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Planned Parenthood’s evil business model August 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, sadness, sickness, Society, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
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Longtime readers will be well aware of my antipathy towards Planned Barrenhood, but for those who aren’t, this video provides a good two minute rundown of why I feel they are the most diabolically-inspired, moloch-worshipping baby free-fire zone in the world:

To back up what this video claims about illegal practices in order to bilk taxpayers, including you and me, of millions more dollars a year, the State of Texas and the federal government just fined Gulf Coast Planned Barrenhood $4.3 million due to rampant Medicaid fraud.  Jill Stanek thinks this Medicaid fraud case is why Planned Barrenhood decided to close several south and east Texas clinics, including one that performed abortions in Bryan.  It would make sense, as Abby Johnson, famous former manager of the Bryan abatoir and now Catholic convert and pro-life warrior, has great knowledge of the operations of Planned Barrenhood in east and south Texas, and I don’t think it a coincidence that official investigations into fraud began shortly after she left her position at Planned Barrenhood.

As if we need official investigations to inform us of Planned Barrenhood’s horrifying nature!  It’s not even surprising – an entity whose primary profit-center is the murder of the unborn is hardly going to feel great scruples over committing financial fraud!

Why Pope Francis has not covered major social topics like abortion, euthanasia, fake homosexual marriage, etc August 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, shocking, the return.
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Tancred has a bit of transcript from the Pope’s impromptu transatlantic interview while frying back to Rome from Rio.  In that interview, the Holy Father directly answers questions as to why he has not addressed certain subjects like abortion, destruction of marriage, and euthanasia, to anywhere near the degree his recent predecessors did.  The statements:

Patricia Zorzan: [a journalist]

“Speaking on behalf of the Brazilians. Society has changed, young people have changed and you see so many young people in Brazil. You did not mention abortion, marriage between persons of the same sex. In Brazil, a law was passed that extends the right to abortion and allowed marriage
between persons of the same sex. Why did you not talk about this?”

Papa Francesco:

“The Church has already expressed this perfectly. It was not necessary to go back, as I have not even talked about fraud, deceit or other things on which the Church has a clear doctrine!”

Patricia Zorzan:

“But it is a topic that interests the young …”

Papa Francesco:

“Yes, but there was no need to talk about this, but the positive things that open the way to the boys. Is it not? In addition, young people know exactly what is the position of the Church!”  [Do they?  I think this is a mighty assumption, and quite possibly, a highly dangerous one. See below.]

Patricia Zorzan:

“What is the position of Your Holiness, can we talk about it?”

Papa Francesco:

“That of the Church. I am a son of the Church!”

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And I’m sure he believes he is.  But I think it is very dangerous to think that all Catholics, especially young Catholics, really know the Church’s position on many these issues where it stands contrary to the culture.  How many Catholics have priests who tell them contraceptive use is acceptable? How many support abortion on demand?  How many think homosexual fake marriage is somehow just like marriage, and should be treated by the state as the same?  For that matter, how many understand and accept the Church’s Doctrine on the Real Presence. How about euthanasia?  Or chastity in general?

The polls are clear – the vast majority of Catholics either do not know, and/or do not accept, the Church’s Doctrine on ALL of the issues listed above, and that is just a small sampling of subjects on which large numbers of Catholics hold erroneous views.  The Pope has made it clear he’s not interested in these topics, even though certain high-ranking prelates have already started to nudge him in the press, saying, in effect “Dude. You’ve got to talk about these things.”

The world shouts, the culture is loud, and most people don’t pay the slightest bit of attention to what the Church say.  Still and all, papal statements do get a great deal of press coverage, and it is absolutely vital that every pontiff use his exalted office to teach on all the aspects of the Faith, not just certain, non-controversial ones. To fail to do so really indicates a great abdication of duty.  This papacy is still quite young, but I pray the Pope does not stand pat on “everyone” knows the Doctrine of the Faith, so I don’t have to repeat it.  Then why does he say anything, why does he speak of Pelagianism (erroneously) and getting out among the poor and all the other things? All those statements touch on one Doctrine or another, so why bother with those?  It’s really just a matter of interest: it appears Pope Francis is not terribly interested in fighting the culture, he really sees the Church in a different way.

