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Obama Administration demands Catholic charities provide abortion for immigrant children February 26, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
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I am sorry to say, before getting into the latest act of barbarity enacted by Obama against the Church (and believing Christians generally – and compare this to his approach to muslims, with the kid gloves on ISIS and constant apologias and “fabric of the country” and all that – I still cannot believe that most mainstream conservative commentators view calling Obama a marxist muslim Manchurian candidate out of bounds), I should say this: do we not know how this will play out?  Even with public demonstrations of opposition and most likely court challenges, do we not know that Amchurch, and especially the charitable organizations associated with the USCCB, already cooperate with the federal agenda of evangelizing for the sexular pagan religion and already cooperate with abortion providers and distributors of contraception (including abortifacients) on a wide basis?  Is that not what the continual scandals coming out of Catholic Relief Services tell us?  Even more, have not CRS and other organs basically said they have to cooperate with the sexular pagan agenda (in the form of these wicked collaborating organizations) in order to maintain that oh-so-wonderful federal funding?

Maybe I’m getting jaded, but while I’m sure the USCCB and other Church authorities and others pray hope the courts may provide some relief, if push comes to shove, I am pretty skeptical that Catholic organs will stand on sacred Doctrine and take the admittedly huge hit of losing federal funding should it actually come to that.  I think Obama knows this, which is why he continues to press and press and press.

Anyway, the report:

The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents. Faith-based groups say this is a contravention of the rights of parents and a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups helping resettle the children.

The public has until Monday to comment on the fast-tracked new rules, which were issued on Christmas Eve.  [Obama is fast-tracking everything in his bid to “fundamentally transform” this nation into a muslim communist kleptocracy] The administration says it would be “contrary to the public interest” to wait “until a public notice and comment process is complete.” [Meaning, contrary to his political interest] The administration also asserts that no Congressional review is required and that there is no issue with federalism or any impact on families in the new guidance.

The rules require faith-based providers to make referrals for emergency contraception, partner with groups which provide abortion, or notify the federal government which would make arrangements for the abortion. If groups do not do so, they are not eligible for federal aid. Staff associated with Catholic agencies told the Friday Fax that they had conveyed their objection to the new rules to the Obama administration. They are required to comply no later than June 24, 2015.

[And that’s not all!…..] The rules also require care provider facilities to train their staff in “LGBTQI” and identifying “transgender and intersex” unaccompanied children. The rules assert that “‘Gender’ refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex,” and that “This term is not to be confused with ‘sex’ [which] refers to a person’s biological status and is typically categorized as male, female, or intersex.” [And, if that “transgender” 10 year old demands hormone treatment, under rules approved by the Obama administration recently, the aid agency would be required to provide those, too. This is beyond incredible, and, with abortion on demand for underage youth and even gender mutilation being provided gratis per the American taxpayer (my God this Obama hates this country with white hot passion), what enormous new avenues will be available to the child sex trade!  Not only will the Obama administration make it incredibly easy to sneak children into this country and allow them to stay permanently, but with no parental involvement slave traders can get them abortions when pregnant, get boys turned into more lucrative girls, etc.  Has anyone even remotely thought of the potential for the gravest evils in all this?  Or is that bug actually a feature?  How many times has Bill Clinton been to “pedophile island?”]

I hate this sick world more and more and more.  I’m sure the USCCB will go to court, and may even win.  But if they somehow don’t…….don’t you imagine a papered over face saving non-change “change” and then continuation with business as usual?

Exorcist claims women preferred targets for demonic infiltration February 25, 2015

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My wife saw this and sent it to me.  A prominent Italian exorcist has claimed that women are special targets for satan and his minions when it comes to demonic possession. This is not due to any particular fault in women, but due to satan’s special hatred for them as being of the same sex as Our Blessed Mother, who we know has, does, and will continue to crush satan under her foot.  See what you think of this:

There really is something about Mary – and all other women – and the devil does not like it.

“I am quite familiar with Satan’s hatred toward Mary and therefore, toward women in general on account of Mary,” said Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, a Rome-based theologian and exorcist who has assisted the legendary Fr. Gabriel Amorth, former chief exorcist of Rome.

Fr. Iannuzzi explained how Satan is humiliated by the Blessed Virgin because she – someone so humble and pure  — is the one assigned by God to defeat him.

Quoting Fr. Amorth, he said, women are more “easily exposed to the danger of the devil” and that statistics show, more women are possessed by evil spirits than men. [I think this statistic is correct.  But what do you think of the explanation?]

Fr. Iannuzzi testified to personally encountering numerous cases where women were forced to prostitute themselves because of demonic possession.

He said, the devil particularly likes preying on women who are “young and pleasing in appearance.” [Unfortunately for all involved, Fr. Euteneur may have run afoul of that tendency, if it be one]

Other seemingly progressive developments like supposed women’s rights seem to trace their roots to something hardly human.

Since it is the devil’s plan to “ape God, to mock God,” according to Fr. Iannuzzi, he also “employs the woman in the destruction, the breakdown of the family nucleus.” [An interesting claim, and I can see some reason behind it]

According to Filipinos for Life president AJ Perez, abortion, for example, is the antithesis of the Eucharist.

“In the Eucharist, God said, ‘This is my body, which will be given up for the salvation of all.’ [Well, He actually said for many, because will refuse the Gift, but……..] In abortion, it’s opposite. The woman says, ‘This is my body, I alone have the right to it, I will not make that sacrifice, therefore someone has to die,” Perez explained. [I certainly believe abortion is a demonic inversion of both the act of creation and of the Eucharist.  I think women are specially targeted due to that aspect alone]

While explaining that he is not putting the blame fair and square on women because of some intrinsic flaw, Fr. Iannuzzi said, these findings point to a diabolical loathing by substitution.

[Satan] is like a mad man. He can’t get to Mary; she’s confirmed in grace, she defeated him. So he looks for other women,” said the priest, who was talking to more than a thousand at the Marian auditorium in Miriam College last Saturday.

Fr. Iannuzzi described demonic possessions of women as Satan “avenging himself” because of Mary’s role as described in the Protoevangelium or the first announcement of the Gospel.

As I said, it’s an intriguing claim. And I believe the statistics are right, both anecdotal and formal data does point to women being more likely to fall into demonic obsession/oppression/possession than men.  I think that has many causes, including psychological, but I think it quite possible satan does have a special ire for women and a special desire to avenge his humiliation on them.  And, satan likely knows that in many cases, by corrupting a woman, many other souls can be led into sin or at least have their faith lives made weak and deficient, in other words, perfect targets for him.

But this is the kind of topic that I enjoy hearing from others on, so fire away.  Do you think this claim makes much sense, or is it just another episode of the hideous misogyny that runs rampant through the burly Bunyon-esque male-dominated (hah!) Catholic Church?

The real scoop on Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago February 16, 2015

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A while back, I got the impression that commenter Steve (where have you gone? I did not intend to run you off entirely, I was just asking that you dial back your comments from 11 to, say, 5) thought I was being too harsh in some of my judgments regarding Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago.  I have known and read about Bishop Cupich ever since this blog started, and what I have learned has been almost universally negative.  He took some quite heavy handed actions against the traditional practice of the Faith and pious works like priests praying outside mills while in Rapid City, SD, and continued similarly in Spokane.  I knew he was the most outspoken “peasnjustus” bishop at the USCCB in some time.  And I knew a number of other things.

But Carl Olson at Catholic World Report has examined Bishop Cupich’s record, especially in Spokane, in some depth, and has come to the conclusion that the smiling, happy, liberal, “smell of the sheep” Cupich has been given since his promotion is not especially supported by actual facts.  In the report, Cupich comes across as much more insular, heavy handed, aloof, and possessed of questionable judgment, than promoters like John Allen have revealed.

It’s a good article, I recommend you read the whole thing, I provide some excerpts below. One of the main revelations made is that the Katholyc’s description of a “Francis bishop” as a simple man of the people is not the case.  If Cupich is any indicator, a “Francis bishop” appears much more to be a Church-climbing technocrat insider, devoid of a true pastoral sense and much more at home with a room full of lawyers and accountants than souls needing guidance.

I start with quotes regarding Cupich’s strange lawsuit against the Catholic law firm that had represented the Diocese of Spokane for years in sex abuse cases, suing the law firm for millions, and its subsequent settlement in the law firm’s favor shortly after Cupich’s departure.  Pretty scandalous stuff, really, and in the inexplicable conduct of the case, so typically progressive (I add emphasis and comments):

…….”Recent interviews,” the piece noted, “in Spokane with people on both sides of the issue, as well as court documents and legal experts, reveal how betrayed some felt by Cupich’s actions. [The lawyers involved – a very mom and pop organization – speak of feeling so scandalized they have very nearly lost their faith. They tried to contact Pope Francis over this apparent persecution, but received no response. Go ahead and score the easy layup, commenters] They also show how the bishop struggled to handle a painful crisis that threatened his diocese’s future.” There’s no doubt that Cupich, when he arrived in Spokane in 2010, faced serious challenges, and any bishop in that situation was going to be criticized, fairly or not. He decided, as the Tribune reports, to file “an explosive lawsuit against the law firm that handled the bankruptcy on behalf of the diocese and had helped establish the original $1 million victims’ fund.”……..

………If the lawsuit seemed “explosive” when filed in 2012, it appears curious and even confounding now that the Diocese has agreed to quietly settle the matter. On January 23rd, the Diocese issued a joint statement with Paine Hamblen that said, in part, that the “settlement does not constitute an admission of wrong doing by either side; rather, it is a resolution of differences in an amicable manner which allows the parties to move forward with the important work that each conducts in the service of the common good.” It also stated, “There will be no further press releases or public comment by either party or their attorneys.” That apparently resolves the legal part of the matter, but it doesn’t answer questions about the wisdom of pursing the lawsuit, about Cupich’s leadership and decision making, and what all of this means, directly or indirectly, for both the Diocese of Spokane and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

After all, if Cupich believed strongly enough in the lawsuit to pursue it despite going directly contrary to the pastoral approach and legal strategy of Skylstad, why settle the lawsuit now? Was it simply because he had moved on to greener pastures? If so, what does it suggest about his sense of pastoral responsibility? Was it because he and his new legal team in Spokane recognized, in the end, that they had little to stand on and risked embarrassment in court and bad press to follow? “On its face,” theNBCChicago.com report stated, “the settlement would appear to be a resounding vindication for the firm…” From what I know of the situation, that is an accurate assessment. [So at the very least, this very strange lawsuit (read the full story at the link) is indicative of questionable judgment and leadership, at best.]

