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Coming soon to a home near you? December 7, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, persecution, true leadership, Virtue.
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In times of persecution, the “house church” is sometimes the only one to be had. Or the barn church, the deep woods church, the brickyard church……such things go on in China today.   Please support the excellent Cardinal Kung Foundation.

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h/t JP Sonnen

Important reminders December 7, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Tradition, Virtue.
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Two big reminders – THERE IS NO ALL NIGHT ADORATION AT THE CARMELITE CHAPEL TONIGHT!  There is also none on the First Friday of January.

But, there IS All Night Adoration at Mater Dei parish in Irving tonight, and they need volunteers.  You don’t have to be a member of Mater Dei, or even been there before.  Just go and keep watch with Jesus for a while!

That’s it. I shall try to be down at Mater Dei tonight myself, even if I’ve already been there once today!

Some apropos readings from the Feast of St. Ambrose December 7, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, priests.
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Both readings from the Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church, have so much relevance for us in the Church today.

The Epistle is from 2 Timothy IV:1-8.

Dearly beloved, I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by His coming and His Kingdom: preach the world: be instant in season, and out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be sacrificed, and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love His coming.

The Gospel is St. Matthew V:13-19

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in Heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, but to fulfil. For Amen I say to you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. [the jot and tittle being the two smallest characters in Hebrew, the equivalent of the dot on the i and the – on the t.] He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, snd shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in he Kingdom of Heaven.

In the traditional Mass, these readings are read for every Doctor of the Church.  And that is a great thing, because we need to be reminded frequently that there have always been men who have tried to subvert the Truth of Christ to their own ends, or to lower it to the fallen, false wisdom of the world.

In the new order of the Mass, however, the 3 year cycle of readings just keeps rolling on, irrespective of Saint or Feast most of the time. So today you have rather nonsensical readings from Isaiah and Matt 9.  The fabricators of the Novus Ordo were never terribly comfortable with proclaimations of error in Scripture, and avoided mentions of judgment like the plague.  Which, is rather ironic, isn’t it?  You can run, but you can’t hide, and all that.

I’ll leave it to the reader to decide how much those warnings are being adhered to in today’s Church.

South Bend bishop endorses Notre Dame gay group December 7, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Thanks to a commnter for the tip. It won’t be 1 year before we’ve read about some scandal with this gay student group at Notre Dame, where there was some radical speaker brought it, scandalous act, or whatever occurred.  The university will have essentially no say over this organization – as if that would stop scandal.  But, to Bishop Kevin Rhoades, it’s all a wonderful pastoral initiative.

One of the essential characteristics of a Catholic university is “fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us from the Church” (Pope John Paul II, Excorde ecclesiae). In its recently released Pastoral Plan, the University of Notre Dame clearly affirms its fidelity to Catholic Church teaching on human sexuality by affirming that “sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman” and that “the deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose.” It affirms the teachings of the Church on the commandment and vocation of love, the virtue of chastity and its expression in friendship, the importance of self-mastery, and the call to holiness. The Planaffirms Catholic teaching that men and women who have homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. [maybe, but it doesn’t say one blessed thing about how sinful homosexual acts are, or any acts outside marriage, ordered towards procreation.  But homosexual acts were particularly offensive to God, Who made sure His Word covered the topic in detail]

It is vitally important that the Foundations of the Pastoral Plan, which express Notre Dame’s fidelity to Catholic teaching, inform and guide the implementation of the Plan, including the vision, programs and activities of the new student organization that is being formed. The Pastoral Plan states that “the organization’s purpose arises directly from the University’s Catholic mission and its aspiration to create a community where all may flourish and feel welcome, where we aspire to an even deeper understanding and appreciation of Catholic teaching, and where the human dignity of each Notre Dame student is valued.” …….I also hope that the Pastoral Plan will be of support to all students at Notre Dame in living a chaste and holy life according to the teachings of Jesus and His Church.

Please.  This is the university where there sits in tenured faculty positions heretics of the worst kind, from Fr.? Richard McBrien to Gary Gutting, with a dozen or five in between, how exactly has Notre Dame helped its students live a chaste life?  McBrien has apostasized on contraception for years, and for much of that time was head of the theology department.  Before E. Michael Jones went off his nut, he categorized just how toxically anti-Catholic, how laughably secular the culture at Notre Dame has become in story after story after story. And yet, we’re supposed to believe this same institution is going to magically enforce Catholic Doctrine now with regard to homosexuality.  B as in B, S as in S