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The sede is vacante February 28, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Admin, Basics, episcopate, Papa, sadness.
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How very sad.  I can’t help feeling a little bit abandoned.  All the reasonings aside, this was the most voluntariy papal abdication in history.  I pray God may be merciful to us.  I fear He won’t.


The abdication of Pope Celestine V led directly to the election of Boniface VIII.  The conflict between Boniface VIII and the tyranical French king Philip “the Fair” led to that Pope’s death,  the pursuant dominance of the corrupt French group of cardinals, the election of a Gallican Pope, and the Babylonian Exile of the Papacy for 70 years in Frogland Avignon. That in turn precipitated the Great Schism, and the next abdication, made by Gregory XII, in order to end that terrible division in the Church.  But the lack of leadership and, frankly, sanctity, evidenced by so many in the Church – especially the hierarchy –  led to a huge falling away from the incredible heights of piety attained in the 12th and 13th centuries, and led to general greed, debauchery, and failure to exercise even a minimal care for souls on the part of so many priests and bishops.  There was a hugely widespread collapse in discipline, because, frankly, with an ongoing schism and 2 or 3 claimants to the Papal Throne, those who cared about the Church may not have the time to focus on elementary things like discipline. That massive failure, and the attending corruption, led directly to the protestant revolt and the permanent cleaving of Christendom and the unleashing of all manner of destructive ideas that continue to assualt the Faith and, most likely, send millions to their doom.  There is a rather straight line from that abdication by Celestine V to all that followed it. Even today. Some might see in that a huge chastisement. I certainly see nothing positive in it.  That is the vision I had yesterday, and it was so intense even my body rebelled against me for a minute.  (Fatima+Akita+Quito)^2, times 10.

Is a great chastisement in the offing for this abdication?  I have no idea, but I know we have great reason to pray for the conclave and the next Pope.  Pray God gives us the Pope we need, not what the Church and world, perhaps, deserve. On a purely human level, I find much to fear, but I am sustained by Grace. And pray that I may continue to be.

God please give us a great, powerful, zealous, determined Saint-Pope.


Yes, that would do nicely.  And let’s see this again:


How about Cardinal Burke takes the name Pope Pius XV?  I know that would skip XIII and XIV, but both Pius’ with multiples of V were incredibly effective, saintly popes!  How about it?

Thank you, Pope Benedict, for what you did. I selfishly wish there was some way you could stay and do more!


I think the sombrero is the most awesome hat ever invented.

A meditation for our present situation February 28, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, religious, sadness, Saints, scandals.
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As the Pope left the balcony at Castel Gandolfo today, leaving behind a Chair that will be officially vacant in a little over an hour, and with the culture growing increasingly hateful of anything Christian and specifically Catholic, I thought these words from St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri very apropos.  This from the excellent Laudamus Te TLM magazine, which, if you haven’t ordered yet, you really should:

Let us not lose courage, but keep our eyes ever fixed on the Crucified One, because from Him we shall draw strength to endure the evils of this life not only with patience, but even with joy and gladness, as the Saints have done: Ye shall draw waters in joy from the fountains of the Savior, that is, says St. Bonaventure, from the wounds of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Saint exhorts us ever to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus dying on the cross, if we would live always united to God. Devortion, says St. Thomas, consists in being ready to accomplish in ourselves whatever God demands of us.  [And God has seen fit that we live in very trying times. We  must keep our focus on the Cross]

It is not enough to give a hasty glance, a few times in the year, at the Passion of Jesus Christ; we must often think of it, and every day turn our eyes to the pain which the Lord suffered for love of us.  [For love of us. That we might be saved] And what were the pains He suffered? The Apostle Paul says: He endured such contradiction. The contradiction which Jesus Christ endured from His enemies was such as to make Him, as it had been foretold by the Prophet, the vilest of men, and the man of sorrows, until He died of agony, and overwhelmed with insults, upon a gibbet belonging to the most reprobate. [Anything we suffer, our Savior has already suffered far, far worse.  If you think the difficulties in the Church right now pain you, how do they pain Him?] And why did Jesus Christ embrace this load of pains and insults? That ye might not be weary and faint in your minds; that seeing how much a God has been willing to endure, in order to give us an example of patience, we might be patient, and endure all to be delivered from our sins. [I pray this Lenten meditation may be helpful to you]

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May God bless you and be merciful to you, Holy Father.



