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Some happy news for a change July 21, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, General Catholic, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Virtue.
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When thinking about a looming/ongoing persecution, considerations of the influence of technology offer both hopeful and fearful portents.  Fearful, because through technology the persecutors can gain influence over our lives in ways unimaginable to previous persecutors.  They can literally monitor our (external) thoughts and try to come into the privacy of our homes through various means straightforward and devious.  Denial of technology, coupled with denial of the means to make a living, are other methods of control.  But at the same time, technology can also provide means to help endure the persecution.

One thing I’ve seen others mention a number of times, and its a thought I certainly share, is that we use the modern means at our disposal to aid each other as we are targeted for persecution.  Even though enemies of Jesus Christ and His Church will go to diabolical lengths to try to make their persecution effective and deny that aid, such as blocking those accused of “hate crimes” from using secular funding sites like gofundme, souls of good will have found ways around these cruel attempts to completely excoriate convicted Christians.  So I was heartened to find that Aaron and Melissa Klein, who have been (ludicrously) fined $135,000 and had their fundraising initiative blocked on gofundme (for being Christian), are not going to be left completely destitute by this onerous and totalitarian governmental judgment.  In fact, they have raised over $390,000 at their Continue to Give site:

A crowdfunding campaign for the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa has set a site record by raising $352,500 in about two months after being kicked off the GoFundMe website, far exceeding the initial goal of $150,000.

Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, said the Sweet Cakes effort has raised more than any previous campaign on behalf of individuals in the three-year-old crowdfunding website’s history.

Continue to Give also handles ongoing fundraising for nonprofit organizations as well as mobile and kiosk tithing for churches.

GoFundMe, the nation’s largest crowdfunder, removed a campaign for Sweet Cakes by Melissa in April after receiving complaints from gay-marriage supporters. The bakery’s owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein, are locked in a legal battle with the state for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony, citing their religious beliefs.

……..The Oregon labor commissioner ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for “emotional damages” to Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer after declining to prepare a cake for their June 2013 commitment ceremony.

Mr. Klein had informed the couple that he was sorry but that the bakery did not prepare cakes for same-sex ceremonies as a result of the family’s religious convictions. Gay marriage was not legal in Oregon at the time.

The Kleins are expected to appeal the labor commissioner’s July 2 decision to the Oregon Court of Appeals. [I had read that because this decision was made in an “administrative court” recourse to appeal would be difficult if not impossible. They can certainly appeal, but the way the law is worded, from what I understand, it is likely the case will be thrown out. Their only appeal then would be to federal court.  They are getting some pro bono representation but given that they’ve lost their business and are surely racking up extensive legal fees, all this money they’ve raised may not go as far as one might hope. I’m sure they could use still more help.]

This is what we’re going to have to do.  There are still millions of believing Christians in this country, and even if most are protestants they are still souls of good will. We’re going to have to band together and aid each other as much as possible as this persecution gets ratcheted up.  Those willing to stick their necks out and take a stand are likely to pay an increasingly steep price for doing so.  This is not an extended ad for the Klein’s, but a reminder that we all will probably have to change the way we do things (and the way we spend our money) as the general cultural situation continues to deteriorate.

Of course, monetary support is helpful and ever necessary here in “nothing’s free in the ‘free world'”, but prayer support is even more needed, both for those who fall victim to persecution, and for ourselves.  Eventually, most if not all of us will get to “enjoy” the growing persecution.  The help we give now will be helping ourselves later.

OTOH, here’s an item out of left field.  A very out n’ proud baker bashes those of his lifestyle who are enjoying tormenting Christians now that they feel themselves possessed of the cultural whip hand.  I won’t post it here, but you can check it out if you like.  There’s a soul who needs some prayers.

I had one final thought on this matter of forced participation in pseudo-sodo-marriage: could a Christian, instead of refusing, just do a really horrible job instead?  Could a baker just mangle the cake, replacing salt for sugar and just really botching the job, or a florist fill bouquets of dead flowers, or a photographer deliver 500 slightly out of focus prints?  Would that kind of non-violent, passive resistance be acceptable?

