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Prayer for Priests November 29, 2013

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Here’s the best prayer for priests that I have come across.  Please pray for all priests every day as satan attacks them constantly.  The Church and the world have such desperate need for holy, orthodox priests.  The crisis in the Faith will not end until we have them.

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep all Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may harm them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands which daily touch Thy Sacred Body.  Keep unsullied their lips purpled with Thy Precious Blood.  Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime marks of Thy glorious priesthood.

Let Thy holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls t whom they have ministered be here below their joy and consolation and in Heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.  Amen.

O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us a number of holy priests.

Begin your St. Andrew Novena today! November 29, 2013

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Regarding the St. Andrew (Christmas) Novena that starts on  Friday, Nov. 30:
(written by Shirley, member of the Confraternity of The Holy Face,  who prays the novena every year)
Dearest Ones,   I am sending all  of you this prayer which has been very significant in our lives over the past  five years.  It is most beautiful.  The more you recite it the more  you are able to reflect on its purity.   The power of this  prayer is second only to the Golden Arrow prayer.  Every intention for that  particular year is answered–the miracle occurs within 30 days or two years, in  our experience.  I have become quite close to St Andrew through this  prayer.  He was the older brother to St Peter and was the first to  encounter Jesus (age 30) on the streets.  He excitedly told his  brother and others that he had indeed encountered the Messiah.   I do  not like to send or receive emails which imply, say this prayer, and magic will  occur.  We should always be praying.  This prayer is a beautiful way  to deepen our Advent and Christmas experience.  St Andrew who was the first  to recognize Jesus’s sacred face will intercede with our intention.  Our  one intention should be specific NOT general.  So think carefully  about it  If you forget one day to recite the prayer, make it up the next  day.   from Josephine: “Personally, I have never been disappointed and have found this  Novena to be truly miraculous!”

Immaculate Conception Novena starts Nov. 29 November 29, 2013

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    Immaculate Conception Novena – start Nov.  29
*This novena begins 9 days before the feast of the Immaculate  Conception*
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is an important day for  us to reflect on Mary’s life.
It is important for us to strive to imitate Mary as the ideal  example of the Christian life lived for God.
Novena Prayers for the Immaculate Conception
O most pure Virgin Mary conceived without sin, from the very  first instant, you were entirely immaculate. O glorious Mary full of grace, you  are the mother of my God – the Queen of Angels and of men. I humbly venerate you  as the chosen mother of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords chose you for the  singular grace and honor of being His beloved mother. By the power of His Cross,  He preserved you from all sin. Therefore, by His power and love, I have hope and  bold confidence in your prayers for my holiness and salvation.
I pray first of all that you would make me worthy to call you  my mother and your Son, Jesus, my Lord.
I pray that your prayers will bring me to imitate your  holiness and submission to Jesus and the Divine Will.
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are  you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother  of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Now, Queen of Heaven, I beg you to beg my Savior to grant me  these requests…
(Mention your  intentions)
My holy Mother, I know that you were obedient to the will of  God. In making this petition, I know that God’s will is more perfect than mine.  So, grant that I may receive God’s grace with humility like you.
As my final request, I ask that you pray for me to increase in  faith in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in hope in our  risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in love for the risen  Jesus!
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are  you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother  of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
h/t MJD

Dom Prosper Gueranger gives an exhortation for our age November 26, 2013

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I read the following several days ago, on the Feast of St. Cecilia.  Due to other commitments, I was not able to post the below until now.  I find in the below exactly the kind of exhortation we need for our day, for the crises that afflict the Church and the entire world.  We need great Saints.  Saints rarely, if ever, are made through some secret action of Grace, just suddenly emerging one day totally imbued with sanctity and virtue.  No, Saints are made through suffering and denial, but also apostolic zeal for the salvation of souls and the conversion of the world.  What the Church has been missing most of all these past several decades is that latter, critical part: zeal of souls.

