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Dallas Pastor Named New Bishop of Lubbock September 27, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, Francis, General Catholic, huh?, priests, the struggle for the Church.
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And the influence of the Diocese of Dallas – once a relative backwater – continues to grow.  I think this makes the 7th or 8th diocese with a bishop with strong ties to the Diocese of Dallas.  That weren’t the case even a few years ago, when Dallas used to be the kind of diocese that received bishops from elsewhere, rather than being a “breeding ground” for them.  Perhaps this is yet another of the effects of Bishop Farrell’s rather short tenure, a significant increase in the Diocese of Dallas’ profile.

At any rate, Msgr. Robert Coerver of Saint Rite parish in Dallas has been named by Francis as the third Bishop of Lubbock, TX, replacing retiring Bishop Palacido Rodriguez:

Pope Francis has named the pastor of St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, Reverend Monsignor (pronounced Mon-senior) Robert Coerver (pronounced curve-er), to serve as the new Bishop of Lubbock.  The appointment was announced today in Washington, D.C. by the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, followed by the announcement in the Diocese of Lubbock.

With the appointment, Reverend Monsignor Coerver will become the third bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock.  Monsignor Coerver says he was very surprised by the news but grateful to the Holy Father for his confidence in him. He says that while he looks forward to serving Lubbock, he will miss Dallas.  “I was born and raised here in Dallas; my family roots are here and my ancestors were among Dallas’ first Catholics.  I have developed so many fantastic relationships over the years and it will be difficult to have them take on a different nature.  I have cherished my work among my brother priests and upon hearing of my appointment a slight pang of sadness came upon me.  But, as a priest, I have always known that I must follow wherever the Lord leads me, and so when asked if I would accept the appointment I did so immediately because I have promised to serve wherever the Church needs me.  I happily look forward to this new role as chief shepherd of the Catholic faithful in Lubbock and pray that God will assist me in leading the Catholic people there.  I ask the prayers of the people of the Diocese of Dallas as I prepare to assume my new responsibilities.”………

………Bishop-elect Coerver has served at numerous parishes in the Diocese of Dallas, including St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and as pastor at Our Lady of the Lake in Rockwall, and since 2010 at St. Rita in North Dallas. He will be ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock at a special Mass of Ordination on November 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral in Lubbock.

Is it just me, or does Bishop-elect Coerver seem a little less than thrilled to be headed to the dry, flat plains of West Texas? I much prefer Amarillo, myself.

No, I don’t know anything about Bishop-elect Coerver.  I’m all ears if people have some knowledge of his liturgical, doctrinal, and pastoral sensibilities.  Saint Rita is one of the larger, more prosperous parishes in the Diocese, for whatever that’s worth.

Well, good luck and God speed to both Bishop-elect Coerver and the people of the Diocese of Lubbock.

Here’s a video showing the official press conference introducing Bishop-elect Coerver to the Diocese of Lubbock:

His episcopal motto: “Suscipe Domine” – the beginning of Saint Ignatius Loyola’s famous prayer on self-surrender to the Grace of Jesus Christ.  Perhaps a good sign?

Saint John Vianney on Finding Sanctity in our Daily Crosses September 22, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, reading, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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A couple of excerpts from The Sermons of the Cure of Ars, on how to practice sanctity on a daily basis, and finding joy in suffering.  There was a time when at least observant Catholics would have no compunction at crossing themselves in public, or stopping what they were doing to pray when the Angelus bell was run.  I can’t imagine how beautiful it would be to live in a place that is sufficiently Catholic and devoted, to have towns built within earshot of a church, and to have everyone stop and pray at the appropriate times.  I don’t know if that was ever much the case in this country, being so spread out and with huge intermixed populations (maybe in the old Irish and Italian ghettos?), but it was in Europe and other places.

I think there is a lot of good in these excerpts.  I have people ask me frequently how they can witness to the Faith.  One simple way is to say grace in public before meals.  Another is to go around always praying when not doing something that really preoccupies you.  I have a Rosary in my hand much of the time in public.

