Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, different religion, disconcerting, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
My my, has the diabolical Nazi collaborator George Soros been busy lately. Two different reports below, both from the two most reputable pro-life news agencies in the English-speaking world.
First, Soros used a $650,000 donation to influence the US bishops through the mediation of Francis’ right-hand-man Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga. Soros believes that donation has more than paid off, and is helping to shape the 2016 US election, leaked documents show:
Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros – one of Hilary Clinton’s top donors – paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to “shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.” The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with the Pope.” [We on the right are armed with pea shooters, while the left has tanks, B-52s, chemical weapons, and nuclear bombs – rhetorically speaking]
The monies were granted to two US entities that have been engaged in a long-term project, according to the report, of shifting “the priorities of the US Catholic church.” Grantees were PICO, a faith-based community organizing group, and Faith in Public Life (FPL), a progressive group working in media to promote left-leaning ‘social justice’ causes. Soros has funded left-wing causes the world over and was just found to have been funding an effort to eliminate pro-life laws around the globe. [He is perhaps the most evil man in the world today]
Board Minutes from the May 2015 meeting of Soros’ Open Society Foundation in New York reveal that in the planning stages of the papal visit initiative, the group planned to work through one of the Pope’s key advisors, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, naming him specifically in the report. In order to seize on the opportunity provided by the Pope’s visit to the US, says the report, “we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Rodriguez, the Pope’s senior advisor, and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America.”
In 2013 Cardinal Rodriguez endorsed PICO’s work in a video during a visit from PICO representatives to the cardinal’s diocese. “I want to endorse all the efforts they are doing to promote communities of faith,” he said, “… Please, keep helping PICO.” [“All the efforts…..”…..including those aligned at demanding government funding of abortion and contraception, eh?]
……..The grant specifically targeted the ‘pro-family’ agenda, redirecting it from defending marriage to being concerned with income equality. “FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being ‘pro-family’ requires addressing growing inequality,” says the May report. [The primary source of “growing inequality” stems directly from left-wing policies and the kleptocratic rule of the global left-leaning elite – but never let facts stand in the way of a good narrative]
In terms of the Soros goal of shifting the priorities of the Catholic Church away from moral absolutes, two US bishops stand out as champions of the move. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy has repeatedly stressed changing the Church’s priorities and has had the backing of Pope Francis’ ‘favored son,’ Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich. McElroy created a furor at the U.S. Bishops Conference meeting last November over his attempt to change a document instructing Catholics on how to vote.
McElroy made a pointed argument that the document was out of step with Pope Francis’ priorities — specifically, by putting too much emphasis on abortion and euthanasia, and not enough on poverty and the environment. Cupich later praised McElroy’s intervention as a “real high moment” for the conference and supported the move to put degradation of the environment and global poverty on par with abortion and euthanasia.
Concluding their report reflecting on the success of the grant to influence the papal visit, the Soros group was very pleased with the results. Looking to the future, they are excited that the long-term goal of shifting the priorities of the Catholic Bishops in the United States “is now underway.” [How much other funding not yet found in Soros e-mails may indicate further payments, some perhaps made in a much more direct manner, to influence the opinions of bishops and others in the US Church, though, something tells me many of these bishops don’t need a whole lot of conversion on the matter]
Next up, Soros gave Planned Murderhood $1.5 million to help recover from their sale of murdered baby parts for profit:
A leaked document recently revealed that George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), wanted to give $1.5 million to Planned Parenthood for damage control after videos exposed that the abortion giant was trafficking aborted baby parts in the name of research. More leaked documents confirm that the center not only requested, but also received the money.
With the $1.5 million, OSPC, one of the U.S. branches of Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF), funded Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s “Fight Back Campaign” as an “urgent response in defense of women’s health” – in other words, as a response to the Center for Medical Progress’ videos released last summer.
The documents came from thousands of hacked Soros files published online Aug. 13 by a group called “DCLeaks.” And while The Free Beaconand other conservative outlets covered OSPC’s $1.5 million request, they couldn’t confirm “whether the funds were ever actually disbursed.”
But there is proof that Soros’ network did provide cover-up money for Planned Parenthood.
You can read the link for that proof.
I know Soros only cares about money and power, unlimited, Nazi-like power, but do those in the Church who want to see her reduced to some pathetic worldly NGO ever stop and think what that will really mean? A very small church, more like a social club than anything else, a poor church, a church with almost no political influence……….do they care? Is that what they want? Are they so blinded by their true religion – left wing ideology – that whatever happens outside of that is completely immaterial?
And don’t they know they must fail? Not only in the supernatural sense of Christ’s promise to His Church, but even in the natural sense? There will always people who will crave and seek out the Truth, and the Church will remain the place where it can be found, no matter how well hidden or buried some may try to make it. Ultimately, the church of man must fail, as all human things fail. Eventually, if the Church be the Body of Christ, and it indisputably is, she will come back to her true nature (provided we aren’t headed to the Parousia), and all this worldly orientation will be repudiated and even hated in some future, reconstituted Church. These men, to the extent they are remembered at all, will be reviled and pitied for the wounds they have tried to inflict on Christ and His Church. Do they ever stop to consider that, or are they simply too good of foot soldiers for the modernist left to bother with that? Are they too enthralled with their new religion to care? Are they just plain evil?
What do you think?
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, catachesis, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
A culture that tolerates the murder of millions of its most vulnerable will tolerate any evil. Thus, it should be no surprise that a woman – of left-wing bent, naturally – would admit she believes Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broderick many years ago (safe link), but that he remains, in her words, a “good guy.” All the more troubling, but also completely unsurprising, is the fact that this woman claims to be a Catholic. Because her errors are so common and so grave, I’ll spend a bit of time unpacking them below:
To sum up, I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.
A personal apology is not the same thing as contrition before God. We are all fallen, all have sinned, but those that have contrition, receive Sacramental Confession (or, in extremis, the desire to receive it), and strive to amend their lives, are forgiven. Absent any of those three – and we know Clinton does not have two, since several other women passionately maintain he raped them, as well, years after Broderick, and there is copious evidence he remains at least a serial fornicator to this day – and one does not have God’s forgiveness, and certainly not sanctifying Grace, absolutely required for salvation. Just wanted to clarify, since this supposed Catholic apparently is gravely confused on the matter.
Also, Clinton’s actions have generated great scandal, which scandal requires public redress. He has continued to lie and cover up about his numerous immoral activities, up to an including almost certainly breaking numerous federal laws with the Clinton Foundation, showing absolutely no public remorse for his scandalous behavior.
It is this latter that makes Clinton, particularly, a “bad” man, or at least one that is very much not good. It is one thing to sin privately and have contrition for it, and to move on. But his level of sins – including numerous abhorrent political positions that, to name just one, daily result in the lives of thousands being taken – and their public nature, make him, in the eyes of many, a very bad man indeed. One could name simply his entire sham marriage as just one example of what would make one a bad person in the eyes of many, but there are literally dozens of other examples.
Once again, we see the left’s only concern is with power: those who can obtain power are forgiven any transgression, even the repeated rape of women being glossed over and ignored by supposed feminists (provided they check many of the other boxes required of sexular pagan belief – government funded contraception, unlimited abortion (also gov’t funded), sodomite “rights,” “transexual rights,” continued corporate graft, etc, etc..
Unfortunately, the R’s are hardly any better. That absolute catastrophe the GOPe is trying to foist on conservatives in order to defeat Trump, Evan McMillan, shows many in the GOPe would greatly prefer Hillary to Trump (or perhaps anyone not of their nomination/under their control). Indeed, he is so reliably liberal, outside the usual menu of corporate welfare items, that I am forced to conclude the GOPe has devolved into a simple Corporate Lobbying Organization with some light and very insincere social conservative rhetoric attached. I may be forced to vote Trump while literally wretching, but deliberating foisting Hillary on the nation shows something very nasty indeed.
Unsurprisingly, most of those folks who would rather have Hillary than Trump also most often – if not virtually always – see no problem with killing a million odd babies a year.
Related, these things are.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
I have just received confirmation via local pro-life sources that Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth personally OK’d the campaign event* for Representative Marc Veasey at All Saints parish tomorrow night. As I reported yesterday, Veasey is one of the most radically immoral members of the Texas Congressional caucus and has constantly advocated in favor of abortion, supposed rights of sodomites, persecution of the Church through HHS mandates, a general reduction if not termination of the role of the Church in the public square, and all other manner of moral evils.
Local pro-life sources have informed me that at a meeting with Chancellor Msgr James Hart, Hart informed the pro-life souls complaining of Veasey’s campaign event that Bishop Olson was aware of the event and disagreed that allowing Veasey to use the good name of the Church for his own political benefit was scandalous.
The Holy Writ of Saint Dialogue was cited as the Doctrine in favor of allowing Veasey to speak. Must be cited somewhere there in Guadium Et Spes …….
As an aside, the Fraternity parish promised last year by Bishop Olson remains stalled with little apparent progress being made to occupy their permanent parish (at least as of a month or so ago). This may be beyond Bishop Olson’s control – apparently, the community currently occupying what will become the FW FSSP parish has run into fundraising and other problems in building their new church, but I know some folks are becoming frustrated and beginning to lose heart.
If you want to voice your opposition to this great scandal, there is contact info at the link.
*- That’s what a “town hall” is, especially 2 1/2 months before an election, it is a local campaign event for the Rep during Congress’ month-long August recess.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
Wouldn’t you call allowing one of the most immoral politicians in the state to speak and canvas for votes at a Catholic parish giving support? That’s exactly what the Diocese of Fort Worth has done, giving Representative Marc Veasey (Leftist – TX) – who coincidentally happens to be my representative, thanks to rampant gerrymandering – permission to speak, in the sense of promoting himself for re-election, at All Saint’s Catholic Church.
Marc Veasey is a pro-abort’s pro-abort. He staunchly supports abortion through all nine months of pregnancy and is as solid a supporter of Banned Parenthood as you can find:
Not only that, but I received the following reply from Rep. Veasey regarding the USNS Harvey Milk imbroglio. He had this to say about his general position with regard to the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah:
As your member of Congress and a staunch supporter of LGBT issues………
He (his staff) apparently completely misread my communique, because it then goes on to tell me how I can further “work with him” to lobby on behalf of LGBTQRSTUV “rights.” As if error has rights, amiright?
It is also certain that Veasey holds any number of other grave errors and immoral beliefs: contraception, divorce on demand, fornication, government repression of the Church, a completely secularized society, etc. As I said, he is one of the most reliably left-wing members of Congress, who only holds office as the result of a court-ordered gerrymandered district. For instance, the streets on either side of mine are not in Veasey’s district, while mine is.
But but bu- the Diocese of Fort Worth says, “seamless garment!!” Look at all the good things Rep. Veasey supports, and, also,
Francis more or less commands we vote for him! The Affordable Care Act and unlimited immigration are pretty much new Dogmas of the Faith, according to FW communications director Pat Svacina, who apparently approved this event. Thus, we have so much we “agree with” – including, apparently, agreeing that murdering perfect innocents in their millions is somehow forgivable, or at least ignorable, if one supports providing high-cost, really crappy insurance to a tiny segment of the population.
It is amazing how fast the deplorable, completely discredited “seamless garment” has come roaring back to vitality in chanceries around the land under this pontificate. Of course, it never really went away, those same progressives who have always filled the chanceries since VII were simply more circumspect under preceding pontificates.
For what it’s worth, you can contact the FW diocesan communications director, the individual most responsible for putting this event on, at the below:
If you are one of those who like to believe that all kinds of highly politically charged stuff goes on at various Dioceses without the knowledge of the Bishop (I, for one, am not one of those), you could also try to make Bishop Olson aware of this situation, assuming your communique even gets to him, and is not shunted into some unread folder or filtered out by a secretary or other interloper, you could make use of the below:
If you do decide to contact Bishop Michael Olson, I do recommend you be brief, to the point, and polite. No cussy words or accusations of sin, they tend to obliterate the point you are trying to make, as well as your credibility.
For my money, the idea that the Bishop would not know that a Congressman is coming to speak at one of his parishes is incredible. Of course he knows, and of course he approved. The only reasons I can think of for such approval are worldly – it would be bad to offend a Congressman, he has power to help/hurt the material condition of the Church, etc. While the reasons which most militate against his speaking are all spiritual in nature, cutting to the heart of the Church, the truth, and her identity.
But such considerations as the latter, so important for so many centuries, even to the point of countless souls enduring unspeakable hardships to defend them, have gotten decidedly short shrift in the past 50 years of the new, “open,” post-conciliar Church.
UPDATE: Another excuse given by the Communications Director of the Diocese of Fort Worth for hosting this event is that of “hearing all sides.” But can you imagine this director giving the OK to have Donald Trump speak at a Catholic parish, and can you imagine the howls of protest from many priests and chancery bureaucrats should such an invitation be extended?
This is all about holding certain (liberal) opinions individuals with influence in the Church share.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
So Joe Biden pretended to marry two men recently. Will any bishop have the temerity to not only perhaps say a vague word of condemnation, but to actually ban the VP – who travels all over the country regularly – from receiving the Blessed Sacrament in his diocese? We had the scandal of Biden receiving the Eucharist here in Dallas a couple of years ago, of course, no one at the chancery said anything, publicly, at least.
Vice President Joe Biden can now add “wedding officiant” to his resume.
Biden married a same-sex couple — both White House staffers — on Monday.
He tweeted: “Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn’t be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.” [So will your endorsement be so strong when they “divorce” in 27 months?]
According tomediareports, it was Biden’s first time officiating a wedding.
Jill Biden tweeted, “Love is love!” [No, lust is lust, and sentimentality is sentimentality, but neither are love]
Biden officiating a same-sex wedding shouldn’t be surprising.
“This is all about a simple proposition: Who do you love?” Biden said during an interview on “Meet the Press.” “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying are entitled to the same exact rights.”
Is there anything leftist pretend-Catholics could do to fall out of “communion?” Of course not…….unless they should convert and start exhorting souls regarding Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus or the virtues of the SSPX. But don’t think it’s cowardice that keeps bishops from excommunicating the likes of Biden. That’s the case with a few, they may hold orthodox views but too fear the secular power to take public action against manifest heretics, but most don’t use ecclesial sanction against Biden for being pro-abort or supporting pseudo-sodo-marriage because they share the exact same views.
Biden, of course, is just one of many self-described Catholics who continue to undermine the moral order and attack the Doctrine of the Faith, not all of which carry a “D” after their name. Probably no single Catholic in the US has done more to injure the Church and the good of souls than Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, appointed by “Saint” Ronald Reagan. He has single-handedly kept abortion legal, struck down common sense health and safety requirements for abortion mills, declared sodomy to be legal, and then imposed pseudo-sodo-marriage at the federal and state levels. He’s a regular Catholic superhero. And yet, fully in communion, or so it appears.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
Because men are going to magically start spouting uterus and fallopian tubes (among other bits) by sheer acts of the will . This director, also a low-caliber actress, was referring to “trans women,” or men who pretend to be women. Because, after all, if men get to pretend to be women, it would be unjust not to let them pretend to have abortions on the taxpayer dime, and deny Planned Parenthood all that sweet, sweet federal funding, wouldn’t it?
Don’t we live in the most catastrophically insane times in the history of Western Civilization? Witness the insane, nonstop spew of (excuse me) bullshit that masquerades as informed thought (my emphasis and comments):
Actress Amber Tamblyn admitted she has much to learn about the reproductive rights of trans women, and whether men who self-identify as women can get abortions. [Folks, it’s not so much stupidity that goes into ludicrous statements like this, it’s ideology. Once you join the leftist sexular pagan cult, you have to bend your thinking to the unhinged rantings of any of the unstable, perverse constituencies that make up that cult. So if “trans women” decide they want to be able to fake having fake abortions, you’ve got to buy into the deranged fantasy. And the thing is, the Left insists WE ALL GO ALONG.]
The Atlantic and Refinery29 hosted a panel discussion entitled “Young Women Rising: America’s Next Top Voter?” during the Democratic National Convention, Tuesday evening.
Following a 30-minute conversation on “intersectionality” [“intersectionality’ = the travails of being a black muslim Puerto Rican lesbian transgender feminist, or, how to reach the top of the leftist victimhood pyramid] and millennial feminism, a reporter asked the panel for its thoughts on reproductive rights and women’s health issues for men who ascribe to a female gender identity.
Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor at-large, said the issue of men who identify as women getting abortions is all about “elevated consciousness.” [A term straight out of Maoist hell – “consciousness raising” sessions, which were really very advanced and effective forms of brainwashing, subjecting people to a circle of others criticizing and abusing them until they broke, adopted the party line, and thus had their “consciousness raised.” It is absolutely indistinguishable from O’Brien torturing Winston Smith to say 2+2=5]
“I would say ultimately all advocacy begins with elevated consciousness and because of movements like Black Lives Matter where you have seen trans women at the fore of that, because of the public accommodations legislation, because of so many things that are happening at a policy level, our consciousness is being elevated,” Pressley said. “I do believe that as our consciousness is elevated we will be better informed, better educated, and we can mobilize around those issues.”…….[Let me translate that: “We just need the transgender people to tell us what to think on this, and then we’ll parrot it, no matter how many times it changes, how contrary to logic, or how internally inconsistent”]
…….Tamblyn chimed in, arguing that the reproductive rights of trans women are at the forefront of the conversation at Planned Parenthood, where the Grudge 2 star sits on the board of directors. [Grudge 2, she must be a latter day Olivia de Havilland]
Tamblyn admitted she has a lot to learn about whether biological men are being denied abortions.
“The fact that I don’t know, the fact that I don’t have an answer should tell you a lot,” she said. “About what I need to learn.” [Once again, please indoctrinate me in your transgender fantasies so I can parrot them appropriately, and not offend against your higher status on the ziggurat of victimhood]
This is what they want to inflict on all of us, folks. Orwell was just off by a few years (mixed well with Idiocracy, and blended with Brave New World).
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unbelievable BS.
Big surprise. This was nothing but a political persecution from the beginning, designed to frighten through lawfare pro-life organizations from giving Planned Barrenhood, the lynchpin of the sexular pagan ethos, a bloody nose. Even the stridently pro-abort major media seemed to report the charges without much conviction, as if they knew all along they’d never stick.
Welcome to the US of A in the year of Our Lord 2016, where the power of the state at all levels is used extensively to punish those holding the wrong set of beliefs, meaning not left-liberal. What a sham:
All charges have been dismissed against Center for Medical Progress investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, multiple sources have confirmed to LifeSiteNews. [Rather unusual in such a high-profile case. This is the DA basically admitting the charges were baseless to begin with, confirming this was nothing more than a politically motivated witch hunt]
Prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s office dropped the charges before the pair could pursue their legal motion to quash the charges at a hearing at 9 a.m. Central time, according to the Houston Chronicle. [They were about to get embarrassed again, thus the motivation]
This morning, CMP project lead David Daleiden called the dismissal of the charges “a resounding vindication of the First Amendment rights of all citizen journalists, and also a clear warning to any of Planned Parenthood’s political cronies who would attack whistleblowers to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny.”
“Planned Parenthood tried to collude with public officials to manipulate the legal process to their own benefit, and they failed,” Daleiden said. “A year after the release of the undercover videos, the ongoing nationwide investigation of Planned Parenthood by the House Select Investigative Panel makes clear that Planned Parenthood is the guilty party in the harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts for profit.”
“The indictment was politically-motivated and should never have been filed in the first place,” said Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, who represented Merritt.
“This meritless and retaliatory prosecution should never have been brought. Planned Parenthood did wrong here, not David Daleiden,” said Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society represented Daleiden in the Harris County courtroom this morning.
Texas prosecutors agreed with his attorneys that the grand jury, which was called to investigate charges against Planned Parenthood, had been wrongly held over to indict the pro-life advocates instead.
The two faced up to 20 years in prison for a felony count of tampering with a government record for using false identification to gain access to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), which is based in Houston……
…..Although initially called to investigate PPGC, the Harris County grand jury indicted Daleiden and Merritt for using false identification, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase human organs, on January 25.
The defendants turned down offers of a plea bargain that would result in probation instead of risking decades in a Texas prison, confident they would prevail. [Good for them. How many others are falsely imprisoned after being slapped with numerous charges and then given a “good deal” is known only to God, but I bet it’s more than a handful]
In April, their attorneys asked a judge to dismiss the charges, becauseDistrict Attorney Devon Anderson’s office colluded with Planned Parenthood. PPGC’s attorney, Josh Schaeffer, told the media that from the outset of the potential charges, he “explicitly pushed prosecutors” to turn the investigation against the whistleblowers, rather than his clients.
Anderson confessed in a May court brief that her office may have skirted legal prohibitions barring such an incestuous relationship between accuser and accused, but the lawbreaking was “minor and harmless.” She further dismissed her office’s wrongdoing as a “mere technical, inconsequential violation of” the law and a “procedural irregularity.” [BS. They provided the videos to Planned Butcherhood, allowing PB to craft a response in advance. This is the entire matter upon which the charges hinge, saying it is an inconsequential violation is beyond ludicrous]
The same grand jury failed to bring charges against Douglas Karpen, a Houston abortionist whom multiple eyewitnesses accused of twisting off babies’ heads with his bare hands. Anderson had close ties to Karpen’s attorney……[I’m shocked, shocked to find our liberal overlords in improper incestuous relationships, watching each other’s backs at all times!]
……“We need to get to the bottom of why rampant corruption occurred during the investigation in Harris County,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America this morning. “The DA made a mockery of the office, colluded with an organization that should have had its employees arrested and charged for criminal conduct, and indicted a journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood.”
Great summary. I could not have said it better myself.
Houstonites, that DA Anderson who ginned up these charges and got a grand jury to indict (and isn’t that disconcerting) needs to be remembered at the next election. She should be out.
More and more, don’t you get the impression that even the very truth is up for sale, that on the Left especially (though it does occur, but much less often, on the “right”) even facts are viewed and distorted through a political lens? I know that’s like describing water as wet, but it seems to be much, much more frequent, and the lies we are asked to swallow infinitely larger. Thus Cankles Clinton, who covered up her husband’s serial abuse of women and helped persecute those same women, is portrayed as the savior of women. That’s because the Left can only sail upon a sea of lies, and the more power they have, the bigger the lies have to get. Eventually they have to hit upon a villain to explain away the failure of their always deferred paradise, and you know who those villains are going to be, don’t you?
CMP is only an early example of this.
AR in .30-06.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, Restoration, scandals, secularism, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I’ve long had a great admiration for Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida of Corpus Christi. To me, there has been no more orthodox, tradition-embracing bishop in this state in the past 30, possibly 40 years. I have quite a bit of respect for his opinions, though I do not necessarily agree on every point. I give a good deal of weight to what he has to say.
Bishop Gracida has posted a pretty explosive opinion piece regarding the upcoming presidential election. I think this is one of the few times I’m not fully in agreement with what Bishop Gracida had to say. I don’t disagree with his broader point – Hillary and Trump both so offend against good morals that supporting either is problematic, at best, if not entirely impermissible – but I do think his reasoning for finding Trump morally objectionable is not entirely correct. Bishop Gracida finds both candidates so wanting that he recommends either a no vote or a write-in.
With regard to the latter, reader TE does bring up one very important point regarding Bishop Gracida’s recommendation below, however – votes for write-in candidates that are not on the list of candidates approved by the State of Texas ARE thrown away. That is, they are not counted. It is just as if one does not vote. That’s an important consideration. An equally important consideration is that the Constitution Party candidate, Darrell Castle, looks like he’ll make it as one of the accepted write-in candidates in Texas and does provide a morally acceptable alternative for a Catholic. In fact, probably no party corresponds better to the Doctrine of the Faith, overall, than the Constitution Party, though it is by no means perfect.
At any rate, Bishop Gracida’s commentary (my comments):
No one, especially a Christian, can ever choose evil, however small. Everyone, especially a Christian, must choose good however small. In my opinion the evil in both Hillary and Donald so far outweighs the good in them it is impossible for a anyone, especially a Christian, to vote for either of them. Instead, write in the name of a person you judge to be more good than evil… …If we make our choices without reference to what Jesus Christ has taught us, we are no different than our first parents in choosing to call evil good and good evil…….
……… Some would argue that when faced with an important situation we are allowed to choose the lesser of two evils. But the Church magisterium has always taught that one can only choose the lesser of two evils in cases of ABSOLUTE NECESSITY, such as whether to save the mother or the child in cases of an ectopic pregnancy. [To me, this is the core of the piece, and the most important point made. It’s an incredibly important point, and I think the fact that both of these candidates have not only held gravely immoral beliefs, but committed seriously immoral acts (and shown no remorse for same) has sort of been shoved aside in the push for an expedient method to stop Hillary’s election. I view Hillary as practically a demon incarnate, but Trump has his own warts.] In the present case no person can say that IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THAT THEY VOTE FOR EITHER DONALD TRUMP OR HILLARY CLINTON. [Given that, from a practical standpoint, one of the two will win, and one might be markedly preferable to the other, even though still egregiously bad in many regards, is there not a sufficient difference to merit support? Bishop Gracida says no. I’d love to hear more opinions from well-formed authorities in the traditional wing of the Church. Does the SSPX have anything to say on this election?] Yes, Hillary Clinton favors abortion which kills unborn children, but Donald Trump will (in my opinion) cause America to go to war which will kill not only unborn children but men, women, boys and girls AND UNBORN CHILDREN. I do not believe that any human person can decide which of the two, Clinton or Trump, is the LESSER of the two evils. [Now many may argue with that. I’m not certain where Bishop Gracida gets this notion that Trump will put us in a war, which seems to be the basis on which he concludes that Trump is as evil as Hillary. We’re already at war, and have been for 15 years. Does he mean beyond that? He has to be speaking of a total world war, even a nuclear war, otherwise, even a fairly major regional war killing thousands would not be nearly morally equivalent to abortion, which kills over a million a year. On what evidence does Bishop Gracida foresee this calamitous war happening? Trump has spoken of breaking decades-old alliances to keep us OUT of wars, but then has also spoken of bombing the crud out of those who attack us. I don’t think anyone can definitively say what he’ll do in this regard, if elected. I don’t think this an adequate basis upon which to establish a moral equivalence between Hillary and Trump. For me, that equivalence exists more because of his unrepentant immorality and his conservatism of convenience he’s developed in the past year or two. He’s done some things to reassure me on the latter, but his total lack of Christian faith and his personal immorality remain huge issues.] They are both so evil in their actions that no Christian (especially Catholics who have the benefit of the magisterial teaching of the Church, e.g. VERITATIS SPLENDOR) can play God and decide which is the lesser of the two evils.
What is important is how they must answer to God for their choice. [I know we all despise Hillary and the demonrat party, but we must keep this in mind] My advice is for a perplexed Catholic to vote for all other offices on the ballot but to abstain from indicating a choice for President. If a Catholic is not happy with that solution, then that Catholic should write in the name of any good person for President.
Again, while I think the specific arguments advanced and conclusions reached may be a bit unfair, but the overall point remains valid: is there sufficient distinction between Trump and Hillary, from a moral perspective (not a political one), to permit Catholics to support him? On a political and personal basis, a few months ago, I was convinced the answer was no. Since then, Trump has specified some policy positions (including a quite solid list of likely Supreme Court nominees) that has caused me to find him less objectionable, politically. Personally, his massive warts remain, the convention doing nothing to allay my concerns in that regard. I still lean against Trump, though not as strongly as, say, last spring.
