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Short prayer for the upcoming Supreme Court decision on pretend sodo-marriage May 27, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Our Lady, persecution, Sacraments, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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I found the following prayer to Saint Joseph and thought it would make a good prayer to make in the continual Novena up until the Supreme Court decides for 320 million people what marriage is, at least in the eyes of US and state law.  You might have a better prayer in hand, if you do, I would appreciate your sharing it in the comments. This is the prayer we as a family have been praying for a few days.  St. Joseph is a very powerful intercessor, both he and Our Lady are our two best advocates before the Lord in this time of grave need.  The prayer comes from the book Favorite Prayers to Saint Joseph, and has the benefit of being short and too the point, if not specifically on the subject of perverse marriage, which, like…….who in even the recent past could have imagined a culture so deranged such a thing could come to pass?:

O glorious Saint Joseph, thou who hast power to render possible even things which are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress.  Take this important and difficult affair under thy particular protection, that it may end happily (name your request, specifically, that the Supreme Court not arrogate to itself to define the foundational human relationship of marriage).

O dear Saint Joseph, all our confidence is in thee.  Let it not be said that we would invoke thee in vain; and since thou art so powerful with Jesus and Mary, show thy goodness equals thy power. Amen.

Saint Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.

Close with Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Gloria.

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American culture accelerates embrace of immorality, poll shows. Rubio says America poised for persecution of Christians May 27, 2015

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This country has got a death wish, apparently.  A new Gallup poll – feel free to debate its accuracy – shows that America has lurched decisively leftward in the past few years, especially since 2009 (remember that bit about fundamentally transforming America?).  Support for grave immorality has increased almost across the board, while an equal number of Americans, for the first time since the poll began in 1999, describe themselves as “very liberal” socially as do “very conservative.”  I hold this latter bit to be far less significant than the detailed findings of the poll, which, again, show support by Americans for the gravest immorality increasing substantially in the past 15 years:

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There’s been quite a bit of variation in that data.  I find it pretty hard to believe that the US was 42% conservative in 2009, and only 31% today.  I have a feeling this particular portion of the poll will probably swing differently in a few years. We’ve seen the same with polls on support for abortion, where occasional ones show Americans tied between pro-abort or pro-life positions (in reality, belief is much more nuanced, the vast majority of Americans favor a much more restrictive abortion regime than we have now), but then a year or two later they show support for abortion substantially lower than opposition.

But, as I said, the more troubling aspects are in the details:

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No surprise how much support for sodomy has skyrocketed. That support for illegitimate birth and fornication should see similar increases is no accident, all this is tied to a fundamental rejection – or at least ignorance of – the vital need for the coherent family of father, mother, and children.  Since so many now view sex as a sterile act oriented solely towards personal pleasure, no wonder they have no problem with sodomy.

And, we can easily predict where the cultural pathology will take us next: polygamy, cloning, euthanasia, etc. We also see the idiocy of the progressive leftist mentality in comparing things like wearing animal fur and medical testing on animals to abortion and sodomy.  Lunacy.  But at least people still oppose marital infidelity……..I really have to wonder, on what possible grounds, since it seems everything else is just fine?  And how would they view sodomite “marriage” if they knew that even the most “committed” of these poor lost people regularly fornicate with others outside their “stable, long term” relationships?

Incredible the degree of moral carnage our culture is now willing to call good.  I’m reading After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre, and he was arguing 35 years ago that people are so morally lost today, and have been for a long time, that they no longer even have the capability to divine what is good and what is bad.  This poll certainly bears that out.  What these people do not understand (and note the connection with collapse in Christian practice in this country and the collapse in morality), is that by rejecting a transcendent source of Truth and embracing a relativist mentality, they are setting up the conditions where everything, not just morality, but also economics, politics, education, etc., will come down to will-to-power. It took centuries for the virtues inherent in Catholic Christendom to create Western civilization as we know it, and it is all being destroyed in a few short years. We are returning to the barbarism of pre-Christian times very rapidly.

Today, his deep faith drives public policy positions on social issues such as traditional marriage.

“If you think about it, we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,” Rubio told CBN News. “Because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.”

“So what’s the next step after that?” he asked.

