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“I want…….a world where all your churches burn…….” September 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society.
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Which is another way of saying, I want a bloodbath of Christians, and I want it now.  Thus, “tolerance,” from the oh so tolerant Left.  Thanks to reader skeinster for sending this along:

Yesterday, at Indiana University the pro-life group on campus met up with the Students for Life of America team and our explosive Planned Parenthood Project. In the midst of talking to hundreds of students about Planned Parenthood’s corrupt business practices, some students became irate.

The young man in the video above began yelling at our Regional Coordinator, Alicia, and when asked why he was upset on camera he replied, “You’re in conflict with the world that I want which is a world where all your churches burn.” And further went on to say, “And if we are ever strong enough, we are going to stop you.”

On top of this Satanic threat, another male student began tearing our up our display of 915 pink crosses we have been using as part of our project to symbolize the 915 babies that Planned Parenthood kills each day.

When he was asked to stop damaging these crosses, the student screamed that abortion “was awesome!” and began throwingour crosses in the trash and said “that’s where they need to be!”

Is this the world we want to “aggiornamento” with?  Oh…………that should be great!  I’m sure they’ll be so open to what the Church has to say!  Is an atheist like this also on the path to salvation?  After all, he’s only doing what his conscience tells him is right.

I am very confident we will simply see more and more of this.  After all, “the children are our future,” so if you consider a scraggly 30 year old professional student a child, you can see how we’re doomed.  I jest, but in reality, this culture is only growing more and more hostile to Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular, as it grows more and more disconnected from its Christian roots and embraces more and more the sexular paganism rampant among the opinion-making elites.  I figured I’d live to see white martyrdoms going on, but now I actually am starting to fear red ones, too.  I think we may see all manner of persecution in the near future, as the young seem especially to have fallen into complete religious indifferentism and sexular pagan hedonism.

Well, at least that will provide many and sundry paths to Heaven. And that should always be the foremost thought in our minds – our own salvation and how to achieve it, and that of our spouses and families.



Dr. Taylor Marshall giving a conference in Carrollton Oct. 12 September 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, manhood, North Deanery, sadness, secularism, Society, Spiritual Warfare, true leadership.
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Taylor Marshall is hosting a men’s conference at St. Catherine of Siena parish in Carrollton on Oct. 12 at 9am.  All details and registration here.  Cost is $20 but this includes a box lunch.  The theme of the conference is answering the call to holiness.  More below:

Registration is now open for this year’s Fall 2013 Men’s Conference at St. Catherine of Siena in Carrollton, Texas. The conference will take place Saturday, October 12th; 9:00 A.M. til 3:30 P.M. We encourage you to kick off the day by joining us for morning Mass at 8:30A.M. This year’s registration includes a boxed lunch and drink. Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration will be available. This year’s theme is Answering the Call to Holiness. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Taylor Marshall who teaches at Fisher More College in Ft. Worth, TX, has authored several books and has been featured on EWTN’s The Journey Home. –

That’s true, Taylor has been featured on The Journey Home, and he blogs at Canterbury Tales. He’s also been taking a pretty harsh tone at times towards some of his fellow traddy-types, which might explain why he’s still able to speak on church grounds.  Me, not so much.

I shouldn’t tease.  Taylor is a good guy.  And there are fewer topics dearer to my heart than the dire need for Catholic men to start acting like men again. Heck, not just Catholic men, but all men, but since Catholics should lead the culture in all things, it is imperative in particular that Catholic men lead the charge.  I’m sure Taylor will have some good advice on how to do that, since I know he cares passionately about that topic, as well.


Scandal in the Diocese – radical pro-abort invited to speak at St. Luke – CANCELLED September 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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Anyone who votes in favor of laws furthering the slaughter of perfect innocents is, to my mind, by definition a radical.

