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Blogging will be light to nonexistent until after Labor Day August 22, 2013

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You have you a good week.  I won’t be able to blog much.

If you have time, would you, in your charity, say a prayer for my health? I’ve been suffering from my arrythmia of late.

Dominus vobiscum!

One final thing for your consideration: packs of wild dogs now roam the streets of Detroit.  Here is a photo essay.

Brought to you by the same liberal philosophy destroying the Faith.


Sick: PuffHost writer says parents should let kids fornicate with their little buddies in their house…. August 22, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society.
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……and even implies, rather strongly, that maybe the parents should partake of the fornication to teach the kids how to do it right.  They’re not even trying to hide what used to be considered criminal behavior anymore (safe link):

Traditional sleepovers consisting of girl talk, manicures and rom-coms are being left behind for a much more controversial fad: sexual sleepovers. Or so says a writer for The Huffington Post blog.

In her latest article, titled “How Do You Feel About Sex and Teenage Sleepovers?” Soraya Chemaly suggests that “parents of teenagers would encourage them to bring over their partners, have a nice dinner, then toddle off to bed together.” [Ummm……I haven’t read this shameful article directly, nor will I link to it.  But the implication here is very strong, the parents should “toddle off” with their kids and partner and go have a nice round of group sex.  To say this demonstrates a degree of criminal behavior is, I think, clear.  So, what about the parents of the other kid – do they want their 14 year old son being seduced and raped by an entire family, including two adults?  This is like some nightmare from alt.sex.stories from the 90s come to freakin’ life.]

After reading Alain de Botton’s How to Think More About Sex, Chemaly sparked up a conversation with her teenage children and their friends about how they are taught to think about sex. “Why not teach children,” she suggested, “how to have sex well, the way you teach them how to do other things?” [Ummm…..because I’m not a pervert totally dominated by my libido, unable to imagine anything more important that the vilest ways of gratifying my lust?[

The Huffington Post writer went on to explain that although children are taught about sex in school [and TV, and movies, and magazines, and the internet, and……..If it’s one thing this culture does not lack, it is venues to sexualize our children. Sheesh] , “parents have more influence on what their kids think and do about sex than teachers do. Parental attitudes, it turns out, are far more influential and meaningful.” [And, by golly, parents should lead the charge in turning their kids into mindless hormone driven zombies!]

Chemaly adds, “Are you a ‘responsible-sex-is-good’ parent, or more in the ‘scare-them-silly’ camp? [how about neither? How about, this is something precious, given by God, intended for procreation, and only virtuous in the confines of marriage with a constant openness to God using this act to create new life]It seems logical to me that the same way I try to teach my kids to exercise, sleep well and be good people, I would teach them to have healthy sex and sleep with other good people.” [I just find this really unnerving.  In saner times…..say, a couple of decades ago, a public admission of this sort would be enough to start a criminal investigation.  But now, in our “sex positive” culture (soon to be HIV+ culture), anything goes!  If you want to rape your child’s innocence demonstrate for them poses from the kama sutra, go ahead!]

Years ago, I worked with a very, very strange man.  Very strange – as in, disturbing.  He shared waaaay too much about his, and his wife’s……activities.  Mind you, this is before I converted, and folks, believe me, I was anything but a prude (I once got accused by some commenter of having been sheltered, of holding quite strictly to traditional morality because I’ve never experienced the “pleasures” of the more sordid side of life.  My dear commenter, I adhere to that traditional morality precisely because I have so very much experience with such sordidness).  But this guy shared way, way too much – to the point all of us who knew him were like……..ick.  And got a very bad vibe. Then, one day, this guy started talking about how, if he and his wife ever had any kids, SHE thought it would be a great idea to invite them to the marital bed to show them how its done “right.”  At that point, I, and some other co-workers, had to advise him that we felt such was very, very illegal, and disgusting, even from our naturalist perspective.  But, then again, that was back in the dark, medieval, repressive times of the late 1990s.  We’ve “advanced” so far since then.

Thank God, I don’t believe this very sad, strange man ever did have any children.

I fear articles like the above are just the beginnnig. Since our culture has rejected its Christian morality, it’s all about will to power now. The strong get to dictate to the weak, what they think is moral. Parent’s scarring their kids for life are really just “inculcating sex positive values in them.”  There is no end to the horror.  We can sink to infinite depths absent God.