“After they are done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church is hate speech and there’s a real and present danger,” he warned. [I’d say that is a very visible danger]

To give us an object lesson in how sexular pagans, especially those of the more perverse inclinations, will interpret Catholic-Christian belief as ‘hate speech,’ see this response one commentator made to Rubio’s interview:

Mr. Rubio, despite great provocation [what provocation – believing what essentially everyone believed 15-20 years ago?!?  Repeating 2000 years of constant Christian-Jewish-Muslim belief, a belief set well over half the world’s population claims to adhere to?!?] by you and others like you, LGBTs and their supporters—many of whom are Christian, by the way [No, they are poor lost souls who might incidentally attend a Christian-like sect or self-profess to be Christians. That doesn’t make them so] —who back equality actually think you can say and think whatever you like, as long as it doesn’t incite violence and hatred. If it does, they will object, as any reasonable person might. [Note his attempt to sneak in a massive limitation on free speech – a problematic doctrine, to be sure – by expanding the Supreme Court’s limitation on free speech that might pose an immediate danger to people – shouting fire in a crowded theater – and adding an incredibly nebulous term – “hatred.”  Which he plainly means any speech he really, really doesn’t like]

If you claim that LGBTs do not deserve marriage equality, and your argument has the ring of prejudice about it—and it necessarily would because you are arguing against the principles of equality—then expect to be called out for it.

But you are not being silenced. You are being disagreed with.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. People are being silenced when the sodomite lobby forces passage of laws that cause the state to sue individuals for hundreds of thousands of dollars who refuse to provide flowers for a fake wedding profoundly abhorrent to their most cherished beliefs.  Christians are being silenced and having their lives ruined all over this country for desiring not to give their visible support to something they know to be a grave moral evil.  This is not “disagreement.”  This is a deliberate, hateful campaign of vicious persecution, and this guy is prevaricating mightily in calling it anything else.

But the entire pro-sodomy campaign in the culture, going back nearly 30 years now, has always had to wrap itself in a cloak of lies in order to gain public support.  Immoral lives that involve hundreds of partners, wickedly immoral sexual practices (including a near-endemic predilection for young boys), rampant drug and alcohol abuse, severe psychological problems, and sky-high suicide rates are all kept carefully concealed from the public.  A completely false, sanitized vision of these perverse lifestyles is sold in it’s place.  Likewise, since those lost in these sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance crave constant affirmation for their perversion to shout down the quiet voice inside them that tells them how wrong their mode of living truly is, they cannot stand to have even a tiny minority continue to refute their disordered lusts and perverted desires.  Thus, faithful Christians must, of necessity, be crushed and driven from the public square.  That is also kept closely hidden with demonically hypocritical language arguing for “equality,” “tolerance,” and “acceptance” – all of which the movement (not to say all individuals) necessarily denies to Christians.

These people conflate “hate” with having to hear things they really, really don’t like.  Such reactions are becoming epidemic in the increasingly dyspeptic left.

But even more, this movement quite literally cannot abide ANY public criticism or contradiction.  And, in a very real sense, the more they gain acceptance and drive moral condemnation from the public sphere, the more that which remains drives them batty and the more they want to see it gone.

So get ready for a very, very rough ride in which we will have almost no allies.  Once persecution gets really revved up, we can expect many now bearing the Christian name to fall away, or join perverse sects that set Christian moral doctrine on its ear (many are already around).  I fear we will also be told by many in the Church what rotten, bad Catholics we are, and we may well be escorted to the figurative or literal gallows with Church officials hectoring us to “repent” along the way, just as the English martyrs did.

The key to surviving this while keeping our Faith and saving our soul is to cling to Our Eucharistic Lord and Our Lady.  Only They can keep our faith whole in such a trial.

Pray for those who would persecute us!

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Pope Francis: It may be a heresy, but I agree with the devil that all Christians are one? – UPDATED May 27, 2015

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Pat Archbold has an explosive post related to Pope Francis that is quite possibly the most troubling statement made by this Pontiff yet.  After acknowledging that what he says may not only be controversial, but heretical, he then pronounces that he agrees  with the devil that all Christians, be they evangelical, Orthodox, Lutheran, Catholics, or “Apostolic,” are “one.”  He even pauses, announces out loud his doubts about what he is tempted to say, but then goes ahead and says it anyway.  This starts at 4:10 in the video below:

Now, there are some people at CMR that are attacking Mr. Archbold severely, pretending that Pope Francis did not say what he plainly said.  He is speaking in Spanish, which I read much better than I speak, but I’ve listened to the Pope and read the translation about 10 times now and it’s very close to how I would translate it.  They leave out a bit that I think is important which I’ll include in the transcript below, which is mostly from the subtitles of the video but I make a few changes:

“I feel like saying something that may sound controversial……….or even heretical, I don’t know.  But there is someone who “knows” (sabe – the verb used conveys knowing an intellectual fact) that, despite our differences, we are one.  It is he who is persecuting us*.  It is he who is persecuting Christians today, he who is anointing us with the blood of martyrdom**  He knows that Christians are disciples of Christ: that they are one, that they are brothers! He doesn’t care (or he is not interested) that they are Evangelicals , Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics, or Apostolic……he does not care!  They are Christians!  And that blood unites. Today, dear brothers and sisters, we are living an “ecumenism of blood.”

