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Scenes from All Souls Day Mass November 4, 2014

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Don’t complain, I was trying to hold the missal for my daughter while I took these.  And show her what to read next at her insistent promptings.

Just some videos I took for enjoyment. I thought the choir was very good last night.  These videos are not consistent or cut from one moment to the next.  They are random as I took the time to film them.




An election day prayer by Cardinal Burke November 4, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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A reader sent this in.  It was actually written during the time of Pope Benedict, so I’ve modified it a bit for the present circumstances.  Cardinal Burke wrote this, I believe, back in 2012:

O Lord Jesus Christ,

You alone are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

In Your Church You show us the Way,

You teach us the Truth, and You give us Your Life.

Grant, we humbly beg You,

that, always and in all things, we may

be faithful to You in Your Holy Church.

Grant also, we beg You,

that, in these times of decision,

all who profess to be Catholic

and who are entrusted with the sacred duty

to participate in public life,

may, by the strength of Your grace,

unwaveringly follow Your Way and

faithfully adhere to Your Truth,

living in You with all their mind and heart,

for Your greater glory, the salvation of souls,

and the good of our nation. Amen.


Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America,

Pray for us.

Saint Thomas More, Patron of Religious Freedom,

Pray for us.

———–End Prayer————

Whatever the future holds for this country, whether a country founded on some grave misconceptions can be reordered save some truly dire events, the above prayer still applies.  There is always hope, but we are certainly at 11:59:59.99 for any kind of a dramatic turnaround.  Many will probably feel that it is already too late.  But we still must pray for our leaders, for the sake of their eternal souls, that they may govern with the Light of Christ as revealed through His Church and always correspond with the moral order, no matter what any Synod may say.

Lena Dunham perversion reveals the manifest sickness so prevalent in the “elite” left November 4, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society.
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NOTE: This post is for adult readers only and those who are not easily troubled by explicit content of a graphic nature related to human anatomy and perversions of the marital act.

I don’t know if you’ve been following the scandal of Lena Dunham’s autobiography, which she pitched as being “the voice of her generation.”  Please.  Dunham is descended from a old liberal family of great wealth.  Given her abysmal lack of talent (I say that objectively) and the very low ratings of her self-indulgent HBO product Girls, it seems apparent to me that it was her family’s money that got their troubled daughter this high-profile gig.  Dunham also attracted attention in 2012 in her campaign ad for Barack Obama, in which she compared voting for Obama to losing one’s virginity.  While many found that commercial trite and offensive, further revelations indicate that commercial may have said more about Dunham than she intended.

Back to her biography, from what was intended to be a vehicle to advance her stardom, such as it is, to new heights, it has now become an enormous source of scandal.  Not only does Dunham reveal in this biography her own perverted acts, which probably played a significant role in her sister self-identifying as a gomorrist, but she also reveals how sick and twisted her own upbringing was at the hands of her “artist” parents.  In reading some of the excerpts from her book, I could not help but thinking that her parents behaved exactly like child molesters, grooming their children from a very young age to be comfortable with adult nudity and explicit depictions of sexuality (both in their “art” and otherwise), and that the entire family is a case study in the endless decadence in our left wing cultural elites.  A few excerpts from the book (final warning, this material is inescapably perverse and explicit as it contains direct quotes from Miss Dunham’s biography.  Emphasis and comments mine):

Still, to dismiss Lena Dunham as an insulated and spoiled child of Manhattan’s ruling class is to misunderstand her story entirely. If there is such a thing as actually abusing a child through excessive generosity and overindulgence, then Lena Dunham’s parents are child abusers. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, “legs spread defiantly.” Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries. And they were, in their daughter’s telling, enablers of some very disturbing behavior that would be considered child abuse in many jurisdictions — Lena Dunham’s sexual abuse, specifically, of her younger sister, Grace, the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections. Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, [While Dunham was 17 and her sister 10] of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina — “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation. “This was within the spectrum of things I did.” [Leaving out many other sordid details, such as dressing her sister up as a whore to be used around age 5, Dunham engaged in extremely questionable if not outright abusive behavior of her sister for over 10 years, routinely violating her young sister’s most vulnerable and private dimensions. There is an extremely strong correlation between childhood sex abuse at the hands of a same-sex abuser and later manifestation of same-sex attraction.  Is it any wonder, then, that Dunham’s sister – named Grace, of all things – has wound up drawn to same sex perversion?]

