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Of Course: Italian Catholics Told Not to Pray in Public, to Avoid Antagonizing “Immigrants” June 8, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Well, gee, which group of immigrants is so noted for religious intolerance and using violence to achieve its ends?  I can’t imagine!  Must be the B’ahai.

Caritas, the Vatican’s over-arching organization for worldly charity, after housing an aggressive invading army of military age immigrants in Italian parishes, has apparently demanded Italian Catholics  keep their prayers to themselves, so as not to antagonize their new overlords guests:

Visitors to the church of St. Anthony in Ventimiglia, Italy, were recently told to “pray in silence” to avoid upsetting African migrants being housed in the building.

Members of Caritas, a Catholic charity that helps facilitate mass migration to Europe, have asked parishioners not to recite the rosary aloud, Italian wire service Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata reported Saturday. A priest eventually took women who complained to another place of worship, Breitbart News reported.

Meanwhile, the religion of peas strikes in Tel Aviv.

But, yes, of course, it’s an absolutely brilliant plan to bring in millions of unassimilated barbarians into the West.  Of course, it means absolutely nothing that this invasion eerily mirrors that which led to the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

I’m sure it will all work out just fine.  No bloodbaths in our future!  Naaaah……..

One wonders just how relevant the Vatican-arm Caritas is to all this.  They are essentially favoring islamists over faithful Catholics!  Another shock!  Left-wing Church apparatchiks favoring exotic, fetishized “others” over their bitter ideological opponents faithful souls.

I’m going to have to go lie down with all these completely unprecedented developments.

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Liguori: All Those Who Assist Unworthy Men in Obtaining Priestly Vocation Guilty of Mortal Sin June 8, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, priests, Revolution, Saints, sanctity, scandals, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Occasional reader JB sent a link out yesterday to a LifeSiteNews post on a talk given by the president of Family Life International of New Zealand at the Roman Life Forum.  The talk contained several very sad stories all too common in the Church today, including loved ones falling into the culture of death and the tangled, sinful lives of those given over to various perversions (the latter of which I will not cover, except to say it is yet a further bit of anecdotal evidence of the kind of cruel abuse so common in lesbian relationships).

The story on which I would like to focus, however, which begins at ~1:40 in the video below, regards an Anglican man with strong same-sex attraction tendencies who was admitted to the priesthood of Holy Mother Church. In fact, he went through seminary in the Diocese of Rome, about which he revealed some all too common tales:

The priest befriended Bayer and her husband Terry — both workers in the life-and-family movement — and felt comfortable opening up to them about the extent of the misery that plagued his life. He eventually began telling them of his experiences from his time in the seminary in Rome.

At one point, the priest related to them his memories of Friday night parties with other seminarians at exotic locations in Rome that ended in homosexual orgies. [This is not infrequent at all, in many dioceses around the world.  Ever been sort of scandalized by your diocesan vocations director?]

“And it broke my heart. I used to think that we worship under the dome of Rome, that we come here [in Rome] to our home. But then to learn that in the seminary here…the devastation, the filth, and the stuff that went on is appalling,” Bayer related.

She said that the fact that this man made it into the seminary, despite his manifest problems, reveals the extent of the corruption at that time within Catholic seminaries. [It is only slightly better today, and worse in some places]

“How did he get in? How was he accepted, if there wasn’t already a cohort there ready and willing and available to help in that situation?” she said.

I would say, even more than “ready and willing…..to help,” he was brought in by that perverse cohort specifically because he was just like them!  In other words, morally compromised, absent from the state of Grace, and easy to manipulate.

Which brings me to the point of this post.  Saint Alphonsus has some very strong things to say about all those who help an unworthy man, without a true vocation, obtain a vocation to the priesthood or religious life:

In my Moral Theology I have given on this point a long dissertation to establish that those cannot be excused from mortal sin who without having been sufficiently tried by a holy life receive a Holy Order; since they raise themselves to this sublime state without a divine vocation; for one cannot regard those as having been called by God who have not yet succeeded in overcoming a bad habit, especially the habit of offending against chastity.  And whenever among those one might be found who is disposed by repentance to receive the Sacrament of Penance, he would nevertheless not be in a condition to receive Holy Orders, for in his case there must be more holiness of life manifested during a long trial. [A most important point. St. Alphonsus is saying that a one time “repentance” from long acts of unchastity/perversion is not sufficient grounds to admit a man to Holy Orders.  He must be proved by a long trial of adherence to virtue and rejection of vice.  That is why Pope Benedict stated that men with a profound SSA inclination were unsuitable for the priesthood, as they hold a disordered attachment that will, in almost all cases, always be present and a source of deadly temptation.]  Otherwise  the candidate would not be exempt from mortal sin on account of the grave presumption that he wished to intrude into the holy ministry without a true vocation.  Hence St. Anselm says: “Those who thus thrust themselves into Holy Orders and have in view only their own interests are robbers who arrogate to themselves the Grace of God; instead of benediction they would receive God’s malediction.” [Paging Dr. Luther, Dr. Martin Luther]

As Bishop Abelly remarks, they would expose themselves to the great danger of being lost forever: “Whoever deliberately and without troubling himself whether or not he had a vocation would thrust himself into the priesthood, would without doubt plainly expose himself to eternal perdition.” [This is not a mere sin to be confessed.  In order to properly show contrition, the priest with the false vocation, like the man above, would have to seek laicization and leave the priesthood.  Of course, the indelible mark would remain, as would the need to perform penance for the rest of their life for committing so grievous an offense against God] Soto holds the same opinion when he asserts, in speaking of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, that positive sanctity in the candidate is of divine precept: “Assuredly,” he says, “this sanctity is not essential to the Sacrament, though it is altogether necessary by a divine precept………Now, the sanctity that should characterize the candidates to Holy Orders does not consist in the general disposition required for the reception of the other Sacraments, and sufficient in order that the Sacrament may not be impeded.  For, in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, one receives not only Grace, but one is raised to a much more sublime state.  Hence in the candidates there must be great purity of life and perfect virtue.” …….

……..If any one receive Holy Orders without having led the requisite good life, not only would he himself commit a mortal sin, but also the bishop who confers them upon him without having been morally certain, by sufficient proofs, of the good conduct of the candidate. [What a total contrast from the sentence, to the reality in the Church today.  One thing is certain, there isn’t much in-depth peering into the past personal lives of men who present themselves as candidates for the priesthood, and there remain huge cadres of men of perverse inclination who seek out their own kind and do all they can to see them become priests.  All of these bear an awful responsibility towards God.] The confessor also would be guilty of mortal sin, because he gives absolution to one who, addicted to a bad habit, wished to be ordained without having given evidence during a considerable time of a positively good life. Finally, parents also sin grievously because, though knowing the wicked conduct of their own son, they yet try to induce him to take Holy Orders in order that afterwards he may become the support of the family……

———–End Quote———–

A great deal of blame to go around.  That’s because ordaining a man to Holy Orders is such vitally serious business.  It transforms a soul, leaves an indelible mark, and allows a man to stand in persona Christi, in the place of Christ.  But when a man does so as a fraud, unworthily, the sacrilege that results is unimaginable.

I was gratified at the providence that resulted in my reading that bit of Liguori after seeing the video above.  This ordaining of unworthy men, going back a century or so, has been at the root of the crisis in the Church, and the crisis shall not abate until the priesthood is cleansed and transformed.  Unfortunately, so many actors still fight against the restoration of the priesthood, from the feminist female religious who dominate diocesan and seminary education programs to the deeply embedded sodomite cliques.  Many bishops are willing to turn a blind eye either because they share the inclination – sexual or political – or because they feel an urgent need for more priests.

And so the offense against God will only continue to mount.  How long He will continue to stay His arm, I do not know.

Australian Women’s Olympic Soccer Team Crushed……by schoolboys June 8, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, silliness, Society.
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There are innumerable areas of life where women are, generally speaking, gifted by God with abilities beyond those of men.  These are not socially constructed abilities, but real, innate characteristics.  They run the gamut from the obvious nurturing and homemaking abilities to caring and empathy to certain cognitive skills. God designed men and women to be complimentary, not competitive, and so gave each certain advantages and disadvantages, so that, together, the sum would equal much more than its parts.