Then there is the issue of the careless statements. For centuries, popes only spoke in very carefully calibrated, written statements, to insure their intent could not be misconstrued, by friend or foe.  Of late, however, especially since Blessed JPII, popes have acted more like major political figures, giving ad hoc interviews and making all kinds of off-the-cuff statements.  These events have on many occasions led to scandal.  Already, the NYT and many other leftist organs have tried to say that the Pope has changed Church Doctrine on homosexuality – as if he could!  And the forces of darkness, the true enemies of the Church and, thus, Christ in this time, have seized on a vague statement and are using it to their own diabolical ends:

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No, this twisting of the Pope’s words is wrong, and no, Pope Francis did not change Church Doctrine in the slightest, nor even change any real nuance.  But the statement was vague and easily misconstrued. Some may say it’s  not fair for the media to abuse the Pope’s words for their own ends, but, hey, guess what??!?  These are not virtuous people, many are positively, willfully engaged in the diabolic. It used to be assumed by Popes that they had to be very specific, very precise in their statements, to avoid having their words twisted by a hostile world. But, since the Church has assumed the world is it’s BFF, that mentality is now seen as passe’.

That last bit is really the root of the problem, the fallacy of “aggiornamento.”  But this is enough for now.

How the Jesuits “banished the heart” of the Catholic Faith…UPDATED! August 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, episcopate, error, Eucharist, General Catholic, Liturgy, religious, Saints, secularism, Tradition, Virtue.
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UPDATE: As commenter Steve B pointed out at length, I was careless in my language in the original post and have since updated it.  I always thank readers for pointing things like this out. Don’t let me mess up!

…and in so doing, may have made their present deplorable state inevitable.  I read a book some time back by Dr. Geoffrey Hull, an Australian linguist and Catholic of the traditional sort.  The book was called The Banished Heart, and along with much, much, waaaay too much glorifying of Eastern Orthodox practice of the Faith (and numerous shots taken at Catholic relations with the Orthodox), was the main point of the book,  Favre which is that the Church, under the influence of the post-protestant revolt Jesuits, lost touch with the ultimate importance of the “Source and Summit” of our Faith, the Liturgy, and became too focused on reasoned theological arguments, instead of focusing on the “heart” of the Faith, the Liturgy. It is true that even today, and even though very few Orthodox go to Mass on any given Sunday, the Liturgy remains the true focal point of the Orthodox religion.  But in the Catholic Church, there has been a tendency to focus more – perhaps too much – on theological arguments, and to see the Liturgy as something of an adjunct to that theological focus, instead of the other way around.  That part of Hull’s book was important and valuable, and I think he may be right.

Fr. Ray Blake discussed this, without reference to Dr. Hull’s book, on his blog yesterday, on the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola.  Fr. Blake noted that the Jesuits have never placed a strong emphasis on the Liturgy – or, at least, did not make it the very center of their lives as most other religious orders do – and thus, they may have, over time, lost the “heart” of the Catholic Faith (I add emphasis and comments):

The most radical change that Jesuits introduced was that they were not committed to the common or public recitation of the Divine Office, even in Jesuit fr_hardon1-1-213x300houses the Office was said privately, though devotions of one kind or another might be done publicly, the Church’s liturgy became an entirely private affair, except possibly with the exception of Sunday Vespers but even this became a source of “devotions” a basis for Rosary, sermon, litanies and Benediction. [It must be noted that the “Liturgy” consists of more than the Mass, but also the Divine Office.  The Mass/Office always formed the very basis of life in Benedictine, Carmelite, Dominican, and other orders, but in the Jesuits, it was seen as more of an adjunct to their focus on more active, natural virtues. It must be noted that the Church overall, especially in the last century and under the influence of Americanism, has also stressed the natural virtues even to the detriment of the passive, supernatural virtues]

