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The Saints on Sodomy February 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, priests, Saints, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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My kids, and I to a very limited extent, have been enjoying the Olympics. I have allowed the rabbit ears to be plugged in for the duration, but after this weekend they are going away at least until football season. I won’t miss it.  We’ve had to turn off the volume during commercials, avert our eyes, and put up with NBC’s reflexive, Putin-pumping leftism.

But the worst part of the Olympics hasn’t been on TV, it’s been Google and their increasingly strident pro-sodomy stance. Earlier, they were using the sodomite’s blasphemous use of the rainbow – the sign instituted by God as a covenant between Himself and man AFTER the sins of sodom and gomorrah forced Him to destroy the world – as their “Google doodle” in support of the Olympics.  You can see how it ties together:

Google Sodo-Facism

 

Vox Cantoris has some quotes from the Saints on the hideous sin of sodomy, and its feminine twin in debauchery:

Tertullian, the great apologist of the Church in the second century, writes: “All other frenzies of lusts which exceed the laws of nature and are impious toward both bodies and the sexes we banish… from all shelter of the Church, for they are not sins so much as monstrosities.” (Tertullian,De pudicitia, IV)
Saint Basil of Caesarea, the fourth century Church Father who wrote the principal rule of the monks of the East, establishes this: “The cleric or monk who molests youths or boys or is caught kissing or committing some turpitude, let him be whipped in public, deprived of his crown [tonsure] and, after having his head shaved, let his face be covered with spittle; and [let him be] bound in iron chains, condemned to six months in prison, reduced to eating rye bread once a day in the evening three times per week. After these six months living in a separate cell under the custody of a wise elder with great spiritual experience, let him be subjected to prayers, vigils and manual work, always under the guard of two spiritual brothers, without being allowed to have any relationship… with young people.” (St. Basil of Caesarea, in St. Peter Damien, Liber Gomorrhianus, cols. 174f.)  [That kind of treatment would have stamped out the priest boy-rape scandal before it began!]

Saint Augustine is categorical in the combat against sodomy and similar vices. The great Bishop of Hippo writes: “Sins against nature, therefore, like the sin of Sodom, are abominable and deserve punishment whenever and wherever they are committed.” (Rom. 1:26). (St. Augustine,Confessions, Book III, chap. 8) [Tell us again, friends of Sodom, how those 5 cities were really destroyed for being insufficiently congenial hosts?  What kind of a monster do you make God into?  Destroying cities, killing hundreds of thousands, for not exercising sufficient hospitality?  Please! It was about perverse sex, one of the four sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance!  That is the abomination God cannot abide.]

Saint John Chrysostom writes: “All passions are dishonorable, for the soul is even more prejudiced and degraded by sin than is the body by disease; but the worst of all passions is lust between men… There is nothing, absolutely nothing more mad or damaging than this perversity.” (St. John Chrysostom, In Epistulam ad Romanos IV) [Is that clear enough?]

Saint Peter Damian’s Liber Gomorrhianus [Book of Gomorrah], addressed to Pope Leo IX, is considered the principal work against homosexuality. It reads: “Just as Saint Basil establishes that those who incur sins [against nature] … should be subjected not only to a hard penance but a public one, and Pope Siricius prohibits penitents from entering clerical orders, one can clearly deduce that he who corrupts himself with a man through the ignominious squalor of a filthy union does not deserve to exercise ecclesiastical functions, since those who were formerly given to vices … become unfit to administer the Sacraments.” (St. Peter Damian, Liber Gomorrhianus, cols. 174f) [Too bad we didn’t have a St. Peter Damian around in the US Church during the past several decades]

Saint Thomas Aquinas, writing about sins against nature, explains: “However, they are called passions of ignominy because they are not worthy of being named, according to that passage in Ephesians (5:12): ‘For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.’ For if the sins of the flesh are commonly censurable because they lead man to that which is bestial in him, much more so is the sin against nature, by which man debases himself lower than even his animal nature.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Super Epistulas Sancti Pauli Ad Romanum I, 26, pp. 27f)

