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Weekend reading: homosexual marriage also 100% effective “non-artificial family planning?” July 19, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, family, General Catholic, Holy suffering, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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The following top-notch analysis by Michael Matt of The Remnant was recommended by reader TC. I think it might make stimulating weekend reading. It is a bit long, so I’ll excerpt a bit and add a little commentary, then turn you loose at The Remnant to read the rest:

Gay ‘marriage’ became inevitable when the post-conciliar Church seemed to renege on her infallible teaching to be the sole means of salvation; [Feeneyite!  j/k]  when the human element of the Church established an annulment industry to rival that of secular divorce courts; when even Humanae Vitae itself became too ‘radically traditional’ for post-conciliar Catholics to accept; when natural birth control began to dominate marriage classes in Catholic parishes (thus offering blessings from on high to the radically novel idea of separating the marital act from the end which God Himself had ordained: procreation). The “renewed” Catholic Church left the field in search for justification to join the sexual revolution (au naturel, of course!) and to find ways and means for Catholics to plan parenthood just like everyone else.  Homosexuals didn’t desacralize marriage…we did [Man, I think all these points are just incredibly prescient.  Later on, Matt speaks of Theology of the Body, and is there any more program in the Church today that tries to “sacralize” the culture’s hyper-sexualization than ToB?  I know ToB tries to meet people “on their terms,” but in many presentations on the subject I’ve seen there, it leaves them there where it met them, perhaps with a thin Catholic patina provided by NFP – in maybe 2% of cases. ToB fails to challenge people to throw off the shackles of wanton, unconstrained concupiscence, and too often simply tries to cover that concupiscence with Grace – a distinctly Lutheran attempt (for Luther assumed humans were utterly depraved, and all Grace could do was to cover our depravity like snow on a dung heap.  Is ToB much different, when it leaves the root concupiscence in place, but simply directed a little better (maybe)?  Mind you, I am referring to the popular presentations on ToB, not necessarily JPII’s talks that led to them. That’s a whole ‘nuther topic.]

To this day, Pope Pius XII remains the unlikely hero of extremist proponents of natural birth control because of a 1951 address to the Italian midwives in which he allowed for grave circumstances which might justify rare and limited use of natural means to regulate births over and above periodic abstinence. But the exaggeration of Pius’s position on the part of NFP experts constitutes a gross injustice to the memory of the great pontiff and utterly ignores the Holy Father’s adamant objection to planned parenthood, even of the natural variety. 

Natural justice demands that the abuse of natural birth control so rampant among otherwise faithful Catholics today not be laid at the feet of Pope Pius XII, who in fact said: “You can give irrefutable proofs of the stupidity of birth-control theories and of the harm that comes from putting them into practice; but as long as there is no sincere determination to let the Creator carry on His work as He chooses, then human selfishness will always find new sophistries and excuses to still the voice of conscience and to carry on abuses.”  (The Large Family, Pius XII, 1958) [Boy, ain’t that the truth. We hear doozies along these lines all the time]

I say “faithful Catholics” since only the most faithful in the post-conciliar Church would bother to follow the Church’s teaching against artificial contraception in the first place. But this only exacerbates the problem, since in so many instances good Catholics are being led astray by neo-Catholics who assure them with plenty of “new sophistries” that they need only have the number of children “they want”, and that they’re perfectly free to put off having any at all, if need be.  [So true, I’ve heard Pia de Solenni and Teresa Tomeo say the latter to the point of nausea]

Again, the objective seems to be to separate the pleasure of the act from its divinely-established end: Procreation. And this is revolutionary to the core. 

The fact remains that homosexual acts come with a one hundred percent contraceptive guarantee, which is why so many in the Church of Nancy Pelosi feel compelled by logic and a sense of justice to accept ‘gay marriage’. Once marriage was no longer first and foremost about procreation why not let everyone get married—even homosexuals!  

Within the context of the present worldwide program to destroy Christian marriage, is it not incumbent upon all Catholics to set aside partisan politics and to raise respectful questions as to the prudence of such massive novelties as Theology of the Body, for example—a no doubt well intended experiment in sexuality that was nevertheless unheard of in the history of the Church?  [This is true. Faithful Catholics, and even pious protestants, would have been shocked out of their guords by present-day presentations on ToB.]

