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This blog is for Roman Catholics of a traditional stripe, with a passing interest in doings in the Diocese of dallas.  This blog started out with a much more intense focus on Dallas, but I learned my lesson on trying to skin that cat. Only conversion of souls will result in the restoration of this badly fallen, quite liberal diocese.  So, I only occasionally cover local items, but the name remains.

I am a busy dad with 6 girls and a son, but I manage to post fairly frequently.  You get what you pay for.

I pray God that you will direct all my writing according to His Will and that it may be an instrument in helping souls believe and practice the glorious, perfect Doctrine of our Holy Mother the Church.

Another note, this blog is my place for my views.  It’s laughably easy to get your own blog if you want to voice your opinions.  Comments are certainly welcome but they are a privilege, not a right.  Anyway, that’s how I’ve run things for years, and it seems to work pretty well.  I do most of my learning offline, but I am occasionally edified by a good comment.

My real name is Lawrencinium Tiberius Rochenhoffenstauffengreensteinberg-Jones.

As for those who find me repugnant or who are triggered by my views:



1. tantamergo - December 10, 2009
Patt - December 12, 2012

Very good commentary on Father Barron. He recently caused a big upset about his review of Ralph Martin’s new book on Hell, “Will Many Be Saved?”. Michael Voris , Monsignor Charles Pope and even the author called him to task. When I first read Father Barron’s book review I thought something was amiss — so I was glad to see it wasn’t just me. His review seemed to dismiss the idea that St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine held that few are saved. Of course they are mere Doctors of the Church.. When you said in your commentary that Father Barron reflects Modernism in his thinking, you hit the nail on the head. (I have always wondered why he does the “worldly” movie reviews. I doubt any of our major (or even minor) saints would have felt the need for that.) I am sure he means well, but today that is not enough. We MUST be in line with Church teaching.
Again thank you for pointing this out, Catholics are confused enough and we do not need it to be added to.

tantamergo - December 12, 2012

Thank you! Fr. Barron is increasingly concerning me because he has this reputation for orthodoxy but he frequently espouses doubtful ideas, even outright error. He really believes that almost everyone is saved.

Charles - March 6, 2013

In your last comment in the Fr. Barron article you wrote, you said something very clearly and I quote you:

“Again, I think in the interest of cutting a new path, establishing some new vision of the Faith, Barron is always looking for some subtle nuance or some different tack to explain things. I get tired head listening to him after 10 minutes, not because I’m a brain dead rube that can’t comprehend what he’s saying, but because IT’S JUST NOT AN APPROACH THAT APPEALS TO ME. I’m certain he’d be very well received in many elite settings. I GEUSS US dumb ace state school engineers JUST AREN’T CUT OUT FOR SUCH high-falootin talkifyin’.”

The words I caps locked, I think are the main point in all your problem with Fr. Barron, is not a “new vision” of the faith, is just a language to reach and explain the faith to those in these secular society. Which is something very useful and important for the Church these days.

Mike Peters - June 4, 2013

Oh, dear. What a distressing concept of God you have. It must be hell (already).

tantamergo - June 4, 2013

It would be a lovely thing if Barron were right. But traditionally, that has not been the view of the vast preponderance of Saints, Doctors, major theologians, bishops, etc – in short, the Magisterium – over the long history of the Church. This notion of near-universal salvation is entirely novel, and frankly Barron’s arguments – which are the same as von Baltasar’s – were destroyed by Dr. Ralph Martin.

Experience has also shown that convincing people that their salvation is assured is not conducive towards growth in the practice of virtue, or even basic commitments like assistin at Mass. It is in fact a vehicle for ecclesial minimalism and an uncaring approach to the Faith. It has been documented that many souls have departed the Church because they became convinced that pretty uch everyone is saved, so why bother?

If “my concept” of God is distressing, it’s one shared by the vast majority of those same Saints and Doctors I pointed out above, because I was formed by them.

M. - March 3, 2016

Mr. Barron is an apostate. He does not preach Catholic doctrine. He thinks hell is empty, a novel heresy that makes Jesus Christ Himself a liar. The list of his errors are LONG… safe to say that Vatican II theology is a new religion that is not Catholic. The only way to avoid confusion is to return to Tradition. The new mass, new sacraments, new liturgy, new language, new religion of Novus Ordo is not Catholic and can only teach error and confusion. Run for the hills!

Michael P. Mc Crory. - January 3, 2019

I agree totally with your thinking, M , on the heritic Bishop Barron.
End of story.
Best not to give this man the time of day except our prayers for him. Too much pussy -footin around this ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing.’
Jesus himself would make short shift of him while otherwise good Catholics are fawning over him.

Dispite the many abuses we have to suffer in daily masses your final comments on the Novus Order mass are way off. But keep speaking your mind – your yes be yes and no be no etc. Congratulations on that score.

Charles - March 6, 2013

When most of the major and minor saints lived, there was no such thing as movies, forgive me but I’ve seen many of his movie reviews and they really give a good theological thought that connects the idea of the movie with God and the faith. About the thing on hell, he has done some recent comments on the video about hell responding to a user called tunasalad4u, check it out. Finally, “being in line with Church teaching” is not synonym of preaching it with 16th century language. Father Barron does a great job evangelizing targeting to reach to people in today’s secular and intellectual culture , something that cannot be done in the style of Michael Voris, as an additional comment, Voris also does a great job evangelizing too, just that he points more to evangelize the lukewarm, and attacking the dissident and cafeteria catholics inside the Church. It’s two different ways of evangelzing to different groups of people with the same message.

Michael P. Mc Crory. - January 3, 2019

Bishop Barron says Yes and no at the same time to moral issues. Confusion reigns around him.
Not so with the bold Voris. He does not miss and hit the wall like slippery Bishop Barron.
I’m with Voris.

Blaine - November 14, 2013

Want some real fun?! Read Malachi Martin’s page turner: The Jesuits – the Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church – Amazon, it explains in wonderful historical detail what’s behind Fr Barron and all our modernists, deftly and delightfully, nothing like the truth to strengthen the soul! BTW Malachi Martin was himself a Jesuit, and confident of Popes. I share your consternation and assessments, but this book connects all the dots! Finally, and what a relief! Thanks for your blog.

Father Symeon Salos - March 16, 2014

: I am sorry to say that the image you posted that you think portrays the Western saint Valentine of Rome IS NOT! The image is in fact St Valentin Sventitsky one of the many New Russian Martyrs under the Bolsheviks. It is the only icon like it in which our monastery had commissioned many years ago by a local iconographer Gregory Melnick. We, the Orthodox Hermits of St. John the Divine, request that you honor the Russian Saint by removing it from the internet. cf.: http://hermitage-journal.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-martyr-valentine-sventitsky.html

The Least in our Lord’s Service,
Father Symeon salo

tantamergo - March 17, 2014

Oh, thank you very much for the clarification! I am very sorry about that mistake. I really liked that image.

Great to hear from you! Please come by again!

God bless you!

Carmella - September 17, 2018

When you get a chance, check out the blog roll you have on the bar. Some are outdated and some link to very inappropriate sites.

2. Donna - June 5, 2011

Hi–I’ll be visiting Dallas in July and would love to find a faithful, orthodox parish. We’ll be staying at the Doubletree Hotel, Campbell Center, but will have a rental car. Can you recommend a reverent parish?
Many thanks for your blog–I grew up in Dallas before I was Catholic in the St. Monica’s church area.

tantamergo - June 5, 2011

Mater Dei is what I’d recommend most. St. Mark in Plano is OK for a ‘large suburban parish.’

Mater Dei website

tantamergo - June 5, 2011

St. Thomas Aquinas and Christ the King are other options if you don’t want TLM, but Mater Dei is the most orthodox by a substantial margin.

Donna - June 6, 2011

Thanks so much!

Fjg - April 23, 2012

We’ve met a few times including the recent baptism you post of. You had such supporting words on Fr Paul yet failed to mention St Williams to the person inquiring of orthodoxy in the area.

Yes its a long ride, but when I was making the same investigation years back from Michigan I stumbled on his story. I made a point of travelling there my first trip.

We had to make the house decision before we had as chance to get to know the diocese. Still we came after a frustrating search to stay with Fr Paul. Some day I will live close to my church,my tabernacle …

tantamergo - April 23, 2012

When didn’t I mention it? I did in the post!

Sorry if I forgot to do so sometime in the past. I mess up all the time.

We tried to sell our house and wanted to move out to Greenville. That was in 2008-2010. The market was terrible, the house wouldn’t sell. But, I think God had a hand in that, had we moved to Greenville, which parish and priest I love and respect tremendously, we never would have made it to Mater Dei. So, perhaps all worked out for the best in the end. But as long as there is a Fr. Weinberger, many souls will be greatly blessed and aided at St. William.

3. Joe Morici - July 4, 2011

I think you are just siding with that Bishop from Corpus Christi who is an idoit .So many of Our Bishops cover up the raping of our young boys by priests but don’t stand up for the priests that are accused falsely


tantamergo - July 4, 2011

Please comment in the appropriate post. I don’t know which bishop you’re referring to, Bishop Mulvey, current bishop of Corpus Christi, or Bishop Rene Gracida, retired bishop who I have quoted and linked to quite a bit.

As for defending Mulvey, I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve related exactly how I feel – conflicted. I pray Corapi is doing the will of God. I have defended him against the harsher attacks, while recognizing that his actions are difficult to understand in light of the solemn vows he took when receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

4. Emily - July 15, 2011

Good Morning, do you have a press contact email I can send information to? I work for a pr firm in Austin, and have a Catholic Author that would love to do a Q&A, or a possible book review.

Thank you,

Emily Southard

5. John - July 19, 2011

I assisted last night (July 18, 2011) at the Latin Mass offered at St. Mark’s parish. I hope that it’s appropriate to offer the following remarks:

— I estimate that 70 people were in attendance last night.

— Several young families were presented. About 12 children were present.

— Several women, including, it seemed, each girl, wore head coverings.

— The schola was absent (to return next Monday…Deo volente…according to Father Hopka.

— Three women served as EMs. They distrubuted the Sacred Hosts.

— Father Hopka held and administered the chalice.

— Holy Communion (Hosts) was received by the Faithful on the tongue and in the hand.

Bill Marvel - March 8, 2015

I was raised on the Latin Mass. I still know all the responses. More importantly, I understand them. (Four years of high school Latin, two in college.) What I do NOT understand is this enthusiasm for the Latin Mass on the part of certain Catholics.
Latin of necessity was the language of the western Church because after the collapse of Rome it was the only language that was understood by educated (and some uneducated) people across most of the Western world.That is, it was supremely useful. That has not been true for centuries.
Latin was NOT the language of Christ. There is no evidence He ever spoke a word of Latin. He very likely could understand Greek. But his native language, the language in which “This is My body” was spoken — was Aramaic. Yet we do not speak the words of the Consecration in Aramaic. We speak them in a language all understand — the local vernacular, whether English, Spanish or whatever. They Mean The Same Thing in every language.
My poor gather was deeply offended when the Church gave up the Latin Mass. He had to put away his Missal and pay attention. He had to pray in a language that was his own.
I strongly suspect those who pine for the Latin Mass do so not out of piety but out of nostalgia. Nostalgia is not holiness. Nostalgia is not Grace, nor a source of Grace. Nostalgia is a yearning for a past that seems comforting because it makes no demands. It pillows us in the familiar, the “beautiful,” the lush, the “mysterious.” (What could be more mysterious than the words “This is My Body” in plain English?) It’s what our grandparents did, so it must be right, right?
I don’t say it’s impossible to be a good believing Catholic and yearn for the old things — the old hymns, the old music, the old rites, the old language. But do we yearn for them because they’re old? Because we do not like the new? If we detest the new because it is new, where are we but living in the past? If our salvation depends upon Latin, we are in a World of trouble.

Beatrice Therese - April 14, 2015

It’s not the Latin, Bill Marvel, that makes those of us who want the Tridentine Mass appreciate it and want it. It is the prayers and the rituals that make up the Mass. If you were to make the effort to compare the EXTRAORDINARY Rite of the Mass with the Ordinary (“trivialized liturgy,” to quote Pope Benedict XVI), you would immediately realize how much and how many important prayers were deleted to concoct the Novus Ordo.
How any person can have disdain for the Mass that nurtured the faith of St. Francis Xavier, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. John Vianney, St. Francis de Sales, St. Charles Borromeo …to name a few…is beyond me!! I won’t even go into how so many priests who celebrates the Novus Ordo each celebrate it differently, with their own twists and quirks.
The Mass is “opus Dei,” the work of God Himself, and Jesus, speaking through His Body, the Church, at Vatican II, declared that Latin is the language of the Church. End of argument.

Bea Zienkosky - July 31, 2015

Do they really have Latin Mass at St. Marks in Plano? I have been wanting to go to Latin mass for so long since St. Thomas, my parish no longer has it. At least not at this time, but I will get in touch with St. Marks to check out the times. So glad to hear this.
I like your blog. I just came across it by chance. I love it because it is like it was when I was a teen back in the ” Dark Ages” Thanks, Beatrice

Tantumblogo - July 31, 2015

No ma’am that ended years ago. It was an “experiment” but one that didn’t succeed very well for a number of reasons, primarily a bad night/time and lack of support from the diocese/parish.

The only Latin Masses offered in the Diocese are at St. William in Greenville (Sunday only, 11:30 am, and this is Novus Ordo (the new Mass) only), while Mater Dei in Irving offers the Mass of Ages, the Traditional Latin Mass, every day and three times on Sunday.

If you can make the drive to Loop 12 and Irving Blvd, I strongly recommend you check out Mater Dei. I think you would be most pleased.

Bea Zienkosky - October 3, 2015

Thanks for letting me know. I just now got back to your blog and that is why my thank you is late. This blog gives you something to really think about. I pray for our Pope and I pray for our church. It is really quite sad when you see articles that are indicating our Pope is liberal. I believe he has a lot of pressure from others around him. Pray for him always. Our Lord is in control, and as He said, the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

6. jsquaredrev - August 24, 2011

Just be aware that Perry and Bachmann and their supporters in the dominionist movement are simply dying to burn anyone at the stake who does not bow down to their hated, heretical version of god. Catholics, Lutherans, other mainline Protestants and even conservative non-dominionist Protestants are all equally despised by them.

7. Mary - August 26, 2011

“look lady, you call him Doctor Jones”

tantamergo - August 26, 2011


Mary - August 30, 2011

sorry, you say your last name is Jones, I’m stealing the line from Indiana Jones.
because your our hero

8. Joseph - September 12, 2011

I came across your blog after googling the ministry for gay & lesbian Catholics and their families & friends at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I am saddened by your inability to find either love or compassion for your fellow Catholic brothers & sisters. But after reading your other entries in your blog, I can see that gays & lesbians, and the issues they face, including discrimination in society at large and, sadly, by the Church, are not the only topics in which you have a very limited understanding of. I pray that God will grace with you with both an open heart & an open mind soon.

tantamergo - September 13, 2011

I appreciate the comment, but I don’t present my own opinions, but what the Church has taught and believed from it’s inception. St. Paul specifically condemned homosexual acts.

I don’t want you to suffer. As one who has been mired in serious sin, who has led a very destructive lifestyle, I pray that you bend your will to the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church and strive to live a chaste life. All are called to be chaste. It is a fundamental virtue of the Faith. Homosexual acts violate chastity, as do all sexual acts outside marriage. I am a sinner, and always will be, but God has given me the Grace to overcome the most serious sins I was committing and the strength to fight against all sins as much as I can. Where I fail, it is because I have not cooperated with His Grace.

I’m sure you have people in the Church telling you that homosexual acts are not sinful. I am certain you can find people who tell you that God is about love and tolerance and embracing everyone. I pray those people are right, I really do, because if they are not, if God does expect obedience to the Truth He has revealed through His Church, then huge numbers of people are putting their souls in the most grave position. There is nothing in Church Doctrine that says that unchaste sex is acceptable, so the misplaced and soft sentimentality and moral indifference masquerading as “love” and “tolerance,” that sort of collapse to the siren song of the world and its false wisdom, is really a great evil in and of itself, because it is falsely telling souls in grave jeopardy that they have nothing to fear.

I want you to go to Heaven. That’s what I want for everyone. I counsel people based on what the Spirit has revealed to me. There are, unfortunately, many in the Church who will counsel differently, but every statement I have made regarding homosexuality or any sexual sin is based on current Church Doctrine. I don’t just state my own opinion.

