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Dice – Leftism is Terrorism February 2, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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So last night Milo Yiannopolous was to speak at the UC Berkeley student union in an event sponsored by the College Republicans. The Republicans raised the funds to pay for extensive security and negotiated a basically hostile administration to bring in a speaker that has been falsely tarred as a Nazi and a racist (but then again, so have essentially all the 60 million people who voted for Trump, many who did so simply because they felt they had no alternative).

Going in, Milo and his group knew they would face a hostile crowd.  Violent opposition to Milo’s “Dangerous F-ggot Tour” has been rising on the West Coast since the election.  There were violent protests at UC-Davis some weeks ago, and a man was shot after a fist-fight outside a Milo speech at the University of Washington.  But last night’s event was by far the worst.  While campus and local police at least partially paid for by event organizers literally stood by and did nothing, the crowd of anarchists, leftists, those lost in hideous perversion, and various others grew larger and more threatening as the minutes passed.  Eventually they began flinging rocks, fireworks, Molotov cocktails, stormed the barricades, bashed their way into the student union breaking glass doors with – get this – barricades the police themselves had abandoned – and forced the event to be shut down.

They then proceeded to attack a number of people, some of whom were simply innocent bystanders, others who were interested in hearing Milo speak.  They attacked individuals in cars and went on a rampage destroying and looting local shops and, especially, banks.  Just a couple of brief roundups of last night’s outbreak of what is frankly politically inspired domestic terrorism:

First up, a Milo fan pepper sprayed by a masked leftist thug:

That’s just one very small, and relatively mild, instance of violence last night.  In fact over a dozen people were pepper sprayed by leftists, possibly many more.

An overview of some of the violence:

You can find many more if you are interested.  Note, the videos above only cover the very beginning of the riot – it went on for hours, the state media has more or less put a blackout on how serious it was, the damage that was done, and how long it continued.  There was serious damage to dozens/scores of businesses and college facilities and many people were injured.  Thank God no one died, but that won’t be long if this business continues.

As for a review of recent events and a broader perspective, this two minute video sums things up very nicely:

We hear about purported violence or extremism from Trump supporters, but that’s bollocks.  The instances, to the extent they occurred, were generally responses to attacks or egregious provocations on the part of leftist protesters who tried to intimidate people from attending Trump’s rallies in many places, even here in Dallas.  Spitting on people, shouting at them, hot boxing them, throwing things at them, trying to block their movements, etc., etc – and yes, some people lost their cool and responded physically. The number of unprovoked actions from Trump supporters were extremely limited – most instances, as in the vast majority, of supposed Trump supporter outrages have been completely debunked.

The riots by the Left – and I’m afraid it has spread well beyond a small number of extremists and is becoming more and more mainstream among democrat party supporters- are of an entirely different magnitude. You have the added factor of increasingly vitriolic political rhetoric from highly influential people, not some yahoo with a twitter account and four followers. Yes there are idiots on both sides but the overwhelming amount of concrete, physical, dangerous action is being perpetrated by the Left, and has been for some time.

I don’t know where this is all headed.  Things seem not to be calming down but building to a crescendo.  I have no idea what that will mean, but it doesn’t look good.

Why is this happening?  This:

The left politicizes everything, and given the left’s increasing cultishness, that means they religicize everything. Everything — not just a few rules about sodomy and marriage and abortion — becomes a Sacred Principle which must be fought for with the passionate fury of the zealot, from whether private religiously-based organizations must pay for a woman’s $9 per month birth control pills to whether the Pagan Deceiver Milo Yiannopolous can be allowed to step foot upon the sanctified ground of Berkeley Auditorium 3C.

But I disagree with much of the rest of that post linked above.  Classical liberalism was not discovered, it was deliberately conceived – invented –  to try to circumscribe the power of the Church and to constantly decrease the influence of religion on society, “enlightened” men having determined that religious piety was a bad thing that should be under the thumb of the state – eventually, if not this instant.

What we are seeing in the Left is the natural result of that fundamental error – for man is an inherently religious creature, created by God to be so in order to aid our finding Him and worshipping Him.  If real religion is removed or curtailed, men will find a replacement, and that replacement is almost invariably – even if takes a while to reach its realization – far more awful than whatever evils true religion supposedly causes.

It is not an accident that there are very few devout, believing Christians among the hard Left.  Those on the Left have found their religion, and it ain’t yours or mine.  Religious differences are at the root of our current cultural conflict, between those who hold to the new demonic cult of the Left (for all the gods of the gentiles are demons), and those who still cling to some semblance of Christian belief.  Yes there are exceptions, but this is true for the most part.

