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Homosexuals test Texas’ constitutional amendment defining marriage October 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, sickness, Society.
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Texans, by an overwhelming margin, passed a constitutional amendment that at one time would have seemed utterly oxymoronic – it defined marriage as being strictly between one man and one woman.  But fresh from their recent victories in many states, where marriage has been redefined and, in essence, destroyed by legislative action, and of course their Supreme Court victory where any opposition to the destruction of marriage was seen as being nothing but bigotry and hatred, homosexuals are now going after a big kahuna.  Two couples are suing the state, claiming its constitution is, uh…….unconstitutional:

Two gay couples have filed a federal lawsuit for the right to marry in Texas–one of 29 states with a constitutional amendment to prevent same-sex marriage……

……The two couples listed as plaintiffs in the case—Marc Pharriss and Vic Holmes and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman—are suing the state for violating the the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, which they argue trumps state law.  [It’s amazing all these “rights” that eminate from the penumbras…….now there is a “right” to marry?  Statistically speaking, given the “divorce” rate among homosexuals, it is highly likely neither couple will still be pretend married in 10 years.  Then there is also the sham “monogamy,” which really means the very opposite.]

“We’ve talked numerous times of getting married and going to one of the states that allows gay marriage,” Pharriss told the San Antonio Express-News. “The problem with that is we have no legal rights when we return.”

…..The lawsuit goes on to state, “There is no rational basis, much less a compelling government purpose, for Texas to deny plaintiffs the same right to marry enjoyed by the majority of society.”

Only someone decoupled from God and His Law could make such a statement.  Marriage between man and woman, oriented always towards procreation of children (something biologically impossible for homosexual couples), has been the bedrock of society for thousands of years. Once the protestants embraced contraception, the wheels of society flew off until we now have a world where most people really cannot understand why two people of the same sex with depraved lusts for who love each other cannot be married.

Almost all protestants (who make up the large majority of what remains of Christians in this nation) have great difficulty putting together an argument against homosexual simulation of marriage, because they themselves support contraceptive use and liberal divorce laws, the factors that led to the collapse in the practice of heterosexual marriage and the family.  As Fr. Rodriguez and others have said, and as I have always agreed, we will see homosexual marriage recognized by hook or crook in all 50 states within a few years.  It will be done by popular will, judicial fiat, or executive mandate, but it will happen.  Then will come the trying times, as folks like you and me are faced with either biting our tongues off, callously giving in, or suffering harsh persecution for our “hateful bigotry and intolerance.”

I advise strong bouts of prayer and periods of fasting in preparation.  Pray for each other, that we all may not flee for the wolves.

How to receive Scripture…….and….. October 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, priests, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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…..the greatness of the Deo Gratias (Thanks Be To God)!  Via Fr. Nicholas Gihr, a brief exegesis on the great necessity of piety in receiving the Word of God in the Mass, as well as a little anecdote on the Deo Gratias, it’s import, and some of the historical significance of that expression. Not bad for 500 words!Throne of St Peter_BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo

At the conclusion of the Epistle the acolyte, in the name of the people, answers: Deo gratias! “Thanks be to God!” What is more befitting than that we should thank the Lord from the bottom of our heart for the divine instruction which He has imparted to us by the mouth of His messenger? In the Epistle Almighty God, so to speak, sends a letter, a writing from heaven, to us miserable creatures:  should we not with faith and reverence receive His words which are of infinite dignity, power and depth of meaning, and obey them with cheerfulness and alacrity? Every word emanating from the mouth of God is supernatural and heavenly food for the life of the soul. Holy Scripture more than any other book is fit “to instruct us unto salvation, to teach, to reprove, to correct, to indoctrinate in justice, that the man of God may be perfect, furnished unto every good work” (2 Tim. 3, 15-17). [But, I should add, St. Paul did not mean by this injunction that Sacred Scripture is the ONLY means of Divine Revelation nor the only source of guidance for salvation. Scripture needs an authoritative interpreter and is also informed by Sacred Tradition.  In fact, when St. Paul wrote this, there was NO codified New Testament.  It took the Church several hundred years, under Divine influence, to determine which of the many books attributed to Apostles and other great early Fathers were divinely inspired.]  By means of the biblical readings the minister of God plants and waters the field of our heart; let us be grateful for this, and the Lord will then give the increase, so that the heavenly seed of their living word may germinate and thrive, blossom and produce fruit Misa_con_ngelesthirty, sixty and a hundredfold.  But in order that this fruit of salvation may ripen, that is, in order that we may advance in the holy love of God and in every Christian virtue unto perfection, we must not only receive and preserve the divine word with a good, yea, with a perfect heart, but we must persevere in patience amid all sufferings and contradictions, amid all temptations and combats.…..[perhaps especially vital guidance at this time and place]

