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Quick post: Theological Reasoning Behind Traditional Church Architecture July 13, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Art and Architecture, Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, paganism, scandals, secularism, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
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In the Church, there is a reason for everything. Inspired by Grace, holy men and women in the Church developed almost every practice, act, or structure you can imagine with deep theological significance.  Given that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the Source and Summit of our glorious Faith, it makes eminent sense that the structure in which the Mass takes place would be of sublime meaning, with significance in even the smallest detail. Indeed, it was long so, prior to the rejection of traditional liturgical piety en masse and its substitution with a modernist academic construct  in its place.  Thus, most modern Church architecture is not only ugly and unfulfilling, it is unfortunately not only disordered but even antithetical to the right understanding and practice of the Faith.

I pray you find the sermon below on the theological basis for classic or traditional Church architecture edifying!  The priest also explores the modern derangement of Church architecture as representative of a different and hostile theology from that which was handed onto us, or at least to the preceding generation.  I am gratified that the priest notes that the primary misunderstanding behind the theological errors that lead to ugly, modernist churches is an improper understanding of what the Church is.  To someone of a collectivist, modernist mindset, the Church is simply the people of God, and the Mass is simply their getting together, and thus human concerns, like being able to see each other or putting everyone on the same level, should predominate.  But the Church is not just the people of God, it is also the Mystical Body of Christ and His vessel on earth for salvation, and the Mass is the Holy Sacrifice of Calvary re-presented.

These are the prime factors that drive hideous church design, that, and what I feel has to be at least a tacit desire to besmirch, belittle, and/or undermine the Faith in a very passive aggressive manner.

I have been in several of the churches depicted in the video,both good and bad!  Of the latter, I recognize the Cistercian chapel in Irving and St.Peter’s in Boerne, TX, where I had a scandalous experience about 10 years ago.

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More like this – TLM outside Denver Planned Barrenhood July 13, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, priests, sadness, scandals, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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We are blessed to have traditional priests in this Diocese.  We are blessed that they offer Masses monthly at a pro-life crisis pregnancy center immediately adjacent to one of the mills in this burg (is Routh Street open with the recent Supreme Court injunction against HB2?).  We are blessed for all they do.

Still, I would so very much like to see a Mass offered publicly outside a mill for the express intention of seeing said mill(s) closed.  We cannot expect man’s laws to stand against so many men violating God’s laws.  Legislation will never be the final answer against child-murder.  We must change men’s hearts and souls, and the Mass is the most efficacious vehicle possible for bringing down Grace and working conversion.  So I pray we may see public Masses outside the local mills, however many remain open, with an eye towards converting those tens of thousands of people who think it just fine to have their child butchered for their own convenience (this is all the video that was available):

This Mass was offered by a priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter at a Denver area mill.  I have forgotten the priest’s name, my apologies (but then again, he might prefer it that way).

I have been told, in a sort of “wink wink know what I mean know what I mean” kind of way, that there is a prohibition in this Diocese against priests offering Mass outside abortion mills or for any “political” purpose of this type.  I have no hard confirmation, and there is probably not a formal policy to this effect, but when pressed area priests become more than slightly evasive on this topic.  I have long wondered why we did not see our priests outside mills more often, when it is widely known that a priestly presence, offering Mass, exorcisms, and generally engaging in spiritual warfare, is an incredibly effective way (perhaps the most effective form) to fight this battle for souls among the principalities and powers that surround these dens of evil.  I am told there is a reason for that and that it is not good for their careers to press this particular point.

I am forced to wonder then, if the situation regarding Masses/priestly presence outside mills is akin to the situation surrounding Summorum Pontificum in this Diocese of Dallas, TX, where there are hints dropped that doing such indicates a priest with too much time on his hands, and shouldn’t he rather help out at a less-than-desirable parish instead of using his pastoral initiative to address critical needs that he perceives or that, horror of horrors, are brought to him by the laity?  After all, I thought Vatican II was NOT about creating an impenetrable system of episcopal committees and clerical micromanagement, but was all about empowering priests and laity with their own wonderful powerfulness?

One thing ol’ Tantumblogo has learned, is that when someone talks about empowering you, get ready to be rendered powerless. But who am I to judge?

My mindless prattling aside, this is something I pray to see in our Diocese with great regularity, until that glorious day when abortion occurs here no more.  I can only imagine the incredible effect seeing the Mass of Ages offered outside a mill would have even on the most hardened of hearts, among both abortionists and abortion-seekers.  I know it would do great violence to those evil spirits that drive the entire abortion industry.  It would certainly result in a good number of saves and, even more importantly, conversions.  And what great benefit would it be to priests, to persevere in the face of persecution in offering the the great and holy Sacrifice of the Mass?!?

May this day come soon!

