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Solemn Vespers of the Dead for the Centenary of the Conclusion of WWI at UD Nov 6 November 5, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition.
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I hope I can attend this tomorrow night.  Solemn Vespers for the Dead in the traditional Rite will be offered Nov 6 on the campus of the University of Dallas at 7:30 pm at the Church of the Incarnation.  All details below:

Check out the generous confession times at the Church of the Incarnation, too – 45 minutes a day or more Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat.

I heard the Catholic Action for Faith and Family Conference was a big success.  My daughter was there yesterday to sing in the schola for the solemn pontifical low Mass Cardinal Burke offered on Sunday morning.  Many other events over the weekend were sparsely attended because so many other folks were off at the big conference at the Irving convention center.  Bishop Burns was there.  I’ve heard some other good things about Bishop Burns in the last several days on other fronts.  Even though he is closely associated with the sad triad of Wuerl/McCarrick/Farrell he seems cut from a bit different cloth.

But the opening of the diocesan records on priest boy rape is a nothingburger.  It’s all been carefully checked over in advance but there may be a few belated revelations.

All that aside, I have a small but growing pious hope that in Bishop Burns Dallas has finally gotten someone a bit virtuous as bishop.

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300 Page “Gay Dossier” Starts to Leak; Farrell, Francis Deeply Implicated September 14, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, Francis, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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The notorious 300 page dossier of perversion and financial corruption that was delivered to Benedict in December 2012 has apparently started to leak.  An Italian publication has seen the document and is now reporting in some vague tones regarding it.  A few specifics have come out, however, and it seems Kevin Farrell and Francis figure prominently in it.  It seems reports reached the Vatican prior to Farrell being elevated to auxiliary bishop in 2002 (shortly after McCarrick, his sponsor and roommate, was made cardinal over the objections of a number of faithful Catholics) of evidence of moral corruption.

What many have strongly suspected for a long time is being confirmed:

The Vatican is reeling from news that the 300-page dossier containing names of members of the gay lobby — a dossier some believe led to Pope Benedict’s resignation in 2013 — has been leaked to the media.

Il Fatto Quotidiano, an Italian journal read by Vatican officials, is confirming it has seen the 300-page dossier. “The report contains a detailed and disturbing picture of the moral and material corruption of the clergy, with names, surnames and circumstances,” writes Francesca Fagnani.

We are … able to view a document on papal letterhead included in the investigation, and here we publish an excerpt: It is a list of prelates and laymen who belong to the so-called gay lobby, which through blackmail and secrets could affect, or have conditioned, positions and careers (theirs, like those of others).

We will not reveal the names shown in the list, but we can confirm that among the names there are people removed by the Pope, others moved from office, others who still hold important positions in strategic organs for the Vatican, such as Propaganda Fide and even the Secretariat of State.

Among those implicated in the dossier is none other than Cdl. Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, who has repeatedly claimed he knew nothing of former housemate Abp. Theodore McCarrick’s homosexual predation, although they lived together on the same floor of the same house for six years in Washington, D.C.

“Farrell was appointed auxiliary bishop of Washington precisely because it was McCarrick who wanted him as a deputy,” Fagnani reports in a September 4 article focusing on a “Farrell dossier.” “The two were part of the ‘magic circle’ of Pope Francis.”

[A case] on the auxiliary bishop of Washington, Kevin Joseph Farrell, is said to have been filed at the Congregation for the Doctrine for the Faith in the Vatican, at the Dicastery that is responsible for investigating sexual and other crimes against good morals, which, if not rebutted, would fall squarely on the Pope like a boulder. Farrell [was] appointed directly by Bergoglio to head the Dicastery of the Family.

In response to Il Fatto Quotidiano‘s queries with regard to the existence of a file on Farrell, the Vatican is refusing to confirm or deny.

“There will be no communication,” was the response from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “The Vatican therefore does not deny Il Fatto Quotidiano, but chooses the strategy of silence as for McCarrick,” Fagani writes.

Pope Benedict’s sudden resignation in 2013 is allegedly linked to the 300-page dossier; some media reported that Benedict chose to resign the same day he received the dossier, the result of findings of an investigation commissioned by the Holy Father into clerical corruption and malfeasance…….

