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Weekend reading – Is leftism drivEN by secret racism? March 14, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, history, persecution, reading, silliness, Society.
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A blogger named Zombie has written a long post at Pajamas Media arguing that leftism – at least in the United States – is driven by a secret racism towards black.  He uses various current leftist agendas to attempt to prove this.  I found many of the arguments (white liberals want to ban plastic bags because blacks litter?  What?) pretty thin.  But I do think he’s on the right track, in a sense.  But he misses a very large number of points, especially the fact that left wing types behave identically in countries even where there is no substantial black population.  And that leftists have been behaving exactly as they do now, going back centuries, to times and places where there were simply no blacks present at all to drive this guilt-ridden agenda.

I do think there are aspects of the leftist agenda that are overtly racist.  He cites abortion to buttress his arguments, and the eugenic basis for the drive to legalize abortion in this country is too obvious to ignore.  But I think he misses the broader driver in assigning racism as the cause.  The broader driver is elitism.  This is an elitism that says that people are too dumb to control their own actions, too animalistic to practice virtue, and thus the state must sharply curb people’s freedoms in order to prevent them from making “wrong” (leftist disapproved) choices.  That’s one major overt driver.

I have read Zombie before in the past, and I don’t think he’s particularly religious/Christian. I think that’s why he misses another major driver in left wing agitation, which is based in a deep-seeded animosity towards religion.

Anyway, it’s food for thought, and I am out of time, so read and discuss, if you want.  Or pray, that would probably be a better use of our collective time.

More great photos of Padre Pio March 14, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Eucharist, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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A number of really good photos of Padre Pio – or St. Pio of Pietrelcina – offering Mass or performing other public liturgical functions.  I hope you enjoy!


Imagen de PADRE PIO




How awesome would it be to be married by Padre Pio!

How awesome would it be to be married by Padre Pio!













I don’t know about y0u, but I think  his readily apparent Eucharistic devotion should be a model for all of us!

Fr. Stefano Manelli, founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, on Our Blessed Mother March 14, 2014

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The ongoing agony of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI) has been extensively covered on this blog. I remain convinced that the actions taken against that vibrant and growing order were wholly unjust and 5123XCLopEL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_profoundly disturbing.

I have had a book written by the FFI’s founder, Fr. Stefano Manelli, for some time. It was distributed at our parish when some FFI’s came to visit.  This Devotion To Our Lady is a most glorious book. I do not hesitate to say that Fr. Manelli comes the closest to the awesome writings of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori of any modern Church author I’ve read.  I think you will find the same in the excerpt below.  That makes the very severe, some might even say savage, treatment he has received since he was forcibly removed as Superior of the Franciscans of the Immaculate all the more troubling.

The following excerpts are from the Foreword of the book:

The more Marian we are, the more Christian we are. The more fully we belong to Our Lady, the more Jesus will 0798md16claim us as His own. The more we resemble the Mother of God, the more we will resemble our Divine Brother, Jesus, “Son of the virginity” of Mary (St. Ambrose).  Becoming true images of Jesus in Mary is the genuine fruit of devotion to Our Lady.

As St. John the Evangelist, in receiving Our Lady, “took her into his own” (Jn XIX:27), so may it be granted us to welcome Our Lady in the dwelling of our hearts…….

……..IF we do not have true Marian devotion, then we ought to beg for it as did St. Francis de Sales: “My God, when shall we have the Grace that the Holy Virgin might be born in our hearts?”

padre stefanoBut if we already have the Grace of devotion to Our Lady, we should apply all zeal and every effort for its increase, since salvation and sanctification depend on Our Lady’s living presence in our lives as well as in the life of the whole Church. “Mary,” says St. Bernard, “is the whole reason for our hope.” St. Louis Grignon de Montfort preached the same.  St. Alphonsus M. Liguori taught likewise; and this was the firm conviction of St. John Bosco: in a famous dream he saw a ship, representing the Church, standing firm and victorious in the midst of the tempest because it was anchored to two immovable pillars – the Eucharist and the Immaculate.

Our Lady saves us.  Our Lady gives us life. Our Lady enriches us with God. With the Holy Spirit she repeats to us: padre stefano missa“he who finds me, finds life, and will have salvation from the Lord” (Pr VIII:35).  And again: “With me are riches and glory….that I may enrich them that love me” (Pr VIII:18,21).  It was not without reason that St. Pius X proposed devotion to Our Lady as a primary means to restore all things to Christ in the Church and in the world.

Let us, then, love Our Lady. We make our own the last recommendation of St. Pio of Pietrelcina: “Love Our Lady and bring others to love Her. Always recite the Rosary.” Let us love Our Lady without ever saying we have loved her enough; rather, let us promote a holy rivalry in order to be the generation giving the most glory to Mary.

———–End Quote———–

One of the aspects that most characterizes St. Alphonsus’ copious writings are his constant use of quotes from Saints and Scripture to buttress his arguments or catechesis.  Fr. Manelli’s writings seem very similar in that respect, and in fact in tone, form, and content seem almost modeled on the writings of the Great Moral Doctor.

Which, to reiterate, makes the shameful treatment he is receiving at present all the more amazing.  But, many of Christ’s most devoted Saints have experienced similar or worse, so perhaps we should not be surprised.

But from what I’ve read thus far, I will not be surprised to see Fr. Manelli raised to the altars at some point in the not too distant future.

Fr. Manelli with Cardinal Burke in happier times

Fr. Manelli with Cardinal Burke in happier times

Voris does a good job explaining the disastrous LA religious “education” conference March 14, 2014

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I put education in scare quotes, because it’s really much more oriented towards propagandizing than true catechesis.

Many are probably familiar with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Conference held every March from the abhorrent videos of liturgical abuse that invariably surface each year.  This conference is wildly popular in Amchurch circles, attracting thousands of attendees and sparking imitators around the country, including in our own Diocese of Dallas (which, I must hasten to add, is much more orthodox, even if there remain problematic presenters, such as one of last year’s keynote speakers, popular heretic and new age evangelist Fr. Ron Rolheiser).

Michael Voris goes into some depth in this most recent episode of his “Dispatches” series, spending about half an hour exploring the aberrant beliefs and open heresy of many of the LA conference’s speakers.  There is a great deal of good info below, even if Michael could have easily produced a 2+ hour video and still not captured even half of the heresies held by those allowed to “educate” Catholics in LA.

This video is very informative and well worth your time if you have a little quiet period this weekend:

As a final note, now that Archbishop Gomez has been in LA for nearly 3 years, it is very sad to see that he has made precious few visible efforts to change the course of the LA trainREC.  I’m not convinced Gomez was ever very orthodox (see the desperate condition of the Archdiocese of San Antonio), and he certainly doesn’t seem to be making many waves in reforming an Archdiocese of LA which visibly decayed during Mahoney’s period as ordinary.

Destruction is easy, building up is hard.