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Archbishop Chaput has some pointed comments about Pope Francis? July 24, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, episcopate, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Papa, shocking, Society, the return, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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At least, that’s how I interpret these comments, via Perty Papist:

During an interview in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, for instance, Chaput bluntly tackled three questions about Pope Francis, his early record, and his current trip to Brazil:

  • The 68-year-old Capuchin conceded that last night’s mob scene with the papal motorcade was a “frightening moment,” hinting that perhaps Francis could listen a bit more to handlers charged with his safety and saying, “There has to be some distance between the crowds and the Holy Father.”
  • Chaput acknowledged that members of the right wing of the Catholic church “generally have not been really happy” with some aspects of Francis’ early months and said the pope will have to find a way “to care for them, too.”
  • Chaput defended Francis on concerns in some circles that he’s been silent on abortion, gay marriage and euthanasia, saying, “I can’t imagine he won’t be as pro-life and pro-traditional marriage as any of the other popes.” He insisted the bishop of Rome “has to talk about those things.”

I am not going to read too much into this, but those comments could be taken in a pointed manner, as if saying that Pope Francis has not yet been pleasing to “conservative” Catholics, and that he needs to be.

And, yes, it has been noted in many corners that Pope Francis has been very silent on many signs of the cultural collapse, including legalization of fake homosexual marriage in France (although he did make one small criticism), abortion, legal approval of euthanasia in Belgium and its increased (dang near mandatory) use in Holland, etc., etc.

We certainly live in interesting times.

I told your homosexual pretend marriage would be the vehicle of the persecution…. July 24, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, disconcerting, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, martyrdom, persecution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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…..and in Texas 3rd most liberal city (after Austin and El Paso), there is a move afoot to bar anyone who has demonstrated “bias” against homosexuals to be barred from city contracts, OR public office!  From a Catholic standpoint, San Antonio is the Los Angeles of Texas:

The San Antonio City Council is doing some housecleaning to combine all of its anti-discrimination rules and ordinances into one. The consolidated ordinance states a desire to adopt a “comprehensive and expanded non-discrimination policy with revisions to outdated terminology.”

According to Pastor Charles Flowers of Faith Outreach International, the city leaders want to add two categories to the policy: sexual orientation and gender identity.“The ordinance also says that if you have at any point demonstrated a bias – without defining what a bias is or who will determine whether or not one has been exercised – that you cannot get a city contract,” he tells OneNewsNow.

Neither can any of your subcontractors [who have demonstrated a bias] sign on to the contract.”Moreover, according to a draft of the revised policy, no one who has spoken out against homosexuality or the transgender lifestyle can run for city council or be appointed to a board. Flowers says the Arizona-based legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom has taken a look at the ordinance.

“They said they’ve never seen this kind of language in any other ordinance in any other city that they’ve dealt with,” the pastor shares. “It martyrdomis unprecedentedly wrong – and of course the citizens of San Antonio must stop it.”

As CMR notes (h/t), this probably has no chance of passing.  But that’s not the point.  The point is that through means small and large, opposition to the redefinition and subsequent destruction of marriage will be punished.  It may not be blunt instruments like this city ordinance; it might instead be that company you want to work for denying you a job, because they check your Facebook and find that in 2012 you signed a petition stating you support marriage as it has always been.  You hater. There will be a thousand different means to force you to comply, to say, “Yes, I think your destruction of marriage is wonderful, as is your unnatural perversion. In fact, it’s better than natural, it’s super-duper natural!”

Who will stand under the persecution?  How many of those who now maintain they will always be stalwart in defense of marriage not only fall, but attack those who adhere to God’s intent and timeless human tradition, telling them what awful, hateful bigots they are, and how the Church has always and only ever been about peace and harmony and love?

Yeah buddy, it’s coming, and it won’t be long now.  Most conservative Catholics probably won’t publicly change their stance, they’ll just quietly ignore the whole subject as much as they possibly can.

Fun times, fun times. As my favorite priest says, we better get prayed up.