Before beginning your work, my dear brethren, never fail to make the Sign of the Cross.  Do not imitate those people without religion who dare not to do this because they are in company.  Offer quite simply all your difficulties to God and renew from time to time this offering, for by that means you will have the happiness of drawing down the blessing of Heaven on yourself and on all you do.  Just think, my dear brethren, how many acts of virtue you can practice by behaving in this way, without making any change in what you are actually doing.  If you work with the object of pleasing God and obeying His Commandments, which order you to earn your bread by the sweat of your brow, that is an act of obedience. If you want to expiate your sins, you are making an act of penance.  If you want to obtain some Grace for yourself or for others, it is an act of hope and of charity. [These last two sentences are such incredibly beautiful thoughts. Do not overlook the good that you do in you pious hopes and devout aspirations!] Oh, how we could merit Heaven every day, by dear brethren, by doing just our ordinary duties, but by doing them for God and the salvation of our souls!  Who stops you, when you hear the chimes striking, from thinking on the shortness of time and of saying in your minds: “Time passes and death comes closer.  I am hastening towards eternity.  Am I really ready to appear before the tribunal of God?  Am I not in a state of sin?”………

…….The Saints, my dear brethren, all loved the Cross and found in it their strength and their consolation.

But, you will say to me, is it necessary, then, always to have something to suffer?……….Now sickness or poverty, or again, scandal or calumny, or possibly the loss of money or an infirmity?

Have you been calumniated, dear friends?  Have you been loaded with insults?  Have you been wronged?  So much the better!  That is a good sign; do not worry; you are on the road that leads to Heaven.  Do you know when you ought to be really upset?  I do not know if you understand it, but it should be precisely for the opposite reason – when you have nothing to endure, when everyone esteems and respects you.  Then you should feel envious of those who have the happiness of passing their lives in suffering, or contempt, or poverty.  Are you forgetting, then, that at your Baptism you accepted the Cross, which  you must never abandon until death, and that it is the key that you will use to open the door of Heaven?  Are you forgetting the words of our Savior: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  Not for a day, not for a week, not for a year, but all our lives.  The Saints had a great fear of passing any time without suffering, for they looked upon it as time lost.  According to St. Teresa, man is only in this world to suffer, and when he ceases to suffer, he should cease to live.  St. John of the Cross asks God, with tears, to give him the grace to suffer more as a reward for all his labors.  

What should we conclude, my dear children, from all that?  Just this: Let us make a resolution to have a great respect for all the crosses, which are blessed, and which represent to us in a small way all that our God suffered for us.  Let us recall that from the Cross flow all the graces that are bestowed upon us and that as a consequence, a cross which is blessed is a source of blessings, that we should often make the Sign of the Cross on ourselves and always with great respect, and, finally, that our houses should never remain without this symbol of salvation.

Fill your children, my dear brethren, with the greatest respect for the Cross, and always have a blessed cross on  yourselves; it will protect you against the devil, from the vengeance of Heaven, and from all danger.  This is what I desire for you.

———–End Quote———–

The Catholic embrace of suffering has always been one of the aspects of the Faith that has most scandalized, even enraged, the world.  Worldly people cannot comprehend what good there could be in joyfully willed suffering. As so much of Western society has become so rich, so addled with constant comfort, so used to having every whim satisfied at the flip of a switch, the notion of desiring suffering has gone from being alien and strange to perverse and offensive.  Just the other day, I saw an evangelical protestant “Catholic outreach” site that used images of pious souls doing things like processing on their knees or wearing a cilice as a demonstration of the perversity of the Catholic Faith.  After all, protestant divines have declared that faith alone is necessary for salvation, even if James ii:24 and Matthew xxv:31-46 totally contradict this.

Unfortunately, protestantism told the world exactly what it wanted to hear: salvation without works, Heaven without suffering!  No wonder it has proven such a persistent heresy (in its always metastasizing forms).

But I’m wandering a bit from the purpose of the post.  I pray you found it edifying.

Liberals Clutch Pearls at Thought of “Super-Gun Owners” September 22, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, family, firearms, fun, General Catholic, manhood, secularism, silliness, Society.
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I’d like to own a super gun. Isn’t that what got Dr. Gerald Bull killed by the Mossad, building the Baghdad Gun for Saddam Hussein?

Seriously, gun control advocates are now collectively hyperventilating – we are supposed to believe – over the fact that, it turns out, a relatively few people own an awful lot of guns.  Even more shockingly, a fair number of those are women.  Don’t these women know it’s their job to be helpless victims, after which they can be “empowered” by raging feminists demanding vengeance for their brutal rape-murders by getting federally-mandated child care?

Americans own an estimated 265m guns [I had read several places it was more like 350 million?], more than one gun for every American adult, according to the most definitive portrait of US gun ownership in two decades. But the new survey estimates that 133m of these guns are concentrated in the hands of just 3% of American adults – a group of super-owners who have amassed an average of 17 guns each[Oh goodness, how terrible, head for the hills, we must have a federal gun ban!  Actually, any serious hunter could easily run into that number of guns and not have anything but bolt actions and pump or single-action shotguns.  4 or 5 bird guns, maybe a turkey gun, one or two each for deer, varmints, elk, bear/moose, a revolver or two, and you’re at 17 quickly with just a hunting hobby.  These numbers are meant to scare, but don’t mean anything.  Also, I’m again saddened to learn I’m way, way below average.  If only I had the money to buy another 5 guns and come up to spec……hint hint] 

The unpublished Harvard/Northeastern survey result summary, obtained exclusively by the Guardian and the Trace, estimates that America’s gun stock has increased by 70m guns since 1994. At the same time, the percentage of Americans who own guns decreased slightly from 25% to 22%.[Do you think fewer Americans own guns now than before?  The biggest decrease seems to be among young men, fewer than ever seem interested in owning guns.  Of course, fewer than ever also seem interested in having a job, getting a married, raising a family, or doing anything other than playing video games, watching porn, and wasting time on 4Chan in mom and dad’s basement. Kidding aside (or was I?), the steady transition of populations from rural to urban tends to explain a lot of the overarching firearms ownership trends]

While there are an estimated 55 million American gun owners, most own an average of just three firearms, and nearly half own just one or two, according to the survey results. [Truth be told, before Obama came along, I only owned 3 guns. Now I have lots more]

Then there are America’s gun super-owners – an estimated 7.7 million Americans who own between eight and 140 guns. [Yay, I’m a super-owner!] 

This kind of concentrated ownership isn’t unique to guns, firearms researchers noted. Marketing experts suggest that the most devoted 20% consumers will typically account for 80% of a product’s sales.

You know what they really wanted to say…….You filthy mouth breathing bitter clingers.  Don’t you know NO ONE needs 8 or 11 or 27 or 55 of 112 guns?!?  How dear you invade nice liberal dreams at night with the knowledge that people like you, people different from us, exist!  Just crawl under a rock and die, Trumpistas.

Turning the snark around, perhaps they could fix this horrible awful gun inequality by getting the federal government to “even the playing field” by distributing a hundred million or so firearms to the “underserved” public?

Can you spot the reasons this guy is my (secular) hero of the week?

Sergeant Brian D. Richardson, a 29-year-old crew chief for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Leesburg, Fla., fires a 7.62mm GAU-17/A weapon system at enemy targets from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 13 here, Sept. 2. Three Venom helicopters and four MV-22 Osprey aircraft are operating from an expeditionary airfield 300 miles inland, supporting the battalion-sized element conducting the exercise. Koolendong demonstrates the operational reach of the 31st MEU and why it is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region. Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army. The 31st MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself to accomplish the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces. The size and composition of the 31st MEU makes it well suited for amphibious operations, which includes raids, assaults, evacuations and humanitarian assistance operations.

Sergeant Brian D. Richardson, a 29-year-old crew chief for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Leesburg, Fla., fires a 7.62mm GAU-17/A weapon system at enemy targets from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 13 here, Sept. 2. Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army. The 31st MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself CHECK FRONT LEFT POCKET Dang right he brings what he needs to sustain himself.  You probably can’t find a good snuff in Australia!

All real men……..all. real. men.

It Shouldn’t Be Up to the Laity to Try to Save the Church…….. September 21, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, shocking, Society, the struggle for the Church, Virtue.
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……but, apparently – at least publicly, which is really what matters – it is.

The Remnant and Catholic Family News have published what promises to be the first installment in a lengthy accusation and denunciation of Francis and his pontificate.  It was published Monday, but unfortunately I only saw it today.  I am also about out of time, but may cover this more tomorrow.

As Steve Skojec noted, when one starts to catalog Francis’ apparently heterodox statements, dubious pronouncements, grave prudential errors, and general assault against the Faith all in one place, it quickly becomes stupefying.  Even with a first installment of 2300 words, so much more could have been said, which is all the more terrifying. On almost a daily basis, Francis says or does something to cause grave scandal and  undermine the Faith as practiced for centuries.  In terms of undermining of Doctrine and giving scandal to millions, Francis is, most likely, the single most damaging pope in the history of the Church.

