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How Vatican II differed from other councils July 9, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, reading, sadness, scandals, secularism, the return.
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I started reading a new book the other day, one I’ve long had but which wound up in storage. I actually bought this book when I first caught fire in the Faith, but for various reasons never got around to reading it, principly because it’s been sitting in a box in a storage locker for the past 6 years!  514Vw66Z1XL__SY346_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_

Nevertheless, I had retrieved it from storage and started to read it. The book is The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America by David Carlin. I’ll be honest, I read the first 50 or so pages of the book, and then put it back on the shelf, which is something I almost never do. I stopped reading in this case, however, because the book promised to reveal little I didn’t already know from superior sources, and because I could not agree with one of the author’s key suppositions early in the book, one of the three foundational principles upon which the book is based. I may return to the book later, but for now, especially coming off reading a dozen or more very heavy duty and impeccably researched books on the subject, I decided not to continue.  That is a very rare event for me – I am a stubborn book-reader, even sticking with marginal or bad books, just to get them over with.

Nevertheless, I quit.  The point of divergence was Carlin’s claim that Vatican II was really nothing different, that the Church has always been doing two key things that sort of defined the Council: “changing doctrine,” and changing the Mass.

Triumph of the Church_ANDREA DA FIRENZEIn the first case, Carlin is simply, absolutely, wrong. What he terms “changing” doctrine, prior to Vatican II, really meant clarifying and, on rare occasions, formally codifying as Dogmas, those doctrines already universally held. The two examples he cites, the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption, are both perfect examples of this.  Both Blessed Pope Pius IX in the first case, and Venerable Pope Pius XII in the second, surveyed the bishops of the world to ascertain whether both doctrines were universally held before formally declaring them Dogmas. When the answers returned as overwhelmingly in agreement with the formal act of definition, the Dogmas were proclaimed. Thus, Catholics did not have some “new” truth unleashed on them – they merely had codified that truth which had always been almost universally held.  Reading Dom Prosper Gueranger, he makes plain that these definitions were met with universal acclaim and joy by laity and clergy alike.

What many people fail to understand, even very conservative Catholics, is that the Church is One.  The Church is One not only in terms of space, but also in time. Thus, what the Church believes to be Truth today, must have been Truth yesterday, and will be tomorrow.  Christ is also One, and the Church is Trinity_pious picture2His Mystical Body.  There can be no separation. There can be no “new truth.”  So, while it is true that, especially in the early Church, certain dogmas like the nature of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity took some time to formally define, the Church never taught error in this regard, and in fact, fought many battles to preserve Truth. It is also true that whatever doctrines/dogmas which took some time to formally elucidate were always held in nascent form and discernible by reason from the twin pillars of the Faith of Scripture and Tradition.

Carlin’s other claim is that the Mass has always been changing.  Here he is on somewhat firmer ground, but not much.  Yes, the Mass did change especially in the early Church, and there were perhaps a dozen or so variants in use in the High Middle Ages, but the differences in these Masses were frequently trivial. He trots out the old, discredited canard that the Council of Trent “created” a new revision of the Mass, which is utterly false. What Trent did is codify the Gallico-Roman form of the Latin Rite (which was the predominant Mass then in use) as the universal standard, while allowing some venerable Rites, at least 200 years old (like the Ambrosian and Mozarabic Rites) to remain.  Trent did make a few very minor changes as part of this standardization, but most of these were virtually invisible to the man in the pews.  What Carlin fails to note is that the development of the Mass had always been organic – that is, small changes accrued over time, coming typically from the bottom up, in various dioceses or monasteries around the Church, which gradually over the course of decades or centuries became a bit different from another Mass offered elsewhere.Christ Light of the World_pius picture

Vatican II was totally, radically different. For one, the scope of the changes made to the Novus Ordo were orders of magnitude larger than those made in any previous revision of the Mass. This was the total destruction of the former Rite, and the fabrication of a totally new Rite on the spot. The changes were totally inorganic: they were imposed in rather brutal fashion from above by the highest Church authority, made virtually overnight and by a small cabal of self-anointed experten, with dozens of Propers literally thrown together overnight, some of which may even have been written by protestants (it is known with certainty that many of the banal prayers of the post-VII Liturgy of the Hours were written by protestant “advisers”).  What is more, while Trent left venerable old Rites in place, the Traditional Latin Mass was declared “abrogated,” even though in reality it wasn’t, and such is essentially impossible, anwyay.  For 20 odd years, the TLM was virtually extinct in the canonically regular Church.  But the biggest factor was the enormous, massive nature of the changes, many of which were not even specified by the Council (but, there is an argument they could be inferred from various parts of the Conciliar text, and that argument has varying degrees of merit).  Essentially, the faithful were told that the Mass they had always known and, for the most part, dearly loved, was deficient, bad, even, stultifying, and ineffective of Grace.  They were told how much they hated Latin and how they had never understood anything.  Given that the Mass was the core of the experience of the Faith most Catholics had, both the changes, and the campaign to “sell” them by discrediting the old Mass, caused many Catholic heads to untitledspin so far, they unscrewed themselves and fell off.  In essence.

