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Important local notes for this week December 30, 2014

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Some important notes for local folks. Most of you are already likely aware that there will be a midnight TLM at the Dallas Carmel on New Year’s Eve (that is night of Dec 31-Jan 1).  This Mass 5’lbsis especially a Mass of reparations for the Mount Everest of sins accumulated by ourselves and especially the culture over the past year. It also has obvious implications for the direction of the Church at present.

The First Friday All Night Adoration has been moved from the Carmel to Mater Dei parish in Irving. . The Adoration begins with Sacred Heart devotions at 6:30p.  TLMs at 8p, 3a, and 8a Sat.  If you plan to attend please sign up at the Mater Dei website (http://www.materdeiparish.com)

Do remember that New Year’s Day – much more importantly,  the Octave of Christmas – is a Holy Day of Obligation.   Get thee to Mass!

Holy Face devotions will be held at 3:30p at the Carmel on Sunday as per usual.

Of more general note, from the Saint Vincent Ferrer Foundation (svfonline.org)

Dec 31: An indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who pray in a recitation or solemn chant the Te Deum hymn on the last day of the year, in thanksgiving to God for the favors received in the course of the entire year. If done in a church or oratory it is a plenary indulgence (in accordance with the other usual conditions)

Jan 1: An indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who pray in a recitation or chant the Veni Creator hymn on the first day of the year, imploring divine assistance for the whole of the coming year. If done in a church or oratory it is a plenary indulgence (in accordance with the other usual conditions).

Even George Weigel is starting to come around December 30, 2014

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I’ll admit I was mildly surprised when I read that even the usually hyper-montanist George Weigel is publicly expressing grave concern over the direction of this pontificate, (http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/12/all-concerned-catholics-together-in.html?m=1)  and especially the dire matter of the upcoming Synod,  which might be subtitled “vanguard of the revolution. ”

And I appreciate Rotate saying much better what I tried to say a few weeks ago: while we may disagree profoundly with George Weigel or Jeff Mirus or even certain blogging priests at times, who are perhaps less fervent on certain issues or take different emphases from some of us at times,  in the present crisis, quite possibly the most dangerous in history, the Church needs the services of all souls of good will who more or less get it, who oppose the final and permanent installation of the leftist revolution in the Church.  This is not to say we must be BFFs, but perhaps allies of convenience.  Prayer, reflection, and a providential encounter with a persecuted traditional priest (much more on that later) convinced me even more than before that we are present at one of the most defining, critical times in the history of the Church.  We all must vocally and stridently oppose the revolutionaries in the Church with the loudest and clearest voices possible.  Obviously more voices will help.

What difficult times not just we, but the entire world faces.  Lord have mercy on us.

Merry Christmas! December 26, 2014

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An almost belated but Merry Christmas to all of you.  Just returned from a brief if spectacular visit to Clear Creek Abbey.  What a blessed little retreat. I am exhausted after a very long day yesterday.   But I am most joyous at this annual celebration of the Nativity of our Blessed Lord Incarnate. We have so much to be thankful for! We have the Faith, and in spite of all, that is more than enough.

I pray you have a most blessed Christmas.   May we all revel in our Lord’s unspeakable love for us.

Deo Gratias!

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Well, at least this one is open about how they feel December 26, 2014

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Our leftist betters are setting the ground rules for Christmas future:

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Message: “We’ll let you bible humpers practice your sois dissant superstitions in private, and very, very quietly, for now. But only if you “celebrate diversity” by genuflecting to sodom

y, socialism, and the whole leftist agenda very loudly and very publicly. And beating your breast over #racism, #whiteprivilege, and everything else we tell you to do.  Otherwise, we’ll just have to invade your counterrevolutionary centers churches and correct your manifest un-Christian errors.  And most of your Church leaders will eagerly join in your reeducation.”

If we aren’t in a full-fledged persecution, it’s stalking right behind us in the dark alley of the culture right closely.

Not to be a downer in this glorious season of the Nativity of our Savior. Forget this garbage, and have a very blessed Christmas.

