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How can I possibly reconcile this pre-conciliar catechesis and the “new doctrine” of Francis? January 26, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, catachesis, different religion, General Catholic, Interior Life, mortification, Papa, Revolution, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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That’s what struck me last week as I read the following chapter from Divine Intimacy (Day 54, What Jesus’ Teaching Exacts).  This catechesis, which was utterly orthodox at the time it was written (early 50s) seems to stand in stark contrast to the “new doctrine” being promulgated in the Church under Francis.  Mind, it’s not just Francis, it’s the entire post-conciliar ethos of the Church that stands in contrast, though Francis seems to be taking that ethos to new heights (or depths) and have given new life to the modernist-progressive project to remake the Church.  But if the principle of non-contradiction stands, and Truth ultimately cannot change (or at least contradict), how can the below be reconciled by what is promoted as acceptable belief and practice in the Church today?

I also thought it was a good post for the start of the penitential season of Septuagesima.  So begin quote:

In calling us to imitate the holiness of His heavenly Father, Jesus summons us to an unrelenting war against sin, which is in direct opposition to God’s infinite perfection and is the greatest offense against Him.  In all His teachings He tries to inculcate in us a deep hatred of sin, especially of pride, hypocrisy, and obstinate willful malice, all of which constitutes a state of complete opposition to God…….Again, He describes the ugliness of sin and its disastrous effects on man, lowering him to the state of complete moral degradation, such as that of the prodigal son who, because he left his father’s house, was reduced to “feeding swine” (Lk xv:15).

“Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin” (Jn viii:34); a slave of sin cannot be a servant of God; hence, the words of the Master: “No man can serve two masters…..” (Mt vi:24).  [How can this be reconciled with endless mercy that never asks, let alone demands, conversion?  How can it be reconciled with permitting those manifestly in a state of grave sin to receive the Blessed Sacrament?]

Jesus, Our Savior, came to destroy sin by His death; it is precisely by His death that He shows us most clearly the terrible malice of sin.  Sin is such a great enemy of God and has such a destructive power that it brought about the death of the divine Master.  [And yet we see sin treated so flippantly in the Church today, like it just doesn’t matter]

Only mortal sin is completely opposed to God; this opposition is so great that it separates the soul from God. However, every sin, even venial sin, and every fault and imperfection, is in opposition to God’s infinite holiness.

Our nature, wounded as a consequence of original sin, bears within itself the seed of sin, in the form of evil tendencies or habits.  If we desire to follow Jesus, who offers us the perfection of His heavenly Father as a norm for our life, we must engage in an intense struggle against sin in order to destroy its deepest roots and even its slightest traces in us.  This is just what Jesus teaches us with the brief words: “Deny thyself.”  We must deny “self” with all its imperfect habits and inclinations; and we must do so continually.  Such a task is fatiguing and painful, but it is indispensable if we wish to attain sanctity. Jesus says: “How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life, and few there are that find it!” (Mt vii:14).  We approach the infinite perfection of God only in the measure in which we take upon ourselves the work of complete self-denial. Hence, all the masters of the spiritual life insist so strongly on detachment and self-renunciation as the indispensable foundation of the spiritual life…….. [Again, how can the above, very good, but, from the standpoint of the constant belief and practice of the Faith, unremarkable catechesis be reconciled with what we hear almost every day now?  If we desire to follow Jesus – and following Him is absolutely vital for salvation – we must engage in an intense struggle against sin.  How does providing quickie annulments and flirting with allowing those in grave sin to receive the Blessed Sacrament aid in that struggle?  How does proclaiming the public fight against immorality counterproductive and embarrassing – as we have heard with regard to faithful opposition to abortion, contraception, and even pseudo-sodo-marriage – aid in the struggle against sin necessary for salvation?  These things cannot be reconciled.  One is right, and the other wrong.]

…..Jesus, the Divine Teacher, has pointed out to use the absolute necessity of passing through this way: “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” (Mt xvi:24).

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A long way to get to a very short point, I guess, but I pray much of the above is useful to you: different religion.  There isn’t much more to say than that, I’m afraid.

TLM in San Antonio reduced to twice monthly? January 26, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, General Catholic, huh?, Latin Mass.
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Wondering if any readers from San Antonio can fill me in.  There is only one location where the TLM is offered in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and that is St. Pius X parish.  That 12:10 Mass has been weekly for some time, but some people on Facebook (this is via my wife) were saying it is being reduced to twice monthly?  Can anyone confirm?  The parish website mentions some individual Mass cancellations but does not indicate that twice monthly will be the new regime going forward.

I’d appreciate any input you can provide.

Buy Ammo January 26, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, General Catholic, manhood, persecution, Society, Victory.
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Pretty good advice from Kurt Schlichter.  I’m sure many readers will agree.  I don’t want to be seen as too excitable, but given the previous post, being armed may have to become the ultimate “nullification” of crooked juries and a government hell-bent on pursuing the destruction of Christian liberty:

I have never, ever had anyone tell me that he had too much ammunition.  Not in a combat zone, not in a civil disaster, not even in peacetime.  Never.  Nor have I lived through a time where our governing class was so deeply corrupt, so utterly foolish, and so dangerously focused on the perpetuation of its own power that it risked bringing down everything we have built not merely in the United States but in the entire West.

