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The constant belief of the Church regarding homosexuality February 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic.
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Radical homosexuals and their sad “Christian” apologists will often try to twist Sacred Scripture to claim that homosexuality is not really condemned. This is absurd – there are over a dozen condemnations of homosexual acts and the disordred orientation in both the Old and New Testaments. It has been the constant belief of the Church that such acts are gravely sinful, as I showed last week with an excerpt from the 1st Century Didache. Now comes a document from the 3rd 2nd century “(my mistake, don’t know why I made it, it was written around AD 170), by St. Theophilus of Antioch, which confirms what we already know:

For the unbelievers and the contemptuous, and for those who do not submit to the truth but assent to iniquity, when they have been involved in adulteries and fornications and homosexualities and avarice and in lawless idolatries, there will be wrath and indignation, tribulation and anguish: and in the end, such men as these will be detained in everlasting fire.

Of course, it’s not the Church picking on poor gays – it’s all sex outside the sanctity of marriage ordered towards procreation, it’s all disordered lusts and passions.

I keep hammering home on this point because there is a dangerous heresy spreading within the protestant sects – both mainline and evangelical – that tries to repudiate, explain away, or utterly neuter the plain meaning of Sacred Scripture. Of course, protestants are past masters of this, having built their entire revolution on snippets of Scripture taken completely out of context.  But we even see this kind of nonsense cropping up in the Church.  It is amazing to me how much error on the Church is built on ignorance of history.  Like the entire nonsense of Mass facing the people – never in the history of the Church was such practiced, it was never written about until modern times – and yet, so many try to claim that versus poplum is somehow a return to an ancient tradition. Wrong.

But now we have gays and their allies trying to say that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed due to “lack of hospitality” or that St. Paul wasn’t damning homosexual acts committed by homosexuals themselves, but by straights acting as homosexuals!  Please. I think St. Paul summed the situation up when he said that the days will come when men will tickle their ears with abominations of Scripture. I wonder if he knew how bad it would ultimately get.

Breaking: Obama relaxes HHS Mandate? February 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, secularism, sickness, Society.
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The Obama Administration – as they always do, the low down rotten creeps – released a major news development on a Friday afternoon, the slowest news time of the week. Pruneface Sebelius (I mean that totally, totally charitably – I think pruneface is a good thing!) released new HHS mandate rules that apparently follow the IRS code definition of a religious institution rather than the ridiculously narrow “exemption” in place previously, which pretty much said that if you weren’t a priest or religious, and didn’t exclusively serve Catholics, the Church had to buy your contraception.  Reactions are mixed – Fr. Frank Pavone and American Life League still completely dead set against, while Bill Donohue – possibly Cardinal Dolan’s mouthpiece? – thinks this solves the Church’s ‘problem” with the mandate.  Left in the lurch – private citizens and employers:

Legal analysts with religious organizations are still working through the revised regulations, which purport to offer a broader opt-out for religious employers, to determine whether the protections offered are meaningful, or – as they determined with the administration’s previous “accomodation” – merely an accounting gimmick.

But no matter what protections might be afforded to religious employers, what remains certain is that non-religious non-profits and for-profit businesses – such as Hobby Lobby – will not fall under the umbrella of protection.

Already conservative organizations are overwhelmingly slamming the revisions as insufficient.

“Today’s proposed rule does nothing to protect the religious liberty of millions of Americans,” said Kyle Duncan, General Counsel for The Becket Fund, a conservative legal organization that is representing several groups in the lawsuits against the mandate, including Hobby Lobby.

“The rights of family businesses like Hobby Lobby are still being violated,” said Duncan, adding that lawyers with his group are still studying what effect the rules will have for other non-profits such as Ave Maria University and EWTN.

“Once again, President Obama’s so-called ‘compromise’ is unacceptable – religious and moral freedom is not up for negotiation,” said Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

“There must be no religious ‘test’ by the government as to who, and what type of entities, are entitled to a conscience.  We demand respect for non-religious entities such as the Susan B. Anthony Listthat recognize the taking of human life is the antithesis of health care,” she said.

According to Dannenfelser, “The only acceptable outcome is the complete repeal of the HHS mandate and the restoration of a thriving marketplace where Americans can choose health care coverage consistent with their beliefs.”

Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life agreed.

“We at Priests for Life remind the administration that religious liberty does not just belong to religious groups and individuals,” said Fr. Pavone. “It belongs to all Americans. Objections to contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs aren’t based just on dogmas and Bibles, but on adverse health consequences and the fact that human beings, no matter how small, should not be killed.”

“We see only one acceptable change regarding the mandate: rescind it completely,” he said. [I’m inclined to agree. I don’t want to have to pay for Sandra Fluke’s $3000 a month or whatever it was contraception habit, either.  Who is she, Waylon Jennings?]

This is what Donohue had to say:

However, according to Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, the new rules “appear to go a long way toward rectifying the most problematic provisions of the mandate,” at least as it relates to religious employers.

“Essentially, the rules provide insularity for Catholic institutions: they will not be directly involved in providing health insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs,” he said.

However, Donohue also pointed out that “still unresolved” is the issue of private employers who object to the mandate.

We should know  a lot more on Monday.  Excpect to see the first (real) episcopal reactions then.

 

Mahony stripped of most duties, actions inferred as being “evil” – UPDATED! February 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Good on Archbishop Jose Gomez.  He didn’t directly call Mahony evil, but it could be inferred he was grouping Mahony’s blatant, dishonest, soul-destroying of the victims) and self-serving cover-ups as “evil:” (I add emphasis and comments):

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

This week we are releasing the files of priests who sexually abused children while they were serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

These files document abuses that happened decades ago. But that does not make them less serious.

I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil.[Now, the files in question really focus on how Mahony and his vicar general covered up abuse. So this appelation of “evil” could be inferred as being directed at Mahony, and not just the radical homosexual pedophile rapist sicko abusers – many of whom committed acts so heinously vile they defy description.  All I can say is, these men were possessed by something evil, the kind of evil that can only come from repeated sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments] There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed.
We need to acknowledge that terrible failure today. We need to pray for everyone who has ever been hurt by members of the Church. And we need to continue to support the long and painful process of healing their wounds and restoring the trust that was broken.
I cannot undo the failings of the pastthat we find in these pages. Reading these files, reflecting on the wounds that were caused, has been the saddest experience I’ve had since becoming your Archbishop in 2011.
 
My predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, has expressed his sorrow for his failure to fully protect young people entrusted to his care. [more like, sorrow at finally getting exposed for the moral monster he is] Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties. [Sadly, Cardinal Mahony, still a “priest in good standing,” and will still serve in public. He should have been forced to resign and removed from the priesthood years ago. This man is a monster of epic proportions, Everything he has done has always been aimed at protecting himself, and keeping sicko priests in service who perpetuated the revolution Mahony envisioned in the Church] Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry has also publicly apologized for his decisions while serving as Vicar for Clergy. I have accepted his request to be relieved of his responsibility as the Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara.
To every victim of child sexual abuse by a member of our Church: I want to help you in your healing. I am profoundly sorry for these sins against you…….
 …..I entrust all of us and our children and families to the tender care and protection of our Blessed Mother Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Angels.
Well, this is a fair first step, Archbishop Gomez. Now, formally and publicly roll back much of Mahony’s liberal protestantism.  As for Cardinal Mahony, I will pray for his conversion.
But most of all, pray for the victims.  As I said, what some of these boys – little children – had to suffer, over and over again in some cases, defies description.  This was some sick, violent stuff.

 

 

UPDATE: Noted episcopal (as in, bishops, not the sect) insider Rocco Palmo has a post of Mahony firing back. Remember, this was the man, Mahony, that expended great energy in his effort to crush EWTN or bring it under the USCCB’s control, which would, of course, have utterly ruined the network. So, she had to turn it over to a lay board. That has slowed the decline of EWTN, but not reversed it. Since Mother Angelica left day to day management, it has gone downhill, to my mind.

Palmo notes one unnamed insider predicting “this will get ugly.” This Mahony, he’s quite a piece of……..work. Yeah, that’s what I meant to say.

Actually, I think he’s very concerned about going to jail. As some of the links above have pointed out, he has fought viciously to protect primarily himself ever since this entire nightmare came to light. He has always engaged an army of lawyers. And he has retreted from one position to the next only after they became totally untenable. I’m sure he’s doing this to insulate himself as much as possible.

