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Philippines passes law legalzing contraception and sterilization December 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, demographics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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One of the few remaining Catholic countries (ok, nominally Catholic) succumbs to the evil tentacles of selfish lust and baneful hedonism (my emphasis and comments).

The Filipino Congress has given initial approval to the controversial, anti-life “Reproductive Health Bill” (RH Bill). The legislation is seen as a precursor to potentially legalizing abortion in the pro-life, Catholic nation.

The bill received an approval today on second reading, with lawmakers voting 113-104 with two abstentions in the House of Representatives of the Philippines.

“This is a very dark day for the Philippines and for the fight for life and family around the world,” said Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International……

……Among other objectionable provisions, the RH Bill would force medical professionals and businesses to promote and perform a full range of “reproductive health services,” regardless of conscientious objection. [The bill legalizes pretty much all forms of contraception, makes them extremely available to teens, demands sex education courses of the worst kind for children aged 11-16, and will also teach contraceptive methods in these classes.  Truly, this is a demonic bill, as bad as anything in the collapsed, formerly Catholic regions of Europe or North America. This is truly demonic, and heartbreaking, to see a country named after a great Catholic king sink so far]  The bill promises to fine and jail opponents who spread as-yet-undefined “malicious” falsehoods about the bill[which seems to be a direct means to persecute the Church] and would pay for contraceptive services with taxpayer funds. It is feared that the RH Bill will move the Philippines one step closer to legalizing abortion, which is currently illegal under any circumstance. [that’s right.  This is, more than anything, a step towards legalizing contraception]

Versions of this bill have been filed and re-filed in Congress since 1998, but through the efforts of the pro-life community, and because of prayers from around the world, it has failed every time.

Boquet, of Human Life International, added: “The irony to all of this is that much of the reasoning from the bill’s supporters is that birth rates must come down if the Philippines is to join the ranks of the prosperous developed nations. They make this case even though these supposedly developed nations are all suffering a terrible financial downturn due in large part to curtailed population growth, and many are even trying to pay their citizens to have more children

For the high priests of the population control movement, reason doesn’t matter.  The fact that many countries have now controlled their populations so well that they are facing demographic death means nothing – in their God-rejecting “humanism” (what a strange humanism that seeks to destroy human life), these neo-pagans won’t be satisfied until mankind is back at a 1800 level of population and technology (such has been the stated goal of many of the leaders of this movement for decades).  Except for them, of course.  While the rest of us starve and freeze in the dark, they will jet off to population control summits where they will enjoy 5 star resorts and all the finery of life. It’s the new aristocracy, self-anointed and self-perpetuating.

This culture is in its death throes. Will any Filipino bishop stand up and excommunicate these supposedly “Catholic” legislators who enacted this evil law?

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What our Lord revealed to Saints regarding homosexual acts December 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, sadness, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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In some cases, this was direct inspiration – literally, the Saint beholding a vision where the information was communicated – in other cases, the inspiration was less direct. Nonetheless, throughout the history of the Church, our Blessed Lord has been very consistent on the issue of homosexuality – it is gravely, gravely offensive to Him, one of the most offensive sins there is.

The following were pulled from this Tan Books site.

Saint Catherine of Siena, a religious mystic of the 14th century, relays words St_ Catherine of Siena Gladbach
of Our Lord Jesus Christ about the vice against nature, which contaminated part
of the clergy in her time. Referring to sacred ministers, He says: “They not
only fail from resisting this frailty [of fallen human nature] . . . but do even
worse as they commit the cursed sin against nature. Like the blind and stupid,
having dimmed the light of their understanding, they do not recognize the
disease and misery in which they find themselves. For this not only causes Me
nausea, but displeases even the demons themselves, whom these miserable
creatures have chosen as their lords. For Me, this sin against nature is so
abominable that, for it alone, five cities were submersed, by virtue of the
judgment of My Divine Justice, which could no longer bear them. . . .

Saint Bernardine of Siena, a preacher of the fifteenth century, makes an accurate psychological analysis of the consequences of the homosexual vice. The illustrious Franciscan writes: “No sin has greater power over the soul than the one of cursed sodomy, which was always detested by all those who lived according to God. . . . Such passion for undue forms borders on madness. This vice disturbs the intellect, breaks an elevated and generous state of soul, drags great thoughts to petty ones, makes [men] pusillanimous and irascible, obstinate and hardened, servilely soft and incapable of anything. Furthermore, the will, being agitated by the insatiable drive for pleasure, no longer follows reason, but furor. . . . Someone who lived practicing the vice of sodomy will suffer more pains in Hell than anyone else, because this is the worst sin that there is.”

