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We need background checks and waiting periods on axes and truck rentals July 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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The Left is all about will to power.  They don’t even make a pretense at being consistent. Thus, they don’t blink an eye when someone uses a truck to mow down dozens or an ax to wound  (and possibly kill) several in Germany.  There is no call for background checks on buying an ax, or waiting periods to get a semi.  They start out with an ideological belief-  guns are bad, icky, scary, whatever – and then act on that presupposition.  It has nothing to do with logic, consistency, or reason, and cares nothing at all for sacred rights or the words of the Constitution.

In point of fact, it has far more to do with disarming the population to allow the state to gain total power over them than with any care for the good of others.  Most leftists are deeply misanthropic.

And, of course, the religion of the person in question must be brushed aside and buried as quickly as possible.  That’s because the ideology places members of that particular religion at the very peak of the pyramid of victimization  upon which the Left has built its power in the West.  This particular choice – making muslims “sainted” victims rather than the murderous exegetes they so often are – reveals, to me, the fundamental anti-Christian nature of the Left.  The Left knows militant islam hates their pluralist, libertine beliefs, and would kill them or at least repress them violently given the chance.  And yet even knowing this, they still elevate islam to a sacrosanct group with the greatest claims to vicitimization and the false moral authority the Left grants to those most “persecuted.”  This only makes sense, if one comprehends that the ultimate enemy of Leftism is not religion (Leftism itself is a sick stand-in of religion and co-opts many elements of religion) in general but Christianity in particular. Most of the leading thinkers from which the Left draws its philosophy were virulently anti-Catholic if not anti-Christian in general (Hobbes, Locke, Voltaire, Kant, Nietzsche, Hegel, Marx, Engels, etc). Knowing that militant islam hates Christianity at least as much as they do, leftists are only too happy to cooperate with islam in the destruction of Christendom.

There are many attendant factors: self-loathing, horrible catechesis, bad example from bad Christians, daddy issues, etc., but ultimately, the Left’s cozy relationship with islam, turning it from aggressor into supposed victim, has everything to do with the pursuit of its core ideological goals.  As I have said many times, eventually, most people professing leftism today will gladly don the hijab, answer the call to prayer, and freely give up the public promiscuity and perversion in which they claim to place so much truck, so long as they may be rid of that meddlesome Christian God.

I think the Left is more perceptive than it knows in this choice.  Islam is veritably the anti-Christianity, or anti-Catholicism.  There are certainly muslims of good will and pious devotion, but the religion in toto has always been one of violent aggression and horrifying immorality.  It is a religion heavily influence by, if not directly created by, satan, or, at the very least, the very worst elements of man.

But guns are bad, so give yours up, bible-humper*:

A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say.

Three people were seriously hurt and one suffered minor injuries in the attack in Wuerzburg, police said.

Initial reports said up to 20 people had been injured but it was later revealed that at least 14 had been treated for shock.

The motive for the attack is not yet clear. [OH PLEASE!  The motive is to kill the infidel!  Muslims believe that to die while on jihad, killing “infidels,” is a ticket to their false, depraved vision of paradise!]

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the attacker was a 17-year-old Afghan refugee who had been living in the nearby town of Ochsenfurt.

*- Yes I know the term is traditionally “bible-thumper,” but haters of Christianity have replaced with an even nastier version, which is the one I give above

Heretics gonna Heresify – Methodists Elect 1st Openly “Gay” Bishop July 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, pr stunts, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society.
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I think I made up a word there.  If heresify ain’t a word, it should be.

I was a methodist, once.  My parents were split, one a methodist, the other had a high church Anglican/Episcopal background.  Anglo-Catholic, really.  For the first half of their marriage, they mostly went to methodist churches.  Then my mom finally won that war, I guess, and they’ve been Anglican ever since.

What I remember most from my time in the methodist sect was how much I hated it, and how ugly the building was.  That “church” is still around, but the original building from my time is now a mosque.  They built a much fancier building in north Plano 20 years or so ago.

