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Weekend listening November 30, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Virtue.
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From the very best sermonist I know, the mysterious Fr. W (2007), a two-part sermon on the conversion of a Jewish pagan who had fame, fortune, wine, women, and song, and was still miserably empty.  Until he happened upon Benediction at a Catholic church and he became a very holy monk:

http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20070218-Father-Augustine-Marie-of-the-Most-Blessed-Sacrament-part-1.html

http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20070225-Father-Augustine-Marie-of-the-Most-Blessed-Sacrament-part-2.html

Very worth your time!

US birth rate falls to record low November 30, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, Dallas Diocese, demographics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Seriously, it now appears the US birth rate has fallen to its lowest level ever.  Which is a disaster on so many levels.

For those conservativish types scratching their heads trying to figure out how Obama won, figure it out.  The Repubnik’s main base is no longer a majority, because the birth rate to whites in this country has been below replacement rate for decades.  Why do we have so many immigrants, many illegal?  Because this nation didn’t produce enough babies to provide for the economy (not totally, but there is a strong correlation).  So, cheap labor had to be imported.  Why do we have the looming fiscal collapse with utterly unsustainable debt and dozens of trillions in unfunded liabilities?  Not enough kids to pay for the benefits promised.  Along with all the other wonderful gifts the miracle drug of contraception has brought to us: abortion, adultery, divorce and remarriage, acceptance of perversion, this ghoulish “gay marriage,” skyrocketing bastardry (soon to encompass the majority of children!), porn use, reduction of women to pleasure machines, et., etc.

Oh, Lord, You do have a sense of irony. “You want to reject My Law and use contraception?  Fine, enjoy the consequences!” (I know, God is not so flip).

The rate of babies born in the United States hit a record low in 2011, a new  analysis shows. Researchers say the drastic drop in the birth rate among  immigrants has greatly contributed to the overall decrease.

Based on preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the  Pew Research Center calculated that the overall birth rate — the annual number  of births per 1,000 women between 15 to 44 — was 63.2 last year. That’s the  lowest since such reliable record collection began in 1920 and close to half the  birth rate in 1957, amid the Baby Boom years.

The overall number of births declined 7 percent from 2007 to 2010. During  this period, U.S.-born women saw a 5 percent birth-rate decline, while there was  a 13 percent drop in births to immigrants. The drop was even more dramatic for  Mexican immigrant women, at 23 percent.

Despite the recent dip, foreign-born mothers still give birth to a  disproportionate share of the nation’s newborns, a trend that has persisted over  the past two decades. The birth rate for immigrant women in 2010 was 87.8 per  1,000 births, compared with 58.9 per 1,000 births for American-born women. And  although only 13 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born in 2010,  immigrant births accounted for 23 percent of all newborns that year, according  to the Pew Research Center. [Are you @#&%@!! kidding me?!?  13% of the entire US population is foreign born?  That’s about 40 million people!  Sheesh!]

You can’t de-couple the sex act from marriage with procreation at its center without experiencing the most dire of consequences. I think the past 50 years show that without the slightest doubt.

We’ll never have a truly strong, healthy economy in this country until we start having way, way more children.  People are not “costs” born by the government, they are, economically, wealth-creators.  More people generally means more wealth.  But our government-driven economy tends to view people as costs, exacerbating present trends.

The birth rate for native-born white women in the US is only slightly higher than that of women in the demographic death countries of Europe.  For white women in liberal states, the birth rates are below those of some European countries, down towards the lowest European levels.

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So…..a lesbian walks into a muslim barbershop…. November 30, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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….who wins the contest of the PC special victim classes?

So a lesbian walks into a Muslim barbershop, and asks for a “businessmen’s haircut”.

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it really happened, and now a government agency called the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will hear her complaint.

Faith McGregor is the lesbian who doesn’t like the girly cuts that they do at a salon. She wants the boy’s hairdo.

Omar Mahrouk is the owner of the Terminal Barber Shop in Toronto. He follows Shariah law…….As Mahrouk and the other barbers there say, they don’t believe in touching women other than their own wives.

…..But in the case of the Muslim barbers, the gay activists have met their match. If the test is who can be the most offended or most politically correct, a lesbian’s just not going to cut it.

Oh, McGregor is politically correct. But just not politically correct enough. It’s like poker.

A white, Christian male has the lowest hand — it’s like he’s got just one high card, maybe an ace. So almost everyone trumps him.

A white woman is just a bit higher — like a pair of twos. Enough to beat a white man, but not much more.

A gay man is like having two pairs in poker.

A gay woman — a lesbian like McGregor — is like having three of a kind.

A black lesbian is a full house — pretty tough to beat.

Unless she’s also in a wheelchair, which means she’s pretty much a straight flush.

The only person who could trump that would be a royal flush. If the late Sammy Davis Jr. — who was black, Jewish and half-blind — were to convert to Islam and discover he was 1/64th Aboriginal.

So which is a better hand: A lesbian who wants a haircut or a Muslim who doesn’t want to give it to her?

