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Our Sick Culture…….Woman Admits Bill Clinton a Rapist, Claims Still “A Good Guy” August 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, catachesis, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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A culture that tolerates the murder of millions of its most vulnerable will tolerate any evil.  Thus, it should be no surprise that a woman – of left-wing bent, naturally – would admit she believes Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broderick many years ago (safe link), but that he remains, in her words, a “good guy.”  All the more troubling, but also completely unsurprising, is the fact that this woman claims to be a Catholic.  Because her errors are so common and so grave, I’ll spend a bit of time unpacking them below:

To sum up, I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.

A personal apology is not the same thing as contrition before God. We are all fallen, all have sinned, but those that have contrition, receive Sacramental Confession (or, in extremis, the desire to receive it), and strive to amend their lives, are forgiven.  Absent any of those three – and we know Clinton does not have two, since several other women passionately maintain he raped them, as well, years after Broderick, and there is copious evidence he remains at least a serial fornicator to this day – and one does not have God’s forgiveness, and certainly not sanctifying Grace, absolutely required for salvation.  Just wanted to clarify, since this supposed Catholic apparently is gravely confused on the matter.

Also, Clinton’s actions have generated great scandal, which scandal requires public redress.  He has continued to lie and cover up about his numerous immoral activities, up to an including almost certainly breaking numerous federal laws with the Clinton Foundation, showing absolutely no public remorse for his scandalous behavior.

It is this latter that makes Clinton, particularly, a “bad” man, or at least one that is very much not good.  It is one thing to sin privately and have contrition for it, and to move on.  But his level of sins – including numerous abhorrent political positions that, to name just one, daily result in the lives of thousands being taken – and their public nature, make him, in the eyes of many, a very bad man indeed.  One could name simply his entire sham marriage as just one example of what would make one a bad person in the eyes of many, but there are literally dozens of other examples.

Once again, we see the left’s only concern is with power: those who can obtain power are forgiven any transgression, even the repeated rape of women being glossed over and ignored by supposed feminists (provided they check many of the other boxes required of sexular pagan belief – government funded contraception, unlimited abortion (also gov’t funded), sodomite “rights,” “transexual rights,” continued corporate graft, etc, etc..

Unfortunately, the R’s are hardly any better.  That absolute catastrophe the GOPe is trying to foist on conservatives in order to defeat Trump, Evan McMillan, shows many in the GOPe would greatly prefer Hillary to Trump (or perhaps anyone not of their nomination/under their control).  Indeed, he is so reliably liberal, outside the usual menu of corporate welfare items, that I am forced to conclude  the GOPe has devolved into a simple Corporate Lobbying Organization with some light and very insincere social conservative rhetoric attached.  I may be forced to vote Trump while literally wretching, but deliberating foisting Hillary on the nation shows something very nasty indeed.

Unsurprisingly, most of those folks who would rather have Hillary than Trump also most often – if not virtually always – see no problem with killing a million odd babies a year.

Related, these things are.

 

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CONFIRMED: FW Bishop Olson OK’d Pro-Abort, Pro-Immorality Rep. Veasey to Speak at FW Parish August 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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I have just received confirmation via local pro-life sources that Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth personally OK’d the campaign event* for Representative Marc Veasey at All Saints parish tomorrow night.  As I reported yesterday, Veasey is one of the most radically immoral members of the Texas Congressional caucus and has constantly advocated in favor of abortion, supposed rights of sodomites, persecution of the Church through HHS mandates, a general reduction if not termination of the role of the Church in the public square, and all other manner of moral evils.

Local pro-life sources have informed me that at a meeting with Chancellor Msgr James Hart, Hart informed the pro-life souls complaining of Veasey’s campaign event that Bishop Olson was aware of the event and disagreed that allowing Veasey to use the good name of the Church for his own political benefit was scandalous.  

The Holy Writ of Saint Dialogue was cited as the Doctrine in favor of allowing Veasey to speak.  Must be cited somewhere there in Guadium Et Spes …….