I severely disliked that methodist “church” because it was as clubby, clique-ish, and class-ridden as you can imagine.  At least among the kids it was.  Most of the kids there went to another school, so I was on the outs from the beginning.  My mom really pushed me to be in the  youth group, which I detested.  They had a really swishy youth minister and he had some just brilliant ideas like all night stay-overs at the church building for about 80 kids aged 11-17.  Which, even in the mid-80s, went about as you would expect.  My best friend, now sadly a very fallen away Catholic and militant atheist (thanks Catholic schools!), and I bailed at about 4 in the morning. We walked the 2 miles home to my house in the dark (times was a bit different back then).  My mom was rather surprised and displeased when she woke up and found us playing video games at about 6 in the morning.

That, and getting the crud bullied out of me on various field trips is about all I remember of that place.  Good times.

Anyway, this sect is being riven by the same cultural forces tearing most protestant sects apart, and which Francis, in his, ahem, wisdom, has seen fit to unleash on the Church.  A sub-body of methodists has determined to follow the episcopalians into division and dissolution, having “elected” (how democratic!) an open lesbian to play at being a bishop:

The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination’s ban on same-sex relationships.

The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late Friday night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church’s Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first openly gay bishop in the 12.7 million-member denomination.

The United Methodist Church is deeply divided over LGBT rights. Church law says same-gender relationships are “incompatible with Christian teaching.” But several regional districts are openly defying the prohibition by appointing gay clergy and allowing same-sex weddings in churches.

Now, as far as I’m concerned, I don’t really care about this, save for how this instance illustrates two things.  The first is the folly of ecumenism with protestants, whose beliefs are so varied and contradictory that any illusion of progress with one sect invariably means a setback with another.  That clearly demonstrates why the inevitable path of the “ecumenical movement” is towards the watering down of sacred Doctrine until it means absolutely nothing. It also clearly proves that the traditional Catholic approach to the protestants was to aim at their conversion to the Church Jesus Christ founded is not only doctrinally sound and in accord with the tradition handed down to us, it is also the only program that makes sense from a rational standpoint.  All else is just whistling in the wind.

The second illustration is the warning this provides to the Catholic Church under Francis, demonstrating clearly that the sexular pagan left is never satisfied with half-measures and will continue pushing until all Christian groups are either fully co-opted into the hellish man-made “paradise” (dystopia, really) they constantly push towards or are completely destroyed/neutered.  That is to say, opposition is the only option, cooperation only hastens the destruction.  The Church also knew this for centuries, before she was struck by her own revolution/coup from within and became all too friendly with the liberal zeitgeist.

But, being long time readers of this blog, you knew that already.



St. John Vianney on the great evil of Blasphemy July 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, mortification, priests, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Actually, the sermon St. John Vianney gave on blasphemy as recorded in The Sermons of the Cure of Ars is about 8000 words long – a  tad bit long for this ol’ boy to type out.  So, I excerpted the bit that is most relevant to me, having to do with damning things in the name of God.

My dad, God love him, imparted many really good things to me. I feel blessed to have him as a father. But one bad thing he gave me at a very young age is a habit of cussing.  And not just  your average run of the mill cussing, my dad crawled his way up oil industry ladder from standing up to his ankles in benzene cleaning the inside of tanks (although benzene is supposed to be a severe carcinogen, he’s almost 80 and still has never gotten cancer)  to working the gas fields of the Texas/Oklahoma Panhandle to finally being a an upper middle or lower upper manager at what was then a mid-major and is now a part of BP.  Before that, he was a farm boy with a father, grandfather and aunt – aunt! – that would cuss a blue streak.

That is to say, I inadvertently absorbed all manner of horrific phrases, some of which even sailors and roustabouts have never heard before.  I was so bad as a kid one of my best friend’s moms almost banned me from their house for my vulgar tongue.

I say all the above as context to let you know that I really appreciated St. John Vianney’s catechesis here.  Generally I’ve overcome this habit, especially when I’m on my good behavior, but when I’m very hot and tired and the @#$%^&!! bolt won’t come unstuck, some tragic things still fly out of my mouth, or, more frequently, still bounce around the inside of my empty noggin without ever coming out.

