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Threat brewing to TLM from liberal episcopal conferences? November 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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Not the usual threat – pretending the TLM is some kind of forbidden act, like the “lambada” – but attempting to inflict the post-conciliar reform on the TLM in the form of the death of a thousand cuts.

That’s one possible interpretation – in addition to the overtones of ecumania – to the request/demand of the episcopal conference of England and Wales that the language of the TLM be changed again with regard to the prayers of the conversion of the Jews in the Good Friday intercessory prayers.  Those prayers form part of the Mass of the Presanctified.  So this could be more ecumenism gone wild……or could it be something more?

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued a public request [public] that the Vatican change the prayer for the Jews said on Good Friday in the Extraordinary Form liturgy.

The prayer, composed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, asks God to illumine the hearts of the Jewish people “that they acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Savior of all men.” [You can see why I rarely quote Catholic Culture anymore. They are not speaking accurately or fairly here. Did the TLM just fall from the sky in 2008?  Was it invented by Pope Benedict?  So what really happened in 2008?  Was it not that Benedict caved to heavy pressure from within and outside the Church to edit the ancient prayers imploring conversion of the Jews because they used supposedly “harsh” terms like “blindness of that people” and “take away the veil of their hearts,” which for 1000 years or more had been known as charitable pastoral concern, not anti-Jew bigotry?]  

Archbishop Kevin McDonald, who chairs the British bishops’ committee for relations with Jews, said that the prayer has “caused great confusion and upset” among Jews. The bishops of England and Wales said that the prayer should be revised to reflect the understanding of relations between Catholics and Jews that is set forth in the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate.

What tosh.  Let me translate for you: the TLM throughout conveys ideas and expresses very clear beliefs that are irreconcilable with much post-conciliar belief and practice.  The two can at best only warily coexist.  The modification of the the TLM statements having to do with the Jews is just one very small area where the post-conciliar Church That Is would like to force the Church That Was -as represented by the TLM – into accepting the new order.  Benedict’s wording in 2008 was a somewhat skillful compromise that minimized the actual damage while setting a disastrous precedent (verified by the actions of the English episcopal conference).  We can see that the editing that has occurred so far has not satisfied the demands of the ecumaniacs and other progressives.

So is this just a special case of a certain excess of concern towards the opinions of the Jews regarding our 2000 year old sacred worship (I note the Church is not permitted to make similar criticisms of Jewish practice), or is it a sign of a general effort – perhaps in its most nascent stages – to neuter the TLM and render it more acceptable to the post-conciliar ethos and reigning secular pagan zeitgeist?  The evidence to date points to the former, but the known intent of the revolutionaries in the Church screams the latter.

If you want your TLM, you may have to fight to keep it.

Note, I haven’t even addressed the profound lack of supernatural charity exhibited by this constant kow-towing to the Jews (and other religions) by Church leaders.  Their lack of faith is as amazing as it is apparent, and is the only explanation for their apparent contempt for the eternal destiny of millions of souls in a fallen and obsolete religion – rendered obsolete by the direct act of God, and the Jews continuing refusal to accept the most direct Divine revelation in the history of the world.

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Novena Reminders – Immaculate Conception and St. Andrew Novenas November 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Novenas, Our Lady, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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The 25 day St. Andrew Novena starts today, Nov. 30.  The prayer is as follows, pray it 15 times a day through Christmas Eve:

HAIL AND BLESSED BE THE HOUR AND MOMENT IN WHICH THE SON OF GOD WAS BORN OF THE MOST PURE VIRGIN MARY, AT MIDNIGHT, IN BETHLEHELM, IN PIERCING COLD.
IN THAT HOUR, VOUCHSAFE, O MY GOD,  TO HEAR MY PRAYER AND GRANT MY PETITIONS,

(MENTION YOUR INTENTIONS HERE)

THROUGH THE MERITS OF OUR SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST AND OF HIS BLESSED MOTHER.  AMEN.

I typically just make an en bloc petition for the day for all 15 recitations. If you say them all together, it only takes a few minutes.

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The Immaculate Conception Novena should have normally begun yesterday, but you could begin it today and finish on Dec. 8:

O most pure Virgin Mary conceived without sin, from the very  first instant, you were entirely immaculate. O glorious Mary full of grace, you  are the mother of my God – the Queen of Angels and of men. I humbly venerate you  as the chosen mother of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords chose you for the  singular grace and honor of being His beloved mother. By the power of His Cross,  He preserved you from all sin. Therefore, by His power and love, I have hope and  bold confidence in your prayers for my holiness and salvation.

I pray first of all that you would make me worthy to call you  my mother and your Son, Jesus, my Lord.

I pray that your prayers will bring me to imitate your  holiness and submission to Jesus and the Divine Will.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are  you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother  of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Now, Queen of Heaven, I beg you to beg my Savior to grant me  these requests…

(Mention your  intentions)

My holy Mother, I know that you were obedient to the will of  God. In making this petition, I know that God’s will is more perfect than mine.  So, grant that I may receive God’s grace with humility like you.