God have mercy on us.  Gueranger, via Ars Orandi (which saved me from having to type all this in!), below:

The Church recognizes and honours in St. Cæcilia three characteristics, which, united together, distinguish her among all the blessed in heaven, and are a source of grace and an example to men. These three characteristics are, virginity, apostolic zeal, and the superhuman courage which enabled her to bear torture and death. Such is the threefold teaching conveyed by this one Christian life.

In an age so blindly abandoned as ours to the worship of the senses, is it not time to protest, by the strong lessons of our faith, against the fascination which even the children of the promise can hardly resist? Never since the fall of the Roman Empire have morals, and with them the family and society, been so seriously threatened[And this was written 150 years ago!  Where are we today?!  Have not Gueranger’s reasoned prophecy been borne out?  The family hardly exists anymore!] For long years literature, the arts, the comforts of life, have had but one aim: to propose physical enjoyment as the only end of man’s destiny. Society already counts an immense number of members who live entirely a life of the senses. Alas for the day when it will expect to save itself by relying on their energy! The Roman empire thus attempted several times to shake off the yoke of invasions: it fell, never to rise again.
Yes, the family itself, the family especially, is menaced. It is time to think of defending itself against the legal recognition, or rather encouragement, of divorce[Divorce!  What would Gueranger think of the destruction and “redefinition” of marriage today?] It can do so by one means alone: by reforming and regenerating itself according to the law of God, and becoming once more serious and Christian. Let marriage, with its chaste consequences, be held in honour; let it cease to be an amusement or a speculation; let fatherhood and motherhood be no longer a calculation, but an austere duty: and soon, through the family, the city and the nation will resume their dignity and their vigour.  [Duty is one word our culture is most repulsed by.]
But marriage cannot be restored to this high level unless men appreciate the superior element, without which human nature is an ignoble ruin: this heavenly element is continence. True, all are not called to embrace it in the absolute sense; but all must do honour to it, under pain of being “delivered up,” as the apostle expresses it, “to a reprobate sense.” It is continence that reveals to man the secret of his dignity, that braces his soul to every kind of devotedness, that purifies his heart and elevates his whole being. It is the culminating-point of moral beauty in the individual, and at the same time the great lever of human society. It is because the love of it became extinct that the ancient world fell to decay; but when the Son of the Virgin came on earth, He renewed and sanctioned this saving principle, and a new phase began in the destinies of the human race. [Concupiscence?  It is difficult to distinguish between the behavior of most people today, especially the young, and rutting animals.]
The children of the Church, if they deserve the name, relish this doctrine, and are not astonished at it. The words of our Saviour and of His apostles have revealed all to them; and, at every page, the annals of the faith they profess set forth in action this fruitful virtue, of which all degrees of the Christian life, each in its measure, must partake. St. Cæcilia is one example among others offered to their admiration…….
The second characteristic offered for our consideration in the life of St. Cæcilia is that ardent zeal, of which she is one of the most admirable models; and we doubt not that here too is the lesson calculated to produce useful impressions. Insensibility to evil for which we are not personally responsible, or from which we are not likely to suffer, is one of the features of the period. [Indeed, it is. Sometimes from most surprising quarters.  I have heard amazing counsels of late to just put our heads down and ignore the wreckage and collapse around us, to focus on our personal sanctification rather than be concerned with scandal and dangers to other souls.] We acknowledge that all is going to ruin, and we look on at the universal destruction without ever thinking of holding out a helping hand to save a brother from the wreck. Where should we now be, if the first Christians had had hearts as cold as ours? If they had not been filled with that immense pity, that inexhaustible love, which forbade them to despair of a world in the midst of which God placed them to be the “salt of the earth”? Each one felt himself accountable beyond measure for the gift he had received. Freeman or slave, known or unknown, every man was the object of the boundless devotedness for these hearts filled with the charity of Christ. One has but to read the Acts of the Apostles, and their Epistles, to learn on what an immense scale the apostolate was carried on in those early days; and the ardour of that zeal remained long uncooled. Hence the pagans used to say: “See how they love one another!” And how could they help loving one another? For in the order of faith they were fathers and children.
What maternal tenderness Cæcilia felt for the souls of her brethren, from the mere fact that she was a Christian! After her we might name a thousand others, in proof of the fact that the conquest of the world by Christianity and its deliverance from the yoke of pagan depravity are due to such acts of devotedness preformed in a thousand places at once, and at length producing universal renovation. Let us imitate, in something at least, these examples to which we owe so much. Let us waste less of our time and eloquence in bewailing evils which are only too real. Let each one of us set to work, and gain one of his brethren: and soon the number of the faithful will surpass that of unbelievers. Without doubt, this zeal is not extinct; it still works in some, and its fruits rejoice and console the Church; but why does it slumber so profoundly in so many hearts which God had prepared to be its active centers?
The cause is unhappily to be traced to that general coldness, produced by effeminacy,  [I believe men of past ages would be stunned at the effeminacy evidenced by men, and the entire culture, today.  Feminism has helped feminize men, while masculinating women.  The rupture this has caused in the natural order has been catastrophic, and has played a huge role in the destruction of the family.] which might be taken by itself alone as the type of the age; but we must add thereto another sentiment, proceeding from the same source, which would suffice, if of long duration, to render the debasement of a nation incurable. This sentiment is fear; and it may be said to extend at present to its utmost limit. Men fear the loss of goods or position, fear the loss of comforts and ease, fear the loss of life. Needless to say, nothing can be more enervating, and consequently more dangerous to the world, than this humiliating preoccupation; but above all we must confess that it is anything but Christian. [Where are the stout hearts?  Who is willing to suffer?] Have we forgotten that we are merely pilgrims on this earth? And has the hope of future good died out of our hearts? Cæcilia will teach us how to rid ourselves of this sentiment of fear. In her days life was less secure than now. There certainly was then some reason to fear; and yet Christians were so courageous that the powerful pagans often trembled at the words of their victims.
God knows what He has in store for us; but if fear does not soon make way for a sentiment more worthy of men of Christians, all particular existences will be swallowed up in the political crisis. Come what may, it is time to learn our history over again. The lesson will not be lost if we come to understand this much: had the first Christians feared, they would have betrayed us, for the word of life would never have come down to us; if we fear, we shall betray future generations, for we are expected to transmit to them the deposit we have received from our fathers. [Unfortunately, they did fear, but we are also quivering mounds of jello.  We’re terrified of everything. “Oh, what will the media say?”  “What will the protestants say?”  “Don’t condemn islam, it’s the religion of peace, and they might blow us up if you do.”  Etc]
—————End Quote————— 
Much to contemplate, there.  Blogging will continue to be slow or nonexistent until next week.

