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France Squashes Speech of Pro-Lifers December 7, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, cultural marxism, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Well well well.  A socialist government, on its way out of power, has taken repeated steps in recent months to block the ability to pro-lifers to speak against abortion, and has now proposed a drastic step to more or less make pro-life speech illegal in France, or at least very sharply curtailed.

This is so very revealing of the true nature of Leftism.  Their inveterate hatred of Christianity, and especially Christian morals, causes them to upend even supposed rights sacrosanct to the left-liberal ideology, like free speech.  Eventually, far enough down the road (and we’re not very far from that point in this nation, even with the election of 2016), the Left will shift to full-on totalitarian tactics to crush their perceived opponents. We’ve really only started to see that in this country; France is a little further down the road.  Now, one reason the socialists are doing this is to put the coming, more conservative government (how conservative will be decided at the polls – I hope it is National Front) in a political bind, requiring them to potentially fracture their own coalition to amend an egregious affront against a portion of it.  But overall, this is definitely the direction all leftist movements worldwide are heading towards, with a more and more open disdain for traditional morality and the religion that inspired it:

France’s socialist government is attempting to crack down on pro-life activists by criminalizing online advocacy at odds with the nation’s abortion regime.

On Thursday, the French National Assembly passed a bill that makes it a crime to post information online that challenges abortion. Pro-life activists who continue to operate online face up to two years in prison and a fine of more than $30,000.[This is truly an extreme measure. France has laws enshrining “freedom of speech” as a fundamental right, too.  Don’t look for the Constitution to protect you or your speech.  We’re going to have to fight for it.] The bill is an expansion of a 1993 law that penalized giving out “false information” or physically blocking those seeking abortion from entering clinics. The bill passed by French lawmakers will punish web operators who post material considered “deliberately misleading, intimidating and/or exerting psychological or moral pressure.”

The French legislation follows a controversy that erupted after the French government blocked an advertisement featuring smiling children with Down syndrome because it could dredge up feelings of guilt from woman who decided to abort babies diagnosed with the genetic condition in-utero. [How much more revealing can you be?!?  Oh, we don’t want women who wantonly murder their babies, often for the most prurient reasons, to ever feel a shred of guilt or self-doubt!  That might undermine further abortions!  Does anything better testify to the satanic nature of the modern Left, and its use of abortion as a literal demonic sacrifice?]  About 96 percent of all babies diagnosed with the condition are aborted in France. The two-minute ad featured testimony from Down syndrome children and adults, as well as their parents explaining that they were capable of living full and happy lives. In November a French court upheld the ban, saying the video would “‘disturb the conscience of women who, in accordance with the law, have made personal life choices.’”

French pro-life group Droit de Naître (Right to Be Born) told the Washington Free Beacon in a statement that the socialist government is trying to ram through pro-abortion legislation because of its dismal prospects in the upcoming French elections……..

……….Pro-life activists in the United States have dealt with similar attacks on their operations. In May, Illinois Democrats passed legislation backed by Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups that would force pro-life pregnancy clinics and doctors to provide information or references to abortion clinics, regardless of their beliefs.  In August, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law despite the fact that no Republican in the House of Representatives or state Senate voted for the bill.

Illinois is the second state to crackdown on pregnancy centers in the past 12 months. In December 2015, California adopted a similar measure. The Los Angeles City Attorney served up the state’s first violations to three crisis pregnancy centers in July. [Are abortion mills required to provide information on non-abortion alternatives.  Of course not. That shows these governments aren’t pro-choice, but pro-abort, as in, pro-murder of babies.]

Even with Trump – should nothing untoward happen to somehow derail his installation in office – these same pressures will only continue to rise in the United States.  He will be no pro-life hero, and the Left will continue to chip away at our rights wherever and however they can.

Gets ready to fight.

 

Do You Think They Will? GOP “Plans” to De-Fund Planned Barrenhood Next Year November 30, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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We’ve heard it before.  Voters gave the GOPe party unprecedented majorities in both the House and Senate in recent years, and yet we were told they could do essentially nothing on the pro-life front because they didn’t have the presidency.  Now they have that, too, though a reduced majority in the Senate, so the PR is now that the GOP will now, finally, try to de-fund Planned Barrenhood.  I’ll believe it when I see it.  With Collins and other libs remaining among the Repubnik Senate Caucus, and with dems always possessing what seems to be far greater moral fervor for their cause than the R’s have for any socially conservative cause, I remain firmly skeptical.  We’ve been lied to far too many times for me to trust just about anything these cats say:

“The entire movement is poised for a victory,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an advocacy group that opposes abortion. “We have every assurance [from congressional leaders] that it’s going to happen. Nobody is saying ‘whether,’ the question is ‘when.’”…

Eliminating Planned Parenthood’s approximately $550 million in federal funding — most of it through Medicaid — would be abortion opponent’s most tangible victory since 2007, when the Supreme Court upheld a ban on so-called partial birth abortions.

