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Soon, the law may well define marital relations as rape…… April 29, 2016

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……..or any other instance of the marital act, which is not accompanied by evidence that determines that one (almost certainly, the male) had “affirmative consent” to each increasing step of intimacy.  That is to say, the militant lesbian feminist effort to have all heterosexual intercourse defined as rape – which they have declared to be the case for decades – is about to achieve fruition, thanks to a friendly administration and a world that has lost its mind:

Adults may soon find their sex lives regulated to the point where nearly every sexual encounter is defined as rape unless neither party reports the activity.

The American Law Institute will vote in May on whether to adopt a model penal code that would make “affirmative consent” the official position of the organization. Affirmative consent — or “yes means yes” — policies have already been adopted by many colleges and universities, and have been passed as law in California and New York.

A source within ALI has confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the model penal code on sexual assault that was discussed at last year’s meeting will be voted on at their annual meeting this coming May…….

……..Should the code be adopted, it will be the official position of ALI that sex assault laws should be updated, and the group’s influence may persuade federal and state legislatures to foist affirmative consent onto the general population.

The policies only apply at this time to college students, and require those students to engage in a question-and-answer session each time they engage in any kind of sexual activity. Those policies are already branding students as rapists due to the fact that the policies have been used to shift the burden of proof onto accused students. This means an accused student has to prove a crime didn’t occur rather than an accuser proving a crime did occur, as is the norm in civilized society. [You call a society that has murdered millions of inconvenient infants civilized?  We haven’t been civilized in a hundred years or more]

Under affirmative consent policies, there is no way to actually prove such consent was obtained. [Unless one has a lawyer-written consent form with check boxes for each act engaged in.  Or videotapes the entire encounter, which ought to lead to a field day for the porn sites, once those tapes inevitably find their way to the internet] Students are required under the policies to ask permission for each level of sexual activity. So a typical sexual encounter would cease to be a passionate act and instead become a contractual, question-and-answer session.  From the moment any physical contact is about to be made, one person must begin asking for permission.

“May I touch you here?” “May I kiss you?” “May I kiss you here?” and the like would all be required questions under such policies……..

…….Besides turning every sexually active person in America into a rapist (and a rape victim) overnight, the affirmative consent policy would be a disaster in divorce court. Accusations of child abuse already fly in bitter divorces, and giving angry spouses a cudgel like this would do major damage (but would be a boon to divorce and trial attorneys, like many of the members of ALI).

Because that’s what this is really about, right? Lining the pockets of lawyers who apparently have no concern for the presumption of innocence, due process or commonsense.

I’ve argued for years that the Left has engaged in a largely silent, but very effective bargain, with an increasing swath of the populace.  The bargain has been, to this point, essentially this: you give us power over every other aspect of your lives, and we’ll create a world where you can engage in your every sexual whim, no matter how perverse or harmful.

But now we see, as with everything else the Left promises, that was all a lie.  Now that they have just about achieved their total control over the economy, academia, the schools, the media, the entertainment industry, the military, and just about everything else, they are yanking back at least some of the sexual license they promised.  At least, that’s one way to read this exchange, which I believe was inevitable, given the competing demands of the leftist coalition.

Oh, they’re still totally in favor of complete license for the most extremely perverse members of their base, but those people don’t make up nearly enough numbers to achieve reliable political/electoral dominance.  The bait and switch, then, is not being pulled on the sodomites or the mentally ill “transgenders,” but on the millions of “straight” people who have leaned hard left in order to garner more liberal divorce laws, freedom to fornicate, contraception, abortion, and all the rest.  And don’t think those inducements have been incidental to the left-wing ascendance.  I believe they have been central to it.

Eventually, they’ll come for the perverts as well, but they are presently too useful to the Left in their drive to destroy marriage and the family to act against them.  So they’ll start by so encumbering marital relations as to make them at least fraught with dangers, if not impossible.  This will put more pressure on failing marriages, lead to more men being imprisoned over dubious divorce claims, and strike ever harder at the father-led family.  Win win, as they say.

Meh, these thoughts aren’t terribly cogent, but I’m out of time.  Finally get to assist at Friday Mass, for the first time in almost a month.  Have a blessed weekend.

Christ or Chaos: Rejecting Christ does not result in cool rationalist enlightenment, it results in barbarism April 29, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, history, horror, Liturgical Year, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sickness, silliness, The End.
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Sorry I haven’t posted much of late.  It’s been an interesting week.  I’m doubly sorry for not posting much from The Liturgical Year, such a treasure of Catholic thought.  Rectifying both, here is a bit from Gueranger’s writing on Pope St. Gregory VII, the great Hildebrand who rescued the Church from the grip of barbarism and the tyranny of the secularizing state.  Gregory VII, more than anyone else, set the stage for the exaltation of Christendom which occurred in the 12th and 13th centuries.  Now, 800 years later, the West – the creation of Christendom –  has grown old and tired, and seeks to die.  What comes in its place will not be happy, it will be hell, which is exactly what you get when you reject Christianity en masse.  Even though written 150 years ago, the excerpt below paints a grim and prophetic vision of the future, one playing out before our eyes.

