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SHOCK! Priest denies apostate boy Confirmation, parents Communion – BISHOP SUPPORTS HIM! November 16, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, scandals, sexual depravity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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We’ll see if this stands in the face of massive pressure from the left, who simply cannot tolerate the Church conducting Herself as the……..Church:

The parents of a teenage boy in the Diocese of Crookston (Minnesota) told the Fargo Forumthat their parish priest has denied the Sacrament of Confirmation to their son, Lennon Cihak, because of his Facebook post in support of same-sex marriage. [That is, he committed an act of public apostasy.  Now, as a youth not yet confirmed, there may be some question as to his culpability.  His act may not require a public recantation – simply private may do.  But, we certainly don’t have all the facts. It is up to the authorities in charge to make that call]

Father Gary LaMoine of Assumption Church in Barnesville denied the family’s charge but would not elaborate.

“They’re my parishioners, and so when the press comes after me from different points of view and asks me all types of questions about their situation, I hesitate very much because I owe them, I owe that family confidentiality,” he said.

“He said ‘I cannot, cannot confirm him,’” Lennon’s mother said. “Father would not confirm him, and they won’t confirm him unless he changes his views.” [Well……..DUH!  Your son rejects the Faith.  If he rejects a major tenet of the Faith, why would he want to be confirmed?  How many tenets do you reject, mom?  I wonder where he got these ideas from?]

The parents also told the newspaper that they are no longer permitted to receive Holy Communion at the parish. [I would suspect a great deal has gone on here we don’t know about. I have to wonder if this family weren’t strident supporters of gay marriage]

“The mother did say that Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Diocese of Crookston informed her that if Lennon stood before the church and denounced his support of same-sex marriage claims, he could be confirmed,” the Fargo Forum added. [That only make sense.  If you publicly reject the Faith, especially on such a contentious topic, you can expect to have to make a formal act of repudiation]

To see such a defense of the Faith in this day and age is incredible.  For the Bishop to demand a public retraction?  For the priest to remove a 17 yo from receiving a Sacrament?  It almost sounds like a setup, a fake.  Isn’t that terrible?  That examples of priests and bishops doing their jobs, helping to save this young man’s soul by removing him from error, would be so rare that when it does occur, I have to be skeptical?

If you’d like to send Fr. LaMoine a supportive e-mail, you can do so here: glmaoine@bvillemn.net or assumption@bvillmemn.net

I think the bishops’s e-mail is mhoeppner@crookston.org

 

UN declares contraception a “universal human right” November 16, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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I’m sure they want to do the same for abortion, too!  Wouldn’t that be funny – abortion is a universal human right, except for the babies murdered, they get no rights at all!  HA HA HA HAAAA…….hee.   Ho.  No, that’s sick, terribly, awfully sick. Linka from a lefty site I wouldn’t go visit:

For the first time, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) explicitly described family planning as a “universal human right.” In its annual report, the organization said that improved access to contraception and other methods of family planning could greatly improve the lives of women around the world………

……Although the report is non-binding and does not itself affect international law, the UNFPA noted that spending an additional $4.1 billion on family planning funding could save $11.3 billion each year on health care for new mothers and infants in poor countries. [And then they, too, can reap the wonderful, fantastic rewards of birth rate and subsequent economic collapse!  Great plan!] During his failed campaign for president, Mitt Romney promised to pull U.S. funding U.N. Population Fund, and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) introduced a bill in 2011 to prevent the U.S. from funding the global body. [Another to lament that they have not succeeded.

Since August, employer-provided insurance plans in the U.S. have been required to include contraception coverage at no additional cost……[because contraception falls from the sky!  It’s totally free!  There is no cost of research, production, distribution, marketing……..And that cost never gets passed on to other services to make up the difference!  Because in left wing fantasy world, “money” is not real, it’s just a number!  Yay!!!!!!!!]

The Vatican and a few countries with some sense have been fighting the UN’s overwhelming progressive secular pagan bent, and the many countries in favor of contraception, for many years.  In fact, islamic countries are frequently allies in this fight.  Unsurprisingly, the formerly Catholic countries of Europe – where the collapse of the Faith was so closely linked to embrace of contraception and sins against the 6th and 9th Commandment – have been some of the prinicple architects of enshrining contraception as a “right.”  Abortion shall not be far behind. 

Fortunately, the UN means very little.  In fact, it’s almost exactly like the USCCB and other national bishop’s conferences.  Nations yield only what rights or powers to the UN they choose to.  But the US, a founding UN member (we should have gotten out long ago), has a constitution that states that foreign treaties and the like can have the force of US law.  Which makes moves like this very dangerous.

But, oh, wait, I forgot, the US government now sees contraception as a universal human right, too!  And abortion, as well!  At least in the guise of the Obama administration and their many executive orders, laws, and mandates.   That’s just super!

Support pro-life organizations with your money and time.  Aside from faithfully and publicly living the Faith, that is the best way for us to fight back.