 

Sanctuary city illegals have committed tens of thousands of violent crimes July 13, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, scandals, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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For those in the Church who support the “sanctuary city” initiative, perhaps they would like to explain why it is such a good thing to have a program that keeps tens of thousands of violent felons on the loose in this country when the vast majority would have been otherwise deported. Perhaps our bishops can remind us again of the great virtue of utterly unconstrained immigration over the southern border – which the strongly advocate – even at the cost of tens (by now, hundreds) of thousands of violent crimes committed against American citizens by illegal aliens.

This is one the sides of amnesty you don’t often hear about:

What seems to have been overlooked in the back and forth on this is some of the very disturbing, actual data on crimes committed by illegal aliens, which should concern every American—particularly those who live in sanctuary cities like New Orleans or San Francisco that release criminal aliens rather than turning them over to the Department of Homeland Security.

As Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Study outlines, Department of Homeland Security records show that in just one eight-month period in 2014, more than 8,100 deportable aliens were released by sanctuary jurisdictions. Three thousand of them were felons and 62 percent had a prior criminal record. Nineteen hundred were later rearrested a total of 4,300 times on 7,500 different offenses.

Thus, these sanctuary policies directly victimized thousands of the residents of these sanctuary cities who were subjected to assaults, burglaries, sexual assaults, thefts and even murders that would not have occurred except for these sanctuary policies……..

……..The second GAO report (GAO-05-646R), released on May 9, 2005, looked at the crimes committed by 55,322 aliens who “had entered the country illegally and were still illegally in the country at the time of their incarceration in federal or state prison or local jail during fiscal year 2003.”

The path of destruction weaved by these 55,322 illegal aliens was truly shocking. According to GAO, these criminal aliens:

  • Were arrested a total of 459,614 times, averaging about eight arrests per illegal alien;…..
  • Out of all of the arrests, 12 percent were for violent crimes such as murder, robbery, assault and sex-related crimes; 15 percent were for burglary, larceny, theft and property damage; 24 percent were for drug offenses; and the remaining offenses were for DUI, fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, weapons, immigration and obstruction of justice; and
  • 80 percent of the arrests occurred in just three states: California, Texas, and Arizona…….

If the over 134,000 aliens released by the administration in just the past two years follow the pattern of those aliens studied by the GAO in 2005, they will commit hundreds of thousands of more crimes, victimizing countless innocent Americans in crimes that could have been prevented.

Indeed, they will commit nearly 20,000 violent crimes – in addition to all those crimes committed by felons protected by the numerous sanctuary cities in the US.

Here’s another less than pleasant statistic – nearly 10% of all fatal DUI collisions involve an illegal resident of the United States.

If you take the statistics together, far more Americans have been killed by illegal aliens over the past few years than have died in 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But because the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, US Chamber of Commerce, large corporations, a good number of very wealthy individuals, and the demonrat party all believe their interests served by cheap foreign labor and and unconstrained immigration environment, that is what we shall get, the will of the people be damned, in this “last, best hope for freedom and democracy.”

Just keep telling yourself that.

It was in South America that the Pontificate of Pope Francis was clearly revealed…… July 13, 2015

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………and it was an image that shocked faithful souls and scandalized Christians worldwide:

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He did not say “This is not right,” but “I did not know that.”

While a picture may be worth a thousand (or more) words, and while some are calling this the defining image of this papacy, the words themselves were often at least as troubling, if not more so:

“A faith which does not draw us into solidarity [Or, a faith which doesn’t help the poor in slums directly, but there is a strong political connotation]  is a faith which is dead or a lie. ‘I am very Catholic. I am very Catholic. I go to Church every Sunday.’ But tell me, mister, madame, what happens in Bañado Norte? ‘Oh, I don’t know. I know that there are people there, but I don’t know.’ More than going to Mass on Sundays, if you do not have a heart of solidarity, if you know not know what happens to your people, your faith is weak or it is sick or it is dead. It is a faith without Christ. Faith without solidarity is a faith without Christ, a faith without God, a faith without fraternity.”

OK, so even those very few Catholics who make it to Mass every Sunday religiously stink if they are not running a soup kitchen in the poorest slums of the world.  Gotcha.

But on the other hand:

Pope Francis called for a more welcoming Catholic church, open even to those don’t accept its teachings, as he preached at a large open-air Mass on the last day of a weeklong South American tour.

Speaking to hundreds of thousands of people at a military air base on the outskirts of Paraguay’s capital city on Sunday, the pontiff taught a lesson in how the church should—and shouldn’t—attempt to spread the Gospel.

He called for “welcoming those who do not think as we do, who do not have faith or who have lost it, at times through our own fault. Welcoming the persecuted, the unemployed. Welcoming the different cultures, with which this land is so richly blessed. Welcoming sinners.”