Dallas Carmel in need of your support November 26, 2013

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The good nuns of the Carmel of the Infant Jesus of Prague are in need of help.  Their HVAC unit has conked out.  It  must be replaced, it is beyond repair.  I don’t have a figure for the cost of the replacement, but it is likely to be high. Could you please consider, in your charity, sending a donation to these good nuns, who have so supported the traditional practice of the Faith in this Diocese (and whose prayers likely played a huge role in the miracle that is Mater Dei)?  Any amount will help.

Donations can be sent to:

Discalced Carmelite Nuns
600 Flowers Avenue
Dallas, TX 75211

You can make your checks out to Dallas Carmelites

God bless you!

Please pardon this brief editorial departure from our normal standards November 22, 2013

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All you leftists out there w******g yourselves off (my apologies folks, should have at least warned you.  Nevertheless, inexcusable, a big failure on my part) calling Dallas the City of Hate because your previous failed “god,” John “pass the girls around, strung out on speedballs” Kennedy happened to be murdered by a communist here (and so you desperately try to deflect that fact by claiming Dallas had some right-wing “climate of hate” before the assassination) can all go…….well, I was originally going to write something reflective of my emotions here, but……….repent and be converted.

Let’s face it, in typical leftist fashion, you are projecting your own hatred of Dallas, as a scion of free-enterprise and conservative values, onto the city itself. You’d hate it no matter what happened to your false hero here, but the assassination just gives you all the more excuse to hate.  In bizarro left-think, Dallas thus becomes “the city of hate,” because you hate it.  In the same way, you try to claim every lone nut with a gun who kills or tries to kill some people is always a right winger, even though more often than not, they are actually crazed leftists like Jared Loughner and James Holmes (who now, btw, appears to be muslim).  Oh, but after you’d pilloried conservatives with these knowing lies, the corrections somehow never get made.

