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CDF: faithful may not participate in Medjugorje confabs November 6, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Our Lady, self-serving, Society, Spiritual Warfare, true leadership.
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I’ll admit, I’ve never been a Medjugorje guy.  There are plenty of fully approved Marian apparitions to get out there and enjoy, especially the greatest of them all, Fatima.

Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has issued a statement to US bishops directing that Medjugorje has not been approved by the local bishops and thus all clergy and faithful are forbidden to participate in all meetings, conferences, or public celebrations during which the Medjugorje phenomenon would “be taken for granted.”  A copy of the letter:


A few things: I saw a commenter at CMR claim that it took the Church 40  years to “approve” Fatima. That’s really not true, it was approved locally very quickly, and for the entire Church some time later. Not sure if that latter process took 40 years, but the local bishop never stated, as with Medjugorje, that the apparitions were NOT supernatural in character.  It is also pretty unprecedented for the Vatican to take the step of saying an apparition under investigation is unworthy of public acclaim.  That indicates a negative response may be forthcoming, as the usual approach is to allow public “celebration” while under investigation, at least to a point. Maybe that point’s been reached, I don’t know.

As I said, I’ve never been a Medjugorje guy, it just never resonated with me.  There are many fully approved apparitions, including tons of ones from the Middle Ages that have been largely forgotten. I’d rather stick with those. I know Medj supporters tend to get pretty vociferous – I’m not claiming any position myself either way, I really haven’t followed it very closely and don’t plan to – so I’m sorry if you feel disappointed, but like all private revelation we really shouldn’t cling to it too tightly.  Cardinal X or even Pope Y may have said he thinks Medjugorje is great, but that really doesn’t mean a thing.

Look, I know the Church has grave problems right now. That may even have a bearing on the Medjugorje findings.  Medj may be inconvenient in a climate of out of control ecumenism and episcopal hucksterism. But don’t let this derail you!  As St. Peter said when ALL but the 12 Disciples left Jesus after the Bread of Life discourse in John chapter 6, “Master, where else shall we go? You have the words of everlasting life!”

Apparently, the recently scheduled events involving some of the seers from Medjugorje have already been cancelled.

If the comments get out of hand, I’ll shut them down for this post.

Even more on Hell: Population Zero November 6, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, error, foolishness, Four Last Things, General Catholic, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Tradition, Virtue.
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I received a fairly hostile comment on my most recent post regarding the Barron/von Baltasar “hope” that no human souls have ever been, or will ever be, condemned to hell.  The comment was typical of some I’ve received before, and even more I’ve seen elsewhere, in response to arguments that his pious hope of an empty hell is problematic in many respects. This comment brought up some points I thought about including in the original post, but for various reasons didn’t. But practically speaking, this hope has wound up being very problematic, as we see the vast majority of Catholic funerals today turn into informal canonization ceremonies, with no counsel that the poor souls in question receive any prayers.

First, the comment:

So, you have placed a limit on God’s mercy.  That’s obviously not heretical or anything.  After all, we all learned at an early age that God is All-Powerful, All-Knowing and Somewhat-Merciful.

The point is we don’t know if anyone is in hell.  We know hell exists, we just don’t know if anyone is actually there.  Holy Mother Church has never taught definitively that souls are in hell.  But it’s nice of you to enhance her teaching.  I’m sure she and her Bridegroom greatly appreciate that clarification to her teaching, along with your limitation of God the Father’s mercy. 

Awesome work.

My response:

This is a strange comment. God’ Mercy may be infinite, but so is His Justice. I haven’t limited anything, as if I have the power. All I have done is repeat what the vast preponderance of the Magisterium of the Church claims with regard to hell, including Sacred Scripture and Tradition.  Hundreds of Saints have testified that hell is populated, possibly even quite crowded. Were they impugning on God’s Mercy, too?  Please.

What I am about to say is something I almost put in the post. People who cling to this hope tend to be extremely touchy about it. They don’t like to hear any contrary opinions. They tend to get very annoyed and upset when they are presented with Scripture, evidence from Saints, etc., that weighs against this “hope.” I can only guess why that might be, from my own perspective, it would be really nice to believe all souls go to Heaven, because then I could stop worrying about (and evangelizing) my family, but that evidence from the Magisterium remains.