Which, the Church has always done these things, so nice straw man.  But the dichotomy is stark: faithful Catholics, unless they engage in approved, politically-loaded activity (the slum Pope Francis mentioned is one where people have squatted on private property for years, creating a very divisive political and social issue), are woefully deficient. But those who persist in rejecting Church Doctrine and even violently attacking the Church must be welcomed.  I see.  And we must be prepared to endure grave, soul-wrenching scandal and immorality in the hope that Christ might somehow sanctify it.

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“You do not convince people with arguments, strategies or tactics. You convince them by learning how to welcome them,” he said on Sunday. “For that, it is necessary to keep doors open, above all the doors to the heart.”

And on a certain level, I agree.  But when has the Church shut her doors, unless by shutting them you mean preaching the Truth of Jesus Christ?

But on another level, is this not precisely the strategy of the “new evangelization” of the past 50 years?  Has any pastoral program in the Church’s history failed more spectacularly than just this approach, driving those seeking real spiritual sustenance from the worldly, secularist desert they find in the Church and into the sects, and failing to convince anyone that the Church provides a unique, soul-saving sanctuary for them?  But as with all sacred left-wing shibboleths, the answer, as always, is that the revolution did not go far enough, and if we can only be “pure”enough, “sanctified” enough in left-wing ideologies then we can usher in that so-longed for new man-made utopia?

We’ve been trying mercy, mercy, mercy with no rigor whatsoever for 50 years…..when will we ever get around to sharing those “hard truths” with all these scads of new converts our worldly mercy is supposed to be attracting?

And we had the sad spectacle of the Church apologizing for the conversion of the Latin American countries.  While it is true that slavery and repression abounded during the Spanish and Portuguese conquest and administration of these territories, it is also true that the conquered cultures practiced wicked, satanic religions involving mass human sacrifice and literal rivers of blood flowing in their capitals and principle cities.  Pope Benedict XVI was quite right when he said that the suffering endured by these native peoples was far exceeded by the Grace they gained through the Church’s conversion efforts.  While Francis did note that “thousands of priests” opposed the destructive tactics of the colonial regimes, he failed to make clear that the Church had nothing to do with that repression and did a very great deal to oppose slavery and other evils.  In the present context, however, the apology is being taken by enemies of the Church, including far-left leaders of “indigenous groups,” as a tacit admission that the actual Christianization of Latin America was evil and wrong and should not have been done. Some are already demanding the Church turn over properties as reparations to them, for the “evil” of destroying the temples of their diabolical religions.  Context is everything, and in this case, more fuel has now been added to a roaring anti-Catholic fire in the formerly most Catholic region of the world.

And we have Cuba and the US to look forward to, now!

Am I being unreasonable, unfair?  Am I only looking on the dark side?  This past week has been to me incredibly revealing. On his home turf, Pope Francis felt more comfortable being fully himself.  What he has said and done in terms of embracing numerous left wing shibboleths and undermining much Catholic belief has been beyond extraordinary: I have to say it’s unprecedented in the modern era, at least, if not in the entire history of the Church. This man’s vision of the Faith is one that is quite radical and much detached from virtually every one of his predecessors.

But it is also consistent.  It is consistent in that Pope Francis seems to really believe that Doctrine/Dogma – Sacred Truth – can be set aside in pursuit of some “higher goal.” What could possibly be higher than the Truth which is vital for salvation, I have no idea.

He often speaks of Doctrine as “well, of course the Church believes/teaches X, and I am a ‘loyal son of the Church so I believe that, too,’ but we have these people that don’t accept that doctrine so shouldn’t the Church in mercy set aside X so that these people will face one less obstacle to the Faith?”  And since there are scores if not hundreds of elements of Doctrine that so offend, he seems prepared to set a very great deal aside in the hopes of attracting people to the Church.   The problem as I’ve noted above is that this has been, quite nearly universally, the practical program the Church has followed for over 50 years now, and it has been proved a truly unprecedented failure.  The supposition seems to be that making it the practical reality of the Church wasn’t enough (one more big push for “utopia”), and so we must now try to formalize these things in “pastoral applications” that has the great likelihood (I would say certainty) of emptying the Church of her entire moral edifice.

So…….we have that to look forward to, too.

Folks, I am at a loss as to how to respond.  This Pope is a rock star and he just received the adulation of literally millions in Latin America. Protests from the few faithful are unlikely to move him.  I am all about taking concrete action but at this point about all I can recommend is prayer and penance.  We’re down to miracles at this point.

 

Our sick culture: family encourages 3 year old boy to become girl July 13, 2015

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Three!  Because we all know that 3 year olds never engage in incredible flights of fancy and are always the most reliable decision makers!  Ever notice that the vast, vast preponderance of these cases involve a boy “transitioning” to become a girl?!?