Before the Jesuits churches consisted of nave, chancel and sanctuary but because there was not public chanting of the Office, there was no need of a chancel with its choir stalls in their churches and they quickly disappeared from new parish churches and chapels too after the Counter-Reformation. Under Ignatius’ inspiration ‘liturgy’ for the faithful became just the Mass. The Office was said by clergy under obligation, for early Jesuits it was a burden whereas other forms of prayer were a joy. [Thus, public office like Vespers, Lauds, and Compline became very rare. St. Ignatius obtained an exemption from the Holy See removing the normal obligation on all religious to pray the Office every day.]

Fr. Baker - good Jesuit

Fr. Baker – good Jesuit

…..Most importantly the Jesuit disdain for liturgy and preference for devotion brought about a serious change in western theology. In the West and in the East from the very beginning the source, the root, the matrix of theology was the sacred liturgy. The Jesuits became the first to abandon Liturgy as the basis of their theology, which accounts for the wilder excesses of counter-reformation theology and devotionalism, as well as the eccentric theology, based on secular learning, philosophies and sociology that prepared for and followed the Vatican Council. [I believe this is quite accurate, and basically Dr. Hull’s thesis in a nutshell. Detached from central focus on the Liturgy as the basis for theology, Jesuit focus on reason gradually made Catholic theology more cerebral and emotionless. The “heart” of the Faith, that glorious Gift of the Blessed Sacrament and all the torrents of Grace associated with the Liturgy, was, in a sense, shunted to one side and focus made more on intellectual argument with other bases. At first, the difference in focus had no great effect, but over time, the Jesuit focus on cold intellectual reason, decoupled from this great Source, the Eucharist, wandered further and further from the prior practice of the Faith, and led the groundwork for the embrace of outright heresy in the form of modernism, which always had its strongest

Laicized Fr. Thelen - leftist

Laicized Fr. Thelen – leftist

adherents in the Jesuit order.  Eventually, virtually the entire order went over the modernism during the early-mid 20th century]

St Ignatius and his Company of Jesus did extraordinary things for evangelisation following their foundation but their disdain for Liturgy has introduced a fault line into Western Christianity that has deeply wounded our intellectual life and it looks as if it is to continue. [Exactly.  We have to find our heart, and make the Mass the center of our theology again, or at least to a much greater degree than it is now.  Now, the situation is, we actually impose theological ideas on the Mass (which is exactly what occurred after VII, instead of having the Mass, received from the Church Fathers, guide our theological ideas.  It’s the whole shift in Lex Credendi, Lex Orandi – people now way, the we pray as we believe, the it really is, and was understood by the Fathers to be, we believe as we pray! When the Mass was changed, it was inevitable that massive shifts in belief would occur, as well.] Pope Benedict saw the liturgy and a return to the liturgical mystogogical theology of the Fathers as healing, both for the West in particular, but also for the division between East and West, as did VII in Sacrosanctum Concillium and its general call to return to Patristic study. I am not sure whether Papa Bergoglio and most contemporary Jesuits and those who have taken up Jesuit inspired theology understand this, they think as Jesuits, not as people imbued and formed by the riches of the Liturgy. [Again, instead of treating the Liturgy as this great Gift received from the earliest Church and the very focal point of our Faith, from which all our belief should flow, the Mass is treated in many modern minds as something rather separate, an act the Church performs, and certainly it has theological components, but not as the primary source of our belief.]   A great many Trads seem to be concerned that Francis is showing himself as antagonistic towards Benedict, I do not know if that is so but what I am convinced of is that Benedict was antagonistic towards Francis and the whole Jesuit school of theology, as is anyone who cares for the Liturgy.

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Wow, great post by Fr. Blake. I know some of this is a bit esoteric, but I think it very significant.  I think this is yet another reason why the Jesuits – who have done so much good it is incalculable – should be supressed.  Or, let me put it another way.  We know the Lord works in mysterious ways – perhaps the supression of the Jesuits in 1773 was not an act of political knavery and episcopal malfeasance, but an act of Providence, Who knew this order that had done such immense good and played such a vital role, had outlived its usefulness and was now growing into a harmful influence on the Church?

