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Has the In$titutionalized Pro-Life Been a Manifest Failure Through Steadfast Repubnik Loyalty? September 20, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disconcerting, error, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, rank stupidity, sadness, scandals, self-serving, Society.
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So says Leon H. Wolf in a piece at RedState, which, it must be said, tries to tie what I agree is a general trend towards failure by the institutionalized pro-life movement into an anti-Trump screed.  I’ve read few sites that have been more reliably Never Trump, so keep that in mind.

I’ll cut and paste a bit of the article below, but while I think the author has a major point, I think he also errs substantially in 1) trying to parlay the “Republicans have always abused you” argument into “You’re a sucker if you vote for Trump” and 2) his general bashing of the pro-life movement for being steadfast Republican homers.  For instance, was the same author just as exercised against pro-life orgs support for Mitt Romney, who had just as inconsistent record on abortion as Trump?  If not, why not?  Secondly, where else were pro-lifers supposed to go over the past 40 years, even as the Repubniks did, admittedly, repeatedly screw them over?

Ergo, I think this piece is a lot more about hating on Trump than really having something to say regarding the pro-life movement. YMMV.

Having said that, if you want to bash the in$$titutionalized  pro-life movement for being ineffective and probably more concerned with keeping fundraising going than really ending abortion, you’ll get little argument from me.  As for the rest, see what you think:

Personally, I have reached the point that I am fed up with these organizations. They have been, by and large, total failures in holding politicians accountable. When is the last time you can recall that a pro-life group claimed the scalp of any of the dozens if not hundreds of Republicans who have betrayed the pro-life cause over the years? It has not happened and it does not happen. [Well, is that the point of being a pro-life group, to claim Republican scalps?  They’ve claimed a number of democrats, which is not unimportant.  I agree most pro-life groups far too slavishly tote the mainstream Republican line, but what mainstream conservative commentators have ever called for a mass pro-life turning against Republican politicians who have somehow betrayed the cause? That is, until the Republican nominee somehow threatened the interests of these same mainstream commentators. I follow pro-life events quite closely, and I can’t remember more than a handful of such calls, all at the state or local level, never national.Why now?]

………These orgs are all carrot, no stick. They are happy to go out and encourage people to elect more Republicans, elect more Republicans, vote Republican for President in particular. Meanwhile, 7 of the 9 judges who decided Roe v. Wade were appointed by Republicans. Roe v. Wade would not have survived throughout all these years without Justices O’Connor, Kennedy, and Souter – all nominated by Republicans and confirmed with the unanimous consent of Senate Republicans. At no point has anyone ever paid a political price for this. So pro-life orgs set their sights on a series of incremental legislative changes to the abortion regime at the state level, which have systematically been thrown out by judges who were appointed and confirmed by Republicans – and again, no one has paid a political price for any of this. You could hardly ask for a more useful set of stooges for the RNC. [Again, who has been advocating for this?  I think it’s a good idea, and if this is to be a start of a movement to get the pro-life movement to hold Republicans far more accountable for their lack of support for pro-life matters, I’m all for it, but as an argument simply to not support Trump, because now’s the time to start punishing R’s for lack of pro-life commitment?  I don’t get it.  Why not start with some of the most egregious House and Senate members, and go from there?  How about we try to get a turncoat like Lindsay Graham driven from office, rather than start at the highest office?  Or was this all just about self-justification?  Which, if so, fine, but say so, don’t try to cloak it in some supposed larger-than-self virtue]

………I don’t know what it is about these groups that makes them totally unable to state the obvious: that pro-lifers are being played for suckers by the GOP, which has no intention of ever allowing Roe v. Wade to be overturned. [I thought Trump was an insurrection against the establishment GOP and largely despised by people like the author?  So how does supporting him make people suckers for the GOPe?]  After all, if it were, how would they scare the evangelicals into voting for the Donald Trumps of the future? [Well, I do wonder if there still isn’t some massive play going on, where, just as conservative were lured to vote for the non-conservative Romney in 2012 (after which many said never again), they are somehow being lured to vote for the non-conservative Trump in 2016.  That all depends, I suppose, on how much sincerity one think Trump has.] The professional pro-life orgs are too scared to say this, and to admit that everything they have done for the last 40 years to this point has been an abject failure, because doing so might cause their donor money to dry up. So they continue to play the willing sucker again and again and at no point has it been more evident than their embrace of Trump this year. [I think this guy is getting a bit carried away in fervor to make his point. I don’t think the pro-life movement has been an abject, meaning total, failure over the past 40 years.  Successes have been small, and too rare, but they have occurred.  What awesome, unique cultural forces has the pro-life movement faced, that, say, someone supporting tighter immigration controls hasn’t faced, like, virtually all Americans defining their lives around the use of contraception?  Have those had an effect?]