I’m betting on Mahrouk. And I predict that Muslim activists — not quiet barbers like Mahrouk, but professional Muslim busybodies — will start using human rights commissions more and more to push their way into places where they have no legal right, but where the human rights commissions are more than happy to engineer things for them, if they complain loud enough.

If I were a gay activist, I’d probably want to declare victory and shut down these human rights commissions right now.

In five years time, it won’t be gay activists forcing themselves into Christian B&Bs. It’ll be Muslim activists vetoing the gay pride parade.

I’ve argued the same thing here before.  Gays may have the ear of the liberal elite as one of the most appealing aggrieved classes for now, but what about in 5 years when muslims massively outnumber gays in Canada, or 15 years when they do so in the United States?  All this government enforcement of “tolerance” could have a massive backlash for today’s present beneficiaries.

Please Call Senator Hutchison and Urge Her to Oppose the UN Disabilities Treaty November 30, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society.
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This is important.  She’s a lameduck, she doesn’t really have a care other than setting up her post-political career mega-wealth.  But, perhaps a few hundred thousand phone calls, e-mails, and faxes might change her mind.  I blogged about this the other day. This is a bad treaty that would become US law trumping all other state and federal law and would pose a grave threat to homeschoolers.

We just received word that the U.S. Senate will hold a straight up-or-down vote on ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Tuesday, December 4.

This past Monday, the U.S. Senate decided, by a vote of 61–36, to begin debate on ratification of the CRPD.

Texas Senator Kay Hutchison was one of the 36 senators who opposed taking up the CRPD, but she is facing tremendous pressure from outside groups to vote for the treaty.

Please contact Senator Kay Hutchison to thank her for her initial vote, and urge her to continue to stand against attacks on parental rights and intrusive United Nations treaties. Then, please forward this email to your friends and family in Texas and urge them to call as well. You can also post this information on social media to help get the word out to parents and freedom-loving people in Texas.

Call Senator Hutchison at her Washington, D.C., office as well as one or more of her district offices. You may consider also sending an email or visiting a district office in person.

Washington, D.C. Office
202-224-5922

Abilene Office
325-676-2839

Austin Office
512-916-5834

Dallas Office
214-361-3500

Houston Office
713-653-3456

San Antonio Office
210-340-2885

Please give her staff some or all of this message:

“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families. If the Senate ratifies this treaty, it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that obligates us to recognize economic, social, and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic law.”

I have called both Senator Cornyn’s and Hutchison’s offices, and I got the strong impression Cornyn will never vote for this thing, while Hutchison was much more squishy.  So, call!

Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange on the number of the elect November 30, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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I picked up the below excerpts from a book by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange on the Thomist blog Ite Ad Thomam.  There is great confusion in the Church today regarding salvation.  Misguided ecumaniacal claims have led many to believe that we Catholics don’t need to evangelize our protestant or Jewish or other brothers and sisters, that God, being of course a loving, sentimental God in the most modern sense, would never damn anyone.  Or virtually anyone. This indifferentism has had the effect of crippling not only the Church’s evangelizing efforts, but also the very notion of penance and the need for Confession among Catholics.  In short, it may have placed the salvation of millions of souls in grave jeopardy:

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When Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange wrote this towards the beginning of the 20th Century, Catholic Faith and culture were still strong enough, perhaps, to support his claim that the large majority of adult Catholics would be saved.  That is because, as he said, these Catholics availed themselves of the Sacraments (especially Confession) and generally accepted and practiced the Faith as it had been believed and practiced for centuries before.

Today, I’m not so sure. Given how few Catholics accept all the Church believes, avail themselves of Confession, or receive the Blessed Sacrament in a worthy matter, I’m fearful for many Catholics.  I pray for conversion a great deal.  And, many Saints had grave doubts about the possibility of salvation for the large majority of souls, even souls within the Church.  And these Saints were especially close to God.  That does not mean they could not be wrong, but it does mean we ignore their advice at our peril.  These Saints include St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. John Vianney, and the great Augustine. Four of those five, which I can recall off the top of my head, are Doctors of the Church.

As Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange states (and where is his cause of canonization? He seems to have fallen afoul of the post-conciliar hatred of rigorous Scholasticism), this is a great mystery. My inclination in such weighty matters is always to fall on the side of caution.  Don’t assume you, or anyone else, will be saved. Pray without ceasing.  Place loved ones under the patronage and protection of the Blessed Mother.  Wear the Scapular, and undestand it. Pray the Rosary every day. Read Scripture. Receive the Sacraments as frequently as possible. Practice virtue. Forego sin.  Practice penance. Overcome attachments to the world, and live in union with the Divine Will.  The last bits are the hardest.  But, do that, and trust in God, and you should be fine.  More than fine, if you can live in union with the Divine Will – you shouldn’t spend much, if any, time in Purgatory!

The main thing, if you suspect you’ve committed a serious sin, get to Confession immediately.  That is why I pray for Confession to be available at every parish every day.  It is the very least charity demands.

Deo Gratias!

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