I refuse to take part in this self-loathing.  There was nothing “wrong” with Dallas or anywhere else, in particular, on Nov. 22, 1963, that precipitated the Kennedy assassination.  In fact, what was wrong was a very sick little man filled with typical leftist hate, who wanted to bring down a president who was not the peasnluv liberal you’ve so desperately spent 50 years making him out to be, but was actually an inept dilettante and  Cold War hawk who massively expanded the US defense budget and strategic nuclear arsenal after taking office.  At this point,  your fingers are in your ear and you’re screaming “no no no” so I’ll leave it at that.

From a Catholic perspective, there is every reason to pray for John F. Kennedy’s soul. Given his propensity to take intoxicating drugs daily, and his near-nonstop infidelities, ruminating on his state of Grace when assassinated is a frightful prospect to consider.  No matter what a disaster he was as president – and he was a substantial one, especially in terms of foreign policy – he likely needs our prayers.  I’ll pray for him.

Some Church beauty for you November 22, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, sanctity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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There is a truly gorgeous parish in New Bedford, Mass – St. Anthony of Padua.  I found out about it because some Franciscan of the Immaculate nuns attached in some way to that parish were visiting our local TLM parish.  Nuns, it seems, rate private Masses! Good for them.  The nuns were awesome. I did not get a chance to speak with them, if I had, I would have surely polled their opinions on the repression of Summorum Pontificum for their order.  Or limitations, whatever, for the pedantics.

Nonetheless, in finding out a bit about the nuns, I stumbled on this St. Anthony of Padua. They don’t build churches like this anymore, which is an enormous shame:




High Altar

High Altar

alter symetrical w-sig

Details of scene above high altar:












Apparently, the parish has a very elaborate lighting system with different colors that can be used to accent different parts of the nave, sanctuary, side altars, etc., depending on the season, the time of day, etc.  .  They have what looks like a solid gold figurine of the Good Shepherd at the opening of the Tabernacle on a side altar – you can sort of see that above.

What does a church like this say about the people who built it?  It was constructed around 110-120 years ago.  Even people with no attachment to the Church – or even a hostility to the Church – can recognize the beauty that is reflected here.  And the sacrifice.  I was speaking with someone the other day, and we both reflected on how eager we would be to sacrifice – even a great deal – to help build a church with something of the glory of this one.  I hear some people say – especially those who look for reasons NOT to build a glorious structure like this – that we simply can’t build churches like this anymore. That the skills don’t exist to do so.  But then again, there are some really beautiful churches being built here and there – perhaps not as ornate and amazingly detailed as this one, but quite beautiful, nonetheless.  It’s not exactly to my taste, but the chapel at Our Lady of the Angels monastery in Alabama is one example.

Given how much wonderful church art is being ripped out of parishes all over Europe, literally hundreds a year, as they are being closed down, and sold at literally fire sale prices, it seems like taking the time and effort to build an amazing church like this one, which could stand for 1000 years if properly cared for, is actually quite possible.

Anything in the universe is possible given enough time, and money.  We sent 24 men to the moon, for Heaven’s sake.  I’m sure this church wasn’t built in a day.  I’m sure it took enormous effort to make it happen.  So much the better, for the greater glory of God.


Dallas Ursuline’s own Melinda Gates spending $4.3 billion on contraception November 21, 2013

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Interestingly, I just read an article the other day on how singularly, spectacularly ineffective all the great celebrity news-hounding “charity” by the Gates has been.  In effect, most of their programs haven’t even slightly improved the lives of the poor in Africa, but have only served to further enrich third-world kleptocrats.  But, these huge-dollar giveaways do keep the Gates’ name in the papers, which may be the point of it all.

And not to be churlish, but once again, we see a Catholic apostate hanging her apostasy on the words of Pope Francis.  Fairly or unfairly, that is the reality those words have created:

Melinda Gates, the wife of Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder, is running a £2.7 billion ($4.3 billion) project to provide birth control for an additional 120 million women in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Her work has been criticised in some Catholic quarters because the Church opposes the use of contraceptives.