I also bring it up because blasphemy is actually growing steadily worse in the world, with all manner of evils being attributed to God, or falsely called “godly” goods.  Like the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the idea that God created sodomite relationships (even pretending to be married) as something holy and reminiscent of our Creator’s love for us.

Taking up St. John Vianney on pp. 96-8:

It is a horrible blasphemy to damn something in the name of God.

This sin of blasphemy is so great and so hideous in the eyes of God that it draws down all sorts of evils upon the world.  The Jews had such a horror of blasphemies that when they heard anyone blaspheming, they rent their garments…….The holy man Job had such fear that his children had blasphemed that he offered sacrifices to God in case they had……….St. Augustine says that those who blaspheme Jesus Christ in Heaven are more cruel than those who crucified Him on earth. [I thank God that blaspheming the Holy Name of Jesus Christ is NOT one of those things I heard growing up.  Even though rough around the edges, my forebears had enough propriety to know that some things just aren’t said] The bad thief blasphemed Jesus Christ when He was on the Cross, saying: “If Thou be Christ, save Thyself and us.” The prophet Nathan said to King David: “Because thou hast given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, for this thing, the child that is born to thee shall surely die.”  God tells us that whoever blasphemes the Name of the Lord shall die.  We read in Holy Scripture that the people brought a man to Moses who had blasphemed.  Moses consulted the Lord, Who told him that he must have the man brought to a field and put to death by stoning.

We can say that blasphemy is truly the language of hell.  St. Louis, King of France, had such a horror of this sin that he ordained that all blasphemers should be branded on the forehead.  An important person from Paris, who had blasphemed, was brought to the King and several people interceded for him, but the King said that he would die himself in order to wipe out this dreadful sin, and he ordered that the man should be punished.  The tongues of those who were wicked enough to commit this crime were cut out by order of the Emperor Justin.  During the reign of Robert, the kingdom of France was overwhelmed by all kinds of evils, and God revealed to a Saint that while the blasphemies continued, the chastisements would, too.  A law was enacted which condemned all those who blasphemed to have their tongues pierced with a red-hot iron for the first offense, and ordered that on the second offense they should be executed.  [Naturally, this seems a bit extreme today, but while some may find this kind of treatment unnaturally cruel, it does underscore the total horror Catholics had for blasphemy in the great Age of Faith.  Our callousness towards this and so many other (all?) sins reveals the coldness of faith in these our times, even if we might feel that maiming someone for life for uttering a single blasphemy is perhaps an excess of zeal against mercy]

Be warned, my dear brethren, that if blasphemy reigns in your homes, all therein will perish.  St. Augustine tells us that blasphemy is an even greater sin than perjury because, as he says, by perjury we take the name of God in witness of something that is false, whereas in blasphemy we are saying something false of God.  What a crime this is!………

……..We blaspheme when we perform actions which are directly opposed to the goodness of God – as when we despair of our salvation and yet are not willing to take the necessary steps to obtain it; as when we are angered because others receive more graces than we do.  Take great care never to allow yourselves to fall into these kinds of sins because they are so very horrible!

———- End Quote———-

I believe you can safely color me convinced.  Get that poker heated up.

Francis – A Wake-Up Call for Neo-Catholics    July 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, Restoration, Revolution, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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Will they roll over and hit the snooze button yet again, as they have for 50 years?

The Remnant – part of the what some call the “papal criticism ‘industry’” (hmmph – I still haven’t seen one red cent) – has long argued that the pontificate of Francis, far from being a huge or novel deviation from the past 50 years, is in fact the apotheosis of 50+ years of error, abuse, heresy, and revolution in the Church.  This is pretty much the standard Traditional critique – which I share.  Pope Francis didn’t fall from the sky to work a revolution on the Church – he is the product of that revolution.  A revolution which his immediate predecessors both opposed and advanced to varying degrees.