As my final request, I ask that you pray for me to increase in  faith in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in hope in our  risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in love for the risen  Jesus!

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are  you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother  of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

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The best response I’ve seen from a college administrator to the special snowflake students….. November 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, manhood, persecution, scandals, secularism, shocking, Society, Virtue.
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……agitating around the country for more special privileges, more destruction of free speech and decent morals, even further descent of the university into an amoral agent of leftist groupthink, etc., came not from a Catholic university but from little Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK.  I’m rather surprised to see such stridency and clarity of thought from a Methodist college, but that’s the world we live in.

A lot of good points below from the president of this  university.  This special snowflake syndrome is a cancer that is – or already has – consumed the moral fiber and even ability to reason of a wide swath of the younger generation:

This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable. [Think on the implications of this for the future of Christianity, at least in any mainstream sense, as this generation comes of age and assumes, by default, more and more leadership positions.  Moral relativism will be the absolute rule rather than the frequent deviation]

I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.” [It is key to make clear that these kids didn’t turn out left-falling narcissists by accident, or generally through their own failing – they have been formed to be such by parents, schools, and the broader culture]

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience! An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad! [Obviously, one time altar calls are total novelties in the Christian Tradition and highly questionable as means of true conversion] It is supposed to make you feel guilty! The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization! [Paging Guadium Et Spes, paging GES!]

So here’s my advice:

If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place. [Among other things, these complaining students seem as unacquainted with irony as any in recent history]

If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them…….

……..Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them.[Brilliant point]  This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up!

I am surely not recommending faithful Catholics matriculate at this university, nor send their kids there. In such an outwardly evangelical environment, their faith would surely be under attack, subtle and gross, from day one.  But it is refreshing to see that there remains at least a few institutions not fully gone over into cultural depravity and left wing agitation.  The pressure against those institutions to cave will only increase as time goes by.  Those who “get it,” on some fundamental level, deserve at least some degree of moral support.

Interestingly, the Church’s ecumenical efforts (and dialogue with other religions) have been noted for their engagement with literally everyone except protestants of a “fundamentalist” or orthodox bent.  That tells us a great deal about which religion – Christianity or pagan secularism – is really the foundation for the rapprochement sought by this so-called movement in the Church.

Brief reminder: Beware donating to Salvation Army this Christmas November 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, Virtue.
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Christians, especially devout Christians, like to give.  Americans like convenience.  Couple the two, and the ringing bell of the Salvation Army seeking donations outside your local Target or Walmart might make a strong temptation.

Probably readers of this site are, for the most part, disinclined to donate to the Salvation Army, being at least somewhat aware of the really bizarre beliefs of their founder (which largely continue to this day), but in case you needed another reason, the Salvation Army is also quite squishy on abortion and, like so many other charities, has ties to Planned Barrenhood.  In case you’re like me, and have occasionally in the past fallen into some impulse charity, this info might arm you with the moral resolve not to seek an endorphin rush charity thrill with this particular organization:

The Salvation Army notes that termination can occur when “carrying the pregnancy further seriously threatens the life of the mother” or diagnostic procedures identify a fetal abnormality causing only a “very brief post-natal period”. Further, rape and incest also represent “special case[s] for the consideration of termination”. These exceptions portray a troubling contradiction to the professed “sanctity, unique dignity and respect” due to the “image of God” found in our unborn brethren………

…….While SA may not directly contribute to PP, there is evidence that they do partner with one another. Research by Life Decisions International has found this to be the case, and has placed the Salvation Army on their Dishonorable Mention list. Further, American Life League has also found a troubling connection between the two. Simply considering “all the good they do” is not enough to excuse or set aside this compromise of pro-life principles…….

……As we further peruse the SA website we can also find stated support of contraception in their international positional statement:

A serious commitment to the protection and care of the unborn calls us to a commitment to the prevention of unwanted pregnancy through means such as access to reliable birth control ….”

And about that doctrinal craziness:

………Founder William Booth completely rejected the Sacraments. Although for some years he continued to follow the Protestant tradition of two Sacraments – Baptism and the “Lord’s Supper” — he held they were purely symbolic, until finally he dispensed with them altogether. In practice, many adult recruits had never been baptized, nor was it required. In the end, Booth had come to the conclusion that not only were the Sacraments not vital, they were mistakes. Therefore, in his “Foundation Deed”, he abolished the Sacraments completely.

That’s really just the beginning.  There is a lot more.

I know it can be frustrating to find non-morally compromised charities to support.  There are some.  I’ve compiled a list in the past, but danged if I can find it now!  I still like Food For The Poor, though they’ve had a bit of taint about them the last year or two.  Some local homeless charities are good, but check their websites because many of the larger ones have some kind of relationship with Banned Parenthood.