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Attn USCCB: Companies calling for immigration amnesty also laid off thousands of workers September 11, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, sadness, scandals, self-serving, Society.
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In a truly scandalous report, the Washington Examiner has found that many corporations calling for essentially unlimited Hispanic immigration and amnesty for all currently illegal residents of this country (citing the need for more and better workers), have laid off tens of thousands of Americans over the past few years.  I have always maintained that mass immigration tends to hurt lowest income Americans, and those with the least skills, the most. But then I guess we have trillions of dollars in federal spending/wealth transfers to deal with that, don’t we!  Including 90+% of Catholic Charities operating budget, which comes straight from Uncle Sam!:

On Tuesday, the chief human resources officers of more than 100 large corporations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging quick passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The officials represent companies with a vast array of business interests: General Electric, The Walt Disney Company, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, McDonald’s Corporation, The Wendy’s Company, Coca-Cola, The Cheesecake Factory, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon Communications, Hewlett-Packard, General Mills, and many more. All want to see increases in immigration levels for low-skill as well as high-skill workers, in addition to a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally.

A new immigration law, the corporate officers say, “would be a long overdue step toward aligning our nation’s immigration policies with its workforce needs at all skill levels to ensure U.S. global competitiveness.” The officials cite a publication of their trade group, the HR Policy Association, which calls for immigration reform to “address the reality that there is a global war for talent.” The way for the United States to win that war for talent, they say, is more immigration.

Of course, the U.S. unemployment rate is at 7.3 percent, with millions of American workers at all skill levels out of work, and millions more so discouraged that they have left the work force altogether. In addition, at the same time the corporate officers seek higher numbers of immigrants, both low-skill and high-skill, many of their companies are laying off thousands of workers.

For example, Hewlett-Packard, whose Executive Vice President for Human Resources Tracy Keogh signed the letter, laid off 29,000 employees in 2012. In August of this year, Cisco Systems, whose Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kathleen Weslock signed the letter, announced plans to lay off 4,000 — in addition to 8,000 cut in the last two years. United Technologies, whose Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organization Elizabeth B. Amato signed the letter, announced layoffs of 3,000 this year. American Express, whose Chief Human Resources Officer L. Kevin Cox signed the letter, cut 5,400 jobs this year. Procter & Gamble, whose Chief Human Resources Officer Mark F. Biegger signed the letter, announced plans to cut 5,700 jobs in 2012.

Those are just a few of the layoffs at companies whose officials signed the letter.

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So, here’s the deal: American corporations desire unlimited immigration in order to drive down the salaries they have to pay to American workers, thus making the corporations perhaps a little more competitive, but leaving millions of Americans with the unfortunate side effect of being unable to survive on their incomes. This has always been one of the biggest complaints regarding the USCCB’s unlimited immigration/amnesty policy: it hurts the Americans least equipped to compete, those already often quite poor, the most.

What I sense in the whole immigration debate is that those pushing the hardest for amnesty and essentially unlimited Hispanic immigration all have huge self-interest at stake, that it’s not really about charitable concern for the less fortunate.  I remain sadly convinced that the USCCB would not be making their full-court press for amnesty if these immigrants were of a nominally different religion. But all nations bear responsibility to care for their own citizens first, and policies that can be foreseen to have hugely negative impacts on current American citizens should not be pursued, or should be done so in a very prudent, exploratory manner.  We should not see millions of presently law-breakign individuals converted into citizens overnight.  To do so is not prudent, it is uncharitable to millions of Americans, and it is unjust with respect to the rule of law and all those who have waited years to enter the US legally.

 

8 year old muslim girl dies on marriage night from abuse September 11, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sexual depravity, shocking, Society.
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Raped to death, in brief.  This is a practice widespread in many of the most backward muslim countries, and in certain parts of India. I don’t know how the estimates below are generated, there is likely some advocacy in those numbers, but child marriage is real and little girls do suffer horribly from it:

Al Nahar, Lebanon, has reported that an eight year old child bride died in Yemen on her wedding night after suffering internal injuries due to sexual trauma. Human rights organizations are calling for the arrest of her husband who was five times her age.