It is peculiar to the Christian always to return thanks to God through Christ our Lord, who has revealed Himself unto us full of truth and grace, who in the character of a penitent has taken our place and submitted to the death of the Cross, who is our Mediator and Advocate with the Father. Hence the words Deo gratias were at the time of the persecution of the Christians the watchword or the mark by which, as a short profession of faith, the Ostiarius (the door-keeper) recognized those as Catholic Christians who sought admission into the place of public worship. [We may have to have recourse to such precautions again, soon.]

————–End Quote————-

One other bit I shoulld point out before closing, one of the claims of the revolutionary “reformers” of the Mass was that the Mass as we know it was actually a recent invention, a contrived and polluted artifact of the late Middle Ages.  Fr. Gihr explodes these claims with alacrity (even if he wrote well before they were made), demonstrating by repeated quotes how the entire Mass of the Catachumens (Liturgy of the Word) in form, and mostly in content, has existed certainly since the time of St. Augustine, and in most places since the 1st or 2nd century.  Many of the Collects, for instance, those glorious prayers that really set the tone for the entire Mass, date from very, very early in the Church’s history.  Numerous other liturgical scholars (orthodox ones, anyways) date the Roman Canon also from the earliest Apostolic times, certainly the 2nd century if not earlier.  So, in basic form and even in many of the prayers we say today in the Traditional Mass, these are truly ancient and date from the earliest Church.  The “medieval corruption” theory argued by modernist reformers like Bugnini has been heavily discredited.


Here’s a bishop to support October 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, episcopate, family, fun, General Catholic, Grace, Liturgical Year, Tradition, Virtue.
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So if he’s in Italy!  We’re a universal Church!  And this bishop, whatever else he may be, is certainly right regarding Halloween!  While the secular commercial holiday that is Halloween (and isn’t it revealing how Halloween has exploded as a major holiday as the culture has rejected its Christian heritage) may be enjoyed on a certain level, especially if it is oriented towards the great Feast of All Saints it was originally intended to herald, there are certain concerning aspects like the focus on the occult and certain spirits that absolutely should not be messed with.  As such, the Church really shouldn’t have anything to do with the secular presentations of Halloween, as one astute bishop in Italy made clear when he refused a secular-type Halloween party on Church grounds:

Diocese prohibits Halloween Party at Castle Church in its possession. “The Feast of All Saints must in no way be replaced by Halloween,” says the diocese. “Halloween is a mixture of heathenism and commercialism that is rejected in both components equally.” [Unless you turn it into an All Saints Day pre-party, or focus on the need to pray for the souls of the departed in association with All Souls Day.  Having children dress up as their favorite Saints is a great way to re-Christianize this holiday]  Children are done  no good with the illusory world of  “ghosts, monsters, witches and vampires without Christ.” The view needs to be focused  on the Christian feast of All Saints and All Souls, who are the heralds of the real world.

At Castle Rossena, which is owned by the Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, a Halloween party was to take place. The event was planned by a youth branch  of Catholic Action. After the protest by Pastor Ennio Munari Roncina,  Bishop Massimo Camisasca stepped in and canceled the festival. The bishop then published a statement in which he condemned Halloween.
The bishop recalled the importance of the Christian Feast of All Saints and All Souls Day on the 1st and 2nd of November. The Solemnity of All Saints’ Day is a celebration of joy and light, said the Bishop. The feast of all the brothers and sisters who have been brought to heaven throughout history, where they can see God face to face in eternal bliss and are our role models. With the  Feast of All Souls we remember all our deceased. It reminds us that all is not with death, but there is a life after death. A knowledge that should govern our lives till death.
These festivals should in no way be replaced by Halloween. The spread of this Pagan spectacle is an indication for the loss of the right understanding of Christian festivals and too little devotion, to intoxicating escapism into a world of illusion, which is also supported primarily by commercial interests
In our family, the kids have dressed up as Saints for the past several years in their trick or treating.  They like it, and then they get to go play the fun parlor game at the Carmel on the Sunday after All Saints Day, where the nuns try to guess which Saint the kids are.  You can have a lot of fun, and still be Catholic.  One thing you can do is attach a name of a deceased loved one to pieces of candy you give to your kids or those of other Catholic parents, so that the children will say a Hail Mary or other prayer for the repose of the souls of those names they receive.
I don’t condemn trick or treating. If we’re not home, we’ll try to leave out a bowl of candy for the neighborhood kids, and even though we just moved, we found time to put out some All Hallow’s Eve decorations.  The point is to make sure the kids (and the adults) know this holiday, this vigil of a great feast, has a much higher purpose and significance than all the crass commercialism that surrounds it.  And it is the very antithesis of the increasing darkness of our culture, with its weird obsession with zombies and horror movies and the like.  It’s also a time to remember that, we, too, will die.
So have a fun Halloween.  But remember to keep the focus, as it should always be, on Christ.
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Support Catholic arts – great schola music! October 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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It is I think revealing that even in our very lost culture, there is still a latent hunger for things of transcendent beauty.  Just one example of this is the phenomenal success of the albums produced by the Benedictines of Mary Queen of the Apostles at the Priory of Ephesus.  Many of their albums have stayed at number 1 on the classical sales chart for weeks.

