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Funny…”bedtime, they act like they’ve never been to sleep before!” January 21, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, fun, General Catholic, silliness, Society.
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My wife must see this. It’s a little worldly, but it’s also funny. The part at the beginning where he relays the number of kids he’s had might be the best. I’ve been there many times. “Oh, you have…..six……kids? You know what causes that, don’t you?”

There were another couple of excerpts of this show on Youtube……the above is by far the best part. 10 minutes on McDonald’s didn’t do much for me.

h/t Pertinacious Papist

No Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark January 21, 2013

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No Latin Mass tonight due to First Confessions. Mass returns next week, January 28 at 7pm.

Dr. Rick Gaillardetz university to host university orgy January 21, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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One of the reasons I started this blog was because of some really bad Lenten conferences which took place in the north deanery of the Dallas Diocese back in 2010.  The Sr. Joyce Rupp conference at St. Elizabeth Seton in Plano was, of course, the main impetus, but shortly after I learned of the Rupp conference, another conference hosted by Dr. Rick Gaillardetz at St. Mark in Plano came to my knowledge and I wrote about all the problems with the infamous Dr. G.  In point of fact, Dr. Gaillardetz is far, far more dangerous than Sr. Rupp, as he is a theologian of great renown and reputation – somehow – and even spent years training many Dallas and other dioceses’ priests at St. Mary’s in Houston.  He is definitely on the progressive side of the spectrum, and has opined such very helpful things such as theologians being the “real” Magisterium – so much easier to get your way without those old men in Rome! – use of contraception being fine as long as one is “sincere” in their beliefs, all manner of error regarding sex and marriage: the usual panoply of progressive thought, which just happens to reject two millenia of constant moral belief.   Perhaps the most incredible argument Gaillardetz has made is that many infallible Dogmas aren’t, because they weren’t proclaimed ex cathedra by the Pope.  That would limit the number of actual Dogmas to just a handful.  I’m sure he would state I’m just too dumb to understand the nuances of his highly advanced theology, but I’m far from his only critic.

Anyways, I mentioned that Gaillardetz instructed seminarians at St. Mary’s for years.  That sort of clears a whole bunch of things up, doesn’t it?  Snark aside, he moved on to the University of Toronto some time ago, and has been there ever since.  To gain some idea of what kind of place this university is, they just announced they are hosting a student orgy!  How very progressive of them!

According to an article by reporter Katie Daubs of The Toronto Star, the University of Toronto’s sexual education center will kick off its annual Sexual Awareness Week next week at “a downtown club that bills itself as a water-themed adult playground, where swingers are welcome and sex is allowed everywhere but the hot tub.”

“U of T is holding an orgy, and you’re invited! You just need your student ID” one Reddit user posted in a University of Waterloo forum.

But wait, it gets better. The article goes on to note the club where the kick off event will take place boasts “easy-to-clean surfaces, with sanitizing wipes (and) baskets of condoms.”

Meanwhile, campus officials are not bending over backward to distance themselves from the event, the newspaper reports:

“When asked whether it was a U of T-sanctioned event, and whether the university had any concerns, a spokesperson responded with an emailed statement: “The University will not attempt to censor, control or interfere with any group on the basis of its philosophy, beliefs, interests or opinions expressed, unless and until these lead to activities which are illegal or which infringe the rights and freedoms.” [translation: “We’ll happily and eagerly trample all over the rights of the Church and persecute Christians to our greatest possible abilitiy, but when it comes to leftist-inspired sexual immorality, that’s the kind of ‘right’ we can really get behind. Uhhh……so to speak.”

By the way, in case you’re wondering, the University of Toronto’s sexual education center is “an affiliated levy group of the University of Toronto Students Union. …The group’s mission is to foster a sex-positive attitude [really, is that what we need?  A “sex-positive” attitude?  Is that what our culture is lacking, enough license and utter abandon when it comes to sex?  Give me a break.  This is just another pathetic effort to establish their radical bona fides by scandalizing the few remaining moral people, and proving how transgressive they are.  What a joke. As all the evidence regarding “hooking up” on college campuses indicates, there is nothing remotely radical or countercultural in this.  If you want to be countercultural on a college campus today, be a chaste, orthodox Catholic giving public witness to the Faith.  See how long they “tolerate” that] in the greater U of T area, by offering information, programming, safer-sex supplies, and peer counseling. … Their sexual awareness week includes a discussion on sex positivity, an interactive sex toy demonstration and an afternoon of pornography,” the Toronto Star reports.

Of course, I doubt Gaillardetz has anything to do with this.  He may deplore it, for all I know.  But this kind of nonsense is even more widespread in Canada than it is here, at least in part because the Church in Canada has collapsed even further than the Church here in the US.  De-frocked heretics like Gregory Baum have made sure of that. I have gotten the sense from his writings that Gaillardetz does find the intellectual environment, the very living environment, of Canada more conducive to his progressive outlook than crazy right wing hillbilly Texas.  So very sorry to disappoint him.

Woman who successfully argued Roe v. Wade has about the life you’d expect…. January 21, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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My wonderful neighbor and I were talking last night and I mentioned our going to the March for Life.  She couldn’t go, but she did say there was an article in the Dallas Morning News about it.  She also said there was an article about the woman who argued the case both here in Dallas and at the Supreme Court which made abortion legal. My neighbor kindly brought me her paper, since I won’t get the DMN anymore, what with all its ridiculous bias.  The ender for me was when they started calling those who know marriage exists only between a man and a woman “anti-gay.”  I know the world will hate us, but I don’t have to pay for the privilege.

Anyhoo, the article on the female lawyer – Sarah Weddington – contained few surprises.  Let’s run down some of her vital statistics:

  • daughter of protestant (methodist) minister
  • attended UT Law School
  • became pregnant in 1967 before marriage
  • went to Mexico to procure an illegal abortion
  • married in 1968
  • became early activist in favor of abortion and lawyer
  • actively sought out female plaintiff to challenge Texas’ abortion laws
  • successfully argued Roe v. Wade, became democrat darling
  • served in Carter Admnistration
  • democrats discarded her when she ceased being useful
  • she then taught government at UT for 26 years, infecting who knows how many young minds with her self-serving immorality
  • at some point, her marriage ended
  • she now lives alone in Austin, childless

She states in the article, that her abortion revolved around her belief that she never would have been able to finish law school if she had the baby.

Wow. But there are millions of people who think similarly. In reality, it’s a crock. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way, in spite of the difficulties, in spite of the baby.  I had a friend who got another close friend of mine pregnant at 18, when he was in college. They wound up having another kid while he was still finishing, but he got his degree in 4 years and they went on to have 5 kids total.  It can be done, and is done all the time.

But this Weddington, she just encapsulates so much of what has gone haywire in our society in general and women in particular.  That quote the speaker made at the rally on Saturday – “feminism is not killing our children so we can compete with men” – it’s a total repudiation of this Weddington woman’s career.

I just don’t get it how these pro-aborts can be so utterly full of empathy for the woman, the mom, in the abortion situation, but so utterly forgetful, callous, and blase regarding the child that pays the ultimate price for his or her mother’s “choice.” I’ll never understand that.  Especially now, when we know definitively that it’s not a blob of cells, that very early babies can feel pain, that younger and younger children are “viable”………I simply cannot comprehend the mentality that totally ignores the fact that this vaunted, “sacred,” “holy” choice involves the brutal destruction of a child.  And not just a few children, but millions over the years – the greatest holocaust in the history of mankind, made not by some despotic government, but by the free choice of millions of individuals.

I don’t know when it will end. I agree with commenter DdlG, it is sad that the Diocese is already planning next year’s March for Life, which points towards that institutionalization of the pro-life movement I’ve wondered about.  But it would be unrealistic to expect legalized abortion to end in this country not only in the next year, but in the next ten or twenty years.  And until the Church starts to get serious about the mass apostasy and wanton immorality of contraception, even among the “faithful,” we won’t be able to even begin to think about the end of abortion.

It’s enough to depress a person.  But the fight will always go on, especially in reaching out to individual women and saving individual babies.

Todd Bullis doesn’t understand January 21, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, self-serving, Society.
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I’ve blogged about a man named Todd Bullis a couple of times.  He is a protestant guy who, starting in California and now here in Plano, protests outside pro-abort protestant churches.  He displays graphic images of abortion and challenges the members of these pro-abort sects to defend either their beliefs, their membership, or both.  It’s very confrontational and controversial, but I was generally supportive of his effort.

I’m less so now. Because Todd was there at the March for Life Saturday, lecturing and hectoring the crowd about how they are fools, how abortion will never end until their churches stand up and fight against it.

Uh……Todd.  Mr. Bullis.  My man…….you don’t seem to understand a very fundamental fact.  It kind of made your actions Saturday not only pointless, but counterproductive.  Let me make your error clear: every single church, group, or sect that participated in the March for Life is pro-life.  Not just in their little local enclave, not just in a few members, but in their official, overarching teachings.  The Southern Baptist Convention – pro-life.  They’re screwed up on contraception, which fatally undermines their pro-life stance, but, they are pro-life.  Christ for the Nations, the other evangelical groups – pro-life.  And the Catholic Church is the only Church that maintains a totally consistent, 100% unwavering life ethic from conception to natural death.  The vast majority of the crowd was Catholic.

You didn’t shock me, or I would think the large majority of marchers, with your graphic signs. First of all, they’re getting a bit torn and tattered, and the signs weren’t that graphic.  I’ve seen much more intense photos. Heck, I have signs that are more intense.

