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Definition of a theological liberal January 31, 2014

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Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam has, as usual, a very good post on the distinction between political liberals, in the modern American sense, and those theological liberals who were constantly excoriated by Rome in the period 1780-1950.  Boniface engages in this explanation to try to illustrate why many “conservative” Americans are actually liberals when it comes to Church theology.  That is, someone might be “conservative” for opposing abortion, but they are a liberal because they think the Bible is not inerrant, or that doctrine can be redefined/changed.

I am short on time, as I always am on Fridays, and Boniface’s post is long.  He includes a long list of definitions of errors theological liberals hold, much of which derives from the Syllabus. I won’t include that, but I will include Boniface’s description of theological liberalism and some of those modern errors which define it (for instance, Fr. Robert Barron is, contrary to most people’s understanding, a raging liberal):

Those moral issues certainly are part of liberalism, but anyone who has really studied the thought of the pre-Conciliar popes on this question knows that these moral issues are fundamentally not what the popes of the 19th century were worried about. Fr. Salvany, in his classic work Liberalism is a Sin, devotes an entire book to demolishing the errors of liberalism and never mentioned abortion or homosexuality. This is because for Salvany, as well as Bl. Pius IX and the other pre-Conciliar popes, liberalism is primarily a troubling theological trend within Catholicism, not a position on hot-button moral issues. It has to do with holding certain theological opinions, most of which are not relatable to any corresponding positions on the political spectrum, because they are problems internal to Catholic theological thought. This is why Fr. Salvany can write a whole book against liberalism and not mention these moral indicators; he simply does not see them as the essence of liberalism.

Once we understand this, we will begin to see why there is a divergence here; why where one sees a conservative prelate, another sees a liberal or modernist. If you are still thinking inside the liberal-conservative political paradigm, you may be surprised to see what the Church’s definition of a liberal-progressive actually is. It is certainly not the same thing as a political liberal in the American sense….

Here begins long list of condemnations of liberal thought.  Go over to Boniface’s site and check it out.  More:

As you can see, one need not profess same-sex marriage, abortion, favoring national health insurance or any of the current hot-button indicators of political liberalism have anything to do with theological liberalism. Forget whether a prelate is Pro-Life or not; does he believe separation of Church and State is ideal? If so, then he is a liberal.

Is he clamoring for decentralization of the Church, more power for the national bishops’ conferences, or an internationalization of the Roman Curia? Liberal.

Does he speak about Genesis in terms of “the Bible doesn’t teach scientific truth because it is not primarily a scientific book”? Liberal.

Does he believe in absolute freedom of speech and freedom of the press? Liberal.

Is he praising the religious experiences of non-Christian cultures, affirming that they have some sort of value in God’s eyes and suggesting that all people are somehow communing with God through their own religious traditions? Liberal.  [This one has had particular relevance since the terrible tri-fold scandal of Assisi beginning in 1986]

Does he state that the Church needs to figure out how to spread its message with new vocabulary to suit the temperament of modern man? Liberal[Or does he state that there are “new conditions” that require doctrine to change, or insist on “pastoral approaches” which would have the practical effect of nullifying doctrine?]

Does he believe in a loose alliance of all moral, religious people against secularism? Liberal.

Does he confuse natural with supernatural virtue, praising the natural virtues of pagans of anyone else as if these are supernaturally pleasing to God? Liberal.

Does he deny, on national television, that there were a historic Adam and Eve and then look like a fool when asked to explain original sin (which Pius XII specifically said would be problematic when the historical Adam and Eve are denied)? If so, then he is a liberal.

Once you understand what the profile of a theological liberal looks like, you begin to realize there are many more around than you first thought.

In fact, we are surrounded by them.  Thus, the distinction between “conservative” and “traditional.”

 

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Psalm 12 January 31, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, sanctity, Tradition.
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When I was praying Compline Monday night, I read Psalm 12 for the 400th time.  I like Psalm 12, but it had never particularly moved me.  This night, it did.  I am short on time today and so cannot add much to the above.  I just thought this is a Psalm for our time – as all Psalms are.  The Psalms are gloriously inspired reflections on the exaltations and triumphs, and the disasters and defeats of human life.  The Church was indeed wise to build Her Office around them (This translation from the Baronius Press Roman Breviary):

How long, O Lord, will You utterly forget me? How long will You hide Your face from me?

How long shall I brood in my mind, and bear grief in my heart all the day long?

