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Great Weekend Reading September 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, priests, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, Tradition, Virtue.
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I love reading Fr. Saenz who blogs at Traditional Catholic Priest.  He has two great posts up, both of which should be read. They make great weekend reading.  The first deals with shift in emphasis regarding Church pronouncements on marriage between the pre- and post-conciliar Church.  The pre-conciliar Church, without doubt, stressed the procreative end of marriage as the prime end.  But the post-conciliar Church has, at least, equated the two, but in many practical applications the unitive end is enormously stressed while the procreative end is almost dismissed, if not quite. Fr. Saenz:

1917 Canon Law 1013 states: 1) The primary end of marriage is the procreation and education of children.  It’s secondary end is mutual help and the allaying of concupiscence.  2) The essential properties of marriage are unity and indissolubility, which acquire a particular fitness in Christian marriage by reason of its sacramental character.

1983 Canon Law 1055 states: 1) The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman establish themselves a partnership of their whole life, and which of its own very nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and the procreation and upbringing of children, has, between baptized, been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.  [The unitive is plainly stressed, with the procreative perhaps equal, perhaps not]

Before Vatican II, it was very clear what the purpose of marriage was for, having children and educating them.  Secondarily it was for mutual help and a remedy for the distorted sexual drive (concupiscence) caused by Adam and Eve.  If you have studied biology 101, you know that reproductive organs are for having babies (procreation).  And as a human being you know well that you are not always pure in your sexual desires (concupiscence). [It is rare to find such clear catechesis on the ends of marriage in the Catholic mass media today.  This is great.]

After Vatican II the primary purpose of marriage was changed from having children to “the unitive” (man and woman coming together as one).  Then the next purpose was procreation (having children).  This was a huge change and paradigm switch.

In the encyclical Humanae vitae #12, Pope Paul VI stated; “the two meanings of the conjugal act: the unitive meaning and the procreative meaning……By safeguarding both these essential aspects, the unitive and the procreative, the conjugal act preserves in its fulness the sense of true mutual love and it ordination towards man’s most high calling to parenthood.

Why am I bringing this point up?  Because the greatest threat to freedom for the Catholic Church in the United States (and I would assume Europe), is the homosexual “marriage” battle that is saying it is a civil right to have homosexual marriage and live homosexual, bisexual, transgender lifestyles.  And if you oppose this, you will soon be a criminal.  [Father and I, we certainly agree.]

Unknown to most people who do not study history, prior to 1962, sodomy was a felony in every state of the U.S.  The Supreme Court upheld Georgia’s sodomy law in 1986.  But it then overturned it in 2003 for noncommercial conduct in private between consenting civilians.  But non the less, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas still have not repealed the law against sodomy.  [Not sure about this. Even if they remain on the books, no one enforces them.]

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Next up is Father’s take on the Michael Voris/Catholic media imbroglio, and how much traditional Catholics are made to suffer by much of the Church establishment.  The liberals remain in overwhelming control, and traditional practices of the Faith typically remain tolerated, at best, if not outright persecuted.  Some interesting thoughts:

I personally know Michael Voris.  I admire him greatly as a prophet who says it like it is.  Recently in “Miked Up” he reveals all the evil work that goes on behind the scene by Catholic Dioceses and other Catholics to stop him from speaking in different places.  He was not allowed to speak at the men’s conference in my diocese because he is perceived as “too controversial”.  God bless him for being willing to tell the truth about what is going on in most dioceses and parishes here in the United States.  I have experienced everyday exactly what he says personally in my life, as a liberal layman before I converted to right now as a priest.  [And I think that is why Michael Voris is so popular. He speaks for that small but significant segment of the Church which strives to be faithful, but frequently is ignored, starved, and generally ill-treated by the powers that be.]

For all of you who are reading this, your personal experiences in the Church are not to be discounted.  They are real.  We all can go on telling multiple night mares about what we have personally experienced at our parishes, Catholic schools, and dioceses.  It is plain reality, period.  And we, who have no power in the Church, have to sit by and watch the same liturgical abuses, sexual abuses and power abuses with very few people in the hierarchy who care enough to listen.  When you do write a letter to the Papal Nuncio you get a politically correct letter in return and no action.  When you write to the vatican you get no response.

You just have to suffer and pray, because the liberal Church, that is in power, does not care about defending traditional Catholic truth.  But this will change with time.  There are more and more orthodox bishops being appointed.  [Well, there were. I’m not certain they still are.  We shall see.]  Thanks be to God for this.  But most of these are not very sympathetic to “The Mass of All Ages” or having honest discussions about the contradictions found in the Vatican II documents in conjunction with the Councils and Encylicas from before. [Yes. Even among the most conservative prelates, the TLM and the ambiguities of Vatican II remain forbidden subjects.  Especially the latter, the TLM has been embraced, it is true, by a few.]