 

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Is the Fr. Barron appointment a case of both dioceses getting the worst of the deal? July 21, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, the return, the struggle for the Church.
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I have seen two kinds of reactions to Fr. Barron’s appointment as auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles.  Reaction one is that this will hurt Chicago’s Mundelien Seminary’s orthodoxy and demonstrates an advancing modernization (in the heretical sense) of the Archdiocese by new ordinary Blaise Cupich.  The other reaction says this is really bad for LA, as now a man who advances noxious notions regarding the reality of hell, Christ’s self-awareness of His divinity, and Original Sin will be unleashed on poor, suffering LA.

I wonder: can’t both be right? While Barron is very troubling in some of his beliefs, truth be told, there are a lot worse choices one could make for seminary rector.  Instead of having a rector that held several errors, he might well be replaced with one who holds dozens or more.  That’s damning with faint praise, and adherence to heresy in one area is surely grounds for excommunication/damnation and much else, but, in this time of unprecedented crisis, there have been and are men even more divorced from the Faith than he in charge of priestly formation in many dioceses (including this one).

And now LA will get a very high profile bishop with a major media apostolate who just happens to err from divine revelation and Catholic Dogma on several matters:

This morning, Pope Francis formally announced Father Robert Barron’s appointment as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Bishop-Elect Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, host of the award-winning CATHOLICISM film series, and since 2012 has served as the Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago, IL.

Barron’s whopper on hell (I provide this as an example of what NOT to believe, as in what is contrary to our Blessed Lord’s own words):

Some past posts excoriating Barron’s faulty beliefs.  Note that belief that Adam and Eve are “theological poetry” is a near-admission of belief in evolution of the species as well as feeding directly into the idea of universal salvation.  If there was no Original Sin, no Fall of Man, then Christ died for nothing, and we are all the most foolish of men for having believed in Him.  But Adam and Eve did sin, man did fall, and Christ’s suffering and death was the only possible sacrifice of sufficient magnitude to atone for the infinite evil of sin.  Those who reject Christ and/or die in their sins, unconfessed and unrepentant, will spend all eternity in hell, and I hold that to be a dogmatic belief of the Church.

I guess I’ll never be fit material for a bishop, then, huh?

PS – The positive spin is that this is good to help de-Mahoneyize LA, and maybe it will be beneficial in that regard, but I just can’t get past Barron’s really scandalous statements, statements, it must be said, he has stood by in the face of strong criticism.

+Brandmuller blasts indifference in episcopate, but he (and we) face an incredible struggle- UPDATED July 21, 2015

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Reader “Camper” sent me a link to this article on LifeSiteNews, which translates an op-ed written by Cardinal Brandmuller in Germany recently.  Brandmuller’s editorial is one of the most thorough, damning condemnations of the state of the Church and the blithe indifference of the episcopate in the midst of collapse I’ve read in some time – at least from a leading figure of the Church.  His analysis of the Church stands in near total contrast to the runaway giddiness of the aging, declining progressive faction, which, according to a new post at Rorate (quoting a National Geographic article on the Pope), now believe that all their cherished, long-frustrated hopes and dreams of remaking the Church in their own fallen image are about to be fulfilled.

I don’t think it any exaggeration to say that the Church stands at a great crossroads, which may well dictate the path she takes for the next 50-100 years: more modernist embrace of the world and doctrinal indifference, leading to further collapse, or the start, one may hope, of a return to sanity.

First, Cardinal Brandmuller:

The cardinal sees in certain circles in the Church almost a “perverse lust for self-destruction,” for example, “by undermining the procreation of life in different ways and in putting into question the natural sexual identity of man and woman.” [I’d say, dead on.  Of course, as St. Pius X made very clear, modernism is the death of faith.  That modernist beliefs would lead to a cultural death spiral through mass refusal of openness to life is hardly surprising.]