How long will my enemy be exalted over me?  Look down and answer me, O Lord my God?

Enlighten my eyes lest I ever sleep in death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him.”

Those who oppress me will rejoice if I am shaken, but I have trusted in Your mercy

My heart will rejoice in Your salvation; I shall sing to the Lord who has been good to me, and sing psalms to the name of the Lord most high.

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This could be a Psalm for the entire Church these past several decades.  I don’t like some of the Psalm translations in the Baronius Breviary, but this one is wonderful.

UPDATE: I don’t know why I put Psalm 7 in the title!  Just to fool you!

Good Voris video on the contraception-caused demographic implosion January 31, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.
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The collapsing demographics of developed nations is a subject I have covered extensively on this blog.  So extensively, I should have made it a category, but never did (I’m sure you can find many posts by searching “demographic,” however).

Michael Voris has helpfully complied a great deal of the demographic data and put it in one, easy to watch video below.  What he shows is that much of the world faces economic and moral collapse due to plummeting birth rates and the economic disasters those birth rates will bring.  Many countries are now past the point of no return, they will experience economic collapse due to their failure to reproduce.  Very low birth rates are the single largest driving factor in the worldwide economic malaise we have experienced over the past 10+ years.  Country after country has seen essentially zero economic growth in that time, while real wages have decreased.

The social wealth transfer schemes upon which so many economies are based (and which the USCCB and other national conferences seem addicted to supporting) will collapse of their own weight due to lack of young people to pay for the increasing numbers of elderly.  As this process accelerates, we will surely see heavy pressure to start “euthanizing” the elderly – just murdering them because they are too expensive.

It is highly ironic that the USCCB could hardly be bothered to defend Church Dogma on contraception these past several decades. Much of that time they preferred to play at politics and use what influence they had to prop up the social welfare state – the same state that plays a very large role in causing people to reproduce in small numbers (there being a worldwide correlation between generous welfare benefits and low birth rate). That system now must collapse because of insufficient numbers of young people.  So, the USCCB had a hand in destroying the very system it has spent decades lionizing and extolling, even though such was a questionable (at best) role for them in the first place.

Anyway, the video:

God allows our sins to be the source of our ultimate chastisement.  Contraception will, unless we see a sudden and radical change, be the ultimate destroyer of modern Western civilization.

 

Funny, funny video January 30, 2014

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For those who don’t hold down professional type jobs, this will probably be pointless. But for all those who have to take part in multi-site teleconferences, the below is for you.  Hilarious!  Every single bonehead telecon move possible, all in one video!

What Jesus Demands January 30, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, mortification, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Given all the error abounding in the Church and world today, perhaps it would be beneficial to have a reminder of what Jesus demands of us, as opposed to the new age hippy visions of Jesus as a mild stoner who just doesn’t want his mellow harshed.  Christ was the most demanding of all the great priest-prophets.  No one in the entire Bible spoke nearly so much of hell and damnation.  No one spoke of what it means to be faithful – to accept and practice the Truth He, Himself, revealed – as Our Blessed Lord did.

Therefore, from chapter 54 of Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, What Jesus Teaching Exacts:

In calling us to imitate the holiness of His Heavenly Father, Jesus summons us to an unrelenting war against sin, which is in direct opposition to God’s infinite perfection and is the greatest offense against Him. In all His teachings He tries toAt the foot fo the cross_statue inculcate in us a deep hatred of sin, especially of pride, hypocrisy, and obstinate willful malice, all of which constitutes a sate of complete opposition to God. Jesus, who shows such great mercy towards sinners…….He describes the ugliness of sin and its disastrous effect on man, lowering him to a state of complete moral degradation, such as that of the prodigal son who, because he had left his father’s house, was reduced to “feeding swine” (Lk 15:15).

“Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin” (Jn 8:34): a slave of sin cannot be a servant of God; hence, the words of the Master: “No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other” (Mt 6:24).

Jesus, our Savior, came to destroy sin by His death; it is precisely by His death that He shows us most clearly the terrible malice of sin. Sin is such a great enemy of God and has such a destructive The path that leads to life is narrow and difficult, but whatever it costs me there will I go.Turgis copypower that it brought about the death of the divine Master.

Only mortal sin is completely opposed to God; this opposition is so great that it separates the soul from God. however, every sin, even venial sin, and every fault and imperfection, is in opposition to God’s infinite holiness.