Saint Bernardine of Siena, a preacher of the fifteenth century, writes: “No sin has greater power over the soul than the one of cursed sodomy, which was always detested by all those who lived according to God….. Such passion for undue forms borders on madness. This vice disturbs the intellect, breaks an elevated and generous state of soul, drags great thoughts to petty ones, makes [men] pusillanimous and irascible, obstinate and hardened, servilely soft and incapable of anything.  Furthermore, the will, being agitated by the insatiable drive for pleasure, no longer follows reason, but furor.” (St. Bernardine of Siena, Predica XXXIX, in Le prediche volgari (Milan: Rizzoli, 1936), pp. 869ff.)

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There are many, many more such quotes from Saints and Fathers.  I have counted over two dozen separate condemnations of the sins of sodomy in Scripture, both Old Testament and New.  This is one of the most clearly defined moral imperatives in all of Christendom.  But today, the vast majority of self-described Catholics think it’s perfectly alright.  That is a tragedy of mammoth proportions.
And, as Fr. Shaughnessy pointed out in a post yesterday, sodomy is invariably tied in with other sins against temperance.  Priests who live in a manner not conducive to their vows, who live in luxury, take expensive trips, have fine clothes and furniture, eat fine food, etc……those are the ones most likely to fall into this deplorable sin, or who are already lost in it.  And since this sin is so hideous, so shameful, those lost in it MUST find companions to be co-conspirators, to hide their shame.  There is no limit to which they will not go to hide their shame, even to attempting to destroy what the Church is and always has been.
But they can never hide from He from whom they know they must give account. This thought drives all their destruction in the Church.

Pro-sodomite statists in France disenfranchise faithful monks February 20, 2014

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I have, of course, been familiar for some time with the world-famous Benedictine Abbey of Fontgombault in France.  Fontgombault has been a center for the revival of the Liturgy for decades.  What I did not know, was that the 70 monks of Fontgombault make up a sizeable portion of the total population of their community.  As such, the government of their little municipality has a decidedly Catholic flavor.  Yay!

Yes, you and I might say yay, but the leftist sexular pagans now running France do not say so.  They say nay.  To the extent they now want to disenfranchise the monks, run the faithful Catholic mayor out of town, and obliterate this tiny area of resistance to their sexular pagan agenda:

The small village Fontgombault in Berry in central France is known mainly by Old Ritual Benedictines. But even by its militant Catholic mayor.  Despite secular state doctrine, he begins council meetings with a prayer. Fontgombault forms a separate municipality and has 258 voters. 70 voters are the monks of the abbey. [Woot!  I like those odds!] This drives some Church enemies to fits of rage. Especially since Jacques Tissier, the longtime mayor of Fontgombault, took a stand against the new “gay marriage”  law.  The opponents of the mayor now want to exclude monks from the voters’ lists   to influence the upcoming municipal election.

In May 2013, the “gay marriage” in France had been pressed against fierce opposition from the people of the socialist government. Jacques Tissier, since 1977, Mayor of Fontgombault and practicing Catholic, said last November in a newspaper interview: “There is a natural law that stands above the laws of man.”   On 24 October, the council had unanimously adopted a decision  at his request that municipal government and local council resign en bloc, should the  community  be forced to have to perform a “marriage” of two homosexuals. It is known that the mayor will consult the abbot of the monastery before important decisions.

By the decision  proponents of “gay marriage” and Church opponents became aware of the small village. They have publicly called upon homosexuals to become “married” in the City Hall of the central French community  for the purpose of forcing the resignation of the “scandalous” the mayor with his “shocking” views. But so far, no one has undertaken to put this challenge into action. So Jacques Tissier and his Catholic council majority still administrate the tranquil ten and a half square kilometer site.  [So the leftists first attempt to destroy a bit of Christendom failed.  Perhaps Grace in action?]

