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Perry pushes abortion limit December 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, sickness, Society.
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Governor Rick Perry announced plans to ask the state legislator to ban abortions beyond 20 weeks based on fetal pain considerations.  In reality, I imagine babies can feel pain far before that, but it’s a step:

Gov. Rick Perry threw his support Tuesday behind legislation that would ban abortion in Texas after 20 weeks, the perrypoint at which he and other anti-abortion activists say a fetus can feel pain.

The Legislature, which will convene Jan. 8 for a 140-day session that occurs every two years, will also consider a bill that would require physicians who perform abortions to have an agreement with a nearby hospital, allowing them to admit a patient in case of an emergency, Perry said.

…..The proposed bill, however, should have widespread support in Texas’ largely Republican Legislature, which passed several laws in its 2011 session that made it more difficult to get an abortion, including a law that requires women to have a sonogram before going ahead with the procedure and putting in place a 24-hour waiting period between the time she sees a doctor and has the abortion.If the bill becomes law, Texas would become the 10th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Although some scientists have reported that fetuses have sufficient nerve development to feel pain at 20 weeks of development, a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association published in 2005 found “evidence regarding the capacity for fetal pain is limited but indicates that fetal perception of pain is unlikely before the third trimester.” [Please, the American Medical Association is so bound up in leftist groupthink I don’t trust a thing they say anymore. They are a thoroughly politicized groups which many doctors resent having to be a part of in order to practice in many locales]

The measure abortion opponents support would shorten a woman’s window for having an abortion in Texas by seven weeks; current Texas law prohibits abortions during the third trimester unless the health or life of the mother is at stake or if there are fetal abnormalities. 01103

Unfortunately, those exceptions are wide enough to drive a truck through.  There are many unscrupulous doctors out there who will sign a statement that a woman has a medical necessity for an abortion where no real necessity exists.

But, again, this is a step.  Not a step that’s going to have a big impact on the number of babies killed by abortion, but a step to further limit abortion and make it a far less convenient form of birth control.

There was another quote in the article, about Planned Barrenhood launching yet another lawsuit against the state in order to get that pro-abort nightmare reinstated on the diabolical Women’s Free Contraception Health Program, that I thought merited some comment:

“There is no denying that Gov. Perry and the state Legislature’s unprecedented and unrelenting assaults on women’s reproductive rights in 2011 are causing hardship for women in Texas every single day,” Bebe Anderson, the director of the legal program at the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.

No word from Ms. Anderson regarding the hardship abortion causes tens of thousands of Texas infants every year.  They, as always, could not be reached for comment from their state of limbo.
What a schizophrenic culture we live in.  Since the left has seen fit to use the recent atrocity committed in Connecticutt as a vehicle to advance their agenda, I’ll briefly do the same.  As terrible as this horrific, murderous attack was, and it is heart-breaking to read about the deaths of almost two dozen young children and to consider the bereavement of their families, the nightmare of abortion takes that many kids in less time than it has taken me to write this update.  We murder children with wild, reckless, thoughtless abandon in this culture, and we call it “choice.”  It’s disingenuous in the extreme for those on the progressive side suddenly proclaiming this great concern for human life (so they can try yet another fruitless attempt to “ban guns”), while at the same time these people have absolutely no problem with the deaths of millions of babies a year around the world so that people can copulate without “being punished with a baby.”  But that’s where we’re at. I pray for those families affected, and for the little children, but I also pray for conversion of this culture so we can see the murder of EVERY child as a hideous tragedy, as opposed to saving our concern for that 2/3 of children who survive gestation.

REMINDERS! – UPDATED! December 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, fun, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Tradition, Virtue.
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Reminder 1: If you pray the Breviary, the O Antiphons start tonight!  Woot!

Reminder II: No Latin Mass at St. Mark

Reminder C: This week is the winter Ember week.  Partial fast and abstinence on Wed, Fri, Sat.  Partial fast and abstinence means 1 main meal with meat one 2 smaller ones without (or one smaller one, or just totally fast if you can hack it).

Reminder Cuatro/UPDATE! I forgot to congratulate the UT women’s volleyball team for winning the national championship. Almost every year, some team at the 40 Acres (it’s actually over a 1000 if you add the offsite locations) wins a national championship, but the volleyball team has been knocking on the door for the past several years.

Meanwhile, Mack Brown sat alone in a room, silently staring at the wall.



Raymond Cardinal Burke at Clear Creek Monastery December 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Clear Creek, for those of you who don’t know, is a very traditional Benedictine monastery in the Diocese of Tulsa, OK.  They are growing by leaps and bounds, but always need support as they need great resources to build their very impressive new church.

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke recently visited – may he be our next Pope!  Check out how they greet him!  I would like to see our prelates and even priests greeted in such a manner again!

H.E. Bishop Slattery was also present – now there’s a rare bishop, one that responds personally and quickly to e-mails!  I love it when the sub-deacon covers his eyes at Solemn Masses!

Big h/t to Ars Orandi, this is awesome.

I don’t think St. Petery Julian Eymard would be very impressed with our churches today… December 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Grace, North Deanery, sadness, Saints, scandals.
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St. Peter Julian Eymard, I think, would be most disappointed with the design and decor of the vast majority of Catholic parishes today.  From Volume 1 of the Eymard Library, The Real Presence:

Yes we feel the need of seeing and feeling our Lord near us, and of honoring Him with our gifts.

If our Lord required of us nothing more than interior homage, He would fail to satisfy one of man’s imperious needs; we cannot love without manifesting that love through outward signs of friendship and affection.

