jump to navigation

Fr. Richard McBrien, RIP, had a common law wife? February 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, family, General Catholic, horror, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
comments closed

I haven’t posted a video by Michael Voris in a long time.  But this one below is a blockbuster.  He says @~4:45 that noted heretic and arch-progressive Fr. Richard McBrien was arguing from self-interest in much of his so-called “dissent” from Church belief, as McBrien had a common law wife.  This was apparently an open secret at Notre Dame.

Well color me shocked.  Not.  Almost all these radical progressives/modernists attacking Church Doctrine do so not because of some coolly dispassionate theological analysis, but because they have fallen into some grave lust/sin that propels them to attach Church belief, in order to explain away their sin.  This played no small role in Martin Luther falling away (his inability to remain continent), and has afflicted many other arch-heretics.  Great Saints like Aquinas, Bellarmine, and Liguori have all said that public heresy is almost invariably driven by private sin.  It certainly seems to be so in this case.

Yes, we should not speak ill of the dead, but this man in life was a major public figure and had a disastrous impact on the faith of many.  His impact was so large as to injure the entire human aspect of the Church.  The fact that his many manifest heresies were driven by personal motives is of great public interest.  God rest his soul, he’s met his judgment, and I would not want to be in his place.  His life was a calamity for himself, personally, and for the entire Church.

Another very good video below, on the penetration of sodomite agitprop into the Church, and specifically, into Catholic schools. I remind readers of my ranking of methods of educating  your children, according to the most important criteria, whether they will grow up to be faithful, devoted Catholics:

  1. Homeschooling
  2. Orthodox evangelical protestant private school
  3. public schools
  4. Abandonment/gang membership/street “education”
  5. Catholic schools

OK, I might be exaggerating with number 4, but not much.  At least with number 4, you’re not virtually assured to have a child that grows into an adult invincibly convinced that the Church has nothing of value to offer anyone, which is too often the case with products of Catholic schools today.  You might get lucky and have a Mark Wahlberg that grows into at least something of a Catholic.  And now for just one reason for the above:

If it’s Lent, that means there has to be another goofy women’s retreat in Collin County – corrected February 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Lent, sadness, secularism, self-serving, silliness.
comments closed

Correction – I had misidentified Dr. Rick Gaillardetz below as Fr. Rick Gaillardetz.  Correction made.

Many readers may not be aware why I started this silly but vaguely charming little blog  years ago.  It was in reaction to the scandal I and many others felt about a rather radical new age-touting female religious called Joyce Rupp hosting a women’s retreat in the local area.  I researched her writings and speeches and found she adhered veered quite dangerously towards new age beliefs.  I am speaking with a broad brush, but that was the crux of the matter. That same Lent, there was also a talk given by Dr. Rick Gaillardetz, who really and truly holds what I considerheretical views condemned by the Magisterium, and who constantly posits dangerous beliefs about things like Church Authority, amongst other things. He is a favorite of the LCWR.

Mind you, this was after such darlings of the progressive camp like Fr. Richard Rohr and Thomas Keating had given similar talks in the Diocese in previous Lents.  It is almost as if there is some diabolical urge being acted on, in bringing in these highly controversial and heavily criticized speakers during the most penitential season of the year.  It was almost as if there was a semi-conscious effort to derail any tendencies towards a rightly ordered interior life. I really have trouble explaining this phenomenon apart from that kind of urge.

Since I began my rather loud complaints, however, things seemed to improve, at least a bit (although, in reality, I think Vicki Middleton’s radio show had much more to do with it, God rest her soul).  They improved in that the speakers invited in to give these retreats, which are really put on at the behest of a handful of female staff members at parishes in Plano, were less noteworthy and had much less of a paper-trail.  They were not so easily identifiable as having problematic beliefs. But I really doubt the substance of the talks (finding the “God” within, new age channeling, reiki, etc) have substantially changed in the interim.  If you look at their presentations sideways, squint real hard, and use your imagination,  you can almost interpret most of what they say in an orthodox sense.  The problem, however, is that these materials are just as often a gateway out of the Church and into full-blown new age practice as they are any kind of guide to a richer interior life.  If not more so.  They all share one fundamental characteristic:  a focus on me, wonderful, wonderful me.

I guess one way to put it succinctly: most all of these speakers would not be out of place at all (in age, appearance, outlook, and religious disposition) at an LCWR conference.  Does that help?

