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Quick post – is it just me, or……. February 10, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, Tradition.

…..have a lot of good blogs and/or their authors either suddenly disappeared or gone off their nut of late?

What, do you think, is up?

I just read a post at a very popular conservativish mainstream site where the author, after bashing in very nasty, hurtful ways those who love the Church and strive to practice the Faith to the best of their ability, concluded that the BIG problem afflicting the Church today was contraception, and “our,” meaning faithful Catholics, inability to convince the vast majority of “Catholics” who reject that teaching to accept it.

Wow!  You can’t pay for analysis that good!  He also called various subsets of faithful Catholics, by which I am certain he means trads, “white trash Catholics” because they might need government assistance, “Jew-baiting cranks,” and “Inquisition re-enactors.”  Can you feel the charity?

I mean really, do you think people who reject Church Dogma on contraception are doing so because they haven’t experienced a sufficiently nuanced, teleological exposition on Aristotle and how all human rights and laws derive from the natural law?  Or do they maybe just want to get it on while imagining doing so won’t burden them with a child?  The author, Zmirak, also completely ignores the incredibly close coupling between contraception and abortion.  He acts as if contraception can be treated as a separate, stand alone action, whereas it is the entire basis upon which legalized abortion stands.

This same author seems to be going through one of those convulsive sea changes that afflict faithful Catholic bloggers/writers/media figures from time to time, where they suddenly seem to turn 180 from, say, raging traddy, to raging traddy basher.  He now seems to be laying the ground work for some magical revocation of Church Dogma on contraception, or at least a tacit revocation in it being totally ignored.

I have observed this phenomenon several times in the past few months, having only ever seen it occasionally before. I know one guy who has done such a 180 that he has now completely repudiated the TLM, while claiming the regular old Novus Ordo in a “large, suburban parish” is infinitely superior.  That, after he had spilled an ocean of ink claiming the diametric opposite over the past few years, including calling the Novus Ordo the “children’s Mass.”

What’s up with that?  I am also saddened that several good bloggers I know have chosen to shut down their sites. I need to update my blogroll to reflect that fact.

So what’s going on? I have a suspicion. It’s this pope.  Some are so scandalized by him they can no longer continue the fight, either due to demoralization or fear of causing scandal by seeming to be in opposition to the pope or critiquing him in various ways.  Others strive to define their orthodoxy based on their perception of the current pope’s leanings and emphasis, meaning they have swung hard left (that being the popular perception of Pope Francis).  One or two have just experienced blog fatigue, which happens. The average blog lasts 3 months and consists of 6 posts!

That’s not to say some faithful Catholics do not go to excess, nor that there isn’t some ugliness and deficiencies among traditional Catholics.  Sometimes we can get inured to our own sense of being offended and come off as mean and, as I clutch my pearls, pharisaical. But these sudden swings are troubling.  I hate to engage in blogfoolery, but I’ve seen this too much of late – it’s almost becoming a thing.  It makes me worry some people who have experimented with the traditional practice of the Faith and found it frustratingly difficult are going to turn around and become inveterate enemies.  They could do a lot of damage.

Out of time for the day.  No big conclusion, just some observations.



1. discipleofthedumbox - February 11, 2014

On the other hand, I have started anew. We’ll see how this thing works out.

2. skeinster - February 11, 2014

Battle fatigue.
Possibly caused by the vagaries of Pope Francis. That is a very interesting idea…

But my suspicion is it’s due to technology.
In the old days, pre-internet- one was aware of problems in the Church, and properly concerned. But, since the Wanderer only came out once a week, and the magazines like Fidelitiy and New Oxford Review only arrived once a month- the newsletter of the St. Joseph’s Society, every quarter- there were breathing spaces in which to digest and re-group from the latest bad news.

Today, if you want to read it, there is an unending stream of information and opinion, and little time to assimilate it and recover before the next batch arrives. Bad news at the touch of a button and everyone is a critic. No wonder some become addicted to what a local priest calls “ecclesiastical porn”.

We’re really not meant to live with this sort of informational and emotional overload. Which is why Fr. hands out “the pink book” ad libitum– to calm people down.from paralysing interweb induced stress.

Baseballmom - February 11, 2014

I think you are on to something here… For myself, I must shut it down every so often lest I despair… Information and bad news overload….

tantamergo - February 11, 2014

All people tend to prefer “answers” – or perhaps, even when trying to be unbiased, naturally arrive at answers – that reinforce their own predilections and predispositions. So, there, now you know something else about your local blogger.

3. Hannah - February 11, 2014

Does anyone know what happened to Ars Orandi?

Martina - February 11, 2014

Yes, but I don´t know if you really want to know this, Hannah.

tantamergo - February 11, 2014

Yes, that’s one I’m missing most. I should take up his posting of stuff from The Liturgical Year.

Hannah - February 11, 2014

I see… Thank you for the link, Martina.

4. Martina - February 11, 2014

“So what’s going on? I have a suspicion. It’s this pope. Some are so scandalized by him they can no longer continue the fight, either due to demoralization or fear of causing scandal by seeming to be in opposition to the pope or critiquing him in various ways.”

You are completely right, tantam. For me that was the reason why I decided to stop blogging when the Pope said that the Virgin Mary might have thought “Lies, lies! I´ve been deceived.”
My last post was about this scandal he gave and I tried to protect the Virgin and Church Teaching against: a Pope!
One has to decide to blog on or stop because bringing this and his other (heretic) utterings to the attention of others might even do more harm to our beloved Mother Church.
But some time ago I opened up a new blog. I decided to make available again in German an old book of the Doctor of te Church St. Alphonus de Liguori, who converted many thousands of people through his writings. The book is an exerpt only for the laity from his famous bbok “The true spouse of Christ”.

