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Our aChristian culture is headed towards reinstitutionalized slavery May 22, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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I’ve said in various posts in the past, that, far from the conceit of atheists who pretend that a culture without any Christian influence would be one of enlightened, benevolent reason, in actuality, as cultures shed Christianity, they become amoral, utilitarian, and generally monstrous.  Case in point is the use of fetal stem cells for research.  As the video below says, growing people to use them for various purposes – which use involves their destruction! – is just a new form of slavery. And I have no doubt that if Western culture continues on its present course, institutionalized slavery not only of fetuses or clones will be regular, but so will slavery of whole groups of people.  Sexular pagans are extremely good at dehumanizing others to suit their agenda: it won’t stop with merely the unborn, the elderly, or clones grown in some laboratory for a new liver, a new heart, or whatever.  It’s hideous:

Dehumanization is the key, and dehumanization stems from de-Christianization.

This is literally Brave New World coming to life. An underclass deliberately bred to be dumb and subservient, a population drugged and kept totally submissive, devoid of any spiritual energy.  But it won’t work.  People are created to love God, and that need is not served, cultures collapse. But in the process, all kinds of monstrosities can be justified.

h/t CreativeMinorityReports

St. Alphonsus on the wonders of God May 22, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, religious, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Sometimes it’s good just to step back and ponder on God, to give thanks to Him who has given us everything.  Who better to turn to in moments like that, than the great Moral Doctor, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori!  From his Ascetical Works volume II, The Way of Salvation and Perfection:

God is a treasure of all Grace, of all good, of all perfection.Easter Morning

God is infinite, God is eternal, God is immense, God is unchangeable.

God is powerful, God is wise, God is provident, God is just.

God is merciful, God is holy, God is beautiful, God is brightness itself, God is rich, God is all things, and He is therefore worthy of love; and of how much love!

God is infinite; He gives to all, and receives nothing from any one. All that we have comes to us from God; but God has nothing from us: Thou art my God, for Thou hast no need of my goods (Ps 15:2).

God is eternal; He has ever been eternal, and always shall be. We can count the years and the days of our existence; but God knows no beginning, and will never have an end; But Thou art always the self-same, and Thy years shall not fail (Ps 101:28).The good thoughts of the newborn soul

God is immense, and is essentially preent in every place. We, when we are in one place, cannot be in any other. But God is in all places, in Heaven, on earth, in the sea, in the depths, without us, and within us. Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I go from Thy Face? If I ascend into Heaven, Thou art there; if I descend into hell, Thou art present. (Ps 138:7).

God is unchangeable; and all that He has ordained by His Holy Will from eternity, He Wills now, and will do so forever. For I am the Lord, and I change not (Mal 3:6).

God is powerful; and with respect to God, all the power of creatures is but weakness.

God is wise; and with respect to God, all human wisdom is ignorance. [Boy ain’t that the truth!]

God is provident; and with respect to God, all human foresight is ridiculous. [Ditto]

God is just; and with respect to God, all human justice is defective; And in His angels he found wickedness (Job 4:18).

God is merciful; and with respect to God, all human clemency is imperfect.

God is holy; and with respect to God, all human sanctity, though it be heroic, falls short in an infinite degree: None is good but God alone (Lk 18:19)

God is beauty itself; yes, how beautiful is God! and with respect to God, all human beauty is deformity. [Especially nowadays…]

God is brightness itself; and with respect to God, all human brightness, even that of the sun, is darkness.gesu e maria 2009 xii

God is rich; and with respect to God, all human riches are poverty.

God is all things; and with respect to God, the highest, the most sublime, the most admirable of created things, and even if they were all untied in one, are as nothing: All men are as nothing before Thee (Ps 38:6). he is, therefore, worthy of love; and, oh, of how much! Ah, God is worthy of so much love, that all the angels, and all the Saints of Paradise, do nothing but love God, and they will throughout all eternity be occupied only in loving Him; and in this love of God, they are and will always be happy.

Ah, God is so worthy of love, that he is obliged to love Himself with an infinite love; and in this same love, so necessary, but at the saem time so delightful, which God bears to Himself, consists his beatitude! And shall we not love Him?

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Thank you, Lord, for giving us a Saint like Alphonsus, who helps us to know You and see You as You really are!  We are so imperfect and so little, so fallen and corrupt, and yet You love us still!  Why, Lord?  Why do You, who are infinite and eternal, love us, who are pathetic and fleeting?  Only You know, but I thank You for Your Love!  Have mercy on us poor, weak little sinners!  Deo Gratias!


Fr. Amorth confirms – man Pope blessed had four demons? May 22, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in episcopate, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Papa, priests, shocking, Spiritual Warfare, the enemy, Virtue.
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This story has taken an unexpected turn.  Fr. Gabriel Amorth, one of the most well-known exorcists in the Church and the leading exorcist in the Diocese of Rome, has reported that he performed an exorcism on the disabled man who received Pope Francis’ blessing, which I reported about yesterday, and that he, Fr. Amorth, cast out four demons:

The Rev. Gabriele Amorth, a leading exorcist for the diocese of Rome, said he performed a lengthy exorcism of his own on the man Tuesday morning and ascertained he was possessed by four separate demons. The case was related to the legalization of abortion in Mexico City, he said.

Amorth told RAI state radio that even a short prayer, without the full rite of exorcism being performed, is in itself a type of exorcism.

“That was a true exorcism,” he said of Francis’ prayer. “Exorcisms aren’t just done according to the rules of the ritual.”