So, long story short, Seton parish in Plano (where all the trouble began all those years ago) is hosting another Lenten retreat by another septuagenarian spouting psychobabble, Elaine Sullivan.  Or, rather than listen to me, figure out for yourself what she’ll be presenting:

  • Facilitates Courage to Lead, Courage to Teach and Courage in the Workplace retreats and workshops
  • Wellness as a Spiritual Practice: Integrating Mind, Body, Spirit
  • Pathways to Health and Wellness
  • The Transformational Dynamics of Understanding, Owning and Changing Your Story [This, from the flyer, is the focus of the retreat. Well……..I was born the son of a sharecropper, on the hardscrabble plains of Mississippi.  We lived in a shotgun shack, my mama running a sort of bordello for cats out of one side and my father, a hard working corporate tax attorney/sharecropper occupied the other.  I was actually raised by my Mongolian half-brother, who trained me to be a shepherd.  But I didn’t like that, so I became a blogger, instead. I always went around with an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time……. Is that changed enough?]
  • Understanding the Power of Story and Metaphor
  • Women- Giving Voice to the Richness of Their Experience [Because we all know in our culture today women are just totally ignored and marginalized]
  • Change and Transition: Challenge for Personal and Professional Growth
  • Leading From Within
  • Restoring the Heart-Renewing the Spirit- Personally and Professionally
  • Leading and Living With Integrity
  • Gifts of the Imagination: Discovering and Expressing Our Creative Self
  • Transformation of the Individual and the Organization (blending Peter Block/Parker Palmer)

Zzzzzzz……….snore……….uh!  What?  Oh, sorry…….

This woman does not seem as overtly given over to new age or other problematic practices as some in the past, but as I said, it does seem her material focuses quite a bit on the self, and not in the traditional Catholic sense, but in the modern, American sense.  Is that really what Catholics need in our incredibly self-pleasing and self-obsessed culture today, a Lenten retreat that encourages them to focus even more on self?

Believe it or not, there are still quite a few very orthodox lay people and religious who could be called on to lead a retreat.  It’s not that this Sullivan is the only option.  It’s not that a psychiatric or new age approach is the only option. It’s just the option that interests those that organize the retreats.  I’ve steered at least a few women away from these things over the past few years, but I really pray they just go away, because I don’t think they’re terribly helpful.  In fact, I fear they are destructive of a rightly ordered interior life, to one degree or another.

Boring segue into local matters concluded.


Quick reminder for locals: Bishops Annual Appeal upcoming February 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, North Deanery, persecution, secularism, Society.
comments closed

Locals will already be aware, but you will be asked to make a pledge for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal AND separate “capital campaign” next weekend (Sunday Feb 8).  This annual appeal comes immediately after a 5 year fundraising effort that was as heavily promoted as any this area has seen.  When capital campaign was announced as “being the first of its kind in the 125 year history of the Diocese” I wondered if the Diocese could get along for so long without one, why does it need one now?

But the main point of the post is this:  when you are asked to donate to such causes, never forget that they are inextricably bound up with all the incredibly problematic things we see in the Church from the most local to the highest level.  Not all money stays local.  The Diocese has to kick up to the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services to Caritas Internationale, and all that.  It may not be much, but some of your money will wind up the social justice office at the USCCB.  Or locally.  Some of it might even wind up in the hands of Dallas Area Interfaith and other Alinskyite groups.  It is for that reason I have refused to support any of these appeals, or any USCCB organization, for several years.

And there is more than a bit of gamesmanship involved.  Bishop Grahmann infamously allowed the cathedral to deteriorate badly in order to try to lower the judgment that would be made in the Rudy Kos case.

Every soul has to make their own determination how they will approach moral quandaries like those the appeal cause.  Certainly some or even much good work results from these fund-raising efforts, but some or even much evil, as well.  For one thing, lavish funding is needed to keep the lay-dominated post-conciliar model of the Church running (a model with which I have profound problems).  I bash Catholic Charities and other organizations quite hard for being so dependent on government funding, but with the destruction of religious life their costs have skyrocketed, as well, which only furthers their love for ever-increasing, every reliable government $$$.  And as we know how evil and corrupt the US government has become, and how stringently it insists those organizations it supports adhere to its immoralities, Catholic Relief Services and other organizations so reliant on government funding have been corrupted beyond all measure.  When one sits back and observes, it is amazing how diabolically thorough is the progressive program for the deconstruction of the Church.

But I can understand that souls can feel torn as to whether to donate or not.  While the matter is crystal clear to me, it may not be to everyone.  And then there is the matter that parishes are basically demanded (extorted?) to cough up a certain amount every year.  When a parish comes in way under-budget, the bishop tends to look askance at the pastor. That can afflict your local TLM parish as much as any.  The diocese will get their money, by hook or crook. The only real question is whether they get yours willingly, or not.

As for me, I have decided the answer is not.  And I am always looking for ways so that they don’t get any at all, as harsh as that may sound.