I don’t suppose I’ll get the answer to that until the afterlife!

Jesuit "Mass"

Jesuit “Mass”

St. Ignatius Loyola was the “remedy” for Luther August 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, manhood, reading, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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But maybe not the right remedy.  In the first of two posts on St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, I’m taking some text from Vol. 13 of Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year, from the portion for the July 31 feast of St. Ignatius.  There were certainly some interesting parallels between the rise of both Luther and Ignatius’ careers. And while the Jesuits were instrumental in the initial Catholic response to the existential threat of the protestant revolt (the Counter-Reformation), it is quite possible that, long term, the Jesuits have had a very harmful effect on the life of the Church.  That will be in the next post.  But, for now, the good:

Although the cycle of the time after Pentecost has shown us many times the solicitude of the Holy Spirit for the defence of the Church, yet today the teaching shines forth with a new lustre. In the sixteenth century satan made a formidable attack upon the Holy City, by means of a man who, like himself, had fallen from the height of Heaven, a man prevented in early years by the choice graces which lead to perfection, yet ignatiusloyolaunable in an evil day to resist the spirit of revolt. As Lucifer aimed at being equal to God, Luther set himself up against the Vicar of God, on the mountain of teh covenant; and soon, falling from abyss to abyss, he drew after him the third part of the stars of the firmament of Holy Church. How terrible is that mysterious law whereby the fallen creature, be he man or angel, is allowed to keep the same ruling power for evil which he would otherwise have exercised for good. But the designs of eternal Wisdom are never frustrated: against the misused liberty of the angel or man is set up that other merciful law of substitution, by which St. Michael was the first to benefit.

The development of Ignatius’ vocation to holiness followed step by step the defection of Luther. In the spring of 1521 Luther had just quitted Worms, and was defying the world from the Castle of Wartburg, when Ignatius received and Pampeluna the wound which was the occasion of his leaving the world and retiring to Manresa. Valiant as his noble ancestors, he felt within him from his earliest years the warlike ardor which they had shown on the battlefields of Spain. But the campaing against het Moors closed at the very time of his birth (1491). Were his chivalrous instincts to be satisfied with petty political quarrels? The only true King worthy of his great soul revealed Himself to him in the trial which put a stop to his worldly ambition; another crusade was begun; and in the year 1522, from the mountains of Catalonia to those of Thuringia, was developed that divine strategy of which the angels alone knew the secret.

In this wonderful campaing it seemed that hell was allowed to take the initiative, while Heaven was content to look on, only taking care to make Grace abound all the more where iniquity strove to abound. As in the previous year Ignatius received his first call three weeks after Luther had completed his rebellion, so in this year, at three weeks’ distance, the rival camps of hell and Heaven each chose and equipped its leader. Ten months of diabolical manifestations prepared satan’s lieutenant, in the place of his forced retreat, which he called his Patmos; and on March 5 the deserter of the altar and of the cloister left Wartburg.

ON the 25th of the same month, the glorious night of the Incarnation, the brilliant soldier in the armies of the Catholic kingdom, clad in sackcloth, the uniform of poverty, to indicate his new projects, watches his arms in prayer at Montserrat; then hanging up his trusty sword at Mary’s altar, he went forth to make trial of his future combats by a merciless war against himself.

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Ignatius’ crossing of paths with protestants did not end there. He missed Calvin at the Univesity of Paris by months, but the rot had already set thCA0D7IYFin.  The founders of the Huguenots were already in place. But Ignatius did find faithful sons of the Church at Paris, and his order truly began there.