A concerned reader whom I prefer not to name tipped me to a developing scandal in the Dallas Diocese.  Bishop Farrell has apparently approved that state representative Rafael Anchia speak at St. Luke’s on the subject of Obamacare. I say Bishop Farrell has approved, because I have been told in the past that the bishop approves all these types of public events.  Rep. Anchia is extremely pro-abort and has voted against many pro-life bills, including the most recent bill banning abortion after 20 weeks and requiring abortuaries to meet minimal health and safety requirements.  Regardless of Rep. Anchia’s position on Obamacare and the ongoing persecution of the Church through that attempt at tacit socialism, it seems incredible that a man who has so routinely voted in favor of the mass murder of innocents could be invited to speak on Church property.  Judging from his voting record, he’s pretty lefty across the board, which means he likely holds other views in opposition to the revealed Dogmas of the Faith.

Please consider respectfully contacting both the parish and Bishop Farrell concerning this matter.  These kinds of things cause such great scandal and confusion to the faithful, and give a seal of approval to holders of public office they absolutely do not deserve.  If you contact either the parish or Diocese, please be respectful.  Contact information below:

St. Luke’s Office: 972-259-3222

Bishop’s email : bishop@cathdal.org,  [note, this goes to his secretary or some other flunky person created in the image and likeness of God, deserving of eminent respect and the highest charity, but who possesses no actual ability to affect any change in this situation.  It’s the best you can do]

Bishop’s phone: 214-379-2816

Or tweet Bishop Farrell: @bishop_farrell

How funny, should it be God’s desire, we will almost certainly reside in this parish’s boundaries fairly soon.  Oh, goody!

UPDATE: – The Diocese has responded that the pastor cancelled this event.  Good for him.  Perhaps I am more blessed than I thought to be moving near there.  I did also learn that this parish has daily Adoration.

Sorry for the confusion, I was informed of this by a local Diocesan source, so it seemed pretty valid.

Pope Francis living with rabbi in Vatican, plan joint trip to Holy Land September 30, 2013

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Ecumenism is certainly a priority of Pope Francis.  His rabbi friend from Argentina has been staying with him for the past week in the Pope’s hotel-like domicile in the Vatican:

‘Never before in the history of Christian-Jewish relations have a Pope and a Rabbi celebrated their friendship by living in the Vatican together for several days, sharing all meals, including on two Jewish festivals and the Sabbath at which the Rabbi said prayers in Hebrew, and discussing what more they can do together to promote dialogue and peace in the world.

That is what actually happened over the past four days at the Vatican guesthouse (Santa Marta) where Pope Francis lives and where his friend from Buenos Aires, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, has been his guest from September 25 to this day.

“I eat with him at breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. He cares for me, and controls everything regarding my food to makes sure it is all kosher, and according to my religious tradition. These are festive days, and I have to say certain prayers at meals and, I expand the last prayer and translate it. He accompanies me together with the others at table -his secretaries and a bishop, and they all say ‘Amen’ at the end”, the Rabbi said.

By acting in this way, the Pope and Rabbi are sending an extraordinary message of friendship, dialogue and peace not only to their respective religious communities but also to the whole world. And they plan to do even more together, Rabbi Skorka revealed when we talked together at Santa Marta, on September 27.

He and the Pope are planning to travel together to the Holy Land next year. The Israeli and Palestinian authorities have invited Pope Francis, and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew1, wants him to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting of his predecessor, Athenagoras, with Paul VI in the Holy City.

“We are dreaming of traveling together to Israel soon, and the Pope is working on this subject”, the Rabbi said. “I dream of embracing him at the Kotel, or Wailing Wall, and I will accompany him to Bethlehem, in the Palestinian territories. His presence can help a lot at this moment when the peace talks are starting again”, he added.

Skorka sees a deep spiritual significance for both of them in being together at the sites that are sacred to their respective religions. “I do not cease to be a Jew for him, and he goes on keeping his own faith. But the two spiritualities have to have a point of encounter. We cannot live in a world where we reject each other, we must build bridges.”  [Hmmm…..an opinion asserted as a bald declaration of fact.]

