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That didn’t last 48 hours. Vatican now throws Kim Davis under the bus October 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.

I strongly suspected the reports from Kim Davis’ circle of her positive meeting and support from Pope Francis would not last long. The Vatican is now backing off claims that she had an “audience,” but instead says that she was just one of many people greeted that day:

In an official statement this morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi, head of the Vatican press office downplayed Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis.

“Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City,” said Lombardi. “Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability.” [That does not mean he did not meet with Davis one on one.  This is spin, it’s not a lie but it’s not the truth, either]

“The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family,” Fr. Lombardi added.  [So now we’re down to parsing what a “real” audience is?]

The Vatican explained that the “brief” meeting between the Pope and Davis has “continued to provoke comments and discussion” and thus offered his explanation “in order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired.” [We’re trying desperately to placate harsh criticism in the US media and probably among the gay lobby in the Vatican.  So now the media knows that a little pressure works in rolling this Pope, as if they didn’t know before.  And don’t tell me this is the Vatican press office going off like a loose cannon.  In this most authoritarian of pontificates, nothing “just happens.”]

Fr. Lombardi said, “The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.” [Complex?!?  She thinks sodomite marriage an offense against God and nature. She will have no part in it.  Not hard to understand]

News that the pope had secretly met with Davis during his trip to the U.S. broke on Tuesday evening, after her lawyer made the meeting public. Davis said that Francis had told her to “stay strong,” giving both her and her husband a rosary. “Please pray for me,” he requested………

………In a new statement today, Davis’ lawyer, Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, disputed reports circulating in light of the Vatican’s newest statement suggesting that Davis had simply met the pope as one in a line of people.

“There were no other people in the room,” he said. “This was a private meeting between Pope Francis and Kim and Joe Davis. This was not a meeting with other people in which Kim and Joe Davis were a part, but rather a private meeting with no other people in the room except Vatican security and personnel.”

Staver acknowledged that the pope “was not weighing in on particular facts of a legal case,” but added that “his statements about religious freedom and his encouragement to Kim Davis to ‘stray strong’ during a private meeting reaffirm the human right to conscientious objection. This is a right for everyone.”

Staver also said that the meeting was initiated by the Vatican, an apparent response to speculation that the meeting with the pope may have been arranged by a conservative bishop in the U.S., perhaps without the full knowledge of the Vatican or the pope about Davis’ case…….

…….[And now we get the spin of uber-weasel Fr. Tom Rosica]However, English-language spokesman for the Vatican, Fr. Thomas Rosica, placed the responsibility for the meeting in the hands of U.S. papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

“Who brought her in? The nuncio,” Father Rosica told the New York Times. “The Nunciature was able to bring in donors, benefactors.”

Fr. Rosica added: ““I would simply say: Her case is a very complex case. It’s got all kinds of intricacies. Was there an opportunity to brief the pope on this beforehand? I don’t think so. A list is given — these are the people you are going to meet.”

Rosica responded to a question about whether the Vatican press office had been unaware of the pope’s meeting with Davis, saying: “No, but I think we may not have been aware of the full impact of the meeting. It is very difficult sometimes when you are looking at things in America from here.” [How about let your yes be yes and your no be no, Fr. Tom?]

The force is strong in the sodomite mafia.  Whether the pressure came from a US media gone over full bore into advocacy for perversion, or from the still extant sodomite lobby in the Vatican (or both), the Vatican has changed its tune.  They are throwing Kim Davis under the bus.  The Davis camp clearly refutes the Vatican allegations. I hope someone recorded the visit.  This could get ugly before it’s over.

Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive!   But whatever the reason for this meeting with Davis, the Synod will make all quite clear.

Bishop Olmstead releases 23 page exhortation to men October 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, episcopate, General Catholic, manhood, mortification, sanctity, Society, true leadership, Virtue.

