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Threat brewing to TLM from liberal episcopal conferences? November 30, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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Not the usual threat – pretending the TLM is some kind of forbidden act, like the “lambada” – but attempting to inflict the post-conciliar reform on the TLM in the form of the death of a thousand cuts.

That’s one possible interpretation – in addition to the overtones of ecumania – to the request/demand of the episcopal conference of England and Wales that the language of the TLM be changed again with regard to the prayers of the conversion of the Jews in the Good Friday intercessory prayers.  Those prayers form part of the Mass of the Presanctified.  So this could be more ecumenism gone wild……or could it be something more?

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued a public request [public] that the Vatican change the prayer for the Jews said on Good Friday in the Extraordinary Form liturgy.

The prayer, composed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, asks God to illumine the hearts of the Jewish people “that they acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Savior of all men.” [You can see why I rarely quote Catholic Culture anymore. They are not speaking accurately or fairly here. Did the TLM just fall from the sky in 2008?  Was it invented by Pope Benedict?  So what really happened in 2008?  Was it not that Benedict caved to heavy pressure from within and outside the Church to edit the ancient prayers imploring conversion of the Jews because they used supposedly “harsh” terms like “blindness of that people” and “take away the veil of their hearts,” which for 1000 years or more had been known as charitable pastoral concern, not anti-Jew bigotry?]  

Archbishop Kevin McDonald, who chairs the British bishops’ committee for relations with Jews, said that the prayer has “caused great confusion and upset” among Jews. The bishops of England and Wales said that the prayer should be revised to reflect the understanding of relations between Catholics and Jews that is set forth in the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate.

What tosh.  Let me translate for you: the TLM throughout conveys ideas and expresses very clear beliefs that are irreconcilable with much post-conciliar belief and practice.  The two can at best only warily coexist.  The modification of the the TLM statements having to do with the Jews is just one very small area where the post-conciliar Church That Is would like to force the Church That Was -as represented by the TLM – into accepting the new order.  Benedict’s wording in 2008 was a somewhat skillful compromise that minimized the actual damage while setting a disastrous precedent (verified by the actions of the English episcopal conference).  We can see that the editing that has occurred so far has not satisfied the demands of the ecumaniacs and other progressives.

So is this just a special case of a certain excess of concern towards the opinions of the Jews regarding our 2000 year old sacred worship (I note the Church is not permitted to make similar criticisms of Jewish practice), or is it a sign of a general effort – perhaps in its most nascent stages – to neuter the TLM and render it more acceptable to the post-conciliar ethos and reigning secular pagan zeitgeist?  The evidence to date points to the former, but the known intent of the revolutionaries in the Church screams the latter.

If you want your TLM, you may have to fight to keep it.

Note, I haven’t even addressed the profound lack of supernatural charity exhibited by this constant kow-towing to the Jews (and other religions) by Church leaders.  Their lack of faith is as amazing as it is apparent, and is the only explanation for their apparent contempt for the eternal destiny of millions of souls in a fallen and obsolete religion – rendered obsolete by the direct act of God, and the Jews continuing refusal to accept the most direct Divine revelation in the history of the world.

The best response I’ve seen from a college administrator to the special snowflake students….. November 30, 2015

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……agitating around the country for more special privileges, more destruction of free speech and decent morals, even further descent of the university into an amoral agent of leftist groupthink, etc., came not from a Catholic university but from little Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK.  I’m rather surprised to see such stridency and clarity of thought from a Methodist college, but that’s the world we live in.

A lot of good points below from the president of this  university.  This special snowflake syndrome is a cancer that is – or already has – consumed the moral fiber and even ability to reason of a wide swath of the younger generation:

This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable. [Think on the implications of this for the future of Christianity, at least in any mainstream sense, as this generation comes of age and assumes, by default, more and more leadership positions.  Moral relativism will be the absolute rule rather than the frequent deviation]

I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.” [It is key to make clear that these kids didn’t turn out left-falling narcissists by accident, or generally through their own failing – they have been formed to be such by parents, schools, and the broader culture]

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience! An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad! [Obviously, one time altar calls are total novelties in the Christian Tradition and highly questionable as means of true conversion] It is supposed to make you feel guilty! The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization! [Paging Guadium Et Spes, paging GES!]

So here’s my advice:

If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place. [Among other things, these complaining students seem as unacquainted with irony as any in recent history]

If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them…….

……..Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them.[Brilliant point]  This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up!