Last major point: my understanding of the Church’s thinking on such matters is that we should support the most moral option/option most in accord with the Faith, period, not the most moral option we believe has a chance of winning, but I’m open to correction from magisterial sources. Darrell Castle will likely be on the ballot in most if not all states by November 8.
As I said above, I would very much appreciate hearing more counsel from good priests and bishops on this subject – even though that might mean a violation of the Johnson Amendment! There hasn’t been enough clear moral direction on this most conflicted of presidential campaigns, yet. I greatly appreciate Bishop Gracida’s commentary, even if I’m not entirely on board with it.
Fortunately, I still have several more months to sit back, observe, and see what develops. Perhaps a miracle will occur, Trump will convert and become a stalwart, fiery Catholic, dump his concubines, and advance a platform totally in concert with the Doctrine of the Faith. I won’t hold my breath, but one can always hope.
I have been very glad to see that the very heated exchanges that often surround discussion/criticism of Trump on other conservative sites have been almost entirely absent here. Instead, the discussion has been quite edifying and reasonable, for the most part. Please let us keep it that way!
h/t reader MFG
Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, scandals, sexual depravity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
The idea that an abortion-supporting, contraception-taking, concubine-living woman could call herself a “practicing Catholic” is about all we need to know regarding the state of the Church today. And not merely these common sins, but willing to stand as a poster-child for perhaps the most aggressively amoral, anti-Catholic organization in the land, Planned Butcherhood:
Yulinda is a practicing Catholic. She’s also a Planned Parenthood patient and supporter. “We need to be educated about sex so that we don’t end up being parents when we don’t expect to or we’re not ready.” She and her boyfriend came to Planned Parenthood for birth control counseling so that they can prevent pregnancy and practice safe sex. Planned Parenthood is a “safe haven” where Yulinda’s beliefs and health care decisions are respected without judgment. This is her story of care.
“Safe haven” = I’ve deeply absorbed the language and logic of the radical left. I may murder my baby (even without direct malice aforethought, by using the pill), but don’t you dare judge me.
As for the crisis, how many sermons do you suppose this woman has heard on the evils of contraception and fornication? She seems completely unaware, or at least uncaring, regarding the truth of the evil of contraceptive use. Very likely, if she really is “practicing,” she has even been counseled by unworthy priests that contraception – even up to and including abortifacient methods – is perfectly fine. Her upset at being approached by someone who tried to advise her as to these evils is a sign of a very badly formed conscience. But that formation was probably less her own fault than those who have had the grave responsibility to rightly form her in the Faith.
That’s not to say our princess here is not without moral culpability. I think I was aware of the Church’s rejection of contraception as an 11 or 12 year old non-Catholic. It is almost impossible to conclude this woman is innocent of that very widely known Doctrine, she has simply rejected, while attempting to wrap herself with (an unearned) mantle of faith.
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Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, suicide, unadulterated evil.
Shorter Ann Barnhardt below. Diabolical narcissism defined in 12 seconds:
“HEY GUYS! I MURDERED MY BABY! I MURDERED MY BABY AND I’M PROUD OF IT! CHEER FOR ME! CHEER FOR ME BECAUSE I MURDERED MY CHILD…… ON GOOD FRIDAY! YEAH! IT’S JESUS’ PROBLEM NOW! OR SATAN’S I DON’T CARE BECAUSE I MURDERED MY BABY!”
Also see: feminist solipsism.
Pro tip: that baby is not in Heaven, tragically. Abortion is not a Sacrament. Telling women their aborted babies go to Heaven only encourages them to go through with it. They actually convince themselves they’re doing a good thing. The constant belief of the Church, whether it be a solemn Dogma or not, has been that babies innocent of actual sin who die unbaptized cannot enter Heaven. That’s not to say they endure eternal suffering, but they do not receive the blessedness of the Beatific Vision for having been ripped limb from limb at their mother’s command.
In reality, this soul is in enormous pain and needs a lot of prayers. She’s desperately trying to convince herself that what she did was morally acceptable, even though on some level, she knows it is not, hence the desperate need to appear brave and transgressive.