Dr. Jay Boyd has a new book February 28, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, self-serving.
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Dr. Jay Boyd has been a good friend of this blog, and I enjoy very much reading hers, as well.  I’ve linked to it a fair number of times, probably not as often as I should have!  She has a new book out on Natural Family Planning. It’s called Natural Family Planning: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom, a nice play on Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand’s classic title.  I haven’t read it – yet – but here is the description from Amazon:

What’s wrong with Natural Family Planning? Taking a Catholic perspective on the subject, Dr. Jay Boyd explains that the use of NFP to avoid pregnancy is often promoted as “God’s family planning”. But is using NFP to prevent pregnancy really trusting God? If we take control of spacing births, how can be sure this is “God’s plan”, and that the children came “in God’s time”? [And how can people be really sure they aren’t interjecting their own preferences into their decisions made regarding family planning?  How many Catholics using NFP have GOOD spiritual advisers who they review this decision with to check for elements of self-interest?] And most people fail to “read the fine print” that says that NFP is to be used only when a couple has serious reasons for avoiding pregnancy [A very grave reason, is how it used to be defined, and really still is.] The reason many people think of NFP as “Catholic birth control” is because that’s how it is used by many well-meaning couples. [And that is how it is promoted by many NFP advocates and certainly many in the Catholic media – I’ve even heard Teresa Tomeo and Pia de Sollenni talk about using NFP to have NO kids, using it for the entirety of the fecund period of a couple’s life]  Claiming that a couple using NFP is “open to life” while they abstain from sex during the woman’s fertile period in order to intentionally avoid pregnancy – well…that’s a contradiction in terms. It can easily be argued that using NFP to avoid pregnancy is an expression of a lack of trust in God’s will and provision. It’s an active effort on the part of the couple to second-guess God’s timing for the family’s new members. Dr. Boyd takes a close, objective look at NFP from the standpoint of the teaching of the Catholic Church. She examines the basic problems with NFP, along with its philosophical underpinnings; and she delves into the important concepts of marital chastity and trust in Divine Providence.

Wow.  This sounds like a great book, a hugely important book. I’ve written on NFP a fair number or times, taking a rather critical view of how NFP is promoted and practiced by many Catholics, and I’ve never failed to attract umbrage from those who think I’m a great blue meanie for having the temerity to question their decisions.  But, in reality, I’m concerned, very concerned, about the souls of those who use NFP, of making them aware that what has been presented to them as a wonderful, fully Catholic method of birth control may well be imbued with the same contraceptive mentality as those who use actual contraception, and that their use may not be as “fully Catholic” as they think it is.  That’s not to say that NFP can never be used, but that there are very strict limitations on its rightful, moral use, and I fear many Catholics are perhaps acting more from self-interest than dispassionate, reasoned analysis of their situation.

Only God knows, but it is very important to make people aware of ALL the aspects of the moral use of NFP, and not simply rely on the promotional materials that are out there.

I am very gratified that Dr. Boyd has written this book.  Now, for my free copy…….


First Friday at the Carmelites February 28, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Lent, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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It seems it’s been forever since there’s been a First Friday at the Carmelite Chapel in Dallas!  I think there’s only been two in the past 6 or 7 months.  I missed it.  I am grateful that it’s back!  All details below – First Friday March 1/2:

1) All Night Vigil this Friday, March 1 – details below & in flyer

(2) Stations of the Cross at the Carmelite Monastery at 5:00 PM on March 1, March 8, March 15 and March 22

(3) Devotions to The Holy Face and Benediction on Sunday,

March 3 at 3:30 PM

All Night Vigil – Adoration First Friday, March 1

Discalced Carmelite Nuns Invite YOU!!

Starts Friday night   –  come as early as 4 PM

stay 30 minutes, one hour or all night

Vigil ends just before 7 AM Mass

 on Saturday, March 2

First Mass (TLM) 8:00 PM

Food & Drink available in the room next to the chapel.

 Please help yourself!

2nd Mass (TLM)  3:00 AM

Leave your personal prayer requests

The Nuns will storm heaven!

All details here———->>>>>>> Allnightcarmelites_march_april_2013


Very important Vortex video on the homosexual cabal in the Church February 27, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Bible, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, unadulterated evil.
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The video below is really, really important.  You really should watch it.