Saint Albert the Great gives four reasons why he considers homosexual acts as the most detestable ones: They are born from an ardent frenzy; they are disgustingly foul; those who become addicted to them are seldom freed from that vice; they are as contagious as disease, passing quickly from one person to another. [I think the allusion to addiction is a most apropos one. Experience has also shown that it is very, very difficult for those who fall into this sin to overcome it]

…the Fifth Lateran Council [1512-1517] decrees: Let any member of the clergy
caught in that vice against nature . . . be removed from the clerical order or tertullian
forced to do penance in a monastery (chap. 4, X, V, 31). “So that the contagion
of such a grave offense may not advance with greater audacity, taking advantage
of impunity, which is the greatest incitement to sin, and so as to more severely
punish the clerics who are guilty of this nefarious crime and who are not
frightened by the death of their souls, We determine that they should be handed
over to the secular authority, which enforces civil law. Therefore, wishing to
pursue with the greatest rigor that which We have decreed since the beginning of
Our Pontificate, We establish that any priest or member of the clergy, either
secular or regular, who commits such an execrable crime, by force of the present
law be deprived of every clerical privilege, of every post, dignity and
ecclesiastical benefit, and having been degraded by an ecclesiastical judge, be
immediately delivered to the secular authority to be executed as mandated by
law, according to the appropriate punishment for laymen plunged in this abyss.”

The Code of Canon Law undertaken at the initiative and encouragement of Saint Pius X, and published in 1917 by his successor Pope Benedict XV, says this: “So far as laymen are concerned, the sin of sodomy is punished ipso facto with the pain of infamy and other sanctions to be applied according to the prudent judgment of the Bishop depending on the gravity of each case (Can. 2357). As for ecclesiastics and religious, if they are clerici minoris [that is, of a degree lower than deacon], let them be punished with various measures, proportional to the gravity of the fault, that can even include dismissal from the clerical state (Can. 2358); if they are clerici maiores [that is, deacons, priests or bishops], let them ‘be declared infamous and suspended from every post, benefit, dignity, deprived of their eventual stipend and, in the gravest cases, let them be deposed’ (Can. 2359, par. 2).”

[I had no idea about these last two ideas from a Church C0uncil and the Code of Canon Law. If such were enforced today, the Church in this country would lose half its priests.  That is still preferable to the ongoing scandal and destruction of souls with the current situation, where whole dioceses are lost to this terrible sin]

Tertullian, the great apologist of the Church in the second century, writes: “All other frenzies of lusts which exceed the laws of nature and are impious toward both bodies and the sexes we banish . . . from all shelter of the Church, for they are not sins so much as monstrosities.”

And Tertullian lived in a time and place where, we are told, such acts were rampant!

I think it should be obvious from the above, in addition to the dozen-plus denounciations of this grave sin in Scripture, that the the Church has always been opposed to this act.  In the past, the Church was also quite a bit harsher with those who committed these acts, since, in spite of the saying, it’s very hard to separate the sin from the sinner, especially in cases like these.

But, of course……we are so very much more enlightened now.

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe December 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Our Lady, Tradition, Virtue.
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Patroness of the Americas. Get thee to Mass! Pray the Rosary! Ask for Her intercession!

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I feel much better posting this, than the previous self-indulgent, probably unhelpful post.

Fun with unions December 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, horror, sadness, sickness, Society.
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One particularly boring aspect of my life I have not bothered you with, dearest reader, is my time living in Idaho. I spent most of a year in a rather depressing little town called Pocatello. I know, when you hear Idaho, you might think of mountains and pine trees and white supremacists and potatos, but in my experience, only 1 of the 4 was really extant, and that was the potatos. They were pretty good, but, c’mon, they’re potatos, and its not like one tastes radically better than another. The part of I-dee-ho I lived in was actually high desert, there were some mountains around but they were devoid of much natural beauty.

I worked at a particularly god-foresaken chemical processing plant called FMC-Pocatello. It was an old, very dangerous, incredibly poorly maintained facility that produced elemental phosphorous, one of the nastiest, most toxic, most dangerous substances known to man. The plant was in incredibly poor condition – when elemental phosphorous is exposed to air, it spontaneously combusts. So, they tried to keep the phos, as it was called, under water. But the plant was so old and so badly maintained that the pipes leaked all the time, and phos fires were a constant occurrrence. By constant, I mean, perhaps 40 or 50 times a DAY. It was nothing to go back to your office after being in the production area and have your boots catch on fire, because you had walked through phos-contaminated water, and when the water dried, the phos would ignite. Really pleasant place, I still have a scar on my arm from a minor phos fire, as well as a ruined shirt. FMC had been fighting the EPA for decades over the cleanup of the really horrific toxic waste at the plant (and I say this as someone who is generally very hostile to the environmental movement, but this place was a disaster, utterly out of control. They literally buried 30 rail cars full of phossy water in the ground – they are still there, leaking into the ground water). The expense of the cleanup was greater than the value of the plant, so FMC closed it down. It’s gone now, nothing left but some concrete pads. There is a big battle still ongoing about the site remediation.

