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Flightline Friday – 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon May 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, General Catholic, Glory, history, scandals, Society, technology.
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Yesterday, April 30, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the end of decades of conflict in Southeast Asia.  A sad end to a sad war, one that was probably doomed to failure from the moment the Kennedy Administration made the decision to put America at the forefront of the conduct of the war by approving the murder of President Ngo Dinh Diem.  Diem has been treated very unfairly by history, especially by Western historians, but that’s a post for another day.  I say doomed to failure, because the American way of war has never been well-suited to protracted, relatively low intensity counter-insurgency conflicts.  As George C. Marshall said at the beginning of WWII, the United States does not have the stomach for a 7 year long war.  And he has been proven right over and over again – Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan.  The British managed to fight a counterinsurgency in Malaya, as a sort of swan song for all their martial imperial efforts, which also lasted for more than a decade but was fought much more reasonably and successfully concluded with the crushing of the communist insurgency.  The British knew that you can help local forces fight an insurgency, but you can’t do it in place of them.  Also, it is much better to use the absolute minimum of force in such efforts, rather than to use the ludicrous amounts of firepower we Americans have generally favored.

Anyway, I’m short on time, so I’ll just have to wrap this up really quick.  The American betrayal of South Vietnam was made complete by the abysmal performance of Ambassador Graham Martin, who refused to initiate evacuation plans for locals who had collaborated with the US-led effort until it was really quite late.  Martin had to be more or less forced to initiate the evac plan at all, so deluded was he that the South Vietnamese could somehow rally and defend the southern 1/3 of the country.  As a result, even though the Air Force and Marines, principally, managed to evacuate tens of thousands of loyal South Vietnamese, tens of thousands more were left behind to a grim fate.  The father of a friend of mine, an outstanding Vietnamese Catholic who had nine children, all of whom now reside in the US (and at least one of whom is a priest), spent years in hellish communist “re-education” camps.  The re-education failed, as my friend and his entire family remain vehemently anti-communist and continue to work to support both Vietnam’s liberation from the yoke of Marxist oppression, and, even more, for the liberty of the Church in that still suffering land.

The following videos deal with that evacuation effort and the last days in Saigon. Over 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to flee in 1975, with hundreds of thousands (millions?) more later (including my friend and his family).  About half of those were evacuated by the US. The other found their own means of escape, frequently using American military hardware like Hueys, horribly overloaded, to fly as many friends and family as they possibly could (some of the achievements were incredible) to safety with the US Seventh Fleet waiting offshore.

Two good vids:

Another interesting video, unfortunately badly marred by careless overlay of graphics, showing the best danged aircraft carrier ever (ok, maybe CV-6 Enterprise could argue the point) CV-41 Midway taking part in the evacuation.  A tiny fraction of the billions of dollars in war materials and equipment left behind managed to make it to Midway around the 6 minute mark:

As I said, many South Vietnamese performed heroic efforts flying overloaded helos and aircraft out to waiting US ships.  So many landed that after a while, there was no more space to store them, and they began to dump them over the side.  Many of these UH-1Hs were practically new with only a few hundred hours on them.  Towards the end of the video below, US personnel were not sure what to make of the O-1 Bird Dog that kept circling the Midway. Finally the pilot flew over and dropped a note saying he intended to land.  You see that from the 7 minute mark or so on. That was one heck of a bit of flying. He had his entire family inside the tiny Cessna:

Have a blessed Feast of St. Joseph worker.

Something more parishes should consider – votive Masses for persecuted Christians May 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Latin Mass, manhood, persecution, scandals, secularism, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
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Reader GM sent me a link announcing a Votive Mass (TLM) for persecuted Christians to be held May 6 in Winnipeg.  Given the ongoing atrocities against Christians (just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, diabolical islamists in Syria destroyed the Armenian Orthodox Cathedral of Aleppo), and the rising persecution so many of us see in our own land, this would be a quite charitable and salutary imprecation to God for more traditional parishes to make:

This announcement has come in recently from The Latin Mass Society of Winnipeg:

On Wednesday, May 6th, at 7:30 pm, a Votive Mass on behalf of persecuted Christians will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Parish, 271 Hampton Street, Winnipeg. 

For more information, see this link.

This is a good opportunity to suggest to NLM readers that it would be highly appropriate, in these times of violent persecution, to consider offering or organizing the celebration of the Missa votiva pro Ecclesiae defensione (In Defense of the Church) with the Commemoration Pro Ecclesiae libertate on behalf of persecuted Christians, which may be used on 4th class ferial days.

