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Stay away from Taize January 16, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, Tradition.
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Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam has a post that discusses the phenomenon of Taize prayer services in Catholic parishes. For those that don’t know, Taize is an ecumenical group founded in France that strives to advance the modern ecumenical movement by encouraging interaction between protestants and Catholics, primarily, focusing on what Christians in general have in common and striving to ignore or paper over differences as much as possible. But, Taize is fundamentally protestant, it was founded by protestants and though many Catholics participate and the group intentionally contains or mimicks many Catholic elements, it is simply not Catholic.  As such, Boniface concludes that Taize has no place in parish life, even though it is presently featured at many Catholic parishes, such as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano (or was as recently as a few months ago, and had been there for years).  I concur with this assessment.

As Boniface notes, however, simply pointing out that Taize is protestant in background and frequently in character is limited in terms of getting it removed from parishes where it is esconsed, as this movement has received high praise from the Church hierarchy, including several recent Popes.  In point of fact, the founder of this movement – a Calvinist who never converted but who claims to have accepted such Catholic beliefs as the role of the Blessed Virgin in salvation and the Real Presence – received the Blessed Sacrament every day at Catholic Masses offered at Taize’s HQ in France, and even received the Blessed Sacrament from the very hands of Blessed Pope John Paul II and and then Cardinal Ratzinger.  Both Popes have spoken very highly of Taize, with Pope Benedict’s most recent supportive statements coming as recently as 3 weeks ago.

All of this is contained in Boniface’s long post.  There is really too much to share, but he points out that the support Taize has received, and especially the frequent access to Communion by Taize members, runs counter to both Canon Law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Boniface notes that Pope JPII claimed that Taize brought about closer Christian unity by making protestants better protestants.  Pope Benedict has made statements that Taize is the future of greater Church unity, but it must be noted that Taize makes plain they seek to keep the various faith traditions – protestand and Catholic – intact. As Boniface notes:

Do the popes support Taize? Yes they do, but their support for it is in the context of support for a broader “new ecumenism” that replaces what has been called the traditional “outdated ecclesiology of return” with an ecumenism based on “shared faith experiences”, as Cardinal Avery Dulles once proposed. So the pope’s support of Taize is a support of an experiment in the new ecumenism.

Note in the comments above that Benedict XVI referred to the “provisional nature” of Taize. This is an interesting comment; it signifies that the status of the Taize community is not what is ultimately desired; that it will eventually give way to something more perfect. Yet, the term “provisional” seems to signify that Taize, though not perfect, will do for now. This a very interesting thing, for the pope seems to be suggesting that Taize represents a kind of transitional step on the road to “full communion” and “visible unity” (what that unity can look like is uncertain, since John Paul II also praised Taize for strengthening the existing denominational ties of its adherents). Taize is an experiment in the new ecumenism, and experiment in which traditional confessional boundaries are crossed and things that never would have been permitted traditionally are allowed as this experiment continues. There is a certain tension and ambiguity with regards to how Taize is treated by the Church.

I’ll say.  What I find most disconcerting, if you read Boniface’s entire post, is that both Popes seem to be alluding to some future “super-church” that is perhaps at present best represented (subsists in) the Catholic Church, but that the Catholic Church might still be deficient, that there will be some future entity that supersedes and replaces it, at the same time incorporating all or most of the other separated Christian sects. It’s a bit disheartening as a convert to the Faith to read, as Pope John Paul II said, that:

By desiring to be yourselves a “parable of community”, you will help  all whom you meet to be faithful to their denominational ties, the fruit of their education and their choice in conscience, but also to enter  more and more deeply into the mystery of communion that the Church is in God’s plan.”

Such a statement seems to say that the path to reunion exists not in protestant return to the Church, but in protestants being better protestants.  So, I screwed up when I converted?

Unfortunately, that is what so much of the “new ecumenism” seems to devolve down to: a sense of indifferentism, that one can and perhaps should remain in their own church community while working towards some kind of ethereal future union in a new super-church, while formal union is an impossible dream that should be forgotten. It’s a view that sems very emotional, seeking not to hurt feelings and to assure those in other sects that they’re doing just fine where they’re at. It’s very counter to Tradition, even very recent Tradition, which always made formal, visible reunion and submission to Holy Mother Church the sole goal of ecumenism (the “discredited” ecumenims of return). And there seems an excessive anthropocentrism here, a focus on worldly concerns and purely human perceptions that trumps the hard truth of the dire need for visible union with the Church and access to all the Sacraments to have a reasonable chance, even a slight chance, of salvation.  Without such union, the traditional belief of the Church has been that salvation is very, very difficult.  Is it charitable to tell protestants that remaining in their own group is the best way to work towards Church unity, let alone their own personal salvation?



Obama really hits strong notes in pro-life video January 16, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Wow, amazing. I didn’t know Obama cared so very much about the defense of innocent life. Amazing!