………If you believe that Trump has actual pro-life principles or that he will honor any sort of pledge to only appoint pro-life justices, then you have to be one of the most monumental suckers who has ever lived…… [Again, this is really inconsistent. Somehow he is tarring Trump the outsider as being part of the GOPe that has so failed pro-lifers.  But Trump could actually be perceived as the very reaction this guy seeks, though not in the way he seeks it, agreeing with his preferences.  That is to say, many pro-lifers, agreeing that the GOPe has used and abused them for decades, are now willing to take a flyer on the extremely dubious Trump, who is at least better than the same old same old that has betrayed them over and over.  Again, did this guy advocate the pro-lifers finally punish the GOPe who gave us the pro-abort Romney in 2012?  If not, then it’s not serious, it’s more NeverTrumpism] 

………..Will there ever come a point – and I do mean, literally ever, where the professional pro-life orgs throw up their hands and say, “You know what? We are sick of being played for fools by the Republican Party. They must be actually opposed until they change their ways.” And if that day is ever supposed to come, why not now? If the Trump Farce isn’t enough to make them say “no mas,” then what will be?

The more I read this piece, the more unnerved I became.  At the end, I no longer took it seriously as cri d’couer to the pro-life movement, but just another NeverTrumper seeking to justify his refusal to vote for Trump, and using some pretty ugly psychology on pro-lifers to try to sway them away from Trump, basically ending with calling pro-lifers stupid inbred mouth-breathing flyover dolts who don’t know what’s good for them when we tell them!

Which kind of smug superiority explains at least half of Trump’s support among conservatives in a nutshell.  They are sick of being betrayed, they are sick of being lied to, they feel they have nothing to lose at this point, and so, why not give a total outsider, even one like Trump, a shot?  At least he kneecaps cultural marxism on an almost daily basis, and seems to have a near Reaganesque quality to deflect all the media’s attempts to destroy him.  Historically, how would the pro-life movement been better off if it had abandoned Republicans for…..what?  What alternative was there?  Even the examples he cites in his piece for successful “punishments” of Republican politicians who fell afoul of this special interest in the conservative base or that were only individual House members, never the presidential candidate, let alone an abandonment of an entire party!  I think the author may have tipped his hand as to what he plans to do should Trump win……..

Telling these folks what stupid idiots they are for supporting Trump smells a lot more like sour grapes and deep fear of diminishing influence than it does anything else.

Look, I never have liked Trump. But I have no alternative but to vote for him at this point, because he is the best of a damnably weak field (at least in my state). I see no point in attacking him.  He’s the nominee, he’s not going to give us an out by dropping out of the race (it was never going to happen), and it looks like he’s going to be quite competitive.  I cannot understand, then, what purpose attacking him or those who support him serves, at this point, at least outside individual self-interest.

Which is a shame, because I think the original point of the piece, that the institutional pro-life movement, especially at the national level, has sold out, is dead on.

What do you think?

h/t reader good ‘ol MFG, who sends so many thought-provoking pieces

PS – At this point, I find any “pro-lifer” who isn’t also completely, totally anti-contraception to be unworthy of the name.

Soylent Green is People – Low Countries Murdering Mentally Ill for Organ Harvesting September 15, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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This actually dates from a few  years ago, but the practice has only grown and spread since then. At least two countries routinely kill people and  then harvest their organs, supposedly according to advance directives but who really knows in many cases?  This is shades of the really bad movie The Island (2005), and the much better movie Soylent Green.  In both cases, societal elites start harvesting other humans to prolong and enhance their own lives.  Given how rapidly this nation has descended into a moral dumpster fire, how long before this becomes openly accepted practice here (because it’s already occurring on a mass scale but rather secretly and under the table):

The idea of coupling euthanasia with organ harvesting and medical experimentation was promoted years ago by the late Jack Kevorkian, but it is now becoming mainstream. Last year, the Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu coauthored a paper in Bioethics arguing that some could be euthanized, “at least partly to ensure that their organs could be donated.” Belgian doctors, in particular, are openly discussing the nexus between euthanasia and organ harvesting. A June 10 press release from Pabst Science Publishers cited four lung transplants in Leuven from donors who died by euthanasia……..

……..Coupling organ donation with euthanasia turns a new and dangerous corner by giving the larger society an explicit stake in the deaths of people with seriously disabling or terminal conditions. Moreover, since such patients are often the most expensive for whom to care, and given the acute medical resource shortages we face, one need not be a prophet to see the potential such advocacy has for creating a perfect utilitarian storm.

Some might ask, if these patients want euthanasia, why not get some good out of their deaths? After all, they are going to die anyway.

But coupling organ harvesting with mercy killing creates a strong emotional inducement to suicide, particularly for people who are culturally devalued and depressed and, indeed, who might worry that they are a burden on loved ones and society. People in such an anguished mental state could easily come to believe (or be persuaded) that asking for euthanasia and organ donation would give a meaning to their deaths that their lives could never have……. [And there is evidence this is already happening, where rates of euthanasia coupled with organ harvesting have skyrocketed in nations where such is legal.  There are a lot of people around who would have no compunction killing to extend their own life.  Coupled with a societal movement towards using human beings as replacement parts for other human beings, and this can, and almost certainly will, lead to horrific abuses and people being killed simply because someone else wants/needs their organs.]

……….People with serious disabilities should be alarmed. The message that is being broadcast with increasing brazenness out of Belgium is that their deaths are worth more than their lives.

Ummm, culture of death?  What else would one expect from a culture that slaughters millions of babies a year, and thinks nothing of it?  If their parts were bigger/more suitable, why not put all those murdered babies to productive use?

None of this is surprising.  It’s just what happens when a people, nation, society, whatever, decide to forget about God and elevate themselves to the role.  It’s the oldest temptation of them all, the original temptation.  But hell has always followed in its wake.  The Nazis thought some people simply didn’t have the right to live, and could be experimented on and harvested for whatever they saw fit.

But we’re so much different and better than them.

San Antonio Archdiocese Slams Pro-Aborts Pretend Catholics September 14, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, It's all about the $$$, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church.
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Oh dear, there must be a presidential election coming up, because the pro-abort pretend Catholics have surfaced again, flush with George Soros’ money, to try to justify their heresy and suck others into the diabolical cult of baby-murder.  Seriously, we almost never hear from these people save for a few months prior to a presidential election.

At any rate, they’ve spent a bundle of Soros’ cash to buy ads in newspapers across the country.  In San Antonio, I will say the archdiocese reacted with unusual, if welcome, vigor to this direct assault on the integrity of the Faith:

The Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio strongly and swiftly condemned a full-page Catholics for Choice advertisement in the San Antonio Express-News that claimed “public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value.” [A perfectly diabolical inversion of the Truth.  One thing that is rather happy to see is the steady aging of this cohort that pretends one can hold heretical views on all manner of subjects and still claim to be “Catholic.  This perverse generation that holds that Doctrine is totally unimportant and one can believe in whatever moral atrocity they choose is simply not replacing itself.  The few children they’ve had simply don’t even bother with a religion their parents so firmly claim believes nothing, and many others have been convinced of this dread error besides.  The future will be a much smaller, but a much more faithful Church, if we can get past the terror of the present pontificate]

Catholics for Choice’s ad contained “inaccurate information which must be corrected, since it misrepresents the truth and what the Catholic Church believes and teaches,” the Archdiocese of San Antonio posted on its website the same day the ad appeared.

“This misrepresentation is demonstrated by their statement that ‘Public funding for abortion is a Catholic social justice value,’” the statement continued. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The Archdiocese stressed that the dissident group, which is funded by leftist billionaire George Soros, “does not speak for the Catholic Church.” When it undertook a similar media campaign in Colorado two years ago, the state’s bishops opposed it.

“For more than 2,000 years, the Church has steadfastly proclaimed that respect for all human life at every stage is foundational to the Catholic faith,” the Archdiocese explained. “Abortion from the earliest tradition of the Church has been considered immoral.” The statement pointed to the magisterial document Donum Vitae (“The Gift of Life”) as one example of this.

It is our hope that one day Catholics for Choice will take the time to acquaint themselves with basic Catholic teachings, and acknowledge the truth of the Catholic faith, and not choose to misrepresent her teachings with false and inaccurate information and ads that only work to confuse and mislead the public,” the statement concluded…….[No kidding.  No matter the attempts to resurrect the discredited “seamless garment,” anyone who not only finds nothing morally offensive in abortion, but feels that everyone should have to pay for it through their taxes, is simply outside the Faith.  Period, end of sentence.]

Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., is the Archbishop of San Antonio.

Houston-based Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a group of Anglicans who were brought into full Communion with the Catholic Church while being allowed to retain some of their customs, said, “The biggest falsehood in these advertisements is the statement that ‘as a Catholic’ a person can respect and support a decision to kill an unborn person. The insinuation that Catholic faith can lead a person to sanction something which is always and everywhere a moral evil is fraudulent, deceitful, and simply wrong.” [Agreed.  But why not call a spade a spade and let them know they are at least manifest, if not formal (because, c’mon, who really wonders if child murder might be OK with God?) heretics?]

……. For the first time in history, the 2016 Democratic party platform supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits public funding of abortions. Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine, who claims to be a “devout Catholic” yet has a 100 percent voting record in the senate and supports same-sex “marriage,” and the Clinton campaign have made conflicting statements about whether Kaine supports repealing the Hyde Amendment.

As good as the above is, until the Church starts to really severely condemn contraception as it still, at least for the most part, in this country, does abortion, we’ll never even begin to be rid of it.  Contraception is the fuel that keeps the natural and supernatural conflagration of abortion burning.

The party of death is rapidly transitioning into a party of naked leftist evil.  As they are wont to do.  And yet the powers that be in the culture, like the NFL and NCAA, which are really infuriating me, are pretending as if things like killing cops and allowing sexual predators into little girls’ bathrooms is not only acceptable, but such a moral imperative that they will go to great lengths to punish anyone who disagrees, like the state of North Carolina.  Even two years ago allowing men to use women’s restrooms in public wasn’t even on the radar of national debate and now it’s a moral imperative, a “settled issue” like supposed climate change?!?  Who is pulling the NCAA’s (and Atlantic Coast Conference, and NBA, and……..) strings on this?!?

We are witnessing a revolution in end game, and people like Catholics for Choice are just willing dupes to political puppet masters like George Soros.

h/t reader TT

Protest National Institutes of Health Plan to Create Human-Animal Hybrids September 6, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, different religion, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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This kind of thing will not end well.  If scienticians, playing god, keep messing around with this kind of fundamental stuff, they are going to someday unleash some nightmare upon the world which could lead to a crisis of biblical proportions.  Many feel they already have released far too much, but I’m talking about something on another level that could lead to a massive pandemic or worse.  When you start to try to grow part human, part animal beings, even at a cellular level, in a petri dish, the practical consequences – let alone the offense against God and the dignity of man – could be well-nigh unimaginable.  And while I’m sure every precaution will be taken, accidents happen, containment gets broken, and then…….people die.

Pestilence was which horse of the Apocalypse, again?

The NIH is still accepting public comments through today.  You can submit a comment here.  A sample comment is at the bottom of this post.  A bit more on the situation:

The National Institute of Health is going to end its moratorium against funding for the creation and development of chimeras (part human, part animal beings).

This means that, for the first time, the Federal government will begin spending taxpayer dollars on the destruction of human life to create a part human, part animal being that destroys the distinctions God created between humans and nonhumans.

However, there is still a brief window of time to voice your opposition to this egregious offense against God.

Your immediate action is needed to send the NIH your written opposition. Public comments are being accepted for two more days and comments will close Tuesday, September 6th.

That means we only have one more day to ask the NIH to desist. Please don’t wait, it takes only a minute and we have only one day left.

Use the form at the following link and copy and paste the message below. Then, forward this alert to as many people as you can. Finally, PRAY.

The Catholic bishops of North Carolina have issued a statement condemning this research and encouraging Catholics to protest.  The Diocese of Raleigh seems to be taking the lead in this.

The sample message:

I object strongly to the NIH’s proposal to rescind its moratorium on funding of research involving human-animal chimeras.  I do not want my tax dollars being used for grossly unethical research involving the creation and manipulation of part-human, part-animal beings whose very existence blurs the line between humans and non-human animals.  This proposed research raises all the ethical problems of human embryonic stem cell research in general and serious additional problems related to the creation of human-animal beings with partly or substantially human brains.