One particularly revealing portion of the accusation, which may be its most important part, was the noting of the manifest failure of the Catholic episcopacy to publicly challenge some of the more egregious actions of this pontificate and the effect they are having on Holy Mother Church. We seem sheep without shepherds, a crew adrift in a raging hurricane with all the officers not only distracted and incompetent, but with many in a deranged lunacy deep in the bowels of the ship pulling out the scuttlecocks!  I excerpt a few bits from the introduction to the accusation below, but the whole thing is worth reading.  If you’ve do read it, or already have, bear in mind so very much more could have been included.  That fact alone gives us a very clear idea of just what we are dealing with.

My emphasis:

Your Holiness:

The following narrative, written in our desperation as lowly members of the laity, is what we must call an accusation concerning your pontificate, which has been a calamity for the Church in proportion to which it delights the powers of this world. The culminating event that impelled us to take this step was the revelation of your “confidential” letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires authorizing them, solely on the basis of your own views as expressed in Amoris Laetitia, to admit certain public adulterers in “second marriages” to the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion without any firm purpose of amending their lives by ceasing their adulterous sexual relations.

You have thus defied the very words of Our Lord Himself condemning divorce and “remarriage” as adultery per se without exception, the admonition of Saint Paul on the divine penalty for unworthy reception of the Blessed Sacrament, the teaching of your two immediate predecessors in line with the bimillennial moral doctrine and Eucharistic discipline of the Church rooted in divine revelation, the Code of Canon Law and all of Tradition.

You have already provoked a fracturing of the Church’s universal discipline, with some bishops maintaining it despite Amoris Laetitia while others, including those in Buenos Aires, are announcing a change based solely on the authority of your scandalous “apostolic exhortation.” Nothing like this has ever happened in the history of the Church. [Not even the protestant revolt cum heresy or the Arian heresy were this severe.  Never before in the 2000 year history of the Church has a reigning pontiff so publicly, so repeatedly attacked and undermined the Sacred Deposit of Faith in anything remotely like so comprehensive and relentless a manner]

……….Yet, almost without exception, the conservative members of the hierarchy observe a politic silence while the liberals exult publicly over their triumph thanks to you. Almost no one in the hierarchy stands in opposition to your reckless disregard of sound doctrine and practice, even though many murmur privately against your depredations. Thus, as it was during the Arian crisis, it falls to the laity to defend the Faith in the midst of a near-universal defection from duty on the part of the hierarchs.

Of course we are nothing in the scheme of things, and yet as baptized lay members of the Mystical Body we are endowed with the God-given right and the correlative duty, enshrined in Church law (cf. CIC can. 212), to communicate with you and with our fellow Catholics concerning the acute crisis your governance of the Church has provoked amidst an already chronic state of ecclesial crisis following the Second Vatican Council.

Private entreaties having proven utterly useless, as we note below, we have published this document to discharge our burden of conscience in the face of the grave harm you have inflicted, and threaten to inflict, upon souls and the ecclesial commonwealth, and to exhort our fellow Catholics to stand in principled opposition to your continuing abuse of the papal office, particularly where it concerns the Church’s infallible teaching against adultery and profanation of the Holy Eucharist.

This cry of the heart has raised great umbrage in certain quarters (the typical ones).  Whether there have been interventions from the episcopate against Francis privately, with more and more scandals developing weekly, and especially the “interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia that was leaked, it’s a pretty sad state of affairs that virtually the only condemnations – or challenges – to the direction of this pontificate being made public are coming from laity and a few, mostly anonymous, priests. Yes there have been some scattered statements from individual bishops but they have been few and far between, and nothing the kind of categorical “reply” that the situation so desperately merits. Even if – and it’s not an if I think can be fairly granted – but even if, somehow, everyone of Francis’ scandalous actions, statements, and pronouncements could be reconciled with the Deposit of Faith, could somehow be shown to be within the bounds of prudence, there is still the issue of the mass confusion and pain he is causing.  Should not that, at least, merit more public response from those given the great grace, and terrible duty, to shepherd the souls in their charge?

What do you think of this accusation?  Is it the laity’s place to lay such charges?  If the laity doesn’t do it, who will?  Should we simply pray and do penance, imploring God to free us from this man?

I do believe people of good will and solid observance of the Faith can come down differently on these questions.  I tend to support such interventions due to the desperation in which we are mired,as I think someone has to call a spade a spade, and if the bishops are failing in their duty, then it is up to the laity to stand forth and do their best.  I can, however, comprehend how some could disagree

I am truly out of time.  We’ll see what, if any, discussion this sparks.

Saint Leo the Great on Offering Penance September 21, 2016

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Even though the excerpt below was spoken, and primarily intended, for the start of Lent, it is not without its usefulness in an Ember Week.  Saint Leo effectively, gracefully communicates the Church’s steadfast belief in the efficacy of fasting (penance) and its salutary effects on our souls. I don’t know if you ever need inspiration to fast/works of penance, but if you do, I think you’ll find this mighty motivatin’.  What Grace there is waiting for us in penance, and how few avail themselves of it! What a tragedy for the Church and the world!

From pp. 121-3 of The Liturgical Year, Vol. V:

The Holy Church, seeing her children…….speaks to them in her Office of Matins, these eloquent and noble words of St. Leo the Great: dfsasf

“Having to announce to you, dearly beloved, the most sacred and chief fast, how can I more appropriately begin, than with the words of the Apostle, in whom Christ Himself spoke, and by saying to you what has just been read: “Behold!  Now is the acceptable time!  Behold, Now is the day of salvation!For although there be no time which is not replete with divine gifts, and we may always, by God’s Grace, have access to His mercy, yet ought we all to redouble our efforts to make spiritual progress and be animated with unusual confidence, now that the anniversary of the day of our redemption is approaching, inviting us to devote ourselves to every good work, that catholic-penanceso we may celebrate, with purity of body and mind, the incomparable mystery of our Lord’s Passion.  

It is true that our devotion and reverence towards so great a mystery should be kept up during the whole  year, and we ourselves should be at all times, in the eyes of God, the same as we are bound to be at the Easter solemnity.  But this is an effort which only few among us have the courage to sustain.  The weakness of the flesh induces us to relax our austerities; the various occupations of every day life take up our thoughts; and thus even the virtuous find their hearts clogged by the world’s dust.  Hence it is that the Lord has most providentially given us these days, whose holy exercises should be to us a remedy, whereby to regain our purity of soul.  The good works and the holy fastings of this season were instituted as an atonement for, and an obliteration of, the sins we commit during the rest of the year.  [Such a beautiful sentiment. They were also specifically intended for the sanctification of priests and especially those seminarians to be ordained this season/year]

Now, therefore, that we are about to enter upon these days, which are so full of mystery, and which were instituted for the holy purpose of purifying both soul and body, let us, dearly beloved, be careful to do as the Apostle bids us, and cleanse ourselves from all defilements of the flesh and the spirit; that thus the combat between the two substances being made less fierce, the soul, which, when she herself is subject to God, ought to be the ruler of the body, will recover her own dignity and position. [Dang right!]  Let us also avoid giving offence to any man, so that here be none to blame or speak evil things of us.  For we deserve the harsh remarks of infidels, and we provoke the tongues of the wicked to blaspheme religion, when we who fast lead unholy lives.  For our fast does not consist in the mere abstinence from food; nor is it of much use to deny food to our body, unless we restrain the soul from sin.

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Start Novena to St. Michael the Arcangel Today 09/20/16 September 20, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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I try to put out these reminders for you.  The Novena starts today and finishes on the vigil of the feast.

Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His people, I turn to you with confidence andStMichaelTheArchangelseek your powerful intercession.

For the love of God, Who made you so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer.

You know the value of my soul in the eyes of God.  May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty.  Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me.  I desire to imitate your loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and your great love for God and men.  And since you are God’s messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to you this special request:

(Mention your request)

Saint Michael, since you are, by the Will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in your prayers.  I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will my petition will be granted.St_Michael_Raphael

Pray for me, Saint Michael, and also for those I love.  Protect us in all dangers of body and soul.  Help us in our daily needs.

Through your powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death, and reach heaven where we may praise and love God with you forever.

Amen.

In thanksgiving to God for the graces bestowed on St. Michael: one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be.

The faithful who recite devoutly some prayers in honor of St. Michael with the intention of continuing the said prayers for nine consecutive days may gain: an indulgence of 5 years once each day; a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, at the end of their novena.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think?

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

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

New Movie EWTN Affiliate Focuses on Alinskyite Influence in the Church September 20, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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I guess it’s throwback Tuesday on the blog, I’m hitting a lot of subjects I covered in depth in the past but sort of moved on from.