This is what a decadent society in the process of imploding looks like.  Pure diabolical insanity.  Please note the parents’ (living together but with different last names, and the very city in which they choose to live is almost proof of a far left mindset) approach to this three year old boy:

“It was May 15, 2014, and I remember the date because Jackie was out of school that day,” she says. “We drove to drop her older sister off at kindergarten. And normally Jackie is quite happy and content to hang out with me and play.”

Jackie was 3 then, and she was called Jack. Glancing into the backseat of her car, Mary noticed something different.

“Jackie just looked really, really sad; sadder than a 3 1/2-year-old should look,” Carter says. “This weight that looked like it weighed more than she did, something she had to say and I didn’t know what that was.

“So I asked. I said, ‘Jackie, are you sad that you’re not going to school today?’ And Jackie was really quiet and put her head down and said ‘No, I’m sad because I’m a boy.’ ”

Carter was taken aback. Her youngest had been wearing her big sister’s dresses regularly and enjoyed donning pink boots. But this was new.

Carter wanted to confirm. “You’re really not happy being a boy?” she asked.

“I thought a little bit longer and I said, ‘Well, are you happy being you?’ And that made Jackie smile,” she says. “And I felt like for that moment, that was all that really mattered. That was ‘The Day.’ ” [So he put on his sister’s dresses and was sad one day, and so that’s an excuse to foist this life-destroying change on him?  I am sorry but I really do not believe pathologies like this grow out of healthy situations.  I imagine mom is very into feminism and it became clear to poor young Jack that there was something very wrong with being a boy.  A child will do anything, ANYTHING to maintain its parent’s love and interest, or its perceptions of them, even up to and including becoming something its not.  A few years ago, this matter would have been treated as a moral and parental crisis – it would have been viewed as something having gone very wrong in the family.  Now it’s just wonderful and empowering, save for the poor little boy who is being crushed out of existence in whatever stifling environment he finds himself in.  And yes I am quite guessing but 

Carter took her to a chain drugstore, and Jackie asked for elastic hair bands. Her hair wasn’t long enough yet, but Carter put Jackie’s hair up in five makeshift ponytails.

“And I’ve never seen such a happy child,” she remembers. “To go from maybe an hour before this, this child who looks so sad, to that, I felt like I’d done something right by her.”

In the months that followed, they started talking over girl names, with help from Jackie’s pre-K teacher. On her fourth birthday, the family sang happy birthday for the first time to Jackie……. [So there’s a teacher also encouraging this.  As the article notes, this is in one of the most feverishly amoral regions of the country, where not just accepting but positively endorsing gross perversion is taken as a sign of – contrary to all reason and decency – high moral standing. It’s the kind of thing all right-thinking people in that Sodom by the Bay have to share.]

[Little interlude about how glad the family is to live in amoral Oakland rather than bad old nasty Atlanta in the South, where on a visit some boys questioned their son’s chosen (enforced?) ID]……It’s only been a little more than a year since Jack became Jackie. Neither of her parents has any illusions about the potential struggles ahead. Transgender people have alarmingly high rates of depression, substance abuse and suicide. [Then why in the name of all that is good would you do all you can to encourage this? How much did you do to discourage this behavior?]

“There will be more challenges, certainly, as Jackie gets older and gets around more kids,” Christian says. “Then puberty, and dating, and the challenges will be like a very steep curve. But I’m hoping that by the time she gets there, I hope, one, we’ve given her the tools and two, that there’s more acceptance of this issue.”…… [how can you possibly think a three year old can make a decision like this?  Just because it seems to cause a temporary happiness is hardly a justification to expose him to a lifestyle that by your own admission is ordered towards disastrous outcomes in a huge number of cases.  Why would someone inflict this on their child, especially one so young?  This is the kind of abuse that results in screaming headlines one day when the poor kid is about 18).

[Interregnum – older sister still calls him a boy and his boy name, thank God.  Think of the suffering and turmoil this causes her, as well]…….”I myself have times when I miss my boy,” says James Christian. “And I look at the old clothes and the old pictures and I will miss Jack. And that’s probably never going to go away. That’s just going to take some time.”

So maybe mom is really driving this exercise?  Who knows?  I remain resolute in my belief that children would essentially never choose this kind of radical rejection of self/their true nature without some strong outside influence, be it sexual abuse, neglect, or very strong messages of one kind of another.  I suppose I could be wrong, but I’m highly dubious this “just happened.”  I am increasingly dubious that all but a minute percentage of these perverse lifestyles ever “just happen:” environment plays an overwhelming role.  Why else would it be that so many with long-term prison sentences turn to sodomy, and then immediately revert back upon their release?

It is things like this that really make me long for our eternal home.  This is as exhausting as it is depressing.  Poor little guy.  I pray fervently this is just a phase and he grows beyond it, even with whatever pressure he may be experiencing to embrace this life that never makes ANY of its practitioners truly happy.

And the emasculation of the culture continues apace.