Click to access liguori-true-spouse-of-jesus-christ.pdf

I now can be sure that I give no additional scandal…

5. Martina - February 11, 2014

My last post didn´t appear, so in a shorter version:

“So what’s going on? I have a suspicion. It’s this pope. Some are so scandalized by him they can no longer continue the fight, either due to demoralization or fear of causing scandal by seeming to be in opposition to the pope or critiquing him in various ways.”

Exactly this was the reason that I decided to stop blogging. It was when he said that the Virgin Mary might have thought “Lies, lies, I´ve been deceived.”

6. David - February 11, 2014

I know Cleansing Fire will be doing some restructuring. From what I read, it is because IMHO the blog accomplished it’s original mission. If you go to Cleansing Fire I think you will agree with me.

Thank you Bishop Matano!! I sure hope and pray that the Diocese of Albany gets a bishop like Matano who within his first 100 days is already rocking the boat.

7. Lynne - February 11, 2014

Regarding the author of the link in your post, Tantem, I no longer read him. Easy peasy… But yes, the deluge of bad news is worrisome. Speaking for myself, I need to do more spiritual reading and more praying of the rosary. What is the “pink book”?

skeinster - February 11, 2014

Sorry, Lynne- inside baseball reference.
“Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart” by Fr. Jacques Philippe.

With a title like that, you can see why we refer to it as “the pink book”.

Father hands this out in the confessional like aspirin. It is very short, clear and sound. We are an EF parish, where everyone is quite cognizant, or becoming so, of the problems facing the Church, and it is helpful for a first step in getting a handle on our anxiety and anger.

tantamergo - February 11, 2014

Hey, I don’t want folks thinking I’m getting beat down. I’m not at all. In fact, I feel pretty energized and positive right now.

I was just noticing a phenomenon. It does seem a few have experienced some radical swings of late. More than usual. That’s all. Hey, maybe those who stopped blogging are just emulating our Pope Emeritus!

Heh. Watch me, my humor can get dark at times.

I never really cared for Zmirak. I kind of suspected he would eventually go trad-bashing.

skeinster - February 11, 2014

No, you were just making an interesting observation.
The balance of this site is what keeps me reading. It’s one of my favorite blogs.

And, as I’ve said numerous times before, the Tradmosphere is SO much better than it used to be, external awfulness notwithstanding. But it will take us a while to live down our previous image.

8. beati pacifici - February 11, 2014

Mark 7:1-8
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
“This people honours me with their lips,

but their hearts are far from me;

in vain do they worship me,

teaching human precepts as doctrines.”

You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’

tantamergo - February 11, 2014

Of course, protestants try to use this quote to attack the entire edifice of Tradition.


beati pacifici - February 12, 2014

It’s today’s reading. . . Not some conspiring to do evil will against you or the whole body of Catholics.

9. maggycast - February 11, 2014

Maybe lots of things going on…battle fatigue, a Pope who throws nukes at his own sheep weekly and of course the demonic, the flesh and the world. It’s not easy to manage what you read and turning off the computer when it gets to much…the battle is so intense it’s tough to walk away and take a break. Also, many people still live on their emotions…which is why the 180 happens. But the truth doesn’t change…the truth that Traditional Catholicism IS the truth. When we lead with our intellect, having surrendered our entire will to Christ, we don’t have a choice but to stay in the Traditional Church. Pray that these battered souls take the time to heal and seek Christ in His traditional Church again…and learn some temperance in fighting the good fight:+) We all need to:+) God bless~

10. discipleofthedumbox - February 11, 2014

I try not to get all worked up about it. It is like I tell my older children, just work within your immediate sphere of influence. That is all any of us can really do. Try it. You just might find that you are happier and more at peace for it.

Baseballmom - February 11, 2014

Amen. If I manage to keep my sorry a$$ out of hell and help a few others ( my 8 kids, their spouses, the grandkids etc.) do the same that’s about all I can hope for. If God chooses to use this poor sinner to do a bit more (without her knowledge) then so be it. 🙂

discipleofthedumbox - February 11, 2014

+1 and amen!

11. The great Gueranger on the concern we should have for souls | A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics - February 11, 2014

[…] When I posted yesterday about some blogs going missing, one I had foremost in mind was Ars Orandi.  I have asked David Werling on Facebook what happened, but got no response.  It just disappeared, taking years of great content with it.    […]

12. tantamergo - February 11, 2014

Let me tell you, NC, that at least this blogging Catholic enormously appreciates your work. Rorate is, to me, the best traditional Catholic news and views site on the internet.

I guess I am lucky in that I mostly seem to fly under the radar. I get one or two snarky comments a week, pretending to condemn me for my lack of charity or what have you, but for the most part, I rarely get attacked. Or maybe I do, but I just don’t care. I don’t read what people write about me.

My POV has always been that this blog is for me, to express my views, and commenting here is a privilege I can revoke at any time. If someone wants to start up their own blog dedicated solely to what an uncharitable idiot I am, they are free to do so, and I am free to ignore it. I try real hard, as well, not to get involved in blogfoolery, or internecine strife between Catholic bloggers. If someone hates on me, that’s between them and the Lord, but I almost certainly won’t read it. I also try hard not to make this blog about me, but about the good of souls. I pray I am successful in that (Our Lady, pray for me!).

Please keep up the good work! God bless you!

13. Count me as one - February 12, 2014

“white trash Catholics” — Love the term. As far as I can tell a chronically underserved population by the Church, both White Trash inside and outside the Church.

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