I strongly suspected the reports from Kim Davis’ circle of her positive meeting and support from Pope Francis would not last long. The Vatican is now backing off claims that she had an “audience,” but instead says that she was just one of many people greeted that day:
In an official statement this morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi, head of the Vatican press office downplayed Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis.
“Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City,” said Lombardi. “Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability.” [That does not mean he did not meet with Davis one on one. This is spin, it’s not a lie but it’s not the truth, either]
“The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family,” Fr. Lombardi added. [So now we’re down to parsing what a “real” audience is?]
The Vatican explained that the “brief” meeting between the Pope and Davis has “continued to provoke comments and discussion” and thus offered his explanation “in order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired.” [We’re trying desperately to placate harsh criticism in the US media and probably among the gay lobby in the Vatican. So now the media knows that a little pressure works in rolling this Pope, as if they didn’t know before. And don’t tell me this is the Vatican press office going off like a loose cannon. In this most authoritarian of pontificates, nothing “just happens.”]
Fr. Lombardi said, “The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.” [Complex?!? She thinks sodomite marriage an offense against God and nature. She will have no part in it. Not hard to understand]
News that the pope had secretly met with Davis during his trip to the U.S. broke on Tuesday evening, after her lawyer made the meeting public. Davis said that Francis had told her to “stay strong,” giving both her and her husband a rosary. “Please pray for me,” he requested………
………In a new statement today, Davis’ lawyer, Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, disputed reports circulating in light of the Vatican’s newest statement suggesting that Davis had simply met the pope as one in a line of people.
“There were no other people in the room,” he said. “This was a private meeting between Pope Francis and Kim and Joe Davis. This was not a meeting with other people in which Kim and Joe Davis were a part, but rather a private meeting with no other people in the room except Vatican security and personnel.”
Staver acknowledged that the pope “was not weighing in on particular facts of a legal case,” but added that “his statements about religious freedom and his encouragement to Kim Davis to ‘stray strong’ during a private meeting reaffirm the human right to conscientious objection. This is a right for everyone.”
Staver also said that the meeting was initiated by the Vatican, an apparent response to speculation that the meeting with the pope may have been arranged by a conservative bishop in the U.S., perhaps without the full knowledge of the Vatican or the pope about Davis’ case…….
…….[And now we get the spin of uber-weasel Fr. Tom Rosica]However, English-language spokesman for the Vatican, Fr. Thomas Rosica, placed the responsibility for the meeting in the hands of U.S. papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.
“Who brought her in? The nuncio,” Father Rosica told the New York Times. “The Nunciature was able to bring in donors, benefactors.”
Fr. Rosica added: ““I would simply say: Her case is a very complex case. It’s got all kinds of intricacies. Was there an opportunity to brief the pope on this beforehand? I don’t think so. A list is given — these are the people you are going to meet.”
Rosica responded to a question about whether the Vatican press office had been unaware of the pope’s meeting with Davis, saying: “No, but I think we may not have been aware of the full impact of the meeting. It is very difficult sometimes when you are looking at things in America from here.” [How about let your yes be yes and your no be no, Fr. Tom?]
The force is strong in the sodomite mafia. Whether the pressure came from a US media gone over full bore into advocacy for perversion, or from the still extant sodomite lobby in the Vatican (or both), the Vatican has changed its tune. They are throwing Kim Davis under the bus. The Davis camp clearly refutes the Vatican allegations. I hope someone recorded the visit. This could get ugly before it’s over.
Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive! But whatever the reason for this meeting with Davis, the Synod will make all quite clear.
US undertaking unprecedented influx of immigration October 1, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, demographics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
It’s always a bit of a fallacy to extend present trends far into the future, because there are many reasons why things could change, but given that the United States continues to ride an unprecedented 45 year wave of extraordinary levels of illegal immigration, there is not much reason to conclude that the trend will suddenly reverse, unless there the mass public dissatisfaction with this ongoing trend should finally move the political, cultural, and economic leadership of this country to act. Nevertheless, if trends hold, the United States will, in 7-8 years, surpass the highest percentage of immigrants in the country in its entire (by then) 250 year history:
The United States is taking in more immigrants than at any time in our history, while at the same time making little or no effort to assimilate them. No one can know what the consequences of this experiment will be. This chart, created by the Center for Immigration Studies from Census Bureau data, plots the number of immigrants living in the U.S. and their share of the population, from 1900 to 2014 and projected through 2060. As of last year, the U.S. was home to a record 42.4 million immigrants, legal and illegal, representing 13.3% of the nation’s population.
* In addition to immigrants, there were 16.2 million U.S.-born minor (<18) children with at least one immigrant parent in 2014, for a total of 58.6 million immigrants and their children. Immigrants and their minor children now account for more than one in six U.S. residents.
* Mexico had by far the largest immigrant population in the country, with 11.7 million legal and illegal Mexican immigrants living in the United States in 2014.
Indeed, at present, 1 in 8 Mexican nationals now resides in the United States. Talk about unprecedented.
