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Your Air Force now punishing those who refuse to promote sodomy August 19, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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It appears, my dear readers, that the Obama Administration has managed to work the same kind of transformation upon my beloved United States Air Force, as the Clinton Administration was able to work upon the US Navy in the 90s.  In the wake of Tailhook 1993, the Navy was made to submit, and I mean submit, to a strenuous application of all the feminist inspired “diversity training” and “sensitivity workshops” that you can imagine.  The net result is a viciously hostile environment of careerist diversity officers who are constantly on the prowl for the next E-8, O-5, or O-6 they can nail to their punishment board.  They essentially “excel” at their jobs by wrecking other’s careers.  Thus, the former Captain of the USS Enterprise CVN-65 was cashiered for a morale effort with his troops that offended someone’s oh-so-delicate sensibilities.  And he is far, far from the only one.

It seems Obama’s minions are using the same tricks to turn the US Air Force, formerly perhaps the most conservative and Christian branch of the armed forces (maybe except for the Marines), into a seething cauldron of homosexual activism and careerist intrigue.  Lovely:

A 19-year veteran of the Air Force said he was relieved of his duties after he disagreed with his openly gay commander when she wanted to severely punish an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality.

“I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk told Fox News. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy.”

The Liberty Institute is representing the Christian airman in case the Pentagon decides to retaliate.

“Are we going to have a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for Christians so we don’t get harassed for our beliefs?” attorney Hiram Sasser asked Fox News. “Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military. He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.”

A spokesperson for Lackland Air Force Base public affairs told Fox News Monk was not punished and that he was simply at the end of his assignment. [Maybe. But he was Command First Sergeant for the 37th Training Wing, the wing that trains all USAF Airmen recruits. It is amazing, and surely highly politically significant, that an open lesbian was appointed to command this incredibly important unit.  That is a way of sending a very visible signal]

“They did have a disagreement, but supposedly, they agreed to disagree,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “But the wing commander said there was no punishment. [Maybe. In the military, the difference between “reward” and “punishment” can be difficult to discern. For instance, he could be sent to Thule AB, Greenland to finish out his 20 years, with no possibility of promotion.]

Monk has served as a first sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio since 2011. He recently returned from a deployment and discovered he had a new commander – an open lesbian.

“In one of our first meetings, she was talking about her promotion and she mentioned something about a benediction,” Monk told Fox News. “She said she wanted a chaplain but objected to one particular chaplain that she called a bigot because he preached that homosexuality is a sin.” [Note: the “open lesbian” can act on her militant homosexuality by denigrating a chaplain under her command as a bigot – and you think that doesn’t have any impact?  But a Christian who says “I don’t think gays pretending to be marriage is right” is horribly intolerant, and cashiered. We truly live in Orwellian times.]

“She then said, ‘I don’t know what kind of people actually believe that kind of crap,’” Monk said, recalling the meeting. “I knew I was going to have a rough time in this unit and I would have to be very careful what I said.”

That moment came when Monk was called in to advise the commander on a disciplinary matter involving an Air Force instructor accused of making comments objecting to gay marriage.

The instructor was investigated and the members of his trainees were asked if the instructor had slandered homosexuals and whether he created a hostile work environment.

Monk said he quickly determined the instructor meant no harm by his public comments – comparing the United States with the fall of the Roman Empire.

“He said in spite of our differences, we can’t let that happen to the United States,” Monk said. “He then used homosexual marriage as an example – saying that he didn’t believe in it – but it doesn’t matter because he was going to train them the same way.”

Seven people filed complaints about the remarks. It then became Monk’s job to advise the commander on disciplinary action. [All military training has become a joke, the USMC possibly excluded.  In the Navy, Air Force, and Army, recruits can refuse to perform drills they feel are too demanding, they can issue a “time-out” card when they feel overwhelmed, and apparently they can file complaints about anything that insults their delicate sensibilities.  We’re raising a bunch of steel clawed tigers, that’s for sure!]

…….The instructor was eventually punished by having a letter of counseling placed in his official file.  [And thus, his career is finished.]

Monk soon found himself in a very similar position after his commander ordered him to answer a question about whether people who object to gay marriage are guilty of discrimination.

“She said, ‘Sgt. Monk, I need to know if you can, as my first sergeant, if you can see discrimination if somebody says that they don’t agree with homosexual marriage,’” he said. “I refused to answer the question.”

Monk said to answer would have put him in a legal predicament.

“And as a matter of conscience I could not answer the question the way the commander wanted me to,” he said.

At that point, Monk said that perhaps it would be best if he went on leave. The commander agreed.