However, in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine, Mrs Gates, 49, said she had wrestled with her beliefs before making her views – which put her at odds with the Catholic Church’s teaching – public.

“It took me a couple of years, quite honestly. I knew it would be controversial. But you can’t turn your back on these women you meet.”

Access to contraception led to greater opportunities for girls, as preventing unwanted pregnancies allowed them to finish their studies, Mrs Gates said. [But at what cost? How much will future productivity implode due to tiny family size? What of the long-term health effects on the mother from using often very dangerous, carcinogenic forms of contraception (the kind most preferred by the Gates, like 30 day shots of huge doses of hormones, to keep the “ooops I forgot” factor” away? None of this is mentioned, and contraception – a grave moral evil – is presented as an unalloyed good.]

I use contraceptives. I believe in contraceptives, my friends use contraceptives. And so if I believe in this for myself – and for my daughters and other women – I said to myself, ‘How could I not speak out about this?’”  [Could this be a way to rationalize her sin, by foisting it on tens of millions of other women?  “Everybody is doing it” is the oldest excuse in the book for sin.]

Mrs Gates said she was heartened by Pope Francis, who has suggested that the Church is too focused on contraception and abortion.  [Did he?  That was just one quote, how many other quotes – and there are a number – weigh against that one?]

“I’ve been so happy to hear him say overall is that he’s focused on the poor,” she said. “That is the Church’s mission. If you go back to the Bible, it was about focusing on people who were poor and marginalised. [Yes, but NO!  It was – it IS – about saving your soul!  About loving God with all your heart, mind, and strength, which means ACCEPTING ALL THE TRUTH CHRIST HAS REVEALED THROUGH HIS CHURCH, INCLUDING THE EVIL OF CONTRACEPTION! But I see you are a true product of your schooling, I would imagine 90+% of Ursuline grads agree with you.]

“So I think he’s trying to put the conversation back on the roots of the Church, and I think that’s fantastic.”

There you go, systematic theology from Melinda Gates.  Wonderful.  It is so sad she has not been advised by a very holy priest of the danger she is putting her soul in.  But then again, perhaps she has.

I know there are so many things to pray for, but perhaps a prayer for the conversion of Mrs. Gates would be in order.  So sad, she is going to have a devastating impact on so many women.  She has at least 4.3 billion things to atone for.  I pray for her happiness in this life and in the next, and most devoutly for her sincere conversion.

Hail Mary……

There is a place for charitable criticism of prelates….. November 21, 2013

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…..even at the highest levels of the Church.  So says a noted Italian Catholic below.

I posted earlier today on Michael Matt’s chastisement of overly critical traddies.  I wrote a response, but it was probably muddled.  Here, via Tancred (who has been bringing the gold of late), is a commentary from Mario Palmaro (he who received the papal thanks for criticism from the traditional perspective) on the subject of papal criticism and bad behavior of trads.  He sums up very well, even beautifully, my own feelings I could not articulate earlier today:

Whether people “like” the pope is completely irrelevant in the two thousand year old logic of the Church: the Pope is the Vicar of Christ on earth and must please our Lord. This means that the exercise of his authority is not absolute, but subordinate to the doctrine of Christ, which is found in the Catholic Church, in Her tradition, and is nourished by the life of grace through the sacraments.   This means that the Catholics may be critical of the Pope himself and criticize under the condition that this is done out of love for the truth and that the tradition, the Magisterium is used as a standard gauge. [My sentiment exactly. And I think an excessive ultramontanism inculcated after Vatican I played a huge role in the success of the revolution after Vatican II, because Catholics had been taught to never, ever criticize.]  A pope who would contradict a predecessor in matters of faith and morals should be criticized without doubt.  [And failing to do so is a tantamount joining in the criticism of the predecessor?] We must be against both the secular logic and suspicious of a pope, assessed according to the good pleasure of the democratic majority, as well as to the temptation of a papolatry, according to a “the Pope is always right”. In addition, we are accustomed for decades to criticize destructively dozens of popes of the past, by applying the small historiographical seriousness of the day. So there is no apparent reason why the reigning popes should be immune from all forms of criticism. When Boniface VIII and Pius V is evaluated, why doesn’t that also go for Paul VI, or Francis?  [Yes! That was the point I tried to make in my post earlier today. I read and hear some folks just blasting traditional/conservative Catholics for expressing criticisms or concerns about the current pope, and yet many of these same folks will turn around and blast Alexander VI, Formosus, etc.  Why is it only the current popes, or at least the post-conciliar ones, that are above reproach?  Is there a time limit, because I read critiques and analyses of popes long dead, and yet we aren’t allowed to discuss the current pope?  Very convenient!]