This nation is being radically changed. If trends do hold, any idea of the Republicans or any other conservative party holding power (Presidency + at least one House of Congress) come 2030 or so is literal insanity. Hispanics and all other immigrants vote democrat/left wing about 4:1. Their children do the same, the pattern does not begin to change until the 3rd or 4th generation, and even that is somewhat doubtful. Add another 10-15 million voters of that bent and you have the makings of a permanent democrat majority.
In a sense, there is a delicious irony playing out, if you have some knowledge of the history of the United States treatment of Mexico and much of Latin America. We had things totally our way for about 200 years, but no longer. This can be traced directly back to the collapse in US birth rates, which has created at least some justification for the influx of illegal worker bees to replace those never born here. The US quite frankly has royally screwed over Mexico on numerous occasions, from the invasion of 1848-9 that took away almost half of Mexico’s former land area, to the deliberate, purposeful infiltration of the Mexican political and cultural system by US interests, planting masonry and liberalism in a deeply traditional country and instigating most of the dire persecutions the Church has experienced there. In a sense, we’ve sown the wind, and are in the process of reaping the whirlwind. If these Hispanics would somehow remain devout Catholics and work to instill a Catholic culture in this country, I’d be much more supportive of this literal human flood, but most fall away, or are already extremely weak, worldly Catholics formed by the disastrously bad Church in Latin America, when they come here.
Completely, totally related – the average full-time male employee in the United States makes less today than he did in 1970:
he typical man with a full-time job–the one at the statistical middle of the middle–earned $50,383 last year, the Census Bureau reported this week.
The typical man with a full-time job in 1973 earned $53,294, measured in 2014 dollars to adjust for inflation.
You read that right: The median male worker who was employed year-round and full time earned less in 2014 than a similarly situated worker earned four decades ago. And those are the ones who had jobs.
Would you like fries with that?
Two videos – everything wrong with modern art, Abby Johnson destroys Cecile Richards October 1, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Art and Architecture, Basics, contraception, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
I like this video on all the problems with modern (and post-modern) art. The abandonment of artistic standards has led to the near total collapse of the production of quality, timeless art. I think it also emblematic of the decadence and moral corruption of the West, that tacky, cheap, boring, unskillful, offensive, and just plain crap that my 3rd grader could better is now promoted as “fine art.” Give me a break:
A couple of things – do you remember the movie “Dead Poet’s Society?” There is a pivotal scene that repeats itself, having to do with a textbook that teaches a means of “rating” the relative merits of different poems. The new liberal teacher, played by Robin Williams, is horribly offended at this notion, believing that poetry is so sublime it is beyond any kind of ratings or metrics. He teaches his students to rip that section of the textbook out. Later on, this becomes sort of his triumph.
But is that really right? Are there not means by which various poets and poems could be rated against each other? Is writing in a very technical meter, and pulling it off with rhyme, rhythm, and deep meaning, a greater achievement than a few lines scrawled in a haiku? Is the Illiad greater than some of EE Cummings later trash? Does Shakespeare not trump the contemporary schlock called poetry we are dished up? Or Blake or Wordsworth or Coleridge, for that matter?
The same applies to the visual arts. It is perhaps true that the governing academies of the late 19th century had become a bit too rigid and stale, but throwing off ALL restraint and ANY founding principles has led art down the garbage drain of boring, thoughtless, derivative trash. And I think it right to cast a bit of blame at the Impressionists on this, because they started the revolution, even though their own works were great achievements in their own right.
Second video, kind of boring but a for-the-record type entry, Abby Johnson obliterates Cecile Richards. I’m quite certain my sophomore daughter could do so even more thoroughly, but she’ll never have the cache of having worked at Planned Butcherhood:
Meh: Cecile Richards, head of an organization responsible for tens of millions of murders (for profit), lies. Shocking, I know.
A couple of what the heck videos. There is so little footage of the incredibly charismatic Gram Parsons. Here is one of the better bits. Groovy man. Somebody please pin Chris Hillman to the ground and shave his head, sheesh.
From the same shoot in support of the first Flying Burrito Brother album. Such a shame Gram couldn’t put together more than about 6 consecutive clean months the last 10 years of his life. When he did wow was he prodigiously talented. [FAIR WARNING – GRAM TOOK THE IDEA OF A “NUDIE SUIT” A BIT TOO FAR]:
Is the report that the world financial system force PBXVI’s abdication real, or hyperbole? October 1, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the return, the struggle for the Church.
I instantly saw the report come out on Tuesday from a French source alleging that the evil American globalist financial power had somehow forced Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication by freezing assets at the Vatican bank. Here is the report below, translated by Google:
“Few know what SWIFT (the acronym stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) is: in theory, is a global “clearing house”, uniting 10,500 banks in 215 countries. In fact, is the most occult and sole center of American-globalist financial power, a bastion of blackmail on which the hegemony of the dollar, the most powerful means of political and economic espionage (to the detriment especially for us Europeans) and the means by which the most feared global finance breaks the legs of states that do not obey. …
“‘When a bank or territory is excluded from the system, as it did in the case of the Vatican in the days before the resignation of Benedict XVI in February 2013, all transactions are blocked. Without waiting for the election of Pope Bergoglio, the Swift system has been unlocked the announcement of the resignation of Benedict XVI.
