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CCHD lashes back out at critics June 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.
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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has been the recipient of very heavy, and very well-earned, criticism for some time. For years now, the CCHD has funded groups that are antithetical to Catholic belief and practice. In their efforts not to relieve poverty – for the publicly stated goal is NOT to relieve the suffering of poverty – but to “empower” the poor by ostensibly giving them a political voice, the CCHD has routinely given money to groups that support abortion, contraception, homosexual simulation of marriage, and socialist views of government and economics contrary to the Doctrine of the Faith.  CCHD’s very constitution is horribly disordered, for in essence, they seek to harness those in poverty to advance a frequently radical political agenda, in essence using human beings as agitprop for left wing causes in a very utilitarian, materialist manner.  A manner quite consonant with the disordered philosophy behind communism and socialism.

So, for several years now, faithful Catholics have expressed their dismay towards, and opposition against, the CCHD.  There have been several investigations of the organization by the USCCB, and apparently last year the group came close to being either radically reorganized or de-funded.  But the progressive elements in the USCCB were able to block that, for now.  Apparently seeking to lash out at their enemies, which consist of small groups of faithful Catholics and millions of individuals, the CCHD has staged a major propaganda effort to justify their efforts and condemn their critics.  That effort was released recently by a left-friendly political group called Faith in Public Life.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, known for funding organizations that support abortion, contraception, and attacks on the family, recently had a report issued on its behalf and signed by former CCHD staff members.

The report titled, “Be Not Afraid” claims that in order to continue the mission of social justice organizations that support the murder of babies in the womb, support contraception and the redefinition of marriage, they must and will continue to be given Catholic money.

This report is stunning in its ability to completely ignore the mass murder of children in the womb and its attempt to blame Catholics, who defend the right to life for all of God’s children, as lacking charity.

This report is an attempt to convince Catholics they should “Be not Afraid” to support groups that promote the culture of death as long as these groups are doing some kind of “social justice” work. [Which work, on behalf of almost exclusively far-left organizations, is most often extremely difficult to reconcile with the traditional doctrine of the Faith.]

In this report Bishop Robert Vasa is attacked for not helping the poor enough and the atheist radical Saul Alinsky is held up as a model of living the social justice message. [Big surprise, there, they attack one of the most orthodox bishops and hold up an amoral radical as a beacon of light]

In the past, the Catholic Campaign for human Development has given tens of millions of dollars to groups that attack human life and based on this report it appears that they will continue to do so.

I am surprised they are so bold.  The report – really little more than a press release – was signed by a number of former CCHD staffers and long retired progressive bishops. It is very rare for bishops to attack each other publicly, but that is exactly what is occurring here, since a number of dioceses have refused to take up the CCHD collection under the direction of their local ordinary.  The entire thing is in very bad taste, and either demonstrates some renewed support which is making them feel more bold, or is a desperate measure taken by an organization on the way out.  I do know that CCHD donations have declined for a number of years, although they sort of leveled off last year.

I, for one, have always supported the Reform CCHD Now coalition, but I really don’t think reform goes far enough. I have always believed this organization to be misbegotten in its very inception, and I believe it should be suppressed.

I have to note with dismay that Dallas is one of the dioceses that takes up a collection for USCCB, along with, I believe, every other diocese in the state.  If you oppose that collection, you might feel moved to let your bishop know.

Holy Hour Novena of Reparation for Vocations June 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, priests, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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I found this Holy Hour Novena of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for Neglect of and Negligence in Priestly and Religious Vocations at A Catholic Life. It comes with a booklet to formally guide the Holy Hour in reparation for bad, lost, and/or problematic vocations.  I think this is a very, very valuable spiritual work of mercy and something that is probably very badly needed in the Church right now. I pray some of my readers can join me in offering this work of reparation on behalf of those priests and religious who need it.  There might even be specific individuals you may want to focus this Novena on.  Perhaps a certain bishop or cardinal?

The holy hour is divided into three parts:

1. The first 30 minutes: Prayer of Intention and Prayers of Gratitude to God
2. Next 30 minutes: Prayers of Reparation to the Sacred Heart
3. An additional 3-5 minutes: Prayers of Petition
The holy hour can be done during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, in  front of the tabernacle, or at home for the home bound (If possible, the preferred time is between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am because this is  when our Lord is most offended.) [A very interesting point!]

This holy hour should be prayed once a week for nine consecutive weeks. Click here for a printable version of this novena.

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Mothers in Distress – the relic of St. Gerard can help! June 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, family, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, religious, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Via the great Transalpine Redemptorists:

If you are  or know of a mother in distress with her infant, either born or unborn,  or who is struggling to conceive, do not despair. Many thousands  of mothers in the last two-and-a-half centuries have found timely aid  and relief through the intercession of the Mother’s Saint — St Gerard  Majella. So many couples have been given the most precious gift of a child through his prayers. In  this age, when the sanctity of life is attacked on all fronts, it is a  privilege for the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer to provide the relic of  St Gerard for any mother who requests one, or for whom one is  requested.
Each relic of linen touched to a First Class  relic of the Saint is wrapped in gold cloth with a Miniature of Our  Mother of Perpetual Succour and sewn into a ribbon belt in order to  facilitate its being worn. Each relic-belt is hand made by a devoted  soul.
To request prayers or a relic please either send us your  request and address through this link:
Request a relic
or address  yourself to:

St Gerard Relics, Golgotha Monastery Island, Papa Stronsay, KW17 2AR, Orkney Islands, Scotland, U. K.

Relics  are provided at no charge, but, if you are able, something to help  cover the cost of postage is appreciated. Our relics are made with  Ecclesiastical approbation.
Prayer for Motherhood
O good St Gerard, powerful Intercessor before God and Wonderworker of our day, I call upon thee and seek thy aid. Thou who on earth didst always fulfil God’s designs, help me to do the Holy Will of God. Beseech the Master of Life, from Whom all paternity proceedeth, to render me fruitful in offspring, that I may raise up children to God in this life and heirs to the Kingdom of His Glory in the world to come. Amen.

I really, really love this reminder from the Redemptorists:

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Another major prayer request June 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, North Deanery, Virtue.
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Some readers may know the name of JoAnn Murray.  JoAnn has been a stalwart defender of life for many years in the Dallas Diocese, and has been a major player in the pro-life efforts at St. Mark in Plano throughout that time.  Her husband Mike is also very involved in pro-life efforts, as well as the Knights of Columbus.

Some time back, Mike was diagnosed with cancer. I don’t have any details as to the type or severity, but I have been praying for him for a number of weeks now. Mike is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow, June 13.  Could you, in your charity, say a prayer for him, or if you are like me and have a list of the sick and injured that you pray for, could you add him to your list?  Praying for the sick is a great spiritual work of mercy, and I sincerely appreciate all those who answer these requests I make.

God bless you!