Americanism and the Church universal July 24, 2013

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I said yesterday that I would follow up on the post that defined the Americanist heresy.  In that post, I noted that Pope Leo XIII identified certain doctrines which defined the heresy.  Those 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

As I alluded to yesterday, adherents to Americanism were numerous and influential at the time the heresy was defined by Leo XIII. They included the most influential prelate in the country – Cardinal Gibbons – and much of the hierarchy.  These men did not want to challenge the dominant culture in Pope_Leo_XIIIthis country regarding either its religious beliefs, or it’s erroneous faith in the enlightenment ideals of “religious liberty” and the “rights of man.”  They certainly did not want to proclaim such essential beliefs as no salvation outside the Church, the Social Reign of Christ the King, and the Primacy of Peter.  All these critical elements of the Faith were dramatically downplayed to the point that, in the United States, they were never strongly taught. Even Orestes Brownson, one of the earliest famous Catholic apologists, lamented on his deathbed in 1876 that he had failed in much of his mission of evangelization, as he had avoided those key components of the Faith listed above, out of fear of inciting protestant – and episcopal –  ire.  Like so many of our famous Catholic speakers today!

Unfortunately,  Testem Benevolentiae, Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical defining and condemning the Americanist heresy, was successfully ignored and pushed aside as a dim footnote in American Catholic history.  Suffice it to say, the condemnation of this heresy did nothing to stop its spread. In fact, by the mid 1940s, Americanism, coupled with modernism, was becoming rife at all levels of the Church, but especially among images%257Ccms-image-000169396the clergy and episcopate.  And due to the effects of WWII and its aftermath, which included the collapse of the Faith in much of Europe, its historical stronghold, the American Church, through money and cultural influence, was entering a phase where it would have unprecedented impact on the Church at large.  This impact was largely hidden and muted during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII, but it would explode throughout the Church and world during the 1960s.

If we look at the errors Pope Leo condemned, and compare that to the dominant beliefs professed by laity, clergy, and bishops in the post-Vatican II Church, I believe certain similarities are obvious.  For instance, there is a straight line from “perfection can be obtained absent external guidance” to universal salvation. The connection should be readily apparent, but if it is not, the logic works like this: if you can obtain perfection absent external guidance, you don’t need the Church, or Sacraments, or anything save “a personal relationship with Jesus Christ” (and, again, what does that sound like?  Evangelicalism, anyone?).  If anyone can work themselves to salvation (Pelagianism), anyone can be saved, which is a very short step from everyone will be saved – thus, universal salvation.

But if you take this belief to its final end, you don’t even need Jesus Christ or Grace, because, as the Pelagians argued 1600 years ago, “good” people can work themselves to salvation, so even the Incarnation, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ become unnecessary.  Now we’re well into modernism, too, where Christ is easily converted into a particularly wise human being, only, and even the most perverse and eror-filled sects and religions are all but automatically saved.  Or are automatically saved. In practical terms, the vast majorit of today’s Catholics are universal salvationists, even though VaticanoIIsuch belief is directly contrary to Christ’s own words as recorded multiple times in Sacred Scripture.

Preference for natural and active virtues over the supernatural ones has lead to today’s very strong preference for reducing the Church to a worldly do-good society – what Pope Francis described as “just another NGO.”  Again, the supernatural is undermined in favor of the natural, and the necessity and efficacy of Grace is reduced, as well.  This also plays, in a way, towards working one’s way to salvation.  Understand, none of this is to say that active virtues aren’t vital, nor that there isn’t work performed for salvation (there is – cooperation with Grace). But the tenets of Americanism, through the documents of Vatican II (especially Guadium Et Spes and Dignitatis Humanae), have now been unleashed on the universal Church, so that the vast majority of Catholics have a gravely deficient understanding of what constitutes virtue, vice, the economy of salvation, and even the reality of the Person of Jesus Christ.

The final item that Pope Leo identified – the need for “new methods of evangelization to replace old ones” – this has been the constant drumbeat in the Church ever since Vatican II.  We are on the third “new evangelization” since I joined the Church in 1999. I don’t know how many there were before that, but I think it was several.  All these “new evangelizations” replace previous ones, because all the previous ones failed – and badly.  The question is, was the old, pre-VII evangelization really deficient?  The available data makes that a troubling case to prove, but the point is, as Pope Leo XIII proclaimed, the “new evangelization” isn’t really predicated on need, it’s an end to itself.  There are many who, both then, in 1890s America, and in today’s Church, want to use the “new evangelization” to push their vision of the Faith, one that contains numerous other Americanist/modernist elements.  But the statistical data, as well as countless anecdotes, indicate that whatever the new evangelization is, it has been a massive, unprecedented failure. Every year, more and more parishes close, more souls lose the Faith, and the Church shrinks in influence.  Much of that collapse can be traced to the failure to teach the “hard” truths of the full Faith, the truths denied by the Americanists.

