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Texas secession petition at White House website has over 100,000 signatures November 14, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, demographics, fun, General Catholic, silliness, Society.
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Dang – I signed it!  I’d rather be a citizen of the great nation of Texas than the USA right about now.  You can sign it here, if you think jack booted thugs won’t come bursting through your windows at 2 in the morning.   I used a fakey reserve e-mail I have, not that it would help much.  Apparently, almost 700,000 other Americans (as of this morning) had signed similar petitions for their state:

Less than a week after a New Orleans suburbanite petitioned the White House to allow Louisiana to secede from the United States, petitions from seven states have collected enough signatures to trigger a promised review from the Obama administration.

By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House’s “We the People” online petition system.

I think the division in this country, it’s becoming too much.  Things are going to break.  Half the country wants absolutely nothing to do with the other half.  And we’re pretty regionally split. As in they have the cities/coasts, and we have everything else.  In nuclear warfighting, that was how things were divided – the ‘A’ country of cities where the elites live, and the ‘B’ country of everyone else.  In a nuclear war, the plan was always to save the ‘B’ country, since we knew the ‘A’ country would be gone.  Just sayin……..

But counter petitions from lefty-ish cities in Texas like Austin and El Paso are demanding the right to secede from Texas if we secede from the union.

Balkanization…….it’s a lefty trend.

Still, it would be interesting to see a few million names on a petition to secede.  What then?  Texas is soon to have a majority Catholic population.  Or, at least, catholyc.  So……?

A reminder – don’t give money to upcoming CCHD collections November 14, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness.
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It’s that time of year – generally, the Sunday after Thanksgiving is the time when most dioceses roll out the collection basket a second time for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development – CCHD.  To say this program is problematic and should not be supported is about as big an understatement as I can make.  I’ve written on CCHD more times than I can count, almost universally negatively.

But don’t listen just to me.  Listen to Michael Voris with the short Vortex below, and then, if you want to know more, watch his in-depth special on the CCHD funding problems at bottom.  Not only is CCHD not reforming itself, not only is it not eliminating funding to left-wing groups which hold beliefs directly counter to Church Dogma, but they’ve even INCREASED funding to such groups!  I’ve said it for a while, and let me now say it even more vociferously – CCHD cannot be reformed.  It should be abolished.  The entire organization and the goals it desires to achieve are misbegotten – far from “empowering” the poor, CCHD and the left-wing agitprop groups it supports help keep the poor mired in poverty – the better to be a reliable left-wing voting bloc:

Now, the detailed report:

De-fund CCHD!

Cardinal Dolan pushes to reinstate Friday abstinence? November 14, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, North Deanery, Sacraments, scandals, secularism, Tradition, Virtue.
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A report from the fall meetings of the USCCB indicates that, in addition to trying to push for more emphasis on Confession, Cardinal Dolan is also pushing to have the USCCB reinstate the Friday abstinence from all meat in the United States.  This would be a most welcome change, although it is a practice my family and I follow almost universally already.  Cardinal Dolan was quoted as saying:

“The work of our Conference during the coming year includes reflections on re-embracing Friday as a particular day of penance, including the possible re-institution of abstinence on all Fridays of the year, not just during Lent.”

Rorate Caeli also noted:

The speech by Cardinal Dolan is not the first time the USCCB president has mentioned Friday abstinence (in blog posts, he has also cited Ember Days, Lenten fasting and feast day vigils).  Taking action on these words would certainly be a big deal in the U.S., a move that would likely define Cardinal Dolan as a shepherd serious about restoring discipline within the Catholic Church in America.

I agree.  Words are one thing. We have had many pretty words in the Church over the past several decades, but precious little in the way of action concerned with restoring discipline and the practice of the Faith.

The current practice in the US is that the faithful should perform some act of penance or self-denial on Fridays.  I would hazard to guess that the vast, vast majority do nothing penitential at all.  It will be interesting to see the reaction of the faithful should this law be re-instituted.  Will the progressive circles in the Church howl in protest, or will they recognize the benefits this practice would mean for their souls?  I am heartened to note that Cardinal Dolan has indeed talked previously about the need for more penance in general, including the possible return of such penitential seasons as Ember Days, Rogation Days, Septuagint, etc.

But all this will be quite meaningless without the other priority Cardinal Dolan is stressing – a much greater focus on Confession.  I have prayed for a very long time that all parishes in the country and world would have at least 1 hour of Confession every day, 365 days a year, every year. Confession and the Mass are inextricably linked.  Both are vitally necessary for the life of the Church and the good of souls.  I pray that the bishop’s conference might do some good and institute a law that requires all parishes to have a minimal amount of Confession – as I said, at least 1 hour per day.  Many parishes have seen that, if they take Confession more seriously and make it more available, more souls will avail themselves of it.  Only tremendous good can come from reinstituting the practice of Confession on a wide scale, as a Sacrament second only to the Mass in terms of day to day emphasis in the Church.

