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Very important video: monitor very closely what music/movies your kids watch January 14, 2014

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Michael Matt notes a powerful disconnect: many parents trying to be good Catholics allow their kids unfettered access to TV, films, and music, with little oversight. Many of these kids fall into listening to or watching amoral, hyper-sexualized products of the entertainment industry, whose influence over young minds is often profound. I have been shocked to find some kids of traddy parents who, among themselves when they think they are unobserved, stepping out of their role as faithful Catholic teens and stepping back into their normal role, that of regular old formed by the culture American kids.  Bad language, bad dress, immoral behavior, it all suddenly comes rushing out.

If your kids listen to Lady Gaga or watch Kate Upton or, God forbid, MTV, they are being formed mightily by the culture.  If teens have a TV in their room with cable/satellite, internet, etc., they are probably already into porn, sexting, and all rest.  Don’t think it won’t happen to your child, it most assuredly will. ALWAYS have a very thorough porn filter/web monitoring service on ALL your computers/devices.  Mom alone should have the passwords and check the monitor reports.  Parents will be held responsible by God if their kids, using internet toys provided by the parents, fall into sins of lust.  Let me tell you, when you are exposed to porn at an early age, it has an incredibly distorting effect on one’s appetites, and leaving that sin behind is very, very difficult. Most will not be able to do so, absent a miracle of Grace.

Watch the video, and think on whether you are doing enough to protect your children. They may not like you for it now, but they will LOVE you for it, later:

Good point that this sort of soul-damaging “entertainment” goes back decades. Throw away the cable!  If you have TV, be extremely selective.  Better yet, don’t have a TV.  We still do, but we only watch videos.  We pretty closely select what our kids get to watch, and have thrown out some items that weren’t appropriate.  I am amazed that even Disney cartoons (and forget about the Disney Channel, it’s a hundred times worse) teach young girls to be sluts.

Katy Perry sells to 12 year old girls.  So does Lady Gaga. That is their target demographic.  Most pop music today is directed at girls 10-16.  That is who decides what is “popular” today. Good Lord, talk about the blind leading the blind.  But think about that. when Katy Perry struts around with her breasts hanging out, singing about making out with another girl……and we wonder why so many young girls are experimenting with perversion?!

The pedophiles are coming…..for your kids January 14, 2014

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I saw the following via Creative Minority Report, and I think the intention of the piece is “look how bad this professor at supposedly Catholic De Paul University is.”  There is that aspect, certainly, why a woman who openly advocates for depraved sex and soul-destroying child abuse is allowed to teach on a campus that claims even a tangential relationship to the Church is beyond me, but I saw this as something else, yet another harbinger of the next great sexual “inhibition” for the warped minds of the left to force on us all: child sex abuse.

As you will see below, attempts to normalize pedophilia are gaining steam in academic circles, just as attempts to normalize the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah did 30-40 years ago.  It is very apparent where they want to go:

“If someone had told me 30 years ago that in 2010 I would be tenured and promoted to a professor as a publicly professed lesbian at the country’s largest Catholic university, I would not have believed them,” Kelly told the student newspaper, The DePaulia, in 2010. [If someone had told faithful Catholics 50 years ago that their universities would be dominated by the worst dregs of the pagan left, they would not have believed it, either.  They would have been scandalized out of their minds to find that a woman who embraces child sex abuse was allowed to spread her evils in the minds of young Catholics.]

She was hired by DePaul despite writing a 1979 article that reported glowingly of her own sexual relationship with a great-aunt when she was just a child. The article, “On woman/girl love, or Lesbians do ‘do it,’” reportedly appeared in the Gay Community News on March 3,1979, but is not available online.  It has been excerpted at length on numerous websites and in publications including the pro-pedophilia book, Paedophilia: The Radical Case, by author Tom O’Carroll.  That book is available on the IPCE website, which describes itself as “a forum for people who are engaged in scholarly discussion about the understanding and emancipation of mutual relationships between children or adolescents and adults.”

