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St. Vincent Ferrer was one incredible Saint! April 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Please check out the sermon below, I think you will be impressed. I so wanted to put this up over the weekend, on the Saint’s feast day, but I just did not have time.

A great sermon below telling about the life and astounding miracles of St. Vincent Ferrer. It also discusses how St. Vincent’s preaching and conversion of vast numbers of people in 15th century Europe may have averted a great calamity, even the Apocalypse.  Parallels to our times are frightening to contemplate.

I knew St. Vincent was a great Saint, but I was not aware of much of this.  Simply incredible, how great.

As a nice bonus, JMJHF Productions, which always puts together such great videos, has a really great one on the FSSP’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Lincoln, NE:

You can support both Fr. Michael Rodriguez and JMJHF productions by giving to the St. Vincent Ferrer (hey, what a coincidence!) foundation. All details below:

St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation of Texas
5628 Rosa Ave.
El Paso, TX  79905
Phone # (915) 500-3025
Website: http://svfonline.org/about-the-founda…
Email: stvincentferreroftexas@gmail.com
Please indicate donations are for support of the JMJ HF videos.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation. You will receive a receipt for your donation. Thank you!

I have decided I’m going to direct the money I’ve saved through some Lenten sacrifices this way, for the support of Fr. Rodriguez.

Call Mozilla on their profoundly intolerant attitude towards Christians, liberty April 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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I blogged last week on the sad imbroglio of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was fired for having made a donation to the Prop 8 cause (protecting marriage in CA) back in 2008.  Over the weekend, it seemed the worm had turned a bit, and now it’s the leftists and Mozilla who are on the defensive for their profoundly illiberal intolerance.

It seems Mozilla’s Facebook page, their online comment site, and their switchboards have been overwhelmed with outraged reaction to their firing of Eich, Mozilla’s co-founder and inventor of Java.  There is now an effort to turn today, Monday April 7 into “Call Mozilla” day to tell them you will be uninstalling Firefox and no longer using their products – to the extent possible – due to their persecution of a Christian and their craven caving into the San Francisco elite.

I heartily support this idea, here is some Mozilla contact info if you feel inclined to let them know you don’t think it’s OK that a man be fired because he believes marriage is between a man and a woman:

Let this company of fascist cowards hear from you: hear from everyone: Mozilla Corporation – Mountain View, CA 650 Castro St Mountain View, CA 94041

Phone number (650) 903-0800

Current acting CEO is Mitchell Burke. Let her (yes “her”) know where you stand on the issue.

Monday’s Conference Call at Mozilla

Dial-in: conference# 8600
US/California/Mountain View: +1 650 903 0800, x92 Conf# 8600
US/California/San Francisco: +1 415 762 5700, x92 Conf# 8600
US/Oregon/Portland: +1 971 544 8000, x92 Conf# 8600
CA/Vancouver: +1 778 785 1540, x92 Conf# 8600

I read some really good criticisms of this mob mentality that resulted in the lynching of what by all accounts is a good man over the weekend.  One of the better ones I excerpt below:

……we are positive that the American legal imagination will come up with a rationale under which an evangelical’s declining to do business with a homosexual is illegal but the reverse is perfectly legal, if not mandatory. [Yep.  Won’t be long now]

Again, it is in this case a matter of culture. The nation’s full-time gay-rights professionals simply will not rest until a homogeneous and stultifying monoculture is settled upon the land, and if that means deploying a ridiculous lynch mob to pronounce anathema upon a California technology executive for private views acted on in his private life, then so be it. The gay agenda of the moment is, ironically enough, to force nonconformists into the metaphorical closet. If through the miracle of modern medicine you end up with five sets of mixed genitals, you’ll get your own section in the California civil-rights statutes; cling to nearly universal views about marriage for a few months after it’s become unfashionable, and you’re an untouchable.

Some have been asking if this why there is so much vindictiveness and excessive cruelty associated with this sodomite rights movement. This is what they are. It’s because these folks are not well.  They are not normal.  And they are starting to discover that even now, where they are triumphant in the culture, where they can pretend to be married and have the state pretend right along with them, they are still miserable and unhappy.  Now that government has surrendered to their demands, they are going after individuals, and with a vengeance.  As one blogger and radio personality says:

Without question and without exaggeration, the ‘gay rights movement’ is the angriest, most ruthless, most controlling, most intolerant of all the ideological enterprises in the country.

