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A most pre-conciliar commentary on the idol of democracy September 25, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, disaster, Domestic Church, error, General Catholic, history, horror, paganism, Papa, persecution, reading, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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There is a great conceit held by many Americans and other Westerners; that democracy, whatever reality it has even in our own country, is the only acceptable form of government for not just advanced nations, but for peoples everywhere.  A veritable cult has grown up regarding notions such as popular sovereignty, the will of the people, representative government, and all the rest. Surely, there are arguments to commend this very Anglo-American system, but there are also powerful arguments against.  For one thing, what may be suited – but perhaps far form ideal – for some nations under certain favorable circumstances, may harbinge death for peoples in other places and times.  Such was the commentary of Father Bernard O’Reilly in his biography of Pope Leo XIII, commenting on the foisting of democracy, often  unwittingly, on Catholic peoples in Europe after the catastrophe of the French Revolution. I thought there were some edifying points below, perhaps you will agree:

The political quacks who think that the constitutional forms which suit the English race at home or in the United States ought also to suit Belgium, or France, or Spain, or Italy, forget that the institutions of of a country are the natural growth and outcome of a people’s habits and social life.  Where, as in Great Britain and in the American Union., the form of government, with the laws and the judiciary, has ever been a part of the people’s existence, it needs no political education to train the masses to the knowledge and exercise of their political rights.  They are matters of course, as familiar to the farmer in the country as his implements and methods of agriculture; as handy to the craftsman in the cities as the rules and practice of his trade.  How different among the Latin nations of Continental Europe and their offshoots was the use of the suffrage, whether open or secret, in electing to municipal or national offices!  What a farce the ballot was from the beginning, and is still in countries we might name! [And is, perhaps, becoming in this country?  Or has already become?]  And what oppression is practiced, in the name of liberty and under the sham of constitutional forms, by peoples among whom anti-Christian teachings destroy the religious and moral sense, with the elementary and essential ideas of individual right, making what they call free government the most hideous intolerance and the downright and unrestrained proscription of all opinions, convictions, and acts which differ from their own false and narrow notions!  [So true, as I think we can see in our own country more and more today, where the rights of minorities, especially religious minorities, and even more, Catholic minorities, are dashed upon the altar of “tolerance” – except for us and our beliefs!  Thus, every kink, every perversion, is held to trump the most dearly and deeply held Christian convictions.  And never forget, the most repressive countries in history, like the Soviet Union, had constitutions full of flowery language about rights, the power of the people, and all the rest – as they crushed the people, and especially the Church, under an iron boot!  

……….Belgium, Catholic Belgium, became especially the paradise of the occult force, not of the purely or professed benevolent and kindly associations which go by different names wherever the English language prevails, but of those bodies of conspirators against Church and State, against the entire social order inherited from the Christendom of the past, who are the legal and legitimate descendants of the masons and their illuminism.  English and American societies long and blindly refused to acknowledge the evidence offered them that this occult force on the Continent of Europe, as well as in Spanish and Portuguese America, was a vast and mighty conspiracy against God.  [This paragraph compares the differences between the relatively benign practice of mason in the Anglosphere, and the dark, even occult, conspiracies of the Lodge in the Latin countries, always directed at usurping the Church and seeing Her demise.  Of course, the masons in the Anglosphere did not have to trouble themselves to achieve the idol of “religious liberty” in England, the US, and other countries, as the triumph of protestantism in those lands, from long ago, made such efforts unnecessary.  But they gave much willing help to radical masonic elements in Mexico and other countries struggling to destroy the Church.  They have been all too successful.]

……..the battle…..has been fought from the beginning, between the supporters of Christianity, the advocates of a thorough religious education, on the one hand, and the conspirators against religion, who wanted to get possession of the youth and extinguish in their souls all knowledge or all love of the ancient faith of Christendom.

…...we in America are beginning to see that the public school system was from the first open to two serious and unanswerable objections. It levied a heavy tax on those who objected conscientiously to schools where no religion whatever was taught, [Aye, and I must pay handsomely to see others taught dread errors and be led down the wide path of destruction] and refused to grant any share of the school fund to denominations who insisted on a religious teaching in their schools; [No longer entirely true, at least at the federal level.  And how was that achieved?  Some very cogent criticisms argue that Church schools were only judged acceptable for federal funding when they became so thoroughly secularized and indifferent to our Faith that they were no longer seen as problematic from the reigning secular point of view.  The refusal to teach Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus figures prominently in such arguments] and it tended practically (as it has now, confessedly, ended in doing) to turn out young men and women indifferent to all religious principle and practice – men and women all the more dangerous to the community that their trained intellect and acquired knowledge are a terrible agency in the service of their passions, whereas no fear of God is there to restrain them from evil courses or to encourage them to well-doing.

Besides, in a country like the United States, where so many sects exist side by side, with equal rights before the law, [a foundational error in its own right] if the majority must decide the school question like all others of public importance, the minority must perforce submit.  Still, that minority will deem it oppression to be taxed for an institution which they cannot approve of or profit by without violating their conscience…….. [Sadly, the vast majority of Catholics no longer deem it a violation of conscience to have their children taught, or they themselves, the dreadest of errors.  And for all the world, it appears our leadership has simply exited the struggle, proclaiming the world and its errors right all along, does it not?]

……..Yet the English-speaking world, through its organ, the public press, has invariably sided with the tyrannical majority, and h eld up the struggles of Catholics to educate their children according to the Faith as the battle of the ignorant and intolerant fanaticism against the enlightenment, intellectual progress, and modern civilization.

And the struggle still goes on……in the year 1887.  It is still the contest between two antagonistic and diametrically opposed forces, that of religion on the one hand and that of irreligion on the other, for the possession of education, the mightiest means ever devised for the moral elevation or the utter destruction of the human race.

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So, one hundred and twenty seven years long, who, does it appear, won that battle, at least to this point?  It might also be asked, which side has decided to entirely give up the fight and surrender to the dominant culture, with its conceits of “enlightenment” and “reason,” which are really darker, and more ignorant, than any ideology since Christianity gained ascendancy 1700 years ago?

Something, perhaps, to ponder this weekend.

The boundless effrontery and childish tantrums of Church progressives September 25, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, paganism, persecution, pr stunts, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the return.
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Father Michael Tegeder is an extremely left wing priest in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul.  He has always been in the most progressive wing of the Church, hailing from the wildly heretical (and haven for boy rapists) Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville. He has been waging a one man war against the fairly orthodox Archbishop John Nienstedt for years.  He has continued to agitate over what seem to me like dubious charges of sex abuse by Archbishop Nienstedt himself. He has been aided in his jihad against +Nienstedt by a few other leftists (in an incredibly far left locale) and a few others, some reputable, others not.  None of the allegations have been substantiated to date – all remain in the realm of accusation alone.. +Nienstedt has been the recipient of this torrent of abuse and false allegations because of his orthodoxy.  The progressive priests who dominate the Archdioce of Minneapolis-St. Paul despise +Nienstedt’s orthodoxy – even as it is – and are determined to see him out.

Ridiculous hair

Ridiculous hair

As reported on Tegeder’s own blog (safe link, not to his blog), Archbishop Nienstedt received a complaint from someone visiting Father Tegeder’s parish.  The complaint listed numerous liturgical abuses, including a lay person giving the “homily,” homily content was heretical, leavened bread was used for the Hosts, and the sacred vessels were made from cheap stonewear.  There was also a big problem during distribution.  Here is how Fr. Tegeder replied:

Dear Archbishop John

I was not the presiding priest nor was I present on the said occasion. However, I take full responsibility for it, something all church leaders should consider doing. By the way, your public condemnation of Father ______ ______’s “crimes” was a good example of not taking responsibility. Your violation of respect for due process owed Father _______ was stunning. [This is not taking full responsibility, this is blame shifting of the worst kind.]

Regarding the actual communication I would have to say that things must be pretty good in Texas if this poor soul was “extremely distracted” by the things that he relates. [So, then, you admit, Father, that liturgical abuses are bad?] I would have referred this troubled Texan to the wise advice of Pope Francis who calls the church to stop obsessing about “small minded rules.”  [And, we see what we shall be up against for years and years……we shall constantly have the Pope’s damaging comments thrown in our faces, even if those comments are totally non-Magisterial]

But what is most amazing to me is that with the concerns in the Archdiocese these days you would take the time to relay such concerns from a complete stranger. What did Jesus say about the splinter in your brother’s eye? [Again, blame shifting, complete refusal to acknowledge any kind of problem.  How ironic, then, to claim the archbishop needs to examine his own conscience. And, Father, people have the ability to manage more than one activity or area of emphasis at once.]

He and you seem so concerned about his so called rights as a Catholic being violated. I am more concerned about children being violated under your watch. You still owe us an explanation for your decisions involving Wehmeyer. [Witness how Father repeatedly completely avoids the topic at hand and makes the matter all about +Nienstedt’s ostensible failings.  Is that how a virtuous man, or any man, behaves, or is that how a little boy caught with his hand in the cookie jar behaves? “She did it first!”]

As it turns out, the Sunday after I received this letter, the gospel reading was about handling differences in the church. Jesus says first of all go to the person and work it out. He says nothing about first reporting back to the local ordinary. If the man wants to discuss his issues please give him my address.  [Not if the person is already a notorious public scandalizer and sinner, which Father Tegeder certainly is.  In that case, one could expect an even more disrespectful and dismissive reply than the one sent to +Nienstedt, and it would be appropriate to go to his superior.]

I do have a concern over his state of mind as I do for yours. Indeed, I do not see how you can continue in your position. It cannot be good for you. Even Cardinal Burke has apparently seen the light and is moving on.  [What a despicable comment.  That’s all I can say.  You can certainly tell just how much virtue our progressive betters are accustomed to practicing.]

I will continue to pray for you. [Such generosity – but wiccan chants don’t count]20121213_mike-tegeder_33

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Father had the effrontery to claim that he “must be doing something right” to elicit complaints from +Nienstedt.  Of course, every diocese in the country, more or less, has a formal policy that complaints received at the diocesan level about a priest or parish are forwarded on to the “target” as a matter of course. So this was hardly +Nienstedt picking on poor progressive Father Tegeder, it was simply part of routine policy.

Look, please don’t think I’m defending Archbishop Nienstedt as a hero of orthodoxy, he’s not. He’s pretty good.  But he has also been the victim of the same kind of witch hunt that was used to persecute Bishop Finn, and on just as flimsy grounds.  I guess I just get sick of the utter lack of humility, endless childishness, supercilious clericalism and massive superiority complexes that so many left wing people in the Church so visibly demonstrate. I thought these progressives were all about inclusiveness, tolerance, and love? Sure, so long as you are on their side.  If you’re not, then they are the most dogmatic, hateful,  prosecutorial people imaginable – as the poor Franciscans of the Immaculate have learned to their great pain.

I’ve said many times of late, but it bears saying again, the reason people like Tegeder behave with such disdain towards Catholics is because they are members of an inveterately hostile competing religion that will brook absolutely no competition.  That religion is, of course, sexular paganism in any of its many flavors.  Almost all of these progressives are senior citizens who have never managed to leave their glory days of the 60s behind (even if they spent the 60s as dweebs living at home or watching all the action unfold on TV).  There is no future to the movement.  They are not reproducing themselves, because people can get leftism much more pure and undiluted outside the Church.  Their experimental Catholicism, the much ballyhooed but never accomplished “new evangelization,” has been a failure.  All one need do is consider virtually any statistical measure of the Church between 1965 and today to realize the extent of the failure – it is catastrophic.  But, being ideologues of a foreign religion, data makes no difference to the likes of Tegeder and his aging cohort.

