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Head of G-8 cardinals tells CDF head to get with the real world, aka Cardinal Maradiaga is at it again January 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disconcerting, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, Sacraments, sadness, scandals, secularism, the return.
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I guess I missed this last week. Perhaps this is old news to you, but it’s new to me, so I’m going to afflict you with it.

Cardinal Red-riguez Maradiaga is the head of Pope Francis’ hand-picked group of 8 advisory or “super-” cardinals. He has made some rather amazing statements in the past.  This past week, in an interview with a German newspaper, Cardinal Maradiaga chided cardinal-designate Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for his hidebound and inflexible attitude towards divorce and re-marriage.  Via ProtectthePope:

‘Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the head of a “kitchen cabinet” the pope created to draw up reform proposals, said that Archbishop Gerhard Mueller (sic) – who has opposed any loosening of Church rules on divorce – was a classic German theology professor who thought too much in rigid black-and-white terms. [Classic, eh?  Like Martin Luther, Cardinal Alfrink, Karl Rahner, von Baltasar, Schillebeeckx, Heidigger, et. al?]

“The world isn’t like that, my brother,” Rodriguez said in a German newspaper interview, rhetorically addressing Mueller (sic) in a rare public criticism among senior Church figures. ”You should be a bit flexible when you hear other voices, so you don’t just listen and say, ‘here is the wall’,” Rodriguez said in an interview with the daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger……. [It is difficult not to see this comment from Cardinal Maradiaga as openly supporting the extremely problematic, if not heretical and schismatic, actions of the German bishops conference, who have opened the Blessed Sacrament to divorced and remarried Catholics (with no annulment), in spite of directives from Rome not to do so.  The German bishops hope to solve their financial problems by wooing more Catholics to sign up for the state tax used to support the Church through this act.  In a sign of their immense compassion, German Catholics who fail to pay the state tax have been declared automatically excommunicated by the same conference].

…….‘In perhaps the most surprising part of the interview, Cardinal Rodriguez voiced a public disagreement with another leading prelate when he made clear his disagreement with Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, regarding proposals to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Last October, in a strongly worded article published in the official Vatican newspaperL’Osservatore Romano, Archbishop Müller cautioned German bishops against assuming a change in the Church’s policy, emphasizing the constant teaching that a marital bond is permanent an inviolable. [I believe it is. In fact, if this belief isn’t inviolable, which isn’t?]

Cardinal Rodriquez did not disagree with the Church’s teaching. “The Church is bound by God’s commandments,” he told the German newspaper. “What God has joined together, man must not divide. That is clear.” However, he said, “there are many approaches to interpret it.” Some couples may not truly be married in the eyes of God, he said, and the Church might reconsider the requirements of a binding Christian commitment. He suggested that Archbishop Müller should be open to discussion of the problem, because “maybe you’re right, but maybe you’re wrong.” Oddly enough, Cardinal Rodriguez admitted that he had not spoken directly with Archbishop Müller, the Vatican’s chief doctrinal spokesman, about the question.’ [he also apparently did not read Muller’s own declaration on the subject from last October, wherein he plainly alluded to the fact that some marriages may be invalid from the start.  This is the “American” solution to divorce, declaring essentially any marriage that ends in divorce invalid.  A very clever solution, but it has not failed to gravely weaken the Catholic conception of marriage.]

It’s a bit condescending, isn’t it, one cardinal reminding another how the real world ostensibly works?  But if we’re talking isolation from daily events, one would be hard put to find individuals more isolated from the ebb and flow of the lives of the vast majority of the laity than cardinals. This isn’t about pastoral approaches. This is about hard ideology, and the progressives are determined to finish the work they began 50 years ago – in my opinion.

When it comes to defending core Catholic doctrines, even Dogmas, like the indissolubility of marriage, the evil of adultery, the sanctity of human life and the destruction wrought by contraception, can one be too “black and white?”  Do we instead need to revel in the 50 shades of grey?  Who stands and defends the Truth Christ reveals through His Church?

The Catholic Church, and, for it’s first 1500 years, the Christian religion, were always and foremost dogmatic religions. The Catholic Faith proposes a set of beliefs to souls, beliefs revealed by Christ and confirmed by constant miracles from the Wedding at Cana until today.  One can either accept those beliefs fully, intellectually, and practice them to the best of one’s ability, or one can reject them.  One places one within the Body of Christ, the other excludes one from it.  That has always – until the last 50-100 years – been the kind of basic understanding EVERY even semi-educated Catholic shared.  And yet today, it is openly questioned even by princes of the Church.

Isn’t this surreal in light of that movie I shared earlier?  Do you know that later in that movie, the unfaithful liberal “priest” played by Martin Sheen chastises the abbot of the traditional monastery for having auricular confession!  Because a priest playing Christ and absolving people, personally, from their sins, is a grave offense to the great ecumenical Church that the Catholic Faith, in that movie, belongs!  That is to say, there is NO limit to what the worldly and progressive are willing to undo, unteach, and reduce.