Cardinal Brandmueller describes the danger of adapting to “political correctness,” admitting that violating it entails “risking execution by the Media.” [The media is dominated by progressives, who have always hated the Church!  Even 150 years ago Blessed Pius IX recognized in the media an inveterate hostility to the Faith and the good of souls.  This tendency has only grown since then.  Trying to please the media is a sure path towards destruction.]

He decries the “dynamic of silence into which the majority” of bishops have slipped “and thus silently watch the execution.”  No one can claim “such conduct is worthy of a Christian,” he adds, “especially when dealing with fundamental questions concerning the teaching of Faith and Morals of the Gospel of Christ.”

“For what purpose did we receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?” he asks. “And, did not the bishops at their consecration promise that they would proclaim faithfully the Gospel of Christ and would preserve, pure and entire, the Deposit of the Faith according to the Tradition as held by the Church, always and everywhere?” [One must wonder how often this promise was not made in good faith. Judging from the behavior of the large majority of bishops over the past 50 years, it would seem, far, far too often.  The thing is, apparently many bishops are convinced –  or pretend to be convinced – that the practice of the Church can be radically changed while Doctrine is left supposedly untouched.  This is impossible, and reveals a revolutionary mindset (one that apparently thinks the faithful and even many good priests are none too bright) intent on trying to “sneak” changes to doctrine through the backdoor.  We’ve seen the game plan laid out by Vatican favorite Fr. Tom Rosica – doctrine will be changed by changing Church-wide practice, first, and then once those changes have been implemented and practiced for a long time, maybe many decades, “doctrine will be changed” to catch up.  Talk about a death wish, that’s it, right there, the death of the Church, a la episcopalianism.]

The cardinal calls for a “de-secularization” of the Church, meaning a form of thinking which does not follow earthly principles and calculations but “follows the Truth of the Faith.”  Instead of “preaching ‘Christianity light,’” he said, “we should have the courage to demand a program which is in firm contrast to the societal mainstream of today and lives out fully” the commandments. [I agree, but those who believe as we do are apparently in the distinct minority.]

“The Church can and must proclaim the Natural Moral Law which has been perfected by the Gospels and which is understandable for the man of good will,” he says. “Thereby, the Church should not allow herself to be deflected by the [growing] resistance against her message.” [I agree again.  But apparently, not enough even in the episcopate do.  They seem to fear the world more than God.  They seem to believe, in spite of the mountainous evidence of the past 50 years, that the problem is that the Church has not changed enough to please the world and her master, and must bow down to both still more.  They are apparently totally blind to the effects of their own Doctrine either in the Church, or in the sects which have followed a similar path.  The only people rejoicing over this latest push for the revolution are the Pope’s evangelical buddies, who will pick up scads of disaffected Catholics, and more importantly, their money.]

Now, what we are up against, once again via Rorate, quoting sources ostensibly close to Pope Francis.  All of this is hearsay, but given its consistency with so much of what we’ve been able to observe over the past 2 years, I certainly would not discount it out of hand:

Similarly, Saracco, the Pentecostal pastor, discussed with the pope the possibility of removing celibacy as a requirement for priests. “If he can survive the pressures of the church today and the results of the Synod on the Family in October,” he says, “I think after that he will be ready to talk about celibacy.” When I ask if the pope had told him this or if he was relying on intuition, Saracco smiles slyly and says, “It’s more than intuition.”

This would appear to be the pope’s mission: to ignite a revolution inside the Vatican and beyond its walls, without overturning a host of long-held precepts. “He won’t change doctrine,” insists de la Serna, his Argentine friend. “What he will do is return the church to its true doctrine—the one it has forgotten, the one that puts man back in the center.[Do you see the lie?!? “He won’t change doctrine,” but will “return the Church to its true doctrine!”  So what you are calling for is……a change in Doctrine!  Also note the revolutionary, anthropocentric viewpoint, the quintessence of the post-conciliar mentality – “man is the center of the Church.”] For too long, the church put sin

 in the center. By putting the suffering of man, and his relationship with God, back in the center, these harsh attitudes toward homosexuality, divorce, and other things will start to change.”