In her article, Kelly reportedly defended her lesbian, pedophile experience when she was between eight and 11 years old, as cited by David Thorstad in the 1991 book Male Intergenerational Intimacy:

It has always seemed to me that people know when sex is a right thing for them to be doing, when mutually consented to, regardless of who else may or may not share or understand that knowledge. It took some hard object lessons before I finally learned how unusual such logic is in this world. Despite the cultural messages to the contrary that I eventually did receive, I knew that it was possible for a person to be aware of her own physicalness in a sexual way long before the social timetable of “maturity” says she should be—and to be able to act on her awareness. And I know that now, with all my “grown-up” being. Although for several years I succumbed to social sanctions against lesbian and childhood sexuality, and felt ashamed for having had such experiences, I have come to realize the need to affirm them as part of the rich texture of both human experience in general and my own conscious reality in particular. [No, what you are is a poor, abused soul who had your innocence, even your power of self-determination, horribly wrenched from you while a child, and the only way you have been able to come to terms with what is nothing but the very worst abuse a child can experience, is to call it good, and “empowering.”  And now you seek to normalize your trauma by arguing that it can be good for children to suffer so.  You poor, twisted soul.  What your aunt did to you is unspeakably evil.]

Thorstad, reportedly “a founding member of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and former president of New York’s Gay Activists Alliance,” praised Kelly’s article for its “sensible treatment” of “woman-girl love.” [Do we not see the connection between homosexual activism and pedophile activism?  The number of heterosexual activists for this nightmare is trifling compared to the growing numbers of influential sodomites and gomorrists who are calling for legalization of their sexual predation of children.]

Kelly co-authored Telling Our Lives,which refers to her time with Gay Community News, where her story was originally published. Her book also refers by name to her great-aunt “Aunt Addie” in the chapter called “Beth’s Family Legacy,” thought it doesn’t discuss their relationship.

In a 2010 interview with The Windy CityTimes, Kelly equated being a professor with activism. “Until my involvement with the [Chicago LGBT] advisory council, my principal organizing in Chicago was here at DePaul,” she said. “To build a women’s and gender studies program at a Catholic university is a very specific form of activism, and it really didn’t leave me a lot of time.” [Let me re-phrase that, accurately: “To be invited to come and attack the very monster all we sexular paganists hate so very much at its weakest, most vulnerable spot, the minds of the impressionable youths entrusted to the Church and this university, was beyond my wildest dreams.  I never thought I could do so much damage to the Church, and yet they invited me!  They are paying me, handsomely!  I have tenure!”]

Kelly described herself as a “lapsed” Catholic and said she had misgivings about teaching at a Catholic university, until she discovered that DePaul was serious about diversity hiringShe said that the number of LGBT faculty has grown to the point where “today I know that I don’t know all of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty at DePaul.” [Think about that.  She, the lesbian, had misgivings about teaching at a so-called Catholic university, but the university had none.  Oh no, they were eager to kowtow to the sexular pagan zeitgeist by having her come on board!  I think I’m going to be sick]

Regarding her help with building the LGBT Studies program, she said “What was interesting to me was the lack of opposition.”  She credited the “amazing support” from Father Dennis Holtschneider, president of DePaul University since 2004. [I would say that Fr. Holtschneider is going to have a singularly unpleasant experience at his personal judgment.]

As a father with several daughters and a son, let me just say this: I regard child sex abuse as soul-murder. I believe it is in some ways worse than murder, as the child has to live for decades with the pain, messed up relationships, damaged thinking, and permanently stained soul as a result of the abuse. I have known some people who were sexually abused as children, and they were all severely messed up.  Talk about the collapse of civilization, this is it.

Dietrich von Hildebrand on how to respond to the crisis in the Church January 14, 2014

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I’ve been excerpting from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s seminal study of the post-conciliar crisis – The Devastated Vineyard – for  the past week.  While there are still some bits I think worth sharing, I think I’m going to conclude this “coverage” today, so I can move onto The Reform of the Roman Liturgy by Msgr. Klaus Gamber (a book Pope Benedict strongly endorsed).

Today, we’re going to hit the conclusion to Dr. von Hildebrand’s book, Chapter 27.  In this, he sums up all he’s said before, but with some extra punch and vigor.  I will add emphasis and comments as usual, and I’m warning you now, this is going to be a long post.

Padre Pio told a friend of mine who was deploring many of the liturgical changes, “You are right – but Christ has not abandoned us. He is still present in the Tabernacle, and the Holy Sacrifice still takes place objectively!”  [Although, it is widely believed that Padre Pio, who died in 1968, never offered the “reformed” Mass.]  And so it is clear that the attitude of resignation, of despair over the Church, is not the right response. 

Another false response, and perhaps the most dangerous one, would be to imagine that there is no devastation of the vineyard of the Lord, that it only seems so to us – our task as laymen is simply to adhere with complete loyalty to whatever our bishop says and not to dare to pass judgment on all those things which I have referred to in this book as elements of the devastation of the vineyard of the Lord.  This is the attitude which, as mentioned above, is demanded precisely by the bishops who pursue an ostrich-policy of willful blindness and who as a result regard as annoying disturbers of the peace all those who protest against heresies and the devastation of the Church.

[The next two paragraphs are extremely important….] At the basis of this attitude is a false idea of loyalty to the hierarchy.  When the pope speaks ex cathedra on faith or morals, then unconditional acceptance and submission is required of every Catholic. But it is false to extend this loyalty to encyclicals in which new theses are proposed.  This is not to deny that the Magisterium of the Church extends much farther than the dogmas.  If an encyclical deals with a question of faith or morals and is based on the tradition of the Holy Church – that is, expresses something which the Church has always taught – then we should humbly accept its teaching. This is the case with the encyclical Humanae Vitae; although we do not have here the strict infallibility of a defined dogma, the content of the encyclical nevertheless belongs to that sphere of the Church’s Magisterium which we must accept as true. 

But there are many encyclicals which deal with very different questions and which express a response of the Church to certain new conditions. Thus the encyclical of the great Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, with its idea of a corporate state, differs on sociological questions with the encyclicals of Paul VI.  But when it is a question of practical ordinances such as concordats, or the suppression of the Jesuit order by Pope Clement XIV, or the introduction of the new missal, or the rearrangements of the Church calendar, or the new rubrics for the Liturgy, then our obedience (as Vatican I declares), but by no means our agreement is required…..In the history of the Church there have been many unfortunate ordinances and practical decisions by popes, which have then been retracted by other popes.  In such matters we may, while obeying an ordinance, with all due respect express opposition to it, pray for its elimination, and address many appeals to the pope. [This is really key.  I am hearing from certain quarters that it is always and everywhere wrong, even sinfully wrong, to ever criticize or voice disagreement with even the most prudential, non-directive statements/actions of a pope (non-directive meaning acts or statements that do not contain in them some exhortation to the faithful to obedience, and/or some call to action or even inaction).  I think this is a distortion of the understanding of obedience to the hierarchy and is in fact quite dangerous to the Faith and the good of souls.  This is not to make any particular criticism.  I am simply saying that so exalting any and every utterance of every pope to a degree that it is impermissible to voice even a respectful disagreement is a form of ultramontanism which has enormous potential to grievously wound the Church.  Doing so could make amockery of Tradition, and could see the Church witness wild swings from one extreme to another.  Fr. Ray Blake alluded to this in a recent post.  What I find interesting, is that this “impermissibility” of criticism or disagreement seems to apply only to the currently reigning pope.  I have seen or heard criticisms of PAST popes from some of those exhorting souls to never disagree with the current pope.  And I have seen some of these folks absolutely castigate those lower in the hierarchy.  What is also left unsaid, is that it is very possible for actions or statements from a current pope to be tacit, or even open, pointed rebukes of previous pontiffs.  Thus, agreeing with, or at least maintaining a sort of semi-quietist mentality of “pray, pay, and obey,” involves one at least indirectly with that tacit or open rebuke.  Anyway, here is at least one great theologian maintaining that it is permissible to disagree with even the highest authority on certain matters, provided it is done respectfully and with the right intent (the good of souls!).]

This holds even more for the ordinances of a bishop, especially in a time when there are bishops who belong to a kind of “fifth column” in the Church, and when there are many other bishops who, while not belonging to it, nevertheless fear public opinion more than God, and thus always swim with the tide of the times, or at least do not dare to take up the fight against prevailing tendencies……

