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Priest smokes Cardinal Dolan for race-baiting criticism of Donald Trump August 3, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, priests, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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I don’t know why so many good strong conservatives feel compelled to make these kinds of disclaimers, but I’m going to make one, too: I have no love for Donald Trump.  He is not a conservative. He is not a friend of Catholics or the moral order.  He is a self-aggrandizing progressive and a radical pro-abort (among many other things).  This campaign is a giant ego trip for him.

Buuuut……I have found the “establishment’s” response to him enlightening.  It has shown the degree to which the self-anointed elites in our society are committed to foisting not just amnesty but a continued regime of flooding this nation with dangerous levels of immigration in order to drive wages down and increase the wealth and influence of the political donor class, crushing the middle class largely out of existence in the process.  It is a program to turn the US into Brazil or Argentina – great places to live if one is wealthy or one of the few middle class, but not so great if one is one of the teeming masses of desperately poor.

Part of that response could be seen in Cardinal Dolan’s ugly tirade against Trump last week.  Fr. Marcel Guarzino – who lost his incardination in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC for refusing to see the Blessed Sacrament sacrilegiously received by an open, militant lesbian – takes Cardinal Dolan to task in terms rarely used by a mainstream Novus Ordo-type priest.  Good for him (my emphasis and comments):

This week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan took to the New York Daily News to write an incoherent and defamatory political hit piece against Donald Trump. [It’s pretty inflammatory, alright. I’d call it a hit piece.]

As a Catholic priest, I can only say it is embarrassing to have a Cardinal so blatantly and unfairly trying to associate Mr. Trump with the worst kinds of racism imaginable. I offer an apology on behalf of so many Catholics who are outraged by the dirty politics of Cardinal Dolan. [Fundamentally, I’d say Dolan made opposition to the status quo on illegal immigration into this country tantamount to racism.  That is, one would only support taking real, concrete action toward ending the massive influx of illegal immigrants, many of them dangerous criminals, from a viewpoint based in bigotry.  Even more, his piece was filled with straw men and false dichotomies……one can either support the status quo, or one is a hate filled bigot.  It is so strange to see a prelate who cannot be bothered to spend the slightest energy to defend the moral order and Catholic Doctrine instead spend large amount of energy and whatever slight political capital he has trying to assert himself into prudential matters more rightly the purview of the laity.  I’m afraid there is, once again, more than a little self-interest in this constant promotion of unconstrained illegal immigration from the episcopate in this country]

Ever so “cleverly,” Dolan makes clear that in his opinion Trump is the revival of nativism, “an organized, white, Protestant antagonism towards the Catholic immigrant,” which for Dolan is just a more recent incarnation of the KKK and other racist organizations–an absurd claim–and perhaps one of the most ignorant statements and mean-spirited remarks I have ever seen a bishop state publicly. The more than clear implication by Dolan that Trump is a white supremacist reaches levels of defamation that even the most liberal media has not dare trod. [Once again, we should ask to what end Dolan is so exercised?  Could this kind of heated rhetoric be motivated at all by self-interest?  And what of the enormous cost of illegal immigration, not just in terms of social services, but in terms of jobs lost, wages decreased, families destroyed, and entire countries disrupted?  I read that 1/5 of the entire Salvadoran population and 1/4 of the Mexican population now resides in the United States.  That kind of incredible influx has had a deleterious influence on both the US and the countries so many millions are fleeing, but Dolan pretends that immigration is something with nothing but upside.]

Dolan should perhaps realize that the continued race bating in this country by President Obama and others is immoral and destructive to the social fabric of our nation. For Dolan to join the base ranks of the peddlers of hate, dividing Catholics and Protestants, blacks and white, the poor and the rich as well as Americans from immigrants is intellectually dishonest. Dolan’s words are unbecoming of a bishop and are not factual. [Maybe Dolan picked up more from Obama at that Al Smith dinner than we realized]

Dolan who is quick to claim that he is not telling people who they should not vote for, provides the usual vacuous caveat only after he has done all the damage. This is the same bishop who is silent about the recently revealed atrocities of Planned Parenthood, who did little to defend marriage and has done absolutely nothing about pro abortion politicians in his diocese receiving communion and remaining falsely in good standing in the Catholic Church……. [Indeed, he claimed that as head of the primatial see for New York he would not take any step to prevent public sinner and heretic Governor Andrew Cuomo from receiving the Blessed Sacrament. He has also done nothing to clean up the scandal of the sodomitical “St. Francis Xavier parish.”  Meanwhile, he persecutes orthodox Catholic priests.]

