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Build a Catholic Culture – compliment women veiling! May 16, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, persecution, Tradition, Virtue.
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If we are to rebuild a distinctively Catholic culture, we’re going to have to live to learn, publicly, like Catholics. That will mean, for many of us, many changes in behavior.  One of the prime areas to change our behaviors is to dress with modesty, especially at church (or at least at church!).  50 years go, the sight of a woman with a bare head at Mass would have been a rare one, indeed, and would likely have been considered a scandal. But nowadays, it’s almost the reverse – outside of traditional parishes, it’s incredibly rare to see any chapel veils, and some are even scandalized by their presence!  If you’re like my wife, you’ve almost certainly heard comments like “We don’t have to wear those anymore!,” or “does your husband make you wear that?  Do you need help? (as I’m abusive or something.”

But there are still souls out there who are edified by seeing such a wonderful witness to the Faith.  My blog gal-pal Jay Boyd has a post which is actually a print of the comment by the same Elizabeth who comments here. It’s about a woman getting a very nice compliment from a man on wearing her veil.  Jay posted this around Mother’s Day, but I think it’s still apropos to repost now:

I wanted to share a “mother moment” I had this morning, I truly believe, with our Blessed Mother.

Before I entered the church at the nearby Novus Ordo parish, I came up with a compromise of sorts with my self-consciousness when wearing a veil at a NO church. All winter, I simply wore a hat at Mass. Now that it’s not hat weather…uh oh.
So I put the veil over my head and tied it back under my hair, like a bandana. Silly, eh? I figured that this would be a way to ease into wearing it, while at the same time not being quite so noticeable to others. I know… like everyone in the church is looking at me, right? 🙂 And besides, who cares if everyone looks at you! Further silliness!
So I knelt in my spot in front of the gorgeous statue of Our Lady, right up front in the handicapped row, and asked her to please help me to not be concerned about the looks I may get from others, or what other people may or may not think about it (including the army of VII priests there). I asked Her to please help me to don my veil at every Mass – just like I used to when I was able to attend the Traditional Mass, where every woman wears one. Please, please, please. Then I said a Hail Mary and the St. Michael prayer to settle myself in for the Mass, and sat back in the pew.
There was a tap on my shoulder.
I turned around to face a rather handsome, serious-faced man who leaned forward to whisper to me, “I haven’t seen a woman wearing a veil in church in decades. I just wanted to tell you how beautiful it is to see you wearing a veil. Thank you for that.”
I kid you not: that’s what he said. And no one can tell me that that wasn’t an answer to my heartfelt prayer! It brought a tear to my eyes, and I thanked Our Lady.
Awesome moment.
It was an awesome moment, and gentlemen, we should not be so shy or so remiss as to veil to compliment women who take the effort, and the harrassment, that comes with giving such a loving witness to the glory of God and His Church!
I’ve posted on this before, but have been meaning to, again.  Marymyway has a number of beautiful every day chapel veils and headcoverings for women.  They keep coming out with more and more styles to offer.  Consider checking them out!

Dear Lord: Another Gosnell, this time in Texas May 16, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Operation Rescue, Life News, and Jill Stanek are all covering a huge story that broke yesterday while I was in pointless training, about abortionist Doug Karpen and his Houston mill, where several former mill workers have stepped forward – and provided copious evidence – of the same atrocious conditions, illegal very late-term abortions, and killing of babies after being born that we saw with Dr. Joseph Mengele Kermit Gosnell.  I am certain this will be far from the last such revelations of illegal child-murder at abortion mills.  I must warn you, this story is horribly graphic. From Jill Stanek:

Operation Rescue and Life Dynamics have released photos, video, and witness testimony about a late-term abortionist in Houston, Texas, who routinely murders babies in horrendous ways after he aborts them alive.

Three former employees of abortionist Douglas Karpen (pictured below left) have come forward with shocking testimony, which they have corroborated with video and photos.

In the video below Gigi Aguliar, Deborah Edge, and Krystal Rodriguez say Karpen aborts babies beyond the legal limit in Texas of 24 weeks.

The informants also say they witnessed Karpen routinely kill babies after they were born by puncturing the soft spot or impaling the stomach with a sharp instrument, twisting the head off, or puncturing the throat with his finger.

They maintain babies Karpen aborted babies alive and then murdered them “daily.”