[When asked about grouchy, uncharitable trads….]  The attitude of some of the individuals or groups connected to tradition is a serious problem and can not be denied. [I agree.]  One explanation advanced is that truth without love is a betrayal of truth. Christ is our way, our truth and our life, so we have to take Him as a model, who was unbeatable in the truth, always inflexible, and in love. I think the world of tradition is sometimes pointed and polemical for three reasons: First, because of a certain syndrome of isolation that they can be suspicious and resentful, and it is also expressed by problematic personalities; Second, because of the sincere scandal, the specific directions of contemporary Catholicism provokes in those who know the doctrine of the Popes and the Church well up to the Second Vatican Council; Third, because of the lack of love that is shown by the official catholicity towards these brothers on the day, who are entitled with a contemptuous tone as “traditionalists” or ” Lefebvrians”, in which one forgets, that in the Church they are definitely much closer than any other Christian denomination, or even any other religion. For the official Catholic media this reality of hundreds of  [traditional]  priests and seminarians isn’t worth devoting a line, while devoting entire pages to some thinkers who have not once said anything remotely Catholic.

I’ve beat you guys down with enough long posts today, so I won’t add anymore commentary.  I will say again, these are difficult times, and many people are going to have to make choices with respect to how they conduct themselves, always keeping within the bounds of charity.  There can be respectful disagreement on the best manner in which to handle scandal in the Church, especially when it comes from the highest level. Some may feel very powerfully that the only thing to do is to pray and practice mortification, but some may feel called to take a more active approach.  I would think there might be room, and a genuine need, for both.

But, then again, that could just be some self-serving thinking on my part.  But there is much of that to go around.

“Fundamentalist” protestants advocate violent spanking, beat child to death November 21, 2013

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I really don’t like the term “fundamentalist,” because they are not.  Unless one considers people who obsess  over a few bible quotes taken radically out of context from the whole and from each other as somehow possessing a “fundamental” understanding of Sacred Scripture and Christianity in general.

A case on point.  Yes, the Bible does indicate in places – in the Old Testament – that parents should discipline their children, even severely.  This severity was prior to the New Covenant, which is based on love, not fear. So, these Old Testament dictums were obviated, or at least moderated to a point of reason, by St. Paul’s exhortation to parents and spouses in 1 Corinthians.  Unfortunately, some protestants have once again seized on a particular bit of Scripture and gone nuts with it, and now a little girl is dead. As the father of five daughters, this just makes me so sad.  I’m trying hard no to be mad.

I don’t have a problem with spanking. I have certainly spanked my kids.  But I pray God I would never take to using tricks like rubber hoses – the same technique the North Vietnamese used to torture our pilots in the Vietnam War – so I can hide the damage. That, right there, indicates shame and a knowledge that what one is doing is wrong.  There is a huge difference between applying one’s hand to a child’s bottom, and wailing on them with a plastic hose – to the point of death.

Yet another black eye for Christendom.  Just what we needed…….

I guess that does raise a question – are protestants part of Christendom?  Or are they so heretical they are not?  Orthodox – I would say they are part of Christendom.  The five high church Anglicans that are left – maybe.  Fundies…..probably not.

h/t Christine Niles

PS – What is the Church’s ecumenical outreach to fundamentalists?  It seems those to the right of the current administration of the Church don’t get much ecumenical love.  Funny how that works……