……The overall sense, expressed in varying degrees of detail, is that Cupich’s time in Spokane was quite disappointing and frustrating, especially for those looking for vibrant, clear, and accessible leadership. Those familiar with Cupich’s schedule and activities say that he was often out of the diocese for long periods of time, even more so than the amount of time Skylstad traveled while president of the USCCB. When Cupich was in the diocese, he was not readily available, rarely meeting with diocesan priests, especially not on an individual basis, although he apparently met often with certain, older Jesuit priests at Gonzaga……. [Except for the very last bit, wow does this tale sound familiar.  Sounds rather exactly like our own Bishop Farrell here in Dallas, unless he’s changed a whole bunch in the past year or two]

…….The seminary situation is noteworthy, since prior to Cupich’s arrival, it was thriving, with over two dozen seminarians. Following the removal in 2011 of Fr. Darrin Connall, co-director of vocations and rector of the seminary since 2000, the number of seminarians has fallen to less than a half dozen.[So, go figure – progressive bishop comes to town and in 3 1/2 years wrecks 20 years of work and destroys the seminary. It is so much easier to destroy than to build]  In addition, Kries notes that Cupich “had no interest in involving himself” in “direction of Gonzaga’s core curriculum,” a statement confirmed by others with direct knowledge of the situation at the Jesuit school, which has, to put it simply, been shedding its Catholic identity with determined efficiency (as Kries describes)……..

…..”What I find to be very interesting in the Francis affect [sic] as people call it,” Cupich told O’Donnell, “is that people do have a sense that the church is listening to them, and also that he is speaking to their deepest desires.”  [No, those being listened to are the aggrieved, the disaffected, those lost in grave sins, etc.  The most faithful, devout, observant Catholics have been studiously ignored] Does that include listening to his predecessor or listening those who desire to pray quietly in front of abortion mills? While Skylstad had strongly endorsed the 40 Days for Life campaign of praying in front of abortion clinics (reportedly saying, in 2008: “I commend this effort and pray that abundant fruits flow from it”), Cupich discouraged priests and seminarians from participating and the diocesan newspaper stopped allowing 40 Days for Life to run advertisements. [I blogged on this matter, in fact, in 2011.  As so many progressives evince, Bishop Cupich pretended at the time that the matter was “too polarizing” to be discussed publicly, or involve public displays by priests, and should preferably be handled in private. He also said saves are rarely made outside mills, but, first, that’s wrong, babies are saved outside every single mill just about every single day, and often multiple times, and, second, what is the worth of one human life?  For a bishop to speak so cavalierly of human life……who could imagine?]

———–End Quote————

Again, the full article is worth your time.  It examines in depth both the deliberate media construct of both Cupich as a “Francis bishop” and thus a “caring, closely involved man of the people,” and the reality regarding that construct.  Check it out.

Radfem aborts child because it is male February 9, 2015

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I just lost a very long post on this subject.  Curse you, WordPress.

A self-described radical feminist has written some posts describing her descent into madness and her subsequent decision to murder her unborn son as a result. She freely admits doing so strictly because he was a boy.  Some people are claiming this woman’s story so over the top that it looks fallacious to them.  Perhaps, but I’m skeptical. Even should it turn out this story is just the sick efforts of some attention-seeker, the lesson for Catholics remains: this is what comes from decades of reducing people, in this case, unborn babies, to objects or commodities to be owned, traded, and thrown away at their “owner’s” whim.

The radfem starts her story by describing the horrific abuse she suffered that drove her to such levels of extremism that she had to destroy her son to “stop patriarchy.”  See if you can follow this sordid tale of withering abuse:

In the spring of 2012, I found out that I was pregnant. I had a good idea who the donator was, but money wasn’t really an issue, and I knew that I would be a good mother-like figure[mother-like figure,”sheesh] ” for the child by myself. I have always believed in the right for all women to have a choice in terminating their pregnancy, but when I confirmed the diagnosis about a month into into it, I decided that I WAS ready to have this child. [or not]

My journey has taken me to many different places fighting for women’s rights and carrying the banner of the Feminist Movement, even to the point of eschewing a career.[Almost certain translation: I have a women’s studies degree and no discernible skills, thus my career options are limited to the level of barista or below.  But I’ve managed to cobble together a pretty nice income by serving as a paid agent (is there any other kind?) of left-wing agitprop] One of the more prominent themes that I saw in these places was that men generally would look down on us, refuse to help us, or hardly even lend an ear so that we could air our grievances.[Yes, men, just stand there and cower while we yell at you and tell you all your manifest failings. Otherwise, you aren’t supporting] This didn’t surprise me, the patriarchy has been well entrenched since the dawn of time, but here I was, here I am, ready to change it. [While you’re at it, here’s a windmill to tilt at]

Seeking to justify her growing distrust and dislike of the patriarchy, she describes an incident early-on that happened on a plane. As she informed a male passenger sitting next to her that she was flying to an Occupy Wall Street rally, he told her “B****** like you need to learn their place”.  [I am highly dubious this event took place as described?  Who, aside some true pipe-hittin’ G would speak to a woman he just met like that on a plane?  More than likely is that she started spouting off – unprovoked – with a bunch of leftist agitprop, and she got absolutely crushed by a well-informed man sitting next to her.  This experience was so painful for our special snowflake she has, over time, decided, basically, he was saying to her “b——s need to learn their place,” because she is unable to recognize or respond to well-reasoned argument, and in fact sees (as many radfems do) logical discourse as just another tool of the patriarchy. I could be wrong, there is a very slim chance events proceeded as she describes, but I bet money I my version]  Lana describes feeling as if “His words had violated both my feelings, and my trust, perhaps as much of a violation as actual physical touch.[So much for “I am woman, hear me roar.” What, superwoman, you can’t respond to a put down without breaking out in tears?] Upon being told by the steward that he could not move the man because no violation had actually occurred, Lana reacted:

I was flabbergasted, and then betrayed as they recommended that I move to one of the empty seats. This left me in tears. I knew the only way to get away was to move seats so I did so tearfully and having felt as though I had been verbally and emotionally raped. [Again, really? Is this what decades of radical feminism have reduced women to?  Could not any strong soul, male or female, have brushed off the jerk’s comment (if it occurred), perhaps given them a rejoinder, and found a seat away from the jerk?  There was very little the steward could have done even if he had heard the comment – jerky though it was, it wasn’t a threat and didn’t really impede the ability to have the flight.  We’re talking about a grown woman breaking down over 8 words.  Please.]

By the time we landed, my outlook had changed, I could no longer depend on men to be an ally of the cause. 

Of course, Lana had automatically assumed she would have a girl. When she was informed by her doctor that an ultrasound determined she was instead pregnant with a little boy, she was horrified. Her reaction to her “body’s betrayal”? [Does she not know that the man determines the sex of the child? So how did her body “betray” her?  Is she really that ignorant?  I will add this: radfems have developed really asinine, but also scary theories about things like asexual reproduction in women (oh how they long for that!) and women being to use “mind control” to determine the sex of their children.] She had an abortion a few days later. Of her decision:

I stand by my decision to abort my baby because it was a male. [because I am so STRONG I absolutely wilt when a single man says something mean]

I don’t hate men, [B as in B, S as in S] I hate the patriarchy, what men, and even some women, turn into, I wasn’t going to let that happen with my offspring. The chances were greater that it would with a male, it was unacceptable. [Enjoy your life full of cats. I really pray, for their sake, you never have a girl]

If the curse returns, I would do the exact same thing all over again. [Wow, she is really, really mad at dad about something]

This is what comes from the Church failing in Her job to preach all the Truth to everyone for half a century or more.  No, feminism didn’t come about solely due to that failure, but millions have fallen into this increasingly unhinged and diabolical mindset because of it.

Feminism has always been disordered, but it is really entering crazed paranoid tin foil hat levels of late.  It also seems not to have produced the product promised (strong, independent women) but pathetic mewling adult children constantly needing aid from others and just wilting like hothouse flowers when they don’t receive it.  Sure, the guy on the plane may have been a jerk, but that is the transformative  experience that resulted in this woman now being committed to killing all her own male offspring?

Is there not also more than a small whiff of self-loathing not just in the above, but in the whole radical fringe of feminism (which is to say, feminism)?  Why do the most radical marxist lesbians almost always ape male behavior, and why do they now extol the very worst male tendencies as the ideal for women?

Eh, “I am woman hear me roar” has become “I am sad self-absorbed bore.”

Bad news: Canadian Supreme Court approves murder of old people February 6, 2015

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The Supreme Court of Canadia, in a decision that will have ramifications around the world and most certainly in this country, today decided it should be legal to kill old people who may or may not want to die (evidence from Holland and Belgium indicates a rapidly growing percentage of those who are assisted to their death (formerly known as murder) are assisted unwillingly) but who are certainly inconvenient to the state and often their own families.  Yes, there are some poor suffering deluded souls who do think death will bring them peace, but suicide is still a grave/mortal sin and I fear they won’t find the peace they seek, but only make their suffering eternal.  Remember! Slippery slope arguments are fallacies!  Abortion won’t lead to the murder of other undesirables, and government run health care schemes don’t result in rationed care and heavy pressure to off the old and sick!

In a momentous ruling this morning, Canada’s highest court unanimously ruled to open the door to a doctor helping kill someone nearing the end-of-life stage, a ruling comparable to the sweeping Morgentaler ruling 27 years ago that allowed a doctor to kill someone at the earliest pre-born stage of life.

In Carter v. Canada, the Court overturned a previous law prohibiting assisted suicide, in effect reversing the previous 1993 Rodriguez decision in which it said the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. The ruling makes Canada join the ranks of Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as Oregon and Washington, in allowing assisted suicide. [Canadia (if they’re Canadians, isn’t the country Canadia, then?) has long been one of the most extreme progressive countries in the world, right up there with the European countries rapidly committing suicide.  It wasn’t always such, prior to the mid-50s Canadian culture and governance was more conservative, but Trudeau truly ushered in a revolution that completely changed the country’s political and cultural landscape]

…….”People say that ‘safeguards’ and strict eligibility for death will offer protections,” said Hughes. “You can see just how unsuccessful this idea proved in Belgium where the categories of the killable have now expanded to include children. There’s even a booming suicide tourism now happening there. Mark my words, the same slippery slope will occur here in Canada. It’s been said before and it’s as true now as it was then: ‘Once you start looking at killing as a means to solve problems, suddenly you’ll find more and more problems where killing is the only solution.‘” [Dang right. And the most radical fringe of the pro-abort sickos are now openly calling for giving mothers the right to kill their children up to some arbitrary age, like 5 years!  This is coming, and immoral decisions like this only hasten the day when we will see mass killing for convenience sake.  Normally, when I hear people almost wish for the destruction of Western civilization, I am turned off, but when I see things like this, I am more open to the concept.]

