, she was back in Laguna Hills, this time to try a more sophisticated sperm-sorting method plus in-vitro fertilization. She had taken out $15,000 on a line of credit to pay for the second attempt.

This time, the embryos were good to go.* An ultrasound was used to guide a catheter containing the embryos into her uterus. Six days later, Simpson took a pregnancy test. It was positive.

When she was 15 weeks pregnant, she asked a friend at work to once again sneak her into an after-hours ultrasound. Simpson was anxious, haunted by the memory of her last ultrasound.

But this time, it was different. She was pregnant with a girl.

After nearly four years and $40,000, Simpson’s dreams of being a “girl-mommy” were finally going to come true.

Simpson gave birth to her daughter during a home delivery in her bathtub in 2009. “The moment she was born, I asked if it was still a girl,” she recalled.

Simpson had to work six days a week right up until the delivery and months afterward to repay the loan she took.

My husband and I stared at our daughter for that first year. She was worth every cent. Better than a new car, or a kitchen reno.” [Well, I think that about sums it up.  This is selfishness – narcissism – taken to its hideous extreme.  A child compared to a new car, or a kitchen renovation.  What makes this “Mrs. Simpson” tick?  Material things, objects to possess.  In this case, she was determined to possess a little girl, and nothing – not biology, not money, and certainly not GOD, was going to stop her.  She wanted a girl, dangit, and she was going to have one.  That pretty much sums up our culture today – we want what we want when we want it (this instant), and to hell with everything that gets in our way.  We have now commodified children.  Which only makes sense, as we have arrogated to ourselves the right to murder millions of children, largely for reasons of inconvenience, in addition to preventing the birth of untold billions through contraception.  May God have mercy on us]

Much of the evidence that Americans preferentially choose girls is anecdotal, as no larger body tracks gender selection procedures. But data from Google show that “how to have a girl” is searched three times as often in the United States as “how to have a boy.” Many fertility doctors say that girls are the goal for 80 percent of gender selection patients. A study published in 2009 by the online journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online found Caucasian-Americans preferentially select females through PGD 70 percent of the time. [perhaps because we’ve become so feminized – virtually female-dominant – as a culture.  On the upside, at least we’ll have females for all those male children in China and India to marry!]

What a world.  One has to wonder how many human beings in embryo form were murdered in order to produce this one daughter.  My wife and I had five girls in a row.  At various times, I wanted a boy, but I wouldn’t trade any of my daughters for anything in the universe.  Then, God gave us a boy.  That’s equally awesome as the five girls.  But I never looked on it as something I just had to have, and was going to bend heaven and earth to achieve.  I just don’t get that.

h/t Jill Stanek

Telling it like it is September 18, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, fun, General Catholic, priests, silliness.
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I love these kinds of marked up pictures:

Which reminds me, I haven’t pumped for Food for the Poor lately.  I think they have a deal now where every donation is being matched dollar for dollar by a major donor.  Please help them out, they’re very good!  You can even buy someone extremely useful things like some hens, a cow, a donkey, a water pump, a street light (solar powered, which tremendously reduces crime!), a refrigerator, really useful things that we take for granted that many do not have.

h/t Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP

On the radio tonight 9pm CDT! September 18, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, episcopate, fun, General Catholic.
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I’m on the awesome Fidelis Radio network again tonight with my Salve Regina radio show.   You should really contact Rebecca Diserio, Fidelis’ awesome GM and on-air host, to see about the low advertising rates and huge market you can reach through her network.  Ad rates are very reasonable!

I’m hitting politics pretty hard tonight, but with plenty of Catholic content.  I am going to discuss the general lack of response by the bishops to the Catholic abortion-palooza at the DNC, with a special emphasis on some remarks that Archbishop Chaput made very recently. Some good, some bad there, but they kind of point to the entire problem of an episcopate deathly afraid to stand strongly for Truth.

Tune in and listen live here, or anytime after the show!

That post on ‘negative ecclesiology’ was Providential September 18, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, Dallas Diocese, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, Liturgy, North Deanery, priests, sadness, scandals.
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At least, I am convinced that it was.  I didn’t intend to do that post.  I had thought about it, but was busy with other things.  But late in the day, I felt a certain compulsion to put that post out.   Later last night, the reason became very clear.

