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Our Lord speaks on abortion/contraception October 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Saints, sanctity, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD.
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You know all this mess at the Synod will eventually come back to the sacred shibboleths of the progressives, contraception and abortion. So when I read the following over the past couple of days in my usual Bible and other Catholic reading, I thought it suitable to share.  No, these are not direct statements from our Blessed Lord incarnate, but they are testaments to the Faith made under His direct inspiration (I should clarify – only the Old Testament verses are assuredly inspired, but the statements of the Apostles and Fathers are, at the very least, indirectly inspired.  The Apostles were merely repeating what they had heard from Our Lord in the Second Person of the Trinity, or extrapolating clear instruction to more detailed cases, and Saint Jerome was doing the same.  Nevertheless, I should have been more clear).

First, from the Old Testament, God abhors the wanton sacrifice of his creation, little children, to satanic pagan gods (Ps CV, 35-42):

….they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works.: And served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them.  And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.  And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of their daughters which they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.  And the land was polluted with blood, and was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions.  And the Lord was exceedingly angry with His people: and He abhorred His inheritance.

And He delivered them into the hands of the nations: and they that hated them had dominion over them.  And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under their hands.

Pretty interesting allegory for today, is it not?  Is not the Church surrounded by heathens, and adopting their ways?  Do not so many of us sense a great chastisement?  And are the enemies they so adore and emulate, do they not long to crush the Church and place the sacred Bride of Christ under their hands?

Next, the Apostles themselves, in the Didache, deplored child sacrifice to satanic demons:

The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not seduce boys. You shall not commit fornication. You shall not steal. You shall not practice magic or use potions. You shall not procure abortion, nor destroy a new-born child. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. You shall not perjure yourself. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not speak evil. You shall not bear malice….

The “magic and potions” of the above frequently referred to abortifacient drugs widely used in the ancient world in the Church’s earliest days.

Another version of some of the above reads:

You shall not practice birth control, you shall not murder a child by abortion, nor kill what is begotten

Then just this morning in the letters of Saint Jerome I read the following:

But others drink potions to ensure sterility and are guilty of murdering a human being not yet conceived.  Some, when they learn they are with child through sin, practice abortion by the use of drugs. Frequently they die themselves and are brought before the rulers of the lower world guilty of three crimes: suicide, adultery, and murder of an unborn child. 

And thus we see, in three brief excerpts, the constant hatred God has had for abortion and its antecedent crime of contraception, since well before God became Incarnate on earth.  It is the constant belief of the Christian Church from its inception until today – disregarding the manifest errors of formal heretics – that both abortion and contraception are woefully sinful.

And yet, as Rorate reports, there is evidence even these pillars of Catholic Moral Doctrine may be under attack at the Synod.  Humanae Vitae was a shock to many progressives, who felt “their man” as pope would approve the unapprovable.  They feel they have their second chance.  But woe to those who attack what Christ has revealed through His Church, and undermine the faith of the faithful. It would be better for that man that he had never been born.

 

Take action, contact Apostolic Nuncio regarding Synod October 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Admin, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Sacraments, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD, the return.
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Commenter Kathleen helpfully provided the following contact information for the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Vigano:

EMAIL, TELEPHONE, FAX OR WRITE TO

His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Vicano
Apostolic Nuncio
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008

Email: nuntiususa AT nuntiususa DOT org
Please send copy of your email to Catholic Family News: cfnjjv AT gmail DOT com
To help us keep track of how many emails the Nunciate receives

Telephone: 202-333-7121
Fax: 202-337-4036

Now armed with the contact information, I provide one potential draft submission.  Feel free to add, delete, shoot holes, whatever you like with it:

Your Excellency:

I have been most dismayed to follow the course of the Extraordinary Synod for the Family and Married Life over the past week and throughout the preceding preparatory period.  It seems there is a concerted effort among far too many Synod participants to undermine the sacred Doctrine of the Faith through so-called pastoral solutions, solutions which will have the effect of spreading great scandal and confusion and doing untold harm to souls.  I implore both you and the Synod fathers that this madness stop. Already over the past several decades, confusion and uncertainty have surrounded public discussion of what the Church believes.  A heart-breaking number of theologians, priests, religious, and, incredibly, even bishops and cardinals, have contributed to that confusion by undermining, or even directly attacking, truths the Church has always held as inviolable. It is simply impossible to put Doctrine into conflict with pastoral applications.  That is essentially claiming God’s Mercy wars with His Justice – unheard of!

We also know that untold numbers of souls have fallen away over the past few decades.  It is my firm belief that the doctrinal confusion reigning in the Church has played a huge role in this pastoral disaster.

Please communicate my great dismay to the Synod over its reported direction.  The “Relatio” mid-Synod report seems wildly at contrast with the Faith handed down to us by the Apostles and Fathers.  It seems incredible that Casti Connubbi, Humanae Vitae, the 1997 Catechism of the Catholic Church, and so many other great testaments to our Faith can be tossed aside- in effect, if not in toto – to serve some strange conception of “pastoral” care.  But as the past several decades have already shown, whatever the purported purpose of the novel formulations proposed at the Synod may be, doctrinal confusion only results in more pastoral calamities, not fewer.  The rapidly shrinking Church in Europe and the Americas is a testament to this fact.

I beg and implore the Synod participants to uphold the timeless Doctrine of the Faith and not undermine it through paeans to modernist sensibilities!  I pray for the Truth to be upheld and not undermined or lessened in any way.  I pray that God may enlighten the hearts of all Synod participants to strengthen and improve that doctrine and especially its rigorous and thorough instruction to all souls in the Church – an instruction completely missing over the past several decades.  And I pray that all the Synod participants, and you, our Apostolic Nuncio, may always cooperate with God’s Grace and be abundantly blessed in performing constant service to the Church.

[choose one] Yours very respectfully in Christ/Ad Mariam per Iesu/In corde Iesu/Dominus vobiscum!/

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Oh, no: priest uses smart phone in confessional October 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, priests, Sacraments, sadness, scandals.
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I had the following related to me by a new commenter recently.  This is simply their allegation, I have no other evidence.  The allegation is that a priest at a parish in McKinney was using their smart phone while hearing Confessions.  That is not to say that they were talking on the phone, but there are many other avenues of communication with a smart phone – text, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, the whole panoply of social media.  I have reviewed the matter with several knowledgeable lay people and two trusted priests.  First, the allegation:

A priest was hearing my confession the other day – one of the gravest confessions of my life – and I could see his iPhone glowing behind the screen, and his thumb moving across it. (I haven’t shared this on social media – in fact this is the first time I’ve said it “out loud.”)

There was much more in the comment left, but that was the only bit about the confessional.  I was quite scandalized when I first read the comment, and replied with one of my own that was probably a bit too strong.  I see no reason why the commenter would be making this matter up. I am taking the allegation at face value, but do bear in mind that it is only one side of the story.

But, having discussed the matter with the aforementioned faithful souls and reflected on it for some time, and assuming the comment was genuine and related the facts correctly, I can say the following (the conditions were, auricular Confession with the penitent separated from the priest by a screen that could be somewhat seen through.  I have no idea if at this parish the priests can ID the penitents, but the penitents can apparently see something of what the priest is doing):

  • This is an egregious abuse of charity.  Even if the priest was only looking up some matter related to the case of the penitent (dubious), it gives the appearance of being disinterested at a most critical and sensitive time.  It is terrible pastoral practice.  If the priest does feel it necessary or helpful to research some matter while in the confessional, he should make what he is doing plain to the penitent, to assuage them of scandal.
  • The risk of scandalizing the penitent is enormous.  For all the penitent knows, the priest could have been texting someone saying “get a load of what this person just said!”  I pray that is not the case, I think it unlikely, but to operate a communications device of any kind while in the confessional casts serious doubt on the sanctity of the Sacrament and the validity of the seal.  Again, disastrous pastoral practice.  It could probably never be proved that the priest was communicating with someone – or that he was not – but to even give the impression that such could be occurring could be devastating to many souls.
  • This matter has apparently come up in the Diocese of Rome and the diocese issued a dictum of some kind banning priests from using cell phones in the confessional.  That should be clear, I think, in every diocese.
  • One can only imagine the hurt and violation a penitent would feel in this situation.  There they are, pouring their soul out, and the priest gives the impression he is at the least giving them something less than his full attention.  That could cause wavering souls, souls who have perhaps been away from the Church and the Sacrament for a very long time, to never return.  What an incalculable loss that would be.
  • A letter should be sent to the Diocese of Dallas reporting the incident.  If the commenter reads this post, be charitable and focus on the scandal and hurt this cell phone use caused you.  You could send a copy of the letter to the priest/parish in question – the Diocese will almost certainly forward your report to the pastor of the parish in question, regardless.
  • This is not a matter that will result in laicization or any kind of heavy disciplinary action against the priest – unless there was clear evidence the seal had been violated – but it is very important and certainly should be conveyed, charitably, to local authorities.  One would hope that a letter or other communique by Bishop Farrell would be made to the priest in question and that he be advised to stop with the smart phone in the Confessional.

Confession is such a crucial, helpful, but at the same time personal and sensitive Sacrament, its sanctity must be guarded with great vigilance.  Over the past several decades, Confession has been downplayed and ignored in so many dioceses and parishes. I know this is something Bishop Farrell has made a point of trying to rectify in our own Diocese of Dallas. So I am certain Bishop Farrell would take this matter very seriously and respond appropriately.

Confession is the great, forgotten Sacrament of our post-conciliar age.  So many Catholics erroneously believe that Confession is either no longer necessary or doesn’t apply to them – apparently, they are sinless, like our Blessed Mother.  Even among the few Catholics who always satisfy their Sunday obligation, Confession is quite rare.  Few receive Confession even yearly, let alone every week or two as many Saints prescribe.  To scandalize those few who do avail themselves of this beautiful and utterly vital Sacrament is simply unconscionable.

I made this post more public because I think it a matter that is deserving of wider attention and consideration.  Let us not see smart phones in the confessional (I know some priests already object if they observe penitents using smart phones or other such devices).  I think this is a matter of common sense and decency.

This sham of a Synod takes a deadly turn October 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society, SOD, the return.
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First, I have been quietly trying to brace people that this Synod would go well beyond mere “pastoral” approaches and into redefinitions of Doctrine.  I felt that clearly the case because, for starters, it is impossible to separate Doctrine – law – from practice.  Saying otherwise is like saying we can continue to hold the common definition of murder in criminal courts while excusing all those who commit murder out of a false sense of charity.  And what we have going on right now is attempted soul-murder in the first degree.   In addition, in reading the tea leaves with the dim eyes of faith possessed by this manifest sinner, it seemed obvious to me the progressives, advanced in age and with 50 years of history showing the utter folly, the evil, of their errors, would go for broke, attempting to finish what they started in the 60s.  This is their last, best chance to inflict as much destruction as possible.

Secondly, I say this Synod is a sham because if it does, for whatever reason (the true disposition of the majority of the bishops, or the heavy influence of the Bishop of Rome moving men to unprecedented disassociation with the Gospel and the Inspiration of the Blessed Trinity) try to foist a new “gospel” on the Church, that in and of itself will be……well, I think we know it will be very, very bad, but as the Voice of the Family has apparently already declared, it could also mean this Synod is some false body that does not merit obedience to its declarations.  We are entering most frightening and terrible times.  I do not know what to counsel but this is just unbelievably bad.  You can know how bad it is by observing how the leftists pretending to be Catholics are just wetting themselves with excitement.

For those who do not know what I am talking about, an interim report of the Synod was released this morning, and it was every bit as bad as many feared, going beyond nebulous or poorly worded “pastoral” statements and coming very close to straight up redefinitions of Doctrine.  Some excerpts from the “Relatio post disceptationem,” the official name of the interim report, first from Rorate and then from CMR (emphasis in both cases via the respective blogs, my comments):

Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?  [This is so utterly contrary to the Gospel and ALL the Fathers that it is simply staggering]
The question of homosexuality leads to a serious reflection on how to elaborate realistic paths of affective growth and human and evangelical maturity integrating the sexual dimension: it appears therefore as an important educative challenge.  [Yes, but the Church has utterly failed at catechesis at ALL levels going back decades.  Now it’s suddenly going to get better?]  The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman. Nor is it acceptable that pressure be brought to bear on pastors or that international bodies make financial aid dependent on the introduction of regulations inspired by gender ideology.
Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners.Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.