Saint Peter the Rock - January 11, 2019

How can you call yourself a Christian? You don’t know Jesus’ ways nor do you know Catholic Doctrine. The ignorant, hateful, judgemental nonsense you write is an abomination to any belief you have in God. You are a brain-washed father who undoubtedly have at least one gay child that will probably never change your mind. The church is a complete failure and nothing but a cover it’s ass money machine. Catholicism is corporate greed at its highest level. Money, hatred, telling people they’re going to hell for this or that. Believe me we live in hell. It’s not someplace we have yet to go. It’s been here since the day we all came into the world. The key to heaven is living right and getting out of hell on earth. And if you want to live right you should take your checkbook and LEAVE the church for good. And please don’t muddy Saint Andre Bessettes’ name and reputation by listing his name on your blah blog. He truly cared about people. You it seems think you are some authority on church teachings, which you are not. Saint Andre shouldn’t be associated with a site like this. The Hily Cross order he belonged to would not want to be associated with your hatred and backwards views either. Why don’t you just shut this nonsense down. If you want hate and discrimination just turn on Fox News. I would bet your TV is locked on that channel. I’ll say a prayer for your kids, waste of time for you. I hear the Nazis are resurgent. Maybe that’s your style too.

Bea Nadafraid - November 6, 2013

Please know that 98% of Catholics do not fall in line with this blog and prefer to love and not profess to know all of the answers. May the Holy Spirit guide each of us with compassionate and humble hearts. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – great Parish!

lyndairish - July 29, 2014

One can only ” love” in accordance with the unchanging truth of the Natural Law and God’s sacred commandments. Lying to someone about objective evil is to not love that person.

M. - March 3, 2016

Joseph… the sin of sodom is one of the few sins that “cry out to God for vengeance”… your mushy attitude that supports institutional sodomite rights and pandering is not only dreadfully sinful in an of itself as a direct mockery to God and His laws, but is a sure way to further rot the structure of society from within.

Destroy the proper family and society falls. We’re holding on by a thread… you’d like to finish the job along with antipope Franco and the Novos Ordo false religion. Put the sword down and return to Tradition. It is literally the only hope any of us have.

9. prolifex11 - October 10, 2011

I need to get in touch with you about an article you wrote about JustFaith could you email me ?

Thank you

10. S.P. Libera - October 13, 2011

I just listened to the video regarding Fr. Frank Pavone and read the article. I don’t see anything to tell me who the persons were in the video (male who visited Fr. Frank) and the female interviewer. I’m surprised the male chose as his first (and only) response to the question: “What can we do?” I would think the first thing to do is pray, right? Rosaries, especially (remember Lepanto). Secondly, although as mentioned in the article, there are some things in the style of Priests for Life, especially the fundraising, that can be offputting, I have seen enough of Fr. Pavone, to know that he is 100% committed to the Pro-Life cause from a Catholic Christian perspective, and gives it all and lives a very humble, simple lifestyle. He appears to me to be 100% faithful to Christ and His Church, so this is indeed puzzling. The only thing I can think is that God is about ready to zap NY for it’s approval of homosexual marriage and for immoral lifestyles and that He is yanking Fr. P. out of the danger zone. Otherwise, the actions of Bp. Z. are more akin to the Pharaoh, and Fr. P. is like Moses, with Bp. Z.’s heart being hardened before he is exposed along with other bishops as working for the other (losing) team. Lastly, has anyone contacted Cardinal DiNardo of Houston, who is supposed to be pro-life (gave homily at vigil Mass before the March for Life 2011, and would be the ranking prelate in the great State (Republic) of Texas?

11. eliztrin (Sr. Mary) - October 13, 2011

Hello. I am the author of the prayer to St. Maximilian, share with Crescat, from whom you borrowed it. Thank you for posting it!

12. ryan - October 17, 2011

Hows it going, I just read your blog post about wanting a Latin Mass in North Dallas, I would be interested in starting a Una Voce for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I live in Denton so it would hopefull cover me!

Please shoot me an email if you are interested.


13. Tiff - December 13, 2011

I read your blog post from Mar 3, 2011, since it doesn’t allow me to comment any longer on that, just thought you should know about a correction that I found on “The Catholic Thing” regarding Sister Dorothy Jonaitis, (see http://www.thecatholicthing.org/in_the_news/commentary/trouble-at-the-university-of-dallas.html), the following statements were lined out:

Like Prof. Walsh, Sister Joanitis appears to have an interest in weakening the Church’s teachings on homosexual acts, defending Eucharistic ministers who “question a church teaching they see as justifying violence against their son and other homosexuals” and in her piece nominates Bishop Gumbleton as the authority on good conscience in regard to homosexual acts, while rejecting then-Cardinal Ratzinger.

[Deleted at the author’s request. We regret the error. *See Patrick Fagan’s note below.]

*Author’s correction: In the rush to get the word out at the last minute, I made a grievous error in misquoting Sr. Dorothy Jonaitis OP in the original version of this Commentary. Sister clearly has difficulties with the Church’s decisions and teaching on celibacy and the pope’s pronouncements on the impossibility of the ordination of women, and I would not want her teaching my children. But she did not say what I attributed to her about homosexuality.

You might want to consider correcting that on your blog as well instead of adding to the defaming of someone’s character online.

14. Mike Harlan - January 4, 2012

I enjoyed your post on a scholarly look at church architecture. However, if you are ever in Chicago, I hope you’ll check out masterpieces like St. Hyacinth Basilica, Holy Innocents, St. Mary of the Angels, Our Lady of Lourdes and other gems of grand design (sure you can Google them all online too). They were (gasp) designed by Lutheran architects Worthmann and Steinbach, who also helped design many litergical churches that wow the eye. Since Catholic, Lutheran and Episcopal churches all share things like focus on the alter and other principals of design, is why tougher to tell some apart, particularly older parish buildings. Perhaps in city like Dallas which is dominated by non-litergical churches (Baptist, Methodist, etc.) and overall newer buildings you notice it more?

15. John - March 15, 2012

I am a regular visitor to your blog site and I find it very informative. Also you keep us updated on the latest happenings in Dallas like the vocations hour, night prayers etc.. which is very useful. Can you please let me know if there are any good catholic stores where I can get books/gifts/ rosaries. I am hesitant to buy rosary off eBay instead want to get it from a church store which may be blessed too.
I am in grand prairie. So preferably close to where I live?


P.S: I checked on the national shrine online shop but they have only crystal and pearl rosaries 😦

tantamergo - March 15, 2012

Here is the closest I know of:

Mary Immaculate Catholic Gift
305 North Story Road, Irving, TX

John - March 15, 2012

Thank you.

16. Mary - March 16, 2012

The woman, Mary, who owns this virtual store, lives in Grand Prarie or there-abouts. She attends Mater Dei and periodically displays her things after Mass there as well. The rosaries are a little pricey, but are stronger and made out out of beautiful stones and such.
Most stores don’t sell blessed items, you will have to take it to the priest for the blessings.

17. oceancitybeachbum - March 18, 2012

Regarding Madison Ford’s article in the Texas Catholic and your extensive rebuttal. I don’t think that Madison was looking to debate the finer points of Catholicism and Christianity. She was merely expressing her opinion regarding the life of a young Catholic growing up amongst a largely Protestant community in the Bible Belt. Many of her points are valid and her feelings cannot be argued. The priest in our church, in a Sunday sermon, told the teenagers that they shouldn’t try to convert other Protestant Christians to Catholicism. He said they were already Christians. He said if they encounter another youth that is troubled and in need of Christ’s help, that it would be appropriate to invite them to the Parish’s youth activities. Also, I don’t think that rudeness and sarcasm is a good example of “loving one another.” i.e. (Because of her searing insights into the Faith? Because she so well represented the top-notch catechesis our young people are receiving?) I believe that living by example is an excellent way of evangelizing. If Catholics had a reputation for being kind and forgiving and always willing to help others, it would be a lot more effective than debating the streetcorner preachers with Bible quotes.

tantamergo - March 19, 2012

It was a pretty hard fisking of a young girl. I had some trepidation in writing it. Yes, I was hard on her, but to make a point – what she has been taught, or come to believe, is at best sadly deficient and at worst so wrong as to be potentially damning. As I made clear at the beginning of the post, my problem was less with a young girl having written a poorly formed opinion piece on the Faith than with the fact that it ran in the diocesan newspaper. Why would the official organ of the Diocese of Dallas run such a piece? That, ultimately, is the reason that I tore it to shreds. And perhaps that was uncharitable of me, using the young girl as a vehicle to attack the root source of the problem, which is the horrendous catechesis which has been in operation in this Diocese, and so many others, for decades. The point of the fisking was to try to chasten those who would publish such a piece, with the hope that greater scrutiny would be paid to the views of the Faith presented in the Diocesan newspaper. This post has been discussed in the confessional.

Your comment regarding the priest and the youth group I find very troubling. It is a terribly widespread phenomenon and it is as wrong as can be. Protestants are not, prima facie, on a path to salvation. First of all, they do not have the Sacrament of Confession, meaning that any mortal sin they commit can only be remitted by having perfect contrition for it. Perfect contrition means having a perfect sorrow for the sin, to the extent that it would never be committed again, and having a purpose of amendment so great that all guilt from the offense is wiped out. Suffice it to say, very few people, especially in the present culture, have such contrition. So, right off the bat, the claim that protestants should not be evangelized is wrong and fundamentally uncharitable – you are in essence placing their salvation, at best, in grave jeopardy, leaving them in error and without recourse to the Sacraments. Imagine, saying that we shouldn’t try to bring someone to the glory that is the Blessed Sacrament. It’s tantamount to leaving people in their sin. Yes, there is the possiblity of salvation by baptism by desire, but that is an extremis situation that is relied on too much to “cover” those outside open communion with the Faith. I must add, that denigrating use of Sacred Scripture in apologetical/catechetical work is quite amazing.

You don’t like my approach. It is very strong – I am a protestant convert to the Faith, and I have a very passionate belief that what the Church has traditionally believed is the Truth is absolutely necessary for salvation. You could say, I have the zeal of the converted. All of my family is protestant. I am very troubled at their prospects of salvation. I pray for their conversion daily, often several times a day as an intention for various prayers and always at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You are probably right that I am harsh, but certain Saints (Jerome, Hilary of Poitiers, Athanasius, Peter Damian, etc)have been far more harsh than I am, and I know from experience that the “ostensibly” loving, “don’t dare mention error or fault” approach is very frequently a mask for indifferentism of the worst kind. I believe with great fervor that the Church has had far too much of this indifferentist approach, of “charity” and “don’t judge, lest ye be judged.” It is well past time for voices in the Church that unequivocally proclaim the Dogmas the Church holds without apology – that is the sine qua non of Michael Voris. I can state that there is a substantial hunger in the Church for clarity such as mine.

But, forgive me, I am a sinner and constantly err on this blog. All of your criticisms are likely correct. I do my best, but perhaps give too free reign to my passions, and to my desire to see the Church much different than it is at present.

One final bit – on Matt 7:1 “Judge not, that you may not be judged.” From the notes of Fr. George Leo Haydock, one of the greatest biblical exegetes in English-language history, from his seminal work:

Chap VII Ver. 1: Judge not…..or condemn other rashly, that you may not be judged or condemned. St. Jerome observes, Christ does not firbid judging, but directs us how to judge……Barefaced vice and notorious error should be condemned and reprobated by all. We should always strive to put the best face on any action that is indifferent to us or does not have any bearing on us.

I’ll leave it to my readers to decide if I crossed the bounds of charity in the fisking of that op-ed in Texas Catholic.

18. RS - March 21, 2012

Howdy TexasCatholic!
if you would email me if possible I would love to ask you a question about St. Mark’s Latin Mass

19. Tancred (@sedgladium) - March 23, 2012

Hi, wanted to point out that my comments seem not to have made it on your blog and despite three paragraphs being on it which are mine, I’m not being credited.

I would have sent you an e-mail, but it’s nowhere on your site.

Surely you forgot to credit me in error.


tantamergo - March 26, 2012

I had two links to you in that post. Not sure what the problem is. They were in the first para before the quote.

20. PhillyDoc - April 10, 2012

can you send me a link where I can send you a private email?

21. hanneloretoo - April 12, 2012

I stumbled upon your blog a while ago and I’ve found it to be a great resource for local Catholics. Next year I’m going to be leading the Mothers’ group at my parish in Wylie, and I’m looking for local Catholic speakers who can speak on topics related to the vocation of marriage and motherhood. Our budget is very small, almost nil! I was wondering if you could direct me to any local resources. Thank you.

tantamergo - April 12, 2012

Do you know Colleen Hammond? She’s local and gives great talks especially about modesty in dress. David Ross gives talks on pro-life issues. You can e-mail me at larryr103@gmail.com

hanneloretoo - April 13, 2012

Thank you for those names. I didn’t know about them before. I’ll make a note of your email too. Thanks again for the blessing of this blog.

22. Susan Lindendorf - May 21, 2012

Hello, I just read your article on child brides. I know the article is quite old, but I wanted to mention that the picture you showed of the line of gentleman holding the hands of their supposed brides might not be accurate. It’s actually tradition for youngsters to dress as ‘pretend brides’ during ceremonies. I know that this photo has caused a lot of rage amongst westerners (it’s been forwarded around in a lot of emails), but it’s been deemed inaccurate by several credible sources. It probably isn’t my place to say so, but I just thought it would be unfortunate for those individuals to be portrayed as evil monsters just because of some cultural misunderstanding. Thank you for reading.

23. Christopher Ekstrom - May 23, 2012

Good to see an orthodox Roman Catholic site for Dallas. Just thought I would pass along a great Church in New York City for anyone visiting or on business. The Church of Our Saviour on East 38th Street & Park Avenue South. Father George Rutler is a great Priest; look him up on the web. He was W.F. Buckley’s friend & Priest. A Holy Spirit filled place of R.C. Catholic worship!

tantamergo - May 23, 2012

I know Fr. Rutler well. A former episcopal, like myself. His parish is beautiful. He wears the cassock! He’s a good priest.

Thank you for the recommendation.

24. Uganda Youth Ministry Association - June 2, 2012

Hi. Greetings from Uganda.

Though I am not from the Dallas area, as a catholic blogger, I find myself very much interested in reading what many other blogs offer. I am so pleased to be here, having been directed by your posts related to Fr. George Byers.
Fr. George Byers introduced me to using the blog, and I would say he is a good friend.

25. dudley sharp - June 7, 2012

Comments had ended at this post, and I just found this comment:

You wrote: “I’m just not terribly in favor of (death penalty) use right now. In Texas, in particular, its usage is very heavy.”

Actually, it’s use is very rare in Texas.

We have executed 482 murderers since 1973, the year we re established death penalty statutes in Texas.

That is about 0.8% of the approximately 57,000 murders we have had since 1973.


Even in the proper context of capital murders, it appears the use is only about 8%.

I would call that very light.

I think you call it “very heavy” use, only because Texas is #1 in executions, not because Texas’s use is really heavy, which by an standards, it is not.

tantamergo - June 7, 2012

Relative to any other state or even most countries, Texas avails itself of the death penalty more than others. That’s all.

26. dudley sharp - June 7, 2012

I noticed the refernce to Fr. Rutler, in comment 23, above.

His comments, supportive of the death penalty, here:


27. oremuspress - June 14, 2012

Greetings TANTAMERGO — — I am trying to contact you about possibly using one of your blog posts in my Traditional Catholic Newspaper. Please reach me at Oremus.Press@yahoo.com

Thank you,
– Jeremy A. Ingle

28. Michael - June 20, 2012

Could you explain your comment yesterday regarding Fr. Barron: “…Fr. Robert Barron, one of the most dangerous modernist exegetes around today.”

tantamergo - June 20, 2012

I’ll get into that later today if I can. He’s dangerous because most of what he says is fine, but he’s way off the reservation on some issues. His fundamental outlook is modernist.

Michael - June 20, 2012

tantamergo, thank you for the reply. Do you have concerns about his “Catholicism” series. (I hope not — I just spent $$$, and I had planned its viewing as a family gathering and discussion opportunity.)

tantamergo - June 20, 2012

I have not seen it and don’t plan to, but know several people who have. It is OK as a sort of generic Church history for the masses, especially non-Catholic masses. Catholics I know who watched it said he doesn’t discuss the Church at all as such for the first several episodes, simply “Christians.” Which, perhaps, makes sense to a degree, since there was no formal schism at that point. A lot of pretty sights, I’m told. I haven’t heard anything particularly bad about the series.

What I am referring to is some of his little 5-10 minute videos where he discusses various subjects. He’s made some very problematic statements (Adam and Eve are allegorical, no one goes to hell, etc).

29. SoTxMom - June 27, 2012

Need parish recommendation for north dallas/Plano/rockwall. Asking for a friend of my husband. Needs to be a parish that actually teaches the Faith (Catholic with a capital C), because this person is not Catholic yet, and b/c it’s just silly to send them elsewhere ;). Can you send suggestions? I already know about Irving area, and would love to suggest a TLM, but that is too far. ( Will mention it though)
Does St Mark’s have a Latin Mass?

tantamergo - June 27, 2012

St. Mark in Plano does, but only on Monday night at 7.

If they are toward Rockwall, there is St. William in Greenville. It’s far, but very good.

Closer in, St. Jude in Allen, St. Anthony in Wylie, and St. Mark are probably the best bets. Stay far away from St. Elizabeth Seton, Prince of Peace, Our Lady of Angels, and St. Joseph-Richardson. St. Francis of Assisi in Frisco is pretty good. St. Ann in Coppell is ok. Very pretty, but just ok on doctrine.

