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Pat Buchanan on the Church’s “new direction” November 15, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Christendom, disconcerting, episcopate, error, General Catholic, history, Holy suffering, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, shocking, Society.
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Stalwart conservative commentator Pat Buchanan sees a sea change in the recent rhetoric coming out of the Vatican, as evidenced by the recent address by the papal nuncio to the USCCB at their recent annual meeting. Buchanan sees signs of a surrender in the culture war.  But as he points out, declaring a one-sided “truce” doesn’t mean the other side will grant you an armistace, and in this case, it means the Church will simply be rolled up and crushed to the greatest extent possible.

It’s a bit of a long commentary, read the whole thing here.  Some excerpts below (I add emphasis and comments):

“Pope Francis doesn’t want cultural warriors; he doesn’t want ideologues,” said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.  [I am not certain I would trust Bishop Cupich’s interpretation of Pope Francis’ wishes.  And they remain that, these are not infallible commands or de fide beliefs, they are wishes and guidance, deserving respect but not, necessarily, lock step obedience.  Bishop Cupich is certainly part of the progressive sect of bishops who anticipate Pope Francis “swinging the pendulum back” to the disastrous days of the 60s and 70s.]

“The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep.”

Bishop Cupich was conveying instructions the papal nuncio had delivered from Rome to guide U.S. bishops in choosing a new leader……

…Yet here is further confirmation His Holiness seeks to move the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war for the soul of the West.

There is a small problem with neutrality. As Trotsky observed, “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” For the church to absent itself from the culture war is to not to end that war, but to lose it. [And lose it in the most catastrophic fashion, with horrendous consequences for souls, which need I remind, is the point of it all]

….Goodstein [Laurie Goodstein, anti-Catholic writer for the New York Times]  quotes the Holy Father as listing among the “most serious of the evils” today “youth unemployment.” And he calls upon Catholics not to be “obsessed” with abortion or same-sex marriage.

But is teenage unemployment really a graver moral evil than the slaughter of 3,500 unborn every day in a land we used to call “God’s Country”?

Papal encyclicals like Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno have much to teach about social justice in an industrial society.

But what is the special expertise of the church in coping with teenage unemployment? Has the Curia done good scholarly work on the economic impact of the minimum wage? [Ha.  Indeed.  The Church has no special charism when it comes to economics, or engineering, or any of a whole host of policy issues. The Church should instead confine itself to those areas that are its expertise, faith and morals.]

The cultural revolution preached by Marxist Antonio Gramsci is continuing its “long march” through the institutions of the West and succeeding where the violent revolutions of Lenin and Mao failed. [Indeed. Our current “community organizer” president is a disciple of Gramsci, as are far too many bureaucrats in the Church.  What the hierarchy must understand is that the Left seeks no accommodation with the Church, it seeks its total extirpation from human society and even its memory obliterated.  Any “deals” with the left are destructive of the Church and of souls.]

It is effecting a transvaluation of all values. And it is not interested in a truce with the church of Pope Francis, but a triumph over that church which it reviles as the great enemy in its struggle.

Indeed, after decades of culture war waged against Christianity, the Vatican might consider the state of the Faith.

Our civilization is being de-Christianized. Popular culture is a running sewer. Promiscuity and pornography are pandemic. In Europe, the churches empty out as the mosques fill up. In America, Bible reading and prayer are outlawed in schools, as Christian displays are purged from public squares. Officially, Christmas and Easter do not exist.

The pope, says Goodstein, refers to proselytizing as “solemn nonsense.” But to proselytize is to convert nonbelievers.

And when Christ admonished his apostles, “Go forth and teach all nations,” and ten of his twelve were martyred doing so, were they not engaged in the Church’s true commission — to bring souls to Christ.

Pope Francis comes out of the Jesuits.

Hence, one wonders: Did those legendary Jesuits like St. Isaac Jogues and the North American Martyrs make a mistake proselytizing and baptizing, when they could have been working on youth unemployment among the Mohawks?  [A great question.  How can so much of the history of the Church be squared with what is being proclaimed today?]

Good article, insightful questions.  One would expect nothing less than Patrick J. Buchanan.  I think many Catholics would argue, as I would, that we have a duty, in charity, to evangelize others, oppose abortion, contraception, and all the other moral evils, with all the strength and conviction we can muster, for numerous reasons.

The Faith is not an exercise in sentimentality masquerading as charity, where souls are left in sin due to some assumption they will be saved no matter what.  And there will be a horrific price to pay, by faithful souls, should the left win total victory in the culture war.

We can be assured of a vicious persecution should that tragedy develop, and along the way, as well.

BTW, yours truly may appear in a near-future Wall Street Journal article.