Again, with respect to Doctrine or “teaching,” Vatican II made such comprehensive, all-encompassing declarations, in a manner never before seen, most Catholics were led quite easily to believe that the Council did, in fact, “change” many beliefs previously held.  Now, much of this was the work of the progressive faction at the Council and their media allies, in their quest to radically transmogrify the Faith into a construct amenable to the dominant cultural sexular paganism, but the fact remains that in the 2000 year history of the Church, there has never been another Council like Vatican II.  Vatican II was the first Council that failed to specifically define any Doctrine, or condemn any error. Vatican II was written with a language and style utterly unlike any Council that preceded it, or really any official Church iconoclasm-detailproclamation, for that matter.  In the subjects it covered, in the manner in which it “spoke,” in what it left out (like the formal condemnation of communism that was the #1 request in the pre-conciliar survey of the world’s bishops for items to address at the Council) – Vatican II was simply unheard of in the history of the Church.  It was such a radical shift from what Catholics – observant or not – had experienced previously, that it is little surprise that the progressives had no difficulty at all in selling their vision of “newchurch” to the faithful.  And it is little wonder the vast majority eagerly latched onto that “newchurch” bandwagon, only to fall off into the inevitable disinterest and apostasy that was its only possible destination.

I appreciate Carlin’s effort, and the book is very positively reviewed, but after admittedly only a few pages, I just felt like I had read the same analysis, done much better, in other books.  Books like The Desolate City, Iota Unum, The Second Vatican Council: an unwritten history, The Great Facade, etc,. etc. I think I may also be worn out on the topic, for the time being.  Carlin does present some great statistical data throughout the book, such as the statistic that people over-report their Mass attendance in polls, because people tend to over-report all expected “good” behavior in polls. Thus, Mass attendance in the US is not the self-reported 25%, but more like 10-15%, which actual diocesan data reveals. But I think we as the Church are not well served by pretending that Vatican II is some super-council that trumps everthing that came before, or that it is eminently reconciliable with Tradition, or that the changes in the Mass were nothing unusual.  I don’t think any of these views can be fully justified at this point.


Regarding Latin Mass in the Dallas Diocese July 9, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
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A commenter “RS” left a comment asking if souls would like to join her in an effort to bring Latin Mass to the northern part of the Diocese.  RS referenced Irving, which is where the only TLM in the Diocese is located, so I assume RS meant the Traditional Mass when they said “Latin Mass.” I also think RS might be a she.  If you’re reading this, RS, and you’re the lovely lady who always wears white and who I see at the Carmelite Chapel and Mater Dei, let me elucidate you a bit.

There are “Latin Masses” in the northern part of the Diocese. There is Novus Ordo Latin Mass every Sunday in Greenville at St. William, and most Mondays at 7pm at St. Mark in Plano (and sorry I did not get the reminder out yesterday – attendance was sparse, apparently).  I don’t know what you mean by “northern part of the Diocese.”  That could be anywhere from Northwest Hwy to Denison, depending on your definition.

But if you mean TLM, and if you mean this Traditional Latin Mass like they have at Mater Dei to be offered by a diocesan priest, I would say such is unlikely.  Now maybe a Mater Dei priest could offer a TLM somewhere other than the parish now that they have 3 priests, but that would take some negotiating first at MD and then at the Diocese.  It’s a good idea, actually.  But on the diocesan front Bishop Farrell has made pretty clear he does not see a need for the TLM outside MD.  His statement on the matter from 2007 still stands. [Sorry for the bad link!  Summorumpontificum.net must have expired, and it’s being trolled by porn sites.  My apologies.  I had been to summorumpontificum many times, so I didn’t bother to check when I posted the original link. Link now fixed.]

The Novus Ordo Latin Mass is not the same thing as the TLM. RS may know this, but many do not. I get this question regularly.  The Traditional Latin Mass involves the priest always facing the tabernacle, Communion always on the tongue, the older prayers of the Mass from before Vatican II, a different schedule of Saints and Masses (liturgical calendar), etc, etc. The Novus Ordo in Latin is the same Mass you see in your neighborhood parish, just in Latin.  It keeps the same post-VII calendar, prayers, etc.