I think this is significant. Most every Catholic today has loved ones that have either fallen away, or were never Catholic in the first place. Many of those loved ones may have died. Does clinging to this hope prevent those Catholics from praying for the deceased? How often are we even counseled to pray for deceased souls at funereal/Requiem Masses?  Outside traditional Masses, essentially never – quite the contrary, we are told the souls are already in Heaven most of the time. An instant canonization.  The net effect is that souls, quite possibly in dire need of prayer, are not benefiting from the prayers they need and deserve. I know the souls of the damned cannot be prayed for to any effect, but how many souls are languishing in Purgatory while their hopeful loved ones ignore their duty to pray for the repose of their souls because of this assumption of instant salvation?

I think this hope has a tendency to cause people to fail in their duty in one of the prime spiritual works of mercy. Not necessarily, the commenter, but generally. The entire argument above is based on emotion, devoid of any supporting argument.  It is 100% true that this belief in universal salvation was utterly unheard of in the entire Magisterium, save one discredited heretic, from Apostolic times until the 20th century.  That alone should give us great pause.  I should also note that von Baltasar, de Lubac, and other purveyors of this theory, frequently radically misquoted Fathers of the Church in support of this theory. de Lubac was notorious about that.  Fr. Dominc Bourmaud in his book 100 Years of Modernism shows how de Lubac essentially made up quotes from St. Justin Martyr and other Fathers in order to try to advance some of his theological novelties.  Fr. Yves Congar did the same.

They either made these Saints say things they never said, or they took statements utterly out of context in order to advance their proposition. That right there should be enough to give anyone pause.  It fundamentally undermines all their work.  These men made the Angelic Doctor, Aquinas, do somersaults by radically misrepresenting his words.

I do not want to be misunderstood. I hope and pray everyone goes to Heaven. My entire family is outside the Church, and always has been. But I, like all Catholics, must use my reason and sensus fidei to advise what the Church has always believed, and that is that while we may not know the destination of any uncanonized soul, we do have great evidence that many souls fall into hell. In fact, my advice is simply conservative: if it is possible that many or even a few souls go to hell, reason and charity dictate that I counsel people to be extremely aware of that fact, the better to prepare themselves to avoid that grim fate.  I would in fact be committing a sin against charity if I failed to do so, and I think the von Baltasarian “hope” has grave potential of being just such a sin against charity, given that it is nothing more than a totally unsustantiated theological proposition.  Sorry if that disturbs you, but read some books from before 1950 and you’ll quickly find the same.

One final argument, this time from Scripture.  Much of the Old Testament is a type for the New Testament. That means it is a representation of what was to come in the New Covenant.  The flight from Egypt to the Promised Land is a type for our earthly sojourn and our flight to our eternal destination.  As such, the experience of the Jews in the Old Testament has direct bearing on we who live under the New Covenant, thanks be to God.

How many souls that fled Egypt made it to the Promised Land, the OT type for Heaven?  The answer is two.  How many fled Egypt – Scripture says 600,000 adult men, plus all the women and children.  This is a type for the number of the elect.  You can say that’s wicked, evil, it inveighs against God’s Mercy all you want, but the fact remains, this is a Biblical type accepted by Saints and theologians ranging from Bellarmine and Augustine to Bossuet and Teresa of Jesus.

Charity and logic dictate that if there is even a fair possibility that hell is filled with souls of the damned, we owe it to ourselves and as many souls as we can reach knowledge of that potentiality. I will not apologize for acting out of concern for souls.

Kind of non sequitur, but what kind of country are we living in? November 6, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, horror, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society.
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A man was pulled over in rural New Mexico for allegedly failing to come to a full stop at a stop sign outside a local Walmart.  What developed from there is one of the worst travesties of “justice” I’ve ever encountered in my 42 years on this earth.  This isn’t just a nightmare, it’s beyond comprehension that such a thing could occur.  But such is the fruit of the “war on drugs,” over which I am terribly conflicted, having endured the nightmare of drug abuse (but fully legal, prescription ones), but also recognizing that this war has turned civil liberties upside down and many police forces into overly aggressive militarized dens of power-hungry abusiveness.  I don’t like to say that kind of thing about police, but when one realizes that standard police procedure around the country seems to be to shoot any dog they encounter when executing a search warrant, one has to wonder what is going on.

But this story from New Mexico goes far, far beyond anything like shooting a dog. I warn you, this story is graphic and extremely upsetting:

The incident began January 2, 2013 after David Eckert finished shopping at the Wal-Mart in Deming.  According to a federal lawsuit, Eckert didn’t make a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of the parking lot and was immediately stopped by law enforcement.      