He’s the quintessential disciple of Bernadin. The savage bureaucrat with the smiling public face. I note in passing that Bernadin is widely believed to have had disordered sexual attractions. Apparently, one of the priest abusers lived in the same small rectory with Mahony for some time.

I love these pictures of nuns! February 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, priests, religious, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Many of them Saints. I found these on the Facebook page of someone who friended me yesterday. I love them! Thanks so much, Mary Therese!

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This is similar to the grill at the Dallas Carmel, except there is another row of crosswork metal that makes each opening even smaller

This is similar to the grill at the Dallas Carmel, except there is another row of crosswork metal that makes each opening even smaller

Apparently, some Carmels allow photos!

Apparently, some Carmels allow photos!

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Can you name all the Saints?

Can you name all the Saints?

That’s Teresa, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Therese, Teresa Benedicta a Cruce, St. Teresa of the Andes, don’t know, St. Maravillas, I think Blessed Maria Candida, don’t know.

 

The extravagant salaries of the bloated Church bureaucracy February 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, self-serving, sickness.
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All I can say is, wow!  And you can see why those chancery officials like to hang on to their jobs for decades.  It apparently pays very well to lead the Church in a period of severe collapse. I imagine the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio Cor Unum regarding the nature of service to the Church, primarily in Her charitiable institutions but it applies to chanceries as well, and which highlighted the fact that Church offices should not be vehicles to great wealth, went over like a lead balloon.  But this is how bureaucracies work – they assess their own function as being utterly critical, and thus deserving generous compensation, with which they recruit more like-minded individuals into the bureaucracy, forever expanding the bloat.  It works the same way at the local, state, and federal levels – why do you think Washington DC has the most booming economy in the country right now?  It’s all our money – whether it be the Church, the state, or the county, all those very comfortable salaries come from us.

Now, perhaps here in Dallas, the Diocese is a model of fiscal restraint. I really don’t know, to my knowledge, the Diocese does not publish salaries for chancery employees.  But as Michael relates, it appears that nationwide, high 6 figure salaries for diocesan employees are far from rare.  Good work if you can get it.

One final note: I don’t know that such compensation is sinful, as Michael questions, but I will say that it is emblematic of the very nature of bureaucracies – they constantly seek to reward themselves and grow no matter the external conditions – and point out the grave problem of so-called collegiality and the spread of massive “structures” throughout the Church, whose effectiveness any thinking Catholic has to seriously question, if not outright condemn.  Once again, it reveals to me the massive failure of the transfer of Church authority from the centrality of Rome to the dioceses, which was the great “carrot” at Vatican II by which so many of the other problematic changes were made in exchange for the promise of more local authority. I think 5 decades of experience have shown that local authority has been a dismal failure. More than that, it’s been the means by which the radicals have most widely and deeply entered into the Church.

A bit of a history lesson.  Prior to Vatican II, a Diocese like Dallas would be staffed by the bishop, the vicar general, the cathedral rector, and a handful of other priests. There might be a secretary or two.  Total staff would be under 20 – often, way under 20.  Today, 300 odd people work at the chancery. Then there are the state and national conferences.  All told, the number of people working for the Church has exploded by 2000% or more from what it was prior to the Council.  Almost all authority and bureaucracy used to be centered in Rome.  That was the horse trade the liberals made at Vatican II – if the bishops would approve some of the dubious, unclear formulations at Vatican II, they would get a massive transfer of power to build their own little mini-Vaticans in every diocese. That was a very tempting proposition. There was a great deal of chaffing at the centralized bureucracy of Rome before and during the Council. The radicals got their friends in the media to attack the centralized Curia at every turn, describing it as medieval and undemocratic. There is no question the media reports had tremendous influence on the Council – the media may have been THE decisive influence. Perhaps the Church was “undemocratic,” but it was that way for a very good reason.  For only the Chair if Peter is particularly protected against error. Individual bishops are not.  In fact, many of the great heresies of the Church have been started by bishops.  In any event, the radicals got their way, and it’s been a gold mine for them, in every sense of the phrase, ever since.

I don’t think there is a way to reform this system. But I’ll leave it to the Holy Ghost to light the way as to how to proceed.