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Deceptive ‘Catholics for Obama’ phone calls October 2, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Not sure if this is really “Catholics”, or just one very confused catholyc, but nonetheless, very interesting:

The Obama supporter then launched into her “canned response” and started reading from her call script: “Well, I am a practicing Catholic, and I strongly support President Obama.” The mother [a pro-life Catholic] then asked her if she was “familiar with the Pope’s five “non-negotiable’s.”‘ The Obama supporter had no idea what she was talking about and explained that it was only the Pope’s “opinion” to ban the use of contraception.

The Obama caller then went back to her script, asking these clever questions:

1. How can you support a “Mormon” who does not believe in Jesus Christ? [better a mormon than a commie with profound sympathies for islam?]
2. What to you think about the “Nuns on the Bus” who support Obama? [I think they’re heretics and a disgrace to religious life]

The mother replied, “How can you support a man who supports the killing of innocent pre-born children for all nine months?”

Then, she added, “How can you support a president who denigrates the Sacrament of Marriage by supporting same sex marriage which is against the teaching of the Church?”

The Catholic mother then concluded with, “How can you as a Catholic support a president who supports partial birth abortion and did not support the Born Alive Protection Act when he was a state senator in Illinois?”

Now, get this! The Obama supporter, again reading from her call script, countered, “President Obama did not support abortion.” [ I have no doubt the Obama campaign is totally willing to lie about something like this]

As the chair of a pro-life committee, this Catholic woman was more than up to the task of correcting the caller. She asked her “to do some homework.” For example, did she notice that as recently as the Democratic Convention “pro-abortion speakers and supporters of Planned Parenthood were the featured speakers?”

Then came the biggest whopper of all. The Obama supporter said, “Planned Parenthood helps children get health care and prenatal care and does not promote abortion.”

Stunning, isn’t it? The lies people are willing to tell….

Lies, or abject ignorance. You decide.

The ick factor – gay men’s HIV, syphillis rate 45 times higher than others October 2, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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Content warning for post below.  Recommended only for those who can stomach discussions of the consequence of deviant sexual behavior.

This is from the Centers for Disease Control, those well known homophobic gay-bashing bullies who just love to show their bigotry (my emphasis):

A data analysis released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscores the disproportionate impact of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men in the United States.

The data, presented at CDC’s 2010 National STD Prevention Conference, finds that the rate of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women.

The range was 522-989 cases of new HIV diagnoses per 100,000 MSM vs. 12 per 100,000 other men and 13 per 100,000 women.

The rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women, the analysis says. The range was 91-173 cases per 100,000 MSM vs. 2 per 100,000 other men and 1 per 100,000 women.

And, I should add, the most prevalent form of syphillis today is becoming very antibiotic resistant, so that it is almost impossible to treat.  Both are horrid, horrid diseases.

Why is there this terrible disproportion?  Well, CDC posits a few:

Research shows that a range of complex factors contribute to the high rates of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men. These factors include high prevalence of HIV and other STDs among MSM, which increases the risk of disease exposure, and limited access to prevention services. [I don’t buy this one at all.  “Prevention” in the form of remaining chaste is available to anyone, and it’s not like its hard to find a place to buy condoms (not that they are effective at all). Sheesh] Other factors are complacency about HIV risk, particularly among young gay and bisexual men;  difficulty of consistently maintaining safe behaviors with every sexual encounter over the course of a lifetime; [please, have some self control!] and lack of awareness of syphilis symptoms and how it can be transmitted (e.g., oral sex). Additionally, factors such as homophobia and stigma can prevent MSM from seeking prevention, testing, and treatment services. [Maybe, but this stigma, if it still exists, is very rapidly diminishing.  Perhaps what is labeled “stigma” is actually guilt over committing perverse sexual acts, that little quiet voice of God trying to pull the soul back to virtue?]

CDC dances around the main issue, which is the prolific promiscuity prevalent (!!) in the gay community.  Depending on the study you find, and there are darned few on this subject, because publishing a study on this subject will surely get a researcher severely chastised and possibly even end their career, it appears that gay males have a lifetime average number of partners of somewhere between 50 and 500.  I’m not exaggerating, one study from before the AIDS epidemic showed that almost half of gay males had over 500 lifetime sexual partners.  A more recent effort put that number much lower, closer to 50, which is still a huge number.

The bathhouses which were the nightmare scenes of debauchery from 70s New York and San Francisco are not only still around, they are growing in number and popularity.  Even the specter of a horrific death has not resulted in changed behaviors.

As Fr. Rodriguez has said, and as we will discuss Thursday night (God willing!), all homosexual acts are sinful, and the homosexual inclination is profoundly disordered, but we must treat gays with great care, love, and a sincere hope for their conversion to a chaste life.  Numerous statistics show that the homosexual lifestyle – even in a culture that now not only tolerates homosexuality, but in some respects shows it preference and deference – results in numerous terrible social and personal consequences.

We must have the love to tell those lost in sexual sin – many of which were sexually abused as children – that what they are doing is wrong, that they can change, that God’s Charity can overcome anything, that no sin is too big to be forgiven, and that there is true peace and happiness out there for everyone, but that they must repent and strive to lead a chaste life.  If they fall down from time to time, but are really trying to amend their life, that is OK.  We all fall down. The point is to try, to turn away from this dangerous, destructive, soul-consuming lifestyle and follow God’s counsel, as revealed through Scripture and His Church.  It is the only path to true contentment, the only way to quiet that voice inside that gnaws at those lost in sin.  I’ve been there.  I pray for many others, that they may no longer be.