“‘There was a blackmail come from who knows where, through SWIFT, exercised on Benedict XVI. The underlying reasons for this story have not been clarified, but it is clear that SWIFT has intervened directly in the management of affairs of the Church.’
“This explains and justifies the unprecedented resignation of Ratzinger, that many of us have been able to exchange for an act of cowardice; the Church was treated as a state ‘terrorist’, but worse — because note that the dozen banks falling into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ‘are not excluded from SWIFT’ and continue to be able to make international transactions — and the Vatican finances could no longer pay the nunciature, to convey transport missions — in fact, the same ATM of Vatican City had been blocked.
The Church of Benedict could not ‘neither sell nor buy’; its own economic life was counted in hours.”
So my initial inclination was to think this was all a bit histrionic, especially the typically European hyperbole over (often European-dominated) international institutions like SWIFT and of course the cruel hand of the American Dollar.
HOWEVER, I started looking through some dates on these matters, and things lined up shockingly well. The Vatican Bank lost access to all electronic monetary transfers on Jan. 1, 2013, ostensibly due to failure to implement Euro-mandated reforms regarding protections against money laundering. For years, PBXVI had been trying to reform the Vatican Bank, or “IOR,” without total success. As 2012 melted into 2013, his reform process came to a standstill with the forcing out of IOR head Gotto Tedeschi, the man hand-picked by Benedict to reform the bank. Tedeschi seems to have been nothing but a fall guy, facing a number of false allegations after his dismissal and beating them all in court (even Italian court, which is really saying something). It appears his force out was part of the broader struggle to undermine and foil every attempt PBXVI made at reform at every level. Tedeschi was simply an early casualty in the war against Pope Benedict and Cardinal Bertone.
SO, the day after Pope Benedict announces his abdication, voila!, the ban on electronic monetary transfers/credit card transactions is suddenly lifted! That seems an enormous coincidence, but who am I to judge?
Anyway, I see Louie Verrecchio has written a long piece on this subject with far more detail than I can give, so if you really want to dig deep into it, you can read his post. I really tend to think the Vatileaks scandal, the 300 page dossier on sodomite clergy in the Diocese of Rome/Vatican (how quickly that has been forgotten), and the constant machinations of the modernist cardinals like Daneels, Kasper, McCarrick, et. al., were probably more significant factors, but this may have been the icing on the cake to convince Pope Benedict to realize that his pontificate was being ground to a halt, with ongoing damage to the Church (though not so much damage as since!). I still think there is a missing link, which Rorate Caeli has referred to, regarding a certain turncoat cardinal, ostensibly an ally/protege of Benedict, who convinced him that abdication was a safe course as a friendly, like-minded successor was assured.
I do think the many revelations we’ve seen in the past 12-18 months do make clear (to this writer, anyway) that Pope Benedict abdicated under duress. That is to say, the stated reason (health) was perhaps only one part of a very complex picture, featuring attacks on his pontificate from every possible angle.
EXPLOSIVE REVELATIONS! SYNOD A SHAM! SECRET CABAL MEETING DRAFTING RADICAL LIBERTINE NEW “DOCTRINE.” POPE BEHIND ALL. October 1, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Papa, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
Well folks, it seems the dread day has finally arrived. It is being widely reported that a secret parallel synod comprising Jesuits and Argentines has been stood up to draft the post-synodal documents that will implement whatever Pope Francis and his sponsors, like the immoral Cardinal Daneels and the radical episcopalian Cardinal Kasper, want. Marco Tossati reports, along with more info from Edward Pentin. All below from Rorate Caeli:
Italian journalist Marco Tosatti reveals that A SECRET PARALLEL SYNOD has been established in Rome, a cabal composed almost exclusively by Jesuits, with the occasional Argentinian presence (easy to guess who), to draft the necessary post-synodal documents to implement whatever the Pope wants to implement. And they will implement it, no matter what, as the secret committee to draft the Annulment reforms has shown; what everyone supposed was true in fact is true: the Synodal process is a sham.