“I was essentially fired for not validating my commander’s position on having an opinion about homosexual marriage,” he said.

Monk said he is brokenhearted over the way the military has treated him.

“If this young man would’ve given a speech and said he was good with homosexuality, we wouldn’t be here,” he said. “The narrative is that you cannot say anything that contradicts Air Force policy.”

He said in essence, Christians are trading places with homosexuals.

“Christians have to go into the closet,” he said. “We are being robbed of our dignity and respect. We can’t be who we are.”

This is how the persecution advances.  Christianity, and militant homosexuality, cannot co-exist.  They are mutually exclusive.  All observant monotheistic faiths have always – ALWAYS – and everywhere condemned homosexuality as the worst of sins, a hideous perversion of God’s intent for human nature and a direct repudiation of His Will. Even since the founding of Christendom, Christianity – be it Catholicism, Orthodoxy, protestantism, whatever – has enjoyed a privileged place wherever it was accepted by most.  For the first time in history, we are seeing the culture reject Christianity and embrace a sexular paganism antithetical to, and incompatible with, that Christianity.

I’ve always said this radical homosexual agenda would be THE vehicle of the persecution.  This is simply a bridge Christians cannot cross.  By a million little ways like the one above, the culture will be made to accept – is accepting – this sodomite agenda.  By a million little cuts, Christians will be persecuted.  We are being boxed in more and more and more, and eventually, they will come into our churches and try to demand that Dogma be formally changed to support their perversions.  And then the martyrdom will begin.

I did not think such would occur in my lifetime, but now I am far from sure.  In fact, I increasingly think it will.

Do not, under any circumstances, join the US military.  I have one friend who is very troubled, trying to weight whether to accept promotion to O-6 and stay another 4 years, or just retire at 20 as an O-5. I’ve always encouraged him in his career, but I advised him to get out.  I have another friend who was an F-16 pilot, but who figured out that in today’s Air Force, being a “career pilot” means, at best, 8-10 years flying fighters, and 12-16 sitting at a desk.  He’s also a Robin Olds type, hard living, hard fighting.  He is obsolete in today’s Hair Farce.

Start a meme – LCWR means……..? August 19, 2013

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I found this at Mundabor’s blog, and had to share:


You could even turn it into a meme.  How to abuse the LCWR acronym.  Wow, I thought up a very harsh one right off the bat:

  • Lesbian Chicks Wreck Religion
  • Little Children Whining Radically
  • Last Chance for Whiners to Repent
  • Lost hippy Children Wish to Re-enact 60s

I had some others, but they’re not fit for my sweet family blog.

Now, a palette cleanser, via TCP:


There is some awesome art that comes up on Spanish Googles that don’t do so en Ingles!

A portrait of a Church in collapse August 19, 2013

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Pertinacious Papist presents some highlights – or lowlights – from a long study Dr. Ralph Martin has done on the present state of the Church in the United States.  Citing data from one “large Midwestern Diocese” – almost certainly, Martin’s own Archdiocese of Detroit – Martin paints a picture of a Church that is in the advanced stages of total collapse.  He also posits some reasons for the collapse, which I will elaborate on.  All the words quoted below are from PP’s report on Martin’s much longer article (I add emphasis and comments):

I was forcibly struck by the table of statistics from the “Midwestern Diocese” offered on p. 59. The numbers are nothing short of catastrophic. The table shows that over the last decade (from 2000 to 2010):

  • Infant Baptisms have decreased 42.4% (from 16,294 to 9,544)
  • Adult Baptisms have decreased 51.2% (from 1,442 to 704)
  • Full Communion has decreased 43.6% (from 1,713 to 960)
  • Catholic Marriages decreased 45.3% (from 3,641 to 1,649)

This is in ten short years, folks. Some of us remember Y2K as though it were yesterday. What will the next decade bring? [This diocese, again, likely Detroit, is hardly an outlier. Similar data has been reported across the country.  The United States, even with the influex of Hispanics, is entering the end-stages of collapse which struck Europe 50 years ago.  Have the European bishops been willing to admit the truth, the failure of their indifferentist ecumenism and modernist catachesis, as major sources of this collapse?  Are you kidding?!  That would be apostasy from “englightenment” liberalism!]

