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You need another Novena! Start Novena to Immaculate Heart of Mary today! August 14, 2014

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Actually, you should have started it yesterday, but that’s OK!  So you can have three Novenas going at the same time – finishing up the Novena to the Assumption tomorrow, ongoing Novena to St. Bernard, and now this!

IMMACULATE HEART of Mary, full of love for God and mankind, heart of mary rays
and of compassion for sinners, I consecrate myself entirely to you.
I entrust to you the salvation of my soul. May my heart be ever
united with yours, so that I may hate sin, love God, and my
neighbor, and reach eternal life together with those whom I love.
Mediatrix of All Graces and Mother of Mercy, remember
the infinite treasure which your Divine Son has merited by His
sufferings and which He has confided to you for us, your children.
Filled with confidence in your motherly Heart, which I venerate
and love, I come to you with my pressing needs.
Through the merits of your loving Heart, and for the sake of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus, obtain for me the favor I ask: immaculate1
[Mention your request.]

Dearest Mother, if what I ask for should not be according to
God’s Will, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater
benefit to my soul. May I experience the kindness of your
motherly Heart and the power of your intercession with Jesus
during life and at the hour of my death. Amen.

There is also a Novena to Our Lady of Knock that is supposed to start today, as well!  You can just Novena all day!


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Give praise to the Father Almighty, To His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, To the Spirit who lives in our hearts, Both now and forever Amen.

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress, and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remem­bering His promise, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.”

Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when 1 am sick, lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give me a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for me now, and at the hour of immaculate_heart_of_mary-195x300my death. Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;  Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Grant us peace.

  1. Joseph,

Chosen by God to be the Husband of Mary, the Protector of the Holy Family, the Guardian of the Church, protect all families in their work and recreation and Guard us on our journey through life.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;  Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Grant us peace.

  1. John,

Beloved Disciple of the Lord, Faithful priest, Teacher of the Word of God. Help us to hunger for the Word.To be loyal to the Mass And to love one another

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;  Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Grant us peace.

Our Lady of Knock                       
Refuge of Sinners               
Queen Assumed into Heaven
Queen of the Rosary           
Mother of Nazareth            
Queen of Virgins                 
Help of Christians              
Health of the Sick               
Queen of Peace                   
Our Lady Queen and Mother
Our Lady, Mother of the Church
Pray for us
Pray tor us
Pray for us
Pray tor us
Pray for us
Pray tor us
Pray for us
Pray tor us
Pray for us
Pray tor us

(Here mention your own special intentions)

With the Angels and Saints let us pray’.Give praise to the Father Almighty, To His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, To the Spirit who lives in our hearts, Both now and forever. Amen.


Bishops treat Traditional Mass worse than child rape August 14, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the return, Tradition.
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Wowzer, that’s a pretty clear and evocative way to put things.  But for the most part, I don’t think it’s false.  Prior to Summorum Pontificum, and even to some degree since, priests who raped boys (and abused a few girls) were given far, far more gentle treatment than those who had the temerity to offer the Traditional Latin Mass.  So says Michael Brendan Dougherty (I wonder if he is related to the family I know), via Rod Dreher, via Pertinacious Papist:

Summorum came too late to save that community in Poughkeepsie. In the New York Archdiocese as then ruled by Cardinal Edward Egan, the offense of saying this Mass and publishing tracts in its favor was treated as a far more serious crime and scandal than clerical pederasty. Cardinal Egan suspended my Poughkeepsie priest, and effectively exiled him from the life of the church. Priests who knew about the situation observed darkly that if he had raped children instead of saying this Mass, his career would have been better off.

The modus operandi then was that these Latin Mass people — “the crazies,” as they were called in the archbishop’s office [and often still are]  — should be contained in Saint Agnes in midtown Manhattan or in a few obscure parishes along the Hudson River. Egan was all too happy to see that Poughkeepsie parish closed and the building sold. He smudged us out like a penciled mistake. [And that was certainly the dominant treatment most priests and laity could expect prior to SP, and even since then.  It is generally better today, the hostility is less open, the closures less frequent – but it remains.  El Paso and New York have both experienced this heavy hand of official opprobrium towards the TLM in recent years.  And “containment,” or “ghettoizing,” is likely operative even where the TLM is tolerated relatively……relatively…..well.]

