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North Dakota lib Catholics fight Bishop over pro-life efforts October 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Glory, scandals, sickness, Society, true leadership, Virtue.
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Michael Voris notes the insanity that reigns in the Church today:

I agree, send the Bishop a nice, short e-mail.  Seriously, we must support bishops when they do the right thing!  I know this is minor, but, still, even doing the small things right is a major step forward from the status quo in so many places.  Tell Bishop Kagan thanks!

Maybe if we thank him enough he’ll formally excommunicate Mathern and Heidkamp, in a last ditch attempt to bring them back to sanity.  Given the political backlash he’s already faced, but in reality, don’t charity (for those scandalized by pro-abort catholycs) and prudence (in defense of the Faith) require it?

And I am sooooo tired of seeing some of the nastiest, meanest, most stalwart pro-aborts out there be self-described Catholics!  Lord, have mercy on them and soften their hard hearts!  I cannot imagine the influences that work on a Catholic heart to make it come to support baby murder.  It is hard not to feel that those influences must be diabolical. Nevertheless, I pray for their conversion, every day, several times a day.

You can e-mail Bishop Kagan at: dkagan@bismarckdiocese.com

Another nail in Texas Planned Parenthood’s coffin October 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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The generally solid 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear an appeal of the district court’s ruling that Texas could, indeed, defund Planned Parenthood in regard to the Texas Women’s Health Program (remember, women+health=abortion or contraception).  So, the state wins another court battle and Planned Barrenhood looks to have fewer and fewer options to get that funding re-instated:

A federal appeals court declined on Thursday to reconsider a ruling that would allow Texas to withhold funding for women’s healthcare from Planned Parenthood’s clinics because the organization also performs abortions.

Texas Governor Rick Perry said after the order by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans that the state would immediately stop paying program participants that are affiliates of abortion providers.

“Today’s ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion,” the Republican governor said in a statement. “In Texas we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice.”

A three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled in August that Texas may exclude groups affiliated with abortion providers from the Women’s Health Program, which provides cancer screenings, birth control and other health services to more than 100,000 low-income Texas women.

In a filing with the court in September, Planned Parenthood asked the full court to rehear the matter, saying the rule violates its First Amendment rights to speech and association.

Planned Parenthood’s options at this time appear to be limited to appeal to the Supreme Court, which I think would be nothing but a delaying tactic (plus just being nasty, like they usually are, because it’s unlikely the Court would hear the case), or to try to go back to district court with different claims.  Knowing their propensity for litigiousness, I wouldn’t doubt if they continue to try to find a court where they can get a positive ruling.

But good for the state.  While this Women’s Health Program is generally bad, since most of what it does is dispense contraception, at least Planned Barrenhood won’t be getting the funds to do it.  You can see how nervous this makes PB, since so  much of their funding comes from government sources.  If Texas starts a trend (and there is a trend among state governments to de-fund Planned Parenthood), it could really hurt an organization that desperately needs hurting.  Hard, and over and over again.

Bishop Paprocki: love God more than political party October 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, scandals, Society, true leadership, Virtue.
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Or a politician, for that matter.  In essence, don’t put your political preferences ahead of the Faith.  In the context of modern American politics, however, that means it is very difficult to vote democrat.  I disagree with the bishop a bit – he states (not quoted here, see the link below) that it is fine to vote for an individual democrat who doesn’t endorse any of his party’s morally depraved views – abortion, contraception, gay marriage, etc.  I’m not sure that’s the case, or that it’s at least very morally perilous, since so many dem’s run on a more morally acceptable ticket to get elected, then promptly vote along with the majority of their party for various moral evils – witness the “pro-life democrats” vote in favor of the abortion=loving Obamacare.  That aside, Bishop Paprocki:

Some who try to navigate this labyrinth of moral analysis simply rationalize their way to a desired conclusion, for example, by saying that voting for a pro-choice candidate is justified by their support for other “social justice” causes. But such people should apply the Golden Rule by placing themselves in the shoes of the people who are going to be killed by abortions. Would these voters really think it is more “just” to vote for the “pro-choice” candidate if they or their own children or their brothers and sisters were going to be deliberately killed — along with 1.3 million others? Not very likely, is it?  [Brilliant!  Why have I never heard this before?  Every bishop should be saying this, constantly, using just this example!]

Perhaps the phrase that most rattled people, though, was saying that there are actions that could place “the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.” [Of course it rattled them, the vast majority haven’t heard anything about death, judgment, Heaven, or hell, in the past 40 years or more, aside from the odd instant canonization at funerals they’ve been to.  You harshed their mellow, Bishop Paprocki!] All of us, myself included, must diligently cooperate with God’s graces to be saved.  To presume that one will be saved no matter what we do here on earth is called the sin of presumption. But neither would I presume to declare that someone is or is not going to hell. I leave that to God’s judgment. [Seriously…..how often have you heard a bishop provide such good guidance on the last things?  Rarely, at best?  Good on Bishop Paprocki!]

Does God love Democrats?  Does God love Republicans? Yes, of course he does. God loves Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, in short, God loves everyone. But that’s not the question at issue here. The key question is whether we love God more than a political party or candidates that promote intrinsic evils and serious sins. The first commandment is that we not worship false idols. That means God comes first and his moral law trumps politics. [Woot!  Exactly!]