Under Benedict, it was possible for a new Catholic such as myself to pretend the Revolution was winding down and the Restoration, if not exactly well underway, at least inevitable.  What a difference a few years makes.  But it is not so much the experience of the past few years that makes me realize that any Restoration remains a very long ways off.  It is my increasing understanding of just how far the mainstream Church of today is from its pre-conciliar existence that forces this realization upon me.

And that’s sort of the point of the video below, and the traditional-“neo-Catholic” divide.  Catholics with an enormous affinity for the pre-conciliar practice of the Faith have long maintained that the “neo-Catholic” pretense that the Council and the ancient practice of the Faith could be easily reconciled was simply untenable.  “Neo-Catholics” derided the traditional critique as no different from the  modernist “rupture” as they sought an ever-elusive (one might even say increasingly elusive)  “hermeneutic of continuity.”

For ~45 years, and especially under Popes JPII and Benedict,  the illusion of reconciliation between the Council and the Magisterium of the Ages could somewhat plausibly be maintained.  That’s not to say that analysis was right, but that it was a bit more plausible than it is now.  But after several years of Francis, after the modernists have held the whip hand for even a few more years, after battles long thought won and issues long thought settled have suddenly resurfaced as pressing issues of the day, every single one of them pointing back to the “sainted,” the “holy,” council, the “new Pentecost,” the “founding of a new church”………it seems some folks are starting to get that Francis is promoting extremely dangerous errors.  Whether that leads to a broader recognition of the nature of the Revolution against the Church/crisis in the Faith, but we’ll see:

Of course, some of these folks quoted in the video have been more willing to engage in papal criticism (and criticism of VII) than others.  At present, most of the major (American) slavish papal apologists are still just that.  There does seem to be a growing opposition to some of the more egregious abuses of this pontificate, but it remains small and generally traditionalist or tradition-friendly in nature.  Few of the “mainstream” conservatives have yet ceased pretending Francis is thoroughly orthodox if perhaps a wee bit misunderstood.

Do you think there could be an “upside” to this pontificate in the form of many more souls coming around to the realization that the problem isn’t limited to one man or one group of error-holding, faithless prelates, but is instead one that it is systemic in the post-conciliar ethos?  That is to say, the Church cannot be restored or “fixed,” until the “problem” of the Council is addressed.  The Remnant has long seemed to hope Francis might win more souls over to this appreciation.  They may be onto something, but then again I am also hinging my retirement on winning Powerball tomorrow!

Turkey “Coup” Looks More and More Like a False Flag Operation……..     July 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, secularism, sickness, Society.
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……..so much so, that an alternative title for this post might be “Why Your Correspondent Is a Sucker.”

I know my coverage of this matter may seem a bit non sequitur, but Turkey is a key muslim state.  It is one of the few states with the potential power to counterbalance the extremes of Sunnism (Saudi Arabia) and Shiaism (Iran) in the muslim world.  A nominally secular Turkey is, to me, far preferential to an extremist, militant Iran or the jihad-exporting Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia.  The nightmare is a Turkey that becomes Wahhabist and then you have a practical new Caliphate stretching from the Bosporus to the Arabian Sea – just like in the bad old days, facing a decadent, faithless, and fractious West.

As such, I was probably a little too willing to believe that the secular/military reaction to Turkish President Erdogan’s rapid islamification of Turkey had finally come.

In reality, it looks like what we’ve been treated to is either one of the most inept, half-hearted coups in recent history, or a false flag operation designed to destroy the remnants of opposition that remain in Turkey, especially the military and judiciary.  Erdogan has waged war on both institutions for years, gradually neutering the two bodies always seen (and with much reason) as the ultimate guardians of the Kemalist secular state.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I knew, quite well, a former Major General in the Royal Thai Army.  She served from the early 70s to 2011.  Anyone who knows the political history of Thailand post-1970 knows that she had much involvement in coups, which she had.  Supatra always related that there are two absolutely key factors in a successful coup:

  1. Kill the son of a, uh, gun (president, king, general, dictator, whoever is the target of the overthrow).  Think Diem in 1963, or Allende in 1973.
  2. Gain total control over communications, especially telecommunications/internet and broadcast media.