………..Dolan is not known for his intellectual depth but his aides should consider reading over his pubic statements to spare American Catholics some embarrassment. Dolan seems jovially unaware of the social unrest that lax immigration laws are causing in France, England and other nations in Europe. It is not Catholic or Christian to advocate for irresponsible immigration. Immigration to be of any help to immigrants and the host country, requires order,knowledge and balance. [The limits of which are entirely prudential judgments and something Catholic bishops should only advise on in the broadest moral terms.  Instead they have predominately taken up virulent advocacy for the most extreme pro-immigration positions.  Many see in this unfaltering support quite a bit of self-interest, a way to make their parishes and dioceses look far better than they would after decades of collapse in the Catholic Faith in this country and millions of souls lost to the Church.  Even more, these recent immigrants leave the Church in numbers exceeding even native Catholics, but so long as the influx is maintained, this can all be papered over and the institutional Church can go on pretending all is relatively well.]

Dolan who is also not known for his humility and mercy will likely never apologize, but he should.

If Dolan were to say something sensible about politics to Catholics he should perhaps state the obvious: no Catholic in good conscience can vote for the Democratic party, a party that supports funding Planned Parenthood, opposes marriage, and is seen to be devastating the social fabric of this nation while bringing economic ruin to a once prosperous country.

BOOM!  There it is, and thank you Fr. Guarzino!  I have to agree, not that the Repubnik party is much better.  Many good Catholics feel increasingly that they have little choice in terms of the two dominant parties – it’s tweedle dee and tweedle dum all around.  But the evidence that the democrat party is so thoroughly wedded to the promotion of all manner of immorality has reached, I think, such an extreme level that it is inescapable. Simply on the basis of their constant support for the most extreme pro-abortion positions imaginable, voting for democrats has to be excluded across the board.

Which gets back to the origin of the tragedy of the moral collapse of these United States.  In the 1960s, most democratic politicians were firmly opposed to not just abortion, but legalized contraception, liberalized divorce and all the rest of the sexular pagan agenda.  Many of these democrats were Catholic, and most of them were inherently opposed to the sexular pagan agenda.  It took quite a bit of effort to woo them to support that agenda, and much of that wooing, incredibly, was done by men holding influential office in the Church.  From Cardinal Cushing to Cardinal Cody to Father Drinan to Father Murray to Father Francis X. Murphy to Fr. Hesburgh to Bishop Hallinan to Bishop and then Cardinal Bernadin, a focused cabal of leftist leaders within the Church counseled, cajoled, and propagandized scores of influential Catholic political leaders – like the Kennedy family – to shuck their adherence to Catholic moral doctrine and embrace the doctrine of the sexular pagan left.

While there were many such progressives, they still constituted a small minority in the Church.  The more conservative or “mainstream” majority could have vociferously opposed them and at least made the success of the sexular pagan agenda much more difficult, if not altogether impossible.  However, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, and convinced that the Church had embraced a new worldly paradigm, very few did so with any strength.  And so the vast majority of Catholic politicians in the democrat party – so many of them sons or grandsons of immigrants from formerly Catholic countries – came over time to become fervent supporters of the most hateful immorality.  The Church’s muddled position on moral doctrine, and the promotion of so many beliefs and practices radically opposed to the traditional practice of the Faith, convinced millions of souls that the Church had little to offer them, and so they departed.  The bishops desperate hunger for unending waves of Hispanic immigrants to this country is simply the latest manifestation of their general failure of leadership.

And the great silence of the bishops on the moral doctrines surrendered (in effect) so long ago continues to this day.  Presented with an absolutely golden opportunity to strike a mortal blow against the leading abortion advocate and provider in the country, the reaction of bishops and priests generally has been weak and ineffective.  Instead of stirring sermons thundering from pulpits across the land, condemning this gravest of evils against God and man, we read low-brow Balkanizing op-eds in the New York Daily News and press releases encouraging us to contact sure thing senators.  I guess it’s just sooo much more fun to pretend at being a member of the elite and a political player than being that merest of things, a shepherd of souls in Christ’s Holy Church.