I do not see a way to happily resolve this existential conflict.  We are dealing with warring religious creeds, not minute points of political philosophy.  Our “side” has surrendered an awful lot and feels it has gained little, if anything, in the bargain.  The other side continues to demand more and more, and we’ve finally reached the realization that their demands for our submission will never be satisfied, and that we simply cannot trade away any more core elements of our sacred faith.  It doesn’t look good.

But perhaps I’m wrong. Pray God I am.

 

Happy Story – Mom with Cancer, Told She Could Not Conceive, Has Natural Quadruplets February 2, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, sanctity, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
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A little happy news for a change, what with riots in Berkeley with dozens attacked and the left-wing Berkeley admin and cops just standing by watching it happen because, meh, they’re only Nazis and evil capitalist businesses getting hurt, so who cares, right?

Pining for the days when Reagan was governor and he called out the National Guard for situations like these.  But to the good news, a mom with cancer, told she probably couldn’t conceive, gave birth to 4 naturally conceived quadruplets.  Mom is under treatment for cancer and the kids are still in the NICU:

A Tennessee military family received a huge outpouring of support recently after the mother was diagnosed with cancer while carrying quadruplets.

Sgt. Charles Gaytan and his wife, Kayla, welcomed the naturally conceived quadruplets into the world on Dec. 30, but their birth was bittersweet. Doctors delivered the babies early by cesarean section because their mother needed immediate cancer treatment.

The Daily Mail reports the Fort Campbell, Tennessee family is doing relatively well. Kayla currently is undergoing cancer treatments, and the four babies are in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Doctors said the four siblings should be well enough to go home in a few weeks.

Their story attracted national media attention, and a donation fund for the family has received more than $1 million to support them, according to the report.

“It renews my faith in humanity,” Kayla told People. “To know that people that don’t even know us just wanted to help our family is amazing.”

Before the quadruplets were conceived, Kayla was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, according to the report. The young mother said she went through five months of chemotherapy and was in remission.

Not long after that, the couple was overjoyed to learn that they were pregnant – something doctors told Kayla might never happen. Not only that, but they had conceived quadruplets naturally. Later into her pregnancy, Kayla said she began noticing symptoms of cancer again. Doctors confirmed it, her Hodgkin’s lymphoma had returned.

Though relatively treatable, the cancer can be serious if it returns, according to the report. Doctors gave the Tennessee mother a 50-percent chance of living five years, she said.

“With four babies on the way, I just couldn’t wrap my head around how it could come back,” she said. “I thought I had beat it the first time.”

When she was 30 weeks pregnant, Kayla gave birth to her babies in an emergency C-section. The babies, Lillian, Victoria, Michael and Charles were born weighing between 2 pounds, 8 ounces and 3 pounds, 2 ounces, according to the report.

Doctors immediately began Kayla’s cancer treatment. She said she will have a stem cell treatment and a 16-month round of chemotherapy.

The Gaytan family said they are not giving up hope. With the quadruplets and two older children to care for, Kayla said she and her husband are trusting in God to handle the situation.

“We know that He’s gotta have a different plan up there for us, and surely everything’s gonna work out in the end,” Kayla said.

I have a brother-in-law that went through a similar situation. His first wife, a convert to the Faith who developed enormous virtue, was diagnosed with cancer after conceiving her 6th child.  The doctors wanted her to abort and start cancer treatment immediately.  They gave her a very grim prognosis if she did not.  But she carried her daughter to full term even as her health badly deteriorated.  That daughter was born healthy and is still fine today, but Missy died as a result of the delayed treatment.  I never met Missy, though her widowed husband has spoken of her many times.  He believes his deceased wife to be a saint. Around the same time Missy died, one of my wife’s sister’s husband suddenly died.  She was left with 7 children, all of them young.

At any rate they two got together and had 5 more kids and are now the parents of 18 children.  Things haven’t always been easy, but they remain faithful and keep trying.  They’ve had some particular difficulties and I’m certain they would appreciate your prayers. If you would, in your charity, please pray for J and F and their family.

Now maybe I’ll do a post about last night’s calamity in Berkeley.

Francis: Pope accuses Christians of ‘cowardliness’ for overfocus on following ‘all’ 10 Commandments February 2, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
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Reveal a bit too much, perhaps, Papa Bergoglio?  Those who are capable of observing the 10 Commandments rarely find cause to chastise others over their doing the same.

Anyway, this has already been all over, but Francis has once again made plain he has no mercy for those he perceives as his ideological opponents, and would really rather they not be in his new, oh-so-humble and merciful church.  “Why don’t you just leave?” is a not-unreasonable summation of this latest rant (my emphasis and comments):

In another in a long stream of apparent attacks on his critics, Pope Francis gave a homily last week accusing Christians who avoid taking risks out of concern for the Ten Commandments as suffering from “cowardliness,” warning that such people become “paralyzed” and unable to “go forward.” 

“‘Not taking risks, please, no… prudence…Obeying all the commandments, all of them…,’” [Do you not get the implication that the pope sees something seriously wrong with people who actually obey the Commandments?  That would explain a very great deal, wouldn’t it?] the pope said, characterizing the thinking of such Christians. “Yes, it’s true, but this paralyzes you too, it makes you forget so many graces received, it takes away memory, it takes away hope, because it doesn’t allow you to go forward.”

Such people become “confined souls” who suffer from the sin of “cowardice,” the pope added. “And the presen[ce] of a Christian, of such a Christian, is like when one goes along the street and an unexpected rain comes, and the garment is not so good and the fabric shrinks…Confined souls…This is cowardliness: this is the sin against memory, courage, patience, and hope.” [This doesn’t remotely make sense.  It’s just a gratuitous insult.]

The remarks were made during a homily delivered on January 27th during a mass he was celebrating in Casa Santa Marta….. A translation was provided by both Rome Reports and Vatican Radio (the Rome Reports translation is quoted above).

The translation published by Vatican Radio rendered the Italian word “pusillanimità” (similar to the English word “pusillanimity”) as “faintheartedness.” However, Italian-English dictionaries translate the word “pusillanime” and “pusillanimità” as “cowardly” and “cowardice.” The pope used the word twice during his homily.

The pope’s remarks appeared to be directed against those who criticize him for using Amoris Laetitia to permit those who are living in adulterous second “marriages” to receive Holy Communion at the discretion of their priest. The practice contradicts the Church’s Code of Canon Law, as well as its perennial tradition of prohibiting the sacraments to those who are living in public mortal sin……….

…….The pope’s statements are the latest in a volley of barbs apparently aimed at critics of Amoris Laetitia in recent weeks.

In late December, addressing the issue of resistance to his attempted reforms, [THEY’RE NOT REFORMS!  WHY DO PEOPLE GRANT HIM ALL THAT INTELLECTUAL ASSENT!  They are massive attacks on the solemn Doctrine of the Faith!  They are radical and dangerous innovations!  They are a surrender of the Church’s sacred duty!  But they are not “reforms!”  Reforms improve things, they don’t wreck them!]Francis decried “malicious resistance” that “takes refuge in traditions, appearances, formalities, in the familiar, or else in a desire to make everything personal, failing to distinguish between the act, the actor, and the action.”  The last reference seems to be to those who object to his insinuation in Amoris Laetitia that those civilly remarried and living in an adulterous relationship are not guilty of a sin if they commit it with the intention of maintaining unity for the sake of children, or if they fear they might fall into another sin. [So now the ends justify the means, apparently. It’s better to commit this mortal sin than that one!]

On January 20 Francis complained in a homily about “lazy Christians, Christians, who do not have the will to continue, Christians, who do not struggle for a change of things, for new things to come, those that if changed would be a good for everybody.”[Ummm, that’s pretty much all and those like me do.  But you’re not talking about what is really best for souls, Francis, you are talking about what is best for your ideological presuppositions.] He made an apparent comparison of his critics to “the doctors of the law who persecuted Jesus,” observing that “these men did everything prescribed by the law. But their mindset was distanced from God. Theirs was an egotistical mindset, focused on themselves: their hearts constantly condemned [others].”

And once again Francis clothes himself with a false cloak of Jesus Christ, inverting the truth – Christ chastised the doctors of the law for permitting sin in exactly the same way Francis encourages it – in order to justify his massive novelties and dangerous (im)moral experiments.

Ah whatever.  I’ve gotten to the point where I expect nothing less than ad hominems on the faithful and a wholesale assault on the Faith from this guy.  It’s infuriating and makes me very sad because I know he’s wreaking massive destruction on souls, but for whatever reason it is our lot to be stuck with this man at this time.  May God have mercy on His Church and send us a worthy successor of St. Peter soon if not immediately.

h/t reader TT

 

Bishop Robert Barron and the Cult of Man February 2, 2017

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Before I begin, I’ll say that I have a sneaking admiration for Dave Rubin, the interviewer in question below.  Yes he’s an out n’ proud type who pretends to be married, and yes he’s an atheist and a liberal……..wait, why do I like him again?  Well, I don’t like him per se, but I do have some admiration for the fact that he is willing to hear out all comers, even those with radically different viewpoints, he despises the SJW Left, and he might even be heading towards a classical liberal/conservative standpoint. But he has many miles to go, which is why my respect for him is nascent and limited.

He recently had Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron on his interview program.  Bishop Barron, as has been his wont over the years, mixed in some fairly solid defenses of the Faith with some abject surrenders that to me obliterated whatever good he may have conveyed.  Michael Matt in the first video below largely shares my assessment, noting that Barron blew a golden opportunity to reach out in charity to a lost soul and seemed to put human respect far above the Truth of Jesus Christ:

There are all kinds of things to takeaway from Barron’s abject surrender on the subject of the intrinsically disordered nature of the sodomitical inclination and the evil of any acts associated with that inclination.

First, he says the Church has been “disordered” in focusing too much on the sin.  This is what he thinks of Sacred Doctrine?  Bishop, heal thyself – or better yet, get over thyself and your worldly opinions.

Secondly, there is much aping of the Franciscan notion of false mercy.  Barron appears to hardly believe in sin anymore, excepting of course for those hateful pharisaical neo-promethean right wingers.  They all go to hell.

But seriously, should we expect anything else from the man who reduced the story of Original Sin to “theological poetry?”  No wonder he holds extremely messed up views of moral theology.

We see again and again this notion that the poor benighted Church before Francis was doctrinaire, hard-hearted and merciless.  What a load of chaff.  First of all, the moral/doctrinal collapse has been setting in for 50+ years.  This is only the fulfilment of errors advanced for decades.  Far from being doctrinaire, the Church has been caving relentlessly on Doctrine for decades.

But even the shriveled husk of Doctrine defended by JPII and a few others is apparently too much for the new Church of infinite humility and Francismercy.

This is where all the modernism in the Church has been headed for decades – towards complete moral surrender and oblivion for souls.

Church of accompaniment far more concerned about the opinions of men and not giving offense than with proclaiming the Truth  of Jesus Christ

Even the poor soul in the interview is left wondering what the heck the Church believes, and seems surprised that it’s really this weak.  Rubin is an admitted atheist, what on earth in this exchange would possibly dissuade him from any of his current beliefs and practices – on these matters most closely related to his primary moral failing and his erroneous beliefs the bishop totally fails because he is more concerned with being perceived as a “nice guy” and not giving offense than he is with conveying Truth vital for this man’s salvation.

And that is the entire problem – the crisis – in the Church in a nutshell.  Even the “conservatives” fear the opinions of men far more than they do the judgment of God, who they have turned into a cosmic candy dispenser, handing out salvation to everyone who comes calling.

If they are not right, they face an awful, awful reckoning.

Here is the full interview.  Barron does give a fairly good account of himself at times, but that really just makes his collapse on sodomy all the more pernicious for he mixes truth with error as Aquinas warned against:

Announcement Post: Two Upcoming Events of Interest February 2, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, catachesis, contraception, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Restoration, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation will be presenting a series of talks at Mater Dei Latin Mass Parish in Irving on Feb. 18-19.  I am not certain if the director of the Center, Mr. Hugh Owen, is giving the talks or not.  Details are below:

All are invited to attend a seminar presented by the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation on Creation and Evolution.

This will be a six part presentation on the philosophy, theology, and science behind creation and evolution.

 

The seminar is free, but a free will offering will be taken up to help cover the cost of this event.

 

Dinner will be served at 5pm on Saturday with a

suggested donation of $5 for adults; $2-3 per child.

Where: Mater Dei Parish Hall

When: (part 1) Saturday, Feb. 18th: 5-8/9pm

            (part 2) Sunday,  Feb. 19th: 2-5pm

BTW, in addition to overnight Adoration (TLM at 8p, Adoration starts after, ends before 8a Mass on Saturday) on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month, Mater Dei is experimenting with having Adoration from 1-5p on every Friday.  If attendance is sufficient to insure the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended, it will become a regular thing.

The other upcoming local event is a series of protests to de-fund Planned Baby-Butchery at a couple of locations in the Diocese, to be held from 9-11a at Feb 11.  The principle one, to me, is at the baby-murder super center in South Dallas:

Dallas

Planned Parenthood – South Dallas Surgical Health Services Center
7989 W Virginia Dr, Dallas, TX 75237 (Map & Directions)
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on February 11

The other protest is in Plano:

Plano

Planned Parenthood – Plano Health Center
600 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75074 (Map & Directions)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on February 11
Note: This event will consist of a prayer vigil. Street parking is available next to Fry’s Electronics on Executive Drive.

I plan to be at the protest in South Dallas.  Maybe I will see some of you there.