……”If the public were aware of the content of the final report it would be a disaster for the image of the Church, already devastated in the whole world by sexual scandals,” she added. [The acts are horribly scandalous, yes.  Thousands of unworthy men have invaded the priesthood like a virus and made the Church incredibly sick as a result.  But the real source of scandal is the culture of corruption, self-interest, and cover-up that the laity are absolutely sick of.  That must end, and if that means the laity have to be shocked to find out that supposedly “good conservative” priests and prelates are active sodomites or practical thieves, so be it.  Far better to have an honest and morally upright clergy 1/10th the size of the present clergy than the den of thieves and sodomites currently occupying these sacred roles.]

The hope after Benedict’s resignation was that a younger, stronger pope would be elected to help clean up the Church; thus Francis was chosen with the understanding he’d be a man of reform. But under his papacy, some senior clergy believe conditions have worsened, not improved.

The travesty of the 2013 abdication makes itself more and more apparent with each passing year.  That this dossier played a significant part in Benedict’s decision to abdicate is very clear.  His thinking apparently was that a younger, stronger man was needed to fight this scourge and reform Holy Mother Church.  So, in the end, he did flee for fear of the wolves.  Of course, Benedict had apparently always kept the idea of abdication in his back pocket from day one.  In this, he always remained the revolutionary at heart, the loyal disciple of Karl Rahner, who, even though he recoiled at the repercussions his (and his master’s) Vatican II ideas wrought, still never quite became a reliable beacon of orthodoxy.  He very much to blame in all this chaos.

New “Gay Dossier” Featuring Former Dallas Bishop (now Cardinal) Kevin Farrell Moving Through Vatican? September 6, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Endless Corruption, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
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According to repeated reports in the Italian media, and confirmed by the Italian traditionalist blog Messa in Latino via Vatican sources, a dossier highlighting the sodomitical activities of former Dallas Bishop and current Cardinal (and head of the Pontifical Dicastery for the Laity and Family, perversely) Kevin Farrell, and especially his two-decade live-in arrangement with disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (Farrell’s constant ecclesiastical sponsor and helper in climbing the ladder), is moving through the Vatican bureaucracy and may be the latest blow to Francis’ increasingly corrupt pontificate.

All the reports are in Italian but One Peter Five has helpfully obtained a translation.  Many excerpts below.  Folks, if there was ever any question why Farrell insisted on having a million dollar private home away from the Chancery and Cathedral (and prying eyes), I think the answer is obvious.  In addition, is it any wonder why the chancery is located in the longtime focal point and “home” of the Dallas “gay community” – Oak Lawn?  The signs have been there all along for those with eyes to see:

Farrell, picked by Pope Francis as the prefect for the new Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, is the highest ranking prelate from the United States. He is also a former Legionary of Christ – under the tenure of their founder, the monstrous abuser Fr. Marcial Maciel – and also one of those closest to the disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Farrell served as McCarrick’s vicar general and auxiliary in Washington, D.C., living in the same residence with McCarrick until his retirement in 2006. [Right, Farrell came from – at the very least – a very troubled institution, and was quite close to its founder.  Then he shacks up with Cardinal McCarrick for close to 20 years.  To say he’s been close to scandal his entire career is no exaggeration.]

Farrell claimed, at the time revelations of McCarrick’s abuse began to be made public earlier this year, that he had no knowledge of McCarrick’s abusive activities. “Never once did I even suspect” McCarrick, said Farrell to the Associated Press (AP) in July 2018. In another, earlier interview, he told Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service (CNS), “I was a priest of Washington, D.C. I worked in the chancery, in Washington. And never. No indication. None whatsoever.” The video of that CNS interview came immediately under scrutiny because Farrell’s facial expressions betrayed none of the emotions – such as shock – that he claimed to be feeling over the revelations. [I can’t imagine anyone who actually believed him]

Claims of new information from Francesca Fagnani of Il Fatto Quotidiano may bring light to Farrell’s involvement in what has rapidly become the most high-profile abuse case in the Catholic Church. The Italian report, translated by Giuseppe Pellegrino for OnePeterFive, says there is a “violent and unprecedented civil war” in the Church that now involves even the pope. Following Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s bombshell testimony about cover-ups of the abuse of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick that included Pope Francis, Fagnani says that “soon another bomb could break out.”

“According to reliable sources close to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” says Fagnani, “there may be a similar dossier on Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell.”