Our nature, wounded as a consequence of original sin, bears within itself the seed of sin, in the forms of evil tendencies or habits. If we desire to follow Jesus, who offers us the perfection of His heavenly Father as a norm for our life, we must engage in an intense struggle against sin in order to destroy its deepest roots and even its slightest traces in us. This is just what Jesus teaches us with the brief words: “Deny thyself.” We must deny “self” with all its imperfect habits and inclinations; and we must do so continually. Such a task is fatiguing and painful, but it is indispensable if we wish to attain sanctity. Jesus says: “How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life, and My Good Angel teach me to pray to Jesus my Saviourfew there are that find it!” (Mt 7:14). We approach the infinite perfection of God only in the measure in which  we take upon ourselves the work of complete self-denial. Hence, all the masters of the spiritual life insist so strongly on detachment and self-renunciation as the indispensable foundation of the spiritual life. St. John of the Cross offers a soul who is desirous of attaining union with God the harsh way of the “nothing.”

But, first and foremost, Jesus, the Divine Teacher, has pointed out to us the absolute necessity of passing through this way: “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself” (Mt 16:24).

[Now from St. Teresa of Jesus and The Way of Perfection]….From any sin, however slight, committed with full knowledge, may God deliver us, especially since we are sinning against so great a Sovereign and realizing that He is watching us! That seems to me a sin committed of malice aforethought: it Although it is costing me I shall succeed Letaille croppedis as though one were to say: ‘Lord, although this displeases You, I shall do it. I know that You see it and I know that You would not have me to do it; but, though I understand this, I would rather follow my own whim and desire than Your Will!”

With your help, O Jesus, I want to fight more strongly against sin and try to overcome all my evil tendencies, inclinations, and habits. This exacts constant self-denial, but with Your help, I am ready to begin. Of course, I shall have to give up my own desires, but I shall do so in order to please God; I shall have to say “No” to my evil nature, and prefer our heavenly Father’s will, His inspirations, and wishes. It will mean dying to myself in order to live by You, O Jesus!  Grant that I too may say with st. Paul, “I count all things but loss….and count them as dung, that I may gain Christ and may live in Him!” (Phil 3: 7-9).

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Is this blasphemy? Look how they desecrate churches in Germany…. January 30, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Art and Architecture, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, shocking.
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Is desecrate too strong a word? Or blasphemy?  Is it blasphemy to have install a sacrilegious painting of the iconic painting of the Lord’s Supper with the table and participants on fire?  Or is that just some modernist stylizing the flame of the Holy Spirit?

The figures are not Christ and His Apostles, they are local characters.  I may not be up on avant garde post-modern art, but I find this hideous.

Does this even remotely fit in this gorgeous Baroque Cathedral in Innsbruck?

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Look, it’s a tourist attraction!  It’s fun to mock God!

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I’m not sure which is worse, that open mocking, or this more subtle attempt to denude our Faith of its most important symbols (from a church in Baden-Wurttemburg, a lovely 18th century structure now turned into a modernist catastrophe):

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We could play a game called find the tabernacle!  Good luck!

Even the most militant Calvinists from the 17th century would be mortified by this.  Let me guess, there is all kinds of subtle meaning in the triangles. Maybe they represent the Trinity! Maybe if you have a PhD in post-modern art you’ll “get it.”

The two old ladies who still attend this Church are not so sure.  But the pastor won many secular awards for his transgressive initiative.

This was not done by enemies of the Faith.  This was done by those given a sacred trust and enormous Grace, to impart the true Faith to the souls in their charge.

We’re in the best of hands!

Know your predominate fault, and work to uproot it January 30, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, priests, religious, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Two really good sermons below from a priest I know and love, very much.  The first sermon instructs on how to identify one’s predominant fault.  The second speaks on how to overcome it. My predominate fault is intemperance, and I have a somewhat sanguine, somewhat phlegmatic personality (not, that does not mean I blow my nose alot). It is very common for folks like me to have problems with temperance. This blog itself could be an exercise in intemperance!

Irrespective, here are the videos.  They are really informative on a subject I bet 1 reader in 100 have ever heard preached, and I think they are really well worth your time:

Part 2:

Listen to them, pray about them, and consider where your dominant fault lies. Then get to work!

Dominus vobiscum!