This issue should be – should be – the dominant issue of the next papacy, or at least it’s early years.  But such an involved problem, that has taken decades to develop, won’t be unwound in a few years. It will take decades of very dogged, determined effort to root out the extraordinarly harmful – I would say diabolical – influence of homosexuals in the priesthood, and especially in the episcopate. And there are many, many of them there. I don’t know how many, I don’t think anyone does, but it’s a lot.

In the video below, Michael Voris notes that ChurchMilitant.tv has taken a great deal of heat for refusing to “play ball” and ignore this root crisis in the Church.  He also notes that certain Catholic media outlets – including one with T, N, E, and W in it’s name – have totally ignored both the recent cardinalatial report to the Holy Father about the homosexual cabal in the Vatican and the many tentacles of this monstrous entity choking the life out of so many corners of the Church.  Michael is right, and those desiring to keep this horrific scandal bottled up are dead wrong – the Church will never be reformed until those occupying the most important roles stop a)committing acts that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, or at least, b) consisting of so many individuals with a fundamentally disordered psycho-sexual nature.

Michael seems to share some new revelations here. He seems to confirm that the cardinal’s report to the Holy See is valid, and that it does make mention of this homosexual clique. I also note that Michael has high level contacts in the Vatican who may be able to flesh out some of these crises behind the scenes, confirming reports, as it were, as well as pushing ChurchMilitant.tv to continue getting the word out.  It is very possible a certain very orthodox, traditionally-minded prelate desperately wants this information to get out. I really don’t know, but it’s certainly possible.

Finally, I’d like to note that any student of Church history, especially recent Church history, cannot fail to note that periods of mass apostasy are invariably accompanied by sexual depravity run amok among the clergy and hierarchy.  I don’t think it is even a slight coincidence that the stealth – and then open – growth of modernism and pseudo-modernism in the Church in the mid-20th century was accompanied by a massive influx of homosexual men into the priesthood.  I’m not stating anything radical here, the Church’s own records of homosexual abuse of pubescent males show this to be true.  The large influx began in the 30s and 40s, just about the time that modernism was coming back to life under terms like “nouvelle theologie,” “liturgical renewal,” and “pastoral reform.” Heresy – or even theogical/liturgical/philosophical radicalism barely within the bounds of orthodoxy – is almost invariably accompanied by some grave sin, most frequently sexual.  Those lost in sexual sin have a natural “reason” to despise the Church and seek to change her beliefs, to justify themselves in their sins.  They also have a tendency to recruit like minded individuals, both the continue their work of undermining the Faith and to give them partners in crime, so to speak.

Lack of diligence, zeal, and true care for souls has allowed this problem to fester for decades, until now it can no longer be hidden.  It is a cancer eating away at the Church with a virulence never before seen in 2000 years. And it must be stopped, now.  Any further delay will only make the crisis more intractable, and more painful to remove. We, the laity, must at this point use our voices to hold our shepherds to account, demanding they fulfill all the aspects of their God-given office. We may even have to seek recourse against those who won’t fulfill that solemn duty.

It’s 3 minutes to midnight.  We’ve got to start now. For one, pray like mad.  Secondly, keep your eyes open, and start challenging things that you know are wrong.

Adopt a Cardinal to pray for! February 27, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, North Deanery, Papa, sadness, scandals, Virtue.
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They’re out there shivering in the cold!  Pray for them!


With the upcoming Papal conclave, Cardinals will need to fully cooperate with Grace to do the Will of God. But, they will be under tremendous pressure from decidedly non-Divine influences, trying to make them elect a Pope that the world can crow about.  So, given that, tens of thousands of Catholics around the world have already signed up to pray for a Cardinal-elector. It’s simple. You go to this website here.  You put in your name, and they assign you a Cardinal.  You pray for that Cardinal – that he’ll cooperate with Grace, do God’s Will, be a Saint – until the conclave concludes.  That’s it.  I think it’s a very good idea, and I’ll pray for John Cardinal Onaiyekan every day.  He was one of the Cardinals created by Pope Benedict at his last consistory on Nov. 24.