Because since, as Edward Pentin revealed in detail, the 2014 Synod was rigged, [and yet still did not quite achieve the desired result]the 2015 will be rigged beyond all measure, as Pentin himself reported on September 29 at the National Catholic Register, on procedural changes to be announced tomorrow (Friday) that will make any control over the outcome impossible by Synod Fathers who realize they are being cheated (as happened last year – the manipulators learned their lesson):At last year’s meeting, the interim document, properly called a relatio post-disceptationem, caused controversy after it was sent out to the media before the synod fathers had read it. Critics said the document lacked references to Scripture and tradition, and most controversially, appeared to imply the Church was considering giving tacit acceptance of same-sex relationships — an issue that was hardly discussed during the meeting’s first week. [The 2014 Synod was greatly manipulated by papal-appointees assigned to lead and govern the Synod, all in order to promote a modernist-progressive message as morally acceptable]The probable decision not to have an interim report may be an effort to avoid last year’s controversy from recurring. But some fear it will lead to less transparency, and worry the timing could be intentional in order to facilitate the advancement of controversial proposals as time runs out for discussion.…Another rumored change is that the rule on propositions having to pass by a two-thirds majority might be eliminated and a simple majority take its place.This would favor a controversial proposal, such as Cardinal Kasper’s, because his thesis only received a simple majority at the last synod……..Tosatti adds his own exclusive information, which is quite explosive, considering that the last time a secret papal commission met, what we got was the most authoritarian canon law reforms in the history of the Church, in violation of all understanding of the proper boundaries of papal power and establishing de facto Catholic divorce under the guise of easy acccess to “annulments”: [Because left-liberal paeans to “fairness” and “equality” and “democracy” are really just a pile of manure, nothing but cover for “I will.” I will that sodomites should be “regularized” in the Church, I will that adulterers receive the Blessed Sacrament, I will that Catholic divorce be permitted, etc. It’s the most authoritarian papacy of the past 200 years, if not a lot longer than that. We now see very clearly, as if we did not before, that “collegiality” and “dialogue” and all the other things are just means to their ends, when convenient, and instantly chucked overboard when they are not. A more faithful/traditional pope in future would do well to remember that.]
In this context [that is, of the procedural changes mentioned by Edward Pentin], news has arrived to us for about twelve days that around thirty people, almost all of them Jesuits, with the occasional Argentinian, are working on the themes on the Synod, in a very reserved way, under the coordinatin of Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of Civiltà Cattolica [the official journal of the Holy See], who spends a long time in Santa Marta, in consultation with the Pope.The discretion in the works extends also to the Jesuits of the same House, the villa of Civiltà Cattolica, Villa Malta, on the Pincio [Hill], where part of the work is done. One possibility is that the “task force” works to provide the Pope the instruments for an eventual post-synodal document on the theme of the Eucharist to the remarried divorced, on cohabiting [couples], and same-sex couples.
Patrick Archbold feels this revelation irrevocably nails the intent behind the Synod, which is not to canvass the opinions of a small subset of the world’s bishops, but to arrive at predetermined ideological conclusions, the very conclusions we’ve seen referenced by Cardinal Daneels, Cardinal McCarrick, and many others: a “modernized” church, “finishing the work of Vatican II,” and firmly and irrevocably instituting the modernist program into formal Church legislation:
They will get their way NO. MATTER. WHAT.
Because of their PR setbacks last year when their nefarious deeds became public, they are changing the rules. Just like the Pope circumvented all traditional process to implement his annulment reforms, they are changing all the rules of the synod this time around to keep that from happening again. The persistent rumors will likely become fact tomorrow after a press conference on the subject.
But that is just the beginning. Like the first time around when the tragic, horrible, and disgusting interim relatio was written before a single conversation, the fix is in…….
They will get their way and they are depending on the Pope to make it happen.
This is where we are now. Time to face it.
And there is nary a handful of Bishops standing up to this thuggery in any meaningful way.
There is NO resistance but us. None. Time we start acting like it.
I think a lot of us are trying. I’m not entirely certain what we do at this point.
I will say this: these guys are messing with primal supernatural forces. They may unleash something well beyond their expectation, and it may have shocking results. The only thing I know is, God will not be mocked. This will not stand. Even if it takes the black flag of Jihad flying over St. Peter’s, this will not stand.
May God have mercy on His Church. What terrible days we live in.
“Papalotry” finding strange new converts September 29, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, different religion, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, Papa, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
Cardinal Daneels, Msgr. Pinto, Cardinal Kasper, and others who so stridently opposed the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, even at times rejecting his Magisterial statements (or at least casting doubt on them), are suddenly emerging as great proponents of total, absolute obedience to the Holy See. Father John Hunwicke notes the dichotomy and, even more, the estrangement of hyper-montanism from the right practice of the Faith:
One Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota, has apparently claimed that “The Jubilee Year of Mercy expects this sign of humble obedience (on the part of the Church’s shepherds) to the Spirit who speaks to them through Francis”.
Oh dear. Here we go again. That dreadful old 1860s and 1960s-style maximalising view of the Papacy once more … against which both Newman and Ratzinger in turn, in their respective contexts, wrote so sensibly……..
I find it hard to reconcile Pinto’s idiotic teaching with the wise words of the First Vatican Council, which so admirably limited the role of the Roman Pontiff thus: “The Holy Spirit was not promised to the Successors of Peter so that by His revelation they might make new teaching public, but so that, by His assistence, they might devoutly guard and faithfully set forth the revelation handed down through the Apostles; i.e. the Deposit of Faith”.