Further, Martin cites sources showing that while “Hispanics now constitute nearly 40 percent of the total U.S. Catholic population (and more than 50 percent of the Catholic youth population), only 10 to 15 percent of the priests ordained each year are Hispanic” and “only 9 percent of the bishops are Hispanic.”  [Must be due to racism] The growth of Church numbers in the West is “largely due to Hispanic immigration, not to growth through evangelization,” and “the statistics about the outflow from the Catholic Church in second and third generation Hispanic Catholic immigrants are not encouraging.”  [And yet, the bishops of this country, at least officially, have prostrated themselves before the concept of totally unconstrained immigration, the better to continue pretending, at least until they retire, that everything is alright.  Unfortunately for them, due to the collapse in Mexico’s birth rate, we’ll likely never see such huge waves of immigration again, and, even worse from their standpoint, many of these Hispanic immigrants, and especially their children, subsequently leave the Faith. In point of fact, most Catholics in Central and South America are so horribly catechized that they make even your average American Catholic look like Bellarmine.  More below.]

Martin does not make the mistake of placing all the blame for this collapse on the secularization of culture. “Years of silence about those aspects of the gospel which the contemporary culture is hostile to — the truths about sin, about heaven and hell, about the need for repentance, about the real meaning of discipleship, about the supreme value of knowing Christ — have contributed to the metamorphosis of Catholicism in the minds of many into a comforting religious ritual of indeterminate meaning.”  [Yep.]

He also cites what Cardinal Ratzinger called a “catastrophic collapse” of catechetics…….

Martin cites the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs, CO, which has interviewed tens of thousands of Catholics and their pastors and shown that “even among the minority of Catholics who come to Church somewhat regularly, fewer than 10 percent could be considered ‘intentional disciples’ who have consciously made Christ the center of their lives.”  [And that, my friends, is the sum total of this tragedy. Even among Catholics who assist at Mass regularly, the vast majority are only incidentally Catholic, at best, and they would never, ever, countenance exchanging the “primacy of their individual conscience” for the authentic Dogmas of the Faith.  They are invincibly convinced by heresy is every “Catholic’s” right, and the vast majority have come to that opinion after deliberate formation in that belief by some priest, brother, nun, and/or bishop.]

Finally, Martin hits the nail on the head with the following observation he makes on a strange phenomenon that many of us have, I am certain, long found troubling:

Cardinal Ratzinger remarked on a strange phenomenon he observed in conjunction with the collapse of the Church in the Netherlands after Vatican II. He pointed out that by every statistical measure the Church in the Netherlands was collapsing and yet, strangely, at the same time an atmosphere of “general optimism” was prevalent that seemed blind to the actual situation.

I thought to myself: what would one say of a businessman whose accounts were completely in the red but who, instead of recognizing this evil, finding out its reasons, and courageously taking steps against it, wanted to commend himself to his creditors solely through optimism? What should one’s attitude be to an optimism that was quite simply opposed to reality? (Ratzinger, Op. cit., pp. 30-40)

“In the United States, “official optimism” has been quite strong in the midst of radical decline.

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Of course they maintain denial, to do otherwise would be to admit failure, and to commit the greatest sin possible for an American prelate – to criticize, even by implication, one’s brother bishop. Remember that brief flurry of Catholic orthodoxy we saw from a handful of bishops last 20130819_145601summer in response to the HHS Mandate?  That got stamped out pretty quick, didn’t it?  It got stamped out, because it made more progressive bishops look bad (and maybe even the sin of sins, it made them feel bad), and the pressure of USCCB collegiality was applied behind the scenes, shutting the bolder bishops up.

I had two very illuminating experience on Friday.  I had a coworker come by and ask me if I’m Catholic.  Now, this guy has an Italian name, so I figured he was.  But, to even ask was kind if ridiculous. If you look at the attached pics, you’ll realize I’m “that guy.”  I’m that guy that just throws all his life out for all to see.  My cube is wallpapered with Catholic stuff all over the place.  So, he likes to talk, really, much too much, and he started telling me how he was raised Catholic, but hasn’t been to Mass in about 30 years (30!!), and how he got turned off by Pope John Paul II, who was so different from the Franciscans who formed him in 20130819_145714school back in the 60s and 70s, really wacked out liberals, apparently.  And they basically formed him to be an enlightenment deist, whose vision of “Christianity” is limited entirely to doing “good works,” and who find any form of doctrinal orthodoxy which is counter to the sexular pagan zeitgiest repellant. He just found JPII and Pope Benedict way, waaaaaay too……..Catholic, but………he is very excited about Pope Francis!  He might even condescend to return to Mass……in some distant, indeterminate date (which, I wouldn’t hold my breath about).