Help Fisher More College November 15, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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It appears the local traditional Catholic college Fisher More is in some financial trouble. While many of their long term indicators are very good, they are trapped in a near-term cashflow shortfall. They could really use some support.  Would you, in your charity, consider a donation to this college, even if you have no children or yours are grown? I know a number of students at Fisher More, and they are all very good young people, who say, unanimously, that they are receiving a top flight traditional Catholic liberal arts education.

Rorate blogged on the same subject here. I have not blegged you good folks much in a while, so you’re due.


You can donate here, or learn more about the college here.

I hope and pray they get the support, it would be a shame to see a good, traditional, LOCAL Catholic college go by the wayside.


Non Sequitur – Flightline Friday: UH-1 action in Vietnam November 15, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, fun, non squitur, silliness.
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I have been told that I have a lot of interests. That I am eclectic.  Probably, that means I’m really a dilettante. But it is true, there have been a great number of subjects that have struck my interest over the years. Longtime readers may remember that I was, in the past, an extremely serious student of military affairs and history and even dabbled in that a bit professionally. One of my earliest and longest areas of interest, one I always come back to from time to time, is the Vietnam War.  I know a bit about it.

For some reason, of late, that fancy has come back again, and I’ve found some pretty good videos – both Hollywood and real life – of helicopter action in Vietnam.  They didn’t call Vietnam The Helicopter War for nothing.  The US could not have fought the war without them, really.  Millions of sorties were flown, well over ten thousand helos saw service, and thousands were shot down.

The ubiquitous bird of that war was the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, known throughout the world as the Huey.  The Huey was fairly capable for its time, but was an incredibly vulnerable aircraft.  No armor to speak of.  Just an aluminum frame and shell wrapped around some fuel tanks and a turbine engine. That was about it. Huey’s were incredibly vulnerable compared to today’s Blackhawks, Super Stallions, and others.  That’s why over 3300 were shot down over the course of the war. But they were there in great numbers, and they did a great job.  A few videos of the Huey in action, for those who are interested, starting with this very interesting video of 128th Assault Helicopter Company UH-1B and C gunships in action, narrated by one of the pilots:

I don’t normally listen to rock n’ roll anymore, but there is something captivating about scenes of Vietnam action with some of the music from that area. Below is a particularly good video put together by a Brit who also incorporated real mission audio to add a great deal of realism to the silent Super 8 movies our troops shot tons of during that war:

There are a lot of mistakes in Vietnam movies regarding how the equipment was used, but the movie Hamburger Hill was better than most. Hamburger Hill was concerned with the hellish fighting in the A Shau Valley, about 4 miles east of Laos, engaged in by the 101st Airborne Division (it was still called that, back then) in 1969:

That was a tight LZ.  That kind of LZ happened very frequently, with some barely fitting one UH-1D or H at a time.

One mistake in the scene above was the M60 hanging limp on the starboard side of the lead Huey.  That would not have happened in anything like a hot LZ.

One more, some scenes from the world famous An Khe “golf course,” An Khe Army Airfield near Plieku and the 1st Air Cav division:

I thought about putting in the highly stylized and none-too-accurate “Ride of the Valkyrie” scene from Apocalypse Now, but that would be too trite.  Instead, some KS-87 rear-facing strike camera footage showing a whole pile of napalm and white phosphorous being dropped on who knows what, most likely, no one.  I pray God it was empty jungle, because if not, a good proportion of the time, civilians wound up getting hit. In the words of the pilots at the 12th TFW at Cam Ranh Bay in 1966, it was an f-d up war:

Money says most of that came from A-1 or F-100 aircraft. All of this is plainly from South Vietnam.  I was looking for some footage of F-105s bombing Phuc Yen or Kep airfields, but didn’t score any.

I may make this non sequitur Flightline Friday a regular feature, even though most of you may hate it.  Sorry.

Wow, and you thought I was hard on Cardinal Rodriguez Mariadiaga November 15, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, awesomeness, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the return.
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At least I didn’t call him “mad-dog.”