* – So the devil is using muslims as the vehicle of his persecution?  Is this statement intended to absolve muslims for their guilt in murdering Christians around the world in their thousands every month?  “The devil made them do it?”

**- So the devil now anoints us?  What is he anointing us with? The blood – grace – of martyrdom.  So the devil is playing a key role in the dispensing of grace?

Now, there has been tremendous confusion in the Church on just this subject of the ostensible unity of Christians in the post-conciliar period.  This confusion is a prime reason why so many Catholics of conscience have serious concerns over Dignitatis Humanae and other VII products, documents that played key roles in introducing novel concepts regarding just who constitutes the Church and what means unity. The souls arguing against Archbold on this narrow point (he also brings up the scandal of appointing Fr. Timothy Radcliffe to a position of influence at the Vatican, and the Pope’s silence on the Irish sodo-“marriage” vote – those concerns get crickets, everyone is focused on this devil-unity statement) seem very confused on this matter – some persistently argue that because protestant baptisms can be valid, that means unity with the Church. But “unity” properly understood extends far beyond that, and once a protestant, possessing the proper mental faculties, accepts protestant errors condemned by the Church, the Grace of baptism is lost as he has now chosen to place himself outside the Church.  This used to be clear.  Virtually all Catholics used to firmly believe that those outside the Church had only the dimmest chances of salvation – if they believed they had any at all.  But not anymore – which is why a lot of very bright souls wonder how it is possible to reconcile major aspects of the pre-and post-conciliar Magisterium.

Back to the Pope’s statement – my good Lord, have mercy on us. Has there ever been a Pope who would preface a highly controversial (and dubious) theological proposition with, essentially, “This may make me a heretic, but…….?”  Simply on the prudential level, for any Catholic to make a public pronouncement like that is simply incredible, but for a prelate, let alone THE POPE?!?!?!  There simply are no words.

Even if what he were saying were 100% orthodox, to be so imprudent as to promote uncertainty in the Pope’s theological standing, to assail the dignity of the office with a statement that, according to the Pope, might be heretical, to scandalize millions by declaring “I’m just not certain if this is heresy or not, which could land you and me in hell for all eternity, but here goes!”……just wow.

We are in totally uncharted waters.  Yes, yes, John XXII, but that was one narrow matter on which he was clear he spoke as a private theologian. We get no such reassurances here.  And it is almost certainly much more than one narrow topic.

We are deep into the Passion of the Church, indeed.  Our Lady warned us and warned us……

UPDATE: More analysis from Eliot Bougis.  Much of his commentary is directed at Jimmy Akin’s endless, credibility-snapping apologias for papal statements over the past 2 years, including this one.  A quote from that commentary, including a statement by Pope Francis I did not address above:

Third, the biggest problem arises from his claim that the wound of division exists “in the body of the Church”. This is utterly false, and in the “heretical” kind of way, to be sure. The Church is ONE and SPOTLESS; all such “division” is extrinsic to Her. Ironically enough, the divisions Pope Francis is addressing are themselves the result of schismatic Protestant history and an ongoing refusal to seek communion with Rome. So, by calling such divisions the work of the Devil, he’s right–all schism is diabolical, including that fostered by the organizers of the John 17 Movement! [Which meeting in Arizona the Pope’s video was addressing]

Fourth, by saying that “from 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, [he] will be with [the John 17 participants] spiritually,” and that he desires to “join [them] as just another participant” in the event, he vaults over the otherwise safe area of merely praying with non-Catholics and dives into formal co-celebration with them. The event in Arizona included Bible teaching and worship, not mere prayers, so, by uniting his person and intentions with the participants, Pope Francis has formally and publicly united himself as a member of Protestant worship,* which is a no-no, even in the post-Conciliar age (cf.Unitatis Redintegratio, no. 8). But, hey, who am I to judge?

Not that any of the above matters, of course. It doesn’t matter what this pope says, whose pious ears he offends, what traditional doctrine and laws he undermines and obscures. He’s the pope, after all. It’s all his show. As “faithful Catholics” we’re just expected to smile and nod.

More shortly, God willing.