I found it a bit too redolent of the “New Evangelization” in parts, but Bishop Thomas Olmstead of Phoenix has released a fairly novel, for this day and age, exhortation/challenge to the men of his Diocese to step up and get engaged in the spiritual maelstrom raging all around us.  Overall, I think this a welcome development, even if I wish the exhortation was more grounded in Tradition than it is (the great preponderance of the language is decidedly post-conciliar).  It’s a rare thing in this day and age to see a bishop actually throw down a gauntlet, spiritually, rather than continue the production of vast quantities of happy gas.  I say, good for him.

A review from Fr. Richard Heilmann:

In a powerfully worded apostolic exhortation addressed to the men of his diocese, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona, has urged them to “not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you.”

In a 23-page exhortation, entitled “Into the Breach,” Bishop Olmsted challenges men to join in a “primarily spiritual” battle against forces that are “progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our homes.”

Bishop Olmsted writes that the cultural crisis has arisen primarily because “Catholic men have not been willing to ‘step into the breach,’ and his purpose in the document, released on September 29, is to rally good men to the cause. [Yes, men’s failings have been a significant part of the problem, but how are sheep to rally without a shepherd to guide them?  I very much appreciate Bishop Olmstead’s exhortation in that regard, but let’s be real: the crisis in the Church is a crisis of a mass failure of leadership by the clergy.  THAT IS NOT TO EXCUSE MEN OF THEIR DUTY!  Not at all, but it is a a recognition of reality, though should fathers/men return en masse to their duty, one would hope and pray that within a few generations the crisis would be resolved through a huge influx of very good priests]

Bishop Olmsted explains that Catholic men are needed to conduct the “New Evangelization,” to re-introduce Christian principles in a society that has come to neglect them. He also cites the image offered by Pope Francis, of the Church as a “field hospital,” providing urgent care for those wounded by societal problems. [The only problem with the “old evangelization” is that it was dropped for no good reason.  I am very dubious of this “new evangelization,” because it is grounded in the modernist concept that the world and humanity have somehow undergone a change so fundamental that the old means and methods – so effective for centuries – no longer work.  They only no longer work, because they are no longer tried. It is one of the signal achievements of the modernist camp, in getting the Church to embrace this mentality, by and large]

Reflecting on the complementarity of the sexes, the bishop calls for active resistance against “gender ideology” and a dedication to living out male virtues, particularly the virtues of fortitude and chastity.

Addressing the question of what it means to be a man, Bishop Olmsted reminds his readers of how Pontius Pilate referred to Jesus: Ecce homo– “Here is the man!” The bishop observes: “Only in Jesus Christ can we find the highest display of masculine virtue and strength that we need in our personal lives and in society itself.” [Good]

The bishop urges men to undertake a campaign of spiritual growth, advising regular prayer and use of the sacraments, reading of Scripture, and unselfish service to wives and children. He recommends imitation of the great males saints. [Ooh Ooh!  I pick Saint Jerome!] He cites the words of one of these models, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: “To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth – that is not living, but existing.”

In closing his apostolic exhortation, Bishop Olmsted calls readers’ attention to the scandal of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sale of fetal tissues. “We need to get off the sidelines and stand up for life on the front lines,” he writes, adding:

“We need faith like that of our fathers who defended the children of previous generations and who gave up their own lives rather than abandon their faith in Christ. My sons and brothers, men of the Diocese of Phoenix, we need you to step into the breach!”

Men of the Dallas Diocese (and nearby environs), you have two opportunities in the next week to step up and take on some additional effort to for the good of souls, the restoration of the moral order, and in opposition to grave evil. The first is next Wednesday, October 7 in the prayer vigil outside ‘The Men’s Club,’ and the other is on Saturday, October 10, in the Rosary Rally outside Planned Butcherhood. There is also a Life Chain being held this Sunday Oct. 4 at Mater Dei Parish from 2-3:30 pm. So you can’t say: “Well, what can I do?”  You can go to any or all of those!!!

I pray I see you there!