I am surely not recommending faithful Catholics matriculate at this university, nor send their kids there. In such an outwardly evangelical environment, their faith would surely be under attack, subtle and gross, from day one.  But it is refreshing to see that there remains at least a few institutions not fully gone over into cultural depravity and left wing agitation.  The pressure against those institutions to cave will only increase as time goes by.  Those who “get it,” on some fundamental level, deserve at least some degree of moral support.

Interestingly, the Church’s ecumenical efforts (and dialogue with other religions) have been noted for their engagement with literally everyone except protestants of a “fundamentalist” or orthodox bent.  That tells us a great deal about which religion – Christianity or pagan secularism – is really the foundation for the rapprochement sought by this so-called movement in the Church.

Shock! Pope Francis unequivocally condemns tens of millions worldwide! November 20, 2015

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Too bad those tens of millions are involved in a perfectly legitimate enterprise that has long been found as perfectly justifiable by the Church.

That’s how it reads to me, anyway, when he indulged in this……..I have to call it a rant…….today at Casa Santa Marta.  So apparently fornicators, adulterers, and even sodomites are beyond judgment, but those involved in the defense of nations……..cursed:

 Pope Francis went on to recall the recent commemorations of the Second World War, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, his visit to Redipuglia last year on the anniversary of the Great War: “Useless slaughters,” he called them, repeating the words of Pope Benedict XV. “Everywhere there is war today, there is hatred,” he said. Then he asked, “What shall remain in the wake of this war, in the midst of which we are living now?”

“What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. Jesus once said: ‘You can not serve two masters:  either God or riches.’ War is the right choice for him, who would serve wealth: ‘Let us build weapons, so that the economy will right itself somewhat, and let us go forward in pursuit of our interests. There is an ugly word the Lord spoke: ‘Cursed!’ Because He said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers!.’ The men who work war, who make war, are cursed, they are criminals. A war can be justified – so to speak – with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war – piecemeal though that war may be – a little here, a little there, and everywhere – there is no justification – and God weeps. Jesus weeps.” 

The Holy Father went on to say that, while the arms dealers go about their business, there are the poor peacemakers who, perforce to help another person, and another and another, spend themselves utterly, and even give their lives……

Pope Francis is applying a corollary that is non-scriptural and also not part of the Tradition.  Yes, our Blessed Lord certainly did say “Blessed are the peacemakers,” but he did not say “damned are the soldiers are weapons merchants.”  That’s a huge logical leap that is totally unsupported by the Church’s extremely well developed doctrine surrounding warfare and the taking of human life.  Pope Francis is emoting that false modern belief that to be Christian is to be pacifist.  This belief, like so many others, is based entirely on distortions of the words of great Saints and fathers, wrong interpretations of bits of Scripture, and a burning desire to witness not to the Faith but the worldly progressive zeitgeist.

It is also manifestly unjust.  It takes more than a bit of cheek for a man who, by many reports, cooperated with the military junta during Argentina’s Dirty wWar, to call those “who work war, who make war” cursed and criminals.  There are many perfectly morally justifiable reasons to serve in the armed forces and to be involved in the defense of one’s country. There are situations in which armed combat is not just permissible, but even a moral imperative. Our Lord never once condemned soldiers, he simply told them to do their duty and not abuse people sinfully.  Our Lord in fact reserved some of his highest praise for a Roman Centurion, who described his faith in terms of military discipline and left Our Lord amazed.

This pope once again shows himself as a man upon whom nuance is lost.  He also shows himself to be a disturbingly ideological creature, and a man given to fits of passion.  He has here condemned many dozens of very good souls I know who are involved either in the defense industry or the military.  It is simply an amazing departure from the kind of careful thought and thorough grounding in tradition we have come to expect from popes going back centuries, even the relatively recent (and more problematic) ones.  I wonder if the Holy Father gave any thought to the grave disconcert his statements would give to the millions of Catholics worldwide who work in some capacity related to the defense industry and/or armed forces?  This is a blanket condemnation without exception, compared to the extravagant “mercy” he extends to those involved in actual moral depravities, it’s really an unconscionable statement.

It’s also inconsistent as hell.  Remember when he excoriated the WWII Allies for not bombing the railroads leading to Dachau and Sachsenhausen?  But I thought all war-making and war-fighting was cursed?  Never ask a liberal to be consistent, it all depends on his feels at a given moment.

But not altogether unpredictable. Indeed, in so many ways, this pope seems to be gradually revealing his very novel, doctrinaire vision to the world as time unfolds.