From pp. 386-7 of The Liturgical Year Vol. 8:

…….Governments have rebelled against the spiritual power; they have thrown off obedience to the Vicar of Christ; they have refused to acknowledge the control of any authority over earth.  The people, on their part, have revolted against their governments, that is, against a power which has ceased to have any visible and sacred connection with God; and this twofold revolt is now hurrying society on to destruction.

This world belongs to Christ, for He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords (I Tim vi:15), and to Him hath been given all power in heaven and in earth (St. Matt xxviii:18).  It matters not who they may be that rebel against Him – be they kings or be they people, they must inevitably be chastised, just as were the Jewish people who said in their pride: “We will not have this Man to reign over us!” (St. Luke xix:14).  Pray, O Gregory, for this world which thou didst rescue from barbarism, and which is now striving to relapse into degradation.  The men of this generation are ever talking of liberty; it is in the name of this pretended liberty that they have unchristianized society; and the only means now left for maintaining order is outward violence and force.  Thou didst triumph over brute force by making the laws of right acknowledged and loved; thou gavest the world what it had lost – the liberty of the sons of God, the liberty of doing one’s duty – and it lasted for ages.  O come, noble-hearted pontiff! and aid this time of ours!  Beseech our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive the wickedness of them that have driven Him form the world, and scoff at His threat of returning on the day of His triumph and His justice.

Yes, pray to Him to have mercy on the thousands among us who call themselves Christians, and perhaps are so, yet who are led astray by the absurd sophistry of the times, by blind prejudice, by a godless education, by high-sounding and vague words, and who call by the name of progress the system of keeping men as far as possible form the end for which God has created them.  

———–End Quote———–

I don’t think that last paragraph can be stressed too much.  We  live in times awash in absurd sophistry, guided by a false science that assumed – by deliberate, malicious intent, starting 300 years ago – that anything that could not be inspected, weighed, and measured, did not exist*.  Thus, the new scientists, who nowadays conduct themselves like the high priests of a diabolic religion, determined from the outset that God was dubious and distant, at best, and it was no time before they concluded He is non-existent. They discounted all miracles and the incredible testimony of millions of faithful souls going back centuries.  They cut the beating heart out of Europe, in favor of the new religion they envisioned themselves – or their heirs – leading.

This new religion of sciencism was married to a new political force – progressivism or leftism.  In fact, the two have always existed in symbiotic relationship.  As one “advances,” so does the other.  As science began its long descent from noble profession founded on reason, with theology as her queen, it constantly provided new bases upon which to attack the old, existing order of Christendom.  Rationalism, materialism, deism, enlightenment philosophism, evolutionism, modernism……the more radical the claims of science became, the more radical their political allies in the progressive wing became. Their attacks were always always always first and foremost directed against Christianity, that is, the Church.  Yes they have had many other targets but the prize has always been Rome.

As more and more of the old order was overthrown and replaced with a radical, new, and largely godless one (with various paeans given to “freedom of religion” or “freedom of worship” from time to time, to calm the fears of the masses),  it was declared more and more loudly that progress was finally being achieved, that man was finally and irrevocably on the ascent, that the religion that had kept him held down for so long was finally being crushed, or at least put in its place. But the claims of success are solipsisms, and the crushing of religion must become ever more severe in order for the next great “advance” to take place.  Thus, religion must be driven from the schools, to better indoctrinate the children in godlessness, then it must be driven from public square, then the marriage bed, and finally, driven out entirely.

That just about brings us up to the present day.  And now that religion – I should say, Christianity, because false religions are just peachy with the Left – has been all but driven from the public square, now that sciencism is everywhere ascendant, is the world the great paradise of peaceful, cool, kind, rational individuals we’ve always been promised, if God could only be killed?

Hardly.  The entire premise was false, as it was inspired by evil and founded in error.  Reject God, and you don’t get peaceful coexistence, you get a new barbarism.  Or you get overrun by islam.  Christ or Chaos – the world can have one, or the other.  The choice the world has made has been obvious.  Instead of Christ, we get this:

It’s staggering there was actually a time when this commercial would have been anything but wretch inducing.

But I guess I’ve said this about 400 times already.  Boring, much?

 

 

 

Francis: “Obstinate Christians are rebels and idolators” April 25, 2016

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And what makes you obstinate?  Apparently, adhering to the constant belief and practice of the Faith.  Put more harshly, but I think it can be fairly argued, more honestly: opposing Francis’ program to radically remake the Church is, to his mind, being sinful.  But whom, precisely, is being idolatrous here?  Those who cling to the very Word of Jesus Christ about something like marriage, wherein He plainly declared that having more than one living spouse at the same time (“divorce” or no) was adultery, or the new doctrine of Francis?

How similar is this “new wine” we’re being sold to the vinegar of a Robert Tilton?

Via The Remnant:

The Pope’s words:  “Christians who obstinately maintain ‘it’s always been done this way,’ this is the path, this is the street—they sin: the sin of divination. It’s as if they went about by guessing: ‘What has been said and what doesn’t change is what’s important; what I hear—from myself and my closed heart—more than the Word of the Lord.’ Obstinacy is also the sin of idolatry: the Christian who is obstinate sins! The sin of idolatry. ‘And what is the way, Father?’ Open the heart to the Holy Spirit, discern what is the will of God….This is the message the Church gives us today. This is what Jesus says so forcefully: ‘New wine in new wineskins.’ Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God…” READ REPORT HERE

Note the language: this is what “the Church” gives us.  That’s a slick bit of sleight of hand.