Finally: I am hardly one to oppose calling bishops to account.  But the above isn’t a calling to account, it’s nothing more than a pointless rant (I want to say something else, something closer to reality, but not fit for this blog.)) intended to make the rantee feel superior.  Which superiority Tegeder, from his many newspaper quotes, seems to have quite a problem with.

Since he makes such a large point of prayer, I pray for his total conversion.

The not so mod squad

The not so mod squad

Great scot! Saint Peter’s in Rome renamed “Tiber Creek Community Church” September 25, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Ecumenism, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, secularism, silliness, Society, the return.
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Always seeking to be more ecumenical, and more “open” and “inclusive” towards worldly types, Pope Francis has ordered the unspeakably beautiful and symbolic Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome to be renamed Tiber Creek Community Church:

Pope Francis has changed the name of St. Peter’s Basilica to “Tiber Creek Community Church,” Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi announced this morning.

“The greatest church of Christendom, built on the holy grave of the martyr-prince of the Apostles, has been known as ‘St. Peter’s Basilica’ for 1700 years,” Fr. Lombardi explained. “It was long 306_Bergoglio01overdue for a rebranding.”

He continued that this was just the next step in Pope Francis’ greater program of trying to make the church more relatable to the average person.  [I think the word is “relevant.”  The Holy Father has shown he thinks highly of megachurches]

“How many Catholics today even know who St. Peter is?” Fr. Lombardi asked reporters, eliciting murmurs of agreement. “And besides, referencing St. Peter is a dead giveaway that we’re Catholic.”  [Can’t have that!] Fr. Lombardi said that naming the church after it’s geographic location without any denominational identifiers was more in line with how modern people felt about religion.  [Which is to say, about the same way they feel about their favorite store.  Or mall.  A great place to visit, but you don’t want to get too caught up in what goes on there.]

Fr. Lombardi also announced that projectors and screens would be installed throughout the basilica in the coming week, that a “totally rocking” worship band was being formed……..[I love those completely meaningless megachurch names like Woodcreek, Lakepointe, and Watermark.  I think Tiber Creek too specific, they should just say “Rock Creek.”  Or is that too evocative of Christ?]

……….“The Trinity, the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, these are all interesting — to dead theologians,” Fr. Lombardi said dismissively.  [Folks I think you and I would be utterly shocked if we knew how many high figures in the Church felt exactly that way.  For them, the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, the Miracles, all are meaningless; the only things that matter are inclusiveness, social justice, ecumenism – the whole left wing project.  That’s their faith.] “But how does that apply to my everyday life? How will that help me advance in my career? That’s what Pope Francis is going to be focusing on.” [Uh huh.]

It’s on the internet, it has to be true!  See, there’s a sign and everything!

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How about bingo?  Shouldn’t they get that rolling, too?

The sad part is, many people could easily believe in this really happening.  Who could have possibly believed that 18 months ago?

 

Local pro-life news: 40 Days for Life starts, HB2 under trial again September 25, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society.
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So, Forty Days for Life got started yesterday in the Diocese of Dallas and around the country yesterday on the Commemoration of Our Lady of Ransom.  You can sign up for vigil time outside mills at the Dallas 40 Days for Life website.

If you wonder why there are still so many mills to pray outside, that is because the same leftist Austin judge (Yeakel) who has constantly struck down pro-life laws on flimsy pretexts (almost always having his decisions overturned on appeal), declared the provisions of 2013’s HB2 requiring all abortion mills to meet minimum health and safety standards verboten. The decision was appealed to the 5th Circuit, which heard arguments September 12.  A final decision has not yet been made.  It is important to note that the 3 judge panel on every federal circuit court changes over time – the judges rotate in and out of assignments.  The current 3-judge panel is not as favorable to pro-life concerns as previous ones that have upheld all aspects of HB2 that have been appealed to the circuit thus far.  The current panel features one solid pro-life conservative female Bush 43 appointee, one leftist Obama appointee, and 1 Reagan appointee.  The matter of whether the ambulatory surgery center requirements will be upheld appears to be in his hands, and his behavior during arguments two weeks ago seem to indicate he could go either way.  As usual, an incredibly important judiciary decision which will either uphold or overturn the popular will, amounting to often usurping the supposedly sacrosanct democratic process, will come down to the opinion of just one man, peering into his magic eight ball in his pointed hat with crescent moons and stars on it.