Flightline Friday: Airbus to cancel further A380 production December 19, 2014

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Boeing always said it was a white elephant.  The A380 was begun in a period when the airline industry was fat with cash and the hub and spoke model was at its peak.  But few people want to travel in a 700 seat cattle car.  And the hub and spoke model is increasingly breaking down, the point to point model being preferred by passengers.  After making about 200, mostly for Emirates Airlines (and don’t think there wasn’t a ton of cash under the table to make that happen), lagging sales and an inability to make a profit on each plane produced (they have to be sold for less than cost) is prompting Airbus to contemplate cancelling the A380 program:

Despite these luxuries, sales of new A380s have been dismal. Not a single A380 has been ordered by a passenger airline so far in 2014. (The sole new buyer this year was Dublin-based leasing company Amedeo, which has yet to line up a single carrier to take any of the 20 jets it ordered.)

The dearth of orders for the seven-year-old plane led Airbus Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm on Dec. 10 to raise the prospect of discontinuing the A380 as soon as 2018. Wilhelm’s remarks at an investor meeting in London riled customers who bet on the big plane. The next day, Airbus backtracked. Fabrice Brégier, who leads its airliner unit, told investors that upgrades to the A380—more fuel-efficient engines and a stretch version capable of carrying 1,000 passengers—will happen “one day.”

Despite such optimism, there could be financial turbulence ahead for the A380. Airbus will break even on the plane in 2015, 2016, and 2017, [that only means they won’t lose money on each plane they build. It does not address the massive development cost of the A380, which will never, ever be recouped] but that outlook doesn’t hold for 2018, forcing the company to either spend heavily to improve the economics of its engines or discontinue the program, Wilhelm said.

I will state straight up, I’ve never liked Airbus. I don’t like their planes.  They feel rickety and cold.  Airbus would never be able to compete with Boeing if the European countries did not front 80-90% of their development costs.  Labor costs in Europe are simply too high, and their employees love ludicrous benefits too much, for them to be even remotely competitive without giant subisidies. And Airbus’ argument that Boeing’s defense contracts count as a similar subsidy are ludicrous.  The two units, commercial and defense, are completely separate at Boeing.  And development costs for military projects are rarely a source of fat profits (those come in production).

What ticks me off, is that a great company like McDonnell Douglas was forced out of the commercial airplane business partly due to their own unwillingness to seriously invest in their product, but mostly because of unfair subsidized competition from Airbus.  No Airbus, and McAir is still around.

The A380 was begun because Europe wanted to trump the US in having the biggest airliner.  There was no other reason for the program, no real economic justiication (again, Airbus would lose tens of billions on the project were that money not covered by member governments), it was always about having the biggest you know what on the planet.

And now, I’m out of time.

Material for the long break: two good sermons December 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, paganism, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I won’t be blogging much for the next two weeks plus – we’re going to Clear Creek for a bit – so I thought I’d leave you with some good sermons.  Both are actually very good.  The first deals with the counter-natural evil of contraception.  You may be thinking you already know all you need to regarding contraception, but I think the approach the priest takes might bring up some points you have not considered.  He relates how Our Lord prophesied during the Way of the Cross that a time would come when women counted themselves blessed to be barren.  He also discusses aspects of the 1965 Griswold vs. Connecticut decision by the Supreme Court which not just legalized, but normalized (in the minds of many) contraception.  Since then, it’s all been downhill on the cultural front.  Is it meaningful that this decision was reached in the same year that the most recent ecumenical council concluded?  At the least, there was certainly something in the cultural water in the 1960s:

Another aspect of Griswold vs. Connecticut is the role played by Catholics – laymen, priests, and prelates – in minimizing Church opposition to both this decision and the general liberalization of contraception and abortion in the 1960s.  Those people have an enormous amount of blood on their hands, and much to answer for.

Another really good sermon, having to do with the beginnings of the Reconquista in Spain (the 774 year long war to liberate Spain from the yoke of islam) and the key role Our Lady played in preserving the Faith on the Iberian peninsula (at least, it seems, until now – Spain is one of the most thoroughly secularized countries in the world.  It is amazing how the Faith has collapsed there since 1975):

The US sure looks more and more like a police state December 19, 2014

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I reported some time back about police in Demming, New Mexico who abused a man horribly because they were under the mistaken assumption he had hidden illegal drugs on his person.  He hadn’t, but they took him to a hospital and forced numerous cruel and dehumanizing procedures on him in order to prove they were wrong. At that time I said the cops, instead of admitting their mistake and letting the man go, kept doubling down with more and more outrageous abuses in order to try to prove his guilt.  This is not the way police should operate in a free society.