The other data point came during a lovely dinner we were invited to at a friend’s house.  The wife of this couple is from Peru, and she was telling me how people in Peru and other South American countries call themselves Catholic, and exist in the rump of a nearly dead Catholic culture, but they aren’t Catholic in any practical sense at all.  For instance, even satisfying the Precept of the Church to receive the Blessed Sacrament annually is a rarity.  They go to Mass every week, but it is strictly a social function and, vernacular be damned, they get very little out it.  They don’t know or comprehend the Real Presence, the Ten Commandments, or anything else of substance.  They are so terribly catechized they are easy pickings for protestant sects, even nutty ones (or especially nutty ones) like Jehovah’s Witness, whose spiel, long tailored to go after soft Catholic targets, just bowls them over.

So, what is to be done?  Do we wait for the hierarchy to finally get it?   As individual Catholics, we certainly can, and must, pray, fast, witness, evangelize, and catechize, but we would be doing amazingly well if we managed to play a role in the conversion of a few dozen in our lifetimes.  Amchurch loses that many from one Diocese, every day, before breakfast.  I think the answer lies in beginning to speak, more and more strenuously, truth to the currently entrenched progressive power.  Pope Francis advised Catholics at World Youth Day to “make a mess,” and perhaps we need to do so.  I’m not sure how that plays out, but I think we’re past the point of applying the usual methods. I think its time for more drastic action, like Marian Processions around the Chancery, Rosary vigils outside the Turtle Creek mansion, etc., etc. i know such would be uncomfortable for many. But think of the torment all those souls falling out of the Church and into hell are experiencing, or will experience.  We must have love for them, and demonstrate that love by keeping others from their tragic fate.

Pertinacious Papist also had this, which is utterly apropos:

From the Prayer of Azariah [deuterocanonical text following Daniel 3:23 in Catholic Bibles]:

[6] For we have sinfully and lawlessly departed from thee, and have sinned in all things and have not obeyed thy commandments;
[7] we have not observed them or done them, as thou hast commanded us that it might go well with us.
[8] So all that thou hast brought upon us, and all that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment.
[9] Thou hast given us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful rebels, and to an unjust king, the most wicked in all the world.
[10] And now we cannot open our mouths; shame and disgrace have befallen thy servants and worshipers.

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori’s Rule of Life, part 1 August 19, 2013

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This Rule of Life forms the conclusion of Volume II of the great Moral Doctor’s Ascetical Works, The Way of Salvation and Perfection.  I’ve just about finished one volume of those works.  Only two dozen left to go!

Part 1 of the Rule of Life today. God willing, I will highlights from the remainder over the next few days.

On rising in the morning make the following acts:

  1. “O my God! I adore Thee! I love Thee with my whole heart, and thank Thee for all Thy benefits, particularly for having preserved me this night.”
  2. “I offer to Thee all that I shall do or suffer throughout the day, in union with all the actions and sufferings of Jesus and Mary, intending to gain all the indulgences in my power.”
  3. I purpose, O Lord! to avoid this day every offence against Thee; but do Thou extend Thy protecting hand over me, that I may not betray Thee. Most Holy Mary, take me under thy protection. My angel guardian and patron saints, assist me.”

Then say one Pater Noster, on Ave Maria, and one Credo, followed by three more Ave’s in honor of the purity of the Blessed Virgin.

Take care to make half an hour’s meditation as soon as possible in the day. [I have many prayers and readings I do in the morning, but I do not meditate. I usually do that later in the day.  I pray I may find the time in the morning!] For though meditation is not St Gerardo Mariaabsolutely necessary, it is morally necessary, in order to gain the grace of perseverence. Those who neglect it will find it very difficult to persevere in the Grace of God.  The reasons for this are twofold: the first is, because the eternal truths cannot be seen by the eyes of the flesh, but by the eye of the understanding, which is reflection……..The second reason is because the soul that does not practice meditation will also be backward to practice prayer. Now, prayer is necessary, not merely as a precept, but as a means to observe the commandments, since as a general rule, and speaking of adults, God only give His Grace to those who ask for it. But without meditation a person has a very faint notion of his own spiritual wants, and he is moreover but slightly impressed with the necessity of praying, in order to overcome temptations and to save his soul; thus he is led to pray but little or nothing, and for want of prayer is eventually lost………. [And yet, meditation is so little stressed to Catholics.  Very few Catholics even offer any rudimentary prayers every day, let alone engage in meditation.  But, as the great Saint says, obtaining salvation without a deep interior/prayer life is very difficult, and having a deep prayer life without meditation is also very rare.  I know many traditional priests greatly stress the need to meditate, even if you start 19-08-St John Eudes Sidebarwith only a few minutes a day.  Don’t buy modern books on meditation, they are likely to be infected with modernism and new agism!  Meditate on good, holy, spiritual books, preferably those published, originally, well before 1900.  Most books by TAN are OK, or Lepanto, Loreto, and Angelus Press.]