“Farrell was specifically nominated as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington,” writes Fagnani, “because Cardinal Theodore McCarrick wanted him as his assistant, and these two men became part of Pope Francis’ ‘magic circle.’ Farrell and McCarrick also lived together for years, sharing the same apartment. How could Farrell possibly not know all about McCarrick’s sexual behaviors?”

Fagnani then asks the obvious question without providing a specific answer:

What is contained in this new dossier on Farrell? The Pope and the Secretariat of State know about every single new thread of every investigation that is opened by the Tribunal of the CDF, so how could they possibly now know about this? Did Farrell’s nomination to such a high post precede or follow the opening of this investigation? The historian Roberto de Mattei, among the most knowledgeable of Vatican experts, known for his traditionalist positions, adds this little comment: “The link between the two prelates [McCarrick and Farrell] was known but never clarified. There may be something else behind the silence of Pope Francis and Cardinal Parolin.”

And what exactly might that “something” be?

You can go to One Peter Five for the rest, but I think you can well imagine what that “something else” might be.  They are STILL engaging in cover-up, it’s been endemic to this papacy since its beginning, being based on a foundation of sodomite institutional power, and the lid may well blow off another massive scandal involving Farrell, if they cannot keep it silent. Don’t assume they won’t be successful, however.  Francis has managed to keep the vast majority of curial sodomy scandals out of the press (the press generally being only too happy to go along).  That doesn’t mean that this info against Farrell is wrong, or doesn’t exist – it may simply be deliberately buried.

After he had left, I was told something about Cardinal Farrell that really struck me.  He never prayed.  I mean, he was never known to pray privately.  He offered Mass when he had to, he looked positively green when he came to the consecration of Mater Dei, but he did not pray.  The man is a bishop, now a cardinal.  And he doesn’t pray.  That tells you pretty much all you need to know.

Sign Petition to Remove Farrell’s Name from UD, Seminary August 31, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, Francis, scandals, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church.
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There are two petitions circling that call to have, ahem, Cardinal Farrell’s name removed from both the Holy Trinity Seminary student center and the Cardinal Farrell Center on the UD campus (which is confusing, since the seminary and UD are practically co-located).  This is the one for removing Farrell’s name from UD.

And this is the one for removing his name from Holy Trinity Seminary.

Why should his name be removed? Well, for starters, how about his very close proximity to two of the most hideous abuse scandals in the history of the Church?

According to Cardinal Farrell, he was in the middle of two massive scandals, but somehow suspected nothing. By his own testimony, he is either a lying prelate or a clueless one. If a liar, Kevin Farrell is complicit in the sexual abuse of minors and the violation of ordination vows. These evils were rampant at Holy Trinity Seminary just a few decades ago; why should the seminary honor those who enable them today?

Because he lacks any basic qualification to merit the honor of a seminary building, and especially in light of his lack of character as shown by these scandals, we call on the administration of Holy Trinity Seminary to refrain from naming the future activity center after him. We propose naming the building after one more worthy, such as a saint who stands as a model for priests, or a virtuous person who has done good for the seminary. Until a new name is chosen, we refuse to honor Kevin Farrell and shall not contribute any funds towards the construction of this building.

Here’s another reason – then Bishop Farrell, while here in Dallas, was essentially never, ever, known to pray.  Think about that.

Cardinal Burke, Catholic Action Summit Returning to DFW Nov 2-4 August 24, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, fightback, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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All the details are here at the Catholic Action Summit website.  This is a conference in support of the Church’s constant belief regarding marriage and the family.  Presenters include Cardinal Raymond Burke, John-Henry Westen, Dr. Gianna Molla (daughter of the Saint), Austin Ruse, Fr. John Trigilio (who I have always enjoyed), and several others.  Several of the attendees have been vocal critics of the Bergoglian regime in Rome, and quite rightly so, but this will not be a “traditional” conference, per se‘.  Tix are pretty expensive, $149 per adult if you buy before Sept. 16 and $199 from then on.  Children 15 and under are $55.  The price does include 4 meals, breakfast and lunch on Sat/Sun.

If anyone attended last year’s event please leave a comment describing what you thought of it, especially relevant to the price.  Compared to the Our Lady’s Advocates conference, it’s quite a bit more, but perhaps past attendees can make a great case for attending this Catholic Action Summit.

Adios!