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough good chant, so here is another alternative to the great Benectines.  A new (to me) schola of lay women called Schola Sancta Cecilia has produced an album called Stella Splendens. This is unaccompanied chant and polyphony.  The album can be had here A sample is below:

A little about the group, via Ars Orandi:

Stella Splendens” features unaccompanied sacred vocal music sung by six
ladies in high school.

Formed at the parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Schola Sancta Caecilia has been singing for the Extraordinary Form Mass since last year. All of the members are 18 or younger, but their approach to the music is very mature. This CD features Gregorian chant, ancient hymns, medieval polyphony and three recent compositions from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Kansas City. Recorded in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic church, the CD has a very “live” sound.

The Schola has been inspired by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, in Kansas City, with whom the young ladies have had strong personal and family relationships. The sisters generously permitted the schola to record three of their original compositions for this CD. The Benedictines of Mary’s own best-selling CD “Angels and Saints at Ephesus” set a recent Billboard record by residing at #1 on the Classical chart for 13 weeks.

Support Catholic Culture and the restoration of the Faith!  Please consider supporting this group, and many other good orthodox Catholic efforts!

A Cardinal came to Dallas……….. October 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, Society, the return.
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……and stated that Vatican II signaled an embrace, or tacit acceptance of, modernism by the Church?  And not just any Cardinal, but the leading member of the group of 8 “super Cardinals” that are to advise the Pope on how to reform the Church?Maradiaga2

Well, he, Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, the leader of Pope Francis’ new cardinalatial advisory body, spoke in Dallas at the University of Dallas Ministry Conference last Friday, to start explicating the Holy Father’s new Church “reform” agenda for the English-speaking world.  One must pray this agenda does not embrace certain aspects of the Cardinal’s speech, which are detailed below.  Louis Verrichio feels the mask is dropping, and what we are confronted with is a flag-waving modernist, which Louis incredibly confirms with a world-exclusive pic.  The below is from the Cardinal’s speech (I add emphasis and comments):

The Second Vatican Council was the main event in the Church in the 20th Century.  [Perhaps an arguable statement, but not an objectionable one.  But perhaps leading……..] In principle, it meant an end to the hostilities between the Church and modernism,  which was condemned in the First Vatican Council. [Well, modernism/liberalism/rationalism were condemned numerous times in numerous ways, one of which included condemnatory conciliar statements, but also in encyclicals, syllabii, oaths, etc., etc.  Modernism is one of the most well condemned heresies in the history of the Church.  It is not possible for something once or many times condemned as error to be later embraced as good and holy, or even acceptable.]   On the contrary: neither the world is the realm of evil and sin  [but what of numerous portions of Sacred Scripture that indicate that the world is, indeed, rather sinful and treacherous?  What of the counsel of numerous Saints and Doctors to the same effect?]  –these are conclusions clearly achieved in Vatican II—nor is the Church the sole refuge of good and virtue. [This is a very broad and easily misinterpreted statement. It’s imprudent at best without significant clarification.]  Modernism was, most of the time, a reaction against injustices and abuses that disparaged the dignity and the rights of the person. [Uh, no.  No, it wasn’t.  Modernism was an attempt to meld endarkenment liberalism with Catholicism, with the overriding assumption that the rationalist liberalism would always be utterly dominant.  As numerous great Popes made clear (Blessed Pius IX, Gregory XVI, Pope St. Pius X, Pope Pius XI, Venerable Pope Pius XII, etc), such attempts are doomed to fail and will always inevitably result in Catholicism becoming exactly like meaningless, rootless, valueless liberal protestantism – which, coincidentally, ALSO came about by an attempt to meld orthodox protestantism with enlightenment ideals.]