I guess we get the shepherds we deserve.  Have mercy on us, Lord.  Have mercy on us.  How much longer, Lord?

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Planned Barrenhood scandal/pro-life roundup – very important UPDATE August 3, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
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UPDATE: Dangit, I forgot to include the clincher, the really big news, in the original post!  See UPDATE below.

There have been many recent updates to the Planned Barrenhood undercover video stings performed by Center for Medical Progress.  Instead of doing several posts for each one, I’m going to condense them down into one info-packed post, because I know you prize efficiency in your Catholic blogging above anything else.

OK, so first, major Obama donor/bundler and federal judge in California has blocked Center for Medical Progress from releasing apparently extremely damaging footage shot at the National Abortion Federation convention.  Isn’t there some kind of massive conflict of interest in appointing such obviously biased individuals to federal courts?  But I guess this kind of thing happens all the time.  I guess the Texas method – electing judges – isn’t so bad after all?

A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.

Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.

Even though the National Abortion Federation filed its claim only hours before, Orrick quickly decided in their favor that the abortionists they represent would, ironically, be “likely to suffer irreparable injury, absent an ex parte temporary restraining order, in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation, and the requested relief is in the public interest.”

Apparently, the judge’s wife is a huge pro-abort, too.

UPDATE: The really huge bit I originally forgot, allegations that Planned Barrenhood is delivering babies alive and then either killing them,, or allowing them to die via neglect.  This is because still unreleased footage apparently shows Planned Barrenhood selling fully intact babies to StemExpress – a company that sought a different injunction against CMP’s videos – and may feature admissions from StemExpress to their receipt of totally undamaged infant bodies from the baby murderers at PB.  This would almost certainly mean babies born alive are being killed one way or another to preserve their bodies intact:

In a meeting with their top leadership where their leadership admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants. And so that’s why they’re trying to suppress that videotape and they’re very scared of it,” Daleiden said.

If true, it would mean Planned Barrenhood routinely participates in acts constituted as felonies by both federal and state governments.  Many states would take such actions to be murder.

There is supposed to be a hearing today to review the matter, but given that both he and his wife seem committed sexular pagans, what is the likelihood in rule in favor of Center for Medical Progress?  Some conservative/libertarian leaning constitutional experts claim this kind of sting journalism is a muddy area where 1st Amendment protections do not always apply. What is unusual, however, is instituting blanket bans on speech not yet made.  What usually happens is that a sting video is released, the target takes the journalist to court, and sometimes the journalist loses, based on the circumstances.  This is different in that there are federal court orders being released based on speech not yet made, which seems to be much more dubious, constitutionally.

Some are advocating CMP just go ahead and release the videos they have of these “banned” targets, or release them all right now before more injunctions can be made.  But it’s not easy having a federal judge incensed at  you.  However, should more and more injunctions are instituted by federal judges, it could start to have a significant impact on the effectiveness of CMP’s campaign.  Even if every single one of these injunctions is overturned, they could spend years in the courts, draining CMP’s resources and effectively destroying the usefulness of their painstaking research.  If it were me, I’d start disseminating the videos to friendly media and disclaiming ownership of them.  Then make it a viral-like campaign where videos just start showing up left and right.

In related news, Sister Joan Chittister, always shopping around for media attention, had declared that you can’t be pro-life unless you support massive tax increases in order to aid the “poor.”  To Chittister and those like her who have been doing damage to the Faith for 200 years by being leftists with a Catholic patina while selling themselves as Catholic incarnate, the only charity that counts is “charity” at the force of a gun – government wealth redistribution.  She completely ignores in her statement, which I won’t link, the enormous amount of charity done on a private basis, not the least of which occurs in crisis pregnancy centers.  In reality Chittister is simply performing her usual role of muddying the doctrinal waters by trading on her infamous name and pretending to possess an authority she totally lacks.  Sadly, the bishops continue to allow her to do so, even after decades of scandal and rotten theology.