Dallas, where the clergy sex abuse crisis got its start, proves Francis wrong yet again August 22, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Endless Corruption, episcopate, error, Francis, horror, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Francis, Bishop of Rome, declared a week or so ago that the Church has broadly overcome the clergy sex abuse problem, that there have been few reports of new abuse cases since roughly 2005.  Yeah, ask the people of Belgium, Nigeria, Chile, and other places about the truth of that statement, just another in a constant series of delusional pronouncements from the ostensible Supreme Pontiff.

But almost as a perfect rejoinder to that most recent incredible declaration, the Diocese of Dallas – where the first broad public knowledge of priest boy-rape scandals broke through in 1990/91 with the horrific Rudy Kos imbroglio – now comes stormin’ out with a report that the pastor of St. Cecilia’s parish has been reliably accused of several minors of molestation and/or rape, stole $60,000 from the parish, and has subsequently fled the country.  As an aside, St. Cecilia’s used to be one of the few somewhat beautiful parishes remaining in the diocese, before an unlikely fire and subsequent wreckovation put it on a par with all the rest (a very low par, indeed).  Some before and after pics are at the end of the post.

The Rev. Edmundo Paredes, longtime pastor at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Oak Cliff, is under investigation for allegedly molesting three teenage boys in the parish more than a decade ago and stealing from the parish, churchgoers learned over the weekend.

Paredes has fled and his whereabouts are unknown, though church officials think he may be in his native country of the Philippines, Bishop Edward Burns said at the conclusion of the 7:30 a.m. Mass Sunday at St. Cecilia.

The news regarding Paredes, who was pastor of St. Cecilia for 27 years, is only the latest revelation in the Catholic Church’s ongoing priest pedophilia scandal. Independent investigations have revealed that members of the church hierarchy both turned a blind eye and actively engaged in covering up the actions of pedophiles in the priesthood……

………Paredes, a graduate of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, is accused of molesting the boys during his service at St. Cecilia. [If he was at St. Cecilia for 27 years, that means he was probably ordained in the early 80s and went through Holy Trinity at its absolute nadir of inculcation of heresy and rampant sodomizing during the mid-to-late 70s.]

In May 2017, Paredes came under investigation by the church for stealing from his parish. Church officials estimate he stole $60,000 to $80,000 in cash. He admitted to the financial misconduct and was suspended from the ministry and removed from St. Cecilia in June 2017, Burns said. [And yet we heard nothing for over a year] The parish of about 3,600 parishioners serves a largely Latino population and does not have the financial resources of larger parishes in northern Dallas.

After his suspension for financial irregularities, Paredes disappeared and may have left for the Philippines, though church officials do not know with certainty he is there. [I’d bet dollars to donuts they know exactly where he is, it’s just easier to pretend he’s invisible]

A spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas said that at the time of his suspension, church officials had no awareness of the allegations of sexual crimes.

In February, during the course of the financial investigation, church officials received allegations of criminal sexual acts by Paredes, specifically that he had molested three boys in their midteens more than a decade but less than 20 years ago. [And perhaps there were more since then.  For instance, what was the $60-80,000 for?  Hush money, perhaps?]

………The information was not disclosed earlier because Burns “did not want to hinder [the police] investigation or compromise the anonymity of victims,” a church spokeswoman said……..[Oh BS.  They were probably faced with the story coming out regardless, probably from outraged family or others who knew, and wanted to maintain spin control by getting it out, first. And  yet again, the Dallas Morning News fails to press the pertinent bishops with tough questions.]

……..Burns, who served with two of the 300 priests named in the document released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, called the revelations sickening. Although he served early in his career with the two named priests and knew a number of others, Burns said he was unaware of their actions or allegations against them.

“Knowing that this occurred at the hands of men that you knew and even worked side by side with adds to a dimension of disbelief,” he said.

Oh double baloney BS.  You knew.  If you did not know about those two men, specifically, you probably had many reasons to suspect, and certainly knew and know that there are many, many active sodomizers in the clergy and the episcopate, men who are inclined to, and statistically much, much more likely, to abuse young boys than the broader population or priests generally.

But heck, at this point, it would not surprise me at all to find that the majority, even the large majority, of both priests and bishops in the Novus Ordo world actively participate in this lifestyle that cries out to Heaven for vengeance.  That is how you build a wall of impenetrable silence, insure that most are compromised and cow the uncompromised, the few faithful priests, with numbers and authority.