Rorate notes the translation appears solid.  They also add this:

More than ever, Francis symbolizes a Church and a civilization that is tired and has lost its will to live: a “West” that in the face of wrath it could not comprehend, possessed with only a fraction of the conviction that its enemies has, takes refuge in meaningless slogans that inspire no one, help no one, and only encourage those who would like to destroy everything that is holy, everything that is of value.

Indeed.  Enjoy your Camp of the Saints.

The world has lost its sense of irony November 19, 2015

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Two highly ironic things in the article below.  The irony is completely lost on the subjects.  Case 1, one of the major reasons Missouri’s black students are up in arms – aside from the tingly sensation of power they are enjoying – is because the university has had to cancel it’s health insurance for graduate students due to Obamacare.  This especially upset the millionaire son hunger-striker.  Case two, Planned Barrenhood reveals for the umpteenth time their complete lack of shame:

University of Missouri graduate students, including hunger strike protester Jonathan Butler, have been protesting on campus in part because of cuts to the students’ health-care coverage as a result of Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the cutbacks were explained in detail on an August posting on the school’s website, which said Obamacare’s regulations banned employers, like universities, from paying for their grad students’ health insurance.

Graduate students would have to buy insurance in individual markets as a result of not being eligible for the insurance plan offered to MU staff and faculty.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that the Internal Revenue Service posted a bulletin offering guidance on this issue and threatened “severe” penalties for noncompliance.

…….In a letter announcing his hunger strike, Butler described incidents that, he said, “dynamically disrupted the learning experience for marginalized/ underrepresented students.” [Oh PLEASE!  Underrepresented even though admissions standards are dramatically lower for certain minorities, which doesn’t help their representation when over half fail out during their freshman year]

Butler wrote, “In the past 90 days alone we have seen the MSA (Missouri Students Association) President Payton Head being called the n-word on campus, [by a non-student, if it happened at all. The word was allegedly called from a passing vehicle, making misinterpretation very likely.  And what precipitated it use?] graduate students being robbed of their health insurance, [blame your brother Barack for that]Planned Parenthood services being stripped from campus, #ConcernedStudent1950 peaceful demonstrators being threatened with pepper spray, [BS] and a matter of days ago a vile and disgusting act of hatred where a MU student drew a swastika in the Gateway residential hall with their own feces.” [which was not directed at any group, and could have just been drunken stupidity]

Now for the Planned Barrenhood stupidity:

Mizzou also canceled 10 contracts with Planned Parenthood three months ago. The contracts had allowed MU’s nursing and medical students to get experience at Planned Parenthood facilities in five cities in four states, the Associated Press reported….

………The canceled contracts angered both student body and faculty alike, and two months later, by October, MU allowed its nursing and medical students to work at Planned Parenthood clinics. The new agreement, however, banned the students from participating in abortion services — a measure that was allowed under the previous agreements.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri president and CEO Laura McQuade was pleased the agreements were renewed but told the AP that “more must be done.” She said the university had surrendered to “political bullying.”

Oh now that’s rich!  Planned Barrenhood, which unleashed the most brazen bullying imaginable to crush Susan G. Komen when they defunded them, complaining about mass opposition to Planned Barrenhood’s selling of murdered baby parts as “political bullying!”

And how did abortion become legal, anyway?  Was that not an undemocratic act of political bullying by 7 unaccountable, unelected old men in black robes?!?  And what of Planned Barrenhood’s bribes and payouts to politicians to keep abortion legal, isn’t that a form of bullying?  What a crock.

But I’m wasting my breath.  What else would one expect from an organization drenched in innocent children’s blood?

Pretending Dignitatis Humanae can be interpreted according to Tradition is itself contrary to Tradition November 19, 2015

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What can I say?  More thought-provoking material from Phoenix from the Ashes by HJA Sire.  I think the material largely speaks for itself, but I do add emphasis and comments.

Below, Sire discusses one of the most problematic documents of Vatican II, the Declaration on Religious Liberty, Dignitatis Humanae.