Planned Barrenhood accused of fraud in several states November 16, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, sadness, sickness, Society.
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While Planned Barrenhood always has many, many millions of dollars to donate to Obama and the democrat party, it seems they don’t appreciate the federal largesse that results from that support very much. Unless allegedly stealing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding is a way to show appreciation (I have to say allegedly, since they haven’t been found guilty, yet, but, c’mon, this is Planned Parenthood, and they’re under investigation in 6 states.  Does anyone think they wouldn’t do this?).  If this were any other organiztion, their future ability to receive federal funds would be under dire threat.  But that federal money stolen through Medicaid scams buys a lot of influence in Washington.  Surely Obama, Pelosi, Boxer, et. al., will have their backs:

Apparently, Planned Parenthood is no longer content exploiting just women and children–so they’ve moved on to the federal government. Over the past several years, it seems the country’s biggest abortion provider has also been running one of the country’s biggest scams: a Medicaid racket that’s ripped off millions of taxpayer dollars.

Today, it appears that at least six states have been targeted by Cecile Richards’s scheme, which reportedly conned the government with hundreds of thousands of bogus reimbursement claims.

One of those states–Texas–will be hearing its first arguments on the issue this week in U.S. District Court, thanks to former Planned Parenthood director-turned-whistleblower Abby Johnson. With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), she plans to expose at least 87,000 instances of fraud during her time as a clinic manager in Southeast Texas. [I understand that there is another, separate investigation underway involving Planned Barrenhood in south Texas, as well.]

Based on her testimony and supporting documents, Planned Parenthood routinely submitted ineligible claims on everything from pap smears to STD and pregnancy tests. In fact, Johnson says her bosses at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast were under so much financial pressure that they would repeatedly tell staff, “We must turn every call and visit into a revenue-generating client.”

A ring of at least 10 clinics were falsifying patient charts, which they would “fix” and “cover up” before the auditors and inspectors came.

In states like Iowa, the plot was so sophisticated that clinics were getting $26.32 reimbursement checks for a $2.98 package of birth control. State and local governments have poured more than a billion dollars into Richards’s group–and this is how she repays them? Twenty-eight million in stolen funds in Iowa, $6 million in Texas, $180 million in California, and similar allegations in New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. [I am certain this crime is systemic.  Just as systemic cover up of minor abuse, sex-trafficking, eugenicism, etc, have all been found ongoing at Planned Parenthood by Live Action.  This is a truly diabolical organization.]

And while we can’t say exactly where the dollars went, evidence suggests President Obama’s campaign was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Planned Parenthood’s largesse. Thanks to this extra revenue from overbilling, Richards’s group had the flexibility to spend a whopping $15 million to put Barack Obama back in the White House, where he can keep the money flowing to his favorite chain.

This is the dirty cycle of kickbacks and campaign contributions that is literally the machinery that drives the democrat party, a modern day Tammany Hall. Politicians direct huge funds to unions or pressure groups like Planned Barrenhood, who then reciprocate by donating some of those funds taken from us – the taxpayers – back to their preferred candidate.  With that, he gets re-elected, gets more funds for his sponsors, who donate more cash (some of which surely finds it’s way into personal accounts) and the dirty, corrupt wheel keeps rolling along.  This has been the democrat methodology for 150 years, far from populists, they are a corrupt party of the elites. Back-scratching and all that. Very dirty.

And Planned Parenthood has always been one of the favored targets of this mode of operation. In spite of all their work over-charging for birth control and lying about having mammography machines, their main purpose is to be an ideological agent of the left.  That is all.  The rest is incidental.

A man cannot love God unless he love also his brother November 16, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, persecution, Virtue.
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I was particularly moved by 1 John Chapter 4 yesterday, and I pray it may be of benefit to you:

We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us. He that is not of God, heareth us not[meaning not just the Apostles, but the entire Church]  By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. [7] Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God. [8] He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity. [9] By this hath the charity of God appeared towards us, because God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him. [10]In this is charity: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins.

[11] My dearest, if God hath so loved us; we also ought to love one another. [12] No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abideth in us, and his charity is perfected in us. [13] In this we know that we abide in him, and he in us: because he hath given us of his spirit. [14] And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father hath sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. [15]Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God.

[16] And we have known, and have believed the charity, which God hath to us. God is charity: and he that abideth in charity, abideth in God, and God in him. [17] In this is the charity of God perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment: because as he is, we also are in this world. [18] Fear is not in charity: but perfect charity casteth out fear, because fear hath pain. And he that feareth, is not perfected in charity. [19] Let us therefore love God, because God first hath loved us. [20] If any man say, I love God, and hateth his brother; he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother, whom he seeth, how can he love God, whom he seeth not?

This fact has been jumping out at me more and more lately.  Perhaps the Lord is nudging me to recognize a lack of charity.  Whatever the case, I have read in a number of sources that we manifest our love for God by our love for our fellow man.  If we cannot muster love – which doesn’t mean sentimentality, but real, true concern – for our fellow man, even those who annoy or torment us, then our love for God is illusory and full of vain, prideful things.  If we find that someone has crossed us in some way……….pray for them!  That is the best way we can show concern, if someone treats us badly, don’t get angry, or get over the anger as quickly as you can, and pray for that person.  Prayer is an act of love.  It may be hard to do at times, but even a quick prayer for conversion or consolation will pull us away from vice and direct us towards virtue. 

This can be a very challenging thing.  If you’re like me, you may have acquired certain negative habits over the years that need to be expunged.  Why do you think I harp on Confession all the time!  Our God is a most merciful, kind, and loving God, but He does want us to be constantly striving to improve AND to recognize and repent when we fail.  IF we do that, we should be pleasing to Him.  I pray!