And this is all, of course, is related to the original sin of doctrinal error.  The two feed one another – manifest sin drives rejection of Church Doctrine across the board and leads to formal heresy on a vast number of subjects, while the fall into error actually encourages more commission of sin.  It is all of a piece, cut from the same cloth. The sodomite infestation of the clergy, probably invented by original communist agents planted in the clergy a la AA-1025, is at the very root of the crisis in the Church, just as the worldly corruption of a married, untrained, immoral priesthood was at the root of the crisis in the Church during the very dark 9th and 10th centuries (and having read about that recently, the Church has gone through all this before, possibly, quite possibly, even worse – we just are confronted with it as a daily reality far more today due to instant mass communications).

Nevertheless, it is disheartening and disgusting.  And as the next post will make clear, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Texas Voters: Beware Beto O’Rourke and Conservative Complacency June 29, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, cultural marxism, Dallas Diocese, error, Father Rodriguez, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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Years ago, Father Michael Rodriguez first came to notoriety outside the El Paso area through testimony he gave to the El Paso City Council against an administrative act – over and above the expressed will of the voters – to extend spousal benefits to same-sex “partners” of city employees.  This was after voters had explicitly rejected such extension, in spite of the fact that the very progressive diocesan administration and, it must be said, perverse clergy of the Diocese of El Paso virtually unanimously supported the measure, at least tacitly.

Father Rodriguez was on the receiving end of a very nasty, calumniating attack by an El Paso councilman after he had already given his witness.  The councilman was Beto O’Rourke, who is now running for US Senate against Ted Cruz.  Judging by the number of yard signs, bumper stickers, and other endorsements I’ve seen around, O’Rourke probably poses the biggest threat to a Republican senatorial candidate in Texas in 30 years.

Reader Dismas is also from El Paso, and knows O’Rourke all too well.  Here is his analysis:

You remember when Fr. Rodriguez addressed city council. In a rare event, O’Rourke, a councilman, called him back up to the podium to berate him. Here is the video

Basically O’Rourke is very charismatic. He reminds one of Bobby Kennedy. I was at that meeting but could not access the podium to respond from a medical point of view. He was absolutely wrong and egregiously so, but it would have taken just a bit of medical insight to help people see why he was dead wrong on both counts. I tried to submit an editorial in response and the newspaper refused to print it.

You name the issue. Forcing the homosexual agenda…fully on board, driving the train. Abortion? Full speed ahead. Open borders – all aboard. What else? You name it.

This guy is bad news. Much slicker than Maxine Waters, but fully in the same camp.

There are powerful forces behind this guy.

He is a stealth kinda’ guy in the same way as Obama, who came out of nowhere and the next thing you know he is President.

This guy is very bad news and a serious threat to the nascent recovery this nation has undergone since Jan 20, 2017.  If he could take out one of the most stalwart conservatives in the Senate, it would be a serious blow to any hope of building a wall or reversing the always rising progressive tide.

So far, O’Rourke has out-raised Ted Cruz 2:1 in campaign funding.  The Cruz Campaign noted this recently:

Politico is reporting that my opponent is raising a lot of money and it’s worse than we thought. They are reporting that he has raised $3.5 million in the last TWO MONTHS. That is a ton of money.

To be clear, they are not raising money just to turn Texas blue, they are raising that money to take our shared conservative values out of Washington. My opponent has the full backing of Hollywood elites and far-left liberals.

My opponent is getting support from people like Rosie O’Donnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Chuck Schumer. They don’t represent Texas values.

This is why I am asking for your help. It’s no secret that my campaign is being out-raised by a 2-to-1 margin. I need your help to close the gap on donations. Anything you can contribute will help tremendously.

As, I’ve told you before, I am counting on grassroots supporters like you. I don’t have Hollywood backing my campaign. I have you, and am always grateful for your support.

The money is starting to have an effect. Recent polls show that this race is getting closer and closer. The time to fight back is now. We need to do all we can now before it’s too late.

Look I know these kinds of ads come out all the time but a) this is Texas and b) I think this is one of the more serious threats to make a major surprise move to turn a red seat blue.  If you are local to Texas or just concerned about the direction this nation is headed, you might consider giving some money to Cruz’ campaign.  I have no compunction saying he is one of the top 2 or 3 most reliably conservative/pro-morality senators on Capitol Hill.