This is not to speak of everyone who feels same-sex attraction.  But it does describe, generally, those in the militant sodomite advocacy movement. These are people who are so very lost in sin that appeals and decency that there is essentially nothing to which they will not stoop.  I have seen a little of their vile hatred of Christians on this blog, and a whole lot of it elsewhere. To say it is diabolical is a great understatement.

Again, I am not describing every soul feels disordered, sinful urges.  There are essentially good people who have fallen into bad habits or through various circumstances simply feel these unnatural urges.  But there is a core to the sodomite rights movement that is cruel, vindictive, energetic, well-funded, and determined to have its way.  And they see Christianity as one of the major obstacles to their desires. They have no qualms about making those who stand in their way suffer, and suffer severely.  “Heresy” from their sexular pagan sodomite god will not be tolerated.

I am glad to see a backlash against this firing. It’s a bit like the Phil Robertson situation, although I don’t think Eich will be re-hired (but he probably will get picked up by any of a number of other companies).  I think in general it’s too late to avert a persecution fired by sexual immorality, but it’s good to see there are a lot of people outraged by this firing, on many grounds, not just religious.  It does give some additional hope.

As for boycotts, I never used Mozilla, anyway, but I think it’d be great to see this company suffer a big hit to the bottom line for this persecution.  There are reports it was a revolt among Mozilla’s own staff against Mr. Eich that most precipitated his firing.  OK, if these Silicon Valley software engineers need a lesson that their region, a pressure cooker of leftism and disordered sexuality, is not in line with the rest of the country or world, so be it. There are lots of good browsers out there, it’s not exactly rocket science.

Call ’em and let them know what you think.  Oh, and thanks to all those who signed the petition on the scandal at Charlotte Catholic High School.

New “Noah” Movie attacks Christian Faith with gnostic heresies, Jewish sorcery April 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
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I have little use for anything Hollywood puts on the big screen anymore.  The vast majority of it is either outward leftist agitprop or comic book pulp.  So I never had much interest in seeing this Noah movie. But I was still pretty surprised that it got a number of positive reviews from Catholic and other Christian reviewers.  I read a few of those reviews and came away feeling the reviewers were really bending over backwards to support something unsupportable. I also came away thinking…….there is something really, really wrong with this movie.

Well, a local priest shared with me over the weekend what the problem is – the movie is a veritable evangelization piece for gnostic heresies and Jewish Kaballah sorcery (black magic), packaged as entertainment. One theologian just absolutely lambasted positive Christian reviewers, including some protestant theologians, for failing to pick up on the extremely overt gnostic and kabbalist (word creation?) elements.

In brief, this movie is a very clever attempt at undermining the faith of potentially millions of viewers by performing a massive misdirect, getting people to think (and attempt to explain away) the movie as being based on the Christian Bible, when it in fact derives its source material from gnosticism and kaballist heresies. For those that don’t know, Kaballah is basically Jewish black magic, and its enjoyed quite a resurgence of late.  Gnosticism was an early and very persistent heresy of Christianity, which posited that the material (or flesh) was bad, and that the “spirit” was good.  Gnostics – who had an infinite variety – viewed the Christian God as a low-level deity that didn’t understand the spiritual world at all, and mired man in corrupting flesh out of spite.  Since the flesh doesn’t matter, gnostics and derived heresies (Manicheanism, the Cathars, new age) generally develop really wacked out sexual immoralities, in addition to having a completely, totally anti-Christian vision of theology and the nature of God.

The kabbalist and gnostic aspects of the film are apparently constant throughout and overpowering.  And the creator of this Noah film has already made a film about Kaballah, so he is steeped in these errors (even though he professes to be an atheist).  Starting with an early scene depicting Adam and Eve, things start off wrong and get worse fast.  The film shows Adam and Eve as being pure spirit initially, and the serpent is actually the goddess “Sophia” coming to bring them true spiritual wisdom.  When they listen to the serpent “(which, in gnosticism, was the right thing to do), the bad, judgmental, spiteful, hateful material “god” (our God) casts them out of the Garden and punishes them with material flesh (for a weak, lower level deity, God sure seems to have a lot of power) because Adam and Eve gained some spiritual knowledge superior to his own.