If there were some people there who, bizaarely, go to a unitarian church or they belong to a liberal episcopal church which is pro-abort or whatever, I doubt they made up even 5% of the marchers. Probably there were very few if any such people.

I’m not sure what the point was.  We can never truly know a person’s motivations, but it seemed a bit like a publicity stunt, an attempt to glom your fringe effort onto a larger movement.  To be clear, I wasn’t offended you were there, I just thought it was silly and pointless.  When I passed by your……protest?…..area, I didn’t see people getting offended or upset.  Maybe it did happen, but what I observed was your being ignored. I don’t think people had any clue what you were yammering about.  Maybe commenters can share their thoughts.

All in all, I think it was a bad play.  It showed a lack of judgment that casts a pall over your other efforts, which may have some merit, but which I don’t think I can support anymore.

2013 March for Life report January 21, 2013

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I am happy to report that attendance at the 2013 March for Life was up substantially from 2012, which experienced quite an attendance drop from the year before.  Largely the same people, the same parishes, taking this national scourge seriously.  In 2011, I think the crowd was around 9000.  It was hoped to top 10k in 2012, but that did not occur – I think attendance fell to around 7500.  Whether it was the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade that drew more people, or the nice weather, or a special action of Grace, or all three, I don’t know, but the crowd was estimated at around 9000-9500.

Unfortunately, once again, we pretty much witnessed to ourselves. I doubt there were 500 souls wandering through downtown on a Saturday – when downtown Dallas is always dead – who were unattached to the March and saw our actions.  Some of those were the rather strange people one always finds in downtown Dallas – they seemed to find the entire effort rather humorous.

As we left, and drove over the newly covered Woodall Rogers freeway and passed into Uptown, it seemed to me there – Uptown – is where we should march.  I think next year we should start and end at the Cathedral, with the March taking us up McKinney Ave. and into Uptown, where there were many hundreds or thousands of people out and about shopping, eating, pedestrian-ing, etc.  The usual denizens of Uptown, y0ung hipsters who are in all likelihood very worldly and liberal, should be exactly the target audience of the march.  I’m sure my recommendation will fall on deaf ears, but I don’t think the current Roe march is doing much to change hearts and minds.  We’re preaching to the converted.

We did make some signs that focused on contraception, albeit a bit more toned down from what I wanted. I really wanted to do a sign that pointed out the grave sinfulness of contraception, the utterly immorality of it all that paves the way from illicit sexual activity to abortion.  Still, the signs we did do got a number of compliments. In fact, I got stopped by over a dozen people saying……those are really great signs.  I am glad some souls understand the Truth, especially given that probably 2/3 or more of the marchers are Catholics.


This little backpack my wife made for my youngest daughter not only got a bunch of compliments, a number of people stopped to take pictures or videos of it:


As I mentioned, the 40th anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision in history may have played  a role in the larger crowd.  These Vietnamese Dominicans from Houston (which has a huge Vietnamese population) came up specifically because of the anniversary.  I pray we see them again.  From what I understand, Dallas has by far the largest March for Life in Texas.  Many dioceses don’t do anything, and a number of others have marches that attract only a few hundred.  But since Dallas is the location where Roe v. Wade was first heard in federal court, maybe that makes sense. But I also know the march has grown and been “successful” due to very strong support from the Diocese and Bishop Farrell in particular, along with the First Baptist and other protestant groups that take part. I also saw religious from the Franciscans of the Renewal in Ft. Worth, Sisters of the Holy Familiy of Nazareth, and some I couldn’t identify.  The largest contingent was the group from Houston, which apparently has 103 nuns!  Alleluia!  More like this, please. It is always wonderful to see habited religious out in public – it’s such a rare sight, it’s always a tremendous treat, for me.


I only took one bad shot of the crowd.  It gives you no real sense, but I took it, so I must afflict you with it:


That was at the rally in the parking lot in front of the Earle Cabell courthouse where Roe v. Wade was first heard.  I was not terribly inspired at the rally – Bishop Farrell made about the same comments he has for the past several years, we got a heavy dose of evangelical praise and worship music (I was disedified to see many Catholics rocking out to it), and in general it’s just sort of flat. There were two somewhat interesting speakers, whose names I did not get.  One was a woman who survived several attempted abortions and later abandonment – as an infant – by her drug addicted mom. She was left alone for a week in a seedy trailer. The other was a young pro-life “feminist” who had the following quote: “Feminism is not killing our children so we can compete with men.”  Ouch, but I think that about sums it up.  More on that later, God willing.

It was good to see many friends at the March, including a number of readers of this blog.  I am always heartened to see how strongly many readers are trying to live the Faith.  It is an inspiration.

Oh, for the second year in a row, I did not assist at the “bi-lingual Roe Memorial Mass.”  Went to Mater Dei instead.