How the self-anointed powers plan on managing free speech on the internet October 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, disconcerting, foolishness, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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This almost reads like a joke. So German Cancellor Angela Merkel was in New York to attend some UN function.  She wound up at a table with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  She lamented to him the hostility expressed on social media to her immigration policy, especially given that Germany has taken in over 800,000 “refugees” this year alone.  She was not happy with this wrong kind of self-expression, and demanded action.  The CEO was only too happy to oblige:

On the sidelines of a United Nations luncheon on Saturday, Merkel was caught on a hot mic pressing Zuckerberg about social media posts about the wave of Syrian refugees entering Germany, the publication reported.

The Facebook CEO was overheard responding that “we need to do some work” on curtailing anti-immigrant posts about the refugee crisis. “Are you working on this?” Merkel asked in English, to which Zuckerberg replied in the affirmative before the transmission was disrupted.

There’s two standards folks: one for those who hold the “right” opinions, those who hold great leverage in society, and one for the rest of us.  The internet, while also being a serious source of disinformation, has also been a thorn in the side of the powers that be.  As the global consensus towards authoritarianism grows, don’t be surprised to see quite concrete moves to start blocking free speech on the internet.  We can expect comments on various fora not to show, we can expect being banned from various sites, we can even expect being outed as various forms of hate monger.  All in the service of “equality” and “non-discrimination.”  It’s amazing how many other rights, even ones heretofore so sacrosanct (when they were an effective tool of the Revolution), are willingly sacrificed on the altar of expediency once their usefulness is at an end.

OR……it could just be a corrupt politician with a really bad policy seeking aid and cover from the media.  But notice they rarely go to such lengths over things as prosaic as tax policy…..it’s only on the cultural issues that they seek to silence dissent, because culture trumps all.

US undertaking unprecedented influx of immigration October 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, demographics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.

It’s always a bit of a fallacy to extend present trends far into the future, because there are many reasons why things could change, but given that the United States continues to ride an unprecedented 45 year wave of extraordinary levels of illegal immigration, there is not much reason to conclude that the trend will suddenly reverse, unless there the mass public dissatisfaction with this ongoing trend should finally move the political, cultural, and economic leadership of this country to act.  Nevertheless, if trends hold, the United States will, in 7-8 years, surpass the highest percentage of immigrants in the country in its entire (by then) 250 year history:

The United States is taking in more immigrants than at any time in our history, while at the same time making little or no effort to assimilate them. No one can know what the consequences of this experiment will be. This chart, created by the Center for Immigration Studies from Census Bureau data, plots the number of immigrants living in the U.S. and their share of the population, from 1900 to 2014 and projected through 2060. As of last year, the U.S. was home to a record 42.4 million immigrants, legal and illegal, representing 13.3% of the nation’s population.


* In addition to immigrants, there were 16.2 million U.S.-born minor (<18) children with at least one immigrant parent in 2014, for a total of 58.6 million immigrants and their children. Immigrants and their minor children now account for more than one in six U.S. residents.

* Mexico had by far the largest immigrant population in the country, with 11.7 million legal and illegal Mexican immigrants living in the United States in 2014.

Indeed, at present, 1 in 8 Mexican nationals now resides in the United States.  Talk about unprecedented.

This nation is being radically changed.  If trends do hold, any idea of the Republicans or any other conservative party holding power (Presidency + at least one House of Congress) come 2030 or so is literal insanity.  Hispanics and all other immigrants vote democrat/left wing about 4:1.  Their children do the same, the pattern does not begin to change until the 3rd or 4th generation, and even that is somewhat doubtful.  Add another 10-15 million voters of that bent and you have the makings of a permanent democrat majority.

In a sense, there is a delicious irony playing out, if you have some knowledge of the history of the United States treatment of Mexico and much of Latin America.  We had things totally our way for about 200 years, but no longer.  This can be traced directly back to the collapse in US birth rates, which has created at least some justification for the influx of illegal worker bees to replace those never born here.  The US quite frankly has royally screwed over Mexico on numerous occasions, from the invasion of 1848-9 that took away almost half of Mexico’s former land area, to the deliberate, purposeful infiltration of the Mexican political and cultural system by US interests, planting masonry and liberalism in a deeply traditional country and instigating most of the dire persecutions the Church has experienced there.  In a sense, we’ve sown the wind, and are in the process of reaping the whirlwind.  If these Hispanics would somehow remain devout Catholics and work to instill a Catholic culture in this country, I’d be much more supportive of this literal human flood, but most fall away, or are already extremely weak, worldly Catholics formed by the disastrously bad Church in Latin America, when they come here.

Completely, totally related – the average full-time male employee in the United States makes less today than he did in 1970:

he typical man with a full-time job–the one at the statistical middle of the middle–earned $50,383 last year, the Census Bureau reported this week.

The typical man with a full-time job in 1973 earned $53,294, measured in 2014 dollars to adjust for inflation.

You read that right: The median male worker who was employed year-round and full time earned less in 2014 than a similarly situated worker earned four decades ago. And those are the ones who had jobs.

Would you like fries with that?

Two videos – everything wrong with modern art, Abby Johnson destroys Cecile Richards October 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Art and Architecture, Basics, contraception, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.

I like this video on all the problems with modern (and post-modern) art.  The abandonment of artistic standards has led to the near total collapse of the production of quality, timeless art.  I think it also emblematic of the decadence and moral corruption of the West, that tacky, cheap, boring, unskillful, offensive, and just plain crap that my 3rd grader could better is now promoted as “fine art.”  Give me a break:

A couple of things – do you remember the movie “Dead Poet’s Society?”  There is a pivotal scene that repeats itself, having to do with a textbook that teaches a means of “rating” the relative merits of different poems.  The new liberal teacher, played by Robin Williams, is horribly offended at this notion, believing that poetry is so sublime it is beyond any kind of ratings or metrics.  He teaches his students to rip that section of the textbook out.  Later on, this becomes sort of his triumph.

But is that really right? Are there not means by which various poets and poems could be rated against each other?  Is writing in a very technical meter, and pulling it off with rhyme, rhythm, and deep meaning, a greater achievement than a few lines scrawled in a haiku?  Is the Illiad greater than some of EE Cummings later trash?  Does Shakespeare not trump the contemporary schlock called poetry we are dished up?  Or Blake or Wordsworth or Coleridge, for that matter?

The same applies to the visual arts.  It is perhaps true that the governing academies of the late 19th century had become a bit too rigid and stale, but throwing off ALL restraint and ANY founding principles has led art down the garbage drain of boring, thoughtless, derivative trash.  And I think it right to cast a bit of blame at the Impressionists on this, because they started the revolution, even though their own works were great achievements in their own right.

Second video, kind of boring but a for-the-record type entry, Abby Johnson obliterates Cecile Richards.  I’m quite certain my sophomore daughter could do so even more thoroughly, but she’ll never have the cache of having worked at Planned Butcherhood:

Meh: Cecile Richards, head of an organization responsible for tens of millions of murders (for profit), lies.  Shocking, I know.

A couple of what the heck videos.  There is so little footage of the incredibly charismatic Gram Parsons.  Here is one of the better bits.  Groovy man.  Somebody please pin Chris Hillman to the ground and shave his head, sheesh.

From the same shoot in support of the first Flying Burrito Brother album.  Such a shame Gram couldn’t put together more than about 6 consecutive clean months the last 10 years of his life.  When he did wow was he prodigiously talented. [FAIR WARNING – GRAM TOOK THE IDEA OF A “NUDIE SUIT” A BIT TOO FAR]:

Heckuva song:


Is the report that the world financial system force PBXVI’s abdication real, or hyperbole? October 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the return, the struggle for the Church.

I instantly saw the report come out on Tuesday from a French source alleging that the evil American globalist financial power had somehow forced Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication by freezing assets at the Vatican bank.  Here is the report below, translated by Google:

“Few know what SWIFT (the acronym stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) is: in theory, is a global “clearing house”, uniting 10,500 banks in 215 countries. In fact, is the most occult and sole center of American-globalist financial power, a bastion of blackmail on which the hegemony of the dollar, the most powerful means of political and economic espionage (to the detriment especially for us Europeans) and the means by which the most feared global finance breaks the legs of states that do not obey. …

“‘When a bank or territory is excluded from the system, as it did in the case of the Vatican in the days before the resignation of Benedict XVI in February 2013, all transactions are blocked. Without waiting for the election of Pope Bergoglio, the Swift system has been unlocked the announcement of the resignation of Benedict XVI.