With regard to practice, meditation has three parts: preparation, consideration, and conclusion.  In the preparation must be made three acts: 1. of the presence of God; 2, of humility, 3, of petition for light. We say, “1, My God, I believe Thou art here present, and I adore Thee,” “2, I deserve at this momment to be burning in hell. O my God, I am sorry for having offended Thee!,” “3, Eternal Father, for the love of Jesus and Mary, grant me light in this meditation, that I may profit by it.”  Then say a Hail Mary to the Divine Mother, and a Glory Be, in honor of our angel guardian. Then read the point of meditation, and be sure, at least occasionally, to meditate on the Passion of Jesus Christ. [Although not explicitly stated here, St. Alphonsus recommends basing your meditation on some spiritual reading. Such is, in fact, the point of all his Ascetical works – to provide material for meditation.  If one wereBlessed Francis Xavier Seelos to meditate based on these, one would have a truly rewarding interior life.]  It must also be understood that the fruit of prayer does not so much consist in meditating, but rather in producing affections – for instance, of humility, confidence, love, sorrow, resignation, and the like – in making petitions, and especially imploring God to grant us perseverence and His Holy Love, and in making the resolution to avoid some particular sin, and of practicing some particular virtue. [I must admit, my meditations tend towards the latter]

Finally, the conclusion is made thus: “I thank Thee, O God, for the lights thou has given me, I purpose to keep the resolutions I have made, and I beg They Grace to fulfill them.” Nor must we ever forget to recommend to God the holy souls in Purgatory, and all poor sinners. We must never omit our accustomed meditation, whatever coldness and weariness we may feel over it, for as St. Teresa of Jesus says “to do so would be to cast ourselves into hell with our own hands.” Benedict XIV granted a plenary indulgence to every one who makes a meditation of at least one quarter hour very day for a month, with Confession, Communion, and prayers to the intention of the Church, and partial indulgences are granted every day to those who meditate. This indulgence is applicable to the souls in Purgatory.

Dominus vobiscum!


photos of Redemptorists in action via Transalpine Redemptorists

Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark August 19, 2013

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The Novus Ordo Latin Mass is back on the attack tonight at St. Mark!  Even better, the schola will be present.  I was thinking, we haven’t had a “Requiem” Mass for August, yet.  I don’t think that’s tonight.  Looks like I’ll miss it – we’re out next week.  You won’t see an announcement for Latin Mass next week, nor any blog posts, but there should be Latin Mass next Monday, August 26, as well.

Attendance had been edging up, but fell back a bit again last week.  So, tonight, I’m handing out $500 bills to everyone in attendance. They’re Zimbabwean dollars, so they’re worth about .000001 cent, but, it’s the thought that counts.


Some nice history and formation on Our Lady of Czestochowa August 19, 2013

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Thanks to MJD for sending this on.  It’s really a day too late to start the Novena she also sent, but here is a bit of history on Our Lady of Czestochowa and links to much more:

The miracles attributed to the intercession of

Our Lady of Czestochowa are

numerous and spectacular, including resurrections.

Princess Anna Wisniowiecka in 1613 was boating and fell into

 a raging river in the midst of a storm.

She cried out to Our Lady of Czestochowa

 to save her, and Our Lady appeared and helped her safely to shore.

 At the end of the seventeenth century, there were a series of

 deadly epidemics that swept their way

 through Europe, including Poland.

However, the city of Czestochowa was never touched by any.

 The Pauline fathers prepared for them, but they never came.

 These are just a few of the many miracles attributed to the icon

 and the intercession of Our Lady. The record of all the miracles

 attributed to this icon are kept by the Pauline fathers in Czestochowa.

I highly recommend this book:

Glories of Czestochowa and Jasna Gora

Miracles   Attributed to Our Lady’s Intercession

The stories of healing attributed to the miraculous image of Our Lady of   Czestochowa

and the famous Shrine of Jasna Gora. 156 pages.
Price: $9.95


Read about the history and painting:


The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA


Jasna Gora, Poland site in English:



Did you know there is an Polish Catholic parish in the Dallas Diocese – St. Peter the Apostle? If you’ve driven west-bound on Woodall Rogers, you’ve probably seen it just as you go from US75 south-bound onto Woodall Rogers. It’s right there, just north of the freeway, next to the Notre Dame school.

They have a nice, small parish there.  It’s all Novus Ordo, but they mix in more Latin than most parishes. They typically have Rosary and Confession before Mass.   I am certain they’ll be having a major celebration of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the national heroine of Poland.  You will often see nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth there.

We can’t always make it to a TLM.  Sometimes, it’s good to know about alternatives where the Mass will be offered in a reverent manner.