The death occurred in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia. This brings even more attention to the already existing issue of forced child marriages in the Middle Eastern region.

“According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides. Furthermore, of the 140 million girls who will marry before the age of 18, 50 million will be under the age of 15.”

It is reported that over a quarter of Yemen’s young girls are married before the age of 15Not only do they lose access to health and education, these child brides are commonly subjected to physical, emotional and sexual violence in their forced marriage.

When muslim men lust after and then marry child brides, they are only emulating their “magnificent” prophet. Mohammed married a 9 year old girl.  That is why this practice is so difficult to stamp out.  A law was passed in Yemen a few years ago to make this kind of marriage illegal, but more radical islamists came back to power and they abrogated it.  It is very likely there are millions of little girls presently suffering under these situations in muslim countries.  I read the story of one 11 year old Afghani girl who bled for many months after giving birth to a child at her ridiculously young age.  Of course, she received essentially no medical care, and had to continue slaving away for hew husband/owner in their mud hut.  Then there is the epidemic of boy rape among Pashtun men in Afghanistan and Pakistan – which our sick goverment doesn’t allow our troops to do anything about, even when they catch these depraved men in the act.

It is things like this that further reinforce my very dim view of “ecumenism” and “inculturation,” as opposed to evangelization and the presentation of the highest achievement of Western Civilization, the Traditional Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in pure, uninculturated form. Or do we, as Catholics, no longer believe that conversion is infinitely superior to endless, fruitless dialogue?

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Testing the waters? New Vatican Secretary of State says clerical celibacy “open to discussion?” September 11, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, error, foolishness, General Catholic, pr stunts, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, the return.
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I really don’t think there is much here.  New Secretary of State Archbishop Parolin claims that priestly celibacy is not a dogma, which is true, but the press is utterly beside itself with frenzy.  I provide a little emphasis and comments:

The Vatican’s new secretary of state has said that priestly celibacy is not church dogma and therefore open to discussion, marking a significant change in approach towards one of the thorniest issues facing the Roman Catholic Church.

Celibacy is not an institution but look, it is also true that you can discuss (it) because as you say this is not a dogma, a dogma of the church,” Archbishop Pietro Parolin said in response to a question during an interview with Venezuelan newspaper El Universal[I actually find a positive development here, because Archbishop Parolin is saying the Dogmas are NOT open to discussion, and that celibacy is a discipline, not a doctrine.]

He added that while it was not dogma, clerical celibacy was a deeply entrenched Catholic tradition.

“The efforts that the church made to keep ecclesiastical celibacy, to impose ecclesiastical celibacy, have to be taken into consideration,” Parolin said. “One cannot say simply that this belongs in the past.” [Well, I would say it’s much more that mere Tradition that argues in favor of priestly celibacy.  Our Blessed Lord and St. Paul both exhorted clergy to celibacy.  And in the West, priestly celibacy as normal practice goes back way over 1000 years.  The Church found numerous problems with married priests – divided attention and loyalty, lessened emphasis on the priest as father, problems with how to support the priest’s family if the priest died at an inopportune age, etc., etc. So, I don’t think it’s simply because it’s been around a long time that argues in its favor. At the same time, disciplines can be changed, although I think it will be disastrous if this discipline is changed.  It will further weaken the Church’s formerly awesome Eucharistic theology.]

NBC quotes a progressive Katholyc as trying to take this comment and run with it.  I think it possible there may be a massive shift on this issue during this pontificate – I don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possibility, as it has been for ages.  And I think, prudentially, it would be an awful mistake to change this discipline.  But discipline it is, and we’ll have to see what happens. I suspect you’ll see even more fracturing of the priesthood if this discipline is relaxed or eliminated, especially among priests who may feel “cheated” that they lived lives of celibacy – perhaps grudgingly – under the current discipline.

For many reasons, this is an issue I would not touch. It will not address the “priest shortage,” which was at least partly manufactured, anyways, as progressive/sexually depraved seminaries drove orthodox men away – in great numbers.  We’ll see.

