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Avoid vaccines made from aborted baby parts March 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, persecution, priests, sadness, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition.
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I’ve covered this topic before, but it seems the videos work so much for people than does audio, so I’m bringing up this subject again.

When and how to vaccinate a child is a very difficult matter for a Catholic parent.  The number of vaccinations a child receives has exploded over the past 40 years.  Some of these vaccinations are of questionable merit and some have potential (or real) side effects.  Just on the natural level, there is much for parents to consider.

But in addition to the prudential matters, there is another huge problem with some of the most commonly used vaccines in this country.  They are made and/or developed from aborted baby parts.  This sounds too nightmarish to be true, but it is.  The sad thing is, for all these vaccines, a method of making them that does not involve this grotesque use of human life is readily available.

You can get a list of the Frankenstein vaccines here.

This sermon then switches subjects to a horrible blasphemy of the Blessed Sacrament back in 2008, and the local diocesan response, or lack thereof.  I remember hearing this sermon live, and it was a really strong one.  It bears hearing again.

Please pray 3 Ave’s for this priest and you can hear all his sermons at http://www.romans10seventeen.org/.

Some folks have told me how much they like the videos, but I have to guess if they meant the sermons.  Let me know, if you want, in the comments.

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Our sick culture: two-dad families now “wholesome” March 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
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A good reader sent this to me, noting that she is now off Nabisco, Starbucks, Target, Home Depot, Coca Cola, and others.  I’m with her.  I guess I should smash those bottles of Mexican Sprite I bought in a moment of weakness, because they have sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

Anyway, Nabisco, makers of Honey-Maid Graham Crackers have a new commercial out informing us of the new cultural definition of “wholesome,” and it includes same-sex parents and interracial couples.  It’s actually an amazingly hateful little bit of agitprop, which I’ll explore below:

I know many will say “it’s just a commercial, get over it,” like the Coca Cola commercial at the Super Bowl. This one is actually a lot more nasty and insidious, as it seeks to carefully craft guilt and instill certain values into the people how see it.

First we are presented with an obviously homosexual couple  or couples raising happy children.  That is obviously intended to develop sympathy for such folks, and so normalize homosexual couples as to generate support – and more importantly, marginalize opposition – for pretend same-sex marriage.

Then there is some single dad that looks like many of the folks I saw in NA, big time rock n’ roll types with hip cultural markers (hair, tattoos, etc) – thus, if you don’t support sodo-marriage, you wont’ be hip like this guy.

Most insidiously of all, there is the interracial couple.  The tie-in here tries to make an equivalency between same-sex couples and interracial ones, delegitimizing opposition again as akin to racism.

Of course, the very idea that sodomy could be “wholesome” is the most offensive of all.  Like abortion, I think if more people were aware of how disgusting male-male sodomy is, it would change many minds.  So like abortion, it has to be sanitized.  This is a big part of that sanitization.

The more I think on this, the more I think this is just a really evil creation by someone with a vested interest in this matter. I would not be surprised in the least if the ad exec at Nabisco that developed and approved this is an active homosexual.  It’s just so filled with all the agitprop arguments that group likes to use, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of decadent assumptions and leftist Alinskyite targeting.

Unfortunately, these kinds of things tend to work marvelously.  Support for normalization of homosexuality skyrocketed in the wake of TV programs like Ellen, Will and Grace (the very name itself is a huge shot at Catholicism, attacking saving Grace and the cooperation of our wills with it), and Glee, movies like Bareback Brokeback Mountain, openly sexually immoral music stars, and all the rest. But when the agitprop reaches the levels of commercials is when it becomes the most insidious, both because of the inescapability of commercials and the subtle ways commercials have been developed, to an incredibly high art over 60 years, to affect people’s thinking.  I suspect the next step will be formal corporate policies that make any kind of online or other non-work statement of opposition to this lifestyle grounds for instant dismissal.

Wow, Nabisco (a subsidiarity of Mondelez, formerly part of Kraft Foods) makes a lot of stuff.  Nabisco/Mondelez makes all manner of cookies, crackers, and other snack foods.  Most are marked Nabisco so you can stop buying them, if you want.  I boycott a number of products, even though I know very few others do and so the effect on the companies profits is essentially non-existent on the scale these megacorporations exist, but that’s not the point. The point is they don’t get my money.  I don’t want my money going to help destroy what precious little is left of Christendom.

But to be clear, Kraft Foods are not involved in this present debacle. I don’t know what immoral things they get up to, but it’s not this.