“Some people say there’s no such thing as a ‘slippery slope.’ Once a line has been crossed that allows one person to kill another in some instances, the qualifying criteria will just keep on expanding in the name of ‘equal rights.’ Pretty soon anybody who wants to die for any reason will be able to do so.”

In Belgium, people are being euthanized without requesting it and the list of those eligible for death has expanded to now include children[Isn’t killing someone who hasn’t stated a request to die just murder?  For that matter, how easy is it to manipulate some old, sick, and confused person into “wanting” to die?  Evidence from other countries shows it is very, very easy.  This is just satanic.]

……“Giving doctors the right to cause the death of their patients could never be safe. There will always be people who will abuse the power to cause death and there will always be more reasons to cause death,” he said, adding that the court is “naïve to think that assisted suicide will not be abused, when abuse already occurs.”

[This is a key point…..] The Court’s ruling casts a pall over life-affirming doctors who now have no legal framework on which to defend themselves from not partaking in killing their patients. In a foreshadowing of the Court’s decision, the Canadian Medical Association stated earlier this week that there are “occasions” where doctors helping to kill certain patients may be the most “appropriate” option. Ontario and Saskatchewan have already drafted policy that would force doctors to offer procedures to their patients despite their own religious or moral objections.  [Already it is almost impossible for faithful Catholics to find a field of medicine to work in that will not cause them to be exposed to hideous immoralities or terribly moral quandaries.   Decisions like this will only serve to drive more and more faithful Christians and moral people of any stripe from the practice of medicine.  And that is how a stealth persecution works.  It creates an environment where it is impossible to function as a faithful individual.  Our culture is just about utterly satanic.]

I wonder how many of those 9 Supreme Court justices are “Catholic?”

Some non-regular readers may wonder why I am so violently opposed to the political and cultural left.  Well, this is why.  It is always the left that advances hideous, murderous things like this.  It is always the left that is looking for new avenues to obliterate any semblance of decency and morality.  It is always the left that causes these evils to multiply and become inextricably bound up in the legal and political framework of our culture.  But the difficulty is, even the ostensible “conservative” party in almost all Western countries is populated by people, especially in its elites, that believe almost exactly the same thing as the left.  That is to say, they are cultural if not often also political leftists, just of a slightly different or more conservative stripe. The problem this creates for faithful souls as we try to fight the rapidly advancing satanic culture is that we have nowhere to turn, at least at the national level, as we saw in the Republican-dominated House’s refusal to even vote on a bill banning late-term abortion.  And this with overwhelming popular support for such a measure.

So as someone trying to be a faithful Catholic, incredibly concerned and involved in pro-life issues, and seeking to at least oppose the ongoing decay in the culture to the degree I can, I feel that the Republican party is really no longer an option.  At least at the national level.  At the state level, things are different, we have a large number of true conservatives – both socially/culturally and politically – who are willing to enact truly meaningful laws in opposition to the dominant cultural trends.  But at the national level, at this point (and especially with Jeb Bush looking to be the frontrunner for 2016), I have just about come to the conclusion that the Republicans are indistinguishable from the left and, because they pose as “conservatives” and opponents of the left’s agenda, are in many respects even more dangerous and destructive than the open and avowed leftists!  I am very discouraged at the federal level, and see no real viable alternative for the near-term.

That is why I am more open to the concept of Texas Independence than I have ever been, even if I see a number of grave practical difficulties in carrying such a goal to fruition.  I am also increasingly convinced that political measures, court decisions, the passage of laws, and the like, will make little difference in the big picture until souls are converted.  As a for instance, I really like HB2 here in Texas, which has resulted in the closure of many mills, and I think it will result in a lot of lives being saved, but I doubt the demand for abortion on a mass level and the perverse thinking that engenders that demand will go away until souls come to understand the totality of the contraceptive mentality (and related evils of pleasure-seeking, fornication, adultery, etc) and the evil that stems from it.  So I guess I will keep on keepin’ on with my paltry efforts to date, blogging and whining and raising my family in a (hopefully) moral manner and praying for a better day.  I don’t see much alternative to that right now.

Fr. Richard McBrien, RIP, had a common law wife? February 2, 2015

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I haven’t posted a video by Michael Voris in a long time.  But this one below is a blockbuster.  He says @~4:45 that noted heretic and arch-progressive Fr. Richard McBrien was arguing from self-interest in much of his so-called “dissent” from Church belief, as McBrien had a common law wife.  This was apparently an open secret at Notre Dame.

Well color me shocked.  Not.  Almost all these radical progressives/modernists attacking Church Doctrine do so not because of some coolly dispassionate theological analysis, but because they have fallen into some grave lust/sin that propels them to attach Church belief, in order to explain away their sin.  This played no small role in Martin Luther falling away (his inability to remain continent), and has afflicted many other arch-heretics.  Great Saints like Aquinas, Bellarmine, and Liguori have all said that public heresy is almost invariably driven by private sin.  It certainly seems to be so in this case.