Response to protestant accusations of Catholic “errors” September 11, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Bible, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Tradition.
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I did a post the other day which attracted a protestant partisan who wanted to shock me out of my britches with his accusations against the Church.  My response became long and involved, and I even held some things back, but I put enough effort into it, I thought I’d make you suffer through it.

First, his accusations, then, my response:

As a Christian I am in search of the truth.  If the Catholic group editing these replies let’s this go through, I am wanting real answers to questions that I cannot get Catholic Answers or anyone in the church to respond.

The first question:  In the Torah, the Jewish Bible, the 10 commandments were originally given to Moses on the mountain and God wrote the inscriptions into the stone.  When Moses found his people had made an idol, he was so furious he broke the stones and made a return trip to the mountain where he took the words of God and wrote the words with his own hand.

The commandments were NOT numbered, but the essence of the message was clear and the words concise.  The Catholic Bible completely eliminated the 2nd commandment and split the 10th commandment as given to Moses into two separate commandments so as to keep the 10.  All one has to do is read the Torah and then compare it to the Catholic Bible.  This is a corruption I cannot accept because it came directly from God to us.  Why does the POPE not fix this problem?

The second question:  The Catholic Bible was created from the Alexandrian Manuscript.  The video from the Church I watched intently specifically says it came from Alexandria, Egypt.  This cult was started around 200 A.D. and was very corrupt in that it took the manuscripts that were part of the Textus Receptus (certified copies of the original scrolls created by the disciples) and proceeded to create incredible deviations, alterations, and changed the words and meanings to large numbers of the sacred scrolls.  When the dead sea scrolls were found, (2,000 years after written) the words were found to be exactly as the King James Bible and not the Catholic Bible.  I’ve been told there are a few versions of the Catholic Bible, but NONE OF THEM follow the Textus Receptus certified copies of the original scrolls.  The question is:  If one is to accept an infallible interpretation, how can one believe anyone using a corrupt version of the BIBLE that is being interpreted?

Third question:  Protestants do not believe a person can enter heaven because of the good works he or she does.  The primary reason Marin Luther stood up against the church were because of two reasons, primarily;  1)  Salvation does not depend on works and if it did, no one would enter heaven and no one should have to go to a priest to confess their sins because the priest has no authority to forgive anyone and the Bible is very clear as it is Stated in Ephesians 2:  8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.  2)  second reason was all the corruption in the church at the time.

My response. I didn’t have any resources to hand, so this was all by memory.  I think I did a fair job:

First of all, your questions are not questions, they are accusations.

There are many different versions of Catholic Bibles. I do not recommend any version produced after 1900, and prefer those compiled no later than the early 1800s.  Virtually all 20th century Catholic Bibles, especially the New American Bible produced by the USCCB, are infected to varying degrees with modernism (as are many protestant bibles).  NABs prior to 1968 are OK (there is a 1964 version that is pretty fair), but anything beyond the 60s is utterly corrupted with modernism.  I will not speak to any of those.

Regarding your statement on the ostensible 2nd Commandment, there have been numerous different numbering schemes for the Commandments dating back to the earliest Church. Numerous different sources disagreed with one another.  Almost no early Christian sources (that would be, Catholic sources) followed the Jewish numbering scheme. I assume by 2nd Commandment, you are trying to allude to the injunction not to allow graven images.  From the Douay-Reims Catholic Bible, which actually provided much of the foundation for the “sainted” King James Version, and which predates it by several decades:

And the Lord spoke all these words: [2] I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. [3] Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. [4] Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. [5] Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me:[6] And shewing mercy unto thousands to them that love me, and keep my commandments.

That Catholic Saints like Augustine combined the injunction against graven images – so misunderstood and abused by protestants, in order to provide justification for their rape of Church assets (which, in the case of England and Scotland, at least, was the prime purpose of the revolt against papal authority) – into the First Commandment, provides no special problem. The denunciation of pagan worship of gold statues and things of the like remains, and is totally different from the golden cherubim that adorned the Jewish Ark of the Covenant, or images in Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic, and other ancient churches. These latter images are not worshipped in themselves as “gods,” as so many protestants try to claim.  Note, even here, there is huge disagreement among protestant sects – Lutherans, Anglicans, and some others have churches adorned with great amounts of liturgical art – statues, paintings, etc, while even more liberal sects like the Baptists and evangelical communities pretend these things are profane.