Was the selection of Cardinal Maradiaga to head the Group of 8 just a horrible mistake, or is it horrifying significant? I really don’t know…..but here is a quote from Pope Francis from last week:

‘Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.’

As Laurence England notes at the link above:

Herein lies the Francis enigma, that the Successor of St Peter gives the impression that the Catholic Church does not necessarily contain the fullness of truth and inerrancy in Her teaching. Is this not precisely what the Devil, through his agents, and his whisperings, proposes to mankind in this century, as in previous centuries, that there can exist no absolute truths which can be trusted – not even those insisted upon by the Bride of Christ? Why is Pope Francis reticent to proclaim that the Church has the fullness of truth or that such a thing as ‘Absolute Truth’ exists? 

I don’t know.  Mr. England says more than I would, but taking all the Pope’s myriad words on ecumenism and how to approach the world  in toto, one begins to note a disconcerting trend towards, if not doubt, at least a lack of assurance that the Catholic Church is indeed the one entity uniquely instituted by Christ to be His Body on earth.

BTW, if anyone thinks I am “obsessed” with Pope Francis, you should check out Mr. England’s site!  And I don’t call that obsession, I call that due focus to an incredibly important matter.  I’ve been a piker by comparison.

Margaret Sanger – one of history’s greatest monsters January 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I have mentioned I have been reading Dr. Warren Carroll’s sixth and final volume to his history of Christendom series, The Crisis of Christendom.   Just last night, I was reading a section that dealt with the incredibly pernicious, destructive, and one might even say demonic actions of Margaret Sanger.  It was interesting to read – again – just how morally corrupt and dissolute she personally was.  While she did mother three children into the world, she then went on to become an adulterous harlot who used men for the money and connections they could bring to her movement.

To say this woman was perverse would be an understatement. But her life and beliefs confirm for me, yet again, the old saying attributed to several great Saints, that public heresy is almost always a manifestation of some private sin. In that case, Margaret Sanger must be one of history’s great sinners, as she espoused some of the darkest, most diabolical ideas the world has ever seen.

Now, the below is a bad photoshop, but it does convey a real event that happened – Margaret Sanger did speak, very happily, to numerous Ku Klux Klan and other racist, eugenicist groups.  In fact, eugenics was very much in vogue among wealthy white liberal “elites” prior to WWII, and Sanger was their darling.  Unfortunately for them, Hitler rather ruined eugenics reputation in the immediate post-war years, so she changed the name of her organization to Planned Parenthood.



As I read in Dr. Carroll’s book last night, Sanger favored sterilization for 70% of the American population, and probably far higher levels for much of the world.  She wanted a world where only people like her – “thoroughbreds,” as she liked to call them, wealthy, white, liberal elites – would be allowed to reproduce.  She even favored the creation of a permanent standing army of 15-20 million (about 10% of the total population at that time) to herd the rest of us into concentration camps where we would be worked to death  – after our mandatory sterilization.

I was going to transcribe some sections of Dr. Carroll’s book, but I forgot to bring it.  Providentially, I got sent a link today that contains very similar material, so I’ll share that with you, instead:

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan…I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses…I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.” 
–Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366 

I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into this world…” 
–Margaret Sanger  [Think about the mentality that would say such a thing, the self-serving evil behind it]

“Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” So said Margaret Sanger……. [Ditto]

It goes on and on like that with Sanger.  She really viewed people like cattle, at best. In fact, I think most ranchers have much more compassion for their cattle than Sanger did for her fellow humans.  But that’s just it, she, and her numerous disciples today, don’t view vast swaths of humanity as really human.  Certainly the unborn don’t count, nor do those with serious physical or mental problems (thus, we hear the rhetoric about a life being “not worth living”), nor even those who don’t live their life according to the manner liberals feel fitting or necessary.  When you get done with all the paring down, there are darn few of us left.

That this is a satanic mentality should be obvious to anyone with even the faintest glimmer of sanctifying Grace in their soul.  Unfortunately, that excludes more and more people today……

There is no end to the evil people will believe absent God.


Thanks to Branch – some folkish but awesome Catholic music January 27, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Hey, not everyone can write a sublime bit of chant.  “Laurence England,” or the guy who blogs at That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill, has posted some original compositions to Youtube, and they are pretty awesome.  I wonder how this would play at the parish parish talent show?  I have been known to pick up the guitar, but I’m not nearly as good as Mr. England Bone Crush.

Thanks to commenter Branch for pointing this out:

This guy is a parishioner at Fr. Ray Blake’s parish in Brighton.  Something must be going right there.

Here’s another – My Sins Crucified Our Lord:

What do you think?


“Catholics, you have been robbed of the Mass!” January 27, 2014

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So sayeth someone from Una Voce Miami, who posted the video below to Youtube. It contains scenes from the extremely moving (in a painful way) movie Catholics, a 1973 British made for TV movie based on the 1972 Brian Moore novel of the same name.  I’m not sure the movie contains all the details of setting that make up the fictional world of the book – the book is set around 1998, after the “Fourth Vatican Council,” when the Catholic Church has entered into formal ecumenical “union” with liberal protestant sects that have resulted in the destruction of most Dogmas.  Even the Mass is now officially taught (in this universe) as a mere symbol, a la low Anglican belief.  Of course, the TLM is in this universe totally abrogated and even versus poplum is a formal dictum from Rome (which it is not, and never has been, in our reality).