Traditionalists [He appears to use the term pretty broadly, many self-described traditionalists would probably take umbrage with what he says here] who want to uphold the authority of the Council have argued that the declaration Dignitatis Humanae is acceptable if interpreted, as it must be, in the context of Catholic Tradition, and indeed the saving statements made at the beginning of the document give a basis for such an approach. [Saving statements meaning an introductory text and statement by Paul VI that claim DH does not intend to change Church Doctrine, right before the main body of the text appears to do just that] Nevertheless, that is not the way the Church has traditionally taken with suspect doctrines.  Its affinity is with the special pleading by which Newman, in his Tractarian days, [i.e., when Blessed John Henry Newman was still an Anglican]  sought to argue that the Thirty Nine Articles can be interpreted as part of Catholic tradition, ignoring the fact that they are the founding document of a heretical protestant sect.  The Catholic Church has always dismissed such evasions, exemplified by the attempts made by Hussites and Jansenists to disown the heretical doctrines attributed to them.  Against such hair-splitting, the Church’s view has been that the doctrine of a text is what it appears to be and what it is in practice, in the sense of the use made of it by its followers.  By that criterion, the teaching of Dignitatis Humanae is the one conveyed by the main part of the document, not that of the introductory statement or Paul VI’s covering statement.  The bulk of Catholics worldwide understand its teaching as declaring an absolute right of religious liberty and would be shocked to hear that the document begins with a statement that no such right exists. [The bulk of “Catholics” worldwide have never even heard of it, though they are probably just peachy with the very liberal interpretation and implementation its received] That is the humanistic reading that the declaration has, in fact, propagated; the philosophy it conveys, putting man before God, has been the prime agent in the corrupted Catholicism brought in by Vatican II, devastating the spiritual life of the Church and destroying its intellectual coherence. 

…..In fact, when the Declaration on Religious Liberty was discussed in the Council, the American bishops were to be found arguing for it on undisguisedly humanistic grounds, ad they were backed in Europe by out and out modernists such as Kung and Bishop de Smedt of Bruges.  In its eagerness to make a generous gesture to the world, the Council felt obliged to embrace this philosophy, since no less than a whole-hearted declaration would do justice to the ideals of openness and ecumenism; and by that ill-conceived intention it was led to adopt a teaching that destroys the basis of coherent religion.  

————–End Quote—————

What follows the excerpt above is perhaps the best exegesis I’ve read on the difference between the illusory modern notion of human rights, and the Catholic concept of human dignity.  That runs about 1800 words and I really haven’t time today to type all that in. Plus, I’m afraid Sire is going to fly over and break my fingers so I stop ripping off his copyright. So, perhaps tomorrow. If I don’t find something even better to share in the interim.

I’m also holding off on excerpting more of the book, because I’d like to switch gears now and provide a practical application of how Dignitatis Humanae (or its application) has radically disfigured a right understanding and practice of the Faith, perhaps especially among the hierarchy.  In the Nov. 13 2015 edition of Texas Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Dallas, there is an article on the a the recent “Eugene McDermott Lecture” sponsored by the University of Dallas.  This lecture glorified the 50th anniversary of another highly controversial Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate, which revolutionized the Church’s formal approach towards the Jewish religion.  Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell must have been in fine fettle, he had his older brother Brian flown in to also speak at the event.

Some excerpts from the article below:

Bishop Brian Farrell, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Christian Unity……..spoke to the crowd and praised the results Nostra Aetate has produced:

[Watch how he denigrates the Truth, and 2000 years of Catholic belief and practice…..]“It introduced a fundamental change of attitude of attitude from negative stereotypes and prejudices to a positive respect for and close collaboration between Catholics and Jews for the good of the entire human family…” [“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”  “If you do not eat my flesh and drink my blood, you do not have life within you.”  “He that believeth in the Son, hath life everlasting; but he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”  You ecumaniacs are content to leave Jews in their obsolete, supernaturally useless religion, all so you can have warm feelings from a few worldly accolades. Disgraceful.  Where is your charity?  Probably the same place you sent your faith] 

Bishop Farrell and Rabbi Rosen  said that for the most of its history, Christianity had viewed the Jewish people as being rejected and condemned by God as a result of Christ’s crucifixion. [That’s a pretty neat trick?  Who rejected Whom?  And who crucified Whom?  Do the biblical statements above mean anything?  If they don’t why bother being Catholic?]  Rabbi Rosen said the normative thought was this: because the Jews did not recognize Jesus Christ [Umm, they did a bit more than that] they were punished and left wandering without a homeland as a “continual testimony of what happens to you when you reject the Christian dispensation and to be an eternal warning until the end of time.” [Once again, what does Scripture say?  Did our Blessed Lord not say that the Jews would be punished, their city and temple crushed, their sacrificial religion destroyed, in his prophecy recorded in the Synoptic Gospels? (Lk xix:44)]

As a result, Christians had come to see themselves as having replaced the Jews as God’s Chosen People. [“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood” (I Pet ii:9). Also Gal ii:14-16 – “by the works of the {old} law no one will be justified”]

Nostra Aetate, he said, turned that completely around. [So much the worse for Nostra Aetate, then]

…..Today, Bishop Farrell said, the church [sic] insists on understanding and embracing the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.  Catholics cannot understand Jesus without his [sic] Jewish background. [That doesn’t mean the Jews have a valid covenant, or that conversion is not imperative for them]