30. Mary - July 4, 2012

Hello! I am in NY and I found your blog during the most painful ordeal of my life: my grandma shows symptoms of death by starvation and dehydration syndrome. In addition, her caregiver, my aunt, shows a clear determination to end my grandma’s life by the end of the holiday. Unable to legally stop her and removed from my grandma’s hospital bed, I finally found a way to have the hospital feed my grandma and hydrate her, after what it seemed weeks depriving her from eat and drink. In response, my aunt removed my grandma from the hospital and took her back to the nursing home where all this started. At this point, I am unable to get close to my grandma. Not only my aunt has the legal power to keep me away, but my aunt’s husband and son have already threatened to harm me physically. However, my grandma expressed her wish to continue living, and her discomfort because she was told that the reason she was not being fed is becuase the hospital doesn’t provide any food. This makes it more painful for me. But I don’t know what to do to stop my aunt from achieving her carefully crafted plan to get rid of my grandma during this holiday break. Therefore, I need your help to find any organization that would investigate and intervene on behalf of my grandma. Is there any recourse for us the relatives that have been pushed away from our grandparents? Please help because every minute without food and drink will slowly kill my grandma’s frail being. Thank you.

Ellene Leigh - July 8, 2012

I wish I knew of something to do.I just want you to be assured I will be praying very hard for you and your dear grandmother, and that she has a very peaceful transition.

31. tradconmom - July 7, 2012

Hi. I was wondering if you know of any parishes in the Dallas Diocese that do the Norvus Ordo ad orientem and maybe with some Latin prayers. I know that Mater Dei has the full TLM, and St. William’s in Greenville has a sort of hybrid Latinish but NOT ad orientem as far as I know. Is there anything else?? Thanks in advance 🙂

32. Ellene Leigh - July 8, 2012


Does anyone have any information on the manner of life within the Carmelite monastery on Flowers street? I know their daily schedule, but I’m talking about the temperature and living conditions within the monastery.

Regarding air conditioning, I’m told they each have a window unit in their cells, air conditioning in the recreation room and chapel, but NO air conditioning anywhere else. In 98-111 degrees, I don’t know how they’re avoiding heat strokes.

For anyone interested in a vocation there, what’s it like inside? They will not allow a candidate to ‘come and see’ anything about it before entering. Any advise???


tantamergo - July 9, 2012

Ho boy. It’s a problem. It’s a pretty hardcore environment. The Chapel has AC but it’s hot in there at times. One night at Adoration the power went out and the nuns stayed with it even though it got up to 90+ in the chapel, I’m sure.

This Carmel is pretty hardcore. They follow a pretty strict rule. The diet is pretty basic. No meat at all, ever. Fish is limited and sweet treats only at special times such as Christmas and especially Easter. It’s a largely vegetarian diet, but they don’t seem to cook much from scratch. I could be wrong, but alot of it is like pasta + store bought sauce, or veggie soup out of a can, that kind of thing.

Like I said, this Carmel follows one of the strictest rules around. IF you have reservations I’d say that’s not a good sign. There is another Carmel in Arlington that I do not believe is quite as severe. I’m not sure. There are plenty of other orders that don’t require such great mortification, but I’m sure you’re aware of that.

I will pray for you! I pray you find your vocation, we need so many holy religious, it is a critical, foundational part of the Church! We desperately need your prayers. God bless you!

33. BrJohn-Paul - July 12, 2012

How do you feel Mater Dei is for making friends? I know someone who is looking for a new church home. Are the members of this church mainly in the Irving area?

tantamergo - July 12, 2012

No, they are all over the DFW area. Since it is the only TLM parish in the entire metroplex of 6 million souls, it casts a pretty wide net. We drive ~25 miles to get there. There are alot of very good people there. I’ve been very impressed by how open and friendly the people there are. And there are about 1000 people coming on any given Sunday!

tantamergo - July 15, 2012

Mater Dei has been a great place to meet others. Most people stay after Mass and visit across the hall or outside. In fact, your friend should be prepared to stay an hour or longer after Sunday Mass visiting with others, weekdays is not much different, only smaller. This is one of a few parishes in which the priest spends extensive time visiting, giving counsel, and telling stories.
In fact, for all the parishes that boast community, this is one with genuine charity.

34. BrJohn-Paul - July 19, 2012

Thank you for your positive comments. I think they will be visiting this Sunday.

35. DaddyMatt - July 20, 2012

If you would like a truly unique experience, go to St. Basil Byzantine Catholic Church in Irving.

You won’t regret it.


36. Cameron - July 27, 2012

Had a question about St. Ann’s in Coppell, please email me!

God Bless!

37. Slippyroad - August 12, 2012

Regarding your post on “child brides”, it is a hoax: http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/masswedding.asp

tantamergo - August 13, 2012

Read the post, I clarified that the photo did not show child brides. But the rest of the data is accurate and confirmed.

38. oldyoungcatholic - August 13, 2012

New to your blog…as I said before….I attend mass at St. Patrick’s. I am looking for something more traditional. I cannot take the hip hop beat machines, drums and guitars anymore. I need incense -respect at a mass!!!!

39. Kevin - August 29, 2012

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I have a title, The Fatima Code, that I am offering to you as a complimentary review copy . I would be very grateful if you or others you know may read it.

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We’ve only been online a week and I wanted to pass this along to you. It’s from the first reader and comes from the http://www.fisheaters.com website, where we’re running a small test ad:

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Hope to hear from you soon,

tantamergo - August 30, 2012

Kevin –

Thanks for the offer. I’m not sure I could get to the book anytime soon. I’m not much into fiction, as much as I’d like to support your project. But send the links to larryr103@gmail.com and I’ll try to check it out. Can’t promise anything, though.

40. Mary Montes - September 5, 2012

Tantamergo, I just read a few articles and replies. Like it… good stuff. I attend Mater Dei also…I’m sure my husband or I know you. Email me. I subscribed to you so I want to put a face with your long name.

41. Mary - September 11, 2012

Do you know about CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)- Children’s Medicaid? I’m hoping this is just an acronym and not the description of what they may or will be injecting under the skin. Do you know if microchips are already being used in children?

42. David - September 19, 2012


I just read your response to my comment at Rorate about Taylor Marshall. Small world! I’m a visitor at Mater Dei — my family and I belong to a Novus Ordo parish (which will remain nameless), and Mater Dei is my escape. I just posted a comment on Taylor’s blog, asking his view on a recent sermon by Fr. Wolff. I published a post on my blog after hearing that sermon:


I’d be very interested to hear your view as well.

Thanks and God bless.

43. David - September 19, 2012

Ah, just noticed your post about Fr. Barron and Adam and Eve. Interesting! That post included a reference to a sermon by Fr. Wolfe (sorry I misspelled his name above) — a different sermon but obviously related to the one I heard, in which he described the theory of evolution as “junk” science. He also rejected out of hand any attempts at “theistic evolution”. I stand by the Dogma of Original Sin, but I’m not convinced that to do so it’s necessary to reject the theory of evolution (or any possible interpretation of it). Anyway, we can take up the discussion on my blog post (linked above), if you’re interested.

44. David - September 19, 2012

“By one man sin entered the world, and with sin, death.”

To deny that Truth is to lose the Faith, and thus to lose my soul. Yet my curious mind goes down a dark alley. Where did Cain’s wife come from? I can see but one possible answer. Adam and Eve had many, many, many children, and those children coupled with each other to produce the next generation of the human race. Can there be any other answer? As Catholics, are we committed to this narrative of the origins of the human race? Or is there some other way by which sin entered the world through one man?

45. David - September 19, 2012

I’ll add that there is a certain smugness about Fr. Barron that bothers me. Gives me the creeps, actually. Fortunately I’ve just discovered (cannot quite remember how, as I didn’t leave myself a trail of cyber crumbs) an antidote to both creepy modernists and frustrating fundamentalists, one Dr. Dennis Bonnette. I make reference to him in my latest blog post:


tantamergo - September 19, 2012

Hey, David, thanks for coming by. I’m working on a reply on your post in the form of my own post. Sorry, but it’s too long for a comment. I may not get it done until tomorrow. Have patience! I want to talk about this.

46. David - September 19, 2012

Hi Tantamergo, I look forward (patiently) to your post. 🙂 Many thanks and God bless.

47. Mark Nelsen - October 20, 2012

Thank you for your blog dated 8-21-12 regarding Nat. Org. for Marriage. Today I had the exact same exchange on twitter and now am confident that NOM is a legitimate, reasonable group of people supporting things I can support as well.

Spokane, Wa

48. Suzi - November 7, 2012

I have more of a question rather than a comment. I’ve liked what I’ve seen of your blog and thought you might be able to help. My husband and I are toying with the idea of a move to the Dallas area. While I love the idea of homeschooling I also wanted to find out if there were any orthodox schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Irving area.
Thanks for your response in advance and God Bless.


tantamergo - November 7, 2012

Thank you for your consideration. Orthodox Catholic schools? At what level? High school, or below? Really, the answer is no, there aren’t any really good schools that I know of. Most are pretty secularized. They have a Catholic veneer, but secular academics and world view are the order of the day. I will try to do a post tomorrow to ask folks if they have their kids in schools here and what they recommend. I really don’t know, but I can’t recall word of any really good school.

Sorry. Move here anyway, and come to Mater Dei!

49. Mitchell Hadley - November 8, 2012

Wanted to join (sort of) in Suzi’s email. We don’t have children, but we are also seriously considering moving to the Dallas area next year. We’re planning to fly out at the end of this month to do some in-the-field research. Much of this will depend on my ability to get employment in the area, so I would ask for your prayers that we are able to divine God’s will for us and that we may receive the grace to follow it. (And any networking ideas as well!)

And yes, Mater Dei is a big part of the attraction for us!


50. Rev. Richard Bain - November 14, 2012
51. deaconjr - November 19, 2012

Hello–regarding your August 31, 2012, post on Ripley’s “This Is Our Faith,” I thought I should mention that the “NFP” section of “This Is Our Faith” actually originates circa 2002 with the *publisher*, Thomas A. Nelson, and not with the original 1951 text authored by Canon Ripley. Nelson inserted this section himself, and says so on p. xix of the “publisher’s preface.” Thought you should know this. God bless, Deacon JR

tantamergo - November 19, 2012

I’m aware. It’s still a top notch reference.

deaconjr - November 19, 2012

Well, “top-notch” if you consider the opinion of a layman inserted into the work of a deceased priest-author who can neither affirm nor reject the insertion to be “top-notch.”

Actually, the insertion is so poor as to make the original 1951 version the preferred resource…

God bless,

Deacon JR

deaconjr - November 19, 2012

Also, if you are aware that this section is from the pen of Thomas A. Nelson, why do you not mention this in your original post, and why do you attribute it there to Canon Ripley? I’d suggest you might wish to clarify this all with an update to that post. God bless, Deacon JR

52. Kelly Madonna - November 26, 2012

As a parent of one of the Ursuline girls in your picture of your May 10th post, I respectfully ask that you remove it from your blog. You do not have permission to post it and it serves no constructive purpose. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but when it involves my minor child, it crosses the line. Thank you Kelly Madonna

tantamergo - November 26, 2012

I’ll look into it, but I’m about 100% certain the picture had no copyright clause and falls under fair use for non-commercial purposes.

53. Kelly Madonna - November 26, 2012

You might want re-check your facts. Again, I respectfully request you remove the picture.

tantamergo - November 26, 2012

Two come from a publication. They were not copyrighted. That is definitely fair use. You may not like it, but the fact remains. To remove the pics would seriously undermine the entire post.

The third pic shows no faces. I cannot find the source for that now, I did that post months ago. You want to make a claim it’s yours, and that it’s copyrighted, please show where.

54. Kelly Madonna - November 26, 2012

Okay, if you feel you need to malign/make fun of/degrade 13, 14 and 15 year old girls to make your point, so be it. I sincerely hope no one ever does it to any of your children. I asked nicely, twice. This is where I stop. I will not give you a website showing the copyright info so you’ll have more fodder. At least I don’t hide behind a screen name. Enjoy living in your glass house.

tantamergo - November 26, 2012

Which is the photo that bothers you?

Bea Nadafraid - November 6, 2013

Don’t understand the need for screen name. Did Jesus need a pseudonym?

55. Samra Bufkins MJ,APR (@Samjb) - December 2, 2012

Hi–I saw Msgr. Don Fischer speak in Bedford yesterday and really enjoyed his message. I heard several people say he had been their pastor, so I’ve been doing a little research on him and found your blog post about his retiring. You referred to his being known “by the novelty of some of his beliefs and practices” and I wondered what you meant by that.

tantamergo - December 3, 2012

There’s a lot to unpack here. Ever go to St. Joseph in Richardson?

He sounds very nice. Very convincing, but if you look beyond the very soothing voice and the”life should rarely if ever be unpleasant” catachesis, what you find is a whole bunch of progressive protestant + new age theology masquerading as Catholicism. That’s the core of it. He’s a past master at making things sound Catholic, but in reality, he’s twisting the Faith into a worldly, progressive vision.

On Church design, if you’ve been in a Dallas parish less than 12-15 years old, have you noticed how they all look very similar inside? That is due to Fischer. He also runs Liturgical Design Consultants – his influence is seen around the country, little of it good, to my mind. He’s helped introduce the jacuzzi baptismal font, the sanctuary jutting way out into the nave, the Stations confined to low slung wings on the side of the nave, absolute iconoclasm save for one Mary and one Joseph/other Saint statue in the back corners of the Church, loads of limestone, very cold, modernist design touches, unfiltered natural light, etc, etc.

56. Karl - December 11, 2012

I think I saw you took down a comment of mine. Sorry to see that. But, it is your blog to do as you see fit.

God bless.

57. Sacrificial tonsure - December 15, 2012

Great position than yours about the necessary and severe clerical tonsure for all the priests and monks. In Facebook you have a group about enough similar position Society for the restoration of the monastic tonsure, despite the fact it is very hard to create an active group about this.

tantamergo - December 17, 2012

God bless you! I pray your effort is successful!

58. Kim Albertini - December 16, 2012

A lot of superstition here.Christ taught to feed the hungry & clothe the naked,James tells us true religion is to help the widow & the orphan.According to your mentality we should reject this because God wills them to suffer.All those healings Christ gave,psalms praising God for deliverance,God saving his people get thrown out the window on account of nut cases like Mary Margaret licking vomit thinking it a pleasing penance or Gemma rolling in thorns to cause pain,this is pleasing to God ? Well if your a pre Vatican II Catholic where Pope gregory the great hailed sex in marriage a necessary evil or Pope Gregory the 17th hailing the railroad as a work of the devil,I guess thats OK. What rubbish

tantamergo - December 17, 2012

I very frequently exhort readers to perform corporal works of mercy, and perform them myself quite frequently. Not enough, but quite frequently.

There is no contradiction between doctrinal orthodoxy, embrace of mysticism, and performance of works of mercy. There is a contradiction between individual works of mercy performed in a system of Grace and left wing dystopianism.

There is also no question the Church today has lost almost all sight of the concept of joyfully willed suffering as a means of sanctification, something Christ counseled for all. The Church today is almost exclusively concerned with corporal works, to the detriment of the spiritual lives of millions. Many if not most of those millions have left the Church. That’s because the spiritual matters profoundly. Corporal works of mercy can be done in any context, but spiritual works of mercy derive from the Church.

I fear you have replaced the Cult of God with the cult of man.

59. thelarryd - December 18, 2012

I see you’ve been visited by BillK on the Voris cruise post. He left me some comments as well, claiming that I was sinning against the unity of the Church and leading others to think false things and detracting and calumny and quoting the CCC and saying I ought to be ashamed of my website.

Everyone’s a critic…

tantamergo - December 18, 2012

I don’t think you or I were complaining?

thelarryd - December 18, 2012

He accused me of sinning, by spreading “false information” that could lead others to sin by detraction or whatever.

I found it amusing. Along with being incorrect.

60. FutureNunJMJ - December 19, 2012

Praised be Jesus Christ! I wasn’t sure where to post this, but I found out my friend in Dallas Carmel will be making her First Profession January 18th (Friday) around (this is how I heard it from her sister) 10 am. I was hoping to try to make, but I am not certain. I’m in Chicago. But I thought you might like to know and attend if possible. Her name is Sr. Teresa of St. Joseph, OCD. God bless!

61. nancy subia - January 22, 2013

Joyce Rupp is coming to our parish in Midland, TX. I am shocked and horrified… see this link http://www.uscatholic.org/church/2011/01/pregnant-possibility for a really anti-Catholic speech she did

tantamergo - January 22, 2013

Run away! Seriously, search ‘Joyce Rupp’ on this blog for a whole bunch on Rupp, especially the posts back in 2010.

62. Fr John - January 29, 2013

What a great blog! I stumbled upon it via Mark Shea via Fr Longenecker via Elizabeth Scalia. It is civil and fair-minded, but robustly orthodox. You’ve already changed my mind on a few things! Thank you!

tantamergo - January 29, 2013

Thank you very much! It is always great to have priests stop by. I’ll check out your blog. I pray I can earn/maintain those accolades.