Neither occurred in the Turkey “coup.”  In fact, there were not even serious attempts at this, and the government continued to function, and seemingly direct events, throughout this stage-acted “coup.”

Supposedly, a “special forces team” was sent to nab Erdogan, but “missed by minutes.”  Of course, it is the government reporting this, so I am quite skeptical.  What is passing strange is that the very heavy F-16 presence overflying Istanbul and Ankara (but not dropping any ordinance) apparently not only saw Erdogan’s very showy flight into Istanbul’s airport, they escorted it in!  In any normal coup, if the president had really been able to flee, he would never make himself such a juicy, easy target for any manner of threats – fighters, AAA, shoulder fired missiles, etc.

Bridges and airports count for very little in the initial stages of a coup, yet these were the first targets of the supposed Turkish coup leaders.  The Turkish coup never even bothered to shut down state-run TV stations and made almost no attempt to shut down internal telecommunications and social media (while shutting down external, foreign access!), while they shut down opposition TV and radio!

A few other signs the coup was really intended to provide a pretext for Erdogan to crush what opposition remains and gain total control over the military:

  • Mass arrests started even while the coup was supposedly still ongoing. To date, 8000 officers in the Turkish military have been arrested
  • Large amounts of pre-prepared propaganda suddenly appeared on the streets of Istanbul/Ankara after Erdogan called on his followers to take to the streets. We are supposed to believe that thousands of professional signs and posters were printed in the space of an hour or less
  • There appears to have been close coordination with mosques, Erdogan’s core base support, in broadcasting “calls to prayer” from loudspeakers within minutes of the coup’s initiation, demanding good muslims take to the streets to oppose the “coup”

Other signs this was a “theater play,” or a “tragic comedy” in the words of some opposition politicians:

  • No government officials, bureaucratic officials, Members or Parliament or the President were taken hostage during the coup attempt and were able to freely continue their duties while the military attempted to take over bridges and airports. [This is most damning. It indicates either the total ineptness, or the falsity, of this supposed coup. Given Erdogan’s past penchant for false flag, I know where my money is]
  • The statement read on TRT [Turkish state television, which then resumed normal broadcast, hostile towards the coup]was completely anonymous and gave no names, with no details emerging in regards to the Peace at Home Council
  • The Government did not declare martial law and a curfew. [to the contrary, they encouraged people to take to the streets. Amazingly, for a coup with supposedly thousands of armed soldiers running around, only a few dozen were killed]
  • The coup attempt was largely confined to metropolitan areas and soldiers were told to hold key bridges ‘until further orders’, which never came.
  • The privates and corporals holding bridges and airports were not aware of their involvement in the coup attempt and no senior ranking soldiers were seen during the events.
  • Only 16 soldiers were sent to take over the Presidential Complexin Ankara, which is the largest palace in the world, only to be immediately overpowered by police forces.
  • The whole coup appeared to have been organised on WhatsApp
  • Media outlets such as CNN TürkDoğan Holdingwere taken over by the military but were still allowed to continue their operations.
  • TRTwas able to resume normal broadcast as soon as the junta statement had been read.
  • Armed soldiers were consistently overpowered by and surrendered to groups of protestors, many of which were armed only with knives or bats.
  • Electricity cuts in several provinces where no military action was taken, followed by calls from Mosques for people to take to the streets.
  • The coup attempt was launched at prime time when everyone would become aware of the events, rather than at a more inconspicuous time in the early morning.

One final damning quote:

The sheer number of these arrests made at such a such a speed could only be done so if the “Turkish government had all those lists ready”, as suggested byJohannes HahnEuropean Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, on 18 July 2016. Hahn also claimed that because these lists were already available immediately after the coup, the “event was prepared” and the lists were to be used “at a certain stage”.

Far from weakening Erdogan, this “coup,” then, is actually intended to secure him in power for life, and make the islamization of the Turkish government/state inevitable.

And if a few thousand have to die to complete your play, well, omelettes don’t get made without breaking a few eggs, do they?