Fr. Jason Cargo to St. Joseph in Richardson? February 1, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, priests, shocking, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A commenter over the weekend asked what I thought of Fr. Jason Cargo being appointed pastor of the very large St. Joseph parish in Richardson starting March 1. It was the first I’d heard of it. A perusal of the St. Joseph website provided no confirmation (N. B.: I attended St. Joseph in the late 90s and went through RCIA there – a most unedifying experience. The shadow – not an unfair term, from my POV – of former longtime Pastor Don Fischer continues to hang over the parish. It was under his pastoring that I entered the Church).
But assuming the report is true, I think that is a very hopeful development. I know Fr. Cargo well and have a great deal of respect for him. While he is not traditional, per se’, he certainly trends orthodox and is a devoted pastor of souls. I know he has great love for reverent liturgy including Latin and Chant. He has done some really positive things like leading Rosary Processions every day of Lent last year.
If this comes to pass, I’d be very happy to eat my words concerning the assignment of orthodox priests to the periphery of the Diocese. This has been widely accepted as being a fact of life for many years in this Diocese, but perhaps the growing shortage of priests and the inevitability of the younger generation means that is changing. Or, it could mean I and others have been all wet. Which, if true, I’d be happy to be the first to admit.
For now, consider this only an assertion and not verified until confirmed. Whatever Fr. Cargo’s future holds, he may be assured of my prayers for his apostolate and my heartfelt thanks.
That’s one of the prime takeaways from a post by Rorate Caeli recently. While the relative orthodoxy of the younger generation of priests certainly does give rise to some hope, both due to their limited numbers and the near-total control of the levers of power by liberals in virtually every diocese, it will be a long, long time before these relatively orthodox men will be in a position to influence the Church on a broad level. By then, Francis and his successor(s) may well have totally remade the priesthood by allowing priests to marry, admitting openly perverse priests, and even flirting with the idea of women priestesseses.
Long story short, don’t pin your hopes on any biological solution, or on a quick turnaround in the Church. It is likely things will get a lot worse, before they get better (if’n and a when’n). I excerpt portions of the post I found particularly meaningful below (my emphasis and comments):
Priests are forced to compromise their mission because they do not want to “jeopardize their priesthood” (to use their expression). Let us remember that a priest is a priest. One’s priesthood (in se) is not necessarily jeopardized. It is his ability to exercise the ministry which is at stake. His Ordinary can restrict the priest’s faculties by making him have as little an influence as the Ordinary is canonically able to do (nursing homes and boonie-parishes being likely options). [Once again, spot on and fully supported by local trends. Most all of the most orthodox priests, and especially pastors, are relegated to the furthest periphery of this diocese. Not all priests in the far suburbs/exurbs trend orthodox, but virtually every orthodox pastor (relatively speaking) is consigned to a parish on the periphery. Young priests undergoing the “breaking” process know that fate awaits them if they steadfastly adhere to their orthodox views. It is a test of each man’s courage, and not all are able to stand it.]
There is much more. There are certain highly “desirable” parishes, certain locales that tend to either be seen as very comfortable, or having a lot of resources, or being in a hot location (some priests enjoy a more thrilling nightlife than you or I), or being in a “friendly” neighborhood (ahem), etc. These are often the same parishes where young priests are assigned, giving them, as it were, the carrot and the stick. Locals can probably think of some of the more desirable parishes, they tend to be in wealthier parts of town and nicer areas. Note, a parish does not have to be in the boonies to be undesirable, being in a rough inner city parish with poor financial prospects is also not always desirable.
Quite worldly concerns, I know. Diocesan politics are as banal as they are byzantine. Really, the quoted text, and my comments, only scratch the very surface of this matter. A priest today has to be as much or more politician, and often of a Machiavellian type, as he is devout man of God and shepherd of souls. That’s a core aspect of the post-conciliar clericalism that is so rampant today, a priest is often judged by ordinaries less by his devotion and ability to move and save souls than he is by his political and financial acumen, blind obedience to whatever the chancery bureaucracy (dominated by lay liberal types) demands, and his general willingness to go along with the powers that be, and perhaps most especially the post-conciliar zeitgeist.