That is why the strength of a people’s faith may be easily rated from its gifts to the churches.

If the altar candles are numerous, if the sacred linen is clean, if the vestments are neat and in good condition, oh! that is a sign of faith!

But if a church is without proper vestments for the service of our Lord and looks more like a prison than a church, faith is lacking. [Ahem.  I can think of more than a few Catholic churches today that look more like an auditorium or a gymnasium than a church, if not a prison]

How miserably we fail in our country in this respect! [And this, in the land of Chartres and Notre Dame]

People give to every form of charity, but beg something for the Most Blessed Sacrament and they do not know what you are talking about.

……Is the King then to go in rags………..?  We have not the right kind of faith, a faith that is practical, a faith that loves; we have only a negative, speculative faith. We are Catholic in name but protestant in practice.  [Wow.  If he said thus in 19th century France, what would he think of the state of the Church today.  Indeed, what would all the great Saints think of the Church today?  What do they think?  Do they weep, or do they know that what we are experiencing is part of God’s plan, that the final end is near and this mass apostasy is the great falling away prophesized in the Apocalypse of St. John?]

Our Lord is on the altar. We are continually asking Him for favors, health, and a happy death, but we do not honor HIs proverty with the slightest gift. We should then hold our tongue. We are insulting Him!

Saint James says that if a poor man asks you for an alms and you send him away without giving him anything and say to him, “Go in peace,” you are mocking him and you are homicidal.

Our Lord has nothing and expects everything from you. You come and say to Him: “I adore Thee and acknowledge Thee as my King. I thank Thee for being rpesenti n the Most Blessed Sacrament.” And you do not give Him anything for the honor of His worship. You are insulting Him

When a parish priest is obliged to wear torn and worthless vestments because he has no others, his parishioners are responsible for it. It is scandalous! [It is not always so today. Many parishes continue to use very tired vestments from decades ago because of attachment to what they represent, or because the priest does not feel comfortable with the more refined vestments of the past which are making a comeback]

For everybody, yes, everybody can give to our Lord. And experience proves that it is not the great of the wealthy, but the poor that maintain the splendor of Eucharistic worship.

On day our Lord saw the Pharisees cast large sums of money into the treasury; their gifts did not seem to affect Him in any way.
But a poor woman came and cast in a farthing, which was all she had. Our Lord stood in admiration, His heart was moved, and he could not help telling HIs Apostles so. The poor widow had given more than all the others because she had given of her very substance.

In the same way he who denies himself something in order to give a candle or a flower, gives more than he who can easily make a large offering. Jesus looks much less to the quantity of the gift than to the heart that gives it.

Gvie therefore, and give often to our Lord! Console His abandonment!  Help his poverty!

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I have remarked before, and will do so again, that one aspect of the Church that most surprised me when I became familiar with it years ago, was the paucity of support most parishes receive from their parishioners.   Parishes with, we are told, thousands upon thousands of families on the membership roles struggle with budgets much less than protestant churches with membership a fraction as large. But, then again, given how the money is frequently spent, at least in terms of Church design and decor, with cold modernism and iconoclasm so predominant, I can understanding some of that unwillingness.  If only our parishes would be designed to raise heart and soul to God, to glory in the Saints, to provide a suitable setting for our Eucharstic Lord and King!

Even in parishes where you can find the tabernacle, where it is not tucked away in some closet, is the setting what it should be?  Is the altar regal, the aura that which should be associated with the King and Creator of the Universe, our Lord and God, the One who will judge us at our death?

There has been an immense shift in Eucharistic thinking, which is mirrored in the appearance of our churches.  The center and focus on the Blessed Sacrament – Our Lord literally present with us – is either entirely absent or is so vague and modest that it can be easily overlooked. In many parishes even today, souls do no genuflect when approaching the tabernacle (again, if it can be found) and do not even kneel during the Consecration.  Is it any wonder belief in the Real Presence has collapsed?  But, we are told, we are a “new” Church, we don’t need all those old superstitions. And the souls, so unnourished, fall away in their millions.  And we are surprised at this?

Almost all the old Cult of God has been lost, replaced by a nebulous cult of man.  It is spiritually unfulfilling. Souls can be entertained, given humanistic “enlightenment,” or behave and believe like liberal protestants much better, much easier elsewhere.  Why remain Catholic? Without constant emphasis on what makes the Catholic Faith unique, the True Faith, the experience of the last 40 years show that many souls can’t be bothered to remain.  And that is the truly devastating part of all this, the price paid in souls lost from the Church and lost in the misery of sin.

When will it change?  When we start providing the Cult of God again, and treat Christ like the King He is, in our very presence?




Just in time for Christmas, it’s here……. December 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic.
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…..the book that had all Rome talking a year or so ago, Dr. Roberto de Mattei’s The Second Vatican Council: An Unwritten Story is now available in English from Loreto Publications. Silly me, and I thought I was just about done with the head-banging over the Council.

This is the last one, I promise!  I have been waiting over a year for this to be translated into English…..in fact, maybe it’s been more like two years.  The problem with reading a great deal about the Council is that, after a time, one begins to read the same things over and over again. Yes, many books have their own particular angle and add bits of information into the whole, but there is a lot of repetition. From the reviews I have read, however, Professor de Mattei’s book goes deep into source material to present information never before published.  It is supposed to be a really ground-breaking history of the Council, such that it won honors as the best Italian history book of 2010.

Again, you can order here.