There is a man in Brighton, England, I don’t know his name and I wish I did, who has run a blog called “That the Bones You have Crushed May Thrill,” which is a lovely bit of Psalms.  I have read his stuff before.  I generally found him to be rather gentle and thoughtful.  I would not have characterized him as a fire-breathing traddy, but he’s got some fire, and he’s breathing it in this post.  Which, I think, may not be a bad thing. I think there may be some real benefit to souls from a few strident responses, because a growing body of evidence is suggesting to me that the Vatican/Curia is monitoring blogs for reaction to various trial balloons being floated regarding the potential future direction of the Church.  Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

The author  belongs to Fr. Ray Blake’s parish in Brighton, I believe.  Below, some excerpts of his analysis of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga’s speech in Dallas that so greatly disconcerted Louis Verrichio and myself.  Apparently, the author feels much the same way, if not even more strongly.  He raises a critical point: Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga’s vision is one that can easily be seen as utterly separate from Jesus Christ and Grace, a totally worldly view of the Church as a construct of men and not of God (I add emphasis and comments):

On paper, it seems a bit long-winded and tedious,  [the Cardinal’s speech]  but listening to it gives me the chills. It’s not what the Cardinal has to say about the poor and the Church or the poor Church for the poor or about the social mission of the Church or what the Church can contribute to the political and economic sphere. It’s not that. It’s the very near total exclusion of the Church’s primary reason for Her existence that is deeply disconcerting.

It is about everything but Jesus Christ and the Salvation of souls. It does not even really require Jesus Christ and the Cross upon which He shed His blood at all. It is a perversion of the Catholic Faith. There need be no Heaven, since we’re bringing it down to Earth, if not by force, then by sheer wishful-thinking while the Cardinal ignores the terrible realities that Our Lady of Fatima, even in those secrets that are known to be fully published, explicitly informed us about.

These are, namely, the existence of Hell, Purgatory, Heaven, the reality of Judgment, Divine Justice and, apparently, if rumours of the unpublished, inconvenient secret be true, a Chastisement set upon the earth so devastating that it could outdo the times of Noah, as God presses the ‘reset’ button on mankind in such a manner as to leave the living envious of the dead. [This doesn’t have to be a 100 km wide asteroid striking the earth, nor a thermonuclear conflagration – God lets us use our sins to destroy ourselves.  It could be just like Eliot prophesied, this selfish, non-reproducing, perverse civilization going out not with a bang, but a whimper.]  This life, whether we be rich or poor is a preparation for the life to come. If the Church does not have man’s spiritual condition at the top of the Her priorities, not just mankind is threatened, but She Herself, is doomed to irrelevance in every age. [So true. I would argue that to the extent that the Church has not had as Her top priority this mission of saving souls over the past 50 years, the Church has shrunk dramatically in influence in men’s lives]  Almighty God will judge the poor with equity and knowing we are to be judged by Almighty God, we should treat them with utmost respect and dignity.

And yet, when you read what this Cardinal has to say, you would think that the Church’s message about the poor and the Church was something invented in the 1960s, conveniently forgetting that St Francis of Assisi and St Anthony of Padua and other medieval Saints entire lives lived this aspect of the Gospel message, while blazing a supernatural fire of love for God across their Assisi and Padua! Yes! Oh how they loved and respected the poor, but oh, how they loved Jesus Christ before and above all others! The social teaching of the Catholic Church is indeed a jewel – a veritable gem – in the Crown of the Bride of Christ, but it is not, in itself, the essence of the message of the Gospel. It is one aspect of a whole. It is the overflowing of God’s love in the soul. If it is not that, it is probably of little worth. It is an effect. It is not the cause.  [So true, and so well said.  Beautiful.]  Our greatest need and desire is for the Salvation that comes from the grace and mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Everything else – e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g that is good flows from our salvific relationship with Him in His Church. 

Read it and weep for the insanity that is about to take over the Catholic Church now that the ‘errors of Russia’ are emanating from the very heart of Rome! What Cardinal Mardiaga is proposing did not work in Latin America. It will not work either in the United States, or in Africa, or in Europe. What we thirst for is God. What we truly desire is Salvation. Only the Catholic Church can offer it to the World. So why on Earth would a Prince of the Church hide the Church’s very Light, Jesus Christ Himself, under a bushel and offer to the World ‘something else’ instead? Do yourself a favour, readers. Buy yourself a pair of flares [I believe we would call them bell bottoms]  now. We’re a-going right back to the 70s. These Princes do not get it yet, after forty years in a spiritual wilderness, that this agenda wins admiration, but not converts or people who desire the Lord Jesus Christ. Cardinal. You may just as well hand the keys of the Vatican over to the UN. Have readers ever noticed that the Orthodox Church does not suffer this kind of insanity? Why? I’ll tell you why. It is because the Devil has no interest in destroying the Orthodox Church. [Another great point. He does not have to, as they have separated themselves from the Church, even though they remain a Church, in effect.  Would it not be rather refreshing to hear the kind of plaintive apologias and generous offers of return on a more-or-less “forgive and forget” basis towards the “schismatic” SSPX as we hear towards the truly schismatic Orthodox? Isn’t it odd how “bend over backwards to please” ecumenism applies to all groups or sects except traditional Catholics?]

