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Please pray for reader John September 26, 2014

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Reader John C left a comment stating that he has lost, or is going to lose, his job.  This is surely a difficult time, and I can especially relate to his particular difficulties due to my own sordid history of sins against temperance.  Would you, in your charity, please pray for his needs at this time?  God bless you.

Those who purport to love God must not fear men September 26, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, martyrdom, persecution, priests, sanctity, secularism, Society, Virtue.
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Some excellent commentary from Fr. Carota.  He outlines the beliefs Catholics must hold which will get us chastised – and possibly severely – by the dominant, fallen culture (emphasis in original):

Jesus warns us very clearly what will happen when we follow Him.   “Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’ s sake.  Be glad in that day and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For according to these things did their fathers to the prophets.”  Luke VI: 22-23

Everyone who truly loves and fears God will be persecuted.  This especially takes place when:

1) Out of love for God’s Catholic Church you criticize or point out what has happened in the Church since Vatican II. [Emperors hate being told of their nakedness]

2) When you bring up your love for the Latin Mass because of its sacredness and rubrics that protect Jesus’ Body and Blood that have been removed from the New Mass. [Don’t tell Fr. Tedeger that!]

3) When you attempt to stop women from offending God by dressing immodestly at Church and on the streets.  Our Lady at Fatima said it very clearly: “Certain fashions will be introduced which will offend My Son very much.”  These people will happily offend God to not offend people[I actually took part in a discussion on this last night.  The dominant view at our local Latin Mass parish is that such corrections should be left to a priest.  Fr. Carota is certainly a priest, but also seems to take a more activist stand on this kind of correction.  It is very hard to do.  And any such correction must be done with great tenderness and charity.  But is Fr. Carota’s more activist view worth consideration?]

4) Stand up for the indissolubility of the sacrament of marriage between a man and a woman.

5) Condemn homosexuality. [To my mind, the vehicle by which persecution may (will?) come.]

6) Correct those living together before sacramental marriage.

7) Speak up against the murder of pre born babies and pray at abortion mills.

8) Remind Catholics that they are forbidden to use any birth control, have an IUD inserted or have any operation that sterilizes, like a vasectomy or tubal ligation. [People surely do not like to be told of their sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments]

I have brought these subjects up many times.  But I am doing it again precisely to remind us that we are in this very short life, we make sure that everything we do, say or write is only done to please God and not offend Him.

People come and go, are born and die.  One day they are your best friend, and the next day they are your worst enemy.  You may be very popular today and tomorrow the laugh of the town.  Again Jesus says it very strongly: “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”  Luke 6: 26.

All the prophets and saints were despised in this world by the worldly.

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I am just about out of time, but there is also a corollary to what Father points out above: if we fail in many of our duties to proclaim the Faith, we may receive many rewards, or at least lead a much more comfortable life. Has that not been the “trade,” or even the surrender, the Church has made, in order to gain cultural acceptance?  Was that not the driving force behind much of the desire for “aggiornamento” and all that followed?

If only…….Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI demands reinstatement as pope September 26, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, silliness, Society, the return.
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As only Eye of the Tiber could possibly report:

According to reports today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is seeking the chair of his pontificate months after his resignation. The news has sent shock waves around the world.

Vatican spokesman Fr. Vitateli Devitiamani told EOTT that, “He came for a dinner as scheduled and then proceeded to return to his old living quarters. That wouldn’t be a problem, since His Holiness Pope Francis chose to live elsewhere, the room is open. However, once we asked him where he was going, he simply said, ‘I’m back,’ then proceeded to put his sunglasses on even though we were inside.”

Sources say that the next morning, he walked down the hall asking for his valet and his red Prada shoes, and was overheard asking an adviser to “get Burke on the line.”

This comes 19 months after his official resignation from the Holy See.

Well…….stranger things have happened.  And I strongly suspect there will be a book written on the events of early 2013 in the Vatican someday, and it will be a barn-burner.

Diocese of Orange, CA, takes the protestant “Crystal Cathedral”……..and makes it worse September 26, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Art and Architecture, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Liturgy, sadness, scandals, secularism, the return.
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Hoy vey.  I remember when this story broke, a few years back.  Tod Brown, thankfully retired Bishop of Orange (replaced by FW’s former bishop, Kevin Vann), had taken the inexplicable act to purchase the facilities of a bankrupt evangelical sect and use those facilities for the new cathedral of Orange.  Many were nonplussed, as the gaudy, hyper-modernist “Crystal Cathedral” seemed a very poor match for Catholic liturgical sensibilities.  But, the perennial apologists  said, “hey, it may not look good now, but I can see how it could be turned into a really rollicking Catholic cathedral.”  Well, apologists, feast your eyes on this.  If it were any colder and more devoid of warmth, it would have to be moved to the South Pole – of Pluto (skip ahead to ~2:45 for the cathedral design proper):

Note in all the rationales given for this modern art museum cathedral above, virtually none refer to making the place Catholic.  They refer to “sacred” and “liturgical,” but not “Catholic.”  And for all the false erudition on display, they manage to completely miss the point.  You can’t get “sacred” from rationalist, analytical individuals.  You get sacred from holy, pious people.

So, what’s really changed – a central altar with no tabernacle, which I can’t stand, a lot of cold white stone, and some landscaping? Well, nothing says Catholic like a double row of trees.

I sure love Eliot B’s humor. His only comment on the aboveI say again, New Evangelization: put down the Super-Council, step away from the Church, and just go home. You’re still drunk. So very, very drunk.

I have a comment of my own: who could possibly take that “liturgical consultant @~3:00 seriously?  Are you kidding?

I really thought Bishop Vann was better than this.  Fooled me.  There’s not even a proper crucifix.  I don’t know what it is, it’s grotesque. Note how Sister “Kit” @0:30 has an equal length cross – think she played a big role in selecting picking that resurrectifix out?

Oh, look at the bone they threw the Catholics in a crypt church @~6:00!  How generous!

I’m sure these folks thought they designed just a bang up cathedral…….for their own religion, whatever that is.

Enjoy your cathedral for the next 70 years, Orange-ites.