At one time, around the time of the last Council and for years afterwards, there were actually many elements in the Church demanding that daily Mass be done away with.  Such demands were largely put down by Pope John Paul II, but they still exist in some quarters.  To me, such seems insane, to have a parish without Mass every day, but there are parishes in the Diocese that don’t, even some that have more than one priest assigned (Seton used to not have Mass one day of the week, in spite of 2 or sometimes 3 priests being assigned, but thank God that is no longer the case with the new pastor.  St. Martin of Tours in Forney doesn’t have Mass 2 or 3 days a week, even with 2 priests assigned).

There are three elements of a priest’s life that should be totally non-negotiable, the foundation that comes before every other task a priest performs.  These elements are:

  1. Offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every day
  2. Hearing Confessions every day
  3. Praying the Divine Office/Breviary every day, hopefully, all the Hours

All else should fit around that.  Not just should, but must.  The Holy Sacrifice is both Source and Summit of our Faith, the constant inflowing of Grace into the Church and individual souls (not least of which, the priest’s) which is indispensable for the life of the Church.  Likewise, since we are such fallen sinners who frequently (if not near constantly) offend God, with many of us taking ourselves out of the life of Grace through grievous sins like contraceptive use, sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments, greed, religious indifference, etc, etc, Confession should be about as available as the Mass is, so that souls can assist at Mass and receive the Blessed Sacrament worthily.  And without a foundational life of prayer, no vocation – to the priesthood, religious life, married life, whatever – is going to be fruitful, and the Breviary is the foundation of that life.

Cardinal Dolan has a lot of making up to do. There is no question he’s done some good things, but errors like the Obama invite to the charity dinner, not fighting the New York gay marriage vote very hard, punishing a priest for offering a TLM, etc, require a great deal of making up.  Pushing for a reinstitution of Friday abstinence, and pushing for much more universal Confession, are good starts.  But I pray we see much, much more in terms of trying to re-instill discipline and the general practice of the Faith.

What do you make of this? November 14, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, General Catholic, Society.
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What do you make of an effort to punish strong union companies by buying from non-union ones?  Even if the non-union ones are foreign brands and the union ones largely domestic?

Mazda is union because Ford owned a big chunk of them at one time – do they still?  Mitsubishi was likewise tied in with Chrysler.

I have always bought domestic autos.  My siblings, they buy whatever, but I, like my father and grandfather, have always bought GM.  I’ve had good success with them……I’ve never had the lemon experience that ostensibly drove many away from domestic brands (although, I think there is a cultural preference that is the main driver, which makes domestic brands somehow less than chic and their buyers less than bright).  I’ve bought domestic brands to support American jobs, for one reason.  Foreign owned companies with assembly plants in the US do not employ the same number or caliber of workers as domestic companies. For one thing, almost all the engineering is done in the home country – Japan, Germany, Korea, etc.  Many suppliers are also overseas.  Although this is somewhat true now even for domestic brands, it is more true for overseas brands.  Nissan and other companies even ship large sub-assemblies of their autos to the US, with only final assembly done here.  So, foreign brands do not support nearly as many jobs as domestic ones.

I guess the question is, should I care anymore?  I actually have no interest in buying any foreign car, save for some types I could never afford like a BMW M3, which I will fully admit, is an amazing car.

I have no interest in supporting unions which donate 90+% of their copious political funds to democrats, who then enact laws that benefit unions and help perpetuate economic decline.  GM and Chrysler went under, and had to be bailed out, because of the profligate salaries and especially benefits provided to their union employees.  Does an unskilled assembly line worker really merit a six-figure salary?  Salaries are much lower and the foreign-owned, non-union plants, and they produce cars of equal or higher quality (but much of that is due to design, not necessarily assembly).

I don’t know.  It’s interesting to ponder.  But since I will likely only ever buy trucks (unless one of my readers loves me so much they’d like to drop $40k in my lap for a Boss 302 – but even that won’t work, my wife would abscond with it for a housing upgrade), and foreign brand pickups have never appealed to me, it’s unlikely I’ll change course.

But, who knows, with Obama’s re-election and the ridiculously high, nigh-unobtainable fleet mileage requirements the Environmental Extortion Protection Agency has set, there probably won’t be anything but 4-banger mini-trucks on the market in a few years, anyway.

Another factor – most of those non-union auto plants are in the conservative south, while most (but by no means all) domestic plants are in blue states.  More money for the left wing political machine.