I, for one, am eager to help!  My e-mail is larryr103@gmail.com.  There was quite a bit of demand for Latin Mass in the northern part of the Diocese, which is why the Mass at St. Mark got started, but that Mass has had a troubled history, unfortunately. The support dramatically waned due to several factors.

Hopefully you’ll come back and I can be of service.  Leave a comment.



Novus Ordo Latin, traditional-style:


Another “glimpse” – Coloradan who refused to bake homosexual wedding cake faces year in jail July 9, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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How many of us wouldn’t apostasize to prevent spending a year, or six months, or even 3o days, in jail?  Are we strong enough to stand such persecution? The precedent has been set. If you refuse to support homosexual marriage, even in a state that doesn’t recognize that travesty!, you will go to jail.  How many cases like this will cause the 45-50% of Americans who still oppose this nightmare to change their thinking?

Anyone who still thinks Colorado is a “red” state, or even purple, is nuts. It’s been totally, thoroughly Californicated:

Gay marriage was banned by the Colorado constitution in 2006. But this didn’t stop the Colorado Attorney General’s office from filing a discrimination complaint against Masterpiece Cakeshop for not baking a cake for a gay couple. The Advocate reported:

A Denver bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is about to face the legal heat.
The Colorado Attorney General’s office last week filed a discrimination complaint against the owners of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who last year declined to make a cake for Denver couple Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, the Associated Press reports. The couple had their marriage ceremony in Massachusetts and wanted the cake for a hometown celebration with family and friends.
Jack Phillips, one of the owners of Masterpiece Cakeshop, had cited his Christian beliefs in refusing the men’s business. “We would close down the bakery before we compromised our beliefs,” Phillips told a television interviewer last summer.

Now, one would hope, this case will be thrown on as groundless. But given the wrong judge, Phillips and his co-owners could go to jail.

How do we reconcile this case being brought to trial, with free speech?  More and more, free speech means only the left wing kind. Who even knew you could go to JAIL for discrimination, especially discrimination as harmless as refusing to bake a fracking cake!  Are you kidding me?!?  So, the First Amendment means essentially nothing now?

Obviously, this Attorney General Nicolle Martin is politicking to a base who will fund her generously for her efforts.  She looks frighteningly like Cecile Richards.

How many “glimpses” of the coming persecution do we have to have before we figure out it’s already here?


A glimpse of the future? Seattle “pride” participants attack Christian preacher July 9, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
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This may be old news to some, I’ve been out of the loop for 5 days, but LifeSiteNews reports that a Christian street preacher was repeatedly beaten by a gang of enraged homosexuals at a recent parade of debauchery and self-abasement (also known as “Pridefest”) in Seattle this past weekend. Someone got video of the event:

 A street preacher was repeatedly punched in the head and kicked by two men at Seattle’s Pridefest this past Sunday – and the entire confrontation was caught on camera.

In disturbing video footage uploaded on Youtube and reported by Seattle’s KOMO news, two Christian street preachers can be seen standing on a grassy area. One of the preachers holds a sign that says “Jesus saves and heals,” and “Repent or else,” while the other holds a Bible.

At the beginning of the video a large man approaches the two preachers angrily, while another woman repeatedly shoves the man carrying the Bible and demands that the two men leave.

The situation continues to heat up, until at one point a number of people attempt to snatch the sign away from the sign-wielding preacher.  When one man succeeds, a melee ensues in which the angry man seen at the beginning of the video runs at and punches the preacher in the head several times while another kicks him repeatedly. Others attempted to break up the fight.

Police arrested 36-year-old Jason Queree, who is suspected of being the main attacker. Quereereportedly has a long history of arrests and convictions for a wide variety of criminal behavior. A second suspect was also arrested. [In many states, a third felony arrest carries severe mandatory sentences. But I bet this gets walked back to a misdemeanor, since the attacker was on the “right” side.]

WARNING: The video is full of profanity and shows disturbing violence.

In our “tolerant” and “sinless” society, the only mortal sin is that of being “intolerant,” that is, calling sin as such and reminding souls of their eternal destiny.  For that act of charity, more and more in this culture lash out in a blind rage.  They cannot stand hearing the Truth, because that Truth makes them confront the sins they have made foundational aspects of their lives, and it is too painful to countenance that they must change their lives radically, that what they have been told and what they have come to be and do is profoundly offensive to God.  As commenter D who sent me this video said, this is just a glimpse of the future. The LifeSiteNews article goes on to list several attacks against Christians peacefully witnessing by enraged deviants. And that list was very far from comprehensive: it did not even include the many attacks against the various TFP groups, for one.

