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From the “I give up” department…… December 18, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, shocking, sickness, Society.
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…..a couple of stories from the world which make me think of all my efforts as just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

You really don’t want to read this.  You have been warned.

First, noted purveyor of filth Howard Stern had a recent contest in which his listeners engaged in a sick contest.  Nothing unusual, you might say, except that the prize was to arrange for free sex with a prostitute for the listener’s grandfather:

It was Ed who entered Grandpa Johnny in the Bad Grandpa tie-in contest, hoping to give the lonely, horny widower one last hurrah.

“He was ecstatic,” said Ed. “He’d been that way ever since our trip to the Stern show.”

The deed was set to be done at the world famous Moonlite BunnyRanch in Mound House, Nevada.

To get his strength up for what he said would be the “Super Bowl of Sex,” Grandpa Johnny treated himself to a steak dinner at Harveys Lake Tahoe resort the night before the big game.

It would be his last meal.

After just a couple of bites of prime rib, Grandpa Johnny started choking.

“It was unbelievable,” Ed recalled. “The paramedics worked on him for 30 minutes. We’re still kinda stunned.”……. [This man needs prayers. He died while planning a grave sin.]

Wait, as if arranging your grandfather’s mortal sin of fornication with prostitutes (yes, there was to be more than one) wasn’t enough, it gets even worse.  As if the depths of callous perversion had not been reached:

Ed told TMZ he ended up using his grandpa’s coupon for free sex in his honor.

Good Lord that is so gross on so many levels I can’t stand it

I’ve seen the “gorgeous” bunnies in question. I used to have a saying……”there isn’t enough beer in the world…….”  that applies big time in this case.

For the next story, noted layabout Piers Morgan from a network nobody’s heard of was interviewing the indefatigable 498 year old Barbara Waltars, kept alive on baby blood and botox, regarding the failure of the secular pagan messiah, Barack Hussein Obama.  Walters admitted, her faith has been crushed by the man’s incompetence:

Well, you’ve touched on it to a degree. He made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be – I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but – the next messiah. And the whole ObamaCare, or whatever you want to call it, the Affordable Health Act, it just hasn’t worked for him, and he’s stumbled around on it, and people feel very disappointed because they expected more.

It’s very difficult when the expectations for you are very high. You’re almost better off when they are low and then they rise and rise. His were very high and they’ve dropped. But you know, he still has several years to go.

For the true believer, hope always springs eternal.  I’m glad, now that his failure is manifest, the sexular left is finally admitting that Obama was, for them, the greatest messiah possible, Marx and buddha all rolled up in one.

But then again, on the positive side, is this report from Sandro Magister that Pope Francis may not be big into collegiality at all, and is in fact poised to take power away from the episcopal conferences.  I guess that could be another, radically different interpretation of Cardinal Maradiaga’s claim that Pastor Bonus, the encyclical released in 1992 by JPII that is the current basis of organization in the Church, is now “dead.”  Maybe Pope Francis will go back to the administrative practices of Pope St. Pius X!! Maybe he’ll shut down all the conferences, or leave them purposeless figureheads (ummm…….).

If so, many prayers will have been answered in a most pleasing way.

Patrick Archbold – do “faithful traditional Catholics no longer have a place in the Church?” December 18, 2013

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This is getting pretty broad coverage, so I guess I may as well glom on.  I don’t think too many people would call Patrick Archbold at Creative Minority Report a raging traddy – but he has been trendy in the traddy direction a bit for a while now.  Nevertheless, he has penned a heartfelt open letter to Pope Francis (yes, another one of those……how many have we seen already?) regarding the severe persecution of the Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate.  I’ll let Pat take it away, and add a few comments and emphasis:

Dear Holy Father,
I urgently need your help and so do others. I have heard all you have been saying for months and I want to believe it is true. I want to believe the you want to decentralize the authority of the Church. I know that you don’t want us to be hung up rules that limit our worship to just one way of doing things, that you want to do away with arbitrary rigidity. I know that you are concerned about the little guy, those in the Church with no voice.  [Well, I think Pope Francis is very opposed to certain ways of doing things.  Like, maybe, pre-VII ways.]
Well, this is where I need your help. Holy Father, there is a group within the Church that currently has no voice and is being abused by that arbitrary, rigid, and centralized Church that is so destructive of evangelization.web-Father-Fidenzio-Volpi-01
Holy Father, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate need your protection from that very Church. As you know, months ago you appointed Rev. Fidenzio Volpi as special commissioner to oversee the FFI after five priests complained about the traditional direction of the order, with Mass in the extraordinary form a particular concern.
At the time, their ability to say mass in the extraordinary form as guaranteed under Summorum Pontificum was suspended. We were assured at the time that this was simply to make sure that those in the order that did not prefer the EF did not have it unfairly forced upon them. While the move was shocking to me and to many in traditionalist circles, we understood the need for fairness for all in this matter and we took a wait and see approach.
We have waited and we have seen. What we have seen has frightened and scandalized us to no end.
In the past few weeks, Fr. Volpi “has closed the friars’ seminary and sent its students to other religious universities. He suspended the activities of the friars’ lay movement. He suspended ordinations of new priests for a year and required future priests to formally accept the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and its new liturgy or be kicked out. And he decreed that current priests must commit themselves in writing to following the existing mission of the order.”
Holy Father, we have rarely if ever seen such sanctions even against groups in open defiance of the Church and in open heresy. But why is the Church, this centralized authoritarian Church, dealing so severely with this group? There have been no public accusations of wrongdoing or heresy. Nothing like that.  [I think it mostly comes down to having the temerity to publish books and hold conferences where Vatican II was openly questioned.  One must never question a super-“dogma.”]
Fr. Volpi himself has stated, in response to criticism, that the reason for such draconian and disproportionate measures is that “the founder and ex- Minister General, Father Stefano Maria Manelli, in January 2012, had already evaded constructive dialogue with the religious who had complained of a crypto-lefebvrian and definitely traditionalist drift.”web-Father-Fidenzio-Volpi-02
Crypto-lefebrvrianism? A traditionalist drift?  [I have been given the sense that there was dialogue. It simply did not consist of acquiescing to the demands of less than 1% of the Friars to abandon the direction Fr. Manelli had taken the order, and that was judge to be unacceptable.]
Dear Holy Father, is faithful traditionalism within the Church now a crime? Is becoming more traditional a sign of deficiency within an order? Holy Father, that cannot be!……[Archbold then goes on to repeat the Holy Father’s own words to religious about making mistakes and getting letters from the CDF, and how he told them to just press on.]
…..Holy Father, After reading the above, I cannot believe that you know the full detail of what is occurring. Holy Father, if these draconian and disproportionate actions of Fr. Volpi are allowed to stand, I fear that one message will be loud and clear:
Faithful Catholic traditionalists no longer have a place in the Church.
Holy Father, I do not believe for one second that this is the message you intend to send.  [I think the pious hope expressed by Archbold and other Catholics redounds well to their virtue. But I have a difficult time sharing that hope. It is inconceivable such savage actions could be taken without the strongest backing.  Fr. Volpi is a politician, in many respects, and few politicians would be willing to go out on such a limb as taking these very violent acts without being assured of the highest possible support.]
Please Holy Father, please help.

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I was going to tie this piece into a discussion I had last night concerning the SSPX, Pope Francis, media coverage, hypocrisy, and a few other things, but I’ll just end here.

Please pray for Pope Francis, and the Church.

Prayer Suggestion: Novena for Pope Francis December 18, 2013

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I actually started this a couple of days ago as my Christmas Novena, but I think I’m going to turn it into a perpetual Novena.  The link actually has the Novena focused on Pope Benedict, but I just changed the name.

If we have concerns about the direction of the Church, that is all the more reason to pray and mortify like mad for Pope Francis.  A Novena is, I suppose, only a small start in that direction.   But, it’s easier to post than a mortification!

One Our Father,   3 Hail Marys,   One Glory Be

V. Let us pray for Our Sovereign Pontiff, Francis.
R. May the Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not to the will of his enemies.
V. Thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

Let us pray,
Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Francis,our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace, he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Mother of the Church,         R. Pray for us.

Saint Peter,                       R. Pray for us.

Or, you can pray it in Latin!

One Pater Noster, three Ave’s, one Gloria

Orémus pro Pontífice nostro Francesco.
Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, etbeátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eumin ánimam inimicórum eius.

V. Tu es Petrus.
R. Et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.

Orémus.

Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserérefámulo tuo Pontífici nostro Benedícto : etdírige eum secúndum tuam cleméntiam inviam salútis ætérnæ : ut, te donánte, tibiplácita cúpiat, et tota virtúte perfíciat.

Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.

Mater Ecclésiæ, ora pro nobis.
Sancte Petre, ora pro nobis.

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Texas Catholic Conference re-affirms support for destructive, unpopular Common Core December 18, 2013

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One of the most amazing developments of the past 50 years of Church history, has been the rapid revolution in Catholic education.  Before the Council, Catholic schools were by and large known for inculcating the Faith quite well, and providing a solid if not spectacular secular education.  But since the Council, these schools have metamorphosed into essentially totally secular beasts, yes, often providing above average secular education (at a price), but seeming to violently undermine the Faith of the vast majority of young minds who matriculate within.  Among very devout Catholics, these schools – with a few exceptions – are generally viewed warily, at best, while more and more devout Catholics turn to homeschooling and view Catholic schools as one of the gravest threats to their children’s faith.  Count me in the latter category.

And it appears this trend of increasing secularization will continue with the near universal adoption by Catholic schools of the increasingly controversial – and increasingly discredited – “common core” standards.  In fact, many of the criticisms of common core indicate that its implementation will undermine the one area where Catholic schools have most prided themselves over the past 3-4 decades, their superlative secular education.  Nevertheless, the USCCB and most individual bishops have shown ready eagerness to engage in whatever the next big statist program is, and the Texas Catholic Conference is defending its decision:

The Texas Catholic Conference has been asked to make a statement regarding the Common Core Standards with regards to Catholic schools in Texas.The National Catholic Educational Association, of which the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department is a member, has endorsed the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII) which is a national, collaborative group of Catholic universities, corporations and sponsors focused on helping Catholic schools and dioceses implement Common Core standards into a school curriculum while maintaining a Catholic identity.

That’s “a” Catholic identity. Not necessarily a strong one, or a visible one, but “a.”  Hmmm……

In contradiction, numerous top Catholic scholars have served notice that common core is exceedingly dangerous and even destructive, and will result in dramatically lowered standards of education:

….{A] coalition of more than 130 prominent Catholic scholars and professors outlined its firm opposition to the schemeand is now asking U.S. bishops to reverse the advance of the controversial reforms among American Catholic schools. Already, more than half of U.S. dioceses have replaced Catholic teaching traditions by adopting the dubious national standards, they said. However, the fight is far from over, and many of the nation’s top Catholic education experts are working hard to turn the tide and undo the damage being inflicted under Common Core.

Among other concerns highlighted in a letter to church leaders from 132 Catholic scholars, the educators warn that the scheme, which they said represents a “radical shift,” is really a “step backwards” in terms of education. Beyond the particulars of the widely criticized standards, however, the powerful document points out that there are even greater fears about Common Core as it relates to the church and its institutions: the philosophy and aims of the reforms, and how they will “undermine” Catholic education while “dramatically” diminishing children’s horizons.

Does anyone think the Obama administration could produce, even accidentally, anything that would not be at least somewhat hostile to the right practice of the Faith?  But the concerns of these scholars go much deeper than that, common core, as has been pointed out in hundreds of opinion pieces and news columns, will dramatically lower standards and all but eliminate the development of critical thinking skills.  One must wonder whether if that is not the objective after all?  Statism does not stand up to rational thinking and heavy scrutiny, it relies on emotionalism and an ignorant populace.  That was essentially the Obama coalition: committed leftists and low-information voters, people who respond emotionally to sound bites without examining issues in depth.

You should read the entire piece. It highlights how the enticements of federal funding and fat grants from the diabolical Gates Foundation have swayed many states – and Catholic leaders – to adopt these standards before they were even developed and promulgated. Now that they have been developed in a rushed manner, many have raised grave concerns regarding the content and objectives of these national standards.  For one thing, focus on reading will be greatly curtailed and such texts as are read will be non-fiction “informational texts,” meaning uplifting literature that expands the mind will largely be out.  Perhaps that was done because it is easier to indoctrinate with “informational texts,” and great works of fiction often contain ideas dangerous to the objectives of central planners.

Irrespective, it appears Texas Catholic schools will be committed to this highly controversial, highly dubious set of standards for the time beings.  I guess state-ers gotta state.