A final brief note: Pope Leo did not directly address the acceptance by the Americanists of the revolutionary, enlightenment thoughts upon which this nation was founded.  But accept them they did, and it is a known fact that the bishops of the US at Vatican II drove, very hard, to get the Americanist image004beliefs regarding “religious liberty” and “primacy of conscience” inserted into a declaration specific to that end at VII, in spite of the fact that such a declaration would be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile with the then extant Magisterium. That declaration was, of course, Dignitatis Humanae, and it was by far the most contentious document approved at Vatican II. I should add, that this document was only approved by a form of subterfuge, in which many hundreds of protests against the document were conveniently “lost” shortly before the vote to approve the document.  A member of the progressive elements at VII deliberately memory-holed those protests, to allow what many consider to be the most problematic document of Vatican II to go forward. The last, major effort to stop the ascendancy of the Americanist beliefs was blocked.

And so, the Americanists now reign triumphant in the Church.  As their adversaries from 100 years ago feared, however the broad-scale acceptance of Americanist beliefs has had devastating consequences for the Church as a whole, and for millions of individual souls.  Catholics often have little or no interior life, because prayer is rarely emphasized.  Most Catholics embrace a neo-protestant view of their faith.  Adherence to timeless Church belief and practice is at a deep nadir. And the culture continues its accelerating collapse, utterly cut-off from that transcendent vision of government under the yoke of Christ, which vision led to the birth of Christendom/European civilization in the first place.

O pray that awareness of all this, can start to bring change.



Are you praying and fasting for your bishops? July 24, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Saints, sanctity, scandals, Tradition, Virtue.
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Lord knows, I probably castigate the episcopate in this country and sometimes around the world more than just about anyone short of Michael Voris. Heh. And I certainly don’t feel any shame in doing so, although at times I am uncomfortable to have to bring, in conscience, certain problems or issues to the fore.  But at the same time, I pray for our bishops with great fervor every day. I pray for their sanctification. I pray they will conduct their exalted office as heirs to the Apostles in the same manner as the great Bishop-Saints of the past, like St. Charles Borremeo, St. Anthony Marie Claret, and especially St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.  It is utterly vital to the life of the Church that our bishops be as holy, as charitable, and as dedicated to the orthodox practice of the Faith and salvation of souls as possible.

There has been an effort underway for some time, that I have blogged on before, from American Life League, to pray and fast for our bishops.  I think this is a splendid, critical effort. We should all, as a matter of course, pray for both our own ordinary and all bishops, but adding fasting or other mortification will add great Grace and strength to our prayers.  The ALL website for this effort contains information on a different saintly bishop – this week’s is St. Oliver Plunkett – news regarding the American episcopate, suggestions for fasting as well as prayers to offer for the strengthening and sanctification of our bishops. The prayers for this week include:

Almighty and eternal God, by whose judgment all things are established, mercifully regard our prayers, and in your goodness provide for our bishops chosen to guide us the strength and courage to defend the Faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Eternal Father, I lift up to You all the bishops of the world. Sanctify them. Heal and guide them. Mold them into the likeness and holiness of Your Son, Jesus, the Good Shepherd. May their lives be pleasing to You. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

I highly, highly encourage all readers to go to the ALL webpage and sign up to participate in this effort.  If we want holy, orthodox bishops with great love for all the Tradition of the Church (not that of only the last several decades), then we must pray for them!  It is a duty for us as Catholics to pray for all our shepherds.  In essence, we get what we pray for.  I think a huge factor in the less than stellar orthodoxy, leadership, and charity for souls we’ve seen in bishops is directly linked to lack of souls praying for them.  I know there are other reasons, but Grace overcomes.

If you do offer prayers and/or fasting for bishops, go back to the ALL website and click the button to offer your prayer, so they can keep count of all the prayers and fasts offered.  I just clicked it 700 times!