But, strangely enough, the worst aspect of working at FMC was not the dangerous conditions, the rivers of 3000 degree molten slag you walked over on a narrow, corroded expanded metal grate, the fact that sulfur dioxide offgassing would cause sulfuric acid to form in your respiratory system, creating a rather unpleasant effect – no, the worst part was working with the union staff of the plant. I had never been exposed to unions before. After this relatively brief experience, I fully understand the concept of “union thug.”

It’s not that they were lazy. They were, of course. They had work rules you couldn’t believe, but which are standard fare for unions. It would literally take a 5 man crew to change a light bulb. They would never work beyond their narrow hours, accomplishing perhaps 5 hours of “work” during an 8 hour shift. No, the main problem wasn’t laziness, it was brazen incompetence. It was amazing that at a plant with hundreds of operational staff, most jobs had to be outsourced to contractors because the unionized staff couldn’t, wouldn’t do many jobs. There were a few individuals who actually were OK and had some motivation, but they frequently had that motivation checked by their union compatriots, who would “remind” them in an intimidating way that they were making their “union brothers” look bad. I once had the entire crew of welders refuse to do a job for some ridiculous reason, so some guy who was totally unqualified on welding had to make a repair to one of those leaking pipes I mentioned. He actually did about as good a job as the “qualified welders” would have done.

About that welding. After I left Idaho, we moved back to Dallas and I got a job at an ultra-pure water purification equipment manufacturer in McKinney. We designed and built custom industrial scale water purification systems. They had two non-union welders there, fully ASME certified, who were the best danged welders I ever saw. They put the “fully qualified” union guys up in Idaho to complete, utter shame. But there was a time when for various reasons the two normal welders weren’t there. The company was scrambling around trying to find not only some welders but also some pipe fitters, and for some reason I can’t recall brought in some union guys (yes, there are unions in Texas). These guys were actually competent (probably due to competition from non-union labor?), but productivity went way down because they followed union rules and union rules said only so much work could be done in a day.

Another for instance. If you ever go to Kansas, you might wonder why there are no brick houses. All the houses have wood siding. That’s because Kansas is a union state, and the union bricklayers have a rule that they will only lay 800 bricks in a day. Now, any 3-4 man Mexican bricklaying crew working in the Metroplex, who may or may not be illegal, will lay 4-5 times that many bricks in a day, and finish an average house in 2-3 days. I’ve watched them do it many times. So, brick homes are too expensive to build in Kansas, for the most part. So, they don;’t have any. The same is true in most other union states.

Additional stories are legion. After Sandy, electrical repair crews from the South were refused permission to help repair the transmission lines because they weren’t union. Result, people were without power for weeks. The plural of anecdote is “data.”

The reason I mention all this, of course, is because of the recent events which have transpired in Michigan, where the legislature just passed laws making Michigan – the very cradle of thuggish, entitled unionism in this country – into a right to work state. The unions have responded with their customary tact, grace, and enlightened concern. They savagely attacked several people, collapsed tents with people inside, and threatened gun violence.

In this video, Steven Crowder gets attacked by a thug named Tony Camargo:

This one shows the tent being torn down:

I suppose such reactions are natural. If you’ve been on the union gravy train for years, making way more money than a job should normally pay and doing far less work in the bargain, you’d probably be angry, upset, and ready to lash out, too, if that gravy train were threatened. But unions are, in my experience, like the entitlement system. They are morally enervating. They encourage bad behavior, low productivity, and questionable quality. They cause labor costs to skyrocket, meaning fewer people have jobs, and their main purpose today seems to keep union leadership rich and to support the demonrat party. Because we are very far from the days when unions might have served a purpose to put a check on rapacious, robber baron capitalism. That function hasn’t been needed in decades. And we have seen many great companies destroyed due to both managerial incompetence and union greed.

I’m not being very charitable, I know. But the arguments against right to work are so very weak, and so very tied to self-serving ends, that I find them not just wrong, but morally repugnant. My personal experience with unions has been so uniformly negative that I have a difficult time showing much charity for them. And we can see from recent events in Wisconsin and now Michigan that unions have become so morally corrupt that even the very worst actions are possible from them. I think it is long past time for every state to become a right to work state, and the unions have to compete on a level playing field.

A final note: I’m not saying your union father/grandfather/brother/mother/aunt fits the above descriptions. I’m just giving my own experience.