Note also the stark dichotomy: adhering to the constant Magisterial belief of the Church is false divination, but going around”discerning the Spirit” willy-nilly is not.  How the Spirit is to be discerned from the false spirit of the world, and the wiles of satan, absent the guidance of the Doctrine of the Faith, is not mentioned, obviously, because it would obliterate the argument.  One might be tempted to keep in mind the dictum that leftists always project, as in project their own psychoses, faults, and biases, onto others, especially their perceived enemies.

And once again we see Francis seemingly pitting the Holy Ghost against Himself. On its face – and let’s be truthful, this is far from the first time – he is either proclaiming that God can radically change His mind and contradict Himself – in which case He would no longer be God – or He is setting forth a dangerous new, deconstructive (but thoroughly modernist) approach to Doctrine and its definition, which posits that there basically have been no dogmatic definitions (this would be similar to the arguments of the atrocious American theologian Dr. Rick Gaillardetz (that’s just one post – search his name and find three dozen more)), so popes can simply make things up as they go along.  Either will have the effect of spreading mass confusion, scandal, and defections from the Faith.  This kind of stuff is the most powerful corrosive imaginable with regard to the doctrinal integrity of the Church.

The only real question that remains in my mind is, feature or bug?  Not that it matters, the effect is the same.

I questioned whether to post this or not, as I am trying to avoid pounding on Francis when formal teaching is not in play, but this was so clear, so revealing, and so egregious, I thought it merited posting.  It is revealing in what it says about his intent, and how he views the Doctrine of the Faith.  I don’t mean to be repetitive, nor stir up scandal.  I know many of us have been forced to draw difficult and uncomfortable conclusions. While I try to keep my head down regarding this pontificate as much as possible (to the extent that I read virtually zero Catholic blogs anymore), I can’t just bury my head in the sand ever deeper as this pontificate reveals itself more and more. Some things need to be examined.  This is one of them.

One of the infinite number of tragedies surrounding Francis is his Trump-like tendency to cause even very small divisions in belief to stand out like mountainous divides.  People of good will fall on different sides of whether, and to what extent, to point out the rank novelties and grave dangers emanating from Rome since March 2013.  It’s been painful for me to endure some splits with folks over the things I say and write. I’ve got to do what I feel called to do.  That’s about all I can say on that.

Amoris Laetitia is a direct attack on the heart of the Faith April 22, 2016

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So says longtime reader and now blogger docmx001 below.  I am forced to agree.  But doc goes further, noting what propels this attack: a near-total diabolical disorientation among the top leadership of the Church, the horrific errors of which cause them to look on marriage not as a tremendous gift and blessing, but as an empty drudge to be fought through for a few years before moving on to the next one, equally pointless attempt.

It’s a perfect encapsulation of the nihilist existentialism of the left which has infected so much of the Church, especially the clergy and episcopate, and it’s a very, very bad sign for the future (my emphasis and comments):

Traditional marriage (the only kind of marriage that exists, BTW) is being trashed in a way that has that element of diabolical inversion that I speak of frequently.  I see it happening on two levels here.

First, marriage is dragged down to the pit by those who want to see irregular unions normalized.  And I haven’t even touched on the same-sex nonsense that is promulgated in here. [That would be, Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia]For now, I’m just talking about second “marriages”.  We are told of the “grace” they contain.  We are told of the “worse sin” of renouncing the union, or even, perish the thought, remaining in the union but with perfect chastity. [Which union, however, would remain disordered if conducted in a “live together” situation, due to the constant temptation such proximity would represent]

Second,  while at the same time dragging down traditional marriage, they also hold it up as a nearly impossible to achieve ideal, and it’s done in a way that insults the sacrament at the same time.  In calling marriage a “lifelong burden” (AL36), the mask comes off, and we see plainly that the authors are completely lost.  They are trying to blame-shift the sin of Adultery onto the sacrament of Marriage itself. The sacrament is culpable, the sinner is not.  Unbelievable. [One of the most penetrating comments I’ve read on this whole sorry mess.  That is exactly true, it is the Sacrament – and by connection, God – that is being blamed for the difficulty here, in expecting “too much” from people, even though millions of souls have for 2000 years managed to live perfectly in accord with those expectations (while admitting that many have struggled at times, too)]

Another axiom from Chesterton comes to mind:  “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”

Stay with me, because this is KEY to understanding what is really going on here, and just how much poo poo we are in.  The people who wrote this garbage are so far gone, so mired in sin, so far removed from living the gospel, so far removed from even TRYING to live the gospel, that they truly think it isn’t possible.  It’s just too darn difficult, so we need to slather it with “mercy” and change God’s will. [I think that’s certainly a huge part of it.  But I increasingly wonder just how innocent of motive some of these men are, and how many are deliberately attacking what they know – or should know, or strongly suspect – to be the Truth due to their fealty to a different, competing “truth” – the religion of sexular leftism.  Having said that, I have no doubt that many of these leaders who are seeking to remake the Church into an indifferentist, worldly religion are doing so because they are mired in grave sin themselves, and simply cannot imagine giving that sin up.  We all have a tendency to project our own faults and limitations onto others, but it’s a veritable immutable characteristic of the “progressive,” where entire world-views are constructed around personal sin and the desire to pretend it isn’t.  Thus, transgender bathrooms and pseudo-sodo-marriage.]

You think I’m judging?  Then try to come up with another explanation for what’s going on here. I mean, if the beautiful concept of remaining faithfully married for a lifetime is soooo hard, that it’s only an “Ideal” that is nearly impossible to achieve, just think what other wretched filth has blackened the souls of these men.

Indeed.  Once one leaps into the abyss, there is no end to the darkness.  Whether intentional or not – and I am dubious as to the latter – Amoris Laetitia represents a shocking, unprecedented assault on the Faith from the man most charged to protect and uphold it.  It is almost unbelievable that a pope would write such things, but there it is, for all the world to see.

Docmx001 follows the above with some perceptive comments about the experience many of us have had in leaving sin behind, and how vital openness to the Truth was in whatever degree of progress we’ve managed to make in undoing much self-inflicted harm.  But there are those so lost in sin, so attached to the world and its master, that it is impossible, absent a miracle of Grace, for them to even envision that it might be possible to live another way.  I know at one time – thank God it was brief – I had pretty much concluded I would die in active addiction, that there was no way I could ever get clean.

When I did finally make a real break with drugs and alcohol, the amazing thing was, I wasn’t even particularly motivated to get clean.  It’s not something I did, it was something that happened to me.  It was Grace.  Grace that stemmed from the prayers of many good people, and, I’m especially convinced, my deceased mother-in-law.

So we do have a duty to pray for these men, no matter what evil they visit upon themselves and millions of others, that Grace may convert a Schoenborn, Rodriguez-Maradiaga, Tagle, or, yes, Bergoglio from their wretched ways and bring them to the Light of Jesus Christ.  I know it’s very hard to work up much charity for these men, seeing the destruction they so intentionally wreak, but I do pray for all of them and many others every day.  I pray the great saintly bishops and popes of the past will, through their intercession, work a miracle of conversion that results in our poor excuses for leaders today emulating the great Saints of the past.  I feel it a duty in charity, and the best recourse available to change such hardened hearts.

But one does, normally, have to have a glimmer of faith, a smidgen of belief, for this to work.  Even when lost in drugs, I knew Jesus Christ was God and that I was doing wrong.  With these men, it’s hard to see any openness to Grace, and God will, generally, not force himself on the totally unwilling.  God does, however, in rare cases, work conversion based not on the faith of the recipient, but on the faith of those praying for them.  Thus, we should never abandon all hope for these souls, even while we are dismayed and scandalized by them on an almost daily basis.

Check out Doc’s blog. It’s a good one.

Quick Hits – Boycott Target, Perverts for Equality, the Millenial Divorce Paradox April 21, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Quick Hits – Boycott Target, Perverts for Equality, the Millenial Divorce Paradox

Cleaning out the inbox, a few quick hits for this Thursday arvonoon.  First up, Target has decided to let mentally unstable men into women’s rest rooms at all of their stores. Time for a boycott:

The American Family Association is calling for a boycott of Target after the retail giant said it would allow men to use the women’s restrooms and dressing rooms in their stores.

On its web site this week, Target announced, “[W]e welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. …Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”

This means a man can simply say he “feels like a woman today” and enter the women’s restroom…even if young girls or women are already in there. [This has occurred far too many times already]

Target’s policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims. And with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women’s bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?

Clearly, Target’s dangerous new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters. We think many customers will agree. And we think the average Target customer is willing to pledge to boycott Target stores until it makes protecting women and children a priority. Target should keep separate facilities for men and women, but for the trans community and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone, a single occupancy unisex bathroom option should be provided. [Why?  This is precisely the problem. The longer we continue to reinforce these people’s grave mental problems and call them not just acceptable, but perfectly normal, the longer they will remain mired in a misery that will claim 30-40% of their lives through suicide, STD, or drug overdose. This is not charity, it is the cowardice masquerading as thoughtful concern.]

Take Action

Sign the pledge to boycott Target now! Target should not allow men to enter the women’s restrooms and dressing rooms.

After you sign the pledge, contact Target and let them know you’ve signed the Pledge. Call Target Guest Relations at 1-800-440-0680.

Next up, it seems one of the major figures pushing for dramatically increasing the risk of rape of women and children through his opposition to North Carolina’s sensible public restroom policy is himself a convicted boy rapist:

In late 2015, the Washington State Human Rights Commission quietly put forward a new rule requiring all public establishments to grant locker room, shower, and bathroom access to any individual, at any time, regardless of that individual’s biological realities.

The rule, which also curbed concerned citizens’ legal ability to ask “unwelcome questions” of an individual if they felt uncomfortable, has since been attempted in various forms and fashions in cities and states across the country.

When the Charlotte, N.C. City Council passed their version of the open-facilities ordinance earlier this year, the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce led the charge to make it happen.

And leading the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce was convicted sex offender Chad Sevearance-Turner.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported that Chad Sevearance-Turner had been a youth minister at a church in Gaffney, South Carolina.  Sevearance-Turner was charged and convicted for “committing or attempting a lewd act upon a child under 16,” after taking advantage of a teenage church member while the child slept. [That’s what we’ve devolved to in this country – a moral climate where the perverse and sick dictate to the rest what is acceptable, and who are given the power by government to punish those who resist.  Satan, and Vladimir Lenin, couldn’t be prouder.]

He recently resigned from the LGBT Chamber of Commerce after his record as a sex-offender surfaced.

Meanwhile, it seems millenials think divorce is bad,  even though they are marrying less than any generation in American history.  Pundits can comprehend the dichotomy, but it’s very clear to me:

Respondents were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement that “Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple can’t seem to work out their marriage problems.” In 2002, about half of Americans disagreed. Within a decade, the share had risen to more than 60 percent. In the most recent data, younger Americans — a cohort with the lowest marriage rates on record, mind you — were especially likely to perceive divorce as an unacceptable response to marital strain.

Several hypotheses were floated to try to explain the seeming dichotomy between millenials “famous” liberalism, their low marriage rates, and their disdain for divorce.

It’s no mystery to me, and it has little to do with liberalism.  Millenials are children of rampant divorce.  That drives them to have a whole host of psychoses, ranging from fear of commitment (low marriage rates) to a tendency to low-rent promiscuity.  But it also probably makes them find divorce abhorrent, as they have suffered its effects.  That doesn’t mean they won’t divorce with abandon themselves, once they finally start getting married, if ever.  Children raised in broken homes are far more likely to have unstable marriages and later divorce, for a whole host of reasons.

But hypothetically speaking, they know the devastation divorce causes children (i.e., themselves), and  they have seen that many of the reasons adults offer to children to justify their divorce are hollow and self-serving.  They rightly feel that there is really no justification for divorce in most cases.  Too bad they are likely too emotionally scarred to have the wherewithal to put their generic belief into specific practice.

Federal judge OK’s Dallas ban on Exxxotica Expo at Convention Center           April 21, 2016

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Federal Judge Sidney Fitzwater issued a judgment early this morning declaring the Dallas’ City Council’s refusal to permit a repeat of last year’s disastrous Exxxotica pornucopia to be legal and constitutional.  Please be aware of the link, there are manifestly immoral images.  Note also, Dallas Morning News opinionist Robert Wilonsky is a secular pagan leftist, or at the least leans heavily that way.  His coverage is far from unbiased (he leans in favor of the “expo”).

I did not get to cover during my break from blogging the news that Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and the majority of the City Council, had moved to block the “sexpo” from recurring.  This was in the face of very strong public opposition to this immoral activity, where, it is reported, instances of public nudity, immoral acts, and prostitution were observed.  It has not been reported, yet, whether Exxxotica will attempt to appeal this decision.  What the decision does mean, however, is that the event planned for next month has been definitively cancelled:

A federal judge has decided the Dallas City Council is within its rights to ban a sex expo from returning to the city-owned convention center.

In a 32-page opinion issued early Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater denied Exxxotica’s request for a preliminary injunction, which was filed in February after seven members of the Dallas City Council sided with Mayor Mike Rawlings’ resolution banning the porn expo from returning to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Exxxotica had hoped to return next month, following last August’s Dallas debut. Today’s ruling means that will not happen.

Exxxotica might appeal the ruling, or simply allow the case to go to trial. We are awaiting comment from its attorneys and organizers.

In a prepared statement, Rawlings said he was “pleased” with the judge’s decision, and said that w”hile this case is not over and this ruling does not guarantee what would happen at trial, I am extremely proud of the seven City Council members who had the courage to support this ban.”…..

…….“As lawyers who litigate constitutional issues, we were convinced that Exxxotica was advancing a unjustifiably expansive view of the First Amendment,” said Rob Walters, who represents the Dallas Citizens Council, which last week filed an amicus brief in support of the city’s position. “We applaud Judge Fitzwater for his careful and well-reasoned opinion and Mayor Rawlings and General Paxton and the State of Texas for their leadership on this important issue.”

Paxton added in a prepared statement that he was “happy to join the Dallas Citizens Council in this effort that allows the city of Dallas to be a place where businesses can continue to flourish.”

I’d like to thank, without naming them, the local parishioners who made up part of the legal team defending the City Council decision.  Dallas’ city attorneys, in another display of the pernicious infiltration of leftists into every imaginable nook and cranny of governance at all levels, had refused to defend the case in court, finding the ban supposedly unconstitutional.  Thus, the city has had to retain private attorneys to argue the case.

I’d like to also note that, contra the rhetoric we’ve heard from city officials in Oklahoma City, it does seem a city can fight a First Amendment case and even win, from time to time.  Prior to all the atrocities committed by satanists against the Lord, His Mother, and His Church in OKC, we were told repeatedly by the mayor and other elected officials that it was simply impossible to stop a black mass or a desecration of a statue of Our Lady because, ummm……First Amendment!  That was always bullocks, as I argued at the time, cities certainly do argue First Amendment cases all the time. We can see from the above that the black mass especially could have been blocked, as it occurred on city property. The fact of the matter is, the WILL to stop the blasphemy from occurring did not exist.

I remain convinced that the heavily evangelical OKC leadership simply did not care to stop this blasphemy due to their latent anti-Catholic bias.  Had it been a more protestant ox being gored, the reaction may well have been different.

I feel I now have even more evidence to support that supposition.  I, therefore, continue to believe that Oklahoma City is a hotbed of seething anti-Catholic bigotry, and should be boycotted by all faithful souls to the maximum extent possible.