Of course, things vary. Some dioceses, some bishops, are better than others. Dallas has not been blessed with a particularly orthodox bishop in almost 50 years. Farrell is an improvement over his two disastrous predecessors, but he’s not exactly a Finn, Burke, or Bruskewitz. So much in the Church depends on the outlook of the bishop, but even with a fairly orthodox/traditional bishop, the unmoving bureaucracy remains overwhelmingly progressive. The progressives seized almost total control of power in the Church from the national conference level on down in the late 60s, and they have a death grip on it.
It’s going to be a very long row to hoe. Do pray for the young priests, they may not be explicitly traditional, but, then again, Fr. Michael Rodriguez and Fr. Peter Carota did not start out that way, either. They face sufferings and pressures we’ll never really know. Pray that they retain that light of faith and openness to the Church’s great, life-sustaining Tradition. May God bless them and their apostolates.
Dallas gets a new auxiliary bishop, Greg Kelly December 17, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, huh?, North Deanery, Papa, priests.
The appointment of Fr. Greg Kelly, formerly vicar for clergy in the Diocese for many years, to auxiliary bishop was announced yesterday. He is, in essence, replacing former auxiliary Mark Seitz, who departed to El Paso a little over a year ago:
Bishop Kevin J. Farrell announced Wednesday that Monsignor Greg Kelly will serve as the Diocese of Dallas’ new auxiliary bishop. The news followed the official announcement of the appointment by Pope Francis earlier in Rome.
Kelly will be Dallas’ second auxiliary bishop, joining with Bishop Doug Deshotel in assisting Farrell with leading the diocese’s nearly 1.3 million Catholics.
“Christmas came early to the Diocese of Dallas,” Farrell said at a press conference. “I could not think of a better person. He is one of the most hardworking priests.”
“I’m very grateful to the pope for this appointment,” Kelly said. “I’m looking forward to looking with [Farrell] in this capacity.”
Kelly has served in the diocese for over 34 years. Trained at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, he was the chaplain at the University of Dallas for 10 years before serving as pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel in McKinney. He has acted as the vicar for clergy for the diocese since 2008.
Upon learning of his appointment, Kelly said he was glad to stay in the diocese.
“I thought, ‘Great. I don’t have to go anywhere,’” he joked…….. [Whew. What a doozy. My side hurts]
………In his new position, Kelly expects to continue his work with the diocese’s clergy in addition to other roles.
Kelly will be ordained as bishop Feb. 11 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Someone has already asked about Bishop-elect Kelly. He was pastor at St. Gabriel in McKinney for a while, but departed in 2008 under what I understand was a bit of a cloud. Or that was the scuttlebutt, anyway, could just have been rumor. He’s been at the chancery ever since. Maybe some longtime McKinneyites can inform us.
I’ve only ever had one interaction with him, he served as go-between when the former Novus Ordo Latin Mass in Plano was undergoing one of its many struggles. I think he faithfully reported my concerns, not that they had any impact. He seems a likable enough guy. He’s a product of Holy Trinity Seminary in the 70s, so I wouldn’t expect a traditional firebrand.
Other than that, you got me. Love to learn more, feel free to share in the comments.
Two upcoming diocesan events December 11, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, North Deanery, Our Lady, Tradition, Virtue.
Event 1 – Public Rosary Rally at Holy Family Church in Grand Prairie on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Takes place at 2 pm. Info below:
The next one is a bit more dubious to me. It’s a weekend long Eucharistic conference for teens hosted by the Franciscans of the Renewal. The flyer stresses a lot of “energetic” music that will purportedly appeal to teens. That probably means the devil’s own music, rock n’ roll. I have several concerns over this, at least from the standpoint of a traditional Catholic family. While Eucharistic retreats are awesome, I am leery to send my kids into an milieu where most other kids will be from public or, worse, Catholic schools. I’m also concerned at the retreat’s length – 4 hours Friday, 14 on Saturday, and 4 on Sunday.
Having said that……..I have looked over the general Ablaze program at St. Monica, and reviewed some of their discussion materials, and they appear pretty solid. Definitely quite a bit above average for standard diocesan fair. I can’t say there aren’t any problems, but I’ve definitely seen much worse, in this diocese and elsewhere. The music portion of the program seems fairly limited. There are Masses (Novus Ordo) Friday and Sunday, along with Adoration, Benediction, crowing of Mary, and similar. There is time slotted for “testimonials,”………that’s a bit prot for me.