But, I’ll also keep praying that this guy is the next Pope:


burke vat 2010

2013 Catholic Men’s Conference April 27 February 27, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, priests, Society, Virtue.
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Like last year, there will be another Catholic Men’s Conference April 27, 2013 from 7-3:30p at Prince of Peace in Plano.  This is being organized by the North Texas Catholic Brothers for Christ, which is also where you can register for the conference.   This year’s speakers include Richard Lane, who I’ve never heard of, funny Catholic radio psychologist Dr. Ray Guarendi, Jesse Romero, and Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio. It looks like they will have “reconciliation” and Mass.  I assume that’s classical Confession, and not a group absolution, which is invalid and illicit, but the schedule mentions something about 3 groups. I would assume with these conservatve Catholic speakers, it means the former.

Quite a change to host something like this at Prince of Peace.  Maybe since Fr. Balint has retired, Prince of Peace is changing. I know the vicar over there is solid.  I don’t think I’m saying anything radical or unfair in stating that Prince of Peace has long been known as one of the most progressive – some (like me) would say heterodox –  parishes in the Diocese.  So maybe things like this conference are a sign of improvement.  But I am a bit freaked out that they only have 1/2 hour of Confession a week!  Confession is integrally linked to the Blessed Sacrament, and must be widely available in all parishes, to keep souls from re-crucifying Christ by receiving the Body and Blood unworthily, eating and drinking condemnation on themselves (1 Cor 11:27-29).

Anyhoo, check out the conference site and GO if the Spirit so moves you.  When I was (finally) really getting rolling in the Faith, I found conferences like this quite helpful.  The conference is $35.

A final note – the registration page shows that checks should be made out to St. Gabriel Catholic Community.  That’s interesting. St. Gabriel in McKinney is known to bring in a number of orthodox/conservative Catholic speakers. St. Gabriel’s is sort of the anti-Collin County Catholic Churches Association, to which org St. Gabriel does not belong, even though it is, most certainly, in Collin County.  Collin County Catholic Churches Association – St. Mark, SEAS, St. Joseph in Richardson (not in Collin County), Our Lady of Angels, and Prince of Peace – trots out an LCWR septuagenarian sister, including some well known radicals, for its conferences every Lent. Groovy man. Make love not war!  At least they haven’t brought in any sisters with long paper trails of heterodoxy like Joyce Rupp in a few years.

I guess they’re having this conference at Prince of Peace because it’s larger?

My recommendation for best daily TLM Missal – St. Andrew February 27, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, reading, Tradition, Virtue.
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A Facebook group I belong to had a little blurb about the St. Andrew Daily Missal, and it reminded me that I’ve been meaning to write a post about TLM missals for some time.  I have used a number of missals, and I have found that the St. Andrew missal is far and away the very best there is. It has a very clear and concise format, and has the Latin and English texts side by side on the same page.  I have found and continue to find that to be an enormous benefit in following along during Mass.

The edges are actually gold

The edges are actually gold

What I have found in many other missals, whether from Baronius or Angelus or whatever, is that the texts are a) spread out with Latin on one page and English on the other, and b) have far more spacing between sections and aren’t as intuitive to follow. My wife and I stumbled upon the St. Andrew Missal in looking for our first TLM Missals some time ago, and I think the fact we bought the St. Andrew Missal has helped us tremendously in coming to appreciate and participate in the TLM.  I have noticed in other missals that the explanatory texts/rubics – the “red” in say the black, do the red – are not nearly so concise in other Missals as in the St. Andrew Missal, so that one has to hop around from page to page because the “additional” text takes up so much room, and they have such a ‘spacious” format.  The St. Andrew Missal is very tight, and thus leads you from one section to another with little opportunity to get lost.  When I use other missals for various reasons, I don’t find them nearly so easy to follow along.  I know one can get used to anything, and change of any kind, especially when you don’t have time to be fooling about, can be annoying, but I think the St. Andrew Missal really has a big advantage in terms of format.

There are other, perhaps even more substantial factors. For one, the St. Andrew Missal available from St. Bonaventure Publications uses 1945 version of the Missal, so there is no impact of the liturgical “reforms” that occurred even in the 50s under Venerable Pope Piux XII.  This does make it so that the missal in your hands will not match totally what the priest prays at the altar on occasions like the Holy Triduum that were reformed in the 50s and is in the current 1962 missal, but I’ve never found that to be a problem.  The Missal also has the repeated Confiteor after the Consecration, which is nice, as many 1962 Missals do not have that.

I find it a really handy size, somewhat smaller but thicker than most other Missals, and I love the already mentioned side-by-side Latin/English text.  But that does make the text small, which some people may have a hard time seeing. It doesn’t bother my old eyes a bit, yet, thanks be to God. Some other openmissal3drawbacks are the 5 ribbon markers tend to fall apart if you don’t dip them in wax or do something else to sustain them, and there are a very few rarely used Masses that aren’t in this Missal – I think I’ve had one occasion when I couldn’t find the Mass being offered in the Missal. That only applies to the propers for that one Mass – it was some Votive Mass, I can’t remember which.  But the St. Andrew Missal does have about two dozen Votive Masses, the Baptismal Rite, all the funereal Masses, it’s very complete. It also has extensive and old school narratives explaining and providing additional information for every major Feast as well as the different cycles of the liturgical year, and also has Vespers and the Kyriale.  It’s very complete. That’s why it’s over 200o pages!

As for price, it’s more than some, less than others.  I think it’s very fair for what you get.  If you’re in the market for a TLM Missal, I highly recommend it.

Non sequitur silliness – take civil literacy exam February 27, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, fun, General Catholic, non squitur, silliness, Society.
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If you’ve got 5 minutes to kill and want to find out if you have a fair understanding of the US political system, you can take this quiz here and see how you do. I will state from the start, the questions and answers are definitely from a traditional liberal point of view – not the modern day sophistry of liberalism, but classical liberalism.  Going through the questions made me realize how very far this country’s political-social orientation is from the Catholic ideal.  In that sense, I found it rather interesting.  I got 32 of 33 questions right, and I’ll tell you I missed the last one, but I think that last one is either way vague or is founded on a logical fallacy.  Because, I am incapable of ever, ever being wrong.  I am also incredibly humble, at least on a par with Cardinal Mahony, the veritable current-day paragon of humble meekness.

See how you do and let me know what you think.

I missed it! Chuck Yeager turns 90 February 26, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, fun, General Catholic, non squitur, Society, true leadership.
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I stumbled across a photo of Chuck Yeager, and it reminded me that his birthday is in February, and that he was turning 90 this year. I haven’t written much about Chuck Yeager over the past 3 years, but prior to my conversion he was definitely one of the very top heroes of my life and remains very significant to me to this day.  He is the individual who sparked much of my aviation enthusiasm, and also who helped give me inspiration – or just danged stubborness – to become an engineer.  I should probably curse him for that, actually…….

There is not much that can be said about Brigadier General Charles E. Yeager, USAF, Ret, that hasn’t already been written.  Even at age 90, he’s still very active and flies regularly.  Apparently, he’s nearly deaf but still has his famous 20/10 vision.  He was at the USAF Academy recently and gave a talk to over 4000 students, officers, and alumni.  He also commemorated his breaking of the sound barrier 65 years ago this past October, when he went to Nellis and flew in the backseat of a 65th Aggressor Squadron F-15D.   So, some photos of that, and then some more historical photos borrowed from the chuckyeager.com website, to salute Gen. Yeager on his 90th birthday:

Cadet Egan doesn't seem that impressed

Cadet Egan doesn’t seem that impressed

YeagerAndBudChuck Yeager with his best friend Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson, USAF, Ret., while serving in combat with the 357th Pursuit Group in England in 1944.


Yeager with the notorious Pancho Barnes (the terrible looking woman 2nd from left) at her hotel/dude ranch/bar/brothel Pancho Barnes Happy Bottom Riding Club.  Hey, it was the only bar near Edwards!


Lt. Col Yeager as commander of the 1st Day Fighter Squadron at March AFB, California in 1957 or 8.  They flew F-100As, and were known as an elite unit.


Gen. Yeager with Bud Anderson (on right) and Brig. Gen. Pete Everest, about whom I blogged about previously here.  The timeframe is the Vietnam War, wherein then Col. Yeager commanded the 405th Tactical Fighter Wing.


Yeager commemorates historic flightYeager at Nellis this past October 14 preparing to go supersonic again.  Apparently, he needed no help getting up the ladder and into the cockpit.  That’s probably better than most 89 y/o’s can do!

Yeager commemorates historic flight

Yeager commemorates historic flight

Quite the life.  Too bad he’s not Catholic.  In fact, Chuck Yeager appeared on the Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” once.  And that place is now going to be a cathedral.  Soooo……..I have no idea what that means.