“Jesus was a Jew,” he said.  “Mary was a Jew.  The first disciples were Jewish.  All were immersed in the Jewish traditions of their time.”  [That’s right……They were Jews.  Then they became Christians.  And were saved on that basis. Notice the constant use of sleight of hand by these guys]

……Rabbi Rosen said he advocates that Nostra Aetate be part of seminary formation around the world [Of course!  It’s the greatest boon to the Jewish faith since Theodore Herzl.  But that’s not the same as being best for their souls, but who cares about that anymore, since we pretend everyone goes to Heaven anyway, right?!?]  Bishop Brian Farrell reiterated the document’s firm rejection of any discrimination and anti-Semitism as part of any catechesis done in the Catholic Church. [Note that both these men consider even telling Jews their covenant is obsolete/invalid and that they must convert to be saved to be “anti-semitism.”] 

Different religion.  And I don’t particularly care for it.  Not because I’m attached to some Jew-hatred.  It’s because I like to think I care just a bit about the eternal destination of souls, and this “let’s all pretend nothing matters and we’re all saved and let’s just all have a great big huggy warm feeling good time” leaves souls in an incredibly precarious position by every indication from Scripture and Tradition.  Notwithstanding what Vatican II has to say on the subject, it is contradicted by literally hundreds if not thousands of declarations from Scripture and Tradition and I am inclined to give those much more credence than the late Council.


If that makes me a heretic, so be it.

8 “Syrians” caught attempting to cross US border at Laredo November 19, 2015

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US Border Patrol agents have revealed that 8 supposedly Syrian men attempted to infiltrate the United States in the Laredo zone recently. This in addition to 5 “Syrians” arrested in Honduras this week attempting to transit to the US using stolen Greek passports.  Enjoy the Honduran jails, fellas!

I guess Obama’s promise to admit 100,000 “Syrians” into the US just isn’t moving forward fast enough for some folks:

Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about Syrians illegally entering the country in the Laredo Sector. The reports have caused a stir among the sector’s Border Patrol agents.

The sources claimed that eight Syrians were apprehended on Monday, November 16, 2015. According to the sources, the Syrians were in two separate “family units” and were apprehended at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, also known officially as Port of Entry 1.

Border Patrol agent and NBPC Local 2455 President Hector Garza told Breitbart Texas, “Border Patrol agents who we represent have been contacting our organization to voice concerns about reports from other agents that Syrians crossed the U.S. border from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. Our agents have heard about Syrians being apprehended in the area from other federal agents.” Agent Garza added, “At this time, I cannot confirm or deny that Syrians have crossed, for security reasons.”……..

………Breitbart Texas can confirm that a Syrian did attempt to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas in late September. The Syrian was caught using a passport that belonged to someone else and U.S. authorities decided against prosecuting anyone involved due to “circumstances.”

UPDATE: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that eight Syrians were taken into custody at the Laredo port of entry. 

And how about this: today Brietbart is reporting that 6 men from Afghanistan and Pakistan – those paragons of moderation and stability – were caught attempting to infiltrate the United States in Arizona:

The six men were traveling in a group and were captured roughly 16 miles into the state of Arizona, specifically, near the small picturesque town of Patagonia, Arizona.

You know, I wonder if the bishops realize just how high-risk their extremely public support for continued unlimited illegal immigration over our porous southern border really is.  They have vocally opposed most effective security measures.  If there is a major terror attack on this country that can be attributed to terrorists flowing over our effectively undefended, uncontrolled southern border – and they already have – there could be very serious blowback against the strident pro-immigration position of the USCCB.  And I would say that every day that ISIS exists and grows, that likelihood only increases.  This could have extremely serious ramifications for the bishop’s conference.

Especially since the bishop’s commitment to immigration – even “Syrian” immigration – is not quite so altruistic as they like to make out.


Remember – not one dime for CCHD over Thanksgiving November 19, 2015

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This weekend or next, your parish (but not mine) will likely take a collection for the so-called Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  This ostensible charity, which is actually nothing more than a method for Catholics to fund marxist political agitation, is supported by almost all dioceses and parishes in the country.  It is an organization with a constant track record of scandal since its inception in 1969, when Msgr. Jack Egan, prominent figure in the Archdiocese of Chicago, friend of marxist organizer Saul Alinsky, and confidant of then-Archbishop Bernadin convinced the highly influential Archbishop to support funding for this organization.  Bernadin then used his dominant influence over the then National Conference of Catholic Bishops to force through a nationwide collection.