As the commenter brilliantly noted, pretty soon we’ll be down to eating our own home-grown vegetables and drinking Mystic Monk coffee.  Except no coffee for me!

Well, we do get beef off our farm, so I have that.

Commenter question – what is this “Limbo” thing? March 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, error, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Tradition, Virtue.
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A commenter asked about the Church’s understanding of Limbo, and pointed out that the post-VII Catechism does not discuss that subject. They also pointed out that the current Catechism seems to point towards hope for the salvation of unbaptized souls, even infants completely ignorant of God and Jesus Christ.  I respond below, while bearing in mind that belief in Limbo is not dogmatic – you can hope all unbaptized babies are saved and remain a faithful Catholic, although I think there are very good reasons not to do so.

I modified the comment I made to clear up a few matters:

<sigh> – First of all, the Catechism is not a dogmatic document. It is a compendium of belief, but does not define dogma.

Secondly, there are a number of problems with the 1990s Catechisms, the first version was very soft on homosexuality and a revised version (1997) had to be released that was more in line with Tradition on that subject. There are both some definitions that are a bit on the problematic side, as well as some rather glaring omissions. It is a solid guide in most areas, but Catholics need to be careful not to take it as the be-all source of knowledge or answers for the Faith. A much better source would be the Catechism of the Council of Trent or Denzinger’s Enchiridion Symbolorum.

There is a long history of thought regarding where unbaptized but perfectly innocent children go when they die. St. Augustine argued passionately – and I mean passionately – that anyone, regardless of innocence, is damned without baptism. He believed that all unbaptized babies went to hell. His belief was the dominant accepted view from the 4th to the 14th century. Augustine’s view was grounded in Scripture and Christ’s own claim in John 3 that in order to have eternal life one must be born again through water. However, there are three accepted kinds of baptism based on other elements of Scripture: the usual baptism by water, but also baptism by desire and blood.

St. Thomas Aquinas, however, looking at other bits of Tradition and Scripture, argued that Our Blessed Lord, being infinitely merciful but also infinitely just, would not condemn the souls of the perfectly innocent to eternal suffering. They are still damned, in a sense, but to a place of perfect natural happiness where there is no suffering of any kind. Because they lack baptism (of water, desire, or blood), these infants are denied the Beatific Vision for all eternity, but they do not suffer at all. Limbo is technically a part of hell – again, with no suffering – because there are only three destinations in the after-life, and only two of those are permanent. You are either in hell or in Heaven, once we complete our time in Purgatory (which is where most of us will go for varying lengths of time).

However, I must state, neither Augustine’s view nor Aquinas’ is dogmatic. Catholics do not have to give the assent of faith to this belief regarding Limbo.

Now, in the 20th century, as modernism crept more and more into the Church, a modernism which explicitly rejected Scholasticism and the constant Tradition of belief in the Church, there grew up increasing numbers of theologians who posited that since God was so merciful, He surely would not damn anyone, and certainly would welcome all innocent souls into Heaven. Hans Urs von Baltasar and others posited the idea of universal salvation, that Catholics could reasonably hope that all souls would be saved. Unfortunately, those views – defined as an error by Pope JPII – have become very widespread, and I think some of that has crept into the catechism, where the dominant past beliefs regarding Limbo have been omitted, and verbiage is in place that – while certainly not proclaiming unbaptized souls are saved – strongly hints at such and certainly encourages prayer along those lines, the last being always our solemn duty for all the departed. The “old” views on Limbo are seen by many in the Church over the past several decades as too “hard,” “unforgiving,” and “uncharitable,” and are ranked as part of the “negative ecclesiology” that Vatican II – to its progressive interpreters – was supposed to do away with.

Fortunately, there is a backlash building against universal salvation and the indifferentism that underlies it. Dr. Ralph Martin of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit has written a book – Will Many Be Saved? – that explores these topics in depth and will probably provide all the answers you seek. As Dr. Martin shows, universal salvation and rejection of hell and Limbo are ideas in stark contrast to the constant belief and practice of the Church. They are really novel and ultimately completely unsupportable. In point of fact, both Scriptural typology and the guidance of innumerable Saints shows us that, in fact, the vast majority are not saved. But I’m getting a bit off topic now.

The belief regarding Limbo has never been dogmatically defined. You do not have to accept it to be a faithful Catholic. As I said, the vast majority of the great Saints and theologians in the history of the Church accepted either Augustine’s or Aquinas’ understanding of what happens to unbaptized infants, but it is not a dogma.