Speaking of bishops, reader KB alerted me to a statement from the Colorado Catholic (bishops) Conference calling for prayer and penance to end the atrocities committed by Planned Barrenhood.  The reader also asked if the Texas Catholic Conference had done the same, and the answer is no, but they did issue a press release just today asking Catholics to contact their senators (Cruz, Cornyn) to vote in favor of de-funding PB in a vote scheduled for today (just to let you know, Cruz and Cornyn are locks to vote in favor of this, so you make the call as to whether it is worth your time to contact them).  This bill defunding Planned Butcherhood of more than $500 million in annual federal funding has 45 sponsors, including one democrat.  Can it pass later today?  If it can’t, the Republican party needs to cease to exist.

Finally August 22 is being proclaimed a national day of protest against Banned Parenthood.  There have already been days of protest nationwide but this is a more focused, national effort.  All protests are to occur Saturday August 22 from 9a-11a local time.  NO DFW Planned Barrenhood’s are presently on the protest list………I’m already committed, but surely some good reader could sign up to lead a protest outside their mill in Dallas?!?

I may update this post later if more news breaks, like the Senate vote.  It’s got maybe a 30% chance of passing, but we’ll see.  Probably just more kabuki theater for the proletariat.

Call on 14 Holy Helpers for important spiritual needs!…… August 3, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Saints, sanctity, scandals, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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……..like opposing the upcoming “eXXXotica convention” in Dallas.

Via MJD, the Feast of the Holy Helpers was traditionally observed on August 8 – perfect timing since this cornucopia of perversion is being held Aug 7-9.  Pope Paul VI removed this feast from the liturgical calendar in 1969, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot maintain our devotion to these great and powerful spiritual helpers!

Call on these Saints to stop this so-called convention from happening!  Call on them to touch the souls who might attend and not only keep them from doing so, but start a process of conversion in their hardened hearts!  These holy helpers are also powerful intercessors in times of sickness, persecution, and any sort of grave affliction.  Please call on them as needed!

The Fourteen “Auxiliary Saints” or “Holy Helpers” are a group of saints invoked because they have been efficacious in assisting in trials and sufferings. Each saint has a separate feast or memorial day, and the group was collectively venerated on August 8, until the 1969 reform of the Roman calendar, when the feast was dropped. These saints were often represented together. Popular devotion to these saints often began in some monastery that held their relics. All of the saints except Giles were martyrs. Devotion to some of the saints, such as St. George, St. Margaret, St. Christopher, St. Barbara and St. Catherine became so widespread that customs and festivals still are popular today.

The Fourteen Holy Helpers are invoked as a group mainly because of the Black Plague which devastated Europe from 1346 to 1349.

The fourteen helpers include:fc0161125b4fdda18ab3f853b0ab0c16c5208042

(1) St. George (April 23rd)

(2) St. Blaise (also Blase and Blasius) (February 3rd)

(3) St. Erasmus (also St. Elmo) (June 2nd)

(4) St. Pantaleon (July 27th)

(5) St. Vitus (also St. Guy) (June 15th)

(6) St. Christopher (also Christophorus) (July 25th)download (5)

(7) St. Denis (also Dionysius) (October 9th)

(8) St. Cyriacus (also Cyriac) (August 8th)

(9) St. Acathius (also Acacius) (May 8th)

(10) St. Eustace (also Eustachius, Eustathius) (September 20th)

(11) St. Giles (also Aegidius) (September 1st)

(12) St. Margaret of Antioch (July 20th)

(13) St. Catherine of Alexandria (also Catharine) (November 25th)

(14) St. Barbara (December 4th)

[I plan on making a Novena in opposition to this “exxxotica” panoply of hedonism.  Please feel free to use as you feel called to do.  Certainly not all prayers below are “required.”  This was once a quite common devotion that has sadly fallen into general disuse.  Printer friendly version here.]

Start praying today!