Long delayed video-dump: Fr. Linus Clovis on the Francis Effect, Oriamendi May 26, 2015

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Many have probably already seen the video of a talk given by Fr. Linus Clovis on the ‘Francis Effect’ in the Church.  It is a most remarkable and explosive speech.  The content is most unusual in its unflinching clarity and his appraisal of the perception so many of the most faithful Catholics have regarding this pontificate.  He actually makes a joke of the old line “is the Pope Catholic?,” turning it into a real question.  He also notes the corrosive effect on Doctrine the past 2-plus years have seen.

He also argues quite convincingly that Catholics can never pit bits of Scripture against each other, Dogma against Dogma, or put new “pastoral” approaches against the traditional practice of the Faith.

Since this has probably already been seen by many, I won’t provide any more synopsis, but I will say it is quite worth watching in its entirety and that we truly live in remarkable times, when apparently good, devout priests feel compelled to stand up and say that there are things being put forth, even at the highest levels of the Church, which are contrary to the Faith as it has been handed on to us.  The priest’s main conclusion is that the ‘Francis Effect’ is having the effect of silencing faithful Catholics and giving succor to the Church’s most avowed opponents:

“The Pope has to facilitate our obeying him, by himself being obedient to the Word of God,” and, I might add, all of Sacred Tradition.

BTW, I was also sent a link to a website begun for Spanish-speaking Catholics by regular diocesan priests, comparing many of Pope Francis’ statements against the perennial Magisterium of the Church.  An English companion site has also been created.  You can read analyses of many of the more, ah…….unexpected……..statements from Pope Francis. No conclusions are reached.  The priests – who are anonymous since they do not want to attract unwanted attention to themselves or their bishops, who are knowledgeable of this effort – simply present the Pope’s words and then various statements from the Magisterium related to them.  Expect to see more on this effort in the coming days.

Reader D also sent me a link to an interview given by Fr. Linus Clovis, I believe sometime last year, below.  The subject of this interview was Fr. Clovis’ denial of Communion to a pro-abort politician after his country, St. Lucia, legalized baby killing back in 2004:

Fr. Clovis notes how his own diocese did not really back him on his refusal to see Christ blasphemed, stating that he should have given the politician Communion with a warning that he would not do so next time (which is frankly a far better position than most US Dioceses, which would have simply thrown the priest under the bus in the service of continuing political “favor” – but favor at the barrel of a gun is no favor at all).  But it’s none too comforting to find out his own archbishop told him he had “no right” to refuse Communion, and who also claimed ignorance of the personage of Cardinal Ratzinger – the future Pope Benedict XVI!  Wow.

If you want to sere more of Fr. Clovis, there are a number of videos on Youtube featuring him (here’s one).  I have not watched any of them, so YMMV.  This channel seems to have many of them, along with many other priests.

Finally, and as a bit of fun, I post the following for Rex.  The Carlists had an awesome march, the Oriamendi.  I don’t know if it would be a winning move to start calling our men’s prayer vigil outside strip clubs a Requete, though the idea is tempting.  I especially like their very wide Navarre berets.

My probably bad translation:

For God Country and King!

Our fathers fought!

For God country and king!

We fight as well!

We fight all together

All together in union

Defending the flag of Sacred Tradition!

We fight all together

All together in union

Defending the flag of Sacred Tradition!

Regardless of the cost we will pay it

until the red berets enter Madrid!

For God Country and King!

Our fathers fought!

For God country and king!

We fight as well!

More awesomeness on the Requete:

Dios Patria Fueros Rey!  Viva Christo Rey!

A prayer for spouses (for each other) May 26, 2015

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I saw this prayer for spouses to pray on behalf of each other, and thought it very nice.  Marriage is under attack in this country as at no other time in her history.  The Supreme Court, in the height of hubris, may arrogate to itself the right to define marriage for all of us, diametrically contrary to nature and God’s Law, and making a false equivalence between the beautiful Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and the sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance.  This decision, if reached as widely expected, will make a further mockery of democracy in this country, as it will directly contravene the express will of the people in a greater than 3/5 majority of the states – also a sufficient majority for an amendment to the Constitution.

There is an initiative going about now, asking souls to pray for this country and the Supreme Court, that this decision come not to pass, but if it must, that we, and especially the leadership of the Church, be given great lights of Grace to always proclaim the Truth, stand fast in the face of dire persecution, and serve God and not men.  That initiative asks souls to pray until the end of June, when the decision is expected to be announced (it was actually a 40 day Novena that started several days ago – sorry for the late notice, but it certainly would not hurt to start praying now).