And, yes, I’m going to change my name to Jerkhead McPreachyblogger. So, I beat you to the punch.

Non sequitur awesomeness: SpaceX likely to build Texas launch facility July 24, 2013

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I’ve been reading about this for a while, but it looks almost certain that Space Exploration Technologies Corp – SpaceX – will be building their private

SPI from Boca Chica

SPI from Boca Chica

launch facility on Boca Chica Beach in far, far south Texas.  In fact, the launch facility will be only 3 miles north of the Mexican border, and it will be closer to the equator than Cape Canaveral – and thus receive more boost to orbit from the earth’s rotation. Ahem.

Another reason to go to South Padre Island – this launch site will be only 5 miles from the hotels on SPI, which will make it a great place to watch a space launch. I’ve never seen a space launch,  all the other launch sites being rather far away on the east and west coast.  But a launch site within a days’s drive would be another matter:

About 13 months ago, SpaceX began purchasing property in the area of Boca Chica Beach in Cameron County near Brownsville, Texas. SpaceX now reportedly owns eight parcels, according to the local Valley Morning Star newspaper.

Texas state, Cameron County and Brownsville city officials have worked to assemble a package of incentives worth a reported $15 million for development of a local spaceport. The Cameron County Commissioners Court and the Texas General Land Office have cleared the way for intended-purpose land use and safety-related beach closures on launch days.

According to Gilberto Salinas, executive vice president of the Brownsville Economic Development Corporation, Boca Chica Beach may be closed to the public up to 12 times per year to provide a safe zone for commercial launches. Ten of those would be designated for liftoffs of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, while two could be opportunities for the new and bigger Falcon 9 Heavy.

These flights would almost certainly not be for NASA payloads. SpaceX has been contracted for commercial satellite launches by Iridium, Space System/Loral, ORBCOMM, Intelsat and several foreign countries’ communications programs….

……SpaceX is also gearing up to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This site offers access to polar orbits, which many Air Force payloads and environmental monitoring satellites require. A satellite in polar orbit can expose its sensors to changing slices of the Earth rotating beneath it. In this way, the entire globe can be seen in a few days or less.

The proposed Boca Chica Beach site would allow for commercial launches to the much sought-after equatorial orbits, where many communications satellites are positioned. SpaceX could safely fly its Falcons through the very sparsely populated corridor between southern Florida and Cuba. [Ummm…….sparsely populated, because it’s OCEAN! But I don’t know if they need to overfly the Florida straits to miss Florida and Cuba, or if the rocket will be high enough that overflying populated areas won’t be a concern.]

Brownsville is the southernmost point in the continental United States. [Wrong. It’s not even close. Miami and southern Florida extend over 100 miles further south than Texas, but that region of Atlantic coastal Florida is densely populated and unsuitable for rocket launches. Rockets launched from there would get an inertial boost from Earth’s rotation (such advantages increase as a theoretical launch site approaches the equator, where Earth’s rotational velocity reaches its relative maximum). [Right, but I was wrong on my numbers in the comments to a previous post. At Cape Canaveral, the boost to orbit from the earth’s, ahem, theoretical rotation is about 908 mph.  At the equator, it’s 1050 mph.  At the European launch facility in French Guyana, very near the equator, they get about 1030 mph.  That is the nearest launch site to the equator save for Sea Launch, which launches right on the equator from a converted drilling platform.  The Brownville site will probably get about 930 mph boost.  This is not insignificant.]

I think SpaceX determination is now down to the Boca Chica site and one in Florida, but the Texas site has huge advantages as it is very close to falcon_9_heavySpaceX’s full scale test facility southwest of Waco.  Transport of the rocket stages, already tested at McGregor, to Boca Chica only 400 miles away, would be much simpler and faster than barging to Puerto Rico (another, less likely competitor) or a 1500 mile road trip to Florida.  Plus, the Florida site is about 150 miles further from the equator than Boca Chica, so there is less boost.  Mu

Much will come down to how aggressively the various Texas governments pursue this commercial endeavour, but Rick Perry and the local governments have been going after it pretty hard. I am just about certain SpaceX will be launching rockets from Texas within the next 5 years or so.

God willing, of course!