One possible approach is to attach the defunding of Planned Parenthood to a repeal of Obamacare and pass both items using reconciliation. That would only require a simple majority, though there is disagreement even among GOP Senators about whether a full repeal of Obamacare is possible using this maneuver.  No one seems ready to commit to a plan of action yet which is probably wise given the level of push-back it will generate.

Republicans say no final decision has been made about what they’ll do next year, although one GOP congressional aide said that among conservatives “there is an expectation that it will be included in any reconciliation bill.” But if the Obamacare repeal legislation runs into any roadblocks because it includes defunding Planned Parenthood, the provision could be cut.

Naturally, Democrats are prepared to make sure any such effort runs into every possible roadblock. And with the GOP’s narrow advantage in the Senate, it will matter if some GOP Senators refuse to back the plan:

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) opposed using the reconciliation tactic to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare in 2015. Another moderate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), supported it. But she also introduced an amendment with Collins to strike the Planned Parenthood provision, indicating that she had reservations about cutting off funding. [Of course they would.  Both are strident pro-aborts]

As for President-elect Trump, he made clear during the primaries that he is committed to defunding PP because his position on abortion (which he said had evolved over time), but he was also the only Republican who defended the group saying, “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”

You can see why I am underwhelmed.  It smells to me like more kabuki-theater, deliberate failure, “well, we tried, but those darned democrats with their tiny minority just foiled us again,” etc.  In other words, a set up.  Good for the pro-life groups, though.  Great pitch angle for donations – “donate to us and we’ll de-fund Planned Parenthood!”

Perhaps I’ve become a bit jaded, but as I said, I’ll believe it when I see it.  I think the GOP could foul up de-funding Planned Barrenhood, let alone repealing Obamacare, with a 72-seat majority, let alone a 52-seat one.  That’s because most Republican senators don’t want it repealed.  Think of all the graft they can skim off federal control of 20% of the economy?  Cha-ching.

What Diabolical Narcissism Wrought: Self-Described Sluts Bragging About Having STDs November 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unbelievable BS.
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And not just any STD, but one of the worst, most impossible to recover from, and most insidiously contagious: herpes simplex 2.

I don’t think the phrase popularized, if not coined, by Anne Barnhardt, diabolical narcissism, could have a better definition than being so morally lost – heck, amoral – as to be able to convince oneself that not only was one’s catting around not something to be ashamed of, but something to be boldly extolled as a badge of honor, something to be admired and emulated.  That is what the culture, the media, and the sicko feminist fringe have convinced millions of women to believe – that selling themselves cheap to the lowest, most momentary bidder is “empowerment,” that murdering babies that come from this activity is “women’s health,” and that what could easily be conceived of as God’s wrath against wanton behavior is just something that happens to people accidentally, like contracting an allergy or some congenital disease.  The complete divorce of action and consequence, the constant self-justification and self-exaltation, and the absolute lack of any kind of even remote attachment to moral standards has been a deliberate goal of the cultural-political left for two centuries or more, and it has produced what was always desired: people so divorced from any conception of dignity, let alone their unspeakable worth as unique children of God, that they – rather desperately, one might add – proclaim the evil they have wrought to be good, and the only evil to be to shame or judge them for their hedonistic behavior, that hurts not only themselves but who knows how many others.  I would not believe the world in which we live, if I were not confronted with the evidence of its wickedness every day.

And, naturally, this self-described “slut” got a letter of congratulations from Hillary Clinton, during her campaign for the presidency, applauding this young woman for her………for what I have no idea.  Because promiscuity is a vital part of the Left’s war on religion, and thus always and everywhere to be praised?  Because the evil religion of feminism, which has taught women that giving themselves away to any dude who happens along for a night is empowering, and must always be praised?  Because diabolical narcissism demands it?

Anyway, to the article, which is old, but worth your attention (emphasis in original, my comments):

“I’m a slut, and I have herpes. I still am a person who deserves respect,” blogger Ella Dawson tweeted as part of her campaign to remove the “cultural stigma” surrounding sexually transmitted diseases. The Wesleyan grad gained notoriety and celebrity online after writing an article in Women’s Health titled “Why I Love Telling People I Have Herpes.” A follow-up article at Medium defended her position.  [But she doesn’t mean respect in the sense that no one should be treated with undue cruelty or as less than anyone else.  What she means, in the lexicon of the modern left, is to be never questioned, called to account, or Robespierre forbid, shamed for having engaged in extremely risky and self-destructive behavior and now being afflicted with the almost inevitable natural consequence of such behavior.  This becomes obvious as her “logic” unfolds.  She wants to be lionized as a sublime and pure princess, while having all the “benefits” of behaving like a slattern – the constant feminist double standard]

Some — like Hillary Clinton — praised Dawson for being “brave and insightful,” while others condemned her for being “stupid.”……

………Hillary Clinton certainly agrees with House. She even sent Dawson a thank you note praising her for speaking out against the “stigma” and for standing up to her critics. [I continue to thank God that, no matter what Donald Trump may be, Hillary Clinton will never be president.  Thank you, Lord]

Dawson was thrilled to receive the letter, of course, because it elevated, at least in the minds of some, her campaign to make contracting oozing sores on your genitalia “cool.”

In other words, and like other “sex-positive” feminists and liberals who want to legitimize every social deviancy while stigmatizing anyone who disagrees with them, the 24-year-old Dawson is using social media platforms and a hashtag campaign (#ShoutYourStatus) to justify her behavior and to ease her feelings of guilt. [As  you will see, however, Dawson’s end was perfectly predictable, and was, in fact, made virtually inevitable by the flawed ideology she holds.  Who listens to a 24 year old anyway?!?  I at least had the decency to wait till my mid-30s to afflict the world with my opinions]

Instead of simply making the common-sense case for respecting people who are hurting and not stigmatizing them because they made a mistake — you know, the Golden Rule — Dawson goes much further.

She denies the moral context of how an STD is contracted. She refuses to take responsibility for her bad behavior. She perpetuates misinformation about the seriousness of the disease.

And, she plays the victim. Isn’t feminism glorious?

Writes Dawson:

I wasn’t the sort of person STDs happened to. I was a Planned Parenthood volunteer, a sexuality studies major, and everyone’s go-to friend when they had questions about losing their virginity. How could I have caught something when I had always been so careful? [As I said, her ideology almost guaranteed this outcome, indoctrinated in the baby-murdering sex cult of Planned Murderhood for who knows how long. She has been steeped in demonic lies regarding the gift of sexuality, only to be made use of within the confines of sacramental marriage, for years.  She even worked at the whore of Babylon itself, Planned Butcherhood.  That she has had numerous partners, and eventually contracted an STD, is entirely predictable, based on her embrace of the errors preached by Margaret Sanger’s satanic spawn. But she is so lost in this ideology, and, one fears, her sins, she still, even when afflicted with a cursed, incurable disease, refuses to question her assumptions and the ideology she has been very carefully brainwashed to fervently accept and even proselytize for.]

First of all, being a feminist isn’t a full-body condom. Second, there is no such thing as 100-percent certified safe sex when you’re doing it with strangers or just having casual sex with multiple partners………

……….Dawson also, nonsensically, believes that contracting herpes has nothing to do with her behavior.

She writes:

On a logical level. I knew that getting herpes had nothing to do with my actions and didn’t say anything about my character[You keep telling yourself that, sweetheart.]

On a logical level? Really? She repeats this brilliant display of logic in a TED Talk[As if I didn’t have a low enough opinion of “Ted talks”]

An STI, especially herpes, is not a reflection of your character or a consequence of a bad decision. 

Neither is it, as she writes at Medium, “a consequence of personal choices.”

Sorry to break this to you, but an STD is the direct result of a personal choice. And if you’re a slut — as she claims — that is, by definition, a reflection of your character.

Fact: if she had never had casual sex, she would have never contracted genital herpes. [And this is where we see the ultimate evil that is diabolical narcissism revealed.  This woman – and she is far from alone – has turned logic, reason, and even decency on its head in her constant attempts at self-justification.  There is hardly anything that could be MORE a consequence of one’s actions that contracting an STD, unless one happened to be a spouse to a partner who was adulterating and contracted it through them.  Contracting an STD may involve bad luck, it may involve incredible naivete, but it always – in the practical sense – involves promiscuity, that is, deliberate sex outside marriage for pleasure’s sake alone.  I have had some female commenters in the past who tried to argue that there is “good” and “bad” feminism, but that’s bullocks.  THIS WOMAN’S FAILED LINE OF THINKING IS AN EXACT REPRODUCTION OF THE IDEOLOGY AT THE HEART OF FEMINISM!!]

Instead of taking responsibility for her own bad choices, Dawson wants to throw logic — and morality — to the wind and justify her behavior by recasting the entire narrative about STDs into something positive: It’s just something that magically happens to you. You’re a passive victim, and there’s nothing you could have done to stop it. So you’re not guilty of anything. And most of all, you don’t have to feel ashamed.  [Do you think this woman is driven by guilt, perhaps on some fundamental level?  Or is it something else?]

This might come as a shock to Dawson and other moral relativists, but shame isn’t always a bad thing.

The personal shame you feel when you’ve done something wrong is healthy, because it leads you (or should) to conviction that will help you change your behavior. [But when you’ve killed God in the minds of millions, and carefully indoctrinated them to believe that this life is the only one they’ll ever have and so they better get in all the possible pleasure they can, because after this there’s nothing, such reasoning is generally lost on them in their headlong pursuit of pleasure]

……..She goes so far as to sayherpes is “harmless,” and that’s dangerous misinformation.

In an interview with Salon, Dawson said the disease has actually made her sex life better:

Herpes is such a great way to weed out jerks. It’s like the metal detector of douchebags because if somebody is scared of something so harmless, they’re just not worth your time. I have a really high bar for the people I date. [I’m sorry my dear, but you can’t have both a “high bar” and be a self-described slut. Not sure what the idiot college was where you majored in bedding losers, but you need some remedial English and logic] Most people have risen to it amazingly. That’s not to say I’ve only had committed relationships; I’ve had casual sex since getting diagnosed, it’s just always with the conversation of: This is a reality, how do we want to handle this? Do you want to use condoms? What are you most comfortable with? What makes sense for you?  [I am willing to bet a substantial sum she has engaged in casual sex without that conversation.]

Herpes is not harmless.

According to the Mayo Clinic, genital herpes is highly contagious with many health risks, including brain damage, blindness or death in a newborn, bladder problems requiring a catheter, meningitis, rectal inflammation, damage to the nervous system, and an increased risk of “transmitting or contracting other STDs.” [We’ve fallen so far, this even needs to be said?  That says everything.]

And there’s always a risk of contracting it if you have sex with someone who has the disease, even if they’re not experiencing a breakout.

So if you’re a guy who doesn’t want to risk, say, brain damage? Dawson thinks you’re a jerk. A douchebag.

If you want to remain healthy and not get painful pustules on your lower regions? Dawson says you’re a terrible human being.

I’m sure it does make her feel bad when someone doesn’t want to have sex with her because he’s afraid of getting herpes — but that’s not stigma. If Dawson would take responsibility for her own actions and stop playing the victim, she might understand that, and respect that other people’s decisions can’t cater to her feelings.

If anyone is being a douchebag when it comes to STDs, it’s Dawson.

Indeed. A douchebag that is almost guaranteed to be a divorcee, and highly likely a multiple-divorcee, should she ever decide to marry.  The data is incontrovertible on that score. Women who have a high number of lifetime partners are a statistical lock to divorce.  Barring, I suppose, a true conversion, but since she worships at the altar of Moloch/Planned Parenthood, that would require a substantial miracle.

Whether it’s shame or not that serves as motivation, this entire line of thinking is just reeks of the victimhood mentality that has apparently gone from small segments of the population to infecting most of an entire generation.  But the only person this particular “victim” has to blame, is herself, and that’s the one realization diabolical narcissism absolutely prevents.

Of course, she wouldn’t have to make such a hideous public spectacle of herself, and her shame, driving away any man of quality permanently, if she would find that salve her conscience needs through Jesus Christ.  He is the only One that can take away the pain of our past sins – which we all have, some, fortunately, not quite so spectacularly public – not this further descent into endless rationalization and self-justification which this poor creature is demonstrating, showing absolutely no ability to learn from her past mistakes. The shame of it is, in refusing the Grace of Jesus Christ, freely offered, she is damning herself to a lifetime of endless pain and self-induced suffering, no matter how many brave words she uses to try to talk herself off the ledge.

It’s not the sins that damn the diabolical narcissist.  It’s the refusal to countenance that they have sinned, that they must repent, and experience conversion in trying to live a life of virtue in concert with the Truth Christ has revealed to us all.  We see in the above the tragedy of a soul who manifestly refuses to acknowledge she is capable of grievously sinning, and so continues in that hellish form of living.  Her Cure awaits her, patiently, infinitely patiently, but pride prevents her from seeing how easy it is to admit to sin and seek forgiveness.

Poor lost soul.  One of so very many. She needs many prayers.  She, and those she afflicts with her lies and false propaganda.

 

Reminder: Christ Child Luncheon This Saturday Nov. 19 November 17, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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If you would like to buy some generally Catholic-themed Christmas gifts, hang out with committed pro-lifers, and support local pro-life efforts, you might consider attending the Christ Child Luncheon this Saturday.  It’s not inexpensive, but the money does go for a good cause, supporting pro-life work and crisis pregnancy centers:

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My wife went to this for a number of years and always found it enjoyable and rewarding.

YMMV.

Economic Reasons for Birth Control/Frustrating Fecundity: “Hypocrisy at Its Zenith; Folly at Its Height” November 17, 2016

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That, according to Fr. Fulgence Meyer, OFM, from his 1920s treatise Plain Talks on Marriage.  Of course use of artificial contraception of any type is always and everywhere sinful.  Periodic abstinence can of course be practiced legitimately, but even here there are moral dangers, contrary to what far too many NFP promoters convey to their followers. While there may be occasional, and, according to Father, quite rare, family economic situations that couples may find themselves in, permitting them to engage in periodic abstinence to prevent reproduction, Fr. Meyer notes that the economic justifications for such are often self-serving and dominated by worldly, materialist concerns.  What is far more virtuous for Catholics to engage in, should circumstances force a perceived need to minimize the likelihood of reproduction, is total cessation from the marital act if at all possible, rather than recourse to periodic abstinence.  Of course, this must be agreed to by both parties to the marriage, and if periodic abstinence is all that can be withstood by one or both, they must of course keep the most open heart and soul towards any children that may still result.  I still believe, however, that some couples do make use of NFP in a way that is identical to contraception, and with the same overall intent.  But that may be getting a bit far afield.

Fr. Meyer presents a very compelling case for the mainstream of Catholic opinion on this subject in the first half of the 20th century, before much of the rot had risen to the surface and broken out into the open.  From pp. 83-87, cut and paste to make a concise point:

The economical reason is perhaps the most universally alleged justification for sinful birth control.  It is at the same time the most flimsy and hypocritical, and nowhere more so than in our country of great and splendid opportunities for making a living.  People say: “We want to give our children a good education.  Education costs money.  Our money will only erach for the education of one or two children.  it would therefore be folly and unfair to have more.”  Very well.  But conduct yourself accordingly, and practice virtuous abstinence while you desire no more children.  No matter to what schools and colleges they send them, parents, who through sinful and selfish prevention have but one or two children, give these children the worst possible education by their own unvirtuous conduct and godless selfishness.  They would do immensely better by their children, whether they have few or many, if they did their own duty to God conscientiously, and transmitted to their children this, the best element of true education, the fear of the Lord.

Large families thrive much better economically than small families. This is accounted for naturally……..and supernaturally, since God always provides for those who serve Him in truth and rely upon His fatherly providence.  Educationally, too, a child of a large family as a rule is better off for many reasons than the solitary child.  The best education of life is in its main elements obtained in the home.  At any rate, if selfish couples succeed in deceiving themselves with specious reasons, they must know that they will never deceive God, Who searches the heart and mind……..

What are the reasons of the spread of this moral cancer among our American Catholics?  One reason is the husband’s neglect of his duty to assert himself as, and actually to be, the head of the wife, even as Christ is the Head of the Church.  The head should lead by superior intelligence and a higher sense of duty, instead of yielding in weak connivance or acquiescence when the woman feels, and winces under, the burdens of her sex and its responsibilities in married life, and directly or indirectly pleads for sinful consideration in asking her husband “to be careful” in the performance of the marriage act. [A clear reference to frustration by withdrawal, or limiting the act to less fertile times]  From the very beginning a Catholic man should set himself firmly against the very suggestion. He will be willing and glad, for good reasons, to observe continence to spare his wife; but he will never consent to any unnatural process of conjugal love.  Much less will he ever himself take the initiative in intimating or insinuating so wicked a conduct.  By weakly yielding to the suggestion and invitation of Eve, Adam brought a tremendous series of evils upon himself and her and all their descendants……

……In reality, however, man is probably as often, if not oftener than woman, the more guilty party in the sin of contraception.  Maybe it were more correct to say that the guilt is about equally divided. If so, it is a sign that they both are practically ignorant of the high privilege and inestimable distinction of parenthood.  This, more than anything else, accounts for the prevalence of the detestable  sin of the violation of nature in marriage.  If our Catholic husbands and wives truly recognized what it means to be a parent, they would never be tempted sinfully to shirk or evade their sacred responsibilities in marriage.  To be a parent means to be assumed by God as an active partner in the procreation of an immortal being, made after God’s own image and likeness, redeemed by the Precious Blood of His only begotten Son, and destined to shine before the throne of God in indescribable glory and blessedness throughout all the ages of eternity. [Conversely, those who embrace the contraceptive mentality, whether they use artificial contraception or not, on some level reject this beautiful theology of life just outlined by Fr. Meyer. They must, otherwise, they would not make use of the means they do to frustrate fecundity immorally]  But, for this parent, this being will never be called into existence to give glory to God, and enjoy God, forever and ever……[That’s a really beautiful point.  It is horrifying to consider how many billions of souls have been snuffed out of existence by chemical contraception, or never came into being at all through barrier or other means.  This country alone has been economically devastated by the lost tens of millions of souls who should have been born.]

…...If you then appear before the judgment seat of God with but one or two children, or even none at all, [Which some NFP advocates maintain is perfectly fine, to use periodic abstinence to prevent having any children] when, as you and  your partner enjoyed the privileges of married life, you should have had 6, 8, 10 or more; and the Judge asks you sternly: “Where are the rest?” – it will not avail you to answer, “Lord, I was the richest man in town, or the whole territory round about; I had the most sumptuous mansion, the finest automobiles, and the largest number of friends”……..All this will be futile over the cutting question of the Judge: “Where are the rest?”

Nor will you have the heart to advance as an excuse of your conduct the empty and futile pretexts of poverty, economic stress, disease and what not, with which you now try to ease and hush your conscience; for in the light of the omniscience of God all their hollowness and speciousness will be apparent and ghastly……..

……But if in judgment you can appear with all the children God gave you, and you can say in the words of Our Lord: “Of them whom Thou hast given me, I have not lost anyone” (Jn xviii:9); then no matter how poor and struggling you were on earth,how socially inconspicuous and politically obscure, the Judge will compliment you highly, and rewarded you amply, saying: “Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Mt xxv:23).

————-End Quote————–

I should stress in fairness, as Fr. Meyer does, that of course periodic abstinence done out of necessity and with a will open to having children should God provide them even during supposed periods of infertility can be morally acceptable, and often is.  But in this culture of diabolical narcissism and endless selfishness, I would simply caution that it is incredibly easy to fool oneself into concluding that what are actually prurient reasons for preventing children are morally justifiable.  The “default setting” for Catholics should be – totally contrary to what the culture tells us – be completely open to children throughout marriage, and take no steps to reduce or block fecundity if at all possible.  Some couples follow that precept and have only two or three kids – that’s perfectly fine, it’s what God willed for them. Others may have 9 or 10 or 15.  God knows what we need for our salvation, and what we can stand in terms of work or suffering, and will provide to us both in perfect measure.

I know this topic is probably preaching to the choir for readers of this blog, but perhaps you have some friends, family, or acquaintances with which you could share it.

 

Feminist Panic! Stock Up on Birth Control Before Trump Takes it Away! November 9, 2016

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Just one of myriad inane reactions from the catatonic left today.  This is one development I’d truly love to see, though I hold out absolutely no hope it will happen  Having said that, we can see from this reaction just how detached from reality the Left has become, if they think this is even remotely in the offing, however much I wish it were.  We’ll need a great spiritual awakening and renewal before such a sensible course of action has a prayer of occurring:

In light of this dystopian possibility in which birth control is hard to come by and abortions are no longer legal, women are already taking matters into their hands. On social media Wednesday morning, hours after the election was called, the ladies of America began urging each other to protect themselves against unintended pregnancy by getting intrauterine devices—commonly known as IUDs—while contraception is still covered under the Affordable Care Act.

It’s a sad day indeed when women feel there is a ticking clock on their reproductive and health care rights. But alas, that’s the America we voted to live in.

Female hysteria, much?  I tell you, these feminist prove the Victorian notions of women as delicate hysterics unfit for leadership roles or positions of power and authority more and more every day.  Thank God we dodged another Hillary bullet, if this is how her supporters think!  Poor feminists, they thought they were on the cusp of seeing abortion even more permanently enshrined as a made-up constitutional “right,” even to the point of forcing Christians to pay for this barbaric, ultimately selfish act, only to have their fondest hopes and dreams dashed on the hard rocks of reality.  But being a leftie apparently means never having to conform your thoughts to reality.  After all, this is the ideology that has told us for years that “women’s health” = murdering babies, over half of which are female.

We’ll be having some great laughs for days as we continue to witness the mass emotional breakdown of America’s left wing.  Such as………students burning the American flag in protest of Trump’s election at………..American University.  But remember, this the party of “rationalism” and cool, unemotional thought.  It’s not at all the party of spoiled three year olds who will mess their pants when things don’t go their way.

Go crawl into a safe space for a few years and come out once you’ve grown up.

So Is It Over for the US of A? November 9, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disconcerting, error, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, Revolution, sadness, secularism, sickness, Society, The End.
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Sorry I’ve been away.  Work, yes, but a certain lack of motivation to blog, too.  There are momentous doings today and tonight, however, and I thought I could at least put up a post about that.

Reports are all over the map.  Some are claiming Trump is losing due to a poor ground game, others are saying he’s getting out the vote better than anticipated. Some say swing states are swinging left, again (how many swings in the same direction are required before a state no longer swings?), others that things are breaking for Trump.  Some NeverTrumpers have remained steadfast in their detestation of the man, others have come out in favor.  I predict……….a late night.  I think it will be close.  Can Trump overcome several million likely fraudulent votes?  I guess we’ll see tomorrow, or sometime.

One other thing I’ll predict: this country is probably too far gone for a political savior, as opposed to a spiritual One, but I do think the process of deconstruction into corporatist-socialist-authoritarian dystopia will be made irreversible with a felonious Clinton win.  I pray that does not come to pass, but at this point, I’m feeling somewhat detached from it all, as I have this entire election year.  Not because I don’t care, but because I think all this political stuff is a distraction from the real ails facing this nation and all of Western Civilization, which are of a much more spiritual nature.  Without correction of the spiritual cancer eating away at this country, it’s going to continue going to literal hell at an accelerating pace, and its final demise will only be delayed, not stopped and certainly not reversed, by a win for the “good” guys tonight.

Rorate posted some commentary from Fr. George Rutler, obviously persecuted by the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Dolan, and I thought it was worth sharing, though most all readers have probably seen it already.  I did want to post it, though, because one statement caught my eye and I thought it deserved some commentary.  I always find great fruit and eloquence in what Fr. Rutler has to say, but there was one small part of his online sermonizing that I thought deserved a bit of comment.  Perhaps now that the polls are mostly closed or closing, this little bit of criticism of an otherwise very fine piece can be forgiven (emphasis Rorate’s, my comments):

Exactly eight years ago I wrote a column titled “The One We Were Waiting For” in which I referred to a book by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, The Lord of the World. That dystopian novel has been cited by Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis said he has read it several times. The protagonist, if one can apply that term to an Anti-Christ, imposed a new world religion with Man himself as god. His one foe was Christianity, which he thwarted in part by using “compromised Catholics” and compliant priests to persuade timid Catholics.
Since then, that program has been realized in our time, to an extent beyond the warnings of the most dire pessimists. Our federal government has intimidated religious orders and churches, challenging religious freedom. The institution of the family has been re-defined, and sexual identity has been Gnosticized to the point of mocking biology. Assisted suicide is spreading, abortions since 1973 have reached a total equal to the population of Italy, and sexually transmitted diseases are at a record high. Objective journalism has died, justice has been corrupted, racial bitterness ruins cities, entertainment is degraded, knowledge of the liberal arts spirals downwards, and authentically Catholic universities have all but vanished. A weak and confused foreign policy has encouraged aggressor nations and terrorism, while metastasized immigration is destroying remnant western cultures, and genocide is slaughtering Christian populations. The cynical promise of economic prosperity is mocked by the lowest rate of labor participation in forty years, an unprecedented number of people on food stamps and welfare assistance, and the largest disparity in wealth in over a century.
In his own grim days, Saint Augustine warned against nostalgia: “The past times that you think were good, are good because they are not yours here and now.” The present time, however, might try even his confidence. Sands blow over the ruins of churches he knew in North Africa where the Cross is virtually forbidden. By a blessed irony, a new church is opened every day in formerly Communist Russia, while churches in our own formerly Christian nation are being closed daily. [Is it irony, or the natural effect of a people who were yoked for a lifetime under the demon of communism/hard leftism, and have not only rebuked tyranny, but have found it’s only true and permanent cure: pious Christianity?] For those who bought into the seductions of politicians’ false hopes, there is the counsel of Walt Kelly’s character Pogo: “It’s always darkest before it goes pitch black.”
It is incorrect to say that the coming election poses a choice between two evils. For ethical and aesthetic reasons, there may be some bad in certain candidates, but badness consists in doing bad things. Evil is different: it is the deliberate destruction of truth, virtue and holiness. [And I agree that there is a sufficient distinction between a very bad, even amoral man, and a woman who has proven over a lifetime she is, by human standards, irredeemably evil.  One might even call her deplorable.]
While one may pragmatically vote for a flawed candidate, one may not vote for anyone who advocates and enables unmitigatedly evil acts, and that includes abortion. “In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it’” (Evangelium Vitae, 73).
At one party’s convention, the name of God was excluded from its platform and a woman who boasted of having aborted her child was applauded. It is a grave sin, requiring sacramental confession and penance, to become an accomplice in objective evil by voting for anyone who encourages it, for that imperils the nation and destroys the soul. [And here is where my bit of divergence comes in, and why I found it such a bitter pill to finally, in the end, have to vote for Trump simply out of resignation to stop an even greater evil.  At the Republican National Convention, they did not trumpet abortion for all at Christian taxpayer’s expense, but they did have an open, avowed sodomite proclaim how wonderful his lifestyle was and receive a roaring ovation.  This is one of the biggest sticking points some NeverTrumpers have had, and I can well understand their grave reticence to support a party, and a man, who openly advocated not just tolerating, not just permitting for prudential reasons, but celebrating, rejoicing in a sin that is as grave and, in some ways, even worse than mass child murder/genocide, because it involves a total dereliction of morals.  It is not reasonable to gloss over this as if it never happened.  No matter what the Republican party platform may say about the family and marriage, Peter Thiel’s speech and reception spoke far, far louder than any words on a website few, if any, ever read.]
It is also the duty of the clergy to make this clear and not to shrink, under the pretense of charity, from explaining the Church’s censures. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are dangerous, but worse are wolves in shepherd’s clothing. While the evils foreseen eight years ago were realized, worse would come if those affronts to human dignity were endorsed again. In the most adverse prospect, God forbid, there might not be another free election, and soon Catholics would arrive at shuttered churches and vacant altars. The illusion of indifference cannot long be perpetuated by lame jokes and synthetic laughter at banquets, for there is handwriting on the wall.

And I think that conclusion is true, that we as a Church and individual Christians do face unique threats from Hillary Clinton that make voting against her with the most viable candidate if not a moral requirement, at least very much the right thing to do for reasons of prudence.  But let us never forget how very, very, very far from the Catholic ideal Donald Trump is, and the fact that not much will change, culturally, tomorrow should he win tonight.

A different way to say that might be, if Donald Trump, while clearly preferable in a damnable two party system, is our best political hope, we have arrived at a nadir in this country I never expected to see in my lifetime.

I find my solace in these ever darker days in knowing that this place is an exile, a place of trials and tribulations and not at all my true home.  God will win out in the end, and we must trust in His protection and perfect knowledge of what is best for us.  Should the worst happen tonight, the world is not over, the sun will come up tomorrow, and we will have to be called to the same practice of virtue, faith, and penance that we are always called to.  In the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph and Jesus Christ will reign supreme over the entire world as the King He indeed is.

Opportet illum regnare!  Opportet illum regnare!  Pax Christi in Regno Christi!  Resurrexit sicut dixit!

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White Rose Fundraising Dinner 11/05 @ 7 pm October 27, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Virtue.
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A couple of local pro-life announcements.  A fundraiser for the White Rose crisis pregnancy center – which, being in Texas, is not required to tell women where they can get abortions, as CPCs are in California, now – will be held Saturday Nov. 5 2016 at 7pm at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.  Admission is $150 per person but the evening features a talk from Steven Mosher of Population Research Institute, a guy I respect greatly.  Yes it’s expensive but the money goes directly to help keep women from having abortions.  All details below:

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In addition, though I missed its start by weeks (oopsie!), 40 Days for Life is ongoing.  This is what I get for almost never paying attention to the news, local or otherwise!

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They are having a 40 Days for Life rally this Saturday Oct. 29.  It is an ecumenical confab being held at Christ for the Nations Conference Center at the junction of I-35E and US67.  This effort ties in with others occurring in all 50 states, ostensibly.  More details here.  I, for one, would be very wary at that locale. There is a really good sidewalk counselor going to speak there, though.  May well be worth it.

There, I guess I can call this blog Dallas for another month.

PS – If any reader attends the White Rose dinner, I’d love to get a synopsis of the talk by Dr. Mosher.  Thanking you in advance!

CRS Caught Acquiring and Distributing Millions of Contraceptives October 26, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, asshatery, contraception, different religion, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
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I know probably most readers of this blog are already well-informed of Catholic Relief Services many nefarious activities and have long been indisposed to support them in any way, but for the record, because this is not an inconsequential development, Lepanto Institute has found that CRS acquired and distributed millions of contraceptives under USAID direction during the period 2006-10 in the Congo.

The reports are detailed and are based on CRS’ own internal, triple-checked inventories and disbursements.  Note this all occurred while PBXVI was reigning, imagine what they are getting up to today:

Disgusting if Not Surprings: STDs Hit Record High in US October 24, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Feature, or bug?  This is the entirely natural, predictable, and even just outcome to hideously amoral behaviors grounded in an ideology of boundless effrontery towards God and His moral order.  God allows the natural (and supernatural) consequences of our actions to be both our rewards and our punishments.  These consequences are plainly spelled out in Scripture and the natural law.  Conduct your life in a hedonistic, animalistic manner, and this is the natural result: sky-high rates of disease, some of them incurable, and biased amongst the  youngest populations.

Of course, the article waits until the umpteenth paragraph to tell us that, surprise!, much of this increase is centered in the growing men who have sex with men population, where rates of infection for very serious and increasingly difficult to treat diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea have exploded.  That kind of information is still judged unhelpful to the ongoing re-paganization of the culture and the destruction of the moral order:

More cases of sexually transmitted diseases were reported last year than ever before, federal officials said Wednesday — just as state and local health departments that could help fight them lose funding.

More than 1.5 million people were reported with chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The CDC recorded nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis.

“The STD epidemic is getting worse in the United States and, in fact, is at its highest levels yet,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

The CDC reported a record year for STDs in 2014, also, but the trend is worsening, Mermin told NBC News.

“Last year was the first year that we saw increases but those increases are actually continuing and at a higher rate,” Mermin said.

The new numbers translate to a 19 percent increase in syphilis cases, a 13 percent rise in gonorrhea and a 6 percent increase in chlamydia, Mermin said………

…….Gay and bisexual men account for many of the new cases, and the biggest numbers are among young adults, especially those in their late teens and early 20s. “Half of all STDs occur in youth under age 20,” Mermin said……….

………Congenital syphilis cases hit a record high in 2015, CDC said. More than 430 babies were born with syphilis. “Up to 40 percent of babies born to women with untreated syphilis may be stillborn, or die from the infection as a newborn,” the CDC said.

Let’s see:

  • Belittle and attack Christianity, especially Catholicism, for generations
  • At the same time, exalt the idea of fornication, adultery, serial divorce and remarriage, concubinage, etc., as either no big deal, or some wonderful, adventurous “phase” at least everyone, especially while young, should go through, if not the absolute preferred mode of living for all time
  • Complete destruction of adherence to religious precepts and the moral law.  Force religion from the public square.
  • Spread indoctrination in the libertine lifestyle to younger and younger ages – deliberately propagandize schoolchildren into the sexular pagan ethos
  • Exalt perversion as superior to traditional morality.  Mock traditional morality at all turns.
  • Constantly deride recalcitrant adult authority figures who counsel chastity, modesty, and decency, be they parents, grandparents, politicians, religious figures, etc.  Make clear that all the cool people are addicted to uninhibited rutting; even more, make clear that in order to be cool you have to do same.  Make being perceived as “cool” the height of social existence
  • After decades of the above, express shock and dismay when rates of STDs among schoolchildren, the target audience all along, skyrocket.  Demand absolutely no changes to the above program but more and more money for it.  After all, it’s working like a charm.

Feature. Definitely feature, especially since several of the diseases skyrocketing have the side-“benefit” of rendering the afflicted individual sterile for life.  Win-win to the child-hating, Christ-hating sexular pagan left.

Nashville bishop David Choby must be thoroughly pleased.