You get the juxtaposition, right: the Church’s very loving approach toward souls – please don’t sin for your own good, for the sake of your eternal soul! – is now a “harsh attitude.”  This is modernism 101, pure and clear.  Just as after VII, the this revolutionary cabal – speaking of Pope Francis as one of their own, I pray they are wrong – plans to advance their worldly revolution while pretending Doctrine is unchanged.  It’s untenable and laughable, and will only harm souls, but it provides them with the kind of cover they need to keep many Catholics from seeing reality.  This is the kind of fig leaf that those often derided as “neo-Catholics” or “neo-conservatives” cling to as they argue that “doctrine hasn’t changed.”  That makes recognizing and exploding these kinds of claims all the more important.

Another important point, made by a commenter: just where in the Church is there any focus on sin?  What a laugh!  In most places sin is virtually never mentioned, and even if it rarely is, it is generally fake “corporate sins” like capitalism and not loving mother Gaia enough.  There is a repository of condemnation of sin, however, and this is most important: IT IS IN THE DOCTRINE! Only in doctrine is sin generally firmly condemned in the Church today.  That makes clear what they are really going after: doctrinal change, made first by stealth, and then, once they feel strong/bold enough, to try to change it formally.

It is amazing that anyone could claim that the Church has not put man’s relationship with God at the center of her focus.  I’d say the only time that has been true has been in the last 50 years, when man’s relationship with God has often been a sideshow to far more earthly concerns.  You know, things like environmentalism, progressive activism, funding abortion and contraception through Catholic charities, etc., etc.  That is, the same old same old which has veritably brought the Church to her knees.  Like all good progressives, those quoted above look at the failure of their program and can only exclaim: it’s because we didn’t go far enough!  We didn’t cave enough on core doctrine!  Once we jettison that last, final bit of doctrine – say, the Divinity of Christ, or the Resurrection (don’t laugh, look at the Unitarians and other more liberal “mainline” sects) – then the souls will just come pouring in.

The real religion of Katholycs is leftism…….they simply adopt a Catholic patina as they march through one more institution.

 

Another video shows Planned Barrenhood official haggling over price of murdered baby parts July 21, 2015

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For folks like you and me, more evidence that Banned Parenthood is a totally amoral organization dedicated to nothing but baby slaughter and the profit it derives therefrom is, I know, like making a declaration that rain is wet.  But there are many folks out there who still do not get it, who have bought PP’s slick PR packaging regarding “choice” and “women’s health.”  So whenever a new bit of damning evidence is revealed that can help show the world just what a demonically monstrous organization Planned Barrenhood is, I will always try to do my small part to help make even one more soul aware of this diabolical reality.

In the latest revelations, another top Planned Barrenhood official haggles over the price of aborted baby parts, adding to the earlier admission by another official that PB affiliates are happy to turn a little profit on the sale of these parts.

The story:

A second video allegedly showing a senior Planned Parenthood official negotiating for fetal tissue and fetal parts for profit has been released.

In the video, released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), Dr. Mary Gatter, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s for-profit Medical Directors’ Council, is seen haggling over prices of fetal parts.

When Gatter initially asked for $75 per part, the undercover investigators countered with $100 — which Gatter readily accepted. These negotiations came after Gatter said she didn’t want to make an opening offer because “in negotiations, the person who throws out the first figure is at a loss, right?””I don’t want to lowball,” she said moments later. Towards the end of the video, Gatter jokes that she “wants a Lamborghini.”

Gatter also said that “we’re [Planned Parenthood] not in it for the money, and we don’t want to be in a position of being accused of selling tissue and stuff like that.”

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a non-profit organization. Gatter is a director for the Pasadena, California branch of the non-profit, as well as the director for the for-profit arm[Conflict of interest?  And given the fungibility of money, how separate really are the finances of these “non-profit” and for-profit divisions?  According to some ex-PBers, not very.]

At one point in the video, Gatter says she “would not object to asking Ian, who’s our surgeon who does the cases,” if he would allow clinics to violate “the protocol” Planned Parenthood uses with regards to how abortions are done.