A decision is expected any day.  Please pray that HB2 is upheld and the court rules that the ambulatory surgery requirements – absolutely minimal health and safety requirements mills have been able to avoid for decades – can be implemented immediately.  There is some speculation the court may uphold the requirements but give mills several more years to implement them.  They won’t, it will just allow the many shady mills like Routh Street and Robinson’s to stay open longer.  If HB2 is upheld and allowed to be implemented now, Routh Street and Robinson’s are expected to close immediately and Dallas will be left with two mills – Curtis Boyd’s Southwest Women’s abattoir on Greenville and the new Planned Barrenhood super-murder center in, where else?, south Dallas.

It is also doubted the Supreme Court would hear any of these cases, so the 5th Circuit’s decision will likely be final.

Oh, by the way, notorious pro-abort Ruth Vader Ginsburg has confirmed, yet again, what a vicious eugenicist she is.  You might pray for her conversion, too.

Circuit Court Judge, deciding case

Circuit Court Judge, deciding case

 

Lovely video on English ‘Dome of Home’ as traditional parish – FIXED! September 25, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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It seems this has already gotten around, but I planned on posting this last night and dangit, I’m still going to!  Beautiful video below on the Institute of Christ the King (ICRSS) and the shrine they took over a few years ago, called the Shrine of Saints Peter, Paul, and Philomena or the “Dome of Home.”

Wonderful what Tradition can do!  Don’t tear down, don’t wreckovate, turn it over to traditional Catholics who will give their all to not only glorify God in a sacred space, but also return long abandoned and forgotten holy sites to active, purposeful, sanctifying use!

Wonderful video by Mr. Philip Chadell.  What a great history!  And so beautiful.  This could really be the story of a number of traditional communities that have been blessed to “take over” beautiful old structures, often abandoned, sometimes wreckovated, and returning them to their former glory.  What a beautiful documentary.  And how wonderful to have such a supportive bishop who seems to enjoy offering the TLM himself!

Thanks to reader JB for sending me this link.

UPDATE: No wonder there were no comments!  No v-v-v-v-video!  Now fixed.  Sorry!

Prayer requests September 25, 2014

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Via Facebook (my wife’s, I am still off), please pray for a Belgian priest Fr. Anselm. He is a Norbertine priest with a strong attraction to the TLM and the traditional practice of the Faith.  His superiors in his order do not like that attraction, no not one bit.  He has been told to either get on board with the “ways of the abbey,” and stop “genuflecting and bowing too often, stop praying so much,” or to go elsewhere.  As I said, he loves the TLM and would like to offer it full time.  Many speak very highly of this priest (I do not know him).  He is very unhappy in his current situation.  Please pray for him!

A reminder to please continue helping the Iraqi Catholics.  The best way is helpiraq.org.   A better exhortation than I could give:

Most of all, these suffering souls, and their tormentors, need prayers.  Anyone can do that, even if you are not in a position to help, financially.

Finally, pray for a changing of hearts among the leadership of this Diocese of Dallas.  I heard a most disheartening thing a couple weeks ago that I pray is wrong, but considering the source, almost certainly isn’t.  I can’t really be very specific, other than to say it touches on something very, very near and dear to our traditional Catholic hearts  It was not good news.  Please no speculation, it was not a threat to anything existing, just a realization that what we have will probably be all we’ll ever have for a very, very long time.  Capiche?