Over the years, CCHD has disbursed tens of millions dollars – dollars taken from Catholics almost universally ignorant of its aim and intent – to disastrously anti-Catholic organizations who support all manner of moral evils, from contraception to abortion to socialism to pseudo-sodo-marriage – and even worse.  While certain groups with such stands have been defunded from time to time, the problems always recur.  That’s because there is hardly a leftist organization in the world that does not support one moral depravity or another, and generally, a whole cornucopia of them.

Michael Hitchborn at the Lepanto Institute, whose work I greatly respect, has put together another long and very damning analysis of CCHD and its ongoing association with immoral causes.  He builds his case methodically, starting with deliberate communist efforts in the first half of the 20th century to penetrate their agents into Christian churches, and especially the Catholic Church, to gain cultural influence, moral authority, and, above all, access to money.  From there he notes the influence of Saul Alinsky in forming CCHD, and CCHD’s still-ongoing relationship with many Alinskyite groups, such as the Gamaliel Foundation.  He also shows how organizations on the receiving end of some of the largest CCHD disbursements over the past few  years are also led by hardcore communists.

Most interesting to me, however, was the portion of the expose dealing with Ralph McCloud, former Fort Worth City Council member and current head of the CCHD.  Hitchborn finds a huge conflict of interest in the fact that McCloud serves on the board of directors of the extremely radical Interfaith Worker’s Justice, even while CCHD disburses copious funds to that organization.  Can you say conflict of interest?  Hitchborn:


Generally speaking, since IWJ is applying for funds from the CCHD, this is called a conflict of interest. But there are other problems with McCloud that should disqualify him from his position at the CCHD.

Ralph McCloud assumed the duties of Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in November of 2007. Prior to this, McCloud served as a city council member and mayor pro tem in Fort Worth, Texas. While still serving in Texas government, McCloud gave a political endorsement to radical pro-abortion politician Wendy Davis when she announced her run for state senate against the solidly pro-life incumbent, Kim Brimer.


In addition to this endorsement, McCloud also served as the treasurer for Davis’ campaign. McCloud denied any knowledge of Davis’ pro-abortion position at the time he gave her an endorsement and agreed to serve as her campaign treasurer, and claims that he never assumed any of the duties as treasurer.

Going back to the Gamaliel Foundation for a moment, remember that Ralph McCloud was provided with air-tight evidence that the Gamaliel Foundation lied directly to him about its relationship with an organization pushing for legal recognition of same-sex couples, and he broke off communication with investigators at that point.  Also, keep in mind that Saul Alinsky said about developing relationships so as to be somewhat bulletproof in the face of controversial topics.  There are important things to remember because in 2008, Ralph McCloud gave a speech at a Gamaliel event called, “Realizing the Promise.” The event was a celebration of the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. Just listen to what McCloud said about how this celebration of Obama’s election is a “great day” where “we will see a new Jerusalem, and justice will flow like waters.” [hyperbole much?  But contemplate this: have we seen on college campuses all over the country in recent days just what kind of “justice” people like Ralph McCloud believes this nation deserves?  I can say that the policy differences between Gamaliel, and the radical crybullies on college campuses today are infinitesimal.  They all stem from the same entitled, demanding hatred of this country.  And they are profoundly racist, in the truest sense of the term.]

So, Ralph McCloud, who endorsed radical pro-abortion candidate Wendy Davis, agreed to be her campaign treasurer, spoke at a Gamaliel event in support of Barack Obama’s election, defended the direct lie of the Gamaliel Foundation, and serves on the board of the radically Marxist Interfaith Worker Justice is in charge of the distribution of Catholic dollars.

Not one dime for CCHD.  But I ask readers this: if the USCCB has been willing to start up CCHD, run it for decades in the face of serious opposition and far too many scandals to count, can you trust ANY USCCB organization with your money?  I refer to Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, and even ostensible funding programs for catechesis and priestly formation.  Money is fungible.  There are myriad problems with Catholic Charities and CRS.  I have long concluded my family cannot, in good conscience, support any of these groups.  I do my best to insulate my donations as much as I can even from diocesan assessment, because the same problems that exist on the national level are also present at the local, diocesan level.

Something to consider.

Great quotes on the Revolution November 18, 2015

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I am out of time.  Via Pertinacious Papist, some very good quotes on the Revolution in the Church:

  • Blessed Pius IX (1871): “Believe me, the evil I denounce is more terrible than the Revolution…. that which I fear is Liberal Catholicism, which endeavours to unite two principles as repugnant to each other as fire and water ….”
  • St. Pius X (1910): “[W]hat has become of the Catholicism of the Sillon? Alas! this organisation… is now [part] of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world… the reign of legalized cunning and force, and the oppression of the weak…”
  • Yves Marsaudon (1964): “[W]e are unable to ignore the Second Vatican Counciland its consequences… With all our hearts we support the Revolution of John XXIII… This courageous concept of the Freedom of Thought that lies at the core of our Freemasonic lodges, has spread in a truly magnificent manner right under the Dome of St. Peter’s.”
  • Cardinal Danneels (2001): “Before Vatican II, in theology, as in other areas, the discipline was fixed. After the council there has been a revolution — a chaotic revolution — with free discussion on everything. There is now no common theology or philosophy as there was before.”

Really long article at the second link. I can’t vouch for it, I’ve had no time to read it, but Papist seems to think it good.

It is quite intriguing to hear Pope St. Pius X, over 100 years ago, speak of a one world religion.  The efforts underway to obliterate the Church and Christendom have been with us for a long, long time.  For decades they achieved great headway in the world but almost none in the Church herself. Then there was that New Springtime!, and, voila!, freedom of thought was suddenly part and parcel of the Church’s program!  There was even a “counter-Syllabus!”  Everything was going great!

So long as you don’t mind the tens of millions of lost souls, tens of thousands of departed priests, and 100,000 or more lost religious vocations.  Oh, wait………those are features, not bugs!

Rampant heresy in the Church directly attributable to the Second Vatican Council November 18, 2015

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I have been wanting to excerpt portions from Phoenix from the Ashes for some time. The problem I’ve had is that the material is so dense and involved (in a good way) that a lot of excerpts, to make sense, would run 2000 words or more. And I know posts that long tend not to get read very much.

But, I found a few brief bits that convey a whole lot in a blog-friendly length.  Author HJA Sire really explodes the notion of female fauxrdination, and in so doing exposes the heresy that is inherent in the post-conciliar ethos.  The Council opened the Church, doctrinally, to numerous modernist notions, including feminist ones.  That relatively narrow conciliar opening has metastasized into numerous areas, one of the most malicious being the notion that women could be ordained to the priesthood.  Even worse, however, has been the corruption of the entire idea of the priesthood.  Ultimately, the Council bears great responsibility for this and many other widely prevalent errors:

Next to the denial of defined dogmas, there is no clearer case of heresy than the advocacy of female ordination: it rejects not only the tradition of the Church from its origins, but divine institution itself; it ignores the condemnations that have declared female ordination heretical, and implies a blasphemous view of Christ’s wisdom and justice in instituting the priesthood in the male sex.  No heresy more comprehensively discards every principle by which Christian doctrine is decided.  The orthodox teaching has been repeated most recently by John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis of 1994, in which he wrote: “We declare that the Church has no authority whatever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.”  As one would expect in the modern Church, the ruling has been entirely disregarded.  In June 1997 the Catholic Theological Society of America voted by a majority of 216 to 22 that the pope should reconsider the question of women’s ordination.  This evidence that nine out of ten official theologians in the United States are heretics comes as no surprise; nor does one imagine that their unorthodoxy is confined to that sole point. In 2011  likewise some 200 Austrian clergy signed a manifesto demanding female ordination.  In the general run of seminaries, professors reject the orthodox teaching privately and often publicly, and the priests they train treat it as simply another conservative relic that is due for change.  We see here exemplified the contempt in the present-day Church for Scripture, Tradition, and authority, and we see, too, the harvest of submission to modern ideology that the Church sowed in the Second Vatican Council and is now reaping.  [I should add, prior to this paragraph, Sire had spent several pages explaining exactly HOW Vatican II, through the documents produced and approved, provide such a huge opening to error/heresy.  It is a very thorough discussion but one too long to blog effectively]


To put the preaching function of the priest before the sacramental [i.e., the sacrificial nature of the Mass] is a monstrosity in antithesis to religious realities. Yet simply to condemn that error in itself would be to miss its true significance; the intention of the Council in teaching this was to move the Church towards a protestant concept of the ministry, a doctrine that rejects the sacramental office of the priest and substitutes a ministry of the word.  That lead has been used by the modernists to promote an evangelical doctrine (in the sectarian sense of the word) that empties the priesthood of theological meaning. [by turning the priest into an educator, an administrator, a “presider,” and even a first among equals, sacramentally] 

Thus the constitution De Presbyterorum Ministerio et Vita [The Vatican II document on the priesthood] stands as one of the main contradictions to the notion that the documents of the Second Vatican Council, as its apologists like to argue, are of a faultlessly orthodox nature.  Its teaching is not traditional and was not intended to be traditional. With an ill-conceived aim of ecumenism, the Council allowed itself to be imposed on by those whose program was to diminish the Catholic theology of the priesthood.  The intentions of that party have been developed in practice, producing priests whose view of their office is in complete rejection of Catholic Doctrine.  When the Church comes to judge the Second Vatican Council in the light of true tradition, the constitution on the priesthood will be one of the documents that most call for disavowal and condemnation.  

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HJA Sire has now, 3/4 of the way through the book, shown glaring problems in several of the documents of Vatican II. As he notes, it is possible – though unbearably boring – to read large sections of Vatican II and find no problems at all.  But that’s like saying a serial killer is really just a nice, quiet guy, except for those 3 hours a month when he butchers someone.  It is meaningless. The problem in Vatican II is not with the orthodox majority, it is with the nebulous, problematic, and even erroneous majority.  Not perhaps erroneous by direct promotion of error, but by being so nebulous and so open to radical interpretation that it permitted – and almost demanded – radically modernist/heretical consequences to flow from the documents.

There is a tremendous amount of gold in Phoenix from the Ashes.  I am not done, yet, but it’s 97% awesomeness with occasional odd rants thrown in.  I guess we trads are not without our little foibles.

Consider the above possibly some useful information when confronted with individuals who insist that there is nothing wrong with the documents of Vatican II, but only their unorthodox interpretation.  Sire’s prime contention (similar to previous authors like Michael Davies, though Sire is much more forceful and to the point) is that the nebulous bits, and how to draw them out into formal error, radically changing the Church, were always intended by the modernists at Vatican II, and are inseparable from the documents as produced.  I am inclined to agree with him, for whatever that’s worth.  I think this is absolutely critical information to know, for the restoration of the Church must be based on a clear understanding of the ultimate source of the errors that have caused such devastation in the Church.

A few snapshots from a culture in collapse November 18, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unbelievable BS.
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You could not cut the irony with a knife chain saw 1 MW laser:


First of all…….Planned Parenthood invoking God…..really?  No…….REALLY?!?

Secondly…..Planned Parenthood, do you not note the irony of your statement, you who murder 350,000 babies every year?!?  Would that you truly believed it, but we know leftists always lie……….

Next tweet, the response of the sexular pagan left to the Paris attacks has been grimly entertaining to watch.  Hoisted on their petard of unlimited immigration and loathing for Western civilization, they have to cast about for false equivalencies to re-establish their moral supremacy (at least in their own, it must be said, twisted minds).


Once again….really?  There are no more reliably, thoroughly leftist places in this country (and very nearly the world) than American college campuses. They are run and administered entirely by leftists.  We see here the new more radical Jacobins turning on those who were the radical cutting edge just months ago.  The revolution always eats its own.  If there really were a rape epidemic on college campuses – and there isn’t, not even close – it would be the greatest indictment yet of the unavoidable flaws of leftist governance.

These items are not mere snark. They actually represent a very important aspect of left wing agitation.  I am increasingly convinced, from myriad data points, that most of what the left does is moral posturing.  It’s about signaling belonging to the right tribe, the tribe approved of and promoted by the major media, government, and corporations.  It is about establishing tribal supremacy by excoriating the “other.”  Thus Obama cannot work up even a feigned moral indignation against the Paris attackers, but he becomes visibly upset in his recent press conference at the mention of some Republican action.  That’s the real enemy, and it’s not so much ideological as it is deeply, deeply emotional.

Finally, would the slaughter at the Bataclan concert hall been prevented, or at least greatly reduced, had there been an armed citizenry present?  Very difficult to say, but similar attacks have been reduced greatly in scope by the presence of such armed individuals. Nevertheless, Obama is moving ahead with plans to round out his administration with the imposition of significant gun control measures, hinting he may act unilaterally if Congress does not pass legislation to his liking:

In an interview published Tuesday in GQ magazine, Mr. Obama said easy access to guns is “the only variable” between the U.S. and other developed countries……..

…..Asked by interviewer Bill Simmons of HBO if gun control will be the “dominant” issue on his agenda next year, Mr. Obama replied, “I hope so.”…….

……“We knew it was a stretch, just because of the politics of Congress and the NRA. But we had to try,” Mr. Obama said. “In the absence of a movement politically in which people say, ‘Enough is enough,’ we’re going to continue to see, unfortunately, these tragedies take place.”

Well firearms are almost totally banned to the civil population of France, Mr. Obama.  And yet this still happened:



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