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Woo-hoo! A “Magnificat” for the TLM! November 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, Liturgy, Tradition, Virtue.
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Fr. Z had a post on this today, so many may have already seen it, but it’s so cool I had to post on it, too (and thanks to frequent reader Terry C).  Many readers may be familiar with the publication Magnificat.  It is a book containing morning and evening prayers, meditations, and, most importantly, all the propers and readings for the Novus Ordo Mass for every day, each month.  It’s a very nice publication that I used to get, but once I started assisting at the TLM more we dropped it. I recommend it for all those who generally assist at the Novus Ordo Mass.

Laudamus Te is a new publication which is very similar to Magnificat, but for the traditional form of the Mass. The contents include the Ordinary for the TLM, the Propers, Prayers after Mass, reflections from noted traditional priests, etc. It all looks very nicely done.  I should note that Fr. Z did find some minor problems with some of the translations into English (all the prayers are presented in both Latin and English).  Overall, his critical eye seemed suitably impressed.  This is not a monthly publication, like Magnificat, but bi-monthly, 6 issues a year.

But, It’s also cheaper than the Magnificat at $32 per year as opposed to $45.  It sounds like a great deal!  I am subscribing right now!  Long live Catholic culture!

Contact your Senator about dangerous UN law November 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Domestic Church, error, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, persecution, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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There is a very dangerous United Nations Treaty that has been signed by President Blobama and which is being reviewed by the
Senate for ratification.  This UN Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities is yet another in  a long series of documents put forth by the UN which, if signed by the US and ratified by the Senate as a treaty, would have the force of law in this country, trumping all other state, local, and federal law.  This treaty is highly dangerous as it is written in a nebulous fashion (leftists love to work agendas in the grey areas of nebulous documents – who else loves grey areas?) and could pose a grave threat to homeschooling parents.  This Treaty has much in common with the already rejected by the US Convention on the Rights of the Child, which would have given the state the power to determine how to school your children, what medical care they received, even whether or not you could spank them or allow them to play certain sports.  The Homeschool Legal Defense Association has some scoop on this very bad treaty:

3. Article 4(1)(e) remands that “every person, organization, or private enterprise” must eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. On its face, this means that every home owner would have to make their own home fully accessible to those with disabilities. If the UN wants to make exceptions, perhaps they could. But, on its face this is the meaning of the treaty.

4. Article 4(1)(e) also means that the legal standard for the number of handicapped spaces required for parking at your church will be established by the UN—not your local government or your church.

5. Article 4(2) requires the United States to use its maximum resources for compliance with these standards. The UN has interpreted similar provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to criticize nations who spend too much on military issues and not enough on social programs. There is every reason to believe that the UN would interpret these provisions in a similar fashion. The UN believes that it has the power to determine the legitimacy and lawfulness of the budget of the United States to assess compliance with such treaties.

6. Article 6(2) is a backdoor method of requiring the United States to comply with the general provisions of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This treaty enshrines abortion rights, homosexual rights, and demands the complete disarmament of all people.

7. Article 7(2) advances the identical standard for the control of children with disabilities as is contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This means that the government—acting under UN directives—gets to determine for all children with disabilities what the government thinks is best. [and this could easily be expanded to apply to all children based on precedent set with disabled children]

8. Additionally, under current American law, federal law requires public schools to offer special assistance to children with disabilities. However, no parent is required to accept such assistance. Under this section the government—and not the parent—would have the ultimate authority to determine if a child with special needs will be homeschooled, attend a private school, or be required to acce Article 15’s call for a ban on “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”
is the exact same language used in the UN CRC which has been authoritatively
interpreted to ban any spanking by parents. It should be noted that Article 15
is not limited to persons with disabilities. It says “no one shall be subjected
to … inhuman or degrading treatment.” This means that spanking will be banned
entirely in the United States.pt the program offered by the public school.

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Harry Reid really wants to pass this treaty into law in the lame duck session.  Already, the Senate has voted in favor of moving this treaty through the approval process, with several repubniks joining all democrats in voting to proceed (Ayotte
(R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Brown (R-MA), Collins (R-ME), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar
(R-IA), McCain (R-AZ), and Snowe (R-ME))
. Relative conservatives  like Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, and Pat Toomey are fighting against it.  It requires 67 votes for the Senate to ratify a  treaty.  At present, those favoring the treaty have about 60 votes.  So, we need to lobby our senators hard to make sure they know we do not want this treaty.  Contact your senators immediately.  I should note that both Texas senators voted against the treaty.  You can contact lame duck Senator Hutchison here and Senator John Cornyn here.


