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Rorate has more information on the FFIs December 19, 2013

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Rorate Caeli has a long post written by what they are claiming is a very inside,or well-informed, source, regarding some of the calumnious charges being made against the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and their founder, Fr. Stefano Manelli.

The post is largely in response to an article on Catholic World Report which was purported to try to “set the case straight” for English-speaking Catholics.  I did not read this article. I rarely read Catholic World Report, or any other Ignatius publication, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which, I don’t like most of their authors, aside from Anne Hendershott. But another reason is that I suspect some of the articles at CWR have an agenda aside from giving the straight facts. I have gotten the impression they frequently act as voices for various interested parties in controversial matters, but without saying so.

The Rorate piece would seem to confirm this. I’m not going to copy and paste any of the post – you can read it there, and I suggest you do. The CWR piece apparently contained, or repeated, a number of accusations made against the Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate and their prior, historic administration.  This post on Rorate refutes all these allegations, drawing on materials already released in the press, but mostly from Italian sources.  It’s a lot of inside baseball, but it’s important, because the justification for the subjugation of the Franciscans hinges on these allegations against the FFIs and their previous administration.

I don’t think there is really much that is new here, other than that it is good to have confirmation of the following, for me, pretty well established facts:

  1. The amount of dissent in the order was really very small.  Even that which existed has been manipulated to appear larger than it really was.  But it appears the dissidents were very vocal and had some very influential friends.
  2. All charges of wrongdoing on the part of the prior administration appear trumped up and have been refuted already in Italian sources. Even those charges were trivial compared to what goes on in numerous other orders on a daily basis.
  3. This order is being completely crushed, and about half – or more – of the FFIs would like out of the order to try to found a new one based on the direction the order had previously taken.
  4. While there is a lot of smoke and mirrors going on, the reason the FFIs are being treated so severely has to do with their being a formerly “regular,” Novus Ordo type order which is growing and openly embracing Tradition.  I am certain their involvement in publications and conferences questioning aspects of Vatican II had much to do with the actions taken against them.

Even if one accepts all the allegations as true – and again, they have been pretty much entirely refuted, already – that doesn’t change the fact that the treatment the FFIs are receiving is unprecedented in the post-conciliar Church.  For instance, there was far, FAR more corruption, financial and moral, at the Legionnaires  of Christ than has been claimed against the FFIs, and there wasn’t even remotely the same degree of really vicious punishment administered.  But, then again, the Legionnaires had spread a lot of cash around to many influential prelates – Cardinal Sodan0 was infamous both for his refusal to acknowledge how broken Fr. Maciel’s group was, and for taking huge gobs of cash from them.  These Franciscans, truly adhering to their charism of poverty, did not have such monies to spread around, buying friends.  That could – potentially – be playing a role in this debacle.

But I think it’s mostly ideological.  The FFIs were a rebuke to many a progressive comfortably ensconced in dying religious orders.  They were openly embracing Tradition, in fits and starts.  They were growing and young.  They were…….a threat?  I hate to say it, but I have to wonder if that’s how they were perceived in certain circles.

I also wonder if Fr. Geiger is satisfied with what’s going on in his order.  I wonder if he knew how severe the – punishment? – meted out would be, or if he’s fully on board with what’s happening, now. Judging from his blog, he would seem to be.

 

Cultural Kerfuffle: Duck Dynasty star fired for quoting Scripture December 19, 2013

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I see this as extremely, extremely revealing.  And just as troubling.

The star of the A$E program “Duck Dynasty,” Phil Robertson, was fired for quoting 1 Corinthians in an interview in GQ Magazine.  That quote lays out some of the most fundamental tenets of Christian morality, beliefs that have been upheld for 2000 years.  More than that, those beliefs have shaped – until very recently – the culture in which we live.  But because Mr. Robertson condemned homosexual acts, he was fired from his job on A$E’s number one (and incredibly lucrative) program, and has been treated as one of history’s greatest monsters by the increasingly violently anti-Christian left.  First, the quote:

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Before I even begin, let me state that I’ve never watched Duck Dynasty. I don’t even have TV.  I might have seen a clip or two here and there on the internet.  Frankly, I am unmoved by the program. It’s very cliched redneck shtick taken to the nth degree.  Alot of people seem to like it. Apparently, it has been very lucrative both for the Robertson family and for A$E.

So it is very revealing that A$E was willing to threaten the existence of their number one program by firing its most popular star as a reaction to the above statement.  It is truly disturbing that in our culture today, you are more apt to lose your job for stating plain, 2000 year old Christian morality than you are for engaging in acts of wanton immorality.  It is also deliciously ironic to see the left just freaking out over someone they hate anyways – a white, wealthy, redneck Christian – quoting Scripture and calling homosexual behavior sinful, while they give a bigot like Alec Baldwin, caught on tape now numerous times using racial and anti-gay slurs, a total pass.  The selective outrage always comes down to what will advance the ball down the field more for the left.  Everything is politics to them.