Hollywood in uproar! Christian song nominated for Oscar! Or not….. January 30, 2014

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How could some bible-humping Christofascists break through the Iron Curtain of leftism around the Pagan People’s Republic of Hollywood?!?  This is not possible!  The leftists are extremely upset.  A song from an upcoming movie with Christian themes (well…….see the trailer and judge for yourself, I really have no idea how Christian it is) has been nominated for best original song. Leftists are gravely offended.  So much for “tolerance,” or diversity of ideas.  You will submit to your new secular pagan overlords or you will be crushed.  Think I’m kidding?  Check out this rhetoric in response to the nomination:

The nomination has received negative reactions not for its quality, but for the film’s endorsements by James Dobson, Rick Santorum, and Josh Dugger, executive director of Family Resource Council Action, among others. Film.com framed the movie as endorsed by “anti-gay hate group activists,” while the Boston Globe headline reads, “The Oscar nomination that stinks to heaven.” Hitflix writes: “There were audible gasps and chuckles when Cheryl Boone Isaacs began reading the list of nominees in the category, and first off the bat was “Alone Yet Not Alone” from, er, Alone Yet Not Alone…It doesn’t seem a stretch to call this Christian drama the most obscure feature film nominated for an Oscar this year.”

This tribalism would be funny if it weren’t so serious.  The same people who 10 years ago probably couldn’t give a remote flip about pretend same-sex marriage now define their tribal cultural superiority based on it.  Only the unwashed bitter clingers believe in something so uncouth as biblical truth or moral law.  It’s amazing how much marxism has been unconsciously (or consciously) absorbed by those who would like to be our elites.

As I said, I don’t know anything about the movie itself, but here is the trailer and then a video of the song in question:

When you see the hook on the song and the performer, I think we can see why the Oscar committee selected it, and why the hateful reactions are so very revealing of diabolically darkened hearts.  The performer is a quadriplegic:

Really, really not my kind of song, and surely not my kind of churchy music.  But hats off to the performer, what a clear, strong voice she has.  God can do all things.

Unfortunately, in this world, we rarely have happy endings. In an absolutely ludicrous, hypocritical decision, the Oscar committee has now REMOVED “Alone but Not Alone” from the list of contenders because the songwriter allegedly engaged in impermissible attempts to influence the selection process.  This is an utter joke, these voters are wined and dined, flooded with mailings and slick glossy presentations, given free DVDs and other merchandise, all in an attempt to sway them to vote for a particular movie as a matter of course. That is why I said in response to the Grammy’s travesty that these award shows are immoral exercises in behind-the-scenes politicking and influence peddling.

All the songwriter did was e-mail some of the voters to make them aware of the song, since this movie has not been released, yet.  Most would not be aware of it.  This is nothing compared to the regular attempts to influence that are part of every Oscar process, as an Oscar nomination means millions of dollars.

What really happened, is that the Academy of “Motion Picture Art and Sciences” (please – arrogant much?) crumbled to leftist pressure.  Hollywood, fo guck yourself:

 The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has rescinded the Oscar nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone.” The board concluded that writer Bruce Broughton “had emailed [some of the other 239] members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period,” according to a press release.

…..Since nominations were announced, the song—performed by quadriplegic Christian author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada—drew criticism and confusion from Hollywood for beating out musicians featured in more popular films. The latest news stokes the debate even further, given that Oscar lobbying and campaigning are arguably common practices.

Oh, ALL opinions are welcomed in Hollywood, land of infinite diversity!  Except, of course, for Christianity, which just won’t go away and die like they so want it to!  Remember in my post the other day on St. John Chrysostom’s sermon, where he said that those who attack the Church really want to attack God?  Well, yeah……….there you go.

 

Support a local homeschooling family being persecuted January 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.
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A Duncanville family, the Tutts, has had all their children taken from them – natural born and adopted – not because there was any neglect or abuse, not because they were in any danger, but because in the opinion of ONE court appointed official they were behind academically because they were homeschooled.  However, the official in question appears to have an animus against homeschooling, plainly has little or NO knowledge of how the state of Texas views and handles homeschooling (in short, very laissez faire, as it should be), and made up outrageous claims seeking to establish that the children were wallowing in ignorance.

This family has been extremely generous in serving as foster parents and has adopted some of its foster children, even taking on an autistic child.  Unfortunately, that autistic child wandered off one day, and while the father was out looking for him (in a matter of minutes), he was found first by a cop.  Ever since then, life for the Tutt’s has been h-e-double hockey sticks and it has not gotten much better, even though their biological children were returned to their custody.  At present, the family is not allowed to homeschool the children, and, get this, the court has placed them in one of the worst schools in Dallas County, rated academically unacceptable by the state.  But school systems haven’t been about education in decades, if they ever were – they are about funding, and funding is based on the number of student. Don’t think the judges in these cases aren’t intimately aware of that fact.

The Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) has covered this case closely. It appears pressure from outraged parents has caused CPS and the court official to back off their blatant bias against homeschooling, but it still appears that a CPS caseworker’s flippant response, that parents had to be “crazy” to have so many kids, has gotten wedged in the system’s throat and can’t be dislodged. The kids have to remain in public school until the parents complete a psychological evaluation.  THSC is investigating the  caseworker for making what appear to be erroneous and duplicitous statements.

There are posts from THSC here, here, here, and here.  Read them in order.  The last is most important, it contains contact info for state representatives that serve on oversight committees for CPS and other agencies involved. Also, if you live in Dallas County, as I do, remember the name of judge Graciela Olvera and make sure not to vote for her.

Outside true abuse and neglect, parents should have the right to raise their children as they see fit, even if that means those children don’t feed the gaping maw of the public education establishment and hold views that the dominant liberal elite (even here in Texas, even among Repubnikan judges) finds abhorrent.  Texas has for the past 15 years or so, after some early persecutions, given home schooling parents a pretty free hand, but there is no question there are elements in this state that would like to see that end, and now.  We will have to fight more and more for our right to educate our children in a manner that is consonant with our Faith, and to shield our children from the indoctrination in perversion and left-wing ideologies that now make up much of the public school curriculum.

Please consider making clear to state officials that we will not be denied our right to educate our children at home (where they most often receive a superlative education, far above what even the most elite private schools provide, let alone public schools – why do you think the public school establishment so fears and loathes us?).  Again, you can find all the contact info here.

Our Lady of La Salette on the importance of daily prayer January 29, 2014

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Really, I should say, it is the Fr. O’ Laverty’s interpretation of Our Lady’s words at La Salette, where she directed the shepherd children to say their prayers every morning and night.  As Fr. O’ Laverty notes, this is the very, very least we should do:

It will only be at the Judgment Day that people will know the value of the few minutes given to morning and evening prayers. When people cannot assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion each morning, [this book was published in 1925, after Pius X’s reforms, so daily Communion was possible]  then the only supernatural food for their souls is prayer.   Morning and evening prayer is just as necessary for the Our_Lady_of_La_Salette_statuepreservation of the supernatural life as food and air are to preserve our natural life. The life of sanctifying Grace, which is the supernatural life of  the soul, requires care and attention, just like the body. The body requires food, air and clothing, and the mind requires the mental food of knowledge. The soul requires the supernatural food of Holy Communion, plus prayer and self-denial, while the mind requires the supernatural food of Christian Doctrine.  Without morning and evening prayer it is practically impossible to preserve the life of sanctifying Grace, and as the body requires frequent feeding, so must the soul have God’s Grace, which is secured by prayer.  Absence of morning and evening prayer means that the soul has not strength to overcome temptations, nor will it have any zeal for spiritual things. It will have no zeal to grow in holiness, and it will not be able to appreciate heavenly truths.

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Basic stuff, but critical.  The kinds of prayers Fr. O’ Laverty had in mind were quite minimal, something everyone should have time to do.  A few Our Fathers and Hail Mary’s, that sort of thing.  That is the absolute floor, the minimum.  We should strive to do much more if our station in life permits.

Some of us, like me, are very weak, and need more frequent recourse to prayer throughout the day in order to keep virtue up and avoid sin.  Others may have a stronger practice of virtue and can get by with less. But personally, I strongly recommend at least a daily Rosary in addition to morning/evening prayers, and the Angelus if at all possible.  You can add other prayers, Novenas, ejaculatory (St. Alphonsus loved those), chaplets, whatever moves you best.  Penance works the same way.  We should mortify ourselves at least 3 to 5 times a day.

Fr. O’ Laverty is right, though – prayer, the Mass, penance, and the Eucharist – this is food for the soul.  Without it, the interior life, even our faith, whither and die.  And since the body and soul are so inextricably linked, this can even affect people’s behavior and health.  Lack of prayer among millions of faithful has certainly wounded the Church, severely.  And all those souls who don’t pray, don’t assist at Mass – well, it’s one reason why we see so few true men and women around nowadays.

Pray!

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