“‘There was a blackmail come from who knows where, through SWIFT, exercised on Benedict XVI. The underlying reasons for this story have not been clarified, but it is clear that SWIFT has intervened directly in the management of affairs of the Church.’

This explains and justifies the unprecedented resignation of Ratzinger, that many of us have been able to exchange for an act of cowardice; the Church was treated as a state ‘terrorist’, but worse — because note that the dozen banks falling into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ‘are not excluded from SWIFT’ and continue to be able to make international transactions — and the Vatican finances could no longer pay the nunciature, to convey transport missions — in fact, the same ATM of Vatican City had been blocked.

The Church of Benedict could not ‘neither sell nor buy’; its own economic life was counted in hours.”


So my initial inclination was to think this was all a bit histrionic, especially the typically European hyperbole over (often European-dominated) international institutions like SWIFT and of course the cruel hand of the American Dollar.

HOWEVER, I started looking through some dates on these matters, and things lined up shockingly well.  The Vatican Bank lost access to all electronic monetary transfers on Jan. 1, 2013, ostensibly due to failure to implement Euro-mandated reforms regarding protections against money laundering.  For years, PBXVI had been trying to reform the Vatican Bank, or “IOR,” without total success.  As 2012 melted into 2013, his reform process came to a standstill with the forcing out of IOR head Gotto Tedeschi, the man hand-picked by Benedict to reform the bank.  Tedeschi seems to have been nothing but a fall guy, facing a number of false allegations after his dismissal and beating them all in court (even Italian court, which is really saying something).  It appears his force out was part of the broader struggle to undermine and foil every attempt PBXVI made at reform at every level.  Tedeschi was simply an early casualty in the war against Pope Benedict and Cardinal Bertone.

SO, the day after Pope Benedict announces his abdication, voila!, the ban on electronic monetary transfers/credit card transactions is suddenly lifted!  That seems an enormous coincidence, but who am I to judge?

Anyway, I see Louie Verrecchio has written a long piece on this subject with far more detail than I can give, so if you really want to dig deep into it, you can read his post.  I really tend to think the Vatileaks scandal, the 300 page dossier on sodomite clergy in the Diocese of Rome/Vatican (how quickly that has been forgotten), and the constant machinations of the modernist cardinals like Daneels, Kasper, McCarrick, et. al., were probably more significant factors, but this may have been the icing on the cake to convince Pope Benedict to realize that his pontificate was being ground to a halt, with ongoing damage to the Church (though not so much damage as since!).  I still think there is a missing link, which Rorate Caeli has referred to, regarding a certain turncoat cardinal, ostensibly an ally/protege of Benedict, who convinced him that abdication was a safe course as a friendly, like-minded successor was assured.

I do think the many revelations we’ve seen in the past 12-18 months do make clear (to this writer, anyway) that Pope Benedict abdicated under duress. That is to say, the stated reason (health) was perhaps only one part of a very complex picture, featuring attacks on his pontificate from every possible angle.

On the proper manifestation of zeal for souls September 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, reading, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.