Anyway, I don’t do much local news anymore, but you can check it out for yourself. The retreat’s website is here.
Dallas notes/Men’s Vigil Reminder September 8, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, North Deanery, Our Lady, priests, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
The next men’s vigil outside the so-called Men’s Club will be this Wednesday, Sept. 9 @ 8 pm! At least, I’ll be there! I pray many of you are, as well. If you are new, for all the details on location, the response we get, etc., go here.
Two other local notes. A representative from Wyoming Catholic College will be at Mater Dei parish in Irving on Thursday, October 1 at 7:15 pm. He works in the admissions office and will be on hand to answer any questions you or a young person you know might have regarding Wyoming Catholic College. The meeting will be in the parish hall.
Wyoming Catholic is one of a few colleges this blogger would contemplate sending his kids to. A representative of the university a few years ago said that tuition and fees were not as high as many other small Catholic colleges – $24,000. That may have been all inclusive, I don’t recall. The point being, it’s not as prohibitively expensive as many other Catholic colleges. This is not the post to re-examine my concerns over students going into huge amounts of debt for degrees that do not appreciably increase their earning power (thus justifying the investment), but Wyoming Catholic appears more affordable than most. Plus, horseback riding and Dr. Kwasniewski.
Final note, Fr. Mitch Pacwa will be giving a presentation on “Challenges of the Christian Family in the USA” on Saturday, October 3 at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic parish at 11:30 am. He will offer Mass on Saturday at 5:30 and Sunday at 8:30 and 11. His presence there is part of the Lebanese Food Festival offered at the parish every year, which runs from Oct. 2-4. This is a large festival attended by thousands every year.
I can’t watch EWTN anymore (no cable) and may as well pull the radio out of my truck because I never use it, but I always liked Fr. Pacwa. He’s been very supportive of Our Lady of Lebanon since serving as priest there many years ago.
Is closing of Planned Barrenhood McKinney office really a pro-life victory, or just more business as usual? – UPDATED May 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, North Deanery, paganism, pr stunts, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Victory.
UPDATE: So, I got a call from the woman who apparently leads the McKinney 40 Days for Life campaign and led the prayer vigils outside the former McKinney Planned Barrenhood for several years. I think it fair to say she was none too pleased with my post. She thinks a lot of progress is being made, and that this is a big victory. She also claims I made a factual error, which is that there were actually 3 Planned Parenthood’s in Collin County at one point, and now there is only one. And, this is true, I had misremembered or misunderstood when one of Planned Parenthood’s Plano locations opened and closed. The McKinney office opened in June 2008, a Plano office closed in 2011, so for about 3 years there were 3 Banned Parenthoods in Collin County. So, however significant that is to you, duly noted. The rest of the post stands, this small detail doesn’t change anything else I wrote below
There has been some excitement in certain local pro-life circles of late regarding the recent closure of the Planned Barrenhood McKinney office. This is being presented as a great triumph for the pro-life cause, since a rather large town (pop. ~ 150,000 and a county seat, to boot!) will now not have a Planned Barrenhood facility, even if it was a facility that never performed surgical abortions (but certainly did provide referrals).
But those of us with longer memories are not so sure. To some of us, it looks like Planned Barrenhood simply executing a small administrative change which will have only the most minimal effect on the availability of abortion and contraception in North Texas.
Why do I always have to be such a party-pooper? Let me elucidate:
In 2011, the State of Texas under Rick Perry made the decision to stop using Planned Barrenhood as an outlet for the falsely named “Women’s Health Program,” which was really just a program to provide highly subsidized contraception to low-income women. But since Banned Parenthood is so prominent in support of abortion and all manner of hideous moral evils, Governor Perry and others determined that de-listing PP from the program would be both a good PR move and also help wound the pro-abort giant. This was big news back then, as this article at LifeNews indicates. The state wound up losing federal funding to the tune of about $40 million per year due to blocking Planned Parenthood from the program, but Perry and others, to their credit, stuck to their guns, and as a result, numerous Planned Barrenhood facilities around the state closed. A partial list of those closures below:
1305 East Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010
316 South Chestnut Street
Gainesville, TX 76240
3220 Gus Thomason Road, #231
Mesquite, TX 75150
1400 Summit Avenue, #CA
Plano, TX 75074
2114 Texoma Parkway. Suite 700
Sherman, TX 75090
804 East Moore Avenue, Ste A
Terrell, TX 75160
507 North Highway 77, #508
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Note that the McKinney office, which was not included in the 2011 closures, continued to operate, having started up around 2007 or 08.
