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The self-fulfilling prophecy of the Church revolutionaries November 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, catachesis, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, priests, scandals, secularism.
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I’ve just about wrapped up reading Anne Roche Muggeridge’s book The Desolate City: Revolution in the Catholic Church.  Towards the end of the book (the updated version, printed in 1990), Muggeridge discusses the noxious case of Fr. Charles Curran, still a priest although, as she covers, banned from teaching theology at a Catholic university by then Cardinal Ratzinger in 1988.  Yet, Curran had been able to publicly apostasize and play a hugely influential role in leading millions to join him in his heretical views.  Today, he continues to inflict his errors, with great charisma, on new generations of Catholics who might happen to attend Southern Methodist University here in Dallas.  I believe he has stopped by this blog before, though I can’t confirm it.  If you read this, Mr. Curran, I pray you convert.

There is an excerpt from the book I’ll provide below that struck me.  Because I think it’s important to note that the radicals in the Church have very intentionally converted as many formerly faithful “Catholics” as possible to their errors, in order to have a very significant weapon to brandish against the Church.  First, the quote (my emphasis and comments):

[Fr. Curran describes the revocation of his Mandatum to teach Catholic theology]…..the Vatican has been willing to take a stand against me in spite of the fact that the vast majority of Catholic theologians in the US have supported the legitimacy of my positions” [Yes, very sadly, even today, over 20 years after this statement was made, the large majority of self-described Catholic theologians with teaching positions at self-described Catholic universities are apostates. In many cases, these people have made a false god out of their sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments]  and “the majority of Catholic believers disagree wth the official hierarchical teaching” on sexual morality.

The Church’s handling of the Curran case should – but won’t – refute the constant libel that the Vatican mercilessly sniffs out and pounces upon every sign of theological free-thinking.  Charles Curran went unscathed for more than 20 years while the Vatican patiently [foolishly?] tried to persuade him to accept Catholic Truth, years during which he and the religious revolution he symbolized and led did unimaginable, irreparable damage to the Body of Christ, the Catholic Church. [I don’t believe this – the Authority will return, but the Church it returns to may be much, much smaller] This revolution influenced innumerable faithful toward the abandonment of Christian morality; wounded, perhaps mortally, the central authority and universal character of the Catholic Church; and lost the greater part of the so-lately splendid, missionary Catholicism of the United States of America.

—————End Quote——————–

The main point I wanted to expand on was Curran’s statement that the majority of so-called “Catholic believers” disagree with the Doctrine of the Faith on sexual morality.  The key, as I have mentioned already, is contraception.  That is the vehicle by which apostasy was brought to the masses.  There is something very alluring, in a way that I think goes beyond cultural influences or even our propensity for selfish pleasure, about contraception, that I believe is strongly associated with the diabolical. The Church’s position on contraception is very authoritative, very strongly defined.  Only an ex cathedra statement from the Holy See could make this doctrine any more authoritative.  So, in peeling Catholics away from a constant belief which the vast majority of Catholics adhered to with religious assent even as late as the mid-60s!, the revolutionaries were not nibbling around the edges, they were attacking a doctrine of such centrality that they knew enormous other areas of the Faith would fall with it if they were successful.

But it is rather ironic reading Curran, and progressives in the Church today, appeal to the popularity of apostasy to buttress their arguments.  First, we know, as faithful Catholics, that the Church is not a democracy, and never has been.  No matter how much Curran and apostates like him try to force the Americanist and protestant-type heresies on the Church, the authority to determine Dogma rests not with the will of a fallen people, but with the Grace of God in men gifted with that great responsibility – the Pope and the bishops in union with him.

But, even more ironically disgusting, is the fact that Curran and other themselves have created the conditions of mass apostasy, unseen in the history of the Church, that so prevail today.  It was they who very carefully selected the issue of contraception as the wedge to drive between the faithful and the authority of the Pope. It was they who then organized the entire bureaucracy and created the execrable catechesis that for decades has malformed the faith of millions of people in the pews.  It was they who enlisted the media to enforce their will on the episcopate and spread their heresies. And it was they who have constantly, if often quietly and behind the scenes, threatened all kinds of mayhem if their program of revolution was even slightly obstructed.

Man has a fallen nature. We have a strong propensity to sin.  It takes constant recourse to the Graces that flow through the Church, primarily through the Sacraments, to live a morally upright, relatively sin-free life.  But when many voices, perhaps most voices, within the Church, start telling the people that everything has changed, that many former sins no longer are (as if what constitutes sin could really, substantially change), that fallen tendency is going to assert itself and the walls of Grace which kept most people on the narrow, windy path to salvation will collapse. Which, is exactly what was intended to happen (re: Razing the Bastions, H. von Baltasar).  And we can see how central the main thrust of the apostasy was, for embracing contraception leads to a constantly expanding nightmare of sin: fornication, adultery, divorce and remarriage, tolerance of perversion, commission of perversion, so-called gay marriage, masturbation, the objectification of women, ABORTION, euthanasia, in vitro fertilization, embryonic stem cell destruction, and the worst of all, the installation in Catholics of the protestant mindset of setting up oneself as the arbiter of what is “true” and the disaster that follows.  All this was blatantly intentional.