Fr. Ray Blake dissects the differences between the Traditional Missal, and new August 22, 2013

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I have an occasional commenter who has come by several times to chide me that I apparently have no conception of the differences between the TLM and Novus Ordo. I find that a bit strange, and have to assume that commenter missed the numerous posts I did from mid-2012 until early this year, which dissected those differences from many angles in great detail. Such as the post that lamented how 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 has been completely excised from the Novus Ordo.  I also have to say, having assisted predominately at the TLM over the past 3 years, I’ve come to recognize those differences in increasingly detail.  But, whateves, as I said, I hang around the local TLM parish quite a bit, and I’ve yet to see her there.  But it is true, I don’t feel the need to very carefully identify ALL the changes between TLM and Novus Ordo, or to stress all the perceived failings of the Novus Ordo, in every single post.  Such would give me a terrible case of tired head. So, I guess Barb will just have to continue being disappointed.Gold_Spain

But, to make her feel a bit better, perhaps, below are some excerpts by Fr. Ray Blake which notes many of those differences in the prayers of the two forms of the Mass. Fr. Blake doesn’t use the term “negative ecclesiology,” but that is exactly what he is getting at.  The revolutionaries in the Church sought to radically change belief and practice, and there was no better way to do that than by altering the Mass.  As such, concepts the revolutionaries found offensive, so called negative theology (sin, death, judgment, atonement, suffering, mysticism, rejection of the world, etc., etc), were simply removed from the Mass. Fr. Anthony Cekada’s study on this subject found that 85% of the Orations from the TLM were either totally excised (70%), or so changed as to be radically altered in meaning (15%).  The rest of the vast new prayers – the Propers, or Orations – for the 3 year liturgical cycle were manufactured (to use Pope Emeritus’ Benedict XVI’s term) by a small committee of self-anointed liturgical experts over a period of a few years.  I add emphasis and comments below:

In last Sundays readings Jesus says to his disciples: “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division”. It is the type of reading that the compilers of the Lectionary normally move to the Wednesday of the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time, or there abouts. [If they leave it in, at all.  But I will say the 3 year liturgical cycle has absolutely butchered the flow of the liturgical year.  Readings at Mass most often no longer correspond at all to the given Saint’s feast, or even from the portion of the liturgical year then ongoing.  We frequenty have readings that have nothing to do with either the Saint, or the season.  It’s all discombobulated]

The lectionary for Extraordinary Form seems to present Christ in a more vivid way than the Ordinary Form Lectionary. It was organic,hammered out Crucifix_Krakowover the centuries, although the Sundays are basically those in use at the time of Gregory the Great……. [And the Roman Canon is, according to numerous sources, much older than that.  Even among many of the most radical of 20th century liturgical revolutionaries, it was always thought the Roman Canon would be, must be, inviolable. When John XXIII made the first small change to the Canon in 1962, they knew they would be given free reign to change everything.] The Church’s theology until the 20th Century was built on her Liturgy and the scriptures presented there and most especially in the Lectionary of the Missal. [Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi.  The law of prayer is the law of belief – we believe as we pray.  Radical changes in the prayers of the Mass led to radical changes in belief.  I’ll go ahead and stress, for Barb’s sake, the fact that the prayers of the Novus Ordo Latin Mass are the basis for all this, and very different from the Latin prayers of the TLM]

I can’t help thinking of Abp Annibale Bugnini writing the Missal of Paul VI and composing the present Lectionary through a haze of whatever was smoked in 60s. Maybe I am being unfair and he didn’t smoke anything but the Pauline Lectionary has a decided 60s feel to it.  [Actually, Bugnini himself wrote in his book (which I most assuredly do NOT recommend) that he and his chief collaborator, Carlo Braga, stayed up late many nights drinking wine and smoking……whatever they smoked, composing the new Orations for the Novus Ordo]  The image of God, of Jesus is not organic, it has the feel of one particular period in history, to me it is decidedly Beatnik to early Hippie. If it hadn’t been compiled after two World Wars and the Holocaust it would probably have been quite different, if Bugnini or Paul VI had been different types of men the image of God presented to us would be quite different. Because fundamentally it is their image of God, it is not the image that St Thomas Becket, St Francis, St John of the Cross, St John Vianney, or Padre Pio met every day at the altar. [No question Bugnini asserted much of his personal theology into the Novus Ordo.  That philosophy was dominated by modernism and ecumenism, with one of the highest concerns of the changes to the Mass being that it must not offend protestant sensibilities. There were wild hopes running rampant, that desired the Mass to continue to change, to continue to become more protestant, until there would be one great big kumbayah super-ecumenical “mass” for protestants and Catholics. The Orthodox, were, of course, not much consulted in all this, as they found it abhorrrent]