I should add that it was up to Catholic laity (and other Christians and even secular groups) to oppose this moral monstrosity. Bishop Farrell was silent, as usual, presumably because the matter did not touch on prudential matters such as guns or immigration, only acts which can send souls  to hell for all eternity.  One must have one’s priorities, after all.

More like this: great videos of Bishop Gracida, including a challenge to the faithful to call out heresy during Mass April 19, 2016

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I’ve admired Bishop Rene Gracida Emeritus of Corpus Christi since learning about him shortly after founding this blog.  I was really pleased to learn that because of severe deficiencies he has observed in the Novus Ordo, he only offers the TLM anymore.

Michael Voris has done a good service in posting several Vortex episodes featuring Bishop Gracida.  If the Church had far more shepherds like him over the past several decades (he actually excommunicated pro-aborts), the Church and world would be a far better place.

Some of the info below is biographical, some is timely, and some is inspirational.  Take a few minutes and watch all the videos if you have not already seen them:

OK, I think he undersells matters a bit here regarding Vatican II, but this condemnation is much further than the vast majority of bishops would go:

Now, I really like the idea Bishop Gracida proposes in the video below.  It would take rather weighty stones, but we’re in desperate need of calling a spade a spade in the Church today:

So what do you think of that?  Should laity start calling out – even in the midst of the Holy Sacrifice- when priests or even bishops promote error, heresy, or abuse?  Some might be aghast at the idea of interrupting the sanctity of the Mass, but I can say such interruptions did occur in the early Church, especially in the East.  There were a large number of liturgies at Hagia Sophia interrupted by scandalized laity calling out the proclamations of heretical leadership, especially during the iconoclast heresy.

I can say, I’ve been tempted to do so in the past.  I never assist at locales where heresy and abuse is taught from the pulpit anymore, but I think, at the point of extremis in which the Church finds herself, such drastic action should not be dismissed out of hand.  You don’t need to go charging up to the altar mid-Mass if the priest’s maniple is not tied right, but if Father Dudebro starts waxing about sodomite “love wins” or that the pope has declared divorce to be A-OK for the universal Church………well, we have to push back at some  point, don’t we?  Of course, prudence must guide all and perhaps first attempts should be made at counseling the offender, but for those who recalcitrantly refuse to stop preaching the errors of newchurch, I think such an intervention could certainly be called for.

Always remember: shame works.  There is very little that motivates like shame, and avoidance of it.  I believe the collapse of shame as a motivator has played a significant role in the accelerating downfall of the West.  Now, a strong adherence to ideology can insulate someone from shame, as can having a lot of support from a captive audience, but I have to believe a few public shamings of heresy would have a chilling effect on its being proclaimed abroad.  An interesting experiment to conduct, at any rate.

Bishop Gracida continues to amaze and impress at over 90 years of age.  He looks like he could go another 20. Ad multos annos.

A few more thoughts on Amoris Laetitia April 15, 2016

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A rare late Friday afternoon blog post for you.  I haven’t thought this post through very well, I only have a few minutes……we’ll see what emerges.

I saw some commentary on the post to the effect that we shouldn’t panic, the Church still stands, a pope cannot destroy the Church, etc.  I do not panic for the Church.  I panic for the millions of souls who will, with absolute certainty, fall into error and lose their faith.  I panic over the irreparable (in human terms) harm being done to the Church and souls.  I have great fear over the future, and further chaos.  I fear the gathering darkness, and just how brutal the Church’s passion must be.  Since the Church is our Lord’s Body on earth, we can discern her passion will be every bit as terrible as His.

I have considered whether my initial post on this matter was scandalous or over the top.  I did get some guidance that I might pull back my strong hints regarding Francis’ lack of faithfulness to the belief and practice of the Church.

But considering the matter more coolly, now that the initial shock and anger have subsided, I would have a hard time issuing a retraction.  Subsequent analysis, contra the claims of Cardinal Burke, has indicated that Amoris Laetitia (the “Joy of Sex?”) constitutes a clear addition to the Church’s Magisterium*.  Yet it contains scores of statements which are scandalous, dangerous, possessed of a grave tendency to spread error and undermine the Faith, or out and out erroneous.  Millions have already concluded that the Church has somehow changed her Doctrine on solemn matters such as the reception of the Blessed Sacrament by those persisting in openly adulterous unions.

This document represents not only a radical departure from the Church’s perennial belief and practice on numerous moral matters, it contains not only grave misrepresentations (to the point of prevarication) of previous magisterial statements, but it, to me, represents a direct assault on some of the most critical moral doctrines of the Faith.  Declaring pseudo-sodo-marriage to be out of bounds while gravely wounding marriage by helping to normalize divorce, remarriage, and de-sacralizing the Blessed Sacrament is not just unwise, it self-contradictory.  How did we get to the point where the culture is so insane that most Catholics now believe that marriage between two people of the same sex is not only possible, it is full equivalent to true marriage and should be recognized as such by law?  Precisely through the mass normalization of divorce, remarriage, abuse of the Blessed Sacrament (and the self-denial of the torrents of Grace that should flow from it), etc.  It is contradictory to gravely weaken the Church’s condemnation of fornication, while at the same time declare abortion to be impermissible.

That is to say, what we are confronted with in Amoris Laetitia is very different from, say, Honorius signing a document endorsing Arianism at the point of a sword.  This is a concerted, deliberate, pre-meditated act.  What is more, it touches not on just one point of Doctrine but many of them.