If you have kids in Catholic schools (or you are just concerned, generally), this might be something worth a charitable note to Bishop Farrell.

Traditional Catholic Priest on admitting divorced+remarried to Communion December 18, 2013

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Fr. Peter Carota has a very good post regarding the apparent push by a sector of the Church – concentrated especially in the Germanic speaking countries of Europe – to somehow “redefine” Catholic Dogma regarding the admission of those persisting in an objective state of mortal sin to Communion. The specific matter in question is whether those who have been divorced and remarried, but not obtained an annulment (outside the US, annulments essentially never happen, which has always been the Church’s perennial practice, until American bishops discovered a cute run-around in the 1970s), may be admitted to receive Holy Communion.  Given that our Lord Himself defined such people as adulterers and thus gravely sinful, the answer has always been, this is impossible.  But not for Cardinal Marx and many other German bishops, a good one-third of which have gone over to this grave error.

Fr. Carota sets us straight on what the Church has always believed:

As a priest in a parish, I usually had marriages on Saturday afternoon.  I would witness the couple’s vows, before God, myself, their family and the church, to be faithful till death.

In the preparation classes this was emphasized as well.  I would ask this question to the Groom and Bride to be: What if you husband/wife were to leave you, divorce you, marry someone else, have children with that other person:  Would you still be married to him/her?  And the answer is obviously: Yes.  Why?  Because they have not died (till death do us part).

After witnessing the marriage vows on Saturdays, on Monday thru Friday people would come asking how to get those vows annulled.   I would asked them if they were forced to get married.  None of them ever said yes.  They, on their own free will, chose to get married to that person.  Annulments have made marriage very cheap.  [Especially in this country]

St. John the Baptist lost his head for nothing, when we say that remarriage is alright.  England was lost to the Catholic Church for nothing if King Henry VIII could have remarried and been in good standing with the Church.  [Indeed.  This is a serious threat. There are some very heavy-hitters lining up to try to magically redefine what has been a constant belief and practice of the Church for 2000 years.  Divorce and remarriage has always meant you are in the state of adultery, absent an approved annulment. Pretending that this can somehow change based on circumstances discovered in a “case by case” examination is not just ludicrous, it is a prevarication of the highest order, and, I am quite certain, gravely offensive to God. This is not about “mercy,” it is about indifference.  The Sacraments have to mean something.  If Catholic Truth ceases to exist simply because millions of people don’t accept or practice it, or, even worse, directly violate it, then we may as well close up shop, because determining “truth” by democratic vote, as the modernists would like to do, would be nothing less than to make a liar of Jesus Christ.]

So with this survey on the family life and those in irregular situations concerning second marriage without annulments, it blurs the lines of Catholic Teaching on the indissoluble bond of marriage.  [Are they irregular situations, or sinful ones?  Is it charity to treat them with kid gloves?  I’m not certain.]

At the time when marriage is dying out, the Church can not change God’s teachings.  These questions only put doubt on the 2000 years of marriage between a man and a woman till death……. [I’m no theologian, but I would argue that if a direct command of Jesus Christ Himself and the perennial practice of 2000 years, over which the Church has suffered immensely, does not constitute a Dogma, then nothing does.  And dogmas cannot change! They certainly can’t be repudiated or “excepted” away with clever caveats.]

….Why do we need another survey?

Jesus said it very clearly: “Whom God has united, let no man separate.”  I will not be the one to separate what God has joined.  I will have to meet God and give an answer to Him on respecting His sacrament of Marriage when I die.[How many priests daily dwell on the account they will have to give to God?]

When someone finds them self in a very destructible marriage (drugs, alcohol, financial exploitation, sexual, physical or verbal abuse), that person has the duty to protect themselves and the children and separate.

Annulment is allowed when there was no marriage (no elements of being faithful, wanting children and  no free consent) present before, during and after the marriage vows.

If there are serious problems, you man separate to make the marriage better.

Children and society are the victims of divorce.  In schools, children from single parents or divorced parents have grave learning and behavior problems.  One son told me that he hated his parents because they had destroyed his life by their divorce. [I can attest to this.  No one wins in divorce, but the children lose the most.]

Surveys and opinions can not change God’s commandments.  No matter how many Catholics do not agree with the Church’s teachings (most) does not change God who is the same today, yesterday and forever.

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A great piece by Fr. Carota, as usual.