The OF Lectionary presents us with a new theology; the ancient Lectionary formed the theology of the Church, it was an unchanging ‘given’. What Bugnini produced was very much the product of the Council and 20th century theology[So, Father Blake is staking out his claim that the Novus Ordo, contrary to what many conservative Catholics try to claim, was not produced contrary to what the Council proclaimed, but fully in union with those proclamations. This is certainly a hot topic of debate, but I’ll say this: the conciliar documents were deliberately left very imprecise and open to interpretation, so that almost any liturgical change could be justified. That was the whole point.  The revolutionaries did not think they could get away with a Council, even a pastoral one, that proclaimed error.  So, they filled it with ambiguities that could be easily taken advantage of to justify about anything, liturgically. And thus, a wretched table replaces the Altar of God.]   It comes from the same school that applied the scalpel to excise the cursing psalm, that separated that bit about eating and drinking one’s own condemnation from the Epistle for Corpus Christi and so many other bits and pieces that they were uncomfortable with, that simply did not reflect the theological fashion of the time. [“negative” ecclesiology]

Yes, we now have a lot more scripture but it is carefully selected, carefully edited and from a very particular time in Church history and produced by very strange men indeed, some of whom were quite unsaintly, who had their own image of God they wanted to impose on the Church. [Very strange indeed. I think it fair to say that putting a mason in charge of the liturgical reform qualifies as strange.  Fr. Blake is dead on when he said there is more Scripture used in the Novus Ordo, but it has been very carefully screened, to insure those dread topics of “negative ecclesiology” aren’t around to frighten very delicate, very feminine modern man.]

In a sense the new Lectionary gives a new image of God, in that it has change the Church fundamentally because it has changed the face of God. [Yup]

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I should make clear, Fr. Blake offers both the TLM and the Novus Ordo on just about a daily basis.  But he, like Traditional Catholic Priest, like Fr. Rodriguez, and like so many others who have delved into the treasures of the Traditional Mass from a Novus Ordo background, has concluded unequivocally that the TLM possesses so many efficacious aspects that the Novus Ordo simply lacks. It simply speaks to their souls much more.  As it does to the vast majority of lay people who give the TLM a fair chance.  The Traditional Mass is, quite simply, the greatest creation of Western Civilization, by far, but then again it’d have to be: its the product of centuries of cooperation with Grace.


The indifferentiation of the Faith continues apace August 22, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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I think I just made up a word – indifferentiation, the process of turning millions of former believers into indifferentist pantheists!  As usual, your catholyc universities are in the vanguard of this latest development in that blustery new springtime we all enjoy so much!

Loyola Marymount, moving on from a previous certification program (it is so important to be certified!) is now offering a master’s degree program in………yoga studies!  Oh, what a lucrative career field that will be, certain to pay off that $100,000 in student loans in no time!

Loyola Marymount University recently announced it will begin offering a Master of Arts in Yoga. Although often viewed today as a form of exercise independent of its religious origins in Hinduism, yoga spirituality seems to be a heavy emphasis of the LMU graduate degree program.

According to LMU’s Yoga Studies Facebook site, the purpose of studying yoga is “to provide educational opportunities for adult learners, which strengthen their religious and spiritual formation as ministers, educators, and leaders committed to service and the pursuit of justice in their own communities.” [Yes, but just what formation is being strengthened?  It’s not Catholic formation……..]

…….The same webpage invites students to “immerse yourself in the study of traditional Yoga and discover the spiritual self within.  [This is straight up new age language.]  Whether you are a student of yoga, an instructor in need of professional development, or simply looking to quench your own spiritual curiosity, the Center for Religion and Spirituality has something for you.”  [Except the truths of the Catholic Faith, because those are so icky, judgmental, intolerant, and incompatible with our modernist indifferentist curriculum.]

The late Catholic theologian Father John Hardon, S.J., wrote plainly that “Yoga is incompatible with Catholicism, because the best known practice of Hindu spirituality is Yoga.”

In 1989, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith warned about the “dangers” involved in Catholics implementing eastern methods of meditation such as yoga.

We should really rejoice in the miracles that occasionally take place at Katholyc universities like Loyola Marymount.  Those miracles being, the rare occasions when students escape from the university with their faith at least somewhat intact.

I cannot comprehend why anyone who claims to take the Faith seriously would consider allowing their children to attend such a university, nor why the children themselves would want to.

But, at least, the modern ecumenical movement continues apace.

And, of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention the regular yoga sessions taught at local parishes like Prince of Peace and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, among a number of others.