Great princes of heaven, Holy Helpers, who sacrificed to God all your earthly possessions, wealth, preferment, and even life, and who now are crowned in heaven in the secure enjoyment of eternal bliss and glory; have compassion on me, a poor sinner in this vale of tears, and obtain for me from God, for Whom you gave up all things and Who loves you as His servants, the strength to bear patiently all the trials of this life, to overcome all temptations, and to persevere in God’s service to the end, that one day I too may be received into your company, to praise and glorify Him, the supreme Lord, Whose beatific vision you enjoy, and Whom you praise and glorify forever. Amen

Novena Prayer
V. O glorious and mighty Holy Helpers, ye served God inpic_saints
humility and confidence on earth and are now in the
enjoyment of His beatific vision in Heaven;
R. Because ye persevered till death, ye gained the crown
of eternal life. * Remember the dangers that surround
us in this vale of tears, * and intercede for us in all our
needs and adversities.

(Pause and state your intentions)

O Fourteen Holy Helpers, select friends of God,
R. I honor thee as mighty intercessors, * and come with
filial confidence to thee in my needs, * for the relief of
which I have undertaken to make in this novena.
V. Help me by thy intercession to placate God’s divine and just
wrath,
R. Which I have provoked by my many sins, * and aid me
in amending my life and doing penance.
V. Obtain for me the grace to serve God with a willing heart,
R. To be resigned to His holy will, * to be patient in
adversity and to persevere unto the end, * so that,
having finished my earthly course, * I may join thee in
Heaven, * there to praise forever God, * who is
wonderful in His Saints. * Amen.

Litany of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.XIV Holy Helpers
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, queen of martyrs,
pray for us*

St. Joseph, helper in all needs,*
Fourteen Holy Helpers,*
St. George, valiant martyr of Christ,*
St. Blase, zealous bishop and benefactor of the poor,*
St. Erasmus, mighty protector of the oppressed,*
St. Pantaleon, miraculous exemplar of charity,*
St. Vitus, special protector of chastity,*
St. Christophorus, mighty intercessor in dangers,*
St. Dionysius, shining mirror of faith and confidence,*
St. Cyriacus, terror of hell,*
St. Achatius, helpful advocate in death,*
St. Eustachius, exemplar of patience in adversity,*
St. Giles, despiser of the world,*
St. Margaret, valiant champion of the Faith,*
St. Catherine, victorious defender of the Faith and of purity,*
St. Barbara, mighty patroness of the dying,*
All ye Holy Helpers,*
All ye saints of God,*
In temptations against faith,*
In adversity and trials,*
In anxiety and want,*
In every combat,*
In every temptation,*
In sickness,*
In all needs,*
In fear and terror,*
In dangers of salvation,*
In dangers of honor,*
In dangers of reputation,*
In dangers of property,*
In dangers by fire and water,*

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord!

From all sin,
Deliver us, O Lord.**

From Thy wrath,**
From the scourge of earthquake,**
From plague, famine, and war,**
From lightning and storms,**
From a sudden and unprovided death,**
From eternal damnation,**
Through the mystery of Thy holy incarnation,**Holy Helpers
Through Thy birth and Thy life,**
Through Thy cross and passion,**
Through Thy death and burial,**
Through the merits of Thy blessed Mother Mary,**
Through the merits of the Fourteen Holy Helpers,**
On the Day of Judgment, deliver us, O Lord!**
We sinners, beseech Thee, hear us.**

That Thou spare us,
We beseech Thee, hear us.***

That Thou pardon us,***
That Thou convert us to true penance,***
That Thou give and preserve the fruits of the earth,***
That Thou protect and propagate Thy holy Church,***
That Thou preserve peace and concord among the nations, ***
That Thou give eternal rest to the souls of the departed,***
That Thou come to our aid through the intercession of the Holy Helpers, ***
That through the intercession of St. George Thou preserve us in the Faith, ***
That through the intercession of St. Blase Thou confirm us in hope, ***
That through the intercession of St. Erasmus Thou enkindle in us Thy holy love,***
That through the intercession of St. Pantaleon Thou give us charity for our neighbor,***
That through the intercession of St. Vitus Thou teach us the value of our soul, ***
That through the intercession of St. Christophorus Thou preserve us from sin, ***
That through the intercession of St. Dionysius Thou give us tranquillity of conscience, ***
That through the intercession of St. Cyriacus Thou grant us resignation to Thy holy will,***
That through the intercession of St. Eustachius Thou give us patience in adversity, ***
That through the intercession of St. Achatius Thou grant us a happy death, ***
That through the intercession of St. Giles Thou grant us a merciful judgment, ***
That through the intercession of St. Margaret Thou preserve us from hell, ***
That through the intercession of St. Catherine Thou shorten our purgatory, ***
That through the intercession of St. Barbara Thou receive us in heaven, ***
That through the intercession of all the Holy Helpers Thou wilt grant our prayers, ***

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Pray for us, ye Fourteen Holy Helpers.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.