It could have been one of many binding prayers, which are often used in mild cases of demonic oppression to good effect.  I don’t know if that was what Pope Francis was doing, or not, but the reaction of the man to the blessing seemed very odd. But, then again, some with severe physical/neurological problems do not always have control of their bodies, and may make gestures or sounds that are quite unintentional.  It’s difficult to say.

Please no comments that Pope Francis inflicted the man with demons. If you have concerns or problems with specific actions Pope Francis has taken, or things he did prior to being elected Pope, that’s fine, so long as they are reasonable and backed up by facts, I have no problem with expressing concern or respectful criticism.  But no over-the-top statements regarding the Pope inflicting demons on people, he is the Pope!   There is absolutely no call for that.

Any more statements to that effect, and a ban will occur.

Eventually, liberalism leads to total apostasy May 22, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Bible, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking.
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Although I am no longer an episcopal, I still see the continuing demise of that sect as something of a tragic, if inevitable, event. Certainly, there are souls who_42278018_schori were brought up in that particular protestant ideology who have never known anything else, and are terribly pained, scandalized, and bewildered by episcopalianism’s transformation into just another group of radical leftist ideologues.  The transformation into neo-unitarianism is not quite complete, but is certainly very well advanced.  And the process appears to be accelerating.  Witness the recent comments by the current head of the Episcopal Church USA, “Bishop” Katherine Jefferts Schori, regarding the Apostle St. Paul, bashing him for having the audacity to make plain what all of Judeo-Christian Tradition has constantly believed, that homosexual acts are profoundly depraved, and the lifestyle itself highly disordered (I add comments and emphasis):

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has denounced the  Apostle Paul as mean-spirited and bigoted for having released a slave  girl from demonic bondage as reported in Acts 16:16-34 .

In her sermon delivered at All Saints Church in Curaçao in the diocese of Venezuela, Bishop  Katharine Jefferts Schori condemned those who did not share her views as enemies of the Holy Spirit.

The presiding bishop opened her remarks with an observation on the  Dutch slave past. “The history of this place tells some tragic stories  about the inability of some to see the beauty in other skin colors or  the treasure of cultures they didn’t value or understand,” she said.[And here begins the error, conflating an endemic characteristic like race with a behavior like homosexuality.  In spite of decades of attempts to prove some genetic cause for homosexuality, the data does anything but confirm such a causality, and in fact argues in favor of environment and behavioral causes.  But Schori is doing little but spouting talking points from the homosexual lobby machine]

She continued stating: “Human beings have a long history of  discounting and devaluing difference, finding it offensive or even  evil.  That kind of blindness is what leads to oppression, slavery, and  often, war.  Yet there remains a holier impulse in human life toward  freedom, dignity, and the full flourishing of those who have been kept  apart or on the margins of human communities.” [Do I even have to address this?  She just jettisoned 2000 years of constant belief, in favor of the revolutionary “rights of man” claptrap that has afflicted mankind since the French Revolution]

We live with the continuing tension between holier impulses that  encourage us to see the image of God in all human beings and the reality that some of us choose not to see that glimpse of the divine, and  instead use other people as means to an end.  We’re seeing something  similar right now in the changing attitudes and laws about same-sex  relationships, as many people come to recognize that different is not the same thing as wrongFor many people, it can be difficult to see God at work in the world  around us, particularly if God is doing something unexpected.  [So, it’s “god” behind the drive to encourage hedonistic depravity?  Well, that’s very interesting……]

As you can see, rhetorically, Schori has walked herself into a corner. She’s now proclaimed that it is the very Will of God that what has always been viewed as Katharine-Jefferts-Schorithe gravest of sins, is now holy and enlightened and so very wonderful we all must stand up and publicly acknowledge its holy wonderfulness.  Her problem is that Sacred Scripture completely repudiates her modernist views. So, what to do?  Change your thinking and submit to the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church?  None of that for the most reverend Katherine Jefferts Schori!  No, attack Scripture, and especially that misanthropic homophobe, St. Paul!

There begins a truly execrable and even laughable exegesis on the errors of St. Paul, relating how he brutally persecuted those who opposed him and made many mistakes, ending with a tearful confession and begging of forgiveness in a jail cell.  The only problem is, as Carl Olsen at Catholic World Report points out, none of it is true, and she has to butcher Scripture, completely changing its meaning, in order to try to make her point. At which she fails, and massively.  Any first year theology student (assuming they are not formed in modernism, which, umm……..yeah…..) should be able to brutalize her “argument,” which is nothing more than the usual protestant exercise in manipulating Scripture to serve a worldly end, with a heaping dose of special pleading thrown on top.  If this was a serious effort, it is truly remarkable at how pathetic it is.

I don’t think there is any question that the current leadership of the Episcopal Church USA is radically opposed to orthodox Christianity, has made itself beholden to modernist revisionism and left wing ideologies, and is falling all over itself to prostrate itself before the god of hedonist sexular paganism.  It is a troubling spectacle, to be sure, but one that reaffirms for me, at least, that in spite of the many failings of Her members, the Catholic Church is the only Church Christ established and which He protects and guides through the Holy Spirit. All else are doomed to the same fate as the episcopals, unless they repent and convert.

But  such is reserved for the work of the Holy Spirit.  We must pray and evangelize and do all we can to convert those in errant sects, but in the end, it all comes down to Grace, and cooperating with it.

Look at me, I'm a pretend bishop!

Look at me, I’m a pretend bishop!