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Reason #945 to Never Serve in the US Military……. September 19, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution.
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……..or strongly consider terminating service at the earliest possible/foreseeable date.  The Navy, acting on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s act of the will permitting “transgender” individuals to serve in the armed forces, is implementing across-the-board training indoctrination for all servicemembers starting next year.  Aside from encouraging deeply disordered individuals from maintaining a fiction in total contradiction to their God-given identity, aside from allowing burly men free access to women’s restrooms and other facilities on ship, it will also, almost certainly, require all Naval personnel to join in with this fantasy by mandating the use of one’s “gender pronoun of choice,” or even ludicrous made up ones like xer, zim, xhe, etc.  This is institution-mandated madness, and, in line with the Gramscian principles at work in all cultural marxism of this type, will help serve as both a massively useful legal precedent for imposing this unprecedented social engineering on unwilling states and even private entities, and as a further wrench in the already broken down machine of Western civilization.

As you can see, it’s win-win to the leftists who are attempting to foist this insanity on all of us:

An all-Navy message sent out Tuesday says that all sailors will be required to undergo transgender behavioral education by July 2017.

Starting Nov. 1, the training will educate sailors about the Navy’s new transgender policy that allows transgenders to serve in the military, Military.com reported.

“This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior,” the message states. [Meaning, if you call a 6’5″ 250 lb dude covered in thick body hair who happens to wear a wig – or not even that, who happens to feel like a woman, today, even though he gives absolutely no outward indication of being such – “sir,” you’re finished.]

……In the meantime, leadership is putting together a commander’s tool kit that will guide training, said Lt. Jessica Anderson, a spokeswoman for Naval Personnel Command, to Military.com[The fact that a woman is spokesman for this is hardly surprising.  Of all the services, none have been more a special target of cultural marxism than the Navy, whose “Tailhook scandal” gave the powers that be all the excuse they needed to break yet another cultural institution of any outward masculine orientation]

Service members are expected to maintain standards of conduct and treat each other with dignity and respect,” Anderson said. [This is a euphemism of language policing on an unprecedented scale] “Training for sailors will be conducted by command triads via mobile training teams or DVD with a facilitation guide if the unit is in a remote area and unable to receive face-to-face training. There will also be webinars for COs to ask questions prior to delivering training to their commands.” [If you had any idea how much time in today’s military is taken up by training of this type, and similar inanities (like ubiquitous commercials on Armed Forces TV demanding service members constantly wear reflector belts even when on duty in a war zone), you’d be amazed that anything productive ever gets accomplished.]

The training deadline is set to coincide with the date that the Navy will start accepting transgender recruits, July 1, 2017.

The military is creating ground rules for servicemembers who want to change their gender while serving and is requiring that all transgendered people use the bathroom associated with their preferred gender.

Anderson said that leadership will crack down on any mistreatment or harassment of transgender individuals. [Which would include telling someone who is manifestly a man, that they are not, in fact, a woman, no matter how many cancer-causing drugs they take, or how much self-mutilation they perform. Even use of the “wrong” pronoun will be grounds for severe penalties, because you will be made to care, and to sing the leftist tune.]

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter repealed the ban on transgenders serving in the military back in June.

“This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force,” Carter said at a Pentagonpress conference. “We can’t allow barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission.”

What complete, utter bullshwaggle.  Transgenders don’t even make up 0.03% of the population.  The military has gotten by without them for 240 years, and could continue getting by forever without these super-special snowflakes.  This is all about an exercise of naked power by cultural marxists to advance the ball as far as they possibly can while they still hold power.

Do you have any idea how high the same sex rape rate is in the US military? Did you know that men are almost as likely to be raped in the US military as are women?

And you do, of course, realize, that this whole transgender rights line of attack on morality and decency is, a) something that was on absolutely no one’s radar even 2 years ago, before Obergefell, and b) is a direct result of that decision, which suddenly gave those inclined to sodomy and allied perversion not only “equal” rights but, given all the pre-existing “hate crimes” legislation and other special government protections, superior rights to the most hated creature in the known universe, the always deplorable white male?

The Left worked to set the table for that decision for at least twenty five years solid, and once it came, had an entire panoply of causes to put forth to continue their attack on their real enemy, Christianity.  We’re bogged down in bathroom wars over an aggrieved 50,000 or so very, very loud people, nationwide, so that almost no one gives thought to, say, rolling back Obergefell, Lawrence v. Texas, etc.  That’s how the Left has succeeded for 60 odd years now, they never rest, as soon as one objective is obtained, they push for 5 more.

So, Catholic Navy types (and, I assume, those of all the other branches)…….are you going to go along and call a giant he “Ma’am,” or whatever is demanded of you?  Or will there be an appropriate weasel word provided, something sexless so you don’t have to compromise yourself totally?  Like just addressing people by rank?  But hasn’t going along to get along helped bring us to this very point?  Not that I would have the wherewithal to do any differently if it were my career on the line………..or would I?