Let us Pray

Almighty and eternal God, who hast bestowed extraordinary graces and gifts on Thy saints George, Blase, Erasmus, Pantaleon, Vitus, Christophorus, Dionysius, Cyriacus, Eustachius, Achatius, Giles, Margaret, Catherine, and Barbara, and hast illustrated them by miracles; we beseech Thee to graciously hear the petitions of all who invoke their intercession. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, who didst miraculously fortify the Fourteen Holy Helpers in the confession of the Faith; grant us, we beseech Thee, to imitate their fortitude in overcoming all temptations against it, and protect us through their intercession in all dangers of soul and body, so that we may serve Thee in purity of heart and chastity of body. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of the Holy Helpers

Fourteen Holy Helpers, who served God in humility and confidence on earth and are now in the enjoyment of His beatific vision in heaven; because you persevered till death you gained the crown of eternal life. Remember the dangers that surround us in this vale of tears, and intercede for us in all our needs and adversities. Amen.

Fourteen Holy Helpers, select friends of God, I honor you as mighty intercessors, and come with filial confidence to you in my needs, for the relief of which I have undertaken to make this novena. Help me by your intercession to placate God’s wrath, which I have provoked by my sins, and aid me in amending my life and doing penance. Obtain for me the grace to serve God with a willing heart, to be resigned to His holy will, to be patient in adversity and to persevere unto the end, so that, having finished my earthly course, I may join you in heaven, there to praise for ever God, who is wonderful in His saints. Amen.

Uplifting Catholic Culture – Visit to the Meadows Museum August 3, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Victory.
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Longtime readers MFG and TE have advised me to visit the Meadows Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University for some time.  My family and I finally got around to doing so and it was very much worth the trip.

The main exhibit was not of interest to us, but what we found truly outstanding was items from the Meadows’ collection of Catholic and Spanish art.  There were some really amazing pieces on display.  I tried to photograph as best I could.  They barred permission to photograph some of my favorite works, large triptychs and other altar pieces from various churches in Spain.  One was truly impressive, a triple homage to St. Peter, Our Lady, and St. Blaise, dating from late 1400s Aragon.  It was huge and just covered in gold flake, but…….no picture-taking allowed.  Even without flash?  No picture.  How can that even harm the thing, am I stealing its precious photons?

Well, here’s what it looks like, anyway:

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Unfortunately, a photograph can not give you the scale of the work: I would guess it’s 20 ft wide and 16 ft tall.  You also miss much of the detail, which was very impressive.  One thing I really appreciated about the museum was the intimacy allowed, they would let you get up close to the work to inspect details.

I’d really love to see this hanging in a church, again, instead of a museum. Ditto for much of the below.

Another problem was that few of these pieces were marked.  They had a handful of guidebooks that gave info about the works but those were snapped up early and we never got one.  I asked someone if I could just look at their’s for a moment to find out about this painting and they practically growled at me.

Huge high marks for the museum: Spanish and Spanish-Catholic art, general Catholic art, great collection of late medieval and baroque works, proximity to works, sensible, not-crowded layout.  Down sides: bad lighting (it really detracted) that washed out the top third of many works from most angles, insufficient guide books/placards identifying/explaining works.

But the museum is something every Catholic should visit.  They have some really notable and rare works.  They do have frequent exhibits of more secular art but for me the Spanish and especially Spanish-Catholic works were by far the most interesting.  I really enjoyed the visit.