There is some text at the beginning of the video that is illegible, but I believe it describes how Irish Catholics kept their Faith by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass outside in hidden glens and rocky crags during the horrific persecutions under the mad, evil, radically liberal protestant Oliver Cromwell.  The Irish were made to suffer more than most of us can imagine, but they had their Mass, so they withstood the abuse.  But what happens when the Mass goes away?

I like how the dialogue points out that the Novus Ordo tends to repel men (especially in less feminized cultures than the US and parts of Europe).  And there are some wonderful defenses of Catholic belief given.  Some of the other parts interspersed around the movie cuts are……..meh.  They tried, I guess.

Am I the only one who was repulsed when the modernist Martin Sheen character was doing yoga instead of praying the Office?

And how about hanging the worldliness and impiety of the Church described in this universe as being reflective of early Christian “revolutionaries?”  But that’s just it – they weren’t, save for adhering to the Dogmas of the Faith.  Early Christians didn’t set out to overthrow economic injustice or upend the Roman Empire, they strove to adhere to the beliefs and practices of the Faith (especially individual – not corporate, i.e., government imposed – virtue) and to be personally holy. From THAT flowed revolution, not from impious, indifferent, materialist behavior and left wing revolutionary agitprop.  Grace cooperated with will naturally change a society dramatically for the better.  Playing at communist revolutionary hero will not.

The movie – and book – have a hook.  The abbot decides to go along with being “obedient,” banning the offering of the Traditional Mass, but it turns out that is because he’s been play acting all along.  He lost his faith long before…..Had the other monks known that (the abbot, of course, kept that secret) I wonder if they would have gone along with his imposition of authority.

The scenario painted above is one that has been troubling me a great deal of late.  What would I do if the TLM were pretend-abrogated again, and everyone went along with it out of “obedience?”  What would I do?  How would I respond?  It’s very easy for us who have the TLM available to say “oh, I would just obey without question,” but under the press of events, the matter might not be quite so clear.  The extreme pain such an occurrence would cause many faithful souls is well shown in the movie.  And this is a situation actually far worse than what we are presently experiencing, in a hypothetical world where many of the abuses and (still) heresies of today are either regularized or Dogma has been “changed” to reflect the heresy!  Imagine dealing with that!

There are some little details in the book and movie that seem to point towards Archbishop Lefebvre and his activities at that time, especially the reference to a televised Mass, people flying in from around the world to assist, etc.  All occurred with +Lefebvre back in the 70s.

Here are some more details from Una Voce Miami on the movie:

This is a clip from the 1973 made-for-TV film “Catholics” (later renamed “The Conflict”), shown full-length on US public broadcasting stations. It is a visually and intellectually impressive film. The story line is faithful to Brian Moore’s 1972 book by the same name. The film depicts the real-life confrontation between Traditionalists and Modernists in the Roman Catholic Church after the highly controversial and divisive Second Vatican Council.

The Modernist occupiers of the Church’s official structures arbitrarily order Catholics to join with heretical sects in a so-called “ecumenical” movement that contradicts the authentic teachings and traditions of Catholicism. A group of Irish monks decides to continue with Catholic Tradition and remain faithful to the Tridentine  [no, it’s the Traditional Mass, or Mass of all ages, as it dates from the 1st-5th centuries depending on which part you are talking about]  Latin Mass. When the monks’ fidelity to the Mass inspires an international following, the Modernists become alarmed and disconcerted, rightly fearing worldwide Catholic resistance to their sinister plot. 

Martin Sheen is the agent sent by the Modernists to force the monks to accept the new religion and its schismatic new liturgy or face excommunication at the hands of the Modernists. Great dialogue ensues as some of the monks eloquently defend their Faith.

The acting by Trevor Howard is absolutely flawless and authentic. It is masterful, heartfelt, and beautiful. Almost equally so is that of Cyril Cusack, who plays the role of Father Manus, a monk. Martin Sheen’s role is important, but not nearly as much as Howard’s, and not remotely as well-crafted.

The DVD version of the film titled “Catholics” is very grainy, with lines running through it, and soundtrack distortions that make it hard to enjoy.

A few pics I’ve taken lately January 27, 2014

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We went to the First Profession of Vows and Mass for Sr. Maria Consuelo at the Carmel on Saturday.  The nuns and Carmelite priests do a respectable Ad Orientem Novus Ordo.   There was quite a crowd.  It seems Sr. Consuelo has a pretty sizable family.

The Carmel does not allow pics of the nuns, but I did take a few shots after Mass.  I like their statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe:





Not from the Carmel.  Could not remember if I posted this one or not, and I’m too lazy to check.




The Carmel statue is better.

Below is a funny my wife found.  My kids understand: