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Two Powerful Sermons October 12, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, priests, sanctity, Society, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
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The first has already been widely seen, but I did want to comment on it a bit.  Fr. John Lankeit, rector of the Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude in Phoenix gives an excellent sermon outlining the difference between the two primary political parties in this country, and how well each aligns with Catholic moral principles.  It’s an excellent sermon overall, as many have previously noted, but I did want to bring out one point:

One thing I disagree with is that one “party” favors serious limits on illegal immigration, while the other is in favor of maintaining and even extending the lawless free-for-all we currently endure on our southern border.  This is not correct . One candidate, Trump, favors – at least in his rhetoric – limiting illegal immigration to the greatest practicable extent, but in doing this, he has infuriated many of the establishment players in the Republican party, which is probably a driving factor for some in their openly acknowledged hatred of him. While there are some good Republican Congressmen, Senators, and governors around who do favor sensible and just limits on immigration, the party as a whole is very nearly as in favor of maintaining or expanding the current status quo as are the demonrats.  Whatever the Chamber of Commerce wants, the Chamber of Commerce gets, apparently.  This divide between the will of the base, which overwhelmingly favors at least some kind of limits to immigration, and the elites, who have tried to shove amnesty down our throats multiple times, was the single biggest factor, in my mind, behind Trump’s rise.  He was believed to be serious about limiting immigration, even building a wall, while more “inside” players were seen as less serious, or more apt to compromise or even sell out.

Later in the sermon Fr. Lankeit makes a bit of distinction between the candidate and the party, but overall he sort of holds them to be the same.

I guess one other point I feel compelled to make is that while Hillary is probably the most evil, amoral candidate for president in this nation’s history, and quite likely the most pro-abort, too, Trump is not exactly an all-star in this regard, either.  I very much hope he is honest in his purported pro-life beliefs (which, to be frank, have varied wildly) and, most importantly, that he will nominate the very solid kind of Supreme Court justices he has made public, but there is reason to have qualms.  In comparison to the vile, deplorable Hillary, however, there is really no choice, tragically.

I’m also glad Father brought out both the subject of intrinsic evils, which the Bishop of San Diego McElroy atrociously, I might even say diabolically, attempted, in very Jesuit fashion, to reduce to meaninglessness, as well as noting that neither major party in this country is close to being fully Catholic in its platform and views.  I would go further, and note that this country’s entire orientation at its founding as a liberal republic and epitome of the revolutionary, anti-Catholic beliefs of the late 18th century, is not only disordered, but on a fundamental level, practically anti-Catholic in refusing to recognize Jesus Christ as the King to which all rightly ordered nations must look to as their Head.

Again, overall, it’s a really excellent sermon and the kind of catechesis all too rarely heard outside traditional parishes.

Now, another interesting sermon on the changes made to the Rosary by John Paul II and what boundless effrontery were represented therein.  To think that a prayer given us directly by the Blessed Mother needed “improvement” by sinful, fallen men is the height of hubris, but, of course, nothing characterizes the post-conciliar Church more than its constant exaltation of itself and denigration of its own past.  Heck, nowadays you can’t find a regular Rosary (using one set of mysteries consistently) at virtually ANY wake in a Novus Ordo parish, getting instead a bastardized mish-mash of mysteries from different sets, all oriented towards assuring all present the departed soul is an instant saint, I guess to spare the family and loved ones the duty of having to pray for the departed.  After all, we all know the greatest sin in the known universe is to ever make someone feel bad, even for an instant.  Francis the Great told us so.

Even then, half the time the priest leading the Rosary, if there is one, behaves as if he has rarely, if ever, prayed it before.

As for me, I’ve never prayed the “Luminous Mysteries.”

Non Sequitur Post of the Week – NIJ Standards for Body Armor October 12, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, blogfoolery, Dallas Diocese, firearms, fun, non squitur, silliness, technology.
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Totally non sequitur, just an FYI for those who have no idea what we’re talking about in some other comment threads, the National Institutes of Justice body armor rating levels.  I wonder if Bishop Farrell would have ever gotten around to impugning those of his flock who make use of passive defense, as he did so often against active defense (firearms)?

Drat, I guess we’ll never know now.  Keep praying for our new bishop, whoever he may be.

BTW, Camper, this list more or less confirms that you are correct, Level IIIA is generally considered proof against most submachine gun rounds, which makes sense, since most subs fire 9 mm, .45, or similar handgun rounds, though at somewhat higher velocity than standard hand guns.  Also remember that all soft body armor is pretty much useless against pointy weapons like knives, swords, battleaxes, broad-point arrows, etc.


This armor protects against .22 caliber Long Rifle Lead Round Nose (LR LRN) bullets with nominal masses of 2.6 g (40 gr) impacting at a minimum velocity of 320 m/s (1050 ft/s) or less and 380 ACP Full Metal Jacketed Round Nose (FMJ RN) bullets with nominal masses of 6.2 g (95 gr) impacting at a minimum velocity of 312 m/s (1025 ft/s) or less.


(Lower Velocity 9mm, .40 S&W). This armor protects against 9mm Full Metal Jacketed Round Nose (FMJ RN) bullets with nominal masses of 8.0 g (124 gr) impacting at a minimum velocity of 332 m/s (1090 ft/s) or less and .40 S&W caliber Full Metal Jacketed (FMJ) bullets with nominal masses of 11.7 g (180 gr) impacting at a minimum velocity of 312 m/s (1025 ft/s) or less. It also provides protection against Level I threats. Level IIA body armor is well suited for full-time use by police departments, particularly those seeking protection for their officers from lower velocity .40 S&W and 9mm ammunition.


(Higher Velocity 9mm, .357 Magnum). This armor protects against .357 Magnum jacketed soft-point bullets with nominal masses of 10.2 g (158 gr.) impacting at a velocity of 425 m/s (1,395 ft/s) or less and against 9mm full-jacketed bullets with nominal velocities of 358 m/s (1,175 ft/s). It also protects against most other factory loads in caliber .357 Magnum and 9mm as well as the Level I and IIA threats. Level II body armor is heavier and more bulky than either Levels I or IIA. It is worn full time by officers seeking protection against higher velocity .357 Magnum and 9mm ammunition.


(.44 Magnum; Submachine Gun 9mm). This armor protects against .44 Magnum, Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets with nominal masses of 15.55 g (240 gr.) impacting at a velocity of 426 m/s (1,400 ft/s) or less and against 9mm full-metal jacketed bullets with nominal masses of 8.0 g (124 gr.) impacting at a velocity of 426 m/s (1,400 ft/s) or less. It also provides protection against most handgun threats as well as the Level I, IIA, and II threats. Level IIIA body armor provides the highest level of protection currently available from concealable body armor and is generally suitable for routine wear in many situations. However, departments located in hot, humid climates may need to evaluate the use of Level IIIA armor carefully.


(High-powered rifle). This armor, normally of hard or semirigid construction, protects against 7.62mm full-metal jacketed bullets (US military designation M80) with nominal masses of 9.7 g (150 gr.) impacting at a velocity of 838 m/s (2,750 ft/s) or less. It also provides protection against threats such as 223 Remington (5.56mm FMJ), 30 Carbine FMJ, and 12-gauge rifled slug, as well as Level I through IIIA threats. Level III body armor is clearly intended only for tactical situations when the threat warrants such protection, such as barricade confrontations involving sporting rifles.


(Armor-piercing rifle). This armor protects against .30–06 caliber armor-piercing bullets (US military designation APM2) with nominal masses of 10.8 g (166 gr.) impacting at a velocity of 868 m/s (2,850 ft/s) or less. It also provides at least single-hit protection against the Level I through III threats.

Level IV body armor provides the highest level of protection currently available. Because this armor is intended to resist “armor piercing” bullets, it often uses ceramic materials. Such materials are brittle in nature and may provide only single-shot protection since the ceramic tends to break up when struck. As with Level III armor, Level IV armor is clearly intended only for tactical situations when the threat warrants such protection.

They hate us, they really, really hate us October 12, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
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As if that’s a surprise.  A rash of releases of e-mails from longtime Clinton confidante John Podesta’s personal e-mail reveal the depth of the hatred in which Clintonistas hold Catholics, especially the loathed and feared “conservative Catholics” (by which they mean faithful, non-bastardized katholycs), while also revealing just how completely franked so many leftist’s understanding of the Faith is.  That last bit is hardly a surprise, leftists create an entire mental universe based on a fantastic melange of their ideology and perverse caricatures of the object loathed.  It’s one and the same, from “an amazing bastardization of the faith” below, to “promethean neo-pelagians” from other quarters.