I must agree.  We hear from our very good priests all the time that we had “better get prayed up,” that is, internally, spiritually prepared for the sufferings many of will likely be forced to endure.  Being a Catholic has been relatively easy in many parts of the world for a long time – it may no longer be so.  Since the Mass is the highest form of prayer possible, it would only make sense that we should see many such Votive Masses offered both for the souls now enduring the most cruel persecutions, as well as to bring down Grace upon ourselves as we face our own.  This might be a good request to make to your local TLM pastor/priest in a kind, courteous manner.
BTW, I am very pleased to announce that the number of North American priests who have signed the “credo” signifying their commitment to uphold the doctrine of marriage, the Blessed Sacrament, divorce, etc., has increased tremendously in just the past few days.  Over 700 priests have now signed on, including three priests very dear to my heart (up from 450 3 days ago).  God bless them.  There are more names with FSSP after them, but I’d love to see many, many more.  Some OSBs from Clear Creek have signed on.  Awesome!
It’s not a competition, and those of us who know these men certainly know where they stand, buuut……..it is also reassuring and gratifying to see the names of priests we know and love formally attached to this vital stand in defense of the Faith.  As I watch the list grow, my fears over how the Church in this country will deal with any unprecedented “pastoral” approaches emanating from a conclave or Synod are diminished.  It is most comforting to see the names pile up.  Again, God bless all these men, and may there be many, many, many more.  There are, after all, around 45,000 priests in this country, so there is a long way to go.
If you have a local priest who you know to be relatively orthodox and you don’t see their name on the list, you might, in charity, also send them an invitation to sign on.  It is quite probable most priests have no knowledge of this initiative at this point.
Deo Gratias!

Today is a wonderful day – Feast of St. Joseph Worker May 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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That’s how it used to be done – take a pagan Church-bashing group’s major holiday and sanctify it, turning it into something holy and pious.  Nowadays, it seems the world is just so awesome and has so much to teach us, we just try to hop on whatever bandwagon the world is pushing from one moment to the next.

As a bit of celebration for this day, a 30 day Novena to St. Joseph.  This might be a very good prayer to offer for strength to remain faithful in coming trials, and not fall away in the mounting persecution.  download (11)

Ever blessed and glorious St. Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow!  Thou art the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow.  Look kindly upon my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To thee, O loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection.

Listen, then, I beg of thee, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favor I ask (here make your request).

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the Eternal Son of God, which moved Him to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering thou didst endure when thou didst find no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the Holy Virgin, nor a place where the Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, thou hadst to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world’s images (6)Redeemer in a cave.

I ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus, which thou didst confer on the adorable Infant.

I ask it by that painful torture thou didst feel at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His Holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.

I ask it through thy sorrow and pain of soul when the Angel declared to thee that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From their evil plan thou hadst to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother into Egypt.  I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all thy care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during thy second journey, when thou wert ordered to return to images (7)thine own country.  I ask it by thy peaceful life in Nazareth, where thou didst meet with so many joys and sorrows.

I ask it by thy great distress when the adorable Child was lost to thee and His Mother for three days.  I ask it by thy joy at finding Him in the Temple, and by the comfort thou didst find at Nazareth.  I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to thee.

I ask it by the prefect love and conformity thou didst show in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life and from the company of Jesus and Mary.  I ask it by the joy which filled thy soul when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and Hell, entered into the possession of His Kingdom and led thee into it with special honors.

Marriage of Joseph and MaryI ask it through Mary’s glorious Assumption and through that endless happiness thou has with her in the presence of God.

O good Father!  I beg of thee, by all thy sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask (here again mention you petitions or think of them).

Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God.  Finally, my dear Patron and Father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

A blameless life, O St. Joseph, may we lead, by thy kind patronage from danger freed. Amen.

Because this is a 1st class feast, Friday penance is abdicated.  You can eat meat if you so choose.


A disgrace to St. Alphonsus and the great Redemptorist name May 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, priests, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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There are twin extremes in the Redemptorist order in the British Isles – the wonderfully orthodox and devout Transalpine Redemptorists on Papa Stronsay off the north coast of Scotland, and the libertine, worldly, and error-filled Redemptorists of Limerick, Ireland.

One of these groups has a future.  The other does not.

I’m sure you can figure it out.

Sir, – When two people, not bound by blood or kin, love each other to such a profound depth that they want to make a lifelong commitment of faithfulness to each other, then that deserves to be acknowledged, celebrated and solemnised. We are all the better for it – individuals, families, communities and society are life-enhanced – and God in his heaven rejoices. That’s why I will be voting Yes on May 22nd. – Yours, etc,



Mount St Alphonsus,


I can only imagine that such a public stand can emanate from either being such a total slave to the leftist sexular pagan ethos, or such a total slave to the sins that surround this “debate.”

In this case, one is more likely than the other. Again, I suspect you can figure it out.