So, it’s a bit disingenuous for Curran, et. al., to appeal to the mass apostasy they themselves created as their prime argument for permitting them to continue their work of destruction. Not only is it false from a Catholic theological perspective, but it’s also an appeal to their own authority, as they created this dire calamity. It is heartbreaking, maddening that the vast majority of these apostates still teach in Catholic schools and universities.  It is difficult to see how such an utter collapse of the Faith could not be a sign of the parousia. 

I am not so certain, as Muggeridge seems to be, that these were misguided but well-intentioned people.  How can a group that knows the Truth, rejects it, and replaces it with error, dragging millions down in their train, be considered well-intentioned.  Or, perhaps the old saw “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”  I, for one, take a much harder view – I think these people knew the Faith, rejected it, and did so very consciously and with a purpose one can hardly describe as good.  Muggeridge herself describes at length what motivated these agents of radical change – power.  They did not like the fact that Rome had centralized ecclesial power over the past several centuries, and, informed by a Marxist view of earthly power as the only end worth obtaining in this life, they went after transferring that power to themselves.

How many souls have been lost as a result of all this, only God knows.

Ach, I’m running too long again.  More tomorrow, I pray!

Start St. Andrew Christmas Novena Nov. 30 (Friday) November 29, 2012

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Again, thanks to MJD.  This Novena, most excellent, runs from Nov. 30 through Christmas Eve (a traditional day of fasting before the great Feast of Christmas!).  I’ve included some commentary about this Novena from a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Face that meets down at the Carmelite Chapel on the First Sunday of the month at 3:30pm.

I am sending all of you
this prayer which has been very significant in our lives over the past five
years.  It is most beautiful.  The more you recite it the more
you are able to reflect on its purity.

The power of this prayer is
second only to the Golden Arrow prayer.  Every intention for that
particular year is answered–the miracle occurs within 30 days or two years, in
our experience.  I have become quite close to St Andrew through this
prayer.  He was the older brother to St Peter and was the first to encounter
Jesus (age 30) on the streets.  He excitedly told his brother and
others that he had indeed encountered the Messiah.

I do not like to send or
receive emails which imply, say this prayer, and magic will occur.  We
should always be praying.  This prayer is a beautiful way to deepen our
Advent and Christmas experience.  St Andrew who was the first to recognize
Jesus’s sacred face will intercede with our intention.  Our
one intention should be specific NOT general.
  So think carefully
about it  If you forget one day to recite the prayer, make it up the next
day.

Begin on November 30th, The Feast of St. Andrew until Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
Pray it 15 times a day: [remember, 15 times a day!]

HAIL AND BLESSED BE THE HOUR AND MOMENT IN WHICH THE SON OF GOD WAS BORN OF THE MOST PURE VIRGIN MARY, AT MIDNIGHT, IN BETHLEHELM, IN PIERCING COLD.
IN THAT HOUR, VOUCHSAFE, O MY GOD,  TO HEAR MY PRAYER AND GRANT MY PETITIONS, THROUGH THE MERITS OF OUR SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST AND OF HIS BLESSED MOTHER.  AMEN. 


Pray this beautiful prayer with your family, perhaps as part of your evening prayers as we do.  This prayer is very efficacious!  It has helped many, many souls achieve not only specific intentions but also to grow tremendously in Grace and union with the Divine Will.  God bless you!

Start Immaculate Conception Novena today or tomorrow November 29, 2012

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Thanks to MJD!  You can start your Novena for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (still a Holy Day of Obligation, so get to Mass!) today, Nov. 29, or tomorrow, Nov. 30.

Father all-powerful and ever-living God,

you chose the Immaculate Virgin Mary,

the mother of your Son, to be the mother and help of all Christians.

As she endured her bitter agony

at the cross of her Son, she was consoled by you

with the hope of His resurrection.

Now, in heaven

she consoles with a mother’s love all who turn to her with faith,

until the day of the Lord dawns in glory.

~Pray the Memorare~

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,

implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand,

sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.