There are also horribly graphic photos at Life News and Jill Stanek’s blogs linked above. I really don’t feel like having them on my blog, they are beyond horrific.  Two little babies so hideously mangled……..ours is a sick, fallen world. How can we “aggiornamento” such a world, that is so utterly sick and fallen.  Our Lord Himself said he prayed not for the world, but for His Own………

……The abortion lobby and media have been claiming Kermit Gosnell was an anomaly, while pro-life activists know there are many more just like him. How can it not be that late-term abortionists blur the line between preborn and postborn?

I urge the TMB and AG Abbott to reopen their investigation of Karpen, particularly in light of the fact that the U.S. Congress has now launched a probe into shoddy abortion clinics, late-term abortions, and live birth abortions.

By now Abbott, pictured right, has received a letter from the House Judiciary Committee inquiring how he is enforcing the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act and how limits on late-term abortions are enforced.

Operation Rescue has many more details on this developing story, including video shot within the clinic.

It is true, they do. And while conditions at Karpen’s mill in Houston are not as bad as those in Kermit Gosnell’s baby assasination factory, they are still highly aaronwomensclinicunsanitary and septic. Looking at the picture of Karpen’s abortuary, I was reminded of the nasty-looking Routh St. mill on Central Expy in Dallas. Same dingy exterior, covering up, I am told, a rather nasty, dirty interior.

Unbelievably, Operation Rescue had submitted the evidence to the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbot, and the Texas Medical Board for review, in 2012. They were told by the TMB, in an unsigned letter, that the case was dismissed due to “insufficient evidence.”  I bet their scrambling to re-examine that evidence right now. And Attorney General Greg Abbot had better be on the ball on this one, as should Harris County DAs.

There is no question many state and other medical boards are supportive of, and have close connections to, the abortion industry. So, getting medical boards to condemn mills generally takes heavy political pressure. We’ve seen around the country that state boards or other supervisory agencies have historically been ridiculously lax, callously lax, in investigating complaints regarding mills, and in conducting thorough-going inspections, reviews of records, etc.  But given how much money NARAL, Planned Barrenhood, the Hershey fund, etc., throw around, this probably shouldn’t surprise us.  Abortion is a multi-billion dollar nexus of evil, and the prime selling point to induce doctors to perform them has always been money.

If you want to help insure this case isn’t buried by abortion-industry bought influence, please, in yoru charity, consider contacting the following responsible officials:

Mike Anderson, District Attorney Harris County, Texas

1201 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Houston, Texas 77002-1923

Voice: (713)-755-5800

E-Mail: Armand_Stephanie@dao.hctx.net


Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas

Office of the Attorney General

PO Box 12548

Austin, TX 78711-2548

Voice: (512) 463-2050

E-Mail: robert.allen@texasattorneygeneral.gov


Texas Medical Board

333 Guadalupe

Tower 3, Suite 610

Austin, TX 78701

Voice: (512) 305-7010

E-Mail: verifcic@tmb.state.tx.us

How our cardinals do sin…. May 16, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, horror, scandals, self-serving, shocking, Society, the return.
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Cardinals are the very princes of the Church. They are men given great Grace to elect the Pope, in addition to the torrents of Grace available through their ordination and then consecration as bishops.  But it seems so very few Cardinals cooperate with that Grace.  There has been the stomach-turning scandal of Cardinal O’Brien of Scotland, who resigned from his see in disgrace after numerous reports of depraved homosexual activity surfaced involving him, and men under his care, typically seminarians.  After this resignation, Cardinal O’Brien had esconced himself in the parish of his “lifelong friend,” a fellow priest.  When the Vatican began to intimate it would force Cardinal O’Brien to live a more retired and prayerful life than one of likely continued debauchery with his special “friend,” that priest-friend threatened to cause further scandal if his Cardinal-buddy were removed from his loving care.  Well, the Vatican wasn’t bullied by this threat, the Holy See just announced that Cardinal O’Brien is leaving Scotland.

Michael Voris has much more here, including additional details on the O’Brien scandal:

This homosexual crisis in the priesthood is, to my mind, the single greatest threat to the priesthood in its 2000 year history. Can men engaged in lives founded on lies and engaging in the most debauched of activities really have a valid vocation?  Do they really intend to confect the Blessed Sacrament, to change bread and wine+water into the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ?  The implications of this scandal are soul-rocking, to say the least.

And as if the scandal of Cardinal O’Brien was not enough (and we know he is far from the only homosexual cardinal the Church has been afflicted with in the past few decades), today we get word that Cardinal Dolan once again failed to speak Truth to power, once again caved when it came to standing up for what the Church believed when it might threaten his ego-boosting playing at politics with the governor of New York:

New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan warned Gov. Cuomo to be ready for a holy battle if he tries to strengthen state abortion-rights laws.