Some of the other, more egregious problems (many spoilers, but you weren’t going to see it anyways):

  • the film shows “fallen angels” (that is, demons) being “saved” and allowed to ascend to Heaven or whatever for their help in wiping out humanity. These are the weird “rock people” that have so confused reviewers.
  • the evil material “god” in this film does not desire any humanity to survive, he actually wants the complete destruction of all human life, including Noah and his family. Because, environmentalism.
  • And, yes, the entire film screens like a masturbatory fantasy of a true die hard environmentalist zealout, where “nature” is pristine and good and man is irredeemably bad.
  • There is a scene where Noah, carrying out the bad, materialist “god’s” wishes, goes to kill his grandchildren and is seen threatening them with a knife.  This scene was most disturbing to some people I met who had unfortunately seen the movie.
  • Noah finally overcomes the will of the bad god by embracing the “wisdom” of the serpent, sparing his grandchildren and carrying on human life. There is a scene that makes this plain.

There are numerous other scandals and heresies, but you get the point.

As this theologian notes, the biggest scandal is that so many Christians fell for this garbage and tried to find Christian interpretations for all these weird, inexplicable elements, which were actually gnostic heresies or kaballist fantasies:

The scandal is this: of all the Christian leaders who went to great lengths to endorse this movie (for whatever reasons: “it’s a conversation starter,” “at least Hollywood is doing something on the Bible,” etc.), and all of the Christian leaders who panned it for “not following the Bible”…

Not one of them could identify a blatantly Gnostic subversion of the biblical story when it was right in front of their faces.

I believe Aronofsky did it as an experiment to make fools of us: “You are so ignorant that I can put Noah (granted, it’s Russell Crowe!) up on the big screen and portray him literally as the ‘seed of the Serpent’ and you all will watch my studio’s screening and endorse it.”

He’s having quite the laugh. And shame on everyone who bought it.

Another reviewer notes that the producer, Darren Aronofsky, seems to have made this film in an attempt to lure souls away from the Faith or to at least corrupt their understanding of it.  It is thus blasphemous and sinister.

I think we Christians are going to have to get over being liked or “relevant” to the self-anointed elites in this culture. We can and must pray and work for their conversion, but engaging in debates on their terms is at this point a lost cause.  Falling over backwards to explain away blatantly problematic films like this seems a losing proposition.  I think we need to assert our rights and the Truth Christ has revealed more boldly and stridently, and cease seeking accommodation with those whose hatred of Christianity is most visible.

Oh, but what did the USCCB think?  They gave a rather contradictory review, noting problems, but never saying outright “avoid this film at all costs.”  The reviewer also failed to pick up on the deliberately dangerous, heretical elements.  They basically say kids shouldn’t see it, but adults might find some value in it. I can’t imagine what that would be.

Finally, I have to note how gnosticism informs and undergirds the entire “new age” false religion.  Gnosticism was always a religion of self-anointed elites, the same kind of people who dominate our society today. It was also a religion that posited secret, hidden knowledge as the key to salvation. Thus, the “elect” were a tiny, self-absorbed set.  Correlations to new age should be clear, as new age encourages turning inward and finding “the god within.”  It is a scandal of massive proportions that many religious, especially female, have fallen into this literal worship of self and serve as eager acolytes to confused, spiritually-starved Catholics, especially women of a certain age. It was one such religious giving a new age “Lenten retreat” in the Dallas Diocese that sparked the creation of this blog.

I didn’t look around to see if there were problematic retreats given this year.  Perhaps there were, but our involvement in parishes with the Novus Ordo Mass is essentially over, so I haven’t had the motivation to look.

To the extent this movie might encourage some already profoundly confused Catholics who have fallen into new age practices to fall still further, it is especially dangerous.  But overall, Catholics should never willingly expose themselves to heresy.  So, stay away from this movie.  I have seen so far nothing to recommend it to the faithful Catholic.

Dear Lord in Heaven have mercy on this soul April 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, sadness, scandals, shocking, sickness, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
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Over the weekend, I saw a chilling, horrendous scene from Syria of a Christian being made to apostasize – making the oath that “there is no god but fake allah and mohammad is his fake messenger” – and then being beheaded anyways.

It was so sad on so many levels.  There is an extremely, disgustingly graphic video of this barbarity.  I won’t put it on my blog. I’ve seen it, but I don’t want want to put it on here. If you really want to see it – and I must tell you, these muslims, they must love being evil, because when they cut off someone’s head, they don’t use a sword and do it in one fell swoop, or even a particularly sharp knife, they take their time about it, so the poor soul actually has time to suffer and even try to resist a bit before expiring – it’s below:


These monsters actually say they’re not going to shoot him because that would be too merciful.  I saw some folks criticizing the guy for apostasizing, but courage to resist dozens of armed thugs saying they’ll kill you is supernatural. I pray God is merciful to this poor person.

