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Michael Voris posts some gold June 25, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, Four Last Things, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving.
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These are some of the best Vortex videos ever. I hate to post three videos in a row, but they should really all be watched in sequence. They are that important, and eminently worth your time.

The collapse of the culture and the crisis in the Church are deeply intertwined.  The culture could not collapse without the Church falling into the crisis of widespread apostasy.  This culture is, for all intents and purposes, past the point of no return.  That doesn’t mean it’s end of the world time, but it does mean that something else will have to emerge from a long period of darkness. Let us pray that re-emergent culture is founded on a strong, unified, doctrinally orthodox Church.

“A large portion of the Church will either repent, or it will be pruned away.  And the culture, deprived by Church leaders of the Truth of Christ, will be the very instrument used for the pruning.”

I am afraid that Voris is very precise in his summation.  Looking back over history, it is quite possible to discern how God has allowed various cultures and nations to destroy themselves through their own sins. It is all ironic, in a sense.  The very things that “englightened” people think “free” them from God bring about a submission to misery far worse than any supposed religious enslavement.  May God have mercy on us.

The next video continues the discussion, but reminds us that all is not doom and gloom, and that in fact, this is a glorious time to be alive in Christ’s Church. We have an infinite variety of ways to achieve sanctity now!

Finally, Michael is back in Rome and remarks about some conversations he has had with various priests and bishops there. These, likely orthodox, clergy are just about devastated by the utter collapse of faith they see around them, even in Rome, and even – or perhaps especially – among so many of the highest princes of the Church. The only thing that these men can see that will clear out the rot from the Church is the sweet angel of death. Maybe the modernists should take up santa muerte!  The pathetic thing is, some probably already have, at least in essence.

 

Taj Mahoney – modernism on full display in LA June 25, 2013

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10 years ago, Roger Cardinal Mahoney, former Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles and probably the single worst of “Bernadin’s boys,” replaced this….

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….with the monstrosity described in the video below. As the commentator rightly notes, Catholic churches, especially Gothic cathedrals, were monuments to God, statements of the faithful’s collective beliefs about, and towering love and respect of, Almighty God.  The barn-like modernist catastrophe below is a testimony to man, with “clever” little details and nuances being about all the conveys the Faith.  But even on the human level, why is it liberals, who love to make such a show of their concern for their fellow man, love to build such coldly impersonal, inhumane structures?

“Orwellian brutalist architecture.” I would say, it’s more like Stalinist brutalism, which is an actual recognized architectural form.

The reredo from the old cathedral looks so hideously out of place. I agree with the commetator – “they threw us a bone.”  In a distant corner.  I also agree with the cathedral possessing a museum-like quality. It’s like a modernist display of various objects from a long dead religion, merely ojects of curiosity for a modern people above such things.

“Santa Muerte” a sinister and infernal cult June 25, 2013

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And, I would say, satanic.  For those who don’t know, “santa muerte,” or holy death, is a bizaare satanic cult with some “Catholic” trappings has spread like wildfire through Mexico and Central America in the past decade or so, fueled by the huge drug gangs and the collapse in the practice of the Catholic Faith. It has, through immigration, spread into the United States, as well. Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer of San Angelo has some strong words of condemnation for this death-worshipping cult (I add emphasis and comments):

The cult “Santa Muerte” has been called by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, sinister and infernal. 08santa_muerte_jb_jpegThis diabolical “Santa Muerte” cult has been burgeoning on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Santa Muerte cult is in no way santa (holy) but rather is, as Cardinal Ravasi has said, a celebration of devastation and of hell. It is a terrible blasphemy against God and is a false religiosity promoted by organized crime and drug traffickers. These groups celebrate death. It is in no way a true religion that celebrates life and justice and the dignity and sacredness of each person. La Santa Muerte has been called the “la religiosidad de narcos”—drug traffickers who falsify religion. [a more literal translation would be the religion of the narcos – drug traffickers]

The Santa Muerte is a skeletal figure of a cloaked woman with a scythe, or blade, in her bony hand. This cult is worshipped by drug dealers in Mexico and by the terrified people who live in drug-torn neighborhoods, and sadly in Texas, especially along the border. The devotion to the Santa Muerte, a female figure, goes directly against the true teaching of our Catholic Church and puts one in connection with the enemy of Christ, Satan.[And, thus, it exposes one to demonic obsession, oppression, and possession. There is little wonder the demand for exorcisms in Mexico has exploded, at a time when there are very few in that formerly amazingly Catholic country.  This whole death cult is a dire sign of how far the Faith has fallen in Mexico, and how perverted it has become.  Many of the practitioners of this cult consider themselves to be good Catholics!] From a Christian perspective, we have every assurance based on the Word of God that Christ has already defeated his last enemy —death — through His resurrection and has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us on the right path as we live each day with Christ preparing us for a holy death that will open the gates of heaven for us. [Perhaps a bit of post-Vatican II univeral salvationism here. I would rather the bishop warn these souls that they fall in dread danger of hell in following this cult]