I strongly urge you to maintain the current moratorium on funding research involving the creation and manipulation of human-animal chimeras.

I’m a bit more agnostic about GMO than many readers, but I see very little good that will come of this compared to the enormous downside, especially since it will involve the intentional destruction of human life to create these monstrosities.

Regarding modern sciencism’s war on God, read The Last Superstition by Edward Feser.  Many, many scientists seem to display a serious god-complex, seeking to usurp the real One while they arrogate to themselves works only proper to the Almighty.  That’s a subject for a different post, but most definitely closely related to this one.

Cardinal Burke Comes Out, Cryptically, for Trump? September 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, catachesis, contraception, episcopate, General Catholic, Immigration, Society, true leadership, Virtue.
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No, not at all by name, but he does seem to inveigh against -as a matter of prudence – voting for third parties or writing in a name on the ballot.  His comments seem to endorse the position that one is obligated to vote for the best candidate that has a chance to win, not simply the best candidate.  This is his prudential judgment, of course, meaning it is not something that binds on conscience, but it does seem to be the majority opinion among some of the better Catholic leaders – lay and clergy – today:

Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the most outspoken defenders on Catholic teaching regarding life, marriage, sexuality, and the family, weighed in on the upcoming U.S. election, telling reporters that the faithful must vote for the candidate who will do the most to “advance” the protection of human life, defense of the family, respect for freedom, and care for the poor.

“I think that what we have to do in this time is to look at both candidates to see if one of them will not, at least in some way, advance the common good, both with respect to the good of human life, the good of the family, the freedom of conscience, the care of the poor, and to look at that very carefully,” the Cardinal told reporters during an international teleconference conducted by Carmel Communications and attended by LifeSiteNews………

……..“More than likely the judgment will be that neither candidates ideally answers these questions all in the way that we want. But given the nature of our government, can we in conscience support one of the candidates, at least, who, while maybe [he or she] doesn’t support everything that we believe and know is important, will at least support it to a certain extent with the hope that that candidate can be convinced to embrace evermore fully the common good,” he said.

Burke warned Catholics against not voting at all and against the practice of writing in the name of a preferred candidate on the ballot, saying it could inadvertently cause the election of a candidate who does not respect life, family, and freedom. [He seems to be drawing a distinction between the two major candidates throughout, giving something of an endorsement to one, and warning against the other, without mentioning names.  I’m sure you can discern which is which]

“And I understand these sentiments very well. But one also has to be very prudent, and know that by not voting at all you are probably favoring one candidate or another,” he said, adding that even if Catholics wrote in the name of a favored candidate, it would be unlikely for such a person to become elected.

“The moral weight to voting is indeed very heavy. In other words, every vote counts,” he said.

Burke urged Catholics to study carefully the positions of both running candidates before voting.

“Those are difficult considerations, and I don’t say any of this in a kind of easy way. But I do think that Catholics especially need to be very cautious and not simply opting out, or good pro-life people and good pro-family people, simply just throwing up their hands. I would just urge them to study the position of both candidates, to the fullest possible degree, to see whether or not one of them will not advance, at least to some degree, restoration of the civilization of life and love in our country.”

I take this as a call to support Trump. Obviously, Hillary is a non-starter on a whole range of issues, the most horrifying of which is her unlimited support for abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy and possibly with state funding.

I’m sure the Trump fans will be gratified by this.  Since the Constitution Party failed to make the Texas ballot, I really have no choice at this point.

I Repudiate Thee, UT August 31, 2016

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Becoming a convicted Catholic has, as I’ve mentioned a number of times, required me to change my beliefs on a broad range of subjects.  I have tried to do this to the best of my ability, and it remains an ongoing project.  One small area where I’ve changed my thinking quite dramatically is with regard to my college alma mater.  I loved going to UT, even though engineering school was hell (first day, all the freshman ME majors are brought into a room.  The instructor says: look to your left, look to your right, those people will not graduate with you.  And that was an understatement).  I loved the town, I loved the giant, impersonal campus, I loved the sink or swim attitude, the absolute absence of hand-holding, I loved the sports, I loved Bevo, I loved almost all of it.

One of the few things I did not love, however, was the preponderance of liberal knuckleheads.  It’s a misnomer commonly spread by Aggies, who in their ignorance don’t know any better, that everyone at UT is a liberal.  That is far from true.  There is (or was) a very strong conservative undercurrent, especially in the ROTC and Greek communities and certain academic departments.  UT has one of the largest Greek communities in the country, in terms of total population (if not as a percentage of the student body).  The engineering and business schools were also centers of conservatism on campus, at least 20 years ago.  But, overall, it is true, UT had a decided liberal bent, especially among the jackass West Campus types, mostly majoring in some waste of time liberal arts major (sorry if I have hurt your feelings).

Back then, before the internet, however, we could largely pretend they didn’t exist.  On campus, the only time I ever encountered silly liberals was when I had to walk past the Undergraduate Library (the worst place to study on campus) and across Guadalupe to get to the frat house.  That area, called the “West Mall,” was always filled with boneheads. But, since I lived so far off campus and drove every day, that almost never happened.  And Lord knows, none of you ever came to our corner of the campus, at Speedway and 26th, where the engineering and hard sciences were located.  Aside from an odd party or two, the two worlds almost never met.

About the only time we would learn of some leftist idiocy, was when it would appear in the pages of The Daily Texan, after the fact.

But back to my original point. My feelings regarding UT today are decidedly different, ranging from half-hearted at best to outright hostility at times.  I still have very fond memories, I know UT prepared me exceedingly well for many aspects of life, not so much what I learned in engineering school, which largely had nothing to do with practical, day-to-day engineering, but by learning how to function in the world without help, without backup, without mom or dad or counselor or kind professor there to hold your hand and pat you on the head and tell you everything will be OK, like they do at A&M.  It prepared me for a cold, hard, uncaring world.  And, UT rightly deserves its reputation as a top-rank public institution with very strong faculty and facilities, especially the very high-tech JJ Pickle Research Campus in north Austin, which I frequented a number of times even as an undergraduate.

Far more importantly, however, I met my wife there.  No other event shaped the course of my life, and helped insure I would arrive at the point I am at today, than that.

But, overall, I feel in many respects coldly disaffected from my alma mater. The beliefs so commonly taught there (and I think the politicization of academics, the leftist propaganda, is much, much deeper than it was 20 years ago), the immoral behaviors, the hookup culture that is EVERYWHERE in colleges today, the endless threats to the Faith: I just don’t think I could, in good conscience, allow my kids to go there.  Or almost any other major university, for that matter. While I can say: “I made it through there, even as something of a pagan, and so it can’t be that bad,” I know, in many respects, I just got lucky.  If it hadn’t been for my wife and her prayers (and those of her mother, RIP), I could just as easily be a dead, divorced addict.  UT didn’t cause my addiction, but it certainly didn’t help it, either.

I just see so many problems. For one thing, the Newman Center at UT has always been atrocious.  It was awful 25 years ago, and remains so today, from what I understand.  There is no St. Mary’s, a la A&M, to help bolster the faith of a young person far from home (not that I’m comfortable sending my kids there, either). I know how I behaved at UT as a young nominal protestant…….I sure do not wish that on my kids.

When I see things like the below, however, which I really can’t even share without violating the standards of this blog (you are warned), it just clinches the matter for me.  I know that even today, UT is not entirely dominated by idiot liberals, but, still………what the blankety blank do sex toys have to do with concealed carry?  What idiot thought this up, and, even more, gave permission for this demonstration, right on the very steps of the administration building?

Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.

Organizers said the sex toys were used Wednesday to mock what they consider an absurd notion that guns should be allowed in academic settings. The law took effect Aug. 1.

Students and faculty at the Austin campus fiercely opposed allowing license holders to carry their concealed handguns to class. One prominent dean left the school after the law passed in 2015. Several faculty members attended the rally.

Organizers said they distributed more than 4,500 free sex toys.
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Is that supposed to be burnt orange?  You're doing it wrong.

Is that supposed to be burnt orange? You’re doing it wrong.

Lying, immoral hypocrites. You want to know how I make that judgment call?  Because, from experience, I can be morally certain that 99% of these individuals are fervent pro-aborts, having absolutely no problem with baby murder, and in fact being passionately in favor of it.  This in spite of the fact that there are 3-day weekends with more babies killed than are murdered by firearms in an entire year in this country.  And that doesn’t even begin to touch on the millions killed by chemical abortion through use of the pill, etc.