The reason I’m showing this is because, this may be a fringe movement in islam, but it’s not that fringe. There are millions of muslims who support, actively or passively, this kind of nightmarish extremism.  To many in islam, these are the “best” muslims.  The entire history of islam is one rife with mindless killing, barbarity, cruelty, backwardness, ignorance, and, more than anything, diabolical hostility towards Christians.

Which is why I have to say what I’m going to say – I wish every prelate in the Church who makes indifferentist statements (and acts) regarding islam would have to sit down for an hour or so to watch such videos (and there are plenty of them) and pray and meditate on what they are doing with their claims that “islam is the religion of peace,” or that “islam is a salvific religion like Christianity.”

For centuries, the Church knew better.  For centuries, the Church knew the greatest mortal threat to Christians came from islam.  For centuries, Christians died at the hands of muslims. For centuries, muslim preyed on Christians with no provocation.  But when Christians, after years of suffering endless cruelties and abuses, finally responded with an offensive to take back former Christian lands – oh, well, this is something to apologize over.

Of course not all muslims are violent, of course there are aspects of islam that are inoffensive, but the history of islam indicates a false religion relentlessly hostile to the Church and far too frequently all human decency.

Church leaders, y0u can talk all you want with muslims, but its pointless and scandalous.  They only take it as a sign of weakness and foolishness. I have a very hard time not agreeing.  I also have a very hard time not seeing such “ecumenism” as strong indications of weak faith and overt worldliness, but who am I to judge?

The only ecumenism islam has ever understood is the sword.


Fisher-More College closing May 5 April 7, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, sadness, scandals, self-serving, Tradition.
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That’s the latest story I’ve heard from some folks very well placed to know. I do not believe the official announcement has been made, yet, but the financial problems at Fisher-More College have developed to the point – as many insiders thought they would – that the college will be forced to close its campus on May 5.

From what I understand, the hope is to keep the college open as an online-only college but Fisher-More does not have accreditation for such.  In addition, the accrediting agency has previously only granted accreditation to online programs that develop from a real, physical college.  It is unknown whether accreditation can be obtained for an online-only school.

There has been so much confusion and outright disinformation put out regarding this situation.  I can say straight up that if Fisher-More College does shut its doors in a month, it will have absolutely nothing to do with Bishop Olson’s decision to deny permission for the College to offer the TLM, which I love and cherish as much as anyone.  This is an entirely prudential and financial matter.  A decision was made by the college’s president, Michael King, some time ago to hope against hope that funding could be found to support a facility well beyond the college’s current or historical financial means.  No matter how good a deal was given on this facility, it was always way, way beyond what the college could afford, long-term, barring a literal miracle in terms of a massive and sustained increase of donations into 7 figures.

As an example, some well off Catholic could take a liking to my family, and offer to mark down their $10 million mansion and lakeside property in the country to $4 million.  What an incredible deal that would be!  They could even offer to delay payment on the property for a year.  But the fact would remain that, barring winning the lottery or something like that (which, I don’t even play, as it is state-run gambling), that “incredible deal” would still result in our bankruptcy, and in short order, because it would be immensely beyond our ability to afford.

No matter how sweet the deal was, it would be profoundly imprudent for our family to enter into such an arrangement.  One does not enter financial arrangements based on hopes of miracles.  Many parents, faculty, administrators, former board members, etc., of both Fisher More College and Fisher More Academy felt the property FMC acquired last year was equally imprudent and would result in financial disaster. It appears those prognostications – made painfully, sadly – will be born out very soon.  There are numerous details, of course, but I think it best not to go into them.  The point is, FMC as a physical place of learning will close within a month.

It’s a very sad thing.  Ecclesiasticus comes to mind.  FMC was always a very small college, but it was faithful and for many years provided a top-notch Catholic liberal arts education.  Whether it continues as an online place of learning or not, something significant will have been lost with this closing.  The most tragic aspect is that this end was completely avoidable, at least until this imprudent arrangement was entered into.

So, given that this closing was seen by so many as inevitable, Bishop Olson’s action only blocked the Mass to a dwindling number of denizens of a dying Catholic college for a period of three months. There were no priests to offer the TLM there, anyway, so the number of Masses he really caused to be cancelled or denied could be zero.  As for “denying the Mass to an entire college” line, we’re talking about a handful (maybe 8 or 10 souls) who relied on FMC for their primary TLM and couldn’t reach any easily available options elsewhere.

In closing, beware utopian visions.  They almost always result in unhappy endings.

I will have comments open but if discussion deteriorates I may close them.