The solemn Doctrine of the Faith is a tightly woven cohesive whole.  One thread cannot be pulled without unraveling the entirety.  The protestant revolutionaries proved this irrefutably with the founding of their false sects. Many started with just one particular point of deviation (such as the rejection of indulgences), but in virtually no time that “one thing” expanded into a radically different, and implacably hostile, set of beliefs.  If this course of synodal- and, it must be said, papal-induced chaos continues for even a few years, there will be nothing left.

Taken as a whole, I am forced to conclude that, from an earthly perspective, Francis lacks the Faith.  However, I also believe that he remains the Bishop of Rome seated in the Chair of Peter and head of the universal Church.  I do not know how to reconcile these beliefs.  I can only conclude that this is a mystery far beyond me, a mystery which may well continue to torment the Church for decades should he be followed by like-minded individuals as the Church continues her inevitable passion.  I am not saying, even remotely, that the Church has fallen, that Christ’s promise is false. I am not saying that the heretical sects are somehow right. I am not saying that the Church is reduced to an invisible element.

I am only saying that based on all the mass of evidence we have before us (and it is copious), Francis holds views which cannot be reconciled with the perennial belief and practice of the Church. Since holding those beliefs in their entirety has always been taken to be the sine qua non of being Catholic, the conclusion is inescapable.

I know Jesus Christ will prevail in the end. I strongly suspect all these events are being directed by His positive will.  I have not the faintest doubt that Christ will come in glory, the dead will rise, and there will be a final judgment of the good and evil.  I pray I have the faith to stand fast in these difficult times, but nothing any pope says or does is going to cause me to fall away.  Nor should you.  But I’m not going to bury my head in the sand, pretend this is not huge significant, or go along as if nothing has happened.  Something has happened, and we all have to come to terms with it while striving with all our might to remain faithful.

I strongly feel what we are seeing now from many quarters, seeking to explain away this exhortation or diminish its significance, is an exact replay of how the modernists were able to remake the Church in the wake of Vatican II.  If you wondered how people raised in the Faith with the Mass of Ages to sustain them could meekly accept, with precious little opposition, the radical changes foisted on the Church, look around you.  In fact, the process never stopped, but today the similarities are too striking to ignore.

I hope and pray I may be some tiny bit of assistance to you all in that effort. But if you’re looking for apologias for this pontificate, you’re probably going to be better off visiting other sites.

*- I have seen Cardinal Burke’s claim that Amoris Laetitia is not a magisterial document. I believe the case Cardinal Burke puts forth is flawed.  As other sites have noted, declaring Amoris Laetitia to be non-magisterial would be to throw out numerous other similar apostolic exhortations of the post-conciliar period, such as Familiaris Consortio, generally seen as being a much more orthodox document.  But perhaps throwing out all these apostolic exhortations from the post-conciliar period, novel as they are in consisting of “conclusions” ostensibly drawn from a meeting of a limited sub-set of bishops (I say ostensibly, as it is very apparent this pope had a conclusion in mind from well before the idea of a series of synods was even floated), might not be such a bad thing?  Perhaps Cardinal Burke is on to something, after all?  Or perhaps the argument could be framed that any document, from whatever source, that contradicts the Faith is immediately inadmissible?  But how to reconcile this with the magisterial definition of the Office of the Papacy that has emerged, particularly over the past 150 years?

I am not the one to answer these questions.  I have a feeling, however, that should the Church and this earth survive for another few hundred years, future saintly theologians will be struggling with these  questions, and might arrive at surprising conclusions.

Enough!  Have a blessed weekend.

A perfect lamentation for our time from Dom Gueranger April 15, 2016

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A perfect lamentation for our time in the long history of the Church from The Liturgical Year of Dom Prosper Gueranger.  This comes from the reading from the Friday of the Third Week of Easter, which just happens to be today!  Go figure.  Pretty strong stuff below, but so very apropos for the mounting nightmare surrounding episcopal authority:

How much they are to be pitied, O Church, who do not know thee!…..how much they are to be pitied who once knew thee, and afterwards in their pride and ingratitude, denied thee! And yet no one ever fell into such misery, unless he first voluntarily shut his eyes against the light that was within him. [This is truly key, and must never be forgotten. There is always a positive act of the will in the descent into error]  How much they are to be pitied who know thee, and still live enjoying what thou givest thy children, and who yet take side with thine enemies in insulting and betraying thee!  They are men whose character is shallowness of mind; they speak their opinions as though they were oracles; they have contracted the flippant effrontery of our age; and to hear them speak of thee, one would suppose that they look on thee as a human institution, which they may approve or blame according to their own humor. [AHEM! I can’t possible imagine just who such a condemnation might apply to in the Church today!]

Instead of revering whatsoever thou hast taught regarding thyself and thy rights, instead of revering what thou hast ordained, regulated, and practiced; these “Catholics,” whose sympathies are all with thine enemies, would have thee conform thy teachings to the so-called progress of the times.  The whole world is given to thee as thine inheritance; and yet those insolent children would have thee be content with what they think proper to assign to thee.  Thou, the Mother of mankind, must be under their wise care!  It is from them that thou must henceforth learn how best to fulfill thy mission!  Godless men, adorers of what they called the rights of man, dared, a century back, to expel thee from political life, which up till then thou hadst kept in harmony with its Divine Master.  These men have left disciples who would have thee withdraw from everything that regards the outward world, and look on as a mere stranger.  Thou must no longer exercise the rights given thee by the Son of God over both soul and body; this royalty of thine is out of date, and thou must be satisfied to enjoy the liberty which, in virtue of the law of Progress, is granted alike to error and to truth.  The wise and powerful ones of this world have dethroned thy Spouse after two thousand year’s reign; and instead of resenting such a project with holy  indignation, as tending to the destruction of the last bulwark of Christendom, there are many among us who approve of it, and this on principles which are, it is true, in favor with rationalistic politicians and leaders, but which are formally condemned by thy teachings, thy acts, nay, by thy very existence.  How short-sighted are such Catholics as these, who hope to make thee acceptable to the world by giving thee the semblance of a human institution!  The world is too shrewd; it knows thee to be essentially supernatural, and this is what it can never tolerate.

———End Quote———

And so the effort to make the Church acceptable to the world by raping her of her sacred beliefs and cherished practices (a rape all the more horrific as it constitutes incest, a rape committed by son against mother) is doomed to failure, as the world, informed as it is to such a very great extent by satan, knows that the Church is the supernatural entity of God and so can only be destroyed, not transformed into some acceptable human institution. Not that there is ever a want of people to make the attempt.

We can see in the above, however, that the modernist-progressive effort to bring the Church low has been around for 150 years and more, and has always been working against a concerted plan. The bastions served incredibly well for a over a century against this particular threat, till they were pulled down by the defenders themselves, who had absorbed far too much of the lying propaganda they had heard blasted over the Church’s walls.  50 years ago, all those intricate defenses pious minds and the work of Grace could produce were destro50 years ago, all those intricate defenses pious minds and the work of Grace could produce were destroyed, and the Church was left nearly defenseless against her constant enemies of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Even worse, whole generations of men were ordained priests thoroughly infected with diabolical error, and they have now risen to the highest levels of authority.  I don’t despair for the Church – She is the Body of Christ, completely indestructible and beyond taint in her mystical element – but  I do have enormous fears for the souls of millions who will fall into error and even damnation as the shadow of the diabolical spreads ever deeper into the Church.

That’s why I’ve been praying with such fervor these past 20 months or more, but I fear the Church has entered Her passion and what must come will come. That makes prayer and penance all the more necessary, that we may have the Grace to remain faithful in the terrible days already well underway.

God bless you. I pray for you all.

Dwelling in the Heart of Christ and achieving sanctity from St. Alphonsus April 15, 2016

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Just a brief post of a beautiful hymn I found in St. Alphonsus Liguori’s The Holy Eucharist. I follow that with a brief synopsis of the path to sanctity from the same work, but quoting St. Thomas Aquinas.

The hymn is called The Loving Spouse in the Heart of Jesus

I dwell a captive in this heart,
On fire with love divine;
‘Tis here I live alone in peace,
And constant joy is mine.

It is the Heart of God’s own Son,
In His humanity,
Who, all enamored of my soul,
Here burns with love of me.

Here, like the dove within the ark,

Securely I repose;
Since now the Lord is my defense,
I fear no earthly foes.

Now I have found this happy home,
God’s love alone I prize;
All else is torment to my heart,
The world I now despise.

What though I suffer, still in love
I ever true will be;
My love of God shall deeper grow
When crosses fall on me.

Then he who longs with me to seek,
Repose within this nest,
All love that is not love for God,
Must banish from his breast.

Ye haughty lovers of the world,
Full of self-love, depart!
Away, away! No place is found
For you within this Heart.

Each vile and earthly chain impedes
The soul’s true heavenward flight;
All, all the heart belongs to God
Love claims his sovereign right.

From every bond of earth, dear Lord,
Thy Grace has set me free;
My soul, delivered from the snare
Enjoy’s true liberty.

I cannot love Thee as I ought.
This pains me, this alone;
For all my love must have an end;
Thy goodness, Lord, has none.

One thought brings comfort to my heart –
I love a good so great.
That though I love him all I can,
More love he merits yet.

Naught more can I desire than this,
To see His face in Heaven,
And this I hope, since He on earth
His heart in pledge has given.

Now quoting from a different part of the book:

In order to arrive at the perfect love of Jesus Christ, we must adopt the means. Behold, then, the means which St. Thomas Aquinas gives us:

  1. To have a constant remembrance of the benefits of God, both general and particular.
  2. To consider the infinite goodness of God, who is ever waiting to do us good, and who ever loves us, and seeks form us our love.
  3. To avoid even the smallest thing that could offend Him.
  4. To renounce all the sensible goods of this world, riches, honors, and sensual pleasures.

Father Tauler says that meditation on the sacred Passion of Jesus Christ is a great means also for acquiring His perfect love.

———-End Quote———-

Achieving sanctity is not complicated, but it is profoundly difficult.  So many great Saints and other holy personages have struggled with this process – which sounds so simple! – for their entire lives.  Our fallen natures, and the temptations of the world and the devil, make holiness something not often achieved in this life.  Thank God He had compassion on us and gave us a way to expiate our temporal debt due to sin in the sufferings of Purgatory.  That is true godly mercy, not the false worldly variety we hear so much about today.

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