May God give us this grace. Amen.

This statement from Bishop Paprocki above, of course, was in response to the backlash he has received over his previous statement that voting for democrats who support intrinsic evils like abortion involved a material complicity in evil, and places one’s salvation at risk.  Apparently, that caused many heads to explode, or very nearly so.  Better to have your head explode, than to lose your eternal soul.  I’ve been reading some Aquinas of late, especially his exposition on the Nicene Creed, and the Angelic Doctor repeatedly emphasizes that WE WILL BE JUDGED!  I pray that more people would really meditate on that, rather just assume this nonsense of universal salvation, or at least that they’ll be saved.   It won’t just happen.  We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling – if even St. Paul thought so, how much more should we, then, tremble?

On the shortness of this life October 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Tradition, Virtue.
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I really like this reading from Book I, Chapter XXII of The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

My child, in all thy works, remember thy last end: and thou shalt never sin.

Whilst thou hast time, do whatever thou canst for eternity, mindful that they life is exceedingly short. Soon thou must return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken; for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.

What is the life of man upon earth? A vapor, which appears, for a little time, then vanishes away, and leaves not even a vestige behind.

Ever since thou wast born, thous hast not ceased to hasten on to death; neither is it in thy power to stay thy steps.

Think over the time thou hast lived. Does it not appear like a dream? Yet know, my child, that it shall seem still more so, when death is near, which thou must meet full soon.

For what is even the longest life? Behold, the number of man’s days are threescore and ten years; and, if he be among the powerful, fourscore years. But, compared with eternity, these years are accounted as a drop in the waters of the ocean.

Nay more, the time of this life, placed in comparison with the endless duration of their life hereafter, is only a point. Yet on this point is hung thy eternity, whether of bliss or woe.

Yeah, hadst thou lived form the beginning of the world, even until now, if thou wert now about to die, what should this life be worth to thee, when thou art entering into eternity; in which there are neither days, nor years, nor ages, but which flows perpetually onward, through an uninterrupted forever.

Wherefore, my child, understand well the value of time. Time is the measure of life: as much as thou squanderest of time, so much thou dost lost of thy life.

Time exceeds in value all the treasures of this world. With all the riches of earth, thou couldst not purchase a second of time; but, with time, everlasting treasures may be secured.

Oh! could the dead return from eternity, thinkest thou that they would misspend even a moment?  That they would not employ it, some to free themselves from punishments, others to increase their merits?

But alas! though nothing is more precious than time, to many there is naught more wearisome.

There are those – not only among persons that follow the spirit of the world, but even among such as make a profession of piety – to whom time seems a burden. They complain of its dullness; they love to waste it; they rejoice when they have spent it uselessly, but without irksomeness.

And thus they squander, in dishonoring Me, and in harming themselves, that by means of which they were able and obliged to glorify Me; to help their neighbor; to gather treasures of merit for eternity.

Frequently call to mind, my child, for what purpose thou didst enter into this world. Evidently, for none other, except to prepare thyself for eternity. Fro what else is the present life, but a novitiate for eternity?

Whilst this brief career continues, thou hast numberless duties to fulfill. For, there are thy many faults to be atoned for; thy soul to be saved and sanctified; hell to be escaped; Purgatory to be avoided; Heaven to be secured; thou hast a neighbor whom  thou must edify and help to life everlasting; lastly, thou hast to honor and glorify Me, in a befitting manner, and with all thy powers.

If thou do not this during life, after it, time shall be no more; and throughout eternity, thou shalt bear the consequences of thy heedlessness and neglect.

Time is mine, and not thine: I have lent it to thee, that thou mayst use it to perform those things, which I demand, or desire of thee.

If thou squanderest it, thou shalt one day be held to a most strict account: but if thou usest it well, thou canst merit, at every moment, anew degree of Grace, and of ever-enduring glory.

 

In your charity, would you please pray for….. October 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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…..Doug Nelson, who is hospitalized in Plano with a grave illness.  I know his wife quite well and Doug is very sick at the moment.  I pray that God’s Will may be that Doug may be healed.

 

Upcoming Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese October 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, priests, religious, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Eucharistic Adoration for the upcoming election, and Adoration for vocations.  First, the election:

All-Night Vigil for

Election 2012

To pray for Divine Assistance in the upcoming election so that the central truths of our faith are upheld and the outcome is pleasing to Almighty God

St. Monica’s Adoration Chapel

 

Begins Sunday, November 4 at 7:00 pm

Eucharistic Adoration continuing throughout the night

Vigil continues on Tuesday, November 6 through midnight

 Although you are free to come whenever you can,

please sign up to commit to an hour of Eucharistic Adoration, especially during the night.

(sign up on the clip board in Adoration Chapel)

The other Adoration, for vocations:

Adoration for Vocations

A Call to Holiness

Thursday, November 8 7-8pm with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, music and prayer, Scripture, reflection, Adoration and Benediction.

Refreshments social follows

This is at the UD Chapel of the Incarnation, 1845 E. Northgate Dr., Irving, TX 75062