On 23 and 30   March, however, there will be local elections in France. The dismissal of the mayor was not successful and the prospect of a different majority do not seem to be very great. So Tissier’s political opponents and the monks who have been constituted as “list of outraged”, to  reduce the weight of the Catholics on the route of administration, by  denying monks the right to vote. [Uff da, bad translation, sorry]

The electoral  group “Outraged of  Fontgombault ” claims that some of the monks are not eligible to vote. “The monks have been too long a political weight in our community. That has to change. We have had enough of the Catholic robes,” says André Antigny, the leader of the “Outraged” in the anti-clerical tone, who competes as a mayoral candidate for his party. [It takes a pretty sick soul to say things like that.  I bet the “outraged” don’t number more than a half-dozen malcontents, if that many]  Six years ago, he had unsuccessfully challenged  Tissier. Now he is looking for another way. He turned to the court of Chateauroux and requesting the removal of monks from the voter lists Fontgombault.

……..’Outraged” is of a completely different opinion.  Antigny: “The monks hinder the laicism [secularism] of our community.” [Go back to the rock you crawled out from under in 1968. Or 1793.]

Way to go, Fontgombault!  The article also states how Fontgombault has grown so much they now have 5 daughterhouses in France!  All traditional, like our dear Clear Creek Abbey near Tulsa, also descended from Fontgombault.

That is how St. Benedict rebuilt Christendom in the West after the collapse of the Roman Empire, one community of monks at a time.  God be praised!

Great sermon on the religious life February 20, 2014

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And……AND……..I found a website that I am certain you will love.

First, the priest below explains about sanctity and the religious life.  He explains what religious life is, who is called, what to do if you think you are called, the great virtues associated with this glorious state of life (far superior, no matter what certain mentats of the post-conciliar period like to claim, to ordinary lay life), etc., etc.

Another great thing about the video below is all the great photos of nuns and other religious the guy at VideoSancto put in.  Greatness!

This is an older sermon from this priest, whom I am blessed to know.   But I just found out that pretty much ALL of his sermons – I think, if it’s not complete, it’s pretty danged close – are contained HERE at Romans10seventeen.org.  The site is pretty much bare bones right now, but who cares!  This is great!  I knew lots of his sermons were on AudioSancto, and that VideoSancto has picked up a fair number, but it’s great to have pretty much all of them.  I wish someone would record his catechism class, too.  Ahem.

And I love nuns!  The more traditional and elaborately habited, the better!

Oh, please say three Hail Mary’s for the sanctification of this priest and his salvation.  Please do so EVERY time you listen to a sermon on Audio/VideoSancto and/or romans10seventeen.org.

What says Romans X:17? “Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ.”  Amen.

Michael Voris on how homosexual lobbies fund the destruction of virtue….. February 20, 2014

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……and also attempt to influence the Church.

60 or 70 years ago, if one had told your average pious Catholic that there would come a day when a massively well funded and organized homosexual lobby would exist, and that said lobby would not only penetrate the Church but even gain control over numerous seminaries and chanceries around the country, to the extent that they managed to block thousands of valid vocations to the priesthood while replacing them with small numbers of their own kind, they would have been so amazed as to doubt your sanity.  But that is the situation we face today.

What drives all the success is the enormous funding pro-sodomite lobbies have managed to acquire (and the fervent support of the diabolical, to be sure).  Backed by a few high-dollar billionaires and the obvious self-interest of the few million active homosexuals in this country, these lobbies have resources that often far outstrip their competitors.  That – coupled with vast homosexual penetration of the media and arts – means that ordinary folks are subjected to a constant campaign of highly orchestrated propaganda and agitation, all aimed at slowly breaking down people’s natural revulsion to homosexual acts and slow acceptance of perversion as “normal.”

In the video below, Michael Voris discusses the pink or lavender mafia, their funding, how they work, and how destructive their propaganda has been.  Understanding the enemy is the first step towards countering him, and this enemy has both a human and a spiritual element. We know who drives the spiritual element in the homosexualization of society, but we need to understand how the human element works better.  The relevant parts start below at ~28:00.  Michael interviews good ‘ol “B-1” Bob Dornan (leftists thought calling Dornan “B-1 Bob” was a pejorative, I always saw it as a badge of honor), longtime Congressman for southern California and stalwart Catholic and conservative:

Dornan explains how sodomite activists and their massive funding have managed to help flip two formerly conservative states – Colorado and Virginia – into the liberal camp.  Of course, Californicating expats have helped doom Colorado, and the continuing explosive growth of the federal government (staffed over 90% by liberals/leftists) has helped turn Virginia, since so many federal workers now live in northern Virginia.  But I have no doubt homosexual money has played a big part in the overall process.