Believe it or not, I first formally subscribed the dogmas of Vatican I half a century ago, when I was an uppity little fellow in my mid-teens, barely out of short trousers. I have no intention of abandoning those sound teachings now, and least of all at the behest of some canonist of whom (happily) I know nothing. Indeed, a life-time of living with this subject has left me never more convinced of the correctness of Pastor aeternus than I am now. What a shame that it is now so unfashionable in the upper echelons of the Vatican itself.
Vox Cantoris has more:
Why do people continue to ascribe more power to the Pope and more authority than he has?……
The First Vatican Council prescribed the Infallibility of the Pope. We can’t tell Protestants what to think but for heaven’s sake, can Catholics at least come to understand that the Infallibility of the Pope is a control on his power not an absolute grant of it?
“The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law. On the contrary: the Pope’s ministry is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his Word. He must not proclaim his own ideas, but rather constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”
Our dear Benedict XVI said the above during his homily as he took the Chair at the Lateran as Bishop of Rome. He also said in response on Bavarian television that the Holy Spirit picks the Pope:
“I would not say so, in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope. … I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit’s role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined. There are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit obviously would not have picked!“
Indeed, if the Holy Spirit “picks” the Pope, then free will is something that can be conditionally lifted? I think a knowledge of the history of the papacy is the strongest argument against both the idea that the Holy Spirit somehow invades the minds and souls of the cardinal-electors and guides their hands to arrive at a certain, pre-determined choice. I think the above can occur, if there happens to be a particularly holy group of cardinals who cooperate with grace, but God doesn’t force their hand. Sometimes, there can be extraordinary interventions, such as that by Emperor Franz Josef of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the conclave of 1903 that resulted in the election of Pope St. Pius X that could be interpreted as acts of God, too. But again, just because something can happen, doesn’t mean it always does.
I was kind of shocked in the wake of the election of Pope Francis when a traditional priest or two opined that his election was a clear expression of the Holy Ghost and we had better just go along with this revelation. I actually asked one of them whether and how free will gets trumped in such cases and I got no response.
I personally think – and I hope this isn’t some latent protestantism talking – that the tendency towards ultramontanism run amok is one of the most serious problems that has faced the Church in the past century-plus. I think it’s unbalanced the Church and led to these wild swings from one pontificate to the next. But the danger in that is arrogating to ourselves who meets sufficient standard of adherence to that Doctrine. Even though I recognize the danger, I feel compelled to judge a pontiff’s actions by that standard, and pray fervently that I am doing so not in accordance with my own will, but in accord with revelation as I best understand it.
Of course, the signal achievement of the modernists is the mass experience of exactly this kind of mass confusion and division. The devil works in the gray areas, and all of that.
Prayer vigil outside Planned Barrenhood Saturday October 10 – UPDATED September 29, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Admin, contraception, Dallas Diocese, error, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
I was going to lead a Rosary rally on October 10 at some still undetermined location, but I’ve since learned that there will be a prayer vigil outside the Planned Barrenhood mill in south Dallas on the same day. Rather than compete with each other, I thought it would make sense to just pray outside the mill. The prayer vigil/protest will take place on Saturday October 10 from 9a – 11a at the surgical abortuary on West Virginia drive (map). This is part of a nationwide series of protests against Planned Murderhood on that date.
Since I’m sure the Rosary will be prayed at the protest, this accomplishes the Rosary rally’s goal. I hope to see many of you out there, about 200 showed up at the last protest in August, but the weather should be cooler, so there is even more reason to go!
I plan to have more announcements as the date nears. TFP sent me a very nice banner that will certainly tie in the upcoming anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima with this effort so dear to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. I think I might also start using it in the men’s vigils. The next men’s vigil will be Wednesday October 8.
I pray I see you there.
UPDATE: A local pro-life leader wanted me to share an important bit of information with you. Planned Barrenhood, always seeking to maximize profits, has changed its mode of operation in the wake of HB2. Since they are now required to operate their abortuaries along the same standards as other ambulatory surgery centers, meaning much higher standards of cleanliness, more staff, and much more expense, than existed in pre-HB2 mills in this state, they are only running their abortion mega-center in Dallas three days a week (and sometimes less). They are using their non-surgical abortion locations in the DFW area to perform many tasks formerly performed at the mill itself – required counseling, “doctor” consultation, sonogram, etc – at these various other, non-abortion facilities. The patients only go to the abortuary for their actual abortion, everything else has been done in advance. This of course allows them to minimize costs at the abortion center while also insuring those who show up for their abortion have already gone through the whole process and are likely to follow through with the murder of their child.
What this means is that it would be very helpful for pro-lifers to step up their presence outside their other facilities in the DFW area. There are many, many of these locations, as this link shows. There are 9 total Planned Murderhood non-abortion offices in the metroplex. The abortuary is only open Thurs-Sat. This also allows Planned Butcherhood to shuttle the declining number of abortionists around to their various abattoirs on different days of the week.
Various n’ Sundry: Dolan fails, Obama threatens, voting corruption abounds September 28, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Just a few recent items of brief note:
Root of the matter? Cardinal Dolan can’t explain why Christianity is in free-fall in this country. Fr. Richard Heilmann advises Cardinal Dolan that perhaps the largest reason is the banality of the Mass and its reduction from glorious other-worldly act of transcendent beauty to “banal, on-the-spot product” is one major reason:
Those churches, religious orders, etc. who have fully embraced modernism (basically, a rejection of tradition and the sacred – see image on the right above), are emptying out at an alarming rate.
At the same time, there is an “awakening” going on in those churches that are staying true to the traditional and the sacred. “The Church is not meant to change with culture, but to be counter-cultural.”……
………..With all due respect, Cardinal Dolan (and all of the USCCB), this is really not rocket science. Once the decision was made to remove everything that points to the Glory of God, we are left with something banal and mundane and common. We are mere mortals … we need our eyes and, therefore, our hearts filled with visual reminders that “THIS IS GOD!” And, to be reminded, “THAT MEANS THIS IS A BIG DEAL!”
I think we can clearly see now that when it comes to the Liturgy Cardinal Dolan simply doesn’t get it. Of course, he’s shown that with his repeated affronts to the TLM generally and Fr. George Rutler in particular.
I don’t know where Fr. Heilmann found this pic but it’s horrific:
Next, just a few hours after his new BFF Pope Francis left the country, President Obama threw down the gauntlet to Christians, telling us in no uncertain terms that sodomy trumps Jesus Christ, in his perverse and addled mind:
As Pope Francis flew back to Rome, President Obama issued a stern warning to Christians, warning them their attempts to assert their religious liberty to oppose gay rights would fail.
“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions,” he insisted during a dramatic speech at a LGTB fundraiser in New York City on Sunday night, praising the progress made on gay rights under his administration. “But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.”
That’s funny, because Obama sure doesn’t seem to have much problem denying the constitutional rights of millions of American gun owners, or at least trying to do so at every opportunity.
They could not be more clear: your religion means nothing to them, while their religion of satanic leftism means everything to them. They are determined that their religion will win out.
Of course, our Pope did not exactly cover himself in glory on this matter of persecution of Christians in this country, but he did at least bring the subject up, unlike a certain Holy Name that should be on the lips of Christians every possible minute.
Final note: it has been claimed that 141 American counties have more registered voters than living souls. But democracy rocks, and voter ID is just a cruelly repressive denial of the right of millions of dead and non-existent people to vote. America!
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) has put 141 counties on notice across the United States that they have more registered voters than people alive. PILF has sent 141 statutory notice letters to county election officials in 21 states. The letters are a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit against those counties under Section 8 of the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
The letters inform the target counties that it appears they are violating the NVRA because they are not properly maintaining the voter rolls. The NVRA (also known as Motor Voter) requires state and local election officials to properly maintain voter rolls and ensure that only eligible voters are registered to vote. Having more registrants than eligible citizens alive indicates that election officials have failed to properly maintain voter rolls……..
……….“Corrupted voter rolls provide the perfect environment for voter fraud,” said J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of PILF. “Close elections tainted by voter fraud turned control of the United States Senate in 2009. Too much is at stake in 2016 to allow that to happen again.” [And decided the 1960 (certainly) and 2012 (possibly) elections]
Well there’s always too much at stake, we hear that every election. Having said that, I think “democracy” without some kind of property/knowledge/stakeholding requirement to vote is little more than a particularly prolonged method of national suicide. Once everyone with a pulse can vote, those with the least stake in a society can vote for themselves all manner of benefits from those with the greatest involvement. I think our voting base has revealed itself to be grossly ignorant of the issues at hand and easily manipulated. I’m all for trying something else (the notion that democratic government is responsible to the will of at least this particular people long ago having become something of a joke).
Mercy is the Perfection of Justice September 28, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Interior Life, Papa, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
We hear so much about mercy these days, but is the proper sense of mercy being conveyed? Mercy detached from justice is just false sentimentality. It is not redolent of true Christian charity, but represents a false charity that is poisonous for souls in that in leaves them mired in error and sin. This false mercy is in fact the inversion of true mercy, which is predicated on justice and, thus, conversion (or at least serious repentance). That is why all these “openings” to the world that have been tried in the past several decades have failed to produce the result that is publicly claimed for them: the “bringing back” of fallen away, discomfited souls, or the winning of great numbers of converts to the Church. They have failed because they are founded on a false premise and they are not in concert with the means of the working of Grace.