Pics I took below.  Even where works had placards adjacent telling the name of the work, subject, artist, date, context, etc., it was too much to keep track of.  I will try to fill in where I remember any details:

Late baroque of Piazza of San Marco in Venice

Late baroque of Piazza of San Marco in Venice

El Greco St. Francis receiving the stigmata

El Greco St. Francis receiving the stigmata

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See what I mean about lighting?

No clue

No clue

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I know, some didn’t come out very well.  But again note lighting.

These two are 12th century frescoes,  so nearly 1000 years old.  Frescoes were used more in the early Church before painting became more common due to technological advancement.

These two are 12th century frescoes, so nearly 1000 years old. Frescoes were used more in the early Church before painting became more common due to technological advancement.

Last Supper.  Note Judas

Last Supper. Note Judas

This work was unmarked.  What is this scene?  Our Lady consecrating a bishop?!?  I really loved this piece, it as 10' x 8' easily and had amazing detail.  Really impressive, I could have sat looking at it for an hour.

This work was unmarked. What is this scene? Our Lady consecrating a bishop?!? I really loved this piece, it as 10′ x 8′ easily and had amazing detail. Really impressive, I could have sat looking at it for an hour.

Again, what is this scene?   A mass crucifixion?  When?  The work is from 15th century

Again, what is this scene? A mass crucifixion? When? The work is from 15th century

St. Jerome.  Awesome

St. Jerome. Awesome

St. Paul the hermit.

St. Paul the hermit by Jusepe de Ribera, circa 1640

Nativity.  Had really striking use of color and shadow.  Photography does not even remotely do justice

Nativity. Had really striking use of color and shadow. Photography does not even remotely do justice

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Huge painting of Our Lady Queen of Heaven

Huge painting of Our Lady Queen of Heaven

Assumption

Assumption

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My favorite. It wasn’t large, but the color was so striking.  Both my wife and I were blown away by this. Unfortunately the translucent tears from Our Lady could not be photographed, at least by me. Oil on Wood, circa 1560, by Luis de Morales Pieta:

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I felt so many of the paintings had to be experienced directly, photography simply cannot do them justice.  I’d really like to go back on a weeknight when they are less apt to be crowded.  I think my kids enjoyed the visit, as well, though with decreasing interest with age.  They were very well behaved regardless, and I was very proud of them.

The good thing is that much of the Meadow’s own collection was not on display, including some very significant Catholic and secular works, so we have much to look forward to in returning.

TE and MFG, thanks again for the recommendation!

PRAYER VIGIL OUTSIDE ‘THE MEN’S CLUB’ WED AUG 5 @ 8PM August 3, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, manhood, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society, Virtue.
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The consensus of opinion I’ve received is that opposing the “eXXXotica expo” in Dallas is too large an undertaking to mess with.  Better to oppose it with dedicated prayer but not personal involvement.

So this week’s vigil outside The Men’s Club will go on as planned.  Wednesday August 5 2015 @ 8pm.

I have a special request.  I would really like this effort to get much broader notice.  Would readers please post this to their Facebook and/or Twitter or other social media, whether they are in the area or not?  Also, I am hoping to get this post linked and distributed on local Catholic e-mail lists.  This includes ICON, PARCH, St. Anthony homeschooling, etc, but could also include distributing to reader’s friends who may not be aware of this small effort to oppose the gross immorality that reigns in our city.  Anyone could help advertise this ongoing prayer effort, but if you do please make clear only men over 18 are to participate.  That is not because we are exposed to any occasions of sin, but simply because we are dealing with elements/forces not to be trifled with.

Thanks in advance to all those who help get the word out.

I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on WEDNESDAY Aug 5 @ 8pm.  I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

We’ve had some good turnout.  I pray all of you are able to come back out this time.

The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway.  It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there.  It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this sexually oriented business (SOB).  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.  I will stay for at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half, depending on how many show up.

Just to be clear we have had no occasions of sin stemming from being adjacent to a strip club.  We are out in public and have experienced no scandal at all to this point.

No protesting, just prayer.  If we are approached by anyone associated with the SOB let one man interact with them while the rest provide prayer support.

This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death.  Maybe it’s even a way to get that canonized “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.

OH, and we have priests praying for us now, as well.  They are most gratified with our efforts, and will bring an added level of spiritual armor to our battle array.  We might even be joined by a priest at some point.