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Marriage is over – Federal judge declares Ohio law on marriage unconstitutional against homosexuals July 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Domestic Church, error, family, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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With the Supreme Court ruling by – fully Catholic and totally episcopally approved! – Justice Anthony Kennedy, which found the federal defense of marriage act unconstitutional, a federal judge has thrown out the Ohio law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.  Folks, it will not be 3 years before every such law or constitutional amendment enacted by states is declared federally unconstitutional and thrown out.  State recognition of sodomite pretend marriage will be the law of this lawless land in all the 50 states by that point in time.  We’re finished.

A federal judge Monday granted a same-sex couple’s request to be listed as married on a death certificate opening the door for other couples to challenge Ohio’s ban on gay marriage…….

……In a 15-page ruling, Judge Timothy Black wrote “this is not a complicated case.” Black cited the U.S. Supreme Court decision and wrote “By treating lawfull same sex marriages differently than it treats lawful opposite sex marriages, Ohio law, as applied to these plaintiffs, likely violates the United States Constitution which guarantees that “No State shall make or enforce any lawy which shall… deny to any person within its jurisdiction equal protection of the laws.”

We don’t live in anything approaching a democracy. We live in a corporatist oligarchy where certain elites – sometimes collectively, sometimes individually – determine whatever goes, even things so fundamental as what constitutes marriage. One man – “catholic” Anthony Kennedy – got to single-handedly decide the fate of marriage in this country. He decided wrongly.  If ever a soul merited excommunication, is it not him?

I’m so biting my tongue about why the Church even bothers to maintain excommunications on the books.

Good grief.

Church in Latin America in accelerated collapse July 23, 2013

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Tancred at Eponymous Flower posts some timely data regarding the Church in Brazil, where the Holy Father is trying to stem the tide with another World Youth Day extravaganza. Recent polling data from Brazil indicates the Church there is in severe, if not terminal, decline.  Membership in the Church has fallen by over 1/3 just inthe past 40 years. Most fallen away Catholics there are opting for evangelical protestantism, but some are simply skipping that step of the process and jumping straight to sexular pagan atheism (Brazil has long had great struggles, culturally as a nation, with chastity and modesty). Most other nations in S. America mirror this trend, although the problems are more advanced in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, than they are in some other South American nations.  The problem seems to get worse as one goes east on the continent.

I note in passing that these eastern South American nations (Brazil, et., al), are where the “spirit of Vatican II” has most insidiously asserted itself into the life of the Church, and where Tradition is most assiduously disregarded. There are other factors – such as the ascendency of the left in those countries, with the “right” being associated with Tradition, often unfairly – but the prime reason is the radical shift in the practice of the Faith in the past 50 years. The data:

Brazil is the country with the most Catholics worldwide. 123 million Brazilians profess the Catholic Church. It was not until half a century ago Religionsentwicklung-in-Brasilien-253x300virtually the entire population Catholic, the proportion of Catholics since the Second Vatican Council has plummeted. From 92 percent in 1970 to 65 percent in 2010.

At the same time the Protestants experienced an equally unexpected and rapid rise. Their share in the same period grew from five to 22 percent. While the Catholics are holding during the years of he 20th century at just more than 120 million members, not decreasing, but not increasing either, while the number of Protestants has grown only since 2000 from 26 to 42 million. [Liberalism and excessive emphasis on “social justice” do not move people to participate in the Faith.  The people who have left, by and large, probably felt starved of a real relationship with Jesus Christ, of an understanding of the Sacraments (anyone who understands the Sacraments could never leave the Church, save, perhaps, to the Orthodox), or of any truly transcendental experience.  People who, at one time, received tremendous influx of Grace from Baptism or whatever Sacrament, will not be sustained by clown Masses, touchy-feely humanism, and constant leftist agitprop. “Social Justice,” as it is presented by church liberals, and even worse, liberation theology, are death to the authentic, sanctifying practice of the Faith.  That is reason #1 why the Church in Brazil especially, but Latin America in general, is rapidly collapsing.]

By Protestant, is not meant the Lutheran or Reformed churches known in Northern Hemisphere. In Brazil this historical strand of Protestantism does not flower, but the Pentecostals and Evangelicals do. One in five Brazilians belongs to a group of younger Protestant sects which were imported from the United States to the Latin American country. Since then, several new communities that have arisen in Brazil, the Igreja Pentecostal Deus é Amor (IPDA). [What do the pentecostals and evangelicals stress?  Bible study, and a personal relation with Jesus – that is, the transcendent, a vision beyond the misery of this life.  When the Church, in these people’s experience, has been reduced to a lefty worldly do-good society (even though leftism does only harm, in the long run), there is no choice, they flee.  I have to add, they only flee, because they are so badly formed in the Faith to begin with, they do not understand what they had.]

On a smaller scale, other religions have grown in recent decades. Most through immigration. Within the country, the number of followers of syncretic Afro-Brazilian spiritualist cults such as Umbanda and Candomblé increased from six million in 2000 to ten million.

In 1970 there were less than a million without a religion, the number of agnostics and atheists has grown to 15 million.

The changes occur as a phenomenon in both women and men, among educated and less educated. It is more pronounced among the under-50s. One difference is particularly visible between the cities and the rural areas. While the country is still 78 percent Catholic, it is in the urban areas at only 62 percent where the Evangelicals and Pentecostals are particularly active, but also the number of atheists and agnostics is greater.

In Rio de Janeiro, the goal of Pope Francis, Catholics are at 46 percent only a minority.

So, the leading city of Brazil is no longer majority-Catholic.  That’s not a shame, it’s a calamity of earth-shattering proportions. 

Someday, the Church will learn it’s lesson. Someday, all this wrong emphasis, error, heresy, and rank apostasy will be recognized for what they are.  It may not be until the Last Day, but it will happen. 

Domine, miserere nobis.

The Pope said……. July 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, Papa, sadness, scandals, shocking, Society, the return, Virtue.
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I see that Pat Archbold – definitely the more traditional of the two brothers who constitute Creative Minority Report- has expressed some dismay at one of Pope Francis’ utterances. I’ll get to that in a moment, but I have been gathering from more and more orthodox Catholics a distinct unease with Pope Francis, which is tending towards foreboding. I would be lying if I said I did not feel at all this way.  I know I will be tut-tutted for having the slightest doubt, but if you’ve been paying attention, there are a lot of disturbing signs emanating from this papacy.

Arcbhold finds a recent papal statement incredible (I add emphasis and comments):

Sometimes I just don’t get it.  Not being snarky, truly.  I just don’t get it.  Even in the context of a larger and valid point, how can a Pope utter this sentence?

Prayer that doesn’t lead to concrete action toward our brothers is a fruitless and incomplete prayer,” the Pope said July 21.
In the interest of fairness, I will give the full context even though I don’t think it mitigates in any way the clumsiness of this sentence.

In his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis told crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square to unite prayer and action in Christian life, reports Catholic News Agency.

Prayer that doesn’t lead to concrete action toward our brothers is a fruitless and incomplete prayer,” the Pope said July 21. “But at the same time, when ecclesial service only attends to work, not reserving time for dialogue with God in prayer, it risks serving itself rather than God who is present in the brother in need.

Even within the full context, I think that the sentence is simply wrong. [What do you think?]

Prayer is action.  Pure and simple.  There are other forms of action and they can certainly be inspired by prayer, but prayer itself is never fruitless or incomplete in any way for lack of additional action.  Hey, the Pope is human and the Sunday Angelus is certainly not ex Cathedra, but I find it strange that such a sentence could pass the lips of a Pope without immediate correction. [Speaking of, I reported last week that Pope Francis may have inadvertantly – or not – appointed a known member of the homosexual priest’s cabal to a high Vatican position. Rorate is reporting he submitted his resignation.]

I find it most interesting, maybe even providential, that I would find this post from CMR, on this subject, on the same day I posted this!  Does what the Pope said have any relation to that post?  Could it have something to do with emphasizing active, natural virtues to the detriment of passive, supernatural ones?  Is that significant.

This is not the first time this pontiff has stressed active virtues against more passive ones. I do not know why there has to be a dichotomy.  Both are essential for the lives of most souls, and are absolutely essential for the life of the Church. Another former pontiff used a phrase “breathing with both lungs.”  I think it’s apropos in this case – there should be no false dichotomy between those whose lives may emphasize more active virtues, and those who emphasize more passive ones.

Mind, Pope Francis is not saying that we should simply have passive charity towards are neighbor. He is saying prayer must end in concrete action taken for those who are less fortunate; thus, active virtue.  He is saying we still need to pray, but that prayer must end in actual physical acts of charity towards our neighbors.

On the upside, selling all the Carmels might net a pretty penny from the real estate proceeds.

 

Some actions to consider, if you want more Latin Mass July 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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My recent posts on Latin Mass in the Diocese of Dallas have attracted a good amount of comment. I’m glad for that, one of the purposes of this blog is to help generate interest in the Traditional practice of the Faith.  Early on, the purpose of this blog was to complain about bad things happening in the Diocese, and to point them out.  And, I think I still do a great deal of, if not complaining, at least pointing up deficiencies and areas for improvement. Big_Greater Boston But a friend recently suggested to me some actions that could be taken to help make more Latin Mass – especially Traditional Latin Mass – a reality in the Diocese.  Certainly, there are times to raise certain complaints over perceived or real opposition to every Catholic’s right, under Summorum Pontificum and the documents of Vatican II, to a reverent, orthodox, Holy Mass offered in Latin.  But while complaining may make us feel better, I don’t know that, in my experience, they have been very efficacious of change.  So following are some suggestions to help bring Latin Mass about.

A really good place to start would be to create and operate a chapter of Una Voce International in the Diocese. Una Voce is the official, Vatican-recognized and approved international group for the support, maintenance, and even evangelization of Latin in the Mass. I tried to get a group started some time back, before I attended Mater Dei, but it didn’t really take off.  There are chapters around the country, including one in Houston.  Una Voce has helped organize major TLMs in Rome, and has spurred the availability of the TLM around the world.  Getting a formal, organized group to lobby on behalf of all those interested in the Traditional Mass would be a huge step towards seeing the TLM more available throughout the Diocese.

Red_tyniec-abbot.jpgA suggestion my friend and reader MFG made was to start up a “Sacred Liturgy Society” or group at your local parish.  Such a group could certainly also lobby for more Latin Masses, while also forming a “stable,” recognized group, one of the requirements under Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae for Traditional Masses to be made available. Even if Latin Mass is not available, such a group could learn some liturgical Latin, bring in liturgical experts for talks, learn Gregorian Chant from some of the always eager to share Chant officianados in the Diocese (see Kenton Kravig at St. Mark), or even go on “field trips” to various parishes offering Latin Mass.  This could even encompass efforts to help improve sacred art and architecture – all of which helps support a traditional practice of the Mass.

As an aside, the Latin Rosary effort at St. Michael’s in McKinney is an example of small steps that can be taken to help re-familiarize mainstream Catholics with Latin and increase the numbers of those interested in Latin Mass.  And it’s on Monday, too!Red_Domincan Rite_NLM

Other ideas are to assist at Mater Dei regularly, at least monthly.  Even if it’s far, there are many families who drive 50, 80 miles or more to assist at Mater Dei at least every Sunday, and often much more frequently than that. There is also Latin Mass every Sunday at St. William in Greenville, and Fr. Weinberger also has nightly Rosary processions for the glorification of Our Lady of Fatima every night.  And, of course, as I already mentioned, there is the Monday night Latin Mass at St. Mark. It may not be ideal, there may have been a scandal in the past, but it is the only Latin Mass between Irving and Greenville!  That Mass is being watched pretty carefully, as is Mater Dei.  I will simply say, the attendance at both does not go unnoticed. More attendance will lead to more of what we desire in the Mass.

I do not mean any of the above to sound chiding.  As I noted at the top, this blog was started as a small means to raise awareness of abuses ongoing in the Diocese, and it may have played a role in getting some things, like ceasing invitations to well known heterodox speakers for Lenten conferences, changed. We as Catholics have a right to let our superiors in the Faith know when things are wrong, or when we desire certain changes to meet our spiritual needs. But I think that raising such concerns only goes so far.  I think the next step is positive action taken to support the cause of liturgical reform. I only made a few suggestions above. I’m sure you can come up with many of your own.  I really think that such efforts can – will – play a crucial role in getting a truly traditional liturgical reform underway in this Diocese.  Actions do speak louder than words.

I also think that, one way or another, we will be seeing more Latin Mass in this Diocese in the coming years.  Large numbers can only be avoided for so long.

Pray for those young priests who have a great desire to learn the glories of the Roman Rite!

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Purity is a most essential virtue…. July 23, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Saints, Tradition, Virtue.
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……even if it is almost totally forgotten today.  In fact, our insane sexular pagan culture almost constantly makes a virtue of vice, and vice versa. Purity is seen as weird, extreme, and something “normal” people would not maintain.  And I think it is the great sin of impurity, all the various forms of libidinous lust, that the warped culture uses to peel people away from the Faith, and Its compartmentalization in their lives.

Maintaining purity is a great challenge in our present world, where indescribable filth – something even the most deranged perverts of yesteryear would not have in their possession – is only a mouse click away.  Shielding our children from its influence is very difficult.  What is needed, is to inculcate in ourselves, and in our children, a tremendous respect for the virtue of purity, even of continence, and an understanding of why it is necessary – in total contrast to what the culture says – to maintain chastity.  TFP Student Action has a great post up today that contains many exhortations from Popes, Saints, and Scripture for the maintenance of purity.  It is a most valuable post, and I thank them for it:

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
— Matthew 5:8

“Holy Purity, the queen of virtues, the angelic virtue, is a jewel so precious that those who possess it become like the angels of God in heaven, even though clothed in mortal flesh.”
— Saint John Bosco [Indeed. The inestimable St. Catherine of Siena could see people’s souls, and the state of those souls. She said souls in the state of Grace were indescribably beautiful, but that those in sin were horribly ugly, grotesque. She even said that souls, for her, gave a smell, indicative of their state, and souls in sin would make her physically ill due to their smell. There is so very much our eyes do not see.]

“We must be pure. I do not speak merely of the purity of the senses. We must observe great purity in our will, in our intentions, in all our actions.”
— Saint Peter Julian Eymard [Maintaining purity is, in my experience, a primarily mental exercise. By the time you get to the point of physical acts, purity has been long lost.]

“We must practice modesty, not only in our looks, but also in our whole deportment, and particularly in our dress, our walk, our conversation, and all similar actions.”
— Saint Alphonsus Liguori [And yet how few observe modesty in dress! The point often seems to be how immodest one can be, and get away with it.]

“In the realm of evil thoughts none induces to sin as much as do thoughts that concern the pleasure of the flesh.”
— Saint Thomas Aquinas [And our Blessed Lady told the children of Fatima that more souls fall into Heaven over sins of impurity than for any other reason.]

“In temptations against chastity, the spiritual masters advise us, not so much to contend with the bad thought, as to turn the mind to some spiritual, or, at least, indifferent object. It is useful to combat other bad thoughts face to face, but not thoughts of impurity.”
— Saint Alphonsus Liguori [A great point! Flee from thoughts of impurity, do not try to battle them! You will not win!]

“Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity.”
— Saint Augustine [And Augustine spoke from experience]

“More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
— Our Lady of Fatima [Didn’t I just say that?!]

“The man of impure speech is a person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth.”
— Saint John Vianney [A key point, and one I am far, far too often guilty of, especially when exercised.  Pray for me!]

“Either we must speak as we dress, or dress as we speak. Why do we profess one thing and display another? The tongue talks of chastity, but the whole body reveals impurity.”
— Saint Jerome

“A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell, at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus the pure soul, which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the Angels in the sunshine of eternity.”
— Saint John Vianney

“You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment.”
— Saint John Chrysostom [The great Chrysostom could be speaking to most men and women today!]

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What a valuable, edifying post!  There is much more at the link!  Thank you, TFP Student Action!

