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77% of Americans use porn regularly…… January 18, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, priests, sadness, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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….and a bunch guys lie about doing so.  First the report, then some comments:

Jason King, chair of the theology department at Saint Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, wrote about the accessibility and damage of pornography in his latest piece at Catholic Moral Theology. King summed up the situation well when he wrote that people used to have to exert an effort to view pornography. Now you have to exert an effort to not view it.

King provided further scary statistics about the viewing of pornography and its effects:

  • The best estimates indicate that 77 percent of Americans view pornography at least once a month.
  • 75-77 percent of males have downloaded porn in their lives.
  • 20 percent of males consciously abstain from viewing pornography.
  • 47 percent of women believe pornography harms relationships while 33 percent of men said the same.
  • 33 percent of all Americans believe that pornography will not harm a relationship.
  • During a six-week experiment the statement, “marriage is an important institution,” was affirmed by 60 percent of men who viewed no pornography during that period, but only 39 percent of those exposed to heavy viewing of pornography during the same period affirmed the same statement

I have already covered that last item here on this blog, but some of the numbers don’t make sense.  If 77% of Americans view porn once a month (at least), and the number of women who use porn monthly is less than 50%, how can it be that at most 77% of men have downloaded porn, ever, in their lives?  Either the 77% of Americans use porn monthly figure is wrong, or men are under-reporting if they use it at all – which I would suspect is the case.  My personal guess is that something more like 90% of men, or at least men under 60 or so, use porn, and regularly.  I’m not an expert, but that is what my gut tells me from personal experience, innumerable locker-room conversations, and a number of other sources.  I have no doubt, actually,t hat 77% of Americans use porn – I think that there is still a bit of embarrasment about that use (thank God), so some folks are under-reporting.

What a train wreck.  Thank God my grandmother didn’t live to see this day, I don’t know what she would have thought.  She would be beyond mortified to know that millions people, not just wierd men who go to the seedy side of town, but almost everyone, abuses their own sexuality and that of others in this way.

As the linked article goes on to say, the best way to avoid using porn is to never start. Once one starts down that path, it is exceedingly to stop, as the behaviors associated with porn use and abuse of self have powerful effects on the psyche and rapidly develop characteristics of addiction. I personally feel, although I can’t back it up with peer reviewed scientific studies, that many people today lost in deviant sexuality started out with self-abuse.  That transmogrified into a virulent narcissism that became so great that many developed a sexual attraction for the same.  At any rate, there is no question that porn use and the concommitant self-abuse is extraordinarly destructive of marriages, of self-esteem, and of morality.  It is the devil’s playground.  And the prince of darkness is winning many souls through our mass societal embrace of what used to be called filth.   I must conclude by asking, with this hideous moral catastrophe in our midst, how often do you hear a priest condemn porn use?  Shouldn’t that be fairly non-controversial?  Can’t at least a stand be taken there?

Fr. Jason Cargo to give conference at Seton parish in Plano Feb. 11 January 18, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, priests, sanctity.
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Father Jason Cargo, formerly of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Plano and now pastoral administrator of Immaculate Conception parish in Corsicana will be hosting a 1 night conference back at his old stomping grounds, Seton parish, on Monday, Feb. 11 from 6:30 to 8:00.  Jello-shots will be provided!  Mitt Everclear!

The topic is “hospitality as the basis of evangelization,” and the talk is presented by the Families of Nazareth group. So…..there it is.

All details are here, including signup———>>>>> FNM Feb 11 2013 Fr Cargo Conference-1

This is the conference time of year. It’s very important to try to grow in the Faith, and availing oneself of a priestly conference is a good way to do it.

I was kidding about the jello-shots.  I think…….

Catholic Culture – the winged hussars of Poland January 18, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Ecumenism, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Society, Virtue.
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Hussars were a form of moderately heavy cavalry that survived the middle ages into the early modern period.  They were basically extinct by the early 18th century.  But for a while in the cavalier period, in the 1500-1600s, they could be utterly dominant on the battlefield, which is why nations had them, in spite of their high expense.

No hussars were as feared – nor as effective, it seems – as the winged Hussars of Poland.  They played a pivotal role in saving Christendom from the Turk at the 2nd Siege of Vienna in 1683, when 2-300,000 Turks, including many Janissaries, tried to take Vienna defended by only about 10,000 men at arms. The Catholic relief force (the protestants in Germany, France, and elsewhere wanted the Turks to win, to go on and conquer Rome, and end the Church forever) numbered about 50,000, of which around 3,000 were winged hussars. But it is hussars that routed the Turk, put him to flight, leaving a baggage train so enormous, so opulent, that it actually sent the central European economy skyrocketing for many years after the victory, and also paved the way for the slow collapse of Ottoman power in SE Europe.  It’s amazing how much can hinge on one battle, one charge…..


The hussars were called “winged” because they had extensions on their rear armor to which were mounted eagle feathers.  There are various explanations for why they did this – some say the wings made a terrible sound when the hussars were at a gallop, some say the approach of some terrible demon bird sent enemy horses to fright, and some say they wore them just because they looked really cool.  I’ll vouch for the latter – the winged Polish hussars were probably the most amazing looking cavalry in world history:


There is a nice article here about the 2nd Siege of Vienna, and the role the hussars played in it.

Vienna was the battle that turned the tide irrevocably in favor of Christendom – at least up until the present day.  Who knows what the future may hold, with Egypt now fallen to radical islam and Syria likely soon to fall…….we may face the demon turk again.  I pray we get our Catholic act together before that happens, or we won’t stand a chance.  History has a tendency to flow in cycles of ebb and flow.



I should note that the first thing the great Polish king Jan Sobieski did after routing the Turk and lifting the seige, was to have a High Mass offered in thanksgiving.  He was a great, Catholic king.

St. Catherine of Siena on overcoming attachments January 18, 2013

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I had Adrian Montes on the radio last night discussing the Living Fast group he’s started, and I thought it was a really good show.  Of course, the point of the Living Fast is to get people to engage in fasting and other mortification much more regularly, to offer up penance for our sins, our own conversion, and the conversion of others – not to speak of the benefit to the holy souls in Purgatory.  I came across the following excerpt from St. Catherine of Siena in Divine Intimacy today and thought it was quite apropos to the discussion we had last night.  We all have attachments – overcoming them, losing them, is immensely pleasing to God and should be part of any serious spiritual life.

O power of the Eternal Father, come to my aid! Wisdom of the Son, illumine the eye of my intellect! Sweet clemency of the Holy Spirit, inflame my heart and unite it to Yourself. I confess, O sweet, eternal Goodness of God, that the mercy of the Holy Spirit and Your burning Charity are trying to inflame my heart and unite it to You, together with the hearts of all rational creatures…..Burn with the fire of Your Spirit, consume and destroy, down to the very roots, all love and affection of the flesh, in the hearts of the new plants which You have deigned to graft onto the Mystical Body of Holy Mother Church. Deign, O God, to carry us away from worldly affection into the garden of Your Love, and create in us a new heart and a clear understanding of Your Will, so that, despising the world, ourselves, and our pride, and filled with the true fervor of Your Love…..we may follow You for Yourself alone, in chaste purity and fervent charity!

O Holy Spirit, come into my heart; by Your power draw it to You, O God of Truth, grant me chairty with fear…..warm me and inflame me with Your most sweet love!