On a related topic, if you like local Catholic scuttlebutt, at least among the hoity-toity set, you might check this link out.  That’s where I found this gem:

IMG_2096-Martin-Short-and-Annette-Gonzales-Taylor (1)

They do say a picture is worth a thousand words, don’t they?  That is Dallas Diocese Director of Communications Annette Gonzalez-Taylor with Martin Short, who apparently ain’t.  I should add, I’ve spoken with Gonzalez-Taylor once or twice and she was never anything but gracious.

Oh yeah……..this had to die (FFI persecution video) February 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Papa, religious, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, SOD, the return.
comments closed

Rorate has posted an amazing video apparently captured on the very day the Apostolic Commisioner installed by Pope Francis, Fidenzio Volpi, had the seminary of the Franciscans of the Immaculate closed in December of 2013.  As Rorate notes, and I have had directly relayed to me by suffering members of the FIs, the ongoing persecution has been terrible in its severity and has resulted in, if not the outright destruction of the order, at least it being gravely wounded.  Prospects for the future of this once flourishing order are now decidedly dim.

What is incredible in the Rorate report below, and which I have gleaned from a few brief contacts of my own with FIs, is the scope of the persecution, its invasiveness in the daily lives of these religious, and the totalitarian regime that has been set up in place of the former leadership. As such, the video below had to be literally “smuggled out” and hidden for the past year-plus, until it could finally be shared below.  It’s like a communist regime persecuting the Church, but this situation is doubly-heartbreaking (and troubling) in that the persecution comes from within.  The message is certainly being sent: if you ever examine Vatican II in a critical light, and show that diabolical “drift,” you’ll be crushed, and mercilessly.  We can only imagine the chilling effect this will have on honest theological and even pastoral discussion in the Church going forward under this pontificate.  Matters like the insulting demotion of Cardinal Burke (for that was the intent) indicate this effect is intended for the entire Church, and not just one sadly hounded order.  Comments from Rorate below:

With all the problems and scandals in the religious life in our times, which seem to be deemed praiseworthy by the highest authorities, what you’ll see in this video is what they find so unacceptable, so horrific, so dangerous that it had to be stomped out and crushed as “specifically ordered by the Vicar of Christ,” Pope Francis.
Punishment and suppression — and with no trial. [And there was really no investigation, either.  As described to me, a survey was sent out, but that was it.  Whatever the survey results said really doesn’t matter, the fix was in from the start and the order was going to be “reformed” and the original leadership removed.  That is the very essence of a totalitarian environment.  Of course, the Church is not a democracy nor should we want it to be, but justice must always be observed, and in this case, it certainly does not seem to have been.  In fact, the treatment of the FIs makes a mockery of justice in the eyes of many]

But perhaps our Lady, on her feastday, is offering a vision very different to that which seems to dominate presently in the Church — a vision of the consecrated life which is, as Simeon says of Christ, a sign of contradiction.

A great number of the friars seen in this film have had to flee after the closing of the seminary, having found themselves in a new atmosphere of doctrinal corruption and moral relaxation, of the disintegration of the religious observance they had avowed themselves to maintain on pain of grave sin. [I cannot imagine how painful that process of disintegration must be for those who feel called to serve God in such a total and intimate capacity.  There really aren’t words to adequately describe their suffering]

We say “flee” because it’s true. We hear from numerous FI saying how they are in danger, how another Friar they know will speak with us “once they’re safe” meaning in a new diocese with a friendly bishop. You’d think they were fleeing 16th Century England and the Tower — but this form of priest hunting is so much more dangerous as it comes from within.

The video:

Damnable promethean neo-pelagian rabbits!  Yeah, that needed to die.

You know, it is said, and generally holds true, that there are two sides to every story.  But in this case, the overwhelming preponderance of the evidence has constantly shown that this “intervention” is an ideological witch-hunt against an order that had the temerity to be drawn towards the traditional practice of the Faith, and which felt bold enough under the prior pontificate to critically examine some aspects of Vatican II. I really think the latter aspect brought down the heavy hand of authority in this case, but the persecution has gone well beyond what was needed to block further examination and protect the “super-dogma” of Vatican II, but has had a much broader impact against many aspects of the traditional practice of the Faith generally.  And that latter part appears to be driven by an ideological animus against that timeless practice of religious life.

I also side very heavily with the “persecution interpretation” of events surrounding the FIs due to the reaction of those who are arguing in favor of it. You know who I mean, I don’t mean to name names, there is only a handful in favor and they have all stood to benefit directly from the intervention.  That small group has been waging a jihad against a simplistic, straw man construction of “traditionalists” for years, going back well before the intervention.  I also reject the argument that the investigation began under the previous pontificate and was thus somehow justifiable……..nothing of any substance occurred under the previous pontificate. But literally within a few scant months of the new pontificate, we’ve seen an order crushed in a manner more severe and draconian than anything seen in the post-conciliar period, while other orders, dying in a sea of heresy and error, continue along their merry path of destruction. I am nearly totally convinced had Pope Benedict XVI not abdicated, this investigation cum witch hunt would have gone nowhere.