“We come together without burying our identities. I spoke to him about evangelization, and he stated emphatically that the Catholic Church cannot engage in proselytism”, he said…’  [Then we may as well close up shop and shut down the Church. I pray this rabbi got the Pope’s meaning quite wrong.  Christ’s own Great Commission COMMANDS that we evangelize and even proselytize souls, proselytism just being a negative term for those who engage in eager evangelization, but that was exactly the kind of evangelization that converted many, many Jews to the Faith and eventually conquered much of the world.]

I will say this – there are many orthodox Jews who would condemn this rabbi’s conduct of his faith.  They would condemn his consorting with a gentile. The Church has constantly asserted – at least until the last 30-odd years, when ecumania really took hold – that Jews must convert for salvation, that their own “tradition” is a dead one, made obsolete by the New Covenant.  In fact, to posit that Jews have their own path to salvation, even with their rejection of the Incarnation of the Messiah, makes Christ into a liar and attacks the entire efficacy of the Gospels. It also makes into fools those many Jews (and others) who have converted to the One, True Faith.

But it seems at times that everything must be at the service of a worldly-oriented ecumenism, even the clearest of Dogmas.  The scandal this ecumenism so frequently causes the faithful is just brushed aside as a remnant of that poor, unfortunate “negative ecclesiology” some misguided souls adhere to, unable to accept the new order of things.

When will fools like me get with the program?

Canonization dates for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II set September 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Papa, pr stunts, Saints, sanctity, the return, Virtue.
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April 27, 2014.  A priest I know, a really good priest, was wondering aloud about how the changes made to the canonization process, such as the elimination of the requirement for miracles and the post of devil’s advocate, affect the validity of these solemn declarations by the Church that certain souls are in Heaven.  Such an argument was beyond my intellectual depth.  I’m sure these canonizations will be received, in general, with rapturous joy.  And perhaps rightly so. Two more souls assuredly in Heaven, that is a wondrous thing.

I will continue to pray.


Synod of Cardinals to “rip up” current constitution on Church governance? September 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, secularism, self-serving, the return.
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As I have related in several recent blog posts, we would really start to know what this Pope plans to achieve next month (October), as the Synod of Cardinals begins their work of – apparently, in the words of their own leader – radical demolition on the current model of authority in the Churh.  Now, that current model is quite a bit different from what governed the Church for centuries from Trent to VII, but I think what we’re looking at here is an unheard of devolution of power from the Vatican and Curia to the “local bishops,” which will mean in actuality, the national episcopal conferences, entities the world over utterly dominated by progressives.

A Roman Catholic cardinal said Sunday that a group of senior church figures handpicked by the Pope to shake up the Vatican’s murky and autocratic bureaucracy would “rip up and rewrite” the constitution which apportions power at the Holy See.

The eight cardinals, who were appointed by Pope Francis in April, have been briefed to revise the constitution, known as Pastor Bonus, drawn up in 1988 by Pope John Paul, in a bid to give greater voice to bishops around the world. [Look, there are lots of legitimate complaints regarding Pastor Bonus. It has basically made the Secretariat of State a semi-dictator in the Vatican. There is a giant war in the Vatican still ongoing between the immediately former Secretary of State – Bertone, and HIS predecessor, Sodano. Cardinal Sodano, waaaaay past retirement age, still has a huge wing of supporters in the Curia, and it was his supporters, it is thought, that created Vatileaks, contains most of the homosexual mafia, and who basically ran Pope Benedict out of office.  I think some reform is definitely needed.  But read on, I don’t think they’re headed in the right direction]

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the group’s leader, said that at tomorrow’s meeting they were planning to go much further than just changing “this and that”.

“No, that constitution is over,” he said in a television interview. “Now it is something different. We need to write something different,” he added.  [OK, so Pastor Bonus is dead.  What next?]

Gerard O’Connell, a Vatican analyst at the Vatican Insider, said that the proposed rule changes were a “rupture after a century of increasing centralisation”.