As I post most weeks, I assist at the Novus Ordo Latin Mass at St. Mark in Plano.  I feel somewhat compelled to do so, since I am the person who requested the Mass.  I also do the readings there.  This is something I’d really rather not do, but again, since I was involved in this Mass coming into being, for which I am thankful, I do the readings as well as I can.  Last night, on the Monday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time, the first reading was from 1 Cor chapter 11.  This is an enormously important bit of Sacred Scripture. Specifically, the reading was verses 16-26 and verse 33 sort of stuck out there on the end.  When I read it, my mind was saying “this is missing something, something really big.”  So when I got back to my pew, I pulled out my phone and looked up the verses that had been skipped over (1 Cor 11:27-32):

Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.[28] But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. [29]For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.[30]Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep. [31] But if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. [32]But whilst we are judged, we are chastised by the Lord, that we be not condemned with this world.

This is, as I said, a tremendously important piece of Sacred Scripture. This is one of the prime parts of Scripture that define the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.  In fact, these verses, along with John chapter 6, are the most oft-cited verses in all of Scripture to support not only the Real Presence, but the Mass as Sacrifice, as well.  I thought to myself, “well, maybe they just skipped for this random Monday, but surely it is read on another day.”  Fr. Anthony Cekada, in Work of Human Hands: A Theological Critique of the Mass of Paul VI confirms that this excerpt NEVER appears, on any day, in all of the new lectionary.  It is simply ignored, because it contains ideas the fabricators of the Novus Ordo did not like.  Not only does this excerpt plainly state that we have to receive the Blessed Sacrament worthily – that is, in the state of Grace – but that we can expect very negative consequences if we do not, both eternally, in terms of God’s Wrath and Judgment, and even in this life, in the form of sickness or other chastisements.  This is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, and it is ignored because it was harmful to “ecumenism” and deadly to modernist presuppositions.  I should add that these verses are present in the Lectionary of the pre-VII Missal.

The new lectionary of the Mass of Paul VI was “sold” as being wonderful, since it ostensibly delved much more deeply into Scripture with it’s 3 year Sunday cycle and 2 year weekday cycle, “opening up the riches of Scripture.”  But Fr. Cekada shows, and in great detail, how, in point of fact, those who constructed the new lectionary consciously and very thoroughly avoided all topics they did not like – those topics dealing with negative ecclesiology already addressed, but also things they felt would be offensive to protestants or their own modernist sensibilities.

If we go back to 1 Cor 11, we find another portion of Scripture which has been dropped from the readings of the new lectionary, that is all of 1 Cor 11 verses 1-15.  This section deals with the submissiveness of women, and on the need for women to veil in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  These verses are of course extremely unpopular and countercultural, especially in the modern West.  But God’s Word is not based on a popularity contest.

There was one final note from last night. The priest reiterated the very prevalent mid-20th century belief of biblical scholars – dominated at that time by modernism – that all the Gospels were written very much after St. Paul’s letters (the letters being written from roughly AD 52-63).  The modernist presupposition for this claim is that miracles don’t really happen, that Jesus Christ was just a man and had no special gift of prophecy, and thus the miracles and prophecies attributed to Him had to be written after the fact. The key to this modernist timeline is Christ’s forecast of the demise of Jerusalem, which occurred in AD 70.  Thus, modernists claimed that all the Gospels which reference that demise had to be written after that act.  Traditionally, the Church taught that St. Matthew’s Gospel was written first, and within a few years of our Lord’s passing, with the other Synoptic Gospels following within the next 20 years or so. The latest scholarship actually supports this traditional view, and not the dominant 20th century belief that Gospels were written way, way after Christ’s Ascension – some claims even had some of them written more than 100 years after the Ascension.  I find that incredible, since I just finished reading the Letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch, and he references the Synoptic Gospels in a letter written in AD 82.

I know this is almost certainly what the good priest was taught in seminary, but on such a matter, is it vital to relate when the Gospels were written to the souls in his care, even if the claim were true?  Does it make the Gospels have greater, or lesser authority if they are claimed to have been cobbled together by who knows what, possibly overly zealous, Christian 70, 80, 100 years after the Ascension?

I don’t believe that the fact that I’ve recently been contemplating “negative ecclesiology” was an accident. I don’t think it’s an accident I’m covering that portion of Cekada’s book right now, right when I gave a Scripture reading I was familiar enough with to know something was missing, tied together with Cekada’s (and others) analysis of the readings used in the Mass of Paul VI.  I think it was Providence.  Perhaps He wanted you to know.