Note to Cardinal Maradiaga. God help you and us. People can find everything but Jesus Christ outside of the Catholic Church. Why would they wish to come and unite themselves to the Bride of Christ if they can find what you desire to offer them outside of the Catholic Church? Is that not, Your Eminence, the story of Latin America, ‘all over’? Spare the Vatican some needless work. The laity do not require a ‘Congregation for the Laity’. The laity need holy, sound, Catholic magisterial teaching from those who Christ has appointed to be Successors to the Apostles to do exactly that and not a great deal else. Grrr! 

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Just a brilliant piece.  That is the failure of worldly Catholicism, trying to mix worldliness into the Faith – the world does worldliness infinitely better than any rump-Catholic worldly mix ever could, and views the attempt as pathetic and sad.  The ideological enemies of the Church will applaud the attempt – because they know it means the ruin of the Church – but you will win few if any real converts.  The ones you do win will not be there for salvation, they will be there for the party, or the ideology.  It is amazing that  50 years of evidence would not reveal the futility of this plan, but that’s how ideologues are – there is no contrary evidence, there is no open-mindedness, there is only pursuit of the ideological goal, Church, world, and souls literally be damned.

The author  is a convert.  So many on-fire souls are converts. I’m surprised how many converts populate traditional parishes.  I think that’s because, we made a conscious choice as adults  (under the influence of Grace) to believe what the Church knows to be true! We really believe this stuff!  Lord have mercy!  We really do!

Thanks to TC/MV for the hat tip.


If you like your suburb…….you cannot keep your suburb November 15, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the enemy.
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What you are about to read below, in excerpt, is exactly the kind of program that communist/hard socialist states have implemented around the world.  This is exactly their housing program – take away individual housing on some pretext, force people into small, cramped apartments (and there are not even enough of those, so there are waiting lists), provide draconian penalties for those (individuals, communities, etc) who disobey – all the better to control them and achieve some socialist “good.”  Welcome to Obama’s plan for America, virtually indistinguishable from Lenin’s, Stalin’s, Honecker’s, Nguyen Tat Thanh’s, etc:

The new HUD rule is really about changing the way Americans live. It is part of a broader suite of initiatives designed to block suburban development, press Americans into hyper-dense cities, and force us out of our cars. Government-mandated ethnic and racial diversification plays a role in this scheme, yet the broader goal is forced “economic integration.” The ultimate vision is to make all neighborhoods more or less alike, turning traditional cities into ultra-dense Manhattans, while making suburbs look more like cities do now. In this centrally-planned utopia, steadily increasing numbers will live cheek-by-jowl in “stack and pack” high-rises close to public transportation, while automobiles fall into relative disuse.

…Recalcitrant suburbs can also be brought to heel by lawsuits claiming violations of federal fair housing law. California’s SB375 facilitates such suits by placing the burden of proof on local jurisdictions accused of housing discrimination. Such legal claims are often brought by leftist community organizations of the type currently funded through the Obama administration’s grant.

This is no joke. Nor is it any exaggeration.  If you read the long article linked above, you will find that non-elected bureaucratic entities in the San Francisco Bay area have already begun to implement this agenda, in concert with the Obama Administration, over vociferous opposition from – of all places – Marin County, one of the most leftist counties in the country.  But even most leftists still want material comforts and the “good life,” at least for themselves, as they seek to deny it for others (the new, and very selfish, aristocracy).

I have been seeing more and more of this “vision of sustainable development” in recent years.  The plan is to design communities – and force people to live in them – that are built around dense multi-story apartment blocs for all, very dense commercial/industrial development, all with strict guidelines prohibiting racial or even economic “segregation.”  Thus, very poor families will ostensibly live next to much more wealthy ones (but we all know, the very rich will be exempt, as they always are). The automobile will be essentially legislated out of existence for the vast majority of Americans.  Single-family homes, so “destructive” of the ever-sensitive Gaia, over whom human beings have total control, will be a thing of the past.  It’s a vision of Stalinist hell, perpetrated by people too stupid, too proud, and/or too ideological to understand they are simply repeating some of the greatest evils of the past.

I’ve seen this kind style of centrally-planned, police-state “living,” in the Czech Republic. Only, people no longer lived in those monstrous, decrepit, soul-less examples of Stalinist brutalist architecture that still blight the Czech landscape.  At least, all those people who can possibly escape no longer live in them.  They all desire to live in much more livable, human architecture in small apartment blocks or, increasingly, individual homes.  Not even socialist European countries are going so far as Obama apparently wants to go.

I don’t know if Obama is our first muslim president, but I’m convinced he’s our first communist one.