The Santa Muerte engages in Satanism and many of its followers, Santa Muertistas, have committed heinous crimes in the name of the skeletal folk so called saint. Human sacrifice, narco-assassinations and other lurid crimes have been committed in Mexico and to some degree in the U.S. by devotees who believe that Saint Death sanctions and blesses these nefarious needs. [Read about the many mass graves found in Mexico, where deranged narcos and others tied up in this cult will suddenly, and for no reason, seize a bus full of poor people and murder them all, burying them in a mass grave.]

santa-muerte-denounced-by-vatican_67291_600x450Cardinal Ravasi points out that the Santa Muerte is not a religion just because it is dressed up like a religion. The cardinal stresses the importance to impress upon young people that these criminal groups have no religion, and that their activities run counter to human, social and cultural values. [Sigh.  How about, they run counter to the Gospel of Christ and objectively constitute commission of a mortal sin!  How about……they are EVIL!]

To counteract this satanic cult it is important to be faithful to Christ, our Good Shepherd, who has conquered sin, death and Satan himself, and to live by the guidance of the Holy Spirit and call on the protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe. And remember, that the true santas and santos in our Catholic faith are women and men who down through the ages have witnessed by holy lives to the Risen Savior, have rejected Satan and have been faithful followers of Jesus even to the point of giving their lives in martyrdom. These are the true Santos and Santas that we want to follow.

celebracion-del-7o-an-del-altar-a-la-santa-muerte-en-tepito1I like that last paragraph a lot.  Simple language, but conveying such critical truths that are so often forgotten today.

Santa muerte has exploded in the past few decades, at the same time concepts like “inculturation” and  the general suppression of traditional piety have been so widespread in the Church, especially in countries like Mexico where the fall from traditional Catholic practice to shocking modernism was so incredibly swift. Mexico was founded on the ruins of the Aztec Empire, an empire that practiced formal human sacrifice as the core act of their entire religion/culture. Human sacrifice and death worship were practiced on a scale not seen at least since ancient times.

But since Vatican II, and the general cultural marxist attacks on Western culture and the Catholic Faith in particular, there has been almost a Church-

"Penitents" walking for blocks on their knees to appease santa muerte

“Penitents” walking for blocks on their knees to appease santa muerte

approved revival of numerous Aztec practices. Most parishes with any significant hispanic population will almost certainly now feature a troupe of Aztec dancers! I don’t think it any accident, then, that at a time when the Church has so visibly collapsed in Mexico, with so many traditional acts of piety ridiculed and downplayed, that something very twisted would emerge in its wake. Something was going to fill that vacuum – for most people in the US, it’s mindless materialism, but in Mexico it’s something much more dark, much more sinister.  There is a visible tie-in between this “santa muerte” and the old Aztec death worship.

Which just goes to show that those old pieties that modernists like Richard McBrien and others love to denigrate did not just randomly materialize, they did not just sort of develop a life of their own without being very efficiacious of Grace and conversion.  They were very, very effectual, which is why they were so widely practiced and so cherished for so long. The Church must recover its traditional pieties – the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Processions, all kinds of little sacramentals like blessings of candles, etc., etc. – if it is to recover its vigor and its very soul.

Or else, we can expect to see more and more abominations of desolation like this below, the very worst of all, the mocking of the Blessed Virgin as a harbinger of death:

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If you want to see how deep and wide this perversion has sunk into Mexico, check out this link. But I warn you, much great immorality present in these photos (but no nudity)- this cult is tightly bound up with alcohol and drug abuse.

Texas Senate demonrats to filibuster abortion bill June 25, 2013

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The Texas House has passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks – the point at which very much data shows babies can feel excrutiating pain – along with a number of other necessary, just, and helpful restrictions on the practice of child murder (although, the only truly just course of action would be to terminate the practice immediately and forever).  Democrats, having long embraced pagan sexual nihilism as their paramount shibolleth and viewing abortion as a veritiable sacrament, are vehemently opposed.  They are planning a filibuster, which may require Governor Rick Perry to call an additional special session to move the legislation through.  I pray he does:

After the Texas House of Representatives passed the omnibus pro-life bill yesterday to ban abortions after 20-weeks of pregnancy, Democrats in the state Senate are planning to filibuster the measure today.

The House approved the bill early Monday morning after 8 hours of debate by a vote of 97-33 with 5 Democrats voting in favor of the bill and one Republican voting against.

According to Texas Right to Life, Senate Bill 5 would affirm the state’s interest in protecting the lives of preborn children who feel pain by banning abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization.