Now the big news coming out of pro-life groups is that this McKinney office is now closing. But, as my old radio pal Vicki Middleton (God rest her soul) used to say, “hey, guess what?!”……..Planned Barrenhood had already re-opened their Plano office sometime between 2011 and 2015, and plans to expand it with the closure in McKinney and relocation to a new office in Plano right off Central Expressway……..where Planned Barrenhood had operated a no-surgical-abortion facility for years. So……from late 2011 to today, the number of Planned Barrenhood offices in Collin County (population: 1.1 million) remains at one. They closed Plano, but kept McKinney open, re-opened Plano, then closed McKinney while expanding Plano. This is a nice little thing for folks in McKinney, I suppose, but I can’t help but viewing this as at best a marginal “win” for the pro-life movement overall. I also don’t think it means Planned Barrenhood is still reeling from the 2011 effort to defund some of their activities – if anything, they seem to be adjusting to the new conditions and rolling along quite well.
Which brings me to my broader point: there is frankly a lot of gamesmanship and politicking in the pro-life movement that I am not entirely comfortable with. Both my wife and I (my wife in particular) are about as committed to the pro-life movement as they come (while still recognizing others even more so), but both of us fear that it has become institutionalized, and in so doing has developed its own interests and appetites and, to some degree, we both fear there are elements in the movement that, maybe even on a subconscious level, don’t really want to see abortion go away anytime soon. There is a huge amount of money tied up in the pro-life movement (and things presented as “wins” like this are almost always used for fundraising), money means interests, and those with interests often times don’t want to see them threatened. They become reliant on the industry for their livelihood. I’m not saying there are a lot of people in the pro-life movement who consciously are just in it for the money, but I do think there are elements within it that may see it more as a career or a source of income than a real, life and death moral struggle, and one critically tied to the salvation of souls.
Which gets back to the primary evils that underlie abortion and create the demand for it: the twins of fornication and contraception. Sandra Day O’Connor in the Casey vs. Planned Parenthood decision was diabolically right when she wrote – in favor of keeping abortion legal – that abortion forms the indispensable backstop for the entire post-modern American existence, which revolves around “sexual freedom” (really slavery) and the means to “not be punished with a baby,” as our President so demonically put it, while still “enjoying” unlimited sexual license. That is to say, until we convert souls back to a moral life, meaning a Christian moral existence, and until contraception use is not just made illegal but viewed by the vast majority as the horrendous assault against nature and God that it is, we’ll never be rid of abortion. Even today, as we congratulate ourselves on the reduction in the rate of surgical abortion, the movement tends to be very quiet about the explosion in chemical abortion through RU-486, “morning after pills,” and the like.
And if you want to hear crickets, outside a few stalwart groups and individuals, bring up the subject of contraception. The infusion of more and more protestants into the pro-life movement over the past 2 or 3 decades has been both a blessing and a curse, as many of these protestants are ambivalent at best regarding the abortion-contraception connection, and some simply refuse to see it. Even among outwardly Catholic pro-life groups, there are many who are not comfortable condemning contraception.
So, enjoy your marginal victory, but don’t get too excited about it. It’s very likely PB will decide to re-open a McKinney facility within a few years if the market dynamics change again.
What are you willing to do? March 25, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, persecution, scandals, secularism, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
My dear departed friend Vicki Middleton, God rest her soul, was quite a hoot. She was a woman of conviction, and much more. She was willing to put herself on the line on things that she felt important. When her husband Jim was still President of ARCO Oil and Gas Vicki started protesting outside the office in Plano regarding ARCO’s investments in Myanmar/Burma. Since Burma had a very repressive government and was jailing dissidents, Vicki thought ARCO should not be doing business there, so she protested outside. If I remember right, her actions eventually led the board of directors to divest of their operations there.
Years later, Vicki converted to Catholicism. She was the same rabble-rouser she always was. Longtime readers may remember the radio show Vicki invited me on a number of times. Vicki and Jim spent a pretty penny buying air time on 660 AM KSKY to bring an authentic Catholic voice to the area. You may ask, “what about the local EWTN radio station, isn’t that authentically Catholic?” Well, Vicki was on the local EWTN station for a while but was removed for being too critical of the leadership of the Church both locally and globally, although she only asked things like “when are our priests going to really stand up and oppose abortion, or porn, etc”.