I think other prayers may be better suited to the 40 day Novena than the one below, but it’s a good one many married couples may consider prayer together (h/t TB):

Holy Spouses, Mary and Joseph, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths. Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.
May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to You through our love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection. Amen.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Thou didst institute marriage in the earthly Paradise and in the New Law elevate it to the dignity of a Sacrament, attaching to it many graces. Grant to my spouse and me the Grace to live holy lives in so sacred a state and, by the practice of Christian virtues, to act always as is becoming a Christian couple. As thy priest joined our hands at the holy altar, so may we journey through life with one heart and one soul tasting its pleasures with moderation, enduring its sorrows with resignation and, at all times, mutually assisting and consoling each other. May Thy true and holy fear strengthen us to restrain the low desires of the flesh, and to serve Thee uprightly with pure heart and eyes and lips, in mutual esteem and forbearance! Grant that the children born of our union may be pure of heart and well-disposed in mind, and that they may gladly walk in the way of Thy Commandments. Teach us to be faithful images of the Holy Family of Nazareth, of the blessed father Joseph, of the most devout Mother Mary, the most blessed Mother of the Child Jesus, that we may be made worthy to live under their protection, to die in their favor, and to be forever blessed in their society. Amen.

Conclude with one Pater Noster, one Ave, one Gloria.

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Once again, Church hierarchy paves way for devastating social change May 26, 2015

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In the United States of the 60s and 70s – but much more importantly, throughout the Church in the former Christendom – the disastrous undermining of Dogma by influential elements within the Church’s own hierarchy played a huge role in the advance of radically immoral social changes.  This was apparent with Cardinal Cushing’s under the table deal with Planned Barrenhood to actually oppose Catholic opposition to the legalization of contraception in the Massachusetts legislature in the early 60s, American Jesuit leadership collaborating with the Kennedy family in orchestrating their switch from a pro-life to a pro-abort position, and weak to non-existent opposition to many liberal social trends throughout those two decades in state after state, court case after court case, from prelates all around the country.

We’ve seen another instance of the Church hierarchy not only failing in its duty to promote and defend the moral order, but even making statements that seem to argue for its dissolution, even against Church Doctrine, in the debacle that just occurred in formerly Catholic Ireland, where nearly 2/3 of the population determined that neither God nor Nature would inform their conscience, and approved the most unnatural perversions as being equivalent to “marriage.”  Rorate Caeli reminds us of some of the very poor leadership given by two of Ireland’s most prominent prelates, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry.  Both of these men, especially the former, have played leading roles in the destruction of the Church in Ireland over the past 30 odd years, from installation of perverse men and agendas at the country’s leading seminary to their – very apparent – tortured uncertainty over whether to oppose so-called marriage between sodomites.  First, Archbishop Martin attempting to defend Church Doctrine (I add emphasis and comments):

The problem in many ways is that the Church has often in the past presented its message poorly. [I certainly agree with that, but not for the reasons Martin puts forth] What is a message of love was presented in language that was harsh.  What was rational argument was presented as a dogma which all should accept. [Typical progressive belief: Dogma is somehow irrational.  That is because they do not accept it]  The truth about Jesus Christ can only be proclaimed in love.[This is an unfortunate and even dangerous statement. Such a careless statement can easily be taken to mean that the Church’s entire moral edifice, throughout Her entire history, has been dangerously wrong, or at least harshly expressed, and thus of dubious merit to every single living soul on the planet.  This is a really terrible thing for a bishop to say]   This is a challenge in today’s culture where often there is a clash of viewpoints and where we find it difficult at times to bring the message of our faith into a culture where faith is considered out of place in public discourse. The fact that in the past the Church was dogmatic in its attempted imposition of its views rather than engage in rational societal debate, does not justify people today replacing “sound-bite-ism” for dogmatism as a way of avoiding rational debate.   [How many people alive today have any experience of the Church being “harsh” or “dogmatic?”  The reason the Church’s message of morality in a context of love of self, neighbor, and God has not reached men is because IT HAS NOT BEEN TAUGHT!  At all!  Especially by men like Martin, who have always cowered from challenging the dominant cultural mores, such as they are, preferring to serve men rather than God]
****An ethics of equality does not require uniformity.  There can be an ethic of equality which is an ethic of recognising and respecting difference.  A pluralist society can be creative in finding ways in which people of same-sex orientation have their rights and their loving and caring relationships recognised and cherished in a culture of difference, while respecting the uniqueness of the male-female relationship. [How on earth can the few faithful Catholics in Ireland now defend the Doctrine of the Faith, deploring the evils of sodomy in every form, now that their Archbishop has told the entire world how wonderful they are within their own context and in a “culture of difference?”] I know that the harshness with which the Irish Church treated gay and lesbian people in the past – and in some cases still today – may make it hard for LGBT people to accept that I am sincere in what I am proposing.[Oh, go get ’em tiger!  You’re a real rock of the Faith. I bet Saint Peter can’t wait to welcome you as a brother at the pearly gates. What he’s basically pleading is: “Though we’ve been wrong on the past on just about everything, can’t you at least throw us a bone, and especially me, tortuously conflicted as I am on this matter, so that I won’t even have to pretend to fight you on some later date?  Can’t you make this easy on me and go with some “civil union” rigmarole that will let me play this matter off most easily to my constituency, both left and right?”]
Now for Bishop McKeown:

Although he maintained that legalizing same-sex “marriage” would be a “dangerous experiment,” especially the ramifications in the lives of children and future generations, he equivocated that people could vote yes or no in the referendum “in good conscience,” if they were as informed as possible before voting and were making a “mature decision.” [Ah, the good ‘ol primary error of Dignitatis Humanae, the “primacy of the individual conscience,” no matter how badly, even demonically formed, strikes again!  But do you think Bishop McKeown or any other Church progressive would grant so much latitude to, say, a rapacious “capitalist” that thought and prayed about his decision to defraud his workers of their wages?!?  Of course not!  Because being a greedy, conservative capitalist is not on the list of “approved” sins by the progressive hierarchy!]

“People have to make their own mature decision, be it yes or be it no. I would hate for people to be voting no for bad reasons, for bigoted reasons, for nasty reasons, for bullying reasons. People have to make up their own minds and I’m quite happy that people can do that in front of God, be it yes or be it no,” Bishop McKeown said. [And now he equivocates voting against sodomite pretend marriage with bigotry, nastiness, and bullying!  Oh, we sure have an heir of the Apostles in this pathetic creature, don’t we?!?]
“I don’t doubt that there are many people who are practicing churchgoers of whatever church background who will in conscience vote Yes, and that’s entirely up them. I’m not going to say they’re wrong,” he added. [I doubt you’d ever say anything that weighs against the prevailing secular pagan orthodoxy.]
The main argument of Archbishop Martin was basically this: neither I, nor my post-conciliar predecessors, have lifted one finger to express unpopular Church Doctrine for decades, especially on sexual issues, and now that the fruit of our failure is manifesting itself, we throw up our hands and declare the war lost.
Or: different religion, and all is going just brilliantly according to plan.

Join Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession Saturday June 6 @ 5pm May 26, 2015

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I have a number of times on this blog wondered why this Diocese could not put together a diocese-wide Corpus Christi Procession on public streets, as used to be done annually for many, many years?  Praise the Lord, I have to wonder no more, as one is scheduled for Saturday June 6 at 6 pm!!!! Perhaps as a certain bit of Divine justice at my periodic excesses of zeal, wouldn’t you know it, but despite longing to participate in just such an event for years, I have unchangeable plans to be out of town that particular weekend and will not be able to attend!  None of us will!  I pray there is one next year, and I will make sure I am here for the Vigil of Corpus Christi in the Novus Ordo calendar!

Details of times and places below.  The Procession will wind 2 miles from Oak Lawn to the Cathedral downtown, taking about 2.5 hours to do so due to many altar stops along the way:

5:00 pm Corpus Christi Mass at Holy Trinity Church
3811 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX (Map/Directions)
6:00pm Procession immediately after Vigil Mass
(with 4 stops along the way)
8:30pm Arrive at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe
2215 Ross Ave, Dallas (Map/Directions)
8:30pm – 9:00pm Adoration with music led by Curtis Stephen

If you’re a Facebooky type you can do that here. They do ask people to try to RSVP on Facebook if they can.

Perhaps expatriate semi-official Dallas Diocesan historian MFG could chime in, but I think this is the first diocesan-level Corpus Christi Procession on public streets in decades – maybe 50 years or more?!?

This is definitely a turn in the right direction, liturgically and pastorally.  Our city and diocese are afflicted with so many grave evils, evils that have for the most part burst into the mainstream since things like Corpus Christi Processions stopped. What, or Who, better to combat evil than the 2nd Person of the Trinity in the Blessed Sacrament?  I pray this event is really well attended and that it form the basis for a return to many more public liturgical Processions in this Diocese.  We could have Marian Processions and of course the Blessed Sacrament doesn’t have to be only processed on Corpus Christi – Christ the King is another great and valid day for such a public witness to our Faith.

