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Pope Leo XIII speaks to the Synod and all of us October 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, manhood, Papa, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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In the 1860s, the same revolution which had overtaken France in the preceding century, bringing nothing but misery and destruction in its wake, was being unleashed upon Italy.  Having been subject to the feverish revolutionary sentiment of Napoleon’s conquering army for over a decade, many in Italy had embraced the worst aspects of left wing thought.  Secret masonic societies proliferated, all with the single-minded goal of uniting Italy, then a group of separate states, into one anti-Catholic republic that would crush the papacy and be done with the Church forever.  In 1860, the state of Piedmont, under the republican influence of the Comte di Cavour, invaded the Papal States, under the direct sovereignty of the Pope, conquering large swaths of territory and subjecting them to a radical republican government. As we have seen so often – such as Mexico, where masons were also instrumental in the continual revolutions against the Church – the revolutionaries even went so far as to tell the Church how many priests a certain region could have.  They said one priest could serve 20,000 souls!

In response to this and any other atrocities, the bishops of the former Papal States region of Umbria, led by the Cardinal Archbishop of Perugia, sent a letter to Blessed Pope Pius IX, cataloging many of the errors of the republicans and the struggle the Church was then facing.  I was struck by how much the language of these bishops was in complete contrast to that which emanated from the Second Vatican Council only a century later.  The two – faithful bishops of Umbria, and Vatican II fathers – had rather different things to say about certain topics such as “religious liberty.”  A few select quotes on the matter from this excellent biography of Pope Leo XIII, who, in my mind, surely must be a Saint:

They are offered [the peoples of the conquered regions of the Papal States] , as the basis of reconciliation, [with the revolutionary powers] to accept the condemned and fatal system of the separation of Church and state, which, being equivalent to divorcing the state from the Church, would force Catholic society to free itself from all religious influence…..

The tendency of this last intrigue is patent enough.  It is calculated that the clergy of Italy, violating their own duties, and separating themselves from their lawful pastors, and from you principally; Most Holy Father, who are their Supreme Chief and Ruler, should abase themselves to legitimize and sanction the acts accomplished by the revolution, and thereby become the advocate and accomplice of the total spoliation and destruction of the sacred sovereignty of the Church, which they are now planning so noisily…….

……..And when the overbearing might of the world, in order to supplant it, presumes to enter the sanctuary and to impose on men a fictitious and deceptive morality, it is time that it should hear us repeat: “We must obey God rather than men.” [to impose on men a fictitious and deceptive morality…….”We must obey God rather than men”…….are you listening, Synod?]

…….We therefore sovereignly deplore both the pretension of our modern politicians, who endeavor to subject to their bondage all ecclesiastical offices, and the blindness of those priests, [and bishops]  who, forgetful of their august calling, and dazzled by the false promises of the world, have strayed away from the sheepfold of Christ.

……It is a grievous error against Catholic Doctrine to pretend that the Church is subject of any earthly power and bound by the same economy and relations which regulate civil society.  The Church is not a human institution, nor is it a portion of the political edifice, although it is destined to promote the welfare of the men among whom it lives.  It affirms that from God come directly its own being, its constitution, and the necessary faculties for attaining its own sublime destiny, which is one different from that of the state and altogether of a supernatural order.  Divinely ordered, with a hierarchy of its own, it is by its nature independent of the state.

———–End Quote———-

Perhaps some key takeaways: the order of most liberal states is antithetical to that envisioned in Christendom throughout most of its history and highly disordered from the right morality.  In addition, We Must Obey God Rather Than Men, no matter how fallen people and the culture may become, nor how tempting it may be.  I am somewhat heartened to see that it appears there are still many leaders in the Church who recognize this, even if their understanding of that obedience may be less than ideal at times.  They still seem to get the basic concept, which is a far cry from Kasper and his ilk, who make no pretense that they are undermining and attacking the directly conveyed Law of God.

Completely predictable – Houston’s lesbian mayor and left wing bureaucrats attempt to censor Christian’s speech October 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
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I have long believed, along with others like Father Michael Rodriguez, that this sodomization of the culture would be the vehicle for persecution of Christians.  There is already ample evidence of this in other nations where the false “right” of those lost in sins of the gravest perversion to not feel badly about themselves trumps any kind of “religious freedom” supposedly enlightened liberal states allow.  In Canada several years ago, the now largely disbanded “human rights commissions” persecuted several Christian pastors for having the temerity to repeat the constant Gospel Truth regarding the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, including jailing one and directing that he could not broach the topic of sodomy even in the privacy of his own home.

Houston, quite incredibly, elected one of the nation’s first lesbian mayors of a major city and a very left wing city council.  That council, earlier this year, passed one of the most draconian, repressive, and immoral “non-discrimination” ordinances in the country, which, among other things, permitted either sex to use public restrooms nominally reserved for women, and attempts to make what was universally accepted morality just a few years ago into “hate speech.”  There was a huge recall effort that generated tens of thousands of signatures in record time, but the left wing cabal running the city just ignored the petition and then, in retaliation, demanded of local pastors (who were not directly involved in the recall effort, but certainly did oppose the new ordinance) all the contents of their sermons for the past several months, apparently in the hope to find evidence with which to embarrass and incriminate those who stand in opposition to the advancing immorality.  Sermons by a number of pastors – it is unknown if any are Catholic – are now under subpoena by the city, with threat of jail time if the pastors refuse to turn the contents of their sermons over.

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. [One might wonder on what possible grounds, but the controversial ordinance makes it a “crime” to denounce the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.]

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” [Eerily similar to events a couple years ago in El Paso. In that case, too, the city council and mayor who foisted an incredibly unpopular measure extending benefits to “same sex partners” used every devious means of legal trickery and naked force to block the will of the people]

ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”……

……The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.

The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.

However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.

After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors. [So then this is just political retaliation, yes?]

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational. [But no Catholics, as far as I could determine.  We don’t want to be controversial, after all.  And with the Synod, oh, who knows how things may change!  The prime opposition seems to come from conservative evangelical types.  The only traditional Catholic parishes in the Houston area are located well outside the city limits, and thus the authority, of these repressive leftists]

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”

Mayor Parker will not explain why she wants to inspect the sermons. I contacted City Hall for a comment and received a terse reply from the mayor’s director of communications.

“We don’t comment on litigation,” said Janice Evans. [Very similar to the behavior of the Obama Administration.  We shall never recover from these 8 years]

However, ADF attorney Stanley suspects the mayor wants to publicly shame the ministers. He said he anticipates they will hold up their sermons for public scrutiny. In other words – the city is rummaging for evidence to “out” the pastors as anti-gay bigots.

It sounds to me like it’s a good time for a whole bunch of hard drives to crash.  It works so well for the federal government, after all.  It appears none of the pastors in question are going to comply.  They face possible jail time for “contempt of court.”  It will be interesting to see whether, even if they win in this case, this threat does not have a further chilling effect on opposition to the sodomite cabal.

This is exactly the kind of hateful, vindictive behavior we can expect from those so lost in immorality.  There is such a thing as the reprobate sense, which develops in those souls so given over to sin that they no longer have the ability to change right from wrong.  Many, perhaps most, who develop reprobate sense start with sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments.  Certainly, once one is so lost in sin – as we have seen so often among pro-aborts – sin starts to add unto sin, and the evil and cruel tendencies branch outward into other areas.  We also have seen very strong evidence that this radical sodomite cabal that is feeling so empowered of late, having bullied tens of millions into acquiescence of their immoral acts, tends to brook absolutely no criticism whatsoever.  Much of what the sodomite cabal is trying to achieve, politically and culturally, is oriented towards seeking that constant affirmation they crave, the better to quell any remaining scruples they may have.

So, this is to me utterly predictable, and something the faithful can expect much more of as time goes by and the institutionalization of gross perversion becomes more and more entrenched.  The room in which faithful Christians are allowed to operate will grow steadily narrower. They seek to drive us from the public square, and will not be satisfied there.  They will also attempt to insinuate their evils into the churches themselves, punishing those who do not comply and attempting to force even the most recalcitrant souls to embrace their wantonness. They seek to utterly destroy the Church, the constant enemy and eternal target of all left wing groups, as the final impediment between them and ultimate power.

And this Synod may give perfect cover to that large number of Catholic bishops and priests who would eagerly go along.

Supreme Court overturns 5th Circuit ruling reinstates abortion mills in Texas October 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
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I guess I should not have been surprised, but apparently Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts (those well known Catholics in good standing) are once again having scruples about limiting the availability of abortion in this country.  So, in spite of strong opposition from Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court overturned the 5th Circuit’s ruling of two weeks ago permitting the implementation of aspects of House Bill 2 that would have shuttered 80% of the abortion mills in the state. These are the aspects having to do with abortuarys – where major surgery certainly takes place, as anyone who has ever seen the blood-stained women leaving mills can attest – having to meet minimal ambulatory surgery center requirements.  While the 5th Circuit had ruled that the health and safety requirements could be implemented while the final ruling was still pending at the circuit level, the Supreme Court overturned that ruling and said they could not.  They also lifted the requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals for mills in McAllen and El Paso.

I guess I should not have been surprised, as the Supreme Court has already noted, abortion is the vital backstop to one of the main, defining elements of the current American lifestyle, contraception, and hence cannot be made too inconvenient.

Abortion mills that have been closed for over a week are now free to reopen with this ruling.  How many babies will be brutally slaughtered as a result is known only to God:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state.

In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an Oct. 2 ruling by a panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that Texas could immediately apply a rule making abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades. [No they are not “hospital level.”  They are the same requirements any day surgery center has to meet.  Guess what, when you rip a living, growing entity intimately connected to the mother’s body, that constitutes surgery!  There is blood and infection and all manner of risk. This is a long, long overdue requirement, but the abortion mill hates it, because it will so cut into the abortionists bottom line that most choose to close their mills rather than meet the requirements, proving once again that abortion, for most child-murderers, is about filthy lucre, as it always has been.  Only a narrow group of pro-abort ideologues like Planned Barrenhood are so committed to abortion as their dark sacrament of hate that they will take the hit and upgrade facilities to meet the requirements.]

The court also put on hold a separate provision of the law only as it applies to clinics in McAllen and El Paso that requires doctors at the facilities to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The admitting privileges remains in effect elsewhere in Texas. [The tenor of these rulings makes me suspect the Supreme Court will overturn them even if the Fifth Circuit rules in favor of HB2]

Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have ruled against the clinics in all respects.

The 5th Circuit is still considering the overall constitutionality of the sweeping measure overwhelmingly passed by the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year. [Can you believe we live in a country where this is even a question?  But this is far from the only one]

But even as it weighs the merits of the law, the appeals court said that it can be enforced in the meantime — opening the door for the emergency appeal to the Supreme Court……..

……Until the nation’s highest court intervened, only abortion facilities in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas remained open. And none was left along the Texas-Mexico border or outside any of the state’s largest urban areas. [28 of 35 – 80% – were closed.  Even Planned Barrenhood’s new super center in South Dallas – which is supposed to meet the new requirements –  was closed last week, apparently]

It will be interesting to see whether the Supreme Court will allow all aspects of HB2 to stand. I am confident that the Fifth Circuit will rule favorably in all respects.  I fear the “Catholic” majority on the Supreme Court is just a dice roll – we never know how they are going to rule, and they are darned clear about the fact that they never, ever allow the Faith to guide their judgments.  Even Scalia declared as much.  Incredible.

Pray this law remains in full effect. Yes, it is far from perfect, yes, it leaves abortion legal, but it did go very, very far in dramatically limiting the availability of abortion in this state. I am confident that if fully implemented tens of thousands of babies will be saved a year.  It is one of the most effective and far-reaching abortion-limiting laws passed anywhere in the country.