And keep a watch out for O’Rourke.  As Dismas noted, this one is very dangerous, has major backing and ambitions, and will probably be back even if he doesn’t win this round.

Please Pray For – and possibly support – the Ramirez Family May 7, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, sadness, thanksgiving, Virtue.
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We don’t know this family – I think my wife might know the mom as a friend of a friend sort of thing – but given what we went through just a year ago with our son suddenly having a seizure and then being diagnosed with a brain tumor, it didn’t take a lot of imagination on our part to know what this family was going through as the e-mails and text messages imploring prayers started flying around Saturday afternoon and evening.

This situation involves a local family and their 10 year old daughter.  Via their Youcaring site:

“Maggie was running around with her siblings just this Friday.  She woke up with a bad headache Saturday (the day she was to make her First Communion) and is now on life support with a rapidly growing (inoperable) brain tumor.  They’ve been told there is basically nothing doctors can do and they are still clinging to hope that God will grant them a miracle.”

That was Saturday.  Then yesterday:

Yesterday at 7:31 PM we said goodbye to our beautiful Magdalene Therese. Please forgive me if this is how you are hearing the news. I called everyone I could think of but we are exhausted of mind and body. I rushed Magdalene to the hospital Saturday afternoon where we were promptly careflighted to Dallas Childrens. My darling girl had a brain tumor that was taking up much of one side of the brain. The doctors and ICU team fought for her but the tumor was growing too fast to stop. We had almost no time to prepare for her passing. This was so, so sudden.

Please know that while we are heartbroken we are not in despair. My beautiful girl was and is a testimony of the amazing love of Jesus Christ. She was not afraid to die at any point in her life and often talked about what it would be like for her. She loves Jesus with all her heart. She is now in the fullness of His presence and we completely trust and rest in the resurrection.

Our beautiful Maggie passed away surrounded by family and close friends. We sang her favorite song “How I Need You” by Matt Maher and I held her close.

Please pray for us. We so miss our darling girl. She was and is an amazing sister and friend. I’m so glad that I often told her how happy I am to be her mom and how very special she is to me.

Funeral arrangements will be posted once we have them. This is the last picture I have that she took on my phone. She is so amazing. I miss her so much already.

ETA: Official time was 7:41. I had my hand on her chest the whole time and 7:31 is when I felt her heart stop.

Oh sweet Jesus my heart aches for this family.  My God we are blessed having a son diagnosed with a brain tumor after a sudden set of seizures but our outcome has so far been so very much different.  God’s will be done, but that doesn’t make it easier to understand.

You might consider helping this family by prayer and any material means you have at your disposal.  Obviously this was a sudden loss and there are substantial expenses that were totally unexpected.  The crowdfunding site is here, and I am happy to see that it is being very generously supported.  A  picture of what one prays and assumes will be another Saint glorifying God forever.

May God have mercy on her soul and assuage the loss of her parents and siblings.  Requiescat in Pace.

 

A Bit of Good News: Bishop of Tyler Learning TLM, to Assist at TLM on Corpus Christi April 26, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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From a reader in Tyler, we are informed that Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas is “learning” the Traditional Latin Mass and will assist (it is believed, in choir) at a TLM to be offered by diocesan priests at the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Thursday, May 31).

It is always a happy development when a bishop indicates interest in, and appreciation for, the unadulterated, un-modernized Mass.  It means that the bishop has a sense of the importance of reverence for God and recognizes the undeniable centrality of Jesus Christ, and His Sacrifice on our behalf, in the ancient form of the Mass.  It also usually means that bishop is of a predominately orthodox outlook in matters beyond the liturgy, as well.  It’s not a guarantee of doctrinal orthodoxy on all matters, but it’s a darn good sign.

Tyler, a remote and small diocese, most of which could easily be considered mission territory due to the paucity of Catholics (even after decades of hispanic immigration into Texas), has been blessed with some relatively orthodox bishops for years.  Good on them.  Perhaps one of those bishops might be promoted to head the Diocese of Dallas someday?

On that front, some well placed birdies who would know have strongly hinted there will probably be a TLM in the northern deanery of the Dallas Diocese in the not too distant future.  Nothing is confirmed, yet, but there is a pastor or two who are willing and there are no impediments from the chancery, which is a big change from the previous administration.

So there is likely to be at least a weekday TLM alternative for all those folks in Collin County before too long.  Don’t take that to the bank, but it’s more likely than not, from what I am told.  Timing and location still TBD at this point.