At any rate, it’s a start, and a most positive one.  Given the darkening clouds of the culture surrounding us, now is the critical time to engage in more and more public acts of witness to the glorious Faith Christ has established for the salvation of the world.  We’re at the 11th hour, but better late than never.

Deo Gratias, may this bring many great blessings to this Diocese and be the start of many more public acts of witness to our Faith.

Scenes of some of the last Eucharistic Processions in Dallas from the 1950s:

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Prayer Vigil outside ‘The Men’s Club’ in Dallas Wed June 3 @ 8 pm May 26, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, manhood, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, true leadership, Virtue.
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I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on Wednesday June 3, at 8 pm.  I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

There was a great turnout last month.  I pray all of you are able to come back out next Wednesday.  For those who made suggestions on how to improve this effort going forward, I’ve replied to some but not all.  Please have patience with me, I will get back to you or we can discuss June 3 in person.  I do have a failing in always replying to folks who contact me because I get quite a bit of correspondence.

The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway.  It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there.  It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this SOB.  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.

No protesting, just prayer.  No interaction with the patrons at this time.  That may come later.  We’ll see.

This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death.  Maybe it’s even a way to get that canonized “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.

I pray you are able to make it.  Bring your friends.  Fly in from out of town!  Rent buses!

Deo Gratias.

Boy Scouts President Robert Gates – ban on sodomite Scout leaders cannot be maintained May 21, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Well, well, well…….if it isn’t Robert Gates, continuing his disastrous leadership in yet another critically important American institutions. After essentially destroying the defense acquisition process in his turn as Secretary of Defense, he now apparently intends to insure the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) is well and truly leveled during his administration.

Not that their present position – admitting Scouts with perverse inclinations into their ranks, but not Scoutmasters with the same affliction – is in any way tenable.  I wrote at the time they disastrously surrendered that it would’t be more than a year or two before just this happened, that they would have men given over to the most unnatural lusts, the vast majority of whom allow their faculties in that regard to run wild, serving in leadership positions.  Well, I was just about spot-on, Gates has all but called to lift the ban on sodo-Scout leaders (thanks to MFG):

The Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay leaders “cannot be sustained,” said president Robert Gates in remarks prepared for this week’s National Annual Meeting being held in Atlanta.

In his speech, which was posted to the Scouts’ website today and is available below, the former U.S. Defense Secretary and CIA director says he is not asking for a policy change — not yet, anyway. But, he says, “I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was director of the CIA and secretary of defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.”

The Irving-based Boy Scouts lifted its ban on openly gay youth members at its May 2013 meeting at the Gaylord Texan — much to the displeasure of then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But it continues to prohibit openly gay adults from serving as volunteers or paid BSA staffers.

In his speech, Gates points out that many councils are “openly” challenging the current policy — among them, for instance, the Boy Scouts’ Greater New York Councils, which recently hired an openly gay 18-year-old as a camp counselor. Said Gates, expect that trend to continue.

“While technically we have the authority to revoke their charters, such an action would deny the lifelong benefits of Scouting to hundreds of thousands of boys and young men today and vastly more in the future,” he says in the prepared remarks. “I will not take that path. [So, you’ve given up.  Shocking. If you took a strong stand now, you could nip this trend in the bud, but by announcing you will take no action, you are not only insuring many more poor, morally lost souls will try to gain positions of influence in the Scouts, but, even more, you are positively encouraging them to do so.  You’re basically announcing, on the QT, I’m in support of this, I will do nothing to stop it.  Remember to check out the Troops of Saint George for a solidly Catholic alternative to the Boy-Rape Scouts]

Further prediction:  it won’t be more than 10 years or so before two things happen: there are massive lawsuits against the Scouts due to sex abuse that occurs between scouts and “masters,” and the BSA will become a predominately left-wing sexular pagan advocacy organization a la the Girl Scouts.  You are going to allow at least some men with powerful inclinations towards “twinks” unfettered access to them in remote, rural locations.  Normal boys will flee in spades, within a few years virtually no normal boys will join up, and you’ll be left with a much smaller sodomite-advocacy group.  Satan couldn’t be happier, and Baden-Powell must be spinning in his grave.