I haven’t posted anything from Divine Intimacy in ages, because a while back I got the impression that most readers perused Divine Intimacy at least as often as I did, and so the posting wasn’t helping anyone.  BUUUUT……this little bit from yesterday is so timely and good I thought, what the heck, I’ll post it.  There are sure to be some readers who don’t crack open Divine Intimacy daily (I highly recommend you do!).  The section below is on zeal for souls, and how to properly practice that zeal (this is a partial re-post but also update of a post from 2012. I’m putting the material in a new post):

Zeal for souls finds its source in charity, and in the contemplation of of Christ crucified. His wounds, His Blood, the excruciating sufferings of His agony, all tell us how much God values souls, and how much He loves them.  But this love is unrequited, and it seems that ungrateful men strive more and more to elude His action. It is this sad spectacle of all the ages which is renewed even today,  as though men wished to insult Jesus and renew His Passion.  “The world is on fire. Men try to condemn Christ once again, as it were, for they bring a thousand false witnesses against Him. They would raze his Church to the ground” (St. Teresa of Jesus, Way of Perfection, 1). If Teresa of Jesus could speak these words in her century which was troubled by the protestant heresy, how much more can we say it in ours, when the struggle against God and the Church has increased immeasurably, and has now spread over the entire world. [And even into the Church. Or perhaps especially into the Church. The bastions must be re-erected.  But how is beyond me at this point. I fear it’s going to take a great fall and then perhaps they can be built again, from the rubble.]Happy shall we be if we can say with the Saint: “It breaks my heart to see so many souls traveling to perdition. I would the evil were not so great……..I felt that I would have laid down a thousand lives to save a single one of all the souls that were being lost.” (Way of Perfection, 1)  But it is not a question of merely formulating desires; we must work, act, and suffer for the salvation of our fellow men.

St. John Chrysostom affirms: “Nothing is colder than a Christian who does not care about the salvation of others.” This coldness comes from a very languid charity. Let us kindle and revive our charity and it will inflame us with zeal for the salvation of souls.  Then our apostolate will no longer be merely a duty which is imposed from without, one which we are obliged to attend to because of the obligation of our state in life, but it will be an exigency of love, an interior flame of charity which burns spontaneously. [Is this not what the traditional movement, overall, is about – zeal for souls?!  Yes there are probably some motivated by less edifying motives, but I see in much of the traditional “critique,” if you will, of the crisis in the Church a profound love for souls AND Holy Mother Church.  We desire to see souls taught properly again, for disciplines to be reinstated for the good of souls, and for our glorious Mother to return to her proper, exalted status.  For me, anyway, but I think for many others, as well, being a traddie isn’t about just wanting things our way, it’s about what we know, what our sensus fidei tells us, is best for souls]

Devoting ourselves to the spiritual life does not mean shutting ourselves up in an ivory tower to enjoy God’s consolations undisturbed, with no concern for the welfare of others. [!!] It means concentrating all our powers on seeking God, working for our own sanctification in order to please God, and thus acquiring a power of action and impetration capable of obtaining the salvation of many souls[INDEED!]

St. Teresa of Jesus says:

O my dear Lord, how much oppressed are You by those to whom You have shown so much good! It seems as though these traitors [me, for I speak boldly, but I am weak] would send You to the Cross again and that You would have nowhere to lay Your Head. My heart cannot conceive this without being sorely distressed!

O eternal Father! Surely all these scourgings and insults and grievous tortures will not be forgotten. how, then, my Creator, can a heart as loving as Yours endure that an act which was performed by Your son in order to please You the more and to obey Your commands (for He loved You most deeply, and You commanded Him to love us) should be treated as lightly as the heretics treat the most Holy Sacrament today, destroying His tabernacles and demolishing His churches? [Can you imagine how the great St. Teresa would see the Church today?!?!  Today, the destruction comes not from without, but from within!  It is to weep…..] Could it be that Your Son failed to do something to please You? Has He not fulfilled everything?….Has this most loving Lamb to pay once more whenever we relapse into sin? Permit it not, my sovereign Lord! Look not upon our sins, but upon our redemption by Thy most sacred Son, upon His merits and upon those of His glorious Mother and of all the saints and martyrs who have died for You!……

…..Behold my desires, my God, and the tears with which I beg this of You; forget my sins, for Your Name’s sake, and have pity on all these souls who are being lost, and help Your Church (The Way of Perfection, 1-3)

———–End Quote———–

“now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church” (Col i:24).