Having said that, I would be exceedingly careful with proclaiming beliefs that unbaptized children – especially aborted children – go to Heaven. I can attest from personal experience that many women use this assumption to justify their “choice” of abortion – they say, my baby will be spared any suffering in this life (aside from being ripped limb from limb in the womb) and go straight to Heaven, isn’t that a good thing? This belief is blasphemous in a sense, as it turns abortion into a Sacrament. Women convinced of such are almost completely impossible to dissuade from abortion.

I would also caution that arguing that abortion constitutes a baptism by blood is a great reach, as these souls are not being killed for their faith. Baptism by desire of some of the faithful (not the aborted nor the infant, as they have no conscious desires) is about the only argument I have read that might hold some merit, but I have never explored it in depth and I am dubious as to how valid it is.  I tend to stick with the dominant Tradition, which is that such souls go to Limbo.

Of course we can hope and pray for any departed souls – and we must. We don’t know with certainty the eternal destiny of any souls save for canonized Saints. But the Church adopted infant baptism as soon as possible as the default practice for a very, very good reason: objectively speaking, the vast preponderance of the evidence from Scripture and Tradition argues that unbaptized souls are not saved, and trying to assign “desire” for salvation to the unborn or very young children is problematic, at best.  Thus, parents were encouraged for centuries to get their children baptized as soon as possible, often, on the day of their birth.

There is more discussion here if this hasn’t covered it enough.  And, the sermon below discusses the same matter:

What a persecution looks like: Michigan school district prefers non-Christian teachers March 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, sickness, Society.
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Ferndale, Michigan, known in the area for having a disproportionate number of radical liberals and homosexual types, has a school district.  Like all Michigan schools, the teachers are unionized.  And the union contract in Ferndale gives “special consideration” to teachers that are not Christian:

Apparently, no one at the Ferndale Public School District in Michigan took a civics course or bothered to read their own state constitution — and neither did the union representing teachers in the district. Michigan Capitol Confidential found an interesting, and totally unconstitutional, clause in the contract between the district and the Michigan Education Association local that requires the district to provide “special consideration” to “those of the non-Christian faith” in hiring decisions:

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Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for the position and one (1) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications is a current employee, the current employee with the greatest seniority shall be assigned. Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board’s decision shall be final.

Earlier in the contract is a “no discrimination clause” that states no employee can be discriminated against based on their religion.

Well we all know all that “equal protection under the law” stuff is just balderdash for the rubes in flyover country.  Everyone with a brain knows that the revolution must proceed, rights and legalities be darned.

So, Ferndale is well known in the Detroit area for its LGBT population and progressive policies.  Which do you suppose was the dominant driver in this push to exclude Christian teachers from the public schools?  Was it leftist’s inveterate hostility to the Christian Faith, or was it LGBT types constant need for affirmation and utter inability to be reminded of the grave evil of their actions, even by the mere presence of the dread Christian?

In reality, it doesn’t matter, but we can see here a glimpse of what many feel (myself included) is a coming persecution of vast proportions.  It will come via the extremists of the cultural left in alignment with those lost in grave perversions which make up much of the left’s most fervent, militant members.  These are people lost in incontinence and lusts of all kinds, and who have an abiding hatred for the Church and all things Christian.  Thus, the phrase I’ve coined (I’m still waiting for it to catch on): “sexular pagan left.”

This is the vehicle of the persecution – the left using state apparatus and union thuggery to drive Christians from the public square, and then, perhaps, further than that.  I can well imagine a time when Christians will be required to “burn a pinch of incest” to the sexular pagan gods by affirming support for rank immorality in some public way.  We’ve already seen dozens of such examples in private citizens who have been brought up on charges for refusing to provide services to militant homosexuals. Many of these folks have faced steep fines, and I’m sure prison will be in the offing before too long.  So many people have either forgotten God or have come to hate Him with a white hot passion that it will take  a miracle to restore the culture at this point.

Interestingly, Church Militant TV’s studios are in Ferndale.  Fighting the good fight in the belly of the beast, so to speak!

My father-in-law has ~65 grandchildren and about a dozen great-grandchildren March 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, family, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, silliness, Tradition, Virtue.
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And this is a photo of what I think is still the most recent addition to the family, born to a nephew of whom I am most proud, even if he is an Aggie:

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Way to go, GH!

Catholic families are awesome.  I love the family photos with 100 people in them.

And, yes, when your family gets to a certain size, you start to lose track of all the names and numbers. No matter.