I don’t think there any question that there was Providence behind the formation of this great army of God, which for 250 years would stand in solid opposition to the revolting protestants.  So many great sons of St. Ignatius were raised up, which made such incredible, saintly, valiant efforts on behalf of the Church they loved, that the Counter-Reformation could not well have occurred without them.  St. Peter Canisius, St. Francis Xavier, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Isaac Brebeuf, St. John Baptiste de la Salle, and so many others, not only opposed protestantism and preseved the Faith, they also evangelized India, China, Japan, and much of the Americas.  The Jesuit Reductions of Paraguay were perhaps the last truly authentic instances of fully Catholic political-economic structures in the world.

But along with all this success, there was an aspect of the Jesuit charism which may have made their eventual fall – the fall we are witnessing today – inevitable. It was an over-reliance on reason, along with an insufficient focus on the Liturgy as the very core of all Catholic apostolates, which may have left the Jesuits prone to falling into error, and which through their incredible influence in the Church in the 1600 and 1700s even led the Chuch “banish her heart” – the liturgy – to an unfortunate degree.

We’ll look at that next, with the assistance of Fr. Ray Blake.

According to the USCCB, World Youth Day is a totally natural event only tangentially related to Jesus Christ August 1, 2013

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Ummm……then why are we having it, then?  Two alert readers (JB, TE) pointed out the USCCB’s official position on World Youth Day, which can be found here.  According to the USCCB website, the purpose of World Youth Day is threefold:

  1. Putting Trust in the Young
    World Youth Day is a coming together of young adults from the four corners of the world and a strong reminder of the strength and confidence the young bring to the Church today.
  2. Gathering Together
    World Youth Day is not simply a gathering for the young people of the world, but a time to put trust in the world’s youth. A calling for the world’s youth to come together as one people.
  3. Meeting the International World on a Human Level
    It is still a marvel in this the 21st Century to exchange with others and to be a part of an international experience. International events are able to stir much hope but also many fears (increase in fundamentalism, nationalism and other new conflicts. . .) The Church and Christians themselves have a role to play in preventing the development of these fears, and in aiding each person in finding their way and discovering hope.

All of the above seem rather strange and disconnected from the Catholic Faith.  “Putting trust in the young” is vague and even troubling, as it seems to evoke the dominant culture’s obsession with youth and hatred of “growing old.”  Remember those T-shirts a few years back, when dfdrboomers started hitting early old age: “60 is the new thirty?”  Historically, and across many cultures, old age was venerated, while youth was often viewed with a certain distrust.  Certain phrases even entered into the lexicon – “the folly of youth, etc” – that showed that while being young certainly has many advantages, it is not in and of itself a “good.”  In fact, it was felt it was wise to be wary of youthful excesses.

Number 2 really just repeats number 1: the “youth” are possessed of some magical source of virtue – even though many haven’t even been formed in the Faith in the slightest – and we should heed their 14 years of sage experience.  Again, the modern, wsafsadfMadison Avenue driven “cult of youth” (because young people tend to spend a lot more than old) seems accepted without question.

Number 3……what can one say?  Aside from the direct criticism of religious “excess” (as opposed to the pervasive, nearly all-dominant worldly excess of our present culture?), it seems the point of “Church and Christians” is to fight against being…….too Catholic?  The implicit (heck, it’s explicit) conceit of all these statements  is an unquestioning acceptance of the dominant culture. In short, the world, to which the Church must open its doors, and from which receive great insights completely missed by Aquinas, Augustine, Liguori, and all the other Saints and Doctors.  Please.

There is something else missing from the “mission statement” for WYD: any talk of Jesus Christ, salvation, conversion, Grace, acquisition of wsfddasfvirtue, cessation from vice……..in short, all the truly vital aspects of the Catholic Faith.

Even the “Official Prayer” of World Youth Day 2013 – which is far, far better than the “purpose” given above, probably because it was not composed by the USCCB – makes no mention of the need for conversion or salvation.  Actually, it does speak of conversion, but not from personal sin, but only those “corporate” or “societal” sins that liberals have fake-substituted for real, actual, personal sin.  The need to submit to the Church and cooperate with Grace to achieve salvation is, of course, completely unmentioned anywhere on the WYD page.

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