In an interview on an Albany radio station Tuesday, Dolan said Catholic bishops would be “as vociferous and rigorous as possible in our opposition” to the governor’s efforts.

Although Cuomo has yet to release an abortion bill, he’s announced plans to write into New York law protections now provided by federal court decisions like Roe vs. Wade…….
………..Archbishop Dolan said the conviction Monday of Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell on murder charges calls for laws that go the other way instead.
“I am in a bit of consternation as to why in a time when there seems to be kind of a sobering up about these horrors of the unfettered access to abortion, why in New York we are talking about even expanding it further,” Dolan said. [Because there is nothing more sacred to a leftist than a woman’s right to kill her child, you dolt!  They will sacrifice ANY other policy position to protect that one!  When will you guys in the American hierarchy figure this out?  THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE PARTY OF ABORTION, AND WILL BE FOR AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE IN THE FUTURE. NOTHING – NOTHING (short of an act of God, which you are deliberately frustrating with your cowardice) – WILL MAKE THEM CHANGE THAT!]
When asked how Cuomo could still consider himself a Catholic in good standing while also promoting abortion legislation, Dolan responded: “That’s something that I talk turkey with him about.”
Dolan spokesman Joseph Zwilling later said the cardinal did not mean to suggest that Cuomo would not be a Catholic in good standing if he went forward with the bill.
Emphasis from Rorate above. My rantiness below.

Oh, Cardinal Dolan, you pathetic worldling.

How can we otherwise think, Cardinal Dolan, that you care so very much more about the opinions of men, and especially powerful men, than you do about either serving Christ OR even protecting the unborn on a natural level, that you immediately take the most powerful weapon you have against these apostate Catholics off the table?  Cuomo is pursuing the most radical expansion of abortion in this nation at present.  All around the country, abortion is being rolled back by drips and drabs, but not in New Yack!  Oh, no, there, it’s a brave new world of baby slaughter for all, with the great Cardinal of New Yack talking turkey as the sewer drains overflow with blood!  And so you have to clarify “oh……I didn’t mean to imply still-living-in-sin-with-his-concubine Andrew Cuomo wouldn’t be a Catholic in good standing if he is directly responsible for dramatically increasing what is already by far the country’s highest rate of abortion!”  It wouldn’t be politic to do so, right?!

Do you know, Cardinal Dolan, what an unthinkable insult that is to all those Catholics who DO strive to live submissive to the mind of the Church?  Do you know how much scandal such statements cause?  Do you know how much those statements undermine your own authority?  Do you really expect the Catholics of the United States to believe that you, or ANY of your brother bishops, would really go to jail over something like the HHS Mandate, when you can’t even bother to defend the sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament or tell a radically anti-Catholic catholyc that he is outside the Body of Christ?  What on earth would make us believe, you, Cardinal Dolan, as head of the USCCB, would incur so much as a hangnail to defend the Church?
But the real question is, why does Cardinal Dolan hate Andrew Cuomo so much?  Why does he want him to go to hell?  Why does he continue to allow Andrew Cuomo to publicly apostasize and, even worse, blaspheme the Holy Spirit through his sacrilegious reception of the Blessed Sacrament?  Why won’t he have even a bit of compassion on poor Andrew Cuomo’s soul, and try the last bit of medicine an interdict or excommunication could provide?  At least then, millions of souls would cease being scandalized by the head of the USCCB’s failure to defend the Faith.
I don’t think Cardinal Dolan is a homosexual. But he sure acts like one.
Any minute, attack dog Broadway Bill Donahue will swoop down to tell us just how exemplary is Cardinal Dolan’s leadership in this moment of crisis, while excoriating anyone with the temerity to question it. He just got off the phone with him, don’t you know.

Prayers for local tornado victims May 16, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, disaster, horror, North Deanery, sadness, Society.
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It was a wild and wooly night in North Texas. We drove home from Mass under a torrential downpour, with tornado warnings all around.  The really severe weather was down to the south and west of DFW, from west of Granbury to east and south of Cleburne. I pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased, and all those who had their lives turned upside down last night:

Granbury tornado:



Mile-wide tornado near Cleburne:



We drive through part of the area the tornadoes struck all the time.  The path through Johnson County followed near US67 for quite a while. It is most fortuitous that the huge tornado was in mostly rural areas.  Otherwise, the damage could have been of biblical proportions. Thank God for that.