Bishop Sheen expands on the topic below, via the Catholic Gentleman:
As the world grows soft, it uses more and more the word mercy. This could be a praiseworthy characteristic if mercy were understood right. But too often by mercy is meant letting anyone who breaks the natural or the Divine law, or who betrays his country, simply get away with such acts with impunity. Such mercy is an emotion, not a virtue, when it justifies the killing by a son of his father because he is “too old.” To avoid any imputation of guilt, what is actually a murder is called euthanasia. [or in the case of baby killing, abortion]
Forgotten in all such mercy pleas is the principle that mercy is the perfection of justice. Mercy does not come first, and then justice; but rather justice first, then mercy. The divorce of mercy and justice is sentimentality, as the divorce of justice from mercy is severity. Mercy is not love when it is divorced from justice. He who loves anything must resist that which would destroy the object of his love. The power to become righteously indignant is not an evidence of the want of mercy and love, but rather a proof of it. [YES! Thank you! And yet we are told today that those who are indignant over the state of the Church and the many errors promoted as truth are “divisive” or even “disobedient.” There may come a time when even many of us, comfortable though we may be in our current situations, may have to choose between “obedience” and truth. Are we prepared?]
There are some crimes the tolerance of which is equivalent to consent to their wrong. Those who ask for the release of murderers, traitors, and the like, on the grounds that we must be “merciful, as Jesus was merciful,” forget that that same Merciful Saviour also said that He came not to bring peace, but the sword.
As a mother proves that she loves her child by hating the physical disease which would ravage the child’s body, so Our Lord proves he loved Goodness by hating evil, which would ravage the souls of his creatures. For a doctor to be merciful to a typhoid germs or polio in a patient, or for a judge to be tolerant of rape, would be in a lower category of evil than for Our Lord to be indifferent to sin. A mind that is never stern or indignant is either without love, or else is dead to the distinction between right and wrong. [So rage on, you rad trads! oops. Left a little zinger in here. Took it out]
Love can be stern, forceful, or even fierce, as was the love of the Savior……..When a gentle hint to a woman at the well did no good, He went to the point ruthlessly and reminded her that she had five divorces.
When so-called righteous men would put Him out of the way, He tore the mask off their hypocrisy and called them a “brood of vipers.” When He heard of the shedding of the blood of the Galileans, it was with formidable harshness that He said: “You will all perish as they did, if you do not repent.” Equally stern was He to those would offend the little ones with an education that was progressive in evil: “If anyone hurts the conscience of one of these little ones that believes in me, he had better been drowned in the depths of the sea with a mill-stone tied around his neck.”
If mercy meant the forgiveness of all faults without retribution and without justice, it would end in a multiplication of wrongs. Mercy is for those who will not abuse it, and no man will abuse it who already started to make the wrong right, as justice demands. What some today call mercy is not mercy at all, but a feather-bed for those who fall from justice; and thus they multiply guilt and evil by supplying such mattresses.
Need I say anymore? Sheen is on rock-solid moral ground here, and his catechesis is as excellent as it is thorough and to the point.
The notion of mercy being spread abroad from scandalous sources has been shredded. What next?
Bill Nye the leftist baby-killer guy September 28, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
Bill Nye is a mechanical engineer. So he has the exact same credentials I have to comment on scientific matters. The only thing is, science is to him a god-like construct that demands total submission and brooks no dissent. At least, that’s certainly how he presents the sacred shibboleth of “climate change.” But it’s not the only shibboleth Nye holds. He also believes abortion is just a wonderful, unquestionable good, and should be available from conception to birth (and since he supports partial-birth abortion, he probably extends “abortion rights” to some point after birth). In fact, Nye is a profoundly religious man, it’s just that his religion is satanic progressivism of the scientism cult, and as such is irretrievably hostile to Christianity.
At any rate, with the same pedantic condescension that riddled is PBS program for kids (and made it root-canal-without-anesthetic painful to watch), Nye is now lecturing to all us scientific illiterates why abortion is perfectly justified and how stupid and hypocritical we are to oppose the wanton slaughter of perfect innocents:
This week Bill Nye took to YouTube channel Big Think to make a statistical argument in favor of unrestricted abortion……..
For those keeping score, the biological argument in favor of unrestricted abortion, advanced by ethicist Peter Singer and predicated on the idea of autonomy, led to the barbaric conclusion that infanticide is ethical, and sometimes even desirable. Nye’s argument from statistics sets an arbitrary timeline for what constitutes a worthwhile lifespan, leading to the conclusion that human existence has no value because we are all going to die anyway. [and the satanically evil Singer (along with other “ethicists”) have now concluded that “abortion” can and should be extended well past birth, and up to age 5 or some arbitrary point. Once again, the left, supposedly everyman’s friend, reveals their inherent misanthropy and their desire for the god-like power to determine whose lives are worth living. Find your 4 year old inconvenient and not so much fun – well Singer and others are perfectly happy to justify your murdering him. There is absolutely ZERO moral difference between what Singer, and by extension Nye, advocate, and what the Nazis and Stalinists did.]
Bill Nye’s arguments for opposing legislation that would restrict abortion:
-A large number of humans in the blastocyst stage of development fail to implant in the uterus and subsequently die.
-If we respect the dignity of blastocyst humans, it follows that we need to imprison men and women whose babies fail to implant.