Unfortunately, in the current cultural climate, far too many women (and men) have bought the radical feminist notion that women and men are entirely alike and interchangeable, except for a few “insignificant accidents” of biology.  In reality, those “accidents” define, to a very large degree, the marked differences between men and women, but to feminists, who appear more self-loathing than anything else, the goal has always been to create an unalterable cultural conviction that, reality be damned,  women are able to do anything a man can do, but even better.  Note the tones of sexism/female superiority, and also, the feminist diktat that to build women up, men must be torn down.

This disastrous ideology has, to a large extent, created the social chaos we now see more and more evident every day, where people of the same sex can pretend to be married with government sanction, and even such a core characteristic as one’s sexuality is now put forth as something completely variable, and able to change from day to day as one’s mood changes.  Of course, this is all nonsense, as yesterday’s post alluded, reality always intrudes, and the mental divergence caused by this intrusion drives many advocates of the new gender ideology close to madness (or well beyond it).

A case in point: news has leaked that a practice match played between the Australian Women’s Olympic Soccer team and a local under-15 boy’s club team resulted in a devastating defeat for the women’s team, who were absent a few regular starters, but not many.  And this is hardly the first time.  In fact, these matches occur with some frequency, and the results are often not in the women’s favor:

Australia’s national women’s soccer team have suffered a devastating defeat in the lead up to the Rio Olympics – going down 7-0 to the Newcastle Jets under-15 boys side.

What is particularly concerning for the Matildas is that despite resting some regulars, they were still able to field experienced international stars including former AFC player of the year Katrina Gorry.

Despite the embarrassing defeat on Wednesday night at Valentine Sports Park in Newcastle, the Australian team will travel to Brazil as one of the gold medal favourites.[So this is not the case of this just being a bad women’s squad, within their own milieu]

While the Matildas played with a rotating squad, there is no denying losing to a team of school boys is far from ideal preparation for the world’s fifth ranked team in their quest for Olympic gold at Rio.

Assistant Matildas coach Gary van Egmond was as surprised as anyone about the result admitting his side were outplayed.

‘To be honest we didn’t expect that,’ Egmond told the Huffington Post Australia.

The Jets boys were very good, all credit to them, they moved the ball around very well and were excellent all night.’ [A small point.  These kinds of scratch teams like national, World Cup, or Olympic teams, can be at a disadvantage when facing a group that has been together for a long length of time.  A team is just that, and often times these scratch teams full of elite names don’t practice enough to become a cohesive whole.  Still, that doesn’t fully explain the top women’s players being blasted by 13 and 14 year old boys]

Egmond said that the Matildas are often forced to play against boys teams as trying to find quality female opposition can be difficult.

It may not be the first time that the Australian team have suffered a heavy defeat against school boys with claims that they were ‘smashed’ by an under 16 Sydney FC team last year circulating.

………it would be amazing to me if that many humans were walking the earth unaware of the stark differences between male and female athletes. A woman in her prime years has the cardiovascular capacity of a man in his 50’s. It’s why girls cannot pass the same physical tests as males in the military. [And why standards for women are frequently thrown out the window, so that women can serve in roles for which, on the basis of their physical condition, any male would be disqualified] Many male recruits also fail early on, but a month or two of training and even the least fit males are well beyond the female recruits. [In almost all cases] Imagine the differences when we’re talking years of training.

And it’s not just soccer.  In basketball, ice hockey, and volleyball, other sports that have a lot of female participants, men are frequently brought in to scrimmage against, but in the first two cases, generally only in limited numbers.  Top women’s college basketball programs usually have 2-3 male former high school players (good, but not good enough for college) as part of their practice squad, to give the women a tough opponent to practice against.  They only have a handful of men, because too many would make the practice sessions too lopsided.  The same goes in hockey.

Because, duh, when it comes to virtually all physical activities, the average man is a lot stronger and faster than the average woman, and at the highest levels of ability and conditioning, the disparity is even more marked.  There are simply no women who can compete with a 6′ 4″ 270 lb linebacker than can run a 4.5 40.  They do not exist, and never will, in spite of all the disordered hopes and dreams of radical feminists who so very fervently wish it weren’t so.

But that’s leftism, the so-called “reality-based community,” which is really the triumph of illusory dreams and whacked-out fantasies over reality.