Senate Bill 5 also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient. [Now, let’s think about the logic here. Abortion is an extremely complex and invasive procedure. And the larger the child, the more complex it is.  And yet pro-aborts know that if even these minimal health and safety regulations are imposed, most mills will shut down since having to meet even these basic standards will eat into their profit too much to make their “business model” viable. And recall that Dr. Bernard Nathanson and other pro-aborts have testified that the lucrative nature of current abortion practices in this country was perhaps the prime selling point in getting doctors to perform this ghastly satanic child-murder. All the rhetoric about “women’s health” and waving of coat-hangers (and how many women are rendered sterile, maimed, or killed every year by botched abortions!  More than used to die during the old “back alley” days!) is just nothing but lies, lies used to justify the unjustifiable.  But abortion has become so very sacred to the left, that they will stop at nothing to insure that abortion on demand remains widely available throughout the land.  It is imperative that we in the pro-life movement start to really expose the diabolical links that tie together all the sexual paganism being promoted by the left – contraception, divorce, abortion, sexual depravity, state recognition of sodomite marriage, etc, etc.]

But Democrats oppose the bill claiming it would put many abortion facilities that can’t comply with the basic health and safety laws out of business. [Can’t!  Because then the doctor won’t be able to drive a big Mercedes Benz like the “doctor” at Routh St. Mill in Dallas!  And his wife won’t be able to wear Gucci anymore!] Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is set to filibuster for 13 hours today.

Hundreds of pro-abortion activists have flooded the Texas capitol to register their opposition. Democratic lawmaker Jessica Farrar, chairwoman of the House pro-abortion caucus, told protesters after the vote, “It really mattered what you did,” making a filibuster possible. [Well, I pray there are even more pro-lifers there.]

SB 5 must pass through one last procedural move in the State Senate where two Democrat senators have made known their intention to filibuster. SB 5 must reach the desk of Pro-Life champ Governor Perry by midnight on Tuesday, the last day of the Special Session, in order to become law.

Let us pray Governor Perry calls another special session, which will wipe out the demonrats ability to filibuster.

I mentioned the monetary factor above, which in spite of the pro-abort rhetoric is not insignificant in the least.  It is inability to reap a rich profit that will all but the most demonic of baby-murderers out of business.  Bishop Rene Gracida quotes an article that reveals that Planned Barrenhood reaps almost twice as much money for a 24 week abortion than they do for an earlier one:

So prudence, mercy and a lack of a compelling need for 20-24 week abortions beg for the Texas ban.  Nonetheless, the Houston Chronicle reports that debate “raged into the night.”  Democrat Senfronia Thompson “brandished a coat hanger,” saying, “There are going to be more people ending up in the hospital, DOA, dead on arrival.”

Confused, I visited a Planned Parenthood website where this disconnect, between love and logic on one hand, and hysteria on the other, was finally solved.  Whereas Planned Parenthood collects $500 for an early term abortion, it requires another $400, for a total of $900, for a later term abortion.  This later term abortion premium represents an 80% increase in revenue for the mega-chain.  Although not exactly a war on women, I suppose foregone profit can make people crazy too. [And this is for a bare-bones basic abortion with no complications. 24 week and beyond abortions frequently run up into the thousands, which you and I get to pay for routinely via Medicaid.]

Money, and the desire to advance their sexular pagan agenda – the ultimate reason behind the burning desire for that latter bit, I know not, only God knows – those are the true motivators for abortion.  There is no true concern for women and children among the pro-abort left.  I was speaking with an evangelical protestant minister friend this morning, and he agreed that abortion is calling down a curse upon this nation.  We Americans have long liked to think – or used to think – that we were especially blessed by God. But how can God bless a nation that murders its own defenseless children at the rate of 2 a minute, 3000 a day?

You can contact Governor Rick Perry here or call below:

Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] : (800) 843-5789

Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] : (512) 463-1782

Office of the Governor Main Switchboard : (512) 463-2000

 

Greatest sunshade ever! June 25, 2013

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My wife always has to have a sunshade on her truck.  She had a bad experience with the dashboard on her first car – a 1976 Pontiac Sunbird with a radiator that refused to hold coolant! – falling apart due to the effects of the sun.  I mean, the car was 18 years old, but……..

I’ve never liked them. They look dorky and they’re a pain to store. They were wildly popular back in the 80s and 90s but hardly anyone uses them anymore. For one, car makers have gotten alot better about the design of their interiors so they don’t crumble under the effects of sun and heat. But I predict the sunshade is about to make a massive comeback with the onset of this:

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Who wouldn’t want that?!  I’ll take 3!  Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan, and Luke in my car!  Are you kidding!

Aw, they’re sold out!  I would really get one!

Ohhh…….you can get it on E-bay!