[No, it doesn’t. The error expressed here is the typical leftist confusion of means with ends. Because a baby accidentally fails to implant of its own, as an act of God, or whatever, is strictly that, an accident. There is a monumental difference in morality between allowing actions that frustrate implantation, or that kill a baby after implantation, and it simply happening on its own. One is the result of a deliberate, immoral act, the other is simply happenstance. There is a moral gulf between the two that one would hope even a leftist scientician would recognize, but apparently not. Remember, this is the same man who would very happily see millions starve and freeze to death in the dark (provided he gets his, of course) due to mass energy shortage to avoid non-existent “global warming.”]
-The typical pro-life advocate is a man of European descent trying to tell women what to do.
[BS. Total argument from ignorance and “otherization” of those he hates. The day to day operation of the pro-life movement is DOMINATED by women. Go outside any mill at any time, go into any CPC, go into any CPLC, and you will find women out number men at least 3 or 4 to 1.]
-Pro-life laws are based on an interpretation of a book written 5000 years ago.
[WRONG. First of all, the New Testament is less than 2000 years old, but we also have the Didache and other ancient sources that point out the Church’s constant hatred of and total opposition to all forms of baby-killing from her inception. There is a clear moral line of argument going back to the foundation of the Church. What Nye is really saying is: “shut up, bible-humper”]
-Pro-life advocates believe that every act of sexual intercourse should result in a baby. Legislation to restrict abortion is based on this unscientific belief.
[Not should, bonehead, could. Another confusion of means and ends. We realize the foundational immorality of frustrating the natural fecundity of the marital act. Nye tries to turn this into one of the pro-aborts most ridiculous arguments, “pro-lifers think every instance of the marital act must lead to pregnancy.” Please. Are they really that dumb? No, they’re just that blinded by ideology and possessed of a reprobate sense.]
–You can’t tell someone else what to do.
[THIS. This is the entire argument, period, full stop. You can’t tell me what to do. But would Nye grant the same argument with regard to carbon emissions or some other dogmatic belief he holds?]
-Abortion is needed because a woman might not like the man who impregnated her and might not want anything to do with his genes, especially if she has been raped.
[Fail. Argument from extremity. Rape/incest constitute less than 2%, and quite probably less than 1%, of all abortions in the US. Why on earth is a woman fornicating with a man if she wants nothing to do with his “genes.” See argument above, that’s what all of this gets back to (don’t tell me what to do).
-There are more important issues than abortion.
[On what other topic that had resulted in the intentional killing of 1.5-2 billion souls would leftists say “there are more important topics?” They tell us we must stop “global warming” because it could, maybe, someday, hundreds of years from now, lead to mass calamities and huge numbers of death. Well, Bill Nye leftist guy, there are millions of deaths annually from abortion every year. Who are you to say that their lives are any less valid or important than those who might, someday, maybe (but almost certainly not) be wiped out by global warming?]
-Science has taught us a lot about life before birth. Pro-life advocates are not scientists and do not know what happens after an egg is fertilized.
[We know that a unique human life has been created, and that is something you cannot deny, Mr. Science Guy. That person is endowed with all the potential and value that you arrogate to yourself, Mr. Nye. Simply because it has not escaped the womb does not mean that it is worthless and free to be destroyed. I’m sure Nye would agree he’s quite happy HIS mother did not make this “choice.”]
-Teaching abstinence is ineffective. Closing abortion clinics and not giving women access to birth control will not lead to a healthy society.
[And killing babies does? Again we see leftist materialism and argument from expediency. Leftists truly believe many lives are not worth living (especially if they fail to include tony condos in hip neighborhoods, chic cars, arugula salad lunches, and other such high tastes). Their materialism drives them to conclude that those without a certain standard of living are better off dead. This is satanic. The simple fact of the matter is that “teaching abstinence” worked exceedingly well for centuries to keep the bastard birth rate very low. It was only with the left’s march through the institutions that the entire moral order, including abstinence, began to fail. So Nye is decrying the failure of something he is deeply committed to destroying, anyway.]
The video below is titled “Can we stop telling women what to do with their bodies?” Certainly, I’m all for it. Provided what they do with their bodies doesn’t involve the destruction of someone else’s body, 50% of which are women, by the way (so by allowing a privileged subset of women to “control their bodies” ALL choice has thus been denied to 750 million – 1 billion other women killed by abortion).
Notice he also avoids sex-selective abortion, which is horrifically skewing the population balance in India, China, and other countries. There are so many contradictions, logical fallacies, and points of general illogic in the diatribe below that it’s laughable. And yes, Mr. Nye, I’m actually MORE qualified than you to speak on science, unlike you I haven’t left science for entertainment decades ago, I continue to be a practicing engineer, and I didn’t get my master’s because I didn’t bother with the thesis, but I retain the knowledge from the coursework. There are thousands of PhDs in scientific disciplines who would be horrified by your exhibition below, both for its logical incoherency and its scientific illiteracy. Your argument from expertise thus fails, too:
Was Nye always such a maroon, or has decades of inculcation in the leftist media-entertainment industrial complex rotted his mind?