……We have to realize that our time is like that of Arianism, and so we have to be extremely careful lest we be poisoned ourselves without noticing it.  [We live in unprecedented times in the history of the Church.  Never before, not in the protestant revolt, not in the Arian heresy, has so much of the Church openly embraced what has always been considered error.  We have confusing, troubling, or worse statements or actions from even the highest levels of the Church.  But it should be noted, and will be apparent to any student of early Church history, that priests and bishops, most all of them Saints, did not think it impossible to correct, or even rebuke, a pope.  St. Hilary of Poitiers, St. Jerome, St. Cyprian of Carthage, several other eastern Saints, all did so at various times.]    We must not underestimate the power of those ideas which fill the intellectual atmosphere of the time, nor the danger of being infected by them when we are daily breathing this atmosphere. Nor should we underestimate the danger of getting used to the evils of the times, and then becoming insensitive to them.  At first perhaps many people see the devastation of the vineyard, and react in the right way.  But after a while one becomes accustomed to it. Then, too, there is this to consider, that the devastation of the vineyard is an increasing process, and so certain evils which belong to the earlier stages, seem harmless in the light of the later stages.  And so we are in danger of becoming insensitive, on the one hand, because the devastation progresses, and its beginnings seem insignificant in the light of its advanced forms.

But it is still worse to become infected than to be insensitive. The first thing to be done in order to avoid both dangers is to realize completely how extraordinary is the situation in which we live today.  St. Peter tells us, “Brethren, be watchful and sober, for your adversary the devil goes about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour….

…..Today these trends [of error and disobedience]  are able to develop within the Church. We can clearly discern them in sermons, in pastoral letters, and in books by well known authors.  Since these bad trends encounter so little resistance within the Church, it has become much more difficult for the simple faithful to grasp their incompatibility with the deposit of Faith. [And how many souls have been led astray?  Millions.  That is one prime reason I started this blog, to try to reach some souls who were about to expose themselves (four years ago) to a dangerous Lenten retreat hosted by a new age sister, all with the blessing and approval of local authorities.]  Thus, St. Peter’s exhortation to watchfulness applies today in a special way to watchfulness with respect to heresies within the Church.  We must constantly determine whether sermons, or new books, do not contain something heretical, or some basically false emphasis.  The Imprimatur used to be a great guarantee, and especially the Index [of forbidden books.  The Imprimatur is no longer a guarantee a book is free from error, which is an enormous scandal.  The faithful are left, more or less, to fend for themselves in discerning truth from error].  But today we have to develop in ourselves a special awareness, a holy mistrust, [Isn’t that sad! Isn’t that a damning indictment, that the faithful have to be mistrustful of many sources within the Church, because few if any in authority will perform that sacred, vital duty for which they have been commissioned by God?!] for we not only live in a poisoned world, but in a devastated Church.  In our present trial God requires of us this watchfulness, this holy fear of being infected. It would be a lack of humility to think that we are in no danger of being infected. It would be a false security rooted in pride if we were to think that we are immune.  Each of us must become aware of his frailty, and understand that this special watchfulness is required of us by God in the trial which we are going through……..

[This next part is a bit out of order, but it’s a critical conclusion on how we must respond to the crisis…..]  Our response must be……a growth in faith, hope, and charity.  Is not the devastation of the vineyard of the Lord an exhortation to love God, Christ, and His Holy Church more than ever? Do we not betray Christ if we turn away in disgust?  Should not we of all people strive to see that true beauty  of the vineyard of teh Lord, which objectively must be to work for the glorification of God, and toward our own personal sanctification, and to oppose this-worldliness by our own unconditional imitation of Christ. 

This has of course become more difficult.  We are not longer surrounded by the radiance of the Holy Church as we were before the Council…….Today our Faith no longer has the great support and help of previous generations, and it has to penetrate through much which is foreign to this sacred world in order to reach that tremendous and sacred event, the mystery of the unbloody re-enactment of Calvary, and of the union of love between our soul and Jesus in Communion.  This is precisely why the devastation of the vineyard of the Lord is a time when our faith is tried, when we are called upon to grow in faith, hope, and charity.  But it is a time of trial which demands a completely new kind of watchfulness……

————-End Quote————

I don’t have much to add to that, other than that we must not give up hope, nor the Faith!  Stay strong, no matter how bad things are!  This is a test, and we must remain faithful to Christ and His Holy Church, even when it pains us.  But that does not mean we have to remain silent in the face of error, abuse, dissent, or outright heresy, and the danger they pose to souls.  We can always present that constant belief and practice of the Faith to other souls!  I will continue to do so, God willing!