Eckert’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said in an interview with KOB that after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks.  Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity.  While officers detained Eckert, they secured a search warrant from a judge that allowed for an anal cavity search.  

The lawsuit claims that Deming Police tried taking Eckert to an emergency room in Deming, but a doctor there refused to perform the anal cavity search citing it was “unethical.”

But physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City agreed to perform the procedure and a few hours later, Eckert was admitted.

While there, Eckert was subjected to repeated and humiliating forced medical procedures.  A review of Eckert’s medical records, which he released to KOB, and details in the lawsuit show the following happened:

1. Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.  

2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.  

4. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema.  Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers.  Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool.  No narcotics were found.

5. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time.  Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers.  Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool.  No narcotics were found.

6. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time.  Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers.  Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool.  No narcotics were found.

7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.  

8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines.  No narcotics were found.   [They performed surgery, of a type, without his permission!  Why didn’t they just take his kidneys while they were at it!  I know what happened here – in each step, the cops involved were looking worse and worse, and getting in more and more trouble. They had gone so far, broken so many rules, they HAD to find drugs on this guy. He’s lucky they didn’t plant any on him.  Failure to find drugs would expose them to just what they are about to get – worldwide condemnation, intense investigation, lawsuits which may break them financially forever, and even criminal prosecution.  But since the man was innocent, there were no drugs to find, and they were only heaping condemnation on themselves with these tortuous procedures.]

Throughout this ordeal, Eckert protested and never gave doctors at the Gila Regional Medical Center consent to perform any of these medical procedures.  

But wait! If you think that’s bad, wait until you find out that ALL of the above, which I think under any reasonable measure would count as cruel and unusual punishment, was done without a valid warrant!

There are major concerns about the way the search warrant was carried out.  Kennedy argues that the search warrant was overly broad and lacked probable cause.  But beyond that, the warrant was only valid in Luna County, where Deming is located.  The Gila Regional Medical Center is in Grant County.  That means all of the medical procedures were performed illegally and the doctors who performed the procedures did so with no legal basis and no consent from the patient.  

In addition, even if the search warrant was executed in the correct New Mexico county, the warrant expired at 10 p.m.  Medical records show the prepping for the colonoscopy started at 1 a.m. the following day, three hours after the warrant expired.

“This is like something out of a science fiction film, anal probing by government officials and public employees,” Kennedy said.

To add insult to injury, the hospital where this torture was carried out is trying to charge Mr. Eckert for the unwanted “services” they performed, and are threatening to take him to a collections agency for failure to pay.

I would suspect, in a year or two’s time, Mr. Eckert will be a very, very wealthy man. And rightfully so.  Perhaps mere monetary remuneration is not enough in this case. Perhaps some doctors need to lose their licenses and some police officers their jobs, if not face criminal prosecution.

These are tactics that would have made much of the Gestapo blush.  What is that about “land of the free, home of the brave,” again?

That is a key point Christopher Ferrara argues in his book Liberty: The God That Failed, that we actually have far fewer freedoms, pay much higher taxes, and in general have our lives far more dominated by government under our regime of libertine democracy than any of the peoples living under the old, “tyrannous” monarchies ever did. The US Constitution was ostensibly created to put checks and limits on governmental power, but centuries of liberal interpretation of that document have made a lie out of almost all of its provisions, which, history has shown, were really inadequate to begin with.

Perhaps the Church, in Her wisdom, knew what she was talking about in denouncing liberal democracy founded not upon the Reign of Jesus Christ, but an illusory “consent of the governed,” after all.

Admin post – commenting problems November 6, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin.
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Folks, I apologize, but it seems the spam filter has gone into overactive mode again. It does this 2 or 3 times a year, and I have no control over it.  It tends to happen when there are a lot of newish commenters.  If you try to post several comments quickly (and I’m not clear on what “quickly” is – maybe 5 in a half hour?) your comments may go to spam.

If your comments are not showing up, be patient. I’ll check spam regularly and try to dig them out.  I am not banning or blocking anyone!  I have not had any cause to do so, thank God. It’s strictly a function of WordPress/Akismet and their internal filters over which I have no control.  But I will try to check spam regularly to keep comments from languishing there for long.

If you are one of the fair number of commenters with my private e-mail, and you feel your comments aren’t showing up, send me an e-mail and I’ll investigate.

I apologize for the frustration.

Dominus vobiscum!