But what I found most interesting in this sad imbroglio, yet another harbinger of the coming violent persecution, was the reaction of celebrity priest Fr. Jonathan Morris on Twitter.  Fr. Morris, of course, frequently appears on Fox News.  Here is what he said:

‘s Phil Robertson was wrong in tone and facts, but I wonder if quoting Bible re: homosexual acts will now get you fired.

Of course it will.  I don’t think we even have to question that.  And it’s not only highly visible stars on popular TV shows that get fired for making the culture uncomfortable, for reminding them of their sin.  It is also everyday employees at major corporations that get sacked, too.

But I have to wonder, re: Fr. Morris’ comments, just what Robertson got factually wrong?  Fr. Morris tweet is, to me, too clever by half. He tried to both distance himself from what he conveys is a “wrong” comment to make, while at the same time playing to outraged Christians by questioning the firing.  I don’t see anything factually wrong in Robertson’s comment.  He’s obviously speaking from memory, using colloquialisms, but his overall recitation of 1 Cor 6:9-10 seems pretty spot on to me:

Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,  Nor the effeminate [a reference to male prostitutes used in pagan temples for certain religious acts], nor liers with men [a reference to those who engage in non-temple sodomy], nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.

This quote has ALWAYS been taken as a denunciation of homosexual acts, and even the homosexual lifestyle or disordered orientation.  But it also denounces numerous other sins the left didn’t get all riled up about: fornication, idolatry, adultery, lying, thievery, drunkenness, etc.  Comparing Robertson’s quote with the actual quote from Douay-Reims, they seem to line up pretty good.  I think Robertson is also spot on that the “tolerance,” but really the celebration, of homosexuality is leading us towards legalization of even more bizarre and disgusting acts – bestiality, polygamy, etc.

So I have to ask Fr. Morris, rhetorically, what did Mr. Robertson get factually and “tonally” wrong?  Or was that just a clever way to distance yourself from the plain meaning of Scripture, the better to keep the cannon-fire of the left away from you?

Were that we had a bit more of Mr. Robertson’s tone from our priests and prelates, and less of the self-serving parsing and equivocating.  Decades of such lack of clarity have left the faithful terminally confused as to what the Church believes.

One final note: at an adult catechism class led by a priest I attended earlier this week, he spoke of the need of homosexuals for constant affirmation of their lifestyle.  They literally cannot stand the slightest contradiction or condemnation, as it cuts to the very core of the carefully spun web of lies and self-deceits that make up this profoundly disturbed lifestyle.  I agree with this priest and Fr. Michael Rodriguez, that the homosexual agenda will be THE vehicle of the persecution, and I think we see that being played out in miniature before our eyes.  While Mr. Robertson will be fine, he should be set for life, financially, many others who don’t have his resources or notoriety will be made to suffer in ways that really hurt.

It is amazing to me how far this culture has fallen in 30 years.  30 years ago, homosexuality was still viewed as something that was extremely disordered, perverse, and dangerous.  Probably 80-90% of the population held this view.  But a concerted, unprecedented campaign of propaganda and normalization in the media the past 20 years has produced one of the most profound sea changes in public opinion on a matter of morality I have seen in my lifetime.  But the stage was set for this with the liberalizing of divorce laws and the legalization of contraception and abortion in the 60s and 70s, which served to destroy the institution of marriage.  All of these dread turns in the culture have been carefully orchestrated by the cultural left.  None of them happened accidentally, or by demand of the public will.  They were, instead, foisted upon a largely unwilling public, generally through judicial fiat. Subsequent decades of media propaganda have gradually ground down resistance, to the point where most people accept as “good,” or at least benignly inevitable, what would have shocked their parents and grandparents.

And so the stage is set for an ugly, brutal, technologically advanced persecution.  I pray shepherds like Fr. Morris will learn to speak up and defend the Faith with less equivocation at that time, because it is going to be sorely needed.

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

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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.

————End Quote————–

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.

Whoa – Archbishop Nienstedt steps down – weak abuse allegation December 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society.
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Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt has removed himself from public ministry (but not resigned his bishopric) pending investigation of allegations he inappropriately touched a boy during a First Communion photograph in 2009.  I find this utterly unbelievable:

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis today announced that an allegation has been brought by a mandated reporter within the Church to the St. Paul Police of inappropriate touching of a minor male on the buttocks by Archbishop John Nienstedt. The single incident is alleged to have occurred in 2009 during a group photography session with the archbishop following a confirmation ceremony.  [How likely is it that someone is going to try to molest a child, or touch them in a funny way, during a group photo session? This stinks of a set up, more below] Archbishop Nienstedt emphatically denies the allegation. Upon learning of the allegation last week, the archdiocese instructed the mandated reporter to make the matter known to the police. The archbishop and the archdiocese stand ready to cooperate fully with the St. Paul Police.

After consultation with the Holy Father’s ambassador to the United States (the papal nuncio), the archbishop will voluntarily step aside from all public ministry while this matter is being investigated, effective immediately. Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché, in his role as a vicar general, will cover all of the archbishop’s public duties during this time. Father Charles Lachowitzer continues in his position as a vicar general and moderator of the curia.

The archdiocese is mindful of the due process concerns of those involved. There must be justice and due consideration of the rights and dignity of every human person, both the individual involved and the archbishop.

So, another conservative bishop has fallen afoul of the dumb and persecutorial “Dallas policy” of zero tolerance.  ANY supposedly “reasonable” allegation results in instant dismissal.  But as a bishop, he has a lot more power and options than do most priests so accused. I’m not saying we didn’t have a terrible and rampant epidemic of homosexual-oriented priest sex abuse in the Church – Lord knows, we did. But I am saying that the situation is so skewed now that even dumb allegations like this one can get a priest, or even a bishop, black-balled and run out of ministry.  And there is a huge amount of money out there to encourage unscrupulous souls into lying for a quick buck.

Is that what happened here?  I don’t know, but I’ll say this reeks of a set up.  Even someone totally lost in sin would have to be pretty stupid or pretty high to try to grope a kid at a public event like is being claimed here.  It seems most likely to me that this is, at best, someone making a radically abusive interpretation of an accidental movement, or at worst an open play to crush another conservative-ish bishop. As happened with Bishop Finn in Kansas City.

The Minneapolis Archdiocese has a substantial gay mafia in the priesthood.  There has been a lot of scandal.  Archbishop Nienstedt has stood pretty strong for Church belief in opposition to fake gay marriage, and has taken a few steps to ostracize some of the more egregiously open homosexuals under holy orders there. There remains the massive scandal of the Collegeville Benedictine Monastery in his Archdiocese, where there is a large group of more or less openly homosexual priests and monks who not only utterly trash the Liturgy on a constant basis, but who have let it be known they oppose Archbishop Nienstedt’s efforts to instill some celibate discipline among the priests there.   There has been a good deal of open opposition by priests to Archbishop Nienstedt.  Minnesota is a surprisingly liberal place, but then again, maybe it’s not, given all the northern Europeans who live there.

I doubt there is anything to these allegations.  I, of course, could be wrong, but even what has been drummed up seems weak as dishwater on the surface.  I think this is another effort to smear an orthodox bishop.  Even if the allegations don’t stick, Nienstedt will be very weakened by them and will forever be tarred in the press for the allegations even having been made.  Every press report from now until kingdom come will reference these allegations, even if they prove totally groundless.  Which is, of course, the point.

Wow do we need to pray. This is awful.

BTW, Tancred, who lives in Minneapolis, seems to agree with my assessment.

District Court judge in NY strikes down HHS contraception mandate December 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, secularism, Society.
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Well, some good news for a change.  A federal district court judge in NY essentially deconstructed the HHS Mandate, finding numerous faults and injustices in the legislation.  If you recall, Obama claimed to solve the problem of forcing religious employers with moral objections to contraception and chemical abortion by forcing their insurers to pay for the coverage, which was always a scam, the insurers would simply turn around and charge the religious employers.  The judge has found that unconstitutional, stating that even the “exemption” is an unbearable burden upon the free exercise of religion.

The prime litigant in this victory was the Archdiocese of New York.  Below are some highlights from the judge’s ruling as outlined on Ace O Spades:

1. This is the first litigation to result in a final injunction against the contraception mandate for religious non-profit organizations that come within the Obama Administration’s purported exemption to the mandate. [I kind of already explained that above]

2. Not even the Obama administration knows what its proposed regulations do. Very late in this case, the government realized that, although the Archdiocese and its constituent organizations are covered by the mandate, the regulations might not actually force a third party they designate to provide the objectionable contraception coverage……The judge found that, despite the administration’s contortions to suggest the Archdiocese might not even be covered, the contraception mandate scheme was sufficiently burdensome to proceed to a decision.

3. The Obama administration doesn’t take religious beliefs seriously. In an astonishing display of anti-religious sentiment, the administration argued that forcing religious organizations to designate a third party to provide contraception coverage to their employees isn’t a big deal (legally: de minimis) because it’s “just a form” to fill out, “a purely administrative task.” The district court rightly found that whether a violation of religious freedom is small or large isn’t for the courts to decide. It would be too easy to simply sweep away deeply-held religious beliefs under the claim that government action is merely “de minimis” infringement of rights.  [They are not anti-religious.  The Obama administration is very in favor of certain religious practices like wicca and islam. They are anti-Christian.]

4. The Obama administration has handed out so many exceptions to the law, it can no longer claim the law serves a compelling purpose. In the past, courts have allowed the government to infringe religious rights if the government demonstrates a compelling interest and narrow tailoring, for example, income tax laws or criminal laws related to marijuana and peyote. But in this case, the administration was not able to claim that the contraception mandate serves a compelling purpose because it has been falling all over itself (largely for political reasons) to offer exceptions to the law.  [Great point, and hoisted on their own petard.]

5. The Obama administration’s belated argument that the religious organizations may not actually end up providing any contraception coverage fatally undermined the administration’s case. This comes under the category of bad litigation strategies. As I mentioned up in the second item on this list, the administration realized near the end of the litigation that the third parties designated by the Archdiocese to provide coverage may not actually be required to provide contraception. The district court rightly noticed that if that argument is true, the mandate obviously serves no purpose.   [So Obama is both a doctrinaire leftist AND incompetent.  I think we already knew that.]

6. The Obama administration thinks it has a general exception from complying with the Constitution. The administration, as it has frequently done with respect to disobeying laws it does not like, argued that it had to enforce the contraception mandate in such an infringing manner because it could not do it any other way. The district court pointed out the obvious flaw in this line of thinking…….Of course, we all know that President Obama cannot go back to Congress to fix this since Congress would most likely provide a wider exemption to the contraception mandate than Obama’s HHS has provided via regulation, assuming Congress doesn’t just start trimming out major portions of the law, altogether. This is a problem of the administration’s own making, and there it will stay — until the courts finish knocking it down, that is.

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Well, that’s good news. It looks like the USCCB’s plan of hoping the courts would bail them out on this before they had to make a do or die decision to pay for contraception and abortion coverage (hint: they already do, in many if not almost all dioceses) may work out after all.  The law is of course unconstitutional and one of the most blatant persecutions of organized religions we’ve ever seen in this country, but you wouldn’t know it from the media’s almost totally absent coverage.

One small step, and all that, I suppose…….

 

Dallas Carmelite Christmas schedule AND they need your help! December 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Liturgy, religious, Tradition, Virtue.
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The Masses below are NO, offered by Carmelite priests.  The nuns could use a lot of food for their upcoming Christmas feast.  The nuns are usually on a very restrictive diet.  During the Christmas season, this diet is liberalized a bit and they can enjoy more different types of food in the spirit of a festive season.  There is a list below of items they need. If you are local, and would like to help out, you can bring some of the below to the Carmelite monastery at 600 Flowers Ave in Dallas.

IF you do plan to bring some food, please leave a comment or e-mail me so I can let the organizers know what you plan to bring.  They don’t want to wind up with 200 lbs of shrimp and nothing else.

Carmelite Monastery of The Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Joseph, 600 Flowers Ave., Dallas, TX 75211

Dec. 24, Christmas Eve

Sisters will sing Christmas Carols from 10:30 pm until 11:00 pm

11:00 PM – Mass

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

8:00 AM Mass 

Shrimp 16 lbs total or more:  Please donate these in one or two pound increments!  Frozen or fresh

  • Catfish 10 lbs total or more: Please donate these in one or two pound increments!  Frozen or fresh
  • Tilapia or other white fish 8-10 lbs or more:  Frozen or fresh fillets
  • Tartar sauce
  •  Shrimp sauce
  • Tater tots (you can buy a HUGE bag at Sams for about $7)
  • Black olives
  • Dill Pickles
  • Blocks of cheese: Muenster, Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, Cheddar, Pepper Jack
  • Fancy cream cheese spreads
  • Crackers……Ritz, Triscuit
  • Gold Fish
  • Whole sweet potatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla chips
  • Flour tortillas
  • Spinach
  • Okra frozen or pickled(Sams carries this)
  • Asparagus (fresh or canned or frozen)
  • Cheese cake
  • Ice Cream…….orange sherbet, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Caramel and Chocolate fudge
  • Cream:  2 Half and Half and 2 Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Vegetable tray with Ranch dip
  • Decaf coffee (non flavored)
  •  Butter 12 lbs You can donate in one box(one pound) increments or larger
  • Fruit frozen or fresh–some ideas would be:-lemon, strawberry, banana, blueberry, raspberry, apples, oranges, limes