Much of the reason the Catholic media will not bringing these issues out in the Catholic news is that they fear that it will cause a backlash and or they might be black balled by powerful liberal bishops.  And all of these fears are real.  [I agree. The threat to those who speak out is real. I was just speaking with a woman today, trying to bring a completely orthodox speaker into the Diocese, a speaker who converted from a very diabolical life, who has a great story to share. But her bishop is very liberal, and will not give her that cherished, vital “seal of approval,” and so she cannot speak on Church property in most dioceses, including this one.]

But if we are Catholics, it means that we have faith in the Living, Loving and Powerful God who is on our side.  Through out history, it was the few, that said the truth and suffered, who kept the Catholic faith and liturgies true to the Apostolic Tradition and Deposit of Faith  [Yes!  This is incredibly true and so important to remember. Except for some limited places in time and space, throughout most of the Church’s history, the truly faithful have always been limited in number.  Rarely has the Church really been on fire in most all parts of Her Body.  So what we are experiencing is not that unusual, except in the intensity and breadth of the collapse.  But almost always in the Church’s history, the faithful have been a distinct minority.  Let us pray we remain part of that remnant!]

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Go read all of both at Father’s blog, They are very worthwhile.

Bishop Tobin – “I’m a little bit disappointed in Pope Francis” September 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, priests, the return.
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At least as far as Pope Francis’ failure to make any notable pronouncements condemning abortion.  To this might also be included several items of tremendous import to the universal Church and individual souls, like the advance of homosexual marriage and the near universal use by Catholics of contraception.  Via Rorate Caeli:

What was your reaction when you saw Pope Francis stop the Popemobile in the middle of St. Peter’s Square earlier this year, lifting up above the crowd young Dominic Gondreau, the disabled son of Providence College theology professor Dr. Paul Gondreau, so that he could pray over the child?
Obviously it was a very blessed moment for Dominic himself and for the whole Gondreau family, and through them for our whole diocesan church. We were truly blessed that day that the Holy Father reached out and touched and embraced a member of our flock. It was a great moment and a great blessing. The other thing I want to say though, is that I’m a little bit disappointed in Pope Francis that he hasn’t, at least that I’m aware of, said much about unborn children, about abortion, and many people have noticed that. I think it would be very helpful if Pope Francis would address more directly the evil of abortion and to encourage those who are involved in the pro-life movement. It’s one thing for him to reach out and embrace and kiss little children and infants as he has on many occasions. It strikes me that it would also be wonderful if in a spiritual way he would reach out and embrace and kiss unborn children.
Folks, it is almost unheard of for a bishop  to make such a statement regarding a reigning Pontiff. We also heard some expression of concern along the same lines from Archbishop Chaput.  Are these statements indicative of anything substantial, a broad sense of concern in certain quarters of the Church, even up to the episcopate?  These men are often read in on (or, at least privy to back-channel communiques) major developments in the Church – like Pope Francis’ upcoming decisions in October on the governance of the universal church.
Well, I guess we shall see what develops.  But in a tangential note, Pope Francis has also put in a near universal ban on promotions to the honorary title of Monsignor (at least until October), which could be interpreted as a way to strike against the dreaded n’ feared triumphalism.

Start Padre Pio Novena Saturday or Sunday September 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, religious, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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That would be 09/14 or 09/15. Thanks to MJD for saving my bacon with post material on a day when I have been absolutely slammed from 37 different directions:

Dear God, Thou hast generously blessed Thy servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. Thou hast marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Thy Son. Endowed with the gift of discernment, St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional for the salvation of souls. With reverence and intense devotion in the celebration of Mass, he invited countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.


Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, I confidently beseech Thee to grant me the grace of

(mention your intentions here). Amen

Recite three Glorias.18313_540886185921564_1412955912_n


Litany of St. Padre Pio


Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.537240_471503916230513_347165883_n
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Virgin Immaculate, pray for us.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.
Beloved of God, pray for us.
Imitator of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Good shepherd of the people, pray for us.
Model for priests, pray for us.
Light of the Church, pray for us.
Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Faithful son of St. Francis, pray for us.
Marked with the stigmata of Jesus, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Helper of the dying, pray for us.
Director of souls, pray for us.
Heart of gold, pray for us.
Apostle of mercy, pray for us.
Worker of miracles, pray for us.
Consoler of the afflicted, pray for us.
Lover of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Helper of souls in doubt and darkness, pray for us.pp1
Comforter of the sick, pray for us.
Example of humility, pray for us.
Source of wisdom, pray for us.
Mirror of the divine life, pray for us.
Lover of Jesus Crucified,
Resigned to the will of God, pray for us.
Doing good upon earth, pray for us.
Filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice, pray for us.
Our help and hope in all our needs, pray for us.
Vessel of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Leading us to Christ, pray for us.
Our spiritual father and advocate, pray for us.
Crowned with glory in Heaven, pray for us.
God our Father,  You helped St. Pio to reflect the
image of Christ through a life of charity and self-sacrifice.
May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of
St. Pio of Pietrelcina and by imitating his selfless love.