Could the Church have fallen into her present deplorable state had the faithful not fulfilled this edict from St. Paul, to complete the sufferings of Christ’s Sacrifice in our own flesh?  Are we doing all we possibly can to “fill up those things that are wanting?”  I sadly must declare that I am not.  I could do much more.  I pray that I will.

President of Ghana’s Bishop’s Conference: “Homosexuals go to hell” September 30, 2015

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Well, we’re seeing a few examples of Christians willing to call a spade a spade today. First it was the Russian Orthodox Church calling the war against ISIS a holy war, and now the President of the Ghanian Catholic Bishop’s Conference says that practicing, unrepentant sodomites will go to hell:

Bishop Joseph Osei Bonsu of Konongo-Mampong in Ghana disagreed with the notion that aberrosexuals [German site Katholisches’ term for sodomites/those of perverse inclinations] could go to heaven. The President of the Ghanaian Bishops’ Conference, who is descended from the ancient royal family of the Ashanti, is of a quite different opinion.

Homosexuality, said Bishop Osei Bonsu  was “not natural.”  The assertion  that some could already be born as homosexuals, was placed  by the Ghanaian prelate in the realm of “political myth-making”. They had been invented to agitate for “gay rights” and to justify one’s actions. [Absolutely correct. To date, there is absolutely zero evidence for a genetic component to perverse proclivities, but the lie has been repeated often enough that the vast majority of the soft-headed people today accept it unquestioningly, as an article of faith.  In fact, there is actually much more evidence that these inclinations stem almost entirely from environment, with poor relationships with their fathers being almost the constant factor in these afflicted souls]

“The Bible tells us in the Letter to the Romans, chapter one, clearly, that those who practice homosexuality and those who  support gay marriage political, religious or not, will be guilty before God.” 

“Gays, lesbians, liars and child molesters and others do not get into heaven, and the Bible says that very clearly. There is not a man who says, and not a bishop, that they do not go to heaven, but the Bible. It is the Holy Scriptures that says that they do not go to heaven,” said Msgr. Osei-Bonsu [Thus, the authority of this determination does not rest with men, but with God, who through inspired and inerrant Scripture hath revealed this unto us]

Just what does Romans 1 have to say about sodomy?  It could hardly be more clear, and even more, seems to forecast a day when men, rejecting God’s law, would pretend that this perversion was actually normal and acceptable:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, or give thanks: but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened:

22 For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

23 *And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of four-footed beasts, and of creeping things.

24 Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, *to uncleanness: to dishonour their own bodies among themselves.

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie: and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.

27 And, in like manner the men also, leaving the natural use of the woman, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. [St. Paul is referring directly to the Canaanites and their perverse practices in support of their satanic religion, but he is also speaking of all of those who give themselves over to such unnatural lusts]

28 And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge; God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient,

29 Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers,

30 Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.

32 Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they, who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they who do them, but they also who consent to them that do them.

It is frightening the degree to which St. Paul describes our culture today.  “They liked not to have God in their knowledge; [so] God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient [or natural]”……..”They, who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they who do them, but they also who consent to them that do them.”

There’s a lot of folks in a lot of trouble, spiritually, and the truly frightening thing is, there is almost no one to tell them what danger their souls are in.

I just want to say one more brief thing: good for Bishop Bonsu for teaching the Truth with charity.  But really, that’s not heroic virtue, that’s his minimum duty as a prelate in Holy Mother Church.  The only reason it seems heroic is because so very few of his brother bishops are willing to stick their necks out and proclaim the truth in that manner. That is, so many other manifestly fail in their duties, it seems heroic when a bishop actually fulfills it. So pray like mad for our bishops, which I know so many of you already do.  But apparently there is still much to be done.

+Liguori: “Jesus died for us; we ought to live and die for Him” September 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, Saints, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Saint Alphonsus Liguori on the proper gratitude we should have for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all things, but especially in thankfulness for his Passion, death, and Resurrection.  From The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, pp. 330-331:

Saint Augustine says that Jesus Christ, having first given His life for us, has bound us to give our life for Him; and, further, that when we go to the Eucharistic table to communicate, as we go to feed there upon the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, we ought also, in gratitude, to prepare for Him the offering of our blood and of our life, if there is need for us to give either of them for His glory.  