Right now, if you are watching the news, you have questions about the future.  And the answer to all of them is to buy ammo. [There may be other answers, as well, but buying ammo is probably one of them]

Buying ammo is a no-lose proposition.  Look, the worst thing that happens if you buy more ammo is that you have more ammo.  Plus, much of our consumer ammo is made by hardworking Americans, and many of those ammo makers are located in red states where the right to keep and bear arms is celebrated and respected.  So you’re helping fellow conservative Americans, which is good.  And you’re infuriating people like that sanctimonious, Second Amendment-hating incompetent infesting the White House, which is great. [Not a bad secondary effect]

Of course, buying ammo presumes you have already fulfilled your duty as a law-abiding, able-bodied American citizen and obtained sufficient firearms for the defense of yourself, your family, your community, and your Constitution.  I can’t tell you how many people in the last year have confessed to me that they have finally decided to visit their local gun seller to do what they had put off for far too long and transition from sheep to sheepdog. [I have purchased 75% of the firearms I own, and virtually all the ammo, since Obama came to power.  Elections have consequences, after all]

A handgun and a long weapon per adult is merely the minimum.  We call that “a good start.”  Now, while you can really efficiently carry only two weapons at once, when all hell breaks loose you’re going to have friends who were the grasshopper to your ant and did not prepare for winter.  You may wish to share the contents of your armory with them when the time comes……[Assuming they know how to use a firearm]

Don’t forget training.  Malpractice with a weapon is a bad thing, particularly when the foolishness of our leaders has led to the kind of chaos where hospitals are deserted and antibiotics are hard to come by……. [“Israeli” bandages and vented chest seals are not bad things to have around] Don’t be like the gangbanging, side-shooting nimrods in Democrat inner cities who can’t hit the other scumbags they’re shooting at and instead take out nice ladies walking home from church.  Having lots of ammo on hand facilitates training.

……..Do you think a country this politically divided can’t devolve into violence?  People in Kosovo were pretty sure everything was hunky dory while Tito was alive.  People resolved their differences through the institutions.  And then Tito died, and the game changed.  In just a few years, it became very bad.

Speaking of the chaos in the 90’s Balkans…….I once read a report from a man who had lived in Bosnia during the civil war and total breakdown of civil authority.  Several of his recommendations still stand out to me:

  • You can never have too much ammo.  Two to three thousand rounds per caliber, if not per gun, is the minimum he recommended
  • If things really go in the pot, like total societal breakdown, it is critical to either be totally prepared and sufficient to survive for even years on end on your own resources
  • But since very few people will be so prepared, ammo is a very good item to barter with.   So are things like cigarettes and booze, even especially if you don’t smoke and drink.  Having a stockpile of antibiotics and/or painkillers would also be something very valuable for which you could probably net a lot of food and or other supplies.  In Bosnia and Kosovo, many women who had no stockpile, no armaments, and no way to provide for their family or themselves, were quickly forced to have recourse to the things God gave them, if you know what I mean.  Not a good situation to be in.
  • Then there’s the matter of keeping what you have, or insuring one doesn’t get rolled in an exchange.  Ammo and the ability to use it are paramount here.

Many of us are a bit financially constrained when it comes to these sorts of things, so choices have to be made and priorities set.  If I were to be asked, I would recommend obtaining a good handgun and a semi-auto rife to start with, and building up from there.  There are a billion good choices of each available right now.  I have my preferences and you have yours, or will develop them.  I’d love to buy 6 more guns and invest in several new calibers if I had the money, but I don’t, so I’ll wait.

If you start buying guns, however, you might consider what I’ve done – I’ve tried to stick as much as I can with a few calibers of weapons so I can use the same investment in ammo and even magazines in each.  I’m pretty much zeroed in on .22, 7.62×39, and .30-06 right now.  I’d love an M1A but that would mean a whole new round of spending in magazines and ammo.  I don’t have a lot of interest in buying a gun for which I cannot afford what I consider enough of these “ancillaries.”  While I have about 7000 rounds of 7.62×39, I generally feel that 1000 rounds is the absolute minimum necessary for each caliber of gun.  Given ammo prices these days, that adds up pretty quickly.

Anyway……buy ammo.  You can always resell it if the need passes (I can’t imagine that) or you need the money someday.

YHGBSM: Harris County Grand Jury Indicts Pro-Life Investigators in Planned Barrenhood Organ Sale Expose’ January 26, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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We are well beyond through the looking glass.  In the only indictment handed down so far related to the string of videos released last year regarding Planned Barrenhood’s obvious lawbreaking in the sale of aborted baby organs, it was not the abortion giant, but the muckraking pro-life journalists of the Center For Medical Progress that were indicted!  I knew prosecutors could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, but this is ridiculous.  The elites are really showing us who they are – self-interested liberals who really, really like abortion.