Great video on the Social Reign of Christ the King November 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, secularism, Society, The Imitation of Christ, Virtue.
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Many hear about the Social Kingship of Christ, or the Social Reign of Christ the King, but not many today know what this means.  Many non-Catholics and even devout Catholics are baffled by some other faithful Catholics who have grave reservations about the nature of the government in the United States, and the entire concept of “rights” rising up from the freedom of the individual, instead of flowing down from Christ.  And while the Declaration of Independence talks about the rights bestowed by a Creator, for the most part, the founding documents read as if they were written enlightenment deists, which, they were.  They are often not well conformable to the belief of the Church.

So, here is a good video from Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam blog that helps explain what this Social Kingship means, and why the republican form of government in the US is not ideal from the standpoint of traditional Catholic Dogma:

But, just because the form of government is inherently problematic and faithful Catholics would prefer something actually founded on Christ and His Church, doesn’t mean we just drop out and wish death upon it. Catholics are many things, but we’re also supposed to be practical and reasonable, and we have to deal with the systems of government we have, just as the Holy See has done so with unsavory governments throughout history.

The US economy in snapshot November 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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This may be from Pennsylvania, but it mirrors the US overall.  Essentially, there has been no private sector job creation in this country since the dot com bubble burst.  This mirrors my own assessment.  This nation has not experienced any real economic growth – other than that of the mid 2000s housing bubble, and we all know how that turned out – since the year 2000. The collapse of the manufacturing base in this nation means that prospects for future prosperity are extremely limited, this nation no longer producing enough of value to grow an economy for 310 million people.

One final note, the rate of government jobs growth nationwide is much higher than shown in this graph.  Public sector jobs are about the only growing area of the economy anymore.

And yet, Bishop Blaire of the USCCB just us and peas commission keeps telling us how draconian spending is for the poor in this country.  Any spending cuts will immediately lead to millions, nay, billions, lying dead in the streets.

All-Night Adoration at Mater Dei December 8 November 28, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, Virtue.
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December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mater Dei parish will have all-night Adoration beginning at 5:30 pm and continuing until the 7:30 am Mass the following Sunday morning.  December 9 is the Feast of St. Juan Diego. This Adoration is sponsored by the Mater Dei Knights of Columbus, and it is open to all.  This evening is also the National Night of Prayer for Life, so, hopefully, other parishes will have all night Adoration.  St. Mark in Plano does have all-night Adoration every Friday night.

The announcement of the Adoration notes the similarities between the present-day genocide of abortion and the nightmarish human sacrifices of the Aztec people to whom St. Juan Diego belonged.  Catholicism had languished in Mexico for decades after the Spanish conquest, with the Aztec people, so inured to vice and blood-letting simply did not respond to the glorious Truth of Christ, until, that is, the Blessed Mother revealed Herself to St. Juan Diego and transformed the entire culture of the new world.  It was an intervention of the Divine in a most public, epoch-making way.

I have read several books on the Aztec culture prior to the arrival of the civilizing Spanish influence.  Yes, the Spaniards were men full of sin who committed many terrible acts, but that was offset by the extinguising of what has been described as one of the most satanic, evil cultures in all of history. The Aztecs revelled in human sacrifice.  Shortly before the arrival of Hernan Cortes, the Aztecs had sacrificed 80,000 human victims………in one day.  It was not only the vast number of the constantly ongoing sacrifices to demon “gods,” but the manner, which made it all the more horrific.

And yet, today, we see a revival of interest in Aztec culture in Mexico and beyond.  The Mexican diaspora has brought this renewal of interest in the Aztecs to this country, to this Diocese.  It is amazing to me that even within our Catholic churches, Aztec dancers now glorify this perverse culture even sometimes during Mass.  Certainly, in the church before and after Mass. What is there in the Aztec culture, which murdered millions of Mayans, other tribes, and their own, which makes it appropriate for inclusion in Catholic parishes, especially around the Mass?  The entire Aztec culture was oriented towards conquest and the human sacrifice of those conquered.  It was a never-ending nightmare of blood and suffering. Perhaps some prayers at the all-night Adoration could be offered up to end this practice of inculturation.
This rise of interest in things Aztec in Mexico has been paralleled with the rise of interest in “Sancta Muerte,” or “Holy Death,”  inn Mexico and other Central Ameican countries. Which practice, I might add, has been condemned by the Church.  It is also tightly associated with the demonic drug trade.

While some remembrance of Aztec culture may have it’s place, is that place the Church?