…..When Dunham inspects her sister’s business, she shrieks at what she sees: “Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. . . . Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been such a success.” Dunham’s writing often is unclear (willfully so, it seems), but the context here — Grace has overheard her older sister asking whether her baby sister has a uterus — and Grace’s satisfaction with her prank suggest that Grace was expecting her older sister to go poking around in her genitals and inserted the pebbles in expectation of it. Grace is around one year old at the time of these events. There is no non-horrific interpretation of this episode. As for stroking her mother’s vagina, having mistaken it for her hairless cat . . .[As I said, it seems nudity and reckless disregard for the rights of a child to be brought up in a wholesome environment sustaining of virtue were completely disregarded.  How on earth did Lena Dunham come to fondle her own mother, mistaking her parts for a cat?  How did she manage to repeatedly kiss her sister on the lips for 5 seconds at a time?  Somehow I managed entirely through my childhood without coming within 50 yards of either.]

Dunham also made a casual rape allegation she has refused to publicly either denounce or stand behind, resulting in at least one man’s life being ruined, and probably that of his entire family:

Lena Dunham never actually writes that she was raped by a mustachioed campus Republican named Barry at Oberlin College. She leads up to it with a long story about her childhood misuse of the word “rape” — she accuses her little sister of raping her and tells people that her father sticks a fork in her vagina when she misbehaves — and dwells on her lifelong fear of being raped. [Those who have experienced abuse often have enormous sensitivity to the future prospect of it happening again.  This girl is a walking tragedy, both sufferer and inflicter of an endless cycle of pain on others. I would never, ever want to be independently wealthy.  It is a curse for the vast majority.] She describes two different versions of the same sexual encounter, in the latter version insisting that she did not consent to what happened. And in a remarkably dishonest turn, she has other people describe the event as “rape,” thereby dodging any intellectual or moral responsibility for making the claim herself.

It takes me about two minutes to discover a Republican named Barry whose time at Oberlin coincided with Dunham’s. A few minutes later, I know a great deal about him: Where he works, where he lives, what he majored in, his high-school-prom plans, people we know in common, and other surprising intersections between our lives. When I call him at his office, I get the distinct impression that I am not the first reporter to have done so. “I don’t have anything to say about what I know you’re calling about,” he says. We speak very briefly, and he is concerned that I will use his name. It’s a strange thing to be concerned about — his name is out there, easily found. Oberlin opened an investigation into the incident after the publication of Dunham’s book and has consulted with the local police department. The statute of limitations for rape in Ohio is 20 years, and Dunham graduated in 2008.

As for how she got so irreversibly messed up, I think Kevin Williamson about nails it:

She did not get this way by accident; she got this way because the series of economic and intellectual cloisters in which she has lived her life have functioned as the emotional equivalent of Song-dynasty foot-binding: Intended to bring her nearer to perfection, they have instead left her disfigured and disabled……Dunham is busily building an ever-thicker cocoon of fantasy, prescription drugs, and weaponized celebrity, manipulating reality to her own specifications. If she is emblematic of her generation, it is in that her life, in her own telling, is a reminder that being ruined by comfort and privilege is as easy as (perhaps easier than) being crippled by privation and abuse.

There is your left wing elite, America.  Dunham is just a less intelligent version of very many others who are just as perverse and just as disassociated from virtue and reason as she is.  Dunham was not smart enough to know where to draw the line in the telling of her tales.  She revealed far too much and of the wrong things.  Her bio has turned into a PR disaster and her career will be gravely inhibited.  But there are tens of thousands just as perverse as she who did not make the same mistakes, and direct our society through the leftist dominated government-media-entertainment complex more and more every day.