Craig James fired for Christian beliefs September 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society.
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I’ve never liked former Houston Stratford, SMU, and New England Patriots running back Craig James.  First of all, he more or less single-handedly whipped my 1978 Plano Wildcats in the Class AAAA football final at the Astrodome.  I think the score was 29-13.  Then he went on to make major $$$$ at SMU as part of the notorious Pony Express with the equally vile Lance McIllheny (which my Plano Wildcats beat 29-28 in the greatest HS football game ever.  Plano scored 29 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to win against McIllhenny’s Highland Park Scots) and Hall of Famer Erik Dickerson.  That essentially professional SMU team knocked some truly great Texas Longhorn squads out of their chance for conference and national championships back in the early 80s.

Since he left playing football, James has been a long time sports broadcaster and, in 2012, a longshot candidate for US Senator from Texas.  And while I’ve never cared for James, especially after Ronnie Mullins hurt his ankle in the 2nd quarter of that championship game, ruining Plano’s chances (not that I’m bitter), he sure doesn’t deserve to get fired for having made statements in defense of marriage as it has always been.  Unfortunately, FoxSports did not agree, and James is now out of a job:

Religious discrimination continues to rear its ugly head in the Lone Star State. According to reports, Craig James, former NFL player and ESPN Analyst, has been fired after one day on the job from Fox Sports for his biblical views on marriage and sexuality. And the shocking part of the story – he was fired not for comments he made on the job – but for comments he made when he was running for the U.S. Senate (a race that was ultimately won by Ted Cruz). The attacks on the religious liberty of Christians in our state and nation are reaching all-time highs.
While in a candidate debate during the primary season back in 2012, James was asked about his views on marriage and sexuality. James called for leaders to stand up against the sliding “moral fiber” in our nation. He further pledged not to support same-sex unions, stated that he believed being gay is a choice, and explained the biblical view that “…They are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.” To be clear, James’ beliefs are commonly held not just in the Christian community, but among many Americans and certainly many Texans. The reality is that Mr. James should be applauded for honestly sharing his views and standing for righteousness in our culture.
Political correctness in this country is now giving way to outright religious persecution.
Well, that’s pretty much exactly what I’ve been saying for a year or two – this issue with homosexual simulation of marriage is going to be THE vehicle of the persecution, because the sexular pagans have chosen an issue to make a cause celebre, and they see it as a convenient tool to drive religion finally and completely from the public square, while also having some fun persecuting Christians.  James was only making plain what the vast majority of people in this country professed to believe only a few short years ago, and now it’s so “extreme” he can’t hold a high profile job. He’s far from the only one.
But this is how the persecution advances. It probably won’t be a red persecution, at least not for some time, but a white persecution causes suffering enough. It also doesn’t take many cases like this for many professed Christians to quietly apostasize, or at least keep their mouths shut and just roll along with the dictates of “liberty.”  Once corporations jump on a particular part of the sexular pagan bandwagon, they tend to one of the most effective ways of enforcing compliance.  I wonder how many people today are being turned down for jobs by companies that find some Facebook post or similar that is “incriminating.”
Not good.

Quick but important update on the Franciscans of the Immaculate September 13, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, religious, sadness, scandals, Tradition, Virtue.
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I have said, ever since the matter with the Franciscans of the Immaculate broke, that we would know how much import this apostolic investigation/takeover of the order would have for the whole Church based on how readily FI’s could get “permission” to offer the TLM.

I have not seen this reported anywhere else, so all I have to go by is what a commenter said, but that commenter indicated that at least one group of FIs in Italy have been given permission to offer the TLM, have continued to do so, it sounds like, uninterruptedly, and that they continue the use of the traditional Breviary as before.  That’s just one datapoint, and something I cannot confirm, but it is an important one – important enough to put this up as a post, and not leave it in the comments.  Thanks to FutureNunJMJ for the info.

So, while we’ve seen some rather disconcerting developments with the promotion of the reputed leader of the dissident faction to be the new General Secretary, maybe that “permission” to offer the Traditonal Liturgy in all its forms will be easily obtainable.  I’d love any more reports anyone has – this is a pleasure to report!