Full of tenderness are the words of St. Francis de Sales on this text of St. Paul: The charity of Christ presseth us (II Cor v:14). To what does it press us?  To love Him.  But let us hear what St. Francis de Sales says: “When we know that Jesus has loved us even to death, and that the death of the Cross, is not this to feel our hearts constrained by a violence as great as it is full of delight?” And then he adds, “My Jesus gives Himself wholly to me, and I give myself wholly to Him; I will live and die upon His breast, and neither death nor life shall ever separate me from Him.” [How do we stay close to Jesus?  By the practice of virtue and especially charity for God and for souls, but just as importantly, by accepting and practicing to the best of our ability ALL the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church.  This latter part has been greatly forgotten  over the past 50 years]

St. Peter, in order that we might remember to be ever grateful to our Savior, reminds us that we were not redeemed from the slavery of hell with gold or silver, but with the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, which He sacrificed for us, as an innocent Lamb, upon the altar of the Cross. Great, therefore, will be the punishment of those who are thankless for such a blessing, if they do not correspond to it.  It is true that Jesus came to save all men who were lost (Lk xix:10); but it is also true what was said by the Venerable Simeon, when Mary presented the child Jesus in the temple: Behold, this child is placed for the fall and the rising again of many in Israel, and as a sign of contradiction which shall be spoken against (Lk ii:34). By the words for the rising again he expresses the salvation which all believers should receive from Jesus Christ, who by faith should rise from death to the life of Grace.  But first, by the words he is set for the fall, he foretells that many shall fall into a greater ruin by their ingratitude to the Son of God, Who came into the world to become a contradiction to His enemies, as the following words imply: He shall be a sign which shall be spoken against; for Jesus Christ was set up as a sign, against which were hurled all the calumnies, the injuries, and the insults which the Jews devised against Him.  And this sign is spoken against not only by the Jews of the present day, who deny Him to be the Messiah, but by those Christians who ungratefully return His love with offenses, and by neglecting His commands.  

…….Wherefore, if we do not love Him, and obey His precepts, of which the first is that we should love Him, we are not only ungrateful, but unjust, and deserve a double punishment.  The obligation of a slave rescued by Jesus Christ from the hands of the devil is to devote himself wholly to love and serve Him, whether he live or die.

————End Quote———-

Once again, the topic of mercy comes to mind.  There are plainly efforts afoot from the highest authorities in the Church to propagate a false concept of mercy that puts Doctrine and justice in conflict with charity/mercy.  As we see from the above, however, it is impossible to show proper gratitude for God if we do not accept All that He has told us, including those things which are deeply unpopular and countercultural today.  At least, that’s how a great Saint, perhaps the greatest expert on moral doctrine in the history of the Church, viewed things.  It is not that he was wrong, or overly zealous, nor that his exegesis is somehow dated and out of place, but that many have fallen under the dread influence of modernist indifferentism and general weakness of Faith.  And for those, St. Alphonsus predicts a dire end, being among those Christians who return Christ’s love with offenses by neglecting His commands.

Not an enviable state. They definitely need many prayers.


Quick reminder: Wyoming Catholic College presentation in Irving Thursday 10/01/15 September 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Society, Tradition.

Just wanted to give a quick reminder that an administrator from Wyoming Catholic College will be on hand at Mater Dei parish in Irving, TX this Thursday October 1 at 7:15 pm (or immediately after the 6:30 pm Mass).  Trevor Lontine, alumnus and admissions counselor at WCC will be on hand to answer your questions about what WCC has to offer you or your children.  WCC is probably one of the least expensive, if not the least expensive, faithful Catholic colleges around.  I don’t know that they are explicitly traditional, yet, but with Dr. Peter Kwasneiwski one of their most prominent faculty, the traditional practice of the Faith is growing there.

So come check it out!  You don’t have to be affiliated with Mater Dei in any way to attend.

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