But Vicki did more than that. She and Jim were well off, and had been very generous with the Diocese. But when they found out about many scandalous activities ongoing, such as support for Alinskyite organizations at many parishes and lack of preaching the Faith whole and entire, she went so far as to demand her donations be returned and protested outside the cathedral, sandwich-board and all, calling out the ongoing scandals.
The point is, Vicki was willing to do anything, say almost anything, to do what she felt was the best for souls – both her own, and those of others. She loved people tremendously and wanted what was best for them. She was willing to risk being attacked and vilified to make her stand – and she was, often quite vociferously.
I bring this up, because in light of recent posts regarding division among orthodox (or faithful or traditional or conservative – all of which simply serve to distinguish from the great Mass of self-styled Catholics who reject core aspects of the Faith or hold heretical views), some commenters have brought up a point that has been on my mind for quite some time, as well: what are we willing to do to respond to the crisis and effect change in the Church?
I can think of a number of responses, and have suggested some on this blog. One is to really carefully consider the degree to which we support the entire parish-diocese-national conference monetarily, if at all. And, there are examples from Catholics in other areas. Catholics in El Paso conducted prayer vigils outside the chancery for months in the wake of the dismissal of the former priest of San Juan Bautista parish, and with regard to the long interregnum between Bishop Ochoa’s departure and Bishop Seitz’ consecration.
I’ve spoken with Catholics near and abroad about this matter many times. There always seems to be a consensus that something should be done, but no one seems to be ready and willing to take the lead on some concrete action. For the most part, efforts seem to fall apart over disagreement on which issue is paramount to address, what action should be taken, and, even more, who should lead it.
But, just to throw out some ideas, I could see a series of efforts calling attention to the “ghettoization” of the TLM in Dallas. Or, regarding the lack of preaching on the evil of contraception. Or on the abysmal standard of catechesis in parish formation programs. Or on the continuing support of left-wing “social justice” groups. Take your pick. There are dozens if not hundreds of such issues to choose from.
As for me, I am going to commit to finally kicking off an effort I proposed some months back – to start praying outside some of the many falsely named gentleman’s clubs in this area. So here is the plan: I will pray across the street from The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on April 8, Easter Wednesday, at 8 pm. There is a post office directly across the street. I will park there and stand near the road and just pray. No confrontation or picketing with signs at this point, just prayer. I’ll stay for about an hour. Any local Catholic men are welcome to join me.
No, that won’t do much for the crisis in the Faith, and I don’t expect any miraculous reaction on the strip joint front, either, but it’s a start. We’ll see how the first attempt goes and proceed from there.
Look, I’m just one guy, and I don’t know that I’m a natural born leader. The broader point of this post is, what are we willing to do as faithful Catholics to really start opposing the crisis in the Church and the general decline and advancing perversion in the culture? Are we just going to continue to complain on blogs (which have their place, obviously!), or do we start to take concrete action? If so, what action could you take, either here in Dallas, or wherever you live? What are you willing to do?
I think it would be fantastic if readers could make their own suggestions and efforts. The militant left in this country makes up a tiny percentage of the population, but because they are motivated and willing to spend much of their time in support of their diabolical cause, they have managed to radically re-shape all of the former Christendom over the past 150 years or so. They have bullied people into accepting all kinds of evil because their commitment and tirelessness gradually wore down opposition – including us. Goodness, they have even managed to get a rough majority of people to accept a definition of marriage both completely unnatural and utterly hostile to its many-thousand year history!
Are we just going to let them continue to steamroll us? Yes, prayer is the foundation of everything, but if now is not the time to make a stand (it may already be far too late), then no time will ever be. I pray my good readers consider how they can respond, individually and collectively. I pray we start to see a lot more Vicki Middleton’s out there obeying the Pope’s command to mix things up and make a mess. The modernists count on us doing nothing. In fact, it is precisely the fact that good men have done nothing that has allowed the modernist/progressive revolution in the Church to advance as far as it has.
I ask again……what are you willing to do?
Blasphemous play coming to Dallas March 11, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
You may sadly be familiar with the blasphemous theatrical production called “the testament of Mary.” This came out a few years ago, was written by a leftist (go figure), who attacked the sanctity of the Blessed Mother by portraying her as a worldly woman opposed to her son’s delusional messianic call and who ends feeling just betrayed and empty after his death.
So, this play, after attracting scandal and attention around the world (surely, the very point, but the playwright would never be so transgressive about islam or Mohammad), is coming to Dallas. Oh, lucky us. It will be playing at the Untermain Theater starting March 21 and the production is getting heavy advertisement on the local classical station WRR (owned, coincidentally, by the City of Dallas).
TFP has a good report on the myriad problems with this play. It is not just offensive to Catholics, but really to any Bible-believing Christians. It so dishonors not just the Blessed Mother but also the Person and Sacrifice of God. I hesitate to include the descriptions of the sacrilegious filth on my blog, but for the sake of providing context for why this event is so heinous, I will do so:
A narrow-minded, vulgar, egoistic and even idolatrous woman — this is how Irish author Colm Tóibín presents the Blessed Virgin Mary in his novel (now making its debut on the stage) titledThe Testament of Mary.…..
Although a former Catholic seminarian, the Irish writer gives free rein to his imagination when expressing his contempt for the Gospels, Christian tradition, and Mary Most Holy…….. [Given what we know of modern seminaries, especially in Ireland, I am not surprised at all the play was written by a former seminarian. In fact, I expected it, as I expected his hatred to have been driven by his avowed attachment to sodomy]
Contrary to what Christian tradition affirms, Tóibín suggests that Mary was not taken care of in a filial manner by Saint John the Evangelist in Ephesus, but instead was “kept” there by two extortionists who pressured her to provide false testimony they could use to compose the Gospels. Among other things, they urged her to affirm the divinity of Jesus Christ, but she refused, since “She does not agree that her son is the Son of God.”
Mary is portrayed as a skeptic who did not follow her own Son: “I am not one of his followers.” And, she deemed His disciples, “a group of misfits.” Not one of them “was normal.” [Ah……but a sodomite is!]
For Tóibín, the Mother of God was secretly a pagan worshiper of the hunting goddess Artemis (the Greek equivalent of the Roman goddess Diana)…….
There is actually much more, and worse, but hopefully you get the point. Obviously the author has some very, very serious “issues.” The fact that so many (by far, the most) atheists don’t disbelieve in God, they hate Him as they loathe themselves, would seem rather pertinent in this case. Physician, heal thyself.
Nevertheless, since most Trads try to listen to uplifting music, quite a few listen to WRR. It’s the only classical station in the 6.5 million soul Metroplex. So quite a few folks are upset by this. The station has been contacted regarding running ads (AFAIK, they are only running on WRR and the local NPR stations), and their reply was a typical and sneering dismissal of the concerns raised. However…….highly voluble criticism of a niche market station can sometimes evoke some radical changes of heart. If you are local and/or concerned over this blasphemous production, you can contact both the theater (good luck there, this Untermeinkampf Theater prides itself on its (culturally safe) leftist transgressiveness – as such things go in Dallas) and the station:
Here is WRR’s email and phone #.
If it were me, I would focus on WRR, especially if you are a local Catholic who listens to them, which quite a few do.
A sample submittal:
WRR 101.1 FM Dallas is currently running advertisements for the blasphemous, sacrilegious production of the Undermain Theater, “The Testament of Mary.” WRR has many Catholic listeners and supporters and this play is gravely offensive not just to them, but to all convicted Christians. This advertisement represents such an enormous lapse of judgment and is so incredibly offensive that I can no longer listen to or support your station in any way should it not be pulled and an apology issued forthwith. Does WRR run advertisements for productions that gravely offend against Islam or other religions? Not in my extensive listening experience. Why, then, does it feel comfortable in mocking and belittling the sacred beliefs of Christians?
Please desist from your support for this obscenity immediately. I do believe an apology is called for in this matter.
I do suggest some effort be made to protest outside WRR by Mater Dei’ers if they refuse to pull the ad. We have a week and a half until the play starts. I’d really like to ask readers outside the Dallas area to spend a minute or two sending a quick e-mail. Use the one above or use your own text. But I think a few hundred comments might result in a positive response, and I certainly have more than enough readers to generate that kind of response. A few thousand would be even better, that would represent a sizable chunk of WRR’s regular listening audience (they don’t have to know you don’t live in the area).
The main reason why there have been so many blasphemies against Christianity like this is because it has been cheap and easy for enemies of the Church to do so. They haven’t had to bear any real cost for their offenses. Islam, by contrast, makes clear there may be a huge cost. And that has had not just a chilling effect on any criticism or offenses against that forlorn, false religion, but it has even led to islam becoming the de facto religion of the West. I’m afraid – and I know this is a bit radical to say – if we want to re-assert Christianity’s cultural prerogatives our Faith once enjoyed, we’re going to have to instill a cost on this kind of behavior. I think sending an e-mail a very, very small step in that direction. We may have to do more, but 2000 e-mails (again, quite possible with this blog’s regular readership) would be a good start, and we can see what develops from there.
Try to leave a comment if you send an e-mail! Don’t assume the other readers will send, YOU do it!
Thank you. Deo Gratias!
So if you live in the Diocese of Dallas you are almost certainly aware of the ongoing heavy push to fund the Catholic Foundation Capital Campaign. But you may not know how it works. After perusing a number of parish websites, I can let them tell you for me. From the website of St. Philip in Dallas:
The proceeds of the capital campaign will be placed in the Our Faith… Our Future Diocese of Dallas Capital Campaign Fund of The Catholic Foundation.* Bishop Farrell’s role as Advisor to the Fund allows him to make recommendations to The Catholic Foundation as to the expenditures of the Fund toward its philanthropic purposes.
Bishop Farrell intends, with the consent of his Advisory Committee, unless otherwise restricted by a donor, to request that 30% of parish solicited funds raised by each parish up to the amount of its parish goal, and 70% of those funds over its goal, be distributed back to that parish for its own approved philanthropic purposes. Our church’s target goal is $405,000.00, and we plan to request funds from the Fund to address the following needs:
Replace existing HVAC in Church Sanctuary, newer school wing and Activity Building.
Total Need $121,500.00
For those who are math-challenged, $121,500 works out to exactly 30% of $405,000.
Now, a cynic might look at this and say, how interesting! Almost sounds like a shakedown. You have a critical need for some capital outlay at your parish, and in order to provide the needed expense, you have to lay out over three times its actual cost! What a great deal!
You might say, Tantum, that’s just one parish. Surely that doesn’t apply throughout the Diocese, does it? Well, from St. Jude in Allen:
St. Jude is pleased to have been chosen as a pilot parish for the Diocese of Dallas Capital Campaign Fund of the Catholic Foundation. Our target goal was to raise $2,375,000, of which we will receive 30% (or a minimum of $712,000) that will go towards our parish needs. Additionally, once we have reached our goal, the share will reverse and the parish will receive 70% of all funds raised over our parish target.
We surpassed our pledge goal in June and as of July 31st, the pledge balance is $2,700,402.
Our specific needs and anticipated costs:
Remodeling of the Religious Education Building – $450,000……
….Construction of the Bell Tower – $350,000
Total Need $800,000
In the above case, St. Jude has raised above it’s “need” and will receive roughly $940k from the 2.7 million raised, or about 35%.
Once again, being cynical – and thank goodness I’m not – you might say greatly desired and needed parish improvement/expansion/repair projects are being held hostage to this campaign, which takes an enormous cut- 70%!!! – off the top. That’s quite a haircut. And yet, the campaign website makes the “return” parishes receive from the campaign sound like its some great example of largesse! But is it really? Would not these projects go forward in most cases (I have a particular one in mind, and I’m sure locals know what I mean) without this campaign, especially given that replacing the AC or re-roofing the school would be far, far cheaper for the laity if the campaign did not exist?
Now some may say – hey, this is just how these things are done. And to some extent it is, although there have also certainly been many parish projects conducted outside these ongoing diocesan fund-raising campaigns (because, yes, this current one in Dallas follows others, including one that concluded just last year. In fact, Bishop Farrell’s tenure has been one long fundraising extravaganza) and who did not have to pay the “penalty” or “overhead” or whatever you want to call it. But if you are at a parish that has some really badly needed capital expenditures to make, isn’t this campaign more than just a bit coercive? The choice is either kick in 3X the cost or swelter in the heat for poor St.Philip in far east Dallas? Because it is plain that what this campaign means is that there will be no capital expenditures approved outside of it. Is it significant to you that the $1 million dollar parish remodel you’ve been dreaming of actually costs only $350k, but you get to kick the rest of the money upstairs, as it were? But you’re so generous, I’m sure it’s no bother.
I’m sorry folks. I let you down. I stopped reading local parish bulletins and doing much local muckraking about a year ago, about the time this thing got started in a number of parishes. And perhaps I’m alone in finding this campaign more than a bit coercive. Did the chancery ever consider the point of view of those who have grave moral reservations at how funds are spent at the diocesan level? I’m sure they’d say I’m deluded, that a Catholic Diocese could never fund any activities that are morally objectionable, but I think the scandals with CRS, Catholic Charities, CCHD, and many more at the local level (search: Seton Plano) put the lie to that defense. As an example, as a “return” for the laity’s generosity in this matter, could we maybe get some assurances of doctrinal orthodoxy in return, like requiring Catholic school teachers to sign a statement affirming they accept the Doctrine of the Faith? Could we have RCIA and CCD instructors do the same. The problems with all three – schools, RCIA, CCD – are enormous in this Diocese.
Maybe everyone is aware of this and I’m just “catching up,” but I know I’ve spoken to a number of local Catholics who were not aware of how this campaign operated, nor in how it tied into their own parish’s improvement/repair projects and the tidy sums they were being asked to produce.
Well, now maybe you do.
Quick reminder for locals: Bishops Annual Appeal upcoming February 2, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, North Deanery, persecution, secularism, Society.
Locals will already be aware, but you will be asked to make a pledge for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal AND separate “capital campaign” next weekend (Sunday Feb 8). This annual appeal comes immediately after a 5 year fundraising effort that was as heavily promoted as any this area has seen. When capital campaign was announced as “being the first of its kind in the 125 year history of the Diocese” I wondered if the Diocese could get along for so long without one, why does it need one now?
But the main point of the post is this: when you are asked to donate to such causes, never forget that they are inextricably bound up with all the incredibly problematic things we see in the Church from the most local to the highest level. Not all money stays local. The Diocese has to kick up to the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services to Caritas Internationale, and all that. It may not be much, but some of your money will wind up the social justice office at the USCCB. Or locally. Some of it might even wind up in the hands of Dallas Area Interfaith and other Alinskyite groups. It is for that reason I have refused to support any of these appeals, or any USCCB organization, for several years.
And there is more than a bit of gamesmanship involved. Bishop Grahmann infamously allowed the cathedral to deteriorate badly in order to try to lower the judgment that would be made in the Rudy Kos case.
Every soul has to make their own determination how they will approach moral quandaries like those the appeal cause. Certainly some or even much good work results from these fund-raising efforts, but some or even much evil, as well. For one thing, lavish funding is needed to keep the lay-dominated post-conciliar model of the Church running (a model with which I have profound problems). I bash Catholic Charities and other organizations quite hard for being so dependent on government funding, but with the destruction of religious life their costs have skyrocketed, as well, which only furthers their love for ever-increasing, every reliable government $$$. And as we know how evil and corrupt the US government has become, and how stringently it insists those organizations it supports adhere to its immoralities, Catholic Relief Services and other organizations so reliant on government funding have been corrupted beyond all measure. When one sits back and observes, it is amazing how diabolically thorough is the progressive program for the deconstruction of the Church.
But I can understand that souls can feel torn as to whether to donate or not. While the matter is crystal clear to me, it may not be to everyone. And then there is the matter that parishes are basically demanded (extorted?) to cough up a certain amount every year. When a parish comes in way under-budget, the bishop tends to look askance at the pastor. That can afflict your local TLM parish as much as any. The diocese will get their money, by hook or crook. The only real question is whether they get yours willingly, or not.
As for me, I have decided the answer is not. And I am always looking for ways so that they don’t get any at all, as harsh as that may sound.
On a related topic, if you like local Catholic scuttlebutt, at least among the hoity-toity set, you might check this link out. That’s where I found this gem:
They do say a picture is worth a thousand words, don’t they? That is Dallas Diocese Director of Communications Annette Gonzalez-Taylor with Martin Short, who apparently ain’t. I should add, I’ve spoken with Gonzalez-Taylor once or twice and she was never anything but gracious.