63. TerryE - February 2, 2013

Wow, where did that side comment about Emergency and Jack Webb come from in the middle of the Corapi brouhaha? You must be getting feedback from Dennis M! 😀


64. Elby - February 3, 2013

Thanks for the update on Fr. Corapi. I filed it away in my “FWIW” part of my brain since it is secondhand, but without knowing your source, your manner of presenting the information and demeanor make it seem credible to me, so, thanks again. Sorry about all the combox fake piety about you “judging” him and “gossip”. He was a public figure who scandalized a great many people. I welcome the future release of any further information about him. The truth shall set you free. I still hope that he will some day repent (maybe he is now, although it doesn’t seem likely, if he is in fact still tucked away, living the secular life with lots of $).

65. Mitchell - February 18, 2013

Hi Tantumergo,

A prayer request for you and your readers – my wife and I will be relocating to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area as soon as I can find a job there. Please pray for our efforts, that we are following God’s will, and will find success soon. And it wouldn’t hurt to add a couple of new parishioners to Mater Dei, would it?


66. David Rollins - February 22, 2013

Hello Lawrencinium,
Appreciated the Fr. Corapi update. He was a very substantial influence on me in starting my small Morning Prayer ministry on YouTube (channel ‘penitentis’) a few years ago.
Thanks for your blog,
A fellow Mater Dei – ite.

tantamergo - February 22, 2013

Sweet! God bless!

Daniel - March 4, 2013

Hmmm not being able post anymore?

tantamergo - March 5, 2013

No, they were in spam. I don’t know why you’re getting flagged. Normally comments go to spam when they have many links. I apologize, I am very sorry, I’m not doing it, the blog software is. Please keep trying. I’ll try to check the spam folder several times a day.

67. Daniel - March 4, 2013

Tanta it seems my comments do not appear after I hit “post comments”. Could you check please. I don’t recall making any opposing comments on your posts at all. In fact I support you take on many Catholic issues as I too have grave concern on relativism in the Church. Maybe you think I am hecking?

68. Peter Bové - March 30, 2013

Is there a pre-novus ordo mass in or near Dallas? Moved here from NY and haven’t found a true Traditional Mass. Along these lines http://www.stpiusvchapel.org

Anyone with information please inform me at themightypenfilmco AT gmail DOT com

Thanks and

Dominus Vobiscum

tantamergo - April 1, 2013

Seriously? You’re with MHFM?

Yes, Mater Dei FSSP parish in Irving. http://www.materdeiparish.com

There is also SSPX in Sanger, which I have never been to. I think there might be an independent priest in Arlington offering the TLM at a hotel, but I don’t often follow such things. You can go to traddie Mass sites to find out more info on that.

69. Lisa a - April 6, 2013

Please contact me, I am Lisa A the author of the Original Pedophilia Piece published on my website http://www.rethinksociety.com
Some interesting developments have taken place since you linked my article that I would like to discuss with you, you may email me at Lisa@rethinksociety.com

70. Daniel Connelly - May 14, 2013

I am from the Diocese of Camden. We just went through the merger process and Bishop Galante retired this year. The effects of the plan for transformation have been devastating. We lost over half our schools, parishes, priests and sisters with closings still continuing without end. 30-40% of the parishioners didn’t move to the new parishes. One county lost all it’s parishes and schools and the people must drive to the next county if they want to send their children to a Catholic School. There is no garantee that the school will be open next year. Several traditional teaching orders of religious sisters have been exiled, and forbidden from teaching. Many traditional priests have been exiled as well.
The response from the diocese is to hide their failures and proclaim the transformation a great success. They plan to continue with more of the same and bring in the “NEW CHURCH”, even as things crumble around them.
Camden Diocese is an experimental model which is being proclaimed as the new model for other dioceses. Pray for us and warn people the best that you can. Thank you.

71. Sherry - June 3, 2013

We are relocating to the North Dallas area soon. The right church for us will be the deciding factor on where exactly we live. So far we have discussed looking into the Grapevine to Frisco to Plano areas. We are also open to other cities in this area. It sounds like Mater Dei is a wonderful parish and we will be visiting this week. Do you have any recommendations for a NO parish? We are looking for as traditional as possible. Also, we have young children and will homeschool starting this fall. Thank you!

tantamergo - June 3, 2013


God bless you. Mater Dei is the only parish with a TLM in the Diocese, and it is of course exclusively TLM. As for Novus Ordo, the best by far is in Greenville, but that is in the extreme NE corner of the Diocese and, depending on job situation, could be an hour or more away from where you need to be in other aspects of life. Also, there is no real homeschool group there, while there is at Mater Dei.

There is a great deal of homeschooling around, however. It’s not attached to any particular parish. There are homeschool co-ops in Plano. One is called ORCHARD and the other is PARCH. But PARCH has gone down hill in the past few years.

St. Mark in Plano is probably one of the most orthodox NO parishes. St. Jude in Allen is also pretty orthodox. It’s all relative. St. Jude has Confession almost every day, if only for a short while. St. Mark has about 4 hours of Confesion a week, and a NO Latin Mass on Monday nights.

But at this point we’ve pretty much gotten so hooked on the TLM that’s about all that really concerns us at this point. We’re even talking about moving to Irving.

If you need an orthodox Catholic realtor, I know one. You can e-mail me offline larryr103@gmail.com

Sherry - June 3, 2013

Thank you so much for the church and homeschool recommendations! I will have my husband, Jay, email you about the realtor today.God bless you.

72. Ryan - June 6, 2013

First of all, I am a former Catholic now Agnostic. I wanted to give my insight in Father Corapi’s big downfall 2 years ago that I just read about recently. WOW! He really played the faithful and the Church as pawns. So he had a rough patch in life decades ago as a young man and was “guided towards the light by dear ol’ mom” so he becomes a priest for 20 years until his old ways get the better of him. Which in my opinion is kinda ridiculous since he committed no crime (oh no a priest had sex w/ woman, not a child) unless you count greed and taking full advantage what his ministry afforded him. I wish I could tell newly college grads if only they were educated in religious studies they’d have zero debt (church pays 4 everything) and in time if they’re good enough at speaking w/ one side of their mouth GOD, Jesus, Mary, etc. & the other KA-CHING!! $$ the Black Sheepdog is laughing all the way to bank since leaving, who is he kidding?!? oh that’s the blind delusional Catholics who followed him…wake up and it’s real simple how some people go about surviving and making money, exploitation has always existed in religious order

73. Marc - June 17, 2013

I saw your post about the pope Francis denying communion at the hand. As shown in the video you yourself provide it was clearly incorrect. It would be honest and just to correct the misunderstanding publicly in the post too. I would encourage to do that instead of admitting it in the comments but un-rectifiying the post itself.

tantamergo - June 17, 2013

I’m lazy.

74. Christopher Ekstrom - June 30, 2013

I know of three Traditionalist Priests that have been sent packing or in Fathet Rutler’s case; sidelined to Siberia. Would Cardinal Dolan dispatch Fulton Sheen to Staten Island? Probably. I meet the Cardinal with Father Rutler & as a fellow Mizzou Boy he reminded me of a machine politician. As is revealed by his defeatist posture on the Mandate & his deference to Nerobama (while being humiliated & lied to by same!) the comparison ends there; this politician is far too incompetent to have lasted one minute in machine KC. Is this the best we have? Why isn’t Father Rutler our Cardinal? Hopefully the Holy Father will kick Dolan upstairs and let him play politics in Rome. God save Our Church from its “princes”!

Could you suggest any Traditional parish near Highland Park? Went to a Church on Presto Road but it was uninspired (if not improper).


tantamergo - July 1, 2013

You went to Christ the King, I would guess. Have you been to Mater Dei? It’s on Irving Blvd in Irving, not terribly far from HP, but it defends on your definition. It’s probably about a 15 minute drive, depending on just where you are at. http://www.materdeiparish.com. FSSP parish, all TLM fully traditional.

75. hosting - July 11, 2013

Does your website have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to
send you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

76. FaustinaFan - August 3, 2013

May I request permission to use your black-and-white confession graphic (https://veneremurcernui.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/bishop-farrell-pushes-for-more-confession/) on a business card? The business card lists the confession times in my area and is going to be handed out to college students (with Mass times listed on the other side). Thanks.

Mary - August 3, 2013

what a fabulous idea!!!

tantamergo - August 5, 2013

FF, the image is not mine. I don’t know if it’s in the public domain or not, but I would imagine even business card use would fall under ‘fair use” so long as you don’t intend to profit, directly, from the sale of such business cards.

77. Austin Martin - September 13, 2013

I saw your post about Orthodoxy. I am Orthodox, and frankly, I am offended at the way Catholics consider us basically the same as them. I’m glad that a Catholic is saying that we have many problems (not sarcasm), for it’s insulting to negate our values and doctrines. However, I wish you went into more detail. Please write a longer post.

Ted - August 30, 2015

I am a former “Orthodox” Christian. If you are interested in an analysis of the essential differences between the two churches, I strongly encourage you to read “Jesus, Peter & the Keys: A Scriptural Handbook on the Papacy” by Butler, et al. It will be highly enlightening.

78. Kathy - September 23, 2013

I recently found you and am so happy you are keeping this blog up! We are almost in OK we are so Northern to Dallas but still happy to be informed of what all is taking place within our Diocese with a specific interest in the Latin Mass as well.

tantamergo - September 26, 2013

Thank you. I’m sorry your comment was delayed. God bless you.

79. Alyson - September 24, 2013

Greetings! I stumbled upon your blog while looking for art to use in my Catechetics Portfolio. I am a masters student at Franciscan University of Steubenville and I was wondering if you could possibly tell me who I can credit for the picture of confession you used on Oct. 3rd 2012 in the article Justification for Sacramental Confession from Scripture and Tradition. I would like to use this picture for my portfolio if that is alright with you. Please let me know as soon as possible! ( I included my email address below.
Thank you and God bless!

80. Rose Doane - September 26, 2013


Interview with Canon Matthew Talarico of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

81. Mark P Shea - September 29, 2013

Just saw your complaint about somebody trolling your blog under juvenile noms de plume. It wasn’t me. Just FYI.

82. Daniel Brooks (@codephined) - October 1, 2013

In response to the pro-abort invited to speak in a Dallas parish, the Diocese responded to a tweet of mine:

“This event was canceled by the pastor himself over a week ago.
Diocese of Dallas (@DallasCath)”

tantamergo - October 1, 2013

Thanks for the update. I’ll amend the post.

83. Hannah - October 15, 2013

Hi Tantamergo,

I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and I just wanted to thank you for such great content. I look forward to coming here everyday and your blog is one of my favorites. I’m so glad there are faithful traditional Catholics like yourself out there, fighting for Holy Mother Church and her traditions, and condemning Modernism and the evils in the Church for what they are.

Thank God for you. Just know this teenager appreciates you and what you’re doing here. Please keep up the great work.

May God bless you, my brother.

tantamergo - October 15, 2013

Thank you so very much for your kind comment. You do not know how strengthening it is to hear such supportive comments. I have taken a beating off line of late. I am glad – I pray – I am doing good for souls, that is the entire point of it all. I pray God may bless you! Stay strong with Holy Mother Church, satan loves to sift young people like sand, especially when they leave home and enter the world!

84. Michael Minnis - October 16, 2013

Is the Church approaching a time similar to the Reformation which was preceded by an indulgence scandal? Now we have sex scandals in union with the rise of Catholics in Name Only (CINO), many of whom seemed to be employed and protected by the national Bishops’ conferences. Marie Meaney’s “Is Schism Inevitable in Germany?” published October 16, 2013, in Crisis Magazine alludes to the growing gulf between Catholics and CINO’s, a gap being created under the leadership of Bishops and the Bishops’ conferences. When will Rome address this matter? Given the history of the Reformation, Rome will probably not address it until after the split or splits have occurred. We seem to be heading towards a German “Catholic” Church, an American “Catholic” Church, etc.

85. Eduardo - October 21, 2013

Hello Tanta,
I’m from Argentina and will probably be in Dallas because of work for a couple of weeksnext December. I’ll be staying in Downtown, probably in the Sheraton Hotel, and I’ll like to attend mass in the FSSP Parish. I understand I should take the 063 Bus in Commerce St and get off the in front of Mater Dei Parish, in Irving. Is it ok? (I must say that Dart.org webpage isn’t so useful when trying to understand how to move inside Dallas)

86. donnaellisart - October 30, 2013

now that i’ve read some comments, holy smokes! “more catholic than the pope!” pray for me!

tantamergo - October 30, 2013

Sorry, who is more Catholic than the Pope?

Johnette - December 9, 2014

That in’gthiss just what I’ve been looking for. Thanks!

87. Thomas Bullis - November 28, 2013

HI…so as Todd’s brother who fully agrees with this blog, I recently got into an argument with him, and when he asked me what I was doing to stop Abortion, my response was “Nothing unless I am an Abolishonists for AHA” his response, “Most Certainly” I am concerned for his behavior he has a history of mental illness, and has a history of lying, cheating, pornography. he quoted to me in an email, “I am the most Godly person you have ever met Tommy. Nobody you know is as Godly as me. If you really tried to be Godly it would take you 10 years to be 1/3 as Godly as me. When the Pope comes to American I take his confession. I can forgive people and they can go strait to heaven. You might just make it to heaven just because you are my brother.”

So all who come around him, may not know this but i want to spread this…so feel free to re-post.

88. Francisco Martín - December 14, 2013

Evangelii gaudium:

English version: “episcopal conferences (…), including genuine doctrinal authority,”

Spanish version: “incluyendo también ALGUNA auténtica autoridad doctrinal.”

Correct English version should say:
” including SOME genuine doctrinal authority,”

Fench and Italian versions corresponds correctly to the Spanish one:
“y compris une CERTAINE autorité doctrinale authentique”.
“includendo anche QUALCHE autentica autorità dottrinale”.

(Please, don’t ask me what does it mean “genuine”)

89. Terry - January 23, 2014

Here in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis (Minnesota) we have a decade of proof that VIRTUS/TAT protects sodomite clergy at the expense of good clergy, laity & children. (Retired Abp. Flynn, his VIRTUS/TAT sex-ed programs for children were endorsed by Planned Parenthood and homosexual actvist groups) See this link:

I’m not asking anyone to read all the pages of StarTrib articles, but they are there for your reference.

When I read Abp. Nienstedt’s letter and the StarTrib articles, I think:
–Lies of omission, both newspaper and the archdiocese. Remember that adult porn is legal, but not child porn. If the sex image is of a male, looking 15 or 16 or maybe 18 years old, then is it legal?
–Notice when you read, whether the archbishop or chancery representative or newspaper, is homo or hetero porn or questionable teenager porn what is being referred to?
–Whether local, national or global, these Catholic bishops and cardinals and the pope are ignoring the grave mortal sin problems of homosexuality, and trying to divert attention to minor issues of, e.g. immigration.

St. Michael the Archangel; pray for us. Our Lady of Fatima; pray for us.
—– —– —– —– —– —– —–

November 2013
Also see, http://www.startribune.com
–Two sides of priest emerge amid scandal, 10/27/2013, Baird Helgson
–Archbishop to hire firm for review of priests, 10/25/2013, Jean Hopfensperger
–Archdiocese paid $11M for misconduct by priests, 10/24/2013, Tony Kennedy, Jean Hopfensperger
–Priest makes unusual call for change at archdiocese, 10/23/2013, Baird Helgeson
–St. Thomas trustee who handled cases quits/Investigator in 3 priest abuse cases quits
St. Thomas board, 10/19/2013, Tony Kennedy
–Insider puts her church on trial, 10/13/2013, Dan Browning

90. Jason W. - February 4, 2014

I was hoping to comment on your request in regards to traditional male orders which are missionary in nature, but you had closed it for some reason. Regardless, this list might be helpful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communities_using_the_Tridentine_Mass

You might suggest that your friend take a look at the Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer. http://www.chemere.org/charisme-dominicain/

tantamergo - February 4, 2014

Sorry, comments time out after a week or so. This is to keep them from getting infested with spam.

91. P. McCoy - March 3, 2014

You are a bigot and a Domestic Terrorist. You want to subject LGBT people to the same Jim Crow laws that religious believers who felt their ” religious freedoms ” were offended by having to serve and deal with Blacks 70 and 80 years ago and I say this as a Black Woman. No babies are ever killed in an abortion, the problem is that no one is forcing you or the women in your life to have
abortions, but you want to impose the ignorance of 3000 year old interpretations on
everyone else. The problem with the left is
that they are too soft with your kind; you use murder of abortion providers, acts of terror
against clinics and use your raucous crowds to try to intimidate those seeking abortions. No, the left is too soft. You, ARE the enemy, hiding behind the pedophile obscenity that is the Vatican, a loathsome cult that wants to overthrow this secular government. So you are terrorists and traitors that should be punished with taxes on your church, harsh personal fines, and federal imprisonment that consists of solitary confinement. My words to you are simple: against Gay marriage, don’t get married to a Gay person, against abortion THEN DON’T HAVE ONE. Lastly, if abortion is murder, then breaking an egg is animal abuse. I am going to pray to God and strive to see to it that America stays secular and begins to circumscribe the pernicious influence of the Catholic Church is the United States. By the way, the blood of innocent Russians instead Ukraine is on your hands due to the power hungry violence perpetrated by Uniates, they want to destroy the Orthodox religion despite their bleats for peace; they rallied their people to push for a Catholic takeover of the country. I don’t like Putin, but if he is wise, he will outlaw the Uniates as traitors.

discipleofthedumbox - March 3, 2014

Thank you for making tantum’s point. May God convert you and your kind to his Most Sacred Heart or may you be destroyed before you can cause irreparable harm especially due to your hatred fueled by your own ignorance and total disregard of eternal truth.

Rosa - April 9, 2014

Urrgh. Be wary of P.McCoy … lukewarm IQ, and among the mob that will be breaking down your door to rob, rape, kill and eat you. In that order. Flee the face of evil. Flee!

tantamergo - April 9, 2014

Oh, I just saw this. Should I leave it?

As an object lesson in how completely upside down and inside out people’s thinking has become, yes.

Richard M - September 26, 2014

“No babies are ever killed in an abortion.”

So what are they? Armadillos? Acacia bushes?

Don’t be so hasty to deny the humanity of others. From such haste has come so many untold evils.

92. Mary - March 18, 2014
tantamergo - March 18, 2014

So the end begins.

93. Jim - April 8, 2014

Fr Corapi’s preaching was truthful; if he is a sinner , his preaching is still truthful.

94. Dennis McCarty - April 21, 2014

Your comments about Bishop Hubbard in Albany, NY are beyond disgraceful. I don’t agree with all his beliefs, but he is an honest and decent human being who has devoted his entire life to serving God. It’s really, really unfortunate that you’ve chosen to go after him in such a vicious un-Christ like manner. And just so you know…the number of Roman Catholics attending church each Sunday is on the decline throughout the country, not just in Albany. I will pray for you, sir.

tantamergo - April 21, 2014

I can certainly use the prayers. But the situation in Albany is far beyond what has been experienced in other dioceses. In fact, both Rochester and Albany are at or very near the bottom of the list for many aspects of parish and diocesan life, from vocations to Mass attendance to donations to church closings. But lay involvement in sacred rites is profuse and disordered.

There once was a really holy bishop, who impressed many, many people with his personal sanctity. In fact, many thought he was a saint. Unfortunately, that appearance of sanctity was coupled with some really destructive ideas. His name was Arius, and he authored a heresy that caused enormous strife and angst within the Church for centuries. The appearance of personal sanctity is not always a defense against doctrinal error. Bishop Hubbard has supported and advanced all manner of erroneous beliefs, and the plight of the Church in upstate New York reflects that. He may be a wonderful man – Arius may have been a wonderful man – but their ideas are dangerous and destructive.

95. Timothy O'Brien - May 7, 2014

Hi, I read your blog a lot and really enjoy it. This video has been being shown recently throughout the country among orthodox Catholics. I was curious if you saw it and what your opinion is-

Third Way: http://vimeo.com/93079367

In Christ,

96. dominiemary - May 12, 2014

Excellent blog. Can you put a Twitter share and linkedin buttons and google plus please?

tantamergo - May 12, 2014

If I can figure it out! I’m not much for Twitter. I’m nominally on Google plus but really don’t like how invasive it is. “Linked in” – no way. My professional and blogging personas must remain widely separated.

97. Herman Cummings - May 12, 2014

Lawrencinium Tiberius Rochenhoffenstauffengreensteinberg-Jones,
I want you to write me. I have important info that you will want to show all other Catholics.

Herman Cummings

98. VeniCumDubium - June 3, 2014

You people are deluded and a blight upon modern society. Wrapped up in your cult of antiquity and ignorance, you tell others how to live, work, and love (or not to). A fraud, a pious fraud… of gods, demons, spirits, angels, fairies, ghosts, saints, visions, miracles, prayers, and divine revelations. Tithes, crusades, money, robes, fancy hats, money, monsignors, dispensations, indulgences, albs, money…

The sun goes around the earth for you. Famines, earthquakes and plagues are your god’s expression of anger. Your god is made in your image and likeness, Caucasian male with a nose, a navel, genitals… and why not? What better way to maintain the order?

Four hundred years deep into the age of science and understanding, and you are still dragging your knuckles, waving an primitive book around, inspired by the gibberish of a nomadic tribal culture roaming the ancient Levant.

I recently witnessed a diaconate ordination and watched all those chumps kneeling to kiss the bishop’s ring — a perfect microcosm of the church’s 16th-century ethos.

Too bad the music isn’t as good as it was then. Gabrieli is one of the best things the church gave the world… I suppose we must take the rind with the melon. The good news is that the rind is shriveling into insignificance… very slowly, but steadily. We may have to wait another couple hundred years. Church is a cancer-riddled peacock that spends its dwindling reserves of energy preening its feathers.

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

lyndairish - July 29, 2014

You’ve been well and truly brainwashed. This is wholly irrational.

tibor kovacs - March 11, 2016

will pray for you…when you grow up and get some wisdom you will realize how much of life you have missed.. o yes you have existed you ate drank danced etc but don’t tell me your spirit is at peace ..serene …..if you have no soul than you are not human …that is the very thing that separates us from the animal kingdom never to late to open your eyes heart mind….o by the GOD loves you just the way you are and will wait for you…..he already given you life

99. Rick Russnak - June 4, 2014

I really like this website. How do I register?
Thank you,
Rick Russnak
Flagstaff, Arizona
June 5, 2014

100. Yaab - June 9, 2014


You have created a pretty interesting Catholic blog out there. Keep up the good work.

Poland, Central Europe

Tantumblogo - June 9, 2014

Thanks! God bless!

101. 16 year old. - June 10, 2014

Hello. I have reacently read your article about Youth Groups. Contradicting your view of youth groups, I have felt that my group has brought me into a deeper relationship with God. Was it not JPII who started World YOUTH Day, to give hope for the future of the Church? Youth group gives us teenagers a place to share our faith and grow closer to Christ. Obviously, some parishes have youth groups that are having troubles, but how can you go against such an idea that helps the people who are th future of the church? Are you a teenager in today’s society? It’s hard growing up in today’s society, and youth group gives us teenagers a chance to become closer to Christ. You are focusing too much on the statistics of how youth groups are “destroying teenager’s faith”. Instead of putting so much effort into condemning anything that goes against your beliefs, I think that praying can help. We must never forget to be like Jesus, who loved everybody, men, women, children, criminals, prostitutes. Sometimes, we forget to realize that we are acting like the Pharisees, focusing so much on following the faith perfectly and forgetting what the faith is really about. It seems that recently some Catholics have lost touch with our relationship with God. Religion AND faith go hand in hand. Following Catholism perfectly doesn’t always mean a person is a good Catholic. Live out the faith. God Bless.

Tantumblogo - June 10, 2014

That’s a very nice testimony. I pray you feel the same way 20 years from now.

102. Frank - June 11, 2014

Besides the Fraternity of St. Peter, are there other churches where the Traditional Latin mass is offered in Dallas or nearby cities?

Tantumblogo - June 11, 2014

Yes, but they are SSPX. There is SSPX in Sanger and North Richland Hills. And that is all. There are a couple of diocesan priests who know how to offer the TLM and would dearly love to do so, but they are not permitted to offer TLM by the bishop except under exceedingly rare circumstances.

103. Baseballmom - June 12, 2014

I’m sorry. I don’t know your email. Prayers please for Fr. Joe Terra FSSP, who was critically injured by an intruder at his parish in Phoenix AZ. HIS ASSOCIATE WAS KILLED. Thank you.

104. Jeannine - June 12, 2014

Appreciate the recommendation. Let me try it out.

105. Dallas artist - June 29, 2014

I am looking to sell my retablo but not sure who I can trust to tell me if it authentic or not. I am going Monday to the Arte De Anquitecture De Mexico on Levee St and other auctions places down there for quotes. Any recommendations?

106. dominiemary - July 15, 2014

How do I email the post on youcat – I would like to send this. Important


D Stemp

107. Jacek Cianciara - August 6, 2014

According to http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=579116

‘I was just watching Marino Restrepo’s testimony where he encountered God, and he eventually became a Catholic missionary. Marino stated that Jesus Christ said that we are not going to be judged on religions, on doctrines, on beliefs of any kind. We are judged on love. BUT we are going to be called upon the talents he gave us. Marino said that Jesus Christ called the Catholic Church the greatest talent because it is the church that contains all the truth. He goes on to say that Jesus Christ said that we as Catholics need to humble ourselves, but only God can open the hearts of men to come into His Church.”

Pretty powerful testimony.

The testimony of Marino Restrepo begins with the link below if you care to watch.

Isn’t that quite heretical?

108. shari - October 2, 2014

Was wondering what your take is on this article. I think it is anti-catholic – Just more liberalism. I commend him.

109. Steve - October 7, 2014

The final accident report on Lex’s last flight

Full report

I also miss this guy & really felt this loss.

Tantumblogo - October 7, 2014

I have seen it, but decided not to post much on it. I still miss Lex very, very much. He was a tremendous guy. I was shocked how much I felt a personal friend had been lost when his accident happened.

Tim - October 7, 2014

Hey Tantum, I haven’t received this since last week….what’s up? Did I accidently unsubscribe?
My son’s real name is Tiberius.

Tantumblogo - October 7, 2014

I don’t think so. I also think some of your comments are in spam and I need to dig them out.

I did not do anything to unsubscribe you, of that, I am certain. I’ll have to check the list to see if your e-mail is still on there.

110. Kristen - October 9, 2014

Hi there! I enjoy your blog.

As I grow in my understanding of the Church, I get more and more disappointed with the churches. I was converted in part by a visit to St. Joseph in Richardson. Compared to agnosticism, St. Joseph’s is very holy. I loved Msgr. Don Fischer – in fact, he heard my first confession and presided at my confirmation. But the more I learn, the more some things he said disappoint me in retrospect. And if what you say is true about him chastising someone for kneeling to receive Communion, that is… problematic.

Of course, he retired several years ago – I sang at his last Mass at St. Joe’s – and now we have Fr. Timothy Heines. I know little about him since I have moved to McKinney and now attend St. Michael the Archangel, but the few Masses I attended which Fr. Timothy celebrated, he was very funny but a couple things he said bugged me. (He mentioned global warming once…)

I admit to not being the best Catholic the past few years. I have sinned and come close to falling away, partly out of guilt and partly out of dismay at the election of Pope Francis. His remarks about the economy, especially in Evangelii Gaudium, are very troubling to me as someone who believes strongly in free markets as the surest way to lift people from poverty. (This is based on evidence.) I don’t see how you can misinterpret; he has been very clear in the things he’s said. Pope Francis’s commitment to living the Gospel is truly commendable but his remarks on economic freedom and the State scare me.

So I guess my question for you is – where do I go to Mass? LOL! St. Michael’s is 2 miles from my house, but there is such lack of reverence there. St. Joseph’s is the Vatican compared to it. A priest was hearing my confession the other day – one of the gravest confessions of my life – and I could see his iPhone glowing behind the screen, and his thumb moving across it. (I haven’t shared this on social media – in fact this is the first time I’ve said it “out loud.”) No one genuflects when sitting, there is hardly anyone at confession, and people are wearing sneakers and tank-tops and opening gum wrappers throughout the liturgy.

St. Joseph’s is a 30 minute drive, and while I miss the music ministry very much (it’s wonderful there) I strongly feel that if I’m going to drive (and talk my husband into driving, since we are struggling financially and already spend a great deal on gas to get to and from our 4 combined jobs), it’s got to be to a parish where there is orthodoxy and reverence.

Mater Dei is an hour from us, and St. Mary of the Assumption in Ft. Worth is a little over an hour. St. Mark’s in Plano is not too far. Could you elaborate a little more on St. Mark’s? What about St. William the Confessor? I would love to attend a Latin Rite parish (despite it being a tad intimidating), but I fear it may be a logistical implausibility.

Thank you very much for your time. Dominus tecum!

Tantumblogo - October 9, 2014

Oh my dear. God bless you. I strongly recommend you document your confessional experience with the smart phone being used – that is a grave offense against charity and Canon Law. That is a most grievous matter. I doubt you have any evidence but your word, but this must be reported to the Diocese. If you get no satisfaction from them, then contact the Apostolic Nuncio and the Congregation for Divine Worship. That is a huge, HUGE no no. For all you know, he was texting the contents of your confession.

Now, I don’t want you to panic, I’m sure he really wasn’t, but the point is, he COULD have been. A priest must never have any means of communication active and open during Confession. This is one of the most grievous abuses of the sanctity of the confessional I have ever heard. That is really, really bad. That was basically a violation of the seal of the confessional, something this priest could be literally laicized over (I doubt it will come to that, but only stress the gravity of the matter).

I am sorry for your limitations. I strongly, strongly suggest that if you can at all make it to Greenville that you start going there at least on Sundays immediately. Father Weinberger is a great priest, has a beautiful Liturgy (in Latin or English, all Novus Ordo), and takes Confession very, very seriously. He has Confession almost every day and for several hours on Sunday. He is a very good, faithful priest.

Failing that, Saint Mark is a good bet, but you might also want to try Saint Jude in Allen. It’s closer to you and pretty orthodox. I think you’ll be happy. They take Confession pretty seriously there (not nearly so much as Fr. Weinberger, but still, pretty good) and have it several days a week. Fr. Church is pretty solid. I have to imagine you would find it at least as reverent and orthodox as Saint Joseph and probably more so. Saint Mark I think is also more reverent and orthodox than Saint Joseph.

Isn’t Saint Gabriel’s in McKinney supposed to be more orthodox than Saint Michael’s? I’m not real familiar with the McKinney parishes, but I am scandalized to no end by your experience. You could also try Saint Anthony in Wylie, I can’t remember the priest’s name, but while it’s not a real pretty parish to my taste, it’s pretty solidly orthodox.

But if I had my druthers, I would tell you to really try mightily to assist at St. William in Greenville. You will not be disappointed, and will be greatly edified by Father Weinberger.

One more thing: due to this scandal you have endured, even though it is far, you might want to consider going to Mater Dei for Confession and soon. I would have reservations over the validity of the Confession if your priest was so distracted, and you should certainly communicate this grave abuse you experienced. Fr. Weinberger does very well in the confessional, but there is nothing quite like a truly traditional priest. For Confession, I have never, ever, met their equal. And they are so kind and helpful, I think you will be helped a great deal.

I do hope this helps you. Stay strong. Do not fall away! Stay close to Our Lady at the foot of the cross in this time of trial. God bless you, I feel for you. So many folks are suffering……I hope I have helped a bit.

John King - April 4, 2016

I must be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was a parishioner at St. Jude and have seen so many abuses from letting a host remain on the floor while the extraordinary minister continues to pass out communion to being personally humiliated by Father Bartolotta when I attempted to take communion on my knees. He told me twice to get up and told me that I was making a scene. I have approached several active parishioners at St. Jude in the Knights of Columbus. They all talk orthodox and insist that the parish is solid but give me no support when confronting leadership. I have written emails to Father Tim and got no reply. I left for St. Anthony. Father Semler just took over for Father Tim. My wife wants us to return but I have strong reservations.

Tantumblogo - October 9, 2014

Oh, about Saint Mark – it makes a very great difference WHEN you go to Mass. On Sundays, stick to the 9a or 10:30a Mass, those are by far the more reverent and orthodox. 10:30 might be your best bet, that is what Fr. Smith considers his “high” Mass.

Tantumblogo - October 9, 2014

I also must ask, may I share your confession experience in a post for that purpose? This really needs to get out, and you can be assured my posts are very closely read by the Diocese.

Thank you and God bless you.

111. Kristen - October 13, 2014

I’m sorry I just now saw your thoughtful and helpful response. Thank you so much for taking the time.

As I wrote in my recent comment on your latest blog post about this issue, this isn’t the first time I have experienced a priest using a smartphone during confession, although I am pretty sure the first time this happened (I think it was a few years ago at St. Joseph) he put it away quite quickly. I have only been Catholic since October 2007, so I’m still pretty new to this. And the more I learn, the more I think I got somewhat slapdash catechesis in RCIA. My conversion story is weird. I wasn’t marrying a Catholic or anything. I was just an agnostic single liberal woman in my 20s who was pile-drived by the Holy Spirit. So to me everything about St. Joseph’s was SO reverent and orthodox and devout and holy because all I had to compare it to was the mini-mega-churches of my childhood, and the no-religion of my young-adulthood.

It DID bother me to see a priest using an iPhone during confession, but I guess I just thought, “Well, I suppose this happens.”

It has only recently occurred to me that I have other options when I experience things in a parish that deeply bother me. I know how wanting I am. I can’t call myself a “good” Catholic just because I veil and receive on the tongue and go to confession. I know how far short I have fallen. But when I feel the truth has been revealed to me about such an issue, I can’t turn away from it. For example at St. Michael’s at most masses I am the only woman in a veil. It is uncomfortable. I don’t want to draw attention to myself, but again – I feel called to wear a veil and I can’t ignore that call. Other little things, you know? In the line for confession people whisper to each other incessantly – this never ever happens at St. Joseph’s. I don’t recall at St. Joseph’s ever seeing a woman wear a baseball cap to Mass, either. I feel terrible for allowing any focus on this and I constantly chastise myself to focus on why I am there, but it’s hard not to notice, because it feels so inappropriate and disrespectful.

I wish we lived closer to a parish such as Mater Dei or St. William, but I will do as you suggested and go to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation from Father Weinberger. Yesterday my husband and I drove to Greenville on an unrelated matter and I was dismayed by how long it took but I trust you when you say it is worth it, and I may try to talk my husband into making the commute on Sundays. It is only difficult because we both commute 35-45 minutes each way every day for work. I will also try St. Mark and St. Jude as you recommended, and let the Holy Spirit speak to me, because right now St. Michael in McKinney does not feel right.

Thank you again and God bless you.

112. Farhi Rosley - November 11, 2014

What a racist closed minded blog this is. Never thought in hundred years that such people still exist in this world. I believe in God, but I don’t wish for other religion to be dead as well.

Tantumblogo - November 11, 2014

You’re right. I feel ashamed. I’m going to go to my room now and cry.

113. jim jonshon - December 2, 2014

I read a post on this sight about mistranslations in the NAB. Why would any Catholic ever read a Holy Bible other Douay Rheims? The title “New” and “American” and “Bible” should say enough. Our Faith is not new, it is not american and the Catholic Bible is Holy.

There is also a glaring omission in your blog on the NAB. Where do you find 3 Kings of 4 Kings or Osee or Noe or 1 PARALIPOMENON or jeremias, or jonas etc in the Holy Bibles of today? You do not because the bibles (small b) of today are slanted toward the heretical protestant religions and that is one more reason they only refer to them as bible and not Holy Bible.

Tantumblogo - December 2, 2014

Thank you for the comment. Much has changed since then. In fact, I generally read the Haydock Study Bible today. I hope to move onto Cornelius a Lapide’ soon. I wrote a post the other day about how we all arrive at different points in the practice of the Faith at different times, and some of us may have even converted to the Church rather late in life. In addition, some of us may have only found the glorious traditional practice of the Faith relatively recently, but are doing our utmost to “catch up” with our glorious past.

So, is the best way to approach those who haven’t arrived at our own state of perfection just yet to kneecap them and tell them what hideous fools they are, lost in a sea of post-conciliar error – in spite their best efforts – or is to show them the glory of the traditional practice of the Faith and attract them to it?

BTW, I would be very careful which version of D-R I read, ones produced in the past 100 years often have important changes that alter the normal content of that great version of the Bible. A very good priest advised me to avoid any Bible version produced in the past 200 years, for all will bear the taint of some form of rationalism/materialism/etc. Haydock is really the bare minimum. A Lapide is much better.

114. Reiland - December 14, 2014

I found this blog through Google. I am doing a research paper for high school, on pain and experience in Psychology. I am agnostic, but chose the challenge of “religious pain”. And through my research, managed to ascertain that in Christianity, it is necessitate to avoid “Hell” at all costs. But as I said, on like the 11th page of Google results, I stumbled upon this blog. And I must say the article, “St. Robert Bellarmine on Hell”, is one of the most frightening pieces I have ever read. Grotesquely descriptive, it is one of the perfect pieces written on Hell I have found!

Tantumblogo - December 15, 2014

You’re welcome. Saint Robert Bellarmine was a brilliant man. I would not discount his writings as unhinged rantings. He is revealing what 2000 years of Christian belief has known as unalterable fact.

God bless you.

115. Mary - January 4, 2015

A.M.D.G. < J.M.J.
Peace be with you, Tantumblogo!
I was wondering if the first picture

posted on the page
was in the public domain? I have a website of public domain pictures for others to be able to use to teach the Faith. Would you have any other information on the picture such as the artist, date, etc.?
May God bless you, your family, all your loved ones, and all those you serve. May He keep all of you forever .. .
In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

116. Manuel Mora (@__MoraManuel__) - January 6, 2015

Hi Larry I’ve wanted to contact you for quite some while. I too am from the diocese of Dallas and I came across a video on YouTube of a group of charismatics in “adoration” and it is filled with liturgical abuses. The worst part is that took place in our Cathedral you’ll have to see for yourself as the link to the video will be attached at the end of this comment. I was wondering if you’d join me in speaking out about this. As soon as I saw this video I contacted the diocese and left a message to bishop Farrell’s office on this issue. I also left him an e-mail. After that I contacted the cathedral and sent an e-mail to the rector of the cathedral Fr. Garza. It has been about two montha and I have not heard back from them. You won’t have to look much into the video to see it is almost a sacrilege and that being said I was wondering if you had some way to speak up about this issue. Be warned the irreverence is horrible please respond here is the link:

Tantumblogo - January 8, 2015

So, way back in the earliest days of my conversion, I actually went to one of these. They have these charismatic fests of the Holy Spirit at the Cathedral every year on Pentecost. Yes it is protestant as all get out (and deranged protestantism, at that) and horribly abusive. But it has gone on for years.

Interesting that wild excesses like this are no problem at the Cathedral but a Traditional Latin Mass remains beyond the pale!

117. Manuel Mora (@__MoraManuel__) - January 9, 2015

I want to do something about it. It makes me furious and this breaks liturgical norms and law and it makes me mad cause bishop Farrell isn’t aware or he lets it happen. I don’t know how to spread awareness of this and I won’t stop nagging about this till this type of stuff is addressed upon here in our diocese. It won’t go on for years anymore I’m putting my two sense into this they might think I’m some soft lay person that’ll move on but they’ll hear what I have to say. I just need to know what else to do…

I’ve always wondered the same thing, I doubt there’s been one since our cathedral was wreckovated in 66.

118. Meghan - February 17, 2015

Hi! I found your blog while looking for information on Mater Dei in Irving TX. It looks like a beautiful thriving community! Hopefully only growing bigger! We are looking to locate there from (help us) NY this year if possible. Can you give me any information on the area? Places to live, where other families in the parish live, what areas to stay away from? My husband will be looking for a job as well. My email is meggy103@hotmail.com if you can give me any information! I can only repay you with prayers and thanksgiving! God Bless.

119. alan stemp - March 24, 2015

Hello Tantum,

Regarding your 3/4/15 post about the Church’s teaching on origins, I think you are very close to spot on. The article to which you referenced about the Big Bang is interesting, but misses the point a bit. They are flailing around trying to overcome the contradictions in their theory (Dark matter a fudge factor to explain gravitational influence, black holes occur when their equations result in dividing by zero, etc.) They are even bringing back the “Aether.” From the article, “the universe could be filled with a superfluid made of hypothetical particles, such as the gravity-carrying particles known as gravitons, or ultra-cold, ghostlike particles known as axions, Das said.” Of course, if they bring back the Aether, then they have to throw out lots of their theories, and have to explain all the experiments on the Aether that show that the Earth is stationary – the very reason they did away with the Aether in the first place.

I’m betting that the great resurgence of the Church will come about when such “unscientific” beliefs as Creation, our First Parents, Geo-centrism, the Deluge, etc. are shown to be historical truth. Do away with atheistic fairy tales, and the only source of Truth left is the Catholic.Church

120. Mike Norton - April 5, 2015


Concerning your post of 23 Jan 2015. You have several pictures of Thuds. You commented on the row of Thuds with the SH tail code. I think you would like to know a bit more. Those planes were assigned to the 465th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 507th Tactical Fighter Wing. The tail codes are assigned to individual units. The 465th is a Reserve wing stationed at Tinker AFB, OK. It is now a refueling wing. The 465th had F-105D/F models from 1972 to 1980. I know this because these planes are what started my love with aircraft. My dad was a Comm/Nav troop with the 465th. On the rare days that we got out of school early, he would pick my brother and I up and take us to work. The Thuds in that picture were the same ones I used to touch and on rare occasions sit in the cockpit. That flightline and those planes were one of the big reasons that I decided to enlist many years later. BTW, 14 of the 31 Thuds I have found that were assigned to the 465th are now on static display around the country.


121. Tom O'Reilly - May 7, 2015


I ran across an earlier blog of yours entitled Roberti DeMattei on a Proper Understanding of Religious Liberty, dated August 6, 2012. Perhaps you could enlighten me as to what specific Church authority you were referncing when you suggested that the teaching on that doctrine as defined by DeMattei had been the unequivocal belief of the Church throughout its history, at least from about AD 315.

I’m certianly not challenging the correctness of the doctrine, but I have been unable to determine when it was first determne by the Church to be an immutable doctrine. The various encyclicals that DeMattei mentions does not seem to provide any further insight (unless I just missed it), but I was thinking that maybe it was defined in one of the earlier Councils.

Anyhow, if you could assist me in that regard I would be most appreciate.

Thank you,


Tantumblogo - May 7, 2015

So you’re looking for source antecedent to those listed in the post? Those go back to 1836. I don’t know if the implication is that these popes taught something novel starting at that time, but that’s not the case. I was also reading St. Augustine at that time, and he discusses (Confessions, or City of God?) the fact that man has no right to the public practice of a false religion, that such should be condemned and extirpated by the civil authority as normal practice. It would take me a while to dig up the specific references. I cannot promise that I will, I am quite busy as it is.

Nevertheless, just as a starting point, is there an unstated assumption or question that the pre-conciliar Popes were wrong on this, or stating something novel?

122. Danny Wasserman - May 18, 2015

Hello! I just happened to come across your post related to Luis de Granada’s Book of Prayer and Meditation. I know a little bit about him (I’m a Ph.D. in European history and am starting a research project about him), and if you still have questions, I’d be glad to help! God bless you.

123. richardmalcolm1564 - May 19, 2015

Daer Tanntumblogo,

You may not know the answer to this, but I ask because you have posted his sermons rather frequently here in the past: Can you cast any light on why there have been no postings of sermons by this certain FSSP priest in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to Romans10Seventeen, or elsewhere?

Some of us folks out of town are very edified by him – I used to attend a parish he previously staffed, in fact – and it has been disappointing not to see anything by him for nearly half a year now.

Tantumblogo - May 19, 2015

I wish they were. I’m trying to work the situation, but it’s not easy. Yes, they are not being posted anymore. AudioSancto was pretty much started for that priest, but then there were some disagreements there, and so Romans10Seventeen was started, but now there’s been some problems there, too. I’m trying to get a chance to talk with the priest to set up an alternative. But because he’s had these problems or whatever he’s sort of reticent to try again, from what I gather.

124. Kevin Shook (@DFWSHOOK) - June 11, 2015
125. RJT - July 10, 2015


I am soon being interviewed by Dave Palmer on Kath radio 910 about my recent publication, The Five Beasts of St. Hildegard: Prophetic Symbols of Modern Society. You can get more information about it on the book’s website: http://www.thefivebeasts.wordpress.com. The interview will be at 8:40 AM CST on Friday July 17. I hope you will have an interest and the time to listen in.

Thank you very much for your work.

…reid j turner

126. Paul Bailes - July 20, 2015

Dear Tantumblogo
I like your website including Flightline Friday.

But if there is anything more exciting than fast jets, it would be super-heavy coastal artillery. May I commend to your attention the clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7SrP0e785Q&feature=youtu.be

As well as the fantastic Vickers 15-inch 45-calibre gun (NB, not the same as mounted on the RN battleships and battlecruisers), check out the segment starting around 4:25. Aside from the fire resulting from the gun’s muzzle blast, note the unmistakable cassocked figure!

Priests with (15-inch) guns!

God bless

Tantumblogo - July 20, 2015

Oh I so will check that out. Yes, coast artillery was very impressive. A lot of former forts here in the US had numerous guns in caliber up to 16″ as you likely know.

No, I did not know the 15″ guns used in British coast artillery sites were different from the Mk 1’s used in the Queen Elizabeth and subsequent classes, but that would make sense. I guess I’ll find out from the video, but did the Brits use disappearing guns as the US did?

127. Curt - August 7, 2015

I find the amount of information your site reveals the most informative out there when it comes down to the actual Catholic related news. You have a true sense of seeing holy as in bishop Sample, and seeing evil as in bishop Cupich.

128. Ricardo - November 16, 2015

I would like to contac with someone member of the church my number is 832-544-2946 please contac me i need some help

129. andywilliams2016 - January 8, 2016

You probably know that the Denzinger fathers have a PDF available. Perhaps you could do a post on it – there are a 100 studies – some excellent, others so-so.

130. Michael - January 12, 2016

i like your response to bishop farrel’s response to the open carry and carry laws in general. Bishop Olson did the same thing. We need to get local Catholics to respond to this…even local Catholic politicians….how about Gov. Abbott?

131. manny - February 2, 2016

Not sure where else to put this. If you have any readers in California they might want to get in on this


132. Blue Steel - February 3, 2016

Nothing about Replacing the scandalized Fr. Timothy Heines…
Or the Dallas Diocese sending past and present Gay Priests to Bonham, Texas.
Seton still allowing unmarried sexual couples to hand out communion
Or the relationship one priest heading to St Joe’s had???

Tantumblogo - February 3, 2016

News to me. Unfortunately, I’ve sort of fallen out of the diocesan scuttlebutt loop for the most part. I still know a few folks at St. Joseph and no one seemed to know what happened to him, nor how he might have been “scandalized.”

As for gay priests in Bonham, I’m shocked, shocked to find sodomites in the priesthood!

Seton’s been a catastrophe since Petter was there at least and likely before. People in open concubinage is only the tip of the iceberg. Find out about Cecilia Ladda, Dallas Area Interfaith, Seton Soles, etc.

Have no idea regarding the last. Always looking to learn more.

133. Blue Steel - February 3, 2016

The Diocese does not care. They will cover up all of their secrets. There are many people out there that know the truth.

134. Eric - February 10, 2016

Any idea what happened to the parochial vicar, Fr. Reuben Chen, of St. Thomas Aquinas in Dallas?

Tantumblogo - February 10, 2016

He’s still around. I think they moved him. I want to say All Saints but I don’t think that’s right. I’d have to check.

135. Tucker Snedeker - February 20, 2016
136. Mat - February 22, 2016


I live in Denver and I am looking to move to Dallas with my wife. Can you recommend a few orthodox Catholic Churches in North Dalllas area? We have some family in Lewisville, Carrollton area so we would prefer to be around there or North from there.

Thanks so much!


137. Mrs. Lucifer - March 26, 2016

You really are a coward. You close the discussions way, way, way, too early. I was going to respond to a post about Satanists where they were called “losers”. Before you criticize another sect, please take care of your PEDOPHILE priests who fuck children in the ass and then turn around to consecrate a cracker into the body of a 2,000-year-old virgin carpenter. I would rather see a priest spew semen all over the Eucharist than harm a SINGLE hair on the head of a CHILD. Jesus can take a wad of semen to the face whereas a CHILD cannot. Your organized crime syndicate continues to give rapists access to fresh victims. I am atheist but I support the Satanic Temple in their efforts to have church/state separation enforced.

138. Brian - March 31, 2016

Thanks for all the good work you are doing. I am interested in the artwork that you have images of for the fourteen holy helpers. Do you have a reference for these?

139. Kepha - April 12, 2016

I noticed that you’ve posted things about the Brotherhood of the Iron Will in the past, so I thought you might like to hear about its recent activity. The Dallas-based St Peter Chapter of Kepha is becoming active again. Our next monthly work day is scheduled for April 23, helping in the flower beds at the St Mark Columbarium. Next month is our first retreat in 3 years, entitled Suffering for Souls, to be held at St Mark on May 28-29.

Check out our new website at KephaRocks.com. Please note that while we encourage fathers and sons to join, we now encourage any Catholic man to join (if you’re interested in coming yourself (your son too if he’s past the age of reason) you can get in touch with me).

140. Noah - April 23, 2016

I’ve been a devoted reader of your blog and thoroughly enjoy your content, especially since you are both unashamedly and solidly traditional and that you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. While I am under the jurisdiction of Bishop Michael Olson in Fort Worth, I do keep up with some happenings of the Mater Dei community under the Diocese of Dallas. However, I commenting here curious as if to you keep up with the happenings in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Have you heard of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller? We have been under a very traditional, incredibly intelligent, liturgically traditional pastor, Monsignor E. James Hart for about 6 or 7 years now. However, clerical assignments effective July 1 of this year have him leaving our parish, which I find incredibly unfortunate. Under his leadership, the parish had altar rails installed, traditional polyphony sung by a very skilled choir, thought provoking homilies, and liturgies true to the rubrics and the ancient traditions of the Church. To replace him, Bishop Olson has assigned Father Gary Picou of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gainesville, and likewise Father Michael Greco of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Fort Worth as our new Parochial Vicar. Question is, do you know anything of these priests? Are they solidly traditional? I know they aren’t under the Diocese of Dallas, but I’m assuming that the “word on the street” from Fort Worth regularly passes through your midsts.


141. The Modern Medievalist - May 19, 2016

I stumbled upon your post from 2014 on the Corpus Christi procession in Austin: https://veneremurcernui.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/awesome-austin-procession-last-week-or-wherein-i-admit-my-manifest-failure-as-catholic-blogger/

You may be happy to know I organized the men’s chant schola that sang for it. We chanted Christus vincit on the way into the rotunda, the significance of which was probably lost on all the reporters present that day. The chanters are the ones genuflecting on the right of the photo of the Blessed Sacrament exiting the cathedral.

–the Modern Medievalist

142. Emily - August 12, 2016

Hi! One of your articles was such a blessing and was read at the perfect time! Thank you so much for writing. Also, in the same article, you had a priest and his blog linked but unfortunately the blog is only open to those invited. Is there another way to access it? It was the blog on Fr. Larry. Such a God-send!

143. Christina - January 25, 2017

Next time you go to confession I would suggest you confess pride. How dare you so arrogantly judge Fr. Forge who has dedicated his life to the service of others in his vocation as priest. It doesn’t sound like you attend his parish so I would assume you don’t know a thing about running it. Confession is available to anyone who picks up the phone and asks for it. Why don’t use your time for blogging in judgemental tones for praying instead. You your self could use some prayers.
The one who arranged Cardinal Burkes visit and at a church I Very easily picked and dear friend of Fr. Forge. Lay off him.

144. Fr. Tim - February 9, 2017

I loved the article on Maria Teresita Quevedo Gonzales. I was hunting for her diary (if it had been published) . Thanks!

Fr. Tim - February 9, 2017

Ooops… I meant I was hunting for her diary when I stumbled onto this blog. 🙂

145. Tim - February 13, 2017

Dear Lawrencinium Tiberius,

I enjoy your blog.

I applaud your attempt to report on status of the Catholic church in the Diocese of Dallas.
Prayers for the conversion of souls is a much more worthy endeavor.

I live within the Archdiocese of Detroit.
As you may or may not know Detroit was one of the centers of the post Vatican II Revolution. The devastated Vineyard metaphor of Anne Muggeridge is still very true here in Metro Detroit.

I know that it’s a Fool’s errand but even at age 53 I’d still love it if someone would write a page turning barn burning novel about the corruption here and Detroit.

But I value my scalp more.

I have decided that it was more worth my spiritual energy to pray for the Church here in Detroit across America.

Keep up the good work.

By the way my parents had eight children and I am Number 7. When my dad was in his last year and feeling quite ill I was his caregiver and often he could not remember my name but he would call me number 7.
Beautiful memory

Tim Fronimos
Timotheos Constantine Fronimos

Tantumblogo - February 13, 2017

Beautiful comment. I loved the end. I recently had a discussion with my parents where they introduced the idea that they may need to go to a nursing home or “assisted living center” at some point. I told them my wife and I would care for them. This is a very foreign idea to them, but is exactly what my wife’s family did with her grandparents. I would be honored to do so. Even changing adult diapers. I pray I can convince them that it is much better to have care in a child’s home than in a nursing home where they miraculously kill you just as the cash runs out (happened to my aunt, literally to the day).

I like your name.

146. Erik Kluzek - April 15, 2017

I read your blog dated “April 4, 2017”. I won’t repeat anything you said, because it was so hurtful. But, you disparaged a personal friend of mine largely based on her appearance, and secondly because she was writing about something you don’t have experience with (transgender people). We are both probably very traditional conservative people — but I do have to say I have been blessed to know my friend. And your words hurt someone I care about. What I know about her is that she cares deeply for all of her children, and wants the best for each and everyone of them. And I know she is helping her transgender child with everything she has. Many other parents reject their transgender children and throw them out on the street — she’s not doing that. So although you have judged her based on external appearance as it’s said in I Samuel “the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”.

Tantumblogo - April 17, 2017

I could take this two ways. One would be unfalteringly charitable, ignoring the evidence and the research I did for the post, and just assume this family, out of the blue, had a child that was, for whatever reason, afflicted with a disassociation from self so severe it manifested as a purported desire to be the opposite sex. That would be heart-rending and I would have great sadness for all concerned. Especially for the child which would be setting itself up for a lifetime of suffering.

But I do not think that the case here. Mom is a very politicized creature, and indeed has a business oriented towards confirming and reinforcing core changes in identity chosen by very troubled people. I do have great sadness, charity, and concern, but in this case almost entirely for the child. I do not think, based on the evidence, he has innocently chosen this rejection of what he is. No matter how many surgeries he has (which I pray are none), no matter how many hormones he takes, he will always be a man, with an X chromosome, and created by the Being who makes no mistakes. For a child to reject this elemental construct of his being at such a young age is heart-breaking to me, because it rarely results from happy, stable upbringings.

As for the harsh tone of the post, I am not sorry. I have 7 kids, and I cannot imagine imposing on any child, or even pretending to embrace, a lifelong decision regarding gender, publicly demonstrated and advertised as a means to advance a highly radical ideological cause. Kids that age are wholly unable to make such decisions. We place all kinds of limits on the activities children can perform because it is known they lack the mental, social, and emotional resources to handle them. “Embracing,” even encouraging this kind of self-disassociation in one so young and ill-equipped to comprehend what is entailed with this monumental change is tantamount to the severest form of abuse. Children that young lack sufficient sense of self to determine “well, I’m really supposed be a girl.” The idea that they do is asinine. As Dr. Jordan Peterson notes, in the vast majority of these cases, if parents try to minimize the matter as much as possible and simply treat the child as he/she is, the child will revert back to their God-given gender in their late teens and probably self-identify as homosexual. That’s a whole ‘nother issue, but that is the testimony of a clinical psychologist with decades experience treating people with “gender dysphoria.”

At the least, no child is perceptive enough to have a clue as to the what the lifelong implications of such a public “outing” are, and mom should have never put the child in that position. What if the boy recants and re-embraces his masculine side? Will mom be as loud in proclaiming that brave decision as she was the first? What of the fact that this gender dysphoria is running 3:1 to 4:1 in favor of boys wanting to become girls? What role does the feminist ideology loudly professed by mom play in this?

Whatever pain mom may be feeling due to my post is nothing like what her son likely is, and most certainly will, experience if he continues in this disassociation from himself for much longer.

And yes I have known trans-people. They were all, every single one, extremely troubled souls. Extreme promiscuity, alcoholism and drug addiction, self-injury, severe psychological problems, etc. were all present. And all lived in very supportive and tolerant environs, so perceptions of “prejudice” were essentially irrelevant. Several were so passable that almost no one would suspect they are really the opposite sex, but these problems remained.

And Deuteronomy said: The woman shall not wear that which pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination to the LORD your God.

And Paul, in the New Testament (Romans 1) which is the perfection of and supersedes in many parts the Old:

For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. [27] And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. [28] And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense,

Erik Kluzek - April 22, 2017

I’ll start with what we agree on. I’m glad you recognize that your words hurt. And they hurt a mom who loves her kids and is doing her best to raise them well, putting them and their needs first. She does recognize that by advocating for her child her motives and character are going to be attacked, but it still hurts.

We also agree that the important person here isn’t the mom, but the child. Your point of view is that the mom is essentially “forcing” her child to be transgender. And if that were the case I would agree — that would be horrible! I also have to admit that this is the point of view I was taught. There was a case in the news about a transgender child in Colorado, and my wife and I figured it must be coming from the parents. We thought that until what we thought was impossible — our own child who we had only raised as a boy came out and told us that they were a girl. I didn’t know anyone who was transgender then, but now I do as well as lots of parents. I haven’t seen any parents that “force” this on their kids — but almost all parents have trouble with acceptance regardless of their political background. And the real problem are the parents who reject their transgender kids which is a common problem.

We also agree on the value of research. And I agree you shouldn’t just throw what research and evidence says out the window. I reread your original post and your reply above and there is very little in the way of research quoted. You give a quote from “Dr. Jordan Peterson” who doesn’t actually work with transgender people. He does work as a Harvard psychologist, but with different issues although he has made remarks regarding gender non-conforming people. The quote you gave is similar to something that Dr. Keneth Zucker might have said. But, even he agrees that if a child identifies as transgender when they are 12 or more that gender transition is the needed therapy.

But, the prevailing opinion of medical research is that support of transgender people is what’s required. For example, Large medical organizations have come up with standards for dealing with transgender people: AMA (American Medical Association), APA (American Psychiatric Association), AAP (American Association for Pediatrics), AACP (American Association for Child Psychology). The APA has guidelines posted here: (https://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/transgender.pdf) and the AAP here: (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/132/1/198.full.pdf), all have clinical guidelines that promote gender transition as the methodology to use. For example a guideline of the APA is “Guideline 11. Psychologists recognize that TGNC [Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming] people are more likely to experience positive life outcomes when they receive social support or trans-affirmative care.”. The AAP also notes that “Reparative therapy is never indicated … and can be harmful”. The AAP also has a web-site to help parents with health issues for their children and includes an education piece on transgender children (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/Pages/Gender-Non-Conforming-Transgender-Children.aspx). A key point of advice they give to parents is “gender identity and sexuality are not able to be changed”. And it’s important to note that all of these organizations support medical treatment for gender transition as “medically necessary” when indicated and have pushed insurance companies to support it, and insurance companies have followed suit.

Note that in terms of causality the web-site from the pediatricians the AAP has this to say “While we do not understand why some children identify with a gender different from their birth sex, the cause is likely both biological and social. There is no evidence that parenting is responsible for a child having a gender identity that is not in line with his or her biological sex.” One line of research that backs this up is that identical twins have nearly a 40% chance of both being transgender, while fraternal twins have a very small likelihood. Also note that recent studies are showing a link of people with Autism to being transgender. One study showed a nearly 8X likelihood of someone being transgender if they have Autism.

But, let me bring it back to some of the assumptions you made about Reaca that just aren’t true. You claim she is forcing this on her child — which isn’t true. And the research above suggests it’s not fault of the parent. You also assume that her experience as a “gender therapist” came before her child. But, the opposite is true, she learned about gender specifically because of her child. Her experience is that her child came to her with tears in her eyes and said “Mommy when am I going to grow up and become a girl”? Your claim is that Reaca couldn’t possibly have a transgender child, because the likelihood is low. But, her transgender child also has Autism which makes the likelihood much higher as I pointed out before.

Note that your quote of Deuteronomy is also in the section that prohibits the wearing of two types of fabrics — an order we reject today. Why pay attention to the one and not the other? My point of view of this scripture is that the reason for it’s existence is to condemn those who wore opposite gender clothing as means to have sex with women, or to escape military service.

The verse from Roman’s that you give can be used to talk about homosexuality, but not transgender people. With millions of Catholics there is obviously diverse points of views on this. But, there are many Catholics that support transgender people, for example this Father…


Obviously, we may not ever agree. But, I do hope that in the future you’ll realize that there might be a whole lot more going on than you see from a surface evaluation.

Tantumblogo - April 25, 2017

US Catholic also finds it inoffensive to kill babies in the womb in their millions. They have absolutely no authority and are not Catholic, in spite of the name.

As for the rest, the APA is wholly politicized and submits the good of many to its ideological precepts. But we’re never going to agree no matter what we convey back and forth. If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, even if someone came back from the dead to tell them the Truth they would not believe it.

Tom - December 8, 2018

I am an adult with gender dysphoria.
I have thousands of dollars in savings in the bank and am financially stable (not that this means anything, for blessed are the poor and all)
Do you know what my unhealthy habits and addictions are? Going to mass and prayer and receiving the sacraments, like every day. I have acquired a state of constant infused contemplation (I am aware at all times of God’s presence, I mean it). I choose to obey the church as much as I can, but I know who I am deep down (ie very, very unlike 99% of those whose gender i was born into).. I was created like this. This is not a fad. Welcome to the complex world beyond dogma, it would really like to meet you (i mean this honestly, it would enhance even your faith – that’s what science is FOR, god’s revelation)

147. Marie - April 28, 2017

I’m not writing a comment but we are looking for some advice.Iwill be short if my comment is public.We are a Canadian family looking for a possible relocation in Texas. Our biggest concern are schools ( we have 4 children) with strong catholic values and churches that offer Latin mass in the Dallas or Houston area. I found some names ( thanks to your websites). But if you have a bit of time so we could ask a few questions would be really nice. Thank you. And God bless you.

Tantumblogo - April 28, 2017

Yes I have time. You can e-mail me larryr103@gmail.com

148. FrChris - May 3, 2017

hello. I’m a priest from the Diocese of Savannah. I saw your post from April 5, 2011. I’m trying to see who I can talk to about acquiring these images to create some holy Cards. Any thoughts?

Tantumblogo - May 3, 2017

Father would you e-mail me at larryr103@gmail.com? I think the holy cards came from the site Holy Card Heaven. I don’t know how they acquire them, but I think they are somewhat proprietary. You’d have to talk to them.

149. william neu - May 16, 2017

Greetings dear reader,

I do not expect to be believed but consider what is offered below.

A basic familiarity with the contents of the Bible is that it features 73 Books (66 in Protestant versions). What is vastly unknown is that an unlisted 74th Book of scripture (67th in Protestant versions) does exist as a promised scripture to exist materially somewhere in the continuum of time. This unlisted Book of prophecy scripture is found mentioned in Daniel 10:21 and 12:4-9. These verses clearly indicate the promised scripture is meant for a time other than Daniel the prophet’s time. Daniel was instructed to seal up the ‘Book of Truth’ (or ‘Truthful Book’ – depending upon translation), for it was not to be known until the time of the end.

Fast forwarding about 2,600 years to November of 2010 continuing till 2015, an alleged prophet has come forward with a public message for the whole of mankind. According to the instructions given the alleged prophet, the public message is foretold in the Book of Daniel and is to be called the ‘Book of Truth.’ Furthermore and most importantly, the alleged scriptural revelation is meant to prepare the souls of mankind for the Second Coming of Christ – the Great Day of the Lord. The alleged Book of Truth is said to be the interpretation of the Book of Revelation and is also said to be a guide of great benefit for those willing to listen, in these end times.

While such a theme would likely make a worthy fictional story for the box office, it may be possible and possibly plausible that the Book of Truth is a profound reality of our era. Please allow me to explain.

But before going onward be assured I would not trouble myself to bring you this information if it were not something that I feel of an imperatively serious nature and frankly, a duty – a duty that may one day be your own burden in regard to the welfare of others. I have nothing to gain, in a material sense, from this correspondence, due to the fact that the messages of the alleged Book of Truth can be read online or downloaded free, and no advertising exists on any of the Book of Truth archive sites. There are printed books of the messages if one desires that format, of which I have no connection. My sole desire is to alert humanity of what I perceive, at present to be true, and with hope, to bring others to join in a global prayer crusade, called for by the Book of Truth, to help mitigate the suffering of mankind at this time – the culmination of Biblical events leading to the Second Coming of Christ.

I do not present this Book of Truth information on the bet that claimed prophecies will one day manifest. I am of the firm opinion that nine prophecies, possibly more, have already become facts, at this early stage, with other predictions appearing to be in the process of fulfillment. According to the messages, much more, in terms of prophecies becoming fulfilled, is yet to come and will manifest in such a way that no one, not even a ‘hardened atheist’ will be able to deny that the Second Coming of Christ is close.

At the fundamental level I would describe the Book of Truth as a guiding text for a time of increasing complexity. IF authentic, it reveals the general details of global conspiracy and the personalities involved who are to deceive an unsuspecting humanity, at this time of the end. On a positive note it is also a guide to the remedy of the declared multi-faceted global conspiracy. The remedy is simple, it is prayer. A commitment to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Crusade Prayers (found in the Book of Truth) is asked by Jesus, with emphasis on prayer groups forming. This regimen of prayer is to counter the increasing evil and to help in saving the souls of many. There is a level of complexity regarding the request for prayer and that is the subject of the ‘Remnant.’ Prayer is the key to the mitigation of suffering that is to be experienced by mankind. The Remnant is to play a crucial part in this regard – more prayer less suffering.

Because I cannot aptly describe this concept of the ‘Remnant’ in a few lines, I offer for anyone interested, a tip to conduct your own review of certain messages which speak of the Remnant.

If you desire, this is what I would suggest: There are many English language Book of Truth archive sites (numerous sites representing multiple languages seem to be part of the mystery of the global Remnant). One such English language sites that is easy for me to remember is:
w w w . t h e b o o k o f t r u t h o n l i n e . b l o g s p o t . c o m.

Go to this site and download the PDF file of the Book of Truth messages. Save the PDF on your computer. Next, open the PDF which will start your PDF reader (if you don’t have one go online to acquire one), at the top of the reader click on the EDIT tab, in the dropdown list click on ‘Find’, doing so will open a text box in the lower left-hand corner, therein place your search term (be sure to correctly spell the word(s)) and then click the ‘down’ arrow key to the right to get your first search term match, the match will show in highlighting. Further searching is done by clicking on the same down arrow key. The ‘up’ arrow key will reverse direction of search. To start a new search, drag the scroll bar to the top then click on the X to the right of the text box to clear the box for new search term to be entered.

*For foreign language archive links go to: w w w . t h e r e m n a n t a r m y . i n f o

If you wish to get a basic overview of what important subjects comprise the Book of Truth, in addition to ‘Remnant,’ below you will find recommended search terms (there will be some overlap of subjects since most messages have more than one topic).

Search for:

daniel, john, public message, fatima, benedict, seal of the living god, the warning, remnant army, crusade prayer groups, apostasy, infiltrate, remnant church, apocalypse, new era of peace, new paradise, eucharist, final covenant, credo, group of twelve, ecclesiastical masonry, false prophet, oath, excom, changes, twist, it can never die, schism, abolish, earth will spin faster, new sun, new false book, sacrament, evil sect, new form of the cross, new kinds of crosses, new laws, empires, multiplied

Here are some other search terms:

where prayer groups are set up
cup of suffering
i will create miracles
ten horns
laws of tolerance
loyal servants discarded
storms will increase
special sign
tower of babel
new babylon
seventh messenger
my voice
daily sacrifices
little horn
divine messages
in time the refuges
my church consists of those
chair of peter
new symbol of the one world religion
tree of life
mother of salvation
medal of salvation
two witnesses
book of the living
new prayers
new age
christian unified church
new world religion
new world church
one world religion
one world government
new world order
one world order
new dawn
cup of salvation
gog and magog
false doctrine
false book
human rights
new symbol of the one world religion
false prophets
flame of the holy spirit
the colour red

Messages from the Book of Truth I feel are worth looking into, feature prophecies which are now known facts. Such dated messages are:

This message contains predicted ecological events – a news report search for events and timelines align with all predictions made therein. Accordingly, the message was given to prove to the chosen end time prophet and to the world that the Book of Truth messages from Heaven were not imaginary.

Russia and China are to join forces.
h t t p : / / w w w . c n n . c o m / 2 0 1 6 / 0 9 / 1 2 / a s i a / c h i n a – r u s s i a – s o u t h – c h i n a – s e a – e x e r c i s e s /

h t t p : / / w w w . b b c . c o m / n e w s / w o r l d – a s i a – 1 7 8 0 3 6 2 4 (4/22/12) (*special note in post script for this link)

UK independence (Brexit Referendum – July of 2016 passage). In this message the UK is listed independent of the EU. At the time of the message date the UK was a member nation of the EU.

This message predicts the forced removal of Pope Benedict through devious efforts. Exactly one year after the message date Pope Benedict resigned (2/11/13). Whether or not Pope Benedict willingly resigned or was forced from the papal office is speculative, however because of information found in other Book of Truth messages, we come to understand he would be succeeded while still alive. By implication the Book of Truth messages predicted the historical rarity of an era of two living popes, specifically naming Benedict XVI, making it a contemporary prediction of the alleged end times. Francis is directly indicated as the man to succeed Benedict. Francis’ character and activities are also related in remarkable detail.

In this message it is said: “Pope Benedict XVI is being plotted against, within his own corridors, by an evil sect.”

*This prophecy of Benedict’s forced removal is supported by public admission given by a cardinal belonging to the St. Gallen’s Group. This cardinal has boastfully spoken in public of his involvement in removing Benedict XVI and placing Francis in the Chair of Peter. The cardinal’s public admissions are found in an authorized biography, radio and video footage. Here are two articles for your review:

w w w . l i f e s i t e n e w s . c o m / o p i n i o n / s w i s s – b i s h o p s – c o n f i r m – e x i s t e n c e – o f – c a r d i n a l – d a n n e e l s – m a f i a – a g a i n s t – b e n e d i c t

w w w . l i f e s i t e n e w s . c o m / n e w s / c a r d i n a l – d a n n e e l s – a d m i t s – b e i n g – p a r t – o f – c l e r i c a l – m a f i a – t h a t – p l o t t e d – f r a n c i s

4/7/12, 11/1/13 & 4/8/14
These messages speak of the structural changes which are to be implemented in the Catholic Church upon which many varied changes will be spawned, including new Church laws that are contrary to Church teaching. A “healthy decentralization” of the Church has been promised by the present pope. For the last few months we have seen the restructuring of Vatican offices, with more curia reforms promised in the very near future (this pope [Francis] is referred to in the Book of Truth, as an impostor, elected by an Apostolic College infiltrated by freemasonry [this is one such over-arching conspiracy written about in the Book of Truth] and is further referred to as the False Prophet written about in the Book of Revelation – the herald of the antichrist).

To many concerned observers it has become apparent that something is very wrong with the direction Francis is heading. Consider the recent development of a newly formed coalition of pro-family/pro-life organizations from around the globe which is warning the faithful to ‘resist’ the alliance Francis is forming with the UN. See: h t t p s : / / w w w . l i f e s i t e n e w s . c o m / n e w s / v a t i c a n – u n d e r – f r a n c i s – h a s – b e t r a y e d – c h i l d r e n – b y – s u p p o r t i n g – u n – p r o – a b o r t i o n – g
Another worthy resource: h t t p s : / / w w w . y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = T S 1 G C 2 k X 9 H Y & f e a t u r e = y o u t u . b e (*special note in post script for this link)

The Book of Truth states that in the beginning period of the end times the Catholic Church will begin to be assailed from within. What Catholics are to look for as prophetic signs in regard to the Church is (not listed in a chronological order, nor is this an exhaustive list): twisted teachings of faith and moral doctrines by Francis and other hierarchy will lead to great confusion among the faithful and division among the clergy; ambiguous and varied contradictions will be introduced within the Francis’ teachings; mortal sin is to be justified; faithful Catholics will be “demonized” for upholding the Laws of God and declared to be cruel and wicked; there will be promotion of a political campaign for the poor and marginalized; we are to experience a restructuring of the Church; scripture is to be rewritten (amended); we are to soon hear an “announcement that the Catholic Church is being modernized”; changes in the Liturgy that is to negate the consecration of the Body and Blood of Christ; a change in vestments; pagan symbols placed on altars and in the churches and on statues of the Virgin Mary; an outward devotion to Mary and a campaign of caring for the poor are to serve as a facade to cover the dismantling of the Church agenda of Francis and his cohorts; we are to see an emphasis on embracing all creeds into the Church – “a promotion of all-inclusive congregations – all religions rolled into one, so-called Christian Unified Church”; traditional crosses are to be replaced; replacement of gold Tabernacles with wood or stone models; new Church laws introduced to accept sin as only a human weakness, not an offense against God or neighbor; “The existence of Hell will be publicly declared, by the Church, to be nonsense”; sacramental rites to be changed – for example the renunciation of Satan is to be dropped from the baptismal rite; the Eucharist is eventually to be abolished; Holy Communion is to come to mean “a gathering of all people as one in the Eyes of God”; the Sacrament of Confession is to be abolished; widespread unease among the faithful; the Creed is to change – “Jesus of the Light”; hierarchy and priests at odds with each other – widespread division; priests are to be pressured to sign an oath of fidelity to the present Church leadership; a very large number of excommunications is to come about – clergy and laity; a three-staged schism is to result from Francis-led initiatives, his heterodox teachings of faith and morality, his ecumenical stridency and the excommunications of “hundreds of thousands” of clergy and laymen; a Remnant Army is to develop (20 million prayer warriors joined in ‘Jesus to Mankind’ prayer groups – a globally connected network of prayer groups); Benedict XVI is to flee from Rome and lead the Remnant Church – the result of the schism, while in exile, to the Second Coming event; at some point in the near future, is to occur The Warning – a mystical encounter with Jesus, which is to reveal the state of one’s soul as God sees it – it will not be an eternal judgment, but only a warning of one’s eternity, if they were to be judged at that moment,also each is to come to understand the truth of the next life; a short period of persecution by the antichrist, throughout the world, is to come about after The Warning; those sealed with the Seal of the Living God will be protected from the persecution and other purification events; a three day period of complete darkness is to cover the Earth (only blessed candles will illumine dwellings); then comes the Second Coming judgment; the New Era of Peace is to commence thereafter – a literal 1000 years of peace under the Reign of Christ.

All religions are to be affected by the works of the false prophet and antichrist and eventually brought into a one world religion.

In closing I would like to express that I have no professional credentials to evaluate the Book of Truth messages, however, an honest assessment of the major prophecies which have seemingly come to pass, weeks, months or years after the dated predictions, I feel has to be taken into account with serious reflection. It can also be rationally assessed that the Catholic Church is presently in a very contentious moment over the traditional law of adultery and the reception of Holy Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who desire to receive Holy Communion. Francis has introduced ambiguous language on this subject, in his Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (ch. 8) and is refusing to offer clarification to the many and varied requests from the hierarchy, subsequently some bishops conferences are interpreting the ambiguous teachings directly contrary to Church Teaching. This type of heterodoxy and divisiveness is predicted. We also know with certainty that someplace in the history of mankind will arrive the ‘Book of Truth’ as foretold in the Book of Daniel. To ignore what appears to be numerous fulfilled prophecy from messages claiming to be end time Bible scripture, would be, in my opinion, very unwise.

We are to have no fear of this time, says the Book of Truth, but are to rejoice that Satan’s time is nearing the end, as is the Second Coming to manifest and the commencing of the New Era of Peace soon to begin. We can choose to actively participate in closing this era by making a monumental difference in its outcome. Engaging in a deeper life of prayer for the intentions related in the Book of Truth and joining in prayer groups if possible, I feel is our collective calling from Heaven. The message of February 20th, 2012 (Seal of the Living God [see chapter 7 of Revelation for biblical reference]) should be read by all. If God has chosen this time and generation to close human history as we know it, His Seal will be a great Gift of mercy for those willing to listen.

Best wishes,


P.S. In the links offered above, you have noticed they are in expanded form. I have done this so that link-sensitive email filters do not flag the links’ addresses as hyperlinks thus junk-mailing or blocking the email altogether. I feel the links are of necessary importance for this letter to you.

If you desire to view the websites and webpages, just copy and paste the expanded link, as it appears, into a browser address box, press Enter.

*Special note for the BBC and YouTube links. These links will not connect unless the spaces are eliminated. Backspace characters, then copy and paste into browser, press Enter.

150. pearl87 - June 23, 2017

I will pray for your family and you.

151. guest user - September 28, 2017

What is going on with the Sunday evening Mass at STA? Used to be one of the only places with good music and a reverent service… now, not so much… Music program is awful now…

Tantumblogo - September 28, 2017

Have no idea. Haven’t been there in years.

152. Emma - October 31, 2017

Is there any way I could privately contact you? I am a young women who had past history with Valparaiso and is discerning with the Benedictines of Mary. I am grateful for you taking the time to post and update this blog!

153. Eoin Suibhne - November 17, 2017

Dear Tantumblogo:

I am a frequent reader of your blog and occasionally offer a comment.

I’ve noted your comments about the poor health of your son and also your own. I’m leaving here a link to my corporate website which provides detailed information regarding a product about which you may have an interest.

Since you do not know me from a hole in the wall, I can provide a reference: an outstanding family in your parish for whom my wife and I serve as Godparents for one of their children. (They, in turn, are the Godparents of two of our children.) Feel free to contact me directly.

Pax et bonum,

Eoin Suibhne

P.S. Six girls and one boy? I have seven girls and two boys. Tough getting to the bathroom, eh?

154. James Bond - December 22, 2017

I am 100% with you!

155. jn - January 17, 2018
156. Madeline - February 28, 2018

Question–How do I obtain the 19 minute speech from a priest about the seder meal violating the 1st commandment. My daughter sent me a link in 2014 but when I click on it (audiosancto) it brings me to your site which has it. However, when I click on it, the seder meal is not there. It has a page which addresses the last four things. How do I get this speech to listen to? Thank you.

Tantumblogo - February 28, 2018

I apologize for your trouble. Please see:

157. Katie Kiely - March 8, 2018

Can you tell me where I can find the sacrifice of the mass picture showing the communion of saints? The original blog was 4 years ago and titled “The Mass is the Greatest Worship it is Possible to Offer God” and then under Fr Martin von Cochem
“Explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” was a powerful depiction I’d love to print or find a card for my children.


158. J. Joseph Werner - April 12, 2018

Thank you so much for your article: “St. Alphonsus – don’t always seek counsel/direction of parents when pursuing vocation.” I am a college student and am discerning a vocation to the priesthood, but I am a convert, and my dad is an atheist and my mom is agnostic. They are very much opposed to my vocation, and just when I was about to give up hope, your article was an enormous source of encouragement.

Tantumblogo - April 13, 2018

God bless you brother! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I will pray for you. It is a difficult path, but eminently rewarding, I think, if followed.

159. hello just wanted to say a thing - April 17, 2018

Found this article and got triggered by the fact that you don’t know what Blue Dog Democrats are, or the fact that Democrats were the party of the South up until ~1960s-present day. This has nothing to do with my political opinion, just wanted to let you know that conservative democrats exist and I was set off by what I interpreted as you not knowing anything about the history of American politics or any details of political parties. If you do acknowledge and understand the existence of these “Blue Dogs”, then please correct me.

160. nevacy2 - August 28, 2018

Prepare servant moved:

161. Charles Curtis - August 30, 2018

“You get what you pay for.”

Dude, haven’t paid you a cent. Guess it goes to show that some of the best things really are free.

Free from taint of commerce, that is. If we ever meet in person, the beer will be on me.

Tantumblogo - August 30, 2018

Yeah, that was the joke. This is free. I do screw up a lot. Thus, you get what you pay for.

162. Alex - October 30, 2018

Hello, do you have any news – or rumors – about a new TLM in North Dallas (perhaps Plano)? Thanks!

Tantumblogo - November 5, 2018

No sir no news since the pastor at Mater Dei changed. I’m afraid that initiative may have left with the previous pastor. Not sure, really. The new pastor Fr. Bauknecht has a ton to do.

163. Ginni - January 7, 2019

Hi! I pop in here frequently. I have a question that I cannot seem to answer through the web. Do you know if the public can visit the Discalced Carmelite chapel or grounds at 600 Flowers Avenue? I would like to take my daughters to see it. I do realize that the Carmelites are cloistered nuns, and I do not want to do something inappropriate. We are too far to arrive for 7 a.m. Mass. I have considered attending the Confraternity of Holy Face time for devotions. Perhaps that is a better time to arrive? Forgive me if you do not know; however, you seem quite knowledgeable.
Thank you and God bless you!

164. Alberto Galvez - January 28, 2019


165. Alberto Galvez - January 28, 2019

I love this blog

166. Tim - February 14, 2019

You still alive?

167. tradviolin - August 8, 2019

Hello. Do you have an email address that I can use to contact you privately? I want to share with you some good indications about there potentially being another EF in the Diocese of Dallas but don’t want to do so publicly yet because nothing’s official yet. Thanks!

168. Signlady - September 4, 2019

Like you said, I donated $10 to Salesian, not realizing it was a Catholic thing, but I got inundated with junk mail from other organizations. Nothing personal against guenyine, God-loving & God -fearing Catholics, but I think the leadership is ungodly.
I’m sorry to say, but I fear the worst . . . upon realizing this group is Catholic, a full on investigation needs to be made concerning the physical safety of any child within 100 yards of any of these adults.
What you outlined was serious enough. There’s no doubt in my mind whether they talk to these kids in such graphic terms or not, there is also ungodly physical contact with them too.

Woe unto those who offend any little ones. Better to have a rock hung around his neck and drowned in the sea!

This is a judgement that Christ states in His word, and I agree with it.

169. Signlady - September 4, 2019

Sorry for typos in previous comment.
I could not read every comment, but gleaned that your family is going thru hardship or crisis. I will certainly pray for you.

I appreciate your blog here, and hope & pray you will be able to endure with it until the Lord directs you otherwise.

I am for God-loving people, & lost people regardless of their faith, religion, beliefs, or lack of any thereof.
But, as God-fearing, God-loving people, children must be protected. It is incumbent upon us and mandated. Thank you for any efforts to do so.

170. Pe. Tarcísio do Imaculado Coração de Maria - October 9, 2020

Parabéns pelo seu ótimo blog principalmente pela postagem contra o herege Padre Yves congar

171. Lauren - October 31, 2020

I am a believer, and I grew up Catholic and I what you are spreading is hate vs love. That is not of God. Please do not fall for what the outside world is trying to get you to believe on the right or the left. God loves all humans as we are his children. When any person spreads hate, fear, racism, and including class racism, or anything of the sort – that is not of God. We all need to do better as people. Lastly, do not think for one second that there not bigger things at play that you as an average person may not see or be able to comprehend. Choose love, compassion, forgiveness. On a more practical level, do not believe any news or media because it can all be manipulated to each narrative.

172. Ralph - January 9, 2021

Hi Tantum,

Is there a way to contact you regarding events happening in the DFW area that you can post at your discretion?

Miss seeing posts from you, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Epiphany!

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