Another data point below.  A Houston-area man had his life pretty much ruined by a SWAT team that responded to a call that he might be suicidal and proceeded to beat the crud out of him.  Then, the prosecutor doubled down trying him on charge after charge, again trying to establish guilt after the fact:

Chad Chadwick has something many citizens can only covet – a spotless record.

“These cops are out of control. They are ruining good people’s lives. I am a good man. I have done everything I can to show that, as a father, as a citizen, as a worker,” said Chadwick.

But on the night of September 27th, 2011 Chadwick’s commitment to living within the law did him no good at all.

It started when a friend concerned for Chadwick’s emotional well-being called Missouri City police to Chad’s Sienna apartment where he’d been distraught, drinking and unknown to anyone, had gone to sleep in the bathtub.

A SWAT team was summoned.

“They told a judge I had hostages. They lied to a judge and told him I had hostages in my apartment and they needed to enter,” said Chadwick. [Lied to a judge so they could go play soldier and bust into someone’s house]

Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick’s firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity. [How did they know he had a gun?  Did they search the national firearms registry?  But I thought there was none?]

“While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round,” said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

“I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me,” said Chadwick.

That’s when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

“They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle,” said Chadwick.

And it wasn’t over.

“They grabbed me by the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more,” said Chadwick.

Chadwick, who hadn’t broken a single law when SWAT burst through his door, was taken to the Ft. Bend County Jail with a fractured nose, bruised ribs and what’s proven to be permanent hearing loss.

He was held in an isolation cell for two full days. [O’er the land of the free……..]

“Instead of apologizing to this man and asking let us see what we can do to help you to make you whole again, they concocted criminal charges against this man, one after another, after another,” said Quanell X who believes the prosecution of Chadwick was designed to fend off civil liability. [Of course it was.  They made up charges against him that appear preposterous so they wouldn’t get sued.  He should sue, anyway]

Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy sought to indict Chadwick on two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, but a Grand Jury said no law was broken. [You know the old saying that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich?  That’s doubly true in Texas.  So how obvious was this guy’s innocence if they couldn’t even get an indictment, let alone a conviction?]

It could have stopped there, but Healy’s prosecutors tried misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, calling more than a dozen officers to testify. Those charges were dropped as well.

A month ago, three years after the SWAT raid, a jury found Chad Chadwick not guilty of interfering with police. With tears in their eyes members of the jury offered the exonerated defendant comforting hugs.

“They tried to make me a convict. It broke me financially, bankrupted me. I used my life savings, not to mention, I lost my kids,” said Chadwick. [Uff da.  I don’t know how all this played out and there may be more to the story but basically a whole bunch of people had their lives ruined by this egregious abuse]

“This type of police abuse and excessive use of force and concoction of criminal charges against innocent people is not just happening to black people, its happening to white people too,” said Quanell X who is assisting Chadwick in getting the story of his ordeal to the media.

For Chadwick some of the damage will never be repaired.

“All I could think about is, what are my daughters going to think? My goal in life is to be a father that my kids are proud of. That’s it,” said Chadwick, a long time manager in the energy industry.

We have police at our parish because of prior threats made against it.  One of them is a really great guy, sadly, he’s retiring in days, but he converted (or reverted) to the Faith through his experiences at Mater Dei.  I know several cops that are good guys.  But there does seem to be more and more a tendency within law enforcement to use over the top amounts of force, to shoot first and use the immense and growing power of the state to find something to prosecute someone for after the fact.  One area of terrible abuse is the seeming SOP in many law enforcement agencies to shoot any dog they encounter in the line of duty on sight.  Hundreds of dogs have been killed in police raids, and sometimes just seemingly for the heck of it, because they presented a “threat” to the police.

But what do they expect a dog, or a person, to do when a group of armed, screaming, hooded men bust into their home in the middle of the night?

Law enforcement has often presented itself as being devoted to protection and service, selfless exposure to danger for the benefit of others. But more and more it seems police operate in a more military counterinsurgency manner, viewing all civilians as a deadly threat and exhibiting greater and greater willingness to put civilians in harms way for the protection of themselves.  Maybe that’s because a whole lot of LEOs have prior military experience, and thus have been engaged directly in counterinsurgency combat in the recent past.