Seriously, I saw this yesterday and a reader sent it to me, as well. I like it, from Obama’s shroud-waving gun control rhetoric you would think he’d be violently opposed to abortion, but, of course, he’s not. Amazing that leftists would move heaven and earth to save a few born lives, even stripping hundreds of millions of their fellow citizens of God-given rights to self-defense, while they eagerly butcher millions of other citizens simply because they’re not visible yet. Do leftists have no imagination? Can they not understand that the child in the womb is real, and not a ‘wish it away’ pretend thing until it’s born (or a few years after, if trends continue) or on the off-chance the mother wants the child?

I give myself headaches just explaining progressive thought, I’ve given up trying to understand it. But I do think the “empathy” crowd has a serious lack thereof.

Obama, such an ardent defender of life! When it suits his prejudices…….

Jimmy Saville took part in black masses, satanism during abuse January 16, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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For those who don’t know, Jimmy Saville was a British media personality who just happened to have horrifically sexually abused hundreds of children over decades. The worst part is that many co-workers and his bosses at the BBC knew or strongly suspected his abuse, but no one reported him. He even went so far as to have BEDROOMS installed in children’s hospitals so he could abuse children – especially mentally challenged children – because they couldn’t fight back! The abuse went on from the early 60s until his death in 2011. This man so lost in the very darkness of sin also apparently took part in satanic rituals during the abuse, up to and including black masses. If you don’t know what occurs at black masses, you don’t want to. Anyways, this latest according to the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue:

“Jimmy Savile beat and raped a 12-year-old girl during a secret satanic ritual in a hospital.” This is the opening line in an English newspaper’s story on Sunday about BBC child rapist Jimmy Savile. The BBC icon, who died in 2011, is believed to be responsible for abusing at least 450 males and females, aged eight to 47.

Dr. Valerie Sinason, president of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability in the U.K., revealed that the aforementioned girl told her in 1992 what happened to her in 1975. Savile wore a robe and a mask while he abused the girl in the basement of a hospital; during the rape, Savile and his cohorts (also pedophiles) chanted, “Hail Satan” in the candle-lit room. Five years later, Dr. Sinason says, Savile abused another girl during a Black Mass ceremony; she, too, heard Latin chanting and witnessed a group of men wearing Satanist regalia. Neither girl knew one another and lived in different parts of the country.
Now, there have been hysterias regarding alleged child sex abuse in the past- if you remember the scandal from the 80s when supposedly hundreds of children were sexually abused at a California day care center, when in fact, not a single one was.  But the consistency of the evidence and the persistence of the claims – many made by people who are now and have been adults for a very long time – seem to make it unlikely this is just the unjustified pummeling of a dead man.
I have read stories about black masses and various authority figures in the Church, especially the Church in the US.  There was a woman 20 years ago making very loud claims about a certain, extremely influential Cardinal who had shaped what is now the USCCB into existence. I have no idea if they are true or not, nor do I in this case, but I do know that once one starts down that wide, open highway of sin, so smooth and so easy, before long you are doing things you never thought you’d do, and then things that are hard to believe anyone would do.  But such has happened to millions of souls.  And sins of sexual degradation seem to be the the path to the most egregious falls from Grace, leading to the very darkest places and the hardest to recover from .
The picture at the link is disturbing. That man needs a lot of prayers.

Bishop Athanasius Scheider on religious liberty January 16, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, secularism, Society, Tradition.
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Catholic News Service continues their recent trend of producing videos dealing with traditional Catholic concerns and traditional Catholics. Bishop Athanasius Schneider should need no introduction to regular readers of this blog, the Auxiliary Bishop of Kazakstan has written and spoken voluminously on subjects such as the devastating practice of Communion in the hand, the value of the Traditional Mass, the dire impact of versus populum Mass, etc. In the most recent CNS video, which I found on Rorate Caeli, Bishop Schneider tries his hand at religious liberty and, specifically, the Vatican II document that causes traditional Catholics the most heartburn, Dignitatis Humanae.  I’ve got to say, that while I’ve been very impressed with numerous statements from Bishop Schneider in the past, always valuing his clarity, in this case he really seems to fumble about.  Possibly that is because English is obviously not his first language, but his statements regarding Dignitatis Humanae being necessary (is that what he’s saying?) in order to engage better with atheistic societies like Soviet Russia leave me scratching my head.  The Church has engaged with pagan and atheistic societies since its inception, I don’t know why statements to the effect that conscience trumps all were necessary to engage with the communists.  Was it all part of Paul VI’s very sad, very enabling Ostpolitik?

You people are smarter n’ me, maybe you can figure it out better than I can.

It should be noted that Blessed Pope John Paul II’s very confrontational policy with the communist bloc was not only very surprising to many who elected him Pope, it was also a striking repudiation of the previous policy.  And the dividend that change in policy paid was in the ability gained by millions of souls to practice the Faith openly again.

The treatment Josef Cardinal Mindzenty received was most shameful.