And away we go into the depths of leftist lunacy:

Ken Auletta’s latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups.

It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy. [As usual left-wingers have everything upside down, inside out, and back to front.  It is “Christian democracy,” by which I think we can safely assume they mean liberal khristianity, that is an “amazing bastardization” of the faith.  As I related yesterday, liberalism posits an alternate universe where religion is subordinate to so-called science (or sciencism, a form of the over-arching sexular pagan religion) and the whims of always metastasizing leftist ideology.  It’s riven with double-think and all manner of other Orwellian overtones.  But let’s move on]

…….Jennifer Palmieri then replies:

I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals. [Never even a hint that someone could actually be a convicted Catholic believing all that “bad old stuff” that they try to associate with conservatism, which is actually nothing of the sort, but simply being a faithful Catholic.]

[A final barb from another demonrat dufus]………Excellent point. They can throw around “Thomistic” thought and “subsidiarity” and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.

Speak for yourself.  I may not be a hardcore Thomist, but I can recognize the alignment between the Summa and Catholic belief and practice going back to the earliest Church, and carrying forward till at least the early 60s as the dominant theological school of the Church, when it was supplanted by neo-modernism and leftism generally.  As for subsidiarity, it’s an amazingly simple concept, keep government at the most local/simplest level possible, demonrats simply hate it because it foils their preferred policy prescriptions.

In all this crap, they don’t err honestly, they are driven to error by their ideology.  Subsidiarity isn’t too complex, its annoying and offensive to their core (religious) beliefs.  Faithful practice of Catholicism isn’t an “amazing bastardization,” it’s a grave threat to their most cherished beliefs, and so has to be belittled and dismissed.

It’s the same as always with left-wingers, don’t conform thought to an objective standard/reality, make reality conform to preferred thought.  It’s terrifying and Orwellian as hell, but it’s also the dominant belief-set of the vast majority of the self-anointed elite in the West and around the world.

Islamists Vandalize San Antonio churches October 12, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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At least one was a Catholic church, the others were Baptist and Lutheran.  The message was very straightforward: convert, or die:

At least four churches have been tagged by vandals in the past week, according to two people KSAT spoke to on Monday.

One of the churches hit on Monday was Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

The bold black letters were posted at the church’s front entrance. The hate-filled message read “No To Wall, Islam or Die,” and was followed by a symbol.

Pastor Eric Miletti believes it could be a symbol of terrorism.

“The only thing that comes close to that, and again I’m not an expert, is the terror flag of the Islamic State,” Miletti said.

The same symbol was found just over a mile away at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

“It’s a very sad day. People come here to worship in freedom and I’m sure the people that did this want to worship in freedom as well. There’s not a problem worshiping your freedom, just don’t tag my church,” said parishioner Mike Aleman.

The Church – or the faithful – continue to be squeezed between the inexorable force of sexular paganism and the immovable object of islam.  They are largely left abandoned by their shepherds in facing this virtually unprecedented twin persecution.

This type of behavior – and far worse – is not at all surprising.  This is how islamists behave wherever they exist in large enough numbers to develop some confidence that they can get away with such acts.  As Winston Churchill – a man who had extensive, up-close experience in dealing with islamist militants from the Malakand Pass to the Upper Nile – said, the mohammadan is either at your throat or at your feet.  Pithy, but true.  Today, such sentiments are liable to get one labeled a deplorable.

It is exactly such sentiments, a forbidden zone placed around thought judged impertinent by the cultural elites, that explain why the West is in retreat virtually everywhere before the forces of islam. The Church, which should be leading the resistance, is almost totally AWOL.

Absent worthy shepherds, are best recourses are prayer and resignation to God’s will.

Amazingly, it seems the media is trying to blame this outrage on Trump.  That tells us a great deal more about the media than it does Trump and his supporters.  There is no lie the media will not tell to get the haggard witch elected.  The next post will make that even more clear.