On the radio tonight! October 2, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, fun, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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After a week’s absence, I’m back on the radio tonight!  You can listen live to my show on Fidelis Radio here.   I plan to spend some time tonight discussing the Sacrament of Confession.  What it is, the Church’s basis for it, how long it has been going on, and the huge danger protestant rejection of Confession poses for their immortal souls.  Time permitting, I may rehash some blog items like the post on ecumenism I did yesterday.

I have some great upcoming shows, including a special program Saturday night!  Thursday night I’ll have on Fr. Michael Rodriguez, to discuss the falsity of state recognition of gays simulating marriage, the hierarchy’s response to the cultural trends in favor of homosexuality, and his recent column at The Remnant.

Saturday night, in a special Salve Regina Radio Show, staring Blossom!……..wait, starring Steve Kellmeyer!, we’ll discuss islam, it’s nature and the threat it poses to Christendom.  There’s some ecumenism for ya!

 

Conflict of interest keeps USCCB, bishops from criticizing Gates contraception menagerie? October 2, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic.
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I’ve reported extensively here on Melinda Gates plans to flood the world – especially the third world – with billions of dollars of abortifacient contraceptives. Gates – the wife and Bill Gates and all star catholyc – has been criticized by low-level functionaries but not a single bishop nor the USCCB has criticized her billion dollar contraception/abortion racket. LifeSiteNews asks if this could have anything to do with the millions of dollars that Gates supplies to Catholic Relief Services – CRS:

Since the launch of self-professed “practicing Catholic” Melinda Gates’ $4 billion global campaign to deliver abortion-inducing contraceptives to up to 120 million women worldwide, major media outlets have noted her open defiance of Catholic teaching on sexual morality…..

…However, despite Gates’ very public and aggressive international effort to distribute unhealthy drugs that violate Catholic sexual morality and even kill the unborn, Catholic Church officials have been virtually silent on the matter with not a public word coming from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) or even Gates’ own bishop.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales were also mute in the face of Gates’ “Family Planning Summit,” held in their country, which generated over four billion dollars for her campaign.

According to American Life League President Judie Brown, she has contacted Gates’ Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain several times regarding Gates’ activities, and has never received an answer, nor even an acknowledgment of her correspondence. 

CNN has tried to get the Catholic side of the story as well, but was met with silence. “As far as the broader Catholic church stance on the Gates program, CNN requested a comment from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, but did not get a response,” wrote the news agency at the launch of the campaign.

The only US prelate who has spoken even tangentially about the campaign is Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, in a statement that apparently sought to address the alleged endorsement of Gates’ campaign by the nuns of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas, a school within the boundaries of his diocese.

Referring only to “recent news events,” without naming Gates or the nuns, Farrell noted that “Human sexuality and sexual expression in marriage are among God’s greatest gifts” and that “Artificial contraception violates the meaning of this gift.”

However, the statement made by Farrell has now disappeared from its original web page, and Google’s database has no record of it being posted anywhere else on the site. [I’m so unsurprised by this. This is completely, totally typical. Release a meaningless statement that says nothing to placate us boobs who, oh, I don’t know, take the Faith at least slightly seriously, and then do absolutely nothing.  A few weeks later, flush even that statement down the memory hole.  We truly live in Orwellian times, even within the Church.]

………Although the USCCB has shown great signs of improvement of late on matters related to human life and family, it may have reasons for staying silent about Melinda Gates’ contraceptive campaign. [forgive me for being skeptical on that “improvement”]

The USCCB’s international aid agency, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), receives tens of millions of dollars from the Gates Foundation itself, and repeats the organization’s claim that it is “guided by the belief that every life has equal value,” adding that “the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.”

CRS’ relationship with the Gates Foundation creates an obvious conflict of interest. Moreover, as LifeSiteNews.com has reported recently, CRS itself has been involved in the promotion of birth control, and has donated millions of dollars to a contraceptive-distributing organization known as CARE. [once again, all of a piece.  Would an organization truly dedicated to upholding the Gospel and the Dogmas of the Faith – especially regarding the sanctity of life – take money from someone like Gates, who is one of the most radical pro-abort/pro-contracept limousine liberals since the Rockefeller Foundation? Doesn’t that really say it all?  Do you think Gates might have given the money to CRS – instead of a more faithful Catholic charity – precisely because it does semi-clandestinely support contraception?  Birds of a feather?]

These unsavory relationships would likely be embarrassing to the bishops if they were to speak forcefully and clearly against Gates’ horrendous campaign.

The responsibility for this sad situation, however, lies not only with the bishops, but also with the laity, who often fail to encourage the hierarchy to remain firm under pressure. The Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church, however, establishes the right and even the duty of laymen to make their minds known to their prelates. Perhaps the bishops are only in need of some support from the faithful.

How about the leadership show some backbone and actually stand and defend the Faith?  The LSN article has contact information for several authorities in the Church, if you are so inclined, but for crying out loud, if I sent a letter to a bishop for every problem I saw, I’d make the postal administration solvent again through my voracious consumption of stamps.  This is a particularly big problem, a huge scandal, but there are just so many! While we as the laity certainly do have the right, and even the responsibility, to encourage the episcopate to perform their duty, and even challenge them at times when we see grave derelictions of the performance thereof, it’s not really right and proper for the laity to constantly have to hound the leadership of the Church to perform fundamental parts of their apostolate.  It distracts the laity from their prime mission – personal holiness and conversion – and poses a great threat to pride and other vices.  What we need, is for the bishops to do their job.

Which includes not keeping a careful silence on an issue that might offend a large donor.