Yes, we should not speak ill of the dead, but this man in life was a major public figure and had a disastrous impact on the faith of many.  His impact was so large as to injure the entire human aspect of the Church.  The fact that his many manifest heresies were driven by personal motives is of great public interest.  God rest his soul, he’s met his judgment, and I would not want to be in his place.  His life was a calamity for himself, personally, and for the entire Church.

Another very good video below, on the penetration of sodomite agitprop into the Church, and specifically, into Catholic schools. I remind readers of my ranking of methods of educating  your children, according to the most important criteria, whether they will grow up to be faithful, devoted Catholics:

  1. Homeschooling
  2. Orthodox evangelical protestant private school
  3. public schools
  4. Abandonment/gang membership/street “education”
  5. Catholic schools

OK, I might be exaggerating with number 4, but not much.  At least with number 4, you’re not virtually assured to have a child that grows into an adult invincibly convinced that the Church has nothing of value to offer anyone, which is too often the case with products of Catholic schools today.  You might get lucky and have a Mark Wahlberg that grows into at least something of a Catholic.  And now for just one reason for the above:

HUGE: “Catholic” Relief Services involved in Planned Barrenhood style sex-ed program in Rwanda, pushes contraception January 29, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the enemy.
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CONTENT WARNING FOR THIS POST.  THIS POST DEALS WITH MATERIAL OF AN EXPLICIT NATURE AS A MATTER OF COURSE.

They really do think we are that dumb, that this kind of thing won’t be found out.  I guess they also think they will always have apologists to help block any criticism.

According to a detailed investigation compiled by LifeSiteNews and the Lepanto Institute, the USCCB’s overseas charitable organ Catholic (ahem) Relief Services has been involved in an explicit sex-ed program in Rwanda, pushing contraception, abortifacients, and even, incredibly, Planned Parenthood.  Excerpts from the LSN article below, there is a great deal of detail at the Lepanto Institute:

Catholic Relief Services helped implement a sex education program for overseas adolescents that promotes masturbation, “gender identity,” contraceptives, condom use, and abortifacients, along with promoting Planned Parenthood, a new report by the Lepanto Institute says.

The U.S. bishops’ official international humanitarian agency partnered with Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) in developing the program, called “My Changing Body: Fertility and Puberty Awareness for Young People.”

The program was used with 10-14 year-old Rwandan children beginning in 2009-2010……..

……Planned Parenthood is prominently featured among the recommended resources in My Changing Body. In addition to Planned Parenthood’s national and international arms, the report said resources include the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, numerous other pro-abortion and contraception groups, population control groups, at least one gender politics organization, and many groups promoting sexual activity among teens.

“Planned Parenthood is an organizational sexual predator,” Hichborn said. [Great quote.  Dead on.]

“Who approved CRS’ involvement with a program based upon Planned Parenthood’s work? Who implemented this program?” he continued. “Everyone who had a hand in this project should be fired from CRS.”

My Changing Body gives intimate details on the mechanics of sexual intercourse, and it tells young people that masturbation does not affect virginity, with no mention of Church teaching that such acts are unchaste and immoral.

In fact, the term “masturbation” is used in a positive sense 48 times throughout theMy Changing Body program document, including in a group exercise for boys titledMy Body Feels Good where facilitators are told to “stress that medical professionals say it is completely normal.”

Contraceptive methods are listed for young people over multiple pages in the program, including abortifacient “emergency contraception” pills, and condom use is encouraged.

The program also promotes acceptance of homosexuality and a fluid conception of gender. “Sometimes a person’s biological gender is not the same as his/her gender identity,” the program reads. “Negative social messages and homophobia in the wider culture can mean that young adolescents who are experiencing sexual attraction to and romantic feelings for someone of their own gender need support so they can clarify their feelings and accept their sexuality.” [This reads like a document/resource written or constructed by Planned Parenthood itself. Should we be surprised, when a number of CRS employees come either from Planned Parenthood itself, or other population control bodies?]

CRS was responsible for testing, revising, and implementing the My Changing Body program, the Lepanto Institute report said, citing a 2013 IRH brief stating that CRS and Caritas Rwanda were implementing partners, and a 2011 USAID report stating CRS was involved in the revision and testing of the My Changing Bodyprogram. Both CRS and Caritas Rwanda are part of the international network of Caritas organizations overseen by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican’s top social justice arm…….

……..The Lepanto Institute revealed how the USAID report indicated that CRS and Caritas combined My Changing Body with programs already in existence. My Changing Body was implemented outside of Church venues, he said, suggesting a pre-emptive attempt to avoid criticism that they were promoting activities against Catholic teaching among Catholics.

“Just how far is CRS willing to go for money?” asked Hichborn. “They consistently tell faithful Catholics that they have to give money to and maintain relationships with abortion and contraception pushing organizations in order to do their development work.” [The report then goes on to note that these relationships are really forced by taking USAID money.  Catholic organizations that do not use government funding do not push such immoral things and have no associations with immoral groups like Planned Parenthood]

…….American Life League’s Director of Communications Rob Gasper pointed out that with CRS’ involvement in the My Changing Body program in Rwanda, the aid agency played a partnership role identical to that of Planned Parenthood when the abortion giant instigated the My Changing Body program in Guatemala.

“Planned Parenthood in Guatemala (APROFAM) field tested this very same curriculum, and Georgetown IRH credits Planned Parenthood as a resource in its development. That in itself should have set off alarm bells for any Catholic organization involved in promoting this vile program,” Gasper told LifeSiteNews. “Georgetown IRH should be ashamed for creating it, and CRS should be ashamed for helping it spread. Youth should be protected, not mentally molested by Catholic aid organizations.”

“This sex miseducation program is indeed ‘vile,’ and it is troubling to think that CRS had a hand in revising and implementing it,” Stephen Phelan, director of mission communications for Human Life International, told LifeSiteNews. “Since CRS is proud of the fact that it hires non-Catholics to implement their programs, and it boasts that it will not evangelize due to the fact that most of their funding does not come from Catholics, one wonders how ‘Catholic’ its programs are on the ground, and this looks just terrible.”…….

“More and more the wisdom of Pope Benedict’s motu proprio ‘On the Service of Charity’ becomes clear,” Phelan continued. “Catholic aid organizations must sever ties with funders who force the organizations to compromise on the essential, beautiful and just teachings of the Church.”

Hichborn re-emphasized this need for separating Catholic charities from government funding. “The thing is, once you’ve turned helping the poor into a business model, you’ve already defeated the purpose. And taking government money in order to do it only sells out the Catholic identity that much faster.”

The supporting investigation for the LSN report is here.  A couple of the slides from that investigation below:

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Really sick stuff in here.

Really sick stuff in here.

This program takes innocent souls, and inculcates in the gravest immoralities.  Since the instructor will often be a trusted authority in the Church, the children so malformed will essentially be lost forever, unless parents or others are able to undo the damage done.  Otherwise, it would take a moral miracle to convert these children.  Malformation from a Church authority figure at a young age results in a soul being invincibly convinced that whatever immorality they learn is just perfectly wonderful, and that lesson tends to remain for life.  And that is why so many Catholic schoolchildren and/or college students in this country fall away from the Faith.

Just another in a long line of expose’s on the beyond problematic activities of CRS.  Hitchborn and others are correct, the ultimate source of this seemingly happy participation in immorality – and efforts to cover that participation up – is government funding.  The US government is wholly committed to population control and is dominated by individuals with far left, anti-Church outlooks.  They will demand that any organizations that receive their funding will cooperate with that agenda.  CRS and Catholic Charities, among others, receive the vast majority of their funding from the federal government.  The bishops like it that way, because federal funding is stable and reliable, and a lot easier to obtain than lobbying the faithful.  As a result, and going back decades, CRS and Catholic Charities ceased to be Catholic organizations and became just another left-wing anti-Church NGO.

I have long advised that Catholics not support either organization.  In light of this and other investigations, however, I feel increasingly strongly that, at least for informed Catholics, donating to CRS, CCHD, or Catholic Charities is material cooperation in grave evil and is morally impermissible.  I wouldn’t say that definitively at this point, and it’s not like my opinion has any weight, but these problems are too deep, wide, and consistently found to be accidental. They indicate a systemic rejection of Church Doctrine that is deeply ingrained in all these organizations. I also feel that the manifest dereliction of duty so apparent with these organizations raises serious questions about financially supporting ANY USCCB organization at this time, and that concern extends down to the diocesan level, too.

We shall see what the response shall be. I would be greatly mollified if there were to be a hand-wringing mea culpa and some serious disciplinary action taken, but I judge it more likely that I will wake up tomorrow on Mars (cold, and more than a bit out of breath).

What role does abortion play in the feminization of the culture and diminution of fatherhood? January 28, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, manhood, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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Judging by the response of a congressman quoted below, quite a lot.  CNS News, via CMR, asked Congressman Xavier Becerra whether a 20 week child in utero is a human being.  His response is typical non-sensical pro-abort boilerplate, but I think reveals far more than the Congressman intends:

Becerra said, “You know my wife’s an OB/GYN, and I know having watched as we raise our three daughters, there is no one who knows more about what’s in the best interest of a child than the mother — and I say that as a very proud father and I have total faith when my wife makes a decision. [Sooo…..your wife makes the decisions regarding children in your family?]She does it in the best interest of her family and her kids and obviously me as well.” [And you’re just an outsider standing there waiting to receive direction?]

So when a woman has to make a decision, I have full faith in what that woman will do because my sense is that, over the millennia, women have had to deal with these issues far more than men,” said Becerra. “And so, when someone says to me that you’re going to put at risk a woman’s health to make a political, social point, it’s just not — I don’t believe we should be legislating what a woman should do. We got to believe that our mothers and our sisters and our daughters know better than a politician in Washington, D.C.” [Typical leftist evasiveness, they cannot possibly answer the question even remotely truthfully because they know a large majority of even today’s Americans would be appalled.  So they have to pretend it’s about government dictating to women what they can do with their bodies, rather than about the murder of a child]

CNSNews.com followed up asking, “But that question aside, just simply, if a child 20 weeks into pregnancy is a human being or not?”

Becerra responded, “I think I’ve given you the answer that a woman’s going to make a decision on what to do with her body. I think she knows far better than I do, especially if she’s pregnant and if she’s going to have a baby.” [Which is to say, fathers have no rights over their children at all, at least in utero, or at least until it comes time to pay child support?]

“I don’t think we should be legislating what a woman must do especially when it might harm her health, that to me seems to be a tragic result of politicians trying to get in the way of the privacy of an individual, an American,” said Becerra.

“To me–not that most men have a great track record on some of these things when it comes to rearing kids–but I have, as I said, the confidence that most women make the right decision when it comes to what happens with the future of our country,” said the congressman.

What a bunch of pathetic boilerplate. Pure DNC talking points.

I count at least 4 different statements that men basically have no right to involve themselves in the fate of their children and should constantly defer to women in those decisions.  Writ large, and believed by tens of millions of people, what impact does that kind of thinking have on the image of fatherhood in our culture?  Is it any wonder fathers are more and more reduced to mere donors of genetic material, and then sources of revenue, with none of the behaviors, rights, and responsibilities typically associated with fatherhood?

It is interesting to note that the constant and really effective attacks on the roles and nature of fathers began in the early 70s, just about the same time abortion was legalized.  I’m not saying abortion led directly to this attack on fatherhood – but the rhetoric that has always surrounded and informed the pro-abort position has.  As we see above.

Certainly, this was just one part of a much broader overall trend.  There has been decades of radical feminism, decades of feminist-inspired sitcoms and other media that basically assert that fathers are bumbling idiots, decades of divorce and children being raised with little or no male influence…….and there has also been decades of men taking advantage of the cultural climate to shirk their duties as fathers and play the field very, very widely.  I’m not saying men are without fault.  I was just struck by how the rhetoric above seemed very much in line with radical feminism’s attacks on fatherhood generally, and given abortion’s still far too wide support, I have to wonder the degree to which that rhetoric has resulted in the diminution of fatherhood in the eyes of millions.

A post of thanks January 28, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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A group of pilgrims is in Ecuador right now, visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Quito.  I have such a devotion to Our Lady, and Her apparitions at Quito have incredible relevance to our time.  Thank you so much for the prayers and for remembering my family.

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I am also thankful for the, apparently, hundreds of thousands (I have seen estimates of anywhere from 200-500,000) at the March for Life.  I like the sign at 0:50:

The only way abortion will be made illegal and unwanted is for the younger generations to stop contracepting and to lead moral lives.  I am gratified to see so many young people and pray the conduct of their lives matches their pro-life stand in all respects.

Interesting video below.  Pro-aborts apparently tried to stop the March for Life and engaged in their usual left-wing tactics of using megaphones to shout people down, drawing on diabolical influence to cow their opposition, and generally bullying those anyone opposed to them.  A small number apparently blocked the March for a short time:

Another interesting March for Life video, pro-lifers responding to the news that the Republicans in the House had spiked the bill banning abortion after 20 weeks. I was actually surprised at how low key the responses were.  Good thing they didn’t interview me.

I like the statement the woman makes: if we don’t stop abortion, we are going to lose our country.

Over forty years on, it may already be too late.

Pro-lifers! Stop being wh-res for the Republicans! January 23, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, manhood, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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I must say, I agree with just about everything in this piece at Redstate, which now commits itself to opposing Republican  politicians who portray themselves as pro-life to get elected and then reveal their pro-abort inclinations once they are safely in office.  And I agree, Renee Ellmers should be defeated in 2016 at just about any cost:

I know there are many angered by the title of this post, but the truth hurts. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been to political events where a politician kisses babies and talks Jesus so the pro-lifers in the crowd get thigh sweats and send the politician to Washington. When the politician takes up with his mistress or pays for an abortion or, as Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), undermines the pro-life cause, they are just horrified.

But still they return predictable to the GOP for more abuse and disappointment.

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Maybe it is time for a third party to give the GOP competition. Yesterday, the GOP threw its base under the bus. The Republicans who claim to support the pro-life movement, including Rep. Renee Ellmers  who claimed she’d vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act after she ensured it would not pass, need to be beaten. Rep. Renee Ellmers , in particular, must be ruined politically even if it means the pro-life community sends a pro-abortion Democrat in her place. They’ll still have improved the seat by replacing Ellmers with someone who is not a damnable liar.In short, the pro-life movement must stop being the whores of the GOP. The Republican Leadership knows the pro-life movement is in its pocket. They have nowhere else to go. They have no one else to vote for. As much as Republicans look at black voters and tut-tut that they are being taken advantage of by a Democratic Party that knows black voters will not go anywhere, the Republicans are doing precisely the same to pro-life voters.

He’s right.  That’s exactly what Republicans are doing, and they’ve been doing it for over 30 years, ever since the pro-life movement solidified as a serious political movement.  Pro-lifers have proven time and again we can and do make substantial gains at the local and state level.  But there has been almost no progress at the national level, and that is entirely due to the unwillingness of the Republican party to make pro-life initiatives a priority. Heck, worse than that, they do nothing more than pay lip service to pro-life concerns and often take actions like this recent ones that are positively destructive of pro-life matters.
This country’s political system is broken.  It is all about keeping the wealthiest and most powerful happy, and gradually squeezing the middle class into non-existence.  The elites do what they want to do, and the concerns of the “little people” who elect them don’t really matter a whit.  They’ll tell us pretty lies to get elected, and then once they are do what they darn well please.  I don’t see any real solution to this – we’ve veered wildly from one party in power to another over the past 15 years and nothing at all has changed, our political system has become a kabuki theater – other than some truly unlikely 3rd party movement or broad-based and threatening independence movements from states like Texas and possibly a bunch of others.  Threatening the Union with dissolution might get the pols to behave but at this point I’m skeptical their capable of putting their self-interest aside for more than 30 seconds.
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