Gatter said it was “kind of a specious little argument” to hold to protocol on how an abortion is done.

After CMP’s release of a video last week showing Planned Parenthood’s senior medical services director lightly chatting about fetal part harvesting over a meal, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said that CMP had misrepresented Planned Parenthood’s fetal harvesting processes.

……..despite Planned Parenthood’s claims of innocence, the organization is “refusing to produce Dr. Nucatola for the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s” investigation. “She admitted to using partial-birth abortions [PBA] — which [Planned Parenthood] has yet to address a week later — and indicated affiliates would be happy to ‘do a little better than break even’ on fetal tissue sales.” 

“PBA and profiting off of baby parts are both highly illegal and it’s not surprising PPFA will say anything to try to get away from those charges,” [Yes, but will Congress have the will to find PP in contempt of Congress and impose a prison sentence for that effect.  That would be a political football and the media would go bananas, spinning Congress’ enforcement of the law into another aspect of the “war on women.”  Like all things left wing, the “war on women” is an inversion of the truth and a projection of their own constant maltreatment of women as sexual objects to be used and dropped, with abortion as the backstop when contraception inevitably fails. Leftism/sexular paganism have done more to lower women’s true dignity, happiness, and sense of fulfillment than any fever dreams about “patriarchy.”]

Planned Barrenhood has engaged their media allies in a full-bore press to try to cast doubt on these revelations, which would seem to indicate an organization that, as we already knew, breaks federal and state law as a matter of course.  They have played a clever rhetorical game by claiming that the vids are “heavily edited,” while never stating that the videos have somehow misconstrued reality.  Thus, they maintain plausible deniability against libel, while also planting in soft minds that the “heavily edited” aspect means they are somehow unauthentic.  But any 2 hour video pared down to 10 minutes is by definition “heavily edited,” but that doesn’t mean the content it does reveal is in any less valid.  Nevertheless, this “editing” claim has been the linchpin of Banned Parenthood’s media strategy.

The media has largely ignored this story, or taken Planned Barrenhood’s line.  So it’s largely up to new media to try to get this information in front of as many people as possible. We were over at Birth Choice crisis pregnancy center this morning, which is of course right next to Curtis Boyd’s Southwest Baby Abattoir.  The place was packed.  It seems even with the closure of three mills in recent months (thanks to HB2) the others are able to take up most, if not all, of the slack.  It’s a regular assembly line of murder over there.  But what always gets me with those places is the darkness that surrounds them.  Watching people go in is like watching souls fall into a black hole.

Planned Barrenhood provides the vital political cover and media spin for all mills, not just its own.  If they were to go down, it would gravely wound the entire abortion cause.  One would think after all the scandals, all the revelations over the past few years, there would be such an outcry they would have ceased to exist by now.  There simply hasn’t been sufficient outrage and scandal in enough people to bring that about.  The media burying all these stories has been the vital factor keeping that outrage from developing.

A lot of people have a lot to answer for, no?

Prayer Request July 21, 2015

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My wife informed me a short while back that she is pregnant. This is a tremendous blessing and a great surprise.  Our last child, the boy, just had his 6th birthday.

My wife has had several pregnancies since then but none progressed very far. That sort of stopped about 3 years ago.  I know from experience that your prayers are very powerful.  Would you, in your charity, pray that it may be God’s will that this child may make it to birth safe and sound?  I have a feeling about this pregnancy that it just might be different. It’s probably also our last chance.

I am getting up there in years but I would really like another chance to raise a child up for the glory of God.  I pray this is not a selfish request. I pray that His will may be done.  But I know it would thrill my wife to have one more baby, and it would me, too (somehow, being older, and raising a number of kids to ages 6-16, makes me appreciate babyhood and child rearing far more than I did, say, 10-15 years ago. Youth is wasted on the young, and all that).  Conversely, one more miscarriage would be pretty hard to take, but God be praised either way.

God bless you for your prayers.  We’re very early, if you could make this a regular intention, that would be enormously appreciated.

I will pray for each one of you who lets me know in return, by name.  Deo Gratias!