Please.  Whited sepulchers, you speak out of both sides of your mouths!  How can the children be given “special attention” and “priority” when they are raised in such a profoundly disordered and perverse environment?!  What is this?  Do the Synod “fathers” not know, or do they just not care, that a child raised in this environment is several times more likely to suffer sex abuse and orders of magnitude more likely to become lost in this sin that cries to Heaven for vengeance themselves?

As Rorate notes, throughout almost the entire Relatio there is a paucity of references to Scripture and/or Tradition, because support for these novelties are utterly lacking in both.

Via CMR, much of the text seems to be nothing but Kasper’s heretical rantings presented at the pre-Synodal meeting early this year transferred into “draft” form for the Synod itself:

In the same way the situation of the divorced who have remarried demands a careful discernment and an accompaniment full of respect, avoiding any language or behavior that might make them feel discriminated against.  [Many sinners feel discriminated against. It is a fundamental aspect of our fallen natures to seek justification for our sin, and it appears these men mean to provide adulterer’s with manifold justifications]  For the Christian community looking after them is not a weakening of its faith and its testimony to the indissolubility of marriage, but rather it expresses precisely its charity in its caring.  [Nothing but a naked assertion, completely unsupported by Scripture, Tradition, or even reason.  In other words, whoever wrote this is saying “it is so because I say it is so,” and nothing else.]

As regards the possibility of partaking of the sacraments of Penance  [THIS IS BULL!  There is nothing, at all, that stops anyone at anytime from partaking of the Sacrament of Penance.  That doesn’t mean absolution is guaranteed, you have to show contrition and amendment, but the Sacrament is always available to anyone at anytime – provided they can find a parish that offers it more than one half hour a week.]  and the Eucharist, some argued in favor of the present regulations because of their theological foundation, others were in favor of a greater opening on very precise conditions when dealing with situations that cannot be resolved without creating new injustices and suffering. For some, partaking of the sacraments might occur were it preceded by a penitential path – under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop –, and with a clear undertaking in favor of the children. This would not be a general possibility, but the fruit of a discernment applied on a case-by-case basis, according to a law of gradualness, that takes into consideration the distinction between state of sin, state of grace and the attenuating circumstances. [It is impossible to be penitent while the sin is still ongoing, unrepentant-like.  See that – unrepentant and “penitent” do not go together!]

It will be most interesting to see how many in the Catholic media will respond as this Synod develops.  Should this “relatio” be a firm indication of what comes forth as a final document, I think there will be a very quick and clear division made evident.

Not that that matters in the least, save for how it relates to the salvation of the souls involved.  And that is my great concern here, no matter what this Synod says, sin will remain sin and evil will remain evil.  All the “tolerant” and “non-discriminatory” language will do is lead more souls to perdition by convincing them that their grave sin really isn’t a sin after all.  There could be some exculpatory avenues opened up for a few souls, who convince themselves that because “the Church” says their adultery is not, they can now receive the Blessed Sacrament. But the natural law remains and there are more than a few Bibles laying around.  I think trusting that because some Synod says adulterers or sodomites can receive the Blessed Sacrament, that will wipe out the blasphemy and sacrilege of those few lured back to the Blessed Sacrament in the eyes of God, is a very far reach.

As with so much the left does, the stated motives and the true motivations are at 180 degrees from each other.  The stated motive is “charity” for those in “irregular” situations, but encouraging those lost in grave sin to add sin upon sin by receiving the Blessed Sacrament is no charity, it is in fact an intolerable cruelty.  One does the addict no favors by covering for them, giving them money, making excuses, and permitting them to continue to maintain their habit.  Addiction is the sin of intemperance taken to the Nth degree…..but the same reasoning applies to all sins. Simply because a sin has become so popular it is now a veritable cultural monument doesn’t change its ugly, satanic reality.  But the German bishops, who apparently still run the entire Church in spite of the collapse of the Faith in their own country, need money, no matter how many souls have to be damned for eternity.

Which brings me to the last point – if you have any question who is driving this Synod and in which direction, I think this report from over the weekend by Rorate makes the matter clear.  When it appeared the orthodox elements at the Synod might gain control of many of the national committees who will revise this disaster of a Relatio and turn it into the final report, Pope Francis proceeded to name another committee of 6 reliably progressive cardinals who will now oversee the overseers!

So now bishops and cardinals will know what it is like to have a boss, and a straw boss:

The only thing that can affect the matter now is prayer and penance.