Dreher goes on to add:

This is a provocatively stated point, but nevertheless a sound one. The current cardinal archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, had a South African priest sent packing after he had the temerity to defend the Latin mass community in a homily (partial transcript here), and now threatens to shut down Holy Innocents, the parish where NYC has its only daily Latin mass. Meanwhile, Cardinal Dolan tolerates things like the “Pre-Pride mass”.

Why does Cardinal Dolan consider the Latin mass a greater threat than a mass said as part of a Gay Pride festival? It’s mind-boggling. As you know, I’m no longer Catholic, and never was a Traditionalist Catholic, but for the entire time I was a Catholic communicant, I never understood the fear and loathing so many within the Catholic institution had for the Latin mass.  [Dreher’s falling away was precipitated by knowing a little too much about too many bishops and priests in the boy rape scandal.  It shattered his faith, whatever it was]

By the way, under the plan Cardinal Dolan is considering, Holy Innocents parish will be merged with nearby St. Francis of Assisi parish — which hosts the Pre-Pride Mass. Priorities, I suppose. [If that comes to pass, it would seem a particularly nasty, thuggish way of flipping the bird at traditional Catholics]

That the disparity in treatment is true is simply indisputable….under a former bishop, a priest was almost cashiered in this Diocese for having the temerity to offer even the Novus Ordo in Latin.  That same bishop was deeply implicated in a number of sex abuse cases, but had the good fortune to have the cases in Dallas break early in the scandal, before public outrage had really grown to stratospheric heights.

Dreher tries to contemplate why this disparity exists.  He thinks it has something to do with the fact that the Mass is a rebuke to the excessive “optimism” of the post-conciliar religion.  I think it’s a little more substantive than that: there are many priests, prelates, chancery staff, religious, etc., who recognize the plain difference between the pre- and post-conciliar Church – these two things are not the same.  They reject the former as something strange, alien, and incompatible with the new religion.  They also view the Mass as the greatest single threat to the coup that was executed against the Church from within and which installed the new, much more worldly, accommodating, and indifferent religion stood up in place of the old.

Yes yes, hermeneutics and all that.  Balderdash. I mean, that was a nice, rather desperate attempt by one of the early architects of the revolution, who later recoiled from it, to mute its effects and reconcile the irreconcilable.  Sorry.  Mirus and all the neo-cats aside, you can’t paper over these differences.  It’s like Evel Knievel trying to jump the Grand Canyon – nice try, not gonna happen.  Old is old, and new is new, and ne’er the twain shall meet.

I think it simply something that has to be acknowledged, kept in mind, and then moved on from.  The TLM is punished by bishops and others because they are members of an inveterately hostile, competing religion.  And that new religion doesn’t have “hang ups” about child rape and all the rest that the old does.  So you get what we got.  We should probably be thankful it wasn’t worse.

And yes I realize that much abuse occurred before the Council, but that was hardly accomplished by the defenders of orthodoxy.  Vatican II did not materialize out of nowhere, there was a large underground movement in the Church that sought a revolution, and executed it when it had a chance (I have described it before as a seething cauldron of heresy).  It was members of that movement, by and large, especially in wayward religious orders, that performed most of that early (and later) abuse.

85 yo Assyrian takes up arms to defend his people August 14, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, manhood, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, Virtue.
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I don’t know if he’s Catholic or not, but he has a Christian name: Moses George.  Could be Assyrian Orthodox, I guess.

An 85 yo Assyrian man has had enough of muslims tormenting and killing his people and is ready to fight.  Thanks to reader D for sending this in:

85-year old Moshi Gewargis (Moses George), an Assyrian resident of Dohuk, has armed himself and volunteered to defend his town from the Islamic State. Three days ago he told his son he wanted to go to Mosul and fight to protect the Assyrians. In 2003, after the fall of regime, he joined in the effort to liberate Tel Kepe and was armed and drove in to help the local Assyrians. Mr. Gewargis has 10 children and 40 grandchildren. [That’s my kind of man. 10 kids, knows how to use a gun, has fought before…..greatness.  And maybe the most epic mustache ever]

“I will proudly remain here and not leave,” he told one of his sons who lives in Chicago.