The Texas grand jury selection system is horribly broken.  Grand juries are put together often by judges consisting of groups of their own like-minded friends.  This has led to hideous abuses like the indictment of former House Speaker Tom DeLay – which led to his ouster from office, even though later evidence indicated the charges against him were baseless – and the still pending FELONY charges against former Governor Rick Perry because he vetoed legislation the Travis County District Attorney did not like.  This is lawfare of the worst kind and we are witnessing a rapidly developing, and massive, double standard in the application of the law, depending on whether one is conservative or liberal.  This cannot persist for long without dire repercussions.

But first, the basics:

Months after the release of undercover videos detailing Planned Parenthood’s scheme to traffic aborted baby body parts, a grand jury has finally brought brought criminal charges. Not against Planned Parenthood, but against David Daleiden, the pro-life activist behind the undercover sting videos.

A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, returned two charges on Monday afternoon against Daleiden, the activist who planned and organized the undercover sting videos. Although the grand jury allegedly investigated Planned Parenthood, no charges were brought against the nation’s largest abortion provider, whose executives were shown in multiple videos attempting to sell trafficked organs and other body parts harvested from aborted babies. One Planned Parenthood executive, while haggling over the prices of aborted baby organs, noted that she needed to get the right price because, “I want to buy a Lamborghini.”

According to a press release from the office of Harris County district attorney’s office which was provided to The Federalist, Daleiden was charged with the purchase and sale of human organs, a misdemeanor, and with tampering with a governmental record, a felony. Sandra Merritt, one of Daleiden’s associates, was also charged with tampering with a governmental record.

“For more than two months, the 232nd Grand Jury extensively reviewed the joint investigation into allegations of misconduct by PPGC,” stated the press release. “This grand jury cleared PPGC of breaking the law. However, the grand jury did hand down indictments for two individuals who were involved in making the allegations against PPGC public via covert recordings made in April 2015.”

Lauren Reeder, one of the prosecutors in the Harris County district attorney’s office, revealed last August that she was a member of the board of directors for the Planned Parenthood affiliate that was targeted by Daleiden.

Now, I want to answer several left-liberal objections to some of the coverage above, and the pro-life reaction to it.

  • Yes this the Harris County DA says this Reeder was recused from this case but we’ve heard that before and it’s not always proven true.
  • It is possible to form extremely biased grand juries in this state under present law and, literally, to get them to indict anything.  The reaction nationwide to this news has been shock and horror, save from the progressive camp, which is dang near orgiastic in glee. Even among most moderates this is seen as a shocking turn of events and there is a great deal of suspicion that a miscarriage of justice has occurred
  • Texas DAs in liberal locales have abused the law and the grand jury process as noted above
  • Harris County is not conservative, especially not in the governing class
  • The assistant DA who brought the indictment is self-described as a Republican but there are many questions regarding his stance on abortion and his conservative credentials, at least as I can tell after an hour’s search
  • Even if he is a Republican, Lord knows most of our Republican party leadership is as pro-abort as all get out, and will go to enormous lengths to protect Planned Butcherhood.
  • No the videos were not “doctored,” edited versions were released but the full footage has always been available on the CMP website and has been for months
  • The fact that several investigations have not yet led to charges against Planned Barrenhood is not necessarily evidence of their compliance with the law or that their actions are even remotely acceptable from a moral standpoint.  What it means is that laws regarding the sale of human baby body parts are woefully inadequate and need reforming.  It also means that even far too many self-described conservatives are afraid to go against the abortion giant, which has successfully escaped so many scandals it convinces one of diabolical intervention, and even more, that far too many “conservatives” are infected with the culture of death and may not find the idea of using baby parts for “medical research” intended to possibly prolong their own lives something not too objectionable.

I could go on at length, I saw a whole bunch of really dumb leftist objections to the righteous indignation of pro-lifers.

I am aware of my own bias, but trying to discount for that, I am still shocked at this development.  It seems incredible that not only does Planned Barrenhood face absolutely no legal sanction for their wanton sale of baby parts, but that this has turned into a persecution of those who exposed PB’s wanton immorality, if not actual lawbreaking.

I am having a very hard time not seeing this as one of a continuing series of the use of the governmental power against political expression on the conservative side.  There have been numerous examples of this in the past two years of increasing frequency and severity.  This effort to not just totally disenfranchise 30+% of the population, but to use the government to actively persecute them, cannot end well.  I am having great difficulty not seeing this as just a continuance of this trend.  A very strong signal is being sent here, just as it was sent in the wake of the Komen de-funding of 3 years ago – go against Planned Barrenhood, and the organs of the state-media complex will be ranged against you.  I think we can tell just how effective Center for Medical Progress’ expose’s were by the severity of the response.

What does a people do when it feels that they have no recourse to, and can have little or no trust in, their government?  What does a people do when they feel that the government is not just totally unresponsive to their concerns, but will use strong repressive measures against them?  There are historical precedents to be sure, and they are generally not happy ones.  But this nation’s government has proved unusually durable.

Interesting times, if by interesting, one means terrifying.