Welcome to our Brave New World, where sexual hedonism of the worst kind is “holy,” even “full of grace,” while charitably, kindly, and peacefully reminding others of the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church and Scripture is the worst kind of evil hatred.  This culture is rapidly becoming more hostile to Christianity than even pagan Rome, for in pagan Rome, the persecution was most frequently government directed and executed, whereas today the hatred is coming from millions of lost souls (not to diminish the persecutions governments in this country are making against the Church, but much of the worst persecution is the result of individual actors).  As I said, the worst thing one can do to these souls is to exhort them to leave their lives of sin, self-degradation and misery, and to find the Light of Christ.

As one who was once totally lost in sins of intemperance – the most pervasive sin in our present cultural milieu – I can say that I KNOW the pain that kind of life entails, the constant gnawing insecurity and the enormous hole in the soul that comes from God’s absence, and I know the thousands of justifications, but cultural and internal, one will use in order to pretend that their sin is actually “good” and “normal” and “natural.” But it’s a lie, a horrible, monstrous lie, and deep-down, the souls in the video above know it, and that is the source of their rage.  I, too, used to rage against those who begged me to stop destroying myself, who begged me to think of those I was hurting (including myself), because I did not want to face the sin that was within me. Finally, through much prayer and a great act of Grace, I, too, was finally able to see the wreck I was making of myself and my life, and the utter misery I was experiencing. And while I am by no means “cured” of my sins – I fall into sin far, far too often – I do, at least, recognize my sins for what they are and beg God’s mercy for them through the Sacrament of Confession, instead of pretending that they are not sins, and running the other way in rage.

This present cultural milieu marks the first time in the history of Christendom that huge swaths of society are intentionally, spitefully, angrily rejecting Christ. It is a crisis like the early days of the Church, but worse, because many of these people have been exposed to the Truth and rejected it as false. They have fallen for a monstrous, demonic lie. And I think it’s going to get far, far worse, before it even begins to get better.

“When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”  (Lk 18:8)

A Remnant will always remain, but beyond that, we have no assurance. As this culture becomes increasingly hostile to Christianity, will millions fall away?  Will we be willing to suffer for our Faith? We better get prayed up.


Update on Sgt. Mark Juarez July 9, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, horror, priests, Society, Virtue.
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Very longtime readers of this blog may remember that a distant relation of mine – via in-laws – was gravely wounded back in 2010 in Afghanistan.  He’s 373598_t607  SSgt. Mark Juarez, USMC, and he was nearly fatally wounded when a sniper’s bullet passed just under his kevlar helmet and through his skull, damaging a very large portion of his brain.  This occurred at the same time Sgt. Juarez was throwing a smoke grenade, so he got a nice white phosphorous burn on his arm simultaneously.  I happened to run into Sgt. Juarez and his wife Amy at a family renunion this past weekend, and was able to catch up with him a bit.

Sgt. Juarez was on his fourth combat tour when he was wounded.  His recovery has been remarkable. If I remember right, almost 1/3 of his brain was lost in the original injury and subsequent surgeries.  The fact that he even survived is a miracle. But today he can walk, talk, shake your hand, and generally does very well. He still has some paralysis on his right side and has a bit of trouble with his memory, but ongoing seizures are his most pressing ailment at present.  He has received a great deal of help, but has also been denied some benefits one would think he would be imminently qualified for, like the homes for heroes program.  Amazingly, Sgt. Juarez was injured again last year in the terrible Midland Veteranas Day parade disaster, when the truck carrying their float was struck by a train due to negligence on the part of the truck driver and parade organizers. Both he and his wife were injured, but both have recovered, thank God.  Sgt. Juarez has also been able to take part in programs like Hunt for Heroes, and I got to enjoy some of the elk Mark shot through this program (I loooove elk!).  That Hunt for Heroes site gives a nice brief bio on all the wounded servicemen who were also part of the Midland disaster.

SSgt. Juarez is still on active duty in the Marine Corps and is supposed to be stationed in San Antinio at the Military Entrance Processing Station I know so well.  It was great to spend time with him and meet his wife and mother, Norma Rogers, and his darling daughters.  Mrs. Rogers was especially appreciative of the posts I did on SSgt. Juarez and the priests who offered Masses for his recovery, of which there were several. I thank those priests, as well, especially Fathers Adamcyzk, Jordan, and Cargo, but all priests who may have offered Mass intentions or prayers, as well as the prayers of my readers. Here is Mark deployed before his injury:


And here he is today, first alone, then with his wife, Amy:



SSgt. Mark Juarez is the cousin of my brother-in-law Dean Schoppe, who is married to my wife’s sister Joan.

He’s a hoss. God bless him and his entire family as they continue to struggle with the effects of his injury and recovery.  Please pray for him, the doctors say traumatic brain injuries like his can take many years to recover from!