I have gone out in a blaze of glory once.  There’s no way I could ever work at Fuji-land again so long as current management remains, not that I’d want to.

h/t reader TT

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Why Homeschool? September 19, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, Restoration, sanctity, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I don’t think most readers of this blog need much convincing that homeschooling is not only the best choice, but increasingly the only real moral alternative for educating children in a culture of pandemic immorality and out of control self-interest.  Aside from an exceedingly limited number of still relatively orthodox private school alternatives, there is really no choice in a culture that permits men into little girl’s restrooms, pretends two people of the same sex can be married, encourages all manner of self-serving vice from the most gluttonous avarice to the most shameful self-degradation, but to homeschool.

Still, even with the numerous motivations, it is not easy.  It is especially not easy if mom has to try to maintain the education of multiple children in multiple different grades, with only very rare breaks, and with all the hassles and upsets that come from not just raising a whole bunch of kids, but trying to educate them, too.  There can be endless frustrations and enormous challenges to patience. Sometimes, it will seem that the effort is not worth it, that you’re “failing” or “doing a bad job” in educating your children, or maybe even being counterproductive in not always maintaining a hybrid June Cleaver/Saint Teresa level of superhuman homemaking and saintly piety.

Don’t let these thoughts linger in your head.  This is the suffering God has called you to in this time.  It can be enormously challenging suffering, but remember the Divine and Inerrant Word of God told us, through Saint Paul, that His Grace is more than sufficient aid to overcome it.

Such is the major point of Father’s sermon below.  The voice will be familiar to many.  Some may have heard this message before, but its worth hearing again at the start of this homeschooling year.  The more we struggle, the more Grace abounds for all of us.  Don’t let worries over whether you’re teaching Algebra II well enough, or whether your homeschooled child will do well on the PSAT, distract you from your primary jobs, which are maintaining your own growth in holiness while witnessing a faithful – if struggling and imperfect – Catholic life to your children.

There is much in this sermon for everyone, but especially for those moms (or dads) starting another long year’s slog.  Don’t let pride and self-will detract from the beautiful, unimaginably important gift (and challenge) he has given you/us in bringing up children in a time of darkness to be good and holy souls:

Catholic Irving Gets a Bit More Catholic September 19, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, religious, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
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One of the reasons Irving, TX is such a Catholic town, it must be admitted, is the presence of the University of Dallas (UD).  No, UD is not what it once was, sadly, the effects of modernist influence under Msgr. Milam Joseph’s tenure and some subsequent problems have definitely had their effect, but UD does still remain one of the more Catholic universities in this country.  A bit of a step back in the direction of relative orthodoxy was announced recently, with the standing up of a branch of the Nashville Dominicans to both study and teach at UD.  No, the Nashville Dominicans are not explicitly traditional, but they are one of the most solid “mainstream” religious orders in this country, especially among the women’s orders.

Several nuns have already arrived in Irving to set up their convent and are teaching this semester.  Their presence brings to six the number of monasteries/convents either within Irving or within a few miles (including – Carmel of the Infant Jesus of Prague in Dallas, Cistercians in Irving, Holy Family of Nazareth in Grand Prairie, Carmelites in Arlington, and both male and female Dominicans at UD.  Am I missing any?).  For this day and age, that’s an  unusual density, though, even a few short decades ago, I think any city of 200,000 with a large Catholic population would have had far more than that, so we still have a long way to go.  Some details from the announcement:

When classes began on Aug. 24, UD students were greeted by a different combination of white and black on the mall: the white and black of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, a religious congregation more commonly known as the Nashville Dominicans. The Cistercian fathers, the Dominican fathers and the diocesan priests have contributed much to the academic and spiritual life on the campus for many years, but the presence of women religious, so prominent in UD’s early days, has been lacking in recent times.

This past spring, Associate Professor and Chairman of Theology Mark Goodwin extended an invitation to alumna Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., to teach systematic theology full time at UD. This invitation led to a conversation between President Thomas Keefe and the Nashville Dominican Mother General, Mother Ann Marie Karlovic, O.P., in which they discussed the possibility of a small community of sisters coming to serve at the University of Dallas.

As a result of this conversation, on Aug. 9, three Nashville Dominicans arrived in Irving and established a convent. Sister Mary Edith Humphries, O.P., another UD alumna, is teaching Literary Tradition I while continuing work on her doctoral dissertation on Shakespeare for The Catholic University of America; Sister Rosemary Esseff, O.P., is leading the Schola Rosa Mystica (a Gregorian Chant and sacred polyphony choir) while also working on her doctoral dissertation in sacred music composition for the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, Italy; and Sister Jane Dominic, of course, is teaching theology.

The two alumnae sisters are happy to be back at UD.

In fact, nine nuns of the Nashville Dominicans are alumnae of UD.  So it seems the university remains, still and all, at least something of a bastion of conservative Catholicism, if not outright traditionalism (though, there are many folks very friendly to tradition there, and there present is certainly felt at Mater Dei).

As for me, I always try to maintain a very open mind and find the manifest good (and it is certainly there) in these very conservative, if not explicitly traditional orders.  I know from local experience that convents of nuns, in particular, would often love to fully embrace tradition but are prohibited from doing so by their own religious superiors or even diocesan intransigence.

These women do a great deal of good.  I pray they continue to grow, and ever more rapidly.  Speaking of good, there is a talk being given by the theology professor Sister Jane Dominic Laurel tonight at UD from 7:30 – 9 TONIGHT on the subject of praying as a family.  See flyer below:

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Childcare is available.