This is diabolical disorientation defined, just totally freaking out over people exercising their natural right to self defense responsibly, while being just as passionate (how many of these same people were involved in the satanic protests against anti-abortion legislation in 2013?) that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the mass slaughter – a practical genocide – of perfectly innocent babies.  And these are the “educators,” the formers of young minds.

No thanks.  I repudiate thee, UT.  Get your money somewhere else.

And if you want to research this story more, I suggest you be very careful, as most articles are carrying explicit images of the sexual devices distributed there – nearly 5,000, apparently.  It seems the UT administration has absolutely no problem with the moral corruption of the youth in its charge.  But, heck, I knew that already.

Zika Virus Just an Excuse for Abortion, Population Control August 31, 2016

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According to the executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 98% of women who contract the Zika virus during pregnancy will give birth to a normal, healthy baby.  Women who contract the virus outside of pregnancy will develop and immunity and have zero potential to transmit the virus to a prenatal infant.  Have you ever heard this before?  Why not?  This is apparently common knowledge in the epidemiology community. Could it be, this is just the latest scare of the week, be it Ebola or Bird Flu or Zika, to push someone’s agenda?  And in this case, is this simply another campaign to exert tremendous pressure on frightened women to have their child killed?

Looks like it:

Abortion advocates have been using the virus and the link to birth defects as an excuse to push for more abortions on babies with disabilities. Some pro-abortion groups in South America even have been scaring women into aborting their unborn babies without knowing if they have Zika or if their unborn baby has a disability.

However, the risk of birth defects is not as great as many appear to believe.

One leading pro-life OB-GYN told World Magazine’s Evan Wilt:

“There is a lot of misunderstanding and unnecessary fear about the Zika virus,” said Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “And, unfortunately, those fears are motivated by politics.”

… Harrison, a board-certified OB-GYN, told me there are real fears associated with Zika, but pro-abortion groups are overhyping the threat.

For a woman to give birth to a baby with microcephaly, Zika infection needs to take place within the first trimester in most cases. Of those women, only 1-2 percent will see birth defects in their babies.

“That means 98 percent of pregnant women infected with the Zika virus will give birth to normal babies,” Harrison said.

She added nonpregnant women who get sick with Zika develop an immunity to the virus.

Research into the virus and the link to birth defects is on-going. Though many mainstream media reports gloss over the research showing a low risk of birth defects, several have confirmed Harrison’s report. The Associated Press previously reported on various research estimating between 1 percent and 15 percent of pregnant women who contracted Zika in the first trimester had babies with birth defects.

[How much does the satanic Planned Barrenhood hate babies?  Let us count the ways……]……….some research efforts in the U.S. have been blocked by Planned Parenthood supporters in the U.S. House and Senate. The pro-abortion legislators have been blocking an aid bill for Zika prevention and researchbecause it does not give money to a few Planned Parenthood facilities in Puerto Rico.

The abortion giant Planned Parenthood has been heavily involved in Zika-related politics in the U.S. Currently, Planned Parenthood is sending staffers to knock on women’s doors in Miami, Florida to talk about the Zika virus, according to the Miami Herald. They also are giving pregnant women “Zika kits” and informational fliers.

In April, a Planned Parenthood activist said women who are pregnant and contract the virus ought to be able to abort their potentially disabled babies. The abortion activists called killing such babies a “human right.”

Whatever it takes to sell the narrative, even if the narrative is extolling the benefits of a million and a half murdered babies a year.  One can only imagine how lost, narcissistic, and downright evil a culture has to be for that sell to go anywhere, but as we see again and again, go somewhere it does.  Every year, nearly a million gallons of baby blood are spilled, legally, in this country.  Sandra Day O’Connor was right, this is a nation that has built itself around sexual license made possible by contraception and abortion over the past 50 years.

How long do we think we can get away with endlessly insulting God, permitting roughly 3500 satanic sacrifices a day of His most beloved creation?

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Evil Genius Soros Has Been a Busy Man: Buying Episcopal Support, Aiding Planned Barrenhood August 25, 2016

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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.

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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?

 

Our Sick Culture…….Woman Admits Bill Clinton a Rapist, Claims Still “A Good Guy” August 17, 2016

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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.

 

CONFIRMED: FW Bishop Olson OK’d Pro-Abort, Pro-Immorality Rep. Veasey to Speak at FW Parish August 17, 2016

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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.