Thanks to reader JB for sending in the bit about Bishop Strickland.

Our Lady’s Advocates Conference Was Awesome, Crowder Tonight @ SMU, More Randomness March 22, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Restoration, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
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I realized I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks.  Sorry for that, @##%^! work again, my boss was out last week and then we moved offices over the weekend so that caused further chaos – long story short I’ve had no time to post.

I have been meaning to post a summary of The Fatima Center/Our Lady’s Army of Advocates conference at DFW March 9-11.  In short, it was absolutely fantastic, both for the content provided by Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea (never seen him speak before, he was INCREDIBLE!), Fr. Michael Rodriguez, Michael Matt, Chris Ferrara, Elizabeth Yore, and others, but also for the warm camaraderie among faithful souls doing their best in this time of trial and division in Holy Mother Church.  It was a great treat to meet so many longtime readers of this blog and other supporters.  I had a great privilege in spending a good amount of time with a longtime reader from El Paso who stayed at our house.  T, you are welcome any time.

It was a fantastic conference.  Perhaps a bit cramped for room, but really excellent all the same.  All the speakers were top notch and touched on topics of vital importance. All the souls in attendance were kind and generous. I really hope and pray there was enough attendance for this to become a regular conference in the DFW area.  This one was put on at quite short notice, I think with more planning attendance could easily have been double or more – I ran into a lot of people who had no idea the conference was occurring until it was already over or too late to attend.

I didn’t take many pictures myself, but I was in a bunch of pictures with various readers and Fr. Rodriguez……..please send me those pics!  I’ll do a new post when I receive them.

Anyway here is Michael Matt speaking.  His talk was also really excellent:

Here is a video from the Fatima Center of Fr, Rodriguez’ welcome speech from Friday night, which I missed:

And then here is Brendan Young’s talk from Saturday morning:

I’ll post more videos as The Fatima Center uploads them.

So I know it’s late notice but conservative evangelical commentator Steven Crowder is speaking at SMU McFarlin Auditorium tonight March 22 at 7pm.   Man I’d love to go but I have a life to live.  Anyway it is being livecast on Youtube.  I imagine the protest/counter-protest could be pretty intense.  I know I have a future as a bigger and badder Based Stickman, but the time is not quite right, yet.

Finally, via reader ADG, a Christian was kicked out of a class on Christianity at a tiny and rather pointless liberal arts college in Pennsylvania inexplicably named Indiana University of Pennsylvania for violating the sacred progressive shibboleths regarding severe mental disorders/transgenderism:

A religious studies major was barred from Christianity class at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for saying during class that there are only two genders. Lake Ingle, a senior at the university, said he was silenced and punished by IUP Professor Alison Downie for questioning her during a Feb. 28 “Christianity 481: Self, Sin, and Salvation” lecture.

After showing a 15-minute TED Talk by transgender ex-pastor Paula Stone Williams discussing the “reality” of “mansplaining,” “sexism from men,” and “male privilege,” the professor asked the women in the class to share their thoughts. When no women in the class said anything, Ingle spoke up, challenging the professor on biology and the gender wage gap. 

He told the class that the official view of biologists is that there are only two genders. The feminist professor booted him from class and asked him not to come back. She referred him to the public university’s Academic Integrity Board (AIB). Ingle needs to complete the class to graduate at the end of the semester. “You are barred from attending this class in accordance with the Classroom Disruption policy,” IUP Provost Timothy Moerland told Ingle in a March 2 letter.

There are a few important things to note here. First of all—these were topics for a class on Christianity? Gender ideology and the gender wage gap? Even further, the professor accused Ingle of “angry outbursts in response to being required to listen to a trans speaker discuss the reality of white male privilege and sexism” in addition to “disrespectful references to the validity of trans identity and experience” in justifying her decision to kick Ingle out of her class and demanding a written apology from him listing and repenting for all the different sins he committed in her classroom.

Exactly.  He committed the unpardonable sin of sinning against the always changing but nevertheless constantly required tenets of the sexular pagan religion.  Note that a sexular pagan was teaching a high-level course on Christianity.  This is not accidental. It is designed to shatter whatever faith young Christians entered the university with, and it’s a game the Left has been playing extremely well for a century or so now.  Don’t let them play it with  your children.