MFG also recommends this: interesting analysis that indicates that parishes that host Boy Scout troops but who refuse sodo-marriage could be held liable.  The wheels, the wheels are coming off: http://www.adfmedia.org/files/BSALegalRamifications.pdf

Oh, that we could have a Pontiff like St. Gregory VII! May 21, 2015

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A little excerpt from the Feast of Pope St. Gregory VII, May 25, from The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Gueranger.  Poor Pope Hildebrand, as he was also known, was a great reforming Pope, whose efforts to reassert the Faith over an increasingly corrupt Christendom in the 11th century led to his being persecuted greatly, especially by the lying, conniving Holy Roman Emperor Henry II.  Henry had constantly attempted to usurp the power of the Church and Hildebrand’s reforms, especially against the great evil of simony, and revealed himself full of treachery on many occasions, when he begged the Pope’s mercy when in a weak position, only to attack him even more savagely once strong again.  He finally forced Saint Gregory VII to die in exile, due to his orthodoxy, and even went to the length of installing an antipope on the throne of St. Peter.  Of course, Henry eventually met his own downfall, and I would imagine his personal judgement was one of the more challenging ones in history.

Reading about Pope Saint Gregory VII helps remind one that the Church has always been afflicted by bad, worldly prelates, and that really good Popes are relatively rare.  Gregory was abandoned by most of his episcopate, who went over to the antipope’s side (mostly because they did not like how Gregory was trying to curb their lavish and often immoral lifestyles……sound familiar?).  But who remembers those bad bishops anymore? Who even knows where they are?  Meanwhile, in spite of his suffering, Pope Gregory’s reform movement was successful, and set the stage for both the enormous flowering of Faith in the 12th and 13th centuries, and the Crusades.

The excerpt below comes from a letter Pope Saint Gregory wrote to all the faithful of Christendom, encouraging them to rally to his side and, most of all, practice true virtue and right belief.  It is a helpful reminder for our own time, when the Church is again besodden with rotten internal fruit and the repression of the secular power:

You know, brethren, that it was said to the prophet: “Cry from the top of the mountain, cry, cease not!” (Ps II:2).  I, then, urged irresistibly, laying human respect aside, and raising my mind above every earthly consideration, I preach the Gospel, I cry out, yea, I cry out unceasingly,  and I make known to you that the Christian religion, the true faith which the Son of God, who came down on the earth, taught us by our Fathers, is in danger of being corrupted by the violence of secular power;  that it is on the way to destruction, and to the loss of its primitive character, being thus exposed to be scoffed at, not only by satan, but by Jews, Saracens, and pagans.  The very pagans are observers of their laws, though these cannot profit the soul’s salvation, neither have they been guaranteed, by miracles, as ours have been, to which our Eternal King has borne testimony; they keep their laws, and believe them.  We Christians, intoxicated with the love of the world, and led astray by vain ambition, make every principle of religion and justice give way to covetousness and pride; we seem as though we had neither law nor sense, for we have not the earnestness of our Fathers had for our salvation, and for the glory of both the present and future life; we do not make even them the object of our hopes.

If there be some still left who fear God, they only care for their own salvation, and the common good seems not to concern them. Where do we now find persons who labor and toil, or expose their lives by fatigues, out of the motive of the fear or love of the Omnipotent God? Whereas we see soldiers of this world’s armies braving all manner of dangers for their masters, their friends, and even their subjects!  There are thousands of men to be found who face death for the sake of their liege lord; but when the King of Heaven, our Redeemer, is in question, so far from being lavish of their lives, Christians dare not even incur the displeasure of a few scoffers. If there be some (and thanks be to God, there are still a few such left among us) – if, we repeat, there be some who, for the love of the Christian Law, dare to resist the wicked to their face, not only are they unsupported by their brethren, but they are accused of imprudence and indiscretion, and are treated as fools.

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How familiar does that last bit sound?!?  How many of the most devout Catholics today are treated as fools, not only by the scoffing pagans of the world, but by those who should be their best friends and greatest champions, the clergy and bishops of Holy Mother Church!  Dietrich von Hildebrand noted this terrible fact decades ago, and it has only grown worse – ever since the Council, virtually every bishop regards his own best, most devoted souls with distrust if not outright hostility, even opposing their efforts to save souls and restore the Faith!  Meanwhile, they openly give succor to the Church’s enemies within and without!

These are truly diabolical times, but, in some sense, they are not wholly unprecedented. As Pope Saint Gregory VII shows us, there have always been unworthy priests and bishops. Why else have so few been canonized in the history of the Church, with most Saints coming from the ranks of the religious?  But perhaps never before has there been such a top to bottom, worldwide abandonment of the Faith.

May God send us a new Hildebrand.  May He gift our Church with another great, reforming Pope!  None of the major problems afflicting the Church can even begin to be addressed, in a worldly sense, by laity.  It will take great men in high Church office to effect reform.  May God please send us such men.

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