~We pray~

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

we are filled with confidence that your prayers on our behalf

will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Please mention your intentions

**and most especially that the HHS Mandate be repealed 

 **for the conversion of our president, his cabinet, members of congress,

 that they will respect the sanctity of life, from the womb to the tomb

[I might also add a bit about conversion of the leadership of the Church regarding the issue of contraception, and the desperate need for strong statements and actions denouncing the evil of contraception use. As Anne Roche Muggeridge wrote, this is the key, the linchpin, to the entire collapse of the Faith]

O Glorious Mother of God,

in memory of your joyous Immaculate Conception,

hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions. AMEN

 

Prayer to redeem lost time November 29, 2012

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We had a great men’s discussion group meeting last night at Mater Dei.  We discussed St. Alphonsus Liguori’s Preparation for Death, one of the many volumes of what are termed his Ascetical Works.  Unfortunately, all I’ve been able to find on this book are modern, abridged versions which excise large amounts of content.  The book originally ran to about 460 pages in the 19th century English translation done by Grimm, while the modern versions only have about 150 pages.  That is very typical!  That’s why I dig and scour and try to find pre-20th century copies, or reprints of same, for many of these great works of spiritual giants, because the modenists have frequently gutted them and even in many cases radically changed their meaning and impact.  Fortunately, many of the wonderful translations of Liguori’s Ascetical Works by Fr. Eugene Grimm done in the 19th century (a life’s work, let me tell you) were reproduced as paperbacks in the period 1950s-70s, completely unedited nor modified.  I just bought several of these last night.  Liguori, if you have never read him, is simply amazing.  What a great blessing for God to raise up Saints like him!

Anyway, one topic we discussed last night was wasting time.  It is commonly recorded by many Saints, not just Liguori, that many, when they die or are near death, wish desperately they had more time to amend their life.  St. Teresa of Avila was very concerned about this.  She, one of the brightest stars in the galaxy of Saints, who drove herself to create an entirely new and very effective (but also trying) form of spirituality, lamented that in her youth she had “wasted” many days, not being in union with the Divine Will.  I don’t know about you, but I can relate to what she says, even though I find myself wasting time every day.

Well, let us stop doing that!  Attached is a very efficacious prayer from St. Teresa imploring God to restore lost time to us by Grace!  Not in the sense that we “get the time back,” but more like, making our present and future works efficiacious of Grace to, as she puts it, “turn that loss into gain.”  The prayer:

A Prayer to Redeem Lost Time, by St. Teresa of Avila

O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in “wedding garments.” Amen.

Perhaps this prayer could be added to your daily prayers?  I pray I may remember to do so!

Dear God – socialist medicine in Britain dehydrates babies to death November 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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“Congenital defects” and “care pathways” are some of the relevant terms, but denying a newborn child any form of sustenance, including water, and watching them slowly die for up to 10 or more days, I call that diabolical callousness. Whatever you call it, it’s the present reality in Britain and its wonderful, economy-consuming “free” medical system:

Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.

Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults.

But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.

One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone.

Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a  baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’.

The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally-ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an independent inquiry ordered by ministers.

The use of end of life care methods on disabled newborn babies was revealed in the doctors’ bible, the British Medical Journal.

Earlier this month, an un-named doctor wrote of the agony of watching the protracted deaths of babies. The doctor described one case of a baby born with ‘a lengthy list of unexpected congenital anomalies’, whose parents agreed to put it on the pathway.

The doctor wrote: ‘They wish for their child to die quickly once the feeding and fluids are stopped. They wish for pneumonia. They wish for no suffering. They wish for no visible changes to their precious baby.

‘Their wishes, however, are not consistent with my experience. Survival is often much longer than most physicians think; reflecting on my previous patients, the median time from withdrawal of hydration to death was ten days.

God, what is wrong with people?!  This is the kind of nightmarish perversion of reason and empathy that occurs in a society that has almost totally rejected God, and turned ot itself as the god it worships.  This is the kind of thinking that leads to terms such as “brain death” and the harvesting of organs from people still living and breathing, with beating hearts, functioning organs (they wouldn’t want them if they weren’t functioning), frequently accompanied by winces of pain and even pathetic attempts at self-defense.  This is what comes from the utter collaspe of the proper understanding of the God-given nature of humanity, the whole body animated by the soul and the two inseparable until natural death – at least, in a sane world.  But we do not live in such a world.

We live in a world where satanic grotesqueries like this masquerade as “care” and “concern” and “humanity” every day.  130,000 people a year starved and dehydrated to death!  And there is more and more evidence that our vaunted scienticians, so assured of themselves, may be quite wrong about what constitutes so-called “brain death” or “vegetative states,” with miraculous recoveries and new diagnosis techniques revealing the brain isn’t quite as dead as the scientists once thought.  How many have died unnecessarily as a result of that?  The name Terry Schiavo springs to mind.

What a wonderful, utilitarian, materialist, narcissistic culture we’ve created.  Welcome to the new barbarism.  This is exactly what I have been saying here for some time – atheists and their cultural allies love to think that a culture divorced from God and devoid of religion will be one of paradasiacal enlightenment and benevolence. Nice dream. The reality will be a savage, technologically enabled barbarism of monstrous proportions.

How very refined we are.