Would it not behove us to recall that as far as our grandmothers and grandfathers were concerned, even within marriage the idea was for Christians to wean themselves from the marital act as the years passed, in order to prepare for death and pursue the things of the soul?  [Talk about your revolutionary ideas. As Matt relates in the next paragraph, even nonagenarians are encouraged to get their thang on – with a helpful assist from their friendly, profiteering pharmaceutical company.  Is this right? Is it healthy? Is it natural?  Is this what God intended?]

Finding ways and means of maintaining an active “sex life” even well into middle age and beyond via some sort of natural equivalent to Viagra, would have been utterly abhorrent to our fathers and mothers. What if they had it right, and we have it wrong?  Is it “radically traditionalist” to ask the question? After a mere couple of decades of experimentation is the evidence sufficiently manifest to prove that the world is better off now than it was in the days when Christian men and women didn’t speak of such things in polite society?  

For “radical traditionalists” the answer is obvious.  The defence of the Christian family begins with the restoration of traditional Catholic moral theology, the Latin Mass, the large family, and the abandonment of the experimental sex programs that run rampant in the Church since Vatican II. The world needs Catholic tradition and morality, not Catholic novelty and experimentation. [It should be remembered that ToB is hardly the first novel “sex education” or “sex transformation” program the post-conciliar Church has engaged in.  How many baby boomer Catholics went through “marriage encounter?”  How many subsequently divorced? (loads)  There were encounter groups and sensitivity sessions that promoted ideas very similar to ToB all through the 70s and 80s.  They’ve been quietly, perhaps conveniently forgotten, as the “next big thing” has come along.  The “big program.” The surefire fixit for everything. That’s what we love today. In brief, the easy answer]

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Go read the rest.  Anyone doubt I will have hostile comments from NFPers and especially ToBers (but I repeat myself) when I come back on Monday?

Did Pope Francis promote a member of the homosexual lobby to a high position? July 19, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking.
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Rorate Caeli has translated an article from what is, to my money, the best “Vaticanista” in the Italian press, Sandro Magister, which claims that Pope Francis may have been tricked into promoting one of the most notorious members of the homosexual lobby in the Church to the head of the Institute of Religious Works, IOR. IOR is also known as the Vatican Bank, and it has been badly scandal ridden for years, being accused as a source of money laundering for all kinds of nefarious activities, among other bad things.

The report is extremely specific, detailing very sinful activities of Monsignor Battista Ricca, which, if true, would be almost unbelievably scandalous.  The Vatican has already pushed back, claiming the report erroneous and further claiming the Pope intends to maintain Ricca in his position.  But L’Espresso, one of the top Italian dailies, claims they have the evidence to support their claims, including reports of how Msgr. Ricca’s boyfriend followed him from Switzerland to Uruguay, and how Ricca was noted by Uruguayan police as being a very frequent denizen of a notorious homosexual hangout in Montevideo.  Among other things.

We’ll see what develops.


Congratulations to the FSSP! July 19, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, manhood, martyrdom, priests, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Today is the 25th anniversary of the formal founding of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter–  Fraternetie Sacerdotalis Sancte Petri! Yay!

On June 30, 1988, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, and his associate, Bishop Antonio de Castro Meyer, consecrated four bishops in defiance of the wishes of Pope John Paul II.

While Archbishop Lefebvre’s desire to preserve the traditional Latin Mass amidst the onslaught of liturgical abuses was shared by Father Josef Bisig, an SSPX priest at the time, there was sharp disagreement on the method of preservation. Father Bisig did not think acting against a papal command was the right way to bring this about.

Two days after the illicit consecrations, Father Bisig, a native of Switzerland, along with 11 other priests and about 20 seminarians, announced their departure from the SSPX. They wanted to continue their adherence to the traditional Latin liturgy, but not outside the realm of obedience to the Holy Father.

In their Declaration of Intention by the Founders, dated July 2, 1988, the former members of the SSPX stated their “profound regret over the illicit consecration of bishops” and also made clear their goal: to live as a religious society in the Catholic Church and to place themselves at its service, under the authority of the pope.

This goal was made possible on July 18, 1988, when the former SSPX members founded the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) with the strong support of the then-president of the pontifical commission Ecclesia Dei, Cardinal Paul Mayer.

Exactly three months later, on Oct. 18, 1988, the same commission, with the explicit approval of Blessed Pope John Paul II, established the FSSP as a society of apostolic life. The group’s name was chosen to express filial devotion to the successor of Peter, the rock on whom the Church is built.