Verrecchio then opines:

Did you catch that? According to this Prince of the Church, a man who is one of just eight handpicked cardinal-advisers to the pope, the Church, thanks to Vatican II, no longer harbors any hostility toward modernism, that which Pope St. Pius X called the “synthesis of all heresies.”  [The fundamental tenet of modernism is that “truth” can change, that formal Dogmas of one time can be no longer operative at another time or place.  Which makes Christ into just a man, and His Truth into a lie.  On another note, the mask has dropped?]

He even plainly acknowledged, lest there be any doubt whatsoever, that the modernism of which he speaks is that same  dreadful heresy that was condemned by the First Vatican Council, on which note it states:

If anyone says: it may happen that to doctrines put forward by the Church, sometimes, as knowledge advances, a meaning should be given different from what the Church has understood and understands, let him be anathema.”

In perfect conformity with the church-of-man agenda of which I have written in the past, the justification for this bold public rejection of the Catholic faith is guess what? “The dignity and the rights of the person.”  [“Rights and dignities” invented by enlightenment philosphes, men who rejected the Catholic Faith and who warred against it with all their being.  Modernism is a direct philosophical descendent of these 18th century philosophes, and operates on the same assumptions – the Bible is full of lies and distortions (Gnosticism), Christ was just a man (Arianism), the only real religious virtue is indifferentist “tolerance” (save for the orthodox, they are to be persecuted mercilessly), there is no Truth revealed by God to man, and even the apotheosis of all this evil: men create “god” through some cosmic connection with the pantheist universal spirit (Teilhard de Chardin), or “god” is created through humanity becoming (becoming……) more and more virtuous and enlightened in the practice of enlightenment liberalism (Rahner). 

If that’s not outrageous enough, Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga suggests that modernism – once condemned by an ecumenical council of the Holy Catholic Church [and numerous other statements of the Ordinary Magisterium)  – was but a justifiable response to the arrogance of the Catholic Church back when her prelates were faithful enough to profess her as the solitary custodian of the fulness of truth, goodness and virtue. [Yes, that is a rather amazing statement, but one modernists certainly held before and after the Council, men like Rahner, de Lubac, Congar, Konig, etc]

So, if modernism was justifiable, that would make the condemnation at Vatican I, as well as the threefold offensive against modernism of Pope St. Pius X (Pascendi, Syllabus, and Oath) what? Unjustifiable?

Don’t gloss over this point. What we have here is a cardinal of the Catholic Church publicly stating that the solemn condemnations issued at the First Vatican Council, and strengthened by Pope St. Pus X, have been overturned by Vatican II, a pastoral assembly unlike its dogmatic predecessors in kind, having openly declared absolutely nothing as properly binding. (See the Nota Praevia in Lumen Gentium.)  [Add to the Nota Praevia the numerous statements by both conciliar popes, which confirmed the pastoral and non-dogmatic nature of the Council.  In fact, it was this “pastoral” and non-dogmatic nature which led many concerned, even scandalized prelates, to vote in favor of the more problematic conciliar documents (often under heavy papal pressure), because they were assured even the most ambiguous, or even seemingly erroneous statements, were not “redefining Doctrine,” as the Council was just pastoral.  But that, according to many sources, was the modernist plan all along, to sell the Council as pastoral but then enforce it afterwards as not only dogmatic, but some kind of super-Council (as lamented by Pope Benedict XVI) which utterly swamped and overturned all that came before it.]

Folks, it doesn’t get much more black and white than this. This is material heresy.  [Is it?  What else could it be?  I’m just a dumb ol’ blogger.  If not heresy, it is certainly extraordinarily scandalous.]

You can read Cardinal Maradiaga’s speech in its entirety here.  The section quoted above was taken in context.

And before we get too carried away, these are the words of a cardinal, not the Holy Father himself. Yes, this man may have great influence, and the statements are extremely troubling, but don’t go running screaming that the papacy has embraced material heresy, because it hasn’t.  One blogger’s opinion – as much sense as it may make – is not a definition of error.  Furthermore, if we fear any influence this cardinal may have on the Pope, we need to try through prayer, mortification, and perhaps even more public (but prayerful, penitential) action to get the Holy Spirit to influence him even more.

Oh, one more thing, before some opine that Cardinal Maradiaga perhaps doesn’t quite speaka de English so good, he is actually renowned for being extraordinarily fluent.  Palmo at Whispers in the Loggia highlighted just that point.