Probably many of you know about Saul Alinsky and his influence on the current president, the Catholic Church (especially the Archdiocese of Chicago), and the advance of cultural marxism in the US generally.  True to his paramour, satan, he has been a one man wrecking crew.  Coupled with the Frankfurt School penetration of the federalized education industrial complex, Alinskyite “social justice” warriors have probably done more to advance the creeping socialization of the United States than any other group.

Someone at EWTN apparently recently figured this out, because there is a new movie coming out on 09/22 that features much EWTN talent, like Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, etc., discussing the baleful influence of Saul Alinsky and his Rules of Radicals.  I’m sure it’s a well done production and a great message to get out, but,  ummm………where were you in 2008?

Well, the reason is, there is always a steady stream of folks who have advanced to a point where a message like what I expect from this movie will have a significant impact on them.  So while perhaps quite a bit late to stop the fundamental transformation of our nation, perhaps it will help prepare a few souls for the future that awaits us:

Summary from the website:

From the producers of the Gabriel Award winning television series “SAINTS ALIVE!” on EWTN, comes “A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING”, a new feature docudrama on Saul Alinsky, the father of community organizing and author of “Rules for Radicals”. The film is a lens into America’s cultural Marxism euphemistically called ‘progressivism.’

With all the radical transformations of America and its religious freedoms, politics, economy, education, healthcare, courts, media, cinema, music, art, architecture; the film will help Catholics and all Christians understand “how we’ve gotten to where we are today” and “what’s behind” the amorality, sexual revolution, political correctness, gender confusion that is destroying our families and culture.

This is no conspiracy theory! It’s the real story of Alinsky and his movement. It’s the classic teachings of the Church with insights from philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. (who as a Jesuit scholastic was trained in Alinskyian organizing), Fathers Glenn Sudano & Andrew Apostoli (co-founders with Fr. Benedict Groeschel of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal), Stephanie Block (who wrote the definitive 4 volume study of Alinskyian organizing) [Stephanie’s great.  She’s always worth a listen]. Actors play Alinsky, Popes St. John Paul II & Leo XIII, Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko & others.

Most interesting to contemplate is the degree to which leftists and left-leaners within the Church were eager to provide the Alinskyite movement with its first big success at penetrating a church for the much sought after money and moral credibility.  It’s been no stopping for them ever since, which is also how we have gotten such poisonous doctrines as the “seamless garment.”

But perhaps most interesting of all is the correlation between the present pontificate and the beliefs, methods, and techniques of personal destruction honed and Saul Alinsky.  I’m sure that won’t be part of this movie, but you can ruminate on that as an extra credit assignment to work on at home.

Remember to show your work.

Bishops Fear Loss of Revenue More than Tax-Exempt Status September 20, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, different religion, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, Restoration, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
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It’s been a while, but I wrote extensively in the past about how 90+% of the budget of Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services comes from the federal government, and how that federal funding has caused inevitable compromises in the Catholic mission and identity of these erstwhile charities (is it a charity if the money is taken by force?).

Many wonder why so few bishops have any backbone to oppose the culture or even the very public moral failings of their flock.  Why do they always seem to cave?  Well, the main reason is, they belong to a different religion, but many also wonder whether fear of losing their tax-exempt status might not have a big part to do with it.  Didn’t Nancy Pelosi threated to strip it if the bishops ever got out of line and started, totally contrary to their personal inclinations, really opposing democrat candidates?

But the tax-exempt issue, while large, is probably less significant compared to the loss of the billions of dollars of forced donations taken from the American public at large and given to the USCCB’s charities by the federal government every year, so long as the bishops continue to play their part in the big, always left-turning machine of our culture.

That’s the theory proposed by Philip De Vous below, and I think he’s pretty much spot on, if you leave out the whole different religion aspect (my comments):

Every time I hear an American Bishop or some apparatchik at the USCCB give some fake warning about being careful what we say, or write, or what pro-life literature we hand out concerning the election because “we could lose our tax exempt status, I laugh and think, “so what and let the bastards try it.” [Fight through. Move along…….]

Why are so many prelates and priests so unmanly and afraid of a confrontation and a fight? Surely one of the reasons men only are called to the priesthood has something to do with a man’s capacity to fight and protect what he loves? Testicular fortitude should be thing for men–Christ’s own men especially!!!

“What doth it profit a man to gain his tax exempt status and lose his soul?” [Well, what if these men are actually fervent devotees, high priests even, of a different and implacably competing religion, a religion of man, by men, and for men, a religion dreamed up by Montesquieu and Voltaire and Hegel and all the other prophets of the sexular pagan left?  What if they held a vision of “catholicism” that reduced it to a simple appendage, a sort of god-modded version, of the “greater” religion of sexular pagan leftism?  Mr. De Vous is completely right in his analysis, insofar as it goes, but there is much more beneath the surface of prurient interest and Pharisaical wealth- and influence-seeking.]

As I see it, given the number of people who regularly go to Mass, confession, and actually support the Church, and given that Catholics contracept and divorce at the same rates as the pagan population [slightly higher!], we have too much land, too many parishes, and too many schools for the number of Catholics who actually practice their faith, so a tax paying forced reorganization might be beneficial to properly slim down to productive and believing ecclesiastical assets[Great point]

Why do Bishops pretend as if they would have no public leverage, influence, or legal recourse should the government actually and improbably move to revoke the Church’s tax exempt status? Why do they and their apparatchiks tell this ridiculous, very public lie of the potential revocation of exemption every election season? How many African-American congregations have suffered a revocation of their exemption when they regularly have candidates preaching from their pulpits? NONE. [Maybe, just maybe, many if not most of those bishops don’t WANT to stand against the dominant culture and the evils it promotes, because they predominately agree with them? You’re asking them to inveigh against their most deeply held spiritual beliefs – the horror!]

When are we going to confront the real truth at the root of what the Bishops and their apparatchiks fear: That they have made the Catholic Church in the United States a subcontractor for the anti-Catholic, secularized welfare state and have grown dependent on government money to prop up the Church’s charities and social welfare programs, partly due to the fact that the faithful aren’t so faithful anymore and don’t support the Church and her works much anymore. [But which came first, chicken or egg?  The faithful and bishops both started abandoning the faith en masse in the mid-20th century, but a fair argument can be made that the elites (bishops) went first.  So, stop teaching the Faith,  make massive changes in the very core of people’s lived religious experience (the Mass), and experience a decrease in conviction and involvement.  So the USCCB sucked up to the gov’t to make up for the lack of conviction (read: donations) their own mishandling of the Faith had encouraged, which sucking up is what they wanted to do all along for deeply held cultural and ideological reasons.  Sound like a self-fulfilling prophecy?]

We’ve been corrupted by government money and have made it hard for ourselves to speak the truth about things that matter most, the millions in government dollars prop up school lunch programs, family aid programs, Catholic charities programs, refugee aid, etc.  “Helping people” viewed as a quantity, at the cost of muting our integral witness on moral non-negotiables is surely a highway to Hell paved with greenbacks. [But may have been viewed as much more of a feature than a bug]

It’s not our tax exempt status we’re afraid of losing by speaking the truths that frankly most comfortable, semi-practicing Catholics don’t much want to hear, it’s because we’re afraid of losing the money(concupiscence of the eyes) and the public prestige that administering these big programs (the pride of life) brings to episcopal and meta-episcopal administrations, such as the various organs of the USCCB.

Again, I don’t mean to sound critical, it’s great analysis as far as it goes, and mirrors almost exactly where I was, say, in 2011 or so.  Even then, however, it was evident to me that something was seriously off in the episcopate beyond the love of easily obtained governmental money, something much more to do with ideology and a repugnance for the Bad Old Church.

Nevertheless, it’s always refreshing to see people seeing through the bureaucratic smokescreens of the USCCB/chanceries and starting to figure things out for themselves.  Don’t stop digging, Mr. De Vous!  The truth is out there…….

Reason #945 to Never Serve in the US Military……. September 19, 2016

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……..or strongly consider terminating service at the earliest possible/foreseeable date.  The Navy, acting on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s act of the will permitting “transgender” individuals to serve in the armed forces, is implementing across-the-board training indoctrination for all servicemembers starting next year.  Aside from encouraging deeply disordered individuals from maintaining a fiction in total contradiction to their God-given identity, aside from allowing burly men free access to women’s restrooms and other facilities on ship, it will also, almost certainly, require all Naval personnel to join in with this fantasy by mandating the use of one’s “gender pronoun of choice,” or even ludicrous made up ones like xer, zim, xhe, etc.  This is institution-mandated madness, and, in line with the Gramscian principles at work in all cultural marxism of this type, will help serve as both a massively useful legal precedent for imposing this unprecedented social engineering on unwilling states and even private entities, and as a further wrench in the already broken down machine of Western civilization.