Father Bisig was the FSSP’s first superior general, a position he held until 2000.  [Until he was forced out by the Vatican.  FSSP has not had an entirely smooth 25 year history.  It’s sort of a long story.  There was also an expectation that the FSSP would be headed by a bishop promoted from their ranks; that also, has not occurred.]   During his tenure, he continually made clear the importance of remaining true to liturgical traditions, while at the same time being obedient to ecclesiastical authority. [I think it safe to say that Fr. Bissig has suffered for that obedience. God bless him.]

“The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter serves the faithful by retaining Latin liturgical traditions, the Church’s source of continuity. This is done, not out of nostalgia or a reactionary disposition, but out of humility,” Father Bisig told the Register. “At the same time, we are called to live joyfully under the paternal authority of the successor of St. Peter. This is done out of humility as well.”

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Ad multos annos!

Catholic Relief Services gives another $2.8 million to a pro-abort group July 19, 2013

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This is on top of the$14 million they gave last year to pro-abort and contraception-distributing groups.  Did you give to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) last year?  Are you satisfied regarding how they are spending your money?  Well, this year, they gave almost $3 million to one of the most noxious pro-abort and contraception distributing groups in the world, a group founded by a porn kingpin.  And then, once again, tried to pretend that it didn’t matter:

Catholic Relief Services is in the midst of distributing a projected $2.789 million grant to one of the leading voices in the international abortion movement.

The U.S. Bishops’ foreign relief agency is distributing the funds to Population Services International, a $670 million organization that markets abortion drugs in the developing world.

When questioned about the grant, CRS initially claimed PSI had merely sold them mosquito nets to combat malaria, but when presented with more information, the Catholic agency acknowledged that the abortion giant took a decidedly more active role.

News of the grant has Catholic pro-life leaders raising concern that the funds, though ostensibly for a good project, are merely empowering PSI to fulfill its founding mission of population control.

“Anything you do to empower [this organization], anything you do to help it, anything you do by way of funding it, for whatever stated purpose, is strengthening an organization that is just absolutely diametrically opposed to the Catholic Church and its teachings,” said Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute. “And to pretend otherwise is not just naïve, it is duplicitous.”

The article goes on at great length regarding the donation, the pro-abort group, and what LifeSiteNews has found.

CRS is trying to claim that the money they gave was for worthy causes.  But even the bishops themselves – the USCCB collectively, and the bishops individually, readily agree that money is fungible. That is, money supposedly given for one cause can be used for another, or can cover expenses for a pro-abort group in a non abortion area, freeing up other funds for abortion. The USCCB has always argued this as a reason for opposition to government funding of Planned Barrenhood. Planned Barrenhood claims they don’t use the funds to pay for abortions, but as the USCCB and it’s pro-life representatives have pointed out for years, that money PB gets from the feds for imaginary mammograms can easily be diverted to abortions.  And yet, today, an arm of the USCCB is using Planned Barrenhood’s very argument in order to justify it’s own support for a pro-abort group.

Our Blessed Lord counseled, if I may paraphrase, “do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” But I do not think this is quite what he had in mind.

What a catastrophe. I think the scandals at Catholic Relief Services, like the CCHD, have now risen to the point that faithful Catholics cannot, in conscience and on pain of sin, donate to them anymore.  That is strictly my opinion. But I absolutely could not do so.

Michael Voris picks up Ralph McCloud/CCHD/democrat party/pro-abort scandal July 19, 2013

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As I blogged on a few weeks ago, based on a tip from a reader, Ralph McCloud is the present head of the CCHD.  He is also a demonrat party activist and a long-time pro-abort activist.  Furthermore, he engaged in unethical and illegal fundraising activities while the head of notorious, catheter-wearing filibustering Texas state senator Wendy Davis’ election campaign in 2008, now one of the darlings of the pro-abort left. The pro-life Repubnik unseated by Davis felt Planned Barrenhood’s illegal donations – likely engineered specifically by McCloud – played a big role in his defeat.

Anyway, Michael Voris is on the case, and hopefully this enormous scandal will reach a larger audience:

Money quote: “Yet every single time this [a scandal involving some employeed of the bishop’s conference, especially the USCCB] comes up, the staff at the USCCB acts completely aggrieved, and offended and truly stunned, that such charges could be leveled.  Yet their leader [Ralph McCloud]  helped to elect the women who nearly single-handedly killed the most pro-life bill to come out of the legislature in decades.”

So, I have to wonder if Papst Shea, who enjoys kneeing small-time bloggers like me in the groin whenever he gets a chance, will grow a pair and point out this, yet another of the horrific scandals afflicting the USCCB in particular, and the CCHD in particular?