If Dornan’s frequent segues and diversions away from the prime topic drive you nuts, be sure to watch the last fifteen minutes of the video which contains Michael’s dispatches episode on pink money and the homosexual mafia. It’s a much more concise presentation on the same subject, and even more disturbing.

Could the success of these sodomite activists bring about their ultimate undoing?  Jewish tradition has always held, in the Talmud, that God unleashed the Biblical Flood that destroyed all mankind, save for Noah and his family, once humanity reached such dregs of perversion and immorality that they began to pretend to marry people of the same sex. We have reached that point again. While God promised never to entirely wipe out all Creation ever again, I think all pious souls sense a mighty chastisement brewing.  I don’t know how God will deal with these constant affronts to the natural law and Divine Positive Law, affronts so great that the Law is not just being flouted, but disrespected and laughed at with satanic glee, but I don’t think it will be very pretty for these activists of perversion.

Let us pray we remain faithful should we live to see this awful day.

Septuagesima is a time of great focus in our faith…… February 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Liturgical Year, manhood, mortification, sanctity, Tradition, Victory.
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As I mentioned in a previous post, I hope to fill in a little bit for the now defunct Ars Orandi site, posting some material from Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year.  In that vein, here is another excerpt from Chapter 3 of Volume 4, Practice During Septuagesima:

……During these days, therefore, we must do what we do at all seasons of the year, only we must do it more earnestly and fervently: we must sigh and weep after our country, [our real country, our eternal home, The-Crowning-with-ThornsHeaven]  from which we were exiled in consequence of having indulge in sinful pleasures; we must redouble our efforts in order to regain it by compunction and weeping of heart…….Let us now shed tears in the way, that we may afterwards be glad in our country.  Let us now run the race of this present life, that we may make sure of “the prize of the supernal vocation” (Phil III:14).  Let us not be like imprudent wayfarers, forgetting our country, and preferring banishment to our home. Let us not become like those senseless invalids, who feel not their ailments, and seek no remedy.  We despair of a sick man who will not be persuaded that he is in danger. No: let us run to Our Lord, the Physician of Eternal Salvation. Let us show Him our wounds, and cry out to Him with all our earnestness: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, for my bones are troubled” (Ps IV:3). Then will He forgive us our iniquities, heal us of our infirmities, and satisfy our desire with good things (Ps CII: 3,5).

bild-stich-flagellantenFrom all this it is evident that the Christian, who would spend Septuagesima according to the spirit of the Church, must make war upon that false security, that self-satisfaction, which are so common to effeminate and tepid souls, and produce spiritual barrenness. It is well for them, if these delusions do not insensibly lead them to the absolute loss of the true Christian spirit. He that thinks himself dispensed from that continual watchfulness, which is so strongly inculcated by our Divine Master (Mk XIII:37), is already in the enemy’s power. He that feels no need of combat and of struggle in order to persevere and make progress in virtue should fear that he is not even on the road to that Kingdom of God, which is only to be won by violence (Mt XI:12). He that forgets the sins which God’s mercy has forgiven him, should fear lest he be the victim of a dangerous delusion (Eccl V:5). Let us, during these days which we are going to devote to the honest unflinching contemplation of our miseries, give glory to our God, and derive from the knowledge of ourselves fresh motives of confidence in Him, who, in spite of all our wretchedness and sin, humbled Himself so low as to become one of us, in order that He might exalt us even to union with Himself. 

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Get your mortification amped up well before Lent.  Take advantage of Septuagesima!  Start cranking down on your pleasures and doing more of what you don’t like.  If you have a bad habit, start taking steps to reduce it if not eliminate it entirely.

Septuagesima is a gift to the faithful, to make us ready for Lent.  Use it!

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