As an aside, the Fraternity parish promised last year by Bishop Olson remains stalled with little apparent progress being made to occupy their permanent parish (at least as of a month or so ago).  This may be beyond Bishop Olson’s control – apparently, the community currently occupying what will become the FW FSSP parish has run into fundraising and other problems in building their new church, but I know some folks are becoming frustrated and beginning to lose heart.

If you want to voice your opposition to this great scandal, there is contact info at the link.

*- That’s what a “town hall” is, especially 2 1/2 months before an election, it is a local campaign event for the Rep during Congress’ month-long August recess.

The Model Bishop – St. Alphonsus Liguori August 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, religious, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Victory, Virtue.
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As a corollary to the big news of the day in the post below, a brief overview of some of the great virtues practiced by St. Alphonsus Liguori, as written by Fr. Eugene Grimm, CSsR.  If Liguori was the ideal, or some representation of it, it is perhaps a bit depressing to contemplate the degree to which most, if not practically all, current-day bishops correspond to this ideal.

Note, the below has to do almost solely with personal practice of virtue, but it is the personal practice that powers the public apostolate.  That is to say, holy men make holy bishops, and not the other way around.  From pp. 14-15 of The Victories of the Martyrs:

…..[O]ur revered author was not satisfied with telling us how we may imitate the heroes of faith; he shows us this much better in his wonderful life, which was a prodigy of patience and long martyrdom. There are but few Saints who suffered as much as he suffered.

He was his own tyrant and his own executioner.  Although he had never committed a grievous sin from his youth, yet, impelled by his ardent love for Jesus Christ, he gave himself up to the most cruel penances, and God permitted that he could continue them to the age of nearly ninety-one years.  He regarded himself as a victim that was to be entirely immolated to divine love without the least reserve; and convinced that this love is manifested by labor and suffering, as he himself teaches us, he thought only of laboring and suffering as much as possible for God.  But obedience being better than sacrifice, he bound himself by a vow to follow in all things the advice of the director of his conscience, in which he recognized the Divine Will.  By renouncing all worldly hopes, he condemned himself to a life of extreme poverty; his garments, his furniture, and everything that he used, even when he was a bishop, bore the impress of this virtue, and reduced him to what was strictly necessary.  At night he took his short repose on a simple straw mattress, and sometimes on a plank; and when travelling, if he could not go on foot, he would use only a donkey for riding.

He took but little nourishment, and was careful to mix it with bitter herbs so as to render its taste very disagreeable; and this he often ate on his knees or sitting on the floor.  Besides the ordinary fast and abstinence, he fasted on bread and water on all Saturdays and vigils of the principle feasts.  When he studied or wrote, he would stand with small stones in his shoes in order to suffer. He severely scourged himself every day, and frequently to blood; he used, besides, little chains, hair-cloth, and other instruments for the purpose of continually tormenting his flesh.  One evening, worn out with fatigue, he fell down in his room, having swooned away, and remained unconscious the whole night and the greater part of the following day; the doctor ordered him to be disrobed, and on him was found a hair shirt that covered his whole body.  From this we may form any idea of his austerities, which he strove so much to conceal from the eyes of men.  To these self-inflicted penances must be added his great labors in the midst of pain, solicitude, and continual trials.

———-End Quote———-

In reality, many of Saint Alphonsus’ penances were commonly practiced by many saintly bishops, especially those of the early Church and the Age of Faith.  And even more salutary for our own souls is less to consider how today’s bishops correspond to his eminent example, but how we ourselves do, not that we are called to be bishops, but we are all called to holiness.  I’m a great one for taking extra things on, a sort of positive penance, if you will, but when it comes to self-denial, I’ve always been weak.  Please pray for your wimpy blogger.

Victories of the Martyrs is shaping up to be an excellent, excellent book, even by the very high standards of St. Alphonsus.  It will take me months to get through it, though.

Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell Given Huge Promotion, Transferred to Rome August 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, family, Francis, General Catholic, pr stunts, Society, the return, the struggle for the Church.
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Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell’s increasingly controversial tenure as Bishop of Dallas has come to an end.  He was appointed by Francis to head the important new Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life just created.  His transfer is effective in 2 weeks, which is really short notice, so we can expect that his effective tenure as Bishop of Dallas is over as of today, or perhaps, weeks ago. DMN coverage next, some commentary from me at the bottom:

Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell has been tapped for a position at the Vatican, where he will oversee a new department focused on the lives and families of ordinary Catholics around the world.

The promotion, effective Sept. 1, will make Farrell the highest-ranking American clergyman serving in the Vatican, the Diocese of Dallas announced Wednesday.

The move leaves an opening in Dallas, where Farrell has been bishop since 2007……..

…….Farrell said Wednesday morning that he was “extremely humbled” by the appointment and “grateful for the Holy Father’s confidence in me.” But, he said,  “I meet this news with mixed emotions.”

“Dallas has been my home for 10 years and, from the beginning, I quickly grew to love the beautiful people and culture here,” he said in a statement. “The strong faith, kindness and generosity of the people in the Diocese of Dallas surpassed all of my expectations.”

A diocese spokeswoman said a new bishop could be appointed as soon as October. Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly will lead the diocese in the interim.

Pope Francis chose Farrell to lead the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, a newly-created department that combines the responsibilities of two existing pontifical councils. It will be part of the Roman Curia, an administrative body that advises and helps the pope carry out the church’s affairs worldwide.

In his new role, Farrell, 68, will focus on the needs of lay people, regular Catholics who are not part of the clergy.

The reorganization comes as Pope Francis strives to make the Catholic Church more inclusive and efficient. [“Inclusive.”  That’s what Christ stressed all the time, wasn’t it?  He never said anything about bringing the sword of division, separating the wheat from the chaff, or anything like that. The redefinition of Jesus Christ along sexular pagan lines continues apace.]

The pope wrote that he created the new department so that the Roman Curia can effectively “respond to the situation of our times and adapt to the needs of the universal Church.”…….

…….The Diocese of Dallas saw an increase in vocations to the priesthood and raised $130 million during a landmark fundraising campaign under his leadership, said diocesan spokeswoman Annette Gonzales Taylor. [Well, just about any vocations would have been an increase from the total collapse of the seminary system and ordinations under the last decade or so of his predecessor.  Ordinations have averaged 3 or 4 a year under Farrell, much more than before, but not nearly enough to make up for the number of priests set to retire soon]

“We’re exceptionally proud, but we’re also exceptionally sad to be losing him,” Gonzales Taylor said Wednesday. “He’s just be an outstanding leader and, from my point of view, a wonderful boss. He’s going to be sorely missed.”……

…….Farrell’s new assignment will reunite him with his brother, Brian, who is also a bishop and the secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Farrell asked for prayers as he begins “this next unexpected chapter of my priesthood.”

“My God continue to bless the Diocese of Dallas,” he said.

In the end, Bishop Farrell’s tenure played out almost exactly as expected by many local observers when he was first named Bishop of Dallas in 2007.  It was widely expected then that he would not retire here, that he would be something of an interim or “caretaker” bishop.  Certain well-informed local priests expected him to spend 7 or 8 years (in reality, it was 9) addressing the myriad problems left by his predecessor Charles Grahmann and then be promoted to some dicastery in Rome, to finish out his career near his much-beloved brother.  This is exactly what happened.

In many material respects, Bishop Farrell’s tenure was a successful one – he got the Diocese out of debt after massive payouts to the survivors of priest sex abuse cases, and did somewhat improve the seminary and the number of priests being ordained, which latter had all but died under his predecessor.

I have already observed, I believe, how hard Bishop Farrell has changed direction under the current pontificate.  He has really tacked into the wind. Under Benedict Bishop Farrell was fairly conservativish, a bit “right” of center in the American episcopate.  Since, 2013, however, he seems to have drifted quite a bit in the other direction.