What we have to understand is that leftism is inherently, consciously opposed to Christianity and especially that old “monster,” the Catholic Church.  The Church was the reason for the left’s coming into being and has been the primary target in almost all the revolutions the left has inflicted upon helpless innocents since.  The kinds of perversion outlined in brief above – there was much, much more – have been prominent characteristics of the radical elements in Western Civilization since they first burst on the scene at the start of the 16th century.  They are as antithetical to the Faith as satan himself, but through centuries of propaganda have become accepted as “normal” by huge swaths of people.

Sometimes the enemy is a frightening muslim dressed in black battle fatigues and with an AK and C4 strapped to his back.  Sometimes it is a diminutive little girl who sells herself a slice at a time.  The latter may be the more destructive.

Cardinal Burke: “Church like a ship without a helm” November 4, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, manhood, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, SOD.
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A funny thing happened last week.  After being widely – and I must say I believe accurately – quoted as criticizing the Pope for his refusal to state where he stands on all the matters being considered by the ongoing Synod, Cardinal Burke tried to say he had been misquoted.  I don’t want to get into detail on Burke’s original statements and then his subsequent denial (or walking back), but I will say it was a strange episode. For my money, Buzzfeed did not alter the meaning of Cardinal Burke’s original words (the Pope is harming the Church) nor did they overly sensationalize them.

But come another week, and another interview, and now we have Cardinal Burke stating that the Church is at present like a ship without a helm:

After his criticisms about the Synod being manipulated and censored, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, is continuing to raise concerns – in an increasingly distressed tone – about the direction the Church is taking, criticising the Pope, whilst at the same time claiming he does not wish it seem like he is speaking out against he Pope.” His latest interview with Darío Menor Torres was published by Spanish religious news weekly Vida Nueva.

“Many have expressed their concerns to me. At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a helm, whatever the reason for this may be; now, it is more important than ever to examine our faith, have a healthy spiritual leader and give powerful witness to the faith.”[So I have heard the ongoing crisis/struggle in the Church likened to having the officers in the wheelhouse of a boat fighting among themselves during a great storm.  But I think that doesn’t quite the nature of the crisis, I think it’s more like this: the officers are literally insane, some are in the engine room taking axes to the engines, others are opening shuttlecocks in the hull, and others are driving the boat sideways to the oncoming waves.]

I fully respect the Petrine ministry and I do not wish it to seem like I am speaking out against the Pope. I would like to be a master of the faith, with all my weaknesses, telling a truth that many currently perceive. They are feeling a bit sea sick because they feel the Church’s ship has lost its bearings. We need to set aside the reason for this disorientation because we have not lost our bearings. We have the enduring tradition of the Church, its teachings, the liturgy, its morality. The catechism remains the same.[And Doctrine was not changed at Vatican II!  Or so we are told, even though, practically, VII gets implemented as a super-dogma that wipes out everything that came before. That is essentially what is happening right now.]

“The Pope rightly speaks of the need to go out to the peripheries,” the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura said. “The people have responded very warmly to this. But we cannot go to the peripheries empty-handed. We go with the Word of God, with the Sacraments, with the virtuous life of the Holy Spirit. I am not saying the Pope does this, but there is a risk of the encounter with culture being misinterpreted. Faith cannot adapt to culture but , must call to it to convert. We are a counter-cultural movement, not a popular one.”

Curiouser and curiouser.  I think we know what Cardinal Burke thinks and where his heart lies, I think like many of us, he really struggles with how to respond.  Especially for a man like him, feeling in opposition to the Holy Father has to feel very unnatural and uncomfortable.  I worry that it’s “easier” for me because I’m a convert and maybe I still think like a prot.

So it is perhaps not surprising that when he sees his own words taken and amplified a bit in print, in a large headline “Burke says Pope…….,” that he might say, wait, that’s not what I meant.  I can understand that.  No faithful Catholic wants to feel like they stand in some kind of opposition to the Pope, even if that has been our lot, to varying degrees, for 50 years or so now.  But as these statements pile on statements I think Burke’s position is increasingly  clear.

The only question is, how many in the episcopate share it? Who will choose to stand unequivocally for the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church?