“Cardinal Maradiaga is hinting that the Pope is asking the fundamental question: ‘What can be decided in Rome and what at local level? How can the Roman Curia serve bishops instead of being an office of censure and control?’”  [Ummm…….they have been an office of censure and control for very vital reasons. There has been a neo-modernist revolution in the Church, constantly advancing errors and endangering souls! The Pope has the charism of infallibility in certain circumstances.  Bishops do not.  Heresies and apostasy run amok in many dioceses – Rome has been at least something of a bulwark against this over the past two pontificates.  Over the past 35 years, we at least had one pretty orthodox man in Rome whose job it was to limit the damage of the revolution in the Church. That man was Ratzinger. He is gone. The progressives want to insure his like can never dampen their excesses ever again.]

O’Connell cited Japanese bishops as examples of victims of the Vatican’s centralisation. “They must ask advice from Rome on the correct Japanese to use in their liturgies, yet you would think they would be the best judge.”  [Yes, they have screwed a bunch of stuff up. Then again, the Japanese bishops are not without their own problems. The Curia screwed up the revised 2011 English translation of the Novus Ordo, making a vast improvement into a moderate one.  But devolving huge swaths of power to episcopal conferences is not the answer.  Doctrinally, bishops conferences still have no authority whatsoever.  And what if the way this constitution is written not only devolved power to episcopal conferences, but through its language manages to favor progressive interests?]

Over the weekend, Pope Francis gave another clear indication that he sees the Vatican as a hotbed of intrigue and power struggles when he suggested Vatican policemen should crack down on gossip as well as looking out for intruders.

Defining gossip as the devil’s work, “a forbidden language” and “a war waged with the tongue”, he told gendarmes gathered for Mass to tell any gossipers: “Here there can be none of that: walk out of St Anne’s Gate. Go outside and talk there! Here you cannot!” [Is this genuine concern over the state of souls, or annoyance that some might question the direction of his pontificate?]

Cardinals gathering in Rome before Pope Francis was elected in March complained that Vatican officials had become a self-serving elite indifferent to the needs of dioceses around the world. [Are not the national conferences, and even many bishops, indifferent to the needs of souls for an orthodox faith?  This is the pot calling the kettle black.]

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga said his group had received suggestions on Vatican reform from around the world, including 80 pages of suggestions from Latin America. The convergence on a few main themes suggested God’s will was at work, he said. “You cannot have millions of Catholics in the world suggesting the same unless the Holy Spirit is inspiring.”.  [Well, millions of Catholics around the world think killing babies in the womb is wonderful, should we listen to them on that, too?  The problem with trying to identify the sensus fidei is that it assumes well formed, obedient, orthodox Catholics, not a situation where a modernist revolution has run rampant through the Church.]

My own excitability aside, we really don’t know much, but the rumors which Pope Francis so derides all point in the same direction – a devolution of many powers, perhaps even power to determine Doctrine, from the Curia not to individual bishops, which would be exciting but perhaps manageable, but to the national episcopal conferences, which have demonstrated themselves both heavily biased towards progressive or modernist interests AND almost impervious to outside influence. Yay.

My own surmise is that  even many of Pope Francis’ most staunch defenders may well experience a change of heart as they see what develops.  But, then again, they may not, some people simply cannot bring themselves to criticize even the prudential actions of a reigning pontiff (long dead ones, that’s a different matter).

More and more evidence indicates Pope Francis may have been elected under a quid pro quo arrangement.  The article also states that this new arrangement will get the Italian episcopal conference out from under the Vatican, something especially the progressives in Italy have long wanted.  Non-curial Cardinals from around the world of course want more power, so this arrangement will suit them. The way the election came down so fast, much of this was certainly worked out in advance.  All I can say is, yikes!  This arrangement, if it becomes what I think it will, has the ability to unleash “Vatican III” on the Church without the headache of a formal council.

Thanks to reader RC for the tip.