The question of arming the Assyrian Christians is now at the forefront, as they are not being protected by Iraqi or Kurdish security forces. On August 7 as ISIS advanced into the Nineveh Plain the Kurdish and Iraqi forces withdrew, leaving the area unprotected, which caused the flight of 200,000 Assyrians to the north and to the East.

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako issued a statement on August 10 expressing disappointment at President Obama for appearing to commit only to the protection of Arbel, saying “The position of the American president Obama only to give military assistance to protect Erbil is disappointing. The talks about dividing Iraq are threatening. The Americans are not up to a rapid solution to give hope specifically as they are not going to attack the ISIS in Mosul and in the Nineveh Plain.”

Assyrian leaders throughout the world are now calling for arming the Assyrians, as they are the only ones that can protect themselves against ISIS.

That last bit is key.  The Kurds are mostly concerned about defending their own people and territory.  They do not have much excess force to extend there area of control into the Christian dominated Nineveh plain, nor do they have much interest in doing so.   They did so before mostly to keep ISIS away from Kurdistan.  They are pretty hard pressed doing even that, now, so if the Christians are going to be helped, they’re going to have to help themselves.

But they need the tools to do so.  I know it is always a risk to put capable weapons into the hands of irregular forces, but dire times call for expedient measures.  At least give these people a chance.  I understand end user certificates, always a dubious means of controlling who ends up using a supply of weapons, are being waived already in arming the Kurds.  If that’s the case, there is no reason not to arm the Assyrians, as well.  It’s going to take more than AKs and side arms.  It’s going to take some heavier weaponry.

Please continue praying.  It is making a difference.


Evidence of previous Arab (and Kurdish!) atrocities against Assyrians in 1933.  The Kurds are not great friends of the Christians in the area:


Catholic religious attacked in the Netherlands…….. August 14, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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…….for wearing a T-shirt demonstrating solidarity with the persecuted Catholics in Iraq.  This shirt, here:


Amazing……I think Rorate started that meme.  The report via Tancred below:

 A Catholic seminary student from Colombia has been threatened and spat upon in Utrecht by radical Muslims: Brother Jaider Chantré Sanchez who upon just leaving  church on the weekend, while walking alone through the park when two Muslims began to pursue him, cursing and spitting . They are supposed to have shouted, “We will  kill all of you Christians.”  [Anti-semitism among muslims and many European leftists is becoming an epidemic.  During the most recent war against Gaza, there have been many ugly demonstrations directed against Jews and attacks on synagogues.  Much of that hatred can easily be redirected towards Christians, and likely will.  The Nazis killed nearly as many Catholics as they did Jews, after all]
“I was so scared. It is the first time something like  that’s happened to me,”    Chantré Sannchez recently explained in the newspaper “De Telegraaf “. “I was told in Colombia, the Netherlands is a tolerant country. But this does not seem to be so,” continued the student, who was able to escape. [Oh, they are very tolerant, provided you do and think exactly what they want all the time]  The attackers had apparently been traveling to an anti-Israel demonstration.  Yet Sanchez believes he has an explanation as to why they had become so aggressive, however, with this explanation: “I wore a T-shirt with the logo Nasrani. This is used by the IS-terrorist group in Iraq to mark houses of Christians. Many Christians wear those shirts now in solidarity with their fellow Muslims in Iraq. The logo must have seemed to the two Muslims like a red flag.”
I guess that would make the muslims the bull.  Europe’s vaunted “tolerance” is a thin veneer built on indifference and hypocrisy.  And as Europe becomes more and more islamic, that tolerance will rapidly go the way of the dodo and be replaced by something much uglier.  The thing about leftists is, there are only a few really committed, die hard types.  Most people go along with leftism because it is what the media and educational system tell them to believe, but they aren’t really convicted.  They are just as happy glomming on to whatever seems to be the strongest horse.  Just as most Germans were not convicted Nazis, but eagerly participated in assisting and upholding the regime once in place, and most Russians were not communists but quickly adapted to that regime, as well.
I will not be surprised at all if it becomes very difficult to be a Catholic in Europe very soon.  And after Europe, the Americas.