The Pope does not fix the problem, becuase it’s not a problem, and it is highly debateable that he would be able to make such a change, anyway. And even more, every decent Catholic Bible that I have ever read maintains the injunction you claim is missing.  Given that the Jews rejected Christ, it makes no sense for protestants to point to Jewish sources as somehow more pure and holy than early Christian ones. But that was never the point, the point was convenience in advancing protestant claims.

The Catholic Bible is not based on some Alexandrian Gnostic cult.  Please. There were a large number of ancient manuscripts upon which the Bible was built, including copies of Scripture in the Vatican, at Alexandria, the Samarian versions of Scripture, the Septuagint, etc. There was a manuscript was Alexandria, but there was also an enormous library there and also a totally orthodox Catholic Church. That a gnostic sect existed there contemporaneously does not establish that the Alexandrian version, to the extent it was used (and its use was only as part of many other copies of the books of Sacred Scripture), was somehow “corrupted.” This is the same defamatory “Babylonian mystery cult” crap that evangelicals always try to use to prove the early Church went off the rails and into apostasy.  Read some early Church history, like Jurgen’s Faith of the Early Church Fathers, Vol. 1-3, and you’ll find, my friend, that EVERYTHING the Catholic Church knows to be Truth was beleived by the earliest Church going back to the 1st century.  But, to answer your question, you’re wrong on all counts, King James does not magically “match” the Dead Sea Scrolls, and yet again, King James has been very well proven to derive extensively from the Douay Reims version, which was the first Bible translated into modern English.  Your statements are actually so vague as to be meaningless.

On your third accusation, yet again, you’re wrong. First of all, far from preserving Scripture intact and pure, the earliest protestant revolutionaries butchered Scripture to their own end.  Luther added the word “alone” to Romans 3:28, and tried to have the Book of James removed. Because, that same Book of James provides the direct rationale for Sacramental Confession (Jm 5:16),, just as James strongly endorses works as being necssary for salvation.  But not only that, St. Paul himself makes plain that works are also necessary for salvation. What protestants do not understand, with their private interpretation and deformations of Scripture, is that what St. Paul is referring to when declaiming the efficacy of good works in various Letters, is that works done according to the Old Law are useless – but not works done in Grace under the New Law.  Works done in a system of Grace are embraced by St. Paul, and trying to claim otherwise makes Paul contradict himself. I don’t have the Scripture quote to hand, I don’t have all my references with me, but it is there.

The whole problem, which I stated in the post, is that protestants wrest Scripture to their own destruction. Private interpretation was essentially discredited by St. Peter in that same 2 Pet 3:16. You find a few bits of Scripture to hang enormous doctrinal shifts on, taking them often out of context and decoupling them from the whole, which has resulted in the deformation of the Faith.  If protestantism be so correct and right, why has it warred and split against itself hundreds and thousands of times? Baptists reject Calvinists who reject Lutherans who reject Pentecostals, ad infinitum.

Everything I said above, is not just the Catholic position, it is also the belief of all the Churches that date from ancient times – Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic, Chaldean, even Nestorian heretics. It was the protestants who introduced massive novelties.

There is a straight line of advancing cultural decay and collapse ever since the protestant revolutionaries first shattered the unity of Christendom. The first protestant reformers OK’d divorce right out of the gate, making the sanctity of marriage a lie and leading to steadily worsening cultural calamities. The Baptists, as of 1970, approved abortion as moral by an act of their entire Convention. It was only Catholic defense of life and changing political attitudes that led Baptists to later claim abortion was a sin.  If they can’t even get that right, what else have they got wrong?  All the evils afflicting our culture today can be traced directly back to Luther’s apostasy in Wurttemburg in 1517.

Some questions back to you. Who compiled the Bible? Who determined which books constituted the New and Old Testaments? When was this accomplished? Who then butchered and removed large parts of Scripture that were found to be inconvenient?  Who introduced radical new interpretations of Scripture that had never been accepted before, and many of which had already been refuted by heresies in Church both East and West?

But the fundamental damnation of protestantism is, and always will be, its disunity. Christ founded One Church, not 80,000 warring little churches.

This took a long time to write, and really isn’t what I want to be doing – engaging in endless Scripture wars with an individual protestant. If you’re not satisfied with my responses, I highly recommend you go to Steve Kellmeyer’s blog and throw these same things at him.  He’ll do an even more thorough, efficent job of refutation.

I might allow a little discussion on this, but, again, this is not how I envision spending my day. If it gets annoying, I’m shutting off comments.

Militant Atheist Richard Dawkins: “mild pedophilia” OK September 11, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I’ve always suspected that much of the passionately evangelical atheism we see in our culture today had a great deal to do with the growing absence of father’s in more and more children’s lives.  In a curt phrase, “daddy issues.”  Now, along comes a revelation from the veritable Billy Graham of evangelical atheism, Richard Dawkins, that he was molested as a child by a headmaster at some English public school he attended.  He attempts to excuse this away by claliming it was only “mild pedophilia,” and thus should not be punished:

In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.”

Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair……

……Plus, he added, though his other classmates also experienced abuse at the hands of this teacher, “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”

Child welfare experts responded to Dawkins’ remarks with outrage — and concern over their effect on survivors of abuse….

As Ace notes, this has weird psychology written all over it.  To quote Ace:

This just in: Man who has spent entire adult public life attempting a Freudian vengeance against God-As-Father-Figure-Betrayer announces that a bit of “mild pedophilia” did “no lasting harm” to his psychology.

While it’s often difficult to probe into the minds of others, especially from a distance, this is certainly a datapoint to mark down and remember.

And the broader implication is, since Dawkins is such a leading, influential leftist, do his comments – taken with some other disturbing statements and actions from those in the avante garde of the left – mean that pedophilia is the next great “social cause” that will be inflicted upon our rapidly dying culture?  Convinced they have won on fake homosexual marriage, is this the next great taboo the left plans to try to normalize, sanitize, and regularize?

Ace also provides a link to a truly horrific article from Der Spiegel, which in 2010 reported on extreme far left/communist West German communes of the late 60s and early 70s, when the revolution was in full flower and was convinced that they were just about to overwhelm the “system,” which engaged in horrific acts of the most brazen depravity with their own children.  This Spiegel report, which is disputed in some of its details, indicates a coordinated, systematic program of abuse, intended, I believe, to tear children down into shattered shells, the better to build them up as ideal vanguards of the proletariat revolution.

Now, I value maintaining some semblance of dignity with this blog, so I’m not going to copy and paste from the article, but reading the comments of some of the parents involved, the level of bathos and communist programming involved is simply staggering.  Many of these parents ritualistically abused their own children, or allowed others to do so.  These same parents commented that they often struggled with their decisions to allow this abuse to go on, because while they were convinced (and this is straight out of the demonic maniac Alfred Kinsey, and his abusive, soul-destroying “research” into child sexuality) that children were “sexual beings” and that societal inhibitions were holding them back from experiencing the joys of  60s style “free love,” most knew in their heart of hearts that they were committing unspeakable evils. The children themselves are still, four decades later, so scarred by this abuse, that they cannot even speak of it, for the most part.

This was not some freak, fringe element of the German left.  Those involved include current-day, prominent German politicians, especially among the watermelon Green party.  Because of their high standing in German society, they have never been called to account.  One prominent politician discussed how “seductive” a two year old could be!

My own personal experience with adult survivors of child sex abuse is that they are never fully right again.  To have those boundaries and that sacred innocence violated at so tender an age is something most people never really, truly overcome.

And yet more and more evidence indicates de-criminalizing child sex abuse will be the next, or one of the next, efforts by the cultural left to completely eradicate the few remaining moral standards of the former Christendom.  And all this collapse began when some Catholics repudiated the Church and decided they would be their own authority when it came to Scripture – it’s been a straight line from that, to where we are today.

May God have mercy on us all. When the chastisement comes, good Lord, it will be unbelievable.