The ideological viewpoint of those in favor of the intervention aligns too closely with both the focus points of the investigation – and the heavy-handed steps taken to insure the order as it existed prior to the intervention will never be able to resurrect itself – to be mere accident. This includes suspending, a divinis, Franciscan Friars who attempted to find shelter and re-establish the order on its old footing under friendly bishops, and the threats and reprisals meted out against those same bishops.  We haven’t seen anything remotely like this in the Church in decades.  And it all comes down to the decades old struggle regarding Vatican II as all-trumping super-dogma (demanding, it seems, endless novelty) and its compatability with the 2000 year practice of the Faith.  That struggle has taken a decisive turn in the past 22 months, and the Franciscans of the Immaculate (and the Sisters) are suffering for it.

Islamic sharia court operating in Texas? February 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, shocking, Society, the enemy.
comments closed

That’s the claim of this report on Breitbart Texas from last week.  It is here in the Diocese of Dallas, and City of as well.  Great.  I am told the population of Irving is almost 20% muslim although I don’t see much evidence of that.  It seems more like 70% Hispanic to me, at least in grungy but lovable south Irving where I live.

Nevertheless, as we continue to allow absolutely nonsensical unconstrained immigration of muslims from the Mideast (while immigrating from Germany or Britain remains tightly limited and basically a nightmare of red tape), we can only expect to see more of this.  If the last 20+ years and the experience of most European countries have taught us, muslims appear to want to create the “ummah” and all its horrid aspects wherever they arrive in large numbers. I am still waiting to hear from the mythical moderate muslim:

An Islamic Tribunal using Sharia law in Texas has been confirmed by Breitbart Texas. The tribunal is operating as a non-profit organization in Dallas. One of the attorneys for the tribunal said participation and acceptance of the tribunal’s decisions are “voluntary.”

Breitbart Texas spoke with one of the “judges,” Dr. Taher El-badawi. He said the tribunal operates under Sharia law as a form of “non-binding dispute resolution.” El-badawi said their organization is “a tribunal, not arbitration.” A tribunal is defined by Meriam-Webster’s Dictionary as “a court or forum of justice.” The four Islamic attorneys call themselves “judges” not “arbitrators.”

El-badawi said the tribunal follows Sharia law to resolve civil disputes in family and business matters. He said they also resolve workplace disputes.

In matters of divorce, El-badawi said that “while participation in the tribunal is voluntary, a married couple cannot be considered divorced by the Islamic community unless it is granted by the tribunal.” He compared their divorce, known as “Talaq,” as something similar to the Catholic practice of annulment in that the church does not recognize civil divorce proceedings as ending a marriage. [The similarities are strictly skin-deep.  The article goes on to discuss how women can ask for a divorce under sharia.  But in practical terms, in countries where sharia is the only law, divorce is a one-way street where women are frequently abandoned by their husbands and have no recourse to even minimal continued support. Since in those countries women have extremely limited options for work or even to be in public without male familial escort, and since the “shame” of divorce for these women involves a stigma that frequently incurs familial rejection, very often, these women are left penniless and with no means to care for themselves.  I have read about women in Pakistan abandoned in this manner, and they appear to be quite numerous.]

……..El-badawi restated several times that participation in the tribunal is voluntary. However, he would not discuss what happens to someone who did not follow their rulings……..

Of course it’s voluntary.  Just as conversion to islam is voluntary, except that if you don’t there’s a rather unpleasant man over there prepared to cut your head off.  Or in the more “enlightened” areas, they might allow you to keep your religion as a strictly second-class and persecuted basis.

It’s got to be noted that the comments made in the article tie in with the islamic practice of “taqqiyah,” that is, “holy lying” oriented to fool the infidel and keep them off their guard while the “ummah” takes shape in a soon-to-be-conquered land.  Sure they present sharia as voluntary and JUST LIKE WHAT YOU CATHOLICS DO, but this is “sharia-lite,” the most they can get away with in this country at present.  This is not what we would have should this country be like regions of France, Belgium, and whole swaths of England – a full-on may as well be Waziristan muslim dominated no-go zone.  No, what would exist in that case would be the real thing, most definitely not voluntary for muslims, and without the seeming “reasonable” aspects.

And the Church continues to lose room for maneuver, increasingly squeezed between militant sexular paganism and radical islam.

I, for one, agree with comments I’ve seen elsewhere of late that, given the experience of the past 15 or so years worldwide, and most recently in Europe, why on earth is immigration by muslims not completely blocked at this point?

As a final aside, does anyone know if large numbers of Iraqi and Syrian Christians have been able to emigrate to the US at this point?  Or was the rhetoric that they would be allowed to do so just another bit of false flotsam thrown out during a moment of crisis?