MUST WATCH: Powerful sermon on the sodo-mafia and destruction of the culture August 14, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in attachments, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, priests, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition, true leadership.
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I heard this sermon last Sunday and was quite moved.  It’s the kind of sermon, as another reader said, that makes you want to stand up and cheer and go man the ramparts.  It’s about the ongoing destruction of the culture and the few remaining intact institutions at the hands of the sodomite mafia.  As the priest duly notes, this is not an attack on individual souls struggling with certain sins.  We all struggle with sin.  Some of us, like addicts, may have even been given a special cross by Our Most Merciful Lord, being born with a certain predisposition to sin.  God does not afflict people, God gives gifts, and these crosses are special means for us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

No, what the priest is addressing is the organized, well-funded, deliberate movement designed to destroy the foundations of all civilization in order to permit those given over to the grossest of perversions to have a free hand to engage in their base acts, and lure others into doing the same.  It is not about wanting to marry, it is about destroying marriage as an institution.  It is about freeing up children to the be objects of lust and sexual use by adults given totally over to a reprobate sense.  It is about turning life, given us by God to learn to draw near to Him and be happy with Him in Heaven, into a dystopic hedonist “pleasure” dome of wanton lust and endless depravity.

But that is not all.  Because the sodomite hedonists of our time, and their many allies who desire similar depravity from a “heterosexual” perspective, have such an all-encompassing vision completely contrary to the Christian Faith, the Christian Faith must be destroyed as a matter of course in order for them to achieve their ends.  Or, at the very least, Christian belief and practice must be so excoriated and discredited in the public mind that the few that adhere to it will be a persecuted and hated minority, driven from the public square and forced to exist, to the extent we are permitted to exist at all, in the deepest shadows.  We may well be driven underground.  There can be no accommodation with this enemy of the Faith -they seek  nothing less than the total destruction of the remaining elements of Christendom and its replacement with a sexular pagan ethos of ultimate derangement from virtue and embrace of evil.

I post a fair number of sermons.  All of them are very good, but this one is not just excellent but vital.  I pray it is listened to by all my readers:

“Willful apostasy from the known truth, after which we have all manner of reason to look toward a dreadful judgment, because apostates from the known truth seldom or never have the Grace to return to it. So they should be filled with a fearful expectation of judgment and look forward to the fury of a raging fire that will consume them.”

Such a key quote.  The only way this sexular pagan revolution has been able to come about is because Christians in general and Catholics in particular have gone along with this revolution more or less totally.  If some 90% of Catholics did not feel that contraception is not intrinsically evil, this mass moral degradation would never have come about.  If the vast majority of Catholics see nothing wrong in fornication, in adultery, in mass consumption of pornography, and now this final assault on marriage, what can we expect from pagans and those outside the Church?

I have been considering what I am about to say for some time but I feel it really must be implemented now.  I do a little to try to strengthen the faithful, but I do very little to try to convert those lost in sin.  I do pray outside mills some (my wife and children do much more), but by that point the souls we try to reach are so gone over into perversion and so lost in a reprobate sense that reaching them, converting them from their intended wickedness, requires a moral miracle.

And in addition to that, there are so many grave evils that take place in our culture, in this very city, that are totally unopposed.  I think it is time that they start being opposed.  That is why I would like to ask local readers of this blog – men only -to join me in forming a group that will protest outside the many, many strip clubs in this city at least one night a month, or more frequently if possible.  We will need at least 4 men at any one time for safety’s sake.  I don’t plan on being confrontational at all, just a few signs reminding the customers of these “gateway drugs” to moral degradation that they are committing adultery or fornication by using women in this most objectifying way.

I hope and pray some men will respond.  I do not think this is something that can prudently be done alone.  There is a sad assortment of these places within 4 miles or so of Mater Dei.  I hope a few local men would be willing to participate.

Please leave a response in the comments.  Or get in touch with me directly, those I’m thinking of know how.  This is one small act we can take to try to steer a few souls away from these dens of iniquity.  In times past, Catholic opposition to such places would have been a given.  In many dioceses and parishes, bishops and priests would have rallied the faithful to picket such places until they closed.  Such has occurred, many times.  But some time in the 60s or 70s both the leadership and laity lost their way and began to stand aside as the many dens of iniquity proliferated.  If we want to stand against this culture and, God willing, shake a few souls from their stuporous inebriation in lust, we’re going to have to act.  I pray you will join me.