Foremost of all, however, we must practice virtue in a heroic degree.  These ARE the times that try men’s souls, but this is also a great time, a time when souls that overcome all the obstacles can achieve heroic practice of the Faith.  We CAN be Saints!  Don’t let anyone stop you from becoming one because of some goofy or even destructive things they say or do!  If we are faithful, we WILL win!

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I think I’ve found my architectural dream church January 14, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Our Lady, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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It may not exactly be perfect.  In fact, there are a number of items that might not be fitting, locally.  But as a guide for what I hope our local FSSP parish church becomes, one day, Notre Dame de Bon Secours in old town Montreal looks just about right:

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I want to help build a church that will last for centuries.  I want to help build a church that people will remember, that will take years of sacrifice to achieve.  I am concerned with the “build it quick and get it done” mentality.  This parish in Montreal was not built in 3 years.  Details were added over decades.  And what detail!

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I really think there is much value in a church that has an explosion of architectural and artistic detail.  This detail should apply both externally and internally.  There is nothing wrong in taking advantage of modern technology to accent the beauty of a Church’s design, as in the architectural lighting above.  Blended with classic elements, like 18th century copper cladding on the roof, it really draws the eye in.

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Take your time, and do it right.  Get genuine stained glass.  Have paintings actually commissioned, from true talents, not modernist dilettantes. Pay great attention to detail.  Have a good plan and be willing to add bits and pieces over time.

For local purposes, I really think this Notre dame de Bon Secours could serve ideally as a model for any new, enlarged traditional church.  The proportions are about ideal, this chapel probably seats about 4-500, just right for a booming TLM community. Ahem.

 

Montreal_Church_2_(7959684500) If at all possible, spare no expense with materials!  Use fine marbles, woods, etc.  And have scenes from our Faith just about everywhere!  A Catholic parish is a concrete effort at evangelization!  Who knows what particular statue of a Saint, work of art, or biblical scene might not stir a heart towards conversion!  Even some recently built parishes for traditional communities seem to reveal a certain reticence to go full-bore with the glorious Catholic art as our forebears in the Faith did.  But they knew what they were doing!  Why else do you think this chapel is a major attraction today?!

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I think it wonderful to have large paintings commissioned to adore the sanctuary and other parts of the church.  And I love a gloriously detailed altar.  Get rid of that table in the front! It’s blocking my view. At least they kept the altar rails, probably at the insistence of some secular historical preservation society!

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A fine church, redolent with detail of far from trivial expense, speaks of the love these souls had for their God and their Church.  I long to contribute to the creation of something similar, something my grandchildren or great-grandchildren will be able to enjoy with great pride.  I am ready to sacrifice, and quite a bit, to help achieve something like this.  The FIRST duty of the Church is to render Sacrifice, honor, and glory to God.

Some may balk at the expense of such a structure, saying we should direct such funds to worldly do-good activities, but parishes like this uplift all, the rich and poor alike, and fulfill magnificently that duty to honor the God and Creator of the universe.  The Church understood that for a long time……I pray we understand that again.

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Rome, as they say, was not built in a day.  Beautiful parish churches may take decades to complete – and that’s OK.  There is no need to rush.  When creating something intended to last, and to be of such good for souls, for centuries, it is no problem at all if it takes some time to complete.  I also really value the exterior statues of angels and Our Lady (in this case Our Lady Star of the Sea, obviously appropriate for a major port city like Montreal, not so much, locally), which give yet another exterior witness of our Faith.  Think how many generations of Catholic Quebecois sailors crossed themselves when passing this wonderful church while they glided down the St. Lawrence River to the open sea and its many dangers.

A wonderful, well executed 15 foot statue of Our Lady might move many souls around a local parish to re-embrace their faith, or bring down Grace upon themselves while passing by.  The vast majority of our Catholic churches today look like poorly done secular auditoriums.   Most give absolutely no visible exterior witness of what they are, or if they do, they could very easily be mistaken for a protestant church.  The chapel above veritably shouts to the world, We are Catholic, and we are proud!

Lord let us build such monuments to Your Glory once again!

If you know of similar examples of beautifully turned out chapels/parishes, lay them on me.  Especially those in the small-to-mid size, I know there are many glorious cathedrals, but that is probably a bit beyond the scope of the local community’s ability to support!