As you can see, it’s win-win to the leftists who are attempting to foist this insanity on all of us:

An all-Navy message sent out Tuesday says that all sailors will be required to undergo transgender behavioral education by July 2017.

Starting Nov. 1, the training will educate sailors about the Navy’s new transgender policy that allows transgenders to serve in the military, Military.com reported.

“This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior,” the message states. [Meaning, if you call a 6’5″ 250 lb dude covered in thick body hair who happens to wear a wig – or not even that, who happens to feel like a woman, today, even though he gives absolutely no outward indication of being such – “sir,” you’re finished.]

……In the meantime, leadership is putting together a commander’s tool kit that will guide training, said Lt. Jessica Anderson, a spokeswoman for Naval Personnel Command, to Military.com[The fact that a woman is spokesman for this is hardly surprising.  Of all the services, none have been more a special target of cultural marxism than the Navy, whose “Tailhook scandal” gave the powers that be all the excuse they needed to break yet another cultural institution of any outward masculine orientation]

Service members are expected to maintain standards of conduct and treat each other with dignity and respect,” Anderson said. [This is a euphemism of language policing on an unprecedented scale] “Training for sailors will be conducted by command triads via mobile training teams or DVD with a facilitation guide if the unit is in a remote area and unable to receive face-to-face training. There will also be webinars for COs to ask questions prior to delivering training to their commands.” [If you had any idea how much time in today’s military is taken up by training of this type, and similar inanities (like ubiquitous commercials on Armed Forces TV demanding service members constantly wear reflector belts even when on duty in a war zone), you’d be amazed that anything productive ever gets accomplished.]

The training deadline is set to coincide with the date that the Navy will start accepting transgender recruits, July 1, 2017.

The military is creating ground rules for servicemembers who want to change their gender while serving and is requiring that all transgendered people use the bathroom associated with their preferred gender.

Anderson said that leadership will crack down on any mistreatment or harassment of transgender individuals. [Which would include telling someone who is manifestly a man, that they are not, in fact, a woman, no matter how many cancer-causing drugs they take, or how much self-mutilation they perform. Even use of the “wrong” pronoun will be grounds for severe penalties, because you will be made to care, and to sing the leftist tune.]

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter repealed the ban on transgenders serving in the military back in June.

“This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force,” Carter said at a Pentagonpress conference. “We can’t allow barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission.”

What complete, utter bullshwaggle.  Transgenders don’t even make up 0.03% of the population.  The military has gotten by without them for 240 years, and could continue getting by forever without these super-special snowflakes.  This is all about an exercise of naked power by cultural marxists to advance the ball as far as they possibly can while they still hold power.

Do you have any idea how high the same sex rape rate is in the US military? Did you know that men are almost as likely to be raped in the US military as are women?

And you do, of course, realize, that this whole transgender rights line of attack on morality and decency is, a) something that was on absolutely no one’s radar even 2 years ago, before Obergefell, and b) is a direct result of that decision, which suddenly gave those inclined to sodomy and allied perversion not only “equal” rights but, given all the pre-existing “hate crimes” legislation and other special government protections, superior rights to the most hated creature in the known universe, the always deplorable white male?

The Left worked to set the table for that decision for at least twenty five years solid, and once it came, had an entire panoply of causes to put forth to continue their attack on their real enemy, Christianity.  We’re bogged down in bathroom wars over an aggrieved 50,000 or so very, very loud people, nationwide, so that almost no one gives thought to, say, rolling back Obergefell, Lawrence v. Texas, etc.  That’s how the Left has succeeded for 60 odd years now, they never rest, as soon as one objective is obtained, they push for 5 more.

So, Catholic Navy types (and, I assume, those of all the other branches)…….are you going to go along and call a giant he “Ma’am,” or whatever is demanded of you?  Or will there be an appropriate weasel word provided, something sexless so you don’t have to compromise yourself totally?  Like just addressing people by rank?  But hasn’t going along to get along helped bring us to this very point?  Not that I would have the wherewithal to do any differently if it were my career on the line………..or would I?

I have gone out in a blaze of glory once.  There’s no way I could ever work at Fuji-land again so long as current management remains, not that I’d want to.

h/t reader TT