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Errors of “Big Bang” Cosmology and Other Good Sermons September 13, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I posted a link to the first sermon below – back when Audio Sancto was a going concern – back in 2013.  It’s been on Youtube for some time, but the timing felt right again to bring up this subject, what with all the comments received in the post I did on evolution being at the foundation of the collapse of Christianity in the 20th century.

The priest giving the sermon is a trained scientist, in the field of biology.  I am not a scientist, but as I said in the previous post on evolution, I have been steeped in the scientific indoctrination establishment throughout my education and professional career, and I have worked as a practicing engineer for nearly 25 years now.  I am not scientifically illiterate.  Neither is Father in the sermon.

This priest has given numerous sermons against the errors of modern science, cosmology, and evolution in particular.  I feel the one below is the best, but here are links to several of his other sermons on this subject (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4).  Thanks to Steve Cunningham for putting all these truly edifying videos up.  Some of the visuals are outstanding.

Appeals to authority may constitute logical fallacies, but I can state that, from my personal experience that, with the possible exception of Father Michael Rodriguez, the priest in this video is probably the best teacher and most convincing catechist I’ve ever been blessed to learn from.

I don’t want to beat this subject to death, and I have other videos I’d like to present as well, but I think this is as good a sermon on the subject of modern cosmology as I’ve ever heard.  At the very least, it presents serious challenges and asks penetrating questions. In terms of the other videos linked above, this one is probably most worth your time.  It notes the truth, which is that evolution was deliberately construed not as simply a scientific theorem, but as a thoroughgoing philosophy which undergirds a competing and inveterately hostile religion, that of materialist rationalism or, as I call it, sexular paganism.

The comments are interesting.  There are some substantial (if very brief) criticisms of Father’s arguments.  But mostly there are ad hominem attacks against religion in particular and metaphysics in general.  Stupid Greeks, didn’t they know  they were just wasting their time thinking about truth, when the material is all there is?  One thing these proselytes of modern science either do not know, or refuse to admit, is that when they laud “science” for only considering the material, they fail to acknowledge that it wasn’t always thus, and that it required both the sundering of Christendom through the protestant revolution, and the subsequent ascendancy of rationalism, to create a new scientific philosophy that, as a matter of deliberate choice, not evidence or reason, excluded the non-material.  You can think Descartes and Bacon, largely, for that, and they were not wholly dispassionate in their motives.

Hopefully less controversially, another excellent sermon from a very good priest, one I which I knew better, on the grand matter of humility.  There is nothing really ground-breaking in the sermon, but good, solid catechesis on an absolutely vital virtue that is so little understood and practiced in our time.  This priest is associated with an apostolate I think is so key, which is the re-evangelization of Latin America to authentic Catholicism through the spread of the Traditional Mass.  Please consider supporting this apostolate.

This final sermon is actually from the great Moral Doctor Saint Alphonsus Ligouri.  It’s read by someone, I know not whether they are a priest or no.  In this sermon, St. Alphonsus expostulates on the fact that, for each one of us, there are only a certain number of sins each person is allotted before God forgives no more of them. He bases his sermon on Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and common sense. A most powerful sermon and on a topic that many either do not know or are reluctant to countenance.  I believe I have blogged excerpts from others of St. Alphonsus’ voluminous writings on this subject, but darned if I can find them now.  This might be the most important of all the sermons listed in this post:

 

The Fascists at “Antifa” Plan Home Invasions to Attack Their Enemies September 13, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, cultural marxism, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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If I lived alone and was not responsible for 8 other lives, I’d say, bring it.  But these things can get out of hand. I would never want to take another life.  However, I’m not going to be a silent, compliant drone to avoid the potentiality.

Fascist “anti-fascist” braggarts in the Bay Area are talking about how they are going to take the fight to their perceived enemies, even up to and including home invasions and breaking some bones to make their point:

Reveal published a story Tuesday titled “Antifa has a rapid response team that targets alt-right organizers.” The kind of targeting the article describes is not just keeping an eye out for people on the streets, this is more organized and specific behavior that results in a published hit list of right-wing targets. In this case, “hit list” is not a metaphor. This is the list of people Antifa members plan to hit and injure if they encounter them. Reveal reporter Will Carless spoke to one of the “most militant” members of the Bay Area Antifa, a guy called Dominic who sees himself as a “Nazi hunter.” Dominic is ready to take his street battle into his target’s homes if necessary..….

One antifa activist, who would give only the name “Dominic,” talked proudly in a series of interviews with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting about forming this broader alliance of “Nazi hunters” to seek out, reveal and fight these enemies wherever they might show up. Their goal became even more specific after Charlottesville: to prevent more casualties like that of activist Heather Heyer.

“We’ll go to their house, I’ll put it that way. We’ll go to their house,” said Dominic, an imposing, muscular man in his 30s. [The radical hard left communists of “antifa” in Germany – from which they emanated as yet another Germanic scourge upon the world – have already put this tactic into effect for years.  Of course, over there, they largely get away with their assaults, either facing no convictions or receiving trivial sentences.  Will the same happen here?] “I don’t want to hurt anybody, but I want those people to stop it. If I have to put Richard Spencer or Nathan Damigo into the hospital critically, and it would have saved Heather Heyer’s life or the next potential Heather Heyer, I would do it without question.” [Yes, but one can never know that beforehand, can one?  Apparently antifa wants to err on the side of abandon, aggressively injuring or killing their ideological opponents.  That is what this mention of Heyer is really about, giving some moral cover to the wanton immoralities they intend to visit on those who have the temerity to think differently from them.]

Dominic’s targets don’t have to be actual Nazis, white supremacists or extremists. As the story points out, sometimes anyone on the right will do.………[No, this is entirely the point.  They might say they oppose the “alt-right,” but to them the alt-right is anyone who voted for Trump.  In these melees, anyone not part of their sadistic black clad group is an open target for attack.  These are pathetic impotent boys in men’s bodies acting out their rage against their failures and ineffectual lives in a form of public street theater catharsis.  But that doesn’t make them any less dangerous, perhaps even more so, as they are almost totally unhinged.]

……..In preparing for right-wing rallies scheduled to take place in San Francisco and Berkeley last month, Dominic and the other militants put together an 8-page handout on who might show up and added a one-page “Know Your Nazi” hit list with pictures of nine individuals including Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson. Gibson has denounced Nazis and white supremacists several times recently but he is on the list because some actual white supremacists have shown up at his previous events.

You’ve probably seen the video of what happened when Gibson and two members of his group showed up in Berkeley (and if you haven’t read Matt Labash’s story on it, it’s here). If you wondered how so many of the Antifa members recognized him instantly, it’s because his photo was on the hit list……..

You can go to the link if you want to see the video.

So how does this play out?  Civic leadership in nearly every major city in this country is dominated by leftists.  Most of these universities are in major cities.  The leadership of both have repeatedly demonstrated absolutely zero interest in maintaining civic order or reining in rioters, no matter how destructive, if they are viewed by them as being part of the great left wing machine.  Members of the “right”/anti-leftist ad hoc coalition, at the same time, are becoming increasingly aggressive in defending their rights.  There have been practical pitched battles in Berkeley and other locales where these two groups meet.  I cannot imagine people on both sides will limit themselves to bats, chains, and bike locks for long. At some point, someone is going to open up with a firearm, and where it goes from there, only the Lord knows.

We may find out soon enough. With Ben Shapiro speaking at Berkeley tomorrow Sept 14, and then the big “Free Speech Week” organized by Milo Yiannopoulos Sept 24-27, tensions could go beyond the breaking point.

On the plus side, I guess my wife no longer has any reason to wonder why I needed that hard plate body armor.  I can have that on and gun out within seconds of someone crashing the door.

I do need to get some kind of head gear, though.

The Left Intends Not Just to Make Conservative Thought Illegal, but Impossible September 13, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, cultural marxism, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Those who follow conservative – or even just anti-leftist – commentators on Google-owned Youtube already know that over the past year, there has been a rising persecution against these channel-owners and content-creators.  It started with a calculated campaign begun in the statist bourgeois media to label number Youtube channels as “extremist” and thus poison for advertisers.  But these advertisements made up a huge proportion of the income these content creators earned, which allowed them to produce high-quality content.  Nevertheless, what came to be known as the “ad-pocalypse” has moved steadily forward, with a disproportionate of conservative/libertarian/anti-leftist channels losing the large majority of their income through having their content “de-monetized” – moved into a state in which ads will not be shown.

But that was just the beginning.  Youtube is steadily rolling out a new “restricted state” that will place supposedly “offensive” content – offensive, that is, to the overwhelmingly extremist leftist employees of Google residing in Sodom on the Bay – into a literal Gulag state, where the videos do not show in search results, liking or sharing is impossible, comments are not allowed, and many other features that make social media work are eliminated.  Many users on Youtube, including myself, have already seen sneaking signs of this – comments made never show up, videos from subscribed channels either never show in one’s feed or show up days late, and thousands have been involuntarily unsubscribed from channels they long ago subscribed to (a process known as “shadow banning”).

And even this is only a tiny portion of the general campaign against free speech and persecution of “offending opinion” the practical monopoly Goolag is rapidly deploying.  Just this week, several purely mainstream conservative blogs were notified that they had been “almost blacklisted,” but still put into a disfavored state where their site will not show up in search results (or be radically de-prioritized to only show up hundreds or thousands of search results down), with a potential huge impact on their ability to be read and influence people.

Yes, there has been some banning and de-prioritization of extremist far left sites, but so far the ratio is running about 5 to 10 to 1 in terms of the political outlook of sites being sent down the memory hole.  That is to say, 5, 8, 10, or more conservative-leaning sites or channels are persecuted for every leftist site.  And the leftist sites so banned are truly extreme, calling for out and out violent revolution, while the conservativish sites are mainstream, even milquetoast in some cases.

Several sites you have likely read numerous times are on this list:

In a message addressed to us along with Drudge ReportAmerican ThinkerInstaPunditPJ Media and Gateway Pundit, Leo Goldstein writes:

Dear Editors,

You might be interested to learn, that your websites have been almost blacklisted by Google. “Almost blacklisted” means that Google search artificially downranks results from your websites to such extent that you lose 55% – 75% of possible visitors traffic from Google. This situation is probably aggravated by secondary effects, because many users and webmasters see Google ranking as a signal of trust.

This result is reported in my paper published in WUWT. The findings are consistent with multiple prior results, showing Google left/liberal bias, and pro-Hillary skew of Google search in the elections.

I write to all of them to give you opportunity to discuss this matter among yourselves. Even if Google owes nothing to your publications, it certainly owes good faith to the users of its search.

Intentionally hiding conservative and/or libertarian websites from the customers is an obvious breach of good faith.

Those of you who do not know me are welcome to visit at Climate Realism Against Alarmism.

The almost blacklisted domains:
americanthinker.com
drudgereport.com
powerlineblog.com
pjmedia.com
thegatewaypundit.com

We are seeing an ascendant religion flexing its muscles.  Having, somehow, almost silently, crushed Christianity as a moral and political force over the past 20 years through the bludgeon of the media and wedge social causes (the “moral majority” or evangelical right is practically non-existent as a cultural-political influence compared to even 20 years ago), the religion of sexular pagan leftism is starting to institute its anti-Christian, anti-Western religious precepts in a wholly repressive, unscrupulous way.  That’s because they are completely convinced that only they are right and good and moral, and all those who do not share their beliefs, down to the last jot and tittle, are conversely wrong and bad and immoral, and undeserving of any rights or even of their very existence.  Unfortunately, sexular paganism is not moderated by a solemn doctrine of charity for all, even manifest heretics and those that hate you.  It is instead motivated by the worst kind of envy, one of ugliest and most powerful emotions and one that will, quite inevitably, lead to all manner of horrors being enacted should the Left gain sufficient power – just as have occurred in every single historical context where such a tragedy has occurred.

When I wrote that someday Catholics blogs might fall under this ban, some commenters suggested the problem could be solved by moving to a different blog hosting service.  Sure, maybe I could type away all day and crank our 6 or 7 posts, but if nobody can ever find them, what would be the point?

I strongly recommend getting off every Google-owned property possible.  Stop using Google for searches, use DuckDuckGo.com instead.

Multi-Part Tour through the Spanish Missions of San Antone, Part III September 13, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, religious, Society, Tradition.
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Sorry this tour got sidelined for far longer than I hoped or planned.  In late June one of my children set my work laptop down in a puddle of water (water they had been told to wipe up already!) and the fan sucked water up into the computer.  End result was a completely fried hard drive.  I had transferred all my mission pictures to the lap top some time before.

Fortunately I still had the originals on my phone, it just took me a long time to get them transferred.  I finally got around to that today, and so here is part 3 in the four part series, covering the largest of the four missions, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo.

Of all the four missions, aside perhaps from Mission Espada, Mission San Jose was in the worst shape when San Antonio and local historical societies got serious about restoring them in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Indeed, the entire ceiling and the east wall collapsed during a Mass held there around the turn of the 20th century.  The Mission looked like this before meaningful restoration began:

Today the Mission is quite restored, which is both bad and good – it’s great that we have something to look at, and that the church is whole enough to offer Sacraments, but the down side is that we never know whether what we are looking at is authentic or not.  Fortunately, the west walls and the facade of the church remained standing, and these contained some of the most artistically significant elements.

Today, approaching the Mission from the parking lot, this is the view one finds:

The former refectory and cells for the religious who worked this mission are gone, but the outline of the structures remains:

Mission San Jose has by far the finest stonework, hand-carved, sometimes by natives, sometimes by artisans brought from Nuevo España (Mexico) into local limestone, of all the San Antonio missions:

An arrow slit to defend the church against hostile indians.  I kid, it’s a light for a very narrow circular stairway that leads up to the bell tower.

Moving around to the front of the church, we see what is probably the most elaborately carved stone facade on any mission in North America.  That is a historical treasure, even though many of the statues and individual flourishes had to be recreated to replace damage caused by vandalism over the years.  Horribly, incredibly, almost unanimously protestant soldiers in the Texas Revolution and, even more, the Mexican-American War of 1848 (American forces used the missions as storage facilities for grain and other logistics materials), used these irreplaceable pieces of art for target practice.  There is more evidence of damage inside the church proper.

The more detail one captures, the more amazing the artistry is:

Now moving inside the church proper, this is the overall view down the nave:

Let me tell you, that reredo is a massive improvement over what existed in Mission San Jose for decades, especially after the council. Then, there were simply bare stucco walls with a moderately sized – and none too artistically significant – table altar.  This new reredo was added a few years ago, I think under the impetus of then Archbishop Jose Gomez, and really transformed the church into something far more aesthetically pleasing.

The view back towards the choir loft:

This choir loft is still accessible and used during Mass.

I don’t know when these pews were fabricated, I don’t think they are anywhere close to original to the Spanish Mission period, but as a woodworker I was impressed with their craftsmanship nonetheless.  I would hazard they are in the vicinity of 90-100 years old.

I mentioned further damage inside the church itself.  The carved sconces at the juncture where the vertical beams meet the arched ones for the ceiling had extensive damage.  Several popes and saints had their heads shot off, as seen below:

This one was relatively intact:

Some closeups of the reredo.  Very nicely done.  Not real high on the color but the design with alcoves for Saints is very Spanish.  I love this as something for local traditionally-inclined parishes to adopt if they ever have the opportunity to do a remodel along orthodox/traditional lines (sorry for the blurriness in some images.  It was super-humid that day and going from the outside to the inside caused the camera lens to keep fogging up. I tried to wipe it clean but was not always successful):

They were getting ready for Pentecost, thus, the decorations.

Nice crucifix. The crucifix and statues are definitely Spanish colonial era polychrome, but I do not know if they are original or not.  Most original art not permanently affixed (and even some that was) was lost from the four missions during their century or so of near abandonment and neglect.

To gauge how much the reredo improved things, compare with this shot from the mid-2000s:

Night and day, no?  Plus, much additional artwork was returned from this stark, iconoclastic post-conciliar wreckovation.

That artwork includes some period paintings:

I love them both, one is such a great example of Spanish Colonial Catholic art, the other, I believe, is of much more recent vintage.

OK just a few more things.  A nice statue of Our Lady, unfortunately image is a little blurry:

And then finally, in what amounts to something akin to a side chapel, though it’s really used more today like a room for exhibits of certain kinds, is what I believe is a remnant of an old high altar that was probably chopped up in the post-conciliar period:

I had to stretch through a narrow space between some kneelers and a wall to get this shot.  Otherwise it was almost entirely blocked.

Or perhaps I am wrong, and this is a post-conciliar altar that used to be in the main church and got moved into this side chapel?  My gut says, though, that with this degree of detail, this is a more ancient altar, probably not original to the 1700s, but perhaps early- or mid-19th century?  The altar stone was obviously missing, but altars of primarily wood construction were not at all unheard of, especially in colonial environs.

I could find no one to give me the history of this altar. Most people either didn’t know what it was or knew nothing of its history.

I thought I had some more pics, especially of the re-created mission palisade and living quarters for natives, but I am not finding them now.