As a man, like so many bishops – though he was, it seems, an extreme case – he was very hard to get in front of.  He seemed to be constantly gone, or had others run very effective interference for him.  Even in public events, getting much more than a handshake and a smile from Farrell was all but impossible. Obtaining a meeting was apparently reserved for a select few (if any).  Even though he supposedly obtained a mansion for fund-raising, there are no reports of fundraisers actually being held there, to my knowledge.  Farrell tended to “rule” from behind the scenes and was certainly not above hiding behind bureaucratic subterfuge, as the Joyce Rupp/Dr. Rick Gaillardetz imbroglios, the twin issues that launched this blog in late 2009, showed.

Farrell was always assessed as a very political creature who would not be long in Dallas.  Benedict’s abdication probably kept him here a year or two longer than planned.  But now he has gotten his reward, a plum assignment, in Rome, near his brother, in which to ride out his career.  Many have speculated Bishop Farrell’s socially liberal policies of late (banning guns in all diocesan facilities – since repealed – strident support for unlimited Hispanic immigration, constant paeans on his blog to the new wisdom of Francis, taking up a crusade on domestic violence, etc) were perhaps related to a desire to seem in step with the new mood in Rome.  It is likely these later stands may have been more reflective of Farrell’s true beliefs, given his status as protege of the very troubling Cardinal McCarrick, and may well serve as indicators of why Farrell was chosen for this very important new office.

Of course, I pray for Bishop Farrell’s success in his new duty and that he may use this apostolate for the good of souls and of Holy Mother Church, which could have a huge impact on the life of the Church. As to how Bishop Farrell will conduct himself in this new role, he has always been a very good soldier, knowing who he needs to please and how to do it.  I was not the only one to notice what seemed a fairly substantial change in Bishop Farrell’s rhetoric and pastoral emphasis after March 2013.  Remember his joint statement with former Ft. Worth Bishop Vann on the USCCB’s 2008 “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” staking out a very welcome and clear guidance with respect to the life issues trumping all others in determining who Catholics can support, electorally (pretty much wiping out legitimate support for democrats)?  Could you imagine him releasing such a document, today?

We also eagerly await the naming of his replacement, which comes at such a critical juncture for this diocese.  If Bishop Farrell was something of an interim crisis recovery expert,  it was similarly expected that his replacement would likely be much younger and here for a very long time.  It is thus vital to pray for this new bishop, conducting Rosary crusades and other prayer efforts, even outside the chancery itself, to show our filial obedience and spiritual communion with out present and future ordinaries, while imploring God that they be men worthy of the name, Catholic bishop.  Please also pray for Bishop Farrell, that the Grace of Jesus Christ may guide and direct all he does according to the Truth revealed and practiced by the Church for over 1900 years in his very important new role.

Amazingly, with the sacking of Cardinal Burke, this new appointment makes Bishop Farrell the highest ranking “American” (he’s Irish, but served most of his apostolate in the US) in the Curia.  That’s something that sort of makes one go “gulp.”

A few other interesting notes from Rocco Palmo:

……the Vatican statement announcing the move conspicuously did not include Farrell’s elevation to the rank of archbishop, which has always been customary practice for appointments of this kind……

…….Third, he enjoys close ties and clear goodwill among four prominent figures in Francis’ orbit: having served as vicar-general and auxiliary of Washington under Cardinals Theodore McCarrick and Donald Wuerl until his southern transfer, the sister of the ever-influential head of Francis’ “Gang of 9,” Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, lives in Dallas, [Yikes] while the work that brought him to DC to begin with saw him succeed then-Bishop Sean O’Malley as director of the capital’s Centro Catolico Hispano, which the Capuchin founded a decade earlier as Latinos began to arrive in the city en masse, only leaving the role on his appointment to the Virgin Islands……..

…….Lastly for now, as some fireworks are bound to ensue in the top rank with the appointment for a now-vacant Dallas church – where Farrell was already laying the groundwork to receive another auxiliary – it bears recalling that, with the new Prefect to be aided by three Secretaries for each of the new office’s areas of competence, the legislation establishing the Dicastery provides that (in a first for a top Curial organ) the lead deputies need not be clergy, but may likewise be named from among religious or the laity.

Yes, I’m certain that for this new Dicastery for the Laity, Francis has found his man.

And here I thought I would have nothing to blog on today.