Defining terms – what is the Americanist heresy? July 23, 2013

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Even though the Americanist heresy that was identified and condemned by Pope Leo XIII in 1899 was directed at these United States, it is amazing how few Catholics have any idea what the heresy means, how it affected the Church, and whether they should be on the lookout for Americanists.  I know I had never heard of this heresy, even after years of studying the Faith, until a couple years ago.  Certainly, it is almost totally ignored in this country, GibbonsJameswhich shows that the change of heart Pope Leo XIII (how can he not be at least a venerable?  I can tell you, it has much to do with this declaration of heresy) desired has not been forthcoming.

Pope Leo XIII defined Americanism in his 1899 apostolic letter Testem Benevolentiae.  The document was addressed specifically – by name! – to Baltimore’s Cardinal James Gibbons, certainly the arch-Americanist of his time, and possibly ever.  Gibbons tried to block the letter’s publication, but failed. As an aside, it is interesting to note that Baltimore – prior to 1899 always viewed as the US’s primatial see, has never had a bishop gain a red hat since Gibbons, and has been shunted into relative obscurity, after nearly 200 years as the nation’s most important see.  Popes have interesting ways of working, even 110 years after the fact.

In Testem Benevolentiae, Pope Leo identifies certain doctrines (his word) which it promotes.  These include:

  • Christian perfection can be attained without external spiritual guidance (revived Pelagianism, and certainly very ecumenical, very “universal salvationist”)
  • natural virtues are superior to supernatural ones and should be extolled over them. And active virtues like social justice are superior to “passive” ones like prayer, contemplation, etc
  • Religious vows are out of ken with the times in which we live because they limit human liberty
  • traditional methods of evangelization should be replaced with new ones

Pope Leo XIII condemned all the above as counter to the Faith and destructive of both the good of the Church and souls.  Certainly, all are very grave pope-leo-xiiiproblems. Is it not obvious that the first laid the foundations for the “fundamental option,” or universal salvation theories of today and the last several decades?  By stating that Christian perfection can be achieved of man’s own volition, without the need for guidance from Church or priest, an essentially protestant position is adopted. And from the belief that man can achieve perfection on his own, it’s not a very far walk to claim that all can achieve perfection, and thus all are saved.  The notion that perfection can be attained on one’s own, absent Sacraments, absent the Church, is an essentially protestant claim.  The Church in the US has never escaped the yawning shadow of the protestant/enlightenment edifice on which this country was built.

Once again, protestants, especially in this country, would tend to find the 2nd and 3rd items listed above congenial to their outlook. The ecumenical dimensions of this emphasis on natural, active virtues is obvious.  Protestants don’t stress living lives of deep contemplation and regimented prayer apart from the world.  And, it is those more supernatural virtues that especially highlight the differences between protestant and Catholic belief.  Feeding the poor is a virtue protestants and Catholics share, while physical mortification is something almost unheard of among protestants, at least towards supernatural ends.

Leo_XIII-240x300The first three of course feed into the last – if you’re going to suddenly believe that anyone can work themselves to salvation (again, straight up Pelagianism), and radically de-stress supernatural virtues while overemphasizing natural ones, it’s going to take a heavy toll on the practice of the Faith.  In essence, the Americanists – which included Gibbons but also men like John Keane and Denis O’Connell (all Irish) – believed that the evangelization of a protestant nation suspicious of “undemocratic” Catholicism and shameless Popery would be difficult, perhaps too difficult.  So, they proposed the “Americanization” of the Faith as a means to avoid arousing protestant ire at the Church – an ire which had been all too real, and often violent, throughout the history of the Church in this country. The “undemocratic” beliefs, like the Real Presence, the Social Reign of Christ the King, and the necessity of the Church for salvation, would “have to” be ignored, because they cut against the very core of the “enlightened” beliefs on which this country was founded.  And that is why, even today, such beliefs are almost never taught to Catholics, and why the bishops of this country make the HHS mandate an issue of “religious liberty,” rather than what it really is, a full frontal assault by the same secular pagans who have been waging unremitting war against the rights of the Church, and Her very existence, for over 200 years.

Tomorrow, God willing, I will examine the Americanist heresy from the standpoint of the last 100 years, and especially the last 50, in the entire Church.

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