Expect this problem to only get worse as the Leviathan grows in power and endless appetite and civil liberties become an increasingly distant memory.

 

What Obi Wan Kenobi had to say about the liturgical reform December 19, 2014

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This is not the Mass you’re looking for

Good friend and blog reader SB gave me A Bitter Trial a while back, and I just got around to reading it.  This book relates the correspondence Catholic convert and famous author Evelyn Waugh had with John Cardinal Heenan, primate of England, regarding the liturgical revolution instituted after Vatican II, and how much pain it caused both men.  Waugh, Heenan and others were responsible for the unique “Agatha Christie” exemption, allowing the continued offering of the TLM in England for some years after the Council.

Many know that Alec Guinness, one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, was a Catholic convert, too.  In fact, A Bitter Trial notes that Englishmen were converting to the Church at the rate of 12,000 per year in the 1930s and 40s, but after the post-conciliar changes, the rate of conversions collapsed along with everything else.  Many non-Catholics in the early 20th Century saw the Church for what she was – the last bastion of Truth in a culture that seemed determined to commit suicide.  But that bastion evaporated with the changes of the 1960s.

Guinness was another of this group of English artists less than impressed with the liturgical renewal.  In fact, he thought it stank:

Much water has flowed under the Tiber’s bridges, carrying away splendor and mystery from Rome, since the Pontificate of Pius XII…….the banality and vulgarity of the translations which have ousted the sonorous Latin and little Greek from the Liturgy…….handshaking and embarrassed smiles or smirks have replaced the older courtesies……..

While dismayed by the liturgical revolution, Guinness did hold out hope, provided souls came to worship God and not the pagan idols of modernism:

But so long as the God who is worshiped is the God of all ages, past and to come, and not the Idol of Modernity, so venerated by some of our bishops, priests, and miniskirted nuns

Pretty smart commentary.  Guinness was no fool. And I do him no favors calling him Obi Wan.  He despised the role (but loved the money – he got a percentage).  For me, he will always be Colonel Nicholson, fanatically building a bridge to be used against his own army to show up his Japanese oppressors:

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Or Prince Faisal:

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No better combination than Guinness and Lean.  Ever watch Smiley?

Hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them onto you December 18, 2014

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I am ripping this video off from Fr. Blake lock, stock, and barrel.  He deserves a complimentary hit.

It’s a video of photos of old churches, old liturgies, old Sacraments, old devotions from all over the world.  The pre-conciliar world, that is:

I already what know what Dismas is going to say.  Should I even make a comparison?

No, it’s not quite a fair comparison. The worst of post-conciliar abuses against what was standard faire before.

Still, after seeing the latter, this is me:

GAME OVER, MAN!

GAME OVER, MAN!

 

This s— ain’t fair!  And I was getting short!

I’m not even original in this regard.  Great gag, Mr. Bougis.

Now for some soothing music

Speaking of getting short – almost time for my glorious annual Christmas break.  I will blog sporadically at best from tomorrow 12/19 through the Epiphany.  I’ll try to jump on and soothe your jones from time to time if I possibly can.

Don’t be shocked when it happens: it’s just about certain Communion will be granted to divorced/remarried Catholics December 18, 2014

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That is the point made by Dale Price in this post at Dyspeptic Mutterings.  I am going to take more of the post than I should, because Price covers several items I have not addressed on this blog, most notably Pope Francis’ interview in the radical Argentine journal La Nacion last week.

I have to say, I briefly felt some elation and relief and the seeming “failure” of the progressives at the first half of the Synod to get their radical program enacted.  It has to be said, Pope Francis has indicated in myriad ways his support for this program.  But after some weeks of reflection, I have come to feel that whatever “defeat” was suffered towards the end of the October Synod proceedings was minor, at best, and that the progressive forces will continue driving towards the conclusion they want until they get it.  That brings me to the other item I have not covered on this blog: the “lineamenta” or survey of questions for the bishop’s conferences for the second half of the Synod (have things changed much in a year since the last survey?!?) is much more full of progressive bias and loaded, leading questions than even the previous one.  This lineamenta was produced by the Pope’s hand-picked secretary, and contains like this one below:

38. With regard to the divorced and remarried, pastoral practice concerning the sacraments needs to be further studied, including assessment of the Orthodox practice and taking into account “the distinction between an objective sinful situation and extenuating circumstances” (n. 52). What are the prospects in such a case? What is possible? What suggestions can be offered to resolve forms of undue or unnecessary impediments?

Sorry folks from the declaration at the beginning to the way the questions are worded to what is left out, this is an answer begging for a question, or, even more, a diktat to its recipients: get on board, boys, if you want a future in the Church.

Price quotes the following from yet another episode of the Magisterium of left-wing newspaper interviews:

[Q:] In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? What door can we allow them to open? This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion?

[A:] Communion alone is no solution. The solution is integration. They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptized, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do, I have the list over there. Come on! If I disclose any of this it will seem that they have been excommunicated in fact! [I mean, really, they only persist in a manifest state of mortal sin, they have very likely gravely damaged the lives of their children and quite possibly their former spouse, massive divorce is incredibly harmful to society at large, but how can they not be godfathers or EMHCs?  I mean, everybody should be able to casually handle the Lord and Master of the Universe, right?]
Thus, let us open the doors a bit more. Why cant they be godfathers and godmothers? “No, no, no, what testimony will they be giving their godson?” The testimony of a man and a woman saying “my dear, I made a mistake, I was wrong here, but I believe our Lord loves me, I want to follow God, I was not defeated by sin, I want to move on.” [Now, to me, a mistake might be getting drunk one night, or getting into a fight.  Divorce is quite a bit more than just a mistake. But the much more significant problem is this: such people living as concubines with someone not their spouse are in an ongoing state of grave sin and give ongoing scandal. According to the inspired and inerrant word of God in Sacred Scripture, doing such constitutes the gravest sacrilege. Regularizing divorce in this manner goes directly against the Word of God spoken directly by Himself. There is no mention at all of that reality by Kasper or in the text above]
Anything more Christian than that? And what if one of the political crooks among us, corrupt people, are chosen to be somebody´s godfather. If they are properly wedded by the Church, would we accept them? What kind of testimony will they give to their godson? A testimony of corruption? [Ugggh. This is a really weak argument.  It’s special pleading and scapegoating]
Things need to change, our standards need to change.

That’s the point. That’s the entire point, and it represents evidence of a progressive mindset. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, when arguing in favor of some special treatment for themselves, or for some progressive pet social project “hey, come on, it’s the 90s now.  It’s not the 50s anymore!” Or “it’s 2014, not 1920!”

You get the point.  Progressives have an unshakable faith that society must progress, change, and move forward, and that each progressive advance leaves society better than the last.  This is as fundamental a part of progressive belief as their focus on sexual libertinism.  And that is the only real argument put forward by Pope Francis above: times change, society must advance, and this “liberalizing” of Communion for those in a state of grave sin, even public sin, is a required advance for a more “just” (meaning equal, meaning lowest common denominator) treatment of these people.  Tolerance is the highest, and just about only, virtue.

Price closes really well with this:

Those of you who are Anglicans will have seen this movie before: dialogue does not end until the proper result is reached. Then it becomes the Laws of the Medes and Persians, hater. [Dang right. As I showed in the post on Marquette U, once the progressive achieves his goal, further argument becomes illicit and one must simply accept the progressive advance. In that sense, the first half of the Synod was a rousing success, as the progressives got their radical views out in public, with most people now either believing that the Church has “changed its teaching” or that it is at the very least strongly considering doing so.  These people never move backwards. They take what they can, regroup, and attack again]

Given what the Vatican just issued, the most recent interview shows the Pontiff’s mind quite clearly (not that it was particularly opaque before). Throw that in with the papal power-invoking rhetoric in the wildly-overpraised speech he gave at the conclusion of the 2014 Synod (reinforced by more explicit authority to depose), and I think it’s more likely than not that he forces through some variation on the Kasper proposal in 2015.

As do I.  Naturally speaking, I’d say it’s a lead pipe cinch.

But let us pray that may not happen.  Prayer can work great miracles, and perhaps prayer helped galvanize what opposition there was in 2014.  Things are very far from over, yet